Friday, November 28, 2014

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Nov. 30)

Many patrons browse the new materials section of the library to discover the latest popular reads.  Part of finding them 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: The Escape
Author: David Baldacci
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F BALDACCI
Summary: John Puller, a special agent with the Army, hunts for his brother, who was convicted of treason and has escaped from prison.

#2: Revival
Author: Stephen King
Position Last Week: 1
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: F KING
Summary: The continuing relationship, over five decades, between a disgraced clergyman and a drug-addicted musician.

#3: Gray Mountain
Author: John Grisham
Position Last Week: 2
Weeks On List: 5
Call Number: F GRISHAM
Summary: A downsized Wall Street lawyer joins a legal clinic in a small Virginia town.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Weekly Events @ Your Library (Dec. 1-6)

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.

All December
All Library Locations
325-677-2474 for Info.
Waive those unwanted and pesky overdue late fees by donating canned goods, and other non-perishable items, to any of the three (3) library branch locations.  Each item will waive $1.00 of your late fees (sorry, no credit), with all donations benefiting the Food Bank of West Central Texas.  Call us if you have questions! 

Dec. 1 @ 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
Youth, ages 8-15, are invited to a hands-on crafting workshop where we'll be showing you how to transform ordinary popsicle sticks into fun little decorations for your Christmas tree. 

Dec. 2 @ 5:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-677-2474 for Info.
If you're celebrating in Downtown Abilene for City Sidewalks, don't forget to stop by the Main Library as we'll be offering some holiday face painting and hosting the Craig Jazz Band who'll be playing sounds of the season. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Tremain's Book Corner: "The Martian" by Andy Weir

The Martian
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Author: Andy Weir
Reviewed By: Tremain Jackson, South Branch Manager

Book Summary: Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first men to walk on the surface of Mars.  Now, he's sure he'll be the first man to die there.

It started with the dust storm that holed his suit and nearly killed him, and that forced his crew to leave him behind, sure he was already dead.  Now he's stranded millions of miles from the nearest human being, with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his food would be gone years before a rescue mission could arrive.  Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death.  The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to get him first.

But Mark isn't ready to give up yet.  Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills, and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit - he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next.  But will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

Personal Review; I picked up this book after I recently learned it was going to be adapted to a feature film starring Matt Damon, which said it would be a cross between Apollo 13 and Cast Away.  Those were both incredible films, so I though this book would a great read.

Although first released in 2012, as a self-published novel, the rights were purchased by Crown and it was re-published in 2014, which is more than likely why I didn't hear about it when it first came out.  All I can say is that the book was wonderful.  It's a complete deconstruction of the human psyche that has you wondering what you would do if you were in a similar situation.  I mean I don't like the thought of even being stranded on the side of the road, let alone by myself on another planet.  I was certainly able to connect with Mark Watney, and feel his struggle, frustration, and determination throughout the book.

Loving the survival premise, although I'm not known for diving into sci-fi reads, this book was quite different.  Also filled with humor, no less, it did have an adequate description of science related terms and concepts that didn't confuse me, seeing as to how I'm not an astronaut.  Then, after being left for dead on a foreign planet, during a time where you would expect for the protagonist to give up (as most of us probably would), he doesn't.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Today's Top Releases in Books & DVDs @ Your Library

Everyone loves staying on top of the latest releases in books & DVDs, and we receive them on a regular basis at your Abilene Public Library.  Tuesdays are the biggest days of the week in the world of libraries, as these are the days that the bulk of all new materials are released for the week.  Join us as we hit the highlights of some of the more popular titles coming to your library, and be sure to get yourselves on the reserve lists!

The Giver
Starring: Brenton Thwaites
Summary: Adapted from the 1993 novel of the same name by Lois Lowry, in this film, in a seemingly perfect community without war, pain, suffering, differences, or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the "real" world.  This film is rated PG-13 for a mature thematic image and some sci-fi action/violence.  Opening to generally mixed reviews from the critics, the film did modestly well in the box office with taking in $62.9 million. 

What If
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe
Summary: Wallace, who is burned out from a string of failed relationships, forms an instant bond with Chantry, who lives with her longtime boyfriend.  Together, they puzzle out what it means if your best friend is also the love of your life.  This film is rated PG-13 for sexual content, including references throughout, partial nudity, and language, plus, it received generally positive reviews from the critics, so it might be one to look out for. 

Join us for City Sidewalks Fun, Dec. 2

We hope everyone is getting ready for the 26th Annual City Sidewalks festivities on Tues., Dec. 2 in historic Downtown Abilene.  There will be tons for the community participate in with access to merchants, museums, galleries, food, shopping, entertainment, and so much more.

Holiday Face Painting Fun!
Sponsored by the Abilene Downtown Association, your Abilene Public Library will host our own activities starting at 5:30PM.  The Main Library (202 Cedar St) will host holiday face painting for kids (and adults too) with fun holiday designs to choose from.  Additionally, we'll also host the Craig Jazz Band in the auditorium, playing great holiday tunes throughout the evening.

Plus, don't forget to participate in ALL of the great activities being hosted in downtown Abilene.  The event kicks off at 5PM, with the parade starting at 6:30PM, and ending with the Tree Lighting at 7:30PM.

Click Here for a complete schedule of City Sidewalks events and activities so you're certain to not miss out on anything.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Library System Currently Down, Nov. 24

If you're experiencing problems accessing the library's online catalog, using the OverDrive service, accessing a database, etc., we regret to inform you we are currently experiencing technical problems.

Access to online content from the Abilene Public Library is expected to be down for the remainder of the day; however, we're currently working on resolving the issue as soon as possible.  If visiting the library, library staff will still be able to check materials out to you, just be sure to have your library card.  Our Internet is working as well, and if you need assistance accessing a computer, staff will be available to assist you.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but we're working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.  If you have any additional questions, feel free to Contact Us and we'll be happy to assist you further.

Food for Fines Kicks Off in December!!!

The Abilene Public Library's Food for Fines program will kickoff on December 1, running the entire month across all branch libraries.  Having debuted in 1999, this program is an annual tradition affording our patrons with the ability to rid your library accounts of pesky late fees, while doing something great for those in need during the holiday season. 

What is Food for Fines?
This program allows you to donate canned goods, and other non-perishable items, to your library to waive your late fees.  Each item donated waives $1.00 of your late fees.  It's as simple as that, but please note, charges for Non-Resident fees, Lost/Damaged Materials, Printing, etc., cannot be waived through this program...only overdue charges. 

Who Benefits from Food for Fines?
All donations are given to the Food Bank of West Central Texas, a local non-profit serving those in need in the Big Country.  If you don't have any late fees, you may still participate by donating items to your library, and we'll see that they get to the food bank. 

What Can't I Bring for Food for Fines?
The following items are not acceptable through the Food for Fines program...
  • Damaged or Expired Items
  • Government Commodity Items
  • Items Packaged or Canned at Home
  • Previously Opened Items
Ask Library Staff if you have questions about items you wish to donate.

Remember, Food for Fines comes once a year, and it's the easiest way to rid yourself of those unwanted late fees.  You may donate items during our normal business hours by visiting staff at the circulation desks.

If you need assistance bringing them in, staff will be more than happy to assist you.  Once we've received your items, we'll access your account, remove the necessary fees, and you're all set.  Sorry, we won't be able to supply you with a receipt and no credit can be added to your account.

If you have any questions, feel free to Contact Me (Tremain Jackson, South Branch Manager), and I'll be happy to help you!

"Library in Giving Spirit - Forgiving Some Fees, Encouraging Donations" ~ @ the Library Article

The holidays are a wonderful, but busy time of year.  So many activities abound that any way to save some time and money is truly appreciated.

Your Abilene Public Library, working with other Abilene libraries, once again is giving you a "twofer," allowing you to clear your library late fees and make sure someone in need eats this holiday season.

The 2014 Food for Fines campaign marks our 16th year of providing food for bodies and minds.

Throughout December, Abilene libraries will forgive $1 in late fees for each nonperishable food item donated.  Food collected by each Abilene Public Library location, Abilene Christian University's Brown Library and McMurry University's Jay-Rollins Library will be given to the Food Bank of West Central Texas.

Thanks to you, Food for Fines has been extraordinarily successful over the years.  Since 1999, Abilene library patrons have donated more than 65,000 pounds of canned and boxed food to people in need. 

The Food Bank of West Central Texas distributed 4.8 million pounds of grocery products last year.  That food, in turn, was made into 4 million meals for people who live in poverty in our area and too often miss meals or experience hunger.

The food bank serves 150 nonprofit agencies in Abilene and 13 surrounding counties.

To participate, bring one can, box or bag of - and this is very important - nonperishable food to the circulation desk at any Abilene library.  Each food item equals $1 in late fees.  To pay a $2.90 fee, for example, donate three food items (sorry, no change back on cans).

Rice, beans, tuna, peanut butter, boxes of macaroni and cheese - as long as its food and nonperishable, it works to pay late fees.

High-protein items always are in demand, as are healthy snacks for kids such as crackers, juice boxes and pudding cups.

It's a win-win situation.  You benefit by having your late fees waived, while assisting local people in the fight against hunger.

Donated food only can be used to pay late fees.  Charges for lost or damaged materials still have to be paid in cold, hard cash (checks also accepted).

Although library staff members appreciate all food donations, they only can accept commercially packaged items that are undamaged and that have not exceeded their expiration date.  No dented, dinged or previously opened food items; no government commodity items; and sorry, no home-canned items.

Now's the time to clean out the closet, reach under the sofa and look behind the seat of the car for those long-forgotten library books, audiobooks and DVDs.

Bring them, along with your donations, to any of these five library locations.  You'll be making happier holidays for yourself and for someone who might otherwise go hungry.

Article Contributed by Janis C. Test, Information Services Manager at the Main Branch of the Abilene Public Library

Friday, November 21, 2014

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

Many patrons browse the new materials section of the library to discover the latest popular reads.  Part of finding them 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: Revival
Author: Stephen King
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F KING
Summary: The continuing relationship, over five decades, between a disgraced clergyman who is fascinated by electricity and a drug-addicted musician whom he mentored as a boy. 

#2: Gray Mountain
Author: John Grisham
Position Last Week: 1
Weeks On List: 4
Call Number: F GRISHAM
Summary: A downsized Wall Street lawyer joins a legal clinic in a small Virginia town. 

#3: Flesh and Blood
Author: Patricia Cornwell
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: M CORNWELL
Summary: As the Boston Marathon trial approaches, Dr. Kay Scarpetta, the chief medical examiner for the state of Massachusetts, pursues a sniper who may be a vigilante; the 22nd Scarpetta novel. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Weekly Events @ Your Library (Nov. 24-29)

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.

Nov. 25 @ 6:30PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
325-437-7323 for Info.
Join us for the final Family Fun event of the month that celebrates one of the best desserts at the Thanksgiving table...PIE!!!  Everything will be about pie with stories, crafts, songs, and more so feel free to join in on this special event as we get closer to the holidays! 

Nov. 27-28, All Day
All Locations
325-677-2474 for Info.
All locations of the library will be closed November 27-28 in observance of the Thanksgiving holidays.  For your convenience, outside materials returns will be available at all three locations if you need to return materials.  We will resume our normal hours on Saturday, Nov. 29 @ 9AM.  Happy Thanksgiving.

Don't miss out on these fun activities being hosted at your Abilene Public Library and get in on what your local library has to offer.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Tremain's Book Corner: "The Andy Cohen Diaries" by Andy Cohen

The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year
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Author: Andy Cohen
Reviewed By: Tremain Jackson, South Branch Manager

Book Summary: As a TV producer and host of the smash late night show "Watch What Happens Live," Cohen has a front row seat to an exciting world not many get to see.  In this dishy, detailed diary of one year in his life, Andy goes out on the town, drops names, hosts a ton of shows, becomes codependent with the Real Housewives, makes trouble, calls his mom, drops some more names, and, while searching for love, finds it with a dog.  We learn everything from which celebrity peed in her WWHL dressing room to which Housewives are causing trouble and how.  Nothing is off limits - including dating.  We see Andy at home and with close friends and family.  Throughout, Andy tells us not only what goes down, but exactly what he thinks about it. 

Personal Review: If you're not a fan of the Bravo Channel, you probably haven't heard of Andy Cohen, but if this station has turned you into a Bravoholic (guilty as charged), you're going to want to get your hands on Cohen's latest book!

Coming off the heels of his previous bestseller, Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture, I do feel that unless you're a fan of the shows he's created, produced, or hosted, you may not find this book to be that much of an interesting read as it could be.  Candidly written, fans will follow Cohen over the course of a year, and get a better sense at everything this poor guy has to go through, especially when dealing with some of the "colorful" Bravolebrities.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Today's Top Releases in Books & DVDs @ Your Library

Everyone loves staying on top of the latest in books & DVDs, and we receive them on a regular basis at your Abilene Public Library.  Tuesdays are the biggest days of the week in the world of libraries, as these are the days that the bulk of all materials are released for the week.  Join us as we hit the highlights of some of the more popular titles coming to your library, and be sure to get ourselves on the reserve lists!

If I Stay
Starring: Chloe Grace Moretz
Summary: Life changes in an instant for young Mia Hall after a car accident puts her in a coma.  During an out-of-body experience, she must decide whether to wake up and live a life far different than she had imagined.  This film is rated PG-13 for thematic elements and some sexual material.  Based on the novel by Gayle Forman, published in 2009, the adaptation opened to mixed reviews form the critics, but was received by moviegoers as it took in $75.3 million in the box office. 

22 Jump Street
Starring: Channing Tatum
Summary: After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt and Jenko when they go deep undercover at a local college.  Serving as a sequel to the 2012 film, this entry is rated R for language throughout, sexual content, drug material, brief nudity and some violence.  Receiving positive reviews from the critics, people flocked to the theaters to see this sequel as it took in $327.9 million in the box office, and there will also be a third installment to come in the future. 

Into the Storm
Starring: Richard Armitage
Summary: Storm trackers, thrill-seekers, and everyday townspeople document an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes touching down in the town of Silverton.  This film is rated PG-13 for sequences of intense destruction and peril, and language including some sexual references.  Receiving mixed reviews from the critics, it did well in the box office with taking in $157.6 million. 

The Escape
Author: David Baldacci
Summary: Baldacci returns with another installment of the series starring John Puller, a combat veteran and special agent with the U.S. Army who is the man they call to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation.  But all of his training, experience, and skills will not prepare him for the newest case, one that will force him to hunt down the most formidable and brilliant prey he has ever tracked: his own brother. 

The Job: A Fox and O'Hare Novel
Author: Janet Evanovich
Summary: Check out the third installment in the series that teams FBI Special Agent Kate O'Hare up with the charming con man Nicolas Fox, as they bring down the world's most-wanted and untouchable felons.  Now they're on the hunt for the brutal leader of a global drug-smuggling empire.  No one knows what he looks like, where he is, or how to find him, but Fox has a few tricks up his sleeve, and O'Hare just hopes to come out of it alive. 

The Cinderella Murder
Author: Mary Higgins Clark
Summary: In the first book of a new series, co-authored with Alafair Burke, the "Queen of Suspense" offers a brand new series about a television program featuring cold case murders called "Under Suspicion."  The pilot is a success, but one case, the Cinderella Murder, may prove to be a case to attract great ratings as the former suspects include Hollywood's elite and tech billionaires.  The suspense and drama are perfect for the silver screen - but is Cinderella's murderer ready for a close-up?

Look out for these great titles at your Abilene Public Library, and get yourselves on the reserve lists so you're certain to keep up with some of the popular releases of the week.  Plus, stop by every Tuesday to get a look at even more popular releases, or try listening to our Podcast.

Monday, November 17, 2014

"Discover New Kids' Portal to eBooks on OverDrive" ~ @ the Library Article

It doesn't take much arm-twisting on the Abilene Public Library's part to convince patrons of how amazing the OverDrive collection of eBooks and audiobooks is.

We've offered this service for years, giving everyone with an Abilene Public Library card access to great digital content 24/7, no matter where they are.  That's something we all can get behind, right?  Plus, OverDrive is available on the leading smartphones, tablets and eReaders.

Although there's a massive collection of digital content for the general adult audience, you may not know that we also carry popular materials for children through high school age.

Children's materials have been a bit harder to find because, until now, one had to wade through the entire collection to find their listings.  That's not the case any longer - we've launched a new kids' portal on OverDrive.

Friday, November 14, 2014

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

Many patrons browse the new materials section of the library to discover the latest popular reads.  Part of finding them 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: Gray Mountain
Author: John Grisham
Position Last Week: 1
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: F GRISHAM
Summary: A downsized Wall Street lawyer joins a legal clinic in a small Virginia town.

#2: The Burning Room
Author: Michael Connelly
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: M CONNELLY
Summary: The Los Angeles detective Harry Bosch and his new partner investigate two long-unsolved cases.

#3: Prince Lestat
Author: Anne Rice
Position Last Week: 3
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: F RICE
Summary: The Vampire Chronicles continue after a long hiatus with the reappearance of Lestat de Lioncourt.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

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

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

Nov. 17 @ 4PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
Kids are invited to a fantastical program all about fantastic creatures like unicorns, dragons, fairies, and more.  Come celebrate them through stories, games, crafts and more in a fun after school activity for the entire family. 

Nov. 17 @ 6:30PM
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
325-698-7565 for Info.
We're having fun showing youth how to create sand that doesn't get wet when submerged in water, and colorful glass-looking art inspired by the creations of American glass sculptor Dale Chihuly. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Today's Top Releases in Books & DVDs @ Your Library

Everyone loves staying on top of the latest releases in books & DVDs, and we receive them on a regular basis at your Abilene Public Library.  Tuesdays are the biggest days of the week in the world of libraries, as these are the days that the bulk of all new materials are released for the week.  Join us as we hit the highlights of some of the more popular titles coming to your library, and be sure to get yourselves on the reserve lists!

How to Train Your Dragon 2
Starring: Jay Baruchel
Summary: When Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.  This film is rated PG for adventure action and some mild rude humor.  Receiving positive reviews from the critics, the film was a hit with audiences in generating $615 million in the box office, and there will be a third installment in the series set to be released in 2017 (a while to wait). 

Tammy
Starring: Melissa McCarthy
Summary: After losing her job and learning that her husband has been unfaithful, a woman hits the road with her profane, hard-drinking grandmother.  This film is rated R for language including sexual references.  Although opening to negative reviews from the critics, people still went out to go see it as it took in $99.4 million in the box office...so if you're a fan of McCarthy, you'll want to check this film out. 

Let's Be Cops
Starring: Damon Wayans, Jr.
Summary: Two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party and become neighborhood sensations.  But when these newly-minted "heroes" get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line.  This film is rated R for language including sexual references, some graphic nudity, violence and drug use.  Opening to generally negative reviews, it still managed to bring in $116.1 million in the box office, which wasn't bad for a comedy that didn't have big names attached to the leads. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

"Library Information Experts Can Help Navigate the Internet" ~ @ the Library Article

The vastness of the amount of information available on the Internet might be compared to the vastness of the oceans.  The problem in searching the Web is in discerning what we can depend upon as credible.  Is it accurate, complete and without bias?

That's why the Abilene Public Library has attempted to sort the what from the chaff our Web Guide, which features almost a thousand websites organized by subject.  Go to www.abilenetx.com/apl and click on E-Resources, then Web Guide.

Each website has been selected on the basis of quality and timeliness by APL's professional librarians. 
At present, there are 961 websites listed among 38 categories.  There are 77 sites under Government and Politics, 69 sites under General Reference and 51 under Health and Medicine.

Friday, November 7, 2014

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

Many patrons browse the new materials section of the library to discover the latest popular reads.  Part of finding them 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: Gray Mountain
Author: John Grisham
Position Last Week: 1
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: F GRISHAM
Summary: A downsized Wall Street lawyer joins a legal clinic in a small Virginia town.

#2: The Slow Regard of Silent Things
Author: Patrick Rothfuss
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: SF ROTHFUSS
Summary: An exploration of the world of Auri, a character in the Kingkiller Chronicles.

#3: Prince Lestat
Author: Anne Rice
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F RICE
Summary: The Vampire Chronicles continue after a long hiatus with the reappearance of Lestat de Lioncourt.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

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

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

Nov. 10 @ 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
Kids of all ages are welcome to join us for this evening craft session at the library where we'll be showing you how to make and decorate your own pair of binoculars.  Come check it out. 

Nov. 11, All Day
All Locations
325-677-2474 for Info.
All locations of the library will be closed in observance of Veterans Day, honoring the great men and women who protect our country and freedom.  Outside materials returns will be available at all locations, if you need to return any materials, and we'll resume our normal hours of operation the following day at 9AM. 

Nov. 13 @ 3PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Info.
Health Care Navigators from the Betty Hardwick Center will be available to speak to you about the Affordable Care Act as it comes to its first year of implementation.  Learn what you need to know now, and ask questions, in this informative event. 

Nov. 13 @ 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
Youth, ages 10-17, are invited to develop their creative writing skills in this fun club at the library where we'll help strengthen your ability to write poetry, short stories, plays, or even continuous works like a novel.  No need to signup, just come out to this weekly meeting after school and join in on the fun. 

Nov. 15 @ 1PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
325-437-7323 for Info.
We're joining hundreds of other libraries nationwide to celebrate the 7th Annual International Games Day offering programming and events suitable for the whole family.  Join us for a host of board games and Wii games and join us for a fun afternoon of gaming in the activity room.  Feel free to bring your own favorites to share as well.

Don't miss out on these fun activities being hosted at your Abilene Public Library and get in on what your local library has to offer.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

International Games Day @ Your Library, Nov. 15!

More than one thousand libraries around the world will celebrate the 7th annual International Games Day @ Your Library on Saturday, November 15, 2014.  We invite patrons of all ages to join in the celebration and stop by the Mockingbird Branch from 1-3:30PM for a fun-filled afternoon of FREE entertainment!


Participants can play Mario Kart on the Wii, challenge each other to a game of Twister, battle it out in a classic checkers match or learn how to play a brand new board game, thanks to donations from companies like USAopoly, Ravensburger, SimplyFun and many more.  Or bring your laptop and login to Game Table Online to play interactive, strategy board games.

So what are you waiting for?  Family Fun for all ages abounds at this year's 7th Annual International Games Day @ Your Library Saturday, November 15, 2014.  Snacks will be provided and we hope to see you there!

For questions or more information, phone the Mockingbird Branch at 325-437-7323.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Today's Top Releases in Books & DVDs @ Your Library

Everyone loves staying on top of the latest releases in books & DVDs, and we receive them on a regular basis at your Abilene Public Library.  Tuesdays are the biggest days of the week in the world of libraries, as these are the days that the bulk of all new materials are released for the week.  Join us as we hit the highlights of some of the more popular titles coming to your library, and be sure to get yourselves on the reserve lists!

Maleficent
Starring: Angelina Jolie
Summary: A vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land.  Rated PG for sequences of fantasy action and violence, including frightening images, and based on the "villain" from the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, this film took in $757.4 million in the box office, so look out for it at your library. 

A Million Ways to Die in the West
Starring: Seth MacFarlane
Summary: As a cowardly farmer begins to fall for the mysterious new woman in town, he must put his new-found courage to the test when her husband, a notorious gunslinger, announces his arrival.  This film is rated R for strong crude and sexual content, language throughout, some violence, and drug material.  Opening to mixed reviews from the critics, the film was a moderate box office success with taking in $86 million, so look for it at your library. 

Hercules
Starring: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
Summary: Having endured his legendary twelve labors, 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.  As the second film on this Greek hero released this year, this entry is rated PG-13 for epic battle sequences, violence, suggestive comments, brief strong language and partial nudity, taking in $238.2 million in the box office and receiving mixed reviews from the critics.