Thursday, May 28, 2020

Randolph library invites kids to “Imagine Your Story” this summer

Bright Star Touring Theatre; Illusionist/Storyteller Caleb Sigmon
ASHEBORO – Fantasy and fairy tale adventures await young readers as “Imagine Your Story,” the Randolph County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, gets underway.

With buildings closed at present and traditional in-person activities unavailable, the library instead will engage kids with virtual performances and storytimes, reading rewards, and take-home activities keyed to the adventurous theme or to weekly topics. Options to participate vary from library to library – find details, a complete schedule, video links and library contact information at

“This year more than ever, it’s important that kids keep reading during the summer,” says Samantha Colwell, head of Children’s Services. “Staying engaged with reading and learning helps children pick up where they left off when the next school year starts. Library summer programs provide a fun, no-pressure way to do that.”

Some libraries also will offer reading programs for teens and adults.

Two big events for children and families will anchor the summer activities: seven live, interactive Zoom performances by Bright Star Touring Theatre of two shows, Aesop’s Fables and Once Upon a Time, June 16-25; and illusionist/storyteller Caleb Sigmon’s The Wizard Experience, a YouTube performance inspired by The Wizarding World of Harry Potter available July 20-25.

The Bright Star shows are assigned to each of the seven libraries, but anyone can sign up for a time that’s best for them. Times are as follows:
  • Asheboro, 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 17;
  • Archdale, 7 p.m. Thursday, June 25;
  • Franklinville, 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 16;
  • Liberty, 2 p.m. Thursday, June 25;
  • Ramseur, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 18;
  • Randleman, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 25;
  • Seagrove, 3 p.m. Thursday, June 18.
Find sign-up links at

Exclusive links for the Caleb Sigmon performance will be announced closer to the time of the event.

Meanwhile, virtual weekly events with special guests will include folk singer/storyteller Sharon Clarke, N.C. Zoo educators, origami magician Yasu Ishida, ScienceTellers, The Curly Fries Band, Grey Seal Puppets and more.  The libraries also will continue to post virtual storytimes and other locally-produced programs, such as Asheboro library’s “Mindfulness with Ms. Emily” and craft instructional videos, “Stick Around with Ms. Becky.”

For those who lack Internet access at home but have Internet-capable phones, tablets or laptops, drive-up WiFi is available in the parking lots of library buildings between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily.

The Summer Reading Program is sponsored by the Friends of the Randolph County Public Library with support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. It’s part of a national effort to keep children reading during the break from school; research shows that kids who read during the summer are better prepared to begin the next school year.

For further information, visit, call the Asheboro Children’s Room at 336-318-6804, or contact your local library.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Curbside pick-up expands to all Randolph libraries; hours increase

ASHEBORO – After the Memorial Day holiday, curbside pick-up of books, DVDs and audiobooks will be available at all seven branches of the Randolph County Public Library as Ramseur and Randleman libraries initiate the service.

Hours also are expanding, with Saturday pick-up times available at Asheboro, Archdale, Liberty and Randleman.

To place requests, borrowers can search the library’s catalog at or call their local library. Library staff will retrieve the requested items, bag them and contact the borrower to arrange a pick-up time.

Pick-ups are no-contact.

Reach the libraries as follows
  • Asheboro, 336-318-6801 or 336-318-6803, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9-1 p.m. Saturday;
  • Archdale, 336-431-3811, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday;
  • Franklinville, 336-685-3100, 2-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday;
  • Liberty, 336-622-4605, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday;
  • Ramseur, 336-824-2232, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday;
  • Randleman, 336-498-3141, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday;
  • Seagrove, 336-873-7521, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday.
 The library buildings are closed to the public as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Randolph library to resume curbside pick-up; book drops reopen

ASHEBORO – Borrowers who have library books, DVDS and other material checked out can now return them as the Randolph County Public Library gears up to restart curbside pick-up of requested material on Monday, May 18.

Outside book drops at the libraries have been reopened, and borrowers are asked to return items they’re finished with to help librarians prepare to resume services.

The library buildings will remain closed to the public for the time being. Due dates have been extended until June 1 and no late fees are being charged.

Once curbside service resumes, borrowers will be able to pick up material at the Asheboro, Archdale, Franklinville, Liberty and Seagrove libraries. Randleman library plans to begin porch pick-up on Monday, May 25, and the Ramseur library will not offer curbside service.

As soon as items are available, library staff will contact borrowers to arrange a no-contact pick-up time. Saturday pick-up times will be available at some locations.

Meanwhile, telephone reference service has expanded. Call your library to request material, receive information, get assistance with research, and get help downloading ebooks, e-audiobooks and e-magazines.

Reach the libraries as follows:
·        Asheboro, 336-318-6801 or 336-318-6803, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday;
·        Archdale, 336-431-3811, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday;
·        Franklinville, 336-685-3100, 2-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday;
·        Liberty, 336-622-4605, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday;
·        Ramseur, 336-824-2232, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday;
·        Randleman, 336-498-3141, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday;
·        Seagrove, 336-873-7521, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday.

Virtual storytimes for children are available online throughout the week.

The Asheboro library posts “Storytime with Miss Sam” at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; “Minutes for Mindfulness with Miss Emily” at noon Mondays; and “Stick Around with Miss Becky,” which features crafts with found objects, at 11 a.m. Fridays. The videos can be found on the library’s YouTube channel and at

The Randleman library posts storytimes at at 10:30 a.m. Fridays, and the Liberty library posts at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays at

Ebooks, e-audiobooks and e-magazines remain available at and through the library catalog.