Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Friends of the Library bookshop offers deals on Nora Roberts, Cliffs Notes

ASHEBORO – Books by Nora Roberts and Cliffs Notes will be 50% off during an end-of-month sale at Friends of the Library bookshop in downtown Asheboro.

Dates of the sale are Thursday, September 25, Saturday, September 27 and Tuesday, September 30.

The bookshop is open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. It’s located at 226 Sunset Avenue.

All proceeds from the sale of used books go to support Randolph County Public Library book budgets.

For further information, contact the bookshop at 629-1536.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Original play ‘Black Blue & Invisible’ to cap Randolph Reads: Invisible Man

ASHEBORO – Stories of those who feel invisible in the community will inform Black Blue & Invisible, an original play created for Randolph Reads: Invisible Man by actor/playwright Mike Wiley. 

The show, sponsored by the City of Asheboro, will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, September 27, and 3 p.m. Sunday, September 28, at the Sunset Theatre, 234 Sunset Avenue. The performance is free and the public is invited.

Black Blue & Invisible interweaves three elements: Chip Womick’s interviews for his series of articles in The Courier-Tribune on invisibility in the community; Wiley’s own personal narrative; and parts of another play, Sketches of a Man by Dr. Kashif Powell, which explores Ellison’s work.

Wiley says Black, Blue & Invisible proceeds from Ellison’s question, “Why am I so black and blue?” He calls the play a thoughtful investigation of what shared experiences evoke the feeling of invisibility.

Black Blue & Invisible is a look back and a look ahead,” Wiley says. “Where have we come from as a society and how much further do we have to go to understand the multitude of cultures that walk beside us today?”

Wiley will be joined in the production by Powell, a post-doctoral performance studies student at Northwestern University; Aya “Hope” Shabu, a professional dancer, choreographer, teaching artist and arts administrator living in Durham; and Rasool Jahan, an actress with many stage, film and TV credits including Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cold Mountain, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Freedom Song and One Tree Hill.

Wiley holds a masters in fine arts from UNC-Chapel Hill. He has created several of one-man shows including The Parchman Hour, about the Freedom Riders, and A Game Apart, about Jackie Robinson.

In DAR HE, his play about Emmett Till, he performs more than 30 characters. A film version of the play garnered major film and acting awards at numerous festivals, including Best Actor at the Harlem International Film Festival.

All Randolph County has been invited to read and talk about Invisible Man by a partnership of community groups including The Courier-Tribune, the Friends of the Randolph Public Library, the Asheboro City Schools, the City of Asheboro, the George Washington Carver Community Enrichment Center, the Randolph County Public Library and the Randolph County Schools.

The purpose of the project is to allow people from all walks of life to have a common literary and artistic experience around the novel, and to be able to share their views on the themes and issues of being invisible in Randolph County.

For more information, visit www.randolphreads.org or contact Assistant Library Director George Taylor, 318-6814.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Randolph Reads: Invisible Man brings Ellison documentary to Sunset Theatre

ASHEBORO – Randolph Reads: Invisible Man will screen the PBS American Masters documentary “Ralph Ellison, An American Journey” at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 18, at the Sunset Theatre.

The showing is free and the public is invited. The theatre is located at 234 Sunset Ave. in Asheboro.

Narrated by actor Andre Braugher, the film is a powerful look at the man behind one of the 20th Century’s most important literary works, and shows through interviews with scholars, critics and authors how Ellison was shaped by and shaped the landscape of American culture.


The thought-provoking, feature-length documentary will open viewers’ eyes to the historical relevance of Invisible Man and offer ideas for discussion and study.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Randolph Reads to present the John Brown ‘little’ Big Band at Sunset Theatre

ASHEBORO – The John Brown “little” Big Band will bring the jazz sounds that influenced Invisible Man author Ralph Ellison’s writing style to the Sunset Theatre at 7 p.m. Saturday, September 13.

The concert, part of the Randolph Reads: Invisible Man community reading project and sponsored by the City of Asheboro, is free and the public is invited. The theater is located at 234 Sunset Avenue in Asheboro.

Bassist and Grammy nominee Brown will front his 11-piece (12 if you count the vocalist) band to present an eclectic mix of music from the time period of Invisible Man, as well as songs influenced by the spirit of the age.

Though smaller than Brown’s full jazz orchestra, the “little” group still packs a punch and has that big band sound.

Brown is a composer, educator and actor who currently serves as director of the Jazz Program at Duke University, where he is an associate professor of the practice of music. A Fayetteville native, he has performed professionally since his teens, at home and abroad, with artists including Wynton Marsalis, Diahann Carroll, Rosemary Clooney and many more.

He earned a Grammy nomination in 1996 for co-writing Nnenna Freelon’s album Shaking Free. He fronts jazz groups ranging from a trio to a big band. His latest album, with his quintet, is called Quiet Time.

Ellison studied music at the Tuskegee Institute before turning to writing. Jazz, blues and gospel music heavily influenced the use of language in Invisible Man, and Ellison wrote extensively about jazz during his career.

All Randolph County has been invited to read and talk about Invisible Man by a partnership of community groups including The Courier-Tribune, the Friends of the Randolph Public Library, the Asheboro City Schools, the City of Asheboro, the George Washington Carver Community Enrichment Center, the Randolph County Public Library and the Randolph County Schools.

The purpose of the project is to allow people from all walks of life to have a common literary and artistic experience around the novel, and to be able to share their views on the themes and issues of being invisible in Randolph County.

For more information, visit www.randolphreads.org or contact Assistant Library Director George Taylor, 318-6814.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Libraries host Every Child Ready to Read carnival

ASHEBORO – A Pre-Literacy Carnival travels to six Randolph County libraries, and the Archdale library offers a “Dino-Mite” time, as fall Every Child Ready to Read events for kids age 0-5 and their parents/caregivers get underway.

The Pre-Literacy Carnival will feature stories, carnival games and snacks. “Join us as we explore the many ways  that getting ready to read can be easy and a lot of fun,” says Head of Children’s Services Amy Matthews.

The carnival will visit the libraries as follows:

· Archdale (10433 S. Main Street): 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30;
· Asheboro (201 Worth Street): 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 5;
· Liberty (239 S. Fayetteville St.): 11  a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9;
· Ramseur (1512 S. Main St.): 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 2
· Randleman (122 Commerce Sq.): 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24;
· Seagrove (530 Old Plank Road): 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25.

The Archdale library will host an Every Child event of its own: a “Dino-Mite Family Night” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 9. Stories, crafts and refreshments will be offered, along with a drawing for four children’s admission tickets to the NC Aviation Museum and Hall of Fame.

All events are free.

Randolph Reads: Invisible Man to feature art exhibit

ASHEBORO – “Revealing the Invisible,” an exhibition of artwork keyed to the theme of invisibility, will be on display in Gallery 101 of the Randolph Arts Guild from September 2 through October 17.

An opening reception will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 2. The opening, which coincides with an exhibit in the Guild’s Sara Smith Self Gallery by artist Cat Collier, is free and the public is invited.

The show is part of Randolph Reads: Invisible Man, a community reading initiative exploring Ralph Ellison’s classic novel. All interested artists, including students in the Asheboro City and Randolph County school systems, were asked to create 2-dimensional, 12”x12” work on the theme.

The work will be displayed as a mosaic to celebrate the community, the individual and the value of diversity.

More Randolph Reads: Invisible Man activities are planned in September, including a jazz band at the Sunset Theatre, a screening of the PBS American Experience documentary on Ralph Ellison, a forum on banned books, a stage presentation based on Chip Womick’s series of articles on invisibility in the community now running in The Courier Tribune, and discussions at libraries throughout the county. For schedules and more information visit www.randolphreads.org.

The Randolph Arts Guild is located at 123 Sunset Avenue in Asheboro.

Senior Advisor Warren Coble to talk about Medicare Part D at library

ASHEBORO – Join local Senior Advisor Warren Coble for "Understanding Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Coverage," 2:30 p.m. Friday, September 12, at the Asheboro Public Library.
Coble will explain options available to local seniors. Topics to be covered will include basic eligibility, how the plans work, choosing the best plan, extra help, and more.
Annual Open Enrollment for Medicare Part D begins on October 15.  Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services (CMS) and Seniors Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) recommend that every individual eligible for Part D review their options during the upcoming open enrollment period.  Formularies, premiums, deductibles, and co-pays can all change each year, and participants need to understand how those changes affect their coverage.
The program, sponsored by the Friends of the library, is free and the public is invited. The library is located at 201 Worth Street in Asheboro.