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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Get STEAM'ed: Learn About Beer Making, Oct. 4

If I were to ask you what the three most popular drinks are, would you guess that beer was one of them.  Although not a drink consumed by all, it's one of the oldest and most widely consumed alcoholic drinks in the world.  In a program of firsts, you can learn more about beer, and how it's made, by attending the next adult STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) event that will give you an inside look into the science of beer making.

Hosted on Thursday, October 4 at 6:30PM at your Main Library, we're inviting out James Bridwell, the founder and head brewer of Sockdolager Brewing Company (a local brewery located at 720 China St.) to teach us all about what he does.  As stated on their website about Bridwell, "he has a certain affinity for the beverages we sell at the brewery and works to ensure that the liquid in your glass is exactly what it's supposed to be."

Having opened their doors on March 11, 2017, they've quickly become a favorite with locals and offer four classic beer styles including the Five & Dime General Ale, the Bea-3 Oatmeal South, the Possum Trot American Wheat, and the Hopjaloppy India Pale Ale.  But just how is it that the company is able to craft these premium beers?  That's what you'll learn by attending this STEAM workshop for adults.

Those who come out should have an interest in beer because you'll be learning about the grain, hops, and other ingredients that are used and transformed into cold beer, as well as the process needed to make the magic happen.  Although you don't need to be 21-years-old to attend the event, you will need to be of legal age to sample some of the beers offered.  That's right, there will be limited samples to taste, and that's certainly not something to pass up on.  Please be aware, ID's will be checked to ensure there is not underage drinking.

If you're a fan of beer, enjoy local breweries, or want to learn more about what your Abilene options are, this is certainly an event you'll want to attend.  Be sure to mark your calendars for Thursday, October 4 at 6:30PM at your Main Library and join us for a great evening.  We appreciate James Bridwell, and the Sockdolager Brewing Company, for being October's featured guest for the STEAM series.  If you wish to learn how you can be a presenter at a future session, feel free to reach out to librarian Amy Watterman, the coordinator of the adult STEAM programs, and we'll see about adding you to the rotation.  It's a great way to show off the expertise and talents of people in our community.  Call us at 325-676-6025 for additional information.

Weekly Library Events (Sept. 23-29)

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.

Weekend Walk-In Flix: "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom"
Sunday, Sept. 23 at 2:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Don’t miss out on the next Weekend Walk-In Flix session at your South Branch Library, where we will once again dive back into the world of the dinosaurs in the latest installment in the Jurassic Park film franchise with 2018’s “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” starring Chris Pratt & Bryce Dallas Howard.  In this film, three years after the Jurassic World theme park was closed down, Owen and Claire return to Isla Nublar to save the dinosaurs when they learn that a once dormant volcano on the island is active and is threatening to extinguish all life there. Along the way, Owen sets out to find Blue, his lead raptor, and discovers a conspiracy that could disrupt the natural order of the entire planet.  Life has found a way, again. This film is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of science-fiction violence and peril and has a run time of 2 hours and 8 minutes. Light snacks will be provided, or feel free to bring your own. For additional information, feel free to contact staff at 325-698-7565.

TECH Time
Monday, Sept. 24 at 10:00AM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
As more people acquire smartphones, tablets, and laptops, you may find yourself needing a little help.  If that’s you, join us for TECH (Technology Enrichment & Collaborative Help) Time at your library.  Sessions will be hosted three times a week on Mondays from 10AM to Noon at the Mockingbird Branch, and then Mondays at the South Branch Library and Thursdays at the Main Library from 2PM to 4PM.  Sessions will be provided by the library’s tech gurus as we help you to navigate your way through learning to use your devices and answering your tech-related questions. We may not have all the answers, but we’ll certainly be on hand to help.  Guests will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to 20-minutes if others are waiting. For more information, contact staff at 325-698-7565 (South Branch), 325-676-6025 (Main Library), or 325-437-7323 (Mockingbird Branch).

TECH Time
Monday, Sept. 24 at 2:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
As more people acquire smartphones, tablets, and laptops, you may find yourself needing a little help.  If that’s you, join us for TECH (Technology Enrichment & Collaborative Help) Time at your library.  Sessions will be hosted three times a week on Mondays from 10AM to Noon at the Mockingbird Branch, and then Mondays at the South Branch Library and Thursdays at the Main Library from 2PM to 4PM.  Sessions will be provided by the library’s tech gurus as we help you to navigate your way through learning to use your devices and answering your tech-related questions. We may not have all the answers, but we’ll certainly be on hand to help.  Guests will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to 20-minutes if others are waiting. For more information, contact staff at 325-698-7565 (South Branch), 325-676-6025 (Main Library), or 325-437-7323 (Mockingbird Branch).

Kids' Yoga
Monday, Sept. 24 at 4:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Children derive enormous benefits from yoga. Physically, it enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. In addition, their concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation improves. Children ages 6-12 are invited to join your South Branch library as we welcome in Clarissa Pyeatt, a registered yoga teacher, who will be back to lead a free yoga class designed just for youth to participate in.  Don’t miss out on this special event at your library, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-698-7565.

3D Design Class
Monday, Sept. 24 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
We invite you to expand your makerspace knowledge with this third course to help you build knowledge and skills for using the 3D PolyPrinter at your Main Library’s Creation Station.  Although you’re more than free to search the Internet for free STL files for use, Tinker CAD is a program to help you learn how to create your own projects. This class will cover that program, how to use the slicing program, and how to upload and print your creations.  For more information about this class, contact staff at 325-437-7323.

STEAM Powered: Cave Explorers
Monday, Sept. 24 at 4:30PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
Do you have what it takes to be a spelunker?  Do you even know what a spelunker is? Well come out to your Mockingbird Branch Library as we host a great STEAM event that’s all about cave explorers.  Designed for students to provide them with fun ways to learn, this STEAM powered program will teach participants all about caves and what lives inside in a hands-on way.  Don’t miss out on being a part of this program at your library, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-437-7323.

Crafty DIY: Sore Muscle Soak
Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 10:00AM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
Adults are invited out to be a part of the next Crafty DIY session at your Main Library, hosted by Heather Carter.  Each month, adults come out to get hands-on in a fun DIY project, and this time around, we’ll show you how to make your own Sore Muscle Soaks.  Regardless of whether you’re playing sports like in the Hometown Teams exhibit or doing repetitive movements that just make you sore in general, these homemade soaks will help to aid in the process of getting you back up and moving in no time.  We’ll supply all the materials you’ll need for this workshop, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-676-6025.

Job Time: Application Assistance
Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 4:30PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
If you’re looking for a job and need some help, you’re invited to stop by the Mockingbird Branch for our Job Time: Application Assistance program where we’ll get you started on the road to employment success.  We will cover how to search for jobs, how to create a resume, share advice on how to dress for and succeed in an interview, and much more.  We’ll have a set number of computers available for use so don’t miss your chance to participate in this program.  For additional information, contact staff at 325-437-7323.

TECH Time
Thursday, Sept. 27 at 2:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
As more people acquire smartphones, tablets, and laptops, you may find yourself needing a little help.  If that’s you, join us for TECH (Technology Enrichment & Collaborative Help) Time at your library.  Sessions will be hosted three times a week on Mondays from 10AM to Noon at the Mockingbird Branch, and then Mondays at the South Branch Library and Thursdays at the Main Library from 2PM to 4PM.  Sessions will be provided by the library’s tech gurus as we help you to navigate your way through learning to use your devices and answering your tech-related questions. We may not have all the answers, but we’ll certainly be on hand to help.  Guests will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to 20-minutes if others are waiting. For more information, contact staff at 325-698-7565 (South Branch), 325-676-6025 (Main Library), or 325-437-7323 (Mockingbird Branch).

Preschool Plus: Let's Go Fishing
Thursday, Sept. 27 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
Don’t miss out on the final Preschool Plus session of the month because this time around, we’re going fishing!  Well, maybe not fishing for real, but we’ll be doing so through great stories and activities. Youth and parents are invited out as we share some of our favorite stories about fishing like “Just Me and My Dad,” “Mr Wishing Went Fishing,” “The Berenstain Bears: Gone Fishin,” and then stick around as we host some fishing games and even offer you the chance to make a super fun fishing craft too.  It’s certainly going to be a great afternoon for everyone, and for additional information, call staff at 325-437-7323.

Tabletop Teens
Thursday, Sept. 27 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
Teens are invited out to the final regular Thursday program added to the Main Library’s lineup.  Join us on the fourth Thursday for Table Top Teens! From Exploding Kittens to Settlers of Catan, staff will lead you through learning some of the best modern tabletop and board games around.  Trust us. These aren’t the games you’re parents grew up playing. Each month we’ll feature new games that will challenge your mind, build teamwork, and all the while allow you to have some fun.  It’s completely free, and for additional information, call us at 325-676-6067.

Tween Flix & Crafts: "The Karate Kid"
Thursday, Sept. 27 at 5:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Tweens ages 7-13 are invited to join your South Branch Library for our next Tween Flix & Crafts session at your library.  Each time we show great movies for tweens to enjoy, all rated PG and under, and then make fun crafts to go along with it too.  This time is no different. Join us as we host a free showing of 2010’s “The Karate Kid” starring Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan, and Taraji P. Henson.  In this film, 12-year-old Dre has moved to China with is mom and finds himself like a fish out of water. When a bully starts to pick on him, Mr. Han, the maintenance man of Dre’s apartment, starts to teach him Kung Fu.  Soon enough, Dre learns that Kung Fu is about self defense and peace, instead of violence and bloodshed, and uses it help stand up for himself. This film is rated PG for bullying, martial arts action violence, and some mild language, and it has a run time of 2 hours and 20 minutes.  For more information about the event, contact staff at 325-698-7565.

Sports Tales: Share Your Stories
Thursday, Sept. 27 at 6:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
During the month of September, your Main Library has the honor of being host to the Hometown Teams exhibit, which is a Smithsonian traveling exhibition examining the many roles sports plays in American society.  Using the model of the StoryCorps, we will be conducting interview sessions capturing your local sports stories with the goal of recording your stories to save for posterity. Multiple sessions will be hosted and anyone interested in participating is encouraged to contact staff at 325-676-6025 to signup.  You may access interview questions and associated forms online at www.abilenetx.gov/apl/hometown to get a head start, then sign up for a time where we’ll record your session...you’ll even receive an audio file to take home with you.  We hope to capture stories and memories from a wide range of community members, so if you’ve got a story to share call us at 325-676-6025 to inquire or setup a time.

Fitness Fridays: Stretch & Tone
Friday, Sept. 28 at 10:30AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
The YMCA of Abilene is partnering with the Abilene Public Library to bring you free Fitness Fridays courses in September.  Each will feature a different style of workout to get involved in and are inspired to just get you up and get you moving. Come to one, or come to all, and discover a fun way to burn off calories.  This final session will will offer a class called Stretch & Tone, which is a low impact, low intensity workout that will tone your muscles, increase your range of motion and flexibility, and help you to relieve stress.  This is done through a series of stretching and toning exercises where participants will also develop breathing techniques to compliment this resistance training workout. Come in your comfortable workout clothes and shoes to your Main Library and get fit with us.  For additional information about this free class, feel free to contact staff at 325-676-6025.

MCEC's Literacy Storytime
Friday, Sept. 28 at 10:45AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Kids and parents are invited to join us for a great morning storytime event led by the Military Child Education Coalition. Join your South Branch Library on the fourth Friday mornings of each month for a great activity designed for kids and parents to enjoy. Don’t miss out on the literacy fun at your library. For additional information, contact staff at 325-698-7565.

Look, Listen, Learn: Sports
Friday, Sept. 28 at 4:30PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Team up and join your South Branch Library every Friday at 4:30PM for our Look, Listen, Learn program for youth as it will be all about sports, sports, and more sports in honor of the Hometown Teams exhibit available for viewing at your Main Library throughout the month.  Each week at this program, children’s staff will focus on a different sport, and you must might get the opportunity to play as a team too! You never know just what you’ll get into, but you’re not going to want to miss this as it’s certainly going to be fun. Great for the entire family, be sure to check out these afternoon sessions, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-698-7565.

Adventurous Book Club: "Behind Closed Doors"
Friday, Sept. 28 at 6:30PM
Szechuan Chinese Restaurant
3425 S. 1st St.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Join the South Branch Library for the next session of the Adventurous Book Club with your South Branch Library crew.  Be warned, we intend to read books in all genres that stretch boundaries, get you out of your comfort zone, that make you think, and might be just a little bit hard to finish. We’ll be reading some staff favorites, as well as letting members propose their own selections. Lively discussion is expected and encouraged. For this session we’ll be reading “Behind Closed Doors” by B.A. Paris, which is a bestselling debut psychological thriller that will reportedly keep you reading long into the night.  Look for copies of the title at your library, then join us for a discussion at our book club time. For this session, our club will be meeting at Szechuan Chinese Restaurant, located at 3425 S. 1st St., so feel free to bring some spending money if you’d like to purchase food or beverages. For more information about this event, 

Chair Yoga for Adults
Saturday, Sept. 29 at 2:30PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Adults are invited to come to the South Branch Library for an introductory class in Chair Yoga, led by registered yoga teacher Clarissa Pyeatt, who has been gracious to host a month full of introductory classes for all ages at the library.  Join us for one of the most gentle forms of yoga practiced by sitting on a chair or standing using a chair for support. Even if you’ve never done yoga because you’re afraid you’ll never be able to bend the way you need to, this class will show you that it’s possible to do yoga regardless of your skill level and physical constraints.  For more information about this event, contact staff at 325-698-7565.

Saturday Sports Flix: "Air Bud"
Saturday, Sept. 29 at 3:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
Join us at the Main Library for our final Saturday Sports Flix session where we’ll be watching a basketball flick featuring a canine as the star.  Join us for a free showing of 1997’s “Air Bud” starring Kevin Zegers and Michael Jeter. In this film, a young boy and a stray dog with amazing basketball playing ability become instant friends.  When the boy makes the school basketball team, and the dog is named the Team Mascot, it isn’t before long that they become the stars of halftime. But when the dog’s mean former owner comes along with a scheme to cash in on the pup’s celebrity, it looks like they may run the risk of being separated.  This film is rated PG for brief mild language and has a run time of 1 hour and 38 minutes. Snacks will be provided and we’ll do a fun craft activity too. For additional information, contact staff at 325-676-6025.

Don't miss out on these great programs and events being hosted at your library and get in on what we have to offer.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Starring: Chris Pratt
Summary: Three years after the Jurassic World theme park was closed down, Owen and Claire return to Isla Nubla to save the dinosaurs when they learn that a once dormant volcano on the island is active and is threatening to extinguish all life there.  Along the way, Owen sets out to find Blue, his lead raptor, and discovers a conspiracy that could disrupt the natural order of the entire planet.  Life has found a way, again.

Lethal White (Cormoran Strike #4)
Author: Robert Galbraith
Summary: When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled.  While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story.  But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic.  Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott - once his assistant, now a partner in the agency - set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament, and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside.  And during this labyrinthine investigation, Strike's own life is far from straightforward: his newfound fame as a private eye means he can no longer operate behind the scenes as he once did.  Plus, his relationship with his former assistant is more fraught than it ever has been - Robin is now invaluable to Strike in the business, but their personal relationship is much, much trickier than that.

Sea Prayer
Author: Khaled Hosseini
Summary: A short, powerful, illustrated book written by beloved novelist Khaled Hosseini in response to the current refugee crisis, this book is composed in the form of a letter, from a father to his son, on the eve of their journey.  Watching over his sleeping son, the father reflects on the dangerous sea-crossing that lies before them.  It is also a vivid portrait of their life in Homs, Syria, before the war, and of that city's swift transformation from a home into a deadly war zone.  Impelled to write this story by the haunting image of young Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian boy whose body washed upon the beach in Turkey in September 2015, Hosseini hopes to pay tribute to the millions of families, like Kurdi's, who have been splintered and forced from home by war and persecution, and he will donate author proceeds from this book to the UNHCE and the Khaled Hosseini Foundation to help fun lifesaving relief efforts to help refugees around the globe.

Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Summary: A genius of unrivaled aptitude, Stephen can learn any new skill, vocation, or art in a matter of hours.  However, to contain all of this, his mind creates hallucinatory people - Stephen calls them aspects - to hold and manifest the information.  Wherever he goes, he is joined by a team of imaginary experts to give advice, interpretation, and explanation.  He uses them to solve problems...for a price.  His brain is getting a little crowded and the aspects have a tendency of taking on lives of their own.  When a company hires him to recover stolen property - a camera that can allegedly take pictures of the past - Stephen finds himself in an adventure crossing oceans and fighting terrorists.  What he discovers may upend the foundation of three major world religions - and, perhaps, give him a vital clue into the true nature of his aspects.

Look for these titles at your Abilene Public Library and get yourselves on the reserve lists so you're certain to keep up with some of the popular releases of the day.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

"The Silly Side of Sports" | @ the Library Article

As we continue to host the Smithsonian exhibit "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America" at the Abilene Public Library downtown, we thought it might be fun to point out that sports and humor go together.  We watch comedies, with and without slapstick, cartoons, and tell jokes or at least listen to them.  Such humor goes way back.  The ancient Greeks had satires and jokes.  So did the Romans and the ancient Egyptians as well.

Sports are just as venerable as humor.  The Mesopotamians enjoyed hunting, boxing, wrestling, and polo.  The mounts in polo in Mesopotamia were other players, not horses.  Combat sports were popular in the ancient Far East, Middle East, and Mediterranean Region. 

So, sports and humor are both constants in human life.  Of course there are occasions when the two become one.  Funny things occur in sports.  Nickelodeon's Blooper show "Crashletes" takes advantage of the fact to create an entertaining television program.  "The Lighter Side of Sports" was a TV series from 1997-2004 featuring bloopers, practical jokes, and embarrassing situations from the world of sports.  Before that, there was "ESPN's Lighter Side of Sports" which ran from 1993-1996.  It did much the same as the later version.  Blooper programs for sports have been popular since sports events have been recorded for later broadcast.

Even famous sports figures get in on the fun.  For instance, Hank Aaron said it "It took me 17 years to get 3,000 hits in baseball.  I did it in one afternoon on the golf course."  Former NFL Coach Mike Ditka said "What's the difference between a three-week-old puppy and a sportswriter?  In six weeks, the puppy stops whining."  Even legendary boxer Muhammad Ali said "I've seen George Foreman shadow boxing and the shadow won."

Comedians also use sports as a subject for their comedy.  Perhaps the most famous sports routine is Abbott and Costello's "Who's on First."  It was originally performed on the radio on March 24, 1938.  Rodney Dangerfield, king of one-liners, said, "I went to a fight the other night, and a hockey game broke out."  George Carlin also performed a sports routine, generally titled "Football vs. Baseball."  It was recorded for his 10th album and fourth HBO special on April 18-19, 1984.  The name of the album and the special was "Carlin on Campus."  It was later transcribed for the book "Brain Droppings" along with other George Carlin routines.

Brain Droppings is available at your Abilene Public Library.   Other books, honing in on sports humor and available at the library, are Slam Dunk Sports Jokes compiled by Paul M. Miller, This Book Has Balls: Sports Rants from the MVP of Talking Trash by Michael Rapaport, and Mike and Mike's Rules for Sports and Life by Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic.  At least one eBook with sports jokes is available through the library from both Hoopla and EBSCOhost.  It's titled Game Day Gigglers: Winning Jokes to Score Some Laughs by Sam Schultz.  Even humor authors who don't generally write about sports will sometimes get in a zinger.  One such is author Dave Barry, who said, "The problem with winter sports is that - follow me closely here - they generally take place in winter."

So, while we take sports seriously here in West Texas, it's good to remember to have a sense of humor about it, and you can indulge in that humor at your Abilene Public Library.

Article Contributed by A. Marie Skufca, Information Services Librarian

Saturday, September 15, 2018

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Sept. 16)

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 week.

Hardcover Fiction Top 5

#1: Leverage in Death
Author: J.D. Robb
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: M ROBB
Summary: When Paul Rogan sets off a bomb at his office, killing eleven people, no one can understand why. He was a loving husband and father, with everything to live for. Then his wife and daughter are found chained up in the family home, and everything becomes clear. Rogan had been given a horrifying choice - set off the bomb, or see his loved ones suffer and die. Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows the violence won't end here. The men behind the attack are determined, organised and utterly ruthless. In this shocking and challenging case, both Eve and husband Roarke are heading into serious danger.

#2: In His Father's Footsteps
Author: Danielle Steel
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F STEEL
Summary: When U.S. troops occupy Germany, friends Jakob and Emmanuelle are saved from the terrible fate of so many in the camps. With the help of sponsors, they make their way to New York. In order not to be separated, they allow their friendship to blossom into love and marriage, and start a new life on the Lower East Side, working at grueling, poorly paid jobs. Decades later, through talent, faith, fortune, and relentless hard work, Jakob has achieved success in the diamond business, invested in real estate in New York, and shown his son, Max, that America is truly the land of opportunity. Max is a rising star, a graduate of Harvard with friends among the wealthiest, most ambitious families in the world. And while his parents were thrown together by chance, Max chooses a perfect bride to start the perfect American family.

#3: The President is Missing
Author: Bill Clinton
Weeks On List: 14
Call Number: M CLINTON
Summary: The White House is the home of the President of the United States, the most guarded, monitored, closely watched person in the world. So how could a U.S. President vanish without a trace? And why would he choose to do so? An unprecedented collaboration between President Bill Clinton and the world's bestselling novelist, James Patterson, The President Is Missing is a breathtaking story from the pinnacle of power. Full of what it truly feels like to be the person in the Oval Office--the mind-boggling pressure, the heartbreaking decisions, the exhilarating opportunities, the soul-wrenching power--this is the thriller of the decade, confronting the darkest threats that face the world today, with the highest stakes conceivable.

#4: Texas Ranger
Author: James Patterson
Weeks On List: 4
Call Number: M PATTERSON
Summary: Across the ranchlands and cities of his home state, Rory Yates's discipline and law-enforcement skills have carried him far--from local highway patrolman to the honorable rank of Texas Ranger. A tough case in Waco has jeopardized Yates's chances at promotion, and he decides to take time off to recharge with his family in their small-town hometown, Redbud. He arrives and finds a horrifying crime scene--and a scathing accusation: he is named a suspect in the murder of his ex-wife, Anne, a devoted teacher whose only controversial act ever was deciding to end her marriage to a Ranger. In search of the killer, Yates follows the Ranger creed--never to surrender--into the inferno of the most twisted and violent minds he's ever encountered. That code just might bring him out alive.

#5: Depth of Winter
Author: Craig Johnson
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: On Order
Summary: Sheriff Longmire takes on the head of a drug cartel in a remote area of the northern Mexican desert.







Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: 21 Lessons for the 21st Century
Author: Yuval Noah Harari
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: Not Housed
Summary: Technological, political and social issues in the modern era, and the choices individuals might consider in facing them.

#2: The Restless Wave
Author: John McCain
Weeks On List: 6
Call Number: 328.73 MCC
Summary: A candid new political memoir from Senator John McCain--his most personal book in years--covering everything from 2008 up to the present.

#3: The Russia Hoax
Author: Gregg Jarrett
Weeks On List: 7
Call Number: 324.973 JAR
Summary: Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett reveals the real story behind Hillary Clinton's deep state collaborators in government and exposes their nefarious actions during and after the 2016 election.  The Russia Hoax reveals how persons within the FBI and Barack Obama's Justice Department worked improperly to help elect Hillary Clinton and defeat Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

#4: Educated
Author: Tara Westover
Weeks On List: 29
Call Number: 92 WESTOVER
Summary: Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag." In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara's older brothers became violent. As a way out, Tara began to educate herself, learning enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University. Her quest for knowledge would transform her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Tara Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes, and the will to change it.

#5: Every Day is Extra
Author: John Kerry
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: On Order
Summary: John Kerry tells the story of his remarkable American life--from son of a diplomat to decorated Vietnam veteran, five-term United States senator, 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, and Secretary of State for four years--a revealing memoir by a witness to some of the most important events of our recent history.

Look for these titles at your Abilene Public Library and discover why they've been such hits in mainstream literature.  If they're not available, get yourselves on the reserve lists and secure your spot in line.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Public Library Late Fees a Thing of the Past, Oct. 1

Effective October 1, 2018, late fees for materials you checkout from your Abilene Public Library will be eliminated!  It was voted on by the Abilene City Council on Thursday, September 13 and these fees have been abolished as part of the fiscal year 2019 budget package, which begins in October.  Although we will continue to charge patrons for lost and damaged materials, replacement library cards, and non-resident fees, we will not be charging you for late fees.

If you already have late fees attached to your library account, you will still be responsible for paying those late fees, as well as all other late fees generated on your account prior to October 1.  Existing late fees will not be removed from your account.  This change only affects late fees that will accrue starting October 1.

If you have late fees you need to take care of, we do accept payments of cash, check, or credit/debit cards.  We will continue to offer the Read Down Your Fines initiative that allows minors to read at your library and eliminate some of their late fees on the first Saturdays of each month across all locations.  Additionally, we will also offer the Food for Fines program in December, where all patrons are able to donate canned goods and non-perishable items to eliminate existing late fees.

Starting October 1 there will still be due dates on all materials you checkout from the library, as normal.  Although late fees will not be charged, your account may be blocked if these titles aren't returned to the library and become long overdue.  At that point, you will not be able to checkout new materials until the outstanding and overdue titles have been returned.  If materials are returned damaged, or are lost, patrons will still be responsible for the replacement costs for these titles.

Removing late fees will be a great move toward removing barriers for all users, allowing more people in our community to return to the library and continue making use of our collection and resources.  This is exciting news for the community, and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us and we'll be happy to get you the answers you need.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Weekly Library Events (Sept. 16-22)

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.

Pokemon Meet Up
Sunday, Sept. 16 at 3:30PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Join us for an afternoon of gaming fun! Both experienced and new players are invited to play the Pokemon Trading Card Game at your South Branch Library. Pok√©mon has something for everyone, so come out and play at your library.  Instruction on how to play the game will be available for those interested in learning. Feel free to bring your decks and try to catch them all at this gaming event. For additional information, contact staff at 325-698-7565.  

TECH Time
Monday, Sept. 17 at 10:00AM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
As more people acquire smartphones, tablets, and laptops, you may find yourself needing a little help.  If that’s you, join us for TECH (Technology Enrichment & Collaborative Help) Time at your library.  Sessions will be hosted three times a week on Mondays from 10AM to Noon at the Mockingbird Branch, and then Mondays at the South Branch Library and Thursdays at the Main Library from 2PM to 4PM.  Sessions will be provided by the library’s tech gurus as we help you to navigate your way through learning to use your devices and answering your tech-related questions. We may not have all the answers, but we’ll certainly be on hand to help.  Guests will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to 20-minutes if others are waiting. For more information, contact staff at 325-698-7565 (South Branch), 325-676-6025 (Main Library), or 325-437-7323 (Mockingbird Branch).

TECH Time
Monday, Sept 17 at 2:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
As more people acquire smartphones, tablets, and laptops, you may find yourself needing a little help.  If that’s you, join us for TECH (Technology Enrichment & Collaborative Help) Time at your library.  Sessions will be hosted three times a week on Mondays from 10AM to Noon at the Mockingbird Branch, and then Mondays at the South Branch Library and Thursdays at the Main Library from 2PM to 4PM.  Sessions will be provided by the library’s tech gurus as we help you to navigate your way through learning to use your devices and answering your tech-related questions. We may not have all the answers, but we’ll certainly be on hand to help.  Guests will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to 20-minutes if others are waiting. For more information, contact staff at 325-698-7565 (South Branch), 325-676-6025 (Main Library), or 325-437-7323 (Mockingbird Branch).

Cricut Design Space Class
Monday, Sept 17 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
Further your knowledge on how to use equipment in the Main Library’s Creation Station by coming out to this fun makerspace course on learning to use the Cricut Design Space.  The Cricut machine is one of our most used products for making a host of items, but particularly when it comes to making vinyl clings and patterns. At this session, led by coordinator Heather Carter, she’ll show you how to use the Cricut Design Space to create your designs, then show you how to load and unload your material, and more.  That way, you won’t need any assistance when it comes to using the machine in the future. Basic computer skills are needed and if you have any additional questions, contact staff at 325-676-6025.

Coding Club
Monday, Sept. 17 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
If you’re a tween or teen that likes coding, or wants to learn how to get started, join us for the next session of the Coding Club at your Main Library.  There’s no need to register, simply come out and attend and allow staff to teach you new things. A this session, we’ll be coding a catch game that will also us to pick an object to catch like a baseball, and then code a baseball mitt to catch it.  We’ll provide computers for you to be able to code with us, and then once you’re done, you might event want to checkout the Hometown Teams exhibit at your Main Library on the second floor, on display throughout the month of September. For additional information about this program, contact staff at 325-676-6067.

Storytime at Chick-fil-A
Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 10:30AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Kids and parents are invited to join your South Branch Library for our monthly Storytime at Chick-fil-A session located in the Mall of Abilene. We’ve been having so much fun with our partnership at this local restaurant and we continue to get a great following each time. If you haven’t checked it out yet, this storytime is designed for kids of all ages where families will be treated to great stories and crafts from children’s staff at the South Branch. Come for the stories, stick around to enjoy some lunch, and have a great time this morning...we know we do. For more information, feel free to contact staff at 325-698-7565.

Mockingbird Chess Club
Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
The Mockingbird Chess Club is a brand new club starting at your Mockingbird Branch Library and designed for tweens and teens ages 8-18.  This will be a great opportunity for participants to learn and play chess in a supportive environment. The club meetings will include a short lesson and/or demonstration of a chess topic, chess puzzles, and traditional chess games. A limited number of chess sets will be provided by the library, and players are more than welcome to bring their own sets if desired.  Chess lessons may be presented by library staff, guest speakers, and/or free videos selected from the internet. This first meeting is a kick-off event with tutorials and demonstrations of the game of chess. Snacks and drinks will be provided, and for additional information about this new monthly club, contact staff at 325-437-7323.

Family Coloring Club
Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 10:00AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Families are invited to join us for a great Coloring Club session at your South Branch Library and designed for all ages.  Parents are invited to come out with your kids and engage in some fun coloring activities with pages and supplies available for all coloring tastes and levels. You may also feel free to bring your own coloring pages and books if you’d like as well. Coloring is great for giving you the time to take a break from your hectic lives, relieve some stress, and have a little fun without any rules to follow. Come meet new families, make new friends, and enjoy yourself at this great event. Don’t miss out on this stress-free program at your library. For more information, contact staff at 325-698-7565.

Job Time: Application Assistance
Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
If you’re looking for a job and need some help, you’re invited to stop by the Mockingbird Branch for our Job Time: Application Assistance program where we’ll get you started on the road to employment success.  We will cover how to search for jobs, how to create a resume, share advice on how to dress for and succeed in an interview, and much more.  We’ll have a set number of computers available for use so don’t miss your chance to participate in this program.  For additional information, contact staff at 325-437-7323.

Tween Tech: GIMP
Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
All tweens are invited to come out to your Main Library and join us for the next Tween Tech session where we highlight various open source programs that help you in the process of editing photos, videos, and audio.  At this session, we’ll revisit one of our favorites, and host a session on using GIMP, which stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program. This program is the free equivalent to Photoshop, affording you with many of the features of the Adobe product, but at no charge.  Come learn the basics on getting started with using GIMP to edit and manipulate photos and images, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-676-6067.

Preschool Plus: Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Thursday, Sept. 20 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
Batter up for the next Preschool Plus event at your Mockingbird Branch Library titled “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”  That’s right, it’s all about baseball and kids of all ages, and parents too, are invited to come out for an afternoon of baseball fun as we share a host of great titles including “Curious George at the Baseball Game,” “Froggy Plays T-Ball,” and “Pete the Cat Play Ball!”  While you enjoy great stories, you’ll also engage in a host of other fun storytime activities, including lacing your own baseball fan to take home with you to remember the program by. For additional information about this event, feel free to contact staff at 325-437-7323.

Teen Zine
Thursday, Sept. 20 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
Teens, ages 13-18, won't want to miss out on the next Teen Zine session at your Main Library.  If you have an interest in writing, drawing, or publishing, this is certainly a program you'll want to look out for attending, which will regularly be hosted on the third Thursday afternoons of each month at 4:30PM.  At this program, participants will be able to submit your own original work to be featured in our Teen Zine in the near future. It'll be a great way to share your talents with others and be a part of a fun publication at your library.  There's no need to register, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-676-6067.

Family Board Game Night
Thursday, Sept. 20 at 6:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
Join your Main Library as we host the next Family Board Game Night event.  We’ll offer a selection of great classic games for your family to play including Don’t Break the Ice and Candyland, then you can play them as a family, or challenge other participating families for some friendly competition.  It’s a great way to spend an evening as a family at your library, while also making new friends with those who come out. For additional information, contact staff at 325-676-6067.

Sports Tales: Share Your Stories
Thursday, Sept. 20 at 6:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
During the month of September, your Main Library has the honor of being host to the Hometown Teams exhibit, which is a Smithsonian traveling exhibition examining the many roles sports plays in American society.  Using the model of the StoryCorps, we will be conducting interview sessions capturing your local sports stories with the goal of recording your stories to save for posterity. Multiple sessions will be hosted and anyone interested in participating is encouraged to contact staff at 325-676-6025 to signup.  You may access interview questions and associated forms online at www.abilenetx.gov/apl/hometown to get a head start, then sign up for a time where we’ll record your session...you’ll even receive an audio file to take home with you.  We hope to capture stories and memories from a wide range of community members, so if you’ve got a story to share call us at 325-676-6025 to inquire or setup a time.

Elegant Chalkboard Trays
Thursday, Sept. 20 at 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
Adults are invited to join in on a great evening craft session where we'll have you creating something fun you can use in your homes. Even better, you'll be able to make them from relatively inexpensive materials. We'll supply everything you'll need to show you how to create your own elegant chalkboard trays and you'll be surprised at how easy they are to make. Plus, you can add you own personal style in the process of creating it too. Don't miss out on the crafting fun for adults at your library, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-676-6025.  

Cover-to-Cover Book Club
Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
If you’re looking to be part of a book club discussion group, look no further than joining your Main Library’s Cover-to-Cover Book Club. Aimed at adults, this group reads a host of great literature including bestsellers, fiction, biographies, classics, true stories, and more to hopefully expose you to some great reading materials you may not have found at your library. In September, we’ll be discussing Karen Abbott’s “Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War.”  Look for checking out a copy of this book from any of your Abilene Public Library branch locations, then come ready to discuss it with other avid readers at the book club meeting this evening. For more information, contact staff at 325-676-6025.

Fitness Fridays: POUND
Friday, Sept. 21 at 10:30AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
The YMCA of Abilene is partnering with the Abilene Public Library to bring you free Fitness Fridays courses in September.  Each will feature a different style of workout to get involved in and are inspired to just get you up and get you moving. Come to one, or come to all, and discover a fun way to burn off calories.  This session will focus on offering a POUND, which is a fitness class inspired by the infectious, energizing, and sweat dripping fun of playing the drums. Sounds easy enough right? Oh no, once you get started, you’ll see why drumming is a lot more of a workout then you think.  Come in your comfortable workout clothes and shoes to your Main Library and get fit with us. For additional information about this free class, feel free to contact staff at 325-676-6025.

Look, Listen, Learn: Sports
Friday, Sept. 21 at 4:30PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Team up and join your South Branch Library every Friday at 4:30PM for our Look, Listen, Learn program for youth as it will be all about sports, sports, and more sports in honor of the Hometown Teams exhibit available for viewing at your Main Library throughout the month.  Each week at this program, children’s staff will focus on a different sport, and you must might get the opportunity to play as a team too! You never know just what you’ll get into, but you’re not going to want to miss this as it’s certainly going to be fun. Great for the entire family, be sure to check out these afternoon sessions, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-698-7565.

LEGO Galore
Saturday, Sept. 22 at 10:30AM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
Youth are invited to come out to your Mockingbird Branch Library for some LEGO Club building fun.  We’ll supply all the materials you’ll need to build whatever you can think of, as well as offer ideas and resources for all the different items you can build with these simple building blocks.  We’ll spend the majority of the program working on our creations, and the we’ll reserve some time at the end of the program to admire what everyone has built. Don’t miss out on this fun event at your library.  For additional information, contact staff at 325-437-7323.

Family Flix: "Smurfs: The Lost Village"
Saturday, Sept. 22 at 11:00AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Join your South Branch Library for the next Family Flix movie session where we show popular films from the past and present that kids and parents will enjoy seeing again...or perhaps for the first time.  This time around, we’ll be watching 2017’s “Smurfs: The Lost Village” with the voices of Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson, Joe Manganiello, and a host of familiar actors. In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy, and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does.  Embarking on a roller coaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history. This film is rated PG for some mild action and rude humor and has a run time of 1 hour and 30 minutes. Light snacks will be provided, or feel free to bring your own. For additional information, call us at 325-698-7565.

Saturday Sports Flix: "A League of Their Own"
Saturday, Sept. 22 at 2:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Join your South Branch Library for the next Saturday Sports Flix session where we’ll be showing hit flix, covering all different sports, to coincide with the Hometown Teams exhibit available for viewing at your Main Library throughout the entire month.  This time around, we’ll be showing a great baseball flick, led by a great female cast, in 1992’s “A League of Their Own” starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell, and of course, Tom Hanks as their coach. In this film, during WWII, two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry.  A great comedy with an amazing ensemble cast, this film is rated PG for language and has a run time of 2 hours and 8 minutes. Light snacks will be provided, or feel free to bring your own. For additional information, call us at 325-698-7565.

Family Films: "The Mighty Ducks"
Saturday, Sept. 22 at 2:30PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
Everyone is invited to come out to the next Family Films session at your Mockingbird Branch Library, where we’ll be watching a great sports comedy to tie in with the Hometown Teams exhibit, still on display at the Main Library throughout the month of September.  At this session, we’ll be watching 1992’s “The Mighty Ducks” starring Emilio Estevez. In this flick, a hotshot lawyer is charged for drunk driving. The court order him to coach a peewee hockey team, the worst in the league, and of course the lawyer is reluctant, but he eventually gains the respect of the kids and teaches them how to win, gaining a sponsor on the way, and giving the team the name of The Ducks.  This film is rated PG for mild language and has a run time of 1 hour and 40 minutes. Snacks will be provided, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-437-7323.

Don't miss out on these great activities being hosted at your library and get in on what we have to offer.