Friday, June 26, 2020

Caleb Sigmon presents "Fabulous Fable Forest" in virtual Randleman library performance

Illusionist and storyteller Caleb Sigmon brings his "Fabulous Fable Forest" to the Randleman Public Library in a virtual performance at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 2. A video will be posted at that time to the library’s Facebook page at, and will be available for 48 hours.

The performance will feature comedy, games and engaging storytelling as Sigmon revisits some classic fables.

Sigmon, who describes himself as a boy who never grew up, spent the better part of his childhood playing inside cardboard boxes and fighting dragons in his backyard. He developed the ability to dream big at an early age. Now, he has made it his career.

Graduating from one of the top ten national art schools, he immediately went to work forging his own way with a unique blend of magic, drama and storytelling. 

For further information, contact the library at 336-498-3141.

Join Yasu Ishida's "Dreamer's Carnival" in virtual Randolph library event

ASHEBORO – Origami magician Yasu Ishida will present "Dreamer's Carnival" in a live, interactive Zoom performance at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 2, as part of "Imagine Your Story," the Randolph County Public Library's 2020 Summer Reading Program.

Sign up at to receive a link for the event, which will be filled with stories, magic, Kamishibai (Japanese picture board storytelling), origami, and fun!

Born in Ube, Japan, Ishida holds a master of fine arts degree in Theatre for Young Audiences and graduated from the Chavez School of Magic, the most prestigious magic school in the world. Now living in Myrtle Beach, he has worked with children all over the country, including Disney Summerstage Kids in New York, the Florida Storytelling Festival, the Hawaii Book and Music Festival, and the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C.

For further information, call 336-318-6804.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Bright Star Touring Theatre brings live, interactive virtual performances to Randolph libraries

ASHEBORO – Asheville’s Bright Star Touring Theatre will present multiple live, interactive Zoom performances of two plays for children, Aesop’s Fables and Once Upon a Time, from June 16-25 as part of “Imagine Your Story,” the Randolph County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program.

Sign up for a show at and receive a Zoom link.

Once Upon a Time (above);
Aesop's Fables (below).
The shows are assigned to each of the seven libraries, but anyone can sign up for a time that’s best for them. For Once Upon a Time:
  • Asheboro, 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 17;
  • Archdale, 7 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.
 Times for Aesop’s Fables are:
  • Franklinville, 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 16;
  • Liberty, 2 p.m. Thursday, June 25;
 In Once Upon a Time, Lenny and Mabel – “The Greatest Actors in the World” – bring two classic fairy tales to life. Dance at the ball with “Cinderella,” and challenge the giant with “Jack and the Beanstalk.”

In Aesop’s Fables, stories like “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,’ “The Tortoise and the Hare” and “The Lion and the Mouse” leave audiences with a message that is both timely and timeless.

With buildings closed at present and traditional in-person activities unavailable, the library instead is engaging kids in June and July with some 72 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.”

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 Bright Star appearance 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 more information, visit, call the Asheboro library Children’s Room at 336-318-6804, or contact your local library.

UNCG prof Dr. Mandy Cooper to explore women’s suffrage movement in virtual Asheboro library talk

Dr. Mandy L. Cooper
ASHEBORO – On August 18, 1920, Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, and women achieved the long-fought-for right to vote.

For the amendment’s 100th anniversary, UNC-Greensboro lecturer Dr. Mandy L. Cooper will re-examine the fight for women’s suffrage in a live, interactive virtual talk, “Votes for Women: The Nineteenth  Amendment at 100,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 23.

Log in at about 10 minutes before the scheduled time, or call in at 1-517-317-3122. For assistance, call 336-318-6808.

Although Cooper places the amendment at the center of a long and continued fight for suffrage, she also notes that some women in the U.S. already had the right to vote — and others would continue fighting for it for decades.

Cooper is a Lecturer of Women’s and Gender History at UNCG. She earned her Ph.D. in history from Duke University.

She is currently at work on a book project, Bonds of Affection: Business & Politics in the National Family, which explores the relationship between emotional family bonds & the development of the U.S. economy & governing institutions.