Thursday, December 31, 2015

Weekly Events @ Your Library (Jan. 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.

Affordable Care Act Information
Jan. 4 @ 4:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
If you have questions about the Affordable Care Act, or you need to signup, join us for this workshop led by Tina Malaer and other Health Care Navigators from the Betty Hardwick Center.  They'll be on hand to assist you and answer all of your questions.

Tween Time: DIY Snow Globes
Jan. 4 @ 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Youth, ages 8-15, are invited out to an evening workshop at your library where we'll be showing you how to create your own snow globes for this winter.  We may not have the weather, but that doesn't mean we can't have a little wintry fun.  We'll supply all the materials and instructions needed for this hands-on project.

Affordable Care Act Information
Jan. 5 @ 2:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
If you have questions about the Affordable Care Act, or you need to signup, join us for this workshop led by Tina Malaer and other Health Care Navigators from the Betty Hardwick Center.  They'll be on hand to assist you and answer all of your questions. 

Kids' AR Club
Jan. 5 @ 6:00PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln
PH: 325-432-7323
Youth, in grades K-5, are welcome to attend our evening club where children's staff will share stories that are on the current Accelerated Reader List of books selected by the school system.  Come hear great stories, and possibly test on them in school later. 

Anime Club @ Your Library
Jan. 5 @ 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
If you have a passion for anime, and you're a teen or young adult between the ages of 13-25, join our growing anime club at the library.  We meet on the first Tuesdays of each month and watch hit anime episodes, learn about cosplay, and engage in additional activities.  Join other enthusiasts in the community and be a part of the library's club. 

Make & Take: Snow Shooters
Jan. 7 @ 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Looking for an afternoon of crafting fun?  Kids of all ages are invited out to the library to enjoy the snow...not real snow of course.  We're having fun with a different kind of snow by showing you how to make your own fun snow shooters.  Think snow, but even more awesome.  We'll supply all the materials and instruction needed. 

Collecting Commas Writing Club
Jan. 7 @ 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
If you're between the ages of 10-17 and love to write, look at being a part of our weekly writing club at the library.  Hone your creative writing skills with no pressure or stress in this fun and interactive group experience at your library, and led by children's librarian Kelsie Nygren.  Each week we'll work on writing activities and collaborate in all forms of writing while going over the basics too.  There's no need to register, just come ready for some writing fun. 

Family Fun: Winter Wonderland
Jan. 7 @ 6:00PM
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
PH: 325-698-7565
Come on down to the library for an evening storytime event for kids of all ages, and parents too.  You're invited out to our Winter Wonderland setting in the children's area to enjoy stories, songs, games, crafts, and more, all dealing with the cold.  Plus, you'll even get to make a tasty treat to enjoy as well. 

The Coloring Club
Jan. 7 @ 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
New for adults, we're starting a Coloring Club at the library!  Designed for ages 18+, come enjoy the soothing benefits of coloring because it's just not for kids.  We'll provide you with coloring pages with intricate designs that are sure to put you in a calm state.  All materials will be provided, or you may feel free to bring your own coloring books and supplies. 

Family Flix
Jan. 9 @ 10:45AM
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
PH: 325-698-7565
Don't miss the next family movie day at the library, where each month we'll be playing popular flicks for kids and parents to enjoy.  We'll supply popcorn and drinks, but you can feel free to bring snacks to camp out and enjoy at our movie showing.  For information on this month's movie selection, visit our Movie Schedule Online.

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

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Tremain's Book Corner: "We Need to Talk About Kevin" by: Lionel Shriver

We Need to Talk About Kevin
Place Hold
Author: Lionel Shriver
Reviewed By: Tremain Jackson, South Branch Manager
Personal Rating: 5 Stars

Book Summary: Eva never really wanted to be a mother - and certainly not the mother of the unlovable boy who murdered seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, a much-adored teacher, all two days before his sixteenth birthday.  Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood, and Kevin's horrific rampage in a series of startling direct correspondences with her estranged husband, Franklin.  Uneasy with the sacrifices and social demotion of motherhood from the start, Eva fears that her alarming dislike of her own son may be responsible for driving him so nihilistically off the rails.

Personal Review: All I can say is this book is just one of the most powerful novels I've EVER read, easily becoming one of my top ten favorites of all-time and getting a perfect 5-star rating out of me...not easy at all to do.

It's a rare novel that has no hero, but still delivers a strikingly poignant look at the relationship, or lack thereof, between a mother and her child.  Here you have a situation where you have a woman, who never wanted to be a mother, and finds herself with a child she'd rather not take care of.  Then you have a child who has committed a horrendous act which may or may not be attributed to his upbringing.

It's one of those stories that's impossible to put into words, but strikes so many chords that you can't even think straight by the time you're finished.  You're presented with two characters, both of whom are damaged, and although you may find yourself empathizing with both of them, you can't help but feel anger for them at the same time.

This isn't a light read in the least, and it may seem as if the novel drags on quite a bit; however, it was perfectly written when leading to an end that certainly ended with a bang.  I cannot describe this novel adequately without giving away many spoilers, and the ending is certainly one that not only leaves you wanting for more of an explanation, but at the same time, gives you the perfect ending.

There was no way to pull myself away from this novel as I found myself wanting to understand Kevin and what led him to go on a killing spree, while also needing to understand his mother better as well, dealing with the aftermath of what her child has done while also, in my opinion, playing a role in what transpired.  But I must warn you, when tackling this novel, there are a few things you should not do.
  • Do NOT get emotionally involved in the story.
  • Do NOT take sides in the story.
  • Do NOT dwell too much on the disturbing parts of the story.
That being said, I didn't follow any of them, and neither will you.  Without trying to spoil the novel past what is offered in the description, I found myself initially siding with the mother, despite the fact that she was often repulsed by her son, but her actions weren't as repulsive as taking the lives of others in a school.  From a psychological aspect, Kevin comes across as a psychopath, which would lead you to believe it was how he was born rather than nature vs. nurture.  But you still wonder, would things have been different if his mother was different, or was Kevin just plain evil at the core.

This novel is simply a harrowing tale with no escape and you'd be hard-pressed to finish this book without it resonating with your, and causing you to think about it for days after the fact.  You'll find yourself left with possibly two questions.  Is Eva a cold mother because of who Kevin is or did Kevin become who he is because his mother was cold?  And at the end of the story, who is it that we really should be talking about?  Kevin...or Eva?

Again, this is by no means a light read, and its by no means for those who can't get past a laundry list of disturbing images and situations.  If you think you're prepared to handle something that heavy, you will find this book, which won the 2005 Orange Prize Award, a dramatic thriller that will just leave you in wonder and shock and thought.

Plus, this novel was adapted to film in 2011 starring Tilda Swinton & Ezra Miller, and although there were some differences between the two, this film was one of those rare occasions where it was as equally powerful as the novel, with incredible performances by the actors taking on the roles of Eva and Kevin.

And let me preface this again...that ending...although it may not be the closure you would expect or need, it was absolutely the best way to end this thrill ride of a read.  I would 100% recommend this book to anyone, and I encourage you to read it for yourself by checking out a copy from the Abilene Public Library.

Simply Incredible!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Today's Top Book & DVD Releases

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, since that's the day the bulk of new materials are released, so join us as we hit the highlights of the more popular titles coming to your library.

The Perfect Guy
Starring: Sanaa Lathan
Summary: After a painful breakup, successful lobbyist Lea Vaughn jumps into a passionate relationship with a charming stranger.  She likes him, her friends like him, even her parents like him.  She's found the perfect guy.  But when her ex-boyfriend resurfaces in her life, she has to figure out who she should trust and who she should fear. 

Hitman: Agent 47
Starring: Rupert Friend
Summary: Centers on an elite assassin who was genetically engineered from conception to be the perfect killing machine, and is known only by the last two digits on the barcode tattooed on the back of his neck.  He is the culmination of decades of research and has unprecedented speed, strength, stamina, and intelligence.  His latest target is a mega-corporation that plans to unlock the secret of Agent 47's past to create an army of killers whose powers surpass even his own.  Teaming up with a young woman who may hold the secret to overcoming their powerful and clandestine enemies, 47 confronts stunning revelations about his own origins and squares off in an epic battle with his deadliest foe. 

A Walk in the Woods
Starring: Robert Redford
Summary: Bill Bryson, instead of retiring to enjoy his loving and beautiful wife and large and happy family, challenges himself to hike the Appalachian Trail: 2,200 miles of America's most unspoiled, spectacular, and rugged countryside from Georgia to Maine.  The peace and tranquility he hopes to find, though, is anything but, when the only person he can find willing to join him on the trek is his long-lost former friend Katz, a down-on-his-luck serial philanderer. 

The Hunting Trip: A Novel of Love and War
Author: William E. Butterworth III
Summary: At the tender age of 16, Philip W. Williams III is expelled from boarding school for committing a prank, and on the train home naturally wonders where his life will take him now.  It never enters his mind that he will become a world-class marksman and a special agent of the U.S. Army Counterintelligence Corps in postwar Germany, play a key role in the defection of a Soviet officer, and then court danger as a courier for the CIA, marry an Austrian ballet dancer, become a renowned bestselling novelist, and meet the love of his life on a hunting trip to Scotland.  Yet all of this, and a great deal more, awaits him, in a raucous series of adventures across Europe and the United States that will have readers laughing, cheering, and turning the pages to see what happens next. 

After She's Gone
Author: Lisa Jackson
Summary: As teens, Cassie and her younger sister, Allie, survived a crazed fan who nearly killed their mother, a former Hollywood actress.  Still, Cassie moved to L.A. from rural Oregon, urging Allie to follow.  Yet while Cassie struggled with her acting career, Allie, is missing.  With Cassie beginning to look like a suspect, she's convinced that only she can find Allie, and as the bodies start piling up, she realizes that no one can be trusted to keep her safe...not even herself.

Look out for these great titles at your Abilene Public Library, and get yourselves on the reserve lists so you're certainly to keep up with some of the popular releases of the week.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Book-To-Film Adaptations: January 2016

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.

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
Starring: John Krasinksi
Release Date: Jan. 15
Based On: 13 Hours
Author: Mitchell Zuckoff
Summary: An American Ambassador is killed during an attack at a U.S. compound in Libya as a security team struggles to make sense out of the chaos.

The 5th Wave
Starring: Chloe Grace Moretz
Release Date: Jan. 22
Based On: The 5th Wave
Author: Rick Yancey
Summary: Four waves of increasingly deadly alien attacks have left most of Earth decimated.  Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother.

The Finest Hours
Starring: Chris Pine
Release Date: Jan. 29
Based On: The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue
Author: Casey Sherman & Michael J. Tougias
Summary: The Coast Guard makes a daring rescue attempt off the coast of Cape Cod after a pair of oil tankers are destroyed during a blizzard in 1952.

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

"Library Cooks Up Some Tasty Mysteries with Recipes Included" | @ Your Library Article

Good books and good food can go hand in hand, particularly during the holiday season, and books that mesh the two together have created a niche in the mystery genre that continues to be popular at your Abilene Public Library.  I'm referring to culinary mysteries where authors not only provide you with a nice mystery to read, but sprinkled throughout the series are great recipes you can try out.  So if you love to read great cozy mysteries and you love to cook tasty foods, you might want to try out some of these leading culinary mystery authors at your library.

First off, one of the most well-known authors is Diane Mott Davidson.  Using the theme of food in all her stories, the idea of which she reportedly got from the late bestselling author Robert B. Parker, she created the character of Goldy Schulz.  Goldy is a caterer in Colorado who just so happens to solve murders in her spare time.  Having begun this series in 1990 with the release of Catering to Nobody, 16 additions to the series have been added, many containing clever titles such as Sticks and Scones, Chopping Spree, Dark Tort, and more.  Throughout each of the books, while Goldy is off solving a murder, you'll see her catering skills put to good use as she shares about 10 recipes with her readers, which she serves over the course of the story.  For instance, in her latest novel, The Whole Enchilada, the first recipe shared is for Enchiladas Suizas, and you can learn to make them yourself form start to finish.

Joanne Fluke is another bestelling author known for adding recipes in her mystery reads.  Collectively writing in the "Hannah Swensen Mysteries," Fluke started in 2000 with the release of Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, which was actually made into a Hallmark Channel TV movie earlier this year starring Alison Sweeney and Cameron Mathison.  With each of the titles in the series being named for another delicious dessert, and "murder" at the end, they feature another caterer who happens to solve crimes.  Known for their comedy and endings, there is also a little romance mixed in too, and just like before, you'll find many an interesting recipe that Hannah highlights in each book.

Primarily focusing on dessert items, some of the great recipes you'll learn to make include Aggression Cookies, featured in Apple Turnover Murder, Big Soft Chewy Molasses Cookies from Devil's Food Cake Murder, Easy Cheesy Biscuits from Plum Pudding Murder, Hawaiian Flan from Strawberry Shortcake Murder, and many others.  Now, if you can make it through the books without stopping yourself because you feel the need to try out one of the recipes first, then good for you.

Lou Jane Temple pens cozy mysteries about Kansas City BBQ Queen and restaurateur Heaven Lee, who can't seem to stay out of trouble as she's going about her daily life.  With titles like Death by Rhubarb, Bread on Arrival and Red Beans and Vice, these spicy mysteries are lots of fun to read.

These are but three of the authors penning culinary mystery series, and they provide a nice alternative for those who love to cook/bake, but also like a nice cozy mystery read that's not too intense.  Davidson, Fluke, and Temple have been continually published within their same series, but there are others out there who have added a novel or two over the course of their writing careers.  Plus, you can also take it a step further and check out cookbooks inspired from popular series such as the one for Jan Karon's Mitford Series, Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta Series, and more.

Don't miss out on these cozy reads at your Abilene Public Library and hope on the culinary mystery train.  The recipes inside are very enticing and should make nice additions to your meal selections, plus you'll get a great story out of it too.  Don't pass up these reads at your library, and if you're ever looking for more suggestions, speak with library staff and we'll be more than happy to help you find that perfect book.

Friday, December 25, 2015

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Dec. 27)

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 at all locations.  Check out this blog entry to discover the latest to lead the pack on the Hardcover Fiction & Nonfiction lists for the upcoming week.

Hardcover Fiction Top 5

#1: Rogue Lawyer
Author: John Grisham
Position Last Week: 1
Weeks On List: 9
Call Number: F GRISHAM
Summary: The attorney Sebastian Rudd is a "lone gunman" who hates injustice and the system and defends unpopular clients.
Copies Available in Regular Print, Large-Type, Audiobook on CD, eBook on OverDrive, Audiobook on OverDrive

#2: All the Light We Cannot See
Author: Anthony Doerr
Position Last Week: 5
Weeks On List: 85
Call Number: F DOERR
Summary: The lives of a blind French girl and a gadget-obsessed German boy before and during World War II.
Copies Available in Regular Print, Large-Type, Audiobook on CD, eBook on OverDrive, Audiobook on OverDrive

#3: See Me
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Position Last Week: 3
Weeks On List: 10
Call Number: F SPARKS
Summary: A couple in love are threatened by secrets from the past.
Copies Available in Regular Print, Large-Type, Audiobook on CD

#4: The Bazaar of Bad Dreams
Author: Stephen King
Position Last Week: 4
Weeks On List: 7
Call Number: F KING
Summary: Twenty stories, some never before published.
Copies Available in Regular Print, Large-Type, Audiobook on CD, eBook on OverDrive, Audiobook on OverDrive

#5: Cross Justice
Author: James Patterson
Position Last Week: 2
Weeks On List: 4
Call Number: M PATTERSON
Summary: Detective Alex Cross returns to Starksville, N.C., his hometown, for the first time in 35 years, to help a cousin who has been accused of murder.
Copies Available in Regular Print, Large-Type, Audiobook on CD



Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: Killing Reagan
Author: Bill O'Reilly
Position Last Week: 1
Weeks On List: 13
Call Number: 973.92 REA
Summary: The host of "The O'Reilly Factor" recounts the events surrounding the attempted assassination of President Reagan in 1981.
Copies Available in Regular Print, Large-Type, Audiobook on CD, eBook on OverDrive

#2: Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates
Author: Brian Kilmeade
Position Last Week: 2
Weeks On List: 7
Call Number: 973.76092 KIL
Summary: The war against the Barbary pirates in 1801.
Copies Available in Regular Print

#3: Humans of New York: Stories
Author: Brandon Stanton
Position Last Week: 3
Weeks On List: 10
Call Number: Not Housed
Summary: Photographs and interviews from the creator of the blog and the book "Humans of New York."

#4: Between the World and Me
Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Position Last Week: 4
Weeks On List: 23
Call Number: 92 COATES
Summary: A meditation on race in America as well as a personal story by the Atlantic's national correspondent.
Copies Available in Regular Print, Audiobook on CD

#5: What If?
Author: Randall Munroe
Position Last Week: 6
Weeks On List: 40
Call Number: 500 MUN
Summary: Scientific (but often humorous) answers to hypothetical questions, based in part on the author's website, xkcd.com.
Copies Available in Regular Print, eBook on OverDrive, Audiobook on OverDrive

Look out for these titles at your Abilene Public Library and discover why they've become such hits in mainstream literature.  If they're not available, get yourselves on the reserve lists.

Weekly Events @ Your Library (Dec. 28 - Jan. 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 program calendar.

Annual Food for Fines Drive
Dec. 1-31; All Day
All Library Locations
PH: 325-677-2474
We're reaching the final few days to participate in this annual campaign where you can donate canned goods and nonperishable items to rid yourself of those pesky late fees.  Each item donated will waive $1.00 of your overdue charges and all items donated will benefit the Food Bank of West Central Texas.  Don't miss out on your chance to participate. 


Holiday Closings: New Years
Jan. 1; All Day
All Locations
PH: 325-677-2474
All locations will be closed on Friday, January 1 in observance of New Years Day.  For your convenience, outside materials returns will be available at all three locations and you'll still have access to our wonderful services online.  We'll see you again in 2016 and hope you have a great (and safe) celebration.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Tremain's Book Corner: "The Last Bookaneer" by: Matthew Pearl

The Last Bookaneer
Author: Matthew Pearl
Reviewed By: Tremain Jackson, South Branch Manager
Personal Rating: 3.75 Stars

Book Summary: London, 1890 - Pen Davenport is the most infamous bookaneer (literary pirate) in Europe.  A master of disguise, he makes his living stalking harbors, coffeehouses, and print shops for the latest manuscript to steal.  But this golden age of publishing is on the verge of collapse.  For a hundred years, loose copyright laws and a hungry reading public created a unique opportunity; books could easily be published without an author's permission.  Authors gained fame but suffered financially - Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, to name a few - but publishers reaped enormous profits while readers bought books inexpensively.  Yet on the eve of the 20th century, a new international treaty is signed to grind this literary underground to a sharp halt.  The bookaneers are on the verge of extinction. 

Personal Review: When it comes to novels, there are those you read for pleasure and those that are a pleasure to read.  This book fell into the latter, as once again, Pearl certainly highlights writing at its highest form with his ability to craft riveting historical thrillers utilizing recognizable literary characters of the past.  Since I cracked the spine of his debut novel, The Dante Club, I became an instant fan and that says a lot as I'm not usually the one to read historical novels.

In his latest Pearl did not disappoint once again.  The prose was formed beautifully, the adventure was engaging, and he tackled a subject that I honestly had not thought about with the pirating of literary manuscripts for profit by publishers, leaving the original authors without the fruits of their labor.

To start off with, what might deter readers from becoming invested in the story is the fact that Pearl does get lost in the prose (which is why my rating was lower).  The pace of his novels are much slower than many readers are accustomed too, which will leave many putting the book down.  If you stick with it, you will understand the genius behind how his novels come to be.

What the author manages to effectively do, is use the setting of the Samoan land and actually place readers in that place and time in the nineteenth century.  Readers are then able to truly see his love of books and character development, both in the narrator of Fergins and Pen, the bookaneer himself.

If you enjoy books, this will be a novel that will certainly please you; however, I must warn you that you should be willing to invest some time in reading this one.  Pearl's books aren't the type you speed right through.  Plus, along the way you'll learn much about the publishing industry and copyright laws of the time, which intrigued me, but not to the point the descriptions distracted from what you should be taking away from the book.  Yes, the pacing can be slow, but again, it's needed to tell the story properly.  Plus, by the time I made it to the end, it was well worth the ride as the final chapters did seem to fly right on by, and everything came full circle.

I'm extremely engaged with Pearl's writing style, as well as the stories he's tackled in this book, as well as his earlier works.  If you're a fan of historical novels, thrillers, and literary figures of the past, you should certainly get your hands on a copy of this book from your Abilene Public Library.

Monday, December 21, 2015

"Games at Family Gatherings are Traditional Christmas Fare for Many" | @ the Library Article

When families get together for the holidays, they visit, eat, open presents, reminisce and enjoy their family traditions.  In many families (including mine!), games are a huge part of the festivities as we gather.  Our particular favorite is Pit, a trading game that can get quite raucous.  Others may enjoy Scrabble, Monopoly, card games or Pictionary.  Whatever your favorite family game is, or if you're looking for information on new games to try, your Abilene Public Library is the place to go!

In the basement of the Main Library, we have lots of books on games.  Monopoly: The World's Most Famous Game and How It Got That Way by Philip Orbanes traces the origins, predecessors and trajectory of the game that's found in so many homes.  Orbanes believes Monopoly is distinctly American - a symbol of America's system of economic "opportunity."  Pictures of earlier editions of the game will bring back memories, and appendices include the original 1936 Parker Brothers rules - handy when Uncle Charlie tries to change the rules in the middle of the game!

Everything Scrabble by Joe Edley and John D. Williams, Jr. is billed as the "how-to book from the National Scrabble Association offering all the keys to better play."  The book includes lists of high point value words, words with no vowels, how to make bonus plays and triple triples and the 'secrets to getting better tiles.'  Combine that with a complete history of the game and you've got a wonderful book for the Scrabble fan.

The Great Mahjong Book by Jelte Rep covers another of the world's most popular games.  Americans mostly think of little old ladies drinking coffee and moving their tiles around a card table.  But Rep explains that 'mahjong' means "game of one hundred wonders" and the explains moves, which can be simple, and complex in turns.  The history of the game in China, its explosive popularity in America during the 'Roaring 20's' and international versions of the game today are all explained.  The great illustrations and easy to follow, detailed instructions make this a valuable book for anyone who wants to learn mahjong.

If one is looking for amusements of yore, Parlor Games: Amusements and Entertainments for Everyone is a great find.  Billed as 'a compendium of turn-of-the-century indoor and outdoor entertainments, the book is filled with old favorites like Twenty Questions, Charades, and Blind Man's Bluff as well as less familiar amusements (including such intriguingly named gems as My Lady's Toilet, The Leg of Mutton, and One-Yard Dish).  The pastimes of a gentler age come to life again in this charming and beautifully designed anthology.

If poker is your family game, we've got books including Texas Hold'em, Acey-Deucy, Auction, Chicago, Omaha, and Spit in the Ocean, to name a few.  From Scott Tharler's Poker Nights: Rules, Strategies & Tips for the Home Player to Outplaying the Boys: Poker Tips for Competitive Women by Cat Hulbert, your Abilene Public Library can help you improve your play and your fun.

Classic games can lead to classic family fun, and isn't that one of the things the holidays are all about?  Let your Abilene Public Library put you in touch with these traditions once again!

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

Friday, December 18, 2015

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Dec. 20)

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 at all locations.  Check out this blog entry to discover the latest to lead the pack on the Hardcover Fiction & Nonfiction lists for the upcoming week.

Hardcover Fiction Top 5

#1: Rogue Lawyer
Author: John Grisham
Position Last Week: 1
Weeks On List: 8
Call Number: F GRISHAM
Summary: The attorney Sebastian Rudd is a "lone gunman" who hates injustice and the system and defends unpopular clients.
Copies Available in Regular Print, Large-Type, Audiobook on CD, eBook on OverDrive, Audiobook on OverDrive

#2: Cross Justice
Author: James Patterson
Position Last Week: 2
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: M PATTERSON
Summary: Detective Alex Cross returns to Starksville, N.C., his hometown, for the first time in 35 years, to help a cousin who has been accused of murder.
Copies Available in Regular Print, Large-Type, Audiobook on CD

#3: See Me
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Position Last Week: 6
Weeks On List: 9
Call Number: F SPARKS
Summary: A couple in love are threatened by secrets from the past.
Copies Available in Regular Print, Large-Type, Audiobook on CD

#4: The Bazaar of Bad Dreams
Author: Stephen King
Position Last Week: 4
Weeks On List: 6
Call Number: F KING
Summary: Twenty stories, some never before published.
Copies Available in Regular Print, Large-Type, Audiobook on CD, eBook on OverDrive, Audiobook on OverDrive

#5: All the Light We Cannot See
Author: Anthony Doerr
Position Last Week: 8
Weeks On List: 84
Call Number: F DOERR
Summary: The lives of a blind French girl and a gadget-obsessed German boy before and during World War II.
Copies Available in Regular Print, Large-Type, Audiobook on CD, eBook on OverDrive, Audiobook on OverDrive



Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: Killing Reagan
Author: Bill O'Reilly
Position Last Week: 2
Weeks On List: 12
Call Number: 973.92 REA
Summary: The host of "The O'Reilly Factor" recounts the events surrounding the attempted assassination of President Reagan in 1981.
Copies Available in Regular Print, Large-Type, Audiobook on CD, eBook on OverDrive

#2: Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates
Author: Brian Kilmeade
Position Last Week: 3
Weeks On List: 6
Call Number: 973.76092 KIL
Summary: The war against the Barbary pirates in 1801.
Copies Available in Regular Print

#3: Humans of New York: Stories
Author: Brandon Stanton
Position Last Week: 1
Weeks On List: 9
Call Number: Not Housed
Summary: Photographs and interviews from the creator of the blog and the book "Humans of New York."

#4: Between the World and Me
Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Position Last Week: 4
Weeks On List: 22
Call Number: 92 COATES
Summary: A meditation on race in America as well as a personal story by the Atlantic's national correspondent.
Copies Available in Regular Print, Audiobook on CD

#5: Destiny and Power
Author: Jon Meacham
Position Last Week: 5
Weeks On List: 5
Call Number: 92 BUSH
Summary: A biography of George H.W. Bush.
Copies Available in Regular Print, eBook on OverDrive

Look out for these titles at your Abilene Public Library and discover why they've become such hits in mainstream literature.  If they're not available, get yourselves on the reserve lists.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Weekly Events @ Your Library (Dec. 21-26)

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

Annual Food for Fines Drive
Dec. 1-31; All Day
All Library Locations
PH: 325-677-2474
It's that time of year again where all month long you can waive those pesky late fees by donating canned goods, and other nonperishable items, to the library.  Each item donated will waive $1.00 of your late fees and all donated items will benefit the Food Bank of West Central Texas. 

Family Fun: Polar Express
Dec. 21 @ 4:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
If you missed the first ride on the Polar Express, you'll have another chance at the Main Library for the next Family Fun event at your library.  Come out to enjoy stories, games, crafts, and more that will center around this holiday classic. 

Tween Time: Stuff Your Stockings
Dec. 21 @ 6:30PM
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
PH: 325-698-7565
The South Branch will be hosting their annual Holiday Stocking Stuffers event for youth ages 8-15 where we'll supply all the materials needed to show you how to make a host of great gifts to keep for yourself, or giveaway to family and friends over the holidays.  Don't miss out on this workshop that remains popular each and every year. 

Make & Take: Choose Your Craft
Dec. 22 @ 4:00PM
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
PH: 325-698-7565
Looking for some last minute holiday crafting fun at your library?  Come out to our Choose Your Craft session where we'll offer youth a host of crafts drop in and make as a fun afternoon activity.  We'll supply all the materials you'll need, just come ready to have some fun at the library. 

Holiday Closings: Christmas
Dec. 24 @ 6PM - Dec. 26
All Locations
PH: 325-677-2474
All locations of the library will close at 6:00PM on December 24 in observance of the Christmas holidays.  We will also be closed all day on Dec. 25-26, resuming our normal hours on Monday, Dec. 28 @ 9:00AM.  For your convenience, outside materials returns will still be available at all locations and you'll still have access to our online services available 24/7.

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