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Friday, January 18, 2019

February's Cover-to-Cover Book Club Selection

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

For February, the featured selection is The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah and we invite you to look out for a copy at your library, then attend the book club meeting on Thursday, February 21 at 7:00PM.

The Great Alone
Author: Kristin Hannah
Summary: Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam War a changed and volatile man.  When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America's last true frontier.  13-year-old Leni, a girl coming of age in a tumultuous time, caught in the riptide of her parents' passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that a new land will lead to a better future for her family.  She is desperate for a place to belong.  Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if it means following him into the unknown.  At first, Alaska seems to be the answer to their prayers, but as winter approaches and darkness descends, Ernt's fragile mental state deteriorates and the family begins to fracture.  Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within.  In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in 18 hours of night, Leni and her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own.  In the wild, there is no one to save them but themselves.

Be sure to checkout this title from your Abilene Public Library and come out ready to discuss it with other avid readers in the community.  Plus, visit the Book Clubs Page on our website for a listing of the upcoming book club selections to be on the lookout for.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Weekly Library Events (Jan. 20-26)

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.

Pokemon Meetup
Sunday, Jan. 20 at 3:30PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Join us for an afternoon of gaming fun!  Designed for both new and experienced players (ages 13 and older), all are welcome to be a part of this monthly meet up where we gather to play the Pokemon Card Game at your South Branch Library.  Pokemon has something for everyone, so come out, bring your cards, and be ready to battle it out at your library. Instruction will also be available for those interested in learning how to play, and once you do, you’ll be challenging everyone else in no time.  Don’t miss out on the gaming fun at your library, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-698-7565.

Holiday Closing: MLK Day
Monday, Jan. 21; All Day
Main Library & Mockingbird Branch
PH: 325-677-2474 for Info.
Both the Main Library and Mockingbird Branch locations will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Outside materials returns will be available at all locations if you wish to return any library materials.  The South Branch Library will be open regular hours, from 10AM to 9PM, in case you need any library services.

TECH Time
Monday, Jan. 21 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 Mockingbird Branch Library from 10AM to noon and the South Branch Library from 2PM to 4PM, plus your Main Library will host this program on Tuesday nights from 6PM to 8PM.  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 your nearest branch location.

TECH Time
Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 6:00PM
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 Mockingbird Branch Library from 10AM to noon and the South Branch Library from 2PM to 4PM, plus your Main Library will host this program on Tuesday nights from 6PM to 8PM.  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 your nearest branch location.

Study Hall Series: GED
Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 9:15AM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
Adults are invited to be a part of a new Study Hall series at your Mockingbird Branch Library, designed to be a self-paced learning experience for participants.  Each time we’ll supply you with one of the library’s new mobile lab laptops so you can study for the GED test utilizing Learning Express Library 3.0 on computers provided to us thanks to a grant received from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.  Come out to take GED practice tests, access study materials, and more that will get you more comfortable with wanting to take the GED test. For more information about this new series, contact staff at 325-437-7323.


Crafty DIY: Dry Erase Boards
Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 10:00AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
Adults are encouraged to attend the final Crafty DIY session of the month at your Main Library, the program that teaches you some great skills for creating some awesome projects for your home.  Each session always gets a popular turnout from the community, and this time around, we’ll be showing you how to create your own Dry Erase Boards. Perfect for writing down notes, schedules, to-do lists, and more, it’ll be a handy addition to your home, as well as show you how easy it is to make your own.  We’ll supply all the materials you’ll need for this project, you just come down and be ready to have a little fun. For additional information, contact staff at 325-676-6025.

Job Time: Application Assistance
Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 2:00PM
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 Library for our weekly Job Time: Application Assistance program where staff will 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 computer available for use so don’t miss your chance to participate in this program.  For additional information, contact staff at 325-437-7323.

Tabletop Teens
Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
If you’re a teen that’s into some traditional board gaming fun, you won’t want to pass up on our weekly after school Tabletop Teens gaming session at your Main Library.  Come on out and test your hands at a great lineup of games that are a bit off the beaten path like Exploding Kittens and Settlers of Catan. They’re certainly not the games your parents grew up playing.  Each session will feature more games to introduce you to, challenge your mind, build teamwork, and allow you to have some fun with your friends, while making new ones. Don’t miss out on the fun, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-676-6067.

Preschool Plus Stories: Chill Out
Thursday, Jan. 24 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
Don’t miss the next Preschool Plus Stories session at your Mockingbird Branch where we’re asking that you simply “Chill Out.”  It’s cold outside, so we inviting kids of all ages to come inside and warm up with some delightfully cozy stories, games, and crafts.  Come enjoy a Bear and Hare tale, find out what The Snow Blew In, and welcome the snow with Hello, Snow! Plus, if penguins are your thing, we’ll supply all the materials you’ll need to design your own penguin thermometer.  Get ready to check the chilly temps outside or inside with this cool little fellow. Don’t miss out on the Preschool Plus fun, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-437-7323.

LEGO My Library
Thursday, Jan. 24 at 4:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
Don’t miss the next Preschool Plus Stories session at your Mockingbird Branch where we’re asking that you simply “Chill Out.”  It’s cold outside, so we inviting kids of all ages to come inside and warm up with some delightfully cozy stories, games, and crafts.  Come enjoy a Bear and Hare tale, find out what The Snow Blew In, and welcome the snow with Hello, Snow! Plus, if penguins are your thing, we’ll supply all the materials you’ll need to design your own penguin thermometer.  Get ready to check the chilly temps outside or inside with this cool little fellow. Don’t miss out on the Preschool Plus fun, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-437-7323.

STEAM'ed: Texas Tornado
Thursday, Jan. 24 at 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
Adults are asked to get ready for another great STEAM’ed event at your Main Library, where we host events that focus on science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics.  Each time we bring in local professionals to speak to us about one of these topics, and for this evening, join us as we welcome in KRBC Morning Meteorologist Grant Tosterud. He will be on hand to discuss tornado season and guests will learn more about these destructive storms, what causes them, and what to do when they show up.  We’ll also get to learn about what it’s like to be a storm chaser. Tosterud grew up in Fargo, North Dakota, and knows all about both ends of weather extremes and it’s those experiences from his childhood that sparked his interest in meteorology. Now you can catch him regularly on KRBC and through their companion pages on social media.  Don’t miss out on this great program, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-676-6025.

MCEC's Literacy Storytime
Friday, Jan. 25 at 10:45AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for 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. Enjoy great stories, songs, and even craft projects to go along with the theme of the program for the morning.  For more information, contact staff at 325-698-7565.

South Branch Study Hall
Friday, Jan. 25 at 2:30PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Do you need time and space to do class projects, work on computers, complete your homework, fill out forms, etc.?  If so, the South Branch Library is a great place to be on Fridays as we host a weekly Study Hall session that is just for local students.  Each study hall session will feature our brand new Mobile Lab that will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. This lab consists of 20 laptop computers, which were purchased with a grant from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission through the Institute of Museum and Library Services. We hope you’ll come out and make use of the mobile lab, as well as this dedicated time in the the South Branch Library’s meeting room, to complete your homework away from home.  If you have questions, contact staff at 325-698-7565.

LEGO Galore
Saturday, Jan. 26 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: "How to Train Your Dragon 2"
Saturday, Jan. 26 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 a great mid-morning movie.  Hosted twice a month, each session features popular family flicks you’ll certainly want to watch and time and time again.  At this showing, we’ll be watching the sequel to the film watched earlier this month, with 2014’s “How to Train Your Dragon 2.”  In this follow-up, when Hiccup and his dragon, Toothless, discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons, and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.  This film is rated PG for adventure action and some mild rude humor, and has a run time of 1 hour and 42 minutes. Light snacks will be served, or feel free to bring in your own snacks and food for the movie. For additional information, contact staff at 325-698-7565.

Saturday Matinee: "World War Z"
Saturday, Jan. 26 at 2:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
If you’re looking to catch some great movies at your Abilene Public Library, don’t miss out on being a part of the Saturday Matinee sessions at your South Branch Library.  Hosted on the 2nd and 4th Saturday afternoons of each month, these sessions feature great hits from all genres. At this session, we’re showing a zombie flick that did extremely well in the box office, loosely adapted by the book of the same name, and starring Brad Pitt in the lead role.  Join us as we watch 2013’s “World War Z.” In this film, life for former U.N. investigator Gerry Lane and his family seems content. Suddenly, the world is plagued by a mysterious infection turning whole human populations into rampaging mindless zombies. After barely escaping the chaos, Lane is persuaded to go on a mission to investigate this disease.  What follows is a perilous trek around the world where Lane must brave horrific dangers and long odds to find answers before human civilization falls. This film is rated PG-13 for intense frightening zombie sequences, violence, and disturbing images and has a run time of 1 hour and 56 minutes. Light snacks will be served, or feel free to bring in your own snacks and food for the movie.  For additional information, contact staff at 325-698-7565.

Family Films: "Hotel Transylvania 3"
Saturday, Jan. 26 at 2:30PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info. 
Families are invited out for another great afternoon movie at your Mockingbird Branch Library where we’ll be showing 2018’s “Hotel Transylvania 3” with the voices of Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg.  In this animated sequel, Count Dracula and company participate in a cruise for sea-loving monsters, unaware that their boat is being commandeered by the monster-hating Van Helsing family. This film is rated PG for some action and rude humor and has a run time of 1 hour and 37 minutes.  Light snacks will be provided, and for additional information, contact staff 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 16, 2019

Pokemon Meetup Extends Hours & Sessions in February

Pokemon is a media franchise first introduced in 1995, continuing to remain popular to this day.  Consisting of anime, books, manga, trading cards, video games, and other merchandise, it's a global phenomenon that's popular with fans of all ages.

The South Branch Library hosts a regular Pokemon Meetup where fans of the Pokemon Trading Card Game (PTCG) gather to play each other, build new skills, or learn to play if just starting out.  Starting in February, we're pleased to let you know two sessions will be hosted on a monthly basis on the first and third Sunday afternoons from 1:30PM to 4:00PM at your South Branch Library in the Mall of Abilene.  Not only did the sessions double, the meetup time increased to accommodate the number of people who have come out and showed an interest in the game.  Although geared for teens and adults, we've also received younger players too.  If you've got the skills, this is the place to show them off.  

PTCG first came around in 1996 and popularity great so that by 2016, it was the year's top-selling toy in the strategic card game subclass.  Play is conducted when two Pokemon trainers bring their collected Pokemon out to battle.  Damage is inflicted on your opponent's Pokemon based on the unique characteristics of those chosen to fight.  Gameplay may last anywhere from a few minutes to a couple hours.

If you're a fan of the game and want to battle others, or you're interested in learning more, you'll certainly want to check out the Pokemon Meetup sessions at your South Branch Library.  Our next regular session will be hosted on Sunday, January 20 at 3:30PM.  Then in February, we'll move to two sessions a month on the first and third Sunday afternoon at 1:30PM.  Bring your cards and see if you have what it takes to be a top PTCG player.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Free Tax Assistance Kicks Off Feb. 1

This can be a "taxing" season that many of us look forward to or dread.  Your Abilene Public Library is here to help make things a little easier with the return of the Free Tax Assistance program at both your Main Library and Mockingbird Branch locations.
Beginning Friday, February 1, IRS-trained volunteers with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) will be on hand to provide tax return assistance at no charge.  Sessions will be offered Wednesdays and Thursdays at your Main Library (202 Cedar St.) and Fridays and Saturdays at your Mockingbird Branch (1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.) from 10:00AM to 3:00PM.  Everyone will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis and sessions will be offered through April 13.

For those taking advantage of this service,  you'll be guided through the filing process wit a volunteer, whom will help you e-File your taxes at the library that day.  In the case you happen to be in a filing situation that may require more assistance than is available at this program, you may be referred to a professional tax service.  However, the majority of all participants are able to e-File through this program.

If you wish to participate, be sure to bring a copy of your 2018 tax return, Social Security cards for everyone listed on your return, your W-2's and all relevant tax materials, a driver's license or Photo ID, and a blank check (or your bank account information) if receiving a refund.

Additionally, although library staff want to be available to assist patrons, we will not be able to assist in filing your taxes.  Library staff has not been trained in tax preparation and filing so we are unable to guide you through the process.  We will be able to suggest sites you may use if you wish to e-Files your taxes online yourself, but that's the extent of the help we can give.

For those who wish to file the traditional route, using print forms, the library will make accessible any forms we receive from the government for the public to take.  If we do not carry a form you need, speak with library staff and we will print off any you need at a cost of $0.15 per page.

So, if you're dreading tax season, we encourage you to use your Abilene Public Library, and the Free Tax Assistance program, as a valued resource.  Allow this service to take some of the filing stress off your shoulders and make the "taxing season") a little less taxing on your.

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.

Halloween
Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis
Summary: 40 years after the massacre in Haddonfield, true-crime podcasters Aaron Korey and Dana Haines travel to Warren County Smith's Grove Sanitarium to visit Michael Myers.  They briefly interview Michael's psychiatrist Dr. Sartain, a former student of Dr. Samuel Loomis, before meeting with Michael in hopes of gaining insight into his past actions before his transfer to a new facility.  In Haddonfield, Laurie Strode is living an isolated life, having been divorced twice, developed a strained relationship with her family and turned to alcohol.  Laurie has prepared for Michael's return through combat training.  The following night, Michael's transport crashes and he's bound for Haddonfield to resume his killing spree, and finally kill Laurie.  But she's ready for him this day, and killing her won't be easy.

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween
Starring: Wendi McLendon-Covey
Summary: Sarah lives with her mother Kathy and younger brother Sonny in NY.  Sarah is attempting to get into Columbia University by writing an essay about fear.  Kathy agrees to watch Sonny's friend Sam Carter while his father goes out of town.  Sonny and Sam are attempting to start a garbage cleanup business, and are called after school to clean up an abandoned house.  Inside, they find a locked manuscript and open it, causing Slappy the Dummy to appear.  They unknowingly bring him to life by speaking magic words found in his pocket.  And now they must find a way to put him back to the way he was.

Liar Liar
Author: James Patterson
Summary: Detective Harriet Blue is a very good cop...gone very bad. In the space of a week, she has committed theft and fraud, resisted arrest, assaulted a police officer, and is considered a dangerous fugitive from the law. It's all because of one man, Regan Banks.

No Sunscreen for the Dead
Author: Tim Dorsey
Summary: Serge and Coleman are back on the road, ready to hit the next stop on their list of obscure and wacky points of interest in the Sunshine State. This time, Serge's interest is drawn to one of the largest retirement villages in the world--also known as the site of an infamous sex scandal between a retiree and her younger beau that rocked the community.  What starts out as an innocent quest to observe elders in their natural habitats, sample the local cuisine, and scope out a condo to live out the rest of their golden years, soon becomes a Robin Hood-like crusade to recover the funds of swindled residents. After all, our seniors should be revered and respected--they've heroically fought in wars, garnered priceless wisdom, and they have the best first-hand accounts of bizarre Floridian occurrences only Serge would know about. But as the resident's rally for Serge to seek justice on their behalves, two detectives are hot on the heels of Serge and Coleman's murderous trail.

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

Monday, January 14, 2019

February's Adventurous Book Club Selection

If you're into reading books designed to stretch your boundaries, push your limits, get you out of your comfort zones, and make you think, we invite you to be a part of the South Branch Library's Adventurous Book Club.

For each session, our discussion group meets up to discuss a host of fun titles.  Even better, wee take our book club out of the library and into the community, meeting at different local dives.  Our next book club session will run on Friday, February 15 at 6:30PM adn this time we'll be meeting at Black Box Pizza located at 4001 John Knox Dr..  Our featured book selection will be The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo.  Look for checking out a copy, reading it, and then meeting up at this local pizza place to discuss it with others.

The Light We Lost
Author: Jill Santopolo
Summary: Lucy is faced with a life-altering choice. But before she can make her decision, she must start her story--their story--at the very beginning. Lucy and Gabe meet as seniors at Columbia University on a day that changes both of their lives forever. Together, they decide they want their lives to mean something, to matter. When they meet again a year later, it seems fated--perhaps they'll find life's meaning in each other. But then Gabe becomes a photojournalist assigned to the Middle East and Lucy pursues a career in New York. What follows is a thirteen-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and, ultimately, of love. Was it fate that brought them together? Is it choice that has kept them away? Their journey takes Lucy and Gabe continents apart, but never out of each other's hearts. Me Before You meets One Day in this devastatingly romantic debut novel about the enduring power of first love, with a shocking, unforgettable ending. A Love Story for a new generation.

Again, if you're an adult who's into reads that are off the beaten path, this sounds like it would be a great book club for you.  So be sure to check us out on Friday, February 15 at 6:30PM at Black Box Pizza.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

New York Times Bestsllers Top 5 (Week of Jan. 13)

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: Where the Crawdads Sing
Author: Delia Owens
Weeks On List: 18
Call Number: M OWEN
Summary: For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. She's barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark. But Kya is not what they say. Abandoned at age ten, she has survived on her own in the marsh that she calls home. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life lessons from the land, learning from the false signals of fireflies the real way of this world. But while she could have lived in solitude forever, the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world -- until the unthinkable happens.

#2: Verses for the Dead
Author: Douglas Preston
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F PRESTON
Summary: After an overhaul of leadership at the FBI's New York field office, A.X.L. Pendergast is abruptly forced to accept an unthinkable condition of continued employment: the famously rogue agent must now work with a partner. Pendergast and his new teammate, junior agent Coldmoon, are assigned to Miami Beach, where a rash of killings by a bloodthirsty psychopath are distinguished by a confounding M.O.: cutting out the hearts of his victims and leaving them - along with cryptic handwritten letters - at local gravestones, unconnected save in one bizarre way: all belonged to women who committed suicide.

#3: The Reckoning
Author: John Grisham
Weeks On List: 11
Call Number: F GRISHAM
Summary: Pete Banning was Clanton's favorite son, a returning war hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, father, neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning in 1946. he rose early, drove into town, walked into the church, and calmly shot and killed the Reverend Dexter Bell. As if the murder wasn't shocking enough, it was even more baffling that Pete's only statement about it - to the sheriff, to his defense attorney, to the judge, to his family and friends, and to the people of Clanton - was 'I have nothing to say'. And so the murder of the esteemed Reverend Bell became the most mysterious and unforgettable crime Ford County had ever known.

#4: Fire and Blood
Author: George R.R. Martin
Weeks On List: 7
Call Number: SF MARTIN
Summary: Centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones, House Targaryen, the only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria, took up residence on Dragonstone. Their tale begins with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold that iconic seat, all the way up to the civil war that nearly tore their dynasty apart.

#5: Every Breath
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Weeks On List: 12
Call Number: F SPARKS
Summary: Hope Anderson is at a crossroads. At thirty-six, she's been dating her boyfriend, an orthopedic surgeon, for six years. With no wedding plans in sight, and her father recently diagnosed with ALS, she decides to use a week at her family's cottage in Sunset Beach, North Carolina, to ready the house for sale and mull over some difficult decisions about her future. Tru Walls has never visited North Carolina but is summoned to Sunset Beach by a letter from a man claiming to be his father. A safari guide, born and raised in Zimbabwe, Tru hopes to unravel some of the mysteries surrounding his mother's early life and recapture memories lost with her death. When the two strangers cross paths, their connection is as electric as it is unfathomable...but in the immersive days that follow, their feelings for each other will give way to choices that pit family duty against personal happiness in devastating ways.

Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: Becoming
Author: Michelle Obama
Weeks On List: 8
Call Number: 92 OBAMA
Summary: In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America, she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private. A deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations.

#2: Educated
Author Tara Westover
Weeks On List: 46
Call Number: 92 WESTOVER
Summary: Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag." In the summershe stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara's older brothers became violent. As a way out, Tara began to educate herself, learning enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University. Her quest for knowledge would transform her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Tara Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes, and the will to change it.

#3: The Point of It All
Author: Charles Krauthammer
Weeks On List: 5
Call Number: 814.6 KRA
Summary: For three decades, Charles Krauthammer elevated the op-ed column into a form of art. Whether holding forth on American politics or reflecting on more esoteric topics like baseball, chess and spaceflight, Krauthammer became known not only for his penetrating wit and insight, but for his ability to identify the hidden moral truths that animate our daily lives. This new collection, which Krauthammer was working on before he passed away, collects the columns, speeches, and unpublished writings that showcase Krauthammer?s philosophy on politics and life, and the legacy that he left behind.

#4: The Library Book
Author: Susan Orlean
Weeks On List: 8
Call Number: 027.479 ORL
Summary: Orlean chronicles the LAPL fire and its aftermath to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives; delves into the evolution of libraries across the country and around the world, from their humble beginnings as a metropolitan charitable initiative to their current status as a cornerstone of national identity; brings each department of the library to vivid life through on-the-ground reporting; studies arson attempts to burn a copy of a book herself; reflects on her own experiences in libraries; and reexamines the case of Harry Peak, the blond-haired actor long suspected of setting fire to the LAPL more than thirty years ago.

#5: Brief Answers tot he Big Questions
Author: Stephen Hawking
Weeks On List: 12
Call Number: 500 HAW
Summary: Stephen Hawking turns his attention to the most urgent issues facing us. Will humanity survive? Should we colonize space? Does God exist? ​​These are just a few of the questions Hawking addresses in this wide-ranging, passionately argued final book from one of the greatest minds in history. Featuring a foreword by Eddie Redmayne, who won an Oscar playing Stephen Hawking, an introduction by Nobel Laureate Kip Thorne, and an afterword from Hawking's daughter, Lucy.

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

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Weekly Library Events (Jan. 13-19)

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.

TECH Time
Monday, Jan. 14 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 twice a week on Mondays at the Mockingbird Branch Library from 10AM to noon and the South Branch Library from 2PM to 4PM, plus your Main Library will host this program on Tuesday nights from 6PM to 8PM.  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 your nearest branch location.

TECH Time
Monday, Jan. 14 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 Mockingbird Branch Library from 10AM to noon and the South Branch Library from 2PM to 4PM, plus your Main Library will host this program on Tuesday nights from 6PM to 8PM.  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 your nearest branch location.

Art Make & Take: Design Your Own Snowflakes
Monday, Jan. 14 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
Winter is here and we’re going to be celebrating it at our next Art Make & Take session at your Main Library.  Designed for kids of all ages, you’re invited to come out and design your own snowflakes. As part of our Monday STEAM lineup, we’ll also share some fascinating facts about snowflakes such as how billions of them fall in every snowstorm and around 105 snowstorms hit the U.S. every year.  We’ll supply all the materials needed for you to draw your own snowflakes using white crayons, then you’ll use watercolor paint to show the design. Don’t miss out on this come & go artsy craft session at your library, and call 325-676-6067 if you have any questions.

Creation Station Orientation Class
Monday, Jan. 14 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
Take advantage of learning to use the Creation Station makerspace at your Main Library by attending the next Orientation Class.  Those who come out will learn about the equipment we house including the 3D PolyPrinter, Cricut, Sizzix, and more, as well as the hours of availability, usage policies, safety guidelines, fees, a tour of the facility, and more.  We encourage everyone to take advantage of this service at your Main Library, as well as all of our training courses and Maker Meetup session. For more information, contact staff at 325-676-6025.

Mockingbird Movies: "Ant-Man and the Wasp"
Monday, Jan. 14 at 6:30PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
If you’re into superhero flicks then you won’t want to miss the next Mockingbird Movies session at your library.  Join us as we host a free showing of 2018’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp” starring Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly. In this film, in the aftermath of “Captain America: Civil War,” Scott Lang grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a superhero and a father.  As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past.  This film is rated PG-13 for some sci-fi action violence and has a run time of 1 hour and 58 minutes. Light snacks will be served and for additional information, contact staff at 325-437-7323.

Mockingbird Chess Club
Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
Tweens and teens are invited to be a part of the Mockingbird Chess Club, the only one of its kind at your library, which provides a great opportunity to come out to learn and play chess in a supportive environment.  Each club meeting will include a short lesson or demonstration of a chess topic (because that’s how you increase your skill level), chess puzzles, and traditional chess games. A limited number of chess sets will be provided; players are more than welcome to bring their own sets if desired.  Chess lessons may be presented by library staff, guest speakers, and through videos from the Internet. Chess is a great strategy game, and perfect for all to learn...it’ll certainly improve your critical thinking skills. Don’t pass up on being a part of this great club, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-437-7323.

TECH Time
Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 6:00PM
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 Mockingbird Branch Library from 10AM to noon and the South Branch Library from 2PM to 4PM, plus your Main Library will host this program on Tuesday nights from 6PM to 8PM.  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 your nearest branch location.

Family Coloring Club
Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 10:00AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Families are invited to join us for a great Coloring Club session at your South Branch Library and designed for all ages.  Parents are invited to come out with your kids and engage in some fun coloring activities with pages and supplies available for all coloring tastes and levels. You may also feel free to bring your own coloring pages and books if you’d like as well. Coloring is great for giving you the time to take a break from your hectic lives, relieve some stress, and have a little fun without any rules to follow. Come meet new families, make new friends, and enjoy yourself at this great event. 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
Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 2:00PM
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 Library for our weekly Job Time: Application Assistance program where staff will 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 computer available for use so don’t miss your chance to participate in this program.  For additional information, contact staff at 325-437-7323.

Tabletop Teens
Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
If you’re a teen that’s into some traditional board gaming fun, you won’t want to pass up on our weekly after school Tabletop Teens gaming session at your Main Library.  Come on out and test your hands at a great lineup of games that are a bit off the beaten path like Exploding Kittens and Settlers of Catan. They’re certainly not the games your parents grew up playing.  Each session will feature more games to introduce you to, challenge your mind, build teamwork, and allow you to have some fun with your friends, while making new ones. Don’t miss out on the fun, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-676-6067.

Preschool Plus Crafts: DIY Hot Chocolate Mugs
Thursday, Jan. 17 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
Join your Mockingbird Branch Library for another Preschool Plus Crafts session where staff will supply all the materials you’ll need for your kids to create a fun craft for the afternoon.  It’s still winter, and that means it’s still cold outside. What’s perfect for cold weather? Hot chocolate. Kids of all ages are invited out to craft their own hot chocolate mug, as well as enjoy some real cocoa too.  Plus, we’ll even play a fun counting game too. Don’t miss out on this event, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-437-7323.

LEGO My Library
Thursday, Jan. 17 at 4:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
If you’re into LEGO building, and fun, don’t miss out on the next LEGO My Library session at your Main Library.  This is the time where we layout a sea of LEGO and platform and then see what youth are inspired to create within an hour.  Work on a project solo, or partner up with others for a joint projects, there’s no wrong way to have fun. Just come out ready to express yourself through some friendly building in this weekly program, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-676-6067.

Family Board Game Night
Thursday, Jan. 17 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, Candyland, and others, 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
Thursday, Jan. 17 at 7:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 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, Candyland, and others, 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.

Super Storytime: Winter Time
Friday, Jan. 18 at 10:45AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
We’re still celebrating winter at your South Branch Library so kids and parents are invited to come out and join in on the next Super Storytime event.  We’ll have a host of great stories to share, songs, games, and even a great craft to make and take home to enjoy. We’ll supply all materials to the craft activity, you just come out and be ready to have a little fun celebrating winter with staff.  It’s the right time of year for it after all. For additional information, contact staff at 325-698-7565.

South Branch Study Hall
Friday, Jan. 18 at 2:30PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Do you need time and space to do class projects, work on computers, complete your homework, fill out forms, etc.?  If so, the South Branch Library is a great place to be on Fridays as we host a weekly Study Hall session that is just for local students.  Each study hall session will feature our brand new Mobile Lab that will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. This lab consists of 20 laptop computers, which were purchased with a grant from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission through the Institute of Museum and Library Services. We hope you’ll come out and make use of the mobile lab, as well as this dedicated time in the the South Branch Library’s meeting room, to complete your homework away from home.  If you have questions, contact staff at 325-698-7565.

Genealogy Lock-In
Friday, Jan. 18 at 6:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
Local genealogists, of all levels, are invited out to your Main Library to participate in the next Genealogy Lock-In.  At this event, guests are invited to come out to the library, after hours, and dive into the genealogy collection at your library.  Get help, tips, and more as you make use of our great online databases, print collection, microfilm, and more as you work to trace your family history.  Each session gets a great turnout, so come see what you might be able to find at your library to help uncover your family’s past. For more information about this event, contact staff at 325-676-6025.

South STEAM: Winter
Saturday, Jan. 19 at 2:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Join your South Branch Library for the next STEAM session for kids where we conduct programming that relates to science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics.  At this session, we’ll be investigating the winter season and all its mysteries. Designed for youth ages 5 and older, we invite you to come out and discover Winter with us in this hands-on even.  Parents are also certainly encouraged to participate. You won’t want to miss out on this fun event, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-698-7565.

Family Flix: "Captain Underpants"
Saturday, Jan. 19 at 2:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
Families won’t want to miss the next Family Flix session at your Main Library.  This time around, we’ll be watching the animated adaptation of a popular series of juvenile books by author Dav Pilkey with 2018’s “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” with the voices of Kevin Hart and Ed Helms.  In this film, two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants. This film is rated PG for mild rude humor throughout and has a run time of 1 hour and 29 minutes.  Light snacks will be served and for additional information, contact staff 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.