Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Guitarist Larry G. Davis to present holiday concert

Virtuoso guitarist Larry G. Davis will present “A Ridges Mountain Christmas” at 7 p.m. Thursday, December 20, at the Asheboro Public Library. The concert will feature tunes for the holiday season.

Davis, who lives on Ridges Mountain near Asheboro, is a former studio musician who has risen to become one of today’s premier solo guitarists. He is a gifted classical and jazz player and has also mastered genres such as country-western and old time music.

The show, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, is free and the public is invited. The library is located at 201 Worth Street in Asheboro.

Asheboro library offers lapsit storytime for babies and caregivers

It’s never too early to share the building blocks of reading skills with your child.

With that in mind, the Asheboro Public Library Children’s Room is offering a storytime for babies and their parents/caregivers at 10:30 a.m. Mondays.

Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their children ages 0-18 months for a 20-minute lapsit storytime that incorporates age-appropriate books, music, rhymes and movement.

The storytime is free. For further information, contact Melina Simpson at 318-6804.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street in Asheboro.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Author Philip Gerard to focus on life in NC during Civil War in library talk

The received wisdom about life in North Carolina during the Civil War is not nearly as interesting as what actually happened, says author PhilipGerard.

Hot off a popular series of articles in Our State focusing on personal and thematic elements of the war, Gerard will talk about his discoveries at 7 p.m. Thursday, December 13, at the Asheboro library.

The talk is free and open to the public.

Gerard is the author of many historical novels set in North Carolina, including Cape Fear Rising and Hatteras Light. He has also written nonfiction books addressing topics ranging from the history of the schooner yacht Brilliant (Brilliant Passage) to World War II Germany (Secret Soldiers).

He is the chair of the department of creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and lectures widely on the art and craft of writing history-based stories.

His book Creative Nonfiction: Researching Stories of Real Life is a standard in college classrooms across the country.

Gerard’s appearance it is part of Civil War 150: Exploring the War and Its Meaning Through the Words of Those Who Lived It, a national programming initiative in recognition of the war’s sesquicentennial presented by The Library of America in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of America, supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The library is locate at 201 Worth Street in Asheboro.        

Asheboro library to host ‘Milk and Cookies with Santa’

Children are invited to hear holiday stories told by Santa Claus and make holiday crafts during “Milk and Cookies with Santa” at 3:30  p.m. Thursday, December 6, at the Asheboro Public Library.

The special holiday storytime is free and the public is invited. For more information, call 318-6804.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street in Asheboro.

Zoo educator to debut polar bear book with library reading, storytime

Discover the real life of Willie, one of the NC Zoo’s polar bears, when author and zoo Visitor Educator Tonya Weeks visits the Asheboro library for a reading and storytime at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 8.

Weeks is author of I Am Polar Bear, a children's book in which readers can learn about Willie’s daily life, polar bear anatomy and ways to protect this endangered species. “I have always been an animal lover and the big guy just spoke to my heart. I had no choice but to tell his story,” Weeks says.

The reading/storytime is free and the public is invited. The library is located at 201 Worth Street in Asheboro.

Kids to get hands-on with science at Asheboro library

Children can make the link between reading and science through free, hands-on after-school science programs at the Asheboro library.

The series, “Hands-On Science,” will kick-off at 3 p.m. Thursday, November 26,  with “Windmills!” Participants will learn about windmills and make one to take home.

Anyone in grades 2-6 is invited to join in. Call the Asheboro library Children’s Room at 318-6804 to register.

“Hands-On Science” will continue on the last Thursday of each month. Librarians will guide kids through a series of experiments, teach them scientific vocabulary, and lead them to the proper conclusions by asking them questions during each science experiment.

Each child will be given all supplies necessary to complete a take home project and will be guided step-by-step.

“Reading and books are directly connected to science and math, and it can all be a lot of fun when we put it all together,” says children’s librarian Melina Simpson.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street in Asheboro.