Monday, April 30, 2012

New Online Videos Available

Your Abilene Public Library added two (2) videos to our YouTube page with another episode of Crafty Creations and a featured services video.  Look for these new videos on our page and also find them on Facebook too.

Crafty Creations #40: Recycled Wreaths


Tremain Jackson (South Branch Manager) and Alyssa Crow (Children’s Librarian, South Branch) are back to show you how to make some fun crafts using recyclable materials.  In this episode, let them show you how to make wreaths out of plastic bags and egg cartons, which are great for decorations and can be modified for different seasons and holidays to use throughout the year.

Try out these crafts and look for the selected children’s books at your Abilene Public LibraryFor more suggestions on fun crafts to enhance the joy of reading, look for our past shows by viewing the Crafty Creations activity page.  You’ll also find activity guides for each episode and links to their videos.  Plus, view this show on TV Channel 7 on Sundays at 5:30 p.m., Mondays at 1:00 p.m., and Thursdays at 8:00 a.m.

Summer Reading Clubs 2012


Summer is just around the corner and starting on June 4, we’ll be kicking off the Summer Reading Clubs.  With clubs for kids, teens, and adults, there will be something for everyone so allow us to give you a preview on them before we kick everything off in June.  If you have any questions, be sure to Contact Us.

Look out for our videos online, as we add new episodes each and every month to always offer you something new to enjoy.  For more information about any of our online programming and services, feel free to contact Tremain Jackson (Email: tremain.jackson@abilenetx.com).

Main Library Parking Lot Closed the Morning of May 4

As a heads up to all visitors of the Main Branch of the Abilene Public Library, we'd like to let you know the parking lot located off of Cedar St. will be closed off from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Why is this happening?  Abilene ISD will be hosting a Million Word Reader Celebration in downtown Abilene to honor local students who have gone above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to reading...something libraries are all about.

During this time, on the morning of Friday, May 4, Cedar St. will be closed between North 1st and 2nd streets.  We understand there will be some inconvenience for those visiting the Main Library this morning, so please feel free to use our other two (2) locations at the South Branch (1401 S. Danville Dr.) or the Mockingbird Branch (1214 N. Mockingbird Ln.) if you want to avoid the traffic situation.

Please feel free to Contact Us if you have any questions.

Book-to-Film Adaptations: May 2012

Books inspire great films and there are a few coming out in May that we're going to let you in on.  Plus, if the books they are based on are at your Abilene Public Library, we'll be sure to let you know so you can check them out before you see them in the theaters.  Some you may have heard of and others may be new, but be sure to check this blog out so you'll stay in-the-know.

Starring: Robert Downey, Jr.
Release Date: May 4
Based On: Marvel Comics
Author: Various Authors
Library Copies: Housed Across All Locations
Summary: An ensemble cast will join forces in a massive superhero film where Nick Fury and the international agency S.H.I.E.L.D. bring together a team of super humans to form The Avengers to help save the Earth from Loki and his army.  In this film, you'll see many familiar faces from past solo superhero films including Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Starks/Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo taking on Bruce Banner/The Hulk (previously played by Eric Bana and Edward Norton), Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, and the list goes on with more names from past films.  On a budget of $220 million to make, this film is being released in 2D and 3D and is expected to be a pre-summer blockbuster hit.  Plus, a sequel is possibly in the works after Iron Man 3, which will set up the sequel to The Avengers.

Starring: Judi Dench
Release Date: May 4
Based on the Book: These Foolish Things
Library Copies: None; see about acquiring a copy through out Interlibrary Loan service.
Summary: Starring an ensemble of British actors, this film focuses on British retirees who travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel.  Less luxurious than its advertisements, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways.  Based on the 2004 novel of the same name, this dramedy did well when released in the UK and received positive reviews from the critics so you might want to be on the lookout for this film.

Hick
Starring: Chloe Moretz
Release Date: May 11
Based on the Book: Hick
Author: Andrea Portes
Library Copies: None; See about acquiring a copy through our Interlibrary Loan service.
Summary: In this film, a Nebraska teen gets more than she bargained for when she sets out for the bright lights of Las Vegas, and steps into a world of grifters and con artists.  Also starring familiar names including Juliette Lewis, Blake Lively, Alec Baldwin and Rory Culkin, you may find this crime drama to be an interesting find.

Starring: Jennifer Lopez
Release Date: May 11
Based on the Book: What to Expect When You're Expecting
Author: Heidi Murkhoff & Sharon Mazel
Library Copies: Available in both English & Spanish
Summary: This film will provide a look at love through the eyes of five interconnected couples experiencing the thrills and surprises of having a baby, and ultimately coming to understand the universal truth that no matter what you plan for, life doesn't always deliver what's expected.  With an ensemble cast including Cameron Diaz, Matthew Morrison, Rodrigo Santoro, Elizabeth Banks, Dennis Quaid, Anna Kendrick, and more, this dramedy might just be a must see for all expecting parents, as well as those who have already gone through the process.

Be sure to look out for some of these popular books at your Abilene Public Library, and then look for seeing the ones that interest you at the movies.  I can't wait to see what next month has to offer, and if you follow the library's blog, we'll let you in on what they are later in the month. 

Spotlight on E-Resources: Issues & Controversies

Your Abilene Public Library subscribes to a number of respected online databases available to all valid library cardholders.  In this Spotlight on E-Resources blog, allow us to introduce you to an excellent research for getting the facts on some of the most buzz-worthy hot topics around with Issues & Controversies.


Remember, to access any of our online databases, visit the Abilene Public Library's main website and click on the E-Resources text link.  You will be directed to our complete listing of databases and all you need to access them is your 13-digit library card number.

Powered by Facts on File, the Issues & Controversies database is great when needing to obtain information on topics that will present you with all sides of an issue (pros and cons included), to make sure you're getting the whole story.  We can't tell you the countless number of times we receive requests for books providing opposing viewpoints on a number of current social issues.  Although we do carry them at the library, this database may be accessed 24/7 to provide you with a wealth of current information.

According to information from the database itself, Issues & Controversies helps researchers understand the crucial issues we face today, exploring more than 800 hot topics in business, politics, government, education, and popular culture.  Updated weekly, with links to a 12-year backfile, Issues & Controversies offers in-depth articles made to inspire thought-provoking debates.  This database is great for research papers and debate prep.

For each topic, you can find on the site, you'll be provided with...
  • 800+ in-depth and objective articles
  • Pro and Con statements on each issue
  • Editorials, discussion questions and activities designed to promote critical thinking
  • Bill of Rights in Debate
  • Research Topic Suggestions, and more
When you first access the Issues & Controversies databases, it may appear a tad bit intimidating with the number of items you'll see displayed; however, the site provides easy-to-use search features to get you started in no time.  Whether you choose to enter your own subject/keywords into the search box, choose a pre-selected subject in the Subject Index section, choose an issue with the Pros and Cons, etc., there's a number of ways to get to the information you need.

Let's say you needed to research views on the death penalty.  Through this database, you can either perform your own search or choose one of the pre-selected hot topic issues on the left hand side of the screen.  For this example, information was provided on Capital Punishment in U.S. History, Recent Death Penalty-Related Legal Decisions, Death Penalty, Unfair, Immoral, Critics Argue, and more.  When available, you'll also be provided with pictures, graphs, charts, maps, etc., including a bibliography of additional books and articles and complete citations for using them in your papers.

The Issues & Controversies database will also suggest additional related articles, key news events with legislation, and more.  That's only the start because remember, this site will provide you with information on more than 800 current hot topics.  Regardless of whether you have a personal interest in one of the areas, or you needed to find something to research for a school report, this database is AMAZING and something we recommend all the time.

Examples of hot topics included in this database are... 
  • Affirmative Action
  • Airport Full-Body Scanners
  • Animal Testing
  • Computer Hacking
  • Credit Card Regulation
  • Cybersecurity
  • Drug Policies
  • E-Books
  • Reality Television, and more...
Discover the Issues & Controversies database for yourself because once you get started, you'll be amazed at the number of additional issues you find yourself wanting to research.  Remember, you have access to this database 24/7 from any computer with access to the Internet.  All you need is your valid Abilene Public Library card, which is free as long as you live in Taylor County.

Be sure to look out for more Spotlight on E-Resources blog entries, where each time, we'll introduce you to another great database.  With subscriptions to a long list of online tools, your library truly is a one-stop resource for knowledge and information.  If you need any assistance, feel free to Contact Us and staff will be more than happy to help you. 

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Vampire Novels Sans the Sparkle

Bram Stoker was known for writing the quintessential vampire novel in 1897 with Dracula, which set the basis for modern vampire fiction.  This trend continued throughout the years; however, they became widely mainstream in the 2000's when Stephenie Meyer created The Twilight Saga series for young adults.  A series that spawned four (4) internationally bestselling books and a highly successful film franchise captivating teens and adults everywhere.

When this series hit the shelves at the Abilene Public Library, they became hugely popular, and not just with the teenaged demographic they were written for.  Readers have not seen such admiration for vampires in contemporary literature since Anne Rice gave the world the vampire Lestat in 1976.  But for those ardent fans of vampire lit, one area of Meyer’s series that was difficult to swallow was a new breed of vampires who retained much of the same characteristics, with the main exception that they didn't burn when stepping out into the sunlight...they sparkled like diamonds.

To paraphrase a coworker, they’re supposed to be alluring, yet threatening, and it’s hard to be scared of something when they’re sparkling.  Despite the mass appeal of sparkling vamps, for those who desire a different side of the myth, your Abilene Public Library has a collection of recent titles, which provide a different take; one with vampires who aren’t so bedazzled.

Guillermo del Toro, director, screenwriter, producer, and designer has provided his own take on vampires with The Strain Trilogy, co-written with Chuck Hogan.  Unlike Meyer’s vampires, del Toro’s are mutated by a disease taking over the human population.  With a retractile proboscis under their tongue to feed, loss of hair, talons replacing their fingernails, and more, they are the epitome of terror and the macabre.  Beginning with the release of The Strain in 2009, this trilogy was completed in October 2011 with the release of Night Eternal.  If you want to join in the battle with the band of humans seeking to reverse the effects of this rapidly spreading virus, look for checking out this series at your library.

For those desiring a bit of history, intertwined with the vampire lore, you can’t go wrong with Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian.  Published in 2005, this novel became one of the fastest-selling hardback debut novels in the U.S. at the time of its release.  Based in part on Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Kostova’s novel provides an eerie look into Vlad the Impaler, and his equivalent Count Dracula.  Having been inspired by stories of Dracula as a child, she turned those experiences into a novel.  Set in the 15th century, Kostova weaves three different stories together, using letters and oral accounts from the perspective of the historian.  Readers will delight in the vast array of genres to be found between the pages including adventure, mystery, thriller, gothic, and more.  Don’t pass up this intriguing novel at your Abilene Public Library.

Another recently bestselling vampire novel is Justin Cronin’s The Passage, the first in a planned trilogy.  Published in 2010, Cronin gives a post-apocalyptic look at a world overrun by people infected with a virus that turns them into vampire-like beings.  Having evolved from a species of bats, the virus started as a drug meant to boost one’s immunity, until everything goes wrong.  Now, humans must fight together to survive in a world overridden by beings with a thirst for blood.  Once again, this trilogy will take us away from the sparkle and into the harsher reality of supernatural creatures.

A final title worth mentioning is the first book in a new trilogy by author Deborah Harkness with the novel A Discovery of Witches.  Although it doesn’t present a truly darker version of a vampire, some may compare it to being a Twilight novel for adults.  Readers may find similarities in the developing relationship of the lead protagonists of witch Diana Bishop and vampire Matthew de Clairmont, much like that of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen; however, the story consists of a more complex plot.  Combining elements of history, science, magic, alchemy, and a horde of witches, vampires, and daemons struggling to gain control of a mystical manuscript referred to as Ashmole 782, this may prove to be a promising new series for adult readers.  The second book is set to be released this summer titled Shadow of Night, book two in The All Souls Trilogy.

There are even more interesting reads in vampire literature for adults that will suit all tastes.  From Seth Grahame-Smith’s quirky Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter (soon to be a feature film to be released in the Summer of 2012) to Charlaine Harris’ sultry Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire mysteries (adapted to HBO titled True Blood), you won’t be at a loss anytime soon.  So if the cutesy and bedazzled vampires aren’t your cup of tea, try out these great titles for grownups available at your Abilene Public Library.

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5

Keep up with what’s popular in mainstream literature by checking out what books cracked the Top 5 on this week’s New York Times Bestsellers list in Hardcover Fiction & Non-Fiction titles.  If they sound of interest to you, look for them at your Abilene Public Library.

For a list of the Top 15, try listening to our Podcast on Mondays, or stop by any of our branch library locations to view our printed lists for your convenience.

Hardcover Fiction Top 5

Publisher: Grand Central
Summary: A hitman who has become a target of the government who has become a target of the government rescues a teenage girl whose parents have been murdered and who may be at the center of a dangerous conspiracy.

Author: Nora Roberts
Publisher: Putnam
Summary: A programmer hides from the Russian mob in the Ozarks.

Author: John Grisham
Publisher: Doubleday
Summary: A pitcher beans a promising rookie, ending both their careers; years later, the pitcher’s son brings them together.

Author: Stuart Woods
Publisher: Putnam
Summary: The New York lawyer Stone Barrington becomes involved in the family problems of a billionaire hedge fund manager.

Publisher: Little, Brown
Summary: Four friends in Monte Carlo, for a luxurious girls’ vacation, find themselves in prison, accused of a crime.

Hardcover Non-Fiction Top 5

#1: Drift
Author: Rachel Maddow
Publisher: Crown
Summary: America’s path to war has become too easy, with excessive power ceded to the executive branch, the MSNBC host argues.

Author: Jenny Lawson
Publisher: Amy Einhorn/Putnam
Summary: A blogger recalls her unusual upbringing.

#3: Imagine
Author: Jonah Lehrer
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Summary: An account of the science of creativity argues that it is not a gift but a thought process that can be learned.

Author: Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Summary: Two journalists examine the relationships between sitting presidents and their predecessors.

Author: Hank Haney
Publisher: Crown Archetype
Summary: The golf coach’s memoir describes his six eventful years with Tiger Woods.

Look for these titles at your Abilene Public Library, along with even more great reads, to see about checking them out for yourselves…or getting on the reserve lists for them.  With three (3) convenient locations to serve you, stop by when we’re open and allow our wonderful staff to assist you.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Get Free Comics @ Your Library on May 5

Free Comic Book Day will run on Saturday, May 5 and your Abilene Public Library will be participating.  Observed on the first Saturday of May each year, this is a single day when participating comic books specialty shops...give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops.

Having started in 2002, the collection of comics change each year and during our hours of operation, each Abilene Public Library branch will have comics to give out as well.  Simply visit the circulation desk on your visit that morning, and staff will allow you to pick out a title that's of interest to you...and again, it's completely FREE!!! Comics will be provided as supplies last so be sure to get in early for the best selection.
If you just happen to be out and about on Saturday, May 5, additional businesses will be participating including Hastings (located at 4709 S. 14 St.) and Comics & Collectibles (located at 2606 S. 14 St.)Just in case we run out of free comics to pass out, you'll just have some additional locations to try.

Plus, while you're visiting the Abilene Public Library, be sure to take advantage of perusing our wonderful graphic novels collection.  Housing popular titles including superheroes, manga, and more, you're sure to find a great selection of materials to check out from us.  You may not be able to keep them for your own personal collection, but we'll offer a great number of series for you to choose from. 

So don't miss out on this year's Free Comic Book Day running again on Saturday, May 5 at your Abilene Public Library throughout the day.  For more information, feel free to Contact Us.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

2012 Teens' Top Ten Nominations Announced!!!

It's that time of year when the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has posted the 2012 nominations for the best in teen literature.


 What's the Teens' Top Ten list?  This annual list was created as a means for teens (ages 12-18) to nominate their favorite teen and young adult books from the previous year.  What makes this list special is exactly what you just read...the titles on this list are actually nominated by teens themselves.  Nominations are gathered and posted on Support Teen Literature Day, which runs on the Thursday of National Library Week, and teens across the nation vote on their favorites from that list to give you the Teens' Top Ten.

Click Here to view the nominated titles for 2012, and then look for checking out these popular titles from your Abilene Public LibraryRemember, these are titles selected by teens and you may just find your new favorite read.
After you've worked your way through the list, teens will be able to cast their votes online for their favorites, and the 10 titles that receive the most votes will make the final cut.  Voting will be open in August and September with the final list being released during Teen Read Week 2012 (Oct. 14-20).

So be sure to check this list of amazing reads for teens and start checking them out to discover some great titles available at your Abilene Public Library.  Young adult literature is what's hot at the moment and many on this list have had crossover appeal for adults as well.

YALSA is a national association of librarians, library workers and advocates whose mission is to expand and strengthen library services for teens, aged 12-18.  Through its member-driven advocacy, research, and professional development initiatives, YALSA builds the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens.

Events @ Your Library (Apr. 30 - May 5)

Your Abilene Public Library has some great events planned for the upcoming week.  Each Thursday, you can check our blog for a look at these events, or visit our Website for a complete listing.  Remember, all events are free and if you need any additional information, click on the title of the program to be redirected to the event post on our online calendar.

Presenter: Cappy Ricks
May 1 @ 6:30 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Details
Join us as professional organizer Cappy Ricks will be on hand to discuss what it takes to not only be organized, but to also create a functional home office area including placement in your home and where to place office equipment.  Come with something to take notes on and questions in mind to learn everything you can at this informative workshop.

"Melted Bookmarks"
May 2 @ 4:00 p.m.
Ages 8-15
Mockingbird Branch
1214 N. Mockingbird Ln.
325-437-7323 for Details
Tweens are invited to come out to this great afterschool activity where we’ll supply all the materials needed to have you making some unique bookmarks using our special techniques.  These will be perfect to keep your places in those great books you check out from the library so don’t miss out on this hands-on crafting workshop at your library.

"Elephants"
May 3 @ 6:30 p.m.
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
325-698-7565 for Details
It’s time for the first Family Fun event of the month designed for kids of all ages and the entire family.  The theme for the evening will be Elephants and kids will be treated to coloring, stories, songs, dances, and even a craft at this interactive and enhanced evening storytime event at your library.

Also, don’t forget all locations offer weekly storytime session for youth of all ages, and you can also sign up to get assistance from library staff on using computers and various other applications through our Book-A-Librarian program.  Contact Us for information on signing up.  Also, don’t forget to catch the library’s long-running Crafty Creations show for kids, as well as our Project Teen series for teens and young adults available online.  Your Abilene Public Library has much to offer you so don’t hesitate to join in on the fun.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Staff Book Review: "World War Z" by: Max Brooks

Author: Max Brooks
Reviewed By: Tremain Jackson, South Branch Manager

Book Summary: The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity.  Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the U.S. and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet.  He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time.  World War Z is the result.  Never before have we had access to a document that so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror, and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance, that gripped human society through the plague years.

Ranging from the now infamous village of New Dachang in the United Federation of China, where the epidemiological trail began with the 12-year-old Patient Zero, to the unnamed northern forests where untold numbers sought a terrible and temporary refuge in the cold, to the United States of Southern Africa, where the Redeker Plan provided hope for humanity at an unspeakable price, to the west-of-the-Rockies where the North American tide finally started to turn, this invaluable chronicle reflects the full scope and duration of the Zombie War.

Personal Review: It bears the question as to why I picked up this tongue-in-cheek historical account of the zombie wars, and the truth is because I learned it was being adapted to film starring Brad Pitt...so yeah, it was time to figure out what this book was all about.

Written by Max Brooks, son of actor, director, writer, and producer Mel Brooks and actress Anne Bancroft, I was surprised when I read this novel.  Not for the fact I expected it would be a mundane satirical attempt at horror fiction, but it was actually well-written.  Although it covers the aftermath of a zombie outbreak, what I found strikingly refreshing was how the author chose to provide a new of the zombie war using the people as the storytellers; an approach I didn't think someone would do when it's easier to provide a straight-forward horror novel about zombie attacks.

The book is presented in an interview-style format, with each of the chapters consisting of first-person interviews of people who managed to survive the war.  You will follow the stories provided by soldiers who fought in the wars to the average person who managed to stay alive.  Keeping this in mind, it helped to give the book a sense of realism despite the backdrop of an impossible scenario.  Rather than stirring your horror senses, as it will do in some of the descriptions of the attacks, it also does a good jog at stirring your emotions in seeing how humanity could still find a way to band together and press on.

So all in all, this isn't just a book about zombies attacking the world, it's more of how the world reacts to those events.  Brooks did a great job at writing this novel, and being able to see the events unfold through several perspectives, rather than one point-of-view, gave the book strength.  Although this may be a book about zombies, in my opinion, they only serve as background characters to the story at hand, because at the forefront is how man chooses to respond to them.

So if you're looking for a different zombie read, you may want to check out this book.  Even if you don't enjoy zombie stories, you might be surprised by this novel.  Plus, look out for the feature film set to be released later this year and starring Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox, Bryan Cranston, and James Badge Dale.  I mean, if both Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt's production companies went into a bidding war to secure the rights to the novel, it can't be all that bad.  Plus, the film is being put out as the first in a trilogy.

Your Abilene Public Library carries two (2) copies in regular print as well as digital copies in both eBook and Audiobook form through our OverDrive collection.

@ the Library Article: "Source Books for Supernatural Films, TV Make for Great Reads"

As printed in the Abilenian, as part of the Abilene Reporter-News, by Tremain Jackson, Branch Manager of the South Branch location of the Abilene Public Library.

Young adult books are currently all the rave with popular best-selling authors including Suzanne Collins (Hunger Games series), L.J. Smith (Vampire Diaries series), Cassandra Clare (Mortal Instruments series) and the list could go on.

After the internationally bestselling series of Harry Potter and The Twilight Saga have ended, others have stepped up to keep teens interested in reading.  Some are even doing so by luring the most reluctant readers into popular book series by enticing them with television series adapted from the novels themselves.  They've scored legions of fans so allow me to introduce you to a few.

First up, one of the most recognizable shows on TV is The Vampire Diaries on the CW network.  Having run for three seasons, this show follows Elena Gilbert, a high school teen who becomes caught in the middle of a love triangle by two feuding vampire brothers.  If that wasn't enough, she's also on the hit list of a vampire doppelganger, has a witch for a best friend, associates with werewolves, and the list could just go on.  This show was adapted from the bestselling series by L.J. Smith, originally published as a trilogy in 1991.  When her readers yearned for more, she included a fourth volume and eventually returned to the series in 2007 with a spinoff trilogy titled The Vampire Diaries: The Return.  This series helped to fill the void after the end of the Twilight Saga and fans were thrilled when it was brought to television in 2009.  You can find the entire book series, as well as the first two seasons of the TV show, available for checkout at your Abilene Public Library.

Following along in the same genre, another L.J. Smith series has also been given life on the CW network, while serving as a spinoff to the series previously mentioned.  The Secret Circle, which follows the life of Cassie Blake, was added to the fall 2011 lineup.  Having been orphaned at 16, Cassie moves to Chance Harbor, Washington, and finds herself joining a new group of teens.  The thing is, they come from a long line of witches, and help Cassie to discover that she is one too, even if she doesn't believe so herself.

This series was adapted from L.J. Smith's trilogy that was published in 1992 consisting of the titles The Initiation, The Captive, and The Power.  After it was optioned for TV, discussion of a sequel to the trilogy was announced by the author, so there may be future books to come.  Although we don't own the original trilogy, if you're interested in trying it out for yourself, perhaps you should take advantage of our Interlibrary Loan service and we'll find a library in Texas to lend it to you.

Finally, if you've heard of the series Pretty Little Liars on ABC Family, you might not have known this series also was adapted from the popular young adult series by Sara Shepard.  Consisting of 10 novels, this series follows a clique of girls in high school who struggle to come to terms with the disappearance of their leader Alison.

When her body is found three years later, they begin receiving messages from someone who uses the alias "A" and threatens to expose their secrets.  Now they must cover up their own secret actions, avoid getting caught up in lies by their family, friends, and the community, and maintain their social status at school.  Having debuted on television in 2010, the show has been renewed for a third season and has won several Teen Choice Awards including the award for Choice Summer TV Show.  If this sounds like your cup of tea, check out this show on ABC Family, and stop by your Abilene Public Library to read the series for yourself.

These aren't the only teen-oriented shows that have been adapted from popular young adult literature because you can also find Cecily von Zigesar's Gossip Girl series on the CW channel and her books at the library.

There's also H.G. Bissinger's book titled Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream that was adapted to a feature film and then a television show, both of the same name, which ran for five seasons focusing on football in West Texas, and the list could simply go on and on.

With so many young adult novels inspiring both big budget films and popular television series, there are a number of great reads for even the most reluctant of readers to take advantage of.

Although some of the staple series, including Harry Potter, The Twilight Saga, The Hunger Games and more have come to an end, there are still more great reads for teens to discover (and new ones coming along all the time!)

Stop by your Abilene Public Library and look out for some of these great books and ask staff for more suggestions based on your reading tastes.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

New Book & DVD Releases Today

Take a look at a selection of today's top new book and DVD releases at your Abilene Public LibraryIf they're not available, get yourself on the reserve lists for them through our online catalog.

The bestselling author returns to the Dark Tower series that began in the 1970's and stands as one of King's most beguiling achievement.  Returning to Mid-World, this novel provides a story within a story where Roland Deschain, the last gunslinger, is shown in his early days following the death of his mother.  Being sent to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, Deschain must now protect a boy who is the sole surviving witness of the creature's slaughter.  Only a teenager himself, we see the beginning of Deschain's life that has captivated readers for decades. 

Don't miss the first novel in the new Ladies of Lantern Street series by bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz, who also writes under her married name and her maiden name (Jayne Castle).  In this novel, she provides another tale combining a historical fiction romance with hints of paranormal and suspense following Evangeline Ames, a woman fascinated by the paranormal energy of nearby Crystal Gardens.  When her life is threatened, Lucas Sebastian disposes of her would-be assassin, and insists on keeping the matter private.  Together, they soon discover they have a common enemy, and to survive, they must unearth what has been buried for too long.

Contraband starring: Mark Wahlberg
Enter the world of Chris Farraday, a former smuggler who gets dragged back into the game to make things right with a New Orleans gangster over a debt owed by Chris' brother-in-law.  To protect him, he must now head to Panama to score millions of dollars in counterfeit bills, but what happens when nothing goes as planned will keep him on his toes. 

In this film, based on the book by Jonathan Safran Foer, you'll meet Oskar, a young boy who's convinced that his father, who died in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, has left a message for him hidden in the city.  Now he goes searching through New York City for the lock that fits a mysterious key he found in his father's closet, which takes him on a journey to a greater understanding of the world around him.

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