Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Staff Book Review: "Doll Bones" by: Holly Black

Doll Bones
Author: Holly Black
For Ages 10-14
Reviewed By: Kelsie Nygren, Library Assistant (Main Library)

Book Summary: Zach, Poppy, and Alice have been friends forever.  And for almost as long, they’ve been playing one continuous, ever-changing game of pirates and thieves, mermaids and warriors.  Ruling over all is the Great Queen, a bone-china doll cursing those who displease her.

But they are in middle school now.  Zach’s father pushes him to give up make-believe, and Zach quits the game.  Their friendship might be over, until Poppy declares she’s been having dreams about the Queen – and the ghost of a girl who will not rest until the bone-china doll is buried in her empty grave.

Zach and Alice and Poppy set off on one last adventure to lay the Queen’s ghost to rest.  But nothing goes according to plan, and as their adventure turns into an epic journey, creepy things begin to happen.  Is the doll just a doll or something more sinister?  And if there really is a ghost, will it let them go now that it has them in its clutches?

Personal Review: Holly Black has written a lot of books about magic, but Doll Bones is definitely the creepiest of them yet.  But it isn’t just a book about magic, or creepy dolls who may or may not be ghosts.  Before anything else, Doll Bones is about growing up, and about friendship, and it is this that really carries the novel and sets it apart from other ghost stories.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

S.H.I.E.L.D. Spins Off to the Small Screen this Fall

No doubt there were many fans of the solo superhero films based on characters from Marvel Comics that led up to the release of the incredible lineup assembled for Marvel’s The Avengers.  Released in 2012, this film quickly became a breakout hit having been the fastest film to gross $1 billion in ticket sales, and also becoming the third highest grossing film of all-time.  With additional solo films in the works and a sequel to the series to come, a spin-off has been created for the small screen that’s set to premiere on ABC September 24 titled Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation (View Trailer)
Starring: Channing Tatum
Rated: PG-13
Run Time: 110 min.
Summary: The greatest American heroes are back, and they’ve been set up to take the fall for a terrible crime they didn’t commit.  Now, Roadblock, Duke, and the other G.I. Joes must once again face their mortal enemy, COBRA, as well as dangerous new threats operating within the government.  When all else fails, one option remains: Retaliation.  Although the critics weren’t highly favorable of the movie, it took in a lot in the box office, so you might want to see it for yourself.

Monday, July 29, 2013

@ the Library Article: "Collecting Commas Writing Club @ Your Library!"

Once upon a time.  It was a dark and stormy night.  Roses are red, violets are blue...no matter how it begins, stories are all around us.  And, although they may not realize it, almost everyone has a story to tell as well.

These stories can take the form of actual stories - written or oral, long or short - or poems, no matter whether they are free verse or rhymed or even haiku.  Writing can be therapeutic for many - sometimes it is easier to write your thoughts and emotions down rather than telling them to someone aloud.  And, so often, there are those characters and situations and ideas just bubbling around in your head: the ultimate untold story.  So many are faced with this situation, yet so many also feel intimidated by writing, or unsure where to start.

Starting on August 1, 2013, the Abilene Public Library will be offering a writing club for young adults ages 10-17.  This is not your average school club with assignments and required reading.  Instead, Collecting Commas is all about YOU as the writer: what you are interested in, what drives you to write, what your passions are.  Writers are encouraged to share their work every week, but it is not required.  If a writer does share their work, light constructive criticism will be offered if it is desired, and the focus will be on positively building up everyone's writing skills into being the best they can be.

Dive Into the Stacks: Inspirational Stories of Our Domesticated Friends @ 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.

Our pets mean more to us than simply being an furry four-legged animal (as it relates to cats and dogs that is); however, for most of us, they’re more like members of our own family.  Providing us with companionship, loyalty, friendship, entertainment, and love, these amazing animals can sometimes touch the hearts of people all over the world, and this blog entry will highlight a few of the books that have inspired us all.

If you’re a pet-lover, and you haven’t heard of the following books, we recommend you check them out, give them a read, and discover some great titles at your library that highlight the role our pets can play in our lives.

Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
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Author: Vicki Myron
Call Number: 636.809 MYR
Summary: Dive into the world of Dewey, a little cat abandoned as a kitten on the coldest night of the year.  Stuffed into a book slot at the Spencer Public Library, he was discovered the next morning by the library’s director, Vicki Myron, who instantly bonded with the kitten who was tossed aside.  Dewey would become a fixture of the library he was deposited in, winning the hearts of library staff, patrons, and everyone he met.  For 19 years he remained a loyal part of the library, and after his death, his story became known everywhere, making his story one that touched all animal lovers, and became known worldwide.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of July 29)

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 title, or to 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: The English Girl
Author: Daniel Silva
Weeks On List: 1
Position Last Week: n/a
Call Number: F SILVA
Summary: Gabriel Allon, an art restorer and occasional spy for the Israeli secret service, steps in to help the British prime minister, whose lover has been kidnapped.

#2: Inferno
Author: Dan Brown
Weeks On List: 10
Position Last Week: 1
Call Number: F BROWN
Summary: The symbologist Robert Langdon, on the run in Florence, must decipher a series of codes created by a Dante-loving scientist.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Weekly Events @ Your Library (July 29 - Aug. 3)

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 6 and Up
Aug. 1 @ 3:00 p.m.
Mockingbird Branch
1214 N. Mockingbird Ln.
325-437-7323 for Info.
Kids are welcome to come out and spend an afternoon in the activity room coloring some fun pages for a summer afternoon activity in the library.  We’ll supply all you need, you just simply bring yourselves.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Staff Book Review: "Gone GIrl" by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl
Author: Gillian Flynn
Reviewed By: Tremain Jackson, South Branch Manager

Book Summary: On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary.  Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion of the Mississippi River.  Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge.  Under mounting pressure from the police and media – as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents – the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior.  Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter – but is he really a killer?

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Library Art Contest a Smash Hit!!!

1st Place - Juvenile Division
The Abilene Public Library's Summer Art Contest was a huge success with 30 entries being collected and submitted since this past Spring.  Everyone worked off of the same theme by allowing local artists, of all ages and skill levels, to get creative with fashioning their own piece of artwork inspired from literature.

Separated into three different age divisions including Juvenile, Young Adult, and Adult, we had some pretty amazing entries in each category, which led to an exhibition of all submissions on July 20.  During this time, the public, as well as our artists, were invited to come out, view all of the submitted artwork displayed in the auditorium, and then stick around to see which entries would walk away as winners.

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.

Love and Honor (View Trailer)
Starring: Liam Hemsworth
Rated: PG-13
Run Time: 96 min.
Summary: When young soldier Dalton Joiner finds out that his girlfriend Jane back home has dumped him, he vows to speak out of Vietnam during his one-week leave to win her back.  His best friend Mickey Wright will do anything to help his buddy out, as long as there might be a few girls along the way.  In just seven days they must get to the States, change Jane’s mind and make it back to the war without getting caught.

Monday, July 22, 2013

@ the Library Article: "King Arthur Lives in Many Forms at the Abilene Public Library"

The legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table has been told and reinterpreted for centuries.  There are serious versions of the tales including T.H. White's The Once and Future King, musical versions such as Camelot and ones geared toward youngsters, including The Story of King Arthur and His Knights by classic illustrator Howard Pyle.

Many of the characters in the tales are the subject of books that focus on them or their view of the Arthurian legend.  Your Abilene Public Library has many of these books for your enjoyment. 

One of the most enduring stories of the Arthurian legend is Le Morte d'Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory.  In the translation titled Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur: King Arthur and the Legends of the Round Table, Keith Baines faithfully preserves the original flavor of Malory's masterpiece - that of banners and bloodshed, knights and ladies, Christians and sorcerers, sentiment and savagery.

In a time when there were damsels in distress to save and mythical dragons to slay, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table were there to render justice in the face of any danger.  The story is a vivid medieval tapestry woven about a central figure who symbolizes the birth of an age of chivalry.

Dive Into the Stacks: Oh the Places You'll Go @ 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.

It’s still summer and that means there’s still bit of travel time left, and if you’re looking for suggestions, why not try to see some of the sights deemed as “must sees” while you’re alive?  We make excuses all the time about how we don’t have time to go anywhere, it’s too expensive, it’s too far, etc., but there are many great sights out there on this continent, and others, that you might want to do a little research on for planning that next trip or vacation.

Take a look at the following resources to give you a brief look at titles you can checkout from your library to research these places even more…

1,000 Places to See in the USA and Canada Before You Die
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Author: Patricia Schultz
Call Number: 917.304 SCH
Summary: If you don’t have the time or the finances to be a global traveler, stay closer to home and visit locations on this continent that you shouldn’t miss out on.  A thousand places are covered in this guide including pristine beaches, national parks, world-class museums, scenic byways, mountain resorts, historic mansions, vineyards and more that are all of interest for taking a trip to.  It’s not all about telling you where to go, as this resource will also inform you of what you can do, where to eat, and where to stay while you’re there.  Take a trip with friends, with the family, or fly solo, but use this guide to learn about some amazing sights closer to home.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

August'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 LibraryMeeting on the third Thursdays of the month, this group reads everything including bestsellers, fiction, biographies, non-fiction, classics, and more.

For August, the featured selection is Wild by Cheryl Strayed and we invite you to look out for a copy at your library and then attend the book club discussion group on Thursday, August 15 @ 7:00 p.m.  For more information, be sure to contact Ann Mount at 325-676-6025.

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Author: Cheryl Strayed
Call Number: 92 STRAYED
Summary: At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything.  In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed.  Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life.  With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and she would do it alone.  Copies of this title available in Regular Print, Large-Type, Audiobook on CD, eBook on OverDrive, and Audiobook on OverDrive 

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, August 15 @ 7:00 p.m. to discuss this title, so be sure to get in on the reading fun.

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of July 22)

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 title, or to 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: Inferno
Author: Dan Brown
Weeks On List: 9
Position Last Week: 1
Call Number: F BROWN
Summary: The symbologist Robert Langdon, on the run in Florence, must decipher a series of codes created by a Dante-loving scientist.

#2: Hidden Order
Author: Brad Thor
Weeks On List: 1
Position Last Week: n/a
Call Number: F THOR
Summary: As the counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath searches for the murderer of candidates to head a powerful, mysterious agency, he uncovers a plot with roots in the 18th century.

Friday, July 19, 2013

2013 West Texas Book Festival Website Now Live!!!

Festival Logo
We're getting close to that time where authors from across this great state of Texas will descend upon Abilene to take part in the 2013 West Texas Book Festival sponsored by the Friends of the Abilene Public Library, the Abilene Reporter-News and the Scripps Howard Foundation.  Running on September 24-28, this is the time where the entire community can engage in a host of literary events in downtown Abilene, many of which are free to attend.

Take a look at a few of the great events at this year's festival...
  • Brown Bag Programs: free talks featuring festival authors speaking about their recently published works where you can even pick up a copy of their book and have it signed in a meet and greet.
  • Culinary Cuisine Luncheon: A new event added to the festival lineup last year where guests may purchase a ticket to taste the foods of the featured cookbook authors prepared by students from the Texas State Technical College Culinary Institute.
  • Local Author Reception: free event recognizing and honoring all local authors whom have had a book published in the past year.
  • Texas Cookbook Gala: a featured ticketed event which always sells out well in advance featuring the cookbook authors and Texas vineyards featured at the festival and hosted at the Abilene Country Club.
  • Boots & Books Luncheon: a ticketed event to hear the featured authors at this year's festival as well as see the presentation of the A.C. Greene Award presented to a distinguished Texas author for lifetime achievement.
  • And much more...

Cedar Cove Comes to Hallmark July 20

There are plenty of fans of author Debbie Macomber's New York Bestselling Cedar Cove Series and this captivating tale of small-town life is set to debut on the Hallmark Channel on Saturday, July 20. 

Macomber has been a staple in romantic dramas, which have garnered a faithful following of readers that have allowed her to have over 170 million copies of her books in print worldwide.  Although some have become made-for-tv-movies, this is the first time one of her series is being adapted into a TV show.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Weekly Events @ Your Library (July 22-27)

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.

Kids of All Ages
July 23 @ 3:00 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
The Abilene Kennel Club will be bringing out some dogs for a great performance to show off their skills to kids in the community.  This was a successful program last summer and we’re bringing it back again for an event designed for all kids who love animals.

Kids of All Ages
July 24 @ 3:30 p.m.
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
325-698-7565 for Info.
Come out and enjoy the final session of this series of summer programming where kids can enjoy some great traditional gaming fun at the library with board games, card games, and games that library staff may create especially for the afternoon.

Ages 8-15
July 25 @ 4:00 p.m.
Mockingbird Branch
1214 N. Mockingbird Ln.
325-437-7323 for Info.
If you’ve got some flip flops you’d like to give a makeover too, don’t miss this program where library staff will show you how to use some bandanas to change its entire look.  Come ready for some crafting ideas at this hands-on workshop at your library.

Kids of All Ages
July 25 @ 6:30 p.m.
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
325-698-7565 for Info.
This repeat program from earlier in the month will invite kids out for an evening of quick crafting fun as we’ll show you how to make some flying machines of your very own to enjoy outdoors during your summer break from school.  We’ll supply the materials and Janet West will take you through all the steps.

Kids of All Ages
July 26 @ 4:00 p.m.
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
325-698-7565 for Info.
For the final Stories & More program of the summer, we’ll be hosting the final pirates-themed program for the summer to end the Summer Reading Clubs this year.  Complete with stories, songs, crafts, goodie bags, and even a pirate or two, don’t miss out on this enhanced storytime production at your library.

July 27 @ 10:00 a.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Info.
Aaron Vannoy, manager with Animal Services, will make another visit to the library to teach guests about how to prevent getting bit by a dog over the summer, along with how to reduce your chance of getting exposed to rabies in this informative workshop designed for all ages.  Although dogs may be present at this program, we do as that you please leave your pets at home.

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.

Grades 6-12
June 3 – July 27
All Branch Locations
325-677-2474 for Info.
Stop by and pick up a teen reading club bag with all the information about the club and a reading log to track your summer reads.  Complete the log and enter for a chance to win a prize at the end of the summer, and pick up a different smaller prize each week you visit the library to attend a program or checkout books.

Ages 18+
June 3 – July 27
All Branch Locations
325-677-2474 for Info.
Grab a reading club log and track the books you read over the summer.  Complete the log and return it to any library location to pick up a free tote bag with the club logo on it for the summer, perfect for toting around those great reads you find at the library.

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, July 17, 2013

Youth to Begin Collecting Commas @ Your Library!!!

There's an exciting new program coming to your Abilene Public Library, and it's just around the corner.  If you are between the ages of 10-17, and you have a passion for writing, you'll certainly want to listen up.

Starting in August, children's library assistant Kelsie Nygren will lead a new club called Collecting Commas.  This group will meet at your Main Library (202 Cedar St., in the Storyroom) on Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. starting August 1, and it's designed for youth of all writing skill levels. 

You don't have to be the next Christopher Paolini and be prepared to churn out a bestselling series for young adults; we just ask that you come check us out if you want to develop stronger creative writing skills, and possibly show off your talent to others.

Those who come out to these weekly meeting will be introduced to the basics of writing poems, short stories, and novels, while creating a fun environment to share your work amongst your peers.  That's right!  Don't be afraid of sharing your work because you'll be doing so with people your age, and of whom are interested in the same thing as you...WRITING!!!

If you need a little help getting started, don't worry.  You'll be supplied with a series of prompts and challenges to help get those creative juices flowing, and in no time, you'll find yourself developing even stronger skills as a young and budding writer.  And who knows...the skills you might learn at this writing club may also lay the foundation towards you becoming a published author in the future.  How cool is that?

So don't miss out on the Collecting Commas writing club, which will meet August 1 at 4:30 p.m. at the Main Library, and then will continue to meet each Thursday at the same time.  Designed for ages 10-17, come check us out...you might very well be surprised at how much fun this new group will be!!!

For more information about the Collecting Commas group, feel free to contact Kelsie Nygren (325-676-6067 or Click Here to Email) and she'll supply you with all the answers to your questions.

Staff Book Review: "Low Pressure" by Sandra Brown


Low Pressure
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Author: Sandra Brown

Reviewed By: Alyssa Crow, Children’s Librarian (South Branch)

Book Summary: Bellamy Lyston was only twelve years old when her older sister, Susan, was killed on a stormy Memorial Day.  Bellamy’s fear of storms is a legacy of the tornado that destroyed the crime scene along with her memory of what really happened during the day’s most devastating moments.

Now, 18 years later, Bellamy has written a sensational, bestselling novel based on Susan’s murder.  Because the book was inspired by the tragic event that still pains her family, she published it under a pseudonym to protect them from unwanted publicity.  But when an opportunistic reporter discovers that the book is based on fact, Bellamy’s identity is exposed along with the family scandal.

Moreover, Bellamy becomes the target of an unnamed assailant who either wants the truth about Susan’s murder to remain unknown or, even more threatening, is determined to get vengeance for a man wrongfully accused and punished.

In order to identify her stalker, Bellamy must confront the ghosts of her past, including Dent Carver, Susan’s wayward and reckless boyfriend – and an original suspect in the murder case.  Dent, with this and other stains on his past, is intent on clearing his name, and he needs Bellamy’s sealed memory to do it.  But her safeguarded recollections – once unlocked – pose new, unforeseen dangers.

As Bellamy delves deeper into the mystery surrounding Susan’s slaying, she discovers disturbing elements of the crime that call into question the people she holds most dear.  Though haunted by partial memories and conflicted over her feelings for Dent, she won’t stop until she reveals Susan’s killer.  That is, unless her killer strikes first…

Personal Review: Sandra Brown is one of my favorite authors of romantic suspense.  In Low Pressure, she’s created a cast of character you really begin to care about in a murder mystery that feels real.  All in all, this is a great story; a compelling mystery and well worth the read.

The main character, Bellamy, has ‘anonymously’ written a book about the murder of her sister in an effort to find some answers and closure.  She feels that the wrong man went ot prison for the murder and teams up with her sister’s then-boyfriend to solve the case once she is outed as the writer.  There are a lot of characters, so you have to get to know the players, but once you do, the plot expands nicely and is full of twists.  Bellamy has to face some truths about her sister and that day that will leave readers shocked.

The mystery is quite intriguing and the best part for me was that I didn’t know who the real killer was until the very end.  I knew who I thought didn’t do it, but wasn’t quite able to figure it all out before the end.  That always makes for a fantastic murder mystery.  It also made me wish that Bellamy’s Low Pressure was available to read too.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

@ the Library Article: "Dog Care and Safety Made Easy"

Whether it be housebreaking, grooming, issues relating to behavior or health, or simply wanting a better understanding of your canine friend, the Abilene Public Library has an extensive collection of materials about dogs.

At each library locations, scores of books are available on specific breeds alone, in addition to many others on care, training and grooming.

If obedience is an issue, consider The Well-Trained Dog by Elisabeth Schnabel.  The author explains what the world is like from your "dog's point of view," a key element she says in effective communication.  She discusses the importance of being an authority figure to your dog in teaching basic commands.

Your libraries also have DVDs and books by Cesar Millan, TV's Dog Whisperer including Cesar's Rules: Your Way to Train a Well-Behaved Dog, How to Raise the Perfect Dog and Cesar's Canine Makeovers.

Some books discuss topics that pertain to all breeds, including The American Kennel Club Dog Care and Training, published by the AKC.  It covers almost everything one needs to know about training and care, and includes such topics as how to deal with skunk odor and brushing your dog's teeth.

If you can't afford to take your pet to a groomer every two or three months, try doing it yourself with the help of instructional books.  Guide to Home Pet Grooming by Chris Pinney would be a good source.  Several pictures and illustrations accompany the text for easy to follow instructions.


Another grooming book worth a look is All 87 Breed Dog Grooming for the Beginner, written by a panel of grooming authorities.  It includes helpful advice from several professional groomers.

Those anticipating acquiring a dog certainly would benefit from New Dog: Choosing Wisely and Ensuring a Happily Ever After by Bruce Fogle.  It covers everything from selection to training to nutrition to general health care and helps the owner understand why dogs exhibit certain behaviors.  Fogle says his book provides "the best first steps for living with, playing with and caring for your new dog."

Many dog owners probably don't realize they can help prevent serious health problems by being alert to symptoms.  What Your Dog is Trying to Tell You, by veterinarian John Simon, explains the possible causes - and preventive measures - for more than 150 of the most common pet health problems.

Complete Care for Your Aging Dog, by Amy Shojai, has a number of tips about keeping your dog active and lets you know what changes to expect as your pet ages.

Dog lovers also will enjoy and learn from 277 Secrets Your Dog Wants You to Know by Paulette Cooper and Paul Noble.  It answers such questions as, is it safe to let your dog lick your face, do dogs need sunscreen and is cigarette smoke potentially harmful to your pet?

Finally, Tender Loving Care: 2,000 Tips on Dog Care, by Rita Reel and Val Reel, is a gold mine of the best tips available from breeders, trainers and veterinarians presented in a clear, concise format.

Also, don't forget our series of pet care and safety programs in collaboration with Aaron Vannoy, city animal services manager.  The programs will be presented at the Main Library and the Mockingbird Branch in July and August.  A complete list of programs, times and locations is available at www.abilenetx.com/apl.

Article Contributed by Dennis Miller, Reference Librarian/Business Specialist at the Main Branch of the Abilene Public Library

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.

Evil Dead (View Trailer)
Starring: Jane Levy
Rated: R
Run Time: 91 min.
Summary: In the much anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, five 20-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin.  When they discover a Book of the Dead, they unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.  Opening to positive reviews from the critics and almost breaking $100 million in the box office, a sequel is already in the works, so you might want to look out for this title at your library.

Starring: Chadwick Boseman
Rated: PG-13
Run Time: 128 min.
Summary: History was made in 1947, when Jackie Robinson broke the professional baseball race barrier to become the first African American MLB player of the modern era.  42 tells the life story of Robinson and his history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey.  A must see for baseball, history, and movie fans alike.

First Sight
Author: Danielle Steel
Summary: Focused on Fashion Week in New York, London, Milan, and Paris, Timmie is an American with a line that embodies casual chic in fashion and for the home, creating a business that inspires, fills, and consumes her life.  Having built an international empire that has brought her satisfaction and success, she’s equally humorous, kind, and inspirational, but as much as she takes risk at work, she never risks her heart.  That is until an intriguing Frenchman comes into her life and changes her outlook.

Witch Wraith: The Dark Legacy of Shanaara
Author: Terry Brooks
Summary: For centuries the Four Lands enjoyed freedom from its demon-haunted past, protected by magic-enhanced borders from the dark dimension known as the Forbidding and the profound evil imprisoned there.  But now, the unthinkable has happened.  The ancient wards securing the barrier between order and mayhem have begun to erode – and generations of bloodthirsty, monstrous creatures, fueled by a rage thousands of years in the making, are posed to spill forth, seeking revenge for what was done to them.  Young Elf Arling Elessedil possesses the enchanted means to close the breach, but will she be able to do so in time?

The English Girl
Author: Daniel Silva
Summary: Gabriel Allon is back for another thrilling adventure when a beautiful young British woman vanishes on the island of Corsica.  Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, is thrust into a game of shadows where nothing is what it seems…and where the only thing more dangerous than his enemies might be the truth.

Hunting Eve (Eve Duncan #14)
Author: Iris Johansen
Summary: The stakes are raised even higher in this latest novel as Eve battles the man who is holding her prisoner.  Secrets about why even has been targeted come into the light, bringing Eve even closer to danger.  With its cliffhanger ending, this novel will set up perfectly for the finale to come.

Look out for these great new titles at your Abilene Public Library.  All are free 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, July 15, 2013

Dive Into the Stacks: Cookin' It Up Texas Style @ 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.

Texans have our own way of cooking, and for the most part, that means cooking it up with meats, stews, and hearty meals.  If you’re looking to discover some popular resources at your library, which happen to focus on Texas cuisines, chefs, and cooking in general, you’re in luck, as we certainly have a ton of great cookbooks to offer.

And if you happen to have been transplanted here, from one of those “other” states and need to develop your Texas tongue, be sure to come on down and try out some of these highlighted titles…

The Big Texas Steak House Cookbook
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Authors: Helen Thompson & Janice Shay
Call Number: 641.662 THO
Summary: This is Texas after all, so we love our beef and steakhouses are a popular type of restaurant around these pats.  With billions of pounds of beef produced here annually, Texans somewhat own the bragging rights when it comes to our cows and this cookbook compiles a slew of great beef recipes “from the best steakhouses in Texas.”  We know what you may be thinking.  Grilling a steak isn’t hard.  Simply fire up the grill and throw on the meat right?  Oh no no no.  You could do that, but why would you want to when you could do so more.  With Grilled Texas T-Bones, Ranchman’s Original Pan-Fried Steak, New York Strip Steak with Serrano Lime Butter, Chicken Fried Steak, and more, you’ll find a ton of different ways to prepare your steak Texan-style.  Plus, you’ll also find recipes for sides, sauces, rubs, desserts, drinks, and even essays and historical information about Texas and the beef we love.  Highlighting a number of great Texas restaurants, which you may want to visit the next time you find yourselves in their neck of the woods, this is a great book to cut your teeth on.