Saturday, March 30, 2013

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5

Many patrons browse the new materials sections of the library 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 book, or to get yourself 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

Author: Harlan Coben
Weeks On List: 1
Position Last Week: n/a
Call Number: M COBEN
Summary: Six years after the woman he loved married another man, Jake Fisher discovers that neither she, nor their life together, were what they seemed, and he sets out to uncover the truth.

Author: Jodi Picoult
Weeks On List: 4
Position Last Week:1
Call Number: F PICOULT
Summary: A New Hampshire baker finds herself in the midst of two Holocaust stories; her grandmother's story of survival, and the confessions of an elderly German man, an SS officer.

Author: Gillian Flynn
Weeks On List: 42
Position Last Week:2
Call Number: M FLYNN
Summary: A woman disappears on the day of her fifth anniversary; is her husband a killer?

Author: James Patterson
Weeks On List: 5
Position Last Week: 3
Call Number: M PATTERSON
Summary: While Alex Cross pursues a Washington serial killer (or killers?), someone is after him.

Author: Maeve Binchy
Weeks On List: 6
Position Last Week: 4
Call Number: F BINCHY
Summary: Guests at an inn by the sea on Ireland's west coast; the final book by Binchy, who died in 2012.


Hardcover Non-Fiction Top 5

Author: Sheryl Sandberg
Weeks On List: 2
Position Last Week: 1
Call Number: 658.4 SAN
Summary: The chief operating officer of Facebook urges women to pursue their careers without ambivalence.

Author: Michael Moss
Weeks On List: 4
Position Last Week: 5
Call Number: 613.2 MOS
Summary: A New York Times reporter reveals how food companies use science to encourage us to consume more of their products.

Author: Bill O'Reilly
Weeks On List: 25
Position Last Week: 4
Call Number: 92 KENNEDY
Summary: The host of "The O'Reilly Factor" recounts the events surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

Author: Pat Summitt
Weeks On List: 3
Position Last Week: 2
Call Number: 92 SUMMITT
Summary: A memoir by the coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Vols, who received a diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer's disease.

Author: Laura Hillenbrand
Weeks On List: 123
Position Last Week: 13
Call Number: 92 ZAMPERINI
Summary: An Olympic runner's story of survival as a prisoner of the Japanese in World War II.

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

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Book-to-Film Adaptations: April 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, plus checking out the books they're based on (if they're available) at your Abilene Public Library.

Jurassic Park 3D
Starring: Sam Neill
Rated: PG-13
Run Time: 2 hr. 7 min.
Release Date: April 5
Based On: Jurassic Park
Summary: Based on the popular novel of the same name, this film first hit theaters in 1993 and was truly a cinematic marvel as we saw dinosaurs on film as we've never seen them before.  Now you can relive the story in the re-release of this film in 3D, which took in just under $1 billion in the box office during its initial run.  This film follows the story of a preview tour of a new theme park that features real dinosaurs, and when the power shuts down, people are trapped in a land now overrun by dinosaurs.

And there you have it, your look at April's Book-to-Film Adaptations to be on the lookout for.  Don't miss them, and if they sound of interest to you, also look out for the books they're based on at your Abilene Public Library. 

Weekly Events & Programs (Apr. 1-6)

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.


Ages 8-15
Apr. 1 @ 6:30 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
Youth are invited out to this hands-on crafting workshops where you'll create some fashionable, as well as wearable, works of art using some of our techniques.  Bring a plain t-shirt and we'll supply the rest and see what you're able to create. 

Rainwater Harvesting
Presenters: Taylor County Extension Service Rainwater Specialist Master Gardeners
Apr. 2 @ 6:30 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Info.
Learn about techniques you can use to help conserve the precious rainwater we get so little of in these parts.  We're bringing out some experts to walk you through this process and be sure to come with your questions to take advantage of this popular event at your library. 

Apr. 3-4; 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Info.
There's only 2-weeks left in this free program to work with IRS-trained volunteers with the AARP to e-File your taxes at the library.  Bring your 2012 tax materials, Photo ID, Social Security card, etc., and everyone who comes out will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis.  This program ends on April 13th so be sure to take advantage of it. 

Kids of All Ages
Apr. 3 @ 4:00 p.m.
Mockingbird Branch
1214 N. Mockingbird Ln.
325-437-7323 for Info.
Kids of all ages are invited out to this afterschool activity where this month's crafting project will be making Paper Plate Bunnies, which will be great to decorate your rooms with. 

Kids of All Ages
Apr. 4 @ 6:30 p.m
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
325-698-7565 for Info.
If you're looking for an enhanced evening storytime event, don't miss this program for kids of all ages, as well as the entire family, and the theme for the evening will be EGGS!!!  Come ready for crafts, stories, games, and more in this great monthly activity designed with the entire family in mind. 

Apr. 5-6; 10:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Mockingbird Branch
1214 N. Mockingbird Ln.
325-437-7323 for Info.
With just 2-weeks left in this free program, be sure to come out and work with IRS-trained volunteers with the AARP to e-File your taxes for free at your library.  Just bring your Photo ID, Social Security card, and all of your 2012 tax materials and you'll be helped on a first-come, first-served basks.  This program ends on April 13th so be sure to take advantage of it while it lasts.

Don't miss out on these fun activities, and don't forget to take advantage of our weekly Storytime Programs and Book-A-Librarian sessions.  Contact Me (Tremain Jackson) for more information about any of these programs and be sure to come out and attend the ones of interest to you.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

@ the Library Article: "Civilizing Abilene, Part Four" by: Janet Bailey

For the last several weeks the "@ your Library" column has covered the history of the City of Federation of Women's Clubs, whose scrapbooks have been kept at the Abilene Public Library.  The Federation made great strides in making Abilene and West Texas a great place to live.  As we were poring over these records, we came upon some history that might not be common knowledge.  There was also a Negro Federation of Women's clubs in Abilene designed to help the black community.  The legal doctrine of the time was separate but equal and this applied to communities everywhere.

Where the white Federation was made up of mostly women of means and some business women who got together to improve social conditions, talk about literature or play cards, the black federation was made up of working women - mainly teachers, pastors, business women and domestic day laborers.  Meeting times would have been in the evenings or on Sunday and most of them would have been designed around organizing an event or addressing the welfare of the community.

Like the white federation counterpart much documentation was lost prior to 1941.  The first mention of the Negro Federation clubs was in November 1937 (History of the Federation of Women's Clubs) when "Mrs. Morgan Jones stated that the Negro Federation would buy the lot for the (Negro Day) nursery."  She announced that the "Negro federation had fifty members and that each member was to make up $2.50 to help buy the lot for the nursery."  (Many of the women who would use the nursery were domestic help and in 1939 the average weekly earnings of full-time female servants was $7.22 or the equivalent of 5 pork roasts, according to "Domestic Servants in the United States, 1900-1940" by George Stigler).  This lot was at 1202 N. Ash where a house was given by Mrs. J.M. Radford.  The Day Nursery of Abilene had a location on this site until just recently.

The project was launched in December 1937 and Mrs. Jones (President of the Federated Women's Clubs of Abilene) stated that a large percent of the Negro women would be willing to pay the nursery to care for their children and that in time it would be self-supporting.  By May 1938, Mrs. Jones announced that the house for the nursery was being remodeled and that the Negro women were signing pledge cards to help maintain the nursery.  Constitution and by-laws were drawn up for the nursery in June of 1938 when the Day Nursery opened.  The minutes report that..."The nursery has been in daily operation with the exception of Sundays caring for 25 children a day.  The children are well cared for by an able matron and assistant.  They have all well balanced meals, and the benefit of the monthly clinic sponsored by the Abilene Christian College in cooperation with the Red Cross."

In September 1938 the Joint Federation sponsored a booth at the County fair.  Fifty Negro women gave aid.  One third of the net profits, $72.75 from the pie booth from the county fair would be turned over to the Negro nursery for its maintenance.  According to the records, the two Federations worked side by side for at least two more years at the state fair.  In October 1939, the Federation history reported "Colored people worked the booth at the Fair and made 1/3 the profits which was $100 and again in October 1940 West Texas fair food booth made $202.60 profit.  One Third went to Negro Federation $66.87."  Records show the two federations jointly working with the Day Nursery for the next few years.

In October of 1947, a Negro library was proposed.  "Attention had often been called to the fact that though part of the taxes paid by Negro property owners went to the support of the Carnegie Library, the Library's facilities were not generally available to Negros."  Representatives from the Ministerial Alliance and from the American Association of University Women, the City manager and mayor met to discuss the new branch.  Funding would come from the African American community.

Eugenia Pickard, a business woman and land owner, died and left her estate to the City to be used for improving educational facilities for her people.  A new Negro high school and elementary were needed badly, but there was not enough money for that.  A Negro library was proposed instead and the library was placed on the Woodson High School campus on Cockrell Drive.  It opened to the public on April 19, 1953 with 900 persons in attendance, which was probably most of the black community at that time.  In 1954, Mrs. Hallie Ruth McKenzie became librarian at the Eugenia Pickard Memorial Branch, where she remained as its longest serving librarian until her retirement in 1990.  (Taken from the Library historical documents).

By the late sixties when desegregation came to Abilene, the black community was well developed, and many clubs had evolved to serve the population and their unique needs.  The population has always been small but full of desire to give back to the community at large.  All of the Federated Women's clubs lost many members when more women went to college and began working outside of the home.

There is so much history that has gone unremarked in these records that I wish I could include it all (I had to leave far too much out due to space!).  Please take time to further research the Negro Federated Women's Clubs in Abilene via the West Texas Digital Archives from the Abilene Public Library's website at www.abilenetx.com/apl.

Article Contributed by Janet Bailey, Technical Services Manager at the Main Branch of the Abilene Public Library

New Online Videos from Your Library

Cupcake Hamburgers & Garbage Goop
Your Abilene Public Library has added some new videos to our online accounts on YouTube and Facebook.  Always offering new content each month from staff here at the library, we've got new videos on book suggestions, crafting ideas, and more.

Librarian Tremain Jackson & Alyssa Crow will show you how to make Cupcake Hamburgers & Garbage Goop in this latest episode to go along with our two featured children's books available at your library including Burger Boy and Cool Creepy Food Art.  Plus, stick around as Janis Test shares information on more great library services. 

Jessica Reyes is back with a new episode and this time she'll be showing you how to make T-Shirt Book Covers to add some stylish flair to your personal books and textbooks. 

Alyssa and I return (Tremain Jackson) return to highlight an adult and YA book we've been reading, to introduce you to some interesting reads available for checkout at your library.  I'll discuss the latest novel by Christopher Rice titled The Moonlit Earth and Alyssa will highlight The Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost. 

Look out for these videos and always check back for updates on a monthly basis.  Featuring something for everyone with crafting for kids, projects for teens, and book suggestions for everyone, there's always something we'll highlight to show you what your Abilene Public Library has to offer.  For any questions regarding the library's online videos, feel free to Contact Me (Tremain Jackson) and I'll be more than happy to answer your questions.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

What's New in Books & DVDs @ Your Library?

Tuesdays are the big release days in books and DVDs for those bestselling authors you want to read, and those great movies you've been waiting to see.  Your Abilene Public Library carries all the latest for library cardholders to take advantage of, at no charge, and we're highlighting the popular titles hitting the shelves.

Look for them at your Abilene Public Library, and if you can't find them, see about getting yourselves on the reserve lists to secure your spot in line!!!

Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Drama, War, Adaptation
Run Time: 2 hr. 30 min.
Summary: A revealing drama focusing on the 16th president's tumultuous final months in office.  In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the way, unite the country, and abolish slavery.  Based on the bestselling book by Doris Kearns Goodwin titled Team of Rivals, you might want to look out for this book at your library too. 

Starring: Brad Pitt
Rated: R
Genre: Crime, Drama, Adaptation
Run Time: 1 hr. 38 min.
Summary: Jackie Cogan is an enforcer for the mob.  When a high-stakes, mob-protected card game is heisted by some small-time crooks, Cogan is called in to track them down and restore order to the local criminal economy.  Based on the novel Cogan's Trade by author George V. Higgins, check for both these titles at your library. 

Starring: Josh Stewart
Rated: R
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Run Time: 1 hr. 22 min.
Summary: When Elena is talked into attending an underground warehouse party with her friends, she finds herself caught in a nightmarish trap where the revelers are mowed, sliced, and crushed to death by a macabre series of contraptions operated by a masked psychopath. 

Starring: Billy Crystal
Rated: PG
Genre: Comedy
Run Time: 1 hr. 45 min.
Summary: Old school grandparents Artie and Diane get more than they bargained for when they get stuck babysitting their type-A daughter's overprotected kids.  But things go from hectic to hysterical when Artie realizes the kids are running the house with their newfangled technology.  By playing by his own rules, which include sugary snacks, old fashioned games, and touch love, Artie manages to outsmart the kids and achieve the impossible - bringing the family closer together. 

Summary: Qhuinn is used to being on his own after having been disavowed from his bloodline and shunned by the aristocracy.  Now he's finally found an identity as one of the most brutal fighters in the war against the Lessening Society.  Blay, after ten years and unrequited love, has moved on from his feelings for Qhuinn and has found his perfect match in a Chosen female, and they are expecting a young.  Fate seems to have taken these vampire soldiers in different directions, but there may be a future for them yet. 

Look out for these great new titles at your Abilene Public Library.  All are free for you to checkout and all you need is a valid library card.  If you live in Taylor County, acquire one for free and start using it today to take home some great entertainment materials from any of our three (3) branch locations.

Monday, March 25, 2013

April's Cover-to-Cover Book Club Selection

If you're looking for a great book club group, try our Cover-to-Cover Book Club at your Abilene Public Library.  Meeting on the 3rd Thursdays of the month, this group reads everything including bestsellers, fiction, biographies, non-fiction, classics, and more.

For April, the featured selection is The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani and we invite you to look out for a copy at your library and then attend the book club on Thursday, April 18 @ 7:00 p.m.  For more information, be sure to contact Ann Mount at 325-676-6025.

Copies Owned: 3 regular print; 3 large-type; 1 audiobook
Call Number: F TRIGIANI
Summary: The fateful meeting of Enza and Ciro takes place amid the haunting majesty of the Italian Alps at the turn of the last century.  Still teenagers, they are separated when Ciro is banished from his village and sent to hide in New York's Little Italy, apprenticed to a shoemaker, leaving a bereft Enza behind.  But when her own family faces disaster, she, too, is forced to emigrate.  Though destiny will reunite the star-crossed lovers, it will, just as abruptly, separate them once again - sending Ciro off to serve in World War I, while Enza is drawn into the glamorous world of the opera...and into the life of the international singing sensation Enrico Caruso.  Still, Enza and Ciro have been touched by fate - and, ultimately, the power of their love will change their lives forever.

Be sure to check out this title from your Abilene Public Library, or borrow one from a friend, and come out ready to discuss this title with other avid readers in the community.  Again, the Cover-to-Cover Book Club will meet on Thursday, April 18 @ 7:00 p.m. to discuss this title, so be sure to get in on the reading fun.

Dive Into the Stacks: Find the Right College @ Your Library

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.

High school students sometimes spend a great deal of time trying to pick the right college, university, community college, and vocational program to enter.  It can be a daunting task researching each of the areas of interest from admission requirements, financial aid availability, programs offered, etc., and your Abilene Public Library houses some great resources to assist you along the way.

Whether you're an interested high school student looking to get ahead, or a parent/family member assisting in the search, there are a few great places to begin the search.  Take a look at the following resources we house at your library, as a sample of the materials we'll have on hand for you to make use of...

Publisher: Peterson's Publishing
Copies Owned: Available in Reference and Circulating Editions
Call Number: 378.73 PET 2013
Summary: At just under 2,000 pages in length, this is one of the definitive guides for acquiring information on 4-year colleges and universities.  Here you will receive the latest facts and figures on majors, expenses, application requirements, contact information and more.  Divided into two major sections, the first will provide you with a quick glance at campuses listed in alphabetical order followed by the next section that will provide a more detailed description.  Plus, website addresses will be provided for taking your research even further.

Publisher: Peterson's Publishing
Copies Owned: Available in Reference and Circulating Editions
Call Number: 378.73 PET 2013
Summary: Perhaps a 4-year university isn't where you want to start.  Don't worry.  Many attend 2-year colleges to save on costs by taking the basics for transferring to a 4-year college, or to acquire a degree that doesn't require 4-years to complete.  Much like the previous resource mentioned, you'll find all of the same information, but providing you with 2-year colleges, community colleges, and vocational schools.

These resources are a great place to start a search on getting the information you want about the programs of higher education of interest to you.  Being a trusted guide in the academic field, these annually published resources will contain the up-to-date information to help you make an informed decision about one of the most important times in our lives.

Be sure to make use of them, and also look out for additional resources we'll have on hand regarding the financial aid process, funding your college education, scholarship resources, and so much more.  Your Abilene Public Library will carry the materials to get you started and if you need any assistance, be sure to ask and library staff will be more than happy to assist you.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5

Many patrons browse the new materials sections of the library 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 book, or to get yourself 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

Author: Jodi Picoult
Weeks On List: 3
Position Last Week: 3
Call Number: F PICOULT
Copies Owned: 4 regular print
Summary: A New Hampshire baker finds herself in the midst of two Holocaust stories: her grandmother's story of survival, and the confessions of an elderly German man, an SS officer. 

Author: Gillian Flynn
Weeks On List: 41
Position Last Week: 2
Call Number: M FLYNN
Copies Owned: 5 regular print; 3 large-type; digital eBook & audiobook on OverDrive
Summary: A woman disappears on her fifth anniversary; is her husband a killer? 

Author: James Patterson
Weeks On List: 4
Position Last Week: 4
Call Number: M PATTERSON
Copies Owned: 6 regular print; 3 large-type; 3 audiobook on CD; WMA audiobook on OverDrive
Summary: While Alex Cross pursues a Washington serial killer (or killers?), someone is after him. 

Author: Maeve Binchy
Weeks On List: 5
Position Last Week: 5
Call Number: F BINCHY
Copies Owned: 4 regular print; 3 large-type; 3 audiobook on CD; WMA & MP3 audiobook on OverDrive
Summary: Guests at an inn by the sea on Ireland's west coast; the final book by Binchy, who died in 2012. 

Author: C.J. Box
Weeks On List: 1
Position Last Week: n/a
Call Number: M BOX
Copies Owned: 3 regular print
Summary: The 13th novel featuring Joe Pickett, a Wyoming game warden. 

Hardcover Non-Fiction Top 5

Author: Sheryl Sandberg
Weeks On List: 1
Position Last Week: n/a
Call Number: Copies On Order
Summary: The chief operating officer of Facebook urges women to pursue their careers without ambivalence. 

Author: Pat Summitt
Weeks On List: 2
Position Last Week: 1
Call Number: 92 SUMMITT 
Copies Owned: 3 regular print
Summary: A memoir by the longtime coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Vols. 

#3: Until I Say Good-Bye
Author: Susan Spencer-Wendel
Weeks On List: 1
Position Last Week: n/a
Call Number: Not Currently Housed
Summary: A journalist's life-affirming response to a diagnosis of A.L.S. (Lou Gehrig's disease). 

Author: Bill O'Reilly
Weeks On List: 24
Position Last Week: 3
Call Number: 92 KENNEDY
Copies Owned: 5 regular print; 3 large-type; 3 audiobook on CD; WMA audiobook on OverDrive
Summary: The host of "The O'Reilly Factor" recounts the events surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy. 

Author: Michael Moss
Weeks On List: 3
Position Last Week: 2
Call Number: 613.2 MOS
Copies Owned: 3 regular print
Summary: A New York Times reporter reveals how food companies use science to encourage us to consume more of their products.

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

Friday, March 22, 2013

2nd Annual Children's Art & Literacy Festival Around the Corner!!!

The Children's Art & Literacy Festival (CALF) is steadily approaching as historic downtown Abilene will come to life with a host of literary activities for children and the entire family to enjoy.  Last year, the festival's inaugural year, all things centered around Dr. Seuss, and this year, it's all about Illustrator Walter Wick.

Wick is best known for the popular I Spy and Can You See What I Can See? series featuring the character of Seymour, and you'll be welcomed to a host of great activities to participate in June 13-16 at various locations throughout historic downtown Abilene.

Walter Wick & His Creation!!!
Organized by the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council, you may visit their website for a complete look at what's been planned, and you'll also have the opportunity to register early for events and goodies.  Better yet, if you have a Facebook account, follow them on Facebook and get a sneak peek into the festival as we get closer to the dates...there's so much to see.

CALF Bookmarks @ Your Library
If things couldn't get any better, Walter Wick will be present during CALF and he's even illustrated a special Seymour just for Abilene.  If you happen to be visiting your Abilene Public Library soon, we've just received a limited number of CALF bookmarks where you'll get the general information on the front side (along with an amazing illustration), and the back will contain a brief overview of the events planned so far.  I know I'll be keeping one (or two) of these bookmarks so be sure to get in and pick one up soon.  

Activities planned for this year includes...
  • Special ArtWalk Celebration with a mini-parade (of which library staff will be participating and dressed as pirates - myself included)
  • Dramatic readings of great children's stories (plus, we'll be doing craft projects immediately after each reading if you attend the sessions at your library)
  • Balloon sculptor making some amazing creations
  • Special showing of the Disney film Tangled at the Paramount
  • And so much more...
That doesn't even scratch the surface of the fun to be had at this year's CALF events.  If you didn't make it our last year, you missed out on one amazing time for the community, so be sure to join in on all the fun this time around...you'll be glad you did.

Remember, for more information about this year's CALF, visit them online and also follow them on Facebook.  You'll get an even closer look at all the wonderful activities planned and all to promote art and literacy to our youth.  This is going to be one exciting summer!!!

See You at the 2013 Business Expo!!!

Dennis Miller @ Business Expo
The Business Expo is right around the corner on Wednesday, March 27th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and organized by the Abilene Chamber of CommerceHosted at the Civic Center, this is the place to be if you want to discover a wealth of businesses promoting their services and goods in one place.

With thousands attending each and every year, your Abilene Public Library will be present again this year to promote our own services to the community.  There's quite a number of great resources we make available to registered library cardholders at no charge including a circulating collection of materials, access to computers and the Internet, use of the OverDrive service for borrowing digital eBooks and audiobooks, and that doesn't even begin to scratch the surface.

If you happen to be attending this year, don't pass up the library's booth.  Library staff will be available to answer any questions you might have about the library, plus, we'll have some giveaways to offer, information to pass out, and more.  Headed by Dennis Miller (Business Librarian at the Main Branch of the Abilene Public Library). be sure to check out what we have to offer.

Remember, it's the 2013 Business Expo at the Abilene Civic Center on March 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  If you don't have a ticket to enter, you can purchase one at the door for $5.00.  For more information about the Business Expo, visit the site online, and even see a promotional video.

Hope to see you there!!!

Anne's Reading Corner @ Your Library

If you're looking for some suggested reads from your Abilene Public Library, I'm here to highlight three great reads in the non-fiction collection.  Be on the lookout for some amazing reads at your library, and try out one of the suggested materials below.

Author: Mieshelle Nagelschneider
Copies Owned: 3 regular print
Call Number: 636.8 NAG
Move over fido! - it's an animal behavior book geared towards cats.  For the cat lovers among us, this book has been long overdue...no pun intended.  Author Mieshelle Nagelschneider lays out a clear C.A.T. cat behavior plan for readers to help eliminate those unwanted behaviors in our furry friends including litter box issues, scratching, spraying and biting.  By helping readers view the world through the eyes of a cat, Nagelschneider hopes to help cats and cat owners to live long and happy lives together. 

Author: Nelson Mandela
Copies Owned: 3 regular print
Call Number: 082 MAN
Nelson Mandela, a former South African apartheid leader, political prisoner and South African President is a world renowned figure.  Identified as the authorized copy of Mandela's most inspiring quotations; Notes on the Future is a beautiful compilation of more than 300 quotations from his 60 plus years as a national figure.  Organized into sections labeled Struggle, Victory, Wisdom and Future, the beauty and humanity of his words seem to leap off the pages.  A wonderful read. 

Author: Bob Thompson
Copies Owned: 3 regular print
Call Number: 92 CROCKETT
Almost every Texan has heard of Davy Crockett.  He was a backwoodsman, US Congressman and staunch defender of the Texas Alamo, but what do we really know about him?  That's what author Bob Thompson seeks to uncover in his new book.  According to Thompson Crockett was a complex and interesting man, well beyond the myth that has grown up around him.  If you're a history buff, delve into this well writeen biography for a fresh look at a well-known hero. 

Blog contributed by Anne Ellis, Mockingbird Branch Manager

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Weekly Events @ Your Library (Mar. 25-30)

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 view our interactive calendar, and remember, all programming is offered free of charge.

Mar. 27-28; 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Info.
e-File your taxes for free at your library through this annual program led by IRS-trained volunteers with the AARP.  Bring your 2012 tax materials, Photo ID, Social Security card, etc., and everyone will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis.  Sessions will be offered every Wednesday & Thursday so you'll have plenty of opportunities to participate in this free program until then. 

Ages 8-15
Mar. 28 @ 4:00 p.m.
Mockingbird Branch
1214 N. Mockingbird Ln.
325-437-7323 for Info.
If you're looking for a crafting workshop for tweens, try this afternoon activity as we'll be showing you how to make some fun bookmarks to go along with the Spring season.  We'll supply all the materials needed, all you need to do is to come out ready to show your creative side. 

Mar. 28 @ 6:30 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
We've hosted this workshop before, and it was so popular it's coming to your Main Library.  In this hands-on session, learn to transform an ordinary cupcake into a dessert treat that looks exactly like a hamburger.  They're amazing to look at, and tasty to eat, and using a host of different dessert and food items to create everything you'd find on a hamburger with the works.

Mar. 28-29; 10:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Mockingbird Branch
1214 N. Mockingbird Ln.
325-437-7323 for Info.
e-File your taxes for free at your library through this annual program led by IRS-trained volunteers with the AARP.  Bring your 2012 tax materials, Photo ID, Social Security card, etc., and everyone will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis.  Sessions will be offered every Wednesday & Thursday so you'll have plenty of opportunities to participate in this free program until then.

Don't miss out on these fun activities, and don't forget to take advantage of our weekly storytime programs and Book-A-Librarian sessions.  Contact Me (Tremain Jackson) for more information about any of these programs and be sure to come out and attend the ones of interest to you.

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Art of Refinancing Your Mortgage

Lori Grow, a mortgage loan officer with Prosperity Bank, was our guest speaker at the "Should I Refinance My Mortgage?" workshop at the Abilene Public Library.  During a time when the economy is still having an impact on Americans, the community was invited to come out and learn more about the process of refinancing a home mortgage.  Rather than go into the process blind, Grow shed light on the ins and outs of the refinancing dance to help ease one's fears.

Refinancing refers to replacing an existing debt obligation with a new offer under different terms.  With varying rates, refinancing may help to save you money, lower your interest rates, reduce a monthly payment, and help free up cash.  Plus, there may also be tax advantages available too.

Grow was on hand to walk us through the process of a typical refinancing process through providing us with a sample form to view the different parts.  This helped us to better understand the costs associated with undertaking a refinance (including lender fees, title company fees, and third party fees) meaning you'll still have to spend a little money to benefit from refinancing.

When considering refinancing your mortgage, great answers to find beforehand included understanding what the interest rates are, knowing how much you owe on your home, and knowing what your house is worth rather than what you think it is worth.  These will help you in deciding what type of loan will work best for you.

While going over the sample form, Grow opened the floor to questions, which was the perfect time for everyone to tap into the knowledge base of our guest speaker.  Doing so is what's great about the adult workshops offered at your library.  Not only are you making connections with local professionals, you're also tapping into their field of expertise to get the answers you need in a non-intimidating environment.

One great question asked addressed paying extra on a monthly mortgage to save money in the long run.  While many do this, Grow suggested that you contact your lender and verify the extra payments are going towards the principal of the loan, and not the accrued interest.  This is not specified most of the time and you only help yourself as a homeowner if you're paying down the principal...just some of the helpful advice that manifests when the audience becomes involved in the program.

If you weren't able to attend, and you would like to research more information about refinancing your mortgage, we can help.  For instance, make use of the great resources we have available for all homeowners such as the following...

Author: David Reed
Call Number: 332.722 REE
Summary: This resource was written by a mortgage expert who will help you take the stress out of the refinancing process.  Always a scary thought, he'll walk you through the ins and outs on understanding how refinancing can save you money, while also giving you a little more freedom to pay off other debts.

There are even great website you can utilize to find more information including...
Make use of these great resources available at your Abilene Public Library and online, and if you need additional information, feel free to Contact Us.

For a look at upcoming workshops and programs for adults, take a look at what's coming up in April, and remember, all are offered free of charge.
  • Rainwater Harvesting with Master Gardeners at your Main Library on Tuesday, April 2nd at 6:30 p.m.
  • Texas Author Series featuring Author Scott White at your Main Library on Monday, April 8th at Noon
  • Make Your Car Last Forever (Almost!) at your Main Library on Tuesday, April 9th at 6:30 p.m.
  • 2-1-1: A Call for Help at Your Main Library on Tuesday, April 16th at 6:30 p.m.
  • Texas Author Series featuring Author Ralph Yzanga at your Main Library on Monday, April 22nd @ Noon
  • Path to Citizenship Workshop at your Main Library on Tuesday, April 23rd at 6:30 p.m.
With so much to offer you, don't hesitate to take advantage of these great events open to the community at your Abilene Public Library.