Sharyn McCrumb to Visit Greensboro Public Library

“In Wise County, Virginia, in 1935 a young college girl goes on trial for the murder of her father.  It was the crime of the century, all right.  Sent to cover the trial, a group of unprincipled national journalists assassinated the mountain culture in order to sensationalize the story.  The residual prejudice of their stereotyping exists to this day in every hillbilly joke you’ve ever heard.”

So goes the plot of The Devil Amongst The Lawyers, the latest novel by New York Times  bestselling author Sharyn McCrumb.

Join us at Greensboro Public Library’s Central Branch at 219 N. Church St. for a special evening with Ms. McCrumb on Thursday, July 8th, at 7 PM.  She’ll be discussing her new book, as well as autographing copies. 

For info call 336-373-3617.

Successful Telescope Viewing at Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch!

This is just a brief follow-up to our post on the meteorology/ astronomy program Monday evening at Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch, with special reference to the telescope viewing. 

Three telescopes were set up, two of which belonged to Greensboro Astronomy Club President Stan Rosenberg, who also did an excellent presentation during the meteorology segment of the program, and the Club’s Treasurer, John P. Cory, who brought along a fine long-focus 8 inch reflector which he built himself.  In addition, we set up Kathleen Clay’s 8 inch Dobsonian reflector; the mount was a little shaky and needs some work, but we were able to get some good views of the Moon.

One of the highlights of the evening was a weather balloon, which we just happened to spy over head while viewing the Moon.  Mr. Rosenberg commented that it was only the second one he’d seen in 30 years.  Basically, it looked like a silver orb with a tail flapping around behind it.  Seeing a weather balloon was quite a coincidence, coming just after the branch’s meteorology program! 

As Monday was more or less the longest day of the year, darkness came very late — after nine.  About 9:10 or so we picked up some stars and detected Saturn.  Mr. Cory directed his big reflector at the planet and pushed the magnification up to about 300x with a 6mm eyepiece.  Saturn’s rings are close to edge-on now and quite spectacular!

At any rate, it was a great program and we look forward to doing more.

Don’t Forget! Friends of Greensboro Public Library Book Sale Coming Up Saturday, May 1st!

If you’re a booklover and want to spend your May Day having a blast, why not come to our semi-annual Friends of Greensboro Public Library book sale?  The sale is held at Central Library, located in Greensboro at 219 N. Church St., starts at 9 AM Saturday, just as the library opens, and runs until 2 PM with a bag sale to follow from 2:30-3:30 PM.    

You’re sure to find all kinds of great bargains! 

Also, while you’re here, be sure to stop by our Friends of the Library Booklovers Shop.  They’ve got plenty of books at bargain prices too!  And, just in case you have some “gently used” books you ‘d like to give to a worthy cause, the Booklovers Shop is where our book donations are accepted. 

Please, if you are donating, we’d prefer not to receive magazines, textbooks or condensed books.  Tax receipts are available. 

Interested in the next sale?  Well, mark your calendars for Saturday, November 6th.

All proceeds go to the Friends of the Library. 

Remember, Central Library, May 1st, 9 AM.  Be there or be square!

Nature Photography Contest at the Library

We’ve had lots of winter weather recently, and Spring may not seem close at hand, but here at the Kathleen Clay Branch we’ve already made plans for our annual Earth Day Celebration on April 10th. As part of the celebration we feature a Nature Photography Contest, and this year we’re opening it up to all grades, Kindergarten through 12th. The only requirement for the photographs is that they should depict nature in Guilford County.

The deadline for submissions is March 17th, and you must deliver your photo to the Kathleen Clay Branch between 6 pm and 9 pm. To enter the contest, put a 4×6 photo in a sealed envelope along with an index card including the student’s name, address, telephone number, school, and grade level.  Also include a title for the photo, and the location in Guilford County where you shot it. Deliver your photograph early, because only the first hundred photos in each category (Elementary, Middle, and High School) will be accepted! (For more information about Earth Day and detailed rules for the contest, see the library website.)

When our Earth Day celebration rolls around on April 10th, we will put all the photos on display, and the contest winners will be those who receive the most votes. So come by between 1 pm and 4 pm to vote for your favorite, and encourage your friends to come as well! There will be prizes for the first and second place winners in each age category.

If you’re looking for inspiration or help with your technique, check out some of these books that we have at the library: National Audubon Society Guide to Nature Photography, The Magic of Digital Nature Photography by Rob Sheppard; Galen Rowell : a retrospective  compiled by the Sierra Club, Hugh Morton, North Carolina Photographer, Carolina Nature : a Photographer’s View of the Natural World in the Carolinas by Eric Horan,  John Shaw’s Nature Photography Field Guide, and Essential Skills for Nature Photography by Cub Kahn.

Winter Series Art Exhibit at Central Library

In 2008, the Homeless Prevention Coalition of Guilford County released totals from their annual “Point in Time” count of the homeless. Guilford County had a total of 981 persons counted. That total was down from 2007’s count which showed a total of 1014, but numbers are expected to be higher for the 2009 count due to the economy and current housing troubles.

For several years, the Central Branch of the Greensboro Public Library has worked with a program to help come to the aid of the homeless and hungry in Greensboro. The program is called Food Not Bombs, and according to their website, “was formed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1980 by anti-nuclear activists. Food Not Bombs is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to nonviolent social change. Food Not Bombs has no formal leaders and strives to include everyone in its decision making process. Each group recovers food that would otherwise be thrown out and makes fresh hot vegetarian meals that are served in outside in public spaces to anyone without restriction.” Each Monday night, folks gather outside the Central Library on Church St., or inside if the weather is bad, and are served meals.

In order to better serve this community, a dialog began with library staff members and the homeless and in 2007 the Winter Series started. This program gave these patrons a chance to let staff know what their needs are. As a result, on Monday nights, along with the meals, there have been movie nights, meetings with local government officials, health screenings, and most importantly, understanding.

The Central Library is currently featuring an art exhibit with pieces by some members of the local homeless community. Paintings, jewelry, poetry, walking sticks, and drawings are on display at the Central Library at 219 N. Church St. The display will remain up through the month of March. Please check out a full account of the past Winter Series. For more information contact Jennifer Worrells at

Outdoor Photography Exhibit at Central Library

For the past month, visitors to the gallery at the front entrance of the Central

 Library have enjoyed a photographic display offered by members of the local club, Triad Outdoor Photographers.  The display includes local scenes and landscapes as well as travel images, animals, botany and other compositions.  These images will be on display until the end of this month. 

If you have an interest in outdoor photography, consider attending one of the clubs monthly meet ups, and check out some of these titles fom the library’s collection.

To view and share more local outdoor photography, search Greensboro Groups on the popular photo sharing site, FlickR.

Greensboro Public Library administers a group on this site called Historic Guilford, NC.  This group invites folks to share images from the past and present of historic sites in and around Greensboro, High Point, Jamestown and all of Guilford County in North Carolina.