Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Former POW John Borling to share ‘Hanoi Hilton’ poems at Asheboro library

Held in captivity in North Vietnam for more than six years, John Borling kept body and soul together and inspired his fellow prisoners by rapping out poems with his knuckles, in code, on prison walls. Those poems were collected in his book Taps on the Walls: Poems from the Hanoi Hilton, published in 2013.

Borling will share work from his book and talk about his experiences at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, at the Asheboro Public Library. His visit, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, is free and the public is invited.     

A Chicago native and Air Force Academy graduate, Borling served 37 years in the U.S. Air Force and retired as a major general. He earned a Silver Star, two Bronze Stars with V for Valor, and two Purple Hearts.

He was an F-15 Eagle fighter pilot, and commander of the famed “Hat in the Ring” squadron. He also served in various command and planning roles.    

He currently leads SOS America, an organization he founded advocating military service for young men, and serves on several corporate boards.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street in Asheboro.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Historians to talk about new books on local civil war history

Historians Mac Whatley and Brad Foley will present “A Tour of Randolph County’s Civil War Past” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at the Asheboro Public Library.

Foley will talk about his recently-published book, Letters Home: The Civil War Correspondence of Alexander C. McAlister, 46th North Carolina Regiment. The letters, between McAlister and his wife Adelaide, are a firsthand account of the war’s impact on one of Asheboro’s leading citizens and his family.

Whatley will explore Civil War in the North Carolina Quaker Belt, the late William T. Auman’s account of seven Confederate military operations conducted against deserters and Unionists in central North Carolina. “The book is the work of Bill’s lifetime, and an important contribution to Randolph County history,” Whatley says.

The event, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, is free and the public is invited. The library is located at 201 Worth Street in Asheboro.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Learn to buy and sell safely on Craigslist in Asheboro library program

Learn “How to Buy and Sell on Craigslist – Safely” with Ron Osborne, veteran user of the online advertising site, and Randolph County Sheriff’s Deputy Bernie Maness, at the Asheboro Public Library.

The program will be offered twice, at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, and again at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 17.

No sign-up is required. It’s sponsored by the Friends of the Library, and the public is invited.

Osborne is a retired MOPAR classic car restorer who started using Craigslist in 2002 and has made many purchases and sales since with great success – and never any problems.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street in Asheboro.

Celebrate spring, Easter at Randolph libraries

Dig out from a long, cold winter with fun and free spring and Easter events for kids and families at Randolph County’s public libraries.

“Celebrate Easter” in fun, family fashion at the Asheboro Public Library, 2 p.m. Thursday, April 17, with stories, songs, games, crafts and a visit from the Easter Bunny! The library is located at 201 Worth Street in Asheboro.

“In a Spring Garden” with Oscar and Elsa Gonzales, dress up your garden with pretty pots during a Ramseur Public Library springtime event. 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17. Call 824-2232 to sign up. The library is located at 1512 S. Main St. in Ramseur.

“Get Egg-cited — it’s Spring Time at the Randleman Public Library, at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, with stories and activities. Kindergarten and up; call 431-3811 to sign up. The library is located at 122 Commerce Sq. in Randleman.

Archdale Public Library will host an “Earth Day Celebration” for children and their families at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22. Enjoy games crafts, stories and refreshments. The library is located at 10433 S. Main St. in Archdale.

Have a “Spring Splash” in an Every Child Ready to Read Family Fun Night, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at the Asheboro library. Call 318-6804 to sign up.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Counselors, Navigators at library to help with health care deadline

Need to sign up for health insurance before the March 31 deadline?

Healthcare Navigators from Randolph Hospital and Certified Application Counselors from Randolph Family Health Care at MERCE and will be on hand from 1-6 p.m. Monday, March 31, at the Asheboro Public Library, to help individuals and families enroll in health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Help will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, and there is no charge. A list of items and information to bring with you for enrollment is available at the library Reference desk.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street in Asheboro.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Edible plants, duct tape and cartooning to kick off library’s Spring Break

Whether you’re out of school or making up snow days, celebrate Spring Break at the Asheboro library with  a variety of events for school-age kids during the week of April 14.

All activities take place at 4 p.m.

On Monday, April 14,  “Grow Your Own Dinner!” Participants will learn about common plants used in their food, identify seeds and watch them grow.

Each child will go home with a seed starter kit of his or her choice, featuring vegetables and herbs we eat daily.

Stick around the library on Tuesday, April 15 for “Duct Tape Designs.” Kids, tweens and teens can learn to make useful and fun accessories with the ever-popular household product, duct tape.  Make three or more items including wallets, clutch-purses and cell phone covers. Ages 8-up.

Join illustrator Rich Powell for “Cartooning for Kids” on Wednesday, April 16. Powell will help kids in grades 2-5 who are just discovering their cartooning talent create and make their own kooky characters.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the Spring Break activities are free and the public is invited.

The Asheboro library is located at 201 Worth Street in Asheboro.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Author Saloma Miller Furlong to share Amish experience

Meet author Saloma Miller Furlong, who has documented her break with her Amish community in two memoirs, at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at the Asheboro Public Library
              
Miller’s appearance, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, is free and the public is invited.

Miller is author of Why I Left the Amish and a sequel, Bonnet Strings: An Amish Woman’s Ties to Two Worlds, which was published this month. She also was featured in the American Experience documentary “The Amish,” which aired on PBS in 2012.

Her first book covers her coming of age in an Ohio Amish community, and her departure from it in a quest for freedom and more formal education. Her new book explores her experiences outside the Amish world — and her temporary return when a delegation from the community appeared to take her back.

Furlong graduated from Smith College in 2007. She and her husband David, a toymaker, live in Massachusetts and appear in a new American Experience documentary, “The Amish: Shunned,” airing this month.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street in Asheboro.