Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Explore Southern cuisine in Asheboro library talk

John J. Beck
ASHEBORO – Southern cuisine is a blend of the traditions and ingredients of three cultures: Native Americans, British settlers, and people from west and central Africa. 

Elon University history professor Dr. John J. Beck will explore how those influences merged to form a common cuisine — though with many variations — from Virginia to Texas in “Southern Cooking, High and Low: A Short History of the Cuisine of the South,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 14, at the Asheboro library.

Beck’s talk, sponsored by the library’s Margaret C. Taylor Memorial Culinary Arts Collection, is free and the public is invited.

Beck notes that traditional Southern fare was created and cooked at home rather than fostered by restaurants — whether in the houses of affluent families by African American women before and after the Civil War, or for the social events of less well-to-do people, such as church picnics, wakes and family reunions.

Now Southern food is being taken in new directions by professional chefs who approach the cuisine with the same reverence that they have treated French and other celebrated cooking traditions.

Beck holds a Ph.D. in American history from UNC-Chapel Hill with a specialty in Southern history. He is co-author of Southern Culture: An Introduction and is currently working on a history of Southern food.

He retired from a career in the North Carolina Community College System, last serving as Dean of Arts and Sciences at Granville Community College.

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

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Find immigrant ancestors in Asheboro library genealogy class

ASHEBORO -- Track down your forebears who traveled to America from other countries in “Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors,” 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, August 9, at the Asheboro Public Library.

Librarian and genealogist Ann Palmer will cover the basics about immigrants to the United States from the 18th through the 20th centuries, and sources where records about them can be found.

The class is free and open to the public.

Because establishing a timeline is one of the best ways to get started, participants will learn how to determine when their families came to America from sources including passenger lists from ships docking at U.S. ports, census and naturalization records and in some cases passport applications.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street. For more information, call 336-318-6815.

‘Traveling Bone Show’ visits Asheboro library

ASHEBORO -- Test your anthropological knowledge in “The Traveling Bone Show” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 7, at the Asheboro Public Library.

The all-ages event, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, is free and the public is invited.

Julia Loreth, a biology lecturer at UNC-Greensboro, will bring along both real and model skulls of various species to demonstrate how to identify creatures by their teeth and bones, and how the skulls  can help determine gender.

Loreth is co-coordinator for the Regional North Carolina Science Olympiad Tournament, and works with the City of Greensboro’s Elementary School Adopt-a-Stream program.

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

Thursday, July 19, 2018

‘Bluegrass Rocks’ as singer-songwriter Charles Pettee visits Asheboro library

Charles Pettee

ASHEBORO – “Bluegrass Rocks” as singer song/writer Charles Pettee presents “Hear the Sound,” an interactive family music show, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 26, at the Asheboro Public Library.

Pettee’s appearance, which is free and open to the public, is part of “Libraries Rock,” the Randolph County Public Library’s summer reading initiative. It is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Pettee is an accomplished guitarist, mandolin player and songwriter, and founder of the popular, Chapel Hill-based bluegrass group The Shady Grove Band.

In “Hear the Sound,” he uses the banjo, harmonica guitar, mandolin, his voice, and a variety of hats to introduce audiences to the tapestry of sounds that make up the music of the Carolinas: the music of the early settlers, native Americans, African Americans, Piedmont Blues, gospel and bluegrass.

There’s never a dull moment as Pettee switches songs or hats, encouraging audience participation and spontaneous discussion throughout the show.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street. For further information, call 336-318-6804.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Master Illusionist Caleb Sigmon to rock Randolph libraries in July

Master illusionist and storyteller Caleb Sigmon
ASHEBORO – Master illusionist Caleb Sigmon will appear at all seven Randolph County Public Library locations in July as “Libraries Rock,” the library’s summer reading initiative, continues.

Sigmon brings an inspirational, high-energy approach to his one-of-a-kind illusion show, which is filled with magic, stories and interactive audience participation

He will bring his unique blend of magic and storytelling to each library as follows:

Archdale, 2 p.m. Thursday, July 19;
Asheboro, 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 16;
Franklinville, 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 16;
Liberty, 2 p.m. Monday, July 16;
Ramseur, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 17 (at the Ramseur Municipal Building)
Randleman, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 19;
Seagrove, 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 17.

The month also will feature “Animal Sound Bites” with the NC Zoo at Asheboro, Archdale and Seagrove. This unique event focuses on what animals are saying with their sounds; participants will even meet a few live animals. Randleman will host “Snakes Alive” with Ron Cromer.

Asheboro will present “Didgeridoo Down Under,” a fusion of Australia-themed music, culture, science, comedy and audience participation, and “Bluegrass Rocks,” featuring singer/songwriter Charles Pettee. Finale events at Archdale and Asheboro will showcase the “Balloon Magic” of Clark Sides, while Liberty hosts a “Last Day Luau.”

There’s more; visit for full schedules, drop by your local library, or call 336-318-6804.

The Summer Reading Program is sponsored by Friends of the Randolph County Public Library with support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. It’s part of a national effort to keep children reading during the break from school; research shows that kids who read during the summer do better in school the next year.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Historian tells tales of notable North Carolina women in Asheboro library talk

Randell Jones
ASHEBORO – A woman disguised as a Civil War soldier. A couple of famous pirates. A daredevil aeronaut. An internationally famous sharpshooter. And a first lady who “really, really, really” liked being married to the governor.

Award-winning author and storyteller Randell Jones will talk about theses notable North Carolina woman and others in “Famous and Infamous Women of North Carolina” at 6;30 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, at the Asheboro Public Library.

Jones’s talk is a lighthearted look at some serious history — the roles and accomplishments of a few notable women, among so many — in whom we can all take pride as being part of the fabric which makes North Carolina so special.

His talk is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. It’s free and the public is invited.

Jones is author of In the Footsteps of Daniel Boone and Scoundrels, Rogues and Heroes of the Old North State, among other books. In 2013, he received the History Award Medal from the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and has received two Kentucky History Awards from the Kentucky History Society.

The library is located at201 Worth Street. For further information, call 336-318-6803.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Author Chip Womick to debut second children’s book at Asheboro library

Chip Womick
ASHEBORO – Local author and journalist Chip Womick will debut his second children’s book, Phantom Fishing with Gramps, in a storytime and talk at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, at the Asheboro Public Library.

Womick’s appearance is free and the public is invited. A fun, hands-on activity for children will follow his talk.

Phantom Fishing with Gramps is the second collaboration between Womick and Argentinian illustrator Marina Saumell, following 2016’s Mrs. McGillicutty’s Last Sunflower. It was released in May by PeaceLight Press.

The story follows a young girl who goes fishing with her grandfather on her birthday. They have a picnic, dig for fishing worms, and experience the sights and sounds of the forest as they walk a path to the pond, where they uncover the mystery of the phantom fish.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street. For further information, call 336-318-6804.