Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Novelist Lynne Hinton returns to Asheboro for Friends of the Library event

Lynne Hinton
New York Times best-selling author and former Asheboro minister Lynne Hinton will headline the Friends of the Randolph County Public Library Annual Meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at the Sunset Theatre in downtown Asheboro.

Her appearance is free and the public is invited.

Hinton was minister at Asheboro’s First Congregational United Church of Christ just after her first novel, Friendship Cake, hit big on its publication in 2000. The story, about a group of women friends in a small southern town who are writing a church cookbook, became a best seller and generated the Hope Springs series of five novels.

Now, Hinton is author of 18 books, including the Pie Town series, set in New Mexico, and the Divine Private Detective Agency mystery series. She has received a slew of awards, including the 2011 New Mexico Book of the Year Award, Fiction/Adventure Drama Category, and the 2011 National Federation of Press Women’s Fiction Book of the Year. She also writes a Faith and Values column for The Charlotte Observer.

Born in Durham and raised in Fayetteville, Hinton is pastor of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Albuquerque. She attended Wake Forest University and graduated from UNC-Greensboro. She also attended the UNC School of the Arts School of Filmmaking, and holds a Masters of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA.

The Sunset Theatre is located at 234 Sunset Avenue. For more information, call the Asheboro Public Library at 336-318-6803.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Celebrate El día de los niños/El día de los libros at Asheboro library

ASHEBORO – Celebrate El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) with outdoor games, music, food and raffle prizes from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Asheboro Public Library.

Bring the family and celebrate the importance of literacy and reading for children of all cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

Part of the parking lot will be blocked off for the free event, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Latino Coalition of Randolph County.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street. For more information, call 336-318-6804.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

‘Road Scholar’ Walter Ziffer looks at Saul of Tarsus in Asheboro library talk

ASHEBORO – How did Paul the Apostle, formerly known as Saul of Tarsus, contribute to the founding of Christianity?

Theologian Dr. Walter Ziffer will discuss the question in a talk called “In Search of the Real Founder of Christianity: Jesus of Nazareth or Saul of Tarsus,” at 6  p.m. Tuesday, April 19, at the Asheboro Public Library.

His talk is free and the public is invited. It’s next in the Road Scholar series, part of the North Carolina Humanities Council’s Many Stories, One People project.

Ziffer, a Holocaust survivor from Czechoslovakia, is author of numerous articles in Europe and the United States, and two books. He has taught at seminaries in France, Belguim, Washington, D.C., Maine and North Carolina, and is currently an adjunct professor of philosophy and religion at Mars Hill College.

Ziffer holds an engineering degree from Vanderbilt University, two masters degrees in theology from Oberlin College and a Th.D. from the University of Strasbourg in France.

The final Road Scholar event at the Asheboro library is “Sarah McGuirk, Orphan  Train Rider” with essayist Tamra Wilson at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 21.

The project is made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Support is also provided by the Friends of the Library.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street. For further information, call 336-318-6803.