Monday, September 19, 2011

Friends event to host 3rd Marjorie Memory Pottery Auction

Vintage pottery donated by two collectors will be sold during the Third Annual Marjorie W. Memory Pottery Auction at “A Taste of the South,” a fundraiser for the Friends of the Randolph Public Library, 7-10 p.m. Friday, October 14, at Pinewood Country Club.

Online bidding is also available at, up to the time of the silent auction.

Memory, of Randleman, died in 2009. She was a librarian at UNC-Greensboro, and penned the definitive history of the Randolph County Public Library (to 1967) as her master of library science thesis at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Her good friend and colleague Stanley Hicks, now of Enid, OK, established the auction, which this year includes 10 pottery pieces or groups of pieces donated by Hicks and Asheboro collector William Ivey.

Proceeds go to support Friends of the Library programs and activities. The pieces are on view at the Asheboro Public Library, and on the website.

Items in the auction include: a Burlon Craig swirlware butter dish; four miniature jugs by Dorothy Auman; a capped salt and pepper set by Charlie Moore of Jugtown; an M.L. Owens face jug; a 12-piece child’s tea set by Neolia and Cecilia Cole; an early Jugtown pitcher; a J.B. Cole candle dish in a watermelon glaze; a Westmoore pitcher and lid with cobalt decoration made by David Farrell; a salt glaze bowl by R.E. Albright; and pitcher with blue bird decoration and lid by Marvin Bailey.

The auction will take place at “A Taste of the South” featuring Sheri Castle, author of The New Southern Garden Cookbook. Tickets for the demonstration and gourmet dinner are $50 per person, and are available at the Asheboro Public Library, 318-6801.

Highest bids received online will be base bids for the silent auction.

Friends fundraiser to feature cookbook author Sheri Castle, gourmet dinner

Appetizers prepared on the spot and a gourmet dinner will highlight “A Taste of the South,” a fundraiser for the Friends of the Randolph Public Library, 7-10 p.m. Friday, October 14 at Pinewood Country Club.

The menu will feature recipes from The New Southern Garden Cookbook: Recipes for Enjoying the Best from Homegrown Gardens, Farmers' Markets, Roadside Stands and CSA Farm Boxes by Sheri Castle, who will talk about her book and, in a demonstration for attendees, prepare appetizers that will be served before the meal.

Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased at the Asheboro Public Library Circulation Desk. All proceeds go to support Friends activities and programs.

Castle is a food writer and cooking instructor based in Chapel Hill. Her recipes and essays have appeared over many years in magazines including Southern Living and Better Homes and Gardens.

She teaches classes at markets including Whole Foods and A Southern Season, as well as private classes, and assists with recipe testing and development.

The New Southern Garden Cookbook focuses on the pleasures of fresh, local, seasonal food. It offers over 300 recipes for delicious, healthy, home-cooked meals made possible by the diverse array of fruits and vegetables grown in the South, and most of the rest of the nation as well. It was named a notable cookbook by The New York Times, and an editor’s pick by Southern Living.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Jewelry expert to present identification event at library

Antique expert Pat Holder will present a jewelry identification event at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 22, at the Asheboro Public Library.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, it’s free and the public is invited.

Holder invites attendees to bring jewelry heirlooms and hand-me-downs. She will not appraise the items, but will assess what types of metal and stones they contain, and provide any additional history.

Holder is an antique dealer with 24 years experience. Her specialties include oriental porcelains and estate jewelry.

She previously conducted a jewelry ID event at the library in 2007.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Randolph library to join national survey of library computer, Internet users

Users of the Randolph County Public Library’s online resources will be able to share their opinions in a national survey from September 12-30.

The U.S. Impact Study, sponsored by the University of Washington Information School and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will collect data about the impact on people’s lives of free access to computers and the Internet in public libraries

Library patrons can respond to the survey on the library’s websites, and, or when logging into a computer at the library. During the survey period, the library will add 10 minutes to in-house Internet time limits to assist patrons in both completing the survey and getting their online work done.

The survey takes 10-15 minutes, and is voluntary and confidential. It seeks information on how people use library computers for jobseeking, education, health, e-commerce, social inclusion and other activities.

Survey results will help local libraries evaluate and tailor their online services, and provide a national snapshot of computer use in libraries.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Asheboro library Movie Monday goes sci-fi

The Asheboro library’s Movie Monday goes sci-fi in September with screenings of The Adjustment Bureau on September 12 and Sucker Punch on September 26. Showtime for both films is 2 p.m.

Based on a short story by Philip K. Dick, The Adjustment Bureau stars Matt Damon as a political candidate whose destiny seems controlled by a shadowy organization that threatens to thwart his romance with a ballerina played by Emily Blunt.

Sucker Punch focuses on a falsely-institutionalized young woman’s efforts to escape her imprisonment through her mental creation of an alternate reality. The cast includes Vanessa Hudgens, Scott Glenn and John Hamm

The movies are free and the public is invited; refreshments will be served. Find our more at or call 318-6819.

Archdale library to host Family Movie Nights in September and October

The Archdale Public Library will host Family Movie Nights at 7 p.m. Fridays in September and October.

Films screened will be: The Original Shaggy Dog, September 9; Tangled, September 23; How to Train Your Dragon, October 7; Soul Surfer, October 14; and a Halloween Party with Disney’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow (October 28).

The movie nights are free and the public is invited. For further information, contact Jonathan Farlow, 431-3811.

Archdale library offers fitness, Medicare programs for seniors in September

Medicare and fitness will be the topics of two programs for seniors at the Archdale Public Library in early September.

JoEllen Needham, Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) coordinator with the Randolph County Senior Adults Association, will cover current changes in the Medicare program at 3 p.m. Thursday, September 8.

On Wednesday, September 14 at 3 p.m., Meredith Morgan, wellness director for the Grubb Family YMCA in Trinity, will provide an introduction to the YMCA’s Silver Sneakers program. The leading exercise program for seniors, Silver Sneakers is covered by Medicare and Medicare supplement providers, and includes a complimentary fitness membership to the Trinity YMCA, low-impact classes taught by certified instructors, social events and health education.

The programs are free and the public is invited. For further information, contact Jonathan Farlow, 431-3811.