Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Staff Book Review: "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas" by: James Patterson

Pages: 272
Reviewed By: Tremain Jackson, South Branch Manager


Book Summary: Katie Wilkinson has found her perfect man at last.  He's a writer, a house painter, an original thinker - everything she's imagined she wanted in a partner.  But one day, without explanation, he disappears from her life, leaving behind only a diary for her to read.

This diary is a love letter written by a new mother named Suzanne for her baby son, Nicholas.  In it she pours out her heart about how she and the boy's father met, about her hopes for marriage and family, and about the unparalleled joy that having a baby has brought into her life.  As Katie reads this touching document, it becomes clear that the lover who has just left her is the husband and father in this young family.  She reads on, filled with terror and hope, as she struggles to understand what has happened - and whether her new love has a prayer of surviving.

Personal Review: As you may tell from the summary of the book, for those expecting to read another one of Patterson's thrilling tales of suspense and action, you won't find it in this read.  Patterson takes a risky departure from the genre of books that made him one of the bestselling authors of all time, to bring you a heart-wrenching drama much in the style of Nicholas Sparks, most known for his books including The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, The Last Song, Nights in Rodanthe, and other bestselling titles.

I picked this book up for the first time in my early 20's, after a co-worker highly recommended, or should I say, pressured me into reading this novel.  I already knew what I was getting into prior to picking up the novel, and although I'm a man, I must say I was instantly captivated by this fast moving novel.  So much, I refused to put it down until I was finished, which took all of a short afternoon.

Although this book has received many negative reviews as it has positive, I feel this stems from Patterson's departure in genres, but that being said, this book is simply a love story that was still a page turner nonetheless.  Reading this novel, you become somewhat of a voyeur into Suzanne's life, as you read through her diary along with Katie, which is chopped full of emotions once meant to be private forever.  Although it was somewhat difficult at first jumping between Patterson's use of first and third person, as remember, you're covering two different points of views, the character development was well done for the length of the novel.  It pulls at your heartstrings, forcing you to evoke emotions, as you keep finding yourselves pulled in more and more by the plot.

That being said, although I feel that by the end of the novel, you're to be left feeling empathy towards Suzanne, the subject may leave others feeling a little depressed and cheated.  It's all a matter of what you're going into this novel expecting, and what you're willing to take away from it.  Plus, if you manage to make it to the end, which I don't see how you wouldn't, just like in The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks, you will find a surprise ending and twist you might not see coming, and by golly, I'm not going to be the one to spoil it for you.

If you're looking for a drama-filled tearjerker, don't pass up on the chance to read this novel.  Fans of Nicholas Sparks will love this novel.  Plus, if you so wish, you might also look to checking out a copy of the made-for-TV movie titled James Patterson's Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas, starring Christina Applegate in the lead role.  Your Abilene Public Library owns four (4) copies in regular print, two (2) copies in large-type print, and one (1) DVD copy of the film.

@ the Library Article: "Library Bursts with Bestselling Romances"

As published in the Abilenian, as a supplement to the Abilene Reporter-News, on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 by A. Marie Skufca, a librarian in Information Services at the Main Branch of the Abilene Public Library.

Taking a moment here and there for a good book is almost a rite of spring.  Romance novels are favorites all the year round, providing a literary getaway for folks who need a quick vacation.  Finding the hot books that everyone has read, wants to read, has recommended or is talking about is easy at the Abilene Public Library.  Just check the bestseller lists.  The most famous of these if The New York Times Book Review bestsellers.  Publishers Weekly also prints bestseller lists.  Romance authors figure prominently on both these lists.

One best-selling contemporary romance author is Sandra Brown.  Her most recent novel is Lethal, the story of Lee Coburn.  A man accused of murdering seven people, he has a plan.  He just needs to retrieve a valuable item that Honor Gillette’s deceased husband hid.

When Honor’s four-year-old daughter tells her there is a sick man lying in the yard, she rushes to help.  When the man immobilizes her and pulls a gun, she just wants to make sure her daughter is safe.  So Honor plays along with the stranger and ends up trekking from Washington, D.C. to Louisiana in search of the truth about her husband and about Lee Coburn.

Copper Beach, Jayne Ann Krentz’s latest bestseller, introduces Abby Radwell.  Abby works in the antique book field.  Because of her unusual psychic talent, she specializes in “hot” books.  The authors of these tomes use psychic talent to encrypt  their books, making them “hot,” Abby is one of the few who can “unlock” some of these specially encrypted books.  She is being blackmailed to find a “hot” notebook.

Abby decides to hire a private investigator to find the blackmailer.  She is counseled to contact Sam Coppersmith, an expert on paranormal crystals and amber.  When Abby discovers this, she thinks she was guided to the wrong man.  Sam thinks that Abby is in more danger than she realizes.  He is searching for an encrypted and very dangerous lab notebook and suspects her blackmailer is looking for the same thing.  Working together would be mutually beneficial.  He’ll keep her safe and help her find her blackmailer and she’ll help him find the lab notebook.  Or is that how it works out?

Taking a break from Stephanie Plum, author Janet Evanovich recently teamed up with Dorien Kelly to produce the recent bestseller Love in a Nutshell.  In Love in a Nutshell, Kate Appleton fights back from a string of bad luck and unfortunate choices.  She wants to open a bed-and-breakfast in Keene’s Harbor, Mich.  To do that, she needs money.  She is perfect for Matt Culhane’s plan.  She is new to the area so no one will expect her to spy for him in his brewery.  If Kate can figure out who is sabotaging him, Matt will pay her a bonus of $20,000.  Since she needs the cash, Kate accepts.  She dislikes beer but does like Matt – maybe a little too much.

Most of these titles have appeared recently on the bestseller lists posted at the Abilene Public Library.  We also have the latest by Iris Johansen, Barbara Delinsky, Nora Roberts, Catherine Coulter, and Jackie Collins.  Come by any location for your romantic getaway between two covers.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Author Read-Alike Tuesdays with Robert B. Parker

Get ready for another installment in the Read-Alike Tuesdays blog to highlight bestselling authors and provide you with additional author suggestions who write similar novels and series.  So if you've read all there is in one author, and you need someone new to try, you can try out one of these suggestions in hopes of discovering even more great novels to read from your Abilene Public Library.

Today's featured author is Robert B. Parker, a New York Times Bestselling author known for his Spenser series.  Having been called the father of crime novels after reinventing the hard-boiled private investigator genre, Parker has been praised by many noted crime fiction novelists.  Parker is credited with refining and updating the classic loner formula of a P.I. who has a strong moral code, but is known for going outside the law to see that justice is actually served.

Having written other notable series including the Jesse Stone and Sunny Randall series, Parker creates great stories with descriptive settings, strong supporting characters, fast-paced dialogue that drives the story, and gripping plots that easily made each book a bestseller.  Plus, fans of the Spenser series may remember that they were adapted to a TV series that ran in the mid-1980's for three seasons starring Robert Ulrich titled Spenser: For Hire.

Parker maintained a strong writing career throughout his life; however, on January 18, 2010, he passed away.  His series will be continued with new installments in the Spenser series being written by journalist/writer Ace Adkins and new books in the Jesse Stone series being taken over by longtime friend and collaborator Michael Brandman.

So if you're a fan of crime novels, and have not tried any by Parker, you've been missing out on an amazing writer with 40 novels having been published in that series alone.  Look for these at your Abilene Public Library, and if you've already been following this series, and want some additional author suggestions, take a look at this week's sample of Read-Alike Authors below.

Read-Alike Author: Loren Estleman
Estleman is best known for creating the Page Murdock series set in the Old West.  His books differ from Parker's in they're set in a different time and feature a deputy instead of a P.I.; however, the two relate in how Estleman creates detailed characterizations, great investigations, and methods that mesh a great crime novel with a western.  If Parker's witty one-liners, humor, and dialogue were a big draw when reading the Spenser series, you may not find that in Estleman's titles, but the books are still great for those who love crime novels and westerns.  Plus, he also writes the Amos Walker series, which features a P.I. like Spenser.  Look out for some of these great series at your Abilene Public Library if you want to give them a try.

Read Alike Author: Stephen Cannell
Cannell does not write in a particular series, but focuses on standalone titles, which aren't necessarily traditional mysteries.  That being said, many of this works, such as The Tin Collectors shares similarities with Parker's style such as creating stories with likable protagonists who, much like Spenser, operates on their own moral code that sometimes causes him to have to work outside the law.  Cannell's novels also includes strong female characters and great humor throughout, so if you want to try out this author for yourself, be sure to look for him at your Abilene Public Library, especially those in the Shane Scully series.  Cannell died in September 2010 and no word has been given as to whether someone else will pick up his novels, but there are still plenty of great reads to checkout in this series.

Read-Alike Author: Robert Crais
Crais is by far the most recognized name on this list of read-alikes, who writes in the hugely popular Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series.  As mentioned earlier, being an author of detective fiction himself, he lists Parker as being one of his literary influences.  After tackling scriptwriting in the 1980's, he later became a novelist and has found much success in this series, which are similar to Parker's. They involve strong character-centered and humorous works that still offer you the wise-cracking and witty lines readers have loved in Parker's series.  Having started in the 1987 with the release of The Monkey's Raincoat, 14 additional sequels have been added, including Taken, which has released in January.  If you're fan of Parker's novels and series, you'll definitely become a quick fan of Crais' so be sure to look out for his bestselling series to checkout from your Abilene Public Library.

These are but a sampling of the authors with great series that are similar to author Robert B. ParkerIf you're looking for some great books to checkout, and you have a love for all things related to the crime/detective fiction, you should definitely be on the lookout for these authors.

Stay tuned each Tuesday as we cover another popular author at the library to provide you with more read-alikes to try out.  For more information, or if you have any questions, feel free to Contact Us and staff will be more than happy to assist you.

New Book & DVD Releases Today

Take a look at a selection of today's new book and DVD releases at your Abilene Public Library.  If they aren't available, get yourself on the reserve lists so secure yourself a position.

Victims: An Alex Delaware Novel by: Jonathan Kellerman.  The crime-solving psychologist is back on another case, having been called upon by L.A.P.D. Detective Milo Sturgis to help hunt down some homicidal maniacs.  As the slayings continue to rise, Alex is stumped at trying to find a connection among the victims.  Unless he can peace it together, there's no hop for the two solving the case to stop the murders from wreaking havoc in California.  Kellerman adds another installment to this popular bestselling series featuring Alex Delaware, and if you want to read the latest, look for it at your Abilene Public Library as we've ordered five (5) copies in regular print and two (2) audiobook copies.

Lone Wolf by: Jodi Picoult.  Follow the story of a family torn apart.  Luke has spent his life researching wolves, understanding them more than he does his own family.  When his wife finally leaves him, his son, now 24-years-old, also left the shattered relationship he had with his father six years earlier.  When Luke becomes injured in a car accident, with his daughter Cara, his son must return home to face the father he walked out on, and he and his sister must decide their father's fate together.  In another heart-wrenching novel by Picoult, you'll definitely want to look for this novel at your Abilene Public Library.

Cinnamon Roll Murder: A Hannah Swensen Mystery by: Joanne FlukeThe author adds another installment in her popular culinary mysteries, where Hannah Swensen decides to bake up some sweet confections for the Cinnamon Roll Six jazz band.  On her way to hear them play, tragedy strikes as their tour bus overturns and some of the members sustain minor injuries; however, when someone plunges scissors into the chest of the keyboard player, Hannah's on the case to investigate the suspects.  Don't miss this culinary mystery novel, where you can also find recipes sprinkled throughout the pages, by checking it out from your Abilene Public Library.

Hugo starring: Asa Butterfield.  In this film adaptation of the 2005 Caldecott winning book by author Brian Selznick (The Invention of Hugo Cabret), Hugo is an orphan in 1930's Paris and he happens to live in the walls of a train station.  He soon becomes wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automation.  Co-starring other familiar actors including Chloe Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley, and Jude Law, it leads in 11 nominations at the Academy Awards including Best Picture, so you might want to see this gem of a film for yourself by checking it out from your Abilene Public LibraryPlus, also look for the book that inspired the film titled The Invention of Hugo Cabret as we have several copies of that available too.

Johnny English Reborn starring: Rowan Atkinson.  In this comedic parody of James Bond spy films, Johnny English goes up against international assassins hunting down the Chinese premier.  A sequel to the 2003 film, despite its mixed reviews from the critics, this British film didn't do so bad with ticket sales in the theaters.  So if you're looking for a quirky action comedy, look for this film at your Abilene Public Library as we've ordered a copy for our collection.

Don't miss your chance to get your hands on some of these popular new releases.  While you're here, take advantage of all the additional resources and services we have to offer you.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Book to Film Adaptations: March 2012

Join me for a look at the literary works hitting the big screen in March as feature films and if we have them available for checkout at the Abilene Public Library, we'll be sure to let you know.

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Get ready for the fourth feature film based on the works by Dr. Seuss with The Lorax, based on the book of the same name.  The film will star Danny DeVito as the Lorax, Zac Efron as Ted and Taylor Swift as Audrey.  This film follows a young boy who sets out on a mission to find the one thing to win the affection of Audrey...a real tree.  While on his quest, he runs into a man who tells him the story of the Lorax, a grumpy creature who guards the land, and Ted may just run into him.  First published in 1971, it became an instant classic.  If you need to read a copy before you see it in the theaters, check with us as we own eight (8) copies of the book, four (4) copies of the audiobook, and four (4) copies of the animated film on DVD.

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March 9: John Carter
Satisfy your sci-fi action flick needs with this live-action film being put out by Disney, based on the characters created by Edgar Rice Burroughs (the author who created Tarzan).  Adapted from the 11-volume series Barsoom, this is the story of John (played by Taylor Kitsch) who is transplanted to Mars, which is inhabited by 12-foot tall barbarians.  Now a prisoner, he escapes, only to encounter a princess (played by Lynn Collins) who is in desperate need of a savior.  This is quite a different take for Disney to put out, but it will be rated PG-13 for some definite action sequences and violence.  Although we do not carry the Barsoom series at the library, we may see about acquiring copies through our Interlibrary Loan service if you'd like.  Plus, you can read the other great works by author Edgar Rice Burroughs in the Tarzan series as we have quite a few.

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This is the live-action adaptation of the most anticipated franchises based on the popular series by bestselling author Suzanne Collins. Written for youth, they have experienced massive crossover appeal to adults.  Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, and a host of other familiar actors, it's set in a future where it's not so great to be young.  Each year, the Capitol selects a boy and a girl from the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television.  Katniss Everdeen volunteers to enter the game, to save her sister from entering, and now she must fight for her life in this high-stakes game.  This series contains three (3) books including Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay and look out for all three (3) at your library.  For the first book in the series, we own five (5) copies in regular print, three (3) in paperback copies, two (2) copies on audiobook, and digital audiobook copies.  Discover the power of this series for yourself and learn why it has become such a popular hit.

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March 30: Mirror Mirror
This marks the first of three (3) adaptations of the classic tale of Snow White set to be released in the future.  Based on the tale of the Brothers Grimm, this version will be the more comedic fantasy adaptation starring Julia Roberts as the Queen, Lily Collins as Snow White, and Armie Hammer as Prince Andrew Alcott.  In this film, an evil queen steals control of a kingdom and an exiled princess enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her birthright.  You can read the original story by the Brothers Grimm by looking for their tales at your library, but remember, this will be a variation of the classic tale.  This summer, you might want to be on the lookout for Snow White & The HuntsmanUnrelated to the film being released on March 30, this one will be a darker fantasy drama that's slated to be the first installment of a new trilogy starring Kristen Stewart as Snow White, Charlize Theron as Queen Ravenna, and Chris Hemsworth as The Huntsman, but more information on that film will come in the future.  Finally, in a completely different take on the story, Disney will put out a live-action film titled The Order of the Seven starring Saoirse Ronan in the lead role that will be set in the 19th century with a kung fu fighting Snow White.  Talk about a loose adaptation, but Snow White nonetheless.  The release date on that film has not been provided yet.

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The final film adaptation worth mentioning is not technically based on a novel, but it's based on the classic Greek myths you can find at your library.  A sequel to the 2010 film Clash of the Titans, this film finds Perseus (played by Sam Worthington) embarking on a quest into the underworld to rescue Zeus, who has been targeted cor capture by his son, Ares, and his brother, Hades.  For those who desire strong action/fantasy films then this will be right up your alley.  If you wish to read some of the tales that make up classic Greek myths, I highly recommend checking out Edith Hamilton's MythologyThis great resources, often used in high school and colleges for studies in British Literature, will provide you with a wide range of stories covering the classic myths that have inspired films such as this one.

Take advantage of reading the books before you see the movies by checking them out from your Abilene Public LibraryI'm sure we'll hear in the future just how much they measured up to the books.

This Week's New York Times Bestsellers Top 3

Keep up with what’s popular in mainstream literature by checking out what books made this week’s Top 3 on the New York Times Bestsellers list in Hardcover Fiction & Non-Fiction titles.  If one or more of them seem appealing, look for checking them out at your Abilene Public Library.

For a list of the Top 15, listen to our Monday Podcast’s, or visit any of the branch library locations to view our printed lists each week.

Hardcover Fiction Top 3


Position #1: Private Games
Weeks On List: 1
Position Last Week: n/a
Publisher: Little, Brown
Summary: Peter Knight, a member of the Private investigative firm, pursues a murderer who is trying to destroy the London Olympics.  This is the second title in this series making an appearance on the Top 15 list this week.  Private: #1 Suspect holds the 8th position.


Position #2: Kill Shot
Author: Vince Flynn
Weeks On List: 2
Position Last Week: 1
Publisher: Emily Bestler/Atria
Summary: A C.I.A. super-agent hunting down perpetrators of the Pan Am Lockerbie bombing, finds himself caught in a dangerous trap.


Position #3: The Wolf Gift
Author: Anne Rice
Weeks On List: 1
Position Last Week: n/a
Publisher: Knopf
Summary: The making of a modern werewolf.

Hardcover Non-Fiction Top 3


Position #1: American Sniper
Author: Chris Kyle
Weeks On List: 7
Position Last Week: 3
Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins
Summary: A member of the Navy SEAL’s discusses his childhood, his marriage, and his battlefield experiences during the Iraq war.


Position #2: Ameritopia
Weeks On List: 5
Position Last Week: 1
Publisher: Threshold Editions
Summary: A talk-show host and president of Landmark Legal Foundation surveys the history of utopias and warns that Americans must choose between utopianism and liberty.


Position #3: Killing Lincoln
Weeks On List: 21
Position Last Week: 5
Publisher: Holt
Summary: The heart-stopping events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

Again, look for these titles at your Abilene Public Library, along with other great reads, to see about checking them out for yourselves.  With three (3) convenient locations to serve you, stop by when we’re open and allow our wonderful staff to assist you.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

New "Crafty Creations" Episode @ Your Library

We’ve added a new episode of Crafty Creations to the Abilene Public Library’s YouTube page where we highlight great children’s books and show you how to make some fun crafts inspired from them.  Each month features a different theme and for this 38th episode, it’s all about getting ready for St. Patrick’s Day.


Hosted by Tremain Jackson (South Branch Manager) and Alyssa Crow (Children’s Librarian, South Branch), they’ll show you how to create some great crafts for kids to enhance the storytime process in the home.  In this episode, they’ll highlight the books The Story of the Leprechaun by author Katherine Tegen, as well as St. Patrick’s Day by Anne Rockwell.  After telling you about the featured books, you’ll then learn how to create Tiny Leprechaun Hats and Groovy Tie-Dye Shamrocks using materials you may already have in your house.

Follow this show each month by accessing our Facebook or YouTube pages, or also look for the Crafty Creations page on our website to access archived episodes along with activity/resource guides for each show.  Plus, this show airs in its entirety on TV Channel 7 through the Abilene Television Network on Sundays at 5:30 p.m., Mondays at 1:00 p.m., and Thursdays at 8:00 a.m.

For more information about the Crafty Creations program, be sure to contact Tremain Jackson or Alyssa Crow at 325-698-7565.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Frequently Asked Questions Fridays: General

It's time for edition of the Abilene Public Library's Frequently Asked Questions Fridays blog, where we bring you the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions of library staff.  Each week features ten (10) new questions covering different areas of library services.  For more information, feel free to Contact Us.


I want to donate books to the library. Can I do that?
Materials may be donated to the Main Library located at 202 Cedar St.  All donations are reviewed and items that can be added to the library's circulating collection will be.  Remaining items go to the Friends of the Library to be used in the annual Book Sale held at the Civic Center each June.

I'm looking for an A.R. book for school.  Do you have lists of these at the library?
Yes; these lists are available to be accessed through our website on any computer with Internet access.  Click Here to find the links for the Accelerated Reader lists for your school.

If you're hiring, can I pick up an application at the library?
When hiring, applications may be printed out from the City of Abilene's Employment page, or you may pick up a copy by visiting City Hall located at 555 Walnut St. at the Human Resources Office (Room #103).  Completed applications must be returned, mailed, or faxed back to City Hall.  They are not accepted at the library.

Can I use my debit card at the library?
No; we currently do not have the ability to accept debit or credit cards.  Acceptable forms of payment are cash and checks.

Why can't I search for your mass market paperbacks on your catalog?
The majority of these titles are temporary materials housed as a browsing-only collection.  As they are not classified on our shelving with call numbers and spine labels, they do not appear on our catalog.

I need some legal forms. Can you help me find them?
Yes; we house a great collection of legal resources and most contain copies of forms you may photocopy, while others have CD-ROMs so forms may be accessed on a computer.  Additionally, we offer great E-Resources under the "Legal" subject heading including the Gale Texas Legal Forms where you may access forms online to print out for your use.

I'm a student needing to have a test proctored. Can I do that at the library?
Yes; librarian at all branches may serve as proctors.  We do not charge for this service; however, we ask that you Contact Us so we may see about scheduling you for a testing date.

I was looking on your catalog and saw that some items are listed as Vendor.  What does that mean?
Vendor means the item is a recently acquired title that has arrived at the library.  At that point, it is currently in our Technical Services Department so it may undergo final processing before becoming available for checkout.

Can I use my cell phone at the library?
Yes; however, we do ask that you be respectful of those around you by monitoring the length of your calls as well as your volume while speaking.

My friend and I have the same reading tastes.  Can you check their account and tell me what they're reading?
No; library staff cannot access another person's account other than your own in order to protect one's privacy when it comes to materials you check out.

That's it for this week's Frequently Asked Questions Fridays blog and you can look for new installments each Friday.  Remember, if you need any further information, Contact Us at any Abilene Public Library location and staff will be more than happy to assist you.

Main Library: (325) 677-2474
South Branch: (325) 698-7565
Mockingbird Branch: (325) 437-7323

Thursday, February 23, 2012

OverDrive Instructional Videos @ Your Library

Your Abilene Public Library is pleased to announce new instructional videos on using the OverDrive service to checkout digital audiobooks and eBooks.  With a constantly growing collection, all valid library cardholders may access this service for free. 


Use it to check out up to 10 digital titles at a time for 7-days or 14-days and never worry about late fees as they will return themselves for you.  We know that starting out using this new service may seem a bit challenging; however, we aim to help you through a series of instructional videos.  Feel free to make use of them here, or find them on our YouTube page.  If you need further help, feel free to Contact Us and staff will be happy to assist you.

Here’s a look at the available OverDrive Video Tutorials you may view online 24/7.  To view any of the videos, click on the title of the video and you will be directed to the respective video on YouTube.
View this video to learn the basics on searching for, as well as checking out great eBooks and digital audiobooks.  We will show you the basic functions that will serve as the basis for all you will do on OverDrive.  For more information on transferring titles to devices, you may then select the following video that best applies to your needs.

 View this video to learn how to download the Adobe Digital Editions program to checkout and read Adobe PDF & EPUB books on your computer.  Plus, for those who use compatible eReaders (other than the Amazon Kindle) you will learn how easy it is to transfer an eBook from your computer to your device.

Amazon Kindle Users should watch this video to learn how to transfer Kindle titles to their devices wirelessly.  Those who use devices that support Kindle Apps may also take advantage of the Kindle eBooks as well.  Plus, we will share with you the latest information on select books that will require you to manually transfer them to your device, as they no longer support a wireless transfer.

If you use a mobile device (i.e. iPad, iPhone, Android, etc), which supports being able to access the OverDrive Media Console App, learn how to use this program to search for and checkout digital materials through your device.  By using this app, you will not have to connect to a computer at all.  Everything can be done through this mobile app.

For those using iDevices (i.e. iPad, iPhone, iPod, etc.), you may have noticed that checking out WMA audiobooks is a bit more challenging.  Allow us to walk you through all the steps necessary to check out these titles to your PC, and then transfer them to your iDevices using the OverDrive Media Console program.  This program will be needed in order to format the WMA titles into a playable format on your iDevices. 

If ever you need more information on using the OverDrive service at your Abilene Public Library, feel free to contact us at any time and staff will be more than happy to assist you.  You may also see about signing up for our wonderful Book-A-Librarian programs where you can schedule a 1-on-1 session with a librarian to receive help tailored to your needs.

Whatever you do, make use of the advancements in technology by taking advantage of this great digital checkout service through your library.

Next Week's Programs & Events @ Your Library

Your Abilene Public Library has a TON of great events planned for the upcoming week, and each Thursday, you can check our blog for a look at what they are.  You may also visit our website for a complete listing.  Remember, all events are free and if you need any additional information, feel free to contact us.

Mon., Feb. 27 @ 6:30 p.m.
Mockingbird Branch
Contact: (325) 437-7323
Join us for our monthly Family Fun event, which is perfect for kids of all ages, as well as parents and the whole family.  The theme of tonight's event will be celebrating the popular children's book by Eric Litwin titled Pete the Cat.  There will be stories, songs, crafts, and more all about this book so you won't want to miss out on the evening of fun activities we'll have planned. 

Feb. 29 & Mar. 1 from 12:30 to 4:30
Main Library
Contact: (325) 676-6025
Allow IRS trained volunteers with the AARP to help you e-File your taxes in this annual program at the library.  Everyone is helped on a first-come, first-served basis and you'll be able to sit 1-on-1 with a volunteer to get your taxes filed that day.  Be sure to have all of your tax materials with you, as well as your Photo ID, Social Security card, etc., to complete the process.  This program will be offered every Wednesday and Thursday through the end of tax season.

Thurs., Mar. 1 @ 6:30 p.m.
South Branch
Contact: (325) 698-7565
Come out to the first Family Fun event of the month and experience how fun it is to be a little backwards at this fun-themed event.  This program is designed for kids of all ages, as well as parents too, as we'll have stories, songs, games, crafts, and more that will be all about this zany theme.  You won't want to miss out.

Thurs., Mar. 1 @ 6:30 p.m.
Main Library
Contact: (325) 676-6025
If you need help learning how to use your Kindle to take advantage of the library's OverDrive digital collection, you'll want to attend this free workshop led by Ann Mount & Tony Redman from the library.  We'll take you through each of the steps (for the Kindle-Only) and will also provide a section on troubleshooting and answering your questions.  Don't miss out on this great workshop, and if you can't make it, never fear...we'll be offering it again later in the month.  Plus, you can always stop by any branch location to get assistance from library staff.

Mar. 2 & 3 from 10:00 to 4:00
Mockingbird Branch
Contact: 325) 437-7323
Allow IRS trained volunteers with the AARP to help you e-File your taxes in this annual program at the library.  Everyone is helped on a first-come, first-served basis and you'll be able to sit 1-on-1 with a volunteer to get your taxes filed that day.  Be sure to have all of your tax materials with you, as well as your Photo ID, Social Security card, etc., to complete the process.  This program will be offered every Friday and Saturday through the end of tax season.

Also, don't forget all locations offer weekly storytime sessions for youth of all ages, and you can also sign up to get assistance from library staff on using computers and various other applications.  Offered at every branch location, contact the library location of your choice for more information on dates and times.  We also offer the Book-A-Librarian program where you can signup for 1-on-1 sessions with librarians to provide you with help in whatever you need.

Main Library: (325) 676-6025
South Branch: (325) 698-7565
Mockingbird Branch: (325) 437-7323