Thursday, June 30, 2011

Magical storyteller Mark Daniel returns to Randolph libraries

Magical Storyteller Mark Daniel will return to Randolph County’s public libraries this summer with his unique blend of magic, puppetry and stories. He will appear at all seven libraries, beginning in Randleman at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 21, and at the other libraries as follows:

  • Archdale, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 27;
  • Asheboro, 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 27 (at the Sunset Theatre);
  • Franklinville, 2 p.m. Thursday, July 28;
  • Liberty, 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 26;
  • Ramseur, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 28;
  • Seagrove, 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 26.

Daniel’s performances, part of “One World, Many Stories,” the Randolph County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, are free and the public is invited.

Daniel has been a mainstay of summer reading programs for more than 20 years. His programs have inspired over three million children in thousands of schools and libraries, celebrating the joy of reading and great books.

For more information about Daniel, visit For a complete schedule of summer events at the libraries, visit

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Library invites teens to build terrariums

Learn how to create a garden in a Mason jar in “Terrarium Building for Teens,” 10 a.m. Saturday, June 23, at the Asheboro Public Library.

The program, open to anyone ages 10 to 18, is free. Registration is required; to register, contact Teen Services Librarian Amy Keith Barney at 318-6824 or

Instructions and supplies will be provided. Each participant will be able to complete a terrarium to take home.

A terrarium is a small enclosure or closed container in which small plants and animals may be kept as ornament or for educational purposes.

The program is part of “You Are Here,” the library’s Teen Summer Reading Program. For

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Travel writer to suggest close-to-home getaways in library program

Looking for cheap, fun things to do in the surrounding area this summer?

Join travel writer Amber Nimocks for “Destination Triad,” a talk about the best daytrips for couples and families who are on a budget or are looking for something to do close to home, at 7p.m. Thursday, June 23, at the Asheboro Public Library.

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

Nimocks is a contributing producer of WUNC’s “The State of Things” and author of several author of several travel guides includingThe Insiders’ Guide to North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad.

The event is part of “Novel Destinations,” the library’s Adult Summer Reading Program. Between now and August 2, anyone 18 or over can submit a form for each book read, and be entered in drawings for weekly prizes from local merchants and restaurants.

For further information call 318-6808.

Library invites teens on a Geocaching adventure

Learn how to find messages and treasures hidden in public places in Geocaching for Teens, 10 a.m. Saturday, June 18, at the Asheboro Public Library.

Local geocacher Ray Betts will lead participants on a geocaching adventure in the vicinity of the library, explaining how to get started with the hobby. Betts will set up three geocaches on library property for participants to seek, and include a fourth long ago established on the grounds.

The program, open to anyone ages 10 to 18, is free.

Geocaching is an outdoor activity in which GPS devices are use to track down messages concealed in publicly accessible places by other geocachers. Betts, an artist, musician and 34-year Klaussner Home Furnishings employee, began geocaching in 2009 and has found 325 geocaches to date, including at least one in each of 75 North Carolina counties.

The geocaching event is part of “You Are Here,” the teen Summer Reading Program. For further information, contact Teen Services Librarian Amy Keith Barney at 318-6824 or