Friday, December 11, 2009

Killers Three on DVD again.

The Asheboro branch now has two copies of Killers Three available on DVD and available for check out. The 1968 movie was shot in and around Ramseur and features many Randolph County places and people.

A hillbilly moonshine exploitation movie starring Dick Clark, Killers Three is the story of Johnny (Robert Walker, Jr.), a driver for a moonshine boss. His old Army buddy, Roger (Dick Clark) comes to visit Johnny, wife Carol (Diane Varsi), and their son Tony. They plan to blow up the safe of a bootlegger, steal $200,000 and head off for a new and better life in sunny California. Their plans fall apart when Roger uses too many explosives and draws the attention of the Federal agents who've been staking out the town. Things go from bad-to-worse and, according to the song lyrics, "they never meant to kill anyone, but now they're on the run." Heavily influenced by the film Bonnie & Clyde, they leave a very bloody trail for the posse to follow. By the film's end there are many bullet-riddled bodies!

Merle Haggard has a small role (until Dick Clark kills him!) and sings a few songs with the help of his band The Strangers. Bonnie Owens (former wife of Buck Owens and at the time of this film, wife of Merle Haggard), sings at a hillbilly party. The soundtrack-album featured Merle Haggard, Bonnie Owens, Kaye Adams, and Jack Clement. Merle Haggard sings his own compositions including "Mama Tried." Mike Curb, Harley Hatcher and Jerry Styner were credited for the music score under Sidewalk Productions, Inc. Robert Walker Jr., Diane Varsi, Dick Clark, Norman Alden, Maureen Arthur, Tony York, Merle Haggard, Bonnie Owens, John 'Bud' Cardos, Beach Dickerson, Jerry Petty. Killers Three!

The DVD also includes several short subject anti-drug films from the 1960's.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Follow our new library news/events blog

We've created Randolph County Public Library News, a blog featuring all of our news releases and other information about upcoming events; we'll also be linking to it from the "News" links on our website.

It also provides links to all of our print newsletters (pdf) since January 2005.

Monday, June 08, 2009

More people are using library for research, jobseeking, entertainment

Our fiscal/statistical year is not quite over, but we can share some preliminary statistics that shed some light on just how people are using the library right now.

The library is an ever more popular research destination.

  • Internet use has increased 17 percent countywide this fiscal year compared to last fiscal year, and 22 percent at the Asheboro library.
  • Requests for reference assistance have increased 21 percent this FY compared to last FY.
  • Since February, 702 people have used the library’s new research website 2,172 times.

The library is more important than ever for jobseekers.

  • Since January, participation in library computer classes has increased 120 percent over all of 2008.
  • Since January, use of the Asheboro library’s JobView employment ad kiosk has increased 46.5 percent over the same period last year.
  • Checkout of books on small business and entrepreneurship at the Asheboro library has increased by 10 percent this FY compared to last FY.
  • The Archdale library’s Job-Hunting Networking Group draws 5-10 people each month.

People are turning to the library for inexpensive entertainment.

  • Checkout of DVDs has increased by 26 percent this FY compared to last FY.
  • Checkout of children’s DVDs has increased by 49 percent.
  • The first Family Movie Night at the Archdale library drew 45 people on a Friday evening.
  • Checkout of books on CD from January to May this year increased 43 percent over the same period last year.
  • Checkout of fiction books from January to May this year increased 12 percent over the same period last year.
  • Checkout of teen fiction books from January to May this year increased 42 percent over the same period last year.

Be Creative @ Your Library this summer!

  • Studies show that kids who read during the summer do better in school the next year.
  • The library’s Summer Reading Program last year registered 3,112 children and drew an audience of over 9,300 to 244 programs and special events; kids checked out more than 42,000 books in June and July.
  • This summer, the seven libraries have almost 140 programs planned for children and teens, and the Extension Services department will take over 100 more into the community.
  • And they’re all FREE!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Strong libraries equal strong communities

A great letter written by Mark Pumphrey, director of the Polk County Public Library and president of the North Carolina Public Library Directors Association, to all 92 members of the N.C. House Appropriations Committee.

Dear Representatives:

I am writing to all of you rather than just my own district representative because the decision you make regarding State Aid to Public Libraries will affect not just my own county's public library, but every public library system in North Carolina.

I understand that cuts recommended by state departments place all grant programs into a group, and that State Aid to Public Libraries falls within that group of grant programs. There are compelling reasons for making public libraries an exception in the decision to cut all grant programs:

1. Public libraries are the great equalizer in every local community. Many of the other programs under scrutiny affect only a segment of the population. Some programs within the Department of Cultural Resources are exclusive because they require the price of admission and are often at a distance from where you are living in the state. But public libraries are everywhere you are in the state, and they are available for your use no matter what your circumstances are or what you can afford.

2. Now is not the time to cut public libraries. It is the time to support public libraries more than ever before. Citizens who are displaced from their jobs and/or looking for work are coming to the public libraries more than ever before to find job search resources.

With leadership (but insignificant funding) from the Governor, DCR, the Department of Commerce and the Employment Security Commission, public libraries across the state are responding to this need by creating Job Search Centers at the state's public libraries. In addition to job searching, citizens are coming to the library to prepare resumes, to take certification tests online, and to receive job counseling in a neutral setting by the staff of our local partners such as JobLink.

In my county, the public library has partnered with JobLink and the county's Economic Development Commission to provide space for a JobLink office at the public library. We are also collecting resources and information for entrepreneurs and business people at the public library. Similar things are happening at public libraries all across the state.

Also, because our citizens have less disposable income in the current economy for the purchase of books, computer resources and tickets to public events, public libraries in North Carolina are seeing a profound increase in the numbers of citizens coming to the library to take advantage of the books, audiovisuals, periodicals, computer resources, and public programs and performances they can access at the public library at no cost.

3. Strong public libraries equal strong local communities that can attract new industries or other economic development. In states such as Ohio and Wisconsin, where State Aid to Public Libraries is strong, public libraries are the best in the country. One of the first things prospective new companies assessing a county look at before making their decision to locate in the county is the quality of the local public library system.

4. Our county governments will not make up the difference. Because of the number of mandated safety, health and emergency services provided by counties, quality of life departments within county governments, such as public libraries, are almost always given lower priority and are often the first to be cut at the local level.

5. Public libraries are not a problem to be dealt with, as are so many issues facing our state and local governments. Rather, they are an important part of the solution to many of the root cause issues that swallow up so many of our public funds.

With better workforce preparedness, literacy training, and informal educational opportunities that public libraries can and do provide, North Carolina will get through the current economic downturn and come out stronger than ever. But if after a number of years of minimal increases or status quo funding of State Aid to Public Libraries, we now suffer our biggest loss of state funding in history, our services will be not just diminished but seriously damaged.

6. DCR has this week been successful in getting delayed State Aid payments that were being withheld for the month of May released, and I am grateful for the department's efforts. But the allocations for June are still in jeopardy. If the June allocations are withheld, some of our regional library systems in the state will be unable to meet payroll in June. Others have said that if cut in the upcoming year, there will be no funding in their budgets for books and other materials.

In the last few months of the current fiscal year, we have already lost 10% of the State Aid originally allocated to us--and some of us are being told by our county governments to absorb the 10% loss by making cuts to the rest of our remaining budget, causing us to be forced to eliminate items already approved at the beginning of the fiscal year in our local budgets. So, in effect, we are being cut twice each time our State Aid allocation is reduced.

In closing, I ask that you not only reduce this percentage cut, but eliminate it altogether.

North Carolina is on the road to economic recovery. Public libraries can play a critical role in making that happen, if the funding we now receive through State Aid to Public Libraries is protected. I implore you to reverse the recommendation from DCR and any subsequent recommendations reflecting their recommendation.

Thank you.

Mark Pumphrey
North Carolina Public Library Directors Association

Monday, March 30, 2009

More job-hunting resources

From George at Archdale: 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.

Once you have signed up for a netLibrary account, you can access the ebooks remotely via Randquest.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Friday, March 13, 2009

How do students approach research?

It's about undergraduates, but has insights for all students:

Hat tip to Stephen Abram.