Thursday, June 16, 2016

UNCG prof looks at Brazil as ‘country of football’ in Asheboro library talk

ASHEBORO – Football – soccer, to many in the U.S. – is more than a pastime in Brazil; it’s a bond that links people of all backgrounds to their common heritage as Brazilians.

To learn more about the importance of soccer in the host country of the summer Olympics, join Dr. Peter Villella, UNG-Greensboro assistant professor of Latin American History, for “The Country of Football: Sports and the History of Brazil” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at the Asheboro Public Library.

Villella says the development of soccer in Brazil illustrates much of what is unique and important in the country’s history: its struggles with inequality and disunity; its distinctive blend of cultural influences; and its ongoing quest to become a modern nation.

Villella’s talk, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, is free and the public is invited. It’s part of “Exercise Your Mind,” the library’s adult summer reading program.

Find full schedules of the library’s summer activities for children, teens and adults at

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

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Writer explores life of ‘Orphan Train’ rider in Asheboro library talk

Tamra Wilson
ASHEBORO – Join history buff and family researcher Tamra Wilson as she talks about her quest to discover how her grandmother wound up in the middle of Illinois with no known relatives in “Sarah McGuirk, Orphan Train Rider,” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, at the Asheboro Public Library.

Wilson’s talk is free and the public is invited. It’s the last in a series of visits to the library by “Road Scholars” from the North Carolina Humanities Council’s Many Stories, One People project.

Orphan Trains resettled some 250,000 children from crowded eastern cities to rural areas of the United States from 1853 to 1929. The program, though well-intentioned, was not without its critics.

Using her ancestor as a case study, Wilson explains how the orphan train program worked and didn't work, and explores the story behind the story: the influx of Irish immigrants from the Great Famine.

Wilson, who lives near Newton, N.C.,  is author of Dining with Robert Redford and Other Stories, short fiction about small town life. She also has published widely in a variety of anthologies, magazines and journals.

The project is made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Support also is provided by the Friends of the Library.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street. Call 336-318-6803 for further information.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

On Your Mark… Get Set… Read! at Randolph libraries this summer

ASHEBORO – “On Your Mark, Get Set… Read!” as the Randolph County Public Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Program gets underway with a focus on sports, fitness and nutrition.

The reading initiative runs thru June and July at the Archdale, Asheboro,  Franklinville, Liberty, Ramseur Randleman and Seagrove libraries, and features over 180 exciting events for children and families, as well as fascinating speakers and activities for teens and adults.

Children can sign up to track and report minutes read in return for reading rewards. Last year, 3,940 local children and teens registered, and reported reading for a total of 1,013,887 minutes.

Teens and adults also can keep track of their summer reading, and teens have a chance to win Kindle Fire HD tablets.

Schedules and complete details can be found at and at your local library.

For children and their families, Zelnik the Magician will appear all the libraries in June. The Charlotte-based performer will use magic to coach kids on the importance of fitness, nutrition and reading, and have everyone laughing, clapping and participating in the magic.

Zelnik’s schedule is as follows: 
  • Archdale, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 29;
  • Asheboro, 10: 30 a.m. Tuesday, June 28;
  • Franklinville, 3:30 p.n. Thursday, June 30;
  • Liberty, 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 29;
  • Ramseur, 1 p.m. Thursday, June 30;
  • Randleman, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 30;
  • Seagrove, 2  p.m. Tuesday, June 28.

In July, The Fettucini Brothers will engage young readers at all the libraries with a perfect mix of clean, original comedy blended with just the right amount of juggling and variety, and then served up with some intelligent, interactive fun.

In between, all the libraries will offer weekly storytimes and hands-on activities, as well as performers and special guests including Steve Somers (The Amazing Teacher), aerialist Amanda Durnell and the ever-popular “Snakes Alive” with Ron Cromer.

Teens are invited to “Get in the Game – Read” with activities ranging from comic book art classes to LEGO robotics and a blues music workshop, and the return of LEGO Mania.

For  adults, it’s “Exercise Your Mind – READ!” with fitness events, yoga, writing workshops and speakers.

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.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Clue in on mystery writing with author Lynn Chandler Willis at Asheboro library

ASHEBORO --  Join novelist Lynn Chandler Willis for “Randolph Writers Host Writer Talks: Clues to Writing a Mystery Novel” at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at the Asheboro Public Library.

Willis, a member of the Randolph Writers whose novel Wink of an Eye won the PWA Best First Private Eye Novel competition, will lead a spirited discussion about what goes into writing a mystery novel.

It’s free, and open to both writers and readers.

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

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

‘Star Wars’ themed trivia night to support Randolph Library Friends

ASHEBORO – The Friends of the Randolph County Public Library are bringing back their fun and successful trivia night fundraiser, this time with a Star Wars twist.
“Spring Fling in a Galaxy Far, Far Away” will take place from 6:30-10 p.m. Friday, May 20, at AVS Catering & Banquet Center in  Asheboro. The public is invited.

Tickets, which include dinner and the trivia contest, are $50 per person and are available at the Asheboro Public Library, 201 Worth Street. Proceeds go to support Friends programs, including author appearances, musical performances and enrichment activities for children, teens and adults.

During the friendly competition, participants will answer three rounds of trivia questions in teams of four, with some questions focusing on the Star Wars saga. Participants may sign up in groups of four as teams, or join a team on arrival. Prizes and bragging rights will be offered.

Sponsorship opportunities also are available; contact George Taylor, 336-318-6814, for further information.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Novelist Lynne Hinton returns to Asheboro for Friends of the Library event

Lynne Hinton
New York Times best-selling author and former Asheboro minister Lynne Hinton will headline the Friends of the Randolph County Public Library Annual Meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at the Sunset Theatre in downtown Asheboro.

Her appearance is free and the public is invited.

Hinton was minister at Asheboro’s First Congregational United Church of Christ just after her first novel, Friendship Cake, hit big on its publication in 2000. The story, about a group of women friends in a small southern town who are writing a church cookbook, became a best seller and generated the Hope Springs series of five novels.

Now, Hinton is author of 18 books, including the Pie Town series, set in New Mexico, and the Divine Private Detective Agency mystery series. She has received a slew of awards, including the 2011 New Mexico Book of the Year Award, Fiction/Adventure Drama Category, and the 2011 National Federation of Press Women’s Fiction Book of the Year. She also writes a Faith and Values column for The Charlotte Observer.

Born in Durham and raised in Fayetteville, Hinton is pastor of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Albuquerque. She attended Wake Forest University and graduated from UNC-Greensboro. She also attended the UNC School of the Arts School of Filmmaking, and holds a Masters of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA.

The Sunset Theatre is located at 234 Sunset Avenue. For more information, call the Asheboro Public Library at 336-318-6803.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Celebrate El día de los niños/El día de los libros at Asheboro library

ASHEBORO – Celebrate El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) with outdoor games, music, food and raffle prizes from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Asheboro Public Library.

Bring the family and celebrate the importance of literacy and reading for children of all cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

Part of the parking lot will be blocked off for the free event, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Latino Coalition of Randolph County.

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