Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Kick Off Your Summer Reading Program with a Howl!

The Zoo Lady will be bringing animals of all kinds to the Mockingbird Branch on Wednesday, June 8 at 3:00PM.  You don't want to miss out on this opportunity to get up-close and personal with some amazing creatures!  Which will she bring?  Will they slither or sing?  Join us to find out!  All ages are welcome.  This program is made possible thanks to our summer partnership with the Abilene Zoo and Joy Harsh.  Additional sessions will be hosted at the South Branch and Main Library locations in June and July with each session featuring different animals for youth to learn about.  Plus, at the end of each event, you will get the chance to touch some of our animal friends too.

Then, escape the afternoon heat at the library by participating in a new summer program at your Mockingbird Branch.  Hosted every Wednesday at 2:00PM, local youth are welcome to attend our Tween & Teen Coloring Club!  We'll provide all the necessary materials for free, but you are welcome to bring your own coloring pages and pencils if you like.  We will have coloring pages of all types: flowers, castles, superheroes, etc.  This program is appropriate for ages 8-18.

There will be a host of great activities for the community to take advantage of all summer long at your Abilene Public Library.  Keep up with them all by visiting our Summer Reading Club Pages online to download reading logs and event flyers.  Then drop in during the summer to get prizes, books, and make memories that will last a lifetime!

Post Contributed by Susannah Barrington, Library Assistant at the Mockingbird Branch of the Abilene Public Library

Summer Fitness Fun @ Your Library

The theme for the Adult Reading Club is "Exercise Your Mind," placing an emphasis on the importance of being physically active as adults.  Libraries may be known for lending books, hosting storytimes, offering resources for research, and other traditional services, but we're expanding our reach in special activities this summer.

Throughout the reading club period we'll be hosting a series of fun fitness courses that will get you up, moving, and having fun at your library.  All fitness courses will be led by local instructors and professionals, and all are FREE for you to participate in.

Take a look at our summer fitness schedule for this year.  If you need additional information,feel free to contact us and we'll be happy to assist you.  Help us to make this summer fit & fun for everyone.

Fitness Class! Zumba w/YMCA
June 4 @ 10:00AM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Health & Fitness is the theme of this year’s Adult Summer Reading Club at your library, and we’re gearing up for a series of fitness activities for the community to get involved in at your library.  We’re partnering with YMCA Abilene to offer guests with some a Saturday fitness class each month, and all are free for you to take advantage of.  The first session will feature a Zumba class where an instructor will get you movin’ and groovin’ to workout your bodies to great tunes that make you want to participate.  Don’t pass up on your chance to join in on the fun, and for additional information about this event, contact Anne Ellis at 325-437-7323.

Beginner's Disc Golf w/Deonna Shake
June 25 @ 10:30AM
Cal Young Park
S. 11th & T&P Ln.
PH: 325-676-6025
We’re ready for more fitness fun at your Abilene Public Library today, as the theme of the Adult Reading Club this year is Health & Fitness.  Sometimes working out can become monotonous and boring, so why not switch things up by engaging in different activities designed to make you have a little fun?  Join us for a Beginner’s Disc Golf session, hosted at Cal Young Park, that will run from 10AM to about noon.  Whether you’ve been playing for a while, or this is your first time, we’ll give you a rundown of the basic rules, helpful hints, then start playing.  This class will be taught by ACU instructor Deonna Shake, so come out and Exercise You Mind (and body) with your library!  For more information about this event, contact Ann Mount at 325-676-6025.

Senior Fitness Class with Christa Ellis
June 30 @ 10:30AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
It’s all about Health & Fitness as the theme for this year’s Adult Summer Reading Clubs at your library, and we’re taking full advantage of it by introducing you to some fitness classes you can take advantage of in the community.  This morning session will feature a Senior Fitness Class led by Christa Ellis of the Hendrick Health Club.  She will be on hand to guide you through a workout modified just for seniors.  Get fit with us at this free event at the library, and for additional information, contact Ann Mount at 325-676-6025.

Fitness Class! Pound w/YMCA
July 9 @ 10:30AM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Health & Fitness is the theme of this year’s Adult Summer Reading Club at your library, and we’re gearing up for a series of fitness activities for the community to get involved in at your library.  We’re partnering with YMCA Abilene to offer guests with some a Saturday fitness class each month, and all are free for you to take advantage of.  This second session will feature a Pound class that incorporates cardio interval and strength training with the beating of a drum that adds to the challenge of the workout.  An instructor will take you through an entire workout at your library to give you a taste of what this workout is all about, so don’t pass up on your chance to come check it out.  For additional information, contact Anne Ellis at 325-437-7323.

Baby & Me Yoga Class w/Tara Lamson
July 15 @ 10:30AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
Don’t miss the next health & fitness workshop at your library as part of the theme for this year’s Adult Summer Reading Club at your library.  This session is designed especially for babies (ages 6 months to 3 years) and parents to enjoy, in a Baby & Me Yoga Class.  This event will be led by Tara Lamson of the Sage Yoga Center who will be on hand to guide you and your baby through a yoga session, start to finish.  Please bring a yoga mat and comfort toys for your baby, but don’t miss out on this unique activity being offered at your library.  For additional information, contact Ann Mount at 325-676-6025.

After Hours Nerf Wars
July 15 @ 6:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
After a fun time battling it out at Lib-Con we’re ready for another round of fun during the Adult Summer Reading Club.  It’s all about health & fitness as the theme for this year, and who says you can’t have a little fun while getting a little exercise?  Join us in this after hours library event where you can bring your “Nerf” gun and ammo for a lively and good-natured battle royale throughout the library.  We do ask that you bring a “Nerf” weapon with standard darts, not the high-powered guns with round pellets or modified weapons as we’re not trying to hurt anyone.  And also note, that some ammo may be lost during game play, but it’s all in good fun.  Don’t miss out on the fun time to be had, and for additional information, contact Ann Mount at 325-676-6025.

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 library.  Join us as we hit the highlights of some of the more popular titles being released today.

Gods of Egypt
Starring: Brenton Thwaites
Summary: A young thief named Bek enlists the help of the powerful Egyptian god Horus to overthrow the vicious deity Set, who has seized control of the land.  Bek's true love has been captured, forcing the mortal rebel to fight back in order to free her and the people of Egypt from Set's tyrannical rule in this epic fantasy adventure.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Starring: Lily James
Summary: Spunky martial artist Elizabeth Bennet and wealthy zombie killer Mr. Darcy fall in love despite their class differences while battling an undead uprising in 19th-century England.

Starring: Stephan James
Summary: This drama based on true events focuses on legendary black athlete Jesse Owens and his inspiring journey to overcome racism at home and abroad, culminating in his triumphant track-and-field performance at the 1936 Berlin Olympics under the tutelage of gruff Ohio State coach Larry Snyder.  At the same time, Owens also contends with a rivalry with German competitor Carl "Luz" Long, while Olympic committee members Jeremiah Mahoney and Avery Brundage deal with Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels and his desire to make the Games a celebration of Aryan supremacy.

Triple 9
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor
Summary: Ex-soldiers Michael Atwood and Russel Welch lead an Atlanta criminal organization, which also includes Welch's troubled brother Gabe and dirty cops Marcus Belmont and Jorge Rodriguez.  The five heisters are contracted by the Russian-Israeli mob, headed by matriarch Irina Vlaslov, to pull off a dangerous job, and they decide to create the diversion of an "officer down" call as a cover for the robbery.  Marcus' straight-arrow new partner Chris is soon targeted as the mark for the shooting; meanwhile, Chris' uncle, Detective Jeffrey Allen, works to foil the criminals.

The Emperor's Revenge (Oregon Files Series #11)
Author: Clive Cussler
Summary: Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon face their toughest challenge yet when a violent bank heist during the Monaco Grand Prix decimates the Corporation's accounts.  To get the money back, Juan joins forces with an old friend from his days in the CIA so they can track down a rogue hacker and a ruthless former Ukranian naval officer.  It is only after the hunt begins that the enormity of the plan comes into focus: the bank theft is just the first step in a plot that will result in the deaths of millions and bring the world's economies to a standstill.  The catalyst for the scheme?  A stunning document stolen during Napoleon's disastrous invasion of Russia.  But two hundreds years later, it may be the thing that brings Europe to its knees.

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

Monday, May 30, 2016

"Studio to Be Built in New Abilene South Branch Library" | Abilene Reporter-News

Article Courtesy of Brooke Crum of the Abilene Reporter-News, Published May 27, 2016

Programming on Suddenlink Cable Channel 2 could get more interesting soon.

The Abilene City Council on Thursday approved money to build a meeting room in the new South Branch Library currently being built in the Mall of Abilene.

The library is scheduled to open in late August or early September, said Lesli Andrews, community services director.

Andrews said the city identified the library as a potential location for a studio for Channel 2, the public, education, and government channel, to diversify programming on the channel and provide an alternate meeting space for city boards and outside groups.

Council members approved spending $120,668 in funds received from the tax charged on Suddenlink cable bills to build the room, which will be about 1,500 square feet.  It will provide seating room for 80 people or standing room for 172,

The meeting room will be equipped with audio and visual equipment to record the activities in the room, as well as a green screen for projects, she said.

Private Study Rooms
Just because a meeting or event is recorded in the studio does not mean it automatically will be aired on Channel 2, Andrews said.

"This would give the opportunity to really expand Abilene and what we're doing in the library system and really be innovative," she said.

The city received one bid for the proposal from Justice Construction, which is completing the library construction.

"They're already mobilized," City Manager Robert Hanna said.  "From a competitive standpoint, it would have been difficult to beat their price."

The council also amended its agreement with the Friends of the Abilene Public Library so the city can fund the construction of the studio.  The original agreement stated the Friends of the Library would pay for all improvements.

"A lot of renovations are being paid for by the Friends of the Library, and this funding is allowing their fundraising to go toward other improvements there," Councilman Shane Price said.  "That's excited to be able to to stretch their dollars."

Future Meeting Room Space
The money from the cable bills may only be spent on capital improvements that benefit the public channel and that have a life of more than a year, according to city documents.

In other business, the council accepted about a half-acre from Pioneer Drive Baptist Church, at the corner of Corsicana and South Seventh streets, on which a playground will be developed.  The church approached the city about the project a year ago with the requirement that the church would build the playground and the city would maintain it.

Council members also approved a drilling permit for Schkade Bros. Operating Co. to operate an oil or gas well northwest of the intersection of Vogel and Bridge avenues.

Newly re-elected Councilmen Kyle McAlister and Steve Savage took the oath of office and were sworn in for three-year terms.

Friday, May 27, 2016

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of May 29)

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: The Fireman
Author: Joe Hill
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F HILL
Summary: During an epidemic that causes people to spontaneously combust, an infected New Hampshire nurse fights to stay alive, aided by a mysterious figure known as the Fireman.

#2: 15th Affair
Author: James Patterson
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: M PATTERSON
Summary: A brutal murder threatens the domestic happiness of the San Francisco police detective Lindsay Boxer, who turns for help to the Women's Murder Club.

#3: The Weekenders
Author: Mary Kay Andrews
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F ANDREWS
Summary: On the North Carolina island of Belle Isle, a woman investigates her husband's shady financial affairs after his mysterious death.

#4: The Girl on the Train
Author: Paula Hawkins
Weeks On List: 71
Call Number: F HAWKINS
Summary: A psychological thriller set in the environs of London.

#5: The Last Mile
Author: David Baldacci
Weeks On List: 5
Call Number: F BALDACCI
Summary: In a sequel to "Memory Man," Amos Decker, a detective with an extraordinary memory, helps the FBI investigate the case of a convicted killer who wins a a last-minute reprieve.

Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: The Gene
Author: Siddhartha Mukherjee
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: 616.042 MUK
Summary: This overview of the history and science of genetics also considers moral questions and prospects for future advances in treating disease.  By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Emperor of All Maladies."

#2: Hamilton: The Revolution
Author: Lin-Manuel Miranda
Weeks On List: 6
Call Number: 792.642 MIR
Summary: The libretto of the Grammy and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, annotated by its creator, along with backstage photos, a production history and interviews with the cast.

#3: Grit
Author: Angela Duckworth
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: NOT HOUSED
Summary: A psychologist and consultant argues that passion and perseverance are the keys to success.

#4: When Breath Becomes Air
Author: Paul Kalanithi
Weeks On List: 19
Call Number: 92 KALANITHI
Summary: A memoir by a physician who received a diagnoses of Stage IV lung cancer at the age of 36.

#5: Valiant Ambition
Author: Nathaniel Philbrick
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: 973.3 PHI
Summary: The relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold.

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, get yourselves on the reserve lists and secure your spot in line.

Don't Miss the Annual Friends' Book Sale

We hope you're getting yourselves ready for the annual Friends of the Library Book Sale.  Always an exciting time of year, this is the your chance to come out to the Abilene Civic Center and partake in one of the BIGGEST book sales around...plus finding amazing deals on a wide selection of books, movies, music, collectibles, and more.  This year's sale will run June 16-19 and we're expected our largest turnout yet.

2016 Book Sale Schedule
  • Thursday, June 16 (Preview Sale) 5PM - 8PM: Members of the Friends of the Library will get the first crack at the sale...be sure to arrive early.
  • Friday, June 17, 10AM - 8PM: Open to the general public.
  • Saturday, June 18, 10AM - 6PM: Open to the general public.
  • Sunday, June 19 (Bag-O-Books Sale) 1PM - 4PM: Final day of the sale where $6 gets you a bag that you can fill with remaining items at the sale.
Much like in year's past, you may pay for your items with cash or check, and also by credit/debit cards including Mastercard, Visa, Discover, and Diner's Club; American Express not accepted.

The majority of all materials sold are made possible thank to generous members of the community who have donated books and items to the library throughout the year.  Proceeds form the sale go towards benefiting the Abilene Public Library, so not only are you helping yourself, you're helping your library too.  Once the sale has ended, all materials left over will be donated to local businesses and organizations, then the Friends will start from scratch with receiving new materials for 2017.

Don't miss your chance to attend this sale and take advantage of a great opportunity to stock her personal libraries and collections without breaking the bank.  For more information, or to volunteer, visit the Book Sale Page Online.

Summer Reading Club Pages Available Online

The Summer Reading Clubs will kickoff on June 6 across all library locations where we'll offer enhanced programming, great reading programs, amazing prizes, and so much more.  It's the time your local library truly shines and we invite everyone to come out and discover why.

If you haven't visited us already, our Summer Reading Club Pages are available online, where you'll find all the information you'll need about programming, how to participate, special activities, and more.  Here's a brief look at each of them...

Theme: Read-A-Saurus
Ages: Birth to Grade 5
Every child will receive a reading club bag complete with all of the club information inside.  The theme for this year will be all about dinosaurs where we'll have tons of special activities with dino-themes from craft sessions to Paleontology School.  Each week a child visits the library to checkout books, or attend programming, they'll be able to pick up a prize for the week.  If you need suggestions on some summer reads, view the Summer Reading List online. 

Theme: Books Bite Back
Ages: Grades 6-12
Every teen will receive a free reading club back complete with all club information inside.  We're carrying over the dino-themed fun to teens as well, and we have some special events to come out and join in on from dinosaur movie nights, after hours Dinosaur Nerf Hunts, and even making a host of fun dino crafts.  Each week a teen visits the library to checkout materials, or attend a program, they'll receive a free prize.  Plus, for reading over the summer, they'll have a chance to win a FREE iPad at the end of the summer for our prize giveaway.  You certainly don't want to miss your chance to enter this summer.  If you need suggestions on summer reads, view the Summer Reading List online. 

Theme: Exercise Your Mind
Ages 18+
All the reading fun can't be for kids and teens.  The Adult Reading Club will be back and better than ever.  Reading Club information can be picked up at any location, or accessed online, and the theme this year will be all about health & fitness.  Throughout the summer, your library will be hosting a number of fitness activities for adults to participate in from Baby & Me Yoga to Zumba.  All sessions will be offered for free and it's a great way to get moving and having fun at your library.  Plus, by reading over the summer, or attending programs, you'll have the chance to enter our raffle to win prizes throughout the summer.  You'll also get the chance to win a FREE iPad too.  Don't miss out on the reading club fun!

Stop by June 6 to get started in the summer reading club fun at your library.  You'll be glad you did!

Book-to-Film Adaptations: June 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 their source materials at your library!

Me Before You
Starring: Emilia Clarke
Release Date: June 3
Based On: Me Before You
Author: Jojo Moyes
Summary: A girl in a small town forms an unlikely bond with a recently-paralyzed man she's taking care of.  This film is Rated PG-13 with a run time of 1 hour 50 min.

Starring: Nicole Kidman
Release Date: June 10
Author: A. Scott Berg
Summary: A chronicle of Max Perkins' time as the book editor at Scribner, where he oversaw works by Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and others.  This film is Rated PG-13 with a run time of 1 hr. 44 min.

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

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Weekly Events @ Your Library (May 30 - June 4)

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, visit our main website to take a look at our program calendar.

Tween & Teen Coloring Day
June 1 @ 2:00PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
With the success of the Coloring Club for adults, we’re adding a special coloring club this summer for tweens and teens to enjoy at your library.  If you’re between the ages of 8-18, you’re invited out to your Mockingbird Branch Library on Wednesday afternoons to have some coloring fun of your own.  Relax and work on a number of pages from superheroes to new age designs to classic images and more.  We’ll supply all the materials you’ll need for each session, but please feel free to bring your own supplies if you’d like.  Don’t miss out on the fun, and for additional information, please feel free to contact us at 325-437-7323.

Stories in the Park: Superheroes
June 2 @ 10:45AM
Red Bud Park
S. 32nd & S. Willis
PH: 325-698-7565
Kids and parents are invited to join the South Branch Library for our weekly Stories in the Park session, hosted at Red Bud Park across from the playground.  Please note that in June & July, the times have changed to 10:45AM instead of the afternoons.  This week’s theme is all about Superheroes so join us for stories, songs, games, and more outdoors at one of our great city parks, and then you can head out to the playground once we’re done.  Each session will be hosted as long as the weather permits.  Feel free to call us at 325-698-7565 if you’re unsure.  For additional information about this program, feel free to email Alyssa Crow.

Family Fun: Favorite Authors - Jane Yolen
June 2 @ 4:00PM
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
PH: 325-698-7565
Kids of all ages, and parents too, won’t want to miss the first Family Fun event of the month.Each session features great stories, songs, games, crafts, and more.Since this is the time of the Summer Reading Club, we’ll be sharing the works of children’s author Jane Yolen, known for her “How Do Dinosaurs…” series.  Feel free to come on out and enjoy this afternoon event, and for additional information, contact Alyssa Crow at 325-698-7565.

Make & Take: Dino Photo Frames
June 2 @ 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
If you’re interested in some hands-on crafting fun this afternoon, you’re in luck.Kids of all ages are invited out to a fun workshop where we’ll be making some Dinosaur Photo Frames, to tie in with the Summer Reading Club theme for this year.We’ll supply all the materials needed, as well as the instruction, to show you how to create your own frames to place your photos in.Don’t miss out, and for additional information, feel free to contact Heather Carter at 325-437-7323.

Collecting Commas Writing Club
June 2 @ 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
If you’re between the ages of 10-17, and you have a passion for writing, this is the club you should be a part of at your library!  Led by children’s librarian Kelsie Wade, youth and teens meet up every week to hone their creative writing skills in a stress-free environment through various writing activities and games.  There’s no need to register, simply come out and check out a session.  For more information about this club, contact Kelsie Wade at 325-676-6067.

The Coloring Club
June 2 @ 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
If you’re an adult, and you’re in need of an evening activity that’s fun and calming, don’t pass up on your chance to be a part of The Coloring Club at your library. We’ll supply you with a host of great coloring pages and supplies to make use of, or you’re more than welcome to bring your own if you’d like.All are invited to come on out and color your cares away because coloring is a great activity that’s not just meant for kids. There’s no need to register for this event, just come out and enjoy the coloring fun with other adults in our community. For additional information about this program, feel free to contact Ann Mount at 325-676-6025.

Super Storytime: Dinos in the Sun
June 3 @ 10:45AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
If your child is into dinosaur stories, this is the storytime you won't want to miss as we're celebrating dinosaurs through stories, songs, crafts, and more at your library.  This enhanced storytime event is perfect for kids of all ages, and parents too.  Come on out and enjoy a morning of fun in literature with your children's staff at the library.  For more information, feel free to contact Shelbie Fowler at 325-676-6067.

Teen Flix After Hours
June 3 @ 5:45PM
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
PH: 325-698-7565
Teens are invited to join us for a great movie night at the library, after the library has closed for the evening.  We’re continuing to work our way through the Hunger Games franchise this summer, and this week’s featured flick is 2013’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth.  In this film, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.  This film is rated PG-13 and runs in at 2 hours and 26 minutes.Snacks and drinks will be provided and teens will be supervised the entire evening.  Rides should be ready for pickup no later than 8:20PM.  For more information about this movie night, contact Tremain Jackson at 325-698-7565.

Fitness Class! Zumba
June 4 @ 10:00AM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 3258-437-7323
Health & Fitness is the theme of this year’s Adult Summer Reading Club at your library, and we’re gearing up for a series of fitness activities for the community to get involved in at your library.  We’re partnering with YMCA Abilene to offer guests with some a Saturday fitness class each month, and all are free for you to take advantage of.  The first session will feature a Zumba class where an instructor will get you movin’ and groovin’ to workout your bodies to great tunes that make you want to participate.  Don’t pass up on your chance to join in on the fun, and for additional information about this event, contact Anne Ellis at 325-437-7323.

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

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Tremain's Book Corner: "Fall of Night" by Jonathan Maberry

Fall of Night
Author: Jonathan Maberry
Reviewed By: Tremain Jackson, South Branch Manager
Personal Rating: 4 Stars

Book Summary: Stebbins Little School is full of bodies.  It's unthinkable to Desdemona Fox.  Children are sobbing as panicked teachers and neighbors beat down their family members outside of the school...or the things that used to be their family members.  Parents don't eat their children do they?

Officers Fox and Hammond, along with journalist Billy Trout, are calling it the beginning of the end.  This is the zombie apocalypse.  An insane escaped serial killer is infecting Stebbins County with a deadly virus, and now the whole world is watching while fox, Trout, and the remaining inhabitants of Stebbins fight for their life against...what?  The undead?  The President and the National Guard are ready to nuke Stebbins, PA off the map and cut their losses.  But the infection is spreading and fast.  Worse, the scientist who created the virus is missing.  It's a numbers game as the body count rises; Fox has to contain the infected and evacuate the living before it's too late, and the clock is ticking...

Personal Review: I love Maberry's books as he's one of the few authors out there that can still give me that horror fix I crave in novels (although Nick Cutter is still the reigning champ).  This book is the sequel to Dead of Night and gives you another entry in his zombie apocalypse series.  Unlike the slew of books published about zombies, thanks to the success of The Walking Dead, Maberry is one of the few writing entries that are actually really good.

In this book, you get the start of the zombie apocalypse, which always seems to start in small town USA, and the craziness always starts because someone has the brilliant idea to make a virus...because nothing bad can happen from that.  Whereas the first entry was an appetizer, this book gave you more information about that virus, named Lucifer 113 (that should have said it all right there).

Picking up right where the first book ended, Maberry instantly throws you into all the craziness.  Characters you knew from the first book are dropping like flies and new characters are coming in (it's the zombie apocalypse so not everyone is going to make it).  But at the heart of the novel, what I appreciate is the fact that not only is it a book about zombies and all the carnage that entails, it also focuses on humanity, which can be just as scary when faced with a crisis like this.

The pacing of the novel was fantastic and I found myself not wanting to put the book down, wanting to just read a few more pages before I called it a night.  Comparing it to the previous book, this entry was much darker, but not in a bad way.  I don't know about you, but if I'm reading zombie fiction, I'm not looking for a light read.  Break out the heavy stuff and let's get it poppin'.

The terror was there, the panic, the anxiety, the feeling of dread around every corner, and it didn't subside one bit.  I would highly recommend this book, and series, to anyone who enjoys horror novels and zombie fiction.  Maberry is talented in how he can craft a story that's well-written, thought out, filled with rich characters that you can relate with, and has the ability to make you, in a sense, feel what's going on in the story when the proverbial "you know what" hits the fan.

I will certainly be looking out for future books in this series and if you want to check it out for yourself, be sure to look for a copy at your Abilene Public Library.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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 library.  Join us as we hit the highlights of some of the more popular titles being released today.

The Finest Hours
Starring: Chris Pine
Summary: This docudrama depicts the incredible true story of a daring Coast Guard rescue operation off of Cape Cod during a ferocious storm in the winter of 1952.  When an oil tanker splits in half, trapping its crew on board the sinking vessel, four brave Guardsmen set out to save them. 

How to Be Single
Starring: Dakota Johnson
Summary: A young woman searches for love in New York City in this romantic comedy based on the novel by Liz Tuccillo. 

The City of Mirrors (Passage Trilogy #3)
Author: Justin Cronin
Summary: The Twelve have been destroyed and the terrible hundred-year reign of darkness that descended upon the world has ended.  The survivors are stepping outside their walls, determined to bu9ild society anew - and daring to dream of a hopeful future.  But far from them, in a dead metropolis, he waits: Zero.  The First.  Father of the Twelve.  The anguish that shattered his human life haunts him, and the hatred spawned by his transformation burns bright.  His fury will be quenched only when he destroys Amy - humanity's only hope, the Girl from Nowhere who grew up to rise against him.  One last time light and dark will clash, and at last Amy and her friends will know their fate. 

The Last Star: The Final Book of the 5th Wave
Author: Rick Yancey
Summary: The enemy is Other.  The enemy is us.  They're down here, they're up there, they're nowhere.  They want the Earth, they want us to have it.  They came to wipe us out, they came to save us.  But beneath these riddles lies one truth: Cassie has been betrayed.  So has Ringer.  Zombie.  Nugget.  And all 7.5 bill;ion people who used to live on our planet.  Betrayed first by the Other, and now by ourselves.  In these last days, Earth's remaining survivors will need to decide what's more important: saving themselves...or saving what makes us human. 

The Sorcerer's Daughter: The Defenders of Shannara
Author: Terry Brooks
Summary: The mysterious, magic-wielding Druid order has existed for long ages, battling any evil that threatens the Four Lands - and struggling to be understood and accepted by outsiders.  But their hopes of building goodwill are dashed when a demon's murderous rampage at a peace summit leaves their political opponents dead - casting new suspicions upon the Druids and forcing them to flee from enemies both mortal and monstrous.  Paxon Leah, the order's appointed protector, knows that blame lies with Arcannen Rai, the vile sorcerer he has battled and defeated before.  But there's no time to hunt his nemesis, if he is to lead the wrongfully accused Druids to their sanctuary.

Return to the Isle of the Lost (Descendants Series #2)
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Summary: Mal's an expert at intimidating her enemies, but she's broken the habit since leaving her villainous roots behind.  So when she and her friend Evie, Carlos, and Jay all receive threatening messages demanding they return home, Mal can't believe it.  Sure, she's King Ben's girlfriend now, and she's usually nice to her classmates, but she still didn't think anyone would be silly enough to try to push her around.  The thing is, it kind of worked,.  Especially since she and her friends have a sneaking suspicion that their villainous parents are behind the messages.  And when Evie looks into her magic mirror, what she sees only confirms their fears.  Maleficent's just a tiny lizard after her run-in with Mal at Ben's Coronation, but she's the worst villain in the land and for a reason.  Could she have found a way to escape?  Whatever's going on, Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay know they have to sneak back to the isle and get to the bottom of it.

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

Monday, May 23, 2016

"Learn the Best Pet for You at Your Library" | @ the Library Article

As everyone knows, pets are a huge responsibility.  Feeding, grooming, training, health care - all are part of the responsibility of caring for a pet.  If you have fish, then there's no worry about training or grooming but cleaning the aquarium makes u for it.  If you've never had a pet before, or are considering a new one, let your Abilene Public Library help you make an informed choice.

Sometimes folks forget that pets are a commitment that will most likely last for many years.  Consider pets as part of the family, rather like children that require care year after year, before you buy or go to the shelter.  The Perfect Match: A Buyer's Guide to Dogs by Chris Walkowicz or The Right Dog for You: Choosing a Breed that Matches Your Personality, Family, and Life-Style by Daniel F. Tortora are a couple of titles that will influence a decision on what dog to get.  For cats try The Ultimate Book: a Comprehensive Visual Guide to Cats, Cat Breeds, and Cat Care by Alan Edwards or The Cat EncyclopediaChoosing a Small Mammal by Dennis Kelsey-Wood can help with those choices.  We also have many books in individual breeds, species, and types of animals.

Choosing when to get a pet is as important as choosing the type of pet to get.  If the family moves frequently, housing problems may occur with rules against pets.  If traveling overseas there are mandatory quarantine times for pets.  Some pets do not travel well and stress about the experience.  Allergies to pets affect some people.  The Sneeze-Free Cat Owner and Sneeze-Free Dog Breeds by Diane Morgan presents some solutions for allergies.

Starting college, having a baby, or beginning a time and attention intensive project at work can be stressful, and such times are not conducive to getting a new pet.  If a dog is already part of the family and a baby is on the way, Good Dog, Happy Baby: Preparing Your Dog for the Arrival of Your Child by Michael Wombacher provides information on preparing the dog for the arrival of a new family member.

Awareness of possible health problems of different breeds may make a choice easier - or harder.  Even mutts are influenced by the predominant gene pool.  Also, training may be simpler or more difficult depending on the characteristics of the chosen breed.  Both house training and obedience training require time and patience.  The recommendation is to keep the training session short.  Many titles exist to help with training.  These include Cesar Millan's Cesar's Rules: Your Way to Train a Well-Behaved Dog, Training for Both Ends of the Leash: A Guide to Cooperation Training for You and Your Dog by Kate Perry, and I Love My Dog! the All-Around Guide to Choosing, Training, Grooming and Caring for Your Best Friend by Laura Moss.

There are expenses each year for pets.  If you're unprepared to meet these needs, do not get a pet.  If you're unable to make the time to train and play with a pet, don't get one.  A stuffed toy is also soft and cuddly and doesn't eat, make messes, or require visits to a vet and attention from its owner.  It's a one-time expense that will sit nicely on a bed, couch or shelf until the owner has time for it.  Knit Your Own Cat: Easy-to-Follow Patterns for 16 Frisky Felines by Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne may help with that.

We've really barely scratched the surface of all the considerations that go into bringing a new pet into your home, but we hope you'll remember your Abilene Public Library can help you make sure your pet experience is a winner!