Monday, December 31, 2007

New Year's Resolution Assistance!

We've got a great display of books and videos about dieting, exercise, cooking, finances and more to help you with your goals for the upcoming year.

Looking for some web help?

Try Zen Habits or LifeHacker.

See you in '08!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Holiday Closings

The Library will be closed on:
  • Monday, December 24,
  • Tuesday, December 25, and
  • Wednesday, December 26.
To renew your books, visit our catalog.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Children's Holiday Craft Time!

Join us this Wednesday (December 19) from 3-4 pm for a Children's Holiday Craft Time.

Hot cocoa, cookies, stories and crafts.

No registration required! Call us at 431-3811 for more information.

Friday, December 14, 2007

New Market Elementary Artwork!

Originally uploaded by archdalelibrary
Students from New Market Elementary have provided the artwork for the bulletin boards in December.


Friday, November 16, 2007

Book Sale Help!

The local Boy Scout troop came out this week to help us sort the books for the book sale this weekend.


Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Friday, November 09, 2007

Poster Contest!

Stop on by and grab some poster paper, illustrate your favorite book and turn it into the staff!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Book Sale November 17

The Archdale Library Fall Book Sale is fast approaching!

Join us on Saturday, November 17 from 9:00am to 2:00pm to peruse tables and tables of novels, nonfiction, children's books, videotapes and paperbacks.

We will have a special Archdale Library Friends (ALF) preview sale for ALF members only on Friday, November 16 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm. You can join at the door and shop for a full hour before the book sale opens to the general public on Saturday morning.

We are still accepting donations of gently used books and videotapes for the sale. You can drop them off at the desk anytime the library is open.

Stop by and help support your library!

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Hopewell Elementary Artwork!

Originally uploaded by archdalelibrary
This month we are displaying artwork from the students at Hopewell Elementary.

Stop in to see all of the wonderful art!

Don't forget that our annual book sale will be Saturday, November 17 from 9 to 3.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

J.K. To Add to Harry Potter!

According to USA Today, J.K. Rowling will publish The Tales of Beefle the Bard, which is mentioned heavily in the seventh and final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

The bad news? There will only be seven copies published. One will be auctioned and the other six will be given away as gifts.

I wonder if we will ever get to experience the Tales...

But I do have some good news:
Rowling has said she plans to produce her own encyclopedia of the wizarding world...

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

A Fun Time at the Library

Originally uploaded by archdalelibrary
We celebrated Halloween with a pirate themed party!

Over 45 children joined us for the celebration.

And yes, we had a limbo competition.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Water Restrictions...

Hat tip to Ross.

Archdale Water Restrictions:


Yesterday, Governor Mike Easley called for mandatory water restrictions. Citizens are to stop using water for any purpose that is not essential to public health and safety so that communities can save their dwindling water supplies and avoid more stringent restrictions. The drought across much of the state is the worst in recorded history. With a winter forecast of drier than normal conditions.

The mandate is as follows:
  • Stop watering lawns and shrubbery at homes and businesses.
  • Do not wash down houses, driveways or sidewalks.
  • Do not wash cars.
  • Restaurants should ONLY serve water upon request.

The Governor also announced that, effective immediately, there is a statewide ban on all public burning.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Guil-Rand Fire Department Visit!

The Guil-Rand Fire Department visited us for story time on Thursday.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Our New Internet Computers!

Our tech just installed our two new Internet workstations yesterday!

This means we have ten computers for public use with Internet and Microsoft Office 2003.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Braxton-Craven Artwork

Braxton-Craven Artwork
Originally uploaded by archdalelibrary
We have artwork on display this month from the students at Braxton-Craven Middle School.

Fall is definitely in the air!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Summer Reading!

Originally uploaded by archdalelibrary
We had over 2900 books read this summer as part of our Summer Reading Program.

Great job!

Thanks for reading,


Wednesday, August 15, 2007

City of Trinity Budget Available!

Originally uploaded by archdalelibrary

Adam from the City of Trinity dropped off a copy of the 2007-2008 Budget.

We have it on our information table. We also have the budget for Archdale and the High Point Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Draft. Whew!

Thanks for reading,



The City of Trinity Budget is available online!

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Teen Summer Reading Winners!

Tyler Hyde won the Justice League of America poster.

Michael Furr won two tickets to see the Greensboro Grasshopppers!

Thanks for reading,

Monday, July 30, 2007

Fill The Bus!

Originally uploaded by archdalelibrary

We are helping Communities in Schools of Randolph County provide much needed school supplies for area students.

You can help!

  • book bags
  • 3-ring binders
  • wide-ruled notebook paper
  • pencils
  • pens
  • highlighters
  • colored pencils
  • highlighters
  • crayons
  • pencil bags and boxes
  • composition books
  • student scissors
  • 3 prong folders
  • erasers
  • markers
  • marbled composition books

The box will be in our lobby until Friday, August 10, 2007. Don't forget that August 2-4 is the sales tax free holiday in North Carolina. It is a great time to buy school supplies.

Thanks for reading,


Friday, July 27, 2007

Book Review

Soon I will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman.

I loved this book. If you've ever spent time reading comic books, pretending you were Superman (or Lex Luthor) or watching the Justice League and The Incredibles--you will love this book.

You follow the adventures of Dr. Impossible and Fatale: a maniacal evil genius and a female cyborg superhero. Both of the characters tell their stories (and their origins) through alternating chapters. Grossman takes you behind the mask and you get to experience what it might be like to be a misunderstood megalomaniac and a rookie superhero.

It is a riveting tale with a secret island base, a world renowned super team and, ultimately, love lost. You also get to see that being a super or a villain may not be all it is cracked up to be.

Soon I Will Be Invincible is a great weekend/beach read. As the summer starts to wind down and you start to think about school, final vacations and work schedules--it is a quick and fun read to occupy your time.

Thanks for reading,


Saturday, July 07, 2007

Hot summer reads from USA Today.

Check out the link for a list of great summer reads provided by USA Today. Everything from Arts to Thriller.

Thanks for reading,


Wednesday, June 13, 2007

The Summer Reading Program is taking off!

Don't forget to stop by and get a program of events, register and pick up a free prize each week! Keep track of all of the books you are reading and turn in the reading logs at the end of the program.

The Summer Reading Program is open to children ages 0 to 13. We have a separate Teen Summer Program, too.

We have two bulletin boards full of young sleuths. Only two boards left!

Thanks for reading,


Monday, June 04, 2007

Get A Clue! Summer Reading Program 2007

The registration begins!

Visit us and register for the 2007 Summer Reading Program. Take home a schedule of programs and pick up a prize every week!

When you register, you get to write your name on a "clue" and put it on our bulletin board.

Thanks for reading,


Friday, May 25, 2007

Get A Clue @ Your Library! Summer Reading

Registration for the 2007 Suymmer Reading Program begins June 4th!

This year's theme: Get a Clue @ Your Library!

Mysteries abound!

Stay tuned for more information about schedules and programs.

Thanks for reading,


Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Originally uploaded by archdalelibrary.

Join us for the Book (and Hot Dog) Sale on Saturday, May 19th from 9-3. Hot Dogs will be sold from 11 until they run out.

We will have an Archdale Library Friends (ALF) pre-view sale on Friday, May 18th from 5-6pm. You can join ALF at the door.

We are accepting doantions of books, videos and DVDs for the book sale.

Call us at 431-3811 for more information.

Thanks for reading,


Monday, May 07, 2007

"What is that bush?"
We get this question quite often during the spring months. We have several baptisia bushes along the wall of the reading garden. You can read more about them here.
Thanks for reading,

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Our Spring Book Sale will be Saturday, May 19th from 9am to 3pm. We will also be selling hot dogs and soda under the white tent at the old entrance to the library.

Members of the Archdale Library Friends (ALF) are invited to a special preview sale from 5-6 on Friday, May 18th. You can join ALF at the door.

Thanks for reading,

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Avoiding Library Fines...

Although overdue fines help fund our book budget, we like to help people keep from having too many fines.

I saw this post today on the LifeHacker blog and thought you might enjoy it.

Use a Laundry Basket to Avoid Library Fines.

Thanks for reading,


Wednesday, April 18, 2007

What's Flickr, you ask?

The Asheboro and Archdale locations of the Randolph County Library have been using Flickr to host and display photographs of the library, events and generally cool stuff. You can see our Flickr badges on the side columns.

If you are new to Flickr, I would recommend checking out this great website: Newbie's Guide to Flickr (Thanks to The Librarian In Black blog). There is a lot of great information (and screenshots) about getting started with Flickr.

Another resource is Flickr Hacks. This is a more advanced book about Flickr that we just purchased at the Archdale Library.

Thanks for reading,


Saturday, April 14, 2007

Kurt Vonnegut, 1922-2007

There have been a lot of posts in the blog-o-sphere over the past few days about the passing of novelist Kurt Vonnegut. He is best known for his 1969 work, Slaughterhouse-Five. You can check out more of his works here.

Many of the blogs have been very thoughtful and well written. Here are some of my favorites:

Kurt Vonnegut from LibraryCrunch
RIP Kurt Vonnegut from Librarian In Black
Kurt Vonnegut from New York Times
Listen: Kurt Vonnegut is Unstuck in Time from Gizmodo
Kurt Vonndegut, 1922-2007 from MOG

Thanks for reading,


Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Graduating Seniors… Are you prepared?

”Strategies for 1st Year Success”

April 24, from 6-8 p.m.

Archdale Public Library

Archdale, NC

Presented by:

Carolyn Langley, County Extension Director

NC Cooperative Extension --

Randolph County

2222-A S Fayetteville St.

Asheboro, NC 27305

Ph: 336-318-6000 -- Fax: 336-318-6011

Are you ready to become a Freshman all over again? College success can be enhanced with a little planning and thinking before heading off to a new life as an underclassman. College 101 gets your brain thinking about how to navigate that first year successfully.

Main Topics:

High School Senior v. College Freshman

Can you tell them apart?

Choosing College Classes:

Know Thy Professors

Note Taking

Study Tips

Test Taking Strategies

General Survival Tips:

Time Management

New Social Scene

Credit Card Lies

Roommate Possibilities

Safety on Campus

Handouts will be included!


Register Today!

CALL: 336-318-6000 NC Cooperative Extension, Randolph Center

336-431-4619 Archdale Trinity Public Library

E-mail: or

Your Name:_________________________________________________

Phone:________________ Name of High School:___________________

What college will you be attending?______________________________

$3 per student. (Parents / Guardians admitted FREE!)

(Payable at door: cash or check to “NC Cooperative Extension, Randolph Cty Center.”)

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Celebrating the Month of the Young Child

Check out our flickr account for pictures of the artwork featured throughout our building. The artists are children from 1-8 years old rom local day cares. It is sponsored by Smart Start of Randolph County.

Thanks for reading,


Wednesday, March 28, 2007

A Look at the New Harry Potter Cover...

There is a great post at that talks about what else appears on the back and inside the cover--this time it is a wraparound. The Dark Lord himself makes an appearance.

For a good shot of the wraparound cover, check out the the Leaky Cauldron page. You can also see the UK versions, too. (They have a UK and a UK Adult version of the cover. Interesting clues on both of them. Is that Slytherin's locket?)

Don't forget that you can place a hold on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in the library catalog.

Thanks for reading,

Thursday, March 22, 2007

More Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows News

If you saw Kari's post over at In the Stacks, you might have been worried about the environmental effect of a book that large. (Or like me...just excited that it is coming out.)

USAToday reported on Scholastic's choice to go green with this title.

The most astounding fact? Over 16,700 tons of paper will be used during the first run of 12 million copies (U.S. printing only).

Thanks for reading,


Saturday, March 10, 2007

Artist Birthday Program

The Randolph Arts Guild presented a birthday party for artist Piet Mondrian on Wednesday, March 7th, in our meeting room. Cori Cagle, art teacher at Hopewell Elementary, presented the program.

As a reminder, Vincent Van Gogh's birthday will be celebrated on Friday, March 30th from 4:30 to 5:45 pm. Call the Randolph Arts Guild at 629-0399 to register for the event. The cost is $8.00 per child. It is for ages 7-12.

Here is a collection of pictures from Flickr tagged with Piet Mondrian:

More Flickr photos tagged with pietmondrian

Thanks for reading,


Thursday, March 08, 2007

Our New Bookdrop!

The City of Archdale just installed our brand new bookdrop. Our old one had been knocked over four times during the past year. The new one is crisp and white. It actually came with metal polish.

Anyone want to polish our bookdrop?

Thanks for reading,

Monday, March 05, 2007

John Lawrence Elementary Art Display

Thanks to art teacher Leigh Blanchard.

Thanks for reading,

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Artwork From Braxton Craven Middle School

Click on the link below to launch a slideshow of the art display.

Click Here for the Slideshow.

Thanks for reading,


Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Kari, at In the Stacks (the Asheboro Library blog), has posted the link to the library catalog for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This is the seventh and final book in the series (hence the black armband that I wear) and is due out on July 21.

You can click through and place a hold.

Do you need to do some catching up before the big release? Search the catalog by author for J.K. Rowling.

Thanks for reading,


Thursday, February 01, 2007

New Potter Book coming July 21st!


According to JK Rowling, the 7th Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, will be released on July 21st at midnight.

Thanks for reading,
33 Reasons Why Libraries and Librarians are Still Extremely Important.

If you know me, I am usually not this self-serving--except when I talk about libraries and the state of public libraries.

Check out this posting. It is a good comparison between the Internet and libraries. Recently I did an online research class for a group of local home schoolers. I asked them to compare Google and the library. They used a lot of the standard answers (listed on the 33 Reasons post) and I was able to talk about authority and reliability. Most of the kids believed that if they saw it online, it was true.

I know the 33 Reasons posting is lighting up the biblio-blog-o-sphere (fancy talk for library blogs), but I wanted to share it with the patrons, politicians and citizens that support the Archdale Public Library.

Thanks for reading,

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Bird's Eye View...
Thanks to Microsoft's Live Service, you can type in an address and get a satellite image view of the location. You can actually zoom in pretty close. It isn't perfect (it had the library's address smack dab in the middle of US 311 about a mile north--so I moved it--the pointer, not the library), but it is a great way to look at landmarks and get directions.

As you can see from the image, it is not a current image. Looking at the state of the front yard, it appears that there is construction work being done. That would place this image around 2002.

Google Earth offers a similar service, but it does require a download. Windows Live is a web application. Google Maps has satellite imagery, but you can't zoom in as close as Windows Live.

Have fun!

Thanks for reading,

Friday, January 26, 2007

Did you know that residents of North Carolina have a new website they can reference to compare hospitals statewide?

Check out! It compares the care hospitals provide to surgical patients, heart attack victims and pneumonia patients. The N.C. Hospital Association reported that North Carolina is the first state to launch such a site, which also rates hospitals across the state. They gather information from Medicare, then it compares hospital records to determine if patients improve while being treated at a particular facility. The hospitals are also rated based on their use of recognized medical practices that improve patient care, prevent infection, speed recovery and avoid complications.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Looking for the Newest DVDs?

Try this link to our catalog. It should load a list of every DVD by publication date (meaning the "newest" movies first).

We get this question a lot. I hope this helps!

Thanks for reading,

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Looks Pretty...Doesn't It?

You can see a few more pictures on our Flickr account. We like the snow when it doesn't turn into ice. At least not until dark.

Thanks for reading,


Saturday, January 13, 2007

Artwork on Display from Uwharrie Middle School

Stop by and check out the artwork on our bulletin boards and in the display cases from students at the Uwharrie Middle School.

You can see more pictures at our Flickr page. Or click on the banner.

Thanks for reading,

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Is it too Taxing?

Don't worry...we've got the forms to cover you. If you can't find the one you need in our lobby, just check out the IRS web site.

You can also get more help and a link to North Carolina forms on the Library's Tax page.

Thanks for reading,


Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Upcoming Artist Programs

Call the Randolph Arts Guild to register at 629-0399.