Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Did You Know: Twitter @ Your Library

Did you know your Abilene Public Library tweets on a regular basis?  Utilizing the popular Twitter social networking service through the City of Abilene, this online tool is a great way to keep up with short blasts of information from your library.

Twitter has taken the world by storm allowing registered users to post quick messages, known as tweets, which limit you to posting no more than 140-characters.  For those of you on a time crunch, these blasts of info make it easier for you to get the highlights of what you need to know quickly.

Your Abilene Public Library tweets on a regular basis about our services, programs, and more.  By visiting the account online (which you can link to by clicking on the icon on our website), if you have an active account of your own, you may follow the City's twitter to make it easier to find, or simply visit the site whenever you like.

Anytime your library posts, we'll do so by starting each tweet with #AbileneLibrary so you know it's a post from us.  For those who are Twitter savvy, by entering "#AbileneLibrary" as a search term on Twitter, it will bring up all the posts by your library.  By following this account, not only will you be privy to viewing library tweets, but you'll also see the tweets coming out of City Hall and other city departments throughout Abilene.

Be sure to check out your library's tweets.  For those who are pressed for time, following them will be the fastest way for you to keep up with what we have to offer in a fast and efficient manner.

Post Contributed by Tremain Jackson, South Branch Manager

Today's New Book & DVD Releases

Take a look at a selection of today's new book and DVD releases hitting the shelves at your Abilene Public Library.  Look for them on your next visit, or better yet, see about getting yourselves on the reserve lists if they're not currently available. 

Author: Dean Koontz
Series: Odd Thomas, Book 5
Summary: This latest installment, or which this series is also being adapted to film, will chronicle Odd Thomas' most riveting adventure to date, as his mysterious journey of suspense and discovery moves to a dangerous new level.  Now Odd must confront deadly adversaries in a decaying estate straight out of Sunset Boulevard in a tale that will kick the series into overdrive. 

Author: Brad Thor
Series: Scot Harvath
Summary: In this ultimate tale of deception, deep inside the U.S. government, there is a deadly list.  Members of Congress never get to see it and only the president has the final say over it...once your name is on the list, it doesn't come off until you're dead.  Scot Harvath, a counter-terrorism operative, has been added to the list, and now he must evade the teams dispatched to kill him so he can untangle who has framed him for treason and why they want him out of the way.  The only question is...will he live to see it through? 

Author: Kay Hooper
Series: Bishop/Special Crimes Unit
Summary: Emma has lived a quiet life until an accident and nightmares began to fill her mind with visions of darkness, blind panic, and desperate women chased by death.  With no reports of women gone missing or found dead, Emma writes it off...until her sister arrives.  Jessie is a psychic investigator who has been estranged from her sister for years.  Working for a firm called Haven, issues from her past have kept the two apart.  But the locals aren't too happy to see her back either, and as she returns, Emma's nightmares become more vivid.  With the help of Noah Bishop, head of the FBI Special Crimes Unit and co-founder of Haven, Jessie and Emma soon find themselves outnumbered by the secrets of their hometown, and outrunning an evil that has been festering for years that's targeting Jessie and Emma one last time.

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

Post Contributed Tremain Jackson, South Branch Manager

Monday, July 30, 2012

New Videos From Your Library

Your Abilene Public Library has added some new videos to our YouTube page for you to watch as each month we always add something new.  Take a look at what those new episodes are, and all in one screen.

Crafty Creations #43: Fun with Summer Crafts
 
Librarians Tremain Jackson & Alyssa Crow demonstrate how to make Cockleshell Critters & Coffee Filter Fans to go along with two children's books available at your library.  Plus, Janis Test is back to tell you a little about the upcoming West Texas Book Festival in September.  You can also catch the full episode of the show 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. 

Project Teen #18: Making Craft Stick Bracelets
Jessica Reyes returns with another fun crafting project for teens and young adults to show you how to transform a simple craft stick into some fashion forward accessories. 

August's Event Highlights @ Your Library
 Get a look at the upcoming events planned across all library locations for August.  You can also visit our website to view our calendar, follow us on Facebook, or pick up a copy of our Bibliofiles event newsletters available at any Abilene Public Library location. 

Post Contributed by Tremain Jackson, South Branch Manager

Spotlight on E-Resources: American Indian Experience

Your Abilene Public Library subscribes to a number of respected online databases available to all library cardholders.  In this entry, we'll introduce you to the American Indian Experience, providing access to a wealth of information on the native peoples of North America.


To access the majority of our online databases, you will need to visit the Abilene Public Library's website and click on the E-Resources text link.  You will be directed to our complete listing of databases, and if required, you will then need your 13-digit library card number.

The American Indian Experience is powered by ABC-CLIO, "an award-winning publisher of reference, contemporary thought, and professional development content, created to help students, educators, librarians, and general readers of all ages wrestle with complex challenges."  This digital resource will take you to the past, and up to the contemporary cultures, of the Native peoples of North American in a one-stop resource.  

How to Use the Database
The American Indian Experience database is streamlined in design to make it relatively easy to use regardless of whether you are a new or experienced user.  Providing you with four (4) major ways to search, each option has its benefits.  Located at the top of each screen, no matter where you go in the website, use them to help navigate your way through the information within.
  • Eras: Use as a great starting off point with major headings and classifications for relevant periods in history.  Such includes Early Native America, Precontact-1527, and all the way up to Modern Native Nations and Sovereignty, 1988-Present.  Each heading will consist of major key points including, but certainly not limited to, the "Spanish Influence on Native America," "Navajo Code Talkers," "Disintegration of California Native Societies," "The Trail of Tears," and more.  By making a selection, you'll be provided with overviews, articles, documents, and citations for use in research papers, plus you have the opportunity to print or email the document for future use later on.
  • Analyze: This type of search will provide you with a broader look offering clickable links under each designation from 1490 A.D. through the present day.  Under each searchable topic, you'll be immersed in history analyzing important key areas.  Under each topic, you'll be posed with a relevant key question and provided with the tools to analyze the topic based on key perspectives, information you need to know about the issue, investigative questions for critical thinking, and additional online sites of interest.
  • Advanced Search: This type is for the more experienced user providing multiple ways to search the site by selecting the category of results you wish to see (i.e. articles, documents, timelines, etc.) and then select the eras (or time periods) you'd like to see information from.  After entering your search terms and selecting your choices, click the Go button to see your results.
  • Quick Search: Use this much like you would a search engine to search across the entire site for information.
The American Indian Experience is an excellent database and we invite you to make use of what it has to offer.  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.

Post Contributed by Tremain Jackson, South Branch Manager

Saturday, July 28, 2012

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5

Keep up with what's popular in mainstream literature by checking out what books made the Top 5 on the current New York Times Bestsellers list in Hardcover Fiction & Non-Fiction titles for the upcoming week.  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. 

Hardcover Fiction Top 5

Author:  Daniel Silva
Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks on List: 1
Copies Owned: 4 regular print; 2 audiobook
Summary: Gabriel Allon, an art restorer and occasional spy for the Israeli secret service, discovers a global criminal enterprise behind a murder in Rome.

Author: Gillian Flynn
Publisher: Crown
Position Last Week: 3
Weeks on List: 7
Copies Owned: 5 regular print
Summary: A woman disappears on the day of her fifth anniversary; is her husband a killer?

Publisher: Little, Brown
Position Last Week: 2
Weeks on List: 3
Copies Owned: 6 regular print; 3 large-type; 1 audiobook
Summary: A New York detective takes refuge with his 10 children in an upstate cabin.

Publisher: Viking
Position Last Week: 1
Weeks on List: 2
Copies Owned: 3 regular print; 2 large-type; 1 audiobook
Summary: An Oxford scholar/witch and a vampire geneticist pursue history, secrets and each other in Elizabethan London.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks on List: 1
Copies Owned: 3 regular print; 3 audiobook
Summary: The Louisiana detective Dave Robicheaux hunts for a missing Cajun singer.

Hardcover Non-Fiction Top 5

#1: Wild
Publisher: Knopf
Position Last Week: 1
Weeks on List: 14
Copies Owned: 3 regular print; 2 audiobook
Summary: A woman's account of a life-changing 1,100-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail.

Publisher: Random House
Position Last Week: 2
Weeks on List: 88
Copies Owned: 3 regular print; 2 large-type; 2 audiobook, digital e-Book & audiobook
Summary: An Olympic runner's story of survival as a prisoner of the Japanese in World War II.

Author: Edward Klein
Publisher: Regnery
Position Last Week: 4
Weeks on List: 3
Copies Owned: 3 regular print
Summary: A journalist argues that President Obama is callow and unable to lead.

Author: Bill O'Reilly & Martin Dugard
Publisher: Holt
Position Last Week: 5
Weeks on List: 43
Copies Owned: 5 regular print; 3 large-type; 1 audiobook; digital audiobook
Summary: The host of "The O'Reilly Factor" recounts the events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

Author: Jack McCallum
Publisher: Ballantine
Position Last Week: 3
Weeks on List: 2
Copies Owned: 3 regular print
Summary: The 1992 U.S. men's Olympic basketball team.

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 us to help you. 

Post Contributed by Tremain Jackson, South Branch Manager

Friday, July 27, 2012

Author Read-Alikes with James Rollins

James Rollins is a bestselling author of suspense novels that contain a ton of action-packed plots, nail-biting suspense, exotic settings and locations, as well as a little history and science to go along with them all.  All of these parts combine together to make for an enjoyable read of all who love entertaining novels.  Also being the pen name of James Paul Czajkowski, he's a veterinarian who just happens to be a bestselling author on the side...what a combination.

Allow your Abilene Public Library to introduce you to this author, and all of his many popular works, so that we may highlight additional authors who write in similar styles.  We do this in hopes that we can show you even more great reads to look out for at your library.

Rollins, for the sake of his writing career, is an amateur spelunker and certified scuba diver who used his pastimes as the focus of the content of his earlier novels.  In his stories, it's not so much the characters that take center stage as it is the plot that readers are primarily drawn to.  With elaborate twists, tons of action, and cliffhangers that simply keep you glued to the book, the tension he creates is extremely profound.

Always providing a great suspense at the heart of the story, he also blends in other subject areas by adding adventure, horror, the supernatural and more into his unique style of writing.  The attention provided to the science behind each of them is also an intriguing aspect, which also makes his stories appear to be too over-the-top to be believable.  Having made a name for himself for his standalone titles, he does write in the Sigma Force series about an elite American Special Ops Team, which began with the release of Sandstorm in 2004.  He's continued in that series with the most recent installment being the eighth book titled BloodlineIf wanting to try out one of his earlier standalone titles, some great ones to checkout includes his debut novel titled Subterranean in 1999, and others.

Fans of his works definitely have more to look forward to, especially if you find complexity in your plots, along with a dash of science, to be alluring.  Allow us to suggest some additional author you may find of interest.

Read-Alike Author: Clive Cussler
If you find Rollins' standalone adventure novels to be the most appealing to you, Cussler is a definite choice for readers to tackle.  As a marine archaeologist himself, he's best known for authoring adventure novels featuring the character of Dirk Pitt and the NUMA (National Underwater and Marine Agency) organization.  Most of Cussler's established series is a matter of life imitating art as he uses his own background to help create his adventures, the NUMA is an agency he founded and chairs in real life, which just happens to be at the center of many of his novels.  Although Cussler writes across numerous series, you might want to stick with the Dirk Pitt Adventure series, which contains 21 popular novels including, Sahara, Atlantis Found, Trojan Odyssey, and Shock Wave.

Preston & Child are a writing team of bestselling works that fans of Rollins' more scientific approach to his works will find this duo appealing.  Also creating novels with tons of action, adventure, some history in its coverage of ancient civilizations, ties to modern day science, and more, they are great at blending suspense and thrillers together.  Best known for authoring the Pendergast series, a great place to start with is 1995's release of The Relic.  If you discover that to be a popular read, they have more for you to enjoy either together, or separately in their solo works.

Read-Alike Author: Steve Berry
Berry may not be as established as the previous authors; however, he's a great author having penned four (4) standalone titles and seven (7) novels in the Cotton Malone series since 2003.  Although readers will be able to detect a difference in the pacing of Berry's novels, as they do move by a bit slower, it's the international appeal and the action in his plots, while also providing a historical  element, which will appeal to fans of Rollins.  If wanting to read his materials that offer the best comparison, try sticking with the Cotton Malone series featuring the former U.S. Justice Department agent turned bookseller.  The first book in that series is The Templar Legacy, released in 2006, and if you like it, follow the rest in that series through to 2011's release of The Jefferson Key.

And those are just a sampling of the authors for you to look out for who write similar to the works of bestselling author James RollinsBe sure to check one of these out for yourself to see what you think of them and if you need any additional information, feel free to Contact Us and staff will be more than happy to assist you. 

Post Contributed by Tremain Jackson, South Branch Manager

Thursday, July 26, 2012

New Who-Dun-It Cozy Summer Reads


Fans of cozy mysteries will be glad to know two all-time favorite authors, G.A. McKevett & Joanne Fluke, have released their latest who-dun-it just in time for summer.

G.A. McKevett’s Buried in Buttercream stars the ever irrepressible Savannah Reid.  This time Savannah and Coulter are finally tying the knot – well almost – that is until the building burns down on her big day with Savannah’s wedding dress inside.  With her entire family from Georgia visiting L.A. and so much to do to piece things together, it’s no wonder Savannah hires wedding planner to the stars Madeline Alberson to help get things back on track.  Unfortunately for Savannah good intentions only take you so far.  This foul-proof plan springs a leak when Savannah stumbles across Madeline dead as a doornail on her way to the altar.  Filled to the brim with laughter and mayhem – this another great addition to a popular series.

Readers of Joanne Flukes’ Hannah Swenson series will enjoy the newly released Cinnamon Roll Murder.  Spring – blue skies, wildflowers, balmy days – in Lake Eden Minnesota Spring means mud and ice and for Hannah and her friend Michelle this combination ends up spelling disaster.  On their way to cater a jazz concert by the Cinnamon Rolls, they come upon a bad roadway accident.  It’s not until they start helping that they realize the overturned tour bus belongs to none other than the jazz band they’re on their way to meet.  Things get a bit tricky but Hannah feels she’s got it under control, until one of the members ends up dead – and not from the crash.  Loaded with delicious recipes (the title says it all) and lots of laughs, this book will keep you guessing until the end.

Be sure to look out for some of these great and new cozy mysteries for the summer at your Abilene Public Library.  Like the name of the subgenre suggests, this type of mystery contains crime stories and mysteries where sex and violence are downplayed or treated humorously.  Popular with many readers at your library, if you happen to be a fan of G.A. McKevett or Joanne Fluke, be sure to look out for their latest novels at your library.

Post Contributed by Anne Ellis, Mockingbird Branch Manager

Events @ Your Library (Jul. 30 - Aug. 4)

Your Abilene Public Library is slowing it down a bit after a BUSY and successful Summer Reading Club program that ends this Saturday (July 28).  So although we don't have a ton of events planned, never fear, we have tons more in the works for you to come out and take advantage of.  Remember, all events are free for you to attend, and feel free to check our Thursday blogs or our Website for a complete listing. 

"Watermelon Mania"
Aug. 2 @ 6:30 p.m.
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr. 
Abilene, TX 79605
325-698-7565 for Details
Kids of all ages, as well as the entire family, are invited to come out to this event featuring stories, songs, games, crafts, and more that deal with melons.  As refreshing as they can be over the summer, don't miss out on your chance to join in on this interactive storytime event.

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 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.

Post Contributed by Tremain Jackson, South Branch Manager

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Staff Book Review: "Legend" by: Marie Lu

Author: Marie Lu
Reviewed By: Marianne Vadney, Library Assistant (South Branch)

Book Summary: What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors.  Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, 15-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles.  Born into the slums, 15-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal.  But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect.  Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias' death.  But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to to keep its secrets.

Personal Review: Marie Lu's Legend is a new addition to the teen dystopian literature shelf and an interesting one at that.  The story follows the points of view of June and Day.  June has been raised by her brother who is a soldier in their world's government, and groomed to one day follow in his footsteps.  Day, on the other hand, is doing everything he can to bring down the government.  When their paths cross, June realizes that her government is as perfect as she once thought and her once shining future has now been irrevocably shattered.

This book gave a unique voice to both the main characters and I enjoyed the story.  I wasn't really surprised at any point in the novel though and felt that the book was one more dystopian story, same kids, same bad government, same "oh duh, our government sucks, how did I not realize it before" moments.  The thing I did find fun was the cat and mouse feel between June and Day as she tries to figure out how to trap the notoriously wanted terrorist.

If you want to look out for a copy of another dystopian literature addition for teens and young adults, look out for a copy of this title at your Abilene Public Library as we own three (3) copies in regular print.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Did You Know: Podcasting @ Your Library

Did you know your Abilene Public Library podcasts on a regular basis?  Five (5) days a week you can follow your library as we provide you with regular shows on a variety of topics related not only to your library, but to libraries in general and located on our Podcast page.

Having first started in March 2008, over 600 shows have been uploaded and listened to by people across the nation over 222,000 times.  Podcasting is simply a digital method of uploading an episodic series of audio files that may be listened to directly from your computer, or downloaded to your mobile devices by subscribing to them.

This popular method provides you with fresh content from your Abilene Public Library, and utilizing digital technology as another great way to use the advancements of technology to connect with library lovers.

Weekly Lineup of Podcast Shows
  • New York Times Bestsellers (8-10 min. per episode): Each Monday you'll get a rundown of the Top 15 books on the current New York Times Bestsellers Lists for Hardcover Fiction & Nonfiction titles.  This lets you in on what's popular in mainstream literature so you can look for them at your library.
  • Library Talk: Releases Edition (10-15 min. per episode): On Tuesdays, we'll give you a look at the popular book and DVD releases.  We'll provide you with a summer, reviews, background information, and more so you're informed on the new titles to look for at your library.
  • @ Your Library Column (5-8 min. per episode): Your library has a regular column in the Abilenian, printed every Wednesday in the Abilene Reporter-News.  Highlighting library programming, resources, collections, general information, news, and more, we'll also provide you with an audio version of the article each week.
  • Events @ Your Library (8-10 min. per episode): Every Thursday, we'll highlight the upcoming events and programs planned across your library system for the following week.
  • Library Talk: News Edition (20-25 min. per episode): On Fridays you'll get a look at some of the stories from the past week that relate to the world of libraries in general.  Covering a wide range of topics from budget to criminal to book/author to film adaptations to technology and more, there will be a ton of stories of interest to library lovers everywhere.
Feel free to listen to our Podcasts any time as you'll always have access to about 8-weeks of shows at any given time.  They're free for you to listen to 24/7 and another great way to keep up with different areas of your Abilene Public LibraryPlus, feel free to visit our Podcast page and subscribe to them so they'll be delivered to your compatible smartphones and mobile devices automatically, making it that much easier to keep up with them.

After four (4) years of being on-the-air, this is just another exciting way your Abilene Public Library uses the advancements in technology to keep you in touch with what libraries have to offer you.

Post Contributed by Tremain Jackson, South Branch Manager

Today's New Book & DVD Releases

Take a look at a selection of today's new book and DVD releases hitting the shelves at your Abilene Public LibraryLook for them on your next visit, or better yet, see about getting yourselves on the reserve lists if they're not currently available.

Series: Paranormalcy, Book 3
Summary: In this final installment of the young adult series, Evie wants to focus on her winter formal and her boyfriend, but her sense of normalcy doesn't last long.  When a coalition of paranormals comes to ask her if she'll send them back to their home world, she finds herself struggling against rival Faerie Court forces, an out-of-control IPCA, and her own uncertainty about which choice is right, to decide what she'll actually do.  Don't miss the next installment in this series, of which the first book was selected as a Lone Star award book for youth.

Series: Women of the Otherworld, Book 13
Summary: In what may be the final book in this contemporary fantasy series, a war is brewing and the first battle has been waged.  Savannah has now rescued her half-brother from supernatural medical testing, and while he's fighting to stay alive, the Supernatural Liberation Movement has taken him hostage, and they have a maniacal plan in store to expose the supernatural world to everyone.  Now Savannah must call upon her inner energy to summon spells, while joining in with her band of fighters, for one last epic battle to protect not only herself, but supernaturals everywhere.

Author: J.A. Jance
Series: Joanna Brady, Book 14
Summary: Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady has a problem that crisscrosses the personal and the political in this latest installment.  Her daughter, Jenny, has discovered her high school principal murdered.  It's no fun digging into the uncomfortable truths about the man, especially when Jenny seems to know more - and understand less - than she's revealing. 

Summary: Two girls and three boys, all with strikingly different looks and talents, meet at school as young children.  Having become inseparable ever since, their friendship has survived all the bumps and bends of childhood and adolescence.  But when they graduate and scatter to different colleges, their lives diverge and some are lost forever.  Those who remain will struggle to understand that even bonds that once seemed unbreakable are not proof against tragedy, but they can also transform into something new and entirely unexpected.

Starring: Sam Worthington
Summary: In this sequel to Clash of the Titans, Perseus braves the treacherous underworld to rescue his father, Zeus, captured by his son, Ares, and brother Hades, who unleash the ancient Titans upon the world.  Promising great special effects, this action-fantasy film took in over $300 million in the box office, and although the critics didn't think too highly of the film, Warner Bros. is currently looking into developing a possible third film in the series.

Silent House
Starring: Elizabeth Olsen
Summary: When Sarah finds herself sealed insider her family's secluded lake house with no contact to the outside world, panic soon turns to terror as events become increasingly ominous.  Although it may not have been a big hit in theaters, you may want to catch this American remake for yourself if you're into thrills and chills.

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

Post Contributed by Tremain Jackson, South Branch Manager

Monday, July 23, 2012

Weekly Program Highlight: Games, Games, Games

It's time to highlight another summer event going on at your Abilene Public Library as a reminder of all the wonderful things your library has to offer.  We're doing so not only as a means to inform you, but also to inspire you to join in an participate.

Games, Games, Games

Enjoying the "What's in the Cat's Hat" Game

Who: Parents and Children, Ages 3-12 

What: We'll have lots of Dr. Seuss inspired board games and activities including the classic "Seuss is Loose." 

Where: South Branch Library, 1401 S. Danville Dr. 

When: Wednesday, July 25 @ 3:30 p.m. 

Why: In celebration of "A Dr. Seuss Summer" we're hosting this event and many others all summer long.  Join us Wednesday and unplug from your electronic devices to make some human connections worth keeping.  After all, summer should be fun and full of laughter. 

Post Contributed by Anne Ellis, Mockingbird Branch Manager

Spotlight on E-Resources: Latino American Experience

Your Abilene Public Library subscribes to a number of respected online databases available to all library cardholders.  In this Spotlight on E-Resources entry, we'll introduce you to the Latino American Experience, providing access to a wealth of information on Latino American history and culture.

To access the majority of our online databases, you will need to visit the Abilene Public Library's website and click on the E-Resources text link.  You will be directed to our complete listing of databases, and if required, you will then need your 13-digit library card number.


The Latino American Experience is powered by ABC-CLIO, "an award-winning publisher of reference, contemporary thought, and professional developments content, created to help students educators, librarians, and general readers of all ages wrestle with complex challenges."  Plus, this comprehensive database is touted as being "the latest version of the first-ever database dedicated to the history and culture of Latinos - the largest, fastest growing minority group in the United States.  Through this resource, guests will be able to immerse themselves in the history from the present day, to as far back as 250 A.D.  Whether your interests lie in gaining general knowledge or researching for projects, you'll find a ton of great information from a source you can trust.

How to Use this Database
The Latino American Experience database is streamlined in design to make it relatively easy to use regardless of whether you are a new or experienced user.  Providing you with four (4) major ways to search, each option has its benefits.  Located at the top of each screen, no matter where you go in the website, use them to help navigate your way through the information within.
  • Eras: Use as a great starting off point to be provided with the major headings and classifications for periods in history relevant to Latino Americans.  Broken into 15 different categories, you will be able to search starting from Cultures Collide, 1490s-1520s all the way to Latinos and the New Millennium, 2000-present.  Each heading will consist of major key points including, but certainly not limited to, the "Mexican-American War," "Mexican Immigration," "Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers Movement," "Immigration Reform," and so much more.  By making a selection, you'll be provided with overviews, articles, documents, and citations for use in research papers, plus you have the opportunity to print or email the document for future use later on.
  • Analyze: Similar to the Eras designation, this search provides you with a broader look at the Latino American Experience throughout history, with offering you clickable links under each designation from 1490 A.D. through the present day.  Under each searchable topic, you'll be immersed even more in history analyzing important key areas.  Under each topic, you'll be posed with a relevant key question and provided with the tools to analyze the topic based on key perspectives, information you need to know about the issue, investigative questions for critical thinking, and additional online sites of interest to get even more information.
  • Advanced Search: Designed for the more experienced user, you will be provided with multiple ways to search the site by being able to select the category of results you wish to see (i.e. articles, documents, timelines, etc.) and then select the eras (or time periods) you'd like to see information from.
  • Quick Search: Use this feature like you would a search engine to search across the entire site for information.  You may enter your search terms across any topic of interest.  After submitting a search, you'll be provided with a listing of relevant articles in the database, with the option of using a filter to limit your search results even more.
The Latino American Experience is an excellent database to use for a one-stop look at authoritative information covering a great span of time over history.  We invite you to make use of what it has to offer as it's available to you online whenever you need it.


 Be sure to look 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. 

Post Contributed By Tremain Jackson, South Branch Manager

Sunday, July 22, 2012

OverDrive Instructions for Kindle Users

Your Abilene Public Library offers valid library cardholders with the ability to checkout digital e-Books and audiobooks through the amazing OverDrive service at no charge to you.  Feel free to checkout up to 10 titles at a time, for up to 2-weeks, and never worry about late fees again.  This collection is available for you to use 24/7 and from any device with access to the Internet.

Staff at your library have walked patrons through each of the steps on using their devices through our Book-A-Librarian sessions, we've hosted workshops for Kindle users, we have online instructional videos, and we've made some basic handouts to walk you through the process.

This blog posting contains the instructional video for using the OverDrive service to checkout e-Books to your Kindle devices.  Unless otherwise instructed, all titles may be transferred wirelessly to your device.  Kindle Fire users may complete the entire process through their tablet without the assistance of a PC. We'll provide you with a basic video for doing this, as well as an instructional guide we use when teaching people in person.

Remember, if you have any questions regarding the use of this service, feel more than free to Contact Us and we'll be more than happy to assist you.


Kindle & Kindle App Instructions

OverDrive Instructions for App Users (iPhone, iPad, Android)

Your Abilene Public Library offers valid library cardholders with the ability to checkout digital e-Books and audiobooks through the amazing OverDrive service at no charge to you.  Feel free to checkout up to 10 titles at a time, for up to 2-weeks, and never worry about late fees again.  This collection is available for you to use 24/7 and from any device with access to the Internet.

Staff at your library have walked patrons through each of the steps on using their devices through our Book-A-Librarian sessions, we've hosted workshops for Kindle users, we have online instructional videos, and we've made some basic handouts to walk you through the process.

This blog posting contains the instructional video for using the OverDrive service to checkout e-Books and audiobooks for users of iPhone, iPad, and Android devices which support the use of the OverDrive Media Console app.  We'll provide you with a basic video for doing this, as well as an instructional guide we use when teaching people in person. 

Remember, if you have any questions regarding the use of this service, feel more than free to Contact Us and we'll be more than happy to assist you.


iPhone, iPad, Android Instructions

Basic OverDrive Instructions for Nook Devices

Your Abilene Public Library offers valid library cardholders with the ability to checkout digital e-Books and audiobooks through the amazing OverDrive service at no charge to you.  Feel free to checkout up to 10 titles at a time, for up to 2-weeks, and never worry about late fees again.  This collection is available for you to use 24/7 and from any device with access to the Internet.

Staff at your library have walked patrons through each of the steps on using their devices through our Book-A-Librarian sessions, we've hosted workshops for Kindle users, we have online instructional videos, and we've made some basic handouts to walk you through the process.

This blog posting contains the instructional video for using the OverDrive service on your Nook devices (as well as other leading e-Readers with the exception of Apple devices and the Kindles) as well as the basic instructions we provide to patrons who wish to have something to take home to help guide them through the steps.

Remember, if you have any questions regarding the use of this service, feel more than free to Contact Us and we'll be more than happy to assist you.



OverDrive Guide for the Nook

Basic OverDrive Instructions Audiobook Downloads to PC

Your Abilene Public Library offers valid library cardholders with the ability to checkout digital e-Books and audiobooks through the amazing OverDrive service at no charge to you.  Feel free to checkout up to 10 titles at a time, for up to 2-weeks, and never worry about late fees again.  This collection is available for you to use 24/7 and from any device with access to the Internet.

Staff at your library have walked patrons through each of the steps on using their devices through our Book-A-Librarian sessions, we've hosted workshops for Kindle users, we have online instructional videos, and we've made some basic handouts to walk you through the process.

This blog posting contains the instructional video for using the OverDrive service to listen to audiobooks on your PC, as well as to transfer them to a compatible MP3 player.  We'll also provide you with the instructional guide we provide to patrons who wish to have something to take home to help guide them through the steps.  Please note that those using the OverDrive Media Console app on Apple devices and the Android may wirelessly transfer audiobooks to their devices rather than following this step.  The only exception comes to WMA titles, which must be transferred manually to Apple devices to re-code them to a compatible and playable format, which the video below will address.

Remember, if you have any questions regarding the use of this service, feel more than free to Contact Us and we'll be more than happy to assist you.


OverDrive Audiobooks for PC Use

Basic OverDrive Instructions for PC Use

Your Abilene Public Library offers valid library cardholders with the ability to checkout digital e-Books and audiobooks through the amazing OverDrive service at no charge to you.  Feel free to checkout up to 10 titles at a time, for up to 2-weeks, and never worry about late fees again.  This collection is available for you to use 24/7 and from any device with access to the Internet.

Staff at your library have walked patrons through each of the steps on using their devices through our Book-A-Librarian sessions, we've hosted workshops for Kindle users, we have online instructional videos, and we've made some basic handouts to walk you through the process.

This blog posting contains the instructional video for using the OverDrive service to read e-Books on your PC if you don't happen to own an e-Reader or compatible device.  We'll also provide you with the instructional guide we provide to patrons who wish to have something to take home to help guide them through the steps.

Remember, if you have any questions regarding the use of this service, feel more than free to Contact Us and we'll be more than happy to assist you.


OverDrive eBooks for PC Use

Saturday, July 21, 2012

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5

Keep up with what's popular in mainstream literature by checking out what books made the Top 5 on the current New York Times Bestsellers list in Hardcover Fiction & Non-Fiction titles for the upcoming week.  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 location to view our printed lists.

Hardcover Fiction Top 5

Publisher: Viking
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks on List: 1
Copies Owned: 3 regular print; 2 large-type; 1 audiobook
Summary: An Oxford scholar/witch and a vampire geneticist pursue history, secrets and each other in Elizabethan London. 

Publisher: Little, Brown
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks on List: 1
Copies Owned: 6 regular print; 3 large-type; 1 audiobook
Summary: A New York detective takes refuge with his 10 children in an upstate cabin. 

Author: Gillian Flynn
Publisher: Crown
Position Last Week: 1
Weeks on List: 6
Copies Owned: 5 regular print
Summary: A woman disappears on the day of her fifth anniversary; is her husband a killer? 

Publisher: Putnam
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks on List: 1
Copies Owned: 5 regular print; 2 audiobook
Summary: The F.B.I. agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock investigate the murder of a judge. 

Publisher: Atria
Position Last Week: 2
Weeks on List: 2
Copies Owned: 3 regular print
Summary: A young woman, who moves to Hollywood to make it in television finds success, but her life remains complicated. 

Hardcover Non-Fiction
 
#1: Wild
Publisher: Knopf
Position Last Week: 1
Weeks on List: 13
Copies Owned: 3 regular print; 2 audiobook
Summary: A woman's account of a life-changing 1,100-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail. 

Publisher: Random House
Position Last Week: 3
Weeks on List: 87
Copies Owned: 3 regular print; 2 large-type; 2 audiobook, digital e-Book & audiobook
Summary: An Olympic runner's story of survival as a prisoner of the Japanese in World War II. 

Author: Jack McCallum
Publisher: Ballantine
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks on List: 1
Copies Owned: No copies currently housed
Summary: The 1992 U.S. men's Olympic basketball team.

Author: Edward Klein
Publisher: Regnery
Position Last Week: 2
Weeks on List: 9
Copies Owned: 3 regular print (more On Order)
Summary: A journalist argues that President Obama is callow and unable to lead.

Author: Bill O'Reilly & Martin Dugard
Publisher: Holt
Position Last Week: 5
Weeks on List: 42
Copies Owned: 5 regular print; 3 large-type; 1 audiobook; digital audiobook
Summary: The host of "The O'Reilly Factor" recounts the events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

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 us to help you. 

Post Contributed by Tremain Jackson, South Branch Manager