Thursday, May 9, 2019

Kids can read to therapy dog at Franklinville library

FRANKLINVILLE – Children can read to a therapy dog as the Franklinville Public Library hosts a special “Tails to Read” from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 19.

Tails to Read, also offered regularly at the Asheboro library, is a research-based program that enables kids to build their reading skills and confidence by reading aloud to a friendly, non-judgmental therapy dog.

Reading times are limited, so call the Franklinville library 336-685-3100 to sign up or for further information. The library is located at 111 Sumner Place.

For more information about Tails to Read at the Asheboro library, call 336-318-6804.

Multi-instrumentalists Hicks and Manring to perform Irish and American folk tunes at Asheboro library

ASHEBORO -- Join Greensboro-based musicians Travis Hicks and Scott Manring for an evening of Irish and American folk music at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 20, at the Asheboro Public Library. 
Hicks will perform on Irish bagpipes and tin whistles, and Manring will join in on a variety of stringed instruments. The performance, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, is free and the public is invited.

Hicks, whose avocation is music, is an assistant professor in the Interior Architecture Department at UNC-Greensboro and director of the Center for Community-Engaged Design. Manring is a multi-instrumentalist and music teacher in Greensboro.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street. For further information, call 336-318-6803.

Go stargazing in exclusive observatory event for Randolph library participants

ASHEBORO – “Let’s Go Stargazing” at the Three College Observatory near Graham in an event exclusively for Randolph County Public Library participants.

Space is limited to 30 for the event, which is scheduled for 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 29.  Visit the Asheboro Public Library Reference Desk or call 336-318-6803 to sign up.

Transportation to the observatory, which is located at 5106 Thompson Mill Road, Graham, is on your own.

Observatory staff will guide stargazers through viewing deep sky objects such as the Messier 3 and 11 globular star clusters, and possible galaxies, nebulae and a double star. Jupiter will be visible and possibly Saturn — spectacular when viewed through the observatory’s 32” telescope, one of the largest in the southeastern United States.

The experience also will include outdoor observation of constellations. The entire program lasts about an hour.

The Three College Observatory, in a dark-sky area, is operated jointly by UNC-Greensboro, N.C. A & T State University and Guilford College.

On May 29, participants should call 336-318-6803 by 6 p.m. to verify that the weather is clear enough to hold the event.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Historian to explore Lost Colony mystery in Asheboro library talk

ASHEBORO  -- One of North Carolina’s greatest mysteries lies in the question, “What happened to the Lost Colony?”

Were the colonists killed? Did they move into the interior? Were they captured by Indians?

Join historian Dr. Arwin Smallwood as he explores “The Mysteries of the Lost Colony and the Iroquois Confederacy,” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 13, at the Asheboro Public Library.  The talk is free and the public is invited.

Smallwood draws on 30 years of research in archives in North Carolina, Virginia, New York and Canada to offer an answer to what happened to the colonists, and also to explain some of North Carolina’s and Virginia’s hidden history — particularly the interactions of the Tuscarora  people with Africans and Europeans.

He also considers recent discoveries in eastern North Carolina — in Bertie County in particular — as well as newly-uncovered maps, artifacts, human remains, colonial records and oral histories that yield fascinating clues.

Beyond the Lost Colony itself, Smallwood’s talk will spark discussion about the state’s complex history and the co-mingled heritage of who make up the American “melting pot.”

A Windsor, N.C., native, Smallwood is a professor at North Carolina A & T State University, where he is chair of the Department of History. He holds a master’s in history from North Carolina Central University, and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University.

He is author of several books and articles, and focuses his research on the relationships between African-Americans, Native Americans and Europeans in eastern North Carolina during the colonial and early antebellum periods. Recipient of a number of fellowships and grants, Smallwood also participated in the award-winning UNC-TV documentary The Birth of a Colony: North Carolina.

Smallwood’s appearance, part of the Road Scholar series, is made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide non-profit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Friends of the Library.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street. For further information, call 336-318-6803.

Popular “Matter of Balance” fall-prevention classes return to Asheboro library

ASHEBORO -- Many older adults fear falling, and restrict their activities on account of that concern.

In “A Matter of Balance,” an eight-week series of workshops returning to the Asheboro Public Library from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays beginning May 7, participants will learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable, and will develop the ability to set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and exercise to increase strength and balance.

The course is free, but space is limited; visit the Reference Desk or call 336-318-6803 to sign up.

Each class builds on the previous classes to emphasize practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels.

Offered in conjunction with the Piedmont Triad Regional Council Area Agency on Aging, the nationally-recognized program was developed at the Roybal Center for Active Lifestyle Interventions at Boston University.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street.

Learn to plan “family history family reunion” in Asheboro library workshop

ASHEBORO – Pick up some tips for planning a fun family reunion while getting your relatives interested in family history, in “Planning a Family History Family Reunion,” 7-9 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at the Asheboro library.

The class, presented by Randolph Room staff member Kendra Lyons, is free and the public is invited.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street. For further information, call the Randolph Room at 336-318-6815.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

“Let’s Talk Turtles” at Asheboro library

ASHEBORO – Come out of your shell for “Let’s Talk Turtles” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 29, at the Asheboro Public Library.

The informal presentation by biologist Melanie Stadler will describe the basic differences between turtles, tortoises and terrapins, and provide a detailed look at the sea turtle species that inhabit the waters and nest on the beaches of North Carolina.

Stadler also will discuss what makes each sea turtle species unique; why they are important indicators of the planet’s health; what threats they face; and what participants can do to help them survive.

Stadler holds a master’s degree in biology from Florida Atlantic University and for the past eight years has worked as a sea turtle biologist in Florida. She recently relocated to Greensboro to begin work on a Ph.D. in Geography, Environment and Sustainability at UNC-Greensboro, focusing on threatened bog turtles and their habitats.

Her presentation is free and the public is invited.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street. For further information, call 336-318-6803.