Monday, August 31, 2015

"Library Can Fill Plate with Healthy Eating Choices" ~ @ the Library Article

With a typical American diet consisting largely of processed foods and foods high in sugar content and low in nutritional value, it's really no wonder our society experiences such high incidences of cancer, Alzheimer's disease, and other degenerative diseases.  That essentially sums up the message from a globally recognized leader in brain science, Dr. David Perlmutter, in his new book Brain Maker which is just out.  I highly recommend it.

Mark Rogers
The same message will be delivered in a free program at the Abilene Public Library the evening of Tuesday, September 8.  Mark Rogers, owner and head trainer of Simply Human, LLC, a health and wellness consulting/coaching company in Abilene, will present Eat Like a Human beginning at 6:30PM in the auditorium of the Main Library at 202 Cedar St.

"Humans were designed to eat natural foods - meat, fish, eggs, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and healthy fats.  When you eat foods humans were designed to eat you can achieve optimal health and avoid the degenerative diseases that are plaguing our society today," according to Rogers.  In addition to nutrition, Rogers will talk about the importance of adequate sleep, managing stress, and getting the right kind of exercise.

The speaker is host and producer of the Simply Human Podcast which was recently as high as #13 on iTunes in the fitness and nutrition category.  He  is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication from Abilene Christian University and an MBA from West Texas A&M University.  He currently works with athletes at ACU on their movement patterns and nutrition plans.

Dr. Permutter's Brain Maker focuses on the power of gut microbes to heal and protect the brain.  While he focuses on brain health, he stresses the fact that most diseases common to Western society are strongly associated with what we eat and drink.  In addition to poor dietary habits, our health is at risk from exposure to toxic substances, high stress levels, lack of restful sleep, and sedentary lifestyles.

Among those most at risk for Alzheimer's, according to the author, are those who have high blood sugar and consume excessive amounts of gluten and process fructose.  Commonly found in white bread, pasta, cookies, cakes, muffins, pastries, many cereals, and crackers, among other foods, he says gluten should be avoided as much as possible.

Dr. William Shankle and Dr. Daniel Amen in Preventing Alzheimer's concur with Perlmutter on many points, but unlike Perlmutter, they introduce heredity as a key contributing factor and talk about the importance of early detection.  As a preventative they recommend daily Vitamin E and C supplements along with fish oil and low dose aspirin or ibuprofen (less than 175 mg/day).  They claim that alcohol use in moderation (2-3 drinks/week) can actually reduce the chance of dementia by up to 70 percent.

Two other books worth a look would be The Anti-Alzheimer's Prescription by neurologist Dr. Vincent Fortanasce and Mayo Clinic on Alzheimer's Disease both of which concur on the themes of eating smart, controlling stress and exercising both the mind and the body.

I also recommend reviewing the latest in Alzheimer's research by finding journal articles online from APL's databases available to library cardholders.  From our website click on E-Resources, then "Health."  Health Source - Consumer Edition is a good source for the latest from a "traditional medicine" perspective while Alternative HealthWatch and Natural & Alternative Treatments feature articles taking a more holistic approach.

Article Contributed by Dennis Miller, Information Services Librarian at the Main Branch of the Abilene Public Library

Friday, August 28, 2015

Book-to-Film Adaptations: September 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.

The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials
Starring: Dylan O'Brien
Release Date: 09/18
Inspired By: The Scorch Trials
Author: James Dashner
Summary: In this chapter of the epic "Maze Runner" saga, Thomas and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD.  Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles.  Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD's vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking plans for them all.

Black Mass
Starring: Johnny Depp
Release Date: 09/18
Author: Dick Lehr
Summary: John Connolly and James Bulger grew up together on the streets of South Boston.  Decades later, in the late 1970s, they would meet again.  By then, Connolly was a major figure in the FBI's Boston office and James had become godfather of the Irish Mob.  What happened between them - a dirty deal to trade secrets and take down Boston's Italian Mafia in the process - would spiral out of control, leading to murders, drug dealing, racketeering indictments, and ultimately, to Bulger making the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List.

Captive
Starring: Kate Mara
Release Date: 09/18
Inspired By: An Unlikely Angel
Author: Ashley Smith
Summary: In this fact-based thriller, a single mother struggling with drug addiction is randomly taken hostage in her own apartment by a man on the run from the law for breaking out of jail and murdering the judge assigned to his case - only to realize before the climactic finish that they have actually saved each other's lives.

Everest
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal
Release Date: 09/25
Inspired By: Into Thin Air
Author: Jon Krakauer
Summary: A climbing expedition on Mt. Everest is devastated by a severe snow storm.

The Walk
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Release Date: 09/30
Inspired By: To Reach the Clouds
Author: Phillippe Petit
Summary: The story of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit's attempt to cross the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974/

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

New York Times Bestsellers (Week of Aug. 30)

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 title.  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: Go Set a Watchman
Author: Harper Lee
Position Last Week: 1
Weeks On List: 6
Call Number: F LEE
Summary: In the mid-1950s, a grown-up Jean Louise Finch returns home to find that her adored father is not as perfect as she believed. Available in Regular Print, Large-Type Print, Audiobook on CD, Digital eBook, Digital Audiobook

#2: The Girl on the Train
Author: Paula Hawkins
Position Last Week: 2
Weeks On List: 32
Call Number: F HAWKINS
Summary: A psychological thriller set in the environs of London. Available in Regular Print, Large-Type Print, Audiobook on CD, Digital eBook, Digital Audiobook

#3: All the Light We Cannot See
Author: Anthony Doerr
Position Last Week: 3
Weeks On List: 68
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. Available in Regular Print, Large-Type Print, Audiobook on CD, Digital eBook, Digital Audiobook

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Weekly Events @ Your Library (Aug. 31 - Sept. 1)

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.

Sept. 1 @ 6:00PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Kids, in grade K-5, are invited to be a part of a new club at the library where children's staff will be reading books that are on the AR List for schools.  Not only will you hear great stories, but kids will also be able to test on them in school.  We'll meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday evenings of each month so come out and participate.

Sept. 1 @ 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Teens and young adults are invited to come out and be a part of the Anime Club at the library.  We'll watch popular anime shows and engage in other related activities for all anime and manga enthusiasts. 

Sept. 3 @ 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Kids of all ages are invited to come out to the first Make & Take program of the month after school, as we'll be showing kids how to make some apple crafts from toilet paper, in a useful household item that will be decorative before using.  We'll supply all the materials, you just come out ready for some fun. 

Sept. 3 @ 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
If you're between the ages of 10-17 and you enjoy writing, come hone your creative writing skills at your library with a group of your peers in our weekly writing club.  We'll collaborate on a number of writing prompts and activities to help you build your skills in all forms of writing.  No registration required. 

Sept. 3 @ 6:00PM
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
PH: 325-698-7565
Come out to the first Family Fun event of the month where we're having fun with stories, crafts, games, and more that are all about the ocean.  We may not have one close to Abilene, but that doesn't mean we still can't have fun.  This evening enhanced storytime event will be great for kids of all ages, and parents too. 

Sept. 3 @ 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
Come out and learn about the do's and don'ts of working with and caring for trees in the fall.  Master Arborist Bruce Kreitler will talk about what's different for your trees and how to handle and help them in the period of time between hot summer and cold winter.

Don't miss out on these great activities being hosted at your library and get in on what we have to offer.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

2015 West Texas Book Festival Highlights: FREE Events

The West Texas Book Festival is just over a month away, bringing great authors and events right here to Abilene.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Abilene Public Library, this year's festival will run Sept. 21-26 and most activities are FREE for the community.

This entry will provide a look at the number of FREE events you're welcome to attend at this year's festival including... 

Pulitzer Prize winning writer/author Buzz Bissinger will participate in a special pre-festival event at your library.  Known in Texas for authoring Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream, Bissinger highlighted the impact of high school football on small-town citiesThat book would then go on to be adapted into a feature film of the same name and a television series that ran on NBC for five seasons.  Having won the Pulitzer Prize, the Livingston Award, the American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award, the National Headliners Award, and more, Bissinger is making Abilene a stop on his Texas tour. 

Thomas will kick off the festival, who was the 2013 recipient of the A.C. Greene Award.  Thomas is a prolific New York Times bestselling author and a fifth generation Texan who sets her novels in her home state.  She'll be on hand to discuss her latest book, Ransom Canyon.  Her awards includes the National Press Women's Novel of the Year, the Romance Writers of America's RITA award, and the National Readers' Choice Award.  

Featured children's authors at the festival will be attending schools in Abilene and Wylie ISD's to provide youth with a chance to enjoy and participate in the festival fun through this outreach program.  It's an exciting way to help promote reading and possibly develop future writers.  This year's children's authors will include Penny Klostermann, Lisa Perini, Jay Moore and Glenn Dromgoole. 

Dearen will be on hand to discuss his latest book, The Big Drift, which won the 2015 Spur Award for Best Western Traditional Novel from the Western Writers of America, and Kent will discuss her latest novel, The Outcasts, which was awarded by the American Library Association as being a Top Pick in Historical Fiction for 2014, and the recipient of a Will Rogers Medallion Award for Western Fiction.  If you enjoy westerns, this will be the festival event for you.

Local authors, who have had a book published within the past 12 months, will be honored at this author reception at the library to highlight the local writing talent in our community.  Each will be in attendance to meet with people in the community, provide a presentation, and highlight their latest works.  Don't miss out on your chance to see some local talent at the festival. 

Castillo will be the next featured author at the library, and she is a New York Times bestselling author of a murder mystery series set in Amish country and collectively titled the Kate Burkholder series.  One of her books was adapted to a made-for-TV move starring Neve Campbell, and her latest book is titled After the Storm, the seventh entry in her popular series.  Come here her speak about her latest novel and pickup copies of her works. 

Don't miss the final author lunch program for the festival featuring Bill O'Neal, this year's A.C. Greene Award recipient, and Roger Moore.  O'Neal is the Texas State Historian and will be on hand to discuss his book Texas Gunslingers and Moore has a colorful background and will discuss his book of Texas history cartoons.  If you're a fan of Texas history, this will be a great event for you to attend.  

In a new festival event this year, featured cookbook author Harelik will offer a Cookbook Course for those interested in understanding what it takes to write your own cookbook.  She'll be on hand to explain the process of publishing your cookbook and giving you instructions for getting it completed.  Come ready to learn from a woman whose done it herself and pick up some valuable information at your library. 

On the final day of the festival, guests can get their final chance to hear from several of the featured authors this year at the Abilene Civic Center through a series of Conversation Sessions. All interviews will be open to the public and the lineup includes Penny Klostermann speaking at 9:00AM, Jay Moore & Glenn Dromgoole at 9:30AM, Kay Ellington & Barbara Brannon at 9:50AM, Mary Helen Specht at 10:30AM, and A.C. Greene Award winner Bill O'Neal at 10:50AM.

Don't miss out on these great activities being hosted in Downtown Abilene for the annual festival, and for a complete look at everything going on this year, visit the Festival Page online.

Tremain's Book Corner: "No One Gets Out Alive" by Adam Nevill

No One Gets Out Alive
Author: Adam Nevill
Reviewed By: Tremain Jackson, South Branch Manager
Personal Rating: 4 Stars

Book Summary: Darkness lives within...Cash-strapped, working for agencies and living in shared accommodations, Stephanie feels she can fall no further.  So when she takes a new room at the right price, she believes her luck has finally turned.  But 82 Edgware Road is not what it appears to be.  It's not only the eerie atmosphere of the vast, neglected house, or the disturbing attitude of her new landlord, Knacker Mcguidre, that makes her uneasy - it's the whispers behind the fireplace, the scratching beneath the floors, the footsteps in the dark, and the young women weeping in neighboring rooms.  And when Knacker's cousin Fergal arrives, the danger goes vertical.  But this is merely a beginning, a gateway to horrors beyond Stephanie's worst nightmares.  And in a house where no one listens to the screams, will she ever get out alive. 

Personal Review: Oh what a trip this book was.  I had never heard of this author before, but after browsing the new books area at the library, and seeing the title alone, knowing my love of a good thriller, I had to check it out.

Right from the start I was engaged in the read as you're already thrown into a setting where the tension is high and things are just a little off with unexplainable noises, creaking floorboards, and more.  And now you're placed right in the heart of a haunted house story, following a woman who couldn't have made a worse decision of her life than to rent a room in the wrong place.

Now it was a long read for me, but when I really got into it (which didn't take long), the length was easily ignored.  Although there was quite a long build up in the prose, the author did an excellent job at increasing your level of unease chapter by chapter and all you wanted to know was what evil happened in the house to turn it into the haunted house it has become.  I mean come on, the first night she's in the house and things begin to happen.  I like that.  And of course this is the point where you hear yourself telling Stephanie, "girl you better get out of that house."  But of course you're glad she doesn't, or what kind of story would that be?

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Abilene Reads! @ Your Library

Mary Helen Specht
This September, as part of the annual West Texas Book Festival, Abilene Public Library is encouraging all Abilenians to be a part of our citywide reading program, Abilene Reads!  We will be featuring the work of Mary Helen Specht and her debut novel Migratory Animals.  Born and raised in Abilene, Specht has a B.A. in English from Rice University and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College.  Her writing has been nominated for multiple Pushcart Prizes and has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times and the Texas Observer.  A past Fulbright Scholar to Nigeria and Dobie-Paisano Writing Fellow, Specht teaches creative writing at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas.

Migratory Animals
The Austin American-Statesman has described Migratory Animals as a "powerful debut novel about a group of 30-somethings struggling for connection and belonging."  Publisher's Weekly writes "Specht's vivid debut probes the nature of family, the notion of home, and the tender burdens of both...Specht's distinctive prose - rich with sharp observations, nimble language, and lyrical imagery - makes the novel a quirky and memorable read."

Told from shifting viewpoints, the story primarily focuses on Flannery, a young scientist, who finds herself unexpectedly torn between Nigeria and Texas when she returns for a brief visit to family and friends.  In discovering her sister's illness Flannery struggles to determine which direction to take, personal happiness or family loyalty, knowing that no one path holds everything she longs for.  Her close-knit circles of friends struggle with their own grownup dilemmas providing both comfort and conflict for Flannery.  The pages seem to fly by as readers grow more attached to these childhood friends as they attempt to conquer life together.  Copies of the book are available in print from the Abilene Public Library and free access to the eBook edition is available via the library's website.  (Call 325-676-6025 for more information).  Readers are invited to a book discussion group, hosted by Anne Ellis, at the Mockingbird Branch, on Saturday, September 12 at 2:30PM.  In addition, Specht will be joining us at this year's Festival where she will be featured in a meet & greet author session on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 10:20AM.  You don't want to miss out!

For more information, contact Anne Ellis at 325-437-7323.

Today's Top Book & DVD Releases

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 release days of the week and we're going to hit the highlights of some of the more popular titles coming to your library.  Get yourselves on the reserve lists if they sound of interest to you.

Aloha
Starring: Bradley Cooper
Summary: A celebrated military contractor returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs, the U.S. Space program in Honolulu, Hawaii, and reconnects with a long-ago love while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog assigned to him.

X (Kinsey Milhone Series #24)
Author: Sue Grafton
Summary: X: The Number ten.  An unknown quantity.  A mistake.  A cross.  A kiss.  X: The shortest entry in Webster's Unabridged.  X: The 24th letter in the English alphabet.  Sue Grafton's X: Perhaps her darkest and most chilling novel, it features a remorseless serial killer who leaves no trace of his crimes.  Once again breaking the rules and establishing new paths, Grafton wastes little time identifying this sociopath.  The test is whether Kinsey can prove her case against him before she becomes the next victim.

Secondhand Souls
Author: Christopher Moore
Summary: Something really strange is happening in San Francisco.  People are dying, but their souls are not being collected.  Someone, or something, is stealing them and no one knows where they are going, or why, but it has something to do with that big orange bridge.  Death Merchant Charlie Asher is just as flummoxed as everyone else.  He's trapped in the body of a 14-inch t5all "meat" waiting for his Buddhist nun girlfriend to find him a suitable new body to play host.  To get to the bottom of things, they must all band together to save humankind.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Nominate a Local Librarian for the 2015 "I Love My Librarian" Award

Librarians in our nation's 120,000 libraries make a difference in the lives of millions of people every day.  If a librarian in your community has made a difference in your life, now is the chance to tell your story!

The I Love My Librarian Award encourages library users to recognize the accomplishments of librarians in public libraries, as well as those in school and universities, for their efforts to improve the lives of people in the community.

If you'd like to nominate a librarian at your Abilene Public Library for the chance to win this award, nominations are now open until September 28.   


Up to 10 librarians in the public, school, and college libraries will be selected, and winners will receive a $5,000 cash award and will be honored at a ceremony and reception in New York, hosted by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.  In addition, a plaque will be given to each award-winner's library, and winners will be announced in December 2015.

For a nominee to be considered, he/she must be a librarian with a master's degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association in library and information studies, or a master's degree with a specialty in school library media accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.  Nominees must be currently working in the United States in a public library, a library at an accredited two or four-year college or university, or at an accredited K-12 school.

For more information about this award, or to nominate a librarian, CLICK HERE.  You can also see a list of all of your APL Librarians to know who you're able to nominate from our public library system.

This annual award is supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the New York Public Library, and the New York Times.  It is administered by the American Library Association, which is the oldest and largest library association in the world.

September'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 library.  Meeting on the third Thursdays of each month, this group reads everything including bestsellers, fiction, biographies, nonfiction, classics, and more.

For September, the featured selection is The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman and we invite you to look out for a copy at your library and then attend the book club on Thursday, September 17 @ 7:00PM.  For more information, contact Ann Mount at 325-676-6025. 

The Dovekeepers
Author: Alice Hoffman
Call Number: F HOFFMAN
Summary: Nearly 2,000 years ago, 900 Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert.  According to the ancient historian Josephus, two women and five children survived.  Based on the tragic and iconic event, Hoffman's novel is a spellbinding tale of four extraordinarily bold, resourceful, and sensuous women, each of whom has come to Masada by a different path.  The lives of these four complex and fiercely independent women intersect in the desperate days of the siege.  All are dovekeepers, and all are also keeping secrets - about who they are, where they come from, who fathered them, and whom they love.

Be sure to check out this title from your Abilene Public Library, or borrow one from a friend, and come out ready to discuss this title with other avid readers in the community on Thursday, September 17 @ 7:00PM.

"Administering School Exams Still Another Library Service" | @ the Library Article

The fall school term has now begun and, with the rise in the number of people taking part in distance and online education, there may come a time you'll need to find third party to administer exams from your school.  Did you know staff at your Abilene Public Library can proctor exams from your school?  We certainly can!  Librarians at all three branches are able to serve as your proctor and we can offer this service at no charge.

Setting up a proctor with the library is quite easy.  Your first and most important step is contacting us.  When accepting new students there is initial information we'll need to obtain from you and vice versa.  The majority of the time we have to provide our contact information, work title, and some additional details for your school's approval to serve as your proctor.  This step varies across institutions.  Once approved, we will then work with you to schedule a time to take your exams.  Please note that all proctoring must occur during our normal business hours at a time that meets both of our schedules.  Once approved by your school we can continue to serve as your proctor for as long as needed.

Please understand that while we do our best to work within your time requirements, we do ask that you provide us with ample notice of your need for a proctor.  There are times when we receive a call requesting a proctor for the following day and that's often too short of notice for us to possibly accommodate you, so please plan ahead.

Once it's time for you to take your exam, your proctor will receive a printed copy of your test or a password to allow you to access your exam online.  Your proctor will be in the room with you throughout the duration of your exam and, once completed, will ensure everything is submitted on your behalf.

It's really as simple as that for your Abilene Public Library to serve as your proctor.  It's a great service which we offer that few people are aware of.  We proctor tests on a regular basis so, if you find yourself in need of our help, feel free to give us a call and we'll see about getting you taken care of.  We're able to serve you at the Main Library (202 Cedar St., 325-676-6025); the South Branch (1401 S. Danville Dr., 325-698-7565); or the Mockingbird Branch (1326 N. Mockingbird Ln., 325-437-7323).

If you need help with study materials along the way, we also invite you to make use of the great resources available at all locations.  We have material about major tests and subject areas as well as general study guides.  Even better, we also offer access to homework-related databases, such as the Learning Express Library, that can connect you with learning materials for all ages, practice exams, and more.  All it requires is a valid library card.

If you don't have an Abilene Public Library card, feel free to visit any of our branch locations and sign up for one.  They are free for Taylor County residents and available for a minimal fee for non-residents.  You will need a Photo ID and verification of your address, and you're all set.  Make use of all the services your Abilene Public Library has to offer, especially our proctoring opportunities, and get the most out of your local library!

Article Contributed by Me (Tremain Jackson) Branch Manager of the South Branch of the Abilene Public Library

Friday, August 21, 2015

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

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 title.  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: Go Set a Watchman
Author: Harper Lee
Position Last Week: 1
Weeks On List: 5
Call Number: F LEE
Summary: In the mid-1950s, a grown-up Jean Louise Finch returns home to find that her adored father is not as perfect as she believed. Available in Regular Print, Large-Type Print, Audiobook on CD, Digital eBook, Digital Audiobook

#2: The Girl on the Train
Author: Paula Hawkins
Position Last Week: 2
Weeks On List: 31
Call Number: F HAWKINS
Summary: A psychological thriller set in the environs of London. Available in Regular Print, Large-Type Print, Audiobook on CD, Digital eBook, Digital Audiobook

#3: All the Light We Cannot See
Author: Anthony Doerr
Position Last Week: 4
Weeks On List: 67
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. Available in Regular Print, Large-Type Print, Audiobook on CD, Digital eBook, Digital Audiobook

#4: Alert
Author: James Patterson
Position Last Week: 3
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: M PATTERSON
Summary: Detective Michael Bennett and the FBI's Emily Parker must save New York City from a deadly threat. Available in Regular Print, Large-Type Print, Audiobook on CD

#5: Silver Linings
Author: Debbie Macomber
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F MACOMBER
Summary: Jo Marie, keeper of the Rose Harbor Inn, and two guests deal with trouble in relationships. Available in Regular Print, Audiobook on CD, Digital eBook



Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: Plunder and Deceit
Author: Mark R. Levin
Position Last Week: 1
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: 320.52 LEV
Summary: The talk-radio host urges young Americans to resist the statist masterminds who, he says, are burdening them with debt and inferior education. Available in Regular Print

#2: Between the World and Me
Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Position Last Week: 2
Weeks On List: 5
Call Number: 92 COATES
Summary: A meditation on race in America as well as a personal story by the national correspondent of The Atlantic, framed as a letter to his teenage son. Available in Regular Print

#3: You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)
Author: Felicia Day
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: 92 DAY
Summary: A memoir of rising to stardom in the web video world. Available in Regular Print

#4: The Wright Brothers
Author: David McCullough
Position Last Week: 3
Weeks On List: 15
Call Number: 629.13 MCC
Summary: The story of the bicycle mechanics from Ohio who ushered in the age of flight. Available in Regular Print, Large-Type Print, Audiobook on CD, Digital eBook

#5: Modern Romance
Author: Aziz Ansari
Position Last Week: 4
Weeks On List: 9
Call Number: 646.7 ANS
Summary: The comedian enlists a sociologist to help him understand today's dating scene. Available in Regular Print, Audiobook on CD

Look for these titles at your Abilene Public Library and discover why they've become such hits in mainstream literature.  If they're not available, don't hesitate to get on the reserve lists and secure your spot in line.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

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

Aug. 25 @ 4:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
It's time for our next session of the book club for teens that reads titles which were selected for this year's Lone Star Reading List of recommended reads for Texas students.  If you're an avid reader, come join us for some great book discussions with your peers at your library. 

Aug. 25 @ 4:00PM
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
PH: 325-698-7565
Don't miss the final Make & Take crafting session at your library for the month.  Like always, for the final one at the South Branch each month, it serves as a choose your own craft session where we'll have different ones for you to choose from.  Come drop in this afternoon and have some crafting fun with us! 

Aug. 26 @ 4:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
We're starting up a second club at your Main Library, and this one is for teens and young adults ages 13-22.  Featuring a popular Japanese and Chinese strategy game, learn how to play this game that utilizes black and white stones to see if you can expand your territory and take out your opponents.  Several sets will be available for you to practice on before then battling each other.  Who will come out as the victor? 

Aug. 27 @ 10:45AM
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
PH: 325-698-7565
Join your South Branch for another outdoors storytime at Redbud Park (across from the playground) as we'll be sharing some of our favorite stories at this session...and boy do we have a lot of favorites.  Don't miss out on our storytime in the park, and feel free to bring your chairs, blankets, or what you and join in on the fun with your library. 

Aug. 27 @ 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
If you're between the ages of 10-17 and you enjoy writing, come hone your creative writing skills at your library with a group of your peers in our weekly writing club.  We'll collaborate on a number of writing prompts and activities to help you build your skills in all forms of writing.  No registration required.

Don't miss out on these great activities being hosted at your library and get in on what we have to offer.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

West Texas Book Festival Highlights: Amazing Ticketed Events

The West Texas Book Festival is just over a month away, bringing great authors and events right here to Abilene.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Abilene Public Library, this year's festival will run Sept. 21-26 and most activities are FREE for the community.

This entry will provide a look at the ticketed events planned at this year's festival, which are certain to sell out fast.  Learn more about them, and hopefully you'll be able to snag a ticket yourself. 

Culinary Cuisine Institute
Sept. 24 @ 11:30AM
This luncheon comes at an affordable price of $25 a ticket where guests will be invited out to the TSTC Culinary Institute to participate in a great luncheon with the featured cookbook authors of the festival including Grady Spears, Terry Thompson-Anderson, and Tiffany Harelik.  Guests will be able to peruse the featured cookbooks of the festival, purchase copies, meet the authors, get their books signed, and more.  Plus, you'll enjoy a great lunch prepared by students at the institute and taken from the recipes of the featured cookbooks.  Each author will also provide remarks and you won't be able to beat the event locations and a great time with friends. 

Texas Cookbook Gala
Sept. 24 @ 6:00PM
Designated as the primary fundraiser of the festival, this black tie event is sponsored by the Friends and the Diane Graves Owens Foundation and features the finest Texas chefs and vintners.  With ticket prices starting at $225 each, this event is hosted at the Abilene Country Club where guests will enjoy a great meal from the recipes of the featured cookbook authors and a wonderful selection of wines from Texas vintners.  This year's featured cookbook authors will include Terry Thompson-Anderson of Fredericksburg, TX, Grady Spears of Fort Worth, TX, and Tiffany Harelik of Austin, TX. 

Boots & Books Luncheon
Sept. 26 @ 11:30AM
Closing out the festival, this ticketed event will pack a ton of festival fun at the Abilene Civic Center with tickets as low as $25 each.  At this event, guests will be entertained by the HSU Cowboy Band, hear words from a selection of this year's featured authors including Penny Klostermann, Mary Helen Specht, Kay Ellington & Barbara Brannon, Jay Moore, and Roger Moore.  You will also see the presentation of the A.C. Greene Award to author and Texas State Historian Bill O'Neal along with his remarks, and you will learn who the 2015 Ricki Brown Librarian of the Year Award recipient will be.  All the while, you'll enjoy a tasty catered lunch from Sharon's Barbecue, and a great time with friends at the festival.

There will be much to see and do at this year's festival and we invite you to visit the Festival Page online and keep up with all the great activities to come.