Thursday, July 27, 2006

Congratulations Summer-Teen-Readers!

With over 40 teens registered for the Archdale Library's Summer Program Creature Features, two happy winners were announced when their names were selected from the raffle drawing on July 25.

Rebecca (pictured at top) won a Velocity skin care party from Sherry Somers with Mary Kay and Sage (pictured at bottom) won 2 Grasshopper Baseball tickets!


Don't forget...the library has a great selection of Young Adult materials. Come in to visit and get a free library card with internet access for those 13 years and older!

Thanks for reading,


Wednesday, July 26, 2006

End of Season Party!

The Rolling Meadows K-9 Kennel joined us for a dog safety awareness presentation as part of our Summer Reading Program. Watermelon and lemonade were enjoyed by all. Certificates and prizes were handed out

The children were taught simple ways to be safe around dogs and how to act if approached by a strange dog.

Thanks for reading,

On July 25, The Charlotte Observer reported the death of an important benefactor and philanthropist, Daniel Stowe. His generosity created the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens with the land he donated in 1991 along with financial help he provided.

The gardens, in Gaston County, NC, attracts about 60,000 visitors annually. Stowe was inspired by such gardens as Calloway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga., the Botanic Gardens in Chicago and the Longwood Gardens near Wilmington, Del. Learn more about this great philanthropist at the Daniel Stowe Botanial Garden site ( or through the archives section of the Charlotte Observer (


Monday, July 17, 2006

UNC-TV to cut two shows...

No, your TV remote doesn't need fresh batteries!
Don't be surprised when you find "North Carolina Now" and "Legislative Week in Review", two UNC-TV shows, missing from your TV Guide...

Ending September 29, "North Carolina Now" has aired for the past 12 years. "Legislative Week in Review" will end after the current legislative session. The two public affairs shows have been canceled this year because of a budget shortfall, UNC-TV announced on Friday, July 14.

UNC-TV spokesman, Steve Volstad, said the budget cuts were necessary because state and private funds haven't grown with the station's costs.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Sheriff Slim Tells some Tall "Tales" for Summer Reading.

Sheriff Slim (who shall remain anonymous) entertained us last week with tall tales and lots of laughs. Don't forget that the Summer Reading Program runs through July.

Thanks for reading,

Monday, July 10, 2006

Fill the Bus!
School Starts Soon:
Communities In Schools of Randolph County Organizes 4th Annual "Fill The Bus" School Supply Drive

A pristine notebook filled with doodle-free composition books and a plastic case full of freshly sharpened pencils. For most of us, these items represent a nostalgic memory of the first day of another school year. Some students in our area, though, lack these basic educational essentials. For them, the start of another school year means anxiety and embarrassment as they arrive for class without the tools for learning. Teachers try to help, but they cannot bear the entire burden.

To meet this need, Communities In Schools of Randolph County (CISRC) is sponsoring its fourth annual “Fill the Bus” school supply drive July 17 – August 11, 2006.

George Taylor, branch manager for Randolph County Public Library's Archdale Branch was one of the first in the community to receive his collection box for these supplies. He said, “It’s a great time for folks to visit the library, drop off some school supplies, then pick up a great summer read." Collection boxes are also located in the following area businesses and churches:
  • Archdale Rec Center
  • Archdale-Trinity News office
  • Archdale United Methodist Church
  • Communities In Schools office at John Lawrence Elementary
  • Domino’s Pizza – Hillsville
  • First Citizen’s Bank - Archdale
  • First National Bank – Archdale, Bush Hill, Trinity
  • Gospel Baptist Church
  • Lowe’s Foods – Archdale
  • LSB the Bank – Archdale
  • Marlboro Friends Meeting
  • McDonald’s – Archdale
  • Poplar Ridge Friends Meeting
  • Trindale Community Church
  • Trinity United Methodist Church

Students most often require: book bags (no wheels), 3-ring binders, wide-ruled notebook paper, pencils, pens (black, blue, or red ink), subject dividers, colored pencils, highlighters, crayons, glue sticks, pencil bags, pencil boxes, composition books (one, three, or five subject), student scissors, Kleenex, hand sanitizer, 3-prong folders (any color), erasers, Play-Doh (for kindergarteners), markers (thin or broad tipped), marbled composition books, clipboards, Elmer’s glue, and index cards (3 x 5 and 4 x 6). Monetary donations are also accepted and can be sent to the CISRC office at 6068 Suits Road, Archdale, NC.

Communities in Schools of Randolph County is a non-profit organization that helps young people stay in school, successfully learn, and prepare for life by connecting needed community resources with schools. In August and September 2005, CISRC, with the help of individuals and businesses in our community, provided school supplies to over 150 students. This number represented a 45% increase in assistance over the previous year.

While the cornerstone of the CIS program is one-on-one mentoring, the Randolph County organization provided a variety of student based programs in 2005-2006 and is planning the following for the upcoming school year:

Celebration in Song Music Camp: Students receive one hour of music instruction each week in this after-school camp. These young performers showcase their talents in various events throughout the year, including the Archdale Christmas parade, Christmas in Trinity, and Dinnertainment.

Transitions: Various programs designed to keep middle and high school students involved in school. These programs include:
Success 101
Attendance Incentives
Job Shadowing
Girls And Power (GAP)
High Jump to High School
Adopt A School: This program pairs churches with schools to enhance the education of children and provide support for school staff. Our current school/church partnerships are:
Archdale Elementary School – Archdale United Methodist Church
John Lawrence Elementary School – Mount Vernon United Methodist Church
Trindale Elementary School – Trindale Community Church
Trinity Elementary School – Trinity Memorial United Methodist Church
Trinity High School – Archdale Friends Meeting and Poplar Ridge Friends Meeting
Partnerships are still available with Archdale-Trinity Middle School, Braxton Craven Middle School, and Hopewell Elementary School.

For more information or to volunteer, contact: Sandi Norman, Communities in Schools of Randolph County, 6068 Suits Road, Archdale, NC 27263; phone: 336-434-0008; e-mail:

Thanks for reading,


Friday, July 07, 2006

Merriam-Webster offers new Entries!

According to the Springfield, Massachusettes dictionary publisher, Merriam-Webster's lexicographers have been very busy searching through national newspapers, entertainment magazines, trade journals and web sites for new words and phrases.

The latest edition offers definitions for about 100 new words. Some of the interesting additions are unibrow, soul patch, mouse potato and empty suit. A formal definition to one of the Internet's most recognizable names, Google, was also offered.

My husband will be amused to find he owns a "soul patch"!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 06, 2006


There be pirate books...for the little buccaneers!

First off, we have two titles in a new series about a young Captain Jack Sparrow...before he was a captain. The first one is the Coming Storm.
The story of Jack Sparrow starts here! Teenage stowaway Jack Sparrow has assembled a motley crew and they’re on the quest of a lifetime. Their goal: to locate and procure the legendary Sword of Cortés, which will grant them unimaginable power. But will this ragtag team of adventurers survive their first mission or will they succumb to the power of the sea, vicious pirates, ancient curses, and the stormy threat of nature itself?

The second title is the Siren Song.

Captain Jack Sparrow’s ship, the Barnacle, and its up-till-now unshakable crew have suddenly fallen under a sinister spell. While continuing on their quest for the storied Sword of Cortés, the crew is attacked by a monstrous sea creature and then finds its shipmates entranced by an ethereal song and each of them attempts to take the Barnacle in a different direction-and away from the sword’s supposed location. Only Jack seems unaffected by the strange song, but can he both subdue his crew and defeat the mysterious force behind the dark spell?

For the slightly older crowd, we do have the junior novelization of the film, Pirates of the Caribbean : dead man's chest.

Thanks for reading,

Scurvy George

Monday, July 03, 2006

Need help keeping up with your library material? Check out Library Elf. I have been using this service for about a month and it is easy to use and reliable. You can set up Library Elf to e-mail you for overdues and holds. The overdues can be set up for three days prior (you can change this at any time) and hold notices can be set up to remind you daily.

This is a third-party service provider and has no relation to us. Overdue notices are a courtesy only; you are responsible for overdue material and fines whether you receive notification or not.

Thanks for reading,