Friday, January 31, 2014

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Feb. 2)

Many patrons browse the new materials section 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 locate the popular title, or 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 Goldfinch
Author: Donna Tartt
Position Last Week: 2
Weeks On List: 14
Call Number: F TARTT
Summary: A painting smuggled out of the Metropolitan Museum of Art after a bombing becomes a boy's prize, guilt and burden. Available in Regular Print, Large-Type, Audiobook on CD, Digital eBook
 
#2: The Invention of Wings
Author: Sue Monk Kidd
Position Last Week: 1
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: F KIDD
Summary: The relationship between a wealthy Charleston girl, Sarah Grimke, who will grow up to become a prominent abolitionist, and the slave she is given for her 11th birthday. Available in Regular Print, Large-Type, Audiobook on CD

Fun Facts Friday: Why 'War and Peace' Cramped Tolstoy's Wife

Working at a library, staff is bombarded with questions needing answers.  If anything, sometimes you never know what you're going to be asked; however sometimes you find out some interesting facts and trivia along the way.  Allow us to share one with you.

What Part Did Tolstoy's Wife Play in War and Peace
Leo Tolstoy wrote a novel that's been described as one of the most important works in literature.  Although not too many of us have taken the chance to tackle this epic read detailing the events surrounding the French invasion of Russia, it was also known for being one of the longest novels ever written.

So how did this massive work possibly cramp his wife if she didn't write it?  Well, during the process of writing and re-writing this novel, his wife (Sophia Tolstaya), wrote as many as seven separate and complete manuscripts by hand...BY HAND!!!  Talk about hand exhaustion.

Many of us can't imagine sitting down and reading this novel cover to cover, but think how you'd feel if you had to write it by hand about seven times.  Let's just hope his wife was a fan of the book.  If it were some of us, I bet there would have been chunks of this story missing by the time we were done writing it.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Weekly Events @ Your Library (Feb. 3-8)

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

Feb. 3 @ 2:30 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Info.
Join us for a discussion on the Affordable Health Care Act, which is a health care law aimed at improving the health care system in the United States by widening health coverage to more Americans, while also protecting existing health insurance policy holders.  The session will last about 40 minutes and then three Health Care Navigators from the Betty Hardwick Center will be available to answer further questions or to help those who wish to get signed up for the insurance they need.

Feb. 3 @ 6:30 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Info.
Gear up for the first Tween Time event of the month where youth ages 8-15 are invited out to learn how to make some Valentine's Day related crafts at the library.  We'll supply all the materials needed, you just come out ready to have a little fun at your library.  Plus, who wouldn't want a cute little heart monster as their Valentine? 

Streaming Videos through Hoopla is Here @ Your Library!

Your Abilene Public Library is pleased to announce the launch of an exciting new service where your library cards gives you access to thousands of streaming movies, TV shows, music albums, and audiobooks.  Thanks to a new subscription to Hoopla Digital, this Netflix-style library service is available on your PC's, iDevices and Androids 24/7 and it has gone live TODAY!


Offering an easy-to-use interface, you may borrow materials with a click and not worry about waiting in line to borrow any item as they're always available.  Plus, there will be NO LATE FEES since they'll return themselves.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Jon Scieszka Wants to See More 'Guys Read'

Reluctant readers come in all ages, but if you're a parent of a young man, it can be a challenge to get them to read for fun.


If you find yourselves in this situation, popular children's author and 2008's National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Jon Scieszka founded just the site for you. Guys Read is a free web-based literacy program aimed at boys with the mission "to help boys become self-motivated, lifelong readers."

Author Jon Scieszka
As a nonprofit, he was prompted to found this program in response to his experiences as an elementary school teacher and from the United States National Assessment of Educational Program statistics that showed boys consistently scoring worse than girls on federal reading tests every year and at every grade level.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Snag a Blind Date @ Your Library!

Looking for a date in February?  Your Abilene Public Library can present you with options.  As a special program going on for February, we invite you to stop by the library and find your book equivalent of a Blind Date.

What Do You Mean About a Blind Date with a Book?
Library staff has gone through and selected some great books off our shelves.  We then wrapped them so you can't see their title, cover, description, or anything.  On the covers of the books we'll include brief information on what the book is about like its genres, plot points, etc., and you can choose one to checkout without every having actually seen what the book is.  Another way to not judge a book by its cover too.

Once you choose a book, check it out, take it home, and unwrap it to see what your blind date is.  Who knows, you might just find the next book love of your life, you may get a date that you never want to see again...such are the experiences of Blind Dating.  Hopefully this type won't be too intimidating.

So in February, stop by your library and look out for our Blind Date selections and take a chance on seeing what you might snag!

Monday, January 27, 2014

@ the Library Article: "Don't Shelve Idea of a Home-Based Business"

What do Apple Inc. and Mary Kay Inc. have in common?

Both were founded as home-based businesses.

As a matter of fact, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, today more than half of U.S. businesses are based out of a home.

For millions of Americans who have lost their jobs or are simply looking for a second income, establishing a home-based business may appear to be an attractive idea.  But the Small Business Administration warns potential business owners to beware of scams and to understand that successfully operating a home-based business presents a number of challenges.

For those who want to press on, a good place to start would be a visit to the Abilene Public Library, which has a number of books, DVDs and electronic resources loaded with great ideas.

Friday, January 24, 2014

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Jan. 26)

Many patrons browse the new materials section 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 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 Invention of Wings
Author: Sue Monk Kidd
Position Last Week: 1
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: F KIDD
Summary: The relationship between a wealthy Charleston girl, Sarah Grimke, who will grow up to be a prominent abolitionist, and the slave she is given for her 11th birthday. Available in Regular Print, Large-Type on order, Audiobook on CD

#2: The Goldfinch
Author: Donna Tartt
Position Last Week: 2
Weeks On List: 13
Call Number: F TARTT
Summary: A painting smuggled out of the Metropolitan Museum of Art after a bombing becomes a boy's prize, guilt, and burden. Available in Regular Print, Large-Type, Audiobook on CD, Digital eBook

Fun Facts Friday: A Novel With No 'E'

Working at a library, staff is bombarded with questions needing answers.  If anything, sometimes you never know what you're going to be asked, or what interesting information you might find along the way.  Allow us to share some of the fun facts we come across at the library.

What's with Lipograms?
I recently came across a person interested in literary works that are lipograms, which is a way of writing where a particular letter or group of letters is avoided.  If you wanted to know what a classic example of a work written in this style is, look no further.

In 1939, Ernest Vincent Wright wrote a novel titled Gadsby, in which this book of more than 50,000 words was written without using the letter "E."  For those of you who don't thin this is a challenge, the letter "E" just happens to be one of the most used vowels in the French and English language.  In that sentence alone, I used the letter "e" 17 times, and that's just one sentence.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Registration Now Open for Free "Dynamic Children's Programs" Workshop @ APL

Programs that Succeed!!!
The Abilene Public Library will be hosting a FREE workshop for librarians and library staff who work with children in various public and school library settings.  It will be titled Dynamic Children's Programs hosted on Monday, March 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Main Library (202 Cedar St).  All who register will also receive four (4) Continuing Education credit hours from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC).

To register (or for additional information), Email Alyssa Crow as she is responsible for organizing the event and registering guests for the workshop.  Here's what you can expect to learn about and see throughout this event covering best practices in children's programming...
  • Meet the new Texas State Librarian Mark Smith and Deborah Littrell (Director of Library Development and Networking Division) from TSLAC at the beginning of the workshop.  A great opportunity to meet your state librarian in person!!!
  • Session: Early Childhood Literacy & Innovative Storytime Ideas
  • Session: Social Media Outlets for Enhancing Program Reach
  • Session: Effective & Inexpensive Craft ideas for Libraries on a Budget
  • Session: Successful Programming & Resources
Additionally, all who register will receive a free catered lunch that will be hosted at the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature (NCCIL) a block away from where the workshop will be held.  At this lunch, you'll learn about this unique children's museum highlighting great illustrators, be introduced to staff, receive information on the 2014 Children's Art & Literacy Festival (CALF), and more.

Successful Children's Programming
As an extra bonus, if you register by March 1, you will also receive a free T-Shirt and book by children's author William Joyce, who will be the featured author/illustrator for the CALF events this summer, which we encourage everyone to come out and participate in.

So if you didn't receive a personal email already regarding this children's workshop, and you are library staff within the area who think this may be of interest to you, feel more than free to Email Alyssa Crow and register, or ask questions.  Again, this will be for the Dynamic Children's Programs workshop at the Abilene Public Library on Monday, March 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

New Crafting Videos From Your Library

After a brief hiatus in December, your Abilene Public Library is ready to start offering brand new crafting videos in our popular shows on YouTube.  Crafty Creations is designed to present quick and easy kid-friendly crafts to make, which are often inspired by children's books and programs we've hosted at your library.  Project Teen is the show where tweens, teens, and young adults can't get ideas on cool craft ideas to try out at home, which have been popular at teen events hosted at your library.

Take a look at the latest episodes in these long-running series, and be sure to check back regularly for future updates on new episodes.  If you have any questions, feel more than free to Contact Me (Tremain Jackson, South Branch Manager). 

Crafty Creations #59: How-To Make "Itsy Bitsy Spiders"
 

Children's Librarian Alyssa Crow takes you through the steps of making this quick craft to go along with a classic children's song.  This is great for teaching your kids the song, and then providing them with something to act out the song at the same time, 

Project Teen #31: Brown Sugar Body Scrubs
 

South Branch Manager Tremain Jackson is back for another edible health & beauty product showing you how to take some simple ingredients and combine them to make sweet smelling body scrubs.  Great to use yourself, or to give as gifts to others to use in decorative containers.

Weekly Events @ Your Library (Jan. 27 - Feb. 1)

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

Jan. 27 @ 6:30 p.m.
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
325-698-7565 for Info.
Youth, ages 8-15, are invited to come out to a unique craft workshop all about Asian-infused crafts.  Join us as we teach you how to create cool looking Cherry Blossom Trees and calming Zen Gardens that will make for some awesome decorations.  We'll supply all the materials, you just come ready to craft with us. 

Jan. 28 @ 9:15 a.m.
Mockingbird Branch
1214 N. Mockingbird Ln.
325-437-7323 for Info.
Got a new tablet or e-Reader and want to learn how to checkout digital eBooks and audiobooks from your library?  This is the class for you.  Register and we'll walk you through the steps to teach you how to use the OverDrive service.  Class size will be limited to 8 people so call ahead and secure your spot. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Join Us for "Conversations with Interesting People" in February

Your Abilene Public Library continues to offer you great programming and we're excited to present a special series in February.  Each week, we're inviting special guests from the community to lead a discussion about portions of their lives that are memorable.  Each event will be hosted over the noon hour and open to the public at no charge.  Feel free to bring your lunch, or you may purchase one at the program for $5.00.  We hope you're able to attend one, if not all, of these unique programs.  For more information, call us at 325-676-6025.  Let's take a look at the lineup in February.

Meet Becky Pugsley
Feb. 4 @ Noon
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
Becky Pugsley will be on hand to provide a discussion on her time spent serving on Air Force One during the Clinton Administration.  Most of us know this to be the plane of the President of the United States.  Designed, built, and used exclusively by the President and seen as a symbol of the American presidency and its power.

Meet Charles Coody
Feb. 11 @ Noon
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
Charles Coody is a professional golfer who will be on hand to discuss his time competing on the PGA Tour and the Senior PGA Tour.  Among his accomplishments, he won 11 events including the 1971 Masters.  If you're a golf enthusiast, this is certainly a program you won't want to miss!

Friday, January 17, 2014

February's Cover-to-Cover Book Club Selection

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

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

The Astronaut Wives Club
Author: Lily Koppel
Call Number: 629.45 KOP
Summary: As America's Mercury Seven astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, television cameras focused on the brave smiles of their young wives.  Overnight, these women were transformed from military spouses not American royalty.  Annie Glenn, with her picture-perfect marriage, was the envy of the other wives; platinum-blonde Rene Carpenter was proclaimed JFK's favorite; and licensed pilot Trudy Cooper arrived on base with a secret.  Together with other wives they formed the Astronaut Wives Club, meeting regularly to provide support and friendship.  Many became next-door neighbors and helped to raise each other's children by day, while going to glam parties at night as the country raced to land a man on the moon.  As their celebrity rose - and as divorce and tragic death began to touch their lives - they continued to rally together, and the wives have now been friends for more than fifty years.  The Astronaut Wives Club tells the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history.

Be sure to check out this title from your Abilene Public Library, or borrow one from a friend if you'd like, and then 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, February 20 @ 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 Jan. 19)

Many patrons browse the new materials section 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 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 Invention of Wings
Author: Sue Monk Kidd
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F KIDD
Summary: The relationship between a wealthy Charleston girl, Sarah Grimke, who will grow up to become a prominent abolitionist, and the slave she is given for her 11th birthday. Available in Regular Print, Large-Type On Order, Audiobook on CD

#2: The Goldfinch
Author: Donna Tartt
Position Last Week: 1
Weeks On List: 12
Call Number: F TARTT
Summary: A painting, smuggled out of the Metropolitan Museum of Art after a bombing, becomes a boy's prize, guilt and burden. Available in Regular Print, Large-Type, Audiobook on CD, Digital eBook

Americans Value their Public Libraries

According to the Pew Internet and Public Life Project, Americans are continuing to show strong support for their public libraries.  The value of the services public libraries offer their patrons across the nation continues to be at the utmost of importance for all they serve.  Although the budgets for many library systems may not be getting bigger, librarians and library staff are being required to do more, and sometimes with less, to continue to be strong community attractions for fans of books, computers, programming, technology, and much more!

The study, conducted by the Pew Research Center, conducted a survey where they found that 63% stated that "closing their public library would have a major (negative) impact on the community."  But that's not all, the survey also found that "94% of respondents also stated that 'having a public library improves the quality of life in a community.'"

The survey would go on to relate additional findings for the vast majority of Americans ages 16 and older in regards to the roles of public libraries in their communities...
  • 95% of Americans ages 16 and older agree that the materials and resources available at public libraries play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed.
  • 95% say that public libraries are important because they promote literacy and a love of reading.
  • 94% say that having a public library improves the quality of life in a community.
  • 81% say that public libraries provide many services people would have a hard time finding elsewhere.
Although this was but a highlight of all the findings from this study, released in December, if you wish to see a full report (and trust me there is some great information listed), CLICK HERE to find the report online.
Regardless of where you live, having access to a public library is vital for helping to shape communities in a positive manner.  In a world where some might believe us to be stuffy old buildings offering nothing more than books, we have evolved to include a wide range of services.  Your local public library offers a variety of features including storytime programs, adult workshops, digital lending of eBooks and audiobooks, DVDs, music, teen events, access to computers and the Internet, and that barely scratches the surface.

Be sure to check out your local public library and see what they have to offer.  I'm sure library staff would be more than happy to tell you all about us!

Fun Facts Friday: Can You Put a Price on Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales?'

Working at a library, staff is bombarded with questions needing answers.  If anything, sometimes the journey down the road to discovering the answer can give you fun facts and trivia you might not already know.  Allow us to share some of these with you.

How Much Was Chaucer's Work Worth?
If you ever though books were expensive, we have a surprise for you.  Many of us read Geoffrey Chaucer's classic The Canterbury Tales, but how much do you think this collection of stories is worth?

Well here you go.  It was found that an original copy of this work sold at an auction in London for $7.4 million in 1998.  That wasn't a typo.  It sold for $7,400,000.00 (which writing out the complete figure adds to the effect of how large of a price it is).

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Weekly Events @ Your Library (Jan. 20-25)

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

Jan. 20; All Day
All Locations
325-677-2474 for Info.
As a reminder, all locations will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20 in observance of MLK Day.  For your convenience, outside materials returns are available at all three branch libraries.  We'll resume our normal hours on Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. 

Limited Class Size
Jan. 21 @ 9:15 a.m.
Mockingbird Brnach
1214 N. Mockingbird Ln.
325-437-7323 for Info.
Got a new tablet or eReader and want to learn how to use them to checkout digital eBooks from your library?  Signup to attend this class and let library staff walk you through all the steps on using OverDrive so you'll be checking out like a pro in no time. 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

OverDrive Hits Record-Breaking 102M in Checkouts

OverDrive, a global distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, and other digital content, has reached a record number for eBook checkouts in 2013.  102 million titles were circulated through the OverDrive collection last year, up 44% from last year.  In comparison, it took OverDrive 10 years to reach 100 million digital checkouts from 2003-2012, and it's managed to surpass impressive figure in less than a year.

Your Abilene Public Library subscribes to this service and many of you have been making great use since we first introduced it in 2008.  Offering a great digital selection of eBooks and audiobooks, our collection continues to grow.  With materials encompassing all age levels and reading tastes, we place an emphasis on popular fiction, bestsellers, and all those materials you're itching to read (or listen to).

Monday, January 13, 2014

Golden Globes Nominations for Great Adaptations of Books

It's awards season and this weekend's Golden Globes awards have started this year off right with a  great lineup of films and TV series being nominated having been adapted from books.  Literature often inspires some of the best film adaptations, and if you want a look at the nominated titles for this year, you're in luck.  

Below you'll see a lineup of all the books honored at this year's Golden Globes by having great films or series adapted from them.  If you haven't read them, or didn't know they were books to begin with, this would be a great time to look for them at your Abilene Public Library.

12 Years a Slave (Author: Solomon Northup)
In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.
  • Winner of Best Motion Picture, Drama
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama - Nominee
  • Lupita Nyong'o for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture - Nominee
  • Michael Fassbender for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture - Nominee
  • Steve McQueen for Best Director, Motion Picture - Nominee
  • John Ridley for Best Screenplay, Motion Picture - Nominee
  • Hans Zimmer for Best Original Score, Motion Picture - Nominee

Food for Fines 2013 Collects Over 1.7 Tons!

A BIG thanks goes out to all of our wonderful patrons who participated in our annual Food for Fines program last December.  Benefiting the Food Bank of West Central Texas, not only did you rid your account of late fees, you also helped out the Big Country by donating 3,813 Pounds of Food!!!  That's 1.73 tons of canned goods and non-perishable items!

With many of the donations piling in by the final week of this program, regardless of whether you had a fine or not, all of your donations were very much appreciated.  Here's a breakdown of how each of your branches did in December...
  • South Branch: 1,799 lbs
  • Main Library: 1,146 lbs
  • Mockingbird Branch: 868 lbs
Remember, this program only comes around once a year, so if you missed out in 2013, you'll just have to wait until we make it to December...not that we want to think about time flying by quite that fast.

Having offered the program for the past 15 years, it's a wonderful service project your Abilene Public Library is happy to be a part of, and we couldn't do it without all of our amazing patrons in the community!!!

@ the Library Article: "Planning Can Fill Child's Lunchbox with Healthy Meals"

For children who bring a lunch to school, the meal often consists of a sandwich, chips, an apple or snack cake, and a soda.  The same foods also appear in the lunchboxes that adults take to work.

Such lunches are quick and easy, but are not particularly healthy - and quickly can get boring.  To remedy this, try some of the ideas found in the following cookbooks.

The Healthy Lunchbox, by Marie McClendon, discusses the importance of finding out your children's tastes and preferences and includes handy checklists of some of the major food groups and styles of preparation.  The book also provides tips for handling lunchroom trading and how to stock the pantry.

By creating a lunch-packing area in the pantry, it becomes easier to train the child to start packing his or her own lunches.  A rotating chart of lunches eases the stress of planning each day's meal.  Lastly, the book includes a number of recipes, some of which are gluten or dairy free.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Fun Facts Friday: How Many Libraries Are There in the U.S.?

Working at a library, staff is bombarded with questions needing answers.  If anything, sometimes you never know what you're going to be asked, or what information you might discover on your way to the answer.  Allow us to share a fun fact each Friday on things you may not know about libraries.

How Many Libraries Operate in the U.S.?
According to the American Library Association (ALA), there are currently 119,987 libraries operating in the U.S.  This statistic just doesn't include public libraries, but all types of libraries including school, academic, and special libraries.

In comparison, that would mean here are more operating libraries in the nation than there are people in Abilene.  That's a staggering figure.  What it would be like to have my own personal library.

Friday, January 10, 2014

New Video Series: Library Talk @ APL

Your Abilene Public Library loves to stay on top of social media trends and now we've expanded our YouTube offerings with a new weekly show. Library Talk @ APL is a unique series, hosted by librarians Tremain Jackson & Alyssa Crow, in which we'll take a look at some library-related news stories from the week and discuss them.  Not knowing what each week will hold, viewers will be get new content each week to keep you up-to-date on stories that affect libraries, along with some colorful commentary by two librarians who don't mind dishing on topics.

Below is the first episode, and if you like it, check our YouTube Page each week for new episodes.

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Jan. 12)

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 the Hardcover Fiction & Non-Fiction lists for the upcoming week.

Hardcover Fiction Top 5

#1:The Goldfinch
Author: Donna Tartt
Position Last Week: 5
Weeks On List: 11
Call Number: F TARTT
Summary: A painting, smuggled out of the Metropolitan Museum of Art after a bombing, becomes a boy's prize, guilt, and burden. Available in Regular Print, Large-Type, Audiobook on CD, Digital e-Book

#2: Sycamore Row
Author: John Grisham
Position Last Week: 1
Weeks On List: 11
Call Number: F GRISHAM
Summary: A sequel, about race and inheritance, to "A Time to Kill." Available in Regular Print, Large-Type, Audiobook on CD, Digital e-Book, Digital Audiobook

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Free Tax Assistance Starts Jan. 31

Although it may not be a time of year everyone looks forward to, TAX SEASON is something no one can avoid.  After all, we've heard the saying "Nothing is certain but death and taxes."

Your Abilene Public Library is ready to help by bringing you the Free Tax Assistance program beginning Friday, Jan. 31.  Four (4) sessions will be offered each week through the end of tax season (Apr. 12), providing you with ample opportunities to participate. 

Main Library Free Tax Help Hours
202 Cedar St.
(325) 676-6025
Wednesdays & Thursdays
11:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Mockingbird Branch Free Tax Help Hours
1214 N. Mockingbird Ln.
(325) 437-7323
Fridays & Saturdays
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Weekly Events @ Your Library (Jan. 13-18)

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

Limited Class Size
Jan. 13 @ 10:15 a.m.
Mockingbird Branch
1214 N. Mockingbird Ln.
325-437-7323 for Info.
Got a new tablet or eReader and want to learn to use them to checkout digital eBooks and audiobooks from your library?  This is the class for you.  Signup and we'll walk you through the steps to teach you how to use OverDrive.  Class size will be limited to 8 people so call ahead and secure your spot. 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Hard Case Crimes Releases Early Crichton Novels

Before Michael Crichton thought up resurrecting dinosaurs from mosquitoes to become a bestselling author, he was an honors student attending Harvard Medical School.  During this time, he happened to explore his love of writing, but many of us might not have recognized his works prior to Jurassic Park, Congo, Sphere and others.  Crichton had penned several novels in the '60s and '70s under the name of John Lange, and now, Hard Case Crimes has re-released those eight (8) titles.

Each of them featuring a busty beauty on the cover, it's being stated you will find some familiar themes and writing styles in these earlier works.  To make them easier to spot, all titles will be released with Crichton's name on the cover, along with the pen name.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Cooking It Up Like a Texan @ Your Library

2013 Culinary Cuisine Luncheon
We do everything bigger and better in Texas right?  One thing that connects us all is great food and we have some amazing Texans who have been cooking up delicious meals designed with our palettes in mind.  If you're looking for some popular Texas cookbooks at your Abilene Public Library, you're in luck.  We have a ton to offer that's free to checkout with a valid library card.

In this blog, I'll focus on some cookbooks by chefs that were featured at this year's West Texas Book Festival hosted in September.  For those who attended the Culinary Cuisine Luncheon or the Texas Cookbook Gala, you had the opportunity to experience those recipes and hear from each of the featured authors.  If you missed out on all the action, you can get those same recipes, and so many other mouthwatering delights, by checking out their books from your library.

Monday, January 6, 2014

@ the Library Article: "Library Offers Resources for Homeschooling"

Homeschooling can be a very rewarding experience for both children and their parents.  However, it is a big decision.  Whether you are a veteran home-schooler or just testing the waters, the Abilene Public Library has resources to help, and a wide range of home schooling books to get you started.  Books such as Homeschooling Gifted and Advanced Learners, Homeschooling the Child with Autism, College-Prep Homeschooling and Highlighting Homeschooling all address various concepts associated with homeschooling and offer recommendations for those situations.

There are many study guides and helpful books for preparing for various tests, such as SAT, ACT and AP tests.  We also have books to support your curriculum in science, history, math, languages, literature, grammar and government.  Your library has a wide range of electronic resources available as well, such as e-books, magazines articles, research tools and various databases to support a wide-range of interests.

Friday, January 3, 2014

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Jan. 5)

Many patrons browse the new materials to discover the latest popular reads.  Part of finding those items is browsing the New York Time 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 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: 10
Call Number: F GRISHAM
Summary: A sequel, about race and inheritance, to "A Time to Kill."

#2: The First Phone Call From Heaven
Author: Mitch Albom
Position Last Week: 2
Weeks On List: 7
Call Number: F ALBOM
Summary: A small Michigan town is transformed when its residents receive phone calls said to be from heaven.

Fun Facts Friday: When Did Public Lending Begin?

Working at a library, staff are bombarded with questions needing answers.  If anything, sometimes you never know what you're going to be asked, or what interesting facts you might find out along the way.  Allow us to share a fun fact each Friday on things you may not know about libraries.

Where Was the First Lending Library?
Did you know one of the founding fathers of the United States created the first public lending library?  Benjamin Franklin was a man of many accomplishments, and he was also a bibliophile.

In 1727, at the age of 21, he created the Junto, consisting of a group of aspiring artisans and tradesman hoping to improve themselves while they improved their community.  Reading was one of their great pastimes; however, books were rare and expensive at the time.  Together, they created a library, initially stocked with their own books.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Weekly Events @ Your Library (Jan. 6-11)

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.

Limited Class Seating
Jan. 6 @ 10:15 a.m.
Mockingbird Branch
1214 N. Mockingbird Ln.
325-437-7323 for Info.
Got a new tablet of e-Reader and want to learn to use them to checkout digital eBooks and audiobooks from your library?  This is the class for you.  Register with us and we'll walk you through all the steps to show you how to use the OverDrive service.  Class size is limited, so call ahead and secure your spot.  Additional sessions of this course will be hosted throughout January across all locations. 

Limited Class Seating
Jan. 6 @ 2:15 p.m.
Mockingbird Branch
1214 N. Mockingbird Ln.
325-437-7323 for Info.
Got a new tablet or e-Reader and want to learn to use them to checkout digital eBooks, don't miss this second class at the Mockingbird Branch for the day.  But remember, you must call and register for a spot as class size will be limited.

Awesome Adult Programs in January

Your Abilene Public Library offers tons of programming for all ages, adults too!!!  We do offer great workshops and programs you're more than welcome to attend, and best yet, they won't break your wallet because they're FREE!
Let's take a brief look at what we have going on in January... 

Going Digital with OverDrive
Multiple Sessions
Throughout January, all locations will offer training workshops showing you how to use your eReaders and tablets to checkout digital materials from your library.  Click Here to see the dates of when they'll be offered and this will be perfect for those who have received a new one over the holidays. 

Jan. 7 @ 6:30 p.m.
Main Library
325-676-6025 for Info.
Former NASA engineer Lou David Allen will talk about the historic Apollo project and his role in it.  Plus, he'll also be on hand to touch on comets and answer any questions, or attempt to, regarding space and space travel.