Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Discover Popular Series @ Your Library: Rizzoli & Isles

Your Abilene Public Library carries the best in literature for all ages, and we invite you to discover some books that are part of a series.  Each week we'll highlight a different series and give you a quick look at what makes it popular.  Then, if it sounds of interest to you, feel free to check them out from your nearest library and get to reading them.  You may just discover your next favorite series!

Tess Gerritsen is a Chinese-American author who started off as a physician, having received her medical degree in 1979.  Having always dreamt of writing, she followed her parent's wishes and chose an initial career in medicine, as they presented reservations about the sustainability of a writing career.  Gerritsen would later give in to her passion for writing, and although she began with penning romantic suspense novels, she would later switch to medical thrillers in 1996; however, what's in the public eye right now is her Rizzoli & Isles series.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Book Us for a Library Presentation!!!

Speaking to Abilene MOPs Group!
Do you have a group/organization who wants to learn more about the services your Abilene Public Library has to offer?  Would you like for library staff to let you in on all the great resources we offer?  You're in luck as we often speak to various organizations, and best yet, it's FREE for you to utilize.

From non-profits to schools, businesses to social clubs, we've presented all over the community on what your local library has to offer including topics on...
  • Programs & Services for Youth
  • Technology @ Your Library
  • OverDrive Training for Digital Materials
  • Remote-Access Databases
  • Adult Services & Resources
  • And More!!!
The possibilities are endless as to the types of presentations we can tailor specifically for your group.  On the chance we don't already have something prepared beforehand, we can certainly create an engaging presentation to suit your needs.

Public library services are meant for everyone in the communities they serve, so allow our staff to introduce you to the wide range of opportunities we can provide.

If you're interested in learning more, or wish to book a presentation, feel free to Contact Me (Tremain Jackson, South Branch Manager).  Take advantage of this great service at your Abilene Public Library and see exactly what we can do for you!

@ the Library Article: "Books Exciting Introduction to Cosplay World"

Storm troopers, Sailor Scouts, and Daleks - oh, my!  These characters and more can be seen at your Abilene Public Library this week during our first Lib-Con.

The mini-convention, geared toward those with a passion for manga, anime, comic books and other media will run through Saturday.  All three library branches will host a series of fun events including martial arts demonstrations, button making and cosplaying.  All of the programs will be free, and we will have tons of events suitable for all ages.

The Oxford English Dictionary's definition of "cosplay" is "the practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book or video game, especially one from the Japanese genres of manga and anime."

The word itself is a combination of the words "costume" and "play."  It was coined by a Japanese studio who attended a Los Angeles sci-fi convention in the 1980s and was impressed by all of the people wandering around in costumes.

Friday, April 25, 2014

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Apr. 27)

Many patrons browse the new materials sections of the library to discover the latest reads.  Part of finding those items is browsing the New York Times Bestsellers lists we make available to locate that popular item, or to get yourselves on the reserve lists.  Check out this blog entry 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 Collector
Author: Nora Roberts
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F ROBERTS
Summary: A freelance writer who house-sits for wealthy clients may have witnessed a murder-suicide.  With the dead man's brother, a painter, she travels the world of affluent art collectors seeking to learn what happened; romance ensues.

#2: The Goldfinch
Author: Donna Tartt
Position Last Week: 4
Weeks On List: 26
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.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Weekly Events @ our Library (Apr. 28 - May 3)

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

The time is here where we're hosting our own series of events resembling a mini-convention for all who have a passion for manga, anime, comics, and more.  We're hosting tons of activities across all three locations, and every day there will be a Lib-Con event to enjoy. 

Apr. 28 @ 6:30 p.m.
South Branch
14101 S. Danville Dr.
325-698-7565 for Info.
Kick off Lib-Con with an easy event where you can create your own button featuring your favorite characters from comics, anime, or other pop culture fandoms.  Plus, you'll be encouraged to wear them throughout all  of the Lib-Con activities for the week at our first event ever.  Drop by and show your pride all week. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Discover Popular Series @ Your Library: Millennium Trilogy

Your Abilene Public Library carries the best in literature for all ages, and we invite you to discover some books that are part of a series.  Each week we'll highlight a different series and give you a quick look at what makes it popular.  Then, if it sounds of interest to you, feel free to check them out from your nearest library and get to reading them.  You may just discover your next favorite series!

Stieg Larsson gained worldwide notoriety after the posthumous publishing of his crime novels collectively titled the Millennium Trilogy.  Having died in 2004, Larsson was a Swedish journalist and writer who became the second best-selling author in the world for 2008 after the publishing of his three (3) breakout novels beginning with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Free Comic Book Day Coincides w/Lib-Con @ APL!

Your Abilene Public Library is pleased to announce we'll be participating in the Free Comic Book Day event on Saturday, May 3.  This event is hosted at participating comic book shops and businesses across North America as a way to give away great comics for FREE.

A selection of titles has already been chosen, for various age groups, and you can get your hands on some by simply visiting any branch library and perusing our selection.  As an extra benefit, this program will coincide with our biggest day of Lib-Con 2014 where your Main Library will be hosting three (3) related events including...
  • Make & Take: Superhero Masks @ 10:00 a.m.
  • Pop-Culture Pictionary @ 11:30 a.m.
  • Cosplay Runway Contest @ 3:00 p.m.
While you're out enjoying the activities of Lib-Con, Free Comic Book Day will be yet another great program to participate in.  Simply stop by the circulation desks and library staff will have comics for you to look through and snag.  It's as easy as that, and we'll continue to give away comics all day long while supplies last.

Monday, April 21, 2014

@ the Library Article: "Author of Works on West Texas, Fort Phantom Hill Set to Speak"

Abilene author Bill Wright - who also is a photographer, civic leader and world traveler - will be our speaker at noon Monday during the Texas Author Series at the downtown Abilene Public Library.

The program will feature Wright's two most recent books, Fort Phantom Hill and Authentic Texas: People of the Big Bend.

Wright is most familiar to many Abilenians in his roles as a successful businessman and civic leader, but you may not be aware that he also is an award-winning photographer and writer.  A familiar face in El Paso during his career with Western Marketing, he worked among the Tigua Indians for six years.  His book The Tiguas: Pueblo Indians of Texas won the Border Book Award.  It was followed by The Kickapoo Keepers of Tradition.

In addition, Wright is the author and photographer of several books, including Portraits from the Desert: Bill Wright's Big Bend, People's Lives: A Celebration of the Human Spirit, The Texas Outback: Ranching on the Last Frontier, a collaboration with photographer June Van Cleef, and Oman, an essay and photographic journal.

Friday, April 18, 2014

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

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

Hardcover Fiction Top 5

#1: I've Got You Under My Skin
Author: Mary Higgins Clark
Position Last Week: 2
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: M CLARK
Summary: The producer of a true-crime show must content with participants with secrets.

#2: Keep Quiet
Author: Lisa Scottoline
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: M SCOTTOLINE
Summary: A father hides a terrible secret to protect his son.

May'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 Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan and we invite you to look out for a copy at your library and then attend the book club discussion group on Thursday, May 15 @ 7:00 p.m.  For more information, be sure to contact Ann Mount, 325-676-6025.

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
Author: Robin Sloan
Call Number: F SLOAN
Summary: Clay Jannon, the new night clerk at Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, notices the strange behavior of the customers and is determined to find out what is really going on.  The store is exactly what it sounds like: an establishment you have to enter and will never want to leave, a modern-day cabinet of wonders ready to give a jolt of energy to every curious reader, no matter the time of day.

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

Thursday, April 17, 2014

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

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

Apr. 21 @ Noon
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Info.
With just two more in the series to go, don't miss out on this next event made possible thanks to the Friends of the Abilene Public Library and the West Texas Book Festival.  Bill Wright, an Abilene author, photographer, civic leader, and world traveler, will be our featured guest who will be on hand to discuss his two most recent books titled Fort Phantom Hill and Authentic Texas: People of the Big Bend.  Come out over the noon hour and join us for this author talk and feel free to bring your lunch, or purchase one from us for $5. 

Apr. 21 @ 4:00 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
We're still having fun with kooky mustaches at the library, and kids of all ages are invited out to this afternoon program where we'll be sharing stories, games, and more that's all dealing with mustaches.  We may even be making our own mustaches as a fun craft.  Don't miss out on this after school activity at your library...it should be loads of fun. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Discover Popular Series @ Your Library: Reverend Curtis Black Series

Your Abilene Public Library carries the best in literature for all ages, and we invite you to discover some books that are part of a series.  Each week we'll highlight a different series and give you a quick look at what makes it popular.  If it sounds of interest to you, feel free to check them our from your nearest library and get to reading them.  You may just discover your next favorite series!

Kimberla Lawson Roby writes in a sub-genre within a sub-genre, but has managed to create quite a great collection of books collectively titled The Reverend Curtis Black Series.  These novels are part of the Abilene Public Library's growing contemporary African-American literature collection, which is a sub-genre where storylines center upon issues relevant to the African-American community, but still are able to crossover to all readers.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Lib-Con 2014 Countdown: 2-Weeks!!!

Get Your Program Guides!!!
Lib-Con 2014 is just 2-weeks away, running April 28 through May 3, in which all Abilene Public Library locations will offer FREE programming designed for all who have an appreciation for comics, anime, manga, and more.

Reading & Fun is Our Superpower!
As a reminder, Lib-Con Program Guides are available at all library branches, and inside you'll find 8-pages of information on events, activities, contests, workshops, and more planned for the week.  It's going to be AMAZING!!!

One of the great events we're pleased to offer is your chance to meet a professional colorist in the comic book world.  If you have a passion for understanding the process, or have a desire to be a part of the comics industry in the future, here's your chance to hear from a local artist who has done just that.

Chris Summers
Chris Summers is a freelance comic artist and designer, and on Thursday, May 1 @ 6:30 p.m. he'll be at the Main Library (202 Cedar St.) to provide a great talk, and a comic coloring demonstration, for all enthusiasts to enjoy.  Summers has many professional comic work credits under his belt including having worked on comic book series such as G.I. Joe, Dungeons & Dragons, Superman, Nighwing, Spartacus: Blood and Sand, and more.  Summers has also been a guest lecturer at the Hardin-Simmons University's Art Department and worked as part of Hi-Fi Design.

@ the Library Article: "Chosen Books Serve the Difficult Mid-Grade Age"

Texas Bluebonnets
So, you've read both the Harry Potter and Percy Jackson series, and now you're looking for something else?  We get this questions all the time at the Abilene Public Library.

Parents come in for their children, or the kids come in themselves looking for something to quench the youngsters' bookish thirst after finishing the most popular middle-grade series.

Often, finding something to read can be a real challenge, especially for children who may not know exactly what they're looking for.  Although staff members all have their favorite pics, certain books are held to a standard that is sure to please middle-grade readers everywhere: the Texas Bluebonnet Award list from the Texas Library Association.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

So Long San Antonio & the 2014 TLA Annual Conference!

Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Abilene Public Library, several library employees were able to spend a great week in San Antonio to attend the 2014 Texas Library Association Annual Conference.  This is an annual event where library professionals and staff from across the Lone Star State, gather together to engage in training, connect with authors, remain current on changes in library services, and just so much more.

This year was no different as staff were heavily involved in TLA activities including serving on the Texas Bluebonnet Committee, promoting the library's Collecting Commas Writing Club, learning about changes in technology, serving on district committees, and more.  Although we couldn't cover all we did at the conference, take a look at some of the photos we took of our experiences in San Antonio!.

Can't wait until 2015 to be Austin bound!!!

Being Pleased Everyone Knows Everything is Better in Texas!
Getting Your Hands on Advanced Copies of Books!

Meeting Author Nathan "Nate" Ball, a Man of Many Talents!

Celebrate National Library Week Apr. 13-19, 2014

National Library Week runs Apr. 13-19 and the theme for 2014 is Lives Change @ Your Library.  This event is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and recognized in libraries across the country to celebrate the wonderful contributions libraries, and library staff, make to the communities they serve.

This year's Honorary Chair is bestselling children's author Judy Blume, who states she found her first favorite books while sitting on the floor of the children's room at the public library in Elizabeth, New Jersey.  True to form, this afforded her with the opportunity to share her timeless tales, to children everywhere, with lively characters spanning 28 published books.

Your Abilene Public Library has been serving the community since 1899, and as time has passed, we've continued to adapt to offer the best in library services possible.  We're grateful for the hundreds of thousands of visits we continue to receive every year, as well as the amazing support of a community who truly values their libraries.

Friday, April 11, 2014

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Apr. 13)

Many patrons browse the new materials sections of the library to discover the latest reads.  Part of finding those items is browsing the New York Times Bestsellers lists we make available to locate that popular item, or to get yourselves on the reserve lists.  Check out this blog entry 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 King
Author: J.R. Ward
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F WARD
Summary: Book 12 of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. 

#2: I've Got You Under My Skin
Author: Mary Higgins Clark
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: M CLARK
Summary: The producer of a true-crime show must content with participants with secrets as well as her husband's murderer. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Weekly Events @ Your Library (Apr. 14-19)

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

Apr. 14 @ 6:30 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
For the final Make & Take session of the month, we're going to be making some fun little caterpillar crafts that will be super cute.  We'll supply all the materials you'll need and all you have to do is come out ready to make something cute and fun before then looking for some books to checkout. 

Apr. 15 @ 10:45 a.m.
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
325-698-7565 for Info.
Join us for our monthly Super Storytime event, for the younger audience, where it's all about rainbows and colors.  Rainbows house every color you can possibly think of, whether you can see them or not, and we'll enjoy stories, songs, games, crafts, and more that's all about them.  Don't miss out on all the fun at your library. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Discover Popular Series @ Your Library: The Dresden Files

Your Abilene Public Library carries the best in literature for all ages, and we invite you to discover some books that are part of an established series.  Each week we'll highlight something new and give you a quick look at what makes it popular.  If it sounds of interest to you, feel free to check them out from your nearest library branch and get to reading them.  You may just discover your next favorite series!!!

Book 1
Jim Butcher's "The Dresden Files" is a series of great novels combining contemporary fantasy and mystery together to offer an engaging read for fans of both genres.  Having debuted in 2000, this series consists of 14 books and counting, following the adventures of Harry Dresden.

Written as a first person narrative, this series follows the adventures of Harry Dresden, an investigator/wizard living in modern-day Chicago.  Throughout the series, not only is he pulled into a series of investigations that have a supernatural twist to them, he's also struggling to balance his own wizarding nature against ghouls, vampires, demons, spirits, faeries, werewolves, zombies, and of course, other wizards.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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

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

Hardcover Fiction Top 5

#1: NYPD Red 2
Author: James Patterson
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: M PATTERSON
Summary: Detective Zach Jordan and his partner are called when the body of a wealthy woman is discovered on the Central Park carousel; the second book in a new series.

#2: Missing You
Author: Harlan Coben
Position Last Week: 1
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: M COBEN
Summary: Kat Donovan, an NYPD detective, searches for the ex-fiancé who left her years before; her father's murderer; and the reason the users of an online dating site are disappearing.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Library's Free Tax Help Service Wraps Up Apr. 12!

Tax season is drawing to a close, and if you've yet to file, don't be caught missing the deadline as there's still time left to participate in the final sessions of the Free Tax Help program at your Abilene Public Library.  IRS-trained volunteers with the AARP have been at your Main Library (202 Cedar St.) and Mockingbird Branch (1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.) every week since the end of February, and they'll be wrapping up their service on Apr. 12.

We invite you to take advantage of the final four (4) sessions to be offered this week.  Two (2) sessions will be hosted at your Main Library on Wednesday & Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and the final two (2) session will be hosted on Friday & Saturday at your Mockingbird Branch from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Everyone who comes out will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis, and if attending, be sure to bring your Photo ID, Social Security card, W-2's, and any additional 2013 tax materials you might need.  Don't pass up on your chance to take advantage of the last few days of this popular service at your library, and if you have questions, feel free to Contact Me (Tremain Jackson, South Branch Manager).

@ the Library Article: "Texas Author Series to Celebrate National Poetry Month"

Poetry, perhaps more than any other library form, is a highly subjective experience.  What moves me, or makes me think, might leave you cold, unlike the wider popularity of a novel or a well-done biography.

So most folks, even those who read voraciously, often leave poetry behind after their school days, using their scarce leisure time to explore and enjoy "easier" types of written works.

Bob Fink, Featured Poet
In honor of National Poetry Month, started almost 20 years ago by the Academy of American Poets, Monday's session of the Texas Author Series will feature local poet Bob Fink.

Fink, an English professor at Hardin-Simmons University, will read and discuss poems from his latest collection, Strange You Never Knew, during the program which will begin at noon.

This native Texan and graduate of Baylor and Texas Tech has written five books of poetry, all available for checkout at the Abilene libraries.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Dive into the Stacks: Texas Travel!

Texas has one of the most diverse landscapes (mountains, plateaus, prairies, hill-country, coastlines, forests and urban sprawl) or any of our great 50 states.  So if you're thinking of a spring vacation, either for a long-weekend or a week at a time, why not pack up the car and explore the beauty around us?  To get started, check out these books, and others, available at your Abilene Public Library.

Backroads and Byways of Texas
Author: Amy K. Brown
Call Number: 917.64 BRO
Summary: Road trips are great escapes for a long weekend.  This book, filled with pictures and practicality offers meal & lodging recommendations for well-known sites across the state.  highlights include Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson's ranch, the scenic route of US 281 between Fort Worth & San Antonio, the Rio Grande Valley, the piney woods, and the Big Bend country. 

Galveston, South Padre Island & The Texas Gulf Coast
Author: Alex Wukman
Call Number: 917.641 GAL
Summary: Primarily focusing on detailed restaurant and event locations within each destination, this is a great quick read for those heading to the beach this season. 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Lib-Con 2014 Countdown: 3-Weeks!!!


Lib-Con 2014 is three weeks away, and this will be THE event you'll want to mark your calendars for.  Running April 28 - May 3, all Abilene Public Library locations will offer unique, and FREE, programming designed for all ages and anyone with an appreciation for comics, anime, manga, and more.

Lib-Con Program Guides are available across all library branches, and people are picking them up like hot cakes.  Library staff has also actively been promoting Lib-Con around Abilene at key businesses and locations.  With all the buzz surrounding this event, you won't want to miss out on any of the fun.

Lib-Con will combine many activities and elements including crafting workshops, martial arts demonstrations, gaming days, Cosplay contests, a talk with professional colorist Chris Summers (who has worked on many well-known comic books), and so much more.  Your Lib-Con Program Guide will be your inside look on everything we have planned at the library, so be sure to stop by, pick one up, and put Lib-Con 2014 on your calendar of things to do.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Texas Librarians 'Gone Wild' in San Antonio

Librarians and library staff from around the state will be descending upon San Antonio to participate in the Texas Library Association's Annual Conference, the largest statewide library conference in the country.  Designed to connect us with a host of sessions, activities, vendors, services, authors, and more, the annual conference is our way to expand our knowledge of current and future library practices.

Author Marie Lu & Alyssa
Many staff from the Abilene Public Library will be in attendance, thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Abilene Public Library, and we'll be headed to San Antonio from Apr. 8-12 to partake in the wealth of activities available.

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

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

Apr. 7 @ Noon
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Info.
Join us for the next Texas Author Series event, made possible thanks to the Friends of the Abilene Public Library and the West Texas Book Festival.  Our featured guest will be Bob Fink, Hardin-Simmons professor and poet, who will be reading and discussing poems from his latest collection titled Strange You Never Knew.  This is the perfect event for National Poetry Month so come out over the noon hour and feel free to bring your lunch, or purchase one for $5. 

Apr. 7 @ 6:00 p.m.
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
325-437-7323 for Info.
It's Money Smart Week and we're planning a great program in conjunction with First National Bank.  Aimed at the general audience, Gary Gragg (Chief Lending Officer) will cover the basics of credit, how one's credit history affects future credit needs, how to determine when the best time to borrow for certain projects is, and more.  Come with your questions, and ready to learn a little something, and don't hesitate to give us a call if you have any questions. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Money Smart Week @ APL, Apr. 5-12

Money Smart Week runs Apr. 5-12 and your Abilene Public Library has some great financial workshops for you to take advantage of for FREE.

Having first been introduced in 2002, from an initiative that began in Chicago, campaigns are hosted nationwide to help consumers get information and resources with the goal of aiding them to better manage their finances.

We've got two programs planned for adults, and one for tweens that ties into the event, and we invite you to attend these great workshops and hear what experts in the community have to say.  Take a look at the planned programs, and for additional information, feel free to contact us.

Apr. 7 @ 6:00 p.m.
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
325-437-7323 for Info.
Chief Lending Officer Gary Gragg, with First Financial Bank, will cover the basics of credit, how one's credit history affects future credit needs, and how to determine when the best time to borrow for certain projects is.  Gragg has many years of banking experience and teaching financial literacy. 

Apr. 8 @ 6:00 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Info.
Improve your financial literacy with Lupe Gutierrez of First Financial Bank.  During this free session, she'll cover how to manage checking and savings accounts, how to and why it's important to maintain a monthly budget and talk about ways to save.  She will also explain some retirement savings options, and the benefits of each. 

Apr. 10 @ 4:00 p.m.
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
325-437-7323 for Info.
We 'mustache' you to learn how to save money and have fun at the same time!  Decorate your recycled can with fuzzy mustaches and construction paper.  Each 'stache can comes with cards for listing the items you want to save up for.  Saving money is a good thing and is rewarding when you get to go buy that item you've been saving for.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Book-To-Film Adaptations: April 2014

Literature often inspires film adaptations and each month we like to highlight those hitting theater's 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.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (View Trailer)
Starring: Chris Evans
Release Date: April 4
Based On: Captain America Comics
Author: Joe Simon
Summary: Following in the success of the first film, as well as the Avengers film, we now follow Steve Rogers (aka Captain America) as he struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles a new threat from old history.  Teaming up with Natasha Romanoff (aka Black Widow), they most put a stop to the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier.  With a budget of $170 million and a run time of 2 hours and 16 minutes, I'm sure a ton of moviegoers will be itching to see this movie.  Plus, a third installment is already in the works with Evans returning as the title character...there will certainly be a ton more to see.

Hateship, Loveship (View Trailer)
Starring: Kristen Wiig
Release Date: Apr. 11
Based On: Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage (Short Story)
Author: Alice Munro
Summary: In this American comedy-drama, Wiig stars as Johanna Perry, a housekeeper/nanny who comes to work for Mr. McCauley, an elderly man who needs help keeping house.  Also living in the household is his wild teenage granddaughter, who works to orchestrate a romance between her nanny and her father, who happens to be a recovering addict.  Having already made the rounds at the Toronto International Film Festival last September, we'll see how it fairs when released in theaters.

Heaven is for Real (View Trailer)
Starring: Greg Kinnear
Release Date: Apr. 16
Based On: Heaven is for Real
Author: Todd Burpo
Summary: Based on a true story, a small-town father must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world.  After his four-year-old son has to have emergency surgery, he comes back to state he's experienced Heaven in which he met his miscarried sister he never knew about, and a great-grandfather who dies 30 years before he was born.  On a budget of $12 million, the book was a New York Times bestseller, so let's watch how it plays out on the big screen.

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

Take Part in Programs & Workshops for Adults!

Did you know your Abilene Public Library hosts events and programming for the general audience on a regular basis?  It's a great way to connect you with professionals in the community whom visit to provide free presentations on their areas of expertise.

We invite you to take advantage of these free events at your library offered each month.  Plus, if there is a type of program you're interested in, let us know and library staff can see about offering programming that's of interest to you.

Public libraries have the unique opportunity to serve not only as storehouses of information, but community spaces where you can learn a thing or two to enrich your lives.  Take a look at the programming we're offering for adults in April, and if there's one of interest to you, feel free to come on out and join us.  All events are FREE and there's no need to register.

Apr. 7 @ Noon
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Info.
HSU professor and poet, Bob Fink, will be the featured speaker in this event sponsored by the Friends of the Abilene Public Library and the West Texas Book Festival.  Fink will discuss his latest collection of poems titled, Strange You Never Knew, and be available for a book signing at the end of the event.  Feel free to bring your lunch, or purchase one for $5 at the event, which is perfect to coincide with National Poetry Month.