Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Get creative, make Valentine’s Day cards at the library

Bring the whole family and make creative cards for Valentine’s Day at 4 p.m. Thursday, February 9, at the Asheboro library.

Children, teens and parents can get in on the act. You supply the labor and creativity, and library staff members Amy Keith Barney and Margee Jones will provide all the supplies needed and instructions on how to make a variety of cards.

Get creative with paper, markers, glitter and more!

The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and is free. Children under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information contact Amy Keith Barney, 336-318-6824 or akeith@randolphlibrary.org.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Story times, computer classes for Spanish-speakers to get underway at library

Bilingual family story times and computer classes for Spanish-speakers will begin at the library in February.

At the Asheboro library, family story times will take place at 6 p.m. every other Wednesday beginning February 1, and computer classes will be offered from 6:30-7:30 p.m. every other Wednesday beginning February 8. Computer classes at the Franklinville library are being developed; a schedule will be announced soon.

Both the story times and the computer classes are free and the public is invited.

The programs are part of the American Dream Starts @ Your Library project to help promote both reading literacy and computer literacy among native Spanish-speakers, for which the library received a $5,000 grant from the American Library Association funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

For further information contact Claudia Alemán de Toomes, 318-6802 or catoomes@randolphlibrary.org.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Asheboro library introduces ‘Men In Black’ sci-fi book club

The Asheboro Public Library’s Men In Black Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book club is ready to go where no book club has gone before.

Submitted for your approval: library staff members Dave Bare and George Taylor will launch a book club that caters to the Martian, Hobbit, space explorer, zombie, adventurer and wizard in all of us.

The discussion group will meet at noon on the third Thursday of each month at the Asheboro Public Library, 201 Worth Street in Asheboro, with its first meeting on January 19. The club is free and open to anyone; participants are welcome to bring a lunch.

The first book up for consideration is World War Z by Max Brooks, a tale about a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by a zombie plague in which the intrepid narrator interviews people from around the world about their experiences during the zombie war.

Copies of the book are available for checkout and an ebook is available from the Digital Depot (via randquest.org).

At the first meeting, participants will plan titles for the rest of the year. For more information, call 318-6814.

Library to host special Friday screening of The Help

An aspiring writer upends her traditional Southern world when she helps give voice to the African American women who have spent their lives serving wealthy families in The Help, a Friday Evening Film at 7 p.m. January 13, at the Asheboro Public Library, 201 Worth St.

Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, the film follows Skeeter (Emma Stone), a southern society girl returned from college, as she interviews her friends’ housekeepers. Aibileen (Viola Davis) is the first to open up, to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community. Despite Skeeter's life-long friendships hanging in the balance, she and Aibileen continue their collaboration and soon more women come forward to tell their stories –and as it turns out, they have a lot to say.

The movie is free and the public is invited; refreshments will be served. Find our more at www.randolphlibrary.org/asheboromovies.html or call 318-6819.

Library’s ‘E-Readers 101’ workshops continue in Asheboro, Randleman, Liberty

Popular E-Readers 101 workshops will continue at three Randolph County libraries.

The free introductions to e-readers and ebooks will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 14 at the Asheboro library, 201 Worth Street; 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 18 at the Randleman library, 122 Commerce Square; and 10 a.m. Saturday, January 21 at the Liberty library, 239 S. Fayetteville St.

Included are a how-to on using the library’s Digital Depot ebook website (via randquest.org), tips for purchasing e-readers and hands-on experiences with Kindles and Nooks. For more information, call 318-6808.