Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Today's Top Book & DVD Releases

Everyone loves staying on top of the latest in books & DVDs and we receive them on a regular basis at your library.  Join us as we hit the highlights of some of the popular titles being released today.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Starring: Dane DeHaan
Summary: Based on a comic book series, in the 28th century, Valerian and Laureline are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories.  Under assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha - an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence, and cultures with each other.  There is a mystery at the center of Alpha, a dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.

Monday, November 20, 2017

"Discovering Historical Fiction" | @ the Library Article

Historical fiction is a unique genre that requires an author to be knowledgeable in addition to begin a talented author>  Creating a fictional character is different than presenting one based on a real person.  However, many authors have excelled in the field.  These authors have presented astounding recreations of times past, through their descriptions and grasp of language, for the modern readers.

Included on this list is author Georgette Heyer.  Many feel that her novel Regency Buck established the Regency romance genre.  To ensure that her readers fully understood the setting, she collected Regency reference works and took copious notes in order to provide each plot with extensive details.  Her knowledge is evident in her descriptions of carriages, clothing and the societal mores of the time.  Other favorite novels by Heyer include Friday's Child and The Grand Sophy.  Those who enjoy a touch of comedy with their history may wish to try one of her many novels.

Dana Fuller Ross is the author of the Wagons West series, which includes such titles as Arizona!, Louisiana!, and, of course, Texas!  Ross has, like perhaps no other author, captured the pioneer spirit allowing readers to discover America through the eyes of the men and women who forged their way across unknown lands via wagon trains.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

"Abilene Turned a Page in Library Service a Year Ago" | Abilene Reporter-News

A new chapter in Abilene Public Library history began on this date a year ago.

Shopping for a new home for its south branch, the City of Abilene found space at the Mall of Abilene.  Adjacent to J.C. Penney and former the location of a retail store (Beall's) and a Zumba fitness center, the new space greatly increased what services could be offered to visitors.

And used by staff.

Festivities are planned today to celebrate this south branch anniversary.

Lori Grumet, librarian for the city's three-branch system, said the first year was akin to an author landing a best-seller.

"We've had a really great year," she said.

That may be her opinion, but she has the numbers to back up her statement.

In FY 2016, the south branch located at the corner of Danville Drive and South 14th Street - a little east of Little Italy restaurant - drew 91,117 visitors.

The mall branch since Nov. 19, 2016, attracted 270,923 visitors.  That is close to three times as many people.

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Nov. 19)

Many browse the new materials section of the library to discover the latest reads.  Part of finding them is browsing the New York Times Bestsellers lists we make available at all locations.  Check out this blog entry to discover the latest to lead the pack on the Hardcover Fiction & Nonfiction lists for the upcoming week.

Hardcover Fiction Top 5
#1: The Midnight Line
Author: Lee Child
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: M CHILD
Reacher rides the bus north from Milwaukee. At a comfort stop in Wisconsin dairy country he takes a stroll. Among the cheap junk in a pawn shop window he notices a West Point class ring for sale. It's tiny. A woman cadet's ring. Why would she pawn it? Reacher knows what Serena Sanderson must have gone through to get it.
#2: The Rooster Bar
Author: John Grisham
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: F GRISHAM
Summary: Mark, Todd, and Zola came to law school to change the world, to make it a better place. But now, as third-year students, these close friends realize they have been duped. They all borrowed heavily to attend a third-tier, for-profit law school so mediocre that its graduates rarely pass the bar exam, let alone get good jobs. And when they learn that their school is one of a chain owned by a shady New York hedge-fund operator who also happens to own a bank specializing in student loans, the three know they have been caught up in The Great Law School Scam. But maybe there's a way out. Maybe there's a way to escape their crushing debt, expose the bank and the scam, and make a few bucks in the process. But to do so, they would first have to quit school. And leaving law school a few short months before graduation would be completely crazy, right? Well, yes and no.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Weekly Library Events (Nov. 19-25)

Keep up with the great programs and events your Abilene Public Library has to offer by catching this weekly blog each Thursday.  For a complete listing, visit our main website to take a look at our program calendar.

Happy Birthday South Branch!
Sunday, Nov. 19 at 1:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Your South Branch Library, in the Mall of Abilene, is turning one and everyone is invited to come celebrate in our Birthday Party! We want to express our biggest thanks to all of our wonderful patrons who have supported the vision of this new space, and visited our location over the past year.  It’s been a wild and wonderful ride and we couldn’t be happier with the public support we’ve seen.  Join us today as we host a number of activities including games, prize drawings, crafts, refreshments, a storytime and movie showing of “Cars 3,” and so much more.  Please join us as we celebrate during this fun-filled afternoon.

Family Flix: "Cars 3"
Sunday, Nov. 19 at 3:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Kids and parents are invited to join us for another great Family Flix showing during our Happy Birthday celebration.  For the party, we'll be watching a flick recently released to DVD with 2017's "Cars 3."  In this film, blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves.  To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician with her own plan to win.  Proving that #95 isn't through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing's biggest stage!  This film is rated G and has a run time of 1 hour and 42 minutes.  Light snacks will be provided, or feel free to bring your own.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Today's Top Book & DVD Releases

Everyone loves staying on top of the latest in books & DVDs and we receive them on a regular basis at the library.  Join us as we hit the highlights of some of the popular titles being released today.

Atomic Blonde
Starring: Charlize Theron
Summary: The crown jewel of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton is equal parts spycraft, sensuality, and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission.  Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.

The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature
Starring: Will Arnett
Summary: Surly and his friends, Buddy, Andie, and Precious, discover that the mayor of Oakton City is cracking one big hustle to build a giant amusement park, which in turn will bulldoze their home.  The animals must stop the mayor, his daughter, and a mad animal control officer in order to take back the city park.

Monday, November 13, 2017

20 Under 40: Tremain Jackson, Abilene Public Library

Taken from the Abilene Reporter-News on Nov. 13, 2017

Name: Tremain Jackson

Age: 37

Business: City of Abilene, Abilene Public Library

Job Title: Librarian II, Technology/Social Media Manager

Who is the person who most influenced you in business? Mr. John Pecoraro, my first supervisor and the first manager of the South Branch Library, from 1998-2004. Due to his strong leadership and example as a librarian, I decided to become one myself and acquire a master's degree in library science rather than a graduate degree in clinical psychology.  I would later take over as manager of the South Branch Library, from 2005-2017.  Modeling my managerial style from his example led to great success as a first-time manager at the age of 24, thriving within the facility until my transition into a newly developed managerial role within the Abilene Public Library system.

"Holiday Cooking's a Snap at Your Library" | @ the Library Article

Food is incredibly important during the holiday season.  Entertaining friends and big family meals can put a lot of pressure on a new bride, or an experienced homemaker.  In fact, cooking for the holidays can give anyone the cold shivers.  What if the turkey is not done?  What if no one likes the dessert?  Cookbooks at the Abilene Public Library may not be able to ensure Aunt Penny's special recipe comes out just like she used to make it.  But if you're looking for a party idea, or a tasty gift, or just something to wow the relatives at the big meal, we've got the help you need.

A party or get-together may mean hors d'oeuvres.  These little tidbits should be tempting, pretty and irresistible to munch on.  Prolific cookbook author Martha Stewart has a wide array of taste ticklers in her book Martha Stewart's Appetizers: 200 Recipes for Dips, Spreads, Snacks, Small Plates, and Other Delicious Hors d'oeuvres, Plus 30 Cocktails.  Some are fancy and some are simple, but all will get your sick party off to a grand start.

Dotty Griffith's Texas Holiday Cookbook specializes in food from the Lone Star State, in all its diversity.  Recipes for Cornbread Dressing, Black-Eyed Peas, Christmas Tamales and Pecan cakes, cookies, and sweets of all kinds are great for your table, or gifts for friends who aren't lucky enough to be Texans.