Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Jeopardy! champ Ken Jennings to kick off return of Asheboro Sunset Series

Ken Jennings
Jeopardy! “Greatest of All Time” champion Ken Jennings will usher in the return of the Friends of the Library Sunset Signature Series with a talk at 7 p.m. Saturday, August 28, at downtown Asheboro’s historic Sunset Theatre.

His appearance is free and the public is invited. The Sunset Series is sponsored by the Heart of North Carolina Visitors Bureau, the City of Asheboro and the Friends of the Randolph County Public Library.

Attendees are requested to wear face coverings, which will be available at the theater.

Jennings will talk about his experiences appearing on the game show, his techniques for winning, and how his life has changed since.

Jennings became the stuff of legend when he beat fellow champions James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter to be named the “Greatest of All Time” player.

The honor topped his previous achievements as one of the winningest game show contestants of all time. He still holds three big Jeopardy! records: longest winning streak, 74 games; highest regular-season winnings, $2,520,700; and highest average number of correct responses per game, 35.9.

After his Jeopardy! conquest, Jennings became a best-selling author, penning 12 books including the New York times bestseller Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird, World of Geography, and a series of children’s books.

Jennings grew up overseas in Korea and Singapore, where his father worked as an attorney. His only lifeline to American pop culture during those years was TV on the Armed Forces network, where he watched Jeopardy! religiously after school every day.

He graduated from Brigham Young University, where he captained the quiz bowl team. He was working as a software engineer in Salt Lake City in 2004, when he received a phone call notifying him that his Jeopardy! audition was successful.    

Following Jennings, upcoming Sunset Series events include:

  • Bluegrass musicians Dewey and Leslie Brown, 7 p.m. Saturday, October 16;
  • Actor/playwright Mike Wiley with his one-person show Breach of Peace: Stories of the Freedom Riders, 1961, 7 p.m. Saturday, November 6; and
  • Performance Speed Painter Tim Decker, 7 p.m. Saturday, March 19, 2022.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Randolph library launches community survey

ASHEBORO – The Randolph County Public Library is asking county residents to help envision the library’s future by taking a brief community survey. 

The survey, in English and Spanish versions, can be found at www.randolphlibrary.org/survey

It’s part of a strategic planning process that will result in a five year plan for the library system. 

“Responses to the questions will help the library prioritize its efforts and better serve the people of the county,” said Library Director Ross Holt. 

The survey also can be found on the library’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/randolphlibrary, and in paper form at each library. 

The libraries in Archdale, Asheboro, Franklinville, Liberty, Ramseur Randleman, and Seagrove are all part of the Randolph County Public Library system.

 The survey will be open through June 19.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Need tech help? Call Randolph library’s P.R.O.S.

ASHEBORO – Need help setting up your device to access ebooks, filling out an online application or learning a new technology?

Meet virtually face-to-face — and share your computer or device screen — with the P.R.O.S. at the Randolph County Public Library, who will talk you through your task.

P.R.O.S. stands for Patrons Requesting Online Support. Reference librarians Dave Bare, Meghan Carter and Harris Mason are standing by with the library’s Go-To-Meeting software (similar to Zoom) to provide one-on-one help.    

Get assistance with a new device; get set up to download library ebooks, e-audiobooks and e-magazines;  get help filling out online forms and applications; get homework or research aid; sign up for a library card; and more.

Initiate a session by calling 336-318-6801. One of the P.R.O.S. may be available to help immediately, or may set up a time for a later meeting. A link to join the virtual meeting will be sent to your email.

Anyone with a desktop or laptop computer and camera, a tablet or iPad, or smartphone can access the service. If your computer does not have a microphone, you can simultaneously call a toll-free number for voice communication.

With your consent, the P.R.O.S. will look at your screen and advise you as you work.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Illusionist Caleb Sigmon to bring virtual ‘Wizard Experience’ show to Randolph libraries

ASHEBORO – Illusionist and storyteller Caleb Sigmon will dazzle young audiences with “The Wizard Experience,” a virtual show inspired by “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.”

There will be flying brooms and talking sorting hats, and viewers will feel like they have enrolled at Hogwarts as objects appear, disappear and transfigure.

Sigmon’s performances will appear as follows on library Facebook pages between July 20-23 (the events are assigned to individual libraries, but anyone can tune in):
· Monday, July 20, 3 p.m., facebook.com/fvpubliclibrary;
· Tuesday, July 21, 10:30 a.m., facebook.com/RamseurLibrary;
· Tuesday, July 21, 2:30 p.m., facebook.com/randolphlibrary;
· Wednesday, July 22, 10:30 a.m., facebook.com/ArchdaleLibrary;
· Wednesday, July 22, 6 p.m., facebook.com/randolphlibrary;
· Thursday, July 23, 10:30 a.m., facebook.com/RandlemanPublicLibrary;
· Thursday, July 23, 2:30 p.m., facebook.com/LibertyNCLibrary.

After the initial week of premiers, the video will be available for another week at www.randolphlibrary.org/summer.

Sigmon’s performance is sponsored by the Friends of the Library; the project receives support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

For further information, call 336-318-6804.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Caleb Sigmon presents "Fabulous Fable Forest" in virtual Randleman library performance

Illusionist and storyteller Caleb Sigmon brings his "Fabulous Fable Forest" to the Randleman Public Library in a virtual performance at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 2. A video will be posted at that time to the library’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/randlemanpubliclibrary, and will be available for 48 hours.

The performance will feature comedy, games and engaging storytelling as Sigmon revisits some classic fables.

Sigmon, who describes himself as a boy who never grew up, spent the better part of his childhood playing inside cardboard boxes and fighting dragons in his backyard. He developed the ability to dream big at an early age. Now, he has made it his career.

Graduating from one of the top ten national art schools, he immediately went to work forging his own way with a unique blend of magic, drama and storytelling. 

For further information, contact the library at 336-498-3141.

Join Yasu Ishida's "Dreamer's Carnival" in virtual Randolph library event

ASHEBORO – Origami magician Yasu Ishida will present "Dreamer's Carnival" in a live, interactive Zoom performance at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 2, as part of "Imagine Your Story," the Randolph County Public Library's 2020 Summer Reading Program.

Sign up at www.randolphlibrary.org/events/yasu.html to receive a link for the event, which will be filled with stories, magic, Kamishibai (Japanese picture board storytelling), origami, and fun!

Born in Ube, Japan, Ishida holds a master of fine arts degree in Theatre for Young Audiences and graduated from the Chavez School of Magic, the most prestigious magic school in the world. Now living in Myrtle Beach, he has worked with children all over the country, including Disney Summerstage Kids in New York, the Florida Storytelling Festival, the Hawaii Book and Music Festival, and the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C.

For further information, call 336-318-6804.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Bright Star Touring Theatre brings live, interactive virtual performances to Randolph libraries

ASHEBORO – Asheville’s Bright Star Touring Theatre will present multiple live, interactive Zoom performances of two plays for children, Aesop’s Fables and Once Upon a Time, from June 16-25 as part of “Imagine Your Story,” the Randolph County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program.

Sign up for a show at www.randolphlibrary.org/summer and receive a Zoom link.

Once Upon a Time (above);
Aesop's Fables (below).
The shows are assigned to each of the seven libraries, but anyone can sign up for a time that’s best for them. For Once Upon a Time:
  • Asheboro, 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 17;
  • Archdale, 7 p.m. Thursday, June 25;
  • Ramseur, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 18;
  • Randleman, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 25;
  •  Seagrove, 3 p.m. Thursday, June 18.
 Times for Aesop’s Fables are:
  • Franklinville, 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 16;
  • Liberty, 2 p.m. Thursday, June 25;
 In Once Upon a Time, Lenny and Mabel – “The Greatest Actors in the World” – bring two classic fairy tales to life. Dance at the ball with “Cinderella,” and challenge the giant with “Jack and the Beanstalk.”

In Aesop’s Fables, stories like “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,’ “The Tortoise and the Hare” and “The Lion and the Mouse” leave audiences with a message that is both timely and timeless.

With buildings closed at present and traditional in-person activities unavailable, the library instead is engaging kids in June and July with some 72 virtual performances and storytimes, reading rewards, and take-home activities keyed to the adventurous theme or to weekly topics. Options to participate vary from library to library – find details, a complete schedule, video links and library contact information at www.randolphlibrary.org/summer.

“This year more than ever, it’s important that kids keep reading during the summer,” says Samantha Colwell, head of Children’s Services. “Staying engaged with reading and learning helps children pick up where they left off when the next school year starts. Library summer programs provide a fun, no-pressure way to do that.”

For those who lack Internet access at home but have Internet-capable phones, tablets or laptops, drive-up WiFi is available in the parking lots of library buildings between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily.

The Bright Star appearance is sponsored by the 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 are better prepared to begin the next school year.

For more information, visit www.randolphlibrary.org/summer, call the Asheboro library Children’s Room at 336-318-6804, or contact your local library.