Thursday, December 31, 2009

Start the New Year Right...

...With a visit to the Archdale Library!

Plus, you have access to the multitude of NCLIVE databases by using your library card.

And, of course, you always have access to Randquest--the library's award-winning database portal!

Randquest won won the Outstanding Service Innovation Award from the North Carolina Public Library Directors Association (NCPLDA). Creation of the portal, which provides easy access to research databases and other online resources, led to a marked increase in awareness of the resources, more than doubling the use of some databases and racking up 3009 visits between February and June.

Monday, December 28, 2009

January Book Page

The January 2010 Book Page is here! Make sure to come in and grab your copy before they are all gone.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Thanksgiving Hours

The Archdale Library will be closed Thursday, November 26; Friday, November 27; and Saturday, November 28 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

You can always visit Randquest to search the catalog or use our cornucopia of databases and search tools (even when the library is closed!).

Monday, November 09, 2009

Book Sale! Book Sale! Book Sale!

Don't miss the Fall Used Book Sale at the Archdale Public Library on Saturday, November 14 from 9:00am to 1:00pm.
  • Tons of fiction,
  • paperbacks galore
  • many children's books
  • videos and more!
For directions, click here!

Friday, October 23, 2009

November Book Page

The November Book Page is here!

This issue covers Barbara Kingsolver, John Irving and holiday ideas for book lovers.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Monster Mash Party @ the Library!

Join us at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, October 27 for our Halloween Monster Mash Party.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Storytime @ the Library

Join us for our weekly Story Times every Thursday.

Toddler story time is at 10:30 (for 18 months to 5 years). Lap story time is at 11:15 (for 9 months to 18 months).

Each week we have singing, dancing, finger plays, films and stories! It is a great way to meet other children and parents in the area.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Trinity Releases Full Draft of Master Plan.

The City of Trinity has released the full draft of the 21st Century Vision Plan For Old Town. If you have any questions or comments, e-mail Adam Stumb, Planning Director, or call him at 336-431-2841.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Congrats to RCC!

Congratulations to Randolph Community College!

You can read the full article here.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Labor Day Closings

The Archdale Library will be closed Saturday, September 5 and Monday, September 7 for the Labor Day Holiday.

If you need to request or renew an item, visit Your PIN is usually the last four digits of your phone number.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Senior Projects? The Library Can Help!

Check out my article about Senior Projects in this week's Archdale-Trinity News.

Visit to sample and use many of the databases that have full-text articles from magazines and journals. Call or stop by if you need help or more information.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

September Book Page is Here!

The September Book Page is here!

Come in and grab your copy before they are all gone. This month's Book Page features: Dan Brown (The Lost Symbol), Jacquelyn Mitchard, Nicholas Sparks (Last Song), Terry Goodkind (The Law of Nines), Joyce Carol Oates and many more!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

What is a database, anyway...

The helpful librarians at NC State have put together a short YouTube clip that explains what a database is and why librarian's talk about them all of the time.

To see a list of all of the databases available to Randolph County library patrons, check out RandQuest.Org.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Book Signing: Trinity, the Birthplace of Duke University

Fran Andrews, Mayor of Trinity, will be signing copies of her new book on Saturday, August 8 at 11:00 am.

Trinity, NC: Birthplace of Duke University talks about the origins of Trinity, the city, and the university. It also includes information and photos of the historic homes in the area.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Writer's Group Forming at the Library!

The Archdale Library, in conjunction with the Northwestern Randolph County Arts Council, is starting a Writer's Group.

We will meet once a month to discuss our writing, share critiques (and compliments) and become better writers.

Our organizational meeting is on Monday, August 17 at 6:30pm.

To get information or to join, call or e-mail me with your information. You can reach me at the library by calling 431-3811 or by e-mailing gtaylor AT randolphlibrary DOT com.

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Summer Reading Finale!

Garret Traylor of High Point Music presented our Summer Reading Program finale.

Joining Garret were Andy Hunt and Big John Flynt performing Cripple Creek.


Monday, July 27, 2009

August BookPage is Here!

The August BookPage is here! Pat Conroy's new title, South of Broad, is the feature article.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Public Library on Wise Bread!

The blog Wise Bread: Living Large on a Small Budget is a daily stop on my list of blogs. Wise Bread offers articles and links to help you budget, save money and find great deals. (They offer a Best Deals on a daily basis, which are links to free and greatly reduced pricing on products. I love seeing what is available!)

What excited me was the article called Free Databases and Manuals at Public Libraries. The author mentions Auto Repair, Home Repair and the Homework Help that is available through manuals and other books at her local library. In this economy, libraries are getting plenty of great PR and it is nice to see an article that looks at something besides our DVDs and books.

In addition to books about home and auto repair, the Randolph Public Library offers online access to databases and programs that you can use from home. is the library's portal for all of our amazing online resources.

All you need is a library card!

Here are just a few of the online resources YOU can use from home:
You can find tons more (yes, tons is a technical term) at All free. if you need help navigating, call us or stop by for a tour of the library online resources.

Thanks for reading.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Author Visit and Book Signing

Join us on Tuesday, July 21 at 7:00 pm for a visit and book signing with local author Dale Crotts. Dale will sign copies of his book and discuss the experience of writing his first novel--and his plans for future titles!

The Reckoning
Fifteen years ago Spencer Rawlings left Michigan, and a three year law practice, after discovering his father’s, Judge Rawlings, involvement with a murder cover-up for a well known Detroit mob family, the VanWarner’s. When he returns to Traverse City, Michigan for his father’s funeral, he finds himself deep in a mystery involving his father, the VanWarner’s, and a missing ten million dollars. As Spence pieces together the clues to find the money, he suddenly finds himself on trial for murder, and learning just how involved his father was with the VanWarner’s. While eluding the police to find the evidence to clear his name, Spence may have found the love he has been searching for in Macy Merit; an avenger with a strong military background and desire, not only for Spence, but also to find justice. A page turning unpredictable mystery added with romance, The Reckoning creates a compelling story you will be unable to put down.
Visit Dale's website for more information.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Want to be a Writer?

Kristen Eckstein, producer at Imagine! Studios, will present Choose Your Own Publishing Adventure! on Saturday, June 18 at 11 am at the Archdale Public library.

All are welcome; there is no charge.

The author of Financial Survival, Kristen is a book publishing coach and graphic designer. She will explore the process of publication of your work, whether you choose to self-publish or work with a traditional book publisher. Not sure which route is right for you? Then plan to attend this workshop; Kristen will help you determine the best path for your own publishing adventure.

Visit the EventBright page to register (FREE!) or call us at 431-3811.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Holiday Closing

The Library will be closed on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4 for the July Fourth holiday. We will re-open at 9:00am on Monday, July 6.

Feel free to visit the library website to check your account, renew items or order materials. The four-digit PIN is usually the last four numbers in your telephone number.

You can check out the schedule for the Summer Reading Programs in July!
  • Wednesday, July 8: Recycling & Water Management
  • Thursday, July 9: Teddy Bear Contest & Visit with the Fire Department
  • Wednesday, July 15: Create and Aquarium with Aquamaine of Greensboro
  • Wednesday, July 22: Magical Storyteller Mark Daniel. Mark Daniel’s programs have entertained and inspired over three million children in thousands of schools and libraries over 20 years, celebrating the joy of reading and great books.
  • Thursday, July 23: Movie “Bee Movie, 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 29: Finale, with Garrett Traylor of High Point Piano
Call us at 431-3811 for more information.

You can follow us on twitter as well!

It is a twitter feed for the whole Randolph County Public Library, so make sure you see the #archdale tag to make sure it is happening at the Archdale Library!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

In This Economy? Yes! Start Your Own Business!

New start your own business books are here!

Don't forget to come in and check out the other books in our Archdale-Trinity Chamber of Commerce Leadership/Small Business Collection.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Join Us for Summer Reading!

Looking for Summer Reading Program information for the Archdale Public Library?

Follow this link!

All events begin at 10:30 a.m. unless otherwise noted.
  • Wednesday, June 24: Caraway Alpacas
  • Thursday, June 25: Movie “Happy Feet”, 2 p.m.
  • Friday-Saturday, June 26-27: Family Photo Session with Rhonda Lester of Memory Lane Studio. Appointments required; call 431-3811.
  • Wednesday, July 1: Swing, Hip Hop with the Dance Shop
  • Wednesday, July 8: Recycling & Water Management
  • Thursday, July 9: Teddy Bear Contest & Visit with the Fire Department
  • Wednesday, July 15: Create and Aquarium with Aquamaine of Greensboro
  • Wednesday, July 22: Magical Storyteller Mark Daniel. Mark Daniel’s programs have entertained and inspired over three million children in thousands of schools and libraries over 20 years, celebrating the joy of reading and great books.
  • Thursday, July 23: Movie “Bee Movie, 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 29: Finale, with Garrett Traylor of High Point Piano
Call us at 431-3811 for more information.

You can follow us on twitter as well!

It is a twitter feed for the whole Randolph County Publix Library, so make sure you see the #archdale tag to make sure it is happening at the Archdale Library!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Free Movie at Family Movie Night!

Join us on Friday, June 19 at 7:00pm for a FREE showing of Bedtime Stories starring Adam Sandler.

Free popcorn and soda!

The doors open at 6:45pm. Seating is limited to 80 people.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Financial Survival!

Join us Tuesday, June 16 at 6:30 pm as local author Kristen Eckstein discusses her new book, Financial Survival: Practical Ways to Save Money.

She will be giving away one free copy of her book!

Are you on Facebook? Become a fan of the Archdale Public Library!

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Summer Reading Kick-Off!

Join us from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm on Thursday, June 11 for our Summer Reading Program Kick-Off event!

This year's theme is Be Creative!

We will have games, door prizes and live music!

Local musician Andy Hunt will be entertaining everyone with his banjo playing!

Registration for the Summer Reading Program starts on Monday, June 8.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Summer Travel

Be sure to check out our June display on North Carolina summer travel! Click here to check our library catalog for books and material on North Carolina travel.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

The June 2009 Book Page is here! 

Get 'em while they are hot (since we only get 50 copies).

This issue focuses on Father's Day, Michael Connelly, Jane Green, John Updike and grilling!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Thinking About Starting a Small Business?

We have the Summer 2009 Small Business Center Preview from Randolph Community College in our Archdale-Trinity Chamber of Commerce Small Business & Leadership Collection (whew--long name). The preview lists available courses you can take at RCC to develop your entrepreneurial skills. The courses cover pricing, marketing, cash flow, tax planning, payroll and more!

If you are thinking about starting your own business, make sure to contact the staff of the Small Business Center (336-633-0275) at RCC or the counselors in the GATE program (336-633-0306).

We offer over 100 different books at the library that you can check out on starting and running a small business--it is a great place to start!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Financial Survival Book Available at the Library!

Thanks to the author, Kristen Eckstein, we have two copies of her book available for checkout (click on the link to request a copy from our online catalog).

Kristen will be making a second appearance at the Archdale Library on Tuesday, June 16 at 7:00pm.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Financial Survival at the Library!

Author Kristen Eckstein of Imagine Studios will present a program on Financial Survival at 10:30 am on Monday, May 18 as part of our Job-Hunting Series. Everyone is welcome.

Kristen recently published Financial Survival: Practical Ways to Save Money.

Kristen will discuss:

  • Surviving on very little income
  • Paying down your debt for good
  • Not having to struggle financially
  • Having enough money for your normal bills and debt payments
  • Stretching your money further than you thought it would go
  • Living on a thinner-than-a-shoestring budget
  • Finding the things you need cheap or free

In her book, Kristen Eckstein shares insights that changed her lifestyle when her family lived for several years with little and no income. To this day, she uses the principles she discovered to save money and actively shares them with others. She hopes your financial life is changed for the better by the content within this book.

This program is FREE and open to everyone.

Call us at 431-3811 for more information!

You can follow the library on twitter @

Friday, May 01, 2009

Free Program about Media Buying at the Archdale-Trinity Chamber!

Click on the image for a larger view.

The ABC's of Media Buying in a Recession will be held at the Archdale-Trinity Chamber of Commerce on Monday, May 4, from 5:30 - 8:30.
It is Free!
There will be a Media and Marketing Mixer @ 5:30.
Marketing for Maximum Effect @ 6:30
  • Understanding a rate card
  • Graphic designers and art
  • News releases
  • Media relations
  • Marketing - outside the box
  • Bang for your buck

Round Table Discussion @ 7:30

Refreshments @ 8:00

Call the Chamber at 336-434-2073 or Randolph Community College at 336-862-7980 for more information.

Book Sale Coming!

The Archdale Library Friend's Spring Book Sale will be Saturday, May 16 from 9:00am to 1:00pm.

We are accepting donations! Just bring them to the circulation desk during our normal operating hours.

Monday, March 30, 2009

More Job-Hunting Resources! has added 204 career-related e-books to its NetLibrary collection.

What does this mean for you?

If you visit the library and use our computers to sign up for a NetLibrary account, you can access all of the e-books from your home computer!

A few of the 2009 titles:

  • Careers in Marketing
  • Great Jobs for Sociology Majors
  • Careers for Hard Hats & Other Construction Types
  • Careers for History Buffs & Others Who Learn from the Past
  • Nursing School Entrance Exams
  • Opportunities in Animal and Pet Care Careers
  • Opportunities in Forensic Science Careers Opportunities in Interior Design and Decorating Careers
  • Opportunities in Library and Information Science Careers
  • Opportunities in Psychology Careers
  • Opportunities in Visual Arts Careers
  • Resumes for Health and Medical Careers
  • Resumes for the 50+ Job Hunter

Once you are logged into NetLibrary, you can search for the e-books by title.

What is NC LIVE?

NC LIVE offers the citizens of North Carolina online access to a diverse collection of electronic resources including complete articles from over 16,000 newspapers, journals, magazines, and encyclopedias, indexing for over 25,000 periodical titles, and access to over 25,000 online print and audio books. NC LIVE is available free of charge to library patrons, students, and educators from four communities of interest (COIs) — public libraries, community colleges, the state’s university system, and members of the North Carolina Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. NC LIVE can be accessed from within an affiliated library or from home.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

April Bookpage is Available!

We have the April Bookpage on display.

Come on in and get 'em while they're hot!!!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

New Reference Titles!

We have added two new reference titles to the collection:

We had to stop there. The publishers ran out of possessive marks!

Monday, March 02, 2009

Snow Day!

Yes, we are enjoying the snow day in the Archdale/Trinity area!

Friday, February 27, 2009

New Computers!

We are excited to be able to offer two new computers for the public. That makes fourteen!

Each computer offers Internet and Office 2007. All you need is a Randolph County Public Library card.

Click here to see what you need to get one.

Thursday, February 26, 2009


BookPage is back!!!

The Archdale Library Friends have purchased a year subscription to this monthly title that recommends and reviews new books.

Make sure you stop in soon to get your copy--we only get 50 a month!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Job-Hunting Links

Thanks to Pam Freeze, Coordinator of HRD Programs at Randolph Community College for being the guest speaker at our Job-Hunting workshop.

The next workshop will be held on Monday, March 9 at 10:30 am. Call us at 33-431-3811 for more information.

During the session on February 23, Pam spoke about online resources that are available to job-hunters. All are available for free and are just a small sampling of what you can find available through RCC and at the Library's online portal,
  • RCC Library Employment & Career site. Click on the link for America's Career Infonet--learn about occupation and career information; labor market information and resources; and other job-related demographics.
  • College Foundation of North Carolina ( Career Center--click on the link for Career Key to take a short test about your interests to discover interests and a possible new career!
  •'s answer to the job search engine. Search for open positions based on keyword and geographic location. Sign up for daily Google alerts based on specific searches

Monday, February 23, 2009

Job-Hunting Books

Check out our catalog link for books and other material on job-hunting.

For other updates about the library, follow us on Twitter!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Library Programming

Over the next few weeks, we have a lot of exciting programming.

Our regular storytimes are at 10:30 am (pre-school) and 11:15 am (lap time) on Thursdays.

Liz Trosper will present a StormWater SMART presentation at the library on Thursday, February 19 @ 3:30 pm. Geared towards elementary and junior high students, Liz will discuss water runoff and how we can make a difference. Liz will bring her interactive Storm Water display and the kids will see where everything that we do ends up!

Our next Job-Hunting Networking Group will meet on Monday, February 23 @ 10:30 am.

Join us as we discuss tips and tricks for landing a job. A guest speaker will be on hand to share resources. There will be time for questions, answers and discussion!

Have some family photos lying around?

Join us on Saturday, February 28 @ 11:00.

Elizabeth Saunders will share techniques for preserving heritage photographs and how to identify who is who!

Help us celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday on Tuesday, March 3 @ 7:00 pm. Games, stories and refreshments for the family!

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Archdale Library on Facebook!

Are you a fan of Facebook?

Log in and become a fan of the Archdale Public Library.

Programming updates and information will be sent through fan updates on Facebook. it is an easy way to keep up with all of the information about your favorite Library!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Job-Hunting Resources!

Join us at the first meeting of the Job-Hunting Networking Group. We will be meeting on Monday, February 9 at 10:30. Learn about community groups and resources that can help you find a job. This isn't a job fair, but a place for like-minded individuals looking to network, share tips and learn how to land that perfect job.

Our first speaker is Michelle Cole, Senior Director of the Basic Skills Program at Randolph Community College. Michelle will talk about community resources available from RCC.

Everyone is invited. Meetings will be held bi-monthly at the Library. Call us at 431-3811 or e-mail me for more information.

We have added more job-hunting books to the library collection!

Click on the article to see it full-size.

I wrote an article for the January 29, 2009 Archdale-Trinity News about the resources available from the library for help with job-hunting, financial aid and learning new skill sets (including G.E.D.). You can find most of them by visiting the library's website:

  • Mango Languages--study Spanish, French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and English for Spanish Speakers.
  • Ferguson's Career Guidance Center--job-hunting, interviewing, resumes, basic job skills and career information.
  • Learning Express Library--G.E.D. study and practice tests; practice exams for Civil Service, College Entrance Exams, Cosmetology, EMS, Firefighter,Graduate School Entrance Exams, Law Enforcement, Military, Nursing, Real Estate, Teaching, TOEFL Preparation, U.S. Citizenship and more!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Help in Tough Times

The Library offers some amazing resources to help in these tough economic times. DVDs, cookbooks, job-hunting, finances, exercise, recreational reading, computers...

You get the picture.

I ran across this link while reading the Wise Bread blog: Getting Through Tough Times.

Just another way the public library can help--by finding the information you need!