Friday, November 18, 2022

‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ returns to Randolph libraries

ASHEBORO – He’s mean! He’s green! And he’s back to steal Christmas.

Everyone’s favorite grouch will visit each Randolph County Public Libraries branch and the Sunset Theatre during the week of December 5 as illusionist and storyteller Caleb Sigmon returns with his highly celebrated rendition of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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

Asheboro’s event will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, December 6, at the Sunset Theatre, 234 Sunset Avenue. Performances also will take place at each library as follows:

  • Archdale, 10433 S. Main St.: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 7;
  • Franklinville, 111 Sumner Place: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 6;
  • Liberty, 239 S. Fayetteville St.: 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 5;
  • Ramseur, 1512 Main St.: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 8;
  • Randleman, 142 W. Academy St.: 3:30 p.m. Thursday, December 8;
  • Seagrove: 530 Old Plank Rd.: 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 7. 

Audience members’ hearts will grow three sizes as the classical story unfolds in a musical performance that includes live actors, puppets and lots of audience interaction.

For more information, contact the Asheboro library Children’s Room at 336-318-6804.

True Grass to play ‘Country Christmas Concert’ at Asheboro library

True Grass members William Britt, Tim Moon, Matthew Nance, Nolan Moon and Gary Callicutt

ASHEBORO – Popular and long-lived local bluegrass/gospel band True Grass will present a “Country Christmas Concert,” 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 6, at the Asheboro Public Library.

The performance is free and the public is invited.

The group has played local venues including the Sunset Theatre, the NC Zoo, Randolph Community College, churches, corporate events and others for over 20 years.

Founding members Tim Moon and Gary Callicutt remain with the group.

Moon, a well-known music teacher for over 30 years, plays mandolin and sings lead vocals. Callicutt plays bass and sings tenor vocals.

Matthew Nance plays banjo and sings baritone vocals. William Britt plays guitar and sings most lead vocals. Fifteen-year-old Nolan Moon plays blistering fast solos as well as beautiful waltz styles on fiddle. 

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

Friends Bookshop to offer entire stock for half price in big book sale

Find just the right holiday gift for that special person (even if it’s just you!) during a special sale at the Friends of the Library Bookshop in downtown Asheboro, December 9-15.

The sale will kick off from 6-9 p.m. Friday, December 9, during Asheboro’s Christmas Downtown (formerly Christmas on Sunset), and will continue the following week during regular bookshop hours, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, December 10; Tuesday, December 13; and Thursday, December 15.

The sale will enable the bookshop to make space for ongoing donations. The bookshop is located at  226 Sunset Ave.

For further information, contact the bookshop at 336-629-1536.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Cash on Cash: Asheboro’s Sunset Series returns with Johnny Cash in words and music

Robert Burke Warren
Singer-songwriters Robert Burke Warren and Casey Noel will trace the life of Johnny Cash in words and music as the Friends of the Library Sunset Signature Series returns, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 22, at the historic Sunset Theatre in downtown Asheboro.

Their appearance is free and the public is invited.

Warren is author of Cash on Cash: Interviews and Encounters with Johnny Cash, forthcoming in September from the Chicago Review Press. In the book, Warren charts the evolution of Cash and his music through interviews Cash gave from the 1950s through the early 2000s, and provides his own commentary on Cash’s words.

Casey Noel

During the performance, Warren will read from his book and perform some of Cash’s songs with Noel.

Warren is a novelist, educator, and music journalist based in the Catskill Mountains of New York. His music writing has appeared in Vulture, Paste, and Salon, among other publications.

As a performer, he played bass for the Queens, New York, based garage rock band The Fleshtones and has forged a career on his own as a singer-songwriter. He also presents educational rock ‘n’ roll performances for children as “Uncle Rock.”

He is married to Grammy-nominated music journalist, author, Janis Joplin biographer and Asheboro native Holly George-Warren.

Noel is a North Carolina-based singer-songwriter. A single entitled “Page 52” off her 2020 EP Not Just Pretty Words was added to Spotify’s Emerging Americana playlist. She has performed at Floydfest, Byrds Creek Music Festival and Bristol Rhythm and Roots, and has opened for roots musician Molly Tuttle.

Begun in 2018, the Sunset Series brings high-profile speakers and performers to the Sunset Theatre. It is sponsored by the Heart of North Carolina Visitors Bureau, the City of Asheboro and the Friends of the Randolph County Public Library. 

The 2023 Sunset Series lineup, which is expected to feature six events, will be announced later this fall.

For further information, call 800-626-2672. The Sunset Theatre is located at 234 Sunset Avenue.

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Go to ‘school’ for healthy cooking in workshops at Randolph Cooperative Extension

ASHEBORO – Sign up for the “Cook Smart, Eat Smart Cooking School” hosted by the Asheboro Public Library at Randolph County Cooperative Extension, and learn how to prepare simple, healthy and delicious foods for you and your family.

The four free workshops, taught by Cooperative Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Agent Jeannie Leonard, will take place from 6-8 p.m. Thursdays, September 22 thru October 13.

Space is limited; call the Asheboro library at 336-318-6803 to sign up. Because each class sets the stage for the next one, participants should attend all four sessions.

“Cook Smart, Eat Smart” keeps it simple — simple, healthy preparation techniques, simple ingredients and simple equipment. Each session contains several basic cooking techniques and other topics related to preparing and eating meals at home, while delivering tips on stretching food dollars while still eating healthily.

Leonard moderates the Facebook page “Jeannie’s Kitchen,” where she shares easy and affordable seasonal recipes.

The workshops are provided by the library’s Margaret C. Taylor Memorial Culinary Arts Fund.

Cooperative Extension is located at 1003 S. Fayetteville Street, Asheboro.

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Library technology classes in September to focus on computer basics, email

ASHEBORO – Asheboro library technology classes September will cover learning computer basics and using email.

Become more tech savvy in “Computer Basics for Adults,” offered at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 13, and repeated at 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 19. This popular class is designed for those who are new to computers or who feel they need to have more instruction.

Participants will leave feeling confident about navigating the desktop; opening, closing and switching between windows; understanding operating systems; and storing information in various ways to keep it safe.

In “Understanding the Power of Email,” offered at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 8 and repeated at 3 p.m. Wednesday, September 21, learn how this popular communications tool works. Make an email account and learn about email account providers, composing and replying to emails, sending attachments, and dealing with spam in your inbox.

All the classes are free and the public is invited; call 336-318-6803 for more information.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street.

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Libraries to offer countywide dementia caregiver training, sensory activity kits

Community Navigator Angi Polito displays the contents of sensory activity kits, available from the Randolph County Public Libraries, that caregivers can use with people experiencing dementia.

ASHEBORO – Caregivers for people experiencing dementia are invited to participate in hands-on, multi-disciplinary training workshops presented by the Dementia Alliance of North Carolina at three Randolph County Public Libraries locations on August 30 and 31.

Called “Accepting the Challenge,” the training will be offered at the libraries as follows;

  • Archdale Public Library, 3 p.m. Tuesday, August 30;
  • Liberty Public Library, 6 p.m. Tuesday, August 30;
  • Asheboro Public Library, 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 31.

The sessions, conducted by Melanie Bunn, RN MS GNP, of the Dementia Alliance and hosted by the library’s Community Navigators, are free and open to all caregivers and potential caregivers. No registration is required.

The 2-hour workshop is designed to help caregivers provide the best care possible and in turn offer a quality of life for people with dementia. Topics include background information on dementia and Alzheimer’s disease; physical approaches; communication skills; offering assistance; evaluating cognitive levels; “Meaningful Days” (activities); and problem behavior.

The “Accepting the Challenge” training will be available on two DVD sets that can be checked out from the library.

Also available from the library are 11 sensory activity kits for caregivers to use people experiencing dementia. The kits provide simple, hands-on experiences that keep the person’s mind active and offer the comfort of a repetitive action.

All the kits include fidget balls and reusable water paint cards. Kits aimed primarily for women include a companion doll and a lacing activity card, while those aimed for men include a busy-work board and “Plumber Pals” pipes. 

Each bundle also includes three books for caregivers: Put Your Mask on First, a book about self-care; Caregiving 101: Activities for the Family Caregiver; and Caregiving 101: Activity Fun Book. The kits will be available at each library, on the Mobile Library and through the Extension Services Department.

The dementia-care project was developed by Community Navigator Angi Polito and funded through a Bright Ideas Grant awarded by the State Library of North Carolina.

The grant is made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Library and Museum Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (IMLS grant number LS-252476-OLS-21).

For further information, call the Community Navigators at 336-318-6825 or email them at