Thursday, October 31, 2013

YALSA Announces 2013 Teens' Top Ten

It's official, the 2013 Teens' Top Teen list of the best reads in young adult literature have been announced.  The Young Adult Library Services Association has released the list after 32,000 votes had been cast from August 13 through the end of Teen Read Week on October 19.
 
This year there were 28 nominees for people to choose from, and best yet, all selected titles were nominated and chosen by teens for their favorite reads published in the previous year.
 
But enough of the wait, let's see what made the list.  If you haven't read one, be sure to look out for them at your Abilene Public Library.  I'll provide you with information on each of the 10 as well as your chance to reserve them by linking to their records in our catalog.
 
#1: Code Name Verity
Author: Elizabeth Wein
Summary: In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can. Available in Regular Print
 
#2: The False Prince
Author: Jennifer A. Nielsen
Summary: In Book 1 of the Ascendance Trilogy, in the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a brutal competition to be selected to impersonate the king's long-missing son in an effort to avoid a civil war. Available in Regular Print; Audiobook on CD; Audiobook on OverDrive
 
#3: Insurgent
Author: Veronica Roth
Summary: In Book 2 of the Divergent Trilogy, as war surges in the dystopian society around her, 16-year-old Divergent Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.  Available in Regular Print; Audiobook on CD; Audiobook on OverDrive

Weekly Events @ Your Library (Nov. 4-9)

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. 

Nov. 4 @ 6:30 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
Youth ages 8-15 are invited out to this evening crafting workshop where we'll show you how to transform some plain and ordinary cupcake liners into some pretty nifty owls.  We supply the materials, you bring yourselves. 

Nov. 6 @ 4:00 p.m.
Mockingbird Branch
1214 N. Mockingbird Ln
325-437-7323 for Info.
We're gearing up for Thanksgiving by showing kids of all ages how to make some Turkey Jars for storing all sorts of things you might be thankful for this year...maybe even candy.  We'll supply all the materials, you just bring yourself to this quick crafting workshop at your library. 

Nov. 7 @ 4:30 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
Designed for ages 10-17, if you have a passion for writing in all its forms, come out to this weekly writing club at the library where we'll explore the various types of writing work on projects, share our work with the group, and so much more.  We'll help you find that writer within at this special club. 

Nov. 7 @ 6:30 p.m.
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
325-698-7565 for Info.
Kids of all ages, and parents too, are invited out to this evening family storytime event where we'll have stories, songs, crafts, and more that all relate to pumpkins.  It's the perfect time of year and this will be a great program for all to get involved in at your library so check it out. 

Nov. 9 @ 2:00 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
If you're looking for a family-friendly afternoon activity, don't pass up on our monthly Family Fun event.  It's all about porcupines and hedgehogs, and even though we might not have live animals, that doesn't mean we won't have some great activities relating to animals that have quills.  Don't miss this activity designed for kids of all ages.

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

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Staff Book Review: "The Magicians" by: Lev Grossman

The Magicians
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Author: Lev Grossman
Reviewed By: Tremain Jackson, South Branch Manager

Book Summary: Like everyone else, precocious high school senior Quentin Coldwater assumes that magic isn't real, until he finds himself admitted to a very secretive and exclusive college of magic in upstate New York.  There he indulges in joys of college including friendship, love, sex, and booze, and receives a rigorous education in modern sorcery.  But magic doesn't bring the happiness and adventure Quentin thought it would.  After graduation, he and his friends stumble upon a secret that sets them on a remarkable journey that may just fulfill Quentin's yearning.  But their journey turns out to be darker and more dangerous than they'd imagined. 

Personal Review: What do I think of this book?  In a nutshell, it was an overall adequate read in this epic fantasy series.  Set up to be what I can tell at this time to be a trilogy, as the first two books in the series have been published, it felt like a story I had already read before, so it wasn't groundbreaking.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

@ the Library Article: Library Offers Free Access to Amazing Collection of e-Books"

We live in a tech-savvy world in which everyone wants to stay on top of the latest advancements in modern technology.  Your Abilene Public Library is no different, and we have added a wonderful online service designed especially for kids: TumbleBooks.


Thanks to a grant from the Target Corp., the library is offering free access to an amazing collection of e-books and companion materials, available 24/7 on any computer with Internet access, as well as your mobile devices.  Go to www.abilenetx.com/apl and click on the TumbleBooks logo on the right side of the screen.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Dive Into the Stacks: Advice from the Sweet Potato Queen

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.

If you've never heard of the Sweet Potato Queens, you're missing out on a different style of helpful guides designed to inspire and empower middle-aged, middle-class women.  This women's organization is based in Jackson, Mississippi and now has over 6,000 chapters across 20 countries.

With the idea for the group having been established in 1982, author Jill Conner Browne made the organization a bestselling hit in print by taking the belief in a sisterhood that promotes self-esteem and positive thinking, and bringing it to the forefront of readers worldwide.  With it's own brand of chic and southern sassiness, you might want to peruse the holdings at your Abilene Public Library of the popular Sweet Potato Queen books including... 

The Sweet Potato Queens' Field Guide to Men: Every Man I Love is Either Married, Gay, or Dead
Author: Jill Conner Browne
Summary: Join the fine ladies of the Sweet Potato Queens organization as their ringleader provides you with one hilarious handbook about the men women love to hate, and the ones they love to love.  Inside you will find tales including dating adventures, the lowdown on looking as young as you feel, recipes designed to bring your man home each night, answers to why he didn't call you back, secrets to the sweetest revenge ever, and so much more in the name of romance.  Join the Southern belles for their no-nonsense approach to MEN. 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Weekly Events @ Your Library (Oct. 28 - Nov. 2)

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. 

Teen Time: Sugar Skulls Workshop
Oct. 29 @ 6:30 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
After being a hit last year, we're bringing back another session of the Sugar Skulls Workshop where we'll supply you with a blank sugar skull canvas, and then it's up to you to use our accessories, paints, and other materials to decorate them into whatever fun way enters your mind. 

Collecting Commas Writing Club
Oct. 31 @ 4:30 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
Designed for ages 10-17, if you have a passion for writing in all its forms, come out to this weekly writing club at the library where we'll explore the various types of writing, work on projects, share our work with the group, and so much more.  We'll help you find that writer within at this special club.

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

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Staff Book Review: "Being Dead" by: Jim Crace

Being Dead
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Author: Jim Crace
Reviewed By: Tremain Jackson, South Branch Manager

Book Summary: Baritone Bay, mid-afternoon.  A couple, naked, married almost thirty years, lie murdered in the dunes.  Their bodies had expired, but anyone could tell - just look at them - that Joseph and Celice were still devoted.  For while his hand was touching her, curved round her skin, the couple seemed to have achieved that peace the world denies, a period of grace, defying even murder.  Anyone who found them there, so wickedly disfigured, would nevertheless be bound to see that something of their love had survived the death of cells.  The corpses were surrendered to the weather and the earth, but here were still a man and wife, quietly resting; flesh on flesh; dead, but not departed yet. 

Personal Review: Call this novel overrated, I don't care, but for me, I've always been amazed at the stories this author has crafted.  Please note that the subject matter is a bit dark and bleak, but if you're not focusing too much on that, you'll find a very strong, and incredibly short novel from this English author.

At less than 200 pages, I loved this story, and not because I like dark-themed novels, but simply because the way he presented the story was unlike most novels I've read.  Most will find the story to be a bit morbid in the way it lyrically moves from having moments of sweetness to then being, well, grotesque, but that's where I found the brilliance in this novel.

November'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 November, the featured selection is Paris Wife by Paula McLain and we invite you to look out for a copy at your library and then attend the book club discussion group on Thursday, November 21 @ 7:00 p.m.  For more information, be sure to contact Ann Mount at 325-676-6025. 

Paris Wife
Author: Paula McLain
Summary: A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, this novel captures a remarkable period of time and a love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley.  A heartbreaking portrayal of love and torn loyalty, The Paris Wife is all the more poignant because we know that, in this end, Hemingway wrote that he would rather have died than fallen in love with anyone but Hadley.

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 Thursday, November 21 @ 7:00 p.m. to discuss this title, so be sure to get in on the reading fun.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

@ the Library Article: "Brains are for Reading, Not for Eating, at Library"

I will be the first to acknowledge that I am not a fan of gore.

Back in the old days, my older brothers took me to see "An American Werewolf in London," promising that it was going to be funny.  I tried to see the humor as pieces of the character Jack Goodman, slain by a werewolf and appearing in spirit form, sloughed off as he tried to convince his soon-to-be-transformed-into-a-werewolf friend David to kill himself.  I was not amused.

My brother later talked me into watching "Alien," which was as gruesome as I expected it would be.  I have never really recovered from those outings.

That being said, when the book Zombie Makers: True Stories of Nature's Undead by Rebecca Johnson arrived at the library, I was fascinated.  Rather than the expected flesh-dripping, brain-eating monsters, the subjects of this slim book are real living things that actually ca n take over the bodies and brains of innocent creatures, turning them into mindless slaves.

The zombie makers include fly-enslaving fungi, flesh-eating worms, cockroach-enthralling wasps, and a lot of other icky parasites.  Full of appropriately gruesome photographs and a lot of scientific information, this book was impossible to put down.  It is not, however, for the faint of heart.

The Abilene Public Library has many books in the horror/gore genre, and more are being published every day.  For the month of October, we've created a display of all kinds of zombie books just inside the front doors at the downtown library.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Showing Love to Our FRIENDS!!!

Friends' Honored w/TLA Branding Award
Off the heels of Teen Read Week, it's time to celebrate another important week (October 20-26) to recognize Friends of Libraries groups across the nation.  It's National Friends of Libraries Week.  This is the perfect time to honor those who work tirelessly to support the goals and mission of their respective public libraries by volunteering their time and resources to ensure their library system is the best around.

Your Abilene Public Library is no different, as we have one of THE BEST Friends of the Library groups around, who work to make sure our library system continues to stand out in in the services we offer.  Our local Friends group has contributed towards...
  • Establishing the Mockingbird Branch Library (1214 N. Mockingbird Ln.)
  • Purchasing Library Materials & Equipment to Enhance our Services
  • Supporting the Children's Summer Reading Programs
  • Providing Staff Training & Appreciation Activities
  • Hosting Annual Fundraising Events Including the Annual Book Sale and the West Texas Book Festival
  • Helping to Fund Technology Services including OverDrive, Wowbrary, and more to come
  • And So Much More...
Premier Friends' Annual Event
Your Abilene Public Library would not be as strong as it is today without the continuing support of such an active volunteer organization, and we truly appreciate all they do for us on a continual basis.

If you're not a part of the Friends of the Abilene Public Library, and interested in becoming a part of this group, Click Here to access their membership levels and printable application and join today.  As a member, not only do your contributions go to support your local public library, but you'll also have the unique opportunity to actively volunteer in the wonderful events and activities organized by the group.

Don't hesitate to become a Friend yourself, or visit your library to receive additional information.  If you love your Abilene Public Library, this is certainly the group to become a part of, and what better time to do so than the week set aside to recognize these amazing organization across the nation!

10-21-13 Dive Into the Stacks: Finding a Date @ 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 all the single men and women out there, some desire to be in a relationship, but tend to miss the mark and need a little advice.  From being shy, to not understanding how your potential interest things, to not knowing where to look, and more, there are many pitfalls that one can fall into while on the road to love.

If you feel you might need a little help when it comes to navigating the road of love and relationships, just know your Abilene Public Library has you covered with housing some great resources to help get your feet wet.  Just take a look at the following materials we house... 

Flirting 101: How to Charm Your Way to Love, Friendship, and Success
Author: Michelle Lewis
Summary: Being able to flirt effectively is very important.  Whether coming from a guy or a girl, both sexes need to understand how to make themselves stand-out and attract the attention of the person who has caught their eye.  Forget about having the knockout looks or a wallet full of cash, if you learn to flirt, you may just have a powerful skill in your arsenal.  This guide will help you to strengthen your non-verbal communication, overcome the fear of rejection, build a little self-confidence, and release that flirt that's living deep inside you.  Packed with tips, stories, exercises and more, you just might be transformed in no time.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Oct. 20)

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: Storm Front
Author: John Sandford
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F SANDFORD
Summary: The Minnesota investigator Virgil Flowers becomes involved in the hunt for an ancient inscribed stone smuggled out of the Middle East. Available in Regular Print; Audiobook on CD
 
#2: Doctor Sleep
Author: Stephen King
Position Last Week: 1
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: F KING
Summary: Now grown up, Dan, the boy with psycho-intuitive powers in "The Shining," helps another threatened child with a spectacular gift. Available in Regular Print; Audiobook on CD

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Weekly Events @ Your Library (Oct. 21-26)

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 o events, visit our main website to take a look at our interactive calendar, and remember, all programming is offered FREE of charge.


National Friends of Libraries Week
Oct. 20-26
All Library Locations
This week has been designated as a national observance of the great organizations established to aid their local public libraries.  Your Abilene Public Library has one AMAZING and active Friends group and we highly appreciate all they do to support us with their time, effort, and money.  So take the time to visit the library and find out why we love our Friends, as well as how you can become one too!
Oct. 21 @ 6:30 p.m.
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
325-698-7565 for Info.
Youth ages 8-15 won't want to miss this activity where we'll be getting hands-on with making a couple edible crafts of the spooky variety, while also making some nasty looking cuts and scars too.  We'll certainly creep you out with this workshop so don't miss out on all the crafting fun.
Oct. 22 @ 6:30 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Info.
It's time to prepare for the upcoming chilly weather and if you want to prepare your lawns and gardens so they'll thrive in the Spring, come out to this workshop and get the advice and tips you need to know.  Adam Andrews, form Willow Creek Gardens, will be our guest presenter and it won't cost you a cent to get the valuable advice he'll have to share before we come closer to freezing temperatures.
Oct. 24 @ 4:30 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
Designed for ages 10-17, if you have a passion for writing in all its forms, come out to this weekly writing club at the library where we'll explore the various types of writing, work on projects, share our work with the group, and so much more.  We'll help you find that writer within at this special club.

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

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Staff Book Review: "Article 5" by: Kristen Simmons

Article 5
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Author: Kristen Simmons
Reviewed By: Marianne Vadney, Library Assistant (South Branch)

Book Summary: New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., have been abandoned.

The Bill of Rights has been revoked and replaced with Moral Statutes.

There are no more police - instead, there are soldiers.  There are no more fines for bad behavior - instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse.  People who get arrested usually don't come back.

17-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember that things weren't always this way.  Living with her rebellious single mother, it's hard for her to forget that people weren't always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark.  That life in the United States used to be different.

Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile.  She knows how to get the things she needs, like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes, and how to pass the random home inspections by the military.  Her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow.

That is until her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes.  And one of the arresting officers is non other than Chase Jennings...the only boy Ember has ever loved. 

Personal Review: Article 5 is a new addition to the dystopian teen genre.  In the book we find a post war version of the United States where some of our biggest cities have been abandoned due to bombing.  As the country tries to rebuild itself, the population finds "the land of the free" something only found in history books.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

@ the Library Article: "Superheroes Leap from the Pages at Your Abilene Public Library"

Comic-book lovers, assemble!

Although American comic fandom had been on the wane, mainly as a result of the popularity of Japanese manga, that is no longer the case.

Old classics have been dusted off and there legendary superheroes have been given new costumes, new toys, and new movies to introduce comic mania to a new generation and reawaken it in the old.

Sure, most people have heard of Batman, Superman, Spider-Man and even the X-Men.  Movie reboots and television shows featuring superheroes have popped up every few years, attracting a loyal following.  But until recently, who knew that Nick Fury was the head of S.H.I.E.L.D. or that Thor comes from Asgard?

With Marvel's brilliant "Avengers Initiative," some sorely overlooked comic franchises are getting a new lease on life, including Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, Thor, and the various other members of the Avengers team.  Believe me, there are tons of neglected comic characters.  Howard the Duck even makes an appearance in a few Avengers books.

Monday, October 14, 2013

It's Teen Read Week @ Your Library!

Celebrate Teen Read Week (October 13-19) at libraries across the nation as we aim to promote the great services we have to offer that's appealing to teens.  Regardless of where you live, Teen Read Week is recognized nationally, and if you have a teen who doesn't think the library has something for them, bring them on in and we'll help to change their minds.

2013 Teen Read Week Logo

"Teen Read Week is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).  It began in 1998 and is held annually during the third week of October.  Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users.  Teen Read Week's sub-theme for this year is Seek the Unknown @ Your Library, which encourages teens to explore and learn about the unknown through mystery, adventure, sci-fi, and fantasy books."

Teens @ Sugar Skulls Workshop
What Does that Mean for Abilene Teens?
That means your Abilene Public Library has tons of great services for teens, and not just when it comes to books.  Of course we house an excellent selection of Young Adult literature, which has been on the rise for the past several years, but if that's not enough, we offer more...
  • Monthly Teen Programs & Crafting Workshops
  • Monthly Gaming Events with the Wii & Board Games
  • A Teen Advisory Group to Shape Library Services for Teens
  • The Project Teen YouTube Series Offering Crafting Ideas from Our Programs
  • OverDrive Collection for Checking Out eBooks & Audiobooks, and more
Libraries will be ready to showcase our services during this week-long initiative, and we invite you to come out and speak with staff to see what we can offer you.  We have an active group of Youth Services staff aiming to provide you with resources, books, programming, and more to keep you coming time and time again.  Check out your Abilene Public Library during Teen Read Week and be sure to see for yourself.  You'll be glad you did.

Dive Into the Stacks: Preventing Cyberbullying @ 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.
 
As we move further into a new school year, it's important to arm our youth with the knowledge they need when in a sea of their peers.  Bullying is something we wish didn't exist, but has been around for generations.  With the rise of social media in our lives, the methods of bullying has been adapting rapidly.  More and more, youth may find themselves engaging in activities where they are either bullying others, or being bullied themselves, through use of technology.
 
Cyberbullying continues to be a growing issue; however, parents need to do what they can to equip their children with information about what cyberbullying is, as well as to better understand how youth use social media, phones, tablets, and computers to inflict emotional pain on others.  If wanting to understand this topic further, your Abilene Public Library might be able to help with the following resources.
 
Cyber Bullying: Bullying in the Digital Age
Author: Robin M. Kowalksi
Summary: Stating that millions of children throughout the world each year are affected by this form of bullying, you'll be provided with essential information on what it is.  Using various research and methods for studying this issue, studies were conducted over 3,500 middle school students to provide you with a look into this issue, and all the forms being used to bully others.  With the rise of e-mail, instant messaging, texting, and more, parents and educators are now facing even more unique challenges than ever, and this book will provide strategies for addressing this form of bullying.

Friday, October 11, 2013

New York TImes Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Oct. 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 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: Doctor Sleep
Author: Stephen King
Position Last Week: 1
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: F KING
Summary: Now grown up, Dan, the boy with psycho-intuitive powers in "The Shining," helps another threatened child with a spectacular gift. Available in Regular Print; Audiobook on CD
 

#2: The Longest Ride
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Position Last Week: 2
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: F SPARKS
Summary: The lives of two couples converge unexpectedly. Available in Regular Print; Large-Type; Audiobook on CD; Audiobook on OverDrive
 
#3: Gone
Author: James Patterson
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: M PATTERSON
Summary: Detective Michael Bennett, living with his 10 adopted children on a California farm, is pursued by the head of a Mexican drug cartel he once put in jail. Available in Large-Type; Audiobook on CD On Order
 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Weekly Events @ Your Library (Oct. 13-19)

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.

Oct. 13-19
All Locations
It's Teen Read Week and this year's theme is "Seek the Unknown."  This is the time of year where libraries across the nation celebrate the importance of having teens appreciate reading for the sheer fun of it.  With the popularity of teen and young adult literature these days, there's certainly some great materials you can find at your library to check out and read for yourselves...so celebrate Teen Read Week with us, and look for some great books to checkout. 

Oct. 14 @ 6:30 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
It's time for some kid crafting fun, and this evening, we'll supply everything you need to show you how to make some cute and spooky ghosts from paper plates.  This quick crafting workshop is an excellent activity to do at your library before then looking for some great books to checkout so don't miss out. 

Oct. 14 @ 6:30 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Info.
Learn how to get the most out of your social security by heading out to this free seminar where you will be given up-to-date information on the best way for you to get the benefits you deserve.  You won't want to miss the informative workshop at your library so be sure to come on out. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Heading Out to the Business Mercado, Oct. 12

APL @ the Mercado
It's that time of year where local businesses begin preparations for the annual Business Mercado at the Abilene Civic Center.  This year, the event will run on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the exhibit hall, promising tons of fun and information for everyone!


What's the Business Mercado?
It's a great event, sponsored by the Hispanic Business Council of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce, where businesses come together to show the community who they are, what they do, and what they've got to offer.  Aimed at attracting customers from the fastest growing market in the country, the Hispanic market, this event will feature a great day of networking, goodies, food, entertainment, and more.

Great Giveaways for Kids!
What's the Abilene Public Library got to do with the Business Mercado?
We're just like every other business in Abilene wanting to market what we have to offer by sharing information on the number of services of interest to all including...
  • Free Access to Computers and the Internet
  • Free Wi-Fi @ All Library Branches
  • Digital eBooks and Audiobooks to Borrow for Free
  • Spanish-language Books, Audiobooks, DVDs & More
  • TumbleBooks Collection of Kids Interactive Materials
  • AWE Early Literacy Stations for Children
  • Storytimes, Children's Programs, Teen Events, Adult Workshops and More
  • And the List Simply Goes On...
Many might not know about all the services available through their Abilene Public Library, and all at no cost to you.  As long as you reside in Taylor County, you can acquire a library card free of charge, and get started with using all of these great services whether you're visiting the library, or on-the-go.

Excited About Services!!!
Don't miss out on this annual event, and make the Abilene Public Library's booth a stop on your visit.  Don't by shy about saying hello, and we'll be sure to share some great information about the services we can offer you, and for the best price in town...FREE!!!

Staff Book Review: "Murder in the Rue Chartres" by: Greg Herren

Murder in the Rue Chartres
Author: Greg Herren
Reviewed By: Tremain Jackson, South Branch Manager

Book Summary: In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Chance MacLeod returns to a different, shattered New Orleans in an attempt to rebuild his own life and face his own future.  When he discovers that his last client before the storm was murdered the very night she hired him to find her long-missing father, he is drawn into a web of intrigue and evil that surround the Verlaine family.

Personal Review: Truth be told, I picked up a copy of this book when i was roaming through the stacks at the library, trying to find something different to read.  I walked past it, thought the cover was interesting, and it was centered on New Orleans.  Since I come from Louisiana, that was all I needed to give this short read a shot.

That being said, I found this to be a pretty decent read.  Although it's the third book in a series featuring the character of Chanse MacLeod, I didn't have to go back and read the other two to be able to follow along with this installment.  Chance is a gay private investigator who returns back to his hometown after the destruction of Hurricane Katrina.  No sooner did that happen that he's found himself caught up in a new case during the aftermath of the worst hurricane to hit the region.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

@ the Library Article: "Halloween Ideas Frightfully Easy to Come By"

Autumn is a fascinating time of year.  The air is crisp, the leaves on - and off - the trees are colorful, and the weather is...variable.

Autumn signals the beginning of the holiday season, starting with Halloween.  So it's time to get in gear and start preparing for all the ghosts, ghouls and "things that go bump in the night" on the prowl in october.


The Abilene Public Library has many books to get you in the...spirit.

For the crafter, Creepy, Crafty Halloween, compiled by Dawn Anderson, provides instruction and patterns for Halloween-themed decorations, such as wall hangings, rugs and luminaries.

Ideas for table decorations and food presentation also are offered, as are suggestions for party invitations and favors.  Many of these crafts will take a bit of time, although some can be done in a day if the materials are at hand.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Dive Into the Stacks: Choose the Perfect Baby Name

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.

Welcoming that new bundle of joy into the world can be one of the greatest experiences there is for expecting parents.  You're preparing your homes, creating a nursery, buying clothes, reading up on the latest parenting styles, keeping up with doctor's appointments, attending birthing classes...you're busy.  If there's one item any parent tries to keep in mind, it's choosing the best name for your boy or girl.

Baby names are an important item to consider,, as they will be with your child for the rest of their lives, and if you want some help in choosing the best baby name, we certainly have a ton of resources to help you out.  Take a brief look at the following books to give show you a a few titles you can checkout from your library for assistance...

The Everything Baby Names Book
Author: June Rifkin
Summary: This highly popular baby names book has compiled 50,000 of today's best names.  Not only will you get a listing of names to choose, you'll also get insight on how a name can affect a child's sense of self, plus how to choose a name that honors your heritage and your child.  With sections for boys and girls, meanings and origins of the names, and interesting names to select from around the globe, this resource will offer a ton of great choices for you to ponder.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Oct. 6)

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: Doctor Sleep
Author: Stephen King
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F KING
Summary: Now grown up, Dan, the boy with psycho-intuitive powers in "The Shining," helps another threatened child with a spectacular gift. Available in Regular Print, Audiobook on CD
 
#2: The Longest Ride
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Position Last Week: 1
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: F SPARKS
Summary: The lives of two couples converge unexpectedly. Available in Regular Print, Large-Type, Audiobook on CD

Series Talk on Charles Todd's Bess Crawford Mysteries

As an avid mystery reader I'm always on the lookout for that next, great series.  The other day I happened to pick up Charles Todd's latest book A Question of Honor and within only a few pages I knew I'd found what I was looking for.

The Bess Crawford mysteries take place in England and France during the Great War or WWI between 1914 and 1918.  Todd's character is at once engaging and endearing.  Seldom is she able to settle for simply leaving the unexplained alone, lending this heroine a believably modern flair.  As the war rages between England and Germany, Bess serves in France as nurse on the front lines encountering the after effects of sometimes unexplained violence known as war.  Perhaps in response to the chaos around her she seeks explanations for the everyday mysteries she stumbles across.  Whether in the present or the past, Bess is determined to right wrongs and get to the bottom of things, making her a one-of-a-kind heroine.

Book 1: A Duty to the Dead
Bess Crawford's military upbringing in India, taught her the importance of responsibility, honor, and duty.  At the outbreak of WWI, she follows in her father's footsteps and volunteers for the nursing corps, serving on the battlefields of France and the doomed hospital ship Britannic.  Aboard ship, Bess meets a young, gravely wounded Lieutenant.  Something rests heavily on his conscience, and to give him a little peace as he dies, she promises to deliver a message to his family back home.  However, when she contacts them, no one seems interested in his dying message.  Unsettled by this, Bess is about to take her leave when sudden tragedy envelops her.  She quickly discovers that fulfilling this duty to the dead places her in a world of intrigue and murder, endangering her own life. 

Friday, October 4, 2013

A Look Into New Non-Fiction Titles @ Your Library

We receive new materials all the time at your Abilene Public Library, and I wanted to take the time to highlight a few new ones that came my way that you might find to be of interest.  If they look appealing, be sure to place yourselves on the reserve list to pick up a copy.

Word 2013: in Easy Steps
Author: Scott Basham
Summary: If you're looking to brush up on Word skills, this is a great book for both beginners and pros alike.  Each chapter is color-coded and filled with great step-by-step directions and practical screen-shots so you can follow along.  Chapters include "Finding Your Way Around," "Basic Editing," "Pictures and Graphics," and "References and Mailing" just to name a few.  Find this title and others on Word, Excel, Windows 2010 and more on shelf at one of our three branch locations.

Weight Watchers Ultimate Chicken Cookbook & Weight Watchers 50th Anniversary Cookbook
Summary: New additions from an old favorite these two cookbooks will help you transition into fall with great, healthy recipes for all occasions.  For the Southern-fried chicken lovers among us, delicious, non-fried chicken might seem un-heard of, but Weight Watchers is here to convince us to change our ways with over 200+ recipes.  In the 50th anniversary book, readers will find a great assortment of tried and true recipes made famous over the years as well as lots of new dishes to try.  Both books display Points Plus values with each entry.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Weekly Events @ Your Library (Oct. 7-12)

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. 

Oct. 7 @ 6:30 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
Get a little spooky with us as we show tweens (ages 8-15) how to turn some ordinary Q-Tips into a pile of skeleton bones.  We'll supply the materials needed, you just come ready to put these neat little skeletons together...in a way that's perfect for you. 

Oct. 8 @ 4:00 p.m.
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
325-698-7565 for Info.
It's time for another kids crafting workshop at your library, and for this month, we don't have a specific theme, but we'll have a host of different projects for you to choose from.  Do one of them, or you might be able to to do two, you never know...just come ready to have a little crafting fun at your library this afternoon.