Thursday, July 31, 2014

Weekly Events @ Your Library (Aug. 4-9)

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.

Aug. 4 @ 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
Duct tape is so versatile and we'll be using it to show you how to make some stylish bracelets in this hands-on workshop.  We'll supply the materials and you come ready for some crafting fun designed for youth ages 8-15. 

Aug. 5 @ 5:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Info.
Enjoy some soft classical guitar music at the library while you peruse the shelves for some great materials to checkout starting at 5:30PM.  We're inviting in a classically trained guitarist, who also attended the Berklee School of Music in Boston, for a great evening of music to enjoy. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

App Watch: RAIDS Online

Technology is a part of our everyday lives with the accessibility of smartphones, tablets, and comparable devices.  Your Abilene Public Library understands the value of mobile technology and we're frequently asked to assist patrons in learning to use theirs to the fullest.  This blog series will look at some popular apps you can take advantage of to get the most out of your devices, and like your library services, each will be FREE to take advantage of.

Many library staff were first introduced to RAIDS (Regional Data & Information Data Sharing) Online, thanks to training we received from the Abilene Police Department.  Available through an app, as well as online, is a free way to view public crime maps.  Sharing information with the public, law enforcement is able to be more transparent with what goes on in your area, allowing citizens to easily search for information.  Abilene participates in this service, powered by BAIR Analytics, so you have the ability to access crime information in your area.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Bike Night @ Your Mockingbird Branch!

Learning to ride a bike is a rite of passage: the first time you pedaled on your own, the first time you left your training wheels behind.  But are bikes just for kids and should there be more to it than simply hitting the road?

Join us on Monday night August 11 @ 7PM at the Mockingbird Branch, as local officers from the Abilene Police Department discuss the basics of modern-day bike safety, for both adults and youth.  They'll go over the importance of helmets, demonstrate how to properly fit and adjust one, as well as cover basic road rules that those of us traveling the city streets should abide by.

Following the program, a brief demonstration of proper riding techniques will be provided by an officer in the library parking lot.  Intended for adults and children ages 7 and up (with an accompanying adult) this is a great family program for all generations as we head back to school in just a few short weeks!

In addition, your Abilene Public Library has a wonderful variety of reading materials on this topic you're available to checkout.  Two of my favorites include:

Essential Bicycle Maintenance & Repair
Author: Daimeon Shanks
Call Number: 629.28772 SHA
Summary: Detail specific and filled with close-up pictures, this is a great book for anyone attempting to repair a bike on their own for the first time.  Chapters include "The Modern Road Bike," "Basic Maintenance," "Wheels," "Cranks & Chainrings," "Brakes," and more. 

The Complete Do-It-Yourself Bike Book
Author: Mel Allwood
Call Number: 629.287 ALL
Summary: Taking a different approach, this book covers topics such as: "Which bike is right for me?" and "What kind of clothing and gear do I need as I get started in the sport?"  This book also covers basic safety tips for city and long-distance biking as well.  The last few chapters cover the all-important maintenance aspect of cycling, detailing everything from brakes, cables and wheels to proper seat alignment by gender and height.

Other interesting titles include
So for more information on Bike Night @ Mockingbird Branch, or to place a hold on one of these books, phone the Mockingbird Branch at 325-437-7323. 

Post Contributed by Anne Ellis, Manager of the Mockingbird Branch of the Abilene Public Library

Book-To-Film Adaptations: August 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.

Guardians of the Galaxy
Starring: Chris Pratt
Release Date: Aug. 1
Based On: Guardians of the Galaxy
Author: Dan Abnett
Summary: In the far reaches of space, and American pilot named Peter Quill finds himself the object of a manhunt after stealing an orb coveted by the villainous Ronan.

The Hundred-Foot Journey
Starring: Helen Mirren
Release Date: Aug. 8
Based On: The Hundred-Foot Journey
Author: Richard C. Morais
Summary: A story centered on an Indian family who moves to France and opens an eatery across the street from a Michelin-starred French restaurant run by Madame Mallory.

@ the Library Article: "Early Literacy Stations Help Children Connect with World"

AWE Early Literacy Stations
Over the past year, the Abilene Public Library has installed AWE-some new technology in its children's departments.
 
Early literacy stations are now available at all three library locations.  The stations were created by AWE, a digital learning solutions company, and offer access to more than 60 educational programs - available in English and Spanish - that are simply amazing.
 
Thanks to the Friends of the Abilene Public Library, three stations are available at both the main library and the Mockingbird Branch, and one station is available at the South Branch.
 
We've heard nothing but praise for these workstations from kids and parents alike.
 
The early literacy stations are great because the all-inclusive computers connect kids with a wide range of educational materials that make learning so much fun.
 
Various programs help kids develop reading skills; learn about different parts of the world; delve into the mysteries of science; learn about the bones of the body; and so much more.  All of this content is presented through fun, interactive programs.
 
The stations feature a colorful, kid-friendly keyboard and mouse, but the monitor also doubles as a touch screen.  With the popularity of smartphones and tablets, kids often enjoy using this type of interface when they play apps on mobile devices.  The ELS allows them to do just that.
 
Additionally, parents don't have to worry about kids playing on the Internet - the AWE stations do not allow access to the Web.  Children can only access the long list of educational games and content available on the station itself.
 
Although we do see parents excited by using these new stations with their kids, rest assured that you don't have to look over their shoulder and monitor their activity.
 
The AWE stations have received high ratings and praise from many sources, including Children's Technology Review and kids in our community.
 
If you've yet to experience the early literacy stations at your Abilene Public Library, we invite you to visit.  If you need help getting started, ask library staff for assistance and we'll be more than happy to help.
 
At your Abilene Public Library, we embrace technology as a means to allow us to offer you great services that appeal to all ages.  Come check out what we can do for you, as there's truly something for everyone.
 
Post Contributed by Me (Tremain Jackson, Branch Manager of the South Branch location of the Abilene Public Library)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Join Our New Science Club @ Your Library!

Science, Science, Science.  It feels as if that's all we've talked about with kids at your Abilene Public Library during our Summer Reading Club program.  With a theme of "Fizz, Boom, Read," we hosted many programs at your library that focused on getting hands-on in science experiments with interested youth in the community.

Each branch library has hosted several science experiments workshops in June and July, each being attended by masses of interested youth ready to learn and perform fun and safe experiments inside the library.  As those sessions have ended, we'd like to invite your children to be a part of a new club debuting in August.

Chazley's Dry Ice Experiments
The Main Library (202 Cedar St.) will debut a new Science Club for school-aged children on August 11 @ 4:30PM, which will be a monthly program meeting on the second Mondays of each month for youth ages 8 and older.

Led by Chazley Dotson, she'll be on hand to take kids further into the joys of science by demonstrating ad educating youth about the inner-workings of science.  Each month will feature new science demonstrations, and we invite all youth to be a part of the fun.

No registration is needed to join the club and all are welcome.  Again, the first session of the new Science Club will be hosted on Monday, August 11 @ 4:30PM, and youth ages 8 and older are encouraged to be a part of the educational fun.

For more information, feel free to Contact Me (Tremain Jackson), and we hope to see you at the first club meeting!

Friday, July 25, 2014

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of July 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 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: The Book of Life
Author: Deborah Harkness
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: SF HARKNESS
Summary: In the conclusion to the All Souls Trilogy, the Oxford scholar/witch Diana Bishop and the vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont return from Elizabethan London to the present.

#2: The Heist
Author: Daniel Silva
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F SILVA
Summary: Gabriel Allon, an art restorer and occasional spy for the Israeli secret service, must track down a famous missing painting by Caravaggio.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Weekly Events @ Your Library (July 28 - Aug 2)

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.

July 29 @ 4:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
Join our children's staff at the library as we'll show you how to create some great art and crafts using duct tape, and all the fun colors it comes in.  We'll supply the materials and instruction you'll need, all you have to do is be ready to come out and have some fun with us in this great afternoon activity at your library! 

July 29 @ 2:30PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
325-437-7323 for Info.
No investment is risk-free, and a high rate of return means a greater risk.  Learn how to protect yourself from fraud, and make smarter decisions, from representatives of the Securities and Exchange Commission in Fort Worth. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

App Watch: Scout GPS, Maps, Voice Navigation & Traffic

Technology is a part of our everyday lives with the accessibility of smartphones, tablets, and comparable devices.  Your Abilene Public Library understands the value of mobile technology and we're frequently asked to assist patrons in learning to use theirs to the fullest.  This blog series will look at some popular apps you can take advantage of to get the most our of your devices, and like your library services, each will be FREE to take advantage of.

Scout GPS, Maps, Voice Navigation & Traffic is a must for anyone who's a bit directionally challenged, yet finds themselves deemed as being the navigator when traveling to places you've never been.  Gone are the days of pulling out that paper map you could never fold back correctly, or purchasing bulky devices to be installed in your car.  With Scout GPS, you can put it directly on your phone and take it with you anywhere, in any vehicle.

The beauty of this app is that it makes it completely easy to find your destination with a few taps.  Rather than give you a full report, here's the highlights on what makes this app great for all users...again speaking to the directionally challenged such as myself.

Discover Popular Series @ Your Library: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

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.

Alexander McCall Smith may be a bestselling Scottish author and expert on medical law and bioethics, but he's probably best known for writing a series of books, set in Africa, and collectively titled The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.  One would initially think how could a man in Scotland create a series set in Africa; however, he was born in Rhodesia, which was then a British colony that is now called Zimbabwe.

Monday, July 21, 2014

@ the Library Article: "Poetry Slam Will Mark Comma Collectors' Anniversary"

Select Collecting Commas Members
On your mark, get set, slam!

The words will fly at the Abilene Public Library during a poetry slam at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.  The program will be presented by Collecting Commas, the library's writing club for youths 10-17.

Collecting Commas will mark its anniversary in August.  Members have expressed themselves through short stories, plays, and now poems.

Thursday's program will be the second live performance by Collecting Commas members.  The group presented its full-length play, Bullies, Fairytales, and Awakenings, Oh My, in December.

Original Play, Dec. 2013
Members have been hard at work on poetry since April, which was National Poetry Month.

Although many members already enjoyed poetry, for others the genre was new and somewhat intimidating.  Many people think that poetry has to rhyme or follow a certain meter, and although many poems do, modern poetry often is considered to be free verse, which removes the restraints that intimidate so many.

Club members have learned about many forms of poetry, including free verse, narrative poetry, poetry rounds (in which everyone writes a line then passes the poem on to the next person), and other poetical devices.

For members who are on vacation and unable to attend the poetry slam, another member will read their work.

Audience at the Play
No open mic will be available; only Collecting Commas members will participate.  But please come and enjoy their poetry.

What is a poetry slam?  It sounds like something found in an independent coffee shop.  A poetry slam, as its core, is poets gathering to share their work with an audience.  Although many poetry slams award prizes or money - often measured by how much applause each poet receives - ours is simply to showcase everyone's talented work and to share Collecting Commas' love of poetry with Abilene.

Are you interested in poetry, either reading or writing it, but don't know where to begin?  One of the easiest ways to start is by looking through our poetry sections here at the Abilene Public Library.

All poetry books are cataloged in the nonfiction section in the 800s, both for adult and juvenile poetry.  Some of my favorite poets for adults are T.S. Eliot, Robert Frost, and E.E. Cummings.  Great titles for juvenile poetry include anything by Shel Silverstein; Mirror Mirror by Marilyn Singer; and Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant by Jack Prelutsky.

Of course, writing poetry is something else entirely - and for that, it's best to listen to your heart.  It certainly will aid you in creating beautiful, lyrical poetry that you could perhaps share at our next poetry slam.

We hope to see you Thursday.

Article Contributed by Kelsie Nygren, Children's Library Assistant at the Main Branch of the Abilene Public Library

Sunday, July 20, 2014

August'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 August, the featured selection is Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen and we invite you to look out for a copy at your library and attend the book club discussion group on Thursday, August 21 @ 7:00 p.m.  For more information, be sure to contact Ann Mount, 325-676-6025.

Still Life with Bread Crumbs
Author: Anna Quindlen
Call Number: F QUINDLEN
Summary: This novel begins with an imagined gunshot and ends with a new tin roof.  Between the two is a wry and knowing portrait of Rebecca Winter, a photographer whose work makes her an unlikely heroine for many women.  Her career is now descendent, her bank balance shaky, and she has fled the city for the middle of nowhere.  There she discovers, in a tree stand with a roofer named Jim Bates, that what she sees through a camera lens is not all there is to life.

Be sure to checkout 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, August 21 @ 7:00 p.m., so be sure to get in on the reading fun.

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of July 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 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: Act of War
Author: Brad Thor
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F THOR
Summary: The counterterroism operative Scot Harvath undertakes two dangerous missions as America faces an imminent attack.

#2: Power Play
Author: Catherine Coulter
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F COULTER
Summary: The F.B.I. agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock are out to discover who is trying to kill the ambassador to Britain.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Weekly Events @ Your Library (July 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.

FYI: This is the last week of the Summer Reading Clubs at your library.  Be sure to get your reading logs turned in (for teens and adults) for your chance to win a Kindle Fire, and kids won't want to miss the chance to pick up the prizes for the final week.  It's been one explosive summer so let's end things with a bang!

Kids of All Ages
July 21 @ 4:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
We invite you to come out to the final Family Fun event of the month where we're all going to have a Very Merry Unbirthday together.  It may not be your birthday, but it will at this program as kids of all ages, and parents too, will delight in stories, games, crafts, and more that will certainly be a fun afternoon activity for everyone. 

Youth, Ages 8-15
July 21 @ 6:30PM
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
325-698-7565 for Info.
If you like crafts, and you love sweets, you'll certainly not want to miss this workshop where we'll supply all of the tastiest candies needed to create your own edible campfire sites for the summer.  If you can't go out camping yourselves, enjoy a tastier version of this experience inside the comfort of your library! 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

App Watch: SlideShark for iDevices

Technology is a part of our everyday lives with the accessibility of smartphones, tablets, and comparable devices.  Your Abilene Public Library understands the value of mobile technology and we're frequently asked to assist patrons in learning to use theirs to the fullest.  This blog series will look at some popular apps you can take advantage of to get the most of your devices, and like your library services, each will be FREE to take advantage of.

I provide a lot of presentations to tell people about library services.  Having a PowerPoint presentation on hand is important for illustrating my talking points; however, not everyone wants to rely on there being a computer available to access your slideshows.  SlideShark is an app I stumbled across, and once I used it, it's now my go-to app.  Although you'll have to pay to access the premium features, I've been okay with using the free version, but let me share what's great about it.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Discover Popular Series @ Your Library: The Ranger's Apprentice

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 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!

John Flanagan is an Australian author best known for crafting the series of young adult books collectively titled The Ranger's Apprentice.  Also experiencing crossover appeal to adult readers, which again is popular for most YA reads these days, this fantasy series consists of 12 entries that started with 2004's release of The Ruins of Gorlan.

This series follows the adventures of Will, an orphan taken in as an apprentice ranger, keeping the Kingdom of Araluen safe from invaders, traitors, and threats.  Along the way, he's joined on his adventures by his mentor and best friend.  Having sold millions of copies around the world, this series originated from a series of short stories Flanagan had written for his son with the desire to get him interested in reading.  Ten years after that experience, he revisited those stories and turned them into a book series.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Summer Reads! Historical Mysteries: "Daisy Dalrymple 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.

Daisy Dalrymple Series by Carola Dunn
Time Period: 1920-30s England

Early in the Series:

Latest Additions:
In the Spring of 1926, the corpses of three men are found in shallow graves off the beaten path in Epping Forest outside of London, each shot through the heart and bearing no identification.  DCI Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard, the lead detective, is immediately given two urgent orders by his supervisor at the Yard: solve the murders quickly and keep his wife, the Honourable Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher, away from the case!  Thankfully, Daisy's off visiting their daughter at school.  But when a teacher is found dead, Daisy is once again in the thick of it.  As Daisy tries to solve one murder, Alec discovers that the three victims in his case might only be the beginning.

@ the Library Article: "PBS Hit 'Sherlock' Prompts Novel Approach for Young Fans"

British television and movies not only are helping to broaden our cultural horizons, but are helping us get in touch with great literature.

One example of a literary masterpiece that has found new fans through other media is the entire canon of Sherlock Holmes titles.

Yes, the United States has put out some Holmes reboots of its own, including the CBS series Elementary, but the BBC show Sherlock, seen in the U.S. on PBS, is what has gotten a younger generation talking about actor Benedict Cumberbatch and his portrayal of the enigmatic yet charismatic Sherlock Holmes.

We also love his ever-loyal partner John Watson, played by Martin Freeman.  Because of the appeal of this show, many readers are picking up the classic works by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle just to see how the two versions compare.

Friday, July 11, 2014

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of July 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 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: Invisible
Author: James Patterson
Position Last Week: 1
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: M PATTERSON
Summary: A former FBI researcher finds a link between scores of apparently unconnected unsolved cases.

#2: The Silkworm
Author: Robert Galbraith
Position Last Week: 3
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: M GALBRAITH
Summary: The private detective Cormoran Strike in literary London; by J.K. Rowling, writing pseudonymously.

Summer Reads! Historical Mysteries: "Jane Austen 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.

Jane Austen Series by Stephanie Barron
Time Period: Austen-Era England

In a far-fetched but lighthearted ruse, Barron claims in the preface that she has found a number of manuscripts authored by Jane Austen detailing her detective adventures.  In this first title, Austen arrives at the Hertfordshire estate of her old friend Isobel Payne to help celebrate her recent marriage to the much older earl of Scargrave.  Not long after Austen's arrival, the earl dies from a sudden, mysterious ailment.  After receiving an anonymous letter accusing her of adultery and murder, Isobel turns to Jane.  The intreped Jane's investigation results in one adventure after another as she discovers another murder, has a romantic interlude with a military scapegrace, and trades witty insults with a steely financier. 

Get 'Experimental" with Crafty Creations: Elephant Toothpaste & Shiny Pennies

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 as we share one with you.


In this episode, librarians Alyssa Crow and Tremain Jackson will show you how to do two different experiments.  The first is Elephant Toothpaste, which if you haven't seen it in action, you'll certainly want to, but this will take a more detailed ingredients list.  Afterwards, we'll show you how to easily shine up some dull pennies.

And 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!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Stream Great Movies, Music & More with Hoopla @ Your Library

With the growing popularity of streaming services, in regards to accessing digital content, if you've got an iDevice, Android, Kindle Fire HDX, or PC, your Abilene Public Library has something great to offer!

Library cardholders (ages 13 and up) have the opportunity to stream movies, TV shows, music, and audiobooks for FREE!  Isn't that a price we can all get behind?  The service is called Hoopla and patrons have been logging on since January to access a great digital collection.  From Hollywood blockbusters to chart-topping musical artists, Hoopla offers an extensive catalog of materials to checkout.

Again, this service is compatible on any Internet-enabled PC, as well as mobile devices including iDevices, Androids, and the Kindle Fire HDX.  Next, it just takes a couple minutes to complete the signup process and you're ready to start.  You will need your 13-digit library card number and PIN.  If you don't know your PIN, Contact Us and staff will assist you.

Finally, just browse the collection, or search for specific titles, artists, etc.  Locate the item you want and click the Borrow button.  Videos checkout for 3-days, music for 7-days, and audiobooks for 23-days.  Once borrowed, you'll have access to it for the duration of the lending period to watch/listen to it as many times as you'd like.  Once it expires, they'll return themselves...pretty cool deal.

Currently your library card grants you four (4) checkout each month, and since it's a streaming collection, you'll need to be connected to Wi-Fi or a 3G/4G network to view/listen to your items.  If you're not going to be connected the entire time, you may temporarily "download" the title onto Hoopla, and then access it for the length of the lending period...without being connected!

We invite you to take advantage of this great service at your Abilene Public Library and start streaming today!  If you need any assistance in getting started, or you have any questions, feel free to Contact Me.

Weekly Events @ Your Library (July 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.

The Summer Reading Clubs are still going strong and will be hosted through July 26.  Click Here to get information on all three, and stop by any branch location to pick up your reading logs and bags.

July 14 @ 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
Kids won't want to miss the final make & Take crafting session of the month where we're diving into the sea with showing you how to make some cute octopus and crab hats.  You won't be able to not smile while wearing these, and we'll supply all the materials and instructions to show you how to make them in no time.
July 15 @ 10:45AM
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
325-698-7565 for Info.
Join us for an interactive storytime event, for the younger crowd, where we're exploring the rain forests through stories, songs, crafts, and more activities.  This enhanced program is always a crowd pleaser for the morning people, so be sure to join our wonderful children's staff for a great morning of fun in literature.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Discover Popular Series @ Your Library: The Undead 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!

MaryJanice Davidson is an American author best known for penning paranormal romance novels, especially the Undead Series, building on the hype of vampire novels that exploded in the 2000's.  In this series, you'll be introduced to Elizabeth "Betsy" Taylor, who just turns 30-years-old at the start of the series and finds herself the victim of unfortunate circumstances.  A classic case of being at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Summer Reads! Historical Mysteries: "Brother Cadfael 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.

Brother Cadfael Series by Ellis Peters
Time Period: Medieval Britain

Brother Cadfael, Benedictine Monastery of Shrewsbury - once a rough sailor, now a sleepy skeptic - is enlisted for Prior Robert's expedition to appropriate the bones of obscure St. Winifred from a remote Welsh village.  But the villagers don't want to lose St. Winnie, and then the leader of this resistance is found with an arrow in his back and a stab wound in his front.  Would Prior Robert - or his lackeys - really go that far?  Or is the motive domestic?  Cadfael finds himself in the middle of a bizarre mystery that needs a happy solution for all. 

@ the Library Article: "Adults Can Get In on the Fun, As Well, at Public Library"

With summer in full swing, you may have noticed that there's a lot happening at your Abilene Public Library.  We have storytimes, craft programs, science experiments and much more.

Not everything on offer this summer, however, is geared for children.  This month we're hosting two programs geared solely for adults on the topics of healthy cooking and financial investments.

Nutritionist Lois Woods, of Taylor County's Women, Infants and Children program, will host a fun and tasty program titled Healthy Grilling, Tips & Tricks at 11AM Wednesday at the Mockingbird Branch of the Abilene Public Library, 1326 N. Mockingbird Lane.  Woods will share information on how to significantly reduce carcinogens while cooking over an open flame.

Friday, July 4, 2014

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of July 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 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: Invisible
Author: James Patterson
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: M PATTERSON
Summary: Searching for her sister's killer, a former FBI researcher finds a link between scores of apparently unconnected unsolved cases.  Now she must convince her boss and her former boyfriend that this killer is real.

#2: Top Secret Twenty-One
Author: Janet Evanovich
Position Last Week: 1
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: M EVANOVICH
Summary: The New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum pursues a dealer who sells more than used, while she juggles Joe Morelli, the sexy cop, and the security expert Ranger.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Weekly Events @ Your Library (July 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 events calendar, and remember, all programming is offered FREE of charge.

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

July 7 @ 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
If you're looking for a fun crafting workshop, come out and make your own jellyfish that won't sting.  We'll show you how, using some simple materials, that will certainly end up looking like one cool craft to decorate your rooms with.  Come check it out! 

July 7 @ 6:30PM
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
325-698-7565 for Info.
Doctor Who is one popular TV show, with a strong fan base, and if you're a self-proclaimed Whovian, you won't want to miss this hands-on workshop where we'll show you how to create some amazing crafts based on familiar characters and items from the hit series. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Discover Popular Series @ Your Library: The Magicians 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 at your library library.  You may just discover your next favorite series!

Book 1
Lev Grossman is an American novelist who began as a journalist having writing for a number of publications including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, and more, and he's currently a senior writer and book critic for Time Magazine.  Although he cut his teeth with authoring a not-so-well-received novel in 1997, a followup title gained him international success in 2004 titled Codex.  However, it wasn't until his next book that reader began to take notice when he wrote The Magicians, as the first entry in what's slated to be a trilogy.

Join In on the Fizz, Boom, Fun, Science Experiments in July!!!

Chazley Experiments w/Dry Ice
We're halfway through the Summer Reading Clubs at the Abilene Public Library, and each week our wonderful children's staff has hosted great workshops performing science experiments with school-aged kids.  We've tested the density of foods, experimented with dry ice, learned how lava lamps work, and more...and we still have much planned for July too!

Kids won't want to miss the final five (5) science sessions, and we invite you to view the schedule below to be sure to attend one.  We'll supply all the materials needed, all you have to do is show up and be ready to have a little fun.
  • Wednesday, July 2 at 3PM (Main Library): Join Chazley as we experiment on making our own balloon cars to put science in motion.  Who knows, we may even have to set up a few races in the auditorium.
  • Thursday, July 3 @ 4PM (South Branch): Alyssa's ready for more experiments for kids where we're learning about gases, blowing up balloons, seeing what candy can do to soda, and much more.
  • Wednesday, July 9 @ 3PM (Mockingbird Branch): Join Darla and Heather as they demonstrate what happens when you mix two colors together using a Color Caterpillar and hands-on fun involving Play-Doh. 
  • Wednesday, July 16 @ 3PM (Main Library): Don't miss Chazley's final science day at your Main Library as we explore Household Miracles including making bubble walls, 5-layer density columns, and even an experiment that will involve ripping up diapers...unused ones of course.  You'll have to come out and see what it's all about!
  • Wednesday, July 23 @ 3PM (Mockingbird Branch): Darla and Heather will provide some tasty fun for youth as we'll be experimenting with Root Beer Floats!  It's all in the name of science right?  After all, physical and chemical reactions do occur when ice cream and root beer are combined...plus, you'll certainly want to taste your results!
Darla's Ready for Fizz, Boom, Fun!
This has certainly been an exciting summer of activities for youth, especially when it comes to science at your Abilene Public LibraryDon't pass up on attending these science workshops in July, and also check out our past episodes of Crafty Creations as we've demonstrated even more experiments online...throughout the years.

If you have any questions, please feel free to Contact Me, and I'll be happy to answer your questions!