Saturday, July 30, 2016

"Library Event Shows That Kids Dig Dinosaurs" | Abilene Reporter-News

Article Courtesy of Dan Carpenter as a Special to the Abilene Reporter News, July 30, 2016

Getting Started at Paleontology School
About 200 children and their parents got to "dig" for dinosaurs Friday at the South Branch of the Abilene Public Library as part of the library's Summer Reading Club series.

The dinosaur dig was the last of four sessions of the paleontology school setup as part of the Read-A-Saurus, the library's reading club for kids.

"This looks like the largest turnout of all the sessions we've had this summer, said Alyssa Crow, children's librarian.  "We've spent three sessions teaching them how to become junior paleontologists for our Summer Reading Club, and today, we turned the entire space into a dinosaur dig where they could make their way around and do activities related to dinosaurs."

Dinosaur Hatchery Site
Each child had the opportunity to visit one of five dino-specific sites and complete an activity or create a craft, Crow said.

"We wanted the kids to have fun, enjoy themselves and learn something educational today," Crow said.  "We also want to draw them back to the library to learn even more after the activity days are over."

Abilene resident Christina Rollins, who brought daughters Ciera and Savannah to Friday's activity, and said she appreciated the library's effort.

"We've been able to make three of the four sessions this summer," Rollins said.  "It has been really fun to see them having fun, working together and learning something.  I also love that it is a free activity."

Dinosaur Rubbings Station
Savannah, 8, said she most enjoyed the fossil identification site, during which participants used paint brushes to look for "fossils" buried in a tub filled with sand.  She also said she liked doing the activities with her sister.

"Things like this help us learn, and Ciera and I work together to complete them," said Savannah, who attends Jackson Elementary.  "I'm going to complete the junior workbook and get my badge and certificate too."

After completing the activity stations, youngsters received a prize, a reading champion sign, and a "junior paleontologist" workbook.  After completing the workbook, the child can mail it in and receive an official Junior Paleontologist badge from the National Park Service.

Crow noted that an added benefit of the reading clubs has been an increase in the number of books checked out from the library, but not the types one typically might expect from children.

Fossil Identification Site
"It's been really cool to see the number of nonfiction books the kids are checking out," she said.  "We've seen more of those go out than some of the traditional children's books about dinosaurs."

Crow said she already is preparing for next year's summer series, which will take place in the library's new location in the Mall of Abilene.

"We should be moving in there sometimes this fall," she said, noting that the move will more than quadruple the amount of the library branch's space over the current 5,000 square feet of its location on South Danville Drive.   "As soon as we get the theme decided for next year, we'll get busy designing the summer series."

Friday, July 29, 2016

Book-To-Film Adaptations: August 2016

Literature often inspires film adaptation 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 material at your library.

Suicide Squad
Starring: Jared Leto
Release Date: Aug. 5
Based On: "Suicide Squad"
Author: John Ostrander
Summary: A secret government agency run by Amanda Waller, named A.R.G.U.S. creates a task force comprising super villains, the "Suicide Squad."  They are assigned to execute dangerous tasks in exchange for shorter prison sentences.

Pete's Dragon
Starring: Bryce Dallas Howard
Release Date: Aug. 12
Based On: "Pete's Dragon"
Author: Malcolm Marmorstein
Summary: In its first live action adaptation, this film follows the adventures of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon.

Ben-Hur
Starring: Jack Huston
Release Date: Aug. 19
Author: Lew Wallace
Summary: A falsely accused Jewish nobleman survives years of slavery to take vengeance on his Roman best friend, who betrayed him.

War Dogs
Starring: Miles Teller
Release Date: Aug. 19
Based On: "Arms and the Dudes"
Author: Guy Lawson
Summary: Two friends in their early 20s living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts.  Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life.  But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military - a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government.  Based on true events.

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

New York Times Bestsellers List (Week of July 31)

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 Black Widow
Author: Daniel Silva
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: F SILVA
Summary: Gabriel Allon, the art restorer, spy, and assassin, is poised to become the chief of Israel's secret intelligence service. But on the eve of his promotion, events conspire to lure him into the field for one final operation. ISIS has detonated a massive bomb in the Marais district of Paris, and a desperate French government wants Gabriel to eliminate the man responsible before he can strike again.

#2: The Girls
Author: Emma Cline
Weeks On List: 6
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.

#3: First Comes Love
Author: Emily Giffin
Weeks On List: 4
Call Number: F GIFFIN
Summary: Meredith thought she'd done it all right - married the perfect man, had the perfect daughter - but as she grows increasingly restless, she can't help but wonder if she got the love part wrong. Josie has been happily single for years, but she wants a child of her own so much she's one bad Match.com date away from heading straight for the baby carriage all on her own. The sisters, whose relationship was strained by the tragic death of their older brother over a decade ago, find that they need each other more than they realized.

#4: The Woman in Cabin 10
Author: Ruth Ware
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: M WARE
Summary: In this tightly wound, enthralling story reminiscent of Agatha Christie's works, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea.

#5: Magic
Author: Danielle Steel
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: F STEEL
Summary: A dazzling contemporary novel that vividly portrays the glamorous White Dinners that occur annually in Paris, and the ups and downs of three interconnected couples for whom the dinners have become a tradition. The White Dinner is a love poem to friendship, joy, elegance, and the monuments of Paris. And each year it is an unforgettable summer night, especially for Jean-Philippe Dumas, a longtime participant, and the three couples he's carefully selected to attend this exclusive and cherished event.

Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: Crisis of Character
Author: Gary J. Byrne
Weeks On List: 4
Call Number: 973.929 BYR
Summary: A former Secret Service official explores what he sees as "the personal and political dysfunction of the Clinton White House, so consumed by scandal and destroying their enemies, real and imagined, ... that governing was an afterthought."

#2: Hillary's America
Author: Dinesh D'Souza
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: Not Housed
Summary: The conservative author and pundit warns of disaster if Hillary Clinton is elected president.

#3: Hamilton: The Revolution
Author: Lin-Manuel Miranda
Weeks On List: 15
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.

#4: Armageddon
Author: Dick Morris
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: On Order
Summary: The 2016 election is truly America's Armageddon--the ultimate and decisive battle to save America, a fight to defeat Hillary Clinton and the forces seeking to flout our constitutional government and replace it with an all-powerful president backed up by an activist judiciary that answers to no one. Already President Obama has moved America far down this path, and a President Clinton will act as his "third term," institutionalizing the excesses of the past eight years. In Armageddon , bestselling author and political strategist Dick Morris provides a winning game plan to take back the White House, and America.

#5: When Breath Becomes Air
Author: Paul Kalanithi
Weeks On List: 28
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 provides a look into his life.

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, July 28, 2016

Weekly Library Events (Aug. 1-6)

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 Time: Disk Organizers
Aug. 1 @ 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Youth are invited to a hands-on craft workshop where we'll show you how to recycle those unwanted 3.5" floppy disks into something fun.  We'll supply all the materials and instruction needed so you can create great organizers for your desks for storing different accessories.  Plus, tweens may not have come across a floppy disk in the present day, so it will be fun to show them how we used to save files in the past.  For more information about this workshop, contact Kelsie Wade at 325-676-6067.

Anime Club
Aug. 2 @ 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
If you have a passion for anime and manga, don't pass up on your chance to be a part of the library's Anime Club.  There's no need to register, just come out for an evening of discussing anime, watching popular shows, and engaging in a host of similar activities with your peers.  This club meets on the 1st Tuesday evenings of each month, and we have a great group that attends regularly.  If you've been looking for a local Anime Club to join, be a part of our!  For more information, contact Amanda Sasser at 325-676-6067.

Family Fun: Favorite Authors - Audrey Wood
Aug. 4 @ 4:00PM
South Branch Library
1401 S. Danville Dr.
PH: 325-698-7565
Kids & Parents are invited out to our monthly Family Fun event at your library.  We're celebrating our favorite authors, and for August, we'll be sharing the great works of children's author Audrey Wood.  Join us as we share favorites including, "Ten Little Fish," "Alphabet Rescue," and "Silly Sally," and stick around for songs, crafts, and more fun activities in this enhanced storytime event.  When the program is over, we'll also have a selection of books by the featured author available for checkout to continue the fun at home.  For more information about this program, contact Alyssa Crow at 325-698-7565.

Make & Take: Olympic Crafts
Aug. 4 @ 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Kids are invited out to our monthly craft session at the library, where we'll be celebrating the month of the Olympics at your library.  Join us in the celebration as we supply all the materials and instruction needed to show you how to fashion your own Olympic Torches so you can all be Olympians at your library.  There's no need to register for this event, just come out ready for some crafting fun at your library.  For additional information, contact Heather Carter at 325-437-7323.

Collecting Commas Writing Club
Aug. 4 @ 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Youth are invited to be a part of our weekly writing club at your library, where you can hone your creative writing skills in all forms from novels to poetry.  Each week we meet to work on various writing activities in a stress-free environment with your peers, and we even work on larger joint projects such as putting together poetry slams, writing plays, doing skits, and more.  We have a great group of youth attending each month, and we want you to be a part of the writing fun at your library.  There's no need to register, and for additional club information, contact Kelsie Wade at 325-676-6067.

The Coloring Club
Aug. 4 @ 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
Coloring isn't just for kids, it's great for all ages.  Popular in libraries across the nation, adults are invited to come be a part of our Coloring Club at your library.  Coloring is a great way to reduce stress, while having fun, and we're certainly having that at our regular meetings.  We'll supply all the coloring pages and accessories needed, or you can feel free to bring your own if you'd like.  Don't miss out on this great evening program at your library, and for additional information, contact Ann Mount at 325-676-6025.

Super Storytime: Bugs Galore
Aug. 5 @ 10:45AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
It's all about bugs, bugs, bugs in our next Super Storytime event designed for kids and parents to enjoy.  We'll have some great stories to share, songs to sing, and kids will even get the chance to make their own kooky dragonfly crafts.  We'll supply all the materials needed for this event, all you need to do is come out and be ready to have fun in literature and children's books with your library.  For more information about this program, feel free to contact Kelsie Wade at 325-676-6067.

Fitness Class: Zumba Toning
Aug. 6 @ 10:00AM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
The Health & Fitness fun concludes this summer at your Mockingbird Branch with a free Zumba Toning class led by instructors at from the YMCA.  The community is invited to come out to the library to attend this class and get a great introduction to the world of Zumba that will get you all moving and shaking to a more fit version of yourself.  Don't miss your final chance to participate this summer, and for additional information, 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.

Tuesday, July 26, 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 Boss
Starring: Melissa McCarthy
Summary: Highly successful businesswoman Michelle Darnell is convicted of insider trading and sentenced to prison.  After being released, she is forced to move in with a long-suffering employee of hers, and tries to earn redemption and revamp her public image by helping a group of young girls in their quest to sell brownies.

Hardcore Henry
Starring: Sharlto Copley
Summary: A recently resurrected soldier named Henry must rescue his wife from a maniacal villain in this action movie that takes place entirely from a first-person perspective.  Henry has been scientifically engineered into a superpowered warrior, and a ruthless criminal gang wants to get their hands on the technology embedded in his body.  With the help of gruff fellow soldier Jimmy, Henry fights back.

Criminal
Starring: Kevin Costner
Summary: Sociopathic death-row inmate Jerico Stewart is implanted with the memories of a deceased CIA agent in a desperate attempt to thwart a deadly plot involving a Dutch hacker.  At the same time, Jerico reconnects with his own humanity as he bonds with the late agent's family.

Truly Madly Guilty
Author: Liane Moriarty
Summary: Sam and Clementine have a wonderful busy life: they have two girls, Sam has just started a new dream job, and Clementine, a cellist, is busy preparing for the audition of a lifetime.  If there's anything they can count on, it's each other.  Clementine and Erika are each other's oldest friends.  A single look between them can convey an entire conversation.  But theirs is a complicated relationship, so when Erika mentions a last minute invitation to a barbecue with her neighbors, Tiffany and Vid, Clementine and Sam don't hesitate.  Having Tiffany and Vid's larger than life personalities there will be a welcome respite.  Two months later, it won't stop raining, and Clementine and Sam can't stop asking themselves the question: What if we hadn't gone?

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (July 31)
Author: J.K. Rowling
Summary: Based on an original new story by Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts I & II: The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production" is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage.  The play will receive its world premiere in London's West End on July 30, 2016.  In this story, it was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn't much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.  While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted.  As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

The Angels' Share (Bourbon Kings #2)
Author: J.R. Ward
Summary: In Charlemont, KY, the Bradford family is the creme de la creme of high society - just like their exclusive brand of bourbon.  And their complicated lives and vast estate are run by a discrete staff who inevitably become embroiled in their affairs.  This is especially true now, when the apparent suicide of the family patriarch is starting to look more and more like murder.  No one is above suspicion, especially the eldest Bradford son, Edward.  The bad blood between him and his father is known far and wide, and he is aware that he could be named a suspect.  As the investigation into the death intensifies, he keeps himself busy at the bottom of a bottle - as well as with his former horse trainer's daughter.  Meanwhile, the family's financial future lies in the perfectly manicured hands of a business rival, a woman who wants Edward all to herself.

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, July 25, 2016

August's Cover-to-Cover Book Club Selection

If you're looking for a great book club discussion group, try our Cover-to-Cover Book Club at your Abilene Public Library.  Meeting on the third Thursdays of the month, this group reads everything including bestsellers, fiction, biographies, nonfiction, classics and more.

For August, the featured selection is This I Believe by Jay Allison and we invite you to look out for a copy at your library and then attend the book club on Thursday, August 18 at 7:00PM, Main Library (202 Cedar St).  For more information, be sure to contact Ann Mount at 325-676-6025.

This I Believe
Author: Jay Allison
Call Number: 170.44 THI
About the Book: An inspiring collection of personal philosophies of a group of remarkable men and women.  Based on the National Public Radio series of the same name, this title features 80 essayists from the famous to the unknown completing the thought that begins the book's title.  Each piece compels readers to rethink not only how they have arrived at their own personal beliefs but also the extent to which they share them with others.  The result is a stirring and provocative trip inside the minds and hearts of a diverse group of people whose beliefs and the incredibly varied ways in which they choose to express them reveal the American spirit at its best.

Be sure to checkout this title and come ready to discuss it with other avid readers in the community on Thursday, August 18 at 7:00PM.

"In Death Series Penned by Hall of Fame Writer" | @ the Library Article

Nora Roberts has been churning out bestsellers for decades, having penned well over 200 romance novels and consulting.  She's become one of the most recognizable authors around and the first to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame.  Her books have spent more than 860 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller lists, and although she primarily writes for women, she has so many series to choose from that there is one for everyone.

Under the pen name of J.D. Robb, which she created using the initials of her older sons and a shortened version of her last name, she created a great suspense series (with a romantic edge) collectively called the "In Death" series.  Unlike her previous romance novels, these focus on one character and her experiences working as a lieutenant in homicide for the New York City Police and Security Department.  Your Abilene Public Library carries this series, and once you read one, you'll want to continue on through the rest.  Before I get into that, let's learn a little about the series.

As the story goes, Roberts wanted to write romantic suspense novels early on in her career rather than stick with just contemporary romance.  As she began to churn out book after book, it was suggested by her publisher that she create a pen name to be able to publish more of her works.  By doing that, she would get the chance to delve into this new series.

In 1995 she released the first book in the new series titled Naked In Death, which at the time was established as a futuristic science fiction police procedural since the book was set in the mid-21st century.  Unlike her previous novels, this book offered more in the lead character of Eve Dallas.  At the age of 30, Dallas had grown up in the foster care system in Texas and then moved to New York City, joining the police department and rising to lieutenant in no time.  Pretty good career trajectory!

With Dallas as a dedicated cop, having the smarts and now-how to solve any crime, this series not only crosses over with appealing aspects for male readers, but it stays true to Roberts' roots.  Although each of the books do center on a crime, it's the development of Eve's relationship with her love interest, Roarke, which dominates the overall theme throughout the series.  Roarke's not too bad himself, as he happens to be one of the richest men in the world who's skilled in electronics, security, hacking, and has a pretty sizeable collection of firearms, maces, swords, and other assorted weapons.  Basically, he's a man that may appear to be mild-mannered and even-tempered, but if you set him off, he knows how to unleash his own personal sense of justice.

Since 1995, there have been 56 sequels added to the series with the most recent being this year's Brotherhood in Death.  With no signs of stopping anytime soon, Roberts did state that the series will never contain one of the lead character's children.  Oops.  Spoiler alert here - Eve and Roarke do eventually get married...sorry for that one.  However, Roberts has stated that the series will probably end with Eve getting pregnant.  Considering this series has been ongoing for more than 20 years now, and the series has only progressed a few years, we still may have tons more left!

So take a shot, no pun intended, on checking out the "In Death" series by Nora Roberts writing under the name of J.D. Robb.  Although she's released hit after hit under her own name with works primarily aimed at women, this series is one that translates well to both sexes.  Plus, since every novel featured "In Death" as part of the title, they're not too difficult to find.  But rest assured, once you get into them, you'll want to keep on going.  Look for them, and other popular summer reading materials, at your Abilene Public Library.  Remember, everything we offer is free, and all you need is a library card.  You certainly can't beat that!

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

Friday, July 22, 2016

"Final Young Audiences Library Performance of the Summer Will Be Tuesday" | Abilene Reporter-News

Article Courtesy of Janet Van Vleet, Arts & Entertainment Editor for the Abilene Reporter-News

Barry Smoot & Betty Hukill
Young Audiences of Abilene and the Abilene Public Library will present the final installment of their 2016 summer shows series Tuesday.

The Paramount Theatre's Betty Hukill and Barry Smoot will read "Poppleton," a book illustrated by Mark Teague, honoree of the 2016 Children's Art & Literacy Festival, as well as Little Golden Books by the 2017 CALF honoree, Garth Williams.

It's similar to the show Hukill and Smoot took to various elementary school during the spring, but that show featured only books by Teague.

"We also talk about the Storybook Capital and show pictures of the sculptures," Hukill said.

Two shows will be performed at the downtown Abilene Public Library, 202 Cedar St.  Times are 10:45AM and 3PM Tuesday in the auditorium on the second floor.  The free shows last about 45 minutes.

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of July 24)

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 Black Widow
Author: Daniel Silva
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F SILVA
Summary: Gabriel Allon, the art restorer, spy, and assassin, is poised to become the chief of Israel's secret intelligence service. But on the eve of his promotion, events conspire to lure him into the field for one final operation. ISIS has detonated a massive bomb in the Marais district of Paris, and a desperate French government wants Gabriel to eliminate the man responsible before he can strike again.

#2: The Girls
Author: Emma Cline
Weeks On List: 5
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.

#3: First Comes Love
Author: Emily Giffin
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: F GIFFIN
Summary: Meredith thought she'd done it all right - married the perfect man, had the perfect daughter - but as she grows increasingly restless, she can't help but wonder if she got the love part wrong. Josie has been happily single for years, but she wants a child of her own so much she's one bad Match.com date away from heading straight for the baby carriage all on her own. The sisters, whose relationship was strained by the tragic death of their older brother over a decade ago, find that they need each other more than they realized.

#4: Magic
Author: Danielle Steel
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: F STEEL
Summary: A dazzling contemporary novel that vividly portrays the glamorous White Dinners that occur annually in Paris, and the ups and downs of three interconnected couples for whom the dinners have become a tradition. The White Dinner is a love poem to friendship, joy, elegance, and the monuments of Paris. And each year it is an unforgettable summer night, especially for Jean-Philippe Dumas, a longtime participant, and the three couples he's carefully selected to attend this exclusive and cherished event.

#5: The Games
Author: James Patterson
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: F PATTERSON
Summary: Two years ago Jack Morgan---the head of the renowned worldwide investigation firm Private--was in charge of security for the World Cup in Brazil. During the championship final, the action nearly spilled from the field into the stands. Fortunately, Jack and his team averted disaster on football's biggest stage.



Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: Crisis of Character
Author: Gary J. Byrne
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: 973.929 BYR
Summary: A former Secret Service official explores what he sees as "the personal and political dysfunction of the Clinton White House, so consumed by scandal and destroying their enemies, real and imagined, ... that governing was an afterthought."

#2: Hamilton: The Revolution
Author: Lin-Manuel Miranda
Weeks On List: 14
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: Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: The Patriots
Author: David Fisher
Weeks On List: 8
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.

#4: Between the World and Me
Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Weeks On List: 53
Call Number: 92 COATES
Summary: For Ta-Nehisi Coates, history has always been personal. At every stage of his life, he's sought in his explorations of history answers to the mysteries that surrounded him - most urgently, why he, and other black people he knew, seemed to live in fear. What were they afraid of?  Coates takes readers along on his journey through America's history of race and its contemporary resonances through a series of awakenings.  In his trademark style Coates provides readers a thrillingly illuminating new framework for understanding race: its history, our contemporary dilemma, and where we go from here.

#5: When Breath Becomes Air
Author: Paul Kalanithi
Weeks On List: 27
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 provides a look into his life.

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.

Weekly Library Events (July 25-30)

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
July 25 @ 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 final Morning Movie flick for the Summer Reading Club time, we’ll be watching 1952’s “Ivanhoe” starring Robert Taylor and Elizabeth Taylor.  In this film, a knight seeks to free the captive King Richard and put him back on the throne.  This movie has a run time of 1 hr 46 min, and for additional information, contact Marie Skufca at 325-676-6025.

Puppet Theater: Silly Stories
July 25 @ 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: “The Clockwork Scarab”
July 25 @ 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.  Last month we read “Cinder” by Marissa Meyer, and this month’s featured selection is “The Clockwork Scarab” by Colleen Gleason.  Look out for a copy to checkout 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: Mounted Dinosaur Magnets
July 25 @ 6:00PM
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
PH: 325-698-7565
The crafting fun at your library won’t be slowing down as we’re wanting tweens to come out for another great dinosaur craft workshop.  We’ve been making a host of fun projects this summer, and tonight we’ll be showing participants how to make Mounted Dinosaur Magnets.  Who knew what you could do with a simple dinosaur toy and some glue?  We’ll supply all the materials needed and all you need to do is bring yourself and your crafting skills to the library this evening.  For additional information, contact Alyssa Crow at 325-698-7565.

Young Audiences featuring the Paramount Players
July 26 @ 10:45AM & 3PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
You won’t want to miss the final Young Audiences of Abilene event this summer, as one exciting summer series we enjoy hosting at your library each and every year.  Designed for kids of all ages, we always receive great crowds attending each session.  For the final show, we’re keeping it local as our featured performer will be the Paramount Players consisting of Betty Hukill and Barry Smoot.  Both are veteran Young Audiences performers and they have created a new program on Abilene, the Storybook Capital of Texas.  This interactive event will have kids laughing and clapping along with the fun, so you won’t want to miss your chance to participate in this wonderful activity.  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
July 26 @ 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
July 27 @ 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
July 27 @ 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.

Teen Time: Angry Birds Unplugged
July 27 @ 4:00PM
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
PH: 325-698-7565
We’re gearing up for some Angry Birds crafting at your library, designed as a hands-on workshop for local teens to take advantage of.  Join us as we show you how to make your own furious fowls and launchers to shoot them at those devious egg stealing piggies.  We’ll supply all the materials you’ll need, just come out ready to see if you’re aim is as good as you think.  For additional information about this event, contact Marianne Vadney at 325-698-7565. 

Stories in the Park: We All Scream for Ice Cream
July 28 @ 10:45AM
Red Bud Park
S. 32nd & S. Willis
PH: 325-698-7565
Kids and parents won’t want to miss the final Stories in the Park session of the year, hosted at Redbud Park across from the playground.  For this final session, we’re all going to be screaming for ice cream, which is a great cool treat on a hot summer day.  Don’t miss out on joining us for stories, songs, games (and a treat) 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
July 28 @ 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.

DIY Dinosaur Crafts
July 29 @ 3:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Don’t miss the final session of this summer series of events at your Main Library that ties right in with the Summer Reading Club theme this year.  It’s DIY Dinosaurs and we’ll meet to have youth create dinosaur crafts 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.

Paleontology School (Session 4): Dinosaur Dig
July 29 @ 4:00PM
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
PH: 325-698-7565
It’s the time.  It’s time for GRADUATION DAY at our summer Paleontology School at the South Branch Library this year!  We’ve spent three sessions teaching youth how to become junior paleontologists for the Summer Reading Club.  On this final day, we’ll turn the entire library into a Dinosaur Dig where there will be tons of activities for kids of all ages to enjoy, much like we do at the close of each Summer Reading Club.  Kids will certainly not want to miss out on this final interactive program at your library, and for additional information, feel free to contact Alyssa Crow at 325-698-7565.

Teen Flix After Hours
July 29 @ 5:45PM
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
PH: 325-698-7565
Teens won’t want to miss the final After Hours movie night of the Summer Reading Club, where we will be finishing off our selected summer franchise by watching “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth.  In this film, as the war of Panem escalates to the destruction of other districts, Katniss Everdeen, the reluctant leader of the rebellion, must bring together an army against President Snow, while all she holds dear hangs in the balance.  This film is rated PG-13 and has a run time of 2 hr 17 min.  Snacks and drinks will be provided and teens will be supervised by library staff the entire evening.  Rides should arrive for pickup no later than 8:10PM.  For additional information about this movie night, call 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.