Thursday, January 19, 2017

Weekly Library Events (Jan. 22-28)

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.

Twisted Tales Book Club: "Princess of the Midnight Ball"
Mon., Jan. 23 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
If you're an avid teen reader, don't pass up on your chance to be a part of our Twisted Tales Book Club at your Main Library.  Join us as we celebrate re-tellings of popular stories we've all heard, and for January, we'll be discussing "Princess of the Midnight Ball" by Jessica Day George.  In this book, Galen is a young soldier returning from war; Rose is one of twelve princesses condemned to dance each night for the King Under Stone. Together Galen and Rose will search for a way to break the curse that forces the princesses to dance at the midnight balls. All they need is one invisibility cloak, a black wool chain knit with enchanted silver needles, and that most critical ingredient of all—true love—to conquer their foes in the dark halls below.  Check out this title, then come ready to discuss it at our next meeting.  For additional information, contact Kelsie Wade at 325-676-6067.

Tween Time: Heating Pads
Mon., Jan. 23 at 6:00PM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Tween Time returns to the South Branch Library, after a brief hiatus while we moved to our new home at the Mall of Abilene.  We’re kicking things off with a fun craft workshop that’s perfect for the winter season.  Youth, ages 8-15, are invited to join us and learn how to create your own heating pad to help keep you warm.  It’s easy to make and all it takes is a few simple materials.  You won’t want to miss out on this fun event and all materials will be supplied.  For additional information about this workshop, contact Alyssa Crow at 325-698-7565.

Minecraft Mania
Tues., Jan. 24 at 3:30PM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
We want you to be a part of the Minecraft Mania fun at your Abilene Public Library, with multiple sessions hosted across all three branches!  Designed for tweens and teens (ages 8-18), join your South Branch Library on the fourth Tuesday afternoons of each month as we dive into the digital world of Minecraft.  We’ll provide access to laptops for gamers to play in story mode, while also offering some additional Minecraft-themed activities and crafts to get involved in.  So come on out, bring a friend, and make some new ones at this digital series of events at your library.  For additional information, contact Marianne Vadney at 325-698-7565.

Make & Take: Choose Your Craft
Tues., Jan. 24 at 4:00PM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Don’t miss out on the final Make & Take crafting session of the month at your library, which is a great afternoon activity session for kids of all ages.  The final session is always a choose your craft event, where we’ll supply youth with a variety of different projects to make at your library.  Why make one craft when you can make two, and the crafts are always changing.  We’ll supply all the materials needed, all you need to do is bring your creativity and decide what you want to make!  For more information about this program, contact Insperation Sanchez at 325-698-7565.

OverDrive for eBooks
Wed., Jan. 25 at 9:00AM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Did you know your Abilene Public Library has a wide selection of ebooks available for free?  If you have a Kindle, tablet or iPad all you need to do is have an active public library card and download our free app.  Join us every Friday morning in October for a one-on-one learning session.  Call 437-7323 to sign up for your slot, or for more information.

Super Storytime: Snowball Fun
Wed., Jan. 25 at 10:45AM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Kids and parents won’t want to miss out on the next Super Storytime event at your South Branch Library.  It’s January and we’re celebrating all the fun you can still have during winter.  Regardless of whether there’s actual snow or not, we’ll be having some Snowball Fun (and possibly a snowball fight) inside the library.  Join us as we share great stories, make crafts, sing songs, and more.  All materials for craft projects will be supplied, and for additional information, contact Jessica Reyes at 325-698-7565.

Teen Time: Fantastic Beasts and How to Make Them
Wed., Jan. 25 at 4:00PM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
You’ve read the book, you’ve probably seen the movie, and now it’s time to delve back into the world of J.K. Rowling as we celebrate “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”  Do you know your bowtruckle from your niffler?  Well this month’s Teen Time craft session will celebrate this magical world by showing teens how to make your own fun crafts inspired by the book and film adaptation.  Come out for a great afternoon of fun with friends and staff and join in on the fun.  We’ll supply all the materials you’ll need, and for additional information, contact Marianne Vadney at 325-698-7565.

Collecting Commas Writing Club
Thurs., Jan. 26 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
If you have a child between the ages of 10-17, and they love to express themselves through writing, don't miss out on the chance to be a part of the weekly Collecting Commas Writing Club at your Main Library.  Meeting every Thursday afternoon at 4:00PM, this group meets to hone their creative writing skills in all form of writing including novels, short stories, poetry, and more.  Plus, we make writing fun by engaging in a host of fun activities to help inspire ideas and participation among participants.  There's no need to register to be a part of this club, simply come check out a meeting and see if it's meant for you.  For more information about this weekly program, contact Kelsie Wade at 325-676-6067.

Foundations of Investing
Thurs., Jan. 26 at 6:00PM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 
Understanding your finances, as well as the financial world, is important at any age.  Your South Branch Library is happy to be partnering with Edward Jones Investments to offer a series of free financial workshops for the community to take advantage of.  Our first one will be offered on Thursday, January 26 at 6:00PM in the meeting room, and it will be a free presentation covering the “Foundations of Investing.”  Join Marla Hanks, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones, as she provides you with the basics on getting started with learning how to invest wisely in the expectation of some benefits in the future.  Come with your questions, and something to take notes with, and join in on this financial program at your library.  Plus, look out for additional workshops in the future.  For additional information, contact Tremain Jackson at 325-698-7565.

MCEC's Morning Storytime
Fri., Jan. 27 at 10:45AM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
FREE: Kids and parents are encouraged to join us for a great monthly storytime event, in a partnership with the Military Child Education Coalition.  Each month the featured book and theme will change, and for January, they'll be sharing the book "How Do Dinosaurs Clean Their Rooms?" by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague.  Join us for great stories and fun at your library, and for additional information, contact Alyssa Crow at 325-698-7565.  


Simply Human Lifestyle: A New Year, A New You
Sat., Jan. 28 at 10:00AM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
It’s the time of year we know we need to make some changes to what we eat and how much we exercise, but we also know it’s hard, really hard. Fitness and total body change starts with a mindset change. Mark Rogers, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association will host a free seminar on how to kick start your new year and get to a healthier new you.  For additional information, contact Anne Ellis at 325-437-7323.

Mockingbird Movies
Sat., Jan. 28 at 2:30PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Don't miss the final movie showing of the month at your library.  Kids of all ages, and parents too, are invited out to a showing of 2002's "Winnie the Pooh: A Very Pooh Year."  In this film, you'll be able to ring in the season with Winnie The Pooh in a holiday adventure with all of his friends.  This film is rated G, and it's a great way to spend an afternoon with the family at your library.  Don't miss out, and for additional information, contact us 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.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Get Tech Help in New Weekly Series

We live in a world where access to technology is commonplace.  As more people acquire smartphones, tablets, laptops, and similar devices, there is always a learning curve when it comes to being comfortable using them.  If you find yourself needing a little tech help, your South Branch Library will be introducing a weekly program designed to help you get your feet wet in the digital world.
 
Starting in February, we will be hosting a training series titled Tech Monday Instruction every Monday from 2:00PM to 4:00PM in the Meeting Room.  Join librarians Tremain Jackson & Alyssa Crow who will be on hand to provide one-on-one training to all visitors needing technology assistance in areas such as...
  • Digital Library Services
  • PC Instruction
  • Smartphone Help
  • Word Processing Assistance
  • Internet Basics
  • And much more
It can be a challenge learning to use certain platforms, or there are times where you might need help troubleshooting a tech problem.  That's where your library can help.  We will be on hand to answer your questions and shed some light on areas you may need some help in.

There's no need to register to participate in Tech Monday Instruction sessions.  Everyone will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis.  If you're unable to make it on a Monday afternoon, you may still take advantage of our Book-A-Librarian program where we can schedule a time for you to come in for 1-on-1 assistance that's more convenient for you.

But don't pass up on this new tech help program at your South Branch Library, again being hosted every Monday afternoon from 2;00PM to 4:00PM in the meeting room starting on February 6.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 325-698-7565 or email us.

Tuesday, January 17, 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.

The Girl on the Train
Starring: Emily Blunt
Summary: A recent divorcee fantasizes about a couple whose house she passes each day on her commuter train ride.  Soon, she becomes entangled in a mystery involving not only the couple, but her former husband and his new family.

Keeping Up with the Joneses
Starring: Zach Galifianakis
Summary: An ordinary suburban couple discover that their hospitable new neighbors are actually government spies.  Soon, all four of them are caught up in an international espionage imbroglio.

Ouija: Origin of Evil
Starring: Mike Flanagan
Summary: In 1967 Los Angeles, a widow making ends meet as a psychic is stunned when she obtains a Ouija board that actually enables her to talk to the dead.  While it's great for her business, the board also allows a vengeful ghost to possess her nine-year-old daughter.

Never Never
Author: James Patterson
Summary: Never...assume you know someone.  Harry Blue is the top Sex Crimes investigator in her department.  She's a seasoned pro who's seen it all.  But even she didn't see this coming: her own brother arrested for the grisly murders of three beautiful young women.  Never...accept a reassignment to the middle of nowhere "for your own good."  Harry's been sent to a makeshift town in a desolate landscape - a world full of easy money, plenty of illegal ways to spend it, and a ragtag collection of transient characters who thrive on the fringes of society.  A place where little grows, but evil flourishes.  Never...trust anyone.  Looking into a seemingly simple missing persons case, Harry's been assigned to a new partner.  But is he actually meant to be a watchdog?  Never...go anywhere without leaving a trace.  Far from the world she knows and desperate to clear her brother's name, Harry has to mine the dark secrets of her strange new home for answers to a deepening mystery - before she vanishes in a place where no one would ever think to look for her.

Carve the Mark
Author: Veronica Roth
Summary: On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future.  While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not - their gifts make them vulnerable to others' control.  Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of the power in this world?  Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people.  Cyra's currentgift gives her pain and power - something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies.  But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother's hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.  Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe, and his loyalty to his family is limitless.  Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive - no matter what the cost.  When Akos is thrust into Cyra's world, the enmity between their counties and families seems insurmountable.  They must decide to help each other to survive - or to destroy one another.

Feversong (Fever Series #9)
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Summary: As Mac, Barrons, Ryodan, and Jada struggle to restore control, enemies become allies, right and wrong cease to exist, and the lines between life and death, lust and love, disappear completely.  Black holes loom menacingly over Dublin, threatening to destroy the earth, yet the greatest danger is the one MacKayla Lane has unleashed from within.  The Sinsar Dubh - a sentient book of unthinkable evil - has possessed her body and will stop at nothing in its insatiable quest for power.  The fate of Man and Fae rests on destroying the book and recovering the long-lost Song of Making, the sole magic that can repair the fragile fabric of the earth.  But to achieve these aims, sidhe-seers, the Nine, Seelie, and Unseelie must form unlikely alliances and make heart-wrenching choices.  For Barrons and Jada, this means finding the Seelie queen, who alone can wield the mysterious song, negotiating with a lethal Unseelie prince hell-bent on ruling the Fae courts, and figuring out how to destroy the Sinsar Dubh while keeping Mac alive.  This time, there's no gain without sacrifice, no pursuit without risk, no victory without irrevocable loss.  In the battle for Mac's soul, every decision exacts a tremendous price.

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, January 16, 2017

"Celebrating Black History and Martin Luther King Jr." | @ the Library Article

Many of us may only think of Black History Month, and this day today honoring the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., because banks are closed, or we have a holiday.  However, your Abilene Public Library would like to remind you that we have a wide variety of historical resources and just plain interesting materials in various formats that can help you learn more about the ever unfolding legacy of Black Americans who have made huge contributions to our culture and lives.

A great book that speaks to this point is Black History: More Than Just a Month by Mike Henry.  Henry believes that U.S. students are less proficient in American history than they used to be, and that they need to learn that history is fun.  He wants to ensure that important, interesting people and events of the past aren't bypassed.  This title talks about many black Americans who are not as well-known as Dr. King, and I found it to be an extremely interesting read.

A great place to find out more about African-American heritage online is our database African American Experience where one can find links to today's news, historical information by time period, and commentary by advisory board members.  Easily searchable and available 24/7, it has so much to offer.  Also available online is the Gale Virtual Reference Library, which hooks you up with biographies of famous black Americans, articles about black history from reputable reference books, and articles covering the gamut of information about contributions to arts and science, sports and human rights.  All of these resources are available with a simple catalog search, or you can search this database by going to the e-Resources link on our homepage.

Sometimes random browsing can find some of the most interesting things.  Clarence B. Jones and Joel Engel's What Would Martin Say? draws on Jones' personal memories as Dr. King's lawyer and advisor to give his take on what Dr. King would have to say today about various issues that plague contemporary America.

Our Kind of People by Lawrence Otis Graham was a super read; with the subtitle "Inside America's Black Upper Class," one gets a look at a world many have no entree into, or might not even have known existed.  Graham, a member of this group he calls "exclusive, mostly hidden...that lives awkwardly between white America and mainstream black America" profiles the people and the lifestyle preoccupied with good hair, light complexions and top credentials in education and the business world.  I found it a fascinating read.

Last, but not lease, while many may not think this is a serious part of black culture, your library has many cookbooks featuring historical and contemporary food from the black tradition.  One such is Delilah's Everyday Soul: Southern Cooking with Style by Delilah Winder.  The recipes reach back to her family roots, and forward to the 'foodie' culture with something for everyone.

While our Main and Mockingbird locations are closed today in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, our South Branch is open, and will be showing the movie Selma beginning at 5:00PM.  We urge you to embrace the opportunity to learn more about black culture, history, food, or whatever aspect you might like to explore during February, or any other time of year at your Abilene Public Library.

Article Contributed by Janis C. Test, Information Services Manager at the Main Branch of the Abilene Public Library

Saturday, January 14, 2017

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Jan. 15)

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 Mistress
Author: Danielle Steel
Weeks On List: 1
Summary: Set in the South of France, London, and Paris, a gorgeous, innocent mistress of a Russian oligarch gradually finds independence via her own efforts and through her friendship with the artist son of a world-renowned painter and his devoted muse/now restaurateur mother, reminiscent of Picasso and La Colombe D'or in St-Paul-de-Vence.

#2: Two by Two
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Weeks On List: 14
Summary: At 32, Russell Green has it all: a stunning wife, a lovable six year-old daughter, a successful career as an advertising executive and an expansive home. He is living the dream, and his marriage to the bewitching Vivian is the center of that. But underneath the shiny surface of this perfect existence, fault lines are beginning to appear, and no one is more surprised than Russ when he finds every aspect of the life he took for granted turned upside down.

#3: Below the Belt
Author: Stuart Woods
Weeks On List: 1
Summary: Newly ensconced in his Santa Fe abode with a lovely female companion, Stone Barrington receives a call from an old friend requesting a delicate favor. A situation has arisen that could escalate into an explosive quagmire, and only someone with Stone's stealth and subtlety can contain the damage. At the center of these events is an impressive gentleman whose star is on the rise, and who'd like to get Stone in his corner. He's charming and ambitious and has friends in high places; the kind of man who seems to be a sure bet. But in the fickle circles of power, fortunes rise and fall on the turn of a dime, and it may turn out that Stone holds the key not just to one man's fate, but to the fate of the nation.

#4: The Whistler
Author: John Grisham
Weeks On List: 13
Summary: Lacy Stoltz, an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct, takes on a case involving a corrupt judge, a Native American casino, and the mafia when a previously disbarred lawyer approaches her on behalf of a client who claims to know the truth.

#5: The Underground Railroad
Author: Colson Whitehead
Weeks On List: 22
Summary: Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted. Their first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But the city's placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels.

Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: Hillbilly Elegy
Author: J.D. Vance
Weeks On List: 24
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.

#2: The Princess Diarist
Author: Carrie Fisher
Weeks On List: 2
Summary: The Hollywood icon best known for her role in "Star Wars" shares interconnected essays exploring her life as the child of Hollywood royalty, adventures on the sets of "Star Wars," and struggles with bipolar disorder.

#3: Killing the Rising Sun
Author: Bill O'Reilly
Weeks On List: 17
Summary: Portrays the events of World War II in 1944, when escalating Pacific battles between the forces of General MacArthur and the Japanese army lead to the development of humanity's deadliest weapon and President Truman's impossible choice.

#4: The Magnolia Story
Author: Chip & Joanna Gaines
Weeks On List: 12
Summary: Sometimes the messiest stuff and the biggest mistakes can take you someplace wonderful. With the help of their hit TV show, Fixer Upper, the husband and wife team of Chip and Joanna Gaines have transformed the seemingly everyday work of renovating homes and flipping houses in Waco, Texas, into something much more. With their fun personalities, good humor, strong love of family, and unique design style, they've managed to capture the hearts of Americans from all walks of life. This first book also includes stories and photos from the childhood memories that shaped them and the twists and turns that led them to the life they currently share: on the farm with their four kids and countless farm animals, and in their ever-expanding roles as entrepreneurs, designers, and good neighbors.

#5: The Undoing Project
Author: Michael Lewis
Weeks On List: 5
Summary: Examines the history of behavioral economics, discussing the theory of Israeli psychologists who wrote the original studies undoing assumptions about the decision-making process and the influence it has had on evidence-based regulation.

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.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Discover the "New You" in Health & Fitness Workshop

January is the time of year we often strive to make changes to what we eat and how much we exercise, but as anyone who has tried to turn ia new leave will tell you, it's hard...really hard.  Long-term fitness and total body change starts with a mindset change before anything else.  So if you're looking to make some positive changes in 2017, join us for a free seminar titled Simply Human Lifestyle: A New Year, a New You, hosted by Mark Rogers on Saturday, January 28 at 10:00AM at the Mockingbird Branch Library.

Saturday, January 28 @ 10:00AM | Mockingbird Branch

Mark Rogers is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.  He's also owner and head trainer of Simply Human, LLC, a health and wellness consulting/coaching company in Abilene and the host of a well-respected, weekly fitness podcast on iTunes.

On Saturday, January 28, Rogers will host a free seminar on how to kick start your new year and get to a healthier new you.  According to Rogers, humans were designed to eat natural foods - meat, fish, eggs, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and healthy fats - not the junk we typically consume in a fast food meal.  "When you eat foods humans were designed to eat you can achieve optimal health and avoid the degenerative diseases that are plaguing our society today," says Rogers.  In addition to nutrition, Rogers will talk about the importance of adequate sleep, managing stress, and getting the right kind of exercise.

Your Abilene Public Library also has a wide selection of books on health and wellness.  Everything from diet and recipe books to yoga and strength training techniques.  For information on how to find these items at a branch near you, give us a call at 325-437-7323 and staff would be happy to assist you.

Post Contributed by Anne Ellis, Branch Manager of the Mockingbird Branch of the Abilene Public Library

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Weekly Library Events (Jan. 15-21)

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.

Holiday Closings: MLK Day
Mon., Jan. 16; All Day
Main Library & Mockingbird Branch
PH: 325-677-2474
The Main Library and Mockingbird Branch Library locations will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Day.  The South Branch Library will be open for business at regular hours.  Outside materials returns are available at both the Main Library and Mockingbird Branch if needing to return materials, or you may contact us at the South Branch Library.

MLK Holiday Flix
Mon., Jan. 15 at 5:00PM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Continue to make your South Branch Library part of your holiday traditions by joining us for special activities and movie showings to honor the holidays.  Monday, January 16th is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and we’ll be celebrating this great civil rights leader by showing 2014’s “Selma” starring David Oyelowo in the titular role.  This film chronicles King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.  Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, this film has a run time of 2 hours and 8 minutes and is rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic material including violence, a suggestive moment, and brief strong language.  Light snacks will be provided.  Don’t pass up on this great historical drama that’s perfect for celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Teen Flix
Tues., Jan. 17 at 6:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Teens are invited to join us for a free movie night at your library.  It's a great time to hang out with friends, make new ones, and enjoy a great flick with teen-appeal.  For January, our featured flick will be "Suicide Squad" with an ensemble cast of actors taking on the roles of some of DC's biggest villains.  In this film, it feels good to be bad...Assemble a team of the world's most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government's disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren't picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it's every man for himself?  This movie is rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action throughout, disturbing behavior, suggestive content and language and has a run time of 2 hours and 3 minutes.  For more information, contact us at 325-676-6067.

OverDrive for eBooks
Wed., Jan. 18 at 9:00AM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Did you know your Abilene Public Library has a wide selection of ebooks available for free?  If you have a Kindle, tablet or iPad all you need to do is have an active public library card and download our free app.  Join us every Friday morning in October for a one-on-one learning session.  Call 437-7323 to sign up for your slot, or for more information.

Minecraft Mania
Wed., Jan. 18 at 3:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
We want you to be a part of the Minecraft Mania fun at your Abilene Public Library, with multiple sessions hosted at multiple locations!  Designed for tweens and teens (ages 10-19), join us as we dive into the digital world of Minecraft.  We'll provide access to laptops for gamers to play in story mode, while also offering some additional Minecraft-themed activities and crafts to get involved in.  So come on out, bring a friend, and make some new ones at this digital series of events at your library.  For additional information, contact Amanda Sasser at 325-676-6067.

Teen Book Club: "Tell the Wind and Fire"
Wed., Jan. 18 at 4:00PM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
If you’re a teen who loves to read, you’ll certainly want to be a part of our Teen Book Club discussion group at your South Branch Library.  Each month we meetup to discuss popular YA literature across all genres, and in January, we’ll be discussing the book “Tell the Wind and Fire” by Sarah Rees Brennan.  This dystopian novel is full of romance, revolution, love, and loss.  In a city divided between the elite light and the destitute dark, one girl manages to manipulate her way to the light.  Will she be able to keep her secret, her new life, and her boyfriend who has a dark secret of his own?  Check out a copy of this book from your library and come out ready to discuss it with other teen readers at our next meeting.  For more information, contact Marianne Vadney at 325-698-7565.

Family Fun: Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Thurs., Jan. 19 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
If you're looking for a great family activity after school, check out the Family Fun event at your Mockingbird Branch Library.  Kids of all ages, and parents too, are invited out to an afternoon of storytime fun centering on a tale we're all familiar with...Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  Join us for stories, songs, crafts, and more that will certainly get you to having a lot of fun at your library.  For additional information, contact us at 325-437-7323.

Collecting Commas Writing Club
Thurs., Jan. 19 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
If you have a child between the ages of 10-17, and they love to express themselves through writing, don't miss out on the chance to be a part of the weekly Collecting Commas Writing Club at your Main Library.  Meeting every Thursday afternoon at 4:00PM, this group meets to hone their creative writing skills in all form of writing including novels, short stories, poetry, and more.  Plus, we make writing fun by engaging in a host of fun activities to help inspire ideas and participation among participants.  There's no need to register to be a part of this club, simply come check out a meeting and see if it's meant for you.  For more information about this weekly program, contact Kelsie Wade at 325-676-6067.

Cover-to-Cover Book Club
Thurs., Jan. 19 at 7:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
If you're looking for a great book club discussion group, don't pass up on our monthly Cover-to-Cover Book Club meeting at your Main Library.  Meeting on the third Thursday evenings of each month, members read everything from fiction to classics, bestsellers to biographies.  We took a break in December, but in January, we're inviting you to come out and bring with you a favorite book you've read over the holidays to share with others.  Plus, we'll take some time to make our reading selections for the upcoming months.  Don't miss out on the fun, and for additional information, contact Ann Mount at 325-676-6025.

Teen Flix After Hours
Fri., Jan. 20 at 5:45PM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Teens are invited out to our Teen Flix After Hours Movie Night where we host a great lineup of popular movies after the library has closed to the public.  In January, we’ll be showing thriller, starring Blake Lively, in 2016’s “The Shallows.”  In this film, Nancy is surfing on a secluded beach where she finds herself on the feeding ground of a great white shark.  Though she is stranded only 200 yards from shore, survival proves to be the ultimate test of wills.  This film is rated PG-13 for bloody images, intense sequences of peril, and brief strong language.  We’ll start the movie at 6:00PM and it runs in at 1 hour and 26 minutes.  Rides should arrive for pickup by 7:20PM.  Snacks will be provided so don’t miss out on the teen movie night fun.  For more information, contact Tremain Jackson at 325-698-7565.

Family Flix
Sat., Jan. 21 at 3:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
The entire family is invited out to a great afternoon movie at your library, where we'll be sharing a Disney favorite with 2012's "Frozen" with the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, and Jonathan Groff.  In this film, when the newly crowned Queen Elsa accidentally uses her power to turn things into ice to curse her home in infinite winter, her sister, Anna, teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather condition. This movie is rated PG for some action and mild rude humor, and it has a run time of 1 hour and 42 minutes.  For more information about this event, contact Kelsie Wade at 325-676-6067.

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


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Book a Meeting Room @ Your Library

South Branch Library Meeting Room Space
Did you know all library locations offers space for community groups and businesses to rent?  It's true.  If you've been looking for a great place to host a regular meeting or activity, your local library is a great resource to tap.  Rooms are available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis (as long as they fit into the library's schedule), and they have been a popular service to take advantage of.  Meeting rooms are available FREE to all non-profit groups and organizations, but there is a fee for profit and businesses.
  • Main Library ($10.00 per hour): Groups may book the auditorium (offering the largest available library space to rent) or the conference room on the 2nd floor.
  • South Branch Library ($50.00 for two hours): Groups may book the meeting room (maximum capacity of 72 people).  If needing to use advanced technology, there will be an additional $25.00 charge.
  • Mockingbird Branch Library ($10.00 per hour): Groups may book the activity room (maximum capacity of 78 people).
We regret to inform you that although we want to offer everyone a chance to use the rooms, they are not always available.  To check on a date, contact the supervisor at the location you're interested in booking and we'll check to see if we can offer a time that meets your date.  We can then work on booking the room and having you visit the location to complete a Meeting Room Reservation Form to finalize the booking.

Please Note: Meeting rooms are not available for private parties such as birthday parties, showers, or family reunions.

For more information on what it takes to book a meeting room, visit our Meeting Room Policy section online, or feel free to contact us.