Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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

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.

Mar. 3 @ Noon
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Info.
The Texas Author Series is back where we're bringing in some great authors for you to meet during the noon hour.  First up in this lineup will be historian Dan Utley, co-author of History Along the Way and History Ahead, and you're invited to join us for a wonderful presentation.  Feel free to come out, bring your lunch, or purchase one from the Friends of the Abilene Public Library for $5.  Plus, the author will be on hand to sign books after the presentations.  Don't miss out on this great series of events in March.

Mar. 3 @ 6:00 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Info.
Join Health Care Navigators from the Betty Hardwick Center as they answer your questions about the Affordable Care Act in this informative session.  We offered a session last month, and if you weren't able to attend, don't miss out on this program for all those who want a little help in getting signed up for the insurance they need. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Welcome to the 'Jungle Book' Adaptations (Upcoming)

Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book is a time-honored children's classic published in 1894 as a collection of stories by the English Nobel Laureate.  Readers everywhere were introduced to the world according to young Mowgli, along with an interesting cast of animal friends.

The series received another surge in popularity after Disney released the 1967 animated film version, which stole the hearts of children (and adults) worldwide in story and song.  Although there have been several adaptations since, including live action versions in 1942 and 1994, two more are underway under the helm of some heavy-hitting directors.

Ron Howard is set to both direct and produce Warner Bros. forthcoming live action flick, but Jon Favreau is also set to direct his own live action Jungle Book too.  Both directors have hits under their belts, and now with tackling the Jungle Book, we'll be introduced to some pretty great live action films in the future...hopefully.

What's also interesting to note about all of this film adaptation buzz on this children's classic, is that author Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book, which is inspired by Kipling's story, may also be adapted to film with Howard attached to it as well; however, that's not set in stone yet.

Regardless of how similar or different the telling of this story will be in the two upcoming films, one thing is true, you can hardly even discuss the books without some of those catchy names from the film filling your head.  How will I ever get them to go away now?

Until we get more word, remember, you can visit your Abilene Public Library and checkout this classic book by Rudyard Kipling, and you can also look for the Disney film version too.  Make this story one of the bare necessities of your reading and viewing pleasures.

Who got the song reference there?

Monday, February 24, 2014

@ the Library Article: "Book Series Dives Into Healthier Food Choices"

There are a few things we all need to stay alive.  Eating is one of them.  Nowadays more of us are making a conscious decision to eat healthy.  If you're one who doesn't want to chew on lettuce all day, there's a great series of books available at your Abilene Public Library.

Developed from a column from Men's Health magazine, a fun book series is collectively called Eat This, Not That.  Written by David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding, the first installment was released in 2007 and became an instant best-seller.

What's so great about these books?  They tell you about foods, drinks, restaurants and more that aren't the healthiest of choices, then provides better alternatives.

More than 8 million copies have been sold.  I picked one up and was amazed to learn that not all of the foods I though are healthy actually are.  Once you try one of these books out, you'll easily want to look for more in the series, but allow me to highlight a few.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

True or False: The Kardashians Are Invading Dystopian Literature?

Believe it or not, this one is actually true.  Kylie and Kendall Jenner, the younger sisters of the Kardashian clan, are set to release their first book, in an anticipated series, titled Rebels: City of Indra on June 3.  Is there an emoticon for shocked and puzzled?

With the rise in popularity of dystopian literature, thanks to breakout bestselling series including Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games, Veronica Roth's Divergent Trilogy, James Dashner's The Maze Runner series, and more, and with the released and anticipated releases of film adaptations on these series, dystopian lit is hot right now.

Banking on the rise in this niche genre, the teen reality sisters of Keeping Up with the Kardashians decided to pen their own novel to be released by Karen Hunter Publishing.  According to the publisher, the novel is described as "a thrilling dystopian story about two super-powered girls...who embark on a journey together, not realizing their biggest danger might be each other."

Now, celebrities have been known to take a stab at writing in the past, and some work, while others don't.  However, jumping on a bandwagon of what's trendy doesn't necessarily mean you can pen a bestseller because you like the book or saw the movie.  Their novel has also been co-written by an unnamed source, so who knows just how much of the book they actually wrote themselves.

If they're trying to match the success of the bigger named series mentioned previously, they're certainly going to have one pretty tall mountain to climb.  When all is said and done, do you see yourself itching to rush out and snag a copy when it's released?  Guess we'll have to wait until June to see...who knows, we may even get a few copies at your Abilene Public Library to try it before you buy it.

Friday, February 21, 2014

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Feb. 23)

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 the 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: Private L.A.
Author: James Patterson
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: M PATTERSON
Summary: Shocking truths emerge after a high-powered celebrity couple disappears from their luxurious ranch and jack Morgan and Justine Smith are secretly flown in to search for them. Available in Regular Print, Large-Type, Audiobook on CD

#2: The Goldfinch
Author: Donna Tartt
Position Last Week: 1
Weeks On List: 17
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, Digital Audiobook

Patterson's a Softy for Indies

Mega-bestselling author James Patterson is showing love to indie bookstores nationwide by doling out cash to the tune of $1 million.  During a time when many stores find themselves competing with heavy-hitting sellers like Amazon, their ability to stay afloat, in such a diverse market, is not as solid as it once was.

Because of this, Patterson is delving into his own personal fortune to provide funding to more than 50 stores nationwide.  As stated by Patterson.

I just want to get people more aware and involved in what's going on here, which is that, with the advent of e-books, we either have a great opportunity or a great problem.  Our bookstores in America are at risk.  Publishing and publishers as we've known them are at stake.  To some extent the future of American literature is at stake.

March'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 Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler and we invite you to look out for a copy at your library and then attend the book club discussion group on Thursday, March 20 @ 7:00 p.m.  For more information, be sure to contact Ann Mount, 325-676-6025.

Calling Me Home
Author: Julie Kibler
Call Number: F KIBLER
Summary:  89-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a big favor to ask her hairdresser, Dorrie.  She wants the black single mother to drop everything and drive her from Texas to a funeral in Ohio - tomorrow.  Dorrie, fleeing problems of her own and curious about Isabelle's past, agrees, not knoting it will be a journey that changes both their lives.  Isabelle confesses that, as a teen in 1930's Kentucky, she fell in love with Robert Prewitt, a would-be doctor and the black son of her family's housekeeper - in a town where blacks weren't allowed after dark.  The tale of their forbidden relationship and its tragic consequences just might help Dorrie find her own way.

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, March 20 @ 7:00 p.m. to discuss this title, so be sure to get in on the reading fun.

Fun Facts Friday: How Long Did it Take to Create the Dictionary?

Working at a library, staff is bombarded with questions needing answers.  If anything, sometimes you never know what you're going to be asked, let alone what you might find during the journey to the answer.  At times we pick up interesting facts and trivia, so let us share one with you.

How Long Did It Take to Create the Dictionary?
This was an interesting question, and something that would be interesting to find.  Noah Webster was the man who became known for creating the dictionary in the United States, which led to the 1928 publication of An American Dictionary of the English Language.

It has been written that Webster spent roughly 28 years studying, compiling, and writing all he needed to complete his expanded and fully comprehensive dictionary.  To do so, Webster learned 26 languages so he could evaluate the etymology of words (WOW).  Additionally, he would come to standardize American speech by introducing American English spellings such as removing the "u" in "colour" and changing "centre" to "center" among many other changes.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Increased Presence Expected in Public Libraries for WBN 2014


World Book Night 2014 (WBN) is on the horizon as an annual encouraging public reading by distributing roughly 500,000 free books on April 23.  Now in its fourth year, your Abilene Public Library will once again be participating, and we certainly won't be alone. 

Last year, WBN had volunteers participating in 5,200 cities and representing all 50 states with a record 1,055 libraries and bookstores joining in on the festivities.  2014 should be no different as interested locations have already registered to participate in this wonderful program that promotes literacy throughout the nation.

The books to be distributed for 2014 have already been selected, and let's just say there's something for everyone.  From the YA hit The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky to Terry McMillan's Waiting to Exhale, regardless of your age or taste, there will be something of interest.  Each year, 30-35 books are selected by an independent panel of librarians and booksellers, and for this event, the authors of the selected books waive their royalties while their publishers agree to pay the costs of producing specially-printed WBN U.S. editions.

Next, libraries and bookstores signup to be a community host location for the event, and volunteers in the community agree to come out and distribute these selected titles to people throughout the community.  This is an incredible way to not only promote reading, but to also get books in the hands of those who may not frequent libraries and bookstores, or may otherwise not have access to printed books. 

So now we just have to wait in anticipation for April 23 so we can participate in WBN and for those who volunteered to distribute books, we'll be planning a special reception at the library with more information to come!

Weekly Events @ Your Library (Feb. 24 - Mar. 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.

Feb. 24 @ Noon
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Info.
Join us for this fun series of events where we've been featuring someone from the community each week, speaking on various topics associated with their lives.  Today's program features former NASA engineer Lou David Allen, who will be on hand to discuss his role in the Apollo moon program. 

Feb. 25 @ 6:30 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
Join us for this month's Teen Time event where we'll be supplying all the materials to show you how to make your own flying machines.  What type of flying things you ask?  Well, the only way to know is by simply showing up, so don't miss out. 

Monday, February 17, 2014

@ the Library Article: "Library's Mockingbird Branch Housing Constitution Exhibit"

The Abilene Public Library encourages you to exercise your freedom by visiting an exhibit on the U.S. Constitution.

The Blessings of Liberty: The U.S. Constitution is on display through March 14 at the Mockingbird Branch of the Abilene Public Library, 1214 N. Mockingbird Ln.  The exhibit was organized by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Families, adults of all ages, and local school groups (by appointment) are welcome to visit the library to get an up-close look at this wonderful, free exhibit.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Sink Your Teeth into 'True Blood' @ Your Library

Season 1
Vampire lit returned to the forefront of mainstream literature when Stephenie Meyer introduced the world to teen vamps who sparkle.  Although not for everyone, you can't deny it was a force to be reckoned with in YA literature, with crossover appeal to adults, and a hugely successful film franchise.  For those who wanted something a little more "adult" in nature, HBO filled that void when they began airing True Blood in 2008.  Since its debut, it has held strong ratings leading up to the seventh and final season airing this summer.

Your Abilene Public Library carries the first five seasons of the show, but if you haven't read the books that inspired the TV series, you should give them a try.  Known, in print form, as the Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mysteries, author Charlaine Harris became a household name with the first book titled Dead Until Dark in 2001.  Introducing us to the character of Sookie, we entered the town of Bon Temps, Louisiana where a telepathic waitress becomes the focus of a supernatural world of chaos.

Friday, February 14, 2014

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Feb. 16)

Many patron 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 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: 10
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. 

#2: The Invention of Wings
Author: Sue Monk Kidd
Position Last Week: 1
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. 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

'Series of Unfortunate Events' Author Being Fortunate to Librarians!

Series of Unfortunate Events
Daniel Handler, better known as Lemony Snicket, has launched a new prize aimed directly at librarians.  This new $3,000 award will be named The Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity as Snicket has claimed "librarians have suffered enough" and deserve to be rewarded.

Having announced he too has often been "falsely accused of crimes and sought by his enemies as well as the police," it's always a pleasant affirmation when the work of libraries, and its staff, are acknowledged for the important roles they play in the communities they serve.  

Along with the American Library Association, a panel of judges will be selected from this group, including at least one member from its Intellectual Freedom Committee, to select a candidate.  Those interested in applying must describe an "adverse incident" they faced and "their response" to that incident, with nominations to be accepted through April 15, 2014.

The winner of the prize will not only receive a cash award of $3,000, but also "an odd, symbolic object" from Snicket's private stash, and a certificate, which Snicket states "may or may not be suitable for framing."  That certainly makes you very interested in seeing what said certificate may look like.

At the end of the day, this is a great new prize that's being established, with the author funding the prize from his own gains, and a great way to honor the roles that librarians play in society...especially when going up against adversity of all kinds.

For more information about this prize, as well as information on how to apply, Click Here.

Weekly Events @ Your Library (Feb. 17-22)

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. 17 @ 4:00 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St
325-676-6067 for Info.
Join us for the next Family Fun event at your library where it's all about the foods kids' just love to eat.  Now offered at a new time at your Main Library, this enhanced storytime event is geared towards kids of all ages, as well as the entire family.  Joins us for stories, songs, games, crafts, and more in an afternoon of literary fun at your library. 

Feb. 17 @ 6:30 p.m.
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
325-698-7565 for Info.
Tweens, ages 8-15, are invited out to the final Tween Time event of the month where we're going to have a little artistic fun this evening with showing you how to make your own playdough (from scratch) and then using it to sculpt some amazing creations.  We'll supply all the materials, you just come out ready to have a little fun 

Monday, February 10, 2014

The "Dr. Seuss & You" Facebook Contest

Dr. Seuss' Max & the Grinch
You can win it!

Your Abilene Public Library is always striving to keep up with the latest trends.  We also love creating great opportunities for our users to have FUN!  So this March we're planning a Dr. Seuss-themed Facebook contest!  Dr. Seuss would say, "These things are fun and fun is good."  This is going to be lots of Fun! Fun! Fun!

This is a great opportunity for you to get some awesome pictures to keep for the memories, but also to enter them in our Facebook contest to win a goody bag for your child, and your photo posted as our Facebook Cover Photo for a week!

@ the Library Article: "What's All the Hoopla About Streaming at Library?"

Your Abilene Public Library has launched an exciting new service that will give library cardholders access to thousands of movies, TV shows, music albums and audiobooks online.

Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Abilene Public Library, the library has a new subscription to Hoopla Digital, which means you can stream these items on your personal computers, Apple devices and Androids wherever you are.  Think of it as a Netflix-style free streaming video service through your Abilene Public Library that also offers music and audiobooks.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Feb. 9)

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 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 Invention of Wings
Author: Sue Monk Kidd
Position Last Week: 2
Weeks On List: 4
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

#2: The Goldfinch
Author: Donna Tartt
Position Last Week: 1
Weeks On List: 15
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, Digital Audiobook

Thursday, February 6, 2014

All Libraries to Close @ 6pm, Feb. 6

Due to our snowy weather conditions for this day, all Abilene Public Library locations will close at 6:00 p.m.  Outside materials returns will be available at all three library locations, but please be advised to travel safely if you must venture out on the roads.  We are looking to resume our normal hours of operation on Friday, Feb. 7 at 9:00 a.m.

Additionally, this evening's Family Fun activity at the South Branch has been rescheduled to next Thursday, Feb. 13 @ 6:30 p.m.

If you have any questions, please feel more than free to Contact Me (Tremain Jackson, South Branch Manager) and we hope you have a safe and warm evening.

Weekly Events @ Your Library (Feb. 10-15)

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. 10 @ 6:30 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
Next in line for Make & Takes at your library, kids are invited out to another fun evening crafting session where we'll be showing you how to transform heart shapes into fun animals, which will be perfect for Valentine's Day.  This is the perfect quick craft to do before you then head to the shelves to look for some great books to check out.

Feb. 11 @ Noon
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Info.
Join us for this new series of events for February where each week we'll feature someone from the community speaking on various topics associated with their lives.  Today's program will feature decorated golfer Charles Coody, a man who has had 14 professional wins throughout his career as well as being inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.  Come out and hear him speak of his pro golf experiences, as well as ask him questions too. 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Experiencing Life on Air Force One @ Your Library

Rebecca Pugsley
We've seen Air Force One in movies, TV, magazines, and more, but not many of will ever know what it's like to fly inside the plane of the President of the United States.  Thanks to the Conversations with Interesting People series at your Abilene Public Library, guests were treated to a presentation by Rebecca "Becky" Pugsley, who served on Air Force One during the Clinton Administration.

Along with some of her memorabilia, Pugsley gave us an inside look on various aspects of what goes on inside, while answering questions from the audience too.  We learned about the different sections of the plane, how there are two Air Force One planes (both of which are taken during overseas trips), how there is no special shielding on Air Force One to help it withstand any outside force (more so than any other plane), and more.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Learn to Navigate the Affordable Care Act on Feb. 11

It may have been cold, but that didn't keep people away from attending the Navigate the Affordable Care Act at your Abilene Public Library.  If the weather kept you indoors, we're offering one more session at the Main Library on Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m.  From this first program, if you have any questions about the Obamacare, you won't want to miss out on this informative presentation.

Today's program was led by Connie Cholewinski from the Betty Hardwick Center, along with Janice Norwood and Christal Martin, all of whom are Certified Marketplace Navigators and available to work with consumers, one-on-one, to ensure you get enrolled and understand the program.

Who Knew Zombies Weren't Simply Trendy?

"They're coming to get you Barbara."  A line from the greatest zombie movie in 1968's Night of the Living Dead by George A. Romero, most of us have probably heard it.  Shocking the system, Romero's work went on to include additional sequels, spawning a surge in the popularity of zombies.  Having such an impact on society, regardless of whether you're a fan or not, this type of film spoke on the current social and political climates and issues facing the United States at the time.  Underlying messages are so much fun.  Although not all of the zombie films put out since then have been profound, zombie literature is on the rise with more published works in print than ever before.

If you don't mind a little gore, and don't scare easily, you might want to look out for some of the zombie fiction housed at your Abilene Public Library.  Aimed at adult readers, there's something for all tastes.

I couldn't start without mentioning The Walking Dead series.  Although first released as graphic novels, there have been traditional novels added to the entries including 2011's The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor, 2012's The Road to Woodbury and 2013's The Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor Part One by Robert Kirkman.  This series follows the aftermath of the zombie epidemic and a small band of travelers trying to survive.  With the graphic novel series having been adapted to AMC in the hit TV series of the same name, it's more than just about zombies eating people.  The storylines delve more into the struggles of the living to come to terms with their new world, while trying not to self-destruct in the process. Filled with as much drama, and moderate horror, it's an engaging series with an incredible fan following.  Plus, tons of us have been captivated by the TV adaptation, now in it's fourth season and ready to pick up with the second half that starts airing this month...CAN'T WAIT!!!  We carry the second season, and the first and third season on on order so don't miss out on them as well.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Book-to-Film Adaptations: February 2014

Literature inspires film adaptations and each month we like to highlight those hitting theaters soon.  Check out this blog entry 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 at your Abilene Public Library.

The Monuments Men (View Trailer)
Starring: George Clooney
Release Date: Feb. 7
Author: Robert M. Edsel
Summary: An unlikely World War II platoon are tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners.  Additional actors filling out this ensemble cast includes Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Cate Blanchett, and more, which has so far opened to mixed reviews from the critics.

Vampire Academy (View Trailer)
Starring: Zoey Deutch
Release Date: Feb.  7
Based On: Vampire Academy
Author: Richelle Mead
Summary: Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, half human/vampire guardians of the Moroi, which are peaceful, mortal vampires living discreetly within our world.  Her legacy is to protect the Moroi from bloodthirsty, immortal vampires, the Strigol.  This is her story based on the popular YA series.

Endless Love (View Trailer)
Starring: Gabriella Wilde
Release Date: Feb. 14
Based On: Endless Love
Author: Scott Spencer
Summary: The story of a privileged girl and a charismatic boy whose instant desire sparks a love affair made only more reckless by parents trying to keep them apart.  This film is a remake of the 1981 film of the same name as a romantic entry for Valentine's Day.

Winter's Tale (View Trailer)
Starring: Colin Farrell
Release Date: Feb. 14
Based On: Winter's Tale
Author: Mark Helprin
Summary: A burglar falls for an heiress as she dies in his arms.  When he learns that he has the gift of reincarnation, he sets out to save her.  Still offering a love story for Valentine's Day, this film offers a little supernatural slant set in present day and the year 1916.

And there you have it, your look at February's Book-to-Film Adaptations to be on the lookout for at theaters.