Monday, December 5, 2016

"Exploring Fashion at Your Abilene Public Library" | @ the Library Article

Fashion can be different things to different people.  For some, it is t4he creations walking the runways during invitation-only fashion shows.  For others it may simply be whatever people choose to wear.  In truth, the term "fashion" can be used many different ways and applied interchangeably with other terms such as costume.  No matter how you use the term, if you use it all, fashion has undeniably been intertwined with human history as long as humans have inhabited the earth.  If you have an interest in clothes or fashion, your Abilene Public Library has interesting titles on this fascinating topic.

A great place to start is the book 20,000 Years of Fashion by JFrancois Boucher.  Translated from the original French, many in the field of fashion and costume consider it a foremost resource on the topic of fashion.  Within its pages, you will find a thorough examination of how people chose to dress themselves with nearly ever epoch covered in detail, from the simplest shifts to elaborate royal gowns.

The Dictionary of Fashion History by Valerie Cumming, as the name suggests, is a dictionary of fashion related terms.  If you have ever needed to know the definition for garment related terms as 'Alice Band' or 'Trolley Lace,' this is the book for you.  It would also come in handy for those who read historical fiction and come across such words as 'reticule' and never knew what the author was talking about.

Perhaps everyone's favorite, and certainly most recognizable, authority on modern fashion is Tim Gunn, who has taught, consulted and mentored in the field.  His book Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible is a fastidiously researched book on Western fashion from hats to high heels.  With his trademark candidness and charm, Gunn explains how garments of old, like crinolines, evolved into the clothing people wear today.

Haute Coutoure or "High Fashion" refers to garments that are painstakingly crafted by a group of highly specialized individuals completely by hand.  These garments walk the runway in such places as New York and Paris, and some straddle the line between art and fashion.  Myra Walker's Balenciaga and His Legacy: Haute Couture from the Texas Fashion Collection celebrates the work of Cristobal Balenciaga who was deemed a master of fashion and highly revered by other designers.  It also features work from the exhibition organized by the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University in association with the Texas Fashion Collection at the University of North Texas.

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty by Andrew Bolton was published to coincide with an exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art organized by The Costume Institute.  It presents a well-rounded view into the mind of an innovator, from his days as a student through his elaborately conceived and extravagantly staged runway shows.

Whether your particular interest is fashion's colorful history or modern designers pushing the envelope of what is considered wearable, your Abilene Public Library has many titles to choose from.  Stop by today and find out what you didn't know about the clothes you wear each day.

Article Contributed by Deborah Tarsiewicz, Information Services Department at the Main Branch of the Abilene Public Library

Friday, December 2, 2016

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Dec. 4)

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: Cross the Line
Author: James Patterson
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: M PATTERSON
Summary: When a prominent Washington D.C. police official is murdered, Alex Cross steps in to investigate but his efforts are impeded by a series of deadly attacks by a vigilante killer who is targeting suspected criminals.

#2: The Whistler
Author: John Grisham
Weeks On List: 5
Call Number: F GRISHAM
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.

#3: Turbo Twenty-Three
Author: Janet Evanovich
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: M EVANOVICH
Summary: In the heart of Trenton, N.J., a killer is out to make sure someone gets his just desserts. Larry Virgil skipped out on his latest court date after he was arrested for hijacking an eighteen-wheeler full of premium bourbon. Fortunately for bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, Larry is just stupid enough to attempt almost the exact same crime again.

#4: Two by Two
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Weeks On List: 8
Call Number: F SPARKS
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.

#5: No Man's Land
Author: David Baldacci
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: F BALDACCI
Summary: John Puller, a special agent with the Army, searches for the truth about his mother, who disappeared 30 years ago.





Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: Killing the Rising Sun
Author: Bill O'Reilly
Weeks On List: 11
Call Number:  940.542 ORE
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.

#2: Settle for More
Author: Megyn Kelly
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: 92 KELLY
Summary: A top-rated cable news anchor presents a revelatory memoir that also imparts the values and lessons that have shaped her career, describing her tough-love family, her father's early death, the news events that led to her anchor position, and her ongoing feud with Donald Trump.

#3: The Magnolia Story
Author: Chip & Joanna Gaines
Weeks On List: 6
Call Number: 92 GAINES
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.

#4: Our Revolution
Author: Bernie Sanders
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: 92 SANDERS
Summary: When Bernie Sanders began his race for the presidency, it was considered by the political establishment and the media to be a "fringe" campaign, something not to be taken seriously. After all, he was just an independent senator from a small state with little name recognition. His campaign had no money, no political organization, and it was taking on the entire Democratic Party establishment.

#5: Thank You for Being Late
Author: Thomas L. Friedman
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: 303.483 FRI
Summary: Friedman discusses how the key to understanding the 21st century is understanding that the planet's three largest forces -- Moore's law (technology), the market (globalization) and Mother Nature (climate change and biodiversity loos) -- are accelerating all at once. And these accelerations are transforming the five key realms: the workplace, politics, geopolitics, ethics, and community. Friedman posits that we should purposely "be late" -- we should pause to appreciate the amazing historical epoch we're passing through and to reflect on its possibilities and dangers.

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 port in line.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Weekly Library Events (Dec. 4-10)

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 programs calendar.

Tween Time: Christmas Tree Cones
Dec. 5 at 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
If you're looking for another sweet holiday activity to get involved in, we invite you to head out to your library for this month's Tween Time event.  Designed for youth ages 8-15, we'll supply all the materials and instruction needed to show guests how to make their own tasty Christmas Trees out of edible sweets and goodies.  Who wouldn't want to make one for the holidays?  For more information about this evening event, contact Kelsie Wade at 325-676-6067.

Lego Club Jr.
Dec. 6 at 4:00PM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Youth are invited to join us for our monthly Lego Club, Jr. session at your South Branch Library.  Hosted in the children’s area, we’ll supply you with a great selection of Legos so you can use your creativity to build whatever you can imagine.  Sometimes we’ll work on specific projects, or you can free design.  Plus, work on projects solo, or team up with others to make something bigger.  We’ll offer books to give you ideas of what you can make or you can let your imagination soar.  It’s all about just coming out and having fun at your library.  For more information about the Lego Club at your South Branch Library, contact Alyssa Crow at 325-698-7565. 

Teen Lego Club
Dec. 6 at 4:00PM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Teens are invited to join us for our monthly Lego Club session at your South Branch Library.  Hosted in the Teen Room, we’ll bring out a selection of Legos so you can join up with your friends, while making new ones, and work on projects together.  Show off your creativity by seeing what you’re able to construct while working on themed projects or free designing.  We’ll offer you resources of projects you can make on your own or you can simply design something you find awesome.  It’s all about spending an afternoon at your library having fun with other teens.  For more information about the Lego Club at your South Branch Library, contact Alyssa Crow at 325-698-7565. 

Anime Club
Dec. 6 at 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Teens and young adults, ages 14-25, are invited out to our monthly meeting of the Anime Club at your library.  If you have a passion for all things related to anime and manga, this is the club for you.  Each month we meetup to watch hit anime shows, dish on anime, and engage in other activities to share our passions with others.  There's no need to register for this club, just feel free to come and check out a meeting.  For more information, contact Amanda Sasser at 325-676-6067.

West Texas Trees: Where We've Been, Where We Are, and Where We're Going
Dec. 6 at 6:30PM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
You’re invited to join us for our first program for adults hosted at the new South Branch Library facility located in the Mall of Abilene.  Join us as we invite in Bruce Kreitler, City Councilman and owner of Broken Willow Tree Service, as he presents a great program titled “West Texas Trees: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, and Where We’re Going.”  Mr. Kreitler will discuss how this area was historically a grassland until the land usage was changed, and how trees used to be planted and cared for, how we do it now, and what the future of trees here looks like.  Don’t pass up your chance to learn about our area from a local expert, and for additional information, contact Tremain Jackson at 325-698-7565. 

Morning Mingle Movies
Dec. 7 at 10:00AM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Don’t miss the first Wednesdays at your South Branch Library as we’ll be hosting our monthly Morning Mingle Movie.  Each session will feature a great flick from the past or present and aimed especially for adults.  For December, we’ll be celebrating the holidays with the adaptation of a bestselling novel by John Grisham with 2004’s “Christmas with the Kranks” starring Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis.  In this movie, with their daughter away, the Kranks decide to skip Christmas altogether until she decides to come home, causing an uproar when they have to celebrate the holiday at the last minute.  This film is rated PG for brief language and suggestive content and runs in at an hour and 39 minutes.  Light snacks will be provided, or you may feel free to bring your own.  For additional information, contact Cynthia Gault at 325-698-7565.

Super Storytime: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Dec. 8 at 10:45AM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Kids and parents are invited to attend our monthly Super Storytime at your Mockingbird Branch!  This month, we're sticking with the holiday theme and hosting a program that's all about one of the most famous reindeer of all...RUDOLPH!!!  Join us for some great stories about this character that guides Santa's sleigh, and kids will also get a chance to make a painting of Rudolph using your feet.  You read that right...painting with your feet.  All materials will be supplied so be sure to come on out and have some holiday fun with library staff.  For additional information, feel free to contact Darla Casella at 325-437-7323.

Collecting Commas Writing Club
Dec. 8 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.

Studio Portrait Workshop w/Danny Snook
Dec. 8 at 6:00PM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Join your South Branch Library for a unique event led by Danny Snook with The Creative Company, who will be leading a “Studio Portrait Workshop” Thursday, December 8 from 6:00PM to 9:00PM.  This workshop is free and limited to 25 individuals who will join Snook in learning a host of photography techniques.  Participants are responsible for bringing their own DSLR (digital camera with telephoto lens) to learn and practice techniques including posing (masculine vs. feminine, full length, ¾ length, half-length, head & shoulders), lighting (learning about the four characteristics of light: color, quantity, quality, and direction), and live shooting (putting your new skills to use).  If you want to learn what it takes to have a home studio, you’ll want to attend this workshop.  For additional information, and to check on availability, contact Tremain Jackson at 325-698-7565.

Family Flix
Dec. 10 at 10:30AM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Your South Branch Library presents Family Flix, a monthly program for all ages featuring a movie the entire family will like. Join us for the holidays in December as we show the time-honored animated classic, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”  Voiced by Boris Karloff, the Grinch lives on top of a hill overlooking Whoville with his dog, Max.  Each year at Christmas time, the Grinch’s hatred grows stronger toward those insufferably cheerful Whos down in Whoville.  One year, he gets the idea to stop Christmas altogether, ruining it for all the happy Whos.  Popcorn and drinks will be provided, or feel free to bring your own snacks or sack lunch to enjoy.  For additional information, contact Alyssa Crow at 325-698-7565.

Saturday Matinee
Dec. 10 at 2:00PM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Don’t miss the 2nd Saturdays at your South Branch as this is our major movie day with Family Flix in the morning and our Saturday Matinee in the afternoon.  All are welcome to drop in for our featured popular flick of the month as we’ll be showing great hits across all movie genres.  In December, we’re showing the third installment in the Star Trek reboot starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto in “Star Trek Beyond.  In this film, the USS Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a new ruthless enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.  This film is rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action.  Light snacks will be provided, or feel free to bring your own.  For more information, contact 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, November 29, 2016

"South Branch Library After 1 Week" | Abilene Reporter-News

Article by Brian Bethel, Abilene Reporter-News, November 28, 2016
Since opening Nov. 19, the new Abilene Public Library location in the Mall of Abilene has been "extremely popular," said Tremain Jackson, manager of the South Branch.

"From then until today Nov. 27, we've had 10,689 visits," he said.  "That statistic is comparable to our monthly stats at our Danville location during the Summer Reading Club time for one month."

The South Branch recently moved from its original location at 1401 South Danville, a 5,600 square foot facility, to a 22,000 square foot renovated space in the Mall of Abilene.

The new digs have brought in some challenges, he said, mostly staff learning changes in procedres better suited to the facility, Jackson said.

"It's fine-tuning a lot of our duties and whatnot, and getting used to our new clientele," he said, with customer service still the primary goal.

The growth in foot traffic is a genuine phenomenon, Jackson said.

"Not only are we pulling in our clientele from the Danville location, we're bringing in new people that may not have realized that there was a South Branch library on the south side of Abilene," he said.  "We were behind a gas station - and kind of hard to find."

Now, as people walk by and do their shopping, new faces appear all the time, Jackson said.

On the facility's opening day, 3,876 people visited on opening day, larger than the grand opening of the library system's Mockingbird Branch in 2009.

The first day of the holiday shopping season was a busy one for the South Branch, he said, with 989 people visiting the branch that day - something Jackson said was "amazing."

"There was tons of foot traffic, people taking a break from their shopping to check out the library, men coming in to read the paper and magazines while their wives were shopping in JCPenney, and things of that nature," he said.

The new interest has resulted in a literal stack of new registrations.

DVDs remain popular items, but the family-oriented nature of the previous South Branch remains in the popularity of children's materials, he said.

"But we're starting to see people start to check out things from our old collection, plus the Dyess materials," he said, referring to a collection of items integrated from Dyess Air Force Base's now closed library.

Patrons compliment the new location in several ways, from the interior to colors to additional rooms available for reading and projects, including a popular room for teens.

"Sometimes you show the adults that room and you just can't get them out," he said.  "You have to remind them that this is just a tour - it's the teen room."

The facility's meeting room has been "hugely popular," he said.

"Bookings for that room had already gone out before we even opened," Jackson said.

Jackson said that it's likely traffic will level some in January or February, after the holidays.

But he hopes that the facility remains vital far into the future, something likely driven by programs both old and new.

All programs from the previous location will be available at the new branch, with additions such as a Lego Club and teen Lego Club, a Minecraft Club, a "morning mingle" club for adults on the first and second Wednesday morning of each month.

An already in-demand photo workshop will join anticipated extra programs for adults and teens, including book clubs, he said.

"In our old location we did about 15 programs a month," he said.  "At the Mall location, we're doing 50.  And that's going to be about 50 programs a month (from then on)."

R.J. Barnett was enjoying the new facility with his children Monday.  The father of four sons, Barnett said that his kids make use of the library's main branch, but that they already enjoy going to an indoor play area in the Mall just outside the library's Mall Entrance.

"So (now) we can make it a two-for-one type thing," he said, noting that his three oldest sons will "definitely make use of the library."

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 releases today.

The BFG
Starring: Ruby Barnhill
Summary: Steven Spielberg directed this adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved novel, which centers on the unlikely friendship between a lonely orphan named Sophie and the titular "big friendly giant."  Together, the pair explore Giant Country and collect dreams; later, they try to warn the Queen of England about the threat posed by the other giants, who, unlike the vegetarian BFG, eat children for sustenance.

The Wild Life
Starring: Ben Stassen
Summary: Daniel Defoe's classic tale of survival gets a twist in this family-friendly animated adventure.  Restless parrot Mak and his animal pals are shocked when a ragged human known as Robinson Crusoe washes ashore on their tropical island.  Although they are initially apprehensive of this strange new arrival, they decide to team up with Crusoe to save their home from a pair of conniving cats.

Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis (Vampire Chronicles #12)
Author: Anne Rice
Summary: At the novel's center: the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt, hero, leader, inspirer, irresistible force, irrepressible spirit, battling a strange otherworldly form that has somehow taken possession of Lestat's undead body and soul.  This ancient and mysterious power and unearthly spirit of vampire lore has all the force, history, and insidious reach of the unknowable Universe.  It is through this spirit, previously considered benign for thousands of vampire years and throughout the Vampire Chronicles, that we come to be told the hypnotic tale of a great sea power of ancient times: a mysterious heaven on earth situated on a boundless continent - and how and why, and in what manner and with what far-reaching purpose, this force came to build and rule the great legendary empire of centuries ago that thrived in the Atlantic Ocean.

The Whole Town's Talking
Author: Fannie Flagg
Summary: Elmwood Springs, Missouri, is a small town like any other, but something strange is happening out at the cemetery.  "Still Meadows," as it's called, is anything but still.  Funny and profound, this novel in the tradition of Flagg's Can't Wait to Heaven and Thornton Wilder's Our Town deals with universal themes of heaven and earth and everything in between, as Flagg tells a surprising story of life, afterlife, and the mysterious goings-on of ordinary people.

When All the Girls Have Gone
Author: Jayne Ann Krentz
Summary: When Charlotte Sawyer is unable to contact her step-sister, Jocelyn, to tell her that one of her closest friends was found dead, she discovers that Jocelyn has vanished. She's gone off the grid before, but never like this.  In a desperate effort to find her, Charlotte joins forces with Max Cutler, a struggling PI who recently moved to Seattle after his previous career as a criminal profiler went down in flames - literally.  Burned out, divorced and almost broke, Max needs the job.  After surviving a near-fatal attack, Charlotte and Max turn to Jocelyn's closest friends, women in a Seattle-based online investment club, for answers.  But what they find is chilling.  When her uneasy alliance with Max turns into a full-blown affair, Charlotte has no choice but to trust him with her life.  For the shadows of Jocelyn's past are threatening to consume her - and anyone else who gets in their way...

The Battle of Hackham Heath
Author: John A. Flanagan
Summary: When the former Baron Morgarath escaped to avoid punishment for treason, an uneasy peace fell on Araluen.  But Morgarath, now in hiding, is already planning the next move, recruiting an army of savage, overpowering beasts known as Wargals.  Newly crowned King Duncan knows he must assemble his troops for battle.  To find out the full extent of his plan of attack, Halt prepares for a seemingly impossible task - climbing the deadly cliffs of the Mountains of Rain and Night and venturing deep into enemy territory to spy.  After all, the winner of this war could be determined by one wrong move.  At the Battle of Hackham Heath, the fate of a Kingdom will be decided.  This origin story of how Halt came to be Araluen's most famous ranger - and how war will decide the future of the next generation - will thrill Ranger's Apprentice fans and new readers alike.

Talking as Fast as I Can
Author: Lauren Graham
Summary: In this collection of personal essays, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood reveals stories about life, love, and working as a woman in Hollywood - along with behind-the-scenes dispatches from the set of the new Gilmore Girls, where she plays the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore once again.  In this book, Graham hits pause for a moment and look back on her life, sharing laugh-out-loud stories about growing up, starting out as an actress, and, years later, sitting in her trailer on the Parenthood set and asking herself, "Did you, um, make it?"  She opens up about the challenges of being single in Hollywood, the time she was asked to audition her butt for a role, and more.

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, November 28, 2016

"Food for Fines Back at the Library" | @ the Library Article

The holidays are a wonderful, but busy time of year!  So many activities abound that any way to save some time and money is truly appreciated.  Your Abilene Public Library is once again giving you a "two-fer" so you can clear your library late fees and make sure someone in need eats this holiday season.  Abilene Public Library's annual Food for Fines campaign celebrates our 18th year of providing food for bodies and minds.

Beginning December 1 and continuing throughout the entire month, Abilene libraries will forgive $1.00 in late fees for each nonperishable food item donated, except for canned goods.  You'll need two of those to count for $1.00 forgiveness.  Food collected by each Abilene Public Library location will be given to the Food Bank of West Central Texas.

Thanks to you, Food for Fines has been extraordinarily successful over the years.  Since 1999 Abilene library patrons have donated many thousands of pounds of canned and boxed food to people in need...more than three thousand pounds last year alone.

The Food Bank of West Central Texas distributed 4.7 million pounds of grocery products in 2014.  That food, in turn, was made into meals for people who live in poverty in our area and too often miss meals or experience hunger.  The food bank serves 175 non-profit agencies in Abilene and the surrounding 13 counties.

How can you participate?  Bring two cans, or one box or bag of (and this is VERY important) comparably priced, nonperishable food to the circulation desk at any Abilene Library.  Each comparably priced food item, or two cans, equals $1.00 in late fees.  Rice, beans, tuna, jars of peanut butter, boxes of macaroni and cheese; as long as its food or nonperishable, it works to pay late fees.  High protein items are always in need, as are healthy snacks for kids like crackers, juice boxes and pudding cups.  It's a win-win situation.  You benefit by having your late fees waived, while assisting local people in the fight against hunger.

Donated food items will only pay for late fees.  Charges for lost of damaged books have to be paid for in cold hard cash (checks & credit cards are also accepted)

While library staff appreciates all food donations, they can only accept commercially packaged items that are undamaged and that have not exceeded their expiration date.  No dented, dinged, or previously opened food items, no government commodity items, and sorry, no home-canned items.  All other nonperishable food items are welcome.

Now's the time to clean out the closet, reach under the sofa and behind the seat of the car for those long forgotten library books, audio books and DVDs.  Bring them, along with your donations, to any of our library locations.  You'll be making happier holidays for yourself and for someone who might otherwise go hungry.

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

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Pay Your Fees with Debit/Credit Cards

It's 2016 and I don't know about you, but I don't usually carry much cash on me at any given time.  With the convenience of debit and credit cards, it's easier to swipe than to fumble through your wallet or purse looking for the right bills or change to pay a vendor.  It's been a long time coming, but your Abilene Public Library now accepts payments using your debit and credit cards.

Visit any branch library and use your debit/credit cards to pay your late fees, print charges, and more with ease.  Your charges will need to be more than $1.00 to use this feature, but it offers yet another means to pay other than with cash or check.  Please note, staff is unable to provide you with a written receipt for these transactions, but we will verify your payment has been accepted before you leave.

Additionally, you still have the option to pay your library fees online through the same means.  By going to our online catalog and logging into your account, you can see your late fees and pay your charges online.  To use this feature, your charges must be at least $3.00 and all transactions will come with a small convenience fee of $0.75.  This feature is great for using to rid your account of late fees when the library is not open or you happen to be out of town.

Remember, if you have late fees, in excess of $3.00, you will not be able to checkout library materials (either digital or in our physical collection) until your charges are paid in full, or under the $3.00 threshold.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask library staff.

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Nov. 27)

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: Turbo Twenty-Three
Author: Janet Evanovich
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: M EVANOVICH
Summary: In the heart of Trenton, N.J., a killer is out to make sure someone gets his just desserts. Larry Virgil skipped out on his latest court date after he was arrested for hijacking an eighteen-wheeler full of premium bourbon. Fortunately for bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, Larry is just stupid enough to attempt almost the exact same crime again.

#2: No Man's Land
Author: David Baldacci
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F BALDACCI
Summary: John Puller, a special agent with the Army, searches for the truth about his mother, who disappeared 30 years ago.

#3: The Whistler
Author: John Grisham
Weeks On List: 4
Call Number: F GRISHAM
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.

#4: Night School
Author: Lee Child
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: M CHILD
Summary: "Discover the thriller series that The New York Times calls "utterly addictive." After eleven straight global #1 bestsellers, Lee Child sends readers back to school with the most explosive Jack Reacher novel yet.  It's 1996, and Reacher is still in the army.

#5: Odessa Sea
Author: Clive Cussler
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F CUSSLER
Summary: A desperate attempt in 1917 to preserve the wealth and power of the Romanov Empire. A Cold War bomber lost with a deadly cargo. Mysterious deaths on the Black Sea linked to modern day smugglers of nuclear materials.




Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: Settle for More
Author: Megyn Kelly
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: 92 Kelly
Summary: A top-rated cable news anchor presents a revelatory memoir that also imparts the values and lessons that have shaped her career, describing her tough-love family, her father's early death, the news events that led to her anchor position, and her ongoing feud with Donald Trump.

#2: Killing the Rising Sun
Author: Bill O'Reilly
Weeks On List: 10
Call Number: 940.542 ORE
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.

#3: Our Revolution
Author: Bernie Sanders
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: 92 SANDERS
Summary: "When Bernie Sanders began his race for the presidency, it was considered by the political establishment and the media to be a "fringe" campaign, something not to be taken seriously. After all, he was just an independent senator from a small state with little name recognition. His campaign had no money, no political organization, and it was taking on the entire Democratic Party establishment.

#4: Hillbilly Elegy
Author: J.D. Vance
Weeks On List: 17
Call Number: 92 VANCE
Summary: Vance, a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, provides an account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America's white working class.

#5: Scrappy Little Nobody
Author: Anna Kendrick
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: 92 KENDRICK
Summary: "A collection of whimsical autobiographical essays by the Academy Award-nominated actress and star of Up in the Air recounts memorable milestones from her New England upbringing to the blockbuster films that have made her one of Hollywood's most popular actresses."

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.