Friday, September 22, 2017

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Sept. 24)

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 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: A Column of Fire
Author: Ken Follett
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F FOLLETT
Summary: In 1558, the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn apart by religious conflict. As power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, royalty and commoners clash, testing friendship, loyalty, and love. Ned Willard wants nothing more than to marry Margery Fitzgerald. But when the lovers find themselves on opposing sides of the religious conflict dividing the country, Ned goes to work for Princess Elizabeth. When she becomes queen, all Europe turns against England. The shrewd, determined young monarch sets up the country's first secret service to give her early warning of assassination plots, rebellions, and invasion plans. Over a turbulent half century, the love between Ned and Margery seems doomed as extremism sparks violence from Edinburgh to Geneva. Elizabeth clings to her throne and her principles, protected by a small, dedicated group of resourceful spies and courageous secret agents.

#2: The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye
Author: David Lagercrantz
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: Not Housed
Summary: Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo, the brilliant hacker, the obstinate outsider, the volatile seeker of justice for herself and others—even she has never been able to uncover the most telling facts of her traumatic childhood, the secrets that might finally, fully explain her to herself. Now, when she sees a chance to uncover them once and for all, she enlists the help of Mikael Blomkvist, the editor of the muckraking, investigative journal Millennium. And she will let nothing stop her—not the anti-Muslim gang she enrages by rescuing a young woman from their brutality; not the deadly reach from inside the Russian mafia of her long-lost twin sister, Camilla; and not the people who will do anything to keep buried knowledge of a sinister pseudoscientific experiment known only as The Registry. Once again, Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist, together, are the fierce heart of a thrilling full-tilt novel that takes on some of the most insidious problems facing the world at this very moment.

#3: Enemy of the State
Author: Kyle Mills
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: F MILLS
Summary: After 9/11, the United States made one of the most secretive and dangerous deals in its history. The evidence against the powerful Saudis who coordinated the attack would be buried. In return, King Faisal would promise to keep the oil flowing and deal with the conspirators in his midst. When the king's own nephew is discovered funding ISIS, the US president suspects that the Saudis never intended to live up to their agreement. He decides that the royalty needs to be sent a message and that Mitch Rapp is just the man to deliver it. The catch? Rapp must do it entirely on his own.

#4: The Romanov Ransom
Author: Clive Cussler
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F CUSSLER
Summary: Treasure-hunting team Sam and Remi Fargo's search for a Romanov fortune brings them into perilous contact with an ambitious neo-Nazi clan, in the thrilling adventure from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author. In 1918, a ransom of enormous size was paid to free the Romanovs from the Bolsheviks, but, as history knows, the Romanovs died anyway. And the ransom? During World War II, the Nazis stole it from the Russians, and after that--it vanished. Until now. When a modern-day kidnapping captures the attention of husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo, the couple soon learn that these long-lost riches may be back in play, held in trust by the descendants of a Nazi guerrilla faction called the Werewolves. It is their mission to establish the Fourth Reich, and their time is coming soon. As the Fargos follow the trail across Europe, Northern Africa, and South America, they know only one thing. This quest is greater than anything they have ever done--it is their chance to make someone answer for unspeakable crimes, and to prevent them from happening again.

#5: A Legacy of Spies
Author: John le Carre
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: F LECARRE
Summary: Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, is living out his old age on the family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old Service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London, and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley and Peter Guillam himself, are to be scrutinised under disturbing criteria by a generation with no memory of the Cold War and no patience with its justifications.

Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: What Happened
Author: Hillary Rodham Clinton
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: 328.73 CLI
Summary: For the first time, Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. Now free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules. This is her most personal memoir yet.

#2: Unbelievable
Author: Katy Tur
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: Not Housed
Summary: The NBC News correspondent describes her work covering the 2016 campaign of the Republican nominee for president and his behavior toward her.

#3: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
Author: Neil deGrasse Tyson
Weeks On List: 20
Call Number: 523.01 DEG
Summary: The essential universe, from our most celebrated and beloved astrophysicist. What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson.

#4: Hillbilly Elegy
Author: J.D. Vance
Weeks On List: 60
Call Number: 92 VANCE
Summary: Vance, a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, provides an account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America's white working class. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck. The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America. J. D.'s grandparents were "dirt poor and in love," and moved north from Kentucky's Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually their grandchild (the author) would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility.

#5: Al Franken, Giant of the Senate
Author: Al Franken
Weeks On List: 16
Call Number: 92 VANCE
Summary: The Harvard-educated comedian, talk-show host, and U.S. Senator chronicles the story of his unlikely senatorial campaign, detailing the ensuing months-long recount and what his service has taught him about America's deeply polarized political culture.

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

New Programs Debuting in October

If there's one thing we've increased at your Abilene Public Library, it's the number of programming offered to the community.  We've been adding new events regularly, bringing you more than 60 events each month.  That doesn't even include the weekly storytimes offered across each branch location on a weekly basis.

We love to test out new activities and we're happy to introduce you to a few you can look forward to in October.  If you have suggestions on events you'd like to see, speak to library staff and let us know.  We can't guarantee we'll be able to host them, but we can guarantee we'll look into it and try.  But let's take a look at the new programming:
  • The Creation Station (Makerspace) Courses: We already informed you of the opening of the new makerspace at your Main Library in October, and each month we'll offer three makerspace courses.  Such includes an Orientation Class (required for using The Creation Station and taking additional courses), a Cricut Design Space Class, and a Tinker CAD Design Space Class (for using the 3D Printer to create projects).  Registration is required and you can learn more by calling 325-676-6029.  These courses will be led by Heather Carter & Sara Ritson.
  • Look! Listen! Learn! Series: The South Branch Library will replace its weekly Stories & More program with a new activity designed for kids of all ages.  This series is designed to teach kids about themselves, and the world around them, through a host of hands-on activities, educational tools, stories, and maybe even crafts.  In October, we'll be learning about the five senses.  Each Friday at 4:00PM, we'll dive into another sense, and once we've finished, we'll tackle a new subject.  This program will be led by Insperation Sanchez.
  • Coding Club for Tweens & Teens: Technology is all the rave, especially with younger generations.  The Main Library will host a new monthly club for youth to learn the principles of coding, as well as engage in some technology activities.  The first session will be hosted on Monday, October 16 at 4:00PM and this series will be lead by Ellene Cudd.  Come check out this after school activity and dive into the basics of coding.
  • Family Board Games Night: If there's one thing I remember doing as a kid, it's sitting down for board gaming fun as a family.  Your Main Library will be inviting families to visit each month for a Family Board Game Night to promote family bonding and fun, while also engaging with other families.  The first session will be hosted on Thursday, October 19 at 6:00PM and we'll supply all the board games you'll need.  Choose a classic game, or test your skills in a new one.  Just come out ready to have fun.
We'll also have some special spooky activities going on in October for Halloween, and you'll certainly want to check them out.  We'll host our Annual Sugar Skull Workshop for Dia de los Muertos, the ArtWalk Zombie festivities, the Mall-O-Ween activities, Fright Flix movie showings, a visit from Joy Harsh from the Abilene Zoo (along with some arachnid friends), and more.

At your Abilene Public Library, there's always something to do.  Make sure to join in and participate!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

"A.C. Greene Award Winner Credits Libraries for Success" | Abilene Reporter-News

Article by Larry Zelisko of the Abilene Reporter-News

Author Jeff Guinn
If not for libraries and librarians, author Jeff Guinn wouldn't be where he is today.

Where he was Thursday was a the Hunter Welcome Center, where he received the A.C. Greene Award at the Boots & Books Culinary Luncheon.

The luncheon was part of the 17th annual West Texas Book Festival, presented by the Friends of the Abilene Public Library.  The award is presented annually to a distinguished Texas author, with past recipients including John Graves, Elmer Kelton, and Carlton Stowers.

"I never say now when I'm asked to do a benefit for a library," Guinn said.  "Without libraries, I don't think I would be a writer now."

His father was in the Air Force, so Guinn attended 24 schools growing up.  But at all of the bases where the family was stationed, there was always a library, even if it was hut with donated paperback books.

"There was going to be a library on the base and there was going to be someone there who could help me find books to read - books that I could learn from, be inspired by," he said.

When he was 12, a librarian at a base in England suggested he read "Travels with Charley" by John Steinbeck.

In the book Steinbeck told of a road trip across the country with his dog and the interesting people he met along the way.
"I was only 12 but I knew I wanted to get in on that action," Guinn said.  He tore a picture of Steinbeck out of a magazine, tacked to the wall for inspiration and began writing.  The picture still hangs over his writing desk today, he said, where it will be joined by his A.C. Greene Award.
Stick with libraries and keep supporting them, he urged, adding that librarians in Abilene are suggesting books to children that will change their lives.
Author Tiffany Harelik
The culinary part of the luncheon came from Tiffany Harelik (rhymes with garlic), author of "The Big Country Cookbook" and a dozen other cookbooks.
Harelik, a Wylie High School graduate, was interviewed during the program by Trish Dressen, Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau communications director.
Her first cookbook about 10 years ago was to preserve heirloom recipes and family stories.  The menu for Thursday's luncheon came from recipes from "The Big Country Cookbook," including parmesan chicken by Ellen Webb, an Abilenian with her own cookbook, and cheese straws and sausage balls from recipes by Doris Jackson.
Harelik noted that the sausage balls were so popular at Jackson's restaurant that a person was hired just to make them.  In the cookbook is more information about the restaurant, The Salad Buffet, which opened in the mid-'70s in a 48-year-old house.  According to newspaper files, The Salad Buffet was at 426 Grape St.
The book festival continues Friday and Saturday.
On Friday, children's authors Penny Klostermann and Steven Moore will speak at six elementary schools, while other authors will make presentations at the Abilene Public Library, 202 Cedar St.  The library schedule is:
  • 10:00AM: Jeff Guinn, Fort Worth, "The Road to Jonestown," biography of Jim Jones
  • 10:30AM: James Ward Lee, Fort Worth, "Girls of the Golden West," novel
  • 11:00AM: Al Pickett, Abilene, "Mighty Matadors," sports
  • 11:30AM: Break, book signings, lunch available ($5)
  • 12:00PM: S.C. Gwynne, Austin, "Empire of the Summer Moon," frontier history
  • 12:45PM: Book Signings
  • 1:00PM: Lisa Wingate, Howe, "Before We Were Yours," novel
  • 1:40PM: Book Signings
Saturday schedule is:
  • 8:00AM: Registration, coffee, bookstore opens
  • 8:30AM: Panel of Children's Authors: Penny Klostermann, Abilene "A Cooked-Up Fairy Tale," Jennifer Ziegler, Austin, Brewster Triplets series; Steven Moore, Abilene, "Theodore Thumbs"
  • 9:15AM: Joe Specht (with Greg Young), "Abilene in Song," new revised, expanded edition with CD
  • 9:45AM: Break and book signings
  • 10:00AM: Stew Magnuson, Virginia, "The Last American Highway - Texas," travel diary on U.S. 83
  • 10:30AM: Preston Lewis, San Angelo, "The Fleecing of Fort Griffin," humorous western
  • 11:00AM: Diane Kelly, Burleson, Death & Taxes series, Paw Enforcement series, writing humor
  • 11:30AM: Break and book signings
  • 11:45AM: Author Lunch Program and award presentation, National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature, 102 Cedar St. Box lunches available fro $5.
  • 1:00PM: "20 Tips for Better Writing" workshop, library auditorium

Weekly Library Events (Sept. 24-30)

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: "Wonder Woman"
Sunday, Sept. 24 at 3:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Join your South Branch Library for a mid-morning Saturday Matinee movie session, showing popular flicks for all ages to enjoy.  We’re celebrating the recent release of a blockbuster hit in the DC universe by showing 2017’s “Wonder Woman” starring Gal Gadot in the title role.  In this flick, before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior.  When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves her home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny.  This film is rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, and some suggestive content, and has a run time of 2 hours and 21 minutes.  Light snacks will be served, or feel free to bring your own.

Monday, Sept. 25 at 2:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
If you’ve ever needed help with your smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other similar devices, we invite you to take advantage of TECH (Technology Enrichment & Collaborative Help) Time at your library.  Your library tech gurus will be on hand to help answer your questions each week on Mondays at the South Branch Library and Thursdays at the Main Library.  Sessions will be provided by the library’s Technology/Social Media Manager and the Multimedia Marketing Assistant.  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.

Minecraft Mania
Monday, Sept. 25 at 3:30PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
We want you to be a part of the Minecraft Mania fun at your Abilene Public Library, with multiple sessions hosted across all three branches!  Designed for tweens and teens (ages 8-18), join your South Branch Library on the fourth Monday afternoons of each month as we dive into the digital world of Minecraft.  We’ll provide access to laptops for gamers to play in story mode, while also offering some additional Minecraft-themed activities and crafts to get involved in.  So come on out, bring a friend, and make some new ones at this digital series of events at your library.

Mockingbird Nights: Dungeons & Dragons
Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 6:30PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Get your D20 ready because this Mockingbird Nights is rolling a Crit!  At this month’s 18+ library event we will be playing longtime favorite RPG Dungeon’s and Dragons.  Whether you are new to the game or a D&D master you are welcome to join in.  This will be a one shot Campaign and characters will be provided at the appropriate level to save on time.  Don't pass up on this fun gaming event.

Teen Crafts: Quilling
Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Teens are invited to join the Mockingbird Branch Library for a fun crafting session where we'll show you how to make a unique piece of art with paper.  We'll supply all the materials needed to show you how to make paper art using the quilling method, which uses different sized paper spirals to form a bigger image.  Your creativity will certainly be able to shine and we can't wait to see what you end up creating.

Job Time: Application Assistance
Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
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. 

Super Storytime: Giraffes
Thursday, Sept. 28 at 10:45AM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Everyone has dreams. Even giraffes. Gerald and Betsy, both giraffes, just want to dance, but they’re too tall and clumsy. Abigail, also a giraffe, likes to count spots on her animal friends, but they won’t cooperate. What’s a giraffe to do? Find out how our giraffe friends reach their goals at your Mockingbird Branch Library.  We'll event make a fun craft to go along with the theme of the event, and all materials will be supplied.

Thursday, Sept. 28 at 2:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
If you’ve ever needed help with your smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other similar devices, we invite you to take advantage of TECH (Technology Enrichment & Collaborative Help) Time at your library.  Your library tech gurus will be on hand to help answer your questions each week on Mondays at the South Branch Library and Thursdays at the Main Library.  Sessions will be provided by the library’s Technology/Social Media Manager and the Multimedia Marketing Assistant.  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.

Collecting Commas Writing Club
Thursday, Sept. 28 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
If you’ve between the ages of 10-17, we invite you to be a part of the weekly writing club at your Main Library.  Designed to help strengthen your creative writing skills in all forms of writing, youth meetup each week to work on writing activities individually, and as a group, using a variety of techniques.  If you have a passion for writing, come check out a session for yourself.  No registration is needed.

Who I Could Be! Series: Bomber Pilot
Friday, Sept. 29 at 4:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
The Who I Could Be! Series hosted at your South Branch Library this past summer was so popular that we decided to extend it through the Fall at your South Branch Library.  Kids of all ages are invited to join us for this free event where we'll learn about different professions and careers in the community.  This month, kids will get the opportunity to meet a B1 Bomber Pilot from Dyess Air Force Base, and it will certainly be one exciting and educational event.  Don't pass up on joining us for the presentation.

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

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

October Events @ Your Mockingbird Branch Library

October is a month filled with change: cooler temperatures, changing leaves, and new library programs to get involved with at your local library.  Your Mockingbird Branch Library has three exciting events coming up for adults covering a wide array of interests including gardening, crafting, and career development.

"Preparing Your Lawn & Garden for Winter," hosted by Adam Andrews, takes place Tuesday, October 3 at 5:30PM.  Mr. Adams owns Willow Creek Gardens, a local landscape and garden supply store in Abilene.  He will share key steps every homeowner needs to consider as winter weather approaches.  Most experts agree it is best to begin preparations six to eight weeks before the first frost to ensure winter hardiness of outdoor plants.  From fertilizing your lawn to raking, mulching, and composting your leaves, there's a lot to do this Fall before winter sets in.  Join us for this free program.

Are you a crafter?  Many of us knit, crochet, quilt, needlepoint, or paint in our spare time.  Whether you have been crafting for years or have always wanted to learn a new skill, we invite you to join us on the second Thursday afternoon (4:30PM to 6:00PM) for our Crafter Club.  No matter what your crafting preference, everyone is welcome.  Participants are encouraged to bring their latest project to work on as we enjoy the afternoon together.

This month, on October 12, Mockingbird's Crafter Club will feature a short video on how to plarn (crochet with plastic).  Plarning uses recycled plastic bags and is a great way to take unused items, such as plastic grocery bags, and give them new life.  It's possible to make tote bags, mats for homeless individuals, table runners, and more by plarning the plastic bags you may already have at home.  Don't know how to crochet?  No problem.  For our October meeting we'll have basic crochet supplies on hand for anyone wanting to learn, plus a few great books and YouTube links to help you get started.  For more information, phone 325-437-7323.

Last but not least, Career Center Specialists from Goodwill Will West Texas will be on hand Monday, October 16 at 5:30PM, to talk about their new career center.  Goodwill is a well-known organization in our community, but you may not know that recently they have started offering one-on-one job application and career placement assistance.  According to Breenan Favor and Barbara Sanpietro of Goodwill Industries, Goodwill's career center is open to anyone - yes anyone - needing help finding jobs online and completing the online job process.  They offer help in creating a resume, job search assistance, interview skills, and job placement assistance.

Your Mockingbird Branch Library also offers job application assistance every Wednesday afternoon at 4:00PM.  "Job Time: Application Assistance" is a free, small group class that offers participants one-on-one computer help as they apply for jobs online.  We will help you create a resume, search for jobs online and find great resource books to checkout and take home as you expand your skill set for today's job market.  To learn more about this ongoing, open-ended class, give us a call at 325-437-7323.

Blog Post Contributed by Anne Ellis, Mockingbird Branch Manager

Cast Your Votes for Teens' Top Ten Books

Time is running out for you to cast your votes for the 2017 Teens' Top Ten, brought to you by the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association.  This list debuted in 2003, and each year a selection of titles are chosen during National Library Week.  Once selected, teens (ages 12-18) from across the country VOTE on their favorites.  If you haven't cast your votes yet, you have until the end of Teen Read Week (October 14) to do so.  After the voting period ends, the winners will be announced a week later.

26 titles have been selected this year, but teens may only vote for their top three choices from that list.  Remember, although young adult titles have great crossover appeal, teens are the only ones whom should vote.  You'll find titles you absolutely loved and stumble across others you haven't read.  It'll be a great way to give you even more reading suggestions to dive into at your library.

Will your favorite be included in the list of 26 books?  Will your treasured read be able to make the Top Ten list?  The only way to know is by visiting the Teens' Top Ten page and voting for your favorites.

The Young Adult Library Services Association was founded in 1957 and headquartered in Chicago.  Its mission is to support library staff in alleviating the challenges teens face, and in putting all teens - especially those with the greatest needs - on the path to successful and fulfilling lives.

Tuesday, September 19, 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.

Wonder Woman
Starring: Gal Gadot
Summary: Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior.  Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when a pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat.  Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers and her true destiny.

The Big Sick
Starring: Kumail Nanjiani
Summary: Kumail, in the middle of becoming a budding stand-up comedian, meets Emily.  Meanwhile, a sudden illness sets in forcing Emily to be put into a medically-induced coma.  Kumail must navigate being a comedian, dealing with tragic illness, and placating his family's desire to let them fix him up with a spouse, while contemplating and figuring out who he really is and what he truly believes.

Haunted (Michael Bennett #10)
Author: James Patterson
Summary: Detective Michael Bennett and his family are about to be a father's worst nightmare - the signs he should have seen and a son's desperate cry for help.  Reeling from a crisis that would destroy lesser families, the Bennetts escape New York for a much needed vacation.  An idyllic country town in the Maine woods is an epidemic emptying its streets and preying on its youth.  Turns out the vacation brochures don't tell the full story - the seemingly perfect community has a deadly vice.  When local cops uncover a grisly crime scene buried deep in the woods, they consult the vacationing Bennett, who jumps at the chance to atone for his own sins.  You can take Michael Bennett out of New York City, but you can't take the cop out of Michael Bennett.  But far from the city streets he knows so well, no one will talk to the big-city detective, and the bodies keep piling up.

Killing England: The Brutal Struggle for American Independence
Author: Bill O'Reilly
Summary: The breathtaking latest installment in this mega-bestselling Killing series transports readers to the most important era in our nation's history, the Revolutionary War.  Told through the eyes of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Great Britain's King George III, this book chronicles the path to independence in gripping detail, taking the reader from the battlefields of America to the royal courts of Europe.  What started as protest and unrest in the colonies soon escalated to a world war with devastating casualties.  O'Reilly and Martin Dugard recreate the war's landmark battles, including Bunker Hill, Long Island, Saratoga, and Yorktown, revealing the savagery of hand-to-hand combat and the often brutal conditions under which these brave American soldiers lived and fought.  Also here is the reckless treachery of Benedict Arnold and the daring guerilla tactics of the "Swamp Fox" Frances Marion.

The Cuban Affair
Author: Nelson DeMille
Summary: Daniel Graham MacCormick - Mac for short - seems to have a pretty good life.  At age 35 he's living in Key West, owner of a 42-foot charter fishing boat, The Maine.  Mac served five years in the Army as an infantry officer with two tours in Afghanistan.  He returned with the Silver Star, two Purple Hearts, scars that don't tan, and a boat with a big bank loan.  Truth be told, Mac's finances are more than a little shaky.  One day, a hotshot lawyer named Carlos, involved with anti-Castro groups, wants to hire Mac and his boat for a fishing tournament.  Mac thinks something is fishy and turns it down but as the price to rent the boat goes up, the more attractive the offer gets.  What Mac learns is that there is 60 million American dollars hidden in Cuba and now it's only a matter of time before someone finds the stash - by accident or on purpose.  And Mac knows if he accepts this job, he'll walk away rich...or not at all.

To Be Where You Are (Mitford #14)
Author: Jan Karon
Summary: After 12 years of wrestling with the conflicts of retirement, Father Tim Kavanagh realizes he doesn't need a steady job to prove himself.  Then he's given one - but what, exactly, does it prove?  Meanwhile, newly married Dooley and Lace face a crisis that empties their bank account and turns their household upside down.  Is the honeymoon over?  Is this where real life beings?  As the Mitford Muse editor stumbles on a quick fix for marital woes and the town grocer falls in love for the first time, Father Tim and Cynthia receive an invitation to yet another family wedding.  But perhaps the bottom line is this: While a star blinks out in the Mitford firmament, another soon blinks on at Meadowgate, and 4-year-old Jack Tyler looks forward to the biggest day of his life - for now and forever.

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 week.

Monday, September 18, 2017

New Library Makerspace Opens in October

If you have an interest in building things and working on craft projects, you'll be excited to learn the Main Library will be opening our new makerspace in October!  We've been teasing information about the room since the Spring, and in two weeks you'll find out what the new makerspace, called The Creation Station, is all about.

What's a makerspace?  These workshop areas have been a popular feature in many library systems and offer a workspace for the community to utilize.  No two makerspaces are alike as each are designed to offer equipment and tools to create a wide range of items.

When the makerspace opens, we'll do so by initially granting access to the public on Mondays through Fridays from 2PM to 5PM.  Services will be located in the basement of the Main Library, and the room will come equipped with great equipment including:
  • PolyPrinter (3D Printer)
  • Cricut Explorer Air 2 Machine
  • Sizzix Big Shot Pro Machine
  • Tool Kits
  • Sewing Machines
  • Jewelry Tool Kits
  • And More
To use The Creation Station, we'll require patrons to complete an orientation class.  Two sessions will be offered October on Monday, October 2 at 4:00PM and Monday, October 16 at 10:00AM.  Participants will learn about the equipment available for use, policies, safety guidelines, and more to orient themselves to this new featured space.  Additional sessions will be hosted in future months.  Space will be limited to 20 individuals, so contact Heather Carter at 325-676-6029 to signup.  We will also offer a video version of the course in the future to make it more accessible to patrons.

Additional courses will be offered by library staff on using specialized equipment including a Cricut Design Space Class for using the specialized die-cut machine, as well as a Tinker CAD Design Class to orient yourself in creating your own 3D projects for printing out.

We encourage everyone to check out this new service at your Abilene Public Library in October, and as time progresses, we'll continue to add more services to meet community needs.  If you have questions, contact Heather Carter at 325-676-6029 or Email Her.