Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Expert to offer tips, techniques for local bird watching in Asheboro library program

ASHEBORO – Join Dennis Burdette, past-president of the Piedmont Bird Club, for an introduction to local bird watching at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 20, at the Asheboro Public Library.  Pick up tips and learn about the tools you need to start identifying birds that visit our yards and gardens.

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

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

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Fall into a good mystery at the Asheboro library

Interested in a good mystery novel to start off the fall?

Visit the Asheboro Public Library for a librarian-led discussion about different mystery authors and titles that may be new to you, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 14, at the Asheboro Public Library.

The talk is free and the public is invited. No sign-up required; call 336-318-6803 for further information.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street.

Go online for genealogy with new Asheboro library classes

ASHEBORO -- Learn to trace your ancestry online during classes in September at the Asheboro Public Library featuring two library genealogy resources.

“Genealogy with Heritage Quest” will be offered from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 7. Learn how to use the Heritage Quest online resource — available via — to access census information, pension records and other documents.

“Genealogy with Ancestry Library Edition” will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, September 19. Get started on your family tree using the in-library version of the popular site.

The classes are free, but space is limited. Call 336-318-6803 to sign up or for further information.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street.

Celebrate Dahl’s 100th with month of activities for kids at Asheboro library

Celebrate the 100th birthday of children’s author Roald Dahl, creator of Charlie and the Chocoloate Factory, James and the Giant Peach and more, with a month of activities during September at the Asheboro Public Library.

Come to a birthday party at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 13, featuring treats, games and crafts based on the author’s stories.

Weekly movies will be screened as follows:
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, 2 p.m. Saturday, September 10;
  • Matilda, 6;30 p.m. Friday,September 16;
  • The Witches, 6:30 p.m. Friday, September 23;
  • James and the Giant Peach, 4 and 7  p.m. Thursday, September 29.
The library is located at 201 Worth Street in Asheboro. For further information, call 336-318-6804.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Eat smart with free hands-on cooking, canning classes in Asheboro

Jeannie Leonard
ASHEBORO -- From soups to appetizers and crockpots to stir fry, learn the basics of preparing healthy meals with Randolph County Cooperative Extension Agent Jeannie Leonard, at 6:30 p.m. every other Thursday from September 8 through November 3.

Sponsored by the Randolph County Public Library’s Margaret C. Taylor Memorial Culinary Arts Collection, the classes will take place at the Randolph County Cooperative Extension Center, 112 W. Walker Avenue in Asheboro, except for the September 8 session, which will be held at the Asheboro Public Library, 201 Worth Street.

The classes will incorporate concepts from the Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less program. They are free and open to anyone age 18 and up.

Registration is required; call 336-318-6803 to sign up or for further information. The sessions are:

September 8 — Basics of Home Canning (Asheboro library). Learn how to choose the best canning methods for different foods, and what could go wrong.

September 22 — One Dish Crockpot Meals. With fall and winter just around the corner, it’s time for hot meals and a crockpot is just the thing to warm you up. Learn how to prepare delicious and nutritious crockpot meals.

October 6 — Stir-Fry Up the Night. Stir up your weeknight dinners with something easy and different. Learn the 10 easy keys to cooking smart and find out about food safety.

October 20 — Soup’s On! Warm up the winter nights with a fortifying meal. Learn how to make excellent soups with a base and layered flavors, and what items to keep on hand for a quick meal.

November 3 — Holiday Appetizers to Wow Your Guests. Prepare for the season with new appetizer recipes and ideas that will leave your guests talking for weeks about your delicious and tasty treats, and learn about food safety practices for the holidays.

Leonard is Cooperative Extension’s Family and Consumer Services agent, focusing on nutrition and wellness, food safety and home food preservation.

The classes are supported by a bequest from the estate of Margaret C. Taylor, a Randleman native who passed away in Dearbon, MI, last summer. The library received her collection of cooking and culinary arts books, and funding to develop and enhance the collection.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Hiroshima witness McGlohon to inaugurate new WWII collection

John McGlohon in 1942 with his aerial
reconnaissance camera.
Asheboro native John McGlohon’s B-29 reconnaissance aircraft lifted off on August 6, 1945, for what he expected would be a routine flight.

Something big was brewing, but orders to avoid a particular area of Japan did not reach his squadron. The day ended with photographer McGlohon having snapped the only directly-overhead images in the immediate aftermath of the Hiroshima atomic bomb blast.

McGlohon will talk about the events of that historic day at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, August 11, at the Asheboro library. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, McGlohon’s visit is free and the public is invited.

The event also inaugurates the Robert C. Taylor, Jr., Memorial World War II Collection, which the library received as part of a bequest from the estate of Mr. Taylor’s wife, Randleman native Margaret Cashatt Taylor. Books and DVDS from the collection will be on display and available for checkout during the program.

McGlohon returned home after the war and operated a photography business (many of the company’s photos are included in the library’s online collection). In 1955, he joined the Asheboro Fire Department, and served as Chief from 1961 to 1985. After retiring,  he served on the city council from 1987 to 2005.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Randolph library Friends to host authors Bailey, McGovern and Vance

Authors Jodie Bailey, Hank McGovern and G. Warlock Vance
ASHEBORO – Visit with area authors Jodie Bailey, Hank McGovern and G. Warlock Vance during a Friends of the Library “Author Talk” event at 6  p.m. Thursday, July 21, at the Asheboro Public Library.

The Author Talk is free and the public is invited.

Bailey is author of the award winning romance novel Quilted by Christmas and numerous other works of romantic suspense, including the forthcoming Breach of Trust.

McGovern, a psychologist, recently released  A Suicide Note of Hope, More Than a Memoir, an autobiographical self-help book.

Vance, who teaches literature at Randolph Community College, will talk about his Mafia-themed novel, The Bad Man.

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