Thursday, January 26, 2017

P.A.L. (Play and Learn) Club goes on the road in February

ASHEBORO – The Randolph County Public Library’s P.A.L. (Play and Learn) Club for children age 0-5 and their parents/caregivers goes on the road in February to learn about the shapes around us.

Build Play-Doh shapes, fill them up, sort them and make a shape collage – even make magic disappearing shapes – at four libraries:
  • Archdale Public Library (10433 S. Main St.) — 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 23;
  • Liberty Public Library (239 S. Fayettevillle St.) — 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 15;
  • Ramseur Public Library (1512 S. Main St.) — 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 16;
  • Seagrove Public Library (530 Old Plank Road) — 1:30 p.m. Thursday, February 9.
The P.A.L. club is free and all supplies are provided.

For more information, call 336-318-6804.

Gardeners: get ready for NC growing season in Asheboro library talk

Ben Grandon
ASHEBORO – North Carolina’s long growing season is almost here! Get ready with tips and techniques in “Backyard Gardening,” 6:30 p.m. Thursday, February 9, at the Asheboro Public Library.

Ben Grandon, Randolph County Cooperative Extension agriculture-horticulture agent, will talk about equipment and supplies, answer gardening questions, and share information on Cooperative Extension services.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street. Call 336-318-6803 for further information.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Check out wildlife camera from library, capture ‘Candid Critters’

Black bear photographed in Jones County.
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ASHEBORO – What animals are frolicking in your backyard while you’re at work, or lurking there after the sun goes down?

Sign up for North Carolina’s Candid Critters, check out a camera from the Asheboro Public Library, and find out!

Candid Critters is a state-sponsored wildlife study that makes motion-triggered cameras available through public libraries. Participants check out the cameras to mount on private property or public land, and weeks later retrieve the images for viewing and uploading.

Anyone interested must first register at Participants will receive an invitation to join and must complete an online training course.

Cameras for approved participants will be available at the Asheboro Public Library in mid-February for a series of three-week deployments. Library staff will be available to help with uploading images to the Candid Critters website.

Data will be used to map trends in animal populations across the state. Typical images from the project can be viewed at

Candid Critters is a partnership among NC State University, the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, the State Library of NC, NC Cardinal, North Carolina public libraries and the Smithsonian.

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

Friday, January 20, 2017

Asheboro library fills up February with fun for kids

ASHEBORO – From Arts and Crafts at the beginning of the month to two theatrical performances in one day at the end, the Asheboro Public library is full of fun for kids in February.

All the events are free.

Children of all ages are invited to make a Valentine-themed craft during the monthly Arts & Crafts event at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, February 2. All supplies are provided.

It’s “Take Your Child to the Library Day” from  11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, February 4, featuring an open house in the Children’s Room with ongoing storytimes and other activities, appearances by Pete the Cat, and interaction with library therapy dogs.

During a Homeschool Meet & Greet at 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 7, parents can discover the library’s local history and genealogy services while tweens and teens learn about TeenZone activities and events, and younger children join in a craft and a storytime.

The P.A.L. (Play and Learn) Club, for children ages 0-5 and their parents/caregivers, will play and sing about love, and make wax paper hearts, at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 8.

Catch a movie – and a wave – at 4 p.m. Thursday, February 16 as the library screens Surf’s Up 2: Wavemania. Celebrate National Canned Food Month by bringing a canned food item for the CUOC food pantry.

This month’s Maker Series, at 4 p.m. Thursday, February 23, for ages 8-12, features a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) project.

Asheville’s Bright Star Touring Theatre will present two plays in celebration of Black History Month on Monday, February 27: Meet Dr. King at 10:30 a.m.; and Black History Heroes, Soldiers and Spies at 4 p.m.

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

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Celebrate ‘Take Your Child to the Library Day’ February 4 at Asheboro library

ASHEBORO – Join in an international event and celebrate “Take Your Child to the Library Day” (TYCLD), an open house from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, February 4, at the Asheboro Public Library showcasing the library’s children’s services and ongoing activities for kids.

Special guest will be Pete the Cat, who will pose for pictures (bring your camera!). Pete also will host storytimes at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., and Music and Movement events at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m.

Throughout the day, drop in at Play and Learn Centers, an Arts & Crafts station, a children’s DIY project, and a lifesize Snakes and Ladders game. Meet therapy dogs from the library’s Tails to Read initiative — Olive, Alley Oop and Suzie — and spend a few minutes reading to one of the pups.

The Friends of the Library will provide refreshments.

Now in its sixth year, TYCLD is an international initiative that encourages families everywhere to take their children to their local library. Launched in Connecticut in 2011, TYCLD raises awareness about the importance of the library in the life of a child, and promotes library services and programs for children and families.

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

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Library’s Randolph Room adjusts hours

ASHEBORO – The Randolph Room, local history and genealogy department of the Randolph County Public Library located at the Asheboro library, will be open Monday and Tuesday evenings effective January 3.

The change enables the room to be available on nights when the library is busiest. The new schedule also extends hours to 6 p.m. on weekdays when the room is not open at night.

The new hours will be Monday-Tuesday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Wednesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

The changes result in a net increase of one hour open per week.

The Randolph Room’s hours differ from the hours of the rest of the Asheboro library, which is open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday; and 9 a..m-5 p.m. Saturday.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street. For further information, call 336-318-6815 or visit