Saturday, November 30, 2013

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

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

Hardcover Fiction Top 5

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

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

Book-to-Film Adaptations: December 2013

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

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

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Weekly Events @ Your Library (Dec. 2-7)

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

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

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Bill O'Reilly's 'Killing' the Bestsellers Lists

If you hear the name Bill O'Reilly, most know him as the conservative political commentator and host of The O'Reilly Factor on the Fox News Channel.  Regardless of whether you believe his political believes or not, his non-fiction books have become bestsellers in mainstream literature.  Partnering with co-author Martin Dugard, the two have created a great lineup of historical books that "killed" bestsellers lists everywhere, and with the latest installment still going strong, O'Reilly has turned the art of "killing" into literary gold.

Your Abilene Public Library carries all three titles that follow in that series and if you've yet to read them, you'll certainly want to look at what they have to offer.

In 2011, readers were introduced to the first book to be released under the "killing" title with Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever.  Covering one of the most beloved presidents in United States history, everyone was buzzing about this book so I knew I had to see what the fuss was about.  The recommendations were true, as I devoured the book that took the world by storm having sold 1 million copies in its first 2-months of publication.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Staff Development Training, Dec. 4

As a friendly reminder, all locations of the Abilene Public Library will be closed from 9am to 2pm on Wednesday, December 4.  During this time, library staff will be engaged in a training day as we prepare for new things to come at your library.

All locations will re-open from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. that day, but please note that all regularly scheduled morning programs at the library will be cancelled.

Outside materials returns will still be available across all three libraries, in the chance you need to return any of your materials, you will still have access to all online services we provide.

If you have any questions, feel free to Contact Me (Tremain Jackson, South Branch Manager).

@ the Library Article: "If You Hanker to Knead Bread, You Need These Library How-To's"

Of all baked foods, bread may be the best.  The smell of bread baking and the taste of fresh bread still warm from the oven often evoke great childhood memories.

You may remember helping to mix, knead and shape the dough.  And, oh, what a sense of accomplishment when you bite into the first slice of homemade bread.  Whether you're a lapsed baker or a novice, your Abilene Public Library has all the information you need to make bread.

For beginners, The Bread Baker's Apprentice by master baker Peter Reinhart, explains all of the steps to make a hot, crusty loaf.  One section shows how to do a few special shapes with dough.  Reinhart's book also has a section of recipes for mostly European breads.

Another good title for baking novices is Beth Hensperger's Bread Made Easy: A Baker's First Bread Book.  These step-by-step easy to follow recipes give the basics about technique, equipment and ingredients in the clearest, most reassuring way.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Trapped 'Under the Dome' in Print & TV

Stephen King is one of the most prolific authors in contemporary literature having exploded into the literary world with his supernatural hit Carrie.  First published in 1974, King has been a staple author ever since, penning novels covering every genre from horror to sci-fi with deft storytelling skills that have thrilled readers for decades.  With many of his works having been adapted to film and TV, one of the latest you can watch is the adaptation of his 2009 bestseller titled Under the Dome.  

Set in the small town of Chester's Mill, Maine, you'll find an idyllic setting with seemingly ordinary and pleasant people.  That is until the town is mysteriously surrounded by an invisible dome.  Cut off from the rest of the world, those inside can only look out to wonder why this happened to them, why they can't leave, and what's to become of them all.

Dive Into the Stacks: Give Earth a Hug & Go Green!

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.

Environmental issues have become a growing concern for many Americans.  From building more Earth-friendly homes to purchasing environmentally-friendly products and more, if you want to learn how to lower your carbon footprint, your Abilene Public Library has some resources that can help get you started, regardless of how intense you want to become.

Take a look at a few of the following resources at your library that will provide you with a nice starting point as to how you can start going green in your everyday lives.

Earth Talk: Expert Answers to Everyday Questions About the Environment
Author: E. Magazine
Summary: Put out by the Environmental Magazine, one of the leading independent environmental periodicals since the '90's, if you need a place to start when it comes to understanding the environment, this might be the best place to start.  This book gathers information on the best questions asked about the environment, and then answering them in a means that the average person is able to understand.  From learning the difference between wild and farmed salmon to the pros and cons of nuclear power, this guide will be a great starting off point for readers to checkout. 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

December Means It's Time for "Food for Fines!!!"

We’re pleased to announce the Abilene Public Library’s Food for Fines programs launches once again in December, and will run the entire month at all three (3) branch libraries.  Having been an annual tradition since 1999, get rid of those late fees while supporting the Food Bank of West Central Texas.

If you’ve been avoiding the library because you know you have a large fine, December will be the time to donate canned goods and eliminate fines at a fraction of the cost.

What is Food for Fines?
This program allows you to donate canned goods, and other non-perishable items, to your library to waive late fees.  Each item donated will waive $1.00 (late fees only) from your record.  It’s as simple as that, but please note, charges that cannot be waived through this program includes Non-Resident Library Card Fees, Lost/Damaged Materials, Lost Cards, Printing Fees, etc.  Only charges for fees from overdue materials may be waived.

NCCIL Brings in Amazing Graphic Novel Artists

If you're a fan of graphic novels including Babymouse, Big Nate, The Lunch Lady, and more, the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature (NCCIL, 102 Cedar St.) is hosting a wonderful series of activities.  The authors/illustrators of popular series will be in Abilene and participating in events that are FREE for all to attend.

Collectively titled BAM! It's a Picture Book: The Art Behind Graphic Novels, the fun has already kicked off in Abilene, but there's certainly time to catch even more great events in the future.  Plus, the featured exhibit will be at the NCCIL through February 28.

Take a look at the featured graphic artists who will be in Abilene and see what events you should write down and be ready to attend.

Lincoln Peirce, Creator of "Big Nate" Program Updated, 12-03-13
  • Thurs., Feb. 13 @ 6:00 p.m. - Big Nate Makes a SPLASH! (NCCIL Gallery)
As a cartoonist/writer, he's known for the Big Nate series, which are New York Times Bestsellers.  Published in 25 countries, it includes five novels, three activity books, and several comic strip compilations.  Having grown up admiring the works of Peanuts creator Charles Schulz, his inspiration for his own series would stem from his experiences as a sixth grader.  Featured on Good Morning America, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and having written for Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon, you won't want to miss this accomplished graphic artist. 

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Nov. 24)

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 First Phone Call From Heaven
Author: Mitch Albom
Position Last Week:n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F ALBOM
Summary: A small Michigan town is transformed when its residents receive phone calls said to be from heaven.

#2: Sycamore Row
Author: John Grisham
Position Last Week: 1
Weeks On List:4
Call Number: F GRISHAM
Summary: A sequel, about race and inheritance, to "A Time to Kill."

Thursday, November 21, 2013

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

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

Nov. 26 @ 6:30 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
Teens are invited out to this monthly crafting workshop where you can come in and express your creativity by transforming an old t-shirt into something new.  We'll supply all the accessories you'll need including sequins, duct tape, beads, and more, and you just bring a t-shirt ready to turn into something new. 

Nov. 28-29, All Day
All Branch Locations
325-677-2474 for Info.
All locations of the library will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving holidays.  For your convenience, outside materials returns are available at all library branches if you need to return anything, and we will resume our normal hours of operation on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 9:00 a.m.

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.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Staff Book Review: "The Lost Prince" by: Julie Kagawa

The Lost Prince
Author: Julie Kagawa
Reviewed By: Marianne Vadney, Library Assistant (South Branch)

Book Summary: Don't look at Them.  Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase's unbreakable rule.  Until the fey he avoids at all costs - including his reputation - begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked.  Now he must change the rules to protect his family.  To save a girl he never thought he'd dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister's world - the land of the Faery.  His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies.  But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

Personal Review: I have been a huge fan of the Iron Fey series, but as Meghan Chase's story must end, her brother Ethan's is only beginning.  The new series, Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, starts out with Lost Prince, and we find out that Ethan has grown up while his sister has been busy ruling the Iron Kingdom.  He's grown up with the ability to see Fey since his life was so drastically altered by them at a young age.  He does his best to avoid them, but it hasn't worked out well for him.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

@ the Library Article: "Students Benefit by Reading Above and Below Their Zone"

"I remember when we were in school, we always did book reports."

This phrase commonly is used by parents frustrated by the complexities of the Accelerated Reader program increasingly being used in public schools.  Although book reports were a great way to encourage reading and to learn about books, the use of AR has revolutionized the way teachers approach reading assignments.

Previously, students often were limited to reading books on an approved list of titles that a teach already had read.  AR tests open a world of possibilities for students.

Most children's fiction books, and many nonfiction titles, now are available as tests - meaning that students can choose to read almost any children's library book and take the corresponding test.  Youngsters no longer are limited to classroom "book lists."

Monday, November 18, 2013

Dive Into the Stacks: Learn to Quit Smoking

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're a smoker, you might have thought about quitting at one time or another.  Perhaps you want to do it for yourself, or you have a family member, friend, co-worker, or other who have been making some convincing arguments for you to start thinking about it more.  If you're looking for some great resources to help, your Abilene Public Library has some great books to provide you with some practical advice to get the ball rolling.  Take a look at a few of them.

Never Smoke Again: The Top 10 Ways to Stop Smoking Now & Forever
Author: Grant Cooper
Summary: Quitting smoking isn't easy, but if 45 million American have quite, how were they able to do so?  This book states they found the method that worked for them, and this guide hopes to introduce you to the method that will work best for you.  Providing you with the Top Ten techniques used today, you'll learn how each of these techniques work, how you can best use them, what the drawbacks are, and how effective they are to other techniques.  From going "cold turkey" to seeking out hypnosis, you'll learn what people are doing to quit the habit once and for all. 

Friday, November 15, 2013

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Nov. 17)

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: Sycamore Row
Author: John Grisham
Position Last Week: 1
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: F GRISHAM
Summary: A sequel, about race and inheritance, to "A Time to Kill."

#2: Mirage
Author: Clive Cussler
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F CUSSLER
Summary: Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon probe the disappearance of an American destroyer in 1943.

Tony Hillerman's Bestselling Series Returns to Shelves

Tony Hillerman was an award-winning American author best known for his series featuring the characters of Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee.  Having begun in 1970, with the release of The Blessing Way, it all came to an end with 2006's release of The Shape Shifter.  After the author passed away in 2008, and not another entry in sight (obviously), there is finally a new installment that's been added by his daughter Anne Hillerman.  If you've been a fan of this series, you might want to be on the lookout for her debut novel titled Spider Woman's Daughter.

In this book, she revives the series by creating a new crime for our favorite characters to solve.  In the novel, a man is shot and everyone at the Navajo Nation police squad are on the hunt for who did it.  Bernie Manuelito is a police officer; however, she was there when the murder happened and is now forbidden from getting involved since she's a witness.  That doesn't means she's going to let it go.
Joining her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee, they pool their skills together to find the shooter, all the while uncovering a cold case that has ties to retired Lt. Joe Leaphorn.  Now all of them must work together to close in on a killer who would do anything to prevent being captured.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Weekly Events @ Your Library (Nov. 18-23)

Keep up with the great programs and events your Abilene Public Library has to offer by catching this weekly blog.  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. 18 @ 6:30 p.m.
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
325-698-7565 for Info.
Youth ages 8-15 are invited to come out and show their creativity in this holiday-themed crafting workshop utilizing pumpkin seeds...and maybe a few other types.  We're going to have tons of seeds available to teach you how to color them, and then have you transform them into art. 

Nov. 19 @ 10:45 a.m.
South Brnach
1401 S. Danville Dr.
325-698-7565 for Info.
The younger crowd is invited out to a morning Super Storytime event featuring stories, songs, crafts, and more that deals with kittens and mittens.  As the weather gets colder, come out and enjoy some fun in literature at your library.  It will be a great time for kids and parents. 

Nov. 19 @ 4:30 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
Youth are invited to get their game on after school in this monthly event where the auditorium will be full of games, both board games and video games, so you can come out and challenge your peers to some friendly gaming competition in the library.  It's a great way to release some stress after a long day at school. 

Nov. 19 @ 6:00 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-698-7565 for Info.
If you're a teen interested in shaping library services for young adults at the library, this is the club for you.  Come on down and join in with other teens from the community and have a little fun while working on projects together. 

Nov. 19 @ 6:30 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Info.
Gayla Fullerton, CPA and senior business consultant with the Texas Tech University Small Business Development Center, will return to provide another free workshop on the basics on understanding this software.  Just in time for tax prep season, come see what resources are at your fingertips for getting a little help with your business needs. 

Nov. 20 @ 4:00 p.m.
Mockingbird Branch
1214 N. Mockingbird Ln.
325-437-7323 for Info.
For the final Family Fun event of the month, it's all about turkeys.  Join our children's librarian and hear some great stories, sing some fun songs, and make some cool crafts that are all about turkeys...could there be a more appropriate time for a program like this? 

Nov. 21 @ 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. 21 @ 7:00 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Info.
Looking for a local book club?  Don't pass up on the library's that reads everything from bestsellers to fiction to classics to biographies and everything else in-between.  Join other avid readers and get in on our book 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.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Staff Book Review: "45 Pounds (More or Less)" by K.A. Barson

45 Pounds (More or Less)
Author: K.A. Barson
Reviewed By: Jessica Reyes, Library Page (Main Library)

Book Summary: Here are the numbers of Ann Galardi's life:
She is 16.
And a size 17.
Her perfect mother is a size 6.
Her Aunt Jackie is getting married in 2 months, and wants Ann to be a bridesmaid.
So Ann makes up her mind: Time to lose 45 pounds (more or less).

Welcome to the world of infomercial diet plans, wedding dance lessons, endless run-ins with the cutest guy Ann's ever seen - and some surprises about her not-so-perfect mother.

And there's one more thing - it's all about feeling comfortable in your own skin - no matter how you add it up!

Personal Review: This is the author's first novel and I just have to say...well done!  Not only were the characters nicely written (whether you liked them or not), but the story was able to find humor in situations that would normally cause the rest of us to pull our hair out!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Celebrating the Antiheroes in Literature We Hate to Love

Literature has always provided us with one basic commonality.  They all feature a hero or heroine; someone we can look up to, relate to, and become invested in until the last page.  They're the ones we know will always do the right thing, and no matter what the situation, things will work out for them in the end.  Where heroes are larger than life, antiheroes are also popular in literature, providing us with flawed individuals we can't help but find ourselves root for...even if we know it's a little wrong.  Talk about guilty pleasures.

Your Abilene Public Library offers great series highlighting such characters, with many that have been bestsellers and providing readers with a new type of hero to follow.

You couldn't begin a recommendation in this area without first mentioning Dexter Morgan, created by author Jeff Lindsay.  Hitting the shelves with the release of 2004's Darkly Dreaming Dexter, along with six sequels to follow, it was the first time I found myself actively rooting for a lead character who, at his core, is a sociopathic killer.  Stay with me a little.  Dexter is a quintessential antihero as you know his desire to murder people is wrong, but then you find yourself rooting for him as he only decides to kill criminals who have beat the legal system.  Through his adventures, while also working for the police department as a blood splatter analyst, even in the moment's he's about to be discovered for what he truly is, you're secretly hoping Dexter will escape his pursuers.

@ the Library Article: "Come and Play - Games for All at the Library"

Games come in many forms, sizes and complexities.  Everyone plays or has played games.  Sometimes games are played for relaxation, sometimes for education.  The best games tend to be a combination of the two.

Your Abilene Public Library, of course, has books on many different kinds of games - and later this week, we'll have the games themselves.

The Mockingbird Branch Library at 1214 N. Mockingbird Ln. will play host to International Games Day from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.  Events will include a Mario Kart Wii time trials tournament and a selection of board and card games, including Tapple and CrossWays, both by USAopoly.

Dive Into the Stacks: Advice for Life from Inspirational Powerhouses from Texas

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.

Everyone needs advice, and sometimes when we're searching fro those answers we like to to get it from people providing an inspirational perspective.  For whatever ails us, mentally and emotionally, we have a long list of authors available for you to make use of at your Abilene Public Library, whom have a large following based on their ability to dispense great faith-based advice.

Regardless of the program, we might just have something in our stacks to help you out, so take a look at a few of the following titles available at your Abilene Public Library...

Life Overflowing: 6 Pillars for Abundant Living
Author: T.D. Jakes
Summary: T.D. Jakes is the founder and senior pastor of The Potter's House Church, located in Dallas, TX, and he is a decorated and celebrated speaker and author of many bestselling books.  Along with a large congregation, plus millions of people watching his weekly television broadcasts, Jakes often teaches his lessons from the Book of Ephesians to help those who seek his advice.  This book will help to open the eyes of its readers to the exciting and life-changing truths within to hopefully offer some amazing insight towards your own spiritual walk in faith.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Nov. 10)

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: Sycamore Row
Author: John Grisham
Position Last Week: 1
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: F GRISHAM
Summary: A sequel, about race and inheritance, to "A Time to Kill."

#2: After Dead
Item Currently Not Available
Author: Charlaine Harris
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number:  Not Housed
Summary: A coda to the Sookie Stackhouse novels that inspired "True Blood."

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Join Us for International Games Day @ Your Library!!!

Mark your calendars as we'll be celebrating International Games Day @ your Abilene Public Library on Saturday, Nov. 16 from Noon to 3 p.m. at the Mockingbird Branch (1214 N. Mockingbird Ln).  As technology advances, so do the services offered at public libraries.  Gaming is just one aspect of that, and on this date, libraries all over the world will be offering similar programming.

At our event, you can expect to see a wealth of gaming opportunities in our activity room, and we'll have something for everyone.  Kids, teens, adults, and families alike, everyone is welcome to attend this event.  Whether you're skilled at creating words with Scrabble or like to delve into more advanced games on the Nintendo Wii, your Mockingbird Branch will become a gaming paradise for all to take advantage of.

International Games Day was first created as an initiative to recognize gaming around the world as a means to reconnect communities with the value of all types of games.  Libraries everywhere will get the chance to reinforce that ideal by celebrating games and the power of play and learning.

As stated on the main website of International Games Day, "gaming of all types at the library encourages young patrons to interact with a diverse group of peers, share their expertise with others (including adults), and develop new strategies for gaming and learning."  Plus, all this is offered to you in a safe environment utilizing the great services your Abilene Public Library has to offer.

Each year, tens of thousands of people take part in gaming events at their local libraries, and last year, nearly 20,000 people joined in, reaching libraries on every inhabited continent.  That's not too shabby at all.  For 2013 alone, there will even be a gaming day established in Antarctica.  You read that right.  The Australian Antarctic Division Library at Casey Station, Antarctica has signed on to join in on the fun.  Talk about reaching everyone across the globe.

We invite you to come out to your Mockingbird Branch on Saturday, Nov. 16 at noon and join in on the fun as we host our own International Games Day event.  Remember, we'll be gaming in the activity room until 3:00 p.m. and this program is designed for all ages.  Make use of the number of board games and video games we'll have on hand and at no cost to you.  Whatever you do, don't miss out on this internationally recognized event at your Abilene Public Library.

Weekly Events @ Your Library (Nov. 11-16)

Keep up with the great programs and events your Abilene Publivc 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. 11, All Dlay
All Branch Locations
325-677-2474 for Info.
All locations of the library will be closed in observance of Veterans Day.  For your convenience, outside materials returns are available at all three (3) branches and we will resume our normal hours of operation on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 9:00 a.m. 

Nov. 12 @ 4:00 p.m.
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
325-698-7565 for Info.
Get ready for Thanksgiving at your library as kids of all ages are invited out to this monthly program where we'll be showing you how to make some cute Turkey crafts to decorate your rooms and homes with.  We'll supply the materials, you simply bring your creativity. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Staff Book Review: "Everneath" by: Brodi Ashton

Everneath
Author: Brodi Ashton
Reviewed By: Marianne Vadney, Library Assistant (South Branch)

Book Summary: Last Spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath.  Now she's returned - to her old life, her family, her boyfriend - before she's banished back to the underworld...this time forever.  She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can't find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

Nikki longs to spend these precious months forgetting the Everneath and trying to reconnect with her boyfriend, Jack, the person most devastated by her disappearance - and the one person she loves more than anything.  But there's just one problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who enticed her to the Everneath in the first place, has followed Nikki home.  Cole wants to take over the throne in the underworld and is convinced Nikki is the key to making it happen.  And he'll do whatever it takes to bring her back, this time as his queen.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

@ the Library Article: "Wowbrary Tells Patrons What's New on Library Shelves"

The Abilene Public Library constantly acquires new materials, making it difficult for even frequent library visitors to keep up with them.  But now, you easily can keep track of what we're adding to our collection by using Wowbrary.

Wowbrary is a new, free service that delivers weekly updates about new materials the library system has acquired directly to your email.  Talk about simple.

As new items are added to our collection, the information is compiled into a digital newsletter and sent out every Wednesday via email.

In the newsletter, you'll see and interactive listing of new titles, which are searchable among various filters on the left side of the screen.  So if you're looking for a specific type or genre of item, you can limit the new materials you see with a click of the mouse.

If you're like me, and love browsing everything, you'll see some of the most buzz-worthy titles when you first open the Wowbrary newsletter.  You'll see the cover art for each item listed, a content description, its rank on Amazon.com, and more.

Best yet, if you find a title that you love, you can select the "Borrow" option to place the title on hold or put yourself on the reserve list.

Wowbrary is the easiest way for you to stay connected to everything your Abilene Public Library acquires, and signing up for this service is simple.

 First, go to www.abilenetx.com/apl and click on the Wowbrary logo on the right side of the screen.  Then, enter your ZIP code to locate the Abilene Public LibraryFinally, check the box for Abilene Public Library, enter your email address and you're all set.  You should receive your first email within a week.

Thanks to advancements in technology, great services are being added to the library all the time, and we invite you to take advantage of them.  All you need is a valid Abilene Public Library card.

Acquiring a card is easy and free for Taylor County residents.  Simply visit any of our three locations - the main library at 202 Cedar St., the south branch at 1401 S. Danville Drive, or the mockingbird branch at 1214 N. Mockingbird Lane - and ask the library staff for a registration form.

Or, print one off at home at our website via the link Frequently Asked Questions.  Then bring the completed form to any library location.

Be sure to bring a photo ID and verification of your address (i.e. driver's license, phone bill, car insurance, etc), and in about five minutes you could have your own library card to begin using right away.

Don't live in Taylor County?  That's okay.  Sign up for a library card as a nonresident and you can enjoy the same services at a cost of only $10.00 a year.  That's still a great price for all the wonderful services at your fingertips both at the Abilene Public Library and online.

So get yourself in on the library action and stay up to date on the latest releases in all library materials by signing up for the free Wowbrary service.  There's no excuse not to be in the know on what your Abilene Public Library has to offer.  Get started today.  You'll be glad you did.

Article Contributed by Me (Tremain Jackson), Manager of the South Branch of the Abilene Public Library