Thursday, April 30, 2015

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

May 4 @ 6:00PM
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
325-698-7565 for Info.
Join us for the next Teen Book Club session at the library where we'll be discussing the book "Blackbird" by Anna Carey.  Plus, we'll also have a special Bring Your Own Graphic Novel session to discuss your favorites with the group.  Light refreshments served. 

May 4 @ 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-698-7565 for Info.
Youth, ages 8-15, are invited out to a fun workshop where we'll be using a special powder to show you how to create a customized ball with different colors.  All it takes is a mold, some warm water, and time.  Once completed, you'll have your own super bouncy ball! 

May 5 @ 6:00PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
325-437-7323 for Info.
Dia is a celebration of connecting kids and families to diverse books, languages, and cultures.  We're inviting families to come out for a storytime featuring bilingual stories, fun songs and rhymes, and even the chance to create your own bookmark to inspire a love of literacy. 

May 5 @ 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.,
325-676-6025 for Info.
Join us for a free workshop where we're inviting in certified arborist Bruce Kreitler, with Broken Willow Tree Service, who will be on hand to talk about the importance of good soil to tree growth and health.  Plus, he'll be happy to address your tree issues too. 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Book-to-Film Adaptations: May 2015

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.

Far from the Madding Crowd
Release Date: May 1
Author: Thomas Hardy
Summary: The story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene who attracts three very different suitors: Gabrieel Oak, a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy, a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood, a prosperous and mature bachelor.  This timeless story of Bathsheba's choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love - as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance.

Pitch Perfect 2
Starring: Anna Kendrick
Release Date: May 15
Author: Mickey Rapkin
Summary: The Bella's are back, and they are better than ever.  After being humiliated in front of none other than the President of the United States of America, the Bella's are taken out of the Aca-Circuit.  In order to clear their name, and regain their status, the Bella's take on a seemingly impossible task:winning an International competition no American team has ever won.  In order to accomplish this monumental task, they need to strengthen the bonds of friendship and sisterhood, and blow away the competition with their amazing aca-magic!  With all new friends and old rivals tagging along for the trip, the Bella's can hopefully accomplish their dreams.

And there you have it, your look at April's book-to-film adaptations to be on the lookout for in theaters.

Get Your Look at the Upcoming Summer Reading Clubs

Summer is just around the corner, and your Abilene Public Library is gearing up for the highly anticipated Summer Reading Club programs!!!  Starting June 1st, all library locations will be bursting at the seams with great events, activities, and services to offer everyone in the community.

Even better, we've re-vamped the Summer Reading Club web pages online, and they're now available for you to view so you can get an early look on what to expect.

All three (3) reading Clubs will return this year, offering a club for every age.  Online you will find...
  • Kids Reading Club Information (Youth up to Grade 5)
  • Teen Reading Club Information (Grades 6-12)
  • Adult Reading Club Information (Ages 18 & Up)
  • Suggested Reading Lists
  • Summer Movie Lineup
  • Young Audiences Schedule
  • Program & Events Listings
  • Special Activities, and more.
Don't be left in the dark when it comes to the Summer Reading Clubs at your Abilene Public Library, as it's certainly a time to come out and enjoy all we have to offer.  Plus, the predominant theme for this year will be superheroes, and we certainly will have tons of great programming to go along with that.  The possibilities are endless including Superhero Training Camps, crafting sessions, movie showings, and more.

Feel free to peruse the Summer Reading Club site and book it to always find your way back.  However you'll also be able to locate it off of our Main Website too in the upper right-hand corner.

New Look for Teen Pages Online!

It's been a while, but we're happy to let you know we've completely updated our Teen Web Pages on the Abilene Public Library's site.  Now live for viewing, you'll find even more great information from your library that's aimed directly at teens.

Visit our page to find information on...
  • Popular Teen Book Lists
  • Programs & Events
  • Movie Schedules
  • Teen Technology
  • Book Reviews
  • Project Teen Videos
  • Teen Volunteer Program
  • Homework Help Sites & Resources
  • Cool Websites
  • College-Bound Sites
You'll also be able to connect with us on all of our social media accounts on each page, check out OverDrive and Hoopla, search the catalog, and more.

Check it out and we hope you like what you see!

Tremain's Book Corner: "Skin Game" by Jim Butcher

Skin Game (The Dresden Files, Book 15)
Author: Jim Butcher
Call Number: SF BUTCHER
Reviewed By: Tremain Jackson, South Branch Manager
Personal Rating: 4.5 Stars

Summary: Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day...
Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do.  Usually, it's something awful.

He doesn't know the half of it...

Mab has just traded Harry's skills to pay off one of her debts.  And now he must help a group of supernatural villains - led by one of Harry's most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone - to break into the highest security vault in town so that they then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.

It's a smash-and-grab job to recover the literal Holy Grail from the vaults of the greatest treasure hoard in the supernatural world - which belongs to the one and only Hades, Lord of the freaking Underworld and generally unpleasant character.  Worse, Dresden suspects there is another game afoot that no one is talking about.  And he's dead certain that Nicodemus has no intention of allowing any of his crew to survive the experience.  Especially Harry.

Dresden's always been tricky, but he's going to have to up his backstabbing game to survive this mess - assuming his own allies don't end up killing him before his enemies get the chance.

Personal Review: I love the Harry Dresden series.  It combines fantasy with humor, action, and mystery, and always delivers a great ride for readers in each installment.  Now, I've heard from other readers of the series that they feel the series itself is becoming darker than before, probably since the release of Changes; however, it all still works for me.  I can't get enough of it and the series is still going strong.

This is one of those series where you can pick up one of the books, and once you crack the spine, you won't be able to put it down until you finish because Butcher knows how to keep you invested in each and every story, from start to finish.

This entry had just about everything I could have wanted and expected.  Many issues from the past have been resolved, we're re-introduced to characters from earlier in the series (Karen), the humor and wise-ass remarks of Harry are still going strong, and much more.  From start to finish, I was completely invested in his latest book, and simply can't wait to get my hands on the next book in the series.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Today's Top Book & DVD Releases @ 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 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 Wedding Ringer
Starring: Kevin Hart
Summary: Doug Harris is a lovable but socially awkward groom-to-be with a problem: he has no best man.  With less than two weeks to go until he marries the girl of his dreams, Doug is referred to Jimmy Callahan, owner of Best Man, Inc., a company that provides flattering best men for socially challenged guys in need.  What ensues is a hilarious wedding charade as they try to pull off the big con, and an unexpected budding bromance between Doug and his fake best man Jimmy. 

Inherent Vice
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix
Summary: Private eye Doc Sportello's ex-old lady shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin.

Gathering Prey (Lucas Davenport Series #25)
Author: John Sandford
Summary: They call them Travelers.  They move from city to city, panhandling, committing no crimes - they just like to stay on the move.  And now somebody is killing them.  Lucas' adopted daughter, Letty, is home from college and gets a call from a woman Traveler she befriended.  The woman thinks somebody's killer her friends, she's afraid she knows who it is, and now her male companion has gone missing.  Letty tells Lucas, and though he suspects Letty's getting played, he volunteers to go with her; however, when he hears the woman's story, he begins to think there's some truth in it. 

Monday, April 27, 2015

"Your Library - Not Just Books" ~ @ the Library Article

Many people believe that libraries are just for books and serious research; however, this is no longer true, especially at your Abilene Public Library.  We offer many modern services including Internet access, electronic resources accessible from home, and educational programs for all ages.  So, if it's been a while since you've been through our door, that's okay.  Read along to travel with us on a virtual tour.

Main Library, Downtown
All three branches of the Abilene Public Library have free public-access computers which can be used to access the Internet, create documents in Microsoft Office, complete online classes or tests, and much more.  You can reserve a computer for a specific time with your library card number up to 24 hours in advance, or simply wait for a computer to become available while browsing our books, movies, magazines, or newspapers.  We also offer printing and copying services at all branches for a small fee.

Our collection of online electronic resources is always growing.  We have programs for everything from homework help to creating a resume.  Need to study for a test?  Try Learning Express Library 3.0 which has study materials for elementary grades through SAT prep all the way to career-related exams such as the Pharmacy Tech test. W e also have resources for businesses, such as A to Z Databases which allows you to generate mailing lists, check demographics, and more.  Most of theses resources can be accessed from your home computer as long as you login with a valid library card number.  All these resources can be found on our website under the E-Resources link.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

South Branch Library Re-Opening Delayed

1401 S. Danville Dr.
The South Branch location of the Abilene Public Library will remain closed on Monday, April 27.  Although plumbing issues form the previous week have been resolved, we will be in the process of installing new carpet in the affected areas.  To do so, we will need to remain closed until the process is completed.

All scheduled South Branch programming has been cancelled.  Previously scheduled events for Lib-Con will be hosted at the Main Library (202 Cedar St.) including the Teen Time event on April 27 at 5:30PM and the Make & Take event on April 28 at 4:00PM.  Thursday and Friday Lib-Con activities may be hosted at the Mockingbird Branch (1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.), but stay tuned for further updates.

Available holds for pickup at the South Branch will still be made available at the Main Library, and staff will continue to check in materials that have been returned to the South Branch during the closure.  Library services will be available to the community through the Main Library and Mockingbird Branch locations during regularly scheduled hours.

We apologize for the inconvenience this closure may cause, but we do appreciate your patience while we work diligently to re-open the facility.

Friday, April 24, 2015

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Apr. 26)

Many patrons browse the new materials section of the library to discover the latest reads.  Part of finding them is browsing the New York Times Bestsellers lists we make available to locate that popular read, 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 & Nonfiction lists for the week.

Hardcover Fiction Top 5

#1: The Girl on the Train
Author: Paula Hawkins
Position Last Week: 1
Weeks On List: 14
Call Number: F HAWKINS
Summary: A psychological thriller set in London.

#2: The Liar
Author: Nora Roberts
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F ROBERTS
Summary: After her husband's death, a woman returns with her daughter to her Smoky Mountain hometown, only to discover that her husband was a fraud who implicated her in his deceptions.

#3: All the Light We Cannot See
Author: Anthony Doerr
Position Last Week: 2
Weeks On List: 50
Call Number: F DOERR
Summary: The lives of a blind French girl and a gadget-obsessed German boy before and during World War II; the winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Weekly Events @ Your Library (Apr. 27 - May 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.  The majority of this week's programming will be centered on Lib-Con 2015.  Find more information on our Lib-Con Website!

Apr. 27 @ 11:30AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
We're kicking off Lib-Con 2015 with the kids.  Join us after Toddler Time as we host a Ninja Turtle Pizza Party in honor of the popular cartoons and movies.  Along with pizza, we'll play ninja turtle games, make ninja turtle masks, and more. 

Apr. 27 @ 4:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
Every convention needs badges to identify guests, so stop by this come-and-go workshop and make some badges of your own.  Don't worry, if you're not able to make it out to this program, you can still attend all Lib-Con activities. 

Apr. 27 @ 5:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-698-7565 for Info.
Teens are invited to come out and show their pride for their favorite superheroes, or villains, by creating some fun crafts using melty beads.  We'll use this retro 8-bit style to create some great characters, and supply you with all the materials and instructions needed to get you started. Location Change to Main Library.

Apr. 27 @ 7:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
Join award-winning cosplayer Amanda Sasser, veteran cosplayer Sierra Moon, and makeup/prop expert Dan Joplin, as they host another panel discussion to answer all of your questions when it comes to cosplaying and creating some great outfits, accessories, and more.  Whether you're a beginner, or have been doing it for years, come out and learn a thing or two, and come with your questions as well. 

Apr. 28 @ 4:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
Teen readers are invited to the next book club session at the Main Library that focuses on reading great titles from the Lone Star list of recommended reads for Texas students.  This month we'll be discussing Gordon Korman's book titled "Ungifted."  Come ready to discuss it with other avid teen readers at your library. 

Apr. 28 @ 4:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-698-7565 for Info.
Show your superhero pride at Lib-Con by coming out to this come-and-go workshop for youth where we'll be creating some great necklaces using bottle caps and your favorite superhero logos from our assortment of graphics.  Great to wear to all Lib-Con activities you attend, or simply to keep as a souvenir. Location Change to Main Library

Apr. 28 @ 5:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St. 
325-676-6067 for Info.
You won't want to miss this crafting workshop and movie night celebrating steampunk, which combines Victorian sensibilities with futuristic technology.  We'll start by making some great steampunk crafts and accessories, and then watching a great feature film that ties in with the theme.  You won't want to miss out on it. 

Apr. 28 @ 6:30PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
325-437-7323 for Info.
Kids of all ages, and parents too, are invited out to this evening storytime event centering on the popular children's book titled "The Wide-Mouthed Frog."  Join us for stories, songs, crafts, and more that's all about our favorite frog at your library. 

Apr. 29 @ 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
325-437-7323 for Info.
Teachers from Kuk Sool Won Abilene Martial Art Center will be on hand at Lib-Con to train youth on how to learn and use some martial arts moves...every superhero needs some fighting skills after all.  This program is designed for youth ages 8 and up so join us for an afternoon of physical fun at the library. 

Apr. 30 @ 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
Are you between the ages of 10-17 and love to write?  If so, join our writing club for youth and hone your creative writing skills in all forms and with no pressure or stress.  Work with your peers, and club leader Kelsie Nygren, as we engage in group writing activities and share our works with others, all the while learning the basics of writing. 

Apr. 30 @ 5:00PM
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
325-698-7565 for Info.
We've been making lots of crafts at Lib-Con, and there's still more to make.  Superheroes may need a pack to carry their gear in, and you can make your own by coming out to this crafting workshop.  Come design your own bag, with a personalized superhero logo that speaks to you. 

Apr. 30 @ 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
Youth love anime, but parents may not completely understand what it's all about.  We invite parents to come out to this event and learn what anime really is at your library, so you can be more informed about what your kids are interested in and/or watching.  We may just be able to dispel some common misconceptions too. 

Apr. 30 @ 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
While parents are learning about anime, youth can participate in a fun scavenger hunt throughout the library, with prizes being awarded too.  When we're finished, we'll meet in the children's storyroom where we'll be watching episodes of a popular anime series. 

May 1 @ 10:30AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
We'll be having a fun sing-along program at the library for kids during the storytime hour.  We'll be featuring a hit Disney film you've all seen, you all love, and with songs you just can't get enough of!  Join us as we watch a sing-along version of the flick at Lib-Con. 

May 1 @ 1:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Info.
PrimeTime Family Entertainment Center will be a part of Lib-Con by hosting a Tabletop Gaming session for several hours featuring a number of great games for all ages to enjoy.  Come get your game on, the traditional way, with employees from a business in Abilene that is all about the fun! 

May 1 @ 4:30PM
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
325-698-7565 for Info.
Every child can be a hero at this program!  We're calling on all youth to come out to this afternoon storytime and be a superhero with us through stories, crafts, games, and more.  Plus, you may even get some details on what's in store for the upcoming Summer Reading Clubs this year. 

May 2; All Day
All Locations
325-677-2474 for Info.
Partnering with Comics & Collectibles, all library locations will offer a selection of great comics for everyone to come out and snag while supplies last.  We'll limit everyone to one (1) comic per person to have enough for everyone, but don't miss out on your chance to participate in this great program during Lib-Con!!! 

May 2; 9AM to Noon
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-698-7565 for Info.
Show your pride for your favorite superheroes by adorning your faces, arms, and hands with your favorite superhero logos.  Our face painters will be on hand with a selection of designs for you to choose from, or you may be able to suggest your own.  It's the best way to show your love of superheroes and comics during Lib-Con. 

May 2; 9AM to 2PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Info.
Join the gaming gurus from The Gathering Place who will offer gaming sessions and demonstrations of popular card games including Magic the Gathering, My Little Pony, and others.  These are quite popular with the Lib-Con crowd, and whether you've played before or not, we invite you to come out and join us for some gaming fun. 

May 2; 9:30AM to Noon
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
Join us in the storyroom this morning as we'll be hosting a marathon of popular anime series.  Stay for one episode, or camp out for several, just come out and enjoy great anime titles while partaking in the events of the final day of Lib-Con. 

May 2; 9:30AM to 11AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
In case you missed out on some of the Lib-Con crafting sessions we've been hosting throughout the week, we'll be bringing them all back this morning and allowing you the chance to make them all at your library.  From superhero necklaces to steampunk accessories, there will be some great crafts o make throughout the morning! 

(Lib-Con) Photo Booth Time
May 2; 10AM to 2PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Info.
Don't forget to visit the 2nd floor of the library and take some photos with our backdrops and props to remember Lib-Con by.  You may find a tardis from Doctor Who, a creeper from Minecraft, and more great items for you to snap some photos with.  Don't miss out on your chance to come check them out. 

(Lib-Con) Vendors
May 2; 10AM to 3PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Info.
Come out and see the host of vendors who will be a part of this year's mini-convention to show you their wares, tell you about them, and you may even find some treasures to pick up and purchase for yourselves.  All vendors will be on the 2nd floor, so be sure to check them out and see what they have to offer. 

(Lib-Con) Food Trucks
May 2; 11:30AM to 2PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Info.
Grab a bite to eat during the final day of Lib-Con by snagging some great eats from local food truck vendors we'll have available outside.  We do ask that you keep your food and drinks outside of the library unless participating in the Lunch & Movie event at noon.  These items will be accepted in the auditorium during that event. 

May 2; Noon to 2PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Info.
Join us for a great feature film for Lib-Con this afternoon as we'll be showing one of the best superhero team lineup films of ALL TIME.  Feel free to bring your lunch, purchase one from the local food trucks, and come out ready to watch a great flick and enjoy lunch before we move on to the biggest event of the day! 

May 2; 3PM to 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Info.
Don't miss your chance to be a part of the Cosplay Contest.  We'll have divisions for youth, teens, and adults to enter where you can show off your great costumes to an audience for a chance to win some great prizes!  If you don't want to participate, be a part of the audience and come support those who do.  Plus, you'll be able to see a great intermission with a performance by the members of the Collecting Commas Writing won't want to miss it!

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

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Tremain's Book Corner: "Prince Lestat" by Anne Rice

Prince Lestat (Vampire Chronicles #11)
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Author: Anne Rice
Reviewed By: Tremain Jackson, South Branch Manager
Personal Rating: 3 Stars

Book Summary: The novel opens with the vampire world in crisis...vampires have been proliferating out of control; burnings have commenced all over the world, huge massacres similar to those carried out by Akasha...Old vampires, roused from slumber in the earth are doing the bidding of a Voice commanding that they indiscriminately burn vampire-mavericks in cities from Paris and Mumbai to Hong Kong, Kyoto, and San Francisco.

As the novel moves from present-day New York and the West Coast to ancient Egypt, fourth century Carthage, fourteenth century Rome, the Venice of the Renaissance, the worlds and beings of all the Vampire Chronicles - Louis de Pointe du Lac; the eternally young Armand, whose face is that of a Boticelli angel; Mekare and Maharet, Pandora and Flavius; David Talbot, vampire and ultimate fixer from the secret Talamasca; and Marius, the true Child of the Millennia; along with all the other new seductive, supernatural creatures - come together in this large, luxuriant, fiercely ambitious novel to ultimately rise up and seek out who - or what - the Voice is, and to discover the secret of what it desires and why...

Personal Review: Well, my previous book review covered the latest by this author's bestselling son, so I felt it only fitting to review the latest by Anne Rice, especially since almost after a decade, she has added another entry to her popular Vampire Chronicles series.

I'll start by stating, which I hope to not be in the minority, but having been a HUGE fan of the series, I wasn't as impressed by this read as I was with previous entries.  I feel my primary justification (or rationalization) for this train of thought is that I don't usually remember, in great detail, past books I've read.  Call it A.D.D. of the reading brain.  Since it has been roughly 10 years since I've touched this series, jumping back into it without re-reading the previous novels made this current entry feel too...discombobulating. 

There were so many characters from the previous books in the series, so many different time periods were crossed, the Talamasca was introduced again in all their was just too much to fully immerse myself into the series again without scratching my head a bit.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Today's Top Book & DVD Releases @ Your Library

Everyone love 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.

Starring: Jack O'Connell
Summary: Based on the true story and bestselling book of the same name, Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in World War II, only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. 

Taken 3
Starring: Liam Neeson
Summary: Ex-covert operative Bryan Mills, whose long awaited reconciliation with his ex-wife is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered, must use his set of skills to track down the real killers, exact his unique brand of justice, and protect the only thing that matters to him now: his daughter. 

Starring: Jennifer Aniston
Summary: A look into the darkly funny world of Claire Bennett, who initiates a dubious relationship with a widower while confronting fantastical hallucinations of his dead wife.  With her feisty housekeeper/caretaker at her side, Claire searches for human connection and self-forgiveness in this tale of personal redemption. 

Little Accidents
Starring: Elizabeth Banks
Summary: In a small American town still living in the shadow of a terrible coal mine accidents, the disappearance of a teenage boy draws together a surviving miner, the lonely wife of a mine executive, and a local boy in a webs of secrets. 

The Memory Man
Author: David Baldacci
Summary: Amos' life changed forever - twice.  The first time was on the gridiron.  After going pro in football, his career ended before it began after he was involved in a violent helmet-to-helmet collision, on his first play, that knocked him off the field for good, and left him with a side effect - he can never forget anything.  The second time happened 20 years later.  As a police detective, he returned from a stakeout to find his family being murdered.  The killer's identity is a mystery, but Amos can't forget a single detail of that night.  With his world collapsing around him, he leaves the police force, loses his home, winds up on the street, and take odd jobs as private investigator.  When a man confesses to the murders, Amos is called back to help with the investigation, while also seizing his chance to learn what really happened to his family. 

One Night
Author: Eric Jerome Dickey
Summary: For one night, a couple checks in to an upscale hotel.  The pair seem unlikely companions, but their attraction is palpable to all who observe them - or overhear their cries of passion.  In the course of twelve hours, con games, erotic interludes, jealousy, violence, and murder swirl around them.  Will they part ways in bliss, in sorrow, or in death?

Look out for these 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.

Monday, April 20, 2015

@ the Library Article: "Lib-Con Strikes Next Week!!!"

Lib-Con Strikes Again!!!
Last year the Abilene Public Library (APL) launched a brand new program: Lib-Con!  APL is thrilled to say Lib-Con is coming back for its second year.  Running April 27 through May 2, this year's Lib-Con will be bigger and, dare we say, better than before.  This week long event will have something for everyone with a little geek in their heart.

Doctor Who Fans!!!
Every year thousands flock to major geek-friendly conventions, like San Diego Comic Con, PAX, E3, and even A-Kon in our own beloved state.  These conventions offer opportunities for those with wonderfully geeky hobbies to come together.  This may mean swapping debating the merits of Star Wars vs Star Trek, dressing up like your favorite Doctor, watching anime, or playing the newest gaming sensation, Lib-Con was designed to bring a piece of all this geeky fun to Abilene.

Lib-Con is a family-friendly event, but that doesn't mean it's just for kids.  We've got events for all ages.  A full and complete list of events, including movies titles can be seen on our Lib-Con Website.

Guests in Costumes!!!
Day one is Monday, April 27.  It starts off with a pizza party for kids featuring a certain group of reptiles at the Main library at 11:30AM.  Then show off your geek pride by making your own Lib-Con Badge at the Main Library starting at 4:00PM.  Work on your crafting skills at the South Branch at 5:30PM and make your own 8-Bit Hero magnet.  The final event of the evening is a Cosplay Construction Q&A at the Main Library starting at 7:00PM.  If you have never heard the word cosplay, here is the Oxford Dictionary's definition: "The practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book, or video game, especially one from the Japanese genres of manga and anime."

Fun @ Lib-Con!
Day two is Tuesday, April 28.  South Branch starts off the day with Superhero Bottle Cap Necklaces at 4:00PM.  Then head on over to Main Library for a  steampunk craft and movie viewing; the craft starts at 5:30PM, with movie and popcorn to follow directly after.  Day three is Wednesday, April 29 and will feature a Martial Arts Demonstration at the Mockingbird Branch starting at 4:00PM.

Day four is Thursday, April 30.  At 5:00PM, South Branch will offer a craft for tweens to make their own Superhero Bags.  For parents wondering what anime is, the Main library will offer a Parent's Guide to Anime at 6:30PM.  There will also be a Scavenger Hung happening at the same time for tweens that will span the entire Main Library.

Day five is Friday May 1.  The Main Library will have a sing-along movie showing for kids at 10:30AM, that will feature some of your favorite princesses from our wonderful friends at Queen B Royal Events.  Starting at 1:00PM and going all the way to 5:30PM, the Main library, in association with Primetime Entertainment, will have a selection of new and unique tabletop games available to play and learn.  South Branch will have a Superhero Storytime at 4:30PM for all aspiring pint-sized superheroes.

Free Comics on May 2!
Day six is Saturday May 2.  This day is packed with things to do!  All Lib-Con events on this day will occur at the Main Library.  Starting at 9:00AM, kids can come and get their faces painted.  Card gamers will have the chance to play or learn a new collectible card game with the crew from The Gathering Place from 9:00AM to 2:00PM.  There will be anime showings in the morning from 9:30AM to 12:00PM.  If you've missed any crafts along the way, a selection of them will be available from 9:30AM to 11:00AM.  The photo booth will be coming back this year with some cool props to take pictures with and will be open from 10:00AM to 3:00PM.  Food trucks will be set up outside the library, and we will be showing an awesome superhero movie starting at 12:00PM.  Feel free to bring your lunch up to the auditorium and enjoy lunch and a movie.  And of course May 2 is Free Comic Book Day!  So come on down and pick one up.

2014 Teen Cosplay Winners
Lib-Con ends with the Cosplay Contest.  Registration starts at 1:00PM and the contest starts at 3:00PM.  There will be three divisions: Child, Teen, and Adult.  Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third in each division.  For a full listing of guidelines for the Cosplay Contest, check out our page on the Lib-Con Site!

A brand new addition this year is our Vendors area, which will be open on Saturday, May 2 from 10:00AM to 3:00PM.  Local vendors will have their wares for sale and local geeky organizations will have displays set up.  If you are interested in being a vendor, contact the Abilene Public Library at  325-677-2474 or view our Vendors Section on the Lib-Con website.

Sound like a lot?  It definitely come on down and check it out!  Lib-Con is an experience you don't want to miss!

Article Contributed by Amanda Sasser, Library Assistant II at the Main Branch of the Abilene Public Library