Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Tuneful team of Edwards and Davis to return for bluegrass Christmas at Asheboro library

Tommy Edwards and LaNelle Davis perform.
ASHEBORO – The old time/bluegrass team of Tommy Edwards and LaNelle Davis will present a selection of original and traditional seasonal tunes in “A Country Bluegrass Christmas,” 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 12, at the Asheboro Public Library.

Edwards and Davis will be joined by Stan Brown on banjo for the concert, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. It’s free and the public is invited.

Siler City native Edwards is lead singer/guitarist for The Bluegrass Experience, which he founded in 1971, and host of radio station Life 103.1’s “Bluegrass Saturday Night.”

A professional performer for over 35 years, Edwards has twice been named World Champion Bluegrass Guitarist. He’s also known as an outstanding songwriter.

He served for over 30 years in the Randolph and Chatham county school systems as an administrator, a teacher and coach. He and his wife, Cindy, also ran an antiques store in Pittsboro for over 25 years.

Davis, from eastern North Carolina, initially was drawn to clogging, and toured extensively as a dancer and caller. She took up the bass when a friend moved and left one in her house, and since has performed with numerous nationally-known old time bands and individuals.

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

Monday, November 27, 2017

Santa Claus to visit three Randolph libraries in December


ASHEBORO – The Jolly Old Elf himself will appear at three libraries during early December to share stories and join in a variety of holiday activities.

At the Archdale Public Library, 10433 S. Main St., “Visit with Santa and Mrs. Santa Too” from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 7. Santa will read a holiday favorite, and children can decorate bookmarks and make an elf ornament.

The Asheboro Public Library, 201 Worth Street, will host its popular annual “Breakfast with Santa” at 9  a.m. Saturday, December 9. Santa will read a story; there will be a variety of Christmas activities and a group dance. The Friends of the Library will provide a light breakfast.

At the Randleman Public Library, 142 W. Academy St., “Santa Claus is Coming to the Library! from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, December 14. Wear your holiday best and join in a Christmas activity with Santa.

All the events are free; children and families are invited and reminded to bring their cameras.
For further information, contact the Archdale library at 336-431-3811; the Asheboro library at 336-318-6804; and the Randleman library at 336-431-3141.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Learn how to avoid scams in Asheboro library workshop

ASHEBORO – Learn how to avoid falling victim to various schemes and cons in “Don’t Get Scammed,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 14, at the Asheboro Public Library.

Join Sgt. Charles Burrow of the Asheboro Police Department’s Community Resources Team as he discusses what steps you can take to prevent being the victim of various scams, including phone scams, real estate swindles and identity theft. He also will guide attendees through deciphering the signs of a scam.

The presentation is free and the public is invited.

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

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Asheboro library to offer Internet job seeking classes

ASHEBORO – The Internet can be an important tool in finding and applying for a job, but also can be a bit intimidating.

Learn about searching for jobs, filling out online applications and more in “Internet Job Hunting 101” classes coming up in November at the Asheboro Public Library.

The class will be offered from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 2, and repeated 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 22.

Each class is free and the public is invited.

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

Author Bruce Anne Shook to share parents’ WWII romance through letters in Asheboro library talk

Bruce Anne (Brucie) Parcell Shook
at her father's gravesite in Normandy.
ASHEBORO – Shortly after her mother’s death, Bruce Anne (Brucie) Parcell Shook discovered World War II letters between her mother in the U.S. and her fighter pilot father in Europe.

The letters told the story of the couple’s romance through 1944, when Shook’s father died in a plane crash in France. She has compiled the letters in an book entitled She Named Me Bruce: A Daughter’s Discovery of Her Parents’ World War II Romance, published in August.

Shook will talk about the letters between her father, Bruce Parcell —for whom she is named— and her mother, Frances, in a Friends of the Library program at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 8, at the Asheboro Public Library.

Her appearance is free and the public is invited.

Shook was born in Statesville two months after the death of her father. She grew up to be a junior high school English and history teacher before becoming a school library media specialist, a position from which she retired in 2005. She now resides in Greensboro.

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

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Museum curator to explore Day of the Dead in Asheboro library talk

Day of the Dead sugar skull and figurines.
ASHEBORO -- The Day the of Dead is celebrated in Mexico simultaneously with the Catholic observances of All Saints and All Souls Days, November 1 and 2, as a festive time when families remember their dead and honor the continuity of life.

Join Sara Cromwell, curator of the Wake Forest University Museum of Anthropology’s annual Day of the Dead exhibit, for a talk entitled “Life After Death: The Day of the Dead in Mexico,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 24, at the Asheboro Public Library.

Cromwell’s discussion of the unique Mexican observance will include its history, modern variations and associated folk art.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, it’s free and the public is invited.

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

History prof to explore role of American Indians during the Revolution in Asheboro library talk

ASHEBORO -- The often-overlooked history of the Native people of America’s Southeast in the Revolutionary War is the topic of a talk by UNC-Greensboro history professor Greg O’Brien at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 26, at the Asheboro Public Library.

O’Brien’s talk, “Southern Indians in the American Revolution,” is free and the public is invited. It is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

In much of what is now the southern United States, American Indians played a significant, even decisive, role as all sides relied on them as allies. Indian people pursued their own agendas and also had an impact on post-war economic and political development.

In addition to his teaching duties, O’Brien edits the journal Native South and has written extensively about native peoples of the Southeast.

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