Thursday, May 30, 2013

Weekly Events @ Your Library (June 3-8)

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.  For any questions or thoughts, always feel free to Comment Us on the blog Email Me (Tremain Jackson) or Tweet Us @AbileneLibrary.

Kids to Grade 5
June 3 - July 27
All Branch Locations
325-677-2474 for Info.
Stop by and pick up a kids reading club bag complete with a certificate for participation, reading log, bookmark, and more information.  Plus, each week you visit the library to attend a program or checkout books, receive a free prize through the end of the club. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Staff Book Review: "A Wanted Man" by: Lee Child

A Wanted Man
Author: Lee Child
Reviewed By: Tremain Jackson, South Branch Manager
 
Book Summary: Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning.  One man driving, eyes on the road.  Another man next to him, telling stories that don't add up.  A woman in the back, silent and worried.  And next to her, a huge man with a broken nose, hitching a ride east to Virginia.

An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station.  He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out.  He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished.  Within minutes, the police are notified.  Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Get Trapped 'Under the Dome' This June!



Stephen King has been a bestselling author of countless novels since the 1970’s.  Ranging from horror, drama, sci-fi, fantasy, and more, King has deftly crafted masterpiece after masterpiece, many of them having been turned into feature films, made-for-tv movies, and miniseries.  Get ready for the next miniseries set to air on CBS starting June 24th with the small screen adaptation of Under the Dome.




@ the Library Article: "For Summertime, There's No Vacation at the Public Library"

Summer is just around the corner, and staff members at the Abilene Public Library are putting the finishing touches on the summer programs - including reading clubs for all ages, storytimes, special programs and our ever-popular Young Audience shows.

Summer reading clubs are a time-honored way of keeping kids involved with books while they are away from school.  This year's reading club for kids, X Marks the Spot, will feature swashbucklers and pirates.

What's New in Books & DVDs @ Your Library

Tuesdays are the big release days for books and DVDs for those bestselling authors you want to read, and those great movies you want 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.  For any questions or thoughts, always feel free to Comment Us on the blog Email Me (Tremain Jackson) or Tweet Us @AbileneLibrary.

Dark Skies (View Trailer)
Starring: Keri Russell
Rated: PG-13
Run Time: 97 min.
Summary: This thriller follows a young family beginning to witness an escalating series of disturbing events involving their household, turning their safe and peaceful home into a nightmare.  When it becomes clear the family is being targeted by an unimaginably terrifying and deadly force, husband and wife Daniel and Lacy take matters in their own hands to solve the mystery of what is after their family. 

Monday, May 27, 2013

Dive Into the Stacks: Discover the 4-Hour You @ 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.  For any questions or thoughts, always feel free to Comment Us on the blog Email Me (Tremain Jackson) or Tweet Us @AbileneLibrary.

There's so much we try to get done in a day that many of us wonder why there are only 24-hours in a single day...don't act like I'm the only one who feels that way.  Timothy Ferriss may just have the solution to your problems as he's created a series of bestselling titles to assist us in various aspects of our lives from food to weight loss and even our careers.  With three bestselling titles in this series, you may just want to see if they have something to offer you.

Take a look at what these titles are and if you're interested, don't hesitate to check one out the next time you're at the library.

The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman
Author: Timothy Ferriss
Call Number: 613.7 FER
Summary: This guide was created to share the many experiments the author has conducted over the past 10 years as a means to beat genetics and achieve the impossible.  Containing the wisdom of athletes, medical doctors, and more, this book will contain the answers for all that matters in our lives from the gym to the bedroom.  Such includes learning how to lose 20 pounds in 30 days without exercising, preventing fat gain during the holidays, how to sleep 2 hours each day and feel fully rested, and more.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Share Your Art @ Library's Art Contest in July!

We're two months away from the return of the Summer Art Contest at your Abilene Public Library, and local artists are encouraged to get your entries ready and submitted as the deadline is July 18.  If you have talent when it comes to creating artwork, we invite you to create your best piece of art inspired from literature and have your work exhibited at the library on July 20.


All ages are welcome to submit an entry, as we will have categories for Juvenile, Young Adult, and Adult entries.  Jessica Reyes will once again organize this event, and those who participate will not only have their artwork exhibited at the library for the community to see, but also have it judged to select winners in each category.  Staff from the Center for Contemporary Arts, along with additional judges, will be on hand to score your artwork based on originality, creativity, and general appeal.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Baldacci's 'King & Maxwell' to Premiere on June 10th



Bestselling author David Baldacci has been a staple author for readers who enjoy suspense/thriller novels around the world.  Having struck gold with his debut novel, Absolute Power, which was adapted to film starring Clint Eastwood and Gene Hackman, Baldacci has since written over 25 bestsellers including standalone titles and series.


For those of you who haven’t heard, TNT has adapted one of his bestselling series in what may be the latest and new smash hit for the cable station.  The Sean King & Michelle Maxwell series has been a favorite of Baldacci fans since the release of the first entry titled Split Second in 2003.  Since then, four (4) additional sequels have been released, with a fifth due out in November, centering around the characters of King & Maxwell, which is also the name of the TV series airing on TNT on June 10th.

05-23 Weekly Events (May 27 - June 1)

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.  For any questions or thoughts, always feel free to Comment Us on the blog Email Me (Tremain Jackson) or Tweet Us @AbileneLibrary.

May 27; All Dlay
All Branch Locations
325-677-2474 for Info.
All locations will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.  For your convenience, outside materials returns are available at all branch libraries and you still have access to checking your account online.  We hope you have a safe Memorial Day holiday and we will resume our normal hours of operation on Tuesday, May 28 @ 9:00 a.m. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Join Pirate School @ Your Library!


Avast ye matey, lads and lassies to have a Yo Ho Ho good time at special training school.  Be sure to attend or else be lost forever like Davey Jones’ Locker.

Do you have a young swashbuckler living in your home?  Allow your Abilene Public Library to help them hone their pirate techniques, as we’ll be hosting some great programming for them to join in on.

As you may already know, the theme of the Summer Reading Clubs this year is X Marks the Spot.  Since it’s all about pirates at the library, the South Branch welcomes kids to come out and attend our special Pirate School.

Staff Book Review: "Paper Valentine" by Brenna Yovanoff

Paper Valentine
Click to Place Hold
Author: Brenna Yovanoff
Reviewed By: Jessica Reyes, Library Assistant (Main Library)
For any questions or thoughts, always feel free to Comment Us on the blog Email Me (Tremain Jackson) or Tweet Us @AbileneLibrary.

Book Summary: The city of Ludlow is gripped by the hottest July on record.  The asphalt is melting, the birds are dying, petty crime is on the rise, and someone in Hannah Wagnor's peaceful suburban community is killing girls.

For Hannah, the summer is a complicated one.  Her best friend Lillian died six months ago, and Hannah just wants her life to go back to normal.  But how can things be normal when Lillian's ghost is haunting her bedroom, pushing her to investigate the mysterious string of murders?  Hannah's just trying to understand why her friend self-destructed, and where she fits now that Lillian isn't there to save her a place among the social elite.  And she must stop thinking about Finny Boone, the big, enigmatic delinquent whose main hobbies seems to include petty larceny and surprising acts of kindness.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

View Full-Length City Council Videos Online

The Abilene City Council meets regularly every second and fourth Thursday morning at City Hall discussing issues of importance to the City of Abilene and all who reside here.  With meetings opened to the public, sometimes we may not know about a meeting, learn of it after the fact, or might not have a chance to fit it into our schedules.  If you’ve missed any of the council meetings, you’ve always been able to visit your Abilene Public Library (Main Branch, 202 Cedar St.) and checkout DVDs made of each meeting.  Did you know you can also watch the meetings online too? 

Thanks to the Internet, the City of Abilene now posts all filmed City Council meetings online to be viewed by anyone. 


Summer Fun Explosion is Coming @ Your Library


Pirates @ the Library
It’s finally here…summertime!  If you’re looking for affordable activities to keep your youngsters busy, your Abilene Public Library should be one of your top destinations so explore some of our enhanced and expanded activities.

Library staff has been working hard with pulling everything together, and I’d like to highlight a sampling of the great activities you can expect to see.  Remember, all programming and events hosted at your Abilene Public Library is open to the public at no charge.  There’s no need to register, pay a fee, signup, or anything, simply keep track of the programs of interest to you and come on down and participate.  It doesn’t get much easier than that.  Plus, all branch library locations have kids summer reading club flyers available, listing the theme of their reading club this year as well as a listing of all the programs for kids by branch location.

What's New in Books & DVDs @ Your Library

Tuesdays are the big release days for books and DVDs for those bestselling authors you want to read, and those great movies you want 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.  For any questions or thoughts, always feel free to Comment Us on the blog Email Me (Tremain Jackson) or Tweet Us @AbileneLibrary.

Beautiful Creatures (View Trailer)
Starring: Alden Ehrenreich
Rated: PG-13
Run Time: 124 min.
Summary: When newcomer Lena arrives in the small town of Gatlin she quickly captures the attention of Ethan, who only wants to escape what he views as a boring and dead end town.  He quickly gets more than he bargained for.  Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respected families, their history and their town. 

Monday, May 20, 2013

@ the Library Article: "Library to Present Encore of 'Strategies' for Publication"

Ever dream of seeing your name in print and having people all over the world read your work?  Your Abilene Public Library can help.

An encore presentation of Finding Your Way Into Print (or Pixels): Strategies for Getting Assignments or Acceptances will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday (May 23) in the auditorium of the downtown Abilene Public Library.

This program was so well-received by attendees last year, and provides such a solid introduction to the subject, that presenter Jesse Mullins graciously agreed to return for a second showing.

Free eBooks to Build Your Digital Library!!!

Library patrons worldwide have been taking advantage of the OverDrive service for checking out and downloading digital eBooks and audiobooks to eReaders, smartphones, tablets, computers, and more.  Introducing the world to a new form of library circulation, these titles are yours to use temporarily through your subscribing library system, but did you know this site also offers access to thousands of public domain titles available to download and keep forever?

Dive Into the Stacks: Plan Your Wedding @ 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.  For any questions or thoughts, always feel free to Comment Us on the blog Email Me (Tremain Jackson) or Tweet Us @AbileneLibrary.

Weddings are big events during the Spring and Summer, but regardless of when you wish to plan yours, we certainly have wedding guides available for all areas of this event.  From planning weddings, throwing a bridal shower, toasts and speeches for the best man, putting one together on a budget, and more, there's something for everyone at your library.

Take a look at some of the titles we house to see if they're of interest to you, and remember, these are only a selection of the titles we house.  If you need helping them, your library staff is there to help you...

e-Plan Your Wedding: How to Save Time sand Money with Today's Best Online Resources
Author: Crystal & Jason Melendez
Call Number: 395-22 MEL
Summary: Many of spend our lives trying to do all we can using technology, and this guide was designed just for that.  Providing you with shortcuts, discount bargains, and planning tools, this guide will also help you learn how to create guests books, find wholesale discounts for flowers, setting up online gift registries, working with vendors, and even how to provide a wedding streamed live on the Internet.  Take control of your wedding preparations using a combination of real-life and online methods in no time. 

Friday, May 17, 2013

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of May 26)

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

#1: Dead Ever After
Author: Charlaine Harris
Weeks On List: 1
Position Last Week: n/a 
Call Number: M HARRIS
Summary: The telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse searches for the truth about the death of the former barmaid Arlene.  Available in Regular Print Only

#2: Silken Prey
Author: John Sandford
Weeks On List: 1
Position Last Week: n/a
Call Number: M SANDFORD
Summary: Lucas Davenport is drawn into the investigation of a Minnesota political scandal and the disappearance of an operative.  Available in Regular Print & Audiobook on CD

#3: 12th of Never
Author: James Patterson
Weeks On List: 2
Position Last Week: 1
Call Number: M PATTERSON
Summary: One week after the birth of her baby, Detective Lindsay Boxer must return to work to investigate a string of grisly murders; a Women's Murder Club novel.  Available in Regular Print, Large-Type Print, Audiobook on CD

#4: The Hit
Author: David Baldacci
Weeks On List: 3
Position Last Week: 2
Call Number: F BALDACCI
Summary: The government hitman Will Robie uncovers a serious threat as he attempts to take out a fellow assassin who has gone rogue.  Available in Regular Print, Large-Type Print, Audiobook on CD

#5: A Step of Faith
Author: Richard Paul Evans
Weeks On List: 1
Position Last Week: n/a
Call Number: F EVANS
Summary: In the fourth book of the "Walk" series, Alan faces new challenges on his walk to Key West.  Available in Regular Print & Audiobook on CD

Hardcover Non-Fiction Top 5

#1: Happy, Happy, Happy
Author: Phil Robertson
Weeks On List: 1
Position Last Week: n/a
Call Number: On Order
Summary: The Duck Commander pays tribute to "faith, family and ducks."  Copies currently on order.

#2: Lean In
Author: Sheryl Sandberg
Weeks On List: 9
Position Last Week: 1
Call Number: 658.4 SAN
Summary: The chief operating officer of Facebook urges women to pursue their careers without ambivalence.  Available in Regular Print

#3: Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls
Author: David Sedaris
Weeks On List: 3
Position Last Week: 2
Call Number: 813.54 SED
Summary: Essays from the humorist on subjects like French dentistry and a North Carolina Costco.  Available in Regular Print, Large-Type Print, Audiobook on CD

#4: Cooked
Author: Michael Pollan
Weeks On List: 3
Position Last Week: 4
Call Number
: 641.5 POL
Summary:  The writer masters recipes and argues that regaining control of cooking will make Americans healthier.  Available in Regular Print, Audiobook on CD

#5: Dad is Fat
Title Currently Not Available
Author: Jim Gaffigan
Weeks On List: 1
Position Last Week: n/a
Call Number: Not Housed
Summary: Life with five kids in a two-bedroom New York City apartment.  No copies currently housed.

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 in on the reserve lists and secure your spot in line for these popular titles.

June's Cover-to-Cover Book Club Selection!!!


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

For June, the featured selection is The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan and we invite you to look out for a copy at your library and then attend the book club discussion group on Thursday, June 20 @ 7:00 p.m.  For more information, be sure to contact Ann Mount at 325-676-6025.

A Look Into Non-Fiction with Anne Ellis

General fiction may get a ton of exposure with following bestselling authors like James Patterson, Mary Higgins Clark, Dean Koontz, Danielle Steel and a countless number of others; however, there's more great reads out there.  Discover some of the great non-fiction titles available at your Abilene Public Library, and if they're of interest to you, reserve a copy to pick up at your nearest branch location.

The Best of the Best American Poetry
Edited by Robert Pinsky
Information: While the forward provided by the author may seem a bit high-brow, the poetry within is wonderfully readable.  Filled with works by contemporary poets from all walks of life, this volume has a voice that will speak to any reader.  If you're looking for a quiet, reflective read, this is the book for you. 

Thursday, May 16, 2013

News Release: "Abilene Library Participates in World-Wide Reading Program"

Abilene Public Library is participating in the Big Library Read, a pilot program in which libraries worldwide offer a single eBook to their patrons.  The program spotlights one title for a set time period for library patrons around the world to read simultaneously.  The Four Corners of the Sky (Click to View Sample of Book) by Michael Malone is the first title to be selected for this program, which will be available to Abilene Public Library cardholders through May 31st.  To download this book to your computer or portable digital device, go to www.abilene.lib.overdrive.com and log in.

The title is described as a "novel of love, secrets, and the mysterious bonds of families.  The title is described as a "novel of love, secrets, and the mysterious bonds of families.  Malone brings characters to life as only he can, exploring the questions that defy easy answers: Is love a choice or a calling?  Why do the ties of family bind so tightly?  And is forgiveness a gift to others...or a gift to ourselves?"

In addition to creating a global "library book club," Big Library Read is designed to demonstrate the positive exposure and sales influence library eBook catalogs provide to authors and publishers.  The program is sponsored by OverDrive, with initial support and participation from Sourcebooks, Inc., a leading US independent publisher.

Post Contributed by Janis C. Test, Information Services Manager at the Main Branch of the Abilene Public Library

Summer Reading Clubs Start June 3

It's hard to believe the Summer Reading Clubs are around the corner at your Abilene Public Library and we'll kick them off starting June 3rd and running through July 27th.  During this time, everyone in the community is invited to participate in a reading club and delight in the joy of reading for pleasure, while also getting your hands on a few prizes too.  Plus, and as always, during the summer, expect to see even more activity as we increase the numbers of great programming we'll have to offer the community (especially for youth on their summer break from school).

But let's learn a little more about this year's Summer Reading Clubs at your library as there will be three (3) going on to meet all ages in the community.  For any questions or thoughts, always feel free to Comment Us on the blog Email Me (Tremain Jackson) or Tweet Us @AbileneLibrary.

Summer Reading Club for Kids: "X Marks the Spot"
Youth up to grades 5 will delight in a fun club with the theme of Pirates for the summer.  During the first week of the club, stop by the library to pick up a Summer Reading Club bag filled with information about the club, a reading log, summer programming, and more.  Each week a child visits the library, they'll also receive an incentive for coming out to get more books or attending one of our many programs.  All pirate-themed inspired, there will be some great prizes for the summer you won't want to miss. 

Weekly Events @ Your Library (May 20-25)

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.

For any questions or thoughts, always feel free to Comment Us on the blog Email Me (Tremain Jackson) or Tweet Us @AbileneLibrary.

Ages 8-15
May 20 @ 6:30 p.m.
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
325-698-7565 for Info.
Youth are invited out to another traditional gaming session at the library where library staff is here to show you electricity and gaming consoles aren't needed all the time to have fun.  Join us for an evening of old school gaming with board games, card games, and more, where sometimes it's even a blast to challenge your librarians to some gaming...be warned through, some of us don't hold back when we play. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

@ the Library Article: "Library Can Help You Mind Your Manners"

Manners are a necessity in all walks of the life: business, social, dining, travel, online, wedding, international relations - and I'm sure in some areas I've not mentioned.

Even taking your dog to the dog park involves etiquette on how to act, what is expected of both you and your pet, and more.

According to Chase's Calendar of Annual Events, the second week in May is set aside annually to "raise awareness of all people to act with courtesy, civility, kindness, respect and manners, as well as rally people to act with good manners in their everyday lives."  If you'd like to brush up on your etiquette in any area, your Abilene Public Library has resources that can help.

Staff Book Review: "Six Years" by: Harlan Coben

Six Years
Author: Harlan Coben
Reviewed By: Tremain Jackson, South Branch Manager
For any questions or thoughts, always feel free to Comment Us on the blog Email Me (Tremain Jackson) or Tweet Us @AbileneLibrary.

Book Summary: Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man.  Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor.  Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd.

But six years haven't come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd's obituary, he can't keep himself away from the funeral.  There he gets the glimpse of Todd's wife he's hoping for but she is not Natalie.  Whoever the mourning widow is, she's been married to Todd for almost two decades, and with that face everything Jake thought he knew about the best time of his life - a time he has never gotten over - is turned completely inside out.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Sneak Peek: 2013 Young Audiences Schedule

Are you ready for some exciting summer programming at your Abilene Public LibraryYou're in luck as we've got our Young Audiences lineup for kids this summer.  We all know kids will be out of school soon, and we all know you may be looking for activities to keep them occupied.  If so, why not try out the amazing events we've got planned at your library, and all at no cost to you?

Young Audiences performances are designed for kids of all ages, and they're interactive events bringing in some amazing performers to entertain (and educate) your youth.  For each of the programs we've scheduled for the summer, two sessions will be offered each day with a morning session at 10:45 a.m. and a repeat performance at 3:00 p.m.  Designed to fit your schedule, each program is free to attend and each lasts approximately 45-minutes.

Take a look at the scheduled performances, and remember, if you have any questions or thoughts, For any questions or thoughts, feel free to Comment Us on the blog Email Me (Tremain Jackson) or Tweet Us @AbileneLibrary.

FLY Dance Company
June 4; 10:45 & 3:00
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
FLY is an all-male contemporary dance company out of Houston, TX consisting of four talented men.  Making their first appearance at the Abilene Public Library, they're known for high-energy performance to introduce kids to jazz, classical, pop, hip hop, experimental dances, and more.  Crossing street dance with classical choreographic principles, delight in this entertaining show combining styles and cultures to reflect contemporary Americana. 

What's New in Books & DVDs @ Your Library

Tuesdays are the big releases in books and DVDs for those bestselling authors you want to read, and those great movies you want 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!!! For any questions or thoughts, always feel free to Comment Us on the blog Email Me (Tremain Jackson) or Tweet Us @AbileneLibrary.

Texas Chainsaw 3D (View Trailer)
Starring: Alexandra Daddario
Rated: R
Run Time: 92 min.
Summary: In yet another remake of this film, set in 1974, townspeople hunted down and killed every member of the Sawyer family for committing a series of grisly murders.  Decades later and hundreds of miles away, a young woman learns that she has inherited a Texas estate from a grandmother she never knew she had.  She finds she is the sole owner of a lavish, isolated Victorian mansion.  But her newfound wealth comes at a price as she stumbles upon a horror that awaits her in the mansion's dark cellars.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Tweeting Up a New Account Online



We’ve been tweeting up a storm at the Abilene Public Library, with a presence on the City of Abilene’s Twitter account for the past few years.  We’re pleased to announce we’ve branched out and launched our own account and we invite you to Follow Us under AbileneLibrary as we’ll be providing you with eve more information about what we’ve got going on.

For those not in the know, Twitter is a popular site allowing people to microblog quick blasts of information, which are perfect for those whom are on-the-go.  For people with little time on your hands, Twitter has become a quick way to share your thoughts, photos, videos, and more with the online world.  From personal accounts to businesses, authors to celebrities, everyone is tweeting and your AbilenePublic Library is no different.

Celebrate Children's Book Week!!! (May 13-19

It’s Children’s Book Week through Sunday, May 19th serving as the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country.  Having been established in 1919, this is a time where schools, libraries, bookstores, and other businesses everywhere celebrate young readers and connecting them to great stories through books.

Your Abilene Public Library understands the importance of connecting children with literature, and helping them to develop a joy of reading at an early age, so they will grow up to become avid bibliophiles.  Having an appreciation for literature will open up a new world of possibilities for youth, and we couldn’t be happier to celebrate this passion with kids in the community.

Dive Into the Stacks: Learn from Celebrity Chefs @ 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.  For any questions or thoughts, always feel free to Comment Us on the blog Email Me (Tremain Jackson) or Tweet Us @AbileneLibrary.

The Food Network has become a staple part of America's viewing habits regardless of whether you're a chef or not.  There are now programs for everyone to enjoy whether it's cooking, watching a foodie competition, checking out interesting restaurants and diners, and just so much more.

If you didn't know already, your Abilene Public Library carries a number of books put out by some of the most well-known superstar chefs out there, and just to highlight what I'm talking about, take a look at some of the popular titles we carry...

My Year in Meals / My Year in Cocktails
Authors: Rachael Ray & John Cusimano
Call Number: 641.5 RAY
Summary: Get a 2-for-1 deal in this book by the host of several Food Network shows and the star of her own syndicated talk show.  Although we house plenty of titles from Ray at your library, this is her latest where she will take you through a year in her life in meals.  For one full year, she provides you with a look in her kitchen to delight readers with great recipes, personal stories, and more based off of the foods we've all loved to watch her make.  Plus, if you flip the book over, you'll get a section from her husband on his year in cocktails providing over 100 different tasty drinks to try...mainly for adults that is.  With easy instructions and wonderful photos, this will be an easy guide to get lost in, and to bulk up your own recipes. 

Saturday, May 11, 2013

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of May 13)

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 upcoming week.

For any questions or thoughts, Coment Us on the blog, Email Me (Tremain Jackson) or Tweet Us @AbileneLibrary.

Hardcover Fiction Top 5

#1: 12th of Never
Author: James Patterson
Weeks On List: 1
Position Last Week: n/a
Call Number: M PATTERSON
Summary: One week after the birth of her baby, Detective Lindsay Boxer must return to work to investigate a string of grisly murders; a Women's Murder Club novel. Available in Regular Print, Large-Type, Audiobook on CD

Thursday, May 9, 2013

WorldCat Reaches 2 Billion Mark!!!

Whether you realize it or not, many Abilene Public Library patrons make use of WorldCat, a catalog that compiles materials listings for the collection of thousands upon thousands of library institutions.  As part of the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), this database is primarily maintained by the libraries that contribute to the collection.

How does this benefit you as a patron?  Many make use of the Interlibrary Loan service to request materials outside of Abilene, which we don't currently house in our own system.  It's because of this major cooperative effort that we're able to locate the materials you wish to borrow from libraries outside the city.  Without this catalog, how in the world would anyone, anywhere for that matter, be able to know what another library offered through a single interface?

Participate in the First Ever "Big Library Read" Event

A new and innovative pilot program will launch on May 15 to offer eBook readers all over the world with the chance to participate in a global book club.  Known as the Big Library Read, your Abilene Public Library is pleased to join in on the literary fun to provide our patrons with access to the eBook title The Four Corners of the Sky by author Michael Malone from May 15 through June 1.


Weekly Events & Programs (May 13-18)

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.

Kids of All Ages
May 13 @ 6:30 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
Kids who have the crafting bug shouldn't miss this quick crafting workshop where we'll be supplying the materials needed to show you how to make some fun Paper Tops.  Located as you enter the library, don't pass up our table, and the chance to make a fun craft for the evening. 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Abilene Public Library Bus Wraps Receive Recognition

Abilene Public Library has received an Honorable Mention in the Texas Library Association's Public Relations Branding Iron Awards competition for 2013.  The category recognition is for: Outdoor Advertising: "Novel Destinations" Bus Wraps.

Friends Members w/Novel Destinations Bus Wrap

Get Ready for the Friends of the Library Book Sale in June!

Amazing Selection of Materials!!!
Gear up for the return of the annual Friends of the Abilene Public Library Book Sale at the Abilene Civic Center.  Always an exciting time of year, don't miss out on the BIGGEST book sale around and find some amazing deals on a wide selection of books, music, movies, collectibles, and more.  Running June 13-16, you'll certainly not want to miss your chance to stock up your personal libraries with some wonderful reads.

Staff Book Review: "The Centaur's Daughter" by Ellen Jensen Abbott

The Centaur's Daughter
Reviewed By: Marianne Vadney, Library Assistant (South Branch)

Book Summary: Abisina had found a home in Watersmeet - the community her father led until he was killed by the evil White Worm.  But now, Watersmeet is as divided as the village she fled as an outcast.  The land faces a new threat, and an uneasy alliance between the humans and the creatures will have to be formed to survive.  If Abisina doesn't become the leader Watersmeet needs, she may lose everything.  But can she take her father's place?

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Teen Advisory Group (TAG) a Hit @ Your Library

The Abilene Public Library's new Teen Advisory Group is off to an amazing start!  With our first meeting hosted in April, about a dozen teens signed up to participate with the goal of helping to shape teen services at the library for the community.

Expressing a passion for being a part of this newly formed group, participating teens are already beginning to jump into taking an active role in library services, most notably through being a presence at some upcoming library activities this June.  Several of our enthusiastic crew will be volunteering at the upcoming Children's Art & Literacy Festival as well as assisting in the annual Friends of the Library Book Sale at the Civic Center.

What's New in Books & DVDs @ Your Library

Tuesdays are the big releases in books and DVDs for those bestselling authors you want to read, and those great movies you want 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!!!

Jack Reacher (View Trailer)
Starring: Tom Cruise
Rated: PG-13
Run Time: 130 min.
Summary: Adapted from the bestselling novel by author Lee Child titled One Shot, ex-military investigator Jack Reacher leaps off the pages and onto the big screen in this explosive thriller.  When an unspeakable crime is committed, all evidence points to the suspect in custody who offers up a single note in defense: 'Get Jack Reacher!'  The law has its limits, but Reacher does not when his fight for the truth pits him against an unexpected enemy with a skill for violence and a secret to keep.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Dive Into the Stacks: Citation Manuals @ 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.

Research papers for high school and college are always something that's expected from students, and the more you write, the more you have to cite.  Learning how to do so properly can be a challenge, but your Abilene Public Library has manuals for all of the major styles available for you to make use of.  From MLA to Turabian, we've got you covered, so take a look at some of the top styling guides we offer...

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers
Call Number: 808.02 MLA
Summary: This styling guide was the most readily used up until the 2000's and was emphasized primarily with students in high school and college.  Standing for Modern Language Association, this styling guide has been expanded and revised to provide you with the up-to-date information on citing the most standard resources out there.  Easy to follow and understand, it's touted by Newsweek as being "The style bible for most college students" so look for it at your library.