Friday, May 30, 2014

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of June 1)

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 & Non-Fiction lists for the upcoming week.

Hardcover Fiction Top 5

#1: The One And Only
Author: Emily Giffin
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F GIFFIN
Summary: A woman who has grown up and made her life in a small, football-obsessed Texas town begins to expand her horizons.

#2: The Goldfinch
Author: Donna Tartt
Position Last Week: 2
Weeks On List: 31
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, May 29, 2014

Announcing the 2014 Young Audiences Lineup @ Your Library

Victoria Spangler w/Young Audiences
One of the Abilene Public Library's most popular summer programs for kids is coming up in June.  We've been working with the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council to gear up for the annual Young Audiences series!  Every summer, performers are brought in to put on explosively entertaining, as well as educational, productions for kids of all ages, and hosted at the Main Library (202 Cedar St).  Hundreds of kids from the community come out to participate in each session offered, and we've got one exciting lineup for 2014.

Take a look at the wonderful performers on schedule, and be sure to come on out to one, or attend them all.  They're offered completely FREE of charge and our audience always has a great time at each event.

Weekly Events @ Your Library (June 2-7)

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

The Summer Reading Clubs have started at your library, and for more information on all three, Click HereReading logs and bags will be available at all branch locations throughout the reading club program.

June 2 @ 6:30PM
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
325-698-7565 for Info.
Things are getting spacey @ your library as we invite teens to come out and learn to make some great paper crafts with a space theme.  From Origami Lucky Stars to Paper Weaving Art, we'll show you how to make some great items to take home with you, so come join in the fun.

June 2 @ 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
Youth, ages 8-15, are invited to come zoom into outer space by joining in on a fun crafting workshop where we'll be creating our own flying saucers.  We'll supply all the materials, you just be ready to create some out-of-this-world crafts! 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Discover Popular Reads @ Your Library: The Robert Langdon 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.  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. 

Dan Brown is an American author best known for his series featuring the character of symbologist Robert Langdon.  Making its debut in 2000 with the release of Angels & Demons, it wasn't until the release of The Da Vinci Code in 2003 that Brown became known worldwide.  Fast-paced and taking set in the span of 24-hours, Brown effortlessly crafts tales involving recurring themes of cryptography, keys, symbols, codes, and conspiracy theories, which certainly takes readers on the ride of their lives.

With more than 200 million books sold, Brown has become one of the highest selling authors of all time, considering he has only authored six (6) books, with the series featuring Robert Langdon having been in the top ten list of the highest selling series of all time.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Kick Your Reading Into OverDrive @ Your Library!

Do you have a smartphone, eReader, or tablet?  If so, did you know your Abilene Public Library offers you access to popular digital eBooks & audiobooks?  If not, kick your reading habits into the digital age by taking our OverDrive service out for a test drive.

OverDrive is one of the leading American distributors of digital content to publishers, libraries, schools, and retailers with over 1.8 million digital titles in its collection.  It offers you with the easiest way to access great reading materials whether you're at home or on-the-go.  Compatible with the leading devices on the market (i.e. Kindles, iDevices, Nooks, Androids, and more), OverDrive is like having a portable library of books that fits easily into your pockets and bags.

@ the Library Article: "Going Green often Good Business, Books Assert"

If you haven't yet heard the expressions "greening one's business" or "going green," you undoubtedly will soon.

More and more businesses and organizations are learning that going green is much more than just helping to preserve the environment.  It's also a way to improve a company's profitability by cutting costs, opening up potential for new markets, and boosting employee morale.  At least that's the message put forth in a number of resources found at the Abilene Public Library.

Although traditional thought has been that eco-friendliness is in direct opposition to profitability, that belief is slowly but surely dissipating according to, among others, Gil Friend, author of The Truth About Green Business.  If you were to pick up just one book on the subject, his would be a good choice.

With some 40 years' experience in business, government and the civic sector, Friend writes "whether driven by market expectations, climate change, shifting regulations, or simply a commitment to do the right thing, green business has moved rapidly from the periphery to the mainstream and holds promise for businesses of every size and every sector.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of May 25)

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: Unlucky 13
Author: James Patterson
Position Last Week: 1
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: M PATTERSON
Summary: With the return of a killer who was presumed dead, the San Francisco detective Lindsay Boxer and the Women's Murder club take action.  Available in Regular Print, Large-Type, Audiobook on CD

#2: The Goldfinch
Author: Donna Tartt
Position Last Week: 5
Weeks On List: 30
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, eBook & Digital Audiobook

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Weekly Events @ Your Library (May 26-31)

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.

May 26, All Day
All Library Locations
325-677-2474 for Info.
All location of the library will be closed on Monday, May 26 in observance of Memorial Day.  For your convenience, outside materials returns are available at all branches and we'll resume our normal hours of operation the following Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.  Have a great Memorial Day!!! 

May 27 @ 4:00 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
If you're artistic, and you want to learn how to make a fun type of paint, join us and we'll teach you how to make watercolors you can actually scratch & sniff when dry.  They'll smell awesome, so be sure to come out to this free workshop.  We'll supply all the materials...all you have to do is show up for fun. 

May 28 @ 4:30 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
If you're between the ages of 10-17 and you have a passion for writing, join our weekly writing club at the library.  We can help improve your creative writing skills in all forms, and it's a great way to work with your peers in a variety of fun projects and activities.  Don't miss out on the writing fun at your library!

Don't miss out on any of our activities hosted at your Abilene Public Library and get in on what your local library has to offer you!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Kids Can Be 'Reading Champions' for the Summer Reading Club!

SRC Yard Sign
With the Summer Reading Clubs about to kick off on June 2, we've got yet another great incentive to offer our amazing young readers participating in the reading club.  Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Abilene Public Library, your child will have the opportunity to let the world know of their reading achievements by earning a free "Reading Champion" Yard Sign for their participation!!!

Limited to one (1) child per sign, this will be an excellent way to let your neighbors and community know you are the proud parent of a child who loves to read.

How do I get one of those amazing signs?
Free While Supplies Last
Signs will be offered throughout the reading club, and starting June 2, any child, up to Grade 5, will receive a free summer reading club bag by visiting any library location.  Inside, they'll have some great information about the reading club, as well as a reading log to complete.  If your child reads 10 books, or participates in five (5) hours of reading with a parent, their completed log will grant them a free yard sign when returned to any Abilene Public Library location.

Take it home with you that day and place in your yard to let everyone know you have a "Reading Champion" in your home.  Plus, kids can continue to visit the library each week to receive their free reading club prizes, drop in for a storytime, participate in a host of great summer programming, checkout some wonderful books, and so much more.

We're pleased to offer this new program for the summer, and if you have any questions regarding the Reading Champion Yard Signs, feel free to Contact Me (Tremain Jackson) and I'll be happy to tell you more!

Discover Popular Series @ Your Library: The Wicked Years

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! 

Gregory Maguire is an American novelist who made a career from writing adult novels as revisionist retellings of classic children's stories.  From Snow White to Cinderella, Maguire adapted each to transform them into grand reads employing more of a storyline, richer setting, and stronger character developments than ever before.  One of the most well-known retellings was published in 1995 titled Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West.  In this story, he's flipped the script of L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, as well as the original film adaptation, to tell the story of Elphaba, better known as the Wicked Witch of the West.

Although providing a brilliant look at one of the most hated characters in all of Oz, the popularity of the first novel didn't explode until Broadway adapted the story into a musical, which has been going strong since 2003 and garnering many awards.  Based on the number of people who then went back go read the novel it was based on, Maguire would then go on to complete an additional three (3) sequels go the series, each of which would follow along in the vein of explaining the back stories of additional characters.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Stock Your Shelves @ FOL Book Sale, June 19-22

You've waited a year and now we're pleased to announce we're a month away from the annual Friends of the Abilene Public Library Book Sale!!!  This popular event draws in tons of bibliophiles from the community and surrounding areas who come out to be a part of one of the biggest book sales around.  Mark your calendars for June 19-22 as your Abilene Civic Center (1100 N. 6th St.) will be filled with a sea of books, movies, audiobooks, CDs, children's books, collectibles, and more.

The sale will run for four (4) days, so view the schedule below and make sure you don't miss out on 2014's sale.

Book Sale Hours of Operation
  • Thursday, June 19 from 5PM to 8PM (Preview Sale): Current Friends' members will get the first crack at the collection during this evening pre-sale.  If you need to join, arrive a little early and purchase a membership at the Civic Center the night of the sale for as low as $15.
  • Friday, June 20 from 10AM to 8PM: Open to the general public at no charge.
  • Saturday, June 21 from 10AM to 6PM: Open to the general public at no charge.
  • Sunday, June 22 from 1PM to 4PM (Bag-O-Books): $6 gets you a bag that you may fill with all the books it can hold to get the most bang for your buck during the final sale day.
General prices are incredibly affordable with most hardcover and trade paperbacks selling for around $1.75, mass market paperbacks for $0.75, and children's books sold by the inch.  Acceptable payments includes checks and cash, and we'll also be accepting debit cards and credit cards!

All items in this year's sale is made possible thanks to our amazing patrons whom have donated this year's collection.  Only a small percentage of items in the sale comes from materials we've removed from the library's collection.  Once collected, our hardworking volunteers with the Friends of the Library look them over, sort them, box them up, and get them ready for the sale.  Countless hours goes into each sale to make it a success, and it wouldn't be possible without their hard work.

We invite you to join us at the sale, again running June 19-22, and if you have any questions, Contact Me (Tremain Jackson), and I'll be happy to assist you.

See you at the sale!!!

Monday, May 19, 2014

@ the Library Article: "Books Can Help You Deal with Natural Disasters"

Be it earthquakes, floods, thunderstorms, tornadoes, or wildfires, it appears that natural disasters have appeared in the news almost daily of late.

To ensure that Abilene residents are prepared in the event of such a catastrophe, the Abilene Public Library will present a program led by Kara Hunter, coordinator of public education for the Abilene Fire Department.

Surviving Disaster: How Texans Prepare will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the downtown library, 202 Cedar St.  You will hear the stories of real Texans who faced disaster and, hopefully, learn how to become better prepared in the event of a natural disaster.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

New York Time Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of May 18)

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: Unlucky 13
Author: James Patterson
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: M PATTERSON
Summary: With the return of a killer who was presumed dead, the San Francisco detective Lindsay Boxer and the Women's Murder club take action. Available in Regular Print, Large-Type, Audiobook on CD

#2: Field of Prey
Author: John Sandford
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F SANDFORD
Summary: Lucas Davenport investigates when multiple bodies are found in the middle of the Minnesota cornfields. Available in Regular Print & Audiobook on CD

Friday, May 16, 2014

We're Headed to Summer Camp on June 2!

Do you have a child signed up to attend the City of Abilene's 2014 Playground Camp starting in June?  If so, you won't want to miss out on their Meet the Staff Nights, especially on June 2 from 6PM to 8PM.  Staff from your Abilene Public Library will be attending each of the participating recreation centers that evening, and signing up kids for free library cards and tell you all about the Summer Reading Club activities at your library!

If you don't already have a library card, you'll be able to do so this evening.  Parents will need to be present to participate, and all you need to do is stop by and visit with us.  We'll have you fill out a quick registration form, see your Photo ID, and we'll get you setup quickly.  That way, you will be able to stop by any of your three (3) public library branches to make use of our great services, resources, programming, and more for all ages.

Locations We'll Be Visiting on June 2, 6PM to 8PM
  • Cobb Recreation Center
  • Daniels Recreation Center
  • Rose Recreation Center
  • Sears Recreation Center
  • South Park Recreation Center
  • Jackson Elementary
We're excited to come out and meet you, so feel free to stop by and say hello.  Even if you have a library card, we'll still have some great information for you to pickup including the Summer Reading Club bags for kids!!!


For more information about the City of Abilene's Summer Playground Camp, Click Here.  You'll learn more about the program and how to register your child for a summer session.  Don't pass up on taking advantage of this special program made possible by the City of Abilene.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Weekly Events @ Your Library (May 19-24)

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.

May 19 @ 4:00 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
Grab your capes and fly down to the library to join us for our afternoon Family Fun event that's all about superheroes...who knows, you may even see some superheroes who look an awful lot like library employees.  We'll enjoy stories, coloring, crafts, games, and more that all deal with superheroes, so feel free to join us after school for some fun for kids of all ages. 

May 19 @ 6:30 p.m.
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
325-698-7565 for Info.
Youth, ages 8-15, won't want to miss this fun crafting workshop was we'll show you how to create your own stickers.  Show off your artistic ability by creating some usable stickers that will certainly have your friends wondering how you made them to begin with.  We'll supply all the materials, you just come ready to have a little fun with crafts. 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Discover Popular Series @ Your Library: The Maze Runner

Your Abilene Public Library carries the best in literature for all ages, and we invite you to discover some book 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! 

James Dashner has come into the public eye after the release of the first trailer for the adaptation of his 2009 novel The Maze Runner, written for the young adult demographic.  Although designed for a teen audience, like many teen series of the 2000's, it has great crossover appeal to adult readers.  What also made this series a huge draw was the fact that it follows in line with the popular dystopian reads, which was brought to the attention of readers in a major way thanks to The Hunger Games.

Having been on the New York Times Bestseller List for a year with the release of the first book in the Maze Runner series, these sci-fi titles centers on Thomas, a teenaged boy who finds himself in a place called the Glade, and is without any memory of his life.  All he knows is his name, and that's only the start of his troubles.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Changes @ APL: Paperbacks!

Your Abilene Public Library constantly looks for ways to improve services for our patrons, and we'd like to inform you about something new.  We're in the process of cataloging our mass market paperback collection, which are currently found in the spinner racks at all library branches, to make them easier to browse.

Why is this an improvement?  Our current collection has always been setup as a browsing collection.  You weren't able to place these items on hold, you could not search for them on our online catalog, and they weren't shelved using the traditional Dewey Decimal System (helping to make books you're looking for easier to find).

By cataloging the collection, we are adding call number to the spines and making them searchable on our online catalog.  This means they'll be easier to locate on our spinner racks, and you'll be able to search for them on our catalog.  In a nutshell, it increases the number of materials you're able to find, and gives better order to our current mass market paperbacks.

Dive Into the Stacks: Electricity Important as Temp Rises!

Summer is just around the corner and with it comes a huge increase in energy consumption for most homeowners here in West Texas.  Fortunately, we've got the resources you need on hand here at your Abilene Public Library.  We offer a variety of how-to books covering home electronics, household electrical repairs, as well as information on solar and wind energy alternatives.  The items listed below, as well as many others, are available for you to checkout at one of our three convenient locations.

How to Diagnose and Fix Everything Electronic
Author: Michael Geier
Call Number: 623.381 GEI
In this hands-on guide, an electronics repair guru shares the tools and test equipment you'll need to get started.  Chapters include "Setting Up Shop: Tools of the Trade," "Danger, Danger! Staying Safe," "Working Your Weapons," and many more to name just a few.  The guide strives to help you identify electronic components, take them apart piece-by-piece, repair them and then reassemble them to create a newly working device.  It's great for the home hobbyist with an interest in electronics.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Summer Reading Club Info. Available Online!

The Summer Reading Clubs will kickoff at your Abilene Public Library on June 21.  This is the time we'll shine with programs and activities for all ages.  If you haven't visited your local library, joined in on our events, or utilized our services, this summer will be the perfect time to change all that!

We've updated our website with all of your summer reading club information including... 

Every child will receive a free reading club bag complete with all of the club information inside.  Each week they'll receive a free prize for visiting the library, and we're offering some extra special this year.  Kids who read 10 books, or complete five (5) hours of reading, will be a champion reader and receive a yard sign to display so your family and friends all know.

Friday, May 9, 2014

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of May 11)

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 Target
Author: David Baldacci
Position Last Week: 1
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: F BALDACCI
Summary: As the government hit man Will Robie and his partner, Jessica Reel, prepare for a mission, they face a new adversary.

#2: Natchez Burning
Author: Greg Iles
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F ILES
Summary: Penn Cage, a former prosecutor in Natchez, Miss., delves into the secrets of his father, a doctor who has been accused of murdering an African-American nurse.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Weekly Events @ Your Library (May 12-17)

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.

May 12 @ Noon
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Info.
Local historian Dan Utley, co-author of History Along the Way and History Ahead, will be the featured author at this event, which will end our spring series for this year.  Everyone is invited to come out and hear him speak, while having the chance to pick up copies of his books at the end of the program, and participate in a book signing.  Bring your lunch, or purchase one from the Friends of the Library for $5.

May 12 @ 6:30 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
Join us for the next quick and easy crafting session where we'll be showing kids how to make their own jellyfish.  Lucky you, these won't be the kind that sting.  We'll supply all the materials to show you how to make these cute crafts, so drop in and check it out! 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

TV Lineup Heating Up this Summer with Adaptations!

Summer is upon us and the lineup of new and returning TV series will soon be heating up your TV's with must see programing.  Take a look at a selection of shows you'll want to tune into, and also look for their source materials available at your Abilene Public Library.

Rizzoli & Isles: Season 5 (View Season 5 Promo)
Airing: June 17
Starring: Angie Harmon
Network: TNT
Based On: Rizzoli & Isles Series
Author: Tess Gerritsen
Series Overview: Join homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and chief medical examiner Dr. Moira Isles as they embark on yet another season of solving crimes in this popular show.  Leaving us with a massive cliffhanger in last season's finale, the new season is set to run for 15 episodes.  Having premiered in 2010, ratings have been strong, with the stars of the show, as well as a strong script and acting from supporting characters, carrying the series throughout its run.  We carry both the novels and the seasons of the TV show at your library, so feel free to stop by and check them out. 

True Blood: Season 7 (View Season 7 Trailer)
Airing: Sune 22
Starring: Anna Paquin
Network: HBO
Based On: Sookie Stackhouse Series
Author: Charlaine Harris
Series Overview: After six seasons, this popular show will air its final season following the adventures of Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic waitress, along with her human and otherworldly friends consisting of vampires, werewolves, witches, shape shifters, faeries, and more.  Having begun in 2008, this series brought even more attention to its source material, while providing viewers with a guilty pleasure to tune into each summer.  Receiving favorable reviews, we carry the entire books series, as well as released seasons of the TV show, at your library.  Don't miss what's sure to be the most explosive conclusion to this series. 

Discover Popular Series @ Your Library: Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire Mysteries

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! 

Charlaine Harris is an American bestselling author who began writing in series in 1990; however, it wasn't until she introduced the world to Sookie Stackhouse that she gained tons of mainstream exposure.  Set in the town of Bon Temps, Louisiana, Harris helped to keep fantasy novels popular by penning a series that combined tons of creatures including vampires, shapeshifters, werewolves, faeries, and more,

At the center of this series is Sookie, your typical small-town girl with an average job as a waitress at a local diner.  Everything would be perfectly normal in her life except for that she's telepathic and can hear the thoughts of everyone around her.  When the mysterious Bill Compton comes her way, she's intrigued by him, as his thoughts are ones she can hear.  Growing ever so in love with him, it's her affections for this vampire that throws her in the middle of a series of unfortunate events where her life is constantly in danger by a swarm of otherworldly beings.

Monday, May 5, 2014

@ the Library Article: "Library Resources Can Help You Master a New Language"

Learning a new language can help you get a new job, feel more comfortable while traveling, or simply give you a well-deserved sense of accomplishment.

At your Abilene Public Library, there is a wide variety of ways to learn a language or supplement your foreign language skills.  From traditional books and audiobooks to exciting new computer-based formats, your library can help you expand your language horizons.

Pronunciator is a free online language lab in which you can build your vocabulary, take quizzes, track your progress and do much more as you learn a language.  Pronunciator offers more than 80 languages to learn for native English speakers, and more than 50 languages from which one can learn English.

You can access Pronunciator from the E-Resources link on the Abilene Public Library's website.  Create a personal account with your library card number and personal email address.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Cheers to a Successful Lib-Con @ Your Library!

Teen Cosplay Winners!
Lib-Con 2014 closed out its inaugural year with a bang, as we ended the festivities with a Cosplay Runway Contest on Saturday, May 3.  With events including martial arts instruction, gaming days, cosplayers, blood donations, various crafting workshops, Free Comic Book Day, comic coloring demonstrations, and more, we certainly had one explosive week of activities for the community.

Clara, Doctor Who & the Tardis
A special thanks goes out to all library staff involved in organizing the events, as well as all of our special friends in the community who volunteered in Lib-Con activities including professional comic colorist Chris Summers, the USS Diamondback Starfleet, Matt Allmand with Kuk Sool Won Martial Arts Center, our cosplay construction panel members Sierra Moon and Dan Joplin, the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council and the Guardians of Childhood, and more.  They, as well as many other people, groups, and businesses, helped to make for one great experience for Lib-Con guests.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Tomorrow is Free Comic Book Day!!! (May 3)

Celebrate Free Comic Book Day with your Abilene Public Library by stopping by any of our branch locations to snag some great comics for free on Saturday, May 3.  This annual event is hosted on the first Saturday in May by comic shops across North America, and your local library has is also joining in on the fun.  After all, we're all about promoting books an reading in all forms!

Throughout the day, guests are welcome to stop by a participating location and peruse the selection of comics we've received.  Then snag one that grabs your eye and take them home to enjoy.  It's as simple as that.

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of May 4)

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 Target
Author: David Baldacci
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F BALDACCI
Summary: As the government hit man Will Robie and his partner, Jessica Reel, prepare for a mission, they face a new adversary.

#2: The Goldfinch
Author: Donna Tartt
Position Last Week: 2
Weeks On List: 27
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, May 1, 2014

Special to the Reporter-News: "Let Fun and Games Begin" by: Brian McCormack

Thanks to Brian McCormack for covering one of the Abilene Public Library's Lib-Con activities this week!!!

It's OK to embrace your inner geek.  Even your outer geek.

Lib-Con @ Your Library!!!
That's the message behind Lib-Con 2014, a weeklong event hosted by Abilene Public Library in partnership with The Gathering Place, a gaming store at 710 Butternut St.  The event features a series of workshops geared toward lovers of comic books, games, and superhero culture.

A variety of board games and card games were available at the Main Library, 202 Cedar St., on Wednesday for a gaming session.

The public was welcome to learn how to play the games, taught by The Gathering Place employees.

Eager to learn the fantasy card game Magic: The Gathering, Joshua Salmon, 12, thought Lib-Con would be a good place to start.

Book-To-Film Adaptations: May 2014

Literature often 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 Amazing Spider-Man 2
Starring: Andrew Garfield
Release Date: May 2
Based On: Spider-Man Comics
Author: Stan Lee
Summary: Peter Parker runs the gauntlet as the mysterious company Oscorp sends up a slew of supervillains against him, impacting his life.  Filmed on a budget of roughly $200-255 million, the critics have thus far been viewing the film positively, and a third and fourth film have already been planned for a 2016 and 2018 release date respectively. 

Weekly Events @ Your Library (May 5-10)

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.

May 5 @ 6:30 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
Youth, ages 8-15, won't want to miss our superhero crafting workshop where we'll be showing you how to transform an unused toilet roll into a superhero character of your own.  We'll have plenty of designs and will provide all the materials so you can make you own hero to take home. 

May 6 @ 6:30 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Info.
Join us as we invite in local master arborist Bruce Kreitler to provide a free program sharing a number of tips on how to guide the shape and structure of young trees.  He'll also explain the importance of learning to work with, not against, the shape of mature trees.  It won't cost you a cent, and you can come prepared with your questions to get the information you need.