Monday, November 29, 2010

Asheboro library breakfast program for kids to feature “Amazing Teacher” Steve Somers

Children are invited to take a ride on the Arctic Express – but have breakfast first – as Steve Somers, the Amazing Teacher, visits the Asheboro Public Library on Saturday, December 4.

After a light breakfast at 9:30 a.m. in the library meeting room,Conductor Steve will use books on his Arctic Express reading list to take kids on a magical train ride for an entertaining look at winter festivals around the world, including Diwali, Kwanzaa, Solstice, Lunar New Year, Ramadan, Hanukkah and, of course, Christmas.

The program is free. All children and their parents are invited.

Somers, based in High Point, is an educator and performer whose “Amazing Teacher” programs have engaged students, parents and teachers in some 3,100 performances over 30 years. Find out more about him at here.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Library wins statewide award for mural project

The Randolph County Public Library’s summer 2009 downtown Asheboro mural project has won an Outstanding Library Promotional Project award from the North Carolina Public Library Directors Association (NCPLDA).

Conceived by Teen Services Librarian Amy Keith Barney as part of “Express Yourself @ your library,” the library’s teen Summer Reading Program, and created by local painter and art teacher Cori Cagle, the mural casts a dawn-to-dusk vision of downtown Asheboro landmarks and attractions on the concrete retaining wall at the intersection of Church and Academy streets.

Painted primarily by teen volunteers from the library and kids from the Central Boys and Girls Clubs, it encompasses some 900 square feet on the 220-foot-long by seven-foot-high arced wall. Some 15-20 painters worked each day for two weeks in July to complete the project, and adult volunteers chipped in on two evenings.

The project, which had the backing of the Asheboro Appearance Commission and the Asheboro City Council, was funded by Trees Asheboro (now Trees NC) through a Grassroots Arts Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council via the Randolph Arts Guild. Trees Asheboro and the City of Asheboro provided logistical support for the painters.

View photos of the project.

Ghosts of Christmases past, present and yet-to-come visit library on Movie Monday

It’s a tour de force performance for Jim Carrey as he tackles multiple roles in A Christmas Carol, the Asheboro Public Library’s Movie Monday, 2 p.m. December 6.

Carrey plays Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmases past, present and yet-to-come in this updated, animated version of the Charles Dickens’ classic. The old miser Scrooge must face the three spirits, who bring kindness to his otherwise cold heart and remind him of the man he used to be.

The movie is free and the public is invited; refreshments will be served. Find our more here, or call 318-6824.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Ornament workshop invites teens, ‘tweens to decorate library Christmas tree

Teens and ‘tweens ages 10-18 are invited to make Christmas ornaments for themselves and for the Asheboro Public Library Christmas tree from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, December 1, in the library meeting room.

The ornaments will be on display for the month of December on the library’s main tree. Participants will have an opportunity to handcraft a variety of ornaments from various patterns.

This year’s Christmas tree will be book-themed. Ornaments will be made from recycled books and a variety of papers.

The workshop is sponsored by the Friends of the Randolph Public Library, and is free. For further information, contact Teen Services Librarian Amy Keith Barney, or 318-6824.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Asheboro library Movie Monday to feature "Charlie St. Cloud"

A young man who must make a choice between the past and the future is the subject of Charlie St. Cloud, the Asheboro Public Library’s Movie Monday at 2 p.m. November 22.

Zac Efron plays the title character, a young man so overcome by grief at the death of his younger brother, Sam, that he takes a job as caretaker of the cemetery in which his brother is buried. Charlie meets up with Sam’s spirit each night to play catch and talk -- until a girl comes into Charlie's life and he must choose between keeping a promise he made to his brother, or going after the girl he loves.

The film also stars Amanda Crew and Ray Liotta.

The movie is free and the public is invited; refreshments will be served. Find our more at here, or call 318-6824.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Saxophone quartet 'Saxology' to perform at Asheboro library

Saxology, a saxophone quartet, will perform American popular songs and Broadway tunes at the Asheboro Public Library, 7 p.m. Thursday, November 18.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the program is free and the public is invited.

Saxology is comprised of four veteran musicians: Lanny Cox, Dave Howard, Max Sharpe and Gary Lewis. Instrumentally, the group features soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxes.

The group has a repertoire of 100 specially-written arrangements, most created by area arranging legend Keith Lydick. Lydick will emcee the concert.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Asheboro library Movie Monday to feature Robin Hood

Return to Sherwood Forest with Russell Crowe in Robin Hood, the Asheboro Public Library’s Movie Monday at 2 p.m. November 8.

In 13th Century England, Robin and his band of marauders confront corruption in a local village and lead an uprising against the crown that will forever alter the balance of world power. Whether thief or hero, one man from humble beginnings will become an eternal symbol of freedom for his people.

The film, directed by Ridley Scott, also features Cate Blanchett as Marion.

The movie is free and the public is invited; refreshments will be served. Find our more here, or call 318-6824.