Thursday, June 30, 2016

"South Side Library Overdue, But Well Worth the Time" | Abilene Reporter-News

Article by Scott Kirk, Abilene Reporter-News, June 29, 2016

Construction at the Future Mall Library
There are two things of which City Librarian Lori Grumet is fairly certain when it comes to the Abilene Public Library's south branch of the Mall of Abilene.

One is that it won't be finished this summer.  The other is that it will be worth the wait.  "We had an extremely ambitious timetable when we started," said Grumet Tuesday afternoon as she conducted a tour of the transformation of the 20,000 square foot location that was originally an Old Navy store.  "That was the enthusiasm talking.  Now we just want to do it right."

The goal now is to be open by the end of September, which may also be an optimistic deadline.  "That's going to be pretty tight, too," said Grumet.

"That's just 12 weeks from now."  Whenever the project is completed, Grumet is confident the public will appreciate the new branch.  The current south branch on South 14th Street is just over 5,000 square feet.  It could almost fit int the corner of the new location that will house children's literature.

However, Grumet isn't worried about having too much room.  "I've been in the military all my life and once principle I believe in is however much space you have, you'll fill it up," she said.

Future Teen Space Area
The new branch will not only have a large children's area but also an area for teens, a demographic that Grumet admitted has been hard for her to reach.  The area will have two large monitors that can be used for gaming and other video and the accouterments of the area will be unlike what is found in most libraries.

"We wanted to give this space its unique and hip vibe," she said.  Another addiction to the branch will be three glass-enclosed study rooms that will have whiteboards and equipment that will allow people to record themselves.

"That's going to be pretty cool," said Grumet.  Another feature of the library will be something that librarians of an earlier generation may have thought unnecessary to install - a quiet room where people who are looking for the old-school library experience can go to read and not be disturbed.

As Grumet noted, a library with an area devoted to children and another to teens is not going to be quiet.

However, she said the area for teens is one that Mall of Abilene management appreciate.  "They like the fact that there will be a place designed for teens to hang out," Grumet said.

Contractors are building two restroom areas, both with changing tables, as well as installing a new fire sprinkler system and updating the HVAC system.

The branch will have an outside entrance on the south side of the mall as well as a main entrance in the mall near J.C. Penney.  The north wall of the branch, that faces inside the mall, will be glass.

The location has been the site of two large retailers and an exercise studio over the past 20 years.

"Nothing's seemed to click here," said Grumet.  "This will click.  It's going to be really nice.  We want the public to enjoy this space."

Weekly Library Events (July 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, visit our main website to take a look at our program calendar.

Holiday Closing: Fourth of July
July 4; All Day
All Library Locations
PH: 325-677-2474
All library locations will be closed in observance of Independence Day.  Outside materials returns are available at all locations and feel free to renew materials online, or make use of our great digital services too.  We'll resume our normal hours of operation of Tuesday at 9:00AM.

School-Age Event: Abilene Kennel Club
July 5 @ 3:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
We’re no strangers to hosting great programming featuring animals at your library, and kids won’t want to miss this popular summer event at your Main Library.  We’re welcoming in members of the Abilene Kennel Club, who will be bringing their amazing canine pals, to host a series of demonstrations for the audience to enjoy.  From tricks to commands, they’ll be doing it all to entertain the crowd.  Plus, at the end of the program, everyone will get the chance to meet each of the featured four-legged friends at the library.  It certainly is one amazing event, and for additional information, feel free to contact Kelsie Wade at 325-676-6067.l

Zoo Lady Visit
July 5 @ 4:00PM
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
PH: 325-698-7565
Gear up for the next visit from Joy Harsh, and her animal friends, from the Abilene Zoo as they head out to the South Branch Library for more educational fun.  Designed for kids of all ages, The Zoo Lady will bring out different animals to each of the libraries and teach youth all about them.  It’s the best way to see some great zoo animals inside your library.  Plus, at the end of the program, guests will be able to touch some of the animals as well.  We’ve been visited by owls, alligators, pythons, and more, so don’t miss out on your chance to see which animals will visit us this time.  For additional information about this event, contact Alyssa Crow at 325-698-7565.

Anime Club
July 5 @ 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
If you have a passion for all things anime and manga, you won’t want to pass up on your chance to be a prat of the Anime Club at your library.  Designed for teens and young adults, ages 14-25, this is the chance for you to come in and enjoy great anime shows and discussions with others who share your passion.  Don’t miss out on your chance to check out our monthly meetup at the library (no need to register) and for additional information, contact Amanda Sasser at 325-676-6067.

Tween & Teen Coloring Club
July 6 @ 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.

Read to a Dog Day
July 6 @ 3:00PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
We’re happy to be partnering with our friends from the Tail Waggin’ Tutors, who will be out to the library for another great Read-to-a-Dog Day.  This is a great literacy event where registered therapy dogs are brought into the library for children to read to.  These furry friends won’t judge you if you make a mistake, and they’re always ready to interact with kids who are willing to share stories with them.  This is the perfect opportunity to meet great animals inside your library; however, we do ask that you leave your own pets at home.  Everyone child who wishes to participate will have the opportunity to do so, and for additional information, feel free to contact Heather Carter at 325-437-7323.

Tween Time: Dinosaur Skeletons
July 6 @ 4:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
We’re ready for another Tween Time craft workshop at your library, and this session will be hosted on a different day, different time, due to the library being closed on July 4.  Join us this afternoon for a hands-on dinosaur project where we’ll be showing youth, ages 8-15, how to create their own Dinosaur Skeletons, which is perfect for the Summer Reading Club theme this year.  We’ll supply all the materials and instructions you need for making your own, you just come out ready for some crafting fun at your library.  For more information, contact Kelsie Wade at 325-676-6067.

Stories in the Park: Sports
July 7 @ 10:45AM
Red Bud Park
S. 32nd & S. Willis St.
PH: 325-698-7565
Kids and parents are invited to join the South Branch Library for our next weekly Stories in the Park session, hosted at Redbud Park across from the playground.  Join us for stories, songs, games, 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 – Bob Shea
July 7 @ 4:00PM
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
PH: 325-698-7565
Are you ready for some Family Fun at your library?  Then you should definitely be in attendance at this event where we’ll be highlighting and sharing the works of author/illustrator Bob Shea.  Known for his series of great books including “Dinosaur vs. Santa” and “Dinosaur vs. Bedtime,” Shea’s books just draw you in with their humor and illustrations.  Kids of all ages, and parents too, are invited to join us for his stories, songs, games, crafts and more that all relate to the lovable dinosaur in these works, which ties right in with the Kids’ Reading Club theme this year.  Don’t miss out, and for additional information, feel free to contact Alyssa Crow at 325-698-7565.

Make & Take: Dinosaur Sun Catchers
July 7 @ 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Kids of all ages are invited out for a great afternoon of crafting fun where we’ll supply all the materials needed to show you how to fashion your own Dinosaur Sun Catchers.  Tying right along with the theme for the Summer Reading Club for kids, it’s a great craft activity that your children are sure to love.  There’s no need to register, just visit us in the activity room and come ready for some hands-on crafting fun at your library.  For additional information about this event, feel free to contact Heather Carter at 325-437-7323.

Collecting Commas Writing Club
July 7 @ 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
July 7 @ 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.

Fitness Class: Pound
July 9 @ 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.  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.

Family Flix
July 9 @ 11:00AM
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
PH: 325-698-7565
Kids and parents are invited out for a great mid-morning movie at your library, where we’ll be showing the recent hit “Zootopia.”  In this film, in a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy.  With great reviews and being a box office hit, come out and watch this animated hit at your library.  Light snacks will be provided, or you’re free to bring your own.  For additional information, feel free to contact Alyssa Crow at 325-698-7565.

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

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Tremain's Book Corner: "The Everything Box" by Richard Kadrey

The Everything Box
Author: Richard Kadrey
Reviewed By: Tremain Jackson, South Branch Manager
Personal Rating: 3.5 Stars

Book Summary: 2000 B.C.  A beautiful, ambitious angel stands on a mountaintop, surveying the world and its little inhabitants below.  He smiles because soon, the last of humanity who survived the great flood will meet its end, too.  And he should know.  He's going to play a big part in it.  Our angel usually doesn't get to do field work, and if he does well, he's certain he'll be getting a big promotion.  And now it's time.  The angel reaches into his pocket for the instrument of humanity's doom.  Must be in the other pocket.  Then he frantically begins to pat himself down.  Dejected, he realized he has lost the object.  Looking over the earth at all that could have been, the majestic angel utters a single word.  "Crap."

2015.  A thief named Coop - a specialist in purloining magic objects - steals and delivers a small box to the mysterious client who engaged his serves.  Coop doesn't know that his latest job could be the end of him - and the rest of the world.  Suddenly he finds himself in the company of the Department of Peculiar Science, a fearsome agency that polices the odd and strange.  The box isn't just a supernatural heirloom with quaint powers; they tell him.

It's a doomsday device.  They think...and suddenly, everyone is out to get it.

Personal Review: I cam across this title when it arrived for processing at the library, and noticed it had a positive review by Christopher Moore, whose quirky books just make me want to read them.  Reading the synopsis, it sounded like it was a read written much like Moore's works, so why not give it a shot?

That being said, this read isn't going to be for everyone.  I may be a bit biased because I rather enjoy a little dark humor in my books, and this one was fast-paced, clever, amusing, and what might be the start of a series by the author...based on the ending, which I won't spoil.  Here you have an angel, tasked with destroying the rest of humanity after the great flood, but just so happens to lose the "instrument" needed to carry out the plan.  4,000 years later, a number of individuals are closing in on this mysterious artifact known as The Everything Box.  And that's when things start to go crazy, but in a good way.

You've got a world filled with poltergeists, vampires, werewolves, people with tentacles and gills, and they're all after that box and engaged in a cross-country race (of sorts) to get it.  It kind of reminded me of the flick "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" because it was just one humorous moment after the next.  If anything, I could see playing it out in my head like a TV show.  It would actually make for a great show.  You've got that snappy dialogue, fun characters, an interesting premise...it would be a blast, haha.

I liked the writing style of the author, the characters were interesting with the good guys not being exactly "good" and the bad guys are just bad on different degrees.  The pacing on the novel was great and Kadrey jumped into the action early on without letting up.  If you like the works of Christopher Moore, with a splash of maybe Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, you might just enjoy this book.  It's just hysterically fun.

I can't delve into much of the book without giving away spoiler after spoiler, but I will tell you that if you're looking for a great distraction and a quick read, you can't go wrong with this book.  It's introduced me to a new author and more books by him to find and read.  Sometimes that's the best thing about trying someone new...you never know what you might get.

Look for it at your library and see what you think about it.  I promise it'll be one wild ride.

Tuesday, June 28, 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.

Kung Fu Panda 3
Starring: Jack Black
Summary: Jack Black returns as the voice of lovable martial-artist Po in the third adventure in this animated series.  Po reunites with his long-lost father Li, and the pair travel to a secret panda sanctuary.  There, they must work together to defeat a new enemy: a powerful yak who grows stronger by stealing the life force of other warriors.

Eye in the Sky
Starring: Helen Mirren
Summary: A British colonel requests a drone strike to take out a group of terrorists in Nairobi who are planning a series of suicide bombings.  However, the situation grows more complicated when an American drone pilot discovers that a nine-year-old girl has entered the targeted area, forcing a number of military leaders and politicians to debate the best course of action.

United as One (Lorien Legacies Series #7)
Author: Pittacus Lore
Summary: The Mogadorians have invaded Earth.  Their warships loom over our most populated cities, and no country will risk taking them head on.  The Garde are all that stand in the way, but they'll need an army of their own to win this fight.  The Garde have teamed up with the U.S. military, but it might not be enough.  They need reinforcements, and they've found them in the most unexpected place.  Teens from across the globe, like John Smith's best friend, Sam, have developed abilities.  So John and the others must get them before the Mogs, because if they don't their enemies will use these gifted teens for their own sinister plan.  But after all the Mogadorians have taken from John - his home, his family, his friends, and the person he loves most - he might not want to put any more lives in danger.  He's got nothing left to lose, and he's just discovered he has been given an incredible new Legacy.  Now he can turn himself into the ultimate weapon.  So will he risk his life to save the world, or will he realize that power in numbers will save us all?

First Comes Love
Author: Emily Giffin
Summary: Growing up, Josie and Meredith shared a loving, if sometimes contentious relationship.  Josie was impulsive, spirited, and outgoing; Meredith hardworking, thoughtful, and reserved.  When tragedy strikes their family, their different responses to the event splinter their delicate bond.  15 years later, the two are in their late 30's, following very different paths.  Josie is a teacher and single and about to give up dating for good while Meredith is the model daughter with the perfect life as a successful attorney, married to a wonderful man, and with a child of their own.  As the anniversary of their tragedy looms and painful secrets from the past begin to surface, Josie & Meredith must not only confront the issues that divide them, but also come to terms with their own choices.

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

Monday, June 27, 2016

"Library Has Resoruces to Help Plan Fourth of July Parties" | @ the Library Article

Kids' Pages @ Your Library
Kids and celebrations go together, and what could be more exciting this summer than celebrating our nation's independence with a festive family get-together?  It's a perfect occasion to make memories with your children and grandchildren and instill pride in our country at the same time.  If you haven't already, now is the time to start planning your party and you need go no farther than the Kid's Page on the Abilene Public Library's website.  You'll discover inexpensive but festive kid-friendly crafts, decorations and recipes that will rival those of any red, white, and blue celebration.

Look first at the Crafts and Activities link on the Kids's Page (on the left side of the website).  There you'll find Crafty Creations hosted by Tremain, Alyssa or Jessica; short videos about crafting for kids.  Look in the Patriotic Crafts section and you'll discover a variety of fun activities just perfect for your child.  Decorate for the holiday with twirlers, fireworks pens, and stars and stripes stamp creations.

Another great source for Independence Day activities is located in the Resources for Parents and Kids section on the Kids' Page.  Go to the Family.com link and search July 4th.  Click on "view all results."  Scroll through a plethora of terrific ideas...like Goofy and Donald's 4th of July coloring page and Minnie's Statue of Liberty paper craft that will make a perfect centerpiece.  There's even a Mickey and Friends 4th of July party invitation to download!

A celebration isn't complete without food and snacks, right?  The Kids' Page can take care of that also!  Another great site listed in the Resources for Parents and Kids section is Idea Box, where several kid-friendly reclines perfect for a red, white and blue celebration can be found.  Start the day off right with yummy blueberry pancakes with strawberry sauce!  Search 4th of July on the Idea Box page and you'll find this recipe and many more like Patriotic Parfait, Celebration Cookies and Sweet Stars, made of strawberries, blueberries, and whipped cream.  Yum yum!

If you want more great party planning ideas for the Glorious Fourth, or any other occasion, try Diane Warner's Great Parties on Small Budgets: Celebrations for Grownups and Kids of All Ages, 50 Fabulous Parties for Kids by Linda Hetzer, or 101 Quick & Easy Party Ideas for Kids by Linda Sadler.  These are just a few of the many party planning books your library has - and don't forget all our wonderful cookbooks for backyard grilling, themed parties, and more!

Independence Day is all about celebrating our country's freedom and making memories with family and friends.  These are just a few ideas for your 4th of July celebration that can be found on the Kids' Page of the Abilene Public Library's website, and in our collection.  Please drop by any library location and let us help you have a 'bang up' Fourth of July celebration to remember!

Article Contributed by Darla Casella, Children's Librarian at the Mockingbird Branch of the Abilene Public Library

Friday, June 24, 2016

Book-To-Film Adaptations: July 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.

The BFG
Starring: Rebecca Hall
Release Date: July 1
Based On: "The BFG"
Author: Roald Dahl
Summary: 10-year-old Sophie is in for the adventure of a lifetime when she meets the Big Friendly Giant.  Naturally scared at first, the young girl soon realizes that the 24-foot behemoth is actually quite gentle and charming.  As their friendship grows, Sophie's presence attracts the unwanted attention of Bloodbottler, Fleshlumpeater and other giants.  After traveling to London, Sophie and the BFG must convince Queen Victoria to help them get rid of all the bad giants once and for all.

The Legend of Tarzan
Starring: Alexander Skarsgard
Release Date: July 1
Based On: "Tarzan"
Author: Edgar Rice Burroughs
Summary: Tarzan, having acclimated to life in London, is called back to his former home in the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment.

The Infiltrator
Starring: Bryan Cranston
Release Date: July 13
Based On: "The Infiltrator"
Author: Robert Mazur
Summary: A U.S. Customs official uncovers a money laundering scheme involving Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.

Lights Out
Starring: Teresa Palmer
Release Date: July 22
Based On: "Lights Out"
Author: David F. Sandberg
Summary: When Rebecca left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind.  Growing up, she was never really sure of what was and wasn't real when the lights went out...and now her little brother, Martin, is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that had once tested her sanity and threatened her safety.  A frightening entity with a mysterious attachment to her mother, Sophie, has reemerged.  But this time, as Rebecca gets closer to unlocking the truth, there is no denying that all their lives are in danger...once the lights go out.

Nerve
Starring: Dave Franco
Release Date: July 27
Based On: "Nerve"
Author: Jeanne Ryan
Summary: A high school senior finds herself immersed in an online game of truth or dare, where her every move starts to become manipulated by an anonymous community of "watchers."

Jason Bourne
Starring: Matt Damon
Release Date: July 29
Based On: Characters by Robert Ludlum
Summary: Jason Bourne, now remembering who he truly is, tries to uncover hidden truths about his past.

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

"Young Audiences of Abilene Show to Feature a Puppeteer/Storyteller" | Abilene Reporter-News

Article by Janet Van Vleet, Arts & Entertainment Editor for the Abilene Reporter News, June 23, 2016

Dru Woods & Her Puppet Pals
Dru Woods has been traveling around the state, weaving stories and introducing a whole slew of children to puppeteering for the past 11 years.

"I had retired as a theater teacher after 30 years," Woods said, "but I was not ready to sit on the porch and rock."

Woods is the second performer in the Summer Library Performance Series presented by the Young Audiences of Abilene and the Abilene Public Library.  She will perform at 10:45AM and 3:00PM Tuesday in the auditorium at main Abilene Public Library, 202 Cedar St.

Woods used to teach puppetry and storytelling to her students.  A former student asked if she'd ever been to the annual Texas Storytelling Festival.

Woods went to the event, took a class and she was on her way.  She now performs on the roster of Young Audiences groups across Texas and is on the touring roster for the Texas Commission on the Arts.

"The fun thing about (my show) is that I involve the kids," she said.  "I do the voices and the children do the puppets."

Woods always has used puppets in her storytelling.  She and her students made them in class and they became the vehicles that carried the stories.

She no longer makes her own puppets.  Now, she comes up with the story and the puppet is picked to match the story.

Her Abilene program will begin with an introduction to a variety of puppet types, including marionettes.

The theme of the program is "Hooray for Heroes."  She'll talk about the characteristics of heroes and tell them the Aesop's Fables story of "The Lion and the Mouse."  The youngsters will meet De, the brave dachsund, in the "Heart of a Hero.

IF YOU GO
  • What: Young Audiences of Abilene and the Abilene Public Library present Dru Woods
  • When: 10:45AM and 3PM Tuesday
  • Where: The upstairs auditorium at the main Abilene Public Library, 202 Cedar St.
  • Admission: Free

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of June 26)

Many patrons browse the new materials section of the library to discover the latest reads.  Part of finding them is browsing the New York Times Bestsellers lists we make available 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 weeks.

Hardcover Fiction Top 5

#1: End of Watch
Author: Stephen King
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: F KING
Summary: In this book, the diabolical "Mercedes Killer" drives his enemies to suicide, and if Bill Hodges and Holly Gibney don't figure out a way to stop him, they'll be victims themselves.  In Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, something has awakened.  Something evil.

#2: Foreign Agent
Author: Brad Thor
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F THOR
Summary: In a safe house near the Syrian border, a clandestine American operations team readies to launch a dramatic mission months in the making.  Their target: the director of social media for ISIS, Abu Muslim al-Naser.  Multiple analysts, as well as a senior congresswoman, are in the country to monitor the raid, but before the team can launch, the safe house is attacked.

#3: The Girls
Author: Emma Cline
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F CLINE
Summary: Mesmerized by a band of girls in the park whom she perceives as enjoying a life of free and careless abandon, 1960s teen Evie Boyd becomes obsessed with gaining acceptance into their circle.  Evie, grateful for their charismatic leader's attention, the sense of family the group offers, and the assurance of the girls, is swept into their chaotic cult existence.  As things turn darker, her choices become riskier.

#4: Tom Clancy: Duty and Honor
Author: Grant Blackwood
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: Not Housed
Summary: Even though he's on forced leave from the clandestine intelligence group known as The Campus, Jack Ryan, Jr., still finds himself caught in the crosshairs after an attempt on his life is thwarted when he turns the tables on his would-be dispatcher.  Convinced that the attack is linked to his recent covert actions with the convalescing Iranian national Ysabel Kashini, Jack sets out to find out who wants him dead, and why.

#5: Here's to Us
Author: Elin Hilderbrand
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F HILDERBRAND
Summary: Celebrity chef Deacon Rowe is struggling with addiction, depression and not one, but two scandals.  As summer nears, he travels to the idyllic Eastern bluff of Nantucket, where he takes his own life.  In the shocking wake of Deacon's suicide, his first wife and childhood sweetheart, Laurel Rowe, sets out to gather Deacon's far-flung family - including Deacon and Laurel's son, and Deacon's other ex-wives and children - on the island.

Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: The Patriots
Author: David Fisher
Weeks On List: 4
Call Number: 973.3 FIS
Summary: The American Revolution was not inevitable, nor was it a unanimous cause.  It pitted neighbors against one another, as loyalists and colonial rebels faced off for their lives and futures.  Through the remarkable lives of the first Americans, this book reveals the contentious arguments that turned friends into foes and the land into a war zone.

#2: Hamilton: The Revolution
Author: Lin-Manuel Miranda
Weeks On List: 10
Call Number: 792.642 MIR
Summary: This book offers a behind-the-scenes look of Hamilton the musical, detailing the many dramatic episodes in Alexander Hamilton's life.

#3: When Breath Becomes Air
Author: Paul Kalanithi
Weeks On List: 23
Call Number: 92 KALANITHI
Summary: At the age of 36, on the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer.  One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live.  He died in March 2015, while working on this book, that provide a look into his life.

#4: Grit
Author: Angela Duckworth
Weeks On List: 7
Call Number: Not Housed
Summary: In this bestseller, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed - be it parents, students, educators, athletes, or business people - that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls "grit."

#5: Five Presidents
Author: Clint Hill
Weeks On List: 7
Call Number: 92 HILL
Summary: Retired Secret Service agent Clint Hill brings history to life with the portrait of the American presidency.  Hill delivers the perspective of an everyman who saw some of the most historic moments of the 20th century during his 17 years protecting the most powerful office in the nation.  Hill walked alongside Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford, seeing them through a long, tumultuous era: the Cold War; the Cuban Missile Crisis; the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy; the Vietnam War; Watergate and the resignations of Spiro Agnew and Richard Nixon.

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.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Weekly Library Events (June 27 - July 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, visit our main website to take a look at our program calendar.

Monday Morning Movies
June 27 @ 10:00AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
Don’t miss out on our morning movie sessions at the Main Library this summer, as we’ll be showing hits from the past and present and aimed at the general adult audience.  Each movie session will be hosted in the auditorium at the library and for our next Morning Movie flick, we’ll be watching the great 1974 crime drama “Murder on the Orient Express” starring Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, and Ingrid Bergman.  In this film, set in 1934, when his train is stopped by deep snow, detective Hercule Poirot is called on to solve a murder the occurred in his car the night before.  This film is rated PG and has a run time of 2 hr 8 min.  If you need any additional information about this program, please contact Marie Skufca at 325-676-6025.

Puppet Theater: Silly Stories
June 27 @ 3:00PM
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
PH: 325-698-7565
Don’t miss the annual puppet shows at your South Branch Library, as our children’s staff and volunteers are ready to entertain youth with our silly stories.  Join us for an afternoon of our twists on classic tales, and starring a wide host of fun characters…Scare E. Monster may even make an appearance too because we love him so much.  Each year the puppet shows draw in a great crowd, and their geared for kids of all ages, so don’t miss out on your chance to catch the show.  For additional information about this event, feel free to contact Alyssa Crow at 325-698-7565.

Twisted Tales Teen Book Club: “Cinder”
June 27 @ 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Teens, who love to read, are invited to be a part of our second Teen Book Club at your library called Twisted Tales.  This club focuses on reading popular YA books written as reimagined fairy tales, providing readers with a new take on an age old tale.  For the first selection we’ll share this month, we’ll be discussing the first book in the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer titled “Cinder.”  It’s such a popular series that once you start with one, you’ll want to devour the rest.  Check out a copy from your Abilene Public Library, read it, and then come ready to discuss with other avid teen readers in the community.  For additional information, contact Kelsie Wade at 325-676-6067.

Tween Time: T-Rex Skulls
June 27 @ 6:00PM
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
PH: 325-698-7565
Tweens won’t want to miss the next Tween Time crafting workshop at the library as we’ll be showing you how to make one fun T-Rex Skull using empty milk containers.  How can that happen?  We’ll show you how and trust me, they look awesome.  We’ll supply all the materials you’ll need, as well as the instruction, to fashion your own dinosaur heads this evening, which ties in great with the Summer Reading Club theme for this year.  Don’t pass up on the fun and for additional information, feel free to contact Alyssa Crow at 325-698-7565.

Young Audiences featuring Dru Woods
June 28 @ 10:45AM & 3PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Gear up for the next Young Audiences of Abilene session at your library, as a great and interactive series of events for local youth in the community to come out and enjoy.  This session will feature professional storyteller/puppeteer Drusilla Woods, a retired schoolteacher of Theater and Speech at Aledo Middle School.  Woods travels throughout Texas performing her shows with puppets and music, and she’ll be on hand to present a great show titled “Movin’ and Groovin’…Exercise the Body and Brain.”  For more information about this program, visit our Young Audiences Page online or contact us at 325-676-6067.  This series of events is made possible thanks to The Greathouse Foundation, HeARTS for the ARTS, Rotary Club of Abilene, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the Friends of the Abilene Public Library.

Make & Take: Choose Your Craft
June 28 @ 4:00PM
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
PH: 325-698-7565
Kids of all ages are encouraged to come out to this afternoon craft session at your South Branch Library where we’re hosting another Choose Your Craft session for Make & Take.  At this event, we’ll offer a series of different crafts and projects for youth to make, with many that have been made throughout our activities during the Summer Reading Club.  So if you missed a fun craft at the South Branch over the summer, this is the session to come and make them, as well as a host of others.  We’ll supply all the materials needed, and for additional information, contact Shelbie Fowler at 325-698-7565.

Tween & Teen Coloring Club
June 29 @ 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.

Anime Flix
June 29 @ 3:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
If you’ve been a fan of the Anime Club at the library, don’t pass up on this extension of that program with Anime Flix.  As a special event for the Summer Reading Club, teens and young adults (ages 14-25) are invited to join us at the library as we show a popular anime flick.  Movie events are popular at your library, and if you’re into anime, you should definitely come and check out this afternoon showing.  For additional information about this event, contact Amanda Sasser at 325-676-6067.

Senior Fitness Class w/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.

Stories in the Park: Pigeon Party
June 30 @ 10:45AM
Red Bud Park
S. 32nd & S. Willis St.
PH: 325-698-7565
Kids and parents are invited to join the South Branch Library for our next Stories in the Park session hosted at Redbud Park across from the playground.  For this session, we’ll be having a Pigeon Party, and the best pigeon around is the one created by author Mo Willems.  He tries to drive busses, stay up late, and all sorts of zany things and if you haven’t experienced the Pigeon stories, this is the time to get acquainted with them.  Don’t miss out on joining us for stories, songs, games, and more outdoors at one of our city parks.  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.

Collecting Commas Writing Club
June 30 @ 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.

Super Storytime: Sing-A-Long
July 1 @ 10:45AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Kids of all ages are invited out to a medley of musical magic as we host a Sing-A-Long for our next Super Storytime event at the library.  Get your voices ready and join us in stories, crafts, and of course SONGS, that are sure to delight kids of all ages.  Don’t miss your chance to join in on this enhanced storytime event at your library and for additional information, contact Shelbie Fowler at 325-676-6067.

DIY Dinosaur Crafts
July 1 @ 3:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 
We’ve added a new series to your library for the summer at your Main Library, and tying directly into the Summer Reading Club theme this year.  It’s called DIY Dinosaurs where we’ll meet up to have youth create different dinosaur craft projects that will be cute and fun.  We had so many projects we wanted to do this summer, based on the theme of dinosaurs, that we just had to create more programming so we could do them all.  Kids of all ages are invited to come out and make some with us, and we’ll supply all the materials you’ll need to make your own.  For more information about this craft workshop, feel free to contact Kelsie Wade at 325-676-6067.

Teen Flix After Hours
July 1 @ 5:45PM
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
PH: 325-698-7565
Teens are invited out to the library for another session of the popular Teen Flix After Hours Movie Night at your library.  Teens asked for it, and they got it.  We’ve been working our way through the Hunger Games franchise, adapted from the bestselling series by Suzanne Collins, and tonight’s entry will be 2014’s “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth.  In this film, Katniss Everdeen is in District 13 after she shatters the games forever.  Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage.  This film is rated PG-13 and runs in at 2 hr 3 min.  Snacks and drinks will be provided and rides should arrive for pickup no later than 7:50PM.  For additional information, contact Tremain Jackson at 325-698-7565.

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