Thursday, May 12, 2022

Archdale library to host class on growing bearded irises

Learn all about “Bearded Irises for the Home Landscape” with Master Gardener Heather Haley at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at the Archdale Public Library.

The class will cover properly planting and caring for irises in the home landscape. This perennial plant is typically low maintenance, will re-bloom year after year, and comes in many colors and forms making them a rewarding addition to any landscape.

Attendees will receive an invitation to join the American Iris Society at a reduced rate and can pick up a free iris at the Randolph County Cooperative Extension office located at 1003 S Fayetteville Street, Asheboro.

The Archdale library is located at 10433 S. Main St.

Trio to bring Irish and American folk tunes to Asheboro library

Travis Hicks
ASHEBORO – The traditional trio of Travis and Amelia Hicks and Scott Manring will present an evening of Irish and American folk music on a mix of string and wind instruments at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, at the Asheboro Public Library.

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

Hicks, a professor of interior architecture at UNCG, will return for an encore performance on the Irish bagpipes and tin whistles, with daughter Amelia on guitar. They will be joined by Scott Manring, a Triad multi-instrumentalist, teacher, and performer on a variety of string instruments. 

In addition to his academic pursuits, Hicks grew up playing piano and singing in church. Inspired by Irish piper Paddy Moloney of The Chieftans, he took up traditional Irish music.

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

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Randolph library Storywalks debut in Franklinville, Liberty parks

Franklinville/Seagrove library Manager Charity Neave Johnson with a Storywalk panel in Riverside Park along the Deep River in Franklinville.

ASHEBORO – Children visiting parks in Franklinville and Liberty can burnish their early literacy skills with the debut of Randolph County Public Libraries Storywalks in May and June.

“A Storywalk is a unique way to read a book,” says Franklinville/Seagrove Library Manager Charity Neave Johnson, who spearheaded the project. “Two pages of a picture book are posted 20-30 feet apart. Readers walk from one to the next, getting a snippet of the story each time. In this way reading becomes an active experience that is engaging for children and adults.”

The Franklinville installation, winding through Riverside Park along the Deep River, will kick off with a Storywalk Festival from 1-3  p.m. Saturday, May 21, with music, face-painting, activity stations and tasty treats. Magician Fish the Magish will make an appearance at 3 p.m. Each child who completes all the activities can enter to win a scooter.

Liberty will kick off its Storywalk in Paul Henry Smith Park as part of a community Juneteenth celebration from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 19, with vendors, food, music, games and prizes. 

The first book in the Franklinville Storywalk will be Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin and James and Kimberly Dean. In Liberty, it’s Hello Ocean by Pamela Muñoz Ryan.

New books will be placed in the Storywalk panels monthly. The panels also will include information about early literacy and resources in Randolph County. All books will be presented in bilingual English/Spanish format.

The project is a partnership between the library, the Randolph County Partnership for Children, and the towns of Franklinville and Liberty, and is funded with a $12,000 Library Services and Technology Act grant.

This 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-250229-OLS-21).

Monday, April 4, 2022

Get help finding help with Community Navigators at Randolph libraries

Community Navigators Angi Polito and Dana Nance 
 ASHEBORO – Need help finding help?

Reach out to the Community Navigators at Randolph County Public Libraries for individualized assistance in meeting basic needs such as housing, food and clothing, employment, child care, child development support, access to medical or mental health, services and more. The navigators will direct clients to resources in the community that can help.

To reach a navigator, call 336-318-6825, email, or contact your local library. A team member can respond anywhere in the county, and eventually the navigators will have office hours at each of the seven libraries in the Randolph County system. 

The Navigators, Angi Polito and Dana Nance, will provide needs assessment and basic counseling, identify community resources that can help, and refer clients to appropriate services. They also will follow up on their clients’ progress in receiving support.

Both have extensive backgrounds as social workers – Polito worked 16 years with the Randolph County Department of Social Services and another five as a supervisor with Guilford County Social Services. Nance is transferring to the navigator program after 20 years with Randolph Social Services

A third navigator is expected to be added soon.

The Navigator project, funded by the Randolph County Board of Commissioners for a one year pilot, is a partnership among the library, the Randolph Partnership for Children, the Randolph County Department of Social Services and Randolph County Public Health.

“The social workers will be immersed in the community to the point that they will have insights like, ‘Tuesday afternoons are the least busy time at this agency,’” says Lisa Hayworth, executive director of the Randolph Partnership for Children.

The navigators especially will focus on support for families and children, seeking to prevent or reduce the need for intervention by other agencies such as law enforcement or social services.

They also will train library staff and others in local organizations to better respond to the social services needs of patrons and to effectively triage people in crisis, and will collaborate on obtaining grants to address local needs.

“People seek support at the libraries because we are viewed as safe spaces in the community,” says Library Director Ross Holt. “The navigators will enable individuals and families to find assistance in an approachable, close-to-home environment.”

Having social workers available through public libraries is an emerging trend in librarianship that has been developing over the last decade, Holt says. 

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Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Learn about Tuscarora of eastern NC with A&T prof Smallwood at Asheboro library

Dr. Arwin Smallwood
ASHEBORO – So compelling are the North Carolina history talks by Dr. Arwin Smallwood of N.C. A&T State University that the Asheboro Public Library keeps inviting him back for more.

Smallwood will return with “The Tuscarora of North Carolina” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, at the library. The in-person program is free and the public is invited.

The talk will follow the lives of the Tuscarora and other native people in the state up to the mid-1800s. A group welcoming of all people (they absorbed the Lost Colony), the Tuscarora experienced a diaspora following the Tuscarora War that spread them around North Carolina, the eastern United States, Canada and the Caribbean.

An expert on the history and development of Native American, African American and European cultures in the eastern part of the state, Smallwood is professor and chair of the Department of History and Political Science at N.C. A&T. He is a native of Bertie County.

Last month, he received the Gov. James E. Holshouser Jr. Award for Excellence in Public Service from The University of North Carolina Board of Governors, one of the top two annual faculty awards in the UNC system. Smallwood is the first N.C. A&T staff member chosen for the award.

The Asheboro library is located at 201 Worth Street.

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Actress Diane Faison to bring ‘The Spirit of Harriet Tubman’ to life in Asheboro show

Diane Faison as Harriet Tubman
ASHEBORO – Experience history through “The Spirit of Harriet Tubman” as actress Diane Faison brings the famed abolitionist to life in a performance at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at the George Washington Carver Community Enrichment Center (GWCCEC), 950 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Asheboro

The one-woman show is sponsored by the Friends of the Randolph County Public Libraries and the GWCCEC. The performance is free and the public is invited.

Tubman, born in 1822, escaped a brutal existence as an enslaved person to found the Underground Railroad and advocate tirelessly for abolition. She led troops in the United States Army during the Civil War, and afterwards became an advocate for women’s suffrage.

Faison, an art teacher in North Carolina and Virginia for 25 years, wanted students to feel history, rather than just researching it. She studied Tubman’s life and developed her one-woman play, which her husband, a history teacher, asked her to perform for his students.

Since then, she has performed multiple times each month for close to 30 years in schools, colleges, libraries, churches and retirement homes.

Faison, who resides in Winston-Salem, holds a bachelors of arts in art appreciation from North Carolina Central University. She has received grants from the Winston-Salem and Alamance arts councils, and the Puffin Foundation.

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Learn Google Docs, Excel in Asheboro library classes

ASHEBORO – Learn how to use Google Docs to create documents, and Microsoft Excel to make lists and manipulate data, in free classes at the Asheboro Public Library in April.

The Google Docs class will take place at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 4. It will cover the Google Docs interface, sharing documents with others, printing and downloading documents, and how to access Docs on any device with an Internet connection.

The Microsoft Excel class will be offered at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, and will cover using the ribbon tools to format text and organize data; identifying active cells and applying formatting; analyzing and displaying data using tools such as autosum, formulas and charts; and creating readable reports.

The Google Docs class will be repeated at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 25. The Excel class will be repeated at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 27.

The classes are free and the public is invited; call 336-318-6803 to sign up or for further information.