Monday, June 30, 2014

Summer Reads! Historical Mysteries: "Lady Julia Grey Mysteries"

Historical Mysteries are a popular genre of fiction that merges a great "who done it" classic mystery with breath-taking scenery and addicting period detail.  It's the perfect read for traditional mystery lovers looking for a little something extra as well as historical fiction fans looking to spice things up.  After all, how often do you get to travel to ancient Rome, become a Victorian lady of stature, or connect with your inner 1920s man-about-town persona, all while getting to the bottom of a spine tingling mystery?  It's simply the best of both worlds.

So if you're looking for a fun read this summer, join us as I highlight popular new series as well as revisit those classics that are still page turners today.  Just click on the links below and enter your Abilene Public Library card to reserve a copy for pickup at one of our three (3) library locations.

Lady Julia Grey Mysteries by Deanna Raybourn
Time Period: Victorian London

After the sudden death of her husband, Edward, Lady Julia Grey enlists the help of private sleuth Nicholas Brisbane to unravel the mystery of Edward's death and the threats that he'd been receiving.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Book-To-Film Adaptations: July 2014

Literature often inspires film adaptations and each month I 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 if we own them.

Deliver Us From Evil
Starring: Eric Bana
Release Date: July 2
Based On: Beware the Night
Author: Ralph Sarchie
Summary: New York police officer Ralph Sarchie investigates a series of crimes.  He joins forces with an unconventional priest, schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the possessions that are terrorizing their city.  This American biopic-crime-horror film is inspired from actual events.

Hercules
Starring: Dwayne Johnson
Release Date: July 25
Based On: Hercules: The Thracian Wars
Author: Steve Moore
Summary: Having endured his legendary twelve labors, Hercules, the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord.  This is the second Hercules film to be released this year.

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

Friday, June 27, 2014

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of June 29)

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 list we make available to locate that popular title, or 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: Top Secret Twenty-One
Author: Janet Evanovich
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: M EVANOVICH
Summary: The New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum pursues a dealer who sells more than used cars, while she juggles Joe Morelli, the sexy cop, and the security expert Ranger. 

#2: The Silkworm
Author: Robert Galbraith
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: 
Summary: The private detective Cormoran Strike steps in when the author of a roman a clef set in literary London is murdered; by J.K. Rowling writing pseudonymously. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Weekly Events @ Your Library (June 30 - July 5)

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.

Don't forget the Summer Reading Clubs are still running through July 26.  Click Here to get information on all three.  Reading logs and bags will be available at all branch library locations.

Kids of All Ages
July 1 @ 3PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
Kids are invited out to an afternoon of storytime fun as the Main Library puppeteers are back to present a fun program for everyone to enjoy.  Don't pass up on seeing and hearing what stories we'll have to share by coming on down and joining in on the fun! 

School-Aged Kids
July 2 @ 3PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
We're ready for more fun with science in this weekly program where our children's services staff will be on hand to teach kids about science, while performing a few experiments.  All will be safe and fun, and we'll leave everyone just itching to go home and try them out with their parents. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

July'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 July, the featured selection is Isaac's Storm by Eric Larson and we invite you to look out for a copy at your library and attend the book club discussion group on Thursday, July 17 @ 7:00 p.m.  For more information, be sure to contact Ann Mount, 325-676-6025.

Isaac's Storm
Author: Eric Larson
Call Number: 976.4139 LAR
Summary: The deadliest storm ever to hit the United States was a huge and terribly destructive hurricane that struck land near Galveston, Texas in September of 1900.  Author Erik Larson re-creates the events leading up to the disaster in astonishing detail, tracing the thoughts and actions of Isaac Cline, a scientist with America's burgeoning U.S. Weather Bureau.  Cline's unwavering confidence blinds the meteorologist to the deadly onslaught about to be unleashed.

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, July 17 @ 7:00 p.m., so be sure to get in on the reading fun.

Friends Outdo Themselves Once Again!

The 2014 Friends of the Abilene Public Library Book Sale has had another terrific year.  Book Sale Chairs Matt Preston and Amanda Shelnutt say this year's figure is more than $58,500.  This is the most money ever made at a book sale in its quarter century history.  The announcement was made Wednesday, June 25 at a volunteer appreciation luncheon catered by Sharon's Barbecue at the Abilene Public Library.

Great Book Sale Attendance!
Preston says "Over the past 10 years, our sales have increased by 25% thanks to community support and all the volunteers.  I'd certainly like to thank the public for both donating and buying the books and other materials we have to offer.  To make this much is gratifying, since the sale helps provide enhanced library services, including materials, equipment, programming and staff training opportunities."

More than 100 volunteers have worked all year and throughout the sale sorting, boxing, moving, lifting, unpacking, arranging, rearranging, and selling books.  The luncheon was just one way to thank them for the hundreds of hours they worked.

Another Successful Year!
Many folks have asked what happens to the books not sold by Sunday afternoon.  Goodwill collected the bulk of the 'leftovers,' while several nonprofits 'gleaned' on Sunday afternoon.

Next year's sale (2015) will be held June 19-21!

Release Contributed by Janis C. Test, Information Services Manager at the Abilene Public Library and Publicity Chair for the Friends of the Abilene Public Library Book Sale

Discover Popular Series @ Your Library: The Inheritance Cycle

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 discover your next favorite series!

Book 1
What were you doing when you were a teenager?  Hanging out with friends?  Going to parties?  Crafting the next bestselling series for young adults?  That last one probably wasn't high on your list, but it certainly was for Christopher Paolini who became the youngest author of a bestselling books series after starting The Inheritance Cycle.

With literary inspirations coming from J.R.R. Tolkien, Bruce Coville, Andre Norton, Anne McCaffrey, and a number of additional sci-fi authors, Paolini started work on (at the age of 14) what would become the novel Eragon, which would be the first book in a series set in the land of Alagaesia.  Once completed, it began as a self-published novel in which the author spent a year traveling the U.S. to promote it.  Then, by chance, it was discovered by author Carl Hiaasen, who then got the novel re-published in 2003, and the entire world was invited to join Eragon on his journey.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Getting 'Experimental' with Crafty Creations: Gooey Slime!

The Summer Reading Clubs are still going strong at your Abilene Public Library, with the theme for kids being "Fizz, Boom, Read!"  During this time, we'll have great programming for kids of all ages to participate in, including several science experiment workshops hosted throughout June and July at all branch locations.

If you can't make it out to one, we've still got you covered.  Our Crafty Creations shows, featuring quick and fun crafting ideas for kids to do at-home, has been going strong since 2008.  Over the years, we've filmed several episodes that feature fun science experiments at the library.  Join us each week as we'll share one with you.


In this episode, librarians Alyssa Crow and Tremain Jackson will show you how to make your own Gooey Slime in practically no time.  It feels great between you fingers and kids have a blast making gross things at the library, so test it out for yourself!

And don't forget to participate in our annual Summer Reading Clubs running June 2 to July 26.  At your Abilene Public Library, there's always something to get involved in!!!

@ the Library Article: "Animal Lovers Have Chance to Learn Pet Training Plan"

Many pet lovers would agree that training your dog can be an exasperating experience.  How do you communicate?  Does your dog understand what you say?  What's the best way to establish dominance and control without being a bully?  How can I help my kids learn to interact with the family dog in a positive way?

These and other pertinent questions will be answered during a fun and educational program, Pawsitive Pet Training for Everyone, at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Mockingbird Branch of the Abilene Public Library.

Dog trainer and pet-sitter extraordinaire Stephanie DeYoung of Pawsitive Pet Training Inc. will share her tried-and-true techniques for establishing a loving and positive pet training plan that can work for the whole family.

Summer Reads! Historical Mysteries: "Marcus Didius Falco Series"

Historical Mysteries are a popular genre of fiction that merges a great "who done it" classic mystery with breath-taking scenery and addicting period detail.  It's the perfect read for traditional mystery lovers looking for a little something extra as well as historical fiction fans looking to spice things up.  After all, how often do you get to travel to ancient Rome, become a Victorian lady of stature, or connect with your inner 1920s man-about-town persona all while getting to the bottom of a spine tingling mystery?  It's simply the best of both worlds.

So if you're looking for a fun read this summer, join us as I highlight popular new series as well as revisit those classics that are still page turners today.  Just click on the links below and enter your Abilene Public Library card to reserve a copy for pickup at one of our three (3) library locations.

Marcus Didius Falco Series by Lindsey Davis
Time Period: Roman Empire

Rome. AD 71. Marcus Didius Falco, an Imperial Agent to Emperor Vespasian, is keeping busy tidying up corpses, kicking over the traces of a failed coup, and making a bit on the side in stolen lead ingots.  But a new plot to usurp the purple robes of power puts Falco on the back of a mule with a one-way ticket down the Appian Way - bumping into trouble, treason and Helena Justina, a senator's daughter he's trying hard to forget. 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of June 22)

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: Written In My Own Heart's Blood
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: SF GABALDON
Summary: In the eighth Outlander time-traveling romance, Jamie Fraser and his family face challenges in the 18th and 21st centuries.

#2: Mr. Mercedes
Author: Stephen King
Position Last Week: 1
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: F KING
Summary: A driver plows into a crowd, killing eight.  The killer then taunts a suicidal ex-cop, who must stop another, deadlier attack.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Weekly Events @ Your Library (June 23-28)

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 Summer Reading Clubs have already started at your library, and for information on all three, Click Here.  Reading logs and bags will be available throughout this program at all branch locations.

June 24, 10:45AM & 3PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
We're geared up for the second Young Audiences production of the summer featuring Shelly Tucker from Denton, TX.  Tucker is a master storyteller weaving together intricate tales in one elaborate and interactive story that kids of all ages will delight in.  Join in as Tucker presents a program titled "Spin Me a Yarn," in a series of events that always draws in hundreds of kids from the community. 

June 24 @ 4:00PM
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Drive
325-698-7565 for Info.
Need some crafting in your life?  Kids of all ages are invited out to this extra crafting session where we'll have a host of different craft activities for kids to choose from.  Make one, or a few, just come ready to create some fun projects at your library for the afternoon. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Discover Popular Series @ Your Library: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 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 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.  You may just discover your next favorite series!

Douglas Adams was a brilliant English writer best known for authoring the humorous sci-fi series referred to as The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.  Having originated in 1978 as a radio comedy, it was later developed into a "trilogy" (as there are more than three books in the series), while also spawning a television series, stage plays, comics, a computer game, and a feature film.

Although originally published in the late '70s through the early '90s, it's not a series people stumble across often, unless referred to by someone they know; however, once you try the first book, you may just want to snag the rest of them.  Throughout the series, readers will find a basic plot.  The story features the character of Arthur Dent, an Englishman, as well as additional characters including Ford Prefect, an alien from a planet near Betelgeuse, Zaphod Beeblebrox, the robot Marvin the Paranoid Android, and Trillian.

The premise of the story is that Arthur meets Ford and learns the Earth is about to be demolished by an alien race.  As Ford is also an alien, he works as a journalist writing a universal guide book to the galaxy.  Saving Arthur from certain death, they steal away on an alien ship and are whisked away to new places in the galaxy, and their travels to other planets takes one comedic turn after another.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Get 'Experimental' with Crafty Creations: It's Kitchen Chemistry Time!

The Summer Reading Clubs are going strong at your Abilene Public Library, with the theme for kids being "Fizz, Boom, Read!"  During this time, we'll have great programming for kids of all ages to participate in, including several science experiment workshops hosted throughout June and July at all branch locations.

If you can't make it out to one, we've still got you covered.  Our Crafty Creations shows, featuring quick and fun crafting ideas for kids to do at-home, has been going strong since 2008.  Over the years, we've filmed several episodes that feature fun science experiments at the library.  Join us each week as we'll share one with you.


In this episode, librarians Alyssa Crow and Tremain Jackson will show you how to perform some simple Kitchen Chemistry projects including how to make Fireworks in a Glass and how to create a Magic Milk Color Wheel.  Both of these are really fun and a hit program offered at the library in the past.

And don't forget to participate in our annual Summer Reading Clubs running June 2 to July 26.  At your Abilene Public Library, there's always something to get involved in!!!

Summer Reads! Historical Mysteries: "Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes Series"

Historical Mysteries are a popular genre of fiction that merges a great "who done it" classic mystery with breath-taking scenery and addicting period detail.  It's the perfect read for traditional mystery lovers looking for a little something extra as well as historical fiction fans looking to spice things up.  After all, how often do you get to travel to ancient Rome, become a Victorian lady of stature, or connect with your inner 1920s man-about-town persona, all while getting to the bottom of a spine tingling mystery?  It's simply the best of both worlds.

So if you're looking for a fun read this summer, join us as I highlight popular new series as well as revisit those classics that are still page turners today.  Just click on the links below and enter your Abilene Public Library card to reserve a copy for pickup at one of our three (3) library locations.

Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes Series by Laurie King
Time Period: Post World War I Britain

When Mary Russell meets famous detective Sherlock Holmes, she discovers that he is also a beekeeper.  Soon she finds herself on the trail of kidnappers and discovers a plot to kill both Holmes and herself. 

A Monstrous Regiment of Women (1995)
Followers of the New Temple of God - all well-bred, well-heeled young women - are becoming targets for murder.  With Sherlock Holmes at her side, Mary Russell plunges headlong into a dangerous investigation of life behind the sinister temple walls. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Special to the Abilenian: "Honor a Librarian!"

The Friends of the Abilene Public Library will honor the Librarian of the Year at the annual Boots & Books Luncheon on Sept. 27 at the Abilene Civic Center, 1100 N. 6th St.  The event is part of the West Texas Book Festival.

You are invited to nominate a librarian who has made a significant contribution in one or more of the following areas: encouraging reading and the creation of inducements to greater use of books and other library materials and information sources; demonstrating the value of libraries; enhancing and expanding library service to all areas and constituencies in the community; promoting an accessible and positive climate in the library; advancing community relations; and/or initiating a new library service or program within the past 18 months.

This award is known as the Ricki Brown Librarian of the Year Award, in honor of our past City Librarian who passed away in December 2013.  For more information on the criteria for nominating your favorite librarian (including those employed in public, school, or academic libraries.  You have until July 15 to submit your nominations, so Click Here to print/download a copy of the nomination form.

@ the Library Article: "Online Home Improvement Tips Available from Abilene Public Library"

All of us likely have improvements we'd like to make to our homes, but having the time and the expertise for do-it-yourself projects can be tricky.  The Abilene Public Library now can help, with the addition of a new online database available to all library cardholders for free.

The Home Improvement Reference Center is a comprehensive, full-text database covering more than 120 reference books, more than 45 referenced magazines, more than 35,000 images, and more than 100 videos.

This online collection is accessible from your home computer or mobile device.  Regardless of your skill level in home improvements, this resource may make them simple for you to understand, making you that much more comfortable in starting a project.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of June 15)

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: Mr. Mercedes
Author: Stephen King
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F KING
Summary: A driver plows into a crowd at a job fair, killing eight. The killer then taunts a suicidal ex-cop, who must stop another, deadlier attack. Available in Regular Print & Audiobook on CD

#2: Skin Game
Author: Jim Butcher
Position Last Week: 1
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: SF BUTCHER
Summary: The Chicago wizard Harry Dresden is forced to help an enemy break into a high-security vault; the 15th Dresden Files novel. Available in Regular Print & Audiobook on CD

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Weekly Events @ Your Library (June 16-22)

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.

The Summer Reading Clubs have already started at your library, and for information on all three, Click Here.  Reading logs and bags will be available throughout this program at all branch locations.

June 16 @ 4:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
It's time fro some fun for the family as you're invited to discover the Final Frontier at your library through stories, games, crafts, and more.  Tying into our reading club theme for kids, you'll not want to miss out on this afternoon activity that's sure to be a crowd pleaser. 

June 16 @ 6:30PM
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
325-698-7565 for Info.
Youth, ages 8-15, can come out to get their craft on by joining us for an evening of Duct Tape Craft-Making fun with Jessica, the library's resident duct tape guru.  We'll supply all the materials needed, and Jessica will guide you through the process of creating some ridiculously cool crafts. 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Discover Popular Series @ Your Library: The Passage 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.  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!

Book 1
Justin Cronin is a Harvard graduate, and former English professor at Rice University, who garnered a following of readers by presenting a variation on the vampire tale.  Unlike the stories of Anne Rice, Charlaine Harris, and Stephenie Meyer, whom provided more beautiful representations of the supernatural creatures, Cronin chose to present a darker telling of genetically created vampires set in an apocalyptic, as well as post-apocalyptic, world.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Getting 'Experimental' with Crafty Creations: Ice Cream in a Bag!

The Summer Reading Clubs are going strong at your Abilene Public Library, with the theme for kids being "Fizz, Boom, Read!"  During this time, we'll have great programming for kids of all ages to participate in, including several science experiment workshops hosted throughout June and July at all branch locations.l

If you can't make it out to one, we've still got you covered.  Our Crafty Creations shows, featuring quick and fun crafting ideas for kids to do at-home, has been going strong since 2008.  Over the years, we've filmed several episodes that feature fun science experiments at the library.  Join us each week as we'll share one with you.


In this episode, librarians Alyssa Crow & Tremain Jackson will show you how to make your own tasty Ice Cream in a Bag.  You'll be shocked at how you can actually make your own fresh ice cream in 5-minutes, in an experiment we've done a lot at the South Branch over the summer.  Plus, you'll get a good workout too!

And don't forget to participate in our annual Summer Reading Clubs running June 2 to July 26.  At your Abilene Public Library, there's always something to get involved in!!!

Summer Reads! Historical Mysteries: "Sebastian St. Cyr Series"

Historical Mysteries are a popular genre of fiction that merges a great "who done it" classic mystery with breath-taking scenery and addicting period detail.  It's the perfect read for traditional mystery lovers looking for a little something extra as well as historical fiction fans looking to spice things up.  After all, how often do you get to travel to ancient Rome, become a Victorian lady of stature, or connect with your inner 1920s man-about-town persona all while getting to the bottom of a spine tingling mystery?  It's simply the best of both worlds.

So if you're looking for a fun read this summer, join us as I highlight popular new series, as well as revisit those classics that are still page turners today.  Just click on the links below and enter your Abilene Public Library card to reserve a copy for pickup at one of our three library locations.

Sebastian St. Cyr Series by C.S. Harris
Time Period: Napoleonic England

In Brighton, England 1811, when the wife of an aging marquis is found dead in the arms of the the Prince Regent, wearing an ancient necklace with mysterious ties to Sebastian St. Cyr, Sebastian turns sleuth to investigate the woman's death. 

Monday, June 9, 2014

@ the Library Article: "Library and Master Gardeners Team to Offer Free Programs"

One reason that gardening is such a popular and relaxing hobby for people of all ages is its simplicity.  It requires only a few key ingredients: seeds, sunlight, water and patience.

Gardening also is a great way to slow down and reconnect with the earth around you, plus it's a lot of fun.  So, I'm happy to share that the Abilene Public Library and the Texas Master Gardener Association have joined together to provide two free gardening programs at the Mockingbird Branch Library, 1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.

At 10:30 a.m. Saturday, master gardeners Krista Bunger and Janet Thomas will present The Life of a Seed, a fun and educational program for adults and for children ages 7 and older who are accompanied by an adult.

Participants will receive small pots - actually Styrofoam cups - to transform into a unique creation using markers, tissue paper, buttons, fabric and more.  Each container can be filled with potting soil and a flower seed to take home and grow.

Friday, June 6, 2014

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of June 8)

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 Hardcover & Non-Fiction lists for the upcoming week.

Hardcover Fiction Top 5

#1: Skin Game
Author: Jim Butcher
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: SF BUTCHER
Summary: The Chicago wizard Harry Dresden is forced to help an enemy break into a high-security vault; the 15th Dresden Files novel.

#2: Ghost Ship
Author: Clive Cussler
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F CUSSLER
Summary: Kurt Austin, Joe Zavala and the rest of the NUMA crew investigate a sinister organization responsible for vanishing scientists, suspicious accidents, and a human trafficking ring.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Follow the Stream to Hoopla @ Your Library

Everyone's streaming these days thanks to Netflix, Hulu, and a number of additional media content providers.  With their growing popularity, if you've got a smartphone, tablet, or PC, we have a service to offer you.

Your Abilene Public Library offers a free outlet to stream movies, TV shows, music albums, and audiobooks through Hoopla!  Having made its debut to our patrons in January, many have been logging on to stream great media with their library cards.  From Hollywood blockbusters to chart-topping musical artists, Hoopla offers an extensive catalog of great titles to checkout.

Forget about the hassles as there are no subscriber fees, late fees, and items are ALWAYS available so you never have to be put on a waiting list.  Hoopla really is a wonderful way to enjoy digital streaming content on your own schedule.

Weekly Events @ Your Library (June 9-14)

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 Summer Reading Clubs have started, and for information on all three, Click Here.  Reading logs and bags will be available throughout this program at all branch locations.

June 9 @ 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
Kids of all ages are invited out for this quick crafting session where we'll be making aliens in spaceships to go along with the reading club theme for the summer.  These will make for perfect little decorations before then heading off to the shelves to look for great books to checkout. 

June 10 @ 10:45AM & 3PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
Join us for the first of four Young Audiences performances, as we invite back the talented ventriloquist from Granbury, TX, and her host of puppet friends.  She's dedicated her life to making a positive difference in other peoples' lives and kids will certainly delight in her wonderful program that's educational and entertaining.  These events draw in hundreds of kids from the community, and two sessions will be offered to best meet your schedule. 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Summer Reads! Historical Mysteries: "Benjamin January Series"

Historical Mysteries are a popular genre of fiction that merges a great "who done it" classic mystery with breath-taking scenery and addicting period detail.  It's the perfect read for traditional mystery lovers looking for a little something extra as well as historical fiction fans looking to spice things up.  After all, how often do you get to travel to ancient Rome, become a Victorian lady of stature, or connect with your inner 1920s man-about-town persona, all while getting to the bottom of a spine tingling mystery?  It's simply the best of both worlds.

So if you're looking for a fun read this summer, join us as I highlight popular new series, as well as revisit those classics that are still page turners today.  Just click on the links below and enter your Abilene Public Library card to reserve a copy for pickup at one of our three (3) library locations.

Benjamin January Series by Barbara Hambly
Time Period: 1800s New Orleans

Ben January, a free man of color, returns to New Orleans in the 19th century, only to find nothing has changed for African Americans.  When a woman is murdered, whites in the community want to blame him, therefore he must get to the bottom of the mystery before authorities make an arrest. 

After black free man of color, Benjamin January, returns to New Orleans, he must treat victims of the cholera epidemic.  When he realizes that other free blacks are disappearing, he knows an investigation is the only way to solve the crime and he is the right man to take it on. 

Subsequent Books in this Series

Discover Popular Series @ Your Library: The Strain 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!

Book 1
Guillermo del Toro may probably be known for either writing, directing, or producing hit films including Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy, Pacific Rim, The Hobbit Trilogy, and countless others, but when he teamed up with author Chuck Hogan, they created a pretty good book series.  Collectively known as The Strain Trilogy, the first novel was released in 2009, titled The Strain, which gave us a frightening look at a different kind of vampire...sans the cuteness.

After covering a vampire series last week, I was compelled to cover this trilogy after recently learning the series will be adapted for television and set to air on FX in June.

The brilliance of this series is that it was one of the first vampire novels, after the rise in popularity of the Twilight Saga, that presented vampires in a more unattractive and dangerous light.  The series opens darkly, as a Boeing 777 arrives at a major airport; however, all the window shades are pulled down, the lights are out, and there is no communication.  When the CDC is called, a team enters the plane to investigate a biological threat.  What they discover is more gruesome than they could have ever imagined.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Get 'Experimental' with Crafty Creations: Making Oobleck!

The Summer Reading Clubs are going strong at your Abilene Public Library, with the theme for kids being "Fizz, Boom, Read!"  During this time, we'll have great programming for kids of all ages to participate in, including several science experiment workshops hosted throughout June and July at all branch locations.

If you can't make it out to one, we've still got you covered.  Our Crafty Creations shows, featuring quick and fun crafting ideas for kids to do at-home, has been going strong since 2008.  Over the years, we've filmed several episodes that feature fun science experiments at the library.  Join us each week as we'll share one with you.


In this episode, librarians Alyssa Crow & Tremain Jackson will show you how to make your own slimy OOBLECK.  It only takes two ingredients and it's so much fun.  Plus, don't judge on on the quality of the video.  It was our first one to make and we did get better with age.

Plus, don't forget to participate in our annual Summer Reading Clubs running June 2 to July 26.  There's always something to get involved in at your Abilene Public Library.

Read Your Way to a FREE Kindle Fire from Your Library

Win a Kindle Fire!!!
Are you a bibliophile who also loves technology?  If so, your Abilene Public Library invites you to be a part of our Summer Reading Clubs to read your way towards winning a Kindle Fire on us!  Not only will it be perfect for checking out eBooks & audiobooks through OverDrive, you'll also be the proud recipient of a tablet that can go online, utilize apps, play music, and more!

How Do I Win a Kindle Fire?
If you're going to be reading during the summer, make sure to participate in the Teen or Adult Reading Clubs at your library starting June 2.  By picking up your free reading club materials, you'll be provided with a reading log to record the books you read...audiobooks count too.  Read six (6) books, fill out your reading log, and submit it to any library branch and that will gain you an entry into the drawing for a free Kindle Fire at the end of the Summer Reading Club!

Great Prize for a Teen & Adult
Want more chances to win?  Pick up additional reading logs and every completed log will earn you an additional entry into the contest.  There's no limit on the number of times you may enter, so increase your chances of walking away with a Kindle Fire by reading more!

We're giving away two (2) Kindle Fires to one (1) adult and one (1) teen winner, so don't pass up on your opportunity to be in the running.  Entries will be accepted during the length of the summer reading clubs, from June 2 to July 26.  All forms will also need to be returned before close on July 26.

These prizes have been made possible thanks to our wonderful Friends of the Abilene Public Library, and we hope you'll be a part of the fun starting June 2.  Don't pass up on your chance to win a FREE Kindle Fire, and if you have any questions, Contact Me (Tremain Jackson).

Monday, June 2, 2014

Insider Tips to Getting the Good Stuff at 'The Book Sale'

Matt Preston, chairman of this year's Friends of the Abilene Public Library Book Sale, had a great guest column in yesterday's paper.  In case you missed it, here it is on our blog!  Don't pass up on your chance to attend this year's sale!!!

The 25th anniversary Friends of the Abilene Public Library Book Sale is fast approaching.

My family and I have been involved with the sale for more than 10 years.  We have bought books, become members of the Friends of the Library, served on the Friends of the Library Board, appeared in TV promotional spots for the sale and moved books to storage in preparation for the sale.  I am now serving as the 2014 Book Sale chairman.

Several years ago, my wife enrolled our daughters in ballet lessons with Ms. Nancy and Ls. Lisa.  Ballet Abilene is across the street from the downtown Abilene Public LibraryBecause I have the flexible work schedule, I am the designated taxi driver to and from lessons - a job I love, by the way!  In the beginning, lessons were only an hour.  There was never enough time to drive back to the office and there was too much time to spend sitting in the car waiting.  As a result, I renewed my library card.  What a great deal that was.

Crafty Creations & Project Teen is Back!!!

The Abilene Public Library's hit YouTube shows, Crafty Creations and Project Teen are back, after taking a brief hiatus.  These popular shows provide you with quick and fun crafting ideas for kids and teens based on successful library programs we've hosted throughout our locations.  Hosted by librarians Alyssa Crow and Tremain Jackson, check out June's latest additions!

Crafty Creations #61: Bottle Rocket Jet Packs
Alyssa Crow, children's librarian at the South Branch, shows kids and parents how to make awesome looking jet packs out of some household materials.  This is a perfect craft to make that ties in with our science-themed summer reading clubs that kicked off on June 2. 

Project Teen #33: DIY Spray Paint
Tremain Jackson, South Branch Manager, shows tweens and teens how to make their Spray Paint using water, acrylic paints, and a spray bottle.  Not only is this a unique way to create art, you can also add some style and flair to plain t-shirts that will certainly be an eye-catcher.

Try out these two fun craft ideas from your Abilene Public Library, and feel free to look for even more on our YouTube Page in these two long-running series at your library.  There's never a reason to not be crafty when you're dealing with your library!

Book-To-Film Adaptations: June 2014

Literature often inspires film adaptations and each month I 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 Fault in Our Stars
Starring: Shailene Woodley
Release Date: June 6
Author: John Green
Summary: Hazel and Gus are two teens who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey.  Their relationship is all the more miraculous given that Hazel's other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group.  With the novel being a hit with teen and adults, the film is expected to do very well in theaters.

@ the Library Article: "Summer Programs @ Your Library"

Summer is here and staff at the Abilene Public Library is putting the finishing touches on the summer programs.  There will be reading clubs for all ages as well as storytimes, special programs, and our ever-popular Young Audience shows.

Summer reading clubs are a time-honored way of keeping kids involved with books while they are away from school.  This year's reading club for kids is Fizz, Boom, Read! and features science of all kinds.  Kids ages 0-12 can pick up reading club material along with their first prize starting June 2 and ending July 26 at any library location.  Every week, we will change prizes.  Kids can pick up one prize per week (while supplies last).

In addition to all the fun prizes, this year the Friends of the Abilene Public Library are providing a special incentive for young readers.  If a child reads 10 books, or engages in 5 hours of reading, they will receive a terrific yard sign announcing to the world that they are a champion reader!