Friday, July 22, 2016

"Final Young Audiences Library Performance of the Summer Will Be Tuesday" | Abilene Reporter-News

Article Courtesy of Janet Van Vleet, Arts & Entertainment Editor for the Abilene Reporter-News

Barry Smoot & Betty Hukill
Young Audiences of Abilene and the Abilene Public Library will present the final installment of their 2016 summer shows series Tuesday.

The Paramount Theatre's Betty Hukill and Barry Smoot will read "Poppleton," a book illustrated by Mark Teague, honoree of the 2016 Children's Art & Literacy Festival, as well as Little Golden Books by the 2017 CALF honoree, Garth Williams.

It's similar to the show Hukill and Smoot took to various elementary school during the spring, but that show featured only books by Teague.

"We also talk about the Storybook Capital and show pictures of the sculptures," Hukill said.

Two shows will be performed at the downtown Abilene Public Library, 202 Cedar St.  Times are 10:45AM and 3PM Tuesday in the auditorium on the second floor.  The free shows last about 45 minutes.

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of July 24)

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

Hardcover Fiction Top 5

#1: The Black Widow
Author: Daniel Silva
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F SILVA
Summary: Gabriel Allon, the art restorer, spy, and assassin, is poised to become the chief of Israel's secret intelligence service. But on the eve of his promotion, events conspire to lure him into the field for one final operation. ISIS has detonated a massive bomb in the Marais district of Paris, and a desperate French government wants Gabriel to eliminate the man responsible before he can strike again.

#2: The Girls
Author: Emma Cline
Weeks On List: 5
Call Number: F CLINE
Summary: Mesmerized by a band of girls in the park whom she perceives as enjoying a life of free and careless abandon, 1960s teen Evie Boyd becomes obsessed with gaining acceptance into their circle.  Evie, grateful for their charismatic leader's attention, the sense of family the group offers, and the assurance of the girls, is swept into their chaotic cult existence.  As things turn darker, her choices become riskier.

#3: First Comes Love
Author: Emily Giffin
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: F GIFFIN
Summary: Meredith thought she'd done it all right - married the perfect man, had the perfect daughter - but as she grows increasingly restless, she can't help but wonder if she got the love part wrong. Josie has been happily single for years, but she wants a child of her own so much she's one bad Match.com date away from heading straight for the baby carriage all on her own. The sisters, whose relationship was strained by the tragic death of their older brother over a decade ago, find that they need each other more than they realized.

#4: Magic
Author: Danielle Steel
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: F STEEL
Summary: A dazzling contemporary novel that vividly portrays the glamorous White Dinners that occur annually in Paris, and the ups and downs of three interconnected couples for whom the dinners have become a tradition. The White Dinner is a love poem to friendship, joy, elegance, and the monuments of Paris. And each year it is an unforgettable summer night, especially for Jean-Philippe Dumas, a longtime participant, and the three couples he's carefully selected to attend this exclusive and cherished event.

#5: The Games
Author: James Patterson
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: F PATTERSON
Summary: Two years ago Jack Morgan---the head of the renowned worldwide investigation firm Private--was in charge of security for the World Cup in Brazil. During the championship final, the action nearly spilled from the field into the stands. Fortunately, Jack and his team averted disaster on football's biggest stage.



Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: Crisis of Character
Author: Gary J. Byrne
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: 973.929 BYR
Summary: A former Secret Service official explores what he sees as "the personal and political dysfunction of the Clinton White House, so consumed by scandal and destroying their enemies, real and imagined, ... that governing was an afterthought."

#2: Hamilton: The Revolution
Author: Lin-Manuel Miranda
Weeks On List: 14
Call Number: 792.642 MIR
Summary: This book offers a behind-the-scenes look of Hamilton the musical, detailing the many dramatic episodes in Alexander Hamilton's life.

#3: Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: The Patriots
Author: David Fisher
Weeks On List: 8
Call Number: 973.3 FIS
Summary: The American Revolution was not inevitable, nor was it a unanimous cause.  It pitted neighbors against one another, as loyalists and colonial rebels faced off for their lives and futures.  Through the remarkable lives of the first Americans, this book reveals the contentious arguments that turned friends into foes and the land into a war zone.

#4: Between the World and Me
Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Weeks On List: 53
Call Number: 92 COATES
Summary: For Ta-Nehisi Coates, history has always been personal. At every stage of his life, he's sought in his explorations of history answers to the mysteries that surrounded him - most urgently, why he, and other black people he knew, seemed to live in fear. What were they afraid of?  Coates takes readers along on his journey through America's history of race and its contemporary resonances through a series of awakenings.  In his trademark style Coates provides readers a thrillingly illuminating new framework for understanding race: its history, our contemporary dilemma, and where we go from here.

#5: When Breath Becomes Air
Author: Paul Kalanithi
Weeks On List: 27
Call Number: 92 KALANITHI
Summary: At the age of 36, on the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer.  One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live.  He died in March 2015, while working on this book, that provides a look into his life.

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.

Weekly Library Events (July 25-30)

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.

Monday Morning Movies
July 25 @ 10:00AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
Don’t miss out on our morning movie sessions at the Main Library this summer, as we’ll be showing hits from the past and present and aimed at the general adult audience.  Each movie session will be hosted in the auditorium at the library and for our final Morning Movie flick for the Summer Reading Club time, we’ll be watching 1952’s “Ivanhoe” starring Robert Taylor and Elizabeth Taylor.  In this film, a knight seeks to free the captive King Richard and put him back on the throne.  This movie has a run time of 1 hr 46 min, and for additional information, contact Marie Skufca at 325-676-6025.

Puppet Theater: Silly Stories
July 25 @ 3:00PM
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
PH: 325-698-7565
Don’t miss the annual puppet shows at your South Branch Library, as our children’s staff and volunteers are ready to entertain youth with our silly stories.  Join us for an afternoon of our twists on classic tales, and starring a wide host of fun characters…Scare E. Monster may even make an appearance too because we love him so much.  Each year the puppet shows draw in a great crowd, and their geared for kids of all ages, so don’t miss out on your chance to catch the show.  For additional information about this event, feel free to contact Alyssa Crow at 325-698-7565.

Twisted Tales Teen Book Club: “The Clockwork Scarab”
July 25 @ 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Teens, who love to read, are invited to be a part of our second Teen Book Club at your library called Twisted Tales.  This club focuses on reading popular YA books written as reimagined fairy tales, providing readers with a new take on an age old tale.  Last month we read “Cinder” by Marissa Meyer, and this month’s featured selection is “The Clockwork Scarab” by Colleen Gleason.  Look out for a copy to checkout from your Abilene Public Library, read it, and then come ready to discuss with other avid teen readers in the community.  For additional information, contact Kelsie Wade at 325-676-6067.

Tween Time: Mounted Dinosaur Magnets
July 25 @ 6:00PM
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
PH: 325-698-7565
The crafting fun at your library won’t be slowing down as we’re wanting tweens to come out for another great dinosaur craft workshop.  We’ve been making a host of fun projects this summer, and tonight we’ll be showing participants how to make Mounted Dinosaur Magnets.  Who knew what you could do with a simple dinosaur toy and some glue?  We’ll supply all the materials needed and all you need to do is bring yourself and your crafting skills to the library this evening.  For additional information, contact Alyssa Crow at 325-698-7565.

Young Audiences featuring the Paramount Players
July 26 @ 10:45AM & 3PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
You won’t want to miss the final Young Audiences of Abilene event this summer, as one exciting summer series we enjoy hosting at your library each and every year.  Designed for kids of all ages, we always receive great crowds attending each session.  For the final show, we’re keeping it local as our featured performer will be the Paramount Players consisting of Betty Hukill and Barry Smoot.  Both are veteran Young Audiences performers and they have created a new program on Abilene, the Storybook Capital of Texas.  This interactive event will have kids laughing and clapping along with the fun, so you won’t want to miss your chance to participate in this wonderful activity.  For more information about this program, visit our Young Audiences Page online or contact us at 325-676-6067.  This series of events is made possible thanks to The Greathouse Foundation, HeARTS for the ARTS, Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the Friends of the Abilene Public Library.

Make & Take: Choose Your Craft
July 26 @ 4:00PM
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
PH: 325-698-7565
Kids of all ages are encouraged to come out to this afternoon craft session at your South Branch Library where we’re hosting another Choose Your Craft session for Make & Take.  At this event, we’ll offer a series of different crafts and projects for youth to make, with many that have been made throughout our activities during the Summer Reading Club.  So if you missed a fun craft at the South Branch over the summer, this is the session to come and make them, as well as a host of others.  We’ll supply all the materials needed, and for additional information, contact Shelbie Fowler at 325-698-7565.

Tween & Teen Coloring Club
July 27 @ 2:00PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
With the success of the Coloring Club for adults, we’re adding a special coloring club this summer for tweens and teens to enjoy at your library.  If you’re between the ages of 8-18, you’re invited out to your Mockingbird Branch Library on Wednesday afternoons to have some coloring fun of your own.  Relax and work on a number of pages from superheroes to new age designs to classic images and more.  We’ll supply all the materials you’ll need for each session, but please feel free to bring your own supplies if you’d like.  Don’t miss out on the fun, and for additional information, please feel free to contact us at 325-437-7323.

Anime Flix
July 27 @ 3:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
If you’ve been a fan of the Anime Club at the library, don’t pass up on this extension of that program with Anime Flix.  As a special event for the Summer Reading Club, teens and young adults (ages 14-25) are invited to join us at the library as we show a popular anime flick.  Movie events are popular at your library, and if you’re into anime, you should definitely come and check out this afternoon showing.  For additional information about this event, contact Amanda Sasser at 325-676-6067.

Teen Time: Angry Birds Unplugged
July 27 @ 4:00PM
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
PH: 325-698-7565
We’re gearing up for some Angry Birds crafting at your library, designed as a hands-on workshop for local teens to take advantage of.  Join us as we show you how to make your own furious fowls and launchers to shoot them at those devious egg stealing piggies.  We’ll supply all the materials you’ll need, just come out ready to see if you’re aim is as good as you think.  For additional information about this event, contact Marianne Vadney at 325-698-7565. 

Stories in the Park: We All Scream for Ice Cream
July 28 @ 10:45AM
Red Bud Park
S. 32nd & S. Willis
PH: 325-698-7565
Kids and parents won’t want to miss the final Stories in the Park session of the year, hosted at Redbud Park across from the playground.  For this final session, we’re all going to be screaming for ice cream, which is a great cool treat on a hot summer day.  Don’t miss out on joining us for stories, songs, games (and a treat) at one of our city parks.  Each session will be hosted as long as the weather permits.  Feel free to call us at 325-698-7565 if you’re unsure.  For additional information about this program, feel free to email Alyssa Crow.

Collecting Commas Writing Club
July 28 @ 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
If you’re between the ages of 10-17, and you have a passion for writing, this is the club you should be a part of at your library!  Led by children’s librarian Kelsie Wade, youth and teens meet up every week to hone their creative writing skills in a stress-free environment through various writing activities and games.  There’s no need to register, simply come out and check out a session.  For more information about this club, contact Kelsie Wade at 325-676-6067.

DIY Dinosaur Crafts
July 29 @ 3:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Don’t miss the final session of this summer series of events at your Main Library that ties right in with the Summer Reading Club theme this year.  It’s DIY Dinosaurs and we’ll meet to have youth create dinosaur crafts that will be cute and fun.  We had so many projects we wanted to do this summer, based on the theme of dinosaurs, that we just had to create more programming so we could do them all.  Kids of all ages are invited to come out and make some with us, and we’ll supply all the materials you’ll need to make your own.  For more information about this craft workshop, feel free to contact Kelsie Wade at 325-676-6067.

Paleontology School (Session 4): Dinosaur Dig
July 29 @ 4:00PM
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
PH: 325-698-7565
It’s the time.  It’s time for GRADUATION DAY at our summer Paleontology School at the South Branch Library this year!  We’ve spent three sessions teaching youth how to become junior paleontologists for the Summer Reading Club.  On this final day, we’ll turn the entire library into a Dinosaur Dig where there will be tons of activities for kids of all ages to enjoy, much like we do at the close of each Summer Reading Club.  Kids will certainly not want to miss out on this final interactive program at your library, and for additional information, feel free to contact Alyssa Crow at 325-698-7565.

Teen Flix After Hours
July 29 @ 5:45PM
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
PH: 325-698-7565
Teens won’t want to miss the final After Hours movie night of the Summer Reading Club, where we will be finishing off our selected summer franchise by watching “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth.  In this film, as the war of Panem escalates to the destruction of other districts, Katniss Everdeen, the reluctant leader of the rebellion, must bring together an army against President Snow, while all she holds dear hangs in the balance.  This film is rated PG-13 and has a run time of 2 hr 17 min.  Snacks and drinks will be provided and teens will be supervised by library staff the entire evening.  Rides should arrive for pickup no later than 8:10PM.  For additional information about this movie night, call Tremain Jackson at 325-698-7565.

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

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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 more popular titles being released today.

The Perfect Match
Starring: Terrance Jenkins
Summary: A playboy who does not believe in relationships accepts a bet from his two friends that if he dates a woman for a month, he will fall in love.  Things get complicated when he convinces Eva to have a casual affair but begins to fall for her.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Starring: Ben Affleck
Summary: Batman and Superman clash over differing philosophies about what kind of heroism is needed to protect the world, while the public they're defending is becoming increasingly mindful of the damage that superheroes and masked vigilantes cause.  However, the duo are soon forced to confront an even greater threat created by nefarious billionaire Lex Luthor.

The Magicians: Season 1
Starring: Jason Ralph
Summary: After being recruited to a secretive academy, a group of students discover that the magic they read about as children is very real and more dangerous than they ever imagined.  But will getting hooked on the thrill of magic distract them from honing their powers when they need them most?

Night and Day
Author: Iris Johansen
Summary: Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan risked it all to protect Cara Delaney from the enemies who want her dead.  The journey has led them from California to a remote mountain in the Scottish highlands - and earned Eve the distinction of becoming their next target.  When, despite all precautions, Cara is taken, Eve must hunt down the very people who want to kill her in order to save the young girl.  At a time in her life when she has more at stake than ever before, she unhesitatingly puts it all on the line in a pulse-pounding mission of rescue and survival.

Falling
Author: Jane Green
Summary: When Emma left the strict confines of upper-crust British life for New York, she felt sure it would make her happy.  Away from her parents and expectations, she felt liberated, throwing herself into Manhattan life replete with a high-paying job, a gorgeous apartment, and a string of successful boyfriends.  But the cutthroat world of finance and relentless pursuit of more began to take its toll.  This wasn't the life she wanted either.  Moving again, she settles in the picturesque waterfront town of Westport, CT, a world apart from both England and Manhattan.  It is here that she begins to confront what it is she really wants from her life.

Guilty Minds
Author: Joseph Finder
Summary: The chief justice of the Supreme Court is about to be defamed, his career destroyed, by a powerful gossip website that specializes in dirt on celebs and politicians.  Their top reporter has written an expose claiming that he had liaisons with an escort, a young woman prepared to tell the world her salacious tale.  But the chief justice is not without allies and his greatest supporter is determined to stop the story in its tracks.  Nick Heller is a private spy - an intelligence operative based in Boston, hired by lawyers, politicians, and even foreign governments.  A high-powered investigator with a penchant for doing things his own way, he's called to Washington, DC, to help out in this delicate situation...and he only has 48 hours to disprove the story about the chief justice.

Imprudence
Author: Gail Carriger
Summary: Rue and the crew of the Spotted Custard return from India with revelations that shake the foundations of England's scientific community.  Queen Victoria is not amused, the vampires are tetchy, and something is wrong with the local werewolf pack.  To top it all off, Rue's best friend Primrose keeps getting engaged to the most unacceptable military ropes.  Rue has family problems as well.  Her vampire father is angry, her werewolf father is crazy, and her obstreperous mother is both.  Worst of all, Rue's beginning to suspect what they really are...is frightened.

Look for these great 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 18, 2016

"RV an Exciting Way to See he Country" | @ the Library Article

This column seems to be focused on traveling lately, but summertime is a wonderful time to do that for many folks, and a great way to escape the West Texas heat!  One manner of road escape, RV traveling, seems to be growing in popularity.  In order to maximize the fun and minimize the hassles, dangers and expense, first consider educational resources at your Abilene Public Library.  We have several for either the novice or the experienced.

Aside from buying a home, a recreational vehicle will for most folks be the largest purchase they ever make.  Once the decision is made to buy, one must then choose the type and size from among dozens of options.  The Complete Idiot's Guide to RVing by Brent Peterson is a great starting point for those thinking of an RV purchase.  In addition to helping you decide whether to buy and if so, what, it extensively covers proper maintenance and is loaded with tips on how to insure the experience is enjoyable and safe.  "RVing, though wonderful and positively a blast when you know what you're doing, is not necessarily easy - especially for novices" according to the author.

Very similar is The RVer's Bible: Everything You Need to Know about Choosing, Using & Enjoying Your RV by Kim and Sunny Baker.  Included is advice on how to get the best deals in purchasing and equipping the unit best suited for you, precautions to take before hitting the road and how to choose the best, most economical and safest places to stay.  Basics such as safe handling on the road are also among the myriad of topics covered.

301 Ways to Make RV Travel Safer, Easier and More Fun is also chock full of wisdom from experienced RVers.  Among them: know in advance if a campground allows pets.  Get wiring diagrams from the manufacturer of your RV and chassis so, in the event of an electrical problem, a service technician can then do the job faster and at less expense.  Chlorine bleach flushed with water down each drain will retard bacteria and minimize odors.

For some RV owners, typical retired couples, RVing can be full time.  If you're considering living out of your RV, consider Bill and Jan Moeller's Complete Guide to Full-Time RVing: Life on the Open Road.  It will help you determine if that lifestyle suits you.  It will provide estimates of what costs might be expected and how to make your RV livable for full time use to name just a few.

Just as we carry repair and maintenance manuals for cars and trucks, so we also have them for RVs.  Trailer Life's RV Repair & Maintenance Manual is a comprehensive technical manual and troubleshooting guide for motor homes, travel trailers, fifth-wheels, tent trailers, truck campers and van conversions.  Others include RV Repair & Maintenance Manual by Bob Livingston and Woodall's RV Owner's Handbook.  All three offer detailed step-by-step instructions with helpful illustrations.

Before departing on your RV trip, it's important to know what campgrounds and RV parks will be along your route.  The 2016 North American RV Travel & Savings Guide in the reference collection at the Main Library contains much useful information on over 12,500 public and private parks and campgrounds across North America including cost, facilities available, restrictions and how each is rated.  We also have the Coleman National Forest Campground & Recreation Directory covering more than 4,300 national forest campgrounds.

While all of the above can be found at the Main Library, our Mockingbird Branch also has such selections as Exploring America by RV and RV Vacations for Dummies.  Whether RV life is new to you or you are a veteran road warrior, we hope you'll come by your Abilene Public Library and see some of our resources - we may give you some new ideas before the next time you hit the road!

Article Contributed by Dennis Miller, Information Services Librarian at the Main Branch of the Abilene Public Library

Friday, July 15, 2016

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of July 17)

Many patrons 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: Magic
Author: Danielle Steel
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F STEEL
Summary: A dazzling contemporary novel that vividly portrays the glamorous White Dinners that occur annually in Paris, and the ups and downs of three interconnected couples for whom the dinners have become a tradition. The White Dinner is a love poem to friendship, joy, elegance, and the monuments of Paris. And each year it is an unforgettable summer night, especially for Jean-Philippe Dumas, a longtime participant, and the three couples he's carefully selected to attend this exclusive and cherished event.

#2: First Comes Love
Author: Emily Giffin
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: F GIFFIN
Summary: Meredith thought she'd done it all right - married the perfect man, had the perfect daughter - but as she grows increasingly restless, she can't help but wonder if she got the love part wrong. Josie has been happily single for years, but she wants a child of her own so much she's one bad Match.com date away from heading straight for the baby carriage all on her own. The sisters, whose relationship was strained by the tragic death of their older brother over a decade ago, find that they need each other more than they realized.

#3: The Girls
Author: Emma Cline
Weeks On List: 4
Call Number: F CLINE
Summary: Mesmerized by a band of girls in the park whom she perceives as enjoying a life of free and careless abandon, 1960s teen Evie Boyd becomes obsessed with gaining acceptance into their circle.  Evie, grateful for their charismatic leader's attention, the sense of family the group offers, and the assurance of the girls, is swept into their chaotic cult existence.  As things turn darker, her choices become riskier.

#4: The Games
Author: James Patterson
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: F PATTERSON
Summary: Two years ago Jack Morgan---the head of the renowned worldwide investigation firm Private--was in charge of security for the World Cup in Brazil. During the championship final, the action nearly spilled from the field into the stands. Fortunately, Jack and his team averted disaster on football's biggest stage.

#5: End of Watch
Author: Stephen King
Weeks On List: 5
Call Number: F KING
Summary: In this book, the diabolical "Mercedes Killer" drives his enemies to suicide, and if Bill Hodges and Holly Gibney don't figure out a way to stop him, they'll be victims themselves.  In Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, something has awakened.  Something evil.



Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: Crisis of Character
Author: Gary J. Byrne
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: 973.929 BYR
Summary: A former Secret Service official explores what he sees as "the personal and political dysfunction of the Clinton White House, so consumed by scandal and destroying their enemies, real and imagined, ... that governing was an afterthought."

#2: Hamilton: The Revolution
Author: Lin-Manuel Miranda
Weeks On List: 13
Call Number: 796.642 MIR
Summary: This book offers a behind-the-scenes look of Hamilton the musical, detailing the many dramatic episodes in Alexander Hamilton's life.

#3: When Breath Becomes Air
Author: Paul Kalanithi
Weeks On List: 26
Call Number: 92 KALANITHI
Summary: At the age of 36, on the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer.  One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live.  He died in March 2015, while working on this book, that provides a look into his life.

#4: Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: The Patriots
Author: David Fisher
Weeks On List: 7
Call Number: 973.3 FIS
Summary: The American Revolution was not inevitable, nor was it a unanimous cause.  It pitted neighbors against one another, as loyalists and colonial rebels faced off for their lives and futures.  Through the remarkable lives of the first Americans, this book reveals the contentious arguments that turned friends into foes and the land into a war zone.

#5: Wake Up America
Author: Eric Bolling
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: Not Housed
Summary: The Fox News Channel personality describes nine key American virtues that he maintains are under attack by President Obama and Hillary Clinton.

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, July 14, 2016

Weekly Library Events (July 18-23)

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.

Monday Morning Movies
July 18 @ 10:00AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
Don’t miss out on our morning movie sessions at the Main Library this summer, as we’ll be showing hits from the past and present and aimed at the general adult audience.  Each movie session will be hosted in the auditorium at the library and for our next Morning Movie flick, we’ll be watching the 1940 action/adventure (with a dash of romance) titled “The Sea Hawk” and starring Errol Flynn, Brenda Marshall, and Claude Rains.  In this movie, Geoffrey Thorpe, a buccaneer, is hired by Queen Elizabeth I to nag the Spanish Armada.  The Armada is waiting for the attack on England and Thorpe surprises them with attacks on their galleons where he shows his skills on the sword.  This film runs in at 2 hr 7 min, and for additional information, contact Marie Skufca at 325-676-6025.

Family Fun: Shark Attack
July 18 @ 4:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
We’ve been all about dinosaurs, dinosaurs, dinosaurs at your library this summer, as it’s the theme for the Kids’ Reading Club this year.  We’re going to change things up at this program by letting it be about Sharks!!!  Join us this afternoon for an interactive storytime event featuring stories, games, coloring, crafts, and more that all relate to sharks…let’s just hope you don’t get attacked by one in the library.  This event is perfect for kids of all ages, as well as the entire family, so come out and enjoy this fun activity with children’s staff at your library.  For additional information, contact Shelbie Fowler at 325-676-6067.

Family Game Night
July 18 @ 6:30PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
If you’re looking for some family-oriented fun, check out your library this evening as we’ll be hosting a Family Game Night event designed for kids of all ages and parents.  Each event will center on offering different tabletop games for you to come out and enjoy in the activity room throughout the duration of the event.  Come for a little bit, or stay for the entire evening, just come out ready to have a good time.  For more information about this event, feel free to contact Anne Ellis at 325-437-7323.

Zoo Lady Visit
July 19 @ 3:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Gear up for the final visit from Joy Harsh, and her animal friends, from the Abilene Zoo as they head out to the Main Library for more educational fun.  Designed for kids of all ages, The Zoo Lady will bring out different animals to each of the libraries and teach youth all about them.  It’s the best way to see some great zoo animals inside your library.  Plus, at the end of the program, guests will be able to touch some of the animals as well.  We’ve been visited by owls, alligators, pythons, and more, so don’t miss out on your chance to see which animals will visit for this final session.  For additional information about this event, contact Kelsie Wade at 325-676-6067.

Teen Flix
July 19 @ 6:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Get ready for a great movie night at your library for local teens to enjoy.  We’re headed out into space, voyaging where no man has gone before, as we’re showing the 2013 hit “Star Trek Into Darkness” starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Zoe Saldana.  In a sequel to the 2009 blockbuster, this film will follow the crew of the Enterprise after they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization.  Now, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction.  This film is rated PG-13 and runs in at 2 hr 12 min.  Light snacks and drinks will be provided, or you may feel free to bring your own.  Just come out ready for some movie fun at your library, and bring a friend or two with you.  For more information about the event, contact Kelsie Wade at 325-676-6067.

Tween & Teen Coloring Club
July 20 @ 2:00PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
With the success of the Coloring Club for adults, we’re adding a special coloring club this summer for tweens and teens to enjoy at your library.  If you’re between the ages of 8-18, you’re invited out to your Mockingbird Branch Library on Wednesday afternoons to have some coloring fun of your own.  Relax and work on a number of pages from superheroes to new age designs to classic images and more.  We’ll supply all the materials you’ll need for each session, but please feel free to bring your own supplies if you’d like.  Don’t miss out on the fun, and for additional information, please feel free to contact us at 325-437-7323.

Teen Book Club: “Reign of Shadows”
July 20 @ 4:00PM
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
PH: 325-698-7565
If you’re a teen, and you love to read, you’ll certainly want to be a part of the Teen Book Club at your library.  This session is hosted at the South Branch Library where teens meet up to discuss popular titles in YA literature.  It’s a great way to show off what our library’s collection has to offer, especially as YA reads continue to rise in popularity with readers everywhere.  For this session, we’ll be discussing the book “Reign of Shadows” by Sophie Jordan.  Look for a copy to checkout from your library, read it, and then come ready to discuss it with other avid teen readers in the community.  For additional information about this program, contact Marianne Vadney at 325-698-7565.

Stories in the Park: Dinosaur Roar
July 21 @ 10:45AM
Red Bud Park
S. 32nd & S. Willis St.
PH: 325-698-7565
Kids and parents are invited to join the South Branch Library for our next Stories in the Park session hosted at Redbud Park across from the playground.  For this session, we’ll be having a Dinosaur Roar of a time to tie in with our dinosaur-themed Summer Reading Clubs for this year.  Everyone loves dinosaurs, so which type would you be?  Come and discover if at this outdoors storytime session at one of our city parks.  Each session will be hosted as long as the weather permits.  Feel free to call us at 325-698-7565 if you’re unsure.  For additional information about this program, feel free to email Alyssa Crow.

Family Fun: Dino Dig
July 21 @ 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Kids of all ages are invited to join us at the library for a DINO DIG!  That’s right, we’re digging for dinosaurs at your library as part of the theme for the Kids’ Reading Club this summer.  This enhanced storytime event will feature stories, songs, craft, and more, and we’ll also get hands on with exploring why we love dinosaurs so much (and even more so that they’re extinct).  We’ll supply all the materials you’ll need at this event, you just come out ready to have some fun in literature with children’s staff at your library.  For additional information about this Family Fun event, contact Heather Carter at 325-437-7323.

Collecting Commas Writing Club
July 21 @ 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
If you’re between the ages of 10-17, and you have a passion for writing, this is the club you should be a part of at your library!  Led by children’s librarian Kelsie Wade, youth and teens meet up every week to hone their creative writing skills in a stress-free environment through various writing activities and games.  There’s no need to register, simply come out and check out a session.  For more information about this club, contact Kelsie Wade at 325-676-6067.

Teen Scene After Hours: Nerf Dinosaur Hunt
July 22 @ 6:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Are you ready for more after hours fun at your library?  You’re in luck because we’ve got an interactive program for all local teens to take advantage of.  We’re going hunting for dinosaurs!  That’s right, we’ll give you a series of clues and you must solve them in order to hunt down that dinosaur…and do so without getting caught.  Part of the event will also involve getting out your Nerf gun to really stop them in their tracks (participants must supply their own nerf guns).  Parents can drop off their teens at 5:45PM and the fun will start at 6:00PM after the library has closed.  Rides should arrive for pickup no later than 7:30PM.  For additional information, contact Kelsie Wade at 325-676-6067.

Mockingbird Movies
July 23 @ 2:30PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Kids and parents are invited to join us for a great afternoon movie this Saturday, where we’re showing a great animated dinosaur flick that introduced us to Littlefoot, Cera, Petrie, Ducky and a host of other character.  It’s 1988’s “The Land Before Time” in which an orphaned brontosaurus teams up with other young dinosaurs in order to reunite with their families in a valley.  It’s a great flick that ties right in with our dino-theme for the Summer Reading Club, so feel free to come on out and enjoy the movie with us.  This film is rated G with a run time of 1 hr 9 min.  For additional information about this program, contact Anne Ellis at 325-437-7323.

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