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.

UNCG prof Dr. Mandy Cooper to explore women’s suffrage movement in virtual Asheboro library talk

Dr. Mandy L. Cooper
ASHEBORO – On August 18, 1920, Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, and women achieved the long-fought-for right to vote.

For the amendment’s 100th anniversary, UNC-Greensboro lecturer Dr. Mandy L. Cooper will re-examine the fight for women’s suffrage in a live, interactive virtual talk, “Votes for Women: The Nineteenth  Amendment at 100,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 23.

Log in at www.randolphlibrary.org/events/suffrage.html about 10 minutes before the scheduled time, or call in at 1-517-317-3122. For assistance, call 336-318-6808.

Although Cooper places the amendment at the center of a long and continued fight for suffrage, she also notes that some women in the U.S. already had the right to vote — and others would continue fighting for it for decades.

Cooper is a Lecturer of Women’s and Gender History at UNCG. She earned her Ph.D. in history from Duke University.

She is currently at work on a book project, Bonds of Affection: Business & Politics in the National Family, which explores the relationship between emotional family bonds & the development of the U.S. economy & governing institutions.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Randolph library invites kids to “Imagine Your Story” this summer

Bright Star Touring Theatre; Illusionist/Storyteller Caleb Sigmon
ASHEBORO – Fantasy and fairy tale adventures await young readers as “Imagine Your Story,” the Randolph County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, gets underway.

With buildings closed at present and traditional in-person activities unavailable, the library instead will engage kids with 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.”

Some libraries also will offer reading programs for teens and adults.

Two big events for children and families will anchor the summer activities: seven live, interactive Zoom performances by Bright Star Touring Theatre of two shows, Aesop’s Fables and Once Upon a Time, June 16-25; and illusionist/storyteller Caleb Sigmon’s The Wizard Experience, a YouTube performance inspired by The Wizarding World of Harry Potter available July 20-25.

The Bright Star shows are assigned to each of the seven libraries, but anyone can sign up for a time that’s best for them. Times are as follows:
  • Asheboro, 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 17;
  • Archdale, 7 p.m. Thursday, June 25;
  • Franklinville, 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 16;
  • Liberty, 2 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.
Find sign-up links at www.randolphlibrary.org/summer.

Exclusive links for the Caleb Sigmon performance will be announced closer to the time of the event.

Meanwhile, virtual weekly events with special guests will include folk singer/storyteller Sharon Clarke, N.C. Zoo educators, origami magician Yasu Ishida, ScienceTellers, The Curly Fries Band, Grey Seal Puppets and more.  The libraries also will continue to post virtual storytimes and other locally-produced programs, such as Asheboro library’s “Mindfulness with Ms. Emily” and craft instructional videos, “Stick Around with Ms. Becky.”

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 Summer Reading Program 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 further information, visit www.randophlibrary.org/summer, call the Asheboro Children’s Room at 336-318-6804, or contact your local library.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Curbside pick-up expands to all Randolph libraries; hours increase

ASHEBORO – After the Memorial Day holiday, curbside pick-up of books, DVDs and audiobooks will be available at all seven branches of the Randolph County Public Library as Ramseur and Randleman libraries initiate the service.

Hours also are expanding, with Saturday pick-up times available at Asheboro, Archdale, Liberty and Randleman.

To place requests, borrowers can search the library’s catalog at www.randolphlibrary.org or call their local library. Library staff will retrieve the requested items, bag them and contact the borrower to arrange a pick-up time.

Pick-ups are no-contact.

Reach the libraries as follows
  • Asheboro, 336-318-6801 or 336-318-6803, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9-1 p.m. Saturday;
  • Archdale, 336-431-3811, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday;
  • Franklinville, 336-685-3100, 2-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday;
  • Liberty, 336-622-4605, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday;
  • Ramseur, 336-824-2232, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday;
  • Randleman, 336-498-3141, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday;
  • Seagrove, 336-873-7521, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday.
 The library buildings are closed to the public as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.