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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Weekly Library Events (June 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.

Weekend Walk-In Flix: "Pacific Rim: Uprising"
Sun, June 24 at 3:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Join your South Branch Library for a great Weekend Walk-In Flix session where we’ll be showing a recently released sci-fi action flick with 2018’s “Pacific Rim: Uprising” starring John Boyega and Scott Eastwood.  If you loved the first film, you’ll certainly want to check this one out. In this movie, Jake Pentecost, song of Stacker Pentecost, reunites with Mako Mori to lead a new generation of Jaeger pilots, including rival Lambert and 15-year-old hacker Amara, against a new Kaiju threat.  This film is rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and some language, and has a run time of 1 hour and 51 minutes. Light snacks will be provided, or feel free to bring your own, and for additional information, call us at 325-698-7565.

TECH Time
Mon, June 25 at 10:00AM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
As more people acquire smartphones, tablets, and laptops, you may find yourself needing a little help.  If that’s you, join us for TECH (Technology Enrichment & Collaborative Help) Time at your library.  Sessions will be hosted three times a week on Mondays from 10AM to Noon at the Mockingbird Branch, and then Mondays at the South Branch Library and Thursdays at the Main Library from 2PM to 4PM.  Sessions will be provided by the library’s tech gurus as we help you to navigate your way through learning to use your devices and answering your tech-related questions. We may not have all the answers, but we’ll certainly be on hand to help.  Guests will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to 20-minutes if others are waiting. For more information, contact staff at 325-698-7565 (South Branch), 325-676-6025 (Main Library), or 325-437-7323 (Mockingbird Branch).  

Disney Flix & More: "Cars 2"
Mon, June 25 at 11:30AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
Kids and parents are invited to join us at the Main Library for the next Disney Flix & More session where we will show a hit Disney flick and then make a craft to go along with it.  This time we will be watching 2011’s “Cars 2” with the voices of Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, and Michael Caine. In this film, star race car Lightning McQueen and his pal Mater head overseas to compete in the World Grand Prix race.  But the road to the championship becomes rocky as Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage. This film is rated G and has a run time of 1 hour and 46 minutes. Light snacks will be provided, or feel free to bring your own sack lunch. For more information, contact library staff at 325-676-6025.

Mo STEAM: Earth Science with Pigeon & Friends
Mon, June 25 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
You won’t want to miss out on the next Mo’ STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) program for the summer at your Mockingbird Branch Library as we explore the wonderful and wacky worlds created by Mo Willems.  Our second program will center on earth science and we will have cool demonstrations and activities that will show you how to make your own weather jars, self-sustaining plants, and much more. This free program is designed at youth ages 7 and older and all the materials you’ll need for this activity will be provided to you.  For additional information, contact staff at 325-437-7323.

Zoo Lady Visit
Mon, June 25 at 4:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Kids of all ages won’t want to miss out on the return of Joy Harsh, the education curator at the Abilene Zoo, and her animal ambassadors to the Abilene Public Library.  She visits each and every summer to teach youth about the wonderful animals that live at the zoo. What will she bring to share this time? Snakes, lizards, birds? We don’t know, but you’ll find out by attending this educational event at your library.  Plus, at the end of the program, you’ll even get to meet and touch some of the animal guests up close and personal. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this exciting series at your library, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-698-7565.

3D Design Class
Mon, June 25 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
We invite you to expand your makerspace knowledge with this third course to help you build knowledge and skills for using the 3D PolyPrinter at your Main Library’s Creation Station.  Although you’re more than free to search the Internet for free STL files for use, Tinker CAD is a program to help you learn how to create your own projects. This class will cover that program, how to use the slicing program, and how to upload and print your creations.  For more information about this class, contact staff at 325-437-7323.

Young Audiences with Foundation for Laughter
Tues, June 26 at 10:45AM & 3PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
Get ready for the next Young Audiences performance at your Main Library, made possible thanks to the Abilene Public Library, Young Audiences of Abilene, The Greathouse Foundation, HeARTS for the ARTS, the Rotary Club of Abilene, and the Friends of the Abilene Public Library.  At this session, we’re welcoming in the Foundation for Laughter group, based out of Dallas, TX, where the clowns will be coming to Abilene. Their mission is to inspire laughter through education, outreach, and performance, and youth will be treated to a delightful program full of great laughs, magic, puppetry, and more, while stressing the importance of reading.  The Young Audiences performances are our most well-attended summer activities at your library, so be sure you’re a part of the fun. For additional information about this activity, contact staff at 325-676-6067.

Crafty DIY: Patriotic Candle Holders
Wed, June 27 at 10:00AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
Adults who love to craft will certainly want to be a part of the next Crafty DIY session at your Main Library.  Everyone loves DIY projects and they have great benefits like teaching you self-reliance, new skills, organizational skills, and more, plus you can engage in these activities at your library while having fun.  At this session of Crafty DIY, we’ll supply you with all the materials you’ll need to create your own Patriotic Candle Holders. Our Independence Day is just around the corner, and these will be some great decorations to add to your home to celebrate.  The crowds pick up each and every year, so come on out and experience the fun for yourselves at Crafty DIY. For additional information, contact staff at 325-676-6025.

Texas Tech University Application Workshop
Wed, June 27 at 10:00AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Teens entering their Senior year of high school are invited to the South Branch Library to learn all about the admissions process to Texas Tech University for the Fall 2019 semester. Learn the ins and outs from Admissions Specialist Sam Gilbert. He’ll be on hand to present and answer questions about the admissions process, requirements, tests, the TTU campus, and so much more.  If you’re interested, please come to this free informational seminar about life after high school. For more information, contact staff at 325-698-7565.

Job Time: Application Assistance
Wed, June 27 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
If you’re looking for a job and need some help, you’re invited to stop by the Mockingbird Branch for our Job Time: Application Assistance program where we’ll get you started on the road to employment success.  We will cover how to search for jobs, how to create a resume, share advice on how to dress for and succeed in an interview, and much more.  We’ll have a set number of computers available for use so don’t miss your chance to participate in this program.  For additional information, contact staff at 325-437-7323.

The Science of Sound
Wed, June 27 at 3:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
Youth are invited out to be a part of a special summer series at your Main Library called the Science of Sound.  Fitting right in theme with this year’s Summer Reading Club, come out and have some fun as we engage in hands-on experiments that’s all based on learning more about sound.  We’ll supply all the materials you’ll need for this session, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-676-6067.

TECH Time
Thurs, June 28 at 2:00PM
Main library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
As more people acquire smartphones, tablets, and laptops, you may find yourself needing a little help.  If that’s you, join us for TECH (Technology Enrichment & Collaborative Help) Time at your library.  Sessions will be hosted twice a week on Mondays at the South Branch Library and Thursdays at the Main Library from 2PM to 4PM.  Sessions will be provided by the library’s tech gurus as we help you to navigate your way through learning to use your devices and answering your tech-related questions.  We may not have all the answers, but we’ll certainly be on hand to help.  Guests will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to 30-minutes if others are waiting.  For more information, contact staff at 325-698-7565 or 325-676-6025.

Story Builders: Turtle Time
Thurs, June 28 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
What animal has a hard shell and creeps along ever so slowly?  Did you say “TURTLE?” You’re absolutely correct, and it’s Turtle Time at your Mockingbird Branch Library for our next Story Builders event.  Designed for kids of all ages, come out and enjoy turtle stories, rhymes, and best of all, learn a new song with a video about baby sea turtles making their way to the ocean.  Lastly, we’ll even provide all the materials necessary to show you how to make your own cute turtle craft. For additional information about this event, contact staff at 325-437-7323.

Tabletop Teens
Thurs, June 28 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
Teens are invited out to the final regular Thursday program added to the Main Library’s lineup.  Join us on the fourth Thursday for Table Top Teens! From Exploding Kittens to Settlers of Catan, staff will lead you through learning some of the best modern tabletop and board games around.  Trust us. These aren’t the games you’re parents grew up playing. Each month we’ll feature new games that will challenge your mind, build teamwork, and all the while allow you to have some fun.  It’s completely free, and for additional information, call us at 325-676-6067.

Tween Flix & Crafts: "Surf's Up"
Thurs, June 28 at 5:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Tweens are invited out to the next Tween Flix & Crafts session at your South Branch Library.  Each month we meet up to watch a popular flick, while also making a craft to go along with the movie.  This month we’re watching 2007’s “Surf’s Up” with the voices of Shia LaBeouf, Zooey Deschanel, and Jon Heder.  In this film, it gives a behind-the-scenes look at the annual Penguin World Surfing Championship, and its newest participant, up-and-comer Cody Maverick.  This film is rated PG for mild language and some rude humor and has a run time of 1 hour and 25 minutes. Light snacks will be provided, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-698-7565.

Write Stuff
Thurs, June 28 at 7:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
Do you write fiction?  Are you interested in receiving useful feedback?  If so, you are invited to take part in Write Stuff at your Main Library! Bring one short example of your writing to read to the group, and then we’ll allot additional time to allow participants to provide constructive criticism.  To ensure everyone has ample time to read their work, and receive feedback, space is limited to no more than 10 participants. If you wish to participate, we ask that you call us at 325-676-6025 to signup, or email your interest to deborah.tarsewicz@abilenetx.gov. This will be a great literary event for adults, so don’t pass up on your chance to participate in something new.

Dance Kids
Fri, June 29 at 4;30PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
We’ve been doing a lot of musical activities at your South Branch Library, and if you like to dance, this is something you’ll certainly want to check out.  Get those dancing shoes on and join us for our Dance Kids event. You’ll be able to come out and join staff as we teach your fun dances you’re sure to love.  At this session, we’ll be showing you how to do the Cha Cha Slide and the Cupid Shuffle. Don’t know what they are? That’s okay. Simply come to the program and we’ll show you the way.  For more information, contact staff at 325-698-7565.

Pete the Cat & Friends Puppet Shows
Sat, June 30 at 10:45AM & 3PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
The South Branch Library Puppet Theater proudly presents Pete the Cat & Friends Puppet Show, an interactive show presented by the wonderful APL Puppeteers! The show will feature a selection of stories inspired by the works of Eric Litwin and his storybook characters. You might even see one of your favorite stories! There will be two presentations of the Puppet Show - at 10:45AM & 3:00PM - so you can pick the time that works best for you. Great for the entire family, don’t miss out on your chance to see and hear some great stories played out for everyone.  For additional information, contact staff 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, June 19, 2018

Today's Top Book & DVD Releases

Everyone loves staying on top of the latest in books and 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 tday.

Pacific Rim: Uprising
Starring: John Boyega
Summary: When the aliens known as Kaiju invade Earth again, Mako Mori recruits her estranged brother Jake, son of fallen hero Stacker Pentecost, to lead a new international team of Jaeger robot pilots.  Aided by Dr. Hermann Gottlieb and Dr. Newton Geiszler, the young pilots must combat bigger, more advanced monsters to save the world.

Midnight Sun
Starring: Bella Thorne
Summary: Based on the Japanese film, midnight Sun centers on Katie, a 17-year-old, sheltered since childhood and confined to her house during the day by a rare disease that makes even the smallest amount of sunlight deadly.  Fate intervenes when she meets Charlie and they embark on a summer romance.

Unsane
Starring: Claire Foy
Summary: A young woman is involuntarily committed to a mental institution, where she is confronted by her greatest fear - but is it real or a product of her delusion?

The Skaar Invasion (Fall of Shannara #2)
Author: Terry Brooks
Summary: The Four Lands are under siege.  Wielding a magical ability virtually impossible to combat, mysterious invaders defeat the most fearsome Troll armies, then focus their savagery on the Druid order - and all hope seems lost.  Eventually the invaders reveal a more human face, but understanding their motives in no way mitigates the brutality of their actions.  Dar Leah, once the high Druid's Blade, has crossed paths - and swords - with their ruthless leader before.  So he knows that if any hope exists, it rests in the hands of the Druid Drisker Arc, now trapped inside vanished Paranor.  As Drisker races to find the ancient knowledge that could free him, Dar goes in search of Tarsha Kaynin, the young woman blessed with the powerful gift of wishsong, whose magic could draw Drisker back into the world of the living.  But little do they know that what appeared to be a formidable invading force may only be the forerunner of a much larger army - one intent on nothing less than total conquest.

The Perfect Couple
Author: Elin Hilderbrand
Summary: It's wedding season on Nantucket.  The beautiful island is overrun with summer people, an annual source of aggravation for year-round residents.  And that's not the only tension brewing offshorew.  When one lavish wedding ends in disaster before it can even begin - with the bride-to-be discovered dead in Nantucket Harbor just hours before the ceremony - everyone in the wedding party is suddenly a suspect.  As Chief of Police Ed Kapensah digs into the best man, the maid of honor, the groom's famous mystery novelist mother, and even a member of his own family, the chief discovers that every wedding is a minefield - and no couple is perfect.

Outcasts of Order
Author: L.E. Modesitt
Summary:
Beltur, an Order mage, discovers he possesses frightening powers not seen for hundreds of years.  With his new abilities, he survives the way in Elparta and saves the lives of all.  However, victory comes with a price.  His fellow mages now see him as a threat to be destroyed, and the local merchants want to exploit his power.  There's only one way he can remain free and survive - he's going to have to run.

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 o the popular releases of the day.

Monday, June 18, 2018

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

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

Hardcover Fiction Top 5

#1: The President is Missing
Author: James Patterson
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: M PATTERSON
Summary: y watched person in the world. So how could a U.S. President vanish without a trace? And why would he choose to do so? An unprecedented collaboration between President Bill Clinton and the world's bestselling novelist, James Patterson, The President Is Missing is a breathtaking story from the pinnacle of power. Full of what it truly feels like to be the person in the Oval Office--the mind-boggling pressure, the heartbreaking decisions, the exhilarating opportunities, the soul-wrenching power--this is the thriller of the decade, confronting the darkest threats that face the world today, with the highest stakes conceivable.

#2: The Outsider
Author: Stephen King
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: F KING
Summary: When an 11-year-old boy is found murdered, forensic evidence and reliable eyewitnesses undeniably point to the town's popular Little League coach. But the jailed suspect, arrested in a public spectacle, has an alibi, and further research convinces Detective Ralph Anderson that the coach was indeed out of town. So how can he have been in two places at the same time?

#3: Shelter in Place
Author: Nora Roberts
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: F ROBERTS
Summary: It was a typical evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. Three teenage friends waited for the movie to start. A boy flirted with the girl selling sunglasses. Mothers and children shopped together, and the manager at video game store tended to customers. Then the shooters arrived.The chaos and carnage lasted only eight minutes before the killers were taken down. But for those who lived through it, the effects would last forever. In the years that followed, one would dedicate himself to a law enforcement career. Another would close herself off, trying to bury the memory of huddling in a ladies' room, helplessly clutching her cell phone—until she finally found a way to pour her emotions into her art.But one person wasn't satisfied with the shockingly high death toll at the DownEast Mall. And as the survivors slowly heal, find shelter, and rebuild, they will discover that another conspirator is lying in wait—and this time, there might be nowhere safe to hide.

#4: The Death of Mrs. Westaway
Author: Ruth Ware
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: F WARE
Summary: On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person--but also that the cold-reading skills she's honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money. Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased...where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it.

#5: Brief Cases
Author: Jim Butcher
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: SF BUTCHER
Summary: An all-new Dresden Files story headlines this urban fantasy short story collection starring the Windy City's favorite wizard. The world of Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is rife with intrigue--and creatures of all supernatural stripes. And you'll make their intimate acquaintance as Harry delves into the dark side of truth, justice, and the American way in this must-have short story collection. From the Wild West to the bleachers at Wrigley Field, humans, zombies, incubi, and even fey royalty appear, ready to blur the line between friend and foe. In the never-before-published "Zoo Day," Harry treads new ground as a dad, while fan-favorite characters Molly Carpenter, his onetime apprentice, White Council Warden Anastasia Luccio, and even Bigfoot stalk through the pages of more classic tales. With twelve stories in all, Brief Cases offers both longtime fans and first-time readers tantalizing glimpses into Harry's funny, gritty, and unforgettable realm, whetting their appetites for more to come from the wizard with a heart of gold.

Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: Calypso
Author: David Sedaris
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: 814.54 SED
Summary: Personal essays share the author's adventures after buying a vacation house on the Carolina coast and his reflections on middle age and mortality.

#2: Trump's America
Author: Newt Gingrich
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: 973.933 GIN
Summary: The former Speaker of the House shares insider perspectives into the Make America Great Again movement and argues that Trump is keeping his campaign promises in spite of formidable resistance.

#3: The Sun Does Shine
Author: Anthony Ray Hinton
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: 92 HINTON
Summary: In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. It was a case of mistaken identity, and Hinton believed that the truth would prove his innocence. Sentenced to death by electrocution, he spent his first three years at Holman State Prison full of despair and anger toward all those who had sent an innocent man to his death.He resolved to find a way to live on Death Row., and for the next twenty-seven years he transformed not only his own spirit, but those of his fellow inmates. After winning his release in 2015, Hinton shows how you can take away a man's freedom, but you can't take away his imagination, humor, or joy.

#4: How to Change Your Mind
Author: Michael Pollan
Weeks On List: 4
Call Number: 615.788 POL
Summary: When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third. Thus began a singular adventure into the experience of various altered states of consciousness, along with a dive deep into both the latest brain science and the thriving underground community of psychedelic therapists.

#5: The Soul of America
Author: Jon Meacham
Weeks On List: 5
Call Number: ACU Holding
Summary: The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer contextualizes the present political climate through the lens of difficult moments in American history.

Look for these titles at your Abilene Public Library and discover why they've been such hits in mainstream literature.  If they're not available, get yourselves on the reserve lists and secure your spot in line.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

"Skill on the Grill" | @ the Library Article

Texans love great barbecue, whether we're going out to a restaurant or having a cookout in our backyard.  With Father's Day yesterday, many people were firing up the grill as an excellent way to celebrate.  However, whether you're a self-confirmed barbecuing and grilling expert, or need to up your grilling game, the Abilene Public Library has a huge selection of books to help you master skills on the grill.

First, barbecuing.  Steven Raichlen is an expert on this subject.  Abilene Public Library has The Barbecue Bible, Steven Raichlen's BBQ USA, and Barbecue Bible Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades.  In each of these books you'll be introduced to Raichlen's expertise with recipes for Texas-Style Barbecued Brisket, North Carolina Pulled Pork, the Great American Hamburger, Short Ribs, sauce and rubs, and more.  While providing beginners with step-by-step instructions from start to finish, Raichlen also has some great new recipes for those who think they've tried it all.

Another great cookbook is Barbecue Nation by Fred Thompson, a successful food writer and culinary developer with three cookbooks under his belt.  In Barbecue Nation, Thompson brings barbecue to your door by compiling some of the best backyard cooking recipes, and steering clear from those fancy restaurant interpretations of good barbecue.  With over 350 mouthwatering recipes, you'll learn how to make Beer Can Chicken, juicy briskets, Seasons Pork Chops, Double-Stuffed Barbecue Potatoes, and more.  There's no way that you could go wrong with this cookbook's tried and true recipes.

Now, let's take a look at grilling, which believe it or not is different from barbecue.  Barbecue is a slow process of cooking meat over low heat, while grilling is a quick process using smaller meats cooked over high heat.  Food Network star Bobby Flay has perfected the art of grilling and authored several books including Bobby Flay's Boy Meets Grill and Bobby Flay's Grilling for Life.  Flay introduces you to the art of grilling, choosing the proper grill, purchasing grilling utensils, and how to grill like a pro.  His books give you recipes for great dishes including Grilled Duck Breast, Grilled Red Snapper, Ribeyes with Chimichurri Marinade, Butterflied Chicken, Grilled Pork Loin Sandwiches, and more.

Another popular grilling cookbook is Semi-Homemade Grilling by Sandra Lee, another Food Network star.  Lee uses cooking shortcuts to shorten the cooking process without losing the taste.  While focusing on staple dishes, she offers new takes on recipes for pizzas, quesadillas, steaks, burgers, and more.  Lee will show you how to make easy grilling dishes that can be done outdoors or in your kitchen so that no matter what the weather may be, you'll be able to enjoy great tasted grilled food.

Some other titles the Abilene Public Library has included Al Roker's Big Bad Book of Barbecue, George Foreman's Indoor Grilling Made Easy, and Paul Kirk's Championship Barbecue.  Drop by and take a look at these great cookbooks, and many, many more.  Regardless of what time of year it may be, these books will help you appreciate and improve your gill skills.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Weekly Library Events (June 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.

Drum Beats: Cardio Drumming
Sun, June 17 at 1:30PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Everyone is invited to join your South Branch Library for a Cardio Drumming event hosted at the Men’s Dillard's Courtyard located inside the Mall of Abilene.  This is a fun, “upbeat” program where you can exercise to the beat of your own drum - literally! This class will combine traditional aerobic movements with the powerful beat and rhythm of drums. Instead of beating on a drum, however, you’ll whack a large exercise ball with a pair of drumsticks to unleash your inner rock star!  We hope to see you there, and for more information, contact staff at 325-698-7565.

TECH Time
Mon, June 18 at 10:00AM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
As more people acquire smartphones, tablets, and laptops, you may find yourself needing a little help.  If that’s you, join us for TECH (Technology Enrichment & Collaborative Help) Time at your library.  Sessions will be hosted three times a week on Mondays from 10AM to Noon at the Mockingbird Branch, and then Mondays at the South Branch Library and Thursdays at the Main Library from 2PM to 4PM.  Sessions will be provided by the library’s tech gurus as we help you to navigate your way through learning to use your devices and answering your tech-related questions. We may not have all the answers, but we’ll certainly be on hand to help.  Guests will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to 20-minutes if others are waiting. For more information, contact staff at 325-698-7565 (South Branch), 325-676-6025 (Main Library), or 325-437-7323 (Mockingbird Branch). 

Disney Flix & More: "The Little Mermaid"
Mon, June 18 at 11:30AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
Kids and parents are invited to join your Main Library for the next Disney Flix & More session where we show hit Disney movies and then make a craft to go along with it.  At this program, we’ll be watching 1989’s “The Little Mermaid,” which helped to bring on the new age of Disney princesses on the big screen. In this film, rebellious 16-year-old mermaid Ariel is fascinated with life on land.  On one of her visits to the surface, she falls for a human prince. Determined to be with her new love, she makes a dangerous deal with a sea witch to become human for three days. But when plans go awry for the star-crossed lovers, her father must make the ultimate sacrifice for his daughter.  This film is rated G and has a run time of 1 hour and 23 minutes. Light snacks will be provided, or feel free to bring your own sack lunch. For more information about this event, contact library staff at 325-698-7565.

TECH Time
Mon, June 18 at 2:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
As more people acquire smartphones, tablets, and laptops, you may find yourself needing a little help.  If that’s you, join us for TECH (Technology Enrichment & Collaborative Help) Time at your library.  Sessions will be hosted twice a week on Mondays at the South Branch Library and Thursdays at the Main Library from 2PM to 4PM.  Sessions will be provided by the library’s tech gurus as we help you to navigate your way through learning to use your devices and answering your tech-related questions.  We may not have all the answers, but we’ll certainly be on hand to help.  Guests will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to 30-minutes if others are waiting.  For more information, contact staff at 325-698-7565 or 325-676-6025.

Grandparent & Me Crafts: Family Tree Fun
Mon, June 18 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
Grandparents and grandchildren are invited out for a great afternoon of bonding and crafting fun as the Grandparent & Me Craft Time moves to the Mockingbird Branch Library.  At this intergenerational session, we’ll supply all the materials needed to show you how to make your own family trees. Getting to know your family can be tons of fun and who better to share those experiences with than your grandparents?  We’ll have all the art supplies you’ll need, as well as a fun interview sheet to help get the conversation started. Don’t let the stories of your family disappear...share them with younger generations. For additional information, contact staff at 325-437-7323.

Coding Club: Creating a Band
Mon, June 18 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
Tweens and teens won’t want to miss the next Coding Club session at your Main Library.  If you have an interest in technology and what it’s like to build programs, this is the program for you.  We’re sticking with the rockin’ theme for the summer reading club by showing you how to code your own music and instruments using the Scratch program.  You’ll be choosing the instruments you want to use, then adding sounds to create music. Learn it all step-by-step and you don’t need to have any experience to participate.  For additional information, contact staff at 325-676-6067.

Storytime at Chick-fil-A
Tues, June 19 at 10:30AM
South Branch library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Kids and parents are invited to join your South Branch Library for our monthly Storytime at Chick-fil-A session located in the Mall of Abilene.  We’ve been having so much fun with our partnership at this local restaurant and we continue to get a great following each time. If you haven’t checked it out yet, this storytime is designed for kids of all ages where families will be treated to great stories and crafts from children’s staff at the South Branch.  Come for the stories, stick around to enjoy some lunch, and have a great time this morning...we know we do. For more information, feel free to contact staff at 325-698-7565.

Read Down Your Fines
Tues, June 18 at 3:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
Kids and young adults can read to get overdue and lost card charges forgiven off their accounts.  We’re hosting a special session at your Main Library where you can sign up at any service desk. Then make yourself comfortable in the reading area and start reading! You can read magazines, graphic novels, newspapers, paperbacks, or hardbacks. You must read for at least 15 minutes. When you are done reading, stop by the desk again and sign out. Staff will then give you a voucher for the amount of time that you’ve read, which you can use to then apply towards any late fees you might have on your account.  For more information about this program, feel free to contact staff at 325-677-2474.

Summer Chills: Campfire Stories
Tues, June 19 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
If you’re looking for the campfire experience, but without the bugs, dirt, and traveling, you should definitely come out to your Mockingbird Branch Library for a special program.  Designed to tweens and teens, we’ll be hosting a special event that focuses on one great camping activity, campfires! Join us for some campfire favorites such as making s’mores and, most importantly, sharing some spooky stories.  We’re certain to have some summer fun at your library this afternoon. For more information about this activity, feel free to contact staff at 325-437-7323.

Coloring Club
Wed, June 20 at 10:00AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
During the Summer Reading Club months we’re inviting people of all ages to be a part of our Coloring Club at your South Branch Library.  This morning activity is great for giving the community a chance to take a break from your hectic summer schedules and relieve some stress, while having a bit of fun, without any rules to follow. Come meet new people, make new friends, and enjoy yourself at this great event. We’ll provide coloring sheets of gardens, animals, mosaics and more, and also supply you with crayons, colored pencils, and markers. You can also feel free to bring your own supplies if you’d like. Don’t miss out on this stress-free program at your library. For more information, contact staff at 325-698-7565.

Job Time: Application Assistance
Wed, June 20 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
If you’re looking for a job and need some help, you’re invited to stop by the Mockingbird Branch for our Job Time: Application Assistance program where we’ll get you started on the road to employment success.  We will cover how to search for jobs, how to create a resume, share advice on how to dress for and succeed in an interview, and much more.  We’ll have a set number of computers available for use so don’t miss your chance to participate in this program.  For additional information, contact staff at 325-437-7323.

Tween Tech: Audacity
Wed, June 20 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.

 If you’re a tween that loves technology, don’t miss out on being a part of the next Tween Tech event at your Main Library.  Each month we meet up to learn about different editing programming to help you learn how to manipulate different forms of media, and this time we’re going to be manipulating audio files.  Come out and learn the basics of using Audacity, a free and easy-to-use audio editor and recorder, that you can use to edit all of your audio files from music to podcasts. We’ll supply you with all the equipment you’ll need, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-676-6067.

TECH Time
Thurs, June 21 at 2:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
As more people acquire smartphones, tablets, and laptops, you may find yourself needing a little help.  If that’s you, join us for TECH (Technology Enrichment & Collaborative Help) Time at your library.  Sessions will be hosted twice a week on Mondays at the South Branch Library and Thursdays at the Main Library from 2PM to 4PM.  Sessions will be provided by the library’s tech gurus as we help you to navigate your way through learning to use your devices and answering your tech-related questions.  We may not have all the answers, but we’ll certainly be on hand to help.  Guests will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to 30-minutes if others are waiting.  For more information, contact staff at 325-698-7565 or 325-676-6025.

Stories & More: Rock Out Like the Beatles!
Thurs, June 21 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
Rock Out at your Mockingbird Branch Library as we host the next session of the Stories & More program designed for kids of all ages, and the entire family.  At this session, you’ll be able to rock out like you’re a Beatle as we rock to the Octopus’s Garden. Sing along with Ringo, Paul, John, and George as we read the delightful book, “Octopus’s Garden” and other under-the-sea stories. We’ll even show the animated version of the story, then supplying you with all the materials you’ll need to design your own octopus craft to take home.  For additional information, contact staff at 325-437-7323.

Teen Zine: Favorite Band
Thurs, June 21 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
 Teens, ages 13-18, won't want to miss out on the next Teen Zine session at your Main Library.  If you have an interest in writing, drawing, or publishing, this is certainly a program you'll want to look out for attending, which will regularly be hosted on the third Thursday afternoons of each month at 4:30PM.  At this program, participants will be able to submit your own original work to be featured in our Teen Zine in the near future. It'll be a great way to share your talents with others, and be a part of a fun publication at your library.  There's no need to register, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-676-6067.

Family Board Game Night
Thurs, June 21 at 6:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
Join your Main Library as we host the next Family Board Game Night event.  We’ll offer a selection of great classic games for your family to play including Don’t Break the Ice and Candyland, then you can play them as a family, or challenge other participating families for some friendly competition.  It’s a great way to spend an evening as a family at your library, while also making new friends with those who come out. For additional information, contact staff at 325-676-6067.

Cover-to-Cover Book Club: "The Cottingley Secret"
Thurs, June 21 at 7:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025  for Info.
If you’re looking to be part of a book club discussion group, look no further than joining your Main Library’s Cover-to-Cover Book Club.  AImed at adults, this group reads a host of great literature including bestsellers, fiction, biographies, classics, true stories, and more to hopefully expose you to some great reading materials you may not have found at your library.  In June, we’ll be discussing Hazel Gaynor’s “The Cottingley Secret.” Look for checking out a copy of this book from any of your Abilene Public Library branch locations, then come ready to discuss it with other avid readers at the book club meeting this evening.  For more information, contact staff at 325-676-6025.

Pokemon League Meet Up
Thurs, June 21 at 7:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Join us for an evening of gaming fun! Both experienced and new players are invited to play the Pokemon Trading Card Game at your South Branch Library. Pok√©mon has something for everyone, so come out and play at your library.  Instruction on how to play the game will be available for those interested in learning. Feel free to bring your decks and try to catch them all at this gaming event. For additional information, contact staff at 325-698-7565.

Military Child Education Coalition Storytime
Fri, June 22 at 10:45AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 Info.

Kids and parents are invited to join us for a great morning storytime event led by the Military Child Education Coalition.  Join your South Branch Library on the fourth Friday mornings of each month for a great activity designed for kids and parents to enjoy. Don’t miss out on the literacy fun at your library. For additional information, contact staff at 325-698-7565.

Karaoke Kids
Fri, June 22 at 4:30PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Youth are invited out for the chance to be a rockstar at your South Branch Library during our Karaoke Kids event.  We’ll be singing all of our favorite songs to see who has the best singing chops of the bunch. Don’t be shy, we’re all friends at the library, and it’s the perfect afternoon program to go along with our Summer Reading Club theme of Libraries Rock.  Don’t miss out on the fun, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-698-7565.

Teen Scene After Hours: Karaoke Party
Fri, June 22 at 5:45PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
If you’re a teen who loves karaoke, don’t pass up on the return of the Teen Scene After Hours activity sessions offered at your Main Library.  This evening, we’ll be hosting a Karaoke Party, so grab your friends and come out and sing together, or show us your skills as a solo act. Teens should arrive at the library no later than 6:00PM, because once the doors of the library closes for the evening, we won’t be letting anyone else in.  Teens will be supervised by library staff throughout the duration of the event, and pickup time is at 7:45PM. Don’t miss out on the karaoke fun at your library, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-676-6067.

LEGO Galore
Sat, June 23 at 10:30AM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
Youth are invited to come out to your Mockingbird Branch Library for some LEGO Club building fun.  We’ll supply all the materials you’ll need to build whatever you can think of, as well as offer ideas and resources for all the different items you can build with these simple building blocks.  We’ll spend the majority of the program working on our creations, and the we’ll reserve some time at the end of the program to admire what everyone has built. Don’t miss out on this fun event at your library.  For additional information, contact staff at 325-437-7323.

Family Flix: "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2"
Sat, June 23 at 11:00AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Kids and parents are invited to join your South Branch Library for Family Flix where we show hit family-friendly movies for the community to enjoy.  Last month the Main Library showed “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” adapted from the children’s book by Judi Barrett, and this month we’ll be showing the 2013 sequel with the voices of Bill Hader, Anna Faris, and Will Forte.  In this film, Flint Lockwood now works at the Live Corp Company for his idol Chester V., but he’s forced to leave his post when he learns that his most infamous machine is still operational. Even worse, it’s churning out menacing food-animal hybrids...and Flint has to deal with stopping them.  This film is rated PG for mild rude humor and has a run time of 1 hour and 35 minutes. Light snacks will be provided, or feel free to bring your own. For additional information about the movie showing, contact library staff at 325-698-7565.

Saturday Matinee: "Tomb Raider"
Sat, June 23 at 2:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Join your South Branch Library for a great Saturday Matinee session where we’ll be showing the latest reboot of the film franchise, based on the popular video game, with 2018’s “Tomb Raider” starring Alicia Vikander and Dominic West.  In this film, Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she discovers the island where her father disappeared. This film is rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, and for some language, and has a run time of 1 hour and 53 minutes.  Light snacks will be provided, or feel free to bring your own, and for additional information, call us at 325-698-7565.

Family Films: "Paddington 2"
Sat, June 23 at 2:30PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
Families won’t want to miss the afternoon Family Films event at your Mockingbird Branch Library, where we show great movies for all ages.  At this session, we’ll be watching 2017’s “Paddington 2” with the voices of Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant, and Hugh Bonneville. In this film, Paddington, no happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.  What will he do now? This film is rated PG for some action and mild rude humor, and has a run time of 1 hour and 43 minutes. Don’t miss out on the movie fun, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-437-7323.

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