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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

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.

Aquaman
Starring: Jason Mamoa
Summary: Arthur Curry, half human half from Atlantis, goes on a trip of a lifetime.  Not only does this adventure compel him to come to terms with his real identify, it also forces him to discover whether he is entirely worthy of fulfilling his own destiny: becoming a king.

Second Act
Starring: Jennifer Lopez
Summary: A big box store worker reinvents her life and her life-story and shows Madison Avenue what street smarts can do...while also falling for a new guy too.

Wild Card (Stone Barrington #49)
Author: Stuart Woods
Summary: Stone Barrington clashes with a determined adversary in the latest non-stop thriller from #1 New York Times-bestselling author Stuart Woods. Stone Barrington and his latest paramour are enjoying a peaceful country retreat when their idyll is broken by an unwelcome stranger. He was sent by an enemy, someone who'd be happy to silence Stone and all his collaborators for good.


The Path Made Clear
Author: Oprah Winfrey
Summary: In her latest book, The Path Made Clear , Oprah shares what she sees as a guide for activating your deepest vision of yourself, offering the framework for creating not just a life of success, but one of significance. The book's ten chapters are organized to help you recognize the important milestones along the road to self-discovery, laying out what you really need in order to achieve personal contentment, and what life's detours are there to teach us.  Oprah opens each chapter by sharing her own key lessons and the personal stories that helped set the course for her best life. She then brings together wisdom and insights from luminaries in a wide array of fields, inspiring readers to consider what they're meant to do in the world and how to pursue it with passion and focus. Renowned figures such as Eckhart Tolle, Brene Brown, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Elizabeth Gilbert, Jay-Z, and Ellen DeGeneres share the greatest lessons from their own journeys toward a life filled with purpose.

The Last Second (A Brit in the FBI #6)
Author: Catherine Coulter
Summary: From New York Times bestselling authors Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison comes a riveting thriller pitting special agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine against the head of a private space agency who has the power to end the world as we know it. It's Bastille Day in France, and the private French space agency Galactus--France's answer to Space X, owned by the eccentric treasure hunter Jean-Pierre Broussard--has just sent a satellite payload into orbit. Billed as a "communications" satellite, it harbors a frightening reality: a nuclear electromagnetic pulse has been hidden aboard.

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

Monday, March 25, 2019

Discover NoveList Plus in Special TECH Time Event

Stuck in a rut reading the same authors over and over again?  Want to find an exciting new author or book to dive into?  Your Abilene Public Library has lots of online resources to help you discover your next great read and NoveList Plus is one of them.

Join us Monday, April 8 for a hands-on computer class where we'll help you learn, step-by-step, how to find new resources for reading enjoyment.  NoveList Plus is a database located on the library's website, which we currently subscribe to in order to make free for library cardholders to use.

Available to all active cardholders, this digital resource lists thousands of books searchable by author, plot, title, and series.  It's a great tool to find new titles as it recommends similar reads.  For instance, if you enjoy Agatha Christie mysteries, it's likely to suggest you try the works of M.C. Beaton, Louise Penny, or Carolyn Hart.  All three of these authors feature single character sleuths whose adventures take place in and around a village.

Is James Patterson more your style?  Or perhaps Johanna Lindsey and Debbie Macomber are your cup of tea?  No matter who your favorite author is or what genre you enjoy, this database is right for you.

Register with us today by calling 325-437-7323.  Space is limited and basic computer skills are needed to participate fully in this free class.

Article Contributed by Anne Ellis, Mockingbird Branch Library

Sunday, March 24, 2019

"Come Sail Away With Your Library" | @ the Library Article

If you've ever dreamed of taking a cruise on the Caribbean, your Abilene Public Library has a wonderful opportunity for you!  Abilene based cruise planner Susan Cottrell is hosting a free Let's Travel night at the Mockingbird Branch Library on Tuesday, March 26 at 6:00PM.  Her program will take the worry out of travel by providing education and personal guidance as you learn more about Caribbean travel.

Cottrell will share particular locations and excursions with attendees, fill you in on what it's like to cruise, what to do if you need special equipment to travel, and obtaining or renewing passports.  She also has information about destination weddings and honeymoons for those who might be interested.  She will share tips on things like whether you should book hotel or airfare first, what travel insurance is and if you really need it.

Whether you are interested in a relaxing vacation, a high-adventure excursion, an all inclusive cruise or a romantic escape, Cottrell, as an experience cruise planner, can answer your questions.

Your library also has great travel books to help you pick a destination or dream about a vacation you've always wanted to try.  Fodor's Bahamas covers 700 islands, some busy and bustling, other isolated, but as the book says "The Bahamas offers an alluring mix of land and sea activities, from Nassau to Eleuthera.  Whether you'd like to dive in wrecks and reefs or sail the crystal clear waters, there are all sorts of attractions and accommodations to be had."

Maybe Jamaica is your dream destination - Jamaica by Oliver Hill from Moon Travel books will tell you all about planning the perfect trip, from the best beaches for surfing, swimming, or seclusion to adventurous excursions such as cliff jumping, hiking, and climbing mountains.  Food destinations and music kin Kingston are also a part of the information given.

Fodor's The Complete Guide to Caribbean Cruises: A Cruise Lover's Guide to Selecting the Right Trip, with All the Best Ports of Call by Linda Coffman has all the information about the different cruise lines and what they offer, as well as a great guide to the Caribbean and West Indies.

Some other great places to look for information are in our databases.  A to Z World Travel gives information on 202 world cities across popular topics including travel, culture, food, transportation, and security to make your trip less stressful.  Global Road Warrior concentrates on the countries, with information on customs, demographics, languages, food, transportation, travel essentials, and more.

Whether you are making concrete plans, or dreaming about the future, you won't want to miss this program tomorrow night at the Mockingbird Branch of your Abilene Public Library beginning at 6:00PM.  Let us help you make plans, and join us for this free program.

Article Contributed by Janis C Test, Information Services Manager

April's Cover-to-Cover Book Club Selection

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

For April, the featured selection is Every Note Played by Lisa Genova and we invite you to look out for a copy at your library, then attend the book club meeting on Thursday, April 18 at 7:00PM.

Every Note Played
Author: Lisa Genova
Summary: An accomplished concert pianist, Richard received standing ovations from audiences all over the world in awe of his rare combination of emotional resonance and flawless technique. Richard now has ALS, and his entire right arm is paralyzed. He knows his left arm will go next. When Richard becomes increasingly paralyzed and is no longer able to live on his own, his distant wife Karina becomes his reluctant caretaker. As Richard's muscles, voice, and breath fade, both he and Karina try to reconcile their past before it's too late.

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.  Plus, visit the Book Clubs Page on our website for a listing of the upcoming book club selections to be on the lookout for.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Weekly Library Events (Mar. 24-30)

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


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

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Starring: Shameik Moore
Summary:  Teen Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man of his reality, crossing his path with five counterparts from other dimensions whom must all band together to stop a threat for all realities.

Mary Poppins Returns
Starring: Emily Blunt
Summary: Decades after her original visit, the magical nanny returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael's children through a difficult time in their lives.

Run Away
Author: Harlan Coben
Summary: You've lost your daughter. She's addicted to drugs and to an abusive boyfriend. And she's made it clear that she doesn't want to be found. Then, by chance, you see her playing guitar in Central Park. But she's not the girl you remember. This woman is living on the edge, frightened, and clearly in trouble. You don't stop to think. You approach her, beg her to come home. She runs. And you do the only thing a parent can do: you follow her into a dark and dangerous world you never knew existed. Before you know it, both your family and your life are on the line. And in order to protect your daughter from the evils of that world, you must face them head on.

Celtic Empire (Dirk Pitt #25)
Author: Clive Cussler
Summary: The murders of a team of United Nations scientists in El Salvador...a deadly collision in the waterways off the city of Detroit...an attack by tomb raiders on an archaeological site along the banks of the Nile...is there a link between these violent events? The answer may lie in the tale of an Egyptian princess forced to flee the armies of her father three thousand years ago. During what was supposed to be a routine investigation in South America, NUMA Director Dirk Pitt finds himself embroiled in an international mystery, one that will lead him across the world and which will threaten everyone and everything he knows--most importantly, his own family. Pitt travels to Scotland in search of answers about the spread of an unknown disease and the shadowy bioremediation company that may be behind it. Meanwhile, his son and daughter face a threat of their own when the discoveries they have made in an Egyptian tomb put killers on their trail. These seemingly unrelated riddles come together in a stunning showdown on the rocky isles of Ireland, where only the Pitts can unravel the secrets of an ancient enigma that could change the very future of mankind.

Big Nate: Payback Time
Author: Lincoln Peirce
Summary: In this brand-new collection of Big Nate comics, Nate develops a mysterious allergy to Mrs. Godfrey, wages epic snowball fights with Teddy and Francis, and even takes a nervous newbie under his wing during detention. But after a disastrous run-in with Randy in the cafetorium, our hero faces a dreaded after-school showdown on the soccer field. Will Nate survive or get kicked around?

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

Sunday, March 17, 2019

"Get Legal Aid at Your Library" | @ the Library Article

If you find yourself in different situations where it would be important to know your rights, you Abilene Public Library can help!  Knowledge of what your rights are will empower you in a variety of situations, and we have books, online resources, and programs for this.  Starting in March, the Abilene Public Library, in conjunction with Legal Aid or NorthWest Texas, will be hosting a monthly series focusing on our rights and responsibilities as citizens. Each month will feature a different legal topic for information and discussion.  Local attorneys will be present to provide attendees with information on that month's topic.  The upcoming topics are Consumer Debt Collection, Landlord/Tenant, Basic Rights, Estate Planning, Child Support/Visitation, among others.

The first Legal Aid Information session will be Monday, March 25, at 6:30PM and will cover Consumer Debt Collection.  The program will be held at the Main Library, 202 Cedar St. in downtown Abilene.

With these monthly programs, we hope to help provide some guidance for people in these different situations.  The programs will help explain what your rights are and should not be considered as legal advice.

With these monthly programs, we hope to help provide some guidance for people in these different situations.  The programs will help explain what your rights are and should not be considered as legal advice.

Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas is a nonprofit organization that provides free civil legal services to low income residents in 114 Texas counties throughout North and West Texas.  The Abilene office is open Monday through Friday, 8AM to 5PM.  The legal aid office provides legal assistance in a variety of civil matters.

We also have a number of legal information books that you may check out, perhaps ahead of the programs, to make sure you have the correct questions to ask.  Nolo's Plain-English Law Dictionary by the editors of Nolo, Gerald N. Hill, and Kathleen Thompson Hill, can help sort out legal terms you might need to know without all the 'legalese.'

We also have circulating books on topics ranging from employment law, landlord/tenant relationships, divorce, wills and probate and child custody, as well as Texas state law legal books in our reference section.

Online, with your Abilene Public Library card, you can access Texas Legal Forms at any time of the day or night, with thousands of forms in all legal areas.  You can search for the subject you need, from bankruptcy to wills and estates, to find the form that works for your legal issue.

Call 325-676-6025 for more information about this program or any in the Legal Aide series, or about any of our legal resources. While we are not lawyers, we can direct you to solid information that may help.

Article Contributed by Amy Watterman, Information Services Librarian

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Weekly Library Events (Mar. 17-23)

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.

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