Saturday, January 24, 2015

Randolph landmark group to mark return of bell to Historic Courthouse

ASHEBORO – The Randolph County Historic Landmark Preservation Commission will recognize the relocation of the county’s courthouse bell to the 1909 Historic Courthouse, and salute Guy Troy of Liberty for his initiative in prompting the bell’s return, as part of its regular meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 27, in the Historic Courthouse meeting room.

The bell was moved to the new Randolph County Courthouse in 2002 and placed on display in the fourth floor lobby. In November, Troy recommended to the landmark commission that the bell be moved back to the Historic Courthouse, where it would be more accessible to public viewing. The commission approved the request and the Randolph County Board of Commissioners agreed to the move earlier this month.

The bell is now on display in the lobby of the Historic Courthouse.

The bell was commissioned in 1838 by a committee consisting of Jonathan Worth, Hugh McCain and John Balfour Troy, an ancestor of Guy Troy. It was cast in Medford, Mass., in 1838 by G.H. Holbrook, a bell founder whose father was trained in the craft by Paul Revere.

The Historic Landmark Preservation Commission identifies, preserves and protects the county’s historic landmarks, and educates the community about those resources as well as historic preservation in general. Learn more at

The 1909 Historic Courthouse is located at 145 Worth Street in Asheboro.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Friends of the Library Bookshop to offer Patterson, Koontz books at half-price

ASHEBORO – Books by James Patterson and Dean Koontz will be half price during an end-of-January sale at the Friends of the Library Bookshop in downtown Asheboro.

Dates of the sale are Tuesday, January 27; Thursday, January 29; and Saturday, January 31.

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.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Library invites children for winter tea party

ASHEBORO – Children  and their families are invited to sip warm beverages during a winter-themed ‘Iced Tea Party’ at 4 p.m. Tuesday, January 20, at the Asheboro Public Library.

Bring your little ones for a tea-related storytime, dress up in tea party fashion, and enjoy hot tea, cider and light snacks.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the tea party is free and the public is invited. Space is limited so call 318-6804 to sign up.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street in Asheboro.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Draw with Marvel artist John Czop at Asheboro library

Self portrait by John Czop
ASHEBORO -- Join Marvel Comics artist John Czop for a free demonstration on how to draw comics at 7 p.m. Thursday, January 15, in the Asheboro Public Library TeenZone.

The demonstration, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, is free and the public is invited.

Czop will talk about his work while drawing various styles of comic book characters and other art. Pencils and paper will be provided so participants can follow along.

Czop has created work for comic books including Spider Woman, X-Men and Iron Man, and animated television series such as Star Trek, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Family Guy.

A Chicago native, Czop studied art at the Kubert School in New Jersey and now lives in Asheboro.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street.

City students invited to join library ‘Reading League’

ASHEBORO – Elementary students in the Asheboro City Schools are invited to read books of their choosing for school reading logs in the quiet of the Asheboro Public Library meeting room.

Children are invited to drop in to read from 3:30-5 p.m. every Monday. Library staff are authorized to sign the logs, and library materials are available for reading.

A parent/caregiver must accompany children age 6 or younger; children 7-10 must have a parent/caregiver present in the building.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Randolph library to host more ‘Polar Play Days’

Don’t let the cold weather keep you inside!

Children age 0-5 and their parents/caregivers are invited to more Every Child Ready to Read Polar Play Days at libraries around the county in January, featuring fun outdoor activities, games and crafts that demonstrate the five keys to reading readiness.

The schedule is as follows:
  • Archdale Public Library, 10433 S. Main St., 10:30 a.m. January 8;
  • Asheboro Public Library, 201 Worth St., 10:30 a.m. January 20;
  • Liberty Public Library, 239 S. Fayetteville St., 11 a.m. January 6;
  • Ramseur Public Library, 1512 S. Main St., 10:30 a.m. January 22;
  • Seagrove Public Library,530 Old Plank Road, 1:30 p.m. January 15.
The Polar Play Days are free and the public is invited. For more information, call 318-6804

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Get e-reader help on Asheboro library’s ‘Un-Boxing Day’

ASHEBORO -- Have you unwrapped a shiny new tablet or e-reader this Christmas? Excited to download free ebooks, audiobooks or magazines in seconds?

Visit the Asheboro Public Library Reference Desk anytime on Saturday, December 27. Librarians will be on hand to help you get started. No appointment is necessary.

Can’t drop in on Un-Boxing Day? No worries: more sessions are on tap in the library meeting room:
  • Tuesday, January 6, 10 a.m.
  • Thursday, January 8, 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 10, 10 a.m.
If you prefer a private session, call 318-6803 for an appointment, and informal assistance is available at the Reference Desk anytime the library is open.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street in Asheboro.