Monday, December 30, 2013

World Book Night US 2014 @ Your Abilene Public Library

World Book Night is dedicated to spreading the love of reading, person to person!  Each year, over 25,000 book givers hand out 20 copies of a specially-printed, not-for-resale World Book Night U.S. edition, pre-chosen from a list of 35 titles.  It's a fun and easy way to spread the joy of reading to complete strangers, many of whom may never have owned a book of their own.

This year WBN is on April 23, 2014 and from now until January 5th you have the opportunity to register online as a designated book giver.  Your Abilene Public Library is serving as a distribution location in our area, receiving the free books from publishers and passing them out to givers so they may spread them out in our community.

What's involved in being a giver?  Not a whole lot!
First, register online at World Book Night U.S.  Qualifications for givers include the following: Each giver show be over 16 years of age; acknowledge that selling any books designated for gifting is illegal, agree to give out books to those in need in our community who are not friends, family or your own book group; and select a book title from the designated list.

@ the Library Article: "Library Offers Online, Desk Resources for Hobbies, Crafts"

No matter how young we are, or how old we get, taking the time to relax with a favorite hobby, crafting activity or recreational pastime is something from which we all can benefit.

Such activities help us to reduce stress, spend time with family and friends and keep our minds active.  The week between Christmas and New Year's Day can be a good time to rediscover a hobby or find something new to try.  Your Abilene Public Library has a great database providing instruction in practically all areas of hobbies, crafts and recreational activities.

The Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center is accessible 24/7 from any computer with Internet access, as well as tablets and mobile devices.  All you need is a valid library card.  Once you get started, you'll find informational resources on about 160 different hobbies free for the taking and all compiled in one place.  It's really that easy.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

'Flowers in the Attic' Adaptation to Air Jan. 18 on Lifetime

1979 Novel
It's been 34 years since the publishing of the riveting novel by V.C. Andrews, and 26 years since we saw that novel adapted to the big screen, which introduced us to the tragic story of the Dollanganger family.  Now, Lifetime is set to remake the controversial bestseller, which is set to air on January 18.

Flowers in the Attic was first published in 1979 and became the novel Andrews was best known for throughout her career.  It led to the publishing of four additional sequels in the Dollangagner Series, which focused on the characters of Christopher, Cathy, Cory, and Carrie.

Together they were an idyllic family, but when their father dies, and they're left without the financial means to support themselves, they move with their mother to live with their grandmother.  Their mother hopes to receive an inheritance that will make them all wealthy, but to do so it will come at a price.  The existence of her children cannot be known, so they are locked away in a mansion, imprisoned in an attic, and the story follows their three years of incarceration and their struggle to survive.
 

Friday, December 27, 2013

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Dec. 29)

Many patrons browse the new materials to discover the latest popular reads.  Part of finding those items is browsing the New York Times Bestsellers lists we make available to locate that popular title, or get yourselves on the reserve lists.  Check out this blog to discover the latest to lead the pack on the Hardcover Fiction & Non-Fiction lists for the upcoming week.

Hardcover Fiction Top 5

#1: Sycamore Row
Author: John Grisham
Position Last Week: 1
Week On List: 9
Call Number: F GRISHAM
Summary: A sequel, about race and inheritance, to "A Time to Kill."

#2: The First Phone Call from Heaven
Author: Mitch Albom
Position Last Week: 2
Week On List: 6
Call Number: F ALBOM
Summary: A small Michigan town is transformed when its residents receive phone calls said to be from heaven.

Fun Facts Friday: World's Largest Library

Working at a library, staff is bombarded with questions that need answers.  If anything, sometimes you never know what you're going to be asked, or just what you might learn along the way.  Allow us to share a fun fact each Friday on things you may not know about libraries and the questions we answer.

What's the Largest Library in the World?
Did you know the Library of Congress (LOC) is one of the two largest libraries in the world (the other being the British Library)?  Founded in 1800, the LOC is the de facto national library of the United States of America serving primarily as a research library.
Just to give you a taste of how massive the LOC is, here are some facts about it's size, which I pulled off their website...
  • Has a staff of 3,597 employees
  • There are over 22,765,967 cataloged books in the LOC Classification system
  • Houses over 155 million items
  • The collection contains materials in some 470 languages
  • Here's you'll find the smallest book, "Old King Cole," measuring 1/25" x 1/25", or the size of a period
  • You'll also find the largest book measuring 5' x 7' featuring the color images of Bhutan
Just to give you another idea of how incredibly large the LOC collection is, if you were to stretch out the shelves that house their materials, they reported measure out to be over 800 miles long.  That means, if you were to take a casual stroll through all the shelves, it would take 279.3 hours, or roughly 11.6 days (without a bathroom break no less), to walk the entire length.  I don't know about you, but that's quite some distance to travel.

This massive library is under the direction of Dr. James Hadley Billington, sworn in as the 13th Librarian of Congress on September, 14, 1987.  Being the overseer of one of the largest libraries in the world is no small undertaking.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Book-to-Film Adaptations: January 2014

Literature inspires film adaptations and each month we like to highlight those hitting theaters soon.  Check out this blog to see what they are, and be on the lookout for seeing them in theaters, as well as checking out the books they're based on (if available) at your Abilene Public Library. 

The Railway Man (View Trailer)
Starring: Colin Firth
Release Date: Jan. 1
Based On: "The Railway Man"
Author: Eric Lomax
Summary: A victim from World War II's "Death Railway" sets out to find those responsible for his torture.  This film is also based on the bestselling autobiography of the same name by Lomax, also starring Nicole Kidman, Jeremy Irvine, and Stellan Skarsgard. 

The Legend of Hercules (View Trailer)
Starring: Kellan Lutz
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: Jan. 10
Based On: Hercules Myths
Summary: The origin story of the mythical Greek hero; betrayed by his stepfather, the King, and exiled and sold into slavery because of a forbidden love, Hercules must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom.

Weekly Events @ Your Library (Dec. 30 - Jan. 4)

Keep up with the great programs and events your Abilene Public Library has to offer by catching this weekly blog each Thursday.  For a complete listing of events, visit our main website to take a look at our interactive calendar, and remember, all programming is offered free of charge.

Dec. 31 @ 5:00 p.m.
All Locations
325-677-2474 for Info.
As a reminder, all locations of the library will be closing at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31, in observance of New Years Day.  Outside materials returns will be available at all three locations and we'll resume our normal hours of operation on Thursday, Jan. 2 @ 9:00 a.m.  For your convenience, outside materials returns are available at all three branches.  We hope you have a safe holiday! 

Limited Class Size
Jan. 2 @ 2:00 p.m.
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
325-698-7565 for Info.
Got a new tablet or e-Reader and want to learn to use it to checkout eBooks and audiobooks from your library?  This is the class for you.  Register and we'll walk you through all the steps to teach you how to use the OverDrive Service.  This class is designed for those using iDevices (iPads, iPod  Touch, iPhone), Kindle Fires, Nook Colors or advanced tablet style e-Readers.  Class size will be limited so call ahead to secure a spot.  Additional sessions will be hosted throughout January across all locations. 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Talking Technology @ Your Library

I've been called the "digital librarian, but I can't help the fact I have a passion for what technology affords us all.  Entering our world in so many ways, it serves to help make our lives a little easier.  Did you know your Abilene Public Library has a lot to offer you when it comes to technology?  Take a look at some of them as they're all free to use as long as you have a valid library card, and getting one is free as long as you reside in Taylor County.

First and foremost, OverDrive is the primary service I talk about most.  Introduced in 2008, those with Kindles, iPads, Nooks, etc, have been making use of this service to checkout popular eBooks and audiobooks from your library, and all for free.  WIth a great selection of titles, no late fees, and wireless checkouts on compatible devices, this is certainly one service everyone loves to use.  Check it out for yourself by visiting us online and clicking on the OverDrive logo.

Monday, December 23, 2013

@ the Library Article: Library Can Help You 'Go Digital' with Reading

With Christmas just around the corner, e-readers seem to be on almost everyone's list.  Your Abilene Public Library wants to help you learn to use your device to the fullest.

For hands-on help, we'll be offering a new class, "Going Digital," in January at both the South and Mockingbird Branches.  This class, offered at various times throughout the month, is geared toward those needing to learn the basics of navigating the library's website and downloading content to one of the three primary e-reading devices: Kindles, Nooks and iPads.

Seating is limited, and registration is required.  For more information on "Going Digital," call the South Branch at 325-698-7565 or the Mockingbird Branch at 325-437-7323.

Friday, December 20, 2013

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Dec. 23)

Many patrons browse the new materials to discover the latest popular reads.  Part of finding those items is browsing the New York Times Bestsellers lists we make available to locate that popular title, or get yourselves on the reserve lists.  Check out this blog to discover the latest to lead the pack on the Hardcover Fiction & Non-Fiction lists for the upcoming week.
 
Hardcover Fiction Top 5
 
#1: Sycamore Row
Author: John Grisham
Position Last Week: 2
Weeks On List: 8
Call Number: F GRISHAM
Summary: A sequel, about race and inheritance, to "A Time to Kill."
 
#2: The First Phone Call From Heaven
Author: Mitch Albom
Position Last Week: 6
Weeks On List: 5
Call Number: F ALBOM
Summary: A small Michigan town is transformed when its residents receive phone calls said to be from heaven.

Fun Facts Friday: Library vs. McDonald's

Working at a library, staff is bombarded with questions needing answers.  If anything, sometimes you never know what you're going to be asked, or what you might find along the way; however, sometimes you discover some interesting facts and trivia.  Allow us to share a fun fact each Friday on things you may not know about libraries, or other fun topics.

Public Libraries vs. McDonald's
One is a storehouse of information, knowledge, and community services.  The other is a maker of some pretty darn tasty food.  Both are popular for their own reasons and almost every city in the U.S. have them.  Off to their corners, the bell rings, it's time for the two to go head-to-head.  If you had to venture a guess, which do you think there are more of in the U.S.?

Thursday, December 19, 2013

12-19 Weekly Events @ Your Library (Dec. 23-28)

Keep up with the great programs and events your Abilene Public Library has to offer by catching this weekly blog each Thursday.  For a complete listing of events, visit our main website to take a look at our interactive calendar, and remember, all programming is offered free of charge.

All December
All Locations
325-677-2474 for Info.
Participate in this annual program where each canned good, or non-perishable item, donated to us will waive $1.00 in your late fees.  All donated items to benefit the Food Bank of West Central Texas and this program will continue throughout the entire month of December.  For more information, Click Here.

Dec. 25, All Day
All Locations
325-677-2474 for Info.
As a reminder, all locations of the Abilene Public Library will be closed in observance of Christmas.  Additionally, we will close at Noon on Christmas Eve.  For your convenience, outside materials returns are available at all three locations and we will resume our normal hours of operation on Thursday, Dec. 26 @ 9:00 a.m.  We hope you have a safe and Merry Christmas!!!

Don't miss out on these fun activities being hosted at your Abilene Public Library and get in on what your local library has to offer you.

"City Service Honors Brown: Tributes Note Librarians Vast Influence"

Article in today's Abilene Reporter-News thanks to Scott Kirk

Overwhelming Community Support
About 300 people crammed into a section of the Abilene Civic Center on Wednesday afternoon for a memorial service for City Librarian Ricki Brown, who almost certainly would have felt uncomfortable with so much attention.

Brown, 62, died Dec. 5 after a short illness.  Tributes that came her way during the hour long service were variations of the same theme - Brown was a tireless worker behind the scenes who was passionate about her job; always had a smile on her face, and had a positive influence on the city.

Words from Mayor Norm Archibald
"As I get older, I define people by their passions," said Mayor Norm Archibald.  "It was easy to see where her passion was.  It was books and libraries, and she put books and libraries into the hands of people."

Archibald was among eight people who spoke including city employees and people who worked with Brown in various organizations.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Library Workshops 'Going Digital' in January

With the rise in popularity of e-Readers and tablets, especially over the holidays, if you find yourself receiving the gift of a new Kindle Fire, iPad, Nook, or similar device, your Abilene Public Library is here to help.  Not only do they allow you to check your email, read a good book, play some games, and more, they also grant you access to checking out free eBooks and audiobooks through our OverDrive service.

Offered free of charge, with a valid library card, you may checkout up to 10 titles for 2-weeks and once they're due back, they return themselves.  No late fees and no remembering to return them back to us.  Even better, you have access to this collection 24/7 no matter where you are.

In preparation for this, we'll be offering a number of workshops where you're invited to bring in your device so staff may walk you through all the steps.  Best yet, it's free.  Take a look at the following training schedule and if you have any questions, contact the library branch of your choice for details.

For specific information about the devices that will be covered in each session, be sure to call us!!!

Monday, December 16, 2013

@ the Library Article: "Holiday Delights Still Possible on Gluten-Free Diet"

Leading a gluten-free life can be a challenge, especially around the holidays.  Being able to eat the delicious foods you want shouldn't be one.

Whether you lead a gluten-free lifestyle for health reasons, as part of a new dietary program, or just because you want to, there's been an increase in the number of foods and recipes that allow you to still enjoy delicious meals.

The Abilene Public Library has a great selection of guides on gluten-free foods to help you appease your stomach - not only during the holidays, but year-round.  If you want to lean to create meals and desserts (I said it, desserts) that are pleasing to look at and to devour, take a look at what we have to offer.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

"Mastering Manga" with Mark Crilley @ Your Library!!!

Watching Mark Crilley Work
What an amazing morning guests were treated to at the Abilene Public Library as we welcomed graphic artist and writer, Mark Crilley, to Abilene as part of a special series of events made possible by the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature (NCCIL).  Coinciding with their ongoing exhibit titled Bam! It's a Picture Book: The Art Behind Graphic Novels, Crilley is among many artists being featured at the NCCIL through February 28.

This week, Mark Crilley was in town to provide a series of free programs to the community, and today (Saturday, Dec. 14), he stopped by the Main Library where a great audience was in store for the unique opportunity to learn more about Crilley's career and series in person.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Library to Close Early Dec. 18; Remembering City Librarian Ricki Brown

Ricki V. Brown
We're saddened to say our City Librarian of more than 15 years, Ricki V. Brown, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 5 after a brief illness.  During her time at the Abilene Public Library, she spearheaded great changes in our services to ensure the entire community had the best in library programming, materials, resources, technology, and more to enjoy in a changing state in public libraries.
 
In observance of her passing, all locations of the Abilene Public Library will close early at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18.  This will be done so staff, friends, family, members of the community, and more may be able to attend a Memorial Celebration of Life for Ricki Brown, which will be held at the Abilene Civic Center (Conference Center) at 5:00 p.m. on Dec. 18.
 
All are welcome to attend this celebration, as well as remember one remarkable woman with strong ties to the community, who loved the city she's called home for over 15 years. 
 
We regret any inconvenience to our library patrons during this early closing, but we will resume our normal hours of operation on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 9:00 a.m.
 
Additionally, due to our early closing on Dec. 18, that afternoon's Family Fun event at the Mockingbird Branch has been rescheduled to the following day (Dec. 19) at 4:00 p.m. 
 
If you have any questions, feel free to Contact Me (Tremain Jackson, South Branch Manager).

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Dec. 15)

Many patrons browse the new materials to discover the latest popular reads.  Part of finding those items is browsing the New York Times Bestsellers lists we make available to locate that popular title, or get yourselves on the reserve lists.  Check out this blog to discover the latest to lead the pack on the Hardcover Fiction & Non-Fiction lists for the upcoming week.
 
Hardcover Fiction Top 5
 
#1: Command Authority
Author: Tom Clancy
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F CLANCY
Summary: President Jack Ryan and his son, a covert intelligence expert, try to counter a Russian threat in Tom Clancy's last novel before his death.
 
#2: Sycamore Row
Author: John Grisham
Position Last Week: 2
Weeks On List: 7
Call Number: F GRISHAM
Summary: A sequel, about race and inheritance, to "A Time to Kill."

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Weekly Events @ Your Library (Dec. 16-21)

Keep up with the great programs and events your Abilene Public Library has to offer by catching this weekly blog each Thursday.  For a complete listing of events, visit our main website to take a look at our interactive events calendar, and remember, all programming is offered FREE of charge.

All December
All Locations
325-677-2474 for Info.
Participate in this annual program where each canned good, or non-perishable item, donated to us will waive $1.00 in your late fees.  All donated items to benefit the Food Bank of West Central Texas and this program will continue throughout the entire month of December.  For more information, Click Here.

Dec. 16 @ 6:30 p.m.
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
325-698-7565 for Info.
For the final Tween Time of the month, don't miss out on the South Branch's annual Holiday Stocking Stuffers workshop.  Youth, ages 8-15, are invited to come in as we'll be making a bunch of holiday crafts you can keep for yourself, or give away to others as gifts.  We'll supply the materials, you just come ready for the crafting fun.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Honoring the Deaths of Popular Authors

Writers leave their mark on the world with stories that resonate with readers worldwide.  As 2013 draws to a close, I felt it good to honor those who have passed, but whose works will live on in the minds of those who may read their books.  Below is a listing of a few authors you may recognize.

Tom Clancy
Apr. 12, 1947 - Oct. 1, 2013
As an American author and historian, Clancy was best known for his series of works featuring the character of Jack Ryan.  Known for his technical writing of espionage and military science, he authored 17 bestsellers, has more than 100 million copies of his books in print, and many of his works have been adapted to feature films starring A-list actors including Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck, plus others have been adapted to video games.  Having began writing, in his spare time in 1980 while working as an insurance agent, it led to the publishing of The Hunt for Red October in 1984.  He would go on to author many more novels, across a number of series, including non-fiction works on military topics.

Barbara Lynne Park
Apr. 21, 1947 - Nov. 15, 2013
As an American author of children's books, Park was best known for creating the popular series featuring the precocious character of Junie B. Jones.  Having won seven Children's Choice Awards and four Parents' Choice Awards, Park died after a long battle with ovarian cancer.  Although she wrote many standalone works throughout her career, it was Junie B. Jones that became the series many children followed, and continue to follow, to this day.  31 books have been written in that series beginning with the 1992 release of Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus. 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Tablets to Get Popular for the Holidays...Works Well with Your Library

The holidays are approaching and we're reaching that time where we're going to be bombarded by advertisements.  Electronics are always a hot ticket item for the holidays so why not consider a tablet?  Growing with each year, tablets are on the rise with techies of the world, and there are tons to choose from.  iPads, Kindles, Windows Surface, and more, we're sure many of you might be looking at getting your first tablet, or upgrading to a newer model.  If so, did you know you can use these devices to enjoy some great services through your Abilene Public Library?  Best yet, it's free as long as you have a valid library card.

Monday, December 9, 2013

@ the Library Article: "Play May Find the Answer to Bullying in an Unlikely Place"

What do bullies and fairy tales have in common?  Find out in Bullies, Fairy Tales and Awakenings, Oh My, an original play by members of Collecting Commas, the writing club for youngsters sponsored by the Abilene Public Library.

The play will be presented during ArtWalk at 6:00 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium of the Main Library, 202 Cedar St.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m., so be sure to come early to get a good seat.

Collecting Commas, open to youths ages 10-17, presents the basics of writing - including poems, short stories, plays and novels - while creating a fun environment for members to share their work.  With weekly prompts and challenges, participants can watch their ideas come to life on the page.

Collecting Commas meets at 4:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Main Library.  Please note, however, that the program is taking a hiatus until Jan. 9.

Library Heads Out to Annual Feast of Sharing

The annual H-E-B Feast of Sharing is underway and scheduled for Tuesday, December 10 from 4pm to 8pm at the Abilene Civic Center (1100 N 6th St).  This is the time the doors open for the holidays in this annual program from H-E-B that stops in 23 communities to provide holiday meals and good cheer to over 250,000 residents in Texas annually.

During this time, staff from your Abilene Public Library will be in attendance and we'll be doing a variety of activities.  In the foyer of the Civic Center, you'll see tons of booths set up from local businesses and organizations, offering information and sometimes goodies, entertainment, and more, and we encourage you to make the library's booth one of your stops.

We'll have face painting for the kids, information about all of our great library services, treats, goodies to give out, and more.  Don't pass up on your chance to stop by and say hi, as well as learn a little about what your local library has to offer you.  Plus, you won't want to miss your chance to visit the area for kids and families...there certainly will be a ton to enjoy.

For a little information on the H-E-B- Feast of Sharing, one event equals:
  • 3,000 pounds of sliced turkey
  • 2,500 pounds of cornbread dressing
  • 750 pumpkin pies
  • 380 gallons of mashed potatoes
  • 140 gallons of turkey gravy
  • 95 gallons of cranberry sauce
Come out and support this annual event that honors H-E-B's year-round commitment to fight hunger...and you might even see Santa himself.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Participate in 'Books for Belle' in December

Starting Dec. 9, the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council (ACAC) is set to launch a great service program for the holidays, which will benefit kids at the children's hospital at Hendrick Medical Center.

As you may remember from the story of "Beauty and the Beast," the title character of Belle has a special place in libraries and bibliophiles everywhere due to her love of books and reading.  This holiday season, you're invited to share in her love for reading by donating a new book to the children's hospital, and help spread the love of reading to youth.

T&P Depot Center, 1101 N. 1st. St.
How Do I Participate?
It's simple.  The ACAC will be collecting your new book donations at the T&P Depot Center (1101 N 1st St) between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  In return for your donation, you'll receive a special code to buy pre-sale tickets to "Beauty and the Beast" as part of the Broadway Shows series at the Abilene Civic Center for January 28. 

Libraries Remain Closed, Dec. 7

The ice storm in Abilene continues and all Abilene Public Library locations remain closed on Saturday, Dec. 7.  We encourage everyone to stay indoors if you can, but be extra safe if you have to venture outdoors on the streets.

Please know that you do have the ability to renew your materials online; however, due to our closing, we will be backdating materials returned and waiving late fees that occurred over the dates of our closing.  So if you find you do have a fine from that generated from this time, call us after Monday and staff will help resolve the matter.

We currently expect to open once again on Monday, Dec. 9 at regular hours, as the ice should begin to melt on Saturday, before the weather gets cold again.  If you have questions that arise before we reopen, feel free to Contact Me (Tremain Jackson, South Branch Manager).

Friday, December 6, 2013

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Dec. 8)

Many patrons browse the new materials to discover the latest popular reads.  Part of finding those items is browsing the New York Times Bestsellers lists we make available to locate that popular title, or get yourselves on the reserve lists.  Check out this blog to discover the latest to lead the pack on Hardcover Fiction & Non-Fiction lists for the upcoming week.

Hardcover Fiction Top 5

#1: Cross My Heart
Author: James Patterson
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Summary: Alex Cross' family is threatened by a genius intent on proving that he is the greatest mind in the history of crime.

#2: Sycamore Row
Author: John Grisham
Position Last Week: 3
Weeks On List: 6
Summary: A sequel, about race and inheritance, to "A Time to Kill."

Abilene Public Library Closed Today, Dec. 6

All Abilene Public Library locations will be closed today, Dec. 6, due to the wintry weather.  The majority of all city services and operations will also be closed today, with the exception of essential services.

We will keep everyone posted and up to date as to future developments for the weekend as we receive them.  Be sure to stay home, keep warm, and if you must go outside, be extra careful and safe on the roads today!!!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Inclement Weather Closing: Thursday, Dec. 5

All Abilene Public Library locations will be closing at 6:00 p.m. due to Inclement Weather.  The roads are expected to be icy this evening, so if you MUST go outside, be sure to drive safe and be extra cautious.  Tonight's Family Fun event at the South Branch has been rescheduled for Thursday, Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m.

We hope to resume our normal hours of operation on Friday, Dec. 6 at 9:00 a.m.; however, we will post updates if anything changes on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

We apologize for any inconvenience and if you have questions, feel free to Contact Us.

Weekly Events @ Your Library (Dec. 9-14)

Keep up with the great programs and events your Abilene Public Library has to offer by catching this weekly blog each Thursday.  For a complete listing of events, visit our main website to take a look at our interactive calendar, and remember, all programming is offered free of charge.

All Locations
325-677-2474 for Info.
Participate in this annual program where each canned good, or non-perishable item, donated to us will waive $1.00 in your late fees.  All donated items to benefit the Food Bank of West Central Texas and this program will continue throughout the entire month of December.  For more information, Click Here. 

Dec. 9 @ 6:30 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
It's time for another Make & Take program for kids where you're invited to drop on in as we're using handprints and turning them into festive Christmas Trees for the holidays.  We'll supply the materials, you just drop in to make a fun craft with us. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Staff Book Review: "Ill Wind" by Rachel Caine

Ill Wind
Author: Rachel Caine
Reviewed By: Marianne Vadney, Library Assistant (South Branch)

Book Summary: Joanne Baldwin is a Weather Warden.  Usually, all it takes is a wave of her hand to tame the most violent weather.  But now, she's trying to outrun another kind of storm: accusations of corruption and murder.  So, she's resorting to the very human tactic of running for her life...

Her only hope is Lewis, the most powerful warden known.  Unfortunately, he's stolen not one but three bottles of Djinn, making him the most wanted man on earth.  Still, she's racing hard to find him, before the bad weather closes in fast...

Personal Review: I'm always on the prowl for a fun urban fantasy and decided to check out the Weather Warden series.  Book one introduces us to Joanne Baldwin who is running for her life from her fellow wardens and the ever malevolent weather.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Dive Into the Stacks: Learning to Push that Drink Aside

Your Abilene Public Library houses a great collection of resources across a myriad of topics.  We invite you to Dive Into the Stacks to discover some great areas you're more than welcome to make use of.

Alcoholism is a compulsive addiction that reaches across all walks of life and can wreak havoc on not only the lives of the alcoholics, but also their families, friends, and co-workers.  Crossing all social barriers, many might find it difficult to overcome this dependency on alcohol, but if you, or a loved one, is looking for resources to help curb this habit, your Abilene Public Library might have some resources to help.

Admitting one has a problem is a difficult first step to take.  Some might not want to admit they have a problem, others might not want people to find out, and the list of reasons could simply go on.  So take a look at some of the books we have at your library to make use of, and get the facts you need to know from the experts.

Controlling Your Drinking: Tools to Make Moderation Work for You
Author: William Miller
Summary: This book is a great starting off point for those who may be in danger of having alcohol become a problem.  In this guide, you'll learn that 10% of Americans drink more than they should, and sometimes abstinence isn't the only healthy alternative.  Through extensive research to support their treatment, readers will learn how to become moderate drinkers by making small changes in their everyday behavior.  Providing practical advice and steps to utilize, this is the book for people who may be okay with having one or two drinks, but run the risk of having that one or two turn into several. 

Monday, December 2, 2013

@ the Library Article: "A Fine Idea: Food Donations Clears Late Fees at the Library"

The holidays are a wonderful but busy time of year.  With so many activities taking place, any way to save time and money truly is appreciated.

Your Abilene Public Library, working with other libraries in town, is once again giving you a "twofer" - allowing you to clear your library late fees while making sure someone in need has something to eat this holiday season.  The library's Food for Fines campaign is marking its 15th year of providing food for bodies and minds.

Through the end of December, Abilene libraries will forgive $1 in late fees for each item donated.  The food collected by all Abilene Public Library locations, Abilene Christian University's Brown Library and McMurry University's Jay-Rollins Library will be given to the Food Bank of West Central Texas.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Dec. 1)

Many patrons browse the new materials to discover the latest popular reads.  Part of finding those items is browsing the New York Times Bestsellers lists we make available to locate that popular title, or get yourselves on the reserve lists.  Check out this blog to discover the latest to lead the pack on Hardcover Fiction & Non-Fiction lists for the upcoming week.

Hardcover Fiction Top 5

#1: Takedown Twenty
Author: Janet Evanovich
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Summary: The New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum pursues a mobster on the lam.

#2: King and Maxwell
Author: David Baldacci
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Summary: Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, former Secret Service agents turned private investigators, scrutinize a soldier's mysterious death in Afghanistan.

Book-to-Film Adaptations: December 2013

Literature inspires film adaptations and each month we like to highlight those hitting theaters soon.  Check out this blog to see what they are, and be on the lookout for seeing them in theaters, as well as checking out the books they're based on (if available) at your Abilene Public Library.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (View Trailer)
Starring: Ian McKellan
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: Dec. 13
Based On: "The Hobbit"
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Summary: Continue on the journey as the dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug.  Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring along the way.  Written, produced, and directed by Peter Jackson, this large scale adaptation is certain to be a hit with audiences everywhere.