Sunday, July 23, 2017

"New Book Club @ Your Library" | @ the Library Article

Starting in August, the Abilene Public Library will be adding a new book club!  The Book to Movie Club is designed for those who love a good book, but also love a good movie, and of course like to compare the two.  Each month there will be a new title to read and on the second Tuesday of the following month we will meet to watch the movie and have some short discussions.  This program is designed for adults of all ages and will include a variety of books.

Our first meeting will be August 8th at 6:00PM in the Main Library Auditorium.  We will be watching the movie based on the novel Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver.  To get a jump on reading the book before you come, you can find it in several formats at the Abilene Public Library using the call number YA F OLIVER.

This summary from the author should give you a bit of information about the title: "What if you had only one day to live?  What would you do?  Would you kiss?  And how far would you go to save your own life?  Samantha Kingston has it all: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High - from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot.  Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life.  Instead, it turns out to be her last.  Then she gets a second chance.  Seven chances, in fact.  Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death - and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing."

For the month of September we will be watching a movie based on the book Indignation by Philip Roth, a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winning author.  We will watch the movie and have a discussion on September 12th at 6:00PM in the Main Library Auditorium.  To get a jump on reading the book, which is available in several formats, you can find it at the Abilene Public Library under the call number F ROTH.

This summary from the author will give you a bit more information: "Against the backdrop of the Korean War, a young man faces life's unimagined chances and terrifying consequences.  It is 1951 in America, the second year of the Korean War.  A studious, law-abiding, intense youngster from Newark, New Jersey, Marcus Messner, is beginning his sophomore year on the pastoral, conservative campus of Ohio's Winesburg College.  And why is he there and not at the local college in Newark where he originally enrolled?  Because his father, the sturdy, hard-working neighborhood butcher, seems to have gone mad - mad with fear and apprehension of the dangers of adult life, the dangers of the world, the dangers he sees in every corner of his beloved boy.  As the long-suffering, desperately harassed mother tells her son, the father's fear arises from love and pride.  Perhaps, but it produces too much anger in Marcus for him to endure living with his parents any longer.  He leaves them and, far from Newark, in the Midwestern college, has to find his way amid the customs and constrictions of another American world.

For more information about the Book to Movie Club, contact Heather Carter at 325-676-6029.  We hope to see you at our inaugural meeting, Tuesday, August 8th at 6:00PM.

Article Contributed by Heather Carter, Library Assistant in Genealogy Services at the Main Library

Friday, July 21, 2017

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of July 23)

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: House of Spies
Author: Daniel Silva
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F SILVA
Summary:  Four months after the deadliest attack on the American homeland since 9/11, terrorists leave a trail of carnage through London's glittering West End. The attack is a brilliant feat of planning and secrecy, but with one loose thread. The thread leads Gabriel Allon and his team of operatives to the south of France and to the gilded doorstep of Jean-Luc Martel and Olivia Watson. A beautiful former British fashion model, Olivia pretends not to know that the true source of Martel's enormous wealth is drugs. And Martel, likewise, ignores the fact he is doing business with a man whose objective is the very destruction of the West. Together, under Gabriel's skilled hand, they will become an unlikely pair of heroes in the global war on terror.

#2: Camino Island
Author: John Grisham
Weeks On List: 6
Call Number: F GRISHAM
Summary: Bruce Cable owns a popular bookstore in the sleepy resort town of Santa Rosa on Camino Island in Florida. He makes his real money, though, as a prominent dealer in rare books. Very few people know that he occasionally dabbles in the black market of stolen books and manuscripts. Mercer Mann is a young novelist with a severe case of writer's block who has recently been laid off from her teaching position. She is approached by an elegant, mysterious woman working for an even more mysterious company. A generous offer of money convinces Mercer to go undercover and infiltrate Bruce Cable's circle of literary friends, ideally getting close enough to him to learn his secrets. But eventually Mercer learns far too much.

#3: Murder Games
Author: James Patterson
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: M PATTERSON
Summary: Dr. Dylan Reinhart wrote the book on criminal behavior. Literally--he's a renowned, bestselling Ivy League expert on the subject. When a copy of his book turns up at a gruesome murder scene--along with a threatening message from the killer--it looks like someone has been taking notes. Elizabeth Needham is the headstrong and brilliant NYPD Detective in charge of the case who recruits Dylan to help investigate another souvenir left at the scene--a playing card. Another murder, another card--and now Dylan suspects that the cards aren't a signature, they're a deadly hint--pointing directly toward the next victim. As tabloid headlines about the killer known as "The Dealer" scream from newsstands, New York City descends into panic. With the cops at a loss, it's up to Dylan to hunt down a serial killer unlike any the city has ever seen. Only someone with Dylan's expertise can hope to go inside the mind of a criminal and convince The Dealer to lay down his cards. But after thinking like a criminal--could Dylan become one?

#4: Into the Water
Author: Paula Hawkins
Weeks On List: 11
Call Number: F HAWKINS
Summary: A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged. Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother's sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from, a place to which she vowed she'd never return.

#5: Use of Force
Author: Brad Thor
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: F THOR
Summary: As a storm rages across the Mediterranean Sea, a terrifying distress call is made to the Italian Coast Guard. Days later, a body washes ashore. Identified as a high-value terrorism suspect (who had disappeared three years prior), his name sends panic through the Central Intelligence Agency.



Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
Author: Neil deGrasse Tyson
Weeks On List: 11
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.

#2: Rediscovering Americanism
Author: Mark R. Levin
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: 320.52 LEV
Summary: Levin returns to the impassioned question he's explored in each of his bestselling books: How do we save our exceptional country? Because our values are in such a precarious state, he argues that a restoration to the essential truths on which our country was founded has never been more urgent. Understanding these principles, in Levin's words, can "serve as the antidote to tyrannical regimes and governments." Rediscovering Americanism is not an exercise in nostalgia, but an appeal to his fellow citizens to reverse course.

#3: Hillbilly Elegy
Author: J.D. Vance
Weeks On List: 51
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.

#4: Al Franken, Giant of the Senate
Author: Al Franken
Weeks On List: 7
Call Number: 92 FRANKEN
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.

#5: Dangerous
Author: Milo Yiannopoulos
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: Not Housed
Summary: The alt-right provocateur criticizes political correctness.

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.

August's Cover-to-Cover Book Club Selection

If you're looking for a great book club discussion group, try our Cover-to-Cover Book Club at your library.  Meeting on the third Thursdays of the month, this group reads everything including bestsellers, fiction, biographies, nonfiction, classics, and more.

For August, the featured selection is The Witches by Stacy Schiff and we invite you to look out for a copy at your library and attend the book club meeting on Thursday, August 17 at 7:00PM.  For more information, be sure to contact Janis Test at 325-676-6017.

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Summary: Drawing on archives, the author introduces us to the strains on a Puritan adolescent's life and to the authorities whose delicate agendas were at risk.  She illuminates the demands of a rigorous faith, the vulnerability of settlements adrift from the mother country, perched - at a politically tumultuous time - on the edge of what a visitor termed a 'remote, rocky, barren, bushy, wild-woody wilderness.'  With devastating clarity, the textures and tensions of a colonial life emerge; hidden patterns subtly, startlingly detach themselves from the darkness.  Schiff brings early American anxieties to the fore to align them brilliantly with our own.  In an era of religious provocations, crowdsourcing, and invisible enemies, this enthralling story makes more sense than ever.

Be sure to checkout this title from your Abilene Public Library and come out ready to discuss it with other avid readers in the community.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Weekly Library Events (July 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 events calendar.

Book-to-Flix: "Unbroken"
Sunday, July 23 at 3:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Join us for a great Sunday movie based on the true story of Louis Zamperini, adapted from the bestselling nonfiction book by Laura Hillenbrand that became that fifth longest-running nonfiction bestseller of all time.  We'll be watching 2014's "Unbroken" starring Jack O'Connell and directed by Angelina Jolie.  In this film, after a near fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he's caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.  This film is rated PG-13 and has a run time of 2 hours and 17 minutes.  Light snacks provided, or feel free to bring your own.

TECH Time
Monday, July 24 at 2:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
As more people acquire smartphones, tablets, and laptops, you may find yourself needing a little help.  Be it learning our digital services, getting started on PCs, learning Microsoft Office, and more, join us for TECH (Technology Enrichment & Collaborative Help) Time at your library.  Sessions will be hosted twice a week on Mondays at the South Branch Library and Thursdays at the Main Library from 2:00PM to 4:00PM.  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 assist you and help in some way.  Guests will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to 30-minutes if others are waiting. 

Minecraft Mania
Monday, July 24 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 library, designed for tweens and teens ages 8-18.  Dive into the world of Minecraft as 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.  Come out, bring a friend, and make some new ones at this digital series at your library.

Young Audiences featuring the Hampstead Stage Co.
Tuesday, July 25 at 10:45AM & 3PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Youth won't want to miss the final live performances of the Young Audiences series during the Summer Reading Clubs.  Designed as interactive and educational programming for all ages, each session draws in great crowds who come out to see the wonderful productions by the talented entertainers.  For the final session, we'll be welcoming in the Hampstead Stage Company, who has visited the library before, and they're one of the largest educational touring companies in the nation.  Don't miss out on this great event.

Mockingbird Nights: Murder Mystery
Tuesday, July 25 at 6:30PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
If you're age 18 and older, and you're looking for something both fun and different at your library, don't pass up on this special event at your library.  Meetup to participate in a Murder Mystery so you can channel your inner Sherlock Holmes as you meet with others to solve a case.  You'll be given clues to find and puzzles to solve, then work fast to solve the mystery...or else you might be the next victim.  It's all in good fun though.

Zoo Lady Visit with Joy Harsh
Wednesday, July 26 at 4:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Kids are invited out to the final Zoo Lady Visit during the Summer Reading Club.  Joy Harsh (Education Curator at the Abilene Zoo) will be by with her final round of animal ambassadors to teach kids about them.  As one of the highlights of the summers each year, she's already made her rounds to the Main Library and Mockingbird Branch locations, and this will be your final chance to see her.  What animals will she bring?  You'll have to come and find out.

Teen Craft: Mosaic Coasters
Wednesday, July 26 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Teens are invited out to another fun crafting workshop where we'll show you how to make awesome looking Mosaic Coasters.  If you have old, busted, or scratched CD's and DVD's, and you want to figure out a way to re-purpose them without throwing them away, this is what the program is all about.  We'll supply with all the materials you'll need so you can learn how to transform them into cool works of art that will certainly catch anyone's eye.

TECH Time
Thursday, July 27 at 2:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
As more people acquire smartphones, tablets, and laptops, you may find yourself needing a little help.  Be it learning our digital services, getting started on PCs, learning Microsoft Office, and more, join us for TECH (Technology Enrichment & Collaborative Help) Time at your library.  Sessions will be hosted twice a week on Mondays at the South Branch Library and Thursdays at the Main Library from 2:00PM to 4:00PM.  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 assist you and help in some way.  Guests will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to 30-minutes if others are waiting.


Collecting Commas Writing Club
Thursday, July 27 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
For young adults, ages 10-17, to come together in a stress-free environment and hone your creative writing skills in all forms of writing.  Participate in group activities, learn the basics of writing, and even work together on joint projects like poetry slams, plays, and more.  No registration required, just come check out one of the meetings and see if it's for you.

Military Child Education Coalition's Storytime
Friday, July 28 at 10:30AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Kids and parents are invited to join us for a great morning storytime event led by the Military Child Education Coalition.  Sessions are hosted on the fourth Friday mornings of each month where families can come out and enjoy changing themes, stories, crafts, and more fun.  There's no need to register, simply come out for some fun at your library.

Build a Better World: An Apple a Day
Friday, July 28 at 3:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
You won't want to miss the final Build a Better World series for the Summer Reading Club at your library, designed for kids of all ages.  The theme for this final session will be "An Apple a Day" where children's staff will teach you a bit about healthy habits through stories, crafts, and other fun activities, all designed to help youth learn how to build the best you possible.  We'll supply all materials needed for any craft project.

Summer STEM Challenge: Recycled Paper
Friday, July 28 at 4:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
We've had a blast all summer long with getting tweens and teens (ages 8-18) involved in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) challenges.  We've done egg drops, made marble mazes, sculpted balloon towers, and more to promote critical thinking in participants, in a fun and educational way.  For the final session, our challenge will be about recycled paper.  From making it to exploring the ways its used and how, staff will be on hand to guide you.

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

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Take Advantage of Mobile Printing at Your Library

Your Abilene Public Library has offered printing services for years on library computers.  Although use of the computers is free, printing fees are $0.15 per page black & white, $0.45 in color.   For most of us, the use of printing services at libraries are standard.  If it's not something we need to do on a regular basis, it may be more cost effective to print from your library rather than spend money for a printer and replacement ink cartridges.  As a library employee, printing from my library is my preferred method.  However, sometimes all the library computers may be in use when all you need to do is print a file or two.  If you have a smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC, did you know you can avoid the wait?

Mobile printing is available at all library locations where the public is able to bypass using library computers and submit your print jobs via wi-fi through your devices.  As long as you're connected to Wi-Fi, or the Internet, that's pretty much all you need.  Use of this service is free and we only charge for your printing.

Print jobs can be sent from the comfort of your home and picked up at a later time when you visit us, or you may access mobile printing with your devices inside the library if you're in a rush.  It's relatively easy to get started, and to learn how to use the service, visit our Mobile Print Page online.

Please Note: The library will only hold onto submitted print jobs for the current day.  We ask that if you use this service, you stop by library to pick up your job the same day.  Much like printing from the library's computers, see staff at the public service desks to pay for your print jobs and pick them up.We accept cash or check, or you may use credit/debit cards as long as your print job is more than $3.00.

If you have questions, feel free to contact staff at any location.

Tuesday, July 18, 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.

Kong: Skull Island
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Starring: Tom Hiddleston
Summary: A washed up monster chaster convinces the U.S. Government to fund a trip to an unexplored island in the South Pacific.  Under the guise of geological research, the team travels to "Skull Island."  Upon arrival, the group discovers that their mission may be complicated by the wildlife which inhabits the island.  The beautiful vistas and deadly creatures create a visually stunning experience that is sure to keep your attention.

Teen Wolf: Season 6 Part 1
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Starring: Tyler Posey
Summary: Scott, Stiles, Lydia, Malia and the rest of the gang are returning to Beacon Hills for the second semester of their senior year.  Everyone will be feeling a bit emotional and anxious as they inch closer to graduation and the thought of imminently parting ways almost becomes a reality.  But their last semester in high school will not go without trouble.

The Late Show
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Author: Michael Connelly
Summary: Renee Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none, as each morning she turns everything over to the day shift.  A once up-and-coming detective, she's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor.  But one night she catches two assignments she doesn't want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting.  Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn.  Against orders and her partner's wishes, she works both cases by day while maintaining her shift by night.  As the investigations entwine, they pull her closer to her own demons and the reason she won't give up her job, no matter what the department throws at her.

Look Behind You (Kendra Michaels #5)
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Author: Iris Johansen
Summary: A serial killer is on the loose in San Diego with a most unusual M.O.  With each kill, the perpetrator leaves behind mystifying random objects.  In this confusing array of unrelated evidence, the one thing that is clear is that the murders all have one characteristic in common: they all require the specific skills of Kendra Michaels, hired gun for both the CIA and FBI.  Kendra, who was blind for the first twenty years of her life, gained her sight through a revolutionary surgical procedure and now uses her acute powers of observation to assist in cases all over the U.S.  FBI investigators soon make a startling discovery: the left-behind objects are actually souvenirs of other unsolved serial murder cases from around the country.  And the new crimes feature "holdback" characteristics never disclosed to the general public - meaning that one single killer was behind the nation's most notorious serial murder cases and has now come to challenge and taunt Kendra.  The investigators join her in the pursuit, but as the body count rises and the detectives themselves become the newest targets, Kendra must risk everything to defeat a psychopath whose terrifying plan is years in the making...

A Distant View of Everything (Isabel Dalhousie #11)
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Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Summary: A new baby brings an abundance of joy to Isabel and her husband, Jamie - but almost 4-year-old Charlie is none to keen on his newborn brother.  In fact, he refuses to acknowledge Magnus, and Isabel must find a way to impress upon her older son the patience and understanding that have served as guiding principles in her own life.  These are the very qualities that bring Bea Shandon, an old acquaintance of Isabel's, to seek her help in a tricky situation.  Something on a matchmaker, Bea has introduced a wealthy female friend to a cosmetic surgeon at her most recent dinner party.  Then new information comes to light about the surgeon that causes Bea to doubt his motives.  Isabel agrees to find out more, but as her inquiries take an unexpected turn, she starts to wonder whom exactly she should be investigating.

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, July 17, 2017

"Thrilling Days of Yesteryear" | @ the Library Article

If you were a reader as a child, chances are you still remember being perched in a tree, or tucked away in some special, private place, reading the adventures of some favorite character.  I think everyone must have read the "Little House" books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, laughed over the adventures of Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny in "The Boxcar Children" books, or shuddered at the scrapes Frank and Joe Hardy or Nancy Drew managed to get into.  Your Abilene Public Library has many of the books in each of these series.  In fact, we have many more of your old favorites to bring back memories!

Perhaps you enjoyed the adventures of young inventor Tom Swift.  The "Tom Swift" books by Victor Appleton were originally published in the early 1900's and featured Tom Swift, Sr.  Three other incarnations featured Tom II, III, and IV.  Each series featured an intelligent, strong young man who used his brains and brawn to solve mysteries, build mechanical marvels, and live the all-American dream.  Very popular with the boys of the 50's and early 60's, Tom Swift, Jr. books have been reprinted for new generations to enjoy.

An interesting story you might now know is that Tom Swift inspired a more modern inventor - Jack Cover, inventor of the TASER non-lethal stun gun.  According to James D. Keeline in his article "Who invented Tom Swift's Electric Rifle," Cover told him that he had read Swift as a child, and even named his invention after his early inspiration.  TASER is an acronym for Thomas A. Swift and his Electric Rifle, taken from the book Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle.

Another "retro-series" you can enjoy from your library are the "Anne of Green Gables" books by Lucy Maud Montgomery.  These books are very popular with several generations, thanks to the wonderful movies starring Megan Follows and Colleen Dewhurst.  If you don't remember, eleven-year-old orphan Anne Shirley is sent by mistake to live with a middle-aged spinster and her brother on Prince Edward Island.  Her irrepressible nature and personality liven up not only both Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert's lives, but also those of the entire town.  This series continues into Anne's adulthood and is a wonderful slice of turn-of-the-century (the last one!) Canadian rural life.

Growing up, I loved the exotic adventures in "The Black Stallion" series by Walter Farley.  In recent years, his son Steven has begun writing new titles for this series.  The first book tells the story of young Alec, who is shipwrecked on a desert island coming home from Arabia, and the beautiful wild stallion he encounters there.  Dependent on each other for survival, the boy and horse learn to trust and love each other as they establish an amazing lifelong bond.  After being rescued, Alec befriends retired racehorse trainer Henry Dailey, who lives near Alec.  Henry recognizes the Black's superior breeding, and he and Alec secretly begin training the Black to race.  But without a documented pedigree, Alec and Henry can only compete as mystery horse in a match race between two champions, Cyclone and Sun Raider.

Just because you're grown doesn't mean you can't revisit old favorite friends and relive the wonderful summer days when you first wondered about Tom Swift's incredible inventions, solved mysteries with Encyclopedia Brown or laughed over the weird goings-on at the Wayside School.  Come by your Abilene Public Library this summer and do just that!

Article Contributed by Janis C. Test, Information Services Manager

Saturday, July 15, 2017

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of July 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 upcoming week.

Hardcover Fiction Top 5

#1: Camino Island
Author: John Grisham
Weeks On List: 5
Call Number: F GRISHAM
Summary: Bruce Cable owns a popular bookstore in the sleepy resort town of Santa Rosa on Camino Island in Florida. He makes his real money, though, as a prominent dealer in rare books. Very few people know that he occasionally dabbles in the black market of stolen books and manuscripts. Mercer Mann is a young novelist with a severe case of writer's block who has recently been laid off from her teaching position. She is approached by an elegant, mysterious woman working for an even more mysterious company. A generous offer of money convinces Mercer to go undercover and infiltrate Bruce Cable's circle of literary friends, ideally getting close enough to him to learn his secrets. But eventually Mercer learns far too much.

#2: Murder Games
Author: James Patterson
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: M PATTERSON
Summary: Dr. Dylan Reinhart wrote the book on criminal behavior. Literally--he's a renowned, bestselling Ivy League expert on the subject. When a copy of his book turns up at a gruesome murder scene--along with a threatening message from the killer--it looks like someone has been taking notes. Elizabeth Needham is the headstrong and brilliant NYPD Detective in charge of the case who recruits Dylan to help investigate another souvenir left at the scene--a playing card. Another murder, another card--and now Dylan suspects that the cards aren't a signature, they're a deadly hint--pointing directly toward the next victim. As tabloid headlines about the killer known as "The Dealer" scream from newsstands, New York City descends into panic. With the cops at a loss, it's up to Dylan to hunt down a serial killer unlike any the city has ever seen. Only someone with Dylan's expertise can hope to go inside the mind of a criminal and convince The Dealer to lay down his cards. But after thinking like a criminal--could Dylan become one?

#3: Use of Force
Author: Brad Thor
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: F THOR
Summary: As a storm rages across the Mediterranean Sea, a terrifying distress call is made to the Italian Coast Guard. Days later, a body washes ashore. Identified as a high-value terrorism suspect (who had disappeared three years prior), his name sends panic through the Central Intelligence Agency.

#4: Into the Water
Author: Paula Hawkins
Weeks On List: 10
Call Number: F HAWKINS
Summary: A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged. Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother's sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from, a place to which she vowed she'd never return.

#5: The Duchess
Author: Danielle Steel
Weeks on List: 2
Call Number: F STEEL
Summary: Angélique Latham has grown up at magnificent Belgrave Castle under the loving tutelage of her father, the Duke of Westerfield, after the death of her aristocratic French mother. But when he dies, her half-brothers brutally turn her out, denying her very existence. Angélique has a keen mind, remarkable beauty, and an envelope of money her father pressed upon her. To survive, she will need all her resources--and one bold stroke of fortune. Unable to secure employment without references or connections, Angélique desperately makes her way to Paris, where she rescues a young woman fleeing an abusive madam--and suddenly sees a possibility: Open an elegant house of pleasure that will protect its women and serve only the best clients. With her upper-class breeding, her impeccable style, and her father's bequest, Angélique creates Le Boudoir, soon a sensational establishment where powerful men, secret desires, and beautiful, sophisticated women come together. But living on the edge of scandal, can she ever make a life of her own--or regain her rightful place in the world?

Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: Rediscovering Americanism
Author: Mark R. Levin
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: 320.52 LEV
Summary: Levin returns to the impassioned question he's explored in each of his bestselling books: How do we save our exceptional country? Because our values are in such a precarious state, he argues that a restoration to the essential truths on which our country was founded has never been more urgent. Understanding these principles, in Levin's words, can "serve as the antidote to tyrannical regimes and governments." Rediscovering Americanism is not an exercise in nostalgia, but an appeal to his fellow citizens to reverse course.

#2: Hillbilly Elegy
Author: J.D. Vance
Weeks On List: 50
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.

#3: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
Author: Neil deGrasse
Weeks On List: 10
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: Dangerous
Author: Milo Yiannopoulus
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: Not Housed
Summary: The alt-right provocateur criticizes political correctness.

#5: Al Franken, Giant of the Senate
Author: Al Franken
Weeks On List: 6
Call Number: 92 FRANKEN
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.

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