Thursday, October 1, 2015

Pumpkins to be carved and painted at Asheboro library in October

Carl King starts a project
ASHEBORO – Decorating pumpkins for the season is the topic of a carving demonstration for all ages and a painting projects for kids at the Asheboro Public Library in October.

Learn how to make your Jack-o-Lantern a true work of art with expert pumpkin carver Carl King at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 15, at the Asheboro Public Library. King will talk about his process and share tips he has learned over 10 years refining his craft.

Prior to King’s carving demonstration, kids can join in Pumpkin Painting at 4 p.m. with the library’s Children’s Services staff. Each child will receive a small pumpkin to paint and take home.

Both events, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, are free and the public is invited.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street. For further information, call 318-6801.

Library's "Max" book club expands to Archdale, Randleman, Seagrove

Asheboro library Max and Imaginary Friends Book Club members sport t-shirts featuring the imaginary character Max.
ASHEBORO – “Max and Imaginary Friends,” the Randolph County Public Library’s book club for children in grades 2-5, will begin monthly meetings at Archdale, Randleman and Seagrove libraries in October.
The club meets at the Asheboro library on the third Wednesday of each month. At Archdale, meetings will take place on the third Monday beginning October 19; at Randleman on the third Thursday beginning October 15; and at Seagrove on the third Tuesday beginning October 20.

Each meeting is from 3:30-4:30 p.m. except at Seagrove, where the club meets from 3-4 p.m.; all readers are invited but reluctant readers are especially welcome. Up for discussion at all four October meetings are books from the Black Lagoon series by Mike Thayler.

Children’s librarian Susan Coltrane, now retired, initiated the club in January 2014, and continues to lead it as a volunteer. Participation does not necessarily require all children to read the same book; meetings may focus on authors like Laura Ingalls Wilder or topics like Abraham Lincoln, with kids encouraged to read and talk about any book by the author or about the topic.

At each meeting, the participants read aloud and discuss the reading selections. Some meetings also feature related hands-on activities.

The club takes its name from a character created by Len Harrison, a teen whom Coltrane mentored while working at the Archdale library in the 1990s. Len, a reluctant reader, became an avid reader as a library volunteer.

She also liked to draw, and created an imaginary character named Max. Len passed away several months after starting at the library; her memory inspired Coltrane to create the club and name it in Max’s honor.

For further information or to sign up for the club, contact your local library: Archdale, 431-3811; Asheboro, 318-6804; Randleman, 498-3141; Seagrove, 873-7521.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Liberty library gets culinary with kids’ events

LIBERTY – Children can learn about nutrition through the color, and how to make healthy afterschool snacks, in programs that get underway in September and October at the Liberty Public Library.

“Ever Eat a Rainbow?” runs from 3:30-4:30 p.m. each Monday for six weeks beginning October 5, and helps children learn about nutrition and healthy eating, keying off the colors of the rainbow.

“Culinary Kids” runs from 5:45-6:45 on the fourth Tuesday of each month beginning September 22, and provides children with the skills necessary to make their own healthy snacks.

Both are appropriate for children of all ages, are free and no sign-up is required.

The two programs are part of Recipe For Success, an educational nutrition initiative of the UNCG Anthropology Department funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

The library is located at 239 S. Fayetteville Street. For more information, call 622-4605

Storyteller Rosemarie Gulla to visit Asheboro library

ASHEBORO – Storyteller Rosemarie Gulla will present a seasonal storytime for families based on “Heckedy Peg,” a timeless fairytale about disobedient children and a mother’s great love, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 22, at the Asheboro Public Library.

Gulla’s appearance, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, is free and the public is invited.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street. For further information, call 318-6824.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Learn résumé writing at the Asheboro library

ASHEBORO – Résumé-writing can be tricky: when to condense or expand experience, how to format, and what words to use to persuade potential employers to choose you.

Hone your résumé-writing skills in a workshop led by library staff at 10 a.m. Thursday, September 24, at the Asheboro Public Library. Learn how to format, choose words and showcase achievements.

The class is free but space is limited; call 318-6803 to sign up.

Teens invited to play Wii games at Asheboro library

Join the Asheboro Public Library’s TeenZone for a night of Wii bowling, fishing, boxing, baseball and more at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 24, at the library. Have some fun, enjoy a snack and let off some early school-year steam. It’s free; all teens are invited.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street. Call 318-6803 for further information.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Asheboro library invites kids to learn computer coding in ‘maker’ events

ASHEBORO – A news series of “maker” events for kids gets underway with “Coding with MIT’s Scratch” at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 23, at the Asheboro Public Library.

The maker events, which will take place during the last week of each month (future dates to be announced), are free and school-age children are invited.

Scratch is a computer language that enables you to program your own interactive stories, games and animations, and share your creations with others in an online community.

Whether you have experience in computer coding or not, Scratch is designed to make computer animation easy and fun. Laptops will be provided, so come to explore, discover and create something imaginative and original in computer code.

Space is limited; call 318-6804 or visit the Children’s Room to sign up.

Future maker events are being planned and are likely to include duct tape, cardboard, cooking, video production and more.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street.