Saturday, February 17, 2018

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Feb. 18)

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

#1: The Great Alone
Author: Kristin Hannah
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F HANNAH
Summary: Lenora Allbright is 13 when her father convinces her mother, Cora, to forgo their inauspicious existence in Seattle and move to Kaneq, AK. It's 1974, and the former Vietnam POW sees a better future away from the noise and nightmares that plague him. Having been left a homestead by a buddy who died in the war, Ernt is secure in his beliefs, but never was a family less prepared for the reality of Alaska, the long, cold winters and isolation. Locals want to help out, especially classmate Matthew Walker, who likes everything about Leni. Yet the harsh conditions bring out the worst in Ernt, whose paranoia takes over their lives and exacerbates what Leni sees as the toxic relationship between her parents. The Allbrights are as green as greenhorns can be, and even first love must endure unimaginable hardship and tragedy as the wilderness tries to claim more victims.

#2: An American Marriage
Author: Tayari Jones
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F JONES
Summary: Newlyweds Celestial and Roy, the living embodiment of the New South, are settling into the routine of their life together when Roy is sent to prison for a crime he didn't commit. An insightful look into the lives of people who are bound and separated byforces beyond their control.

#3: The Woman in the Window
Author: A.J. Finn
Weeks On List: 6
Call Number: F FINN
Summary: It isn't paranoia if it's really happening ... Anna Fox lives alone -- a recluse in her New York City home, drinking too much wine, watching old movies ... and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move next door: a father, a mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble -- and its shocking secrets are laid bare. What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this gripping Hitchcockian thriller, no one and nothing are what they seem.

#4: Still Me
Author: Jojo Moyes
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: F MOYES
Summary: Louisa Clark heads for New York and finds herself torn between her old life and her new one. As she tries to keep the two sides of her world together, Lou finds herself carrying secrets--not all her own--that cause a catastrophic change in her circumstances.

#5: Look for Me
Author: Lisa Gardner
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: M GARDNER
Summary: Detective D.D. Warren and Find Her's Flora Dane return in a race against the clock to either save a young girl's life. or bring her to justice. The home of a family of five is now a crime scene: four of them savagely murdered, one--a sixteen-year-old girl--missing. Was she lucky to have escaped? Or is her absence evidence of something sinister? Detective D. D. Warren is on the case--but so is survivor-turned-avenger Flora Dane. Seeking different types of justice, they must make sense of the clues left behind by a young woman who, whether as victim or suspect, is silently pleading, Look for me.

Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: Fire and Fury
Author: Michael Wolff
Weeks On List: 6
Call Number: 973.933 WOL
Summary: Thanks to his deep access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff tells the story of the stormy first nine months of Donald Trump's term as President. Among the revelations: What President Trump's staff really thinks of him -- What inspired Trump to claim he was wire-tapped by President Obama -- Why FBI director James Comey was really fired -- Why chief strategist Steve Bannon and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner couldn't be in the same room -- Who is really directing the Trump administration's strategy in the wake of Bannon's firing -- What the secret to communicating with Trump is -- What the Trump administration has in common with the movie The Producers.

#2: Obama
Author: Pete Souza
Weeks On List: 9
Call Number: NOT HOUSED
Summary: More than 300 pictures of the former president by his White House photographer, with behind-the-scenes stories.

#3: All-American Murder
Author: James Patterson
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: 364.152309 PAT
Summary: Everyone thought they knew Aaron Hernandez. He was an NFL star who made the game of football look easy. Until he became the prime suspect in a gruesome murder. Rich with in-depth, on-the-ground investigative reporting that gives readers a front row seat to Hernandez's tumultuous downward spiral, this biography reveals the truth behind the troubled star, with first-person accounts and untold stories.

#4: Directorate S
Author: Steve Coll
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: 958.104 COL
Summary: Traces America's intelligence, military, and diplomatic efforts to defeat Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan in the years since 9/11, and how the U.S. efforts in the Afghan War faltered because of a failure to understand the intentions of Pakistan's intelligence agency.

#5: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
Author: Neil deGrasse Tyson
Weeks On List: 41
Call Number: 523.04 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.  Offers witty, digestible explanations of topics in cosmology, from the Big Bang and black holes to quantum mechanics and the search for life in the universe.

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.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Weekly Library Events (February 18-24)

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.

Texas Author Series feat. Michael Hurd
Monday, Feb. 19 at Noon
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Details
The community is invited to be a part of the Texas Author Series of free author talks at your Abilene Public Library, brought to you by the Friends of the Abilene Public Library, and supported by a Hearts for the Arts Grant and the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council.  The first session will feature author Michael Hurd (Prairie View, TX) who will speak on his book titled “Thursday Night Lights: The Story of Black High School Football in Texas.”  This book provides the story of football at predominantly black high schools before integration in the Prairie View Interscholastic League (the African-American counterpart of the University Interscholastic League that excluded black school from membership until 1967).  It also includes a section on Abilene’s Woodson Rams too.  Don’t miss out on this informative presentation that’s perfect for Black History Month.  Guests are free to bring your lunch, or purchase a lunch from the Friends of the Library for $5.  Copies of the featured book will be available for purchase, with an opportunity to participate in a book signing with the author following the program.

TECH Time
Monday, Feb. 19 at 2:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Details
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.

Coding Club
Monday, Feb. 19 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Details
Tweens and teens are invited to join us for the next session of the Coding Club at your Main Library, a fun and educational club for all young technies.  This program is designed to help kids gain hands-on experiences with coding, while learning the concepts of coding, and using technology as well.  For this month, staff will be showing participants how to create some virtual pets!  We’ll code our pets to talk, drink, and play using the Scratch coding program, which is designed youth.  There’s no need to register to attend this club, simply come out and be ready to have some fun in the world of coding. 

Storytime at Chick-fil-A
Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 10:30AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Details
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.

Free Tax Assistance
February 21-22, 10AM to 3PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Details
Take advantage of the Free Tax Assistance program to e-File your taxes for free, at your library, with help from IRS-trained volunteers with the AARP.  Guests will be helped first-come, first-served as space is available, and sessions will be hosted weekly through the end of tax season.  Be sure to bring your 2017 tax materials, Photo ID, social security card, etc. and participate in this popular series provided at your library.  For additional information, contact staff at 325-676-6025, or feel free to find all your information about this program on our website.

Morning Mingle: Family
Family Coloring Club
Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 10:00AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Details
Families are invited to join us for a great Morning Mingle event at your South Branch library, where we’ll be hosting a coloring club session 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.

Job Time: Application Assistance
Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Details
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.

Tween Tech: Photo Editing
Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 4:30pm
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Details
Tweens are invited to participate in the next Tween Tech session where, each time, we engage in a host of fun activities designed to teach you how to use a host of technology and software.  We’ve played around with video editing in the past, and this time around, we’re moving on to photo editing.  Specifically at this sessions, we’ll be learning about the use of green screens.  Come out and take pictures in front of a green screen we’ll have setup, and then staff will lead you through the process on how to remove the green from your photo and then add in crazy backgrounds.  Everyone loves green screen fun so come have some at your Main Library.  There’s no need to register, simply come out ready to learn.

Super Storytime: A Whistle for Willie
Thursday, Feb. 22 at 10:45AM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Details
Don’t miss the final Super Storytime event of the month as we’ll be celebrating the multicultural and innovative spirit of Ezra Jack Keats at your Mockingbird Branch.  Probably best known for his award-winning children’s book titled “The Snowy Day,” Keats has authored great classic tales for parents to share with their children, which have been timeless.  Designed for kids of all ages, and parents too, at this program we’ll be sharing the stories of Peter and his family through his adventures in the book mentioned, as well as “Peter’s Chair” and “A Whistle for Willie.”  Come out and enjoy great stories and we’ll even supply the materials needed to show you how to create a whistle and a replica of Willie the dachshund.

TECH Time
Thursday, Feb. 22 at 2:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Details
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.

Tabletop Teens
Thursday, Feb. 22 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Details
Teens won’t want to miss the final regular Thursday program to be added to the Main Library’s lineup at your library.  Join us on the fourth Thursday afternoons 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 will feature new games that will challenge your mind, build teamwork, and all the while allow you to have some fun.

Free Tax Assistance
February 23-24, 10AM to 3PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Details
Take advantage of the Free Tax Assistance program to e-File your taxes for free, at your library, with help from IRS-trained volunteers with the AARP.  Guests will be helped first-come, first-served as space is available, and sessions will be hosted weekly through the end of tax season.  Be sure to bring your 2017 tax materials, Photo ID, social security card, etc. and participate in this popular series provided at your library.  For additional information, contact staff at 325-437-7323, or feel free to find all your information about this program on our website.


MCEC's Morning Storytime
Friday, Feb. 23 at 10:45AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Details
Kids and parents are invited to join us for a great morning storytime event led by our friends with the Military Child Education Coalition.  Families are invited out for a great activity where kids will delight in stories, songs, crafts, and more activities on the fourth Friday mornings of each month.  Dont' miss out on the literacy fun at your library.

Legos Galore
Saturday, Feb. 24 at 10:30AM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Details
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 thinking, as well as offer ideas and resources for all the different items you can build with these simple Lego pieces.  We’ll spend the majority of the program working on our creations, and then we’ll reserve some time at the end of the program to admire what everyone has created.  Don’t miss out on this fun event at your library on a Saturday morning.

Flashback Family Flix: "Flight of the Navigator"
Saturday, Feb. 24 at 11:00AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Details
Kids and parents are invited to join your South Branch Library for Flashback Family Flix where we show hit family-friendly movies from the 80’s and 90’s that parents will remember from their childhood to share with their children at the library.  This time we’ll taken off in an adventure that takes us shooting to the future with 1986’s “Flight of the Navigator” starring Joey Cramer and Paul Reubens.  In this film, a 12-year-old boy goes missing in 1978, only to reappear in 1986.  In the eight years that have passed, he hasn’t aged.  It is no coincidence that at the time he comes back, a flying saucer is found, entangled in power lines.  He then learns, he’s a navigator, and he has a mission to fulfill.  This film is rated PG and has a run time of 1 hour and 30 minutes.  Light snacks will be provided, or feel free to bring your own.

Saturday Matinee: "Same Kind of Different as Me"
Saturday, Feb. 24 at 2:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Details
Everyone is invited out to the next Saturday Matinee session at your South Branch Library, where we play hit movies, from the past and present, covering all genres.  At this session, we’re showing the recently released drama titled “Same Kind of Different As Me,” with an all star cast including Renee Zellweger, Jon Voight, Greg Kinnear, and Djimon Hounsou.  In this film, Ron Hall (an international art dealer) must befriend a dangerous homeless man in order to save his struggling marriage with his wife, a woman whose dreams will lead all three of them on the journey of their lives.  This film is based on the 2006 book of the same name by Ron Hall, Denver Moore, and Lynn Vincent, and based on a true story.  It’s rated PG-13 for thematic elements including some violence and language, and has a run time of 1 hour and 59 minutes.  Light snacks will be provided, or feel free to bring your own.

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

Tuesday, February 13, 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.

Wonder
Starring: Jacob Tremblay
Summary: Based on the New York Times Bestseller, Wonder tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman.  Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade.  As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to discover their compassion and acceptance, Auggie's extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can't blend in when you were born to stand out.

Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Starring: Denzel Washington
Summary: Roman J. Israel, Esq. is a dramatic thriller set in the underbelly of the overburdened Los Angeles criminal court system.  It stars Denzel Washington as Roman Israel, a driven, idealistic defense attorney who, through a tumultuous series of events, finds himself in a crisis that leads to extreme action.  Colin Farrell costars as the money-driving, cutthroat lawyer who recruits Roman to his firm.

Night Moves (Alex Delaware #33)
Author: Jonathan Kellerman
Summary: Even with all his years of experience, LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis knows there are crimes his skill and savvy cannot solve.  That's when he calls on brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware to read between the lines.  And if ever the good doctor's needed, it's at the scene of a murder as baffling as it is brutal.  There's no spilled blood, no evidence of a struggle, and thanks to the victim's missing face and hands, no immediate means of identification.  And no telling why the disfigured corpse of a stranger has appeared in an upscale L.A. family's home.  Chet Corvin, his wife, and their two teen children are certain the John Doe is unknown to them.  Despite that, their cooperation seems guarded.  And that's more than Milo and Alex can elicit from the Corvins' creepy next-door neighbor, a notorious cartoonist with a warped sense of humor and a seriously antisocial attitude.  As the investigation ensues, it becomes clear that this well-to-do suburban enclave has its share of curious eyes, suspicious minds, and loose lips.  And as Milo tightens the screws on potential persons of interest - and Alex tries to breach the barriers that guard their deepest secrets - a strangling web of corrupted love, cold-blooded greed, and shattered trust is exposed.  Though the grass may be greener on these privileged streets, there's enough dirt below the surface to bury a multitude of sins.  Including the deadliest.

Surprise Me
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Summary: After ten years together, Sylvie and Dan have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, and beautiful twin girls, and they communicate so seamlessly they finish each other's sentences.  They have a happy marriage and believe they know everything there is to know about each other.  Until it's casually mentioned to them that they could be together for another 68 years...and panic sets in.  They decide to bring surprises into their marriage to keep it fresh and fun.  But in their pursuit of Project Surprise Me - from unexpected gifts to restaurant dates to sexy photo shoots - mishaps arise, with disastrous and comical results.  Gradually, surprises turn to shocking truths.  And when a scandal from the past is uncovered, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other at all.

Poison
Author: John Lescroart
Summary: Finally recovered from two glancing gunshot wounds, Dismas Hardy is looking forward to easing into retirement and reconnecting with his family.  But he is pulled back into the courtroom when Grant Wagner, the steely owner of a successful family business, is murdered.  The prime suspect is Wagner's bookkeeper Abby Jarvis, a former client of Hardy's, who had been receiving large sums of cash under-the-table from the company - but she insists that she's innocent.  Preparing for trial, Dismas investigates the Wagner clan, discovering dark, twisted secrets, jealous siblings, gold-digging girlfriends, betrayals, and blackmail.  The closer he gets to the Wagners, the clearer it becomes that Dismas has a target painted on his back.

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 for the day.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

"The Olympics: Past and Present" | @ Your Library Article

February marks the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, which are now underway.  The first modern Olympic Games held under the IOC was in 1896.  These games in turn were inspired by athletic and religious festivals held every four years in Ancient Greece.  The Olympics have undergone many changes, including splitting up the Summer and Winter Games, as well as the inclusion and removal of various sporting events.  Regardless, the Olympics remain an exciting opportunity to witness elite athletes display their skill and talent in breathtaking and intriguing sports.  To learn more about the Olympic athletes and competitions, swing by your Abilene Public Library.  We have many books that will explore this International gathering both past and present.

A good place to start is David Goldblatt's The Games: A Global History of the Olympics.  This sportswriter explores the modern games from the 1896 rebirth including key athletes such as Jesse Owens as Jesse Owens as well as the hockey game known as the Miracle on Ice.  Goldblatt also penned How to Watch the Olympics: The Essential Guide to the Rules, Statistics, Heroes, and Zeroes of Every Sport.  He covers just about everything summer sports including a few no longer included in the games.

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown tells the story of nine working class, Depression Era boys from the American West and their quest for gold.  Elizabeth Rathburn's Grace & Glory: A Century of Women in the Olympics shares the progress of female athletes over the course of the modern games and touches on key figures such as Florence Griffith-Joyner.

Historically, American athletes have excelled in the Summer Olympics.  However, The Fall Line: How American Ski Racers Conquered a Sport on the Edge by Nathaniel Vinton chronicles the emerging American skiing talent, such as Bode Miller, leading up the U.S. ski team's historic 2010 Vancouver Olympics performance.

Many people remember the aforementioned Miracle on Ice.  This epic hockey game is the topic of The Boys of Winter: The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team by Wayne Coffey.  In 1980, the Russian Olympic team, stocked with professional players, ruled the hockey rink.  However, a group of college students and an unconventional coach gave Americans one of the most memorable moments of the modern Olympic games.

Whether you love the sports from figure skating to curling, or are just curious, the Abilene Public Library has many titles that will tell you all about the Olympics.  Learn about the amazing athletes, epic events, and the colorful history of this international event.  Then you can enjoy the games with a new appreciation for what this quadrennial event involves.

Article Contributed by Deborah Tarsiewicz, Information Services at the Main Library

Saturday, February 10, 2018

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Feb. 11)

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: Dark in Death
Author: J.D. Robb
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: M ROBB
Summary: Lieutenant Eve Dallas must find a killer inspired by police thrillers before another victim is murdered.

#2: Still Me
Author: Jojo Moyes
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F MOYES
Summary: Louisa Clark heads for New York and finds herself torn between her old life and her new one. As she tries to keep the two sides of her world together, Lou finds herself carrying secrets--not all her own--that cause a catastrophic change in her circumstances.

#3: The Woman in the Window
Author: A.J. Finn
Weeks On List: 5
Call Number: F FINN
Summary: It isn't paranoia if it's really happening ... Anna Fox lives alone -- a recluse in her New York City home, drinking too much wine, watching old movies ... and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move next door: a father, a mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble -- and its shocking secrets are laid bare. What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this gripping Hitchcockian thriller, no one and nothing are what they seem.

#4: Fall From Grace
Author: Danielle Steel
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: F STEEL
Summary: Sydney Wells's perfect life with her wealthy, devoted husband vanishes when he dies suddenly in an accident. Widowed at forty-nine, she discovers he has failed to include her in his will. With Andrew's vicious daughters in control of his estate, and no home or money, Sydney finds a job in fashion, despite her own designer daughters' warnings. Naïve, out of her element, and alone in a world of shady international deals and dishonest people, she is set up by her boss and finds herself faced with criminal prosecution. What happens when you lose everything? Husband, safety, protection, money, and reputation gone, faced with prison, Sydney must rebuild her life from the bottom to the top again, with honor, resourcefulness, and dignity. Sydney finds herself, as well as courage and resilience. Taking life by the horns, she revives her own career as a talented designer, from New York to Hong Kong, risking all in an exotic, unfamiliar world. She is determined to forge a new life she can be proud of.

#5: Little Fires Everywhere
Author: Celeste Ng
Weeks On List: 20
Call Number: F NG
Summary: In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned -- from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren -- an enigmatic artist and single mother -- who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community. When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town -- and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides.

Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: Fire and Fury
Author: Michael Wolff
Weeks On List: 5
Call Number: 973.933 WOL
Summary: Thanks to his deep access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff tells the story of the stormy first nine months of Donald Trump's term as President. Among the revelations: What President Trump's staff really thinks of him -- What inspired Trump to claim he was wire-tapped by President Obama -- Why FBI director James Comey was really fired -- Why chief strategist Steve Bannon and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner couldn't be in the same room -- Who is really directing the Trump administration's strategy in the wake of Bannon's firing -- What the secret to communicating with Trump is -- What the Trump administration has in common with the movie The Producers.

#2: All-American Murder
Author: James Patterson
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: 364.152309 PAT
Summary: Everyone thought they knew Aaron Hernandez. He was an NFL star who made the game of football look easy. Until he became the prime suspect in a gruesome murder. Rich with in-depth, on-the-ground investigative reporting that gives readers a front row seat to Hernandez's tumultuous downward spiral, this biography reveals the truth behind the troubled star, with first-person accounts and untold stories.

#3: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
Author: Neil deGrasse Tyson
Weeks On List: 40
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.  Offers witty, digestible explanations of topics in cosmology, from the Big Bang and black holes to quantum mechanics and the search for life in the universe.

#4: Killers of the Flower Moon
Author: David Grann
Weeks On List: 33
Call Number: 364.1523 GRA
Summary: Presents a true account of the early twentieth-century murders of dozens of wealthy Osage and law-enforcement officials, citing the contributions and missteps of a fledgling FBI that eventually uncovered one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.

#5: When
Author: Daniel H. Pink
Weeks On List: 4
Call Number: 153.75 PIN
Summary: Research from several fields reveals the ideal time to make small decisions and big life changes.

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.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Weekly Library Events (February 11-17)

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

Weekend Walk-In Flix: "The Blind Side"
Sunday, Feb. 11 at 3:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Details
You’re welcome to join your South Branch Library for another great Weekend Walk-In Flix session at your South Branch Library, located in the Mall of Abilene.  Each session focuses on showing blockbuster hits and this time around we’ll be showing a great flick, and based on a true story, with 2009’s “The Blind Side” starring Sandra Bullock and Quinton Aaron.  In this film, it tells the story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All-American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.  Based on the book bestselling book of the same name by Michael Lewis, this film is rated PG-13 for once scene involving brief violence, drug, and sexual references, and has a run time of 2 hours and 9 minutes.  Light snacks will be provided, or feel free to bring your own, and don’t pass up on also checking on the availability of checking out the book from your library. 

TECH Time
Monday, Feb. 12 at 3:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Details
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.

Make & Take: DIY Valentine
Monday, Feb. 12 at 5:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Details
If you have a child who loves to get hands-on with crafts and projects, you won’t want to miss out on the next Make & Take craft session at your Main Library.  We’ll be gearing up for Valentine’s Day by hosting a variety of crafts related to that day in a fun DIY session.  Come out and see what you can make in our host of crafts and activities including heart scratch art, bear-y adorable ornaments, and more.  You won’t want to miss out on the crafting fun.  We’ll supply all the materials needed.

Mockingbird Movies: "The Proposal"
Monday, Feb. 12 at 6:30PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Details
If you’re looking to catch a great romantic comedy at your library, especially as we get that much closer to Valentine’s Day, we invite you to join us for a free movie at your Mockingbird Branch.  This time around, we’ll be showing the 2009 hit “The Proposal” starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, in a pairing that leaves you laughing from start to finish.  In this film, a pushy boss forces her young assistant to marry her in order to keep her visa status in the U.S. and avoid deportation to Canada.  This film is rated PG-13 for sexual content, nudity, and language and has a run time of 1 hours 48 minutes.

Afternoon Arcade
Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Details
If you're a teen who likes games and pizza, you'll certainly not want to miss out on the Afternoon Arcade program at your Mockingbird Branch Library.  Join us for a great social sessions where you can meet up with friends, and make new ones, and then join in on some friendly gaming competition, while enjoying pizza on the library.  Pizza will be served at 4:00PM so don't be late, and for additional information about this program, contact staff.

Make & Take: Love Bug Hats
Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 4:30PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Details
Love is in the air at your library, and your South Branch Library has a cute activity for kids to take advantage of after school.  Join us for some pre-Valentine’s Day fun as we host a Make & Take session showing you how to create your own Love Bug Hats.  They’re easy to make and will be super cute to wear so don’t be caught without one.  We’ll supply all the material and instruction needed, all you need do is come out ready to have some crafting fun.

Free Tax Assistance
February 14-15, 10AM to 3PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Details
Take advantage of the Free Tax Assistance program to e-File your taxes for free, at your library, with help from IRS-trained volunteers with the AARP.  Guests will be helped first-come, first-served as space is available, and sessions will be hosted weekly through the end of tax season.  Be sure to bring your 2017 tax materials, Photo ID, social security card, etc. and participate in this popular series provided at your library.  For additional information, contact staff at 325-676-6025, or feel free to find all your information about this program on our website.

Job Time: Application Assistance
Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Details
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.


Teen Time: Anti V-Day Party
Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Details
Teens are invited to join your Mockingbird Branch Library for a program of a different color.  If you're tired of the ushy gushy onslaught and just want to relax and poke fun during this holiday of love, the Mockingbird Branch Library's Teen Time is just for you.  At this session, we're hosting an Anti V-Day Party and local teens are invited to come check out the fun.  Even if you love Valentine's Day, you're certain to get a laugh from our romance novel caption contest and other hijinks.  It's certainly going to be an afternoon of fun.

Lego My Library
Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Youth won’t want to miss the next Lego Club session at your library where this time around we’ll be making creations to make Cupid’s job easier.  We’ll supply you with all the platforms and pieces needed for you to simply come out and join us for some after school building fun.  You can make almost anything with Legos, and this time we might want to see what Valentine’ish creations you can make...but feel free to come out and design whatever you’d like.  Work on projects solo, or team up with others for a group activity.  Just come out ready to have some building fun at your library.

TECH Time
Thursday, Feb. 15 at 2:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Details
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.

Stories & More: Aaachoo!
Thursday, Feb. 15 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Details
What’s that you hear?  All the animals down at the zoo are snuffling and snorting and sneezing - achoo!  Kids and parents are invited out to join us for a great afternoon storytime event at your Mockingbird Branch Library where we’ll be sharing a great children’s book by E.S. Redmond titled “Felicity Floo Visits the Zoo,” along with a host of other great titles where you’ll discover why the hyenas are crying boo-hoo, what gave the rhino a sickly green hue, and more.  Great stories, songs, and event a fun one-of-a-kind germ monster craft will await all who come out to this “sickly” animal event at your library. 

Teen Zine
Thursday, Feb. 15 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Details
Teens, ages 13-18, won’t want to miss the debut of another great Thursday teen event as the Main Library will host Teen Zine.  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 part of a fun publication at your library.

Family Board Game Night
Thursday, Feb. 15 at 6:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Details
Families won’t want to miss the next game night at your Main Library where we’ll supply you with a variety of games, like “Don’t Break the Ice” and “Candyland,” to play so your family can enjoy an evening together and bonding.  Plus, it’s a great opportunities for families to meet up with friends, while making new ones, with other families present.  Whether you choose a favorite game, or try something completely new, don’t miss out on this series.

Cover-to-Cover Book Club
Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-677-2474 for Details
If you're an avid reader, and you're looking for a book club to join, be sure to take advantage of our monthly club at your library.  Each time we meet up to discuss popular titles selected by those who come out to attend each session.  This month we'll be discussing Kristin Hannah's "Nightingale," hailed as an unforgettable novel of love and strength in the face of war that became a #1 New York Times Bestseller, The Wall Street Journal's Best Book of the Year, and is now set to be a major motion picture in the future.  Come out ready to discuss this title at our next meeting.  

Free Tax Assistance
February 16-17, 10AM to 3PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Details
Take advantage of the Free Tax Assistance program to e-File your taxes for free, at your library, with help from IRS-trained volunteers with the AARP.  Guests will be helped first-come, first-served as space is available, and sessions will be hosted weekly through the end of tax season.  Be sure to bring your 2017 tax materials, Photo ID, social security card, etc. and participate in this popular series provided at your library.  For additional information, contact staff at 325-437-7323, or feel free to find all your information about this program on our website.

Teen Scene After Hours: Anti-Valentine's Party
Friday, Feb. 16 at 5:45PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Details
We’re excited for the chance to host another after hours activity night for teens where we’ll be hosting an Anti-Valentine’s Party at the next Teen Scene After Hours social night at your Main Library.  If you’re not the teen who is into the lovey dovey junk...you like an excuse for eating discounted sweets...have had the desire to take a swing at a heart-shaped pinata, then this is the activity night for you.  All teens are invited to join in on the anti-Valentine’s fun where no heart will be safe.  Participants are asked to arrive at 5:45PM because once 6:00PM strikes, the doors of the library will close the public and the fun will begin.  Teens will be supervised by library staff throughout the duration of the event and everyone should be picked up no later than 7:30PM.

MCEC's Tell Me a Story
Saturday, Feb. 17 at 10:45AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Details
Kids and parents are invited to join your South Branch Library for a great morning event called Tell Me a Story, led by our great friends with the Military Child Education Coalition.  This program is designed for the entire family to enjoy together and each child who attends will also get a copy of the story being read to them so they make take them home and the reading fun can continue in your households.  Don’t miss out on the literary fun.

Family Flix: "Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life"
Saturday, Feb 17 at 3:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Details
Families are invited out to the Main Library to join us for a great Saturday movie showing of a popular flick based on a juvenile series of books by bestselling author James Patterson.  We’ll be showing 2016’s “Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life” starring Griffin Gluck and Lauren Graham, in a comedy that will certainly have you relating to the hardships of being in middle school.  In this film, imaginative and quiet teen Rafe Katchadorian is tired of his middle school’s obsession with the rules at the expense of any and all creativity.  Desperate to shake things up, Rafe and his best friends have come up with a plan: break every single rule in the school and let the students run wild.  This film is rated PG for rude humor throughout, language, and thematic elements and has a run time of 1 hour and 32 minutes.  Don’t miss out on the movie fun at your library, with popcorn provided (while supplies last)

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