Tuesday, August 30, 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.

Me Before You
Starring: Emilia Clarke
Summary: Lou Clark knows a lot of things.  She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home.  She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.  What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane.  Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live.  He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that.  What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of color.  And neither of them knows they're going to change each other for all time.

The Jungle Book
Starring: Neel Sethi
Summary: In this re-imagining of the classic collection of stories by Rudyard Kipling, viewers are taken to the community of animals surrounding Mowgli, a human boy adopted by a pack of wolves.  The appearance of a villainous tiger named Shere Khan forces Mowgli's guardian, the panther Bagheera, to shepherd the child to safety in the "man village."  Along the way, the boy meets an affable, lazy bear named Baloo, as well as a snack with hypnotic powers, and an orangutan who wants to harness the power of fire.

Rushing Waters
Author: Danielle Steel
Summary: Hurricane Ophelia is bearing down on NYC.  And in a matter of hours, six people, along with their families, friends, and millions of other New Yorkers living around them, will be caught up in the horrific flooding it unleashes.  Ellen has flown into NY from London, regardless of the weather and her husband's worry.  The successful interior designer is intent on seeing her lively architect mother and has an important appointment to keep.  But despite Ellen's urging, when the storm hits, 74-year-old Grace refuses to leave her Tribeca apartment in the midst of the evacuation zone, and they must eventually wade through chest-high water to the police boat's outside.  This day of chaos will takes its toll on many lives.

The Jealous Kind
Author: James Lee Burke
Summary: On its surface, life in Houston is as you would expect: drive-in restaurants, souped-up cars, jukeboxes, teenagers discovering their sexuality. But beneath the glitz and superficial normalcy, a class war has begun, and it is nothing like the conventional portrayal of the decade.  Against this backdrop Aaron Holland Broussard discovers the poignancy of first love and a world of violence he did not know existed.  When Aaron spots the beautiful and gifted Valerie Epstein fighting with her boyfriend, Grady Harrelson, at a Galveston drive-in, he inadvertently challenges the power of the Mob and one of the richest families in Texas.  He also discovers he must find the courage his father had found as an American soldier in the Great War.

A Torch Against the Night (Ember in the Ashes Series #2)
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Summary: Following the events of the Fourth Trial, an army led by Masks hunts the two fugitives as they escape the city of Serra and journey across the vast lands of the Martial Empire.  Laia is determined to break into Kauf - the Empire's most secure and dangerous prison - and save her brother, whose knowledge of Serric steel is the key to the Scholars' future.  And Elias is determined to stay by Laia's side...even if it means giving up his own chance at freedom.  But Elias and Laia will have to fight ever step of the way if they're going to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene - Elias's former friend and the Empire's newest Blood Strike.

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, August 29, 2016

"Learn About Pope Francis" | @ the Library Article

I only vaguely remember grainy images on television when Pope John Paul II was elected, so watching that smoke emerge from a solitary smoke stack live over the Internet in March of 2013 was a new and moving experience for me.  When the Papal Enclave elected Jorge Mario Bergoglio the new Pope, it marked some exciting firsts that stirred a new optimism among many Catholics and curiosity for those outside the mysterious world of Catholicism.  Known for humility, and a preference for living simply, Bergoglio is the first Pope to hail from the Americas.  He is also the first Pope from the Jesuit order and the first to take his name from Saint Francis.  But, what does all that mean and how do they shape the man now overseeing a worldwide organization 1.2 billion strong?

If you have ever seen a garden statue depicting a man surrounded by a menagerie of animals then you may already have a vague idea of Saint Francis.  This statue is a popular depiction of a man who is the patron saint of animals and who believed that nature was a reflection of God.  Your Abilene Public Library has many materials to help you learn more about this important figure in Catholic history.  Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim's Tale by Ian Morgan Cron traces the journey of a pastor experiencing a crisis of faith.  He rediscovers his faith by tracing the footsteps of Saint Francis whose simple way of loving Jesus had great impact on history.

Another title to consider is Reluctant Saint: The Life of Francis of Assisi by Donald Spoto for which he gained unprecedented access to unexplored archives, plus Francis's own letters.  Elegant and insightful, Spoto's book depicts a man whose emphasis on charity brought about a new social movement.

This pivotal saint clearly influenced Pope Francis but the Pope was also shaped, in large part, by his Jesuit training.  This order of priesthood places a high emphasis on education.  The Jesuits: A History by author John W. O'Malley, is a lively history of the Jesuit order that explains how it is different from other orders and traces it to a present day and Pope Francis.  Robert Blair Kaiser's Inside the Jesuits: How Pope Francis is Changing the Church and the World explains that to better understand this figure who is shaking up and challenging the Catholic church, it is necessary to understand the Pope's Jesuit DNA.

This Pope has inspired many books about his life such as Pope Francis and Our Call to Joy by Diane M. Houdek who talks of locating joy through personal encounters with Christ.  The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope, a biography by Austen Ivereigh, gives insight into the context of Bergoglio's life and the vision he has for the Catholic Church.

Don't forget to explore our Hoopla service for additional titles such as The Church of Mercy: A Vision for the Church and audiobook that collects the Pope's own words as well as Pray for Me: The Life and Spiritual Vision of Pope Francis, First Pope from the Americas by Robert Moynihan, an introduction to a ground breaking Pope from a papacy expert.

If you have questions, or are just curious, about Pope Francis, the Catholic Church or the impact all of this will have on the world, your Abilene Public Library is the place to start your search for answers.  Pope Francis does exert influence mainly over the Catholic Church but his unorthodox methods, challenges to status quo and strong opinions on current issues such as Christian persecution in the Middle East make him a timely figure of interest and worth further exploration.

Article Contributed by Deborah Tarsiewicz, Information Services at the Main Branch of the Abilene Public Library

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Book-To-Film Adaptations: September 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 material at your library.

The Light Between Oceans
Starring: Michael Fassbender
Release Date: Sept. 2
Author: M.L. Stedman
Summary: A lighthouse keeper and his wife, living off the coast of Western Australia, raise a baby they rescue from an adrift rowboat.

Sully
Starring: Tom Hanks
Release Date: Sept. 9
Based On: "Highest Duty"
Author: Chesley Sullenberger
Summary: The story of Chesley Sullengerger, who became a hero after gliding his plane along the water in the Hudson River, saving all of the airplane flight's 155 crew and passengers.

Bridget Jones's Baby
Starring: Renee Zellweger
Release Date: Sept. 16
Based On: Characters by the Author
Author: Helen Fielding
Summary: The continuing adventures of British publishing executive Bridget Jones as she enters her 40s.

Snowden
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Release Date: Sept. 16
Author: Luke Harding
Summary: NSA employee Edward Snowden leaks thousands of classified documents to the press.

Queen of Katwe
Starring: David Oyelowo
Release Date: Sept. 23
Author: Tim Crothers
Summary: A young girl from Uganda trains to become a world chess champion.

Deepwater Horizon
Starring: Mark Wahlberg
Release Date: Sept. 30
Based On: "Deepwater Horizon's Final Hours"
Author: David Barstow
Summary: A story set on the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, which exploded during April 2010 and created the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Starring: Eva Green
Release Date: Sept. 30
Author: Ransom Riggs
Summary: When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.  But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers.

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

New York Times Bestsellers List (Week of Aug. 28)

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 Underground Railroad
Author: Colson Whitehead
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: F WHITEHEAD
Summary: Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted. Their first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But the city's placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels.

#2: Sting
Author: Sandra Brown
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F BROWN
Summary: When Jordie Bennet and Shaw Kinnard lock eyes across a disreputable backwater bar, something definitely sparks. Shaw gives off a dangerous vibe that makes men wary and inspires women to sit up and take notice. None feel that undercurrent more strongly than savvy businesswoman Jordie, who doesn't belong in a seedy dive on the banks of a bayou.

#3: Curious Minds
Author: Janet Evanovich
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: M EVANOVICH
Summary: A brand-new series introducing a fun and entertaining crime-solving team with great romantic chemistry--fiesty financial analyst Riley Moon and eccentric savant Emerson Knight. Riley Moon is a junior analyst at a mega-bank, when she uncovers what looks like an embezzlement scheme that could lead straight to the top. With his gold gone missing and analysts disappearing, famously eccentric Emerson Knight, the bank's biggest client, decides to take on his own investigation. With Emerson's laserlike focus and ability to see clues no one else sees, and Riley's financial-whiz mind and street savvy, this unlikely pair will uncover one of the biggest crimes of the century.

#4: The Woman in Cabin 10
Author: Ruth Ware
Weeks On List: 5
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: Truly Madly Guilty
Author: Liane Moriarty
Weeks On List: 4
Call Number: F MORIARTY
Summary: Sam and Clementine have two little girls, Sam has just started a new dream job, and Clementine, a cellist, is busy preparing for the audition of a lifetime. They're having tea with Erika, her oldest friend, and Erika's husband Oscar. A quiet break for tea turns into a last minute invitation to a barbecue with neighbors Tiffany and Vid, and all the couples' children. And a casual barbecue turns into a traumatic event. Two months later Clementine and Sam can't stop asking themselves the question:

Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo
Author: Amy Schumer
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: 92 SCHUMER
Summary: Amy Schumer, Emmy Award-winning comedian, actress, writer, and star, mines her past for stories about her teenage years, her family, relationship, and sex, and shares the experiences that have shaped who she is--a woman with the courage to bare her soul and stand up for what she believes in, all while making us laugh. Ranging from the raucous to the romantic, the heartfelt to the harrowing, this highly entertaining and universally appealing collection is the literary equivalent of a night out with your best friend -- an unforgettable and fun adventure you wish could last forever.

#2: Hillbilly Elegy
Author: J.D. Vance
Weeks On List: 4
Call Number: 92 VANCE
Summary: Shares the story of the author's family and upbringing, describing how they moved from poverty to an upwardly mobile clan that included the author, a Yale Law School graduate, while navigating the demands of middle class life and the collective demons of the past.

#3: Armageddon
Author: Dick Morris
Weeks On List: 5
Call Number: 324.973 MOR
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.

#4: When Breath Becomes Air
Author: Paul Kalanithi
Weeks On List: 32
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.

#5: Between the World and Me
Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Weeks On List: 58
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 -- moments when he discovered some new truth about our long, tangled history of race, whether through his myth-busting professors at Howard University, a trip to a Civil War battlefield with a rogue historian, a journey to Chicago's South Side to visit aging survivors of 20th century America's 'long war on black people,' or a visit with the mother of a beloved friend who was shot down by the police.

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, August 25, 2016

Weekly Library Events (Aug. 29 - Sept. 3)

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.

Make & Take: Fireflies
Sept. 1 at 4PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Kids of all ages are invited to join us for a great crafting workshop at your library.  This month, we're celebrating a creature that can light up the night sky when you find them outdoors...Fireflies.  We'll supply all the materials necessary to show you how to make your own firefly crafts, and they'll be perfect decorations for your rooms.  Join in on this hands-on activity at your library, especially if you've got a child who loves to create things.  For more information about this program, feel free to contact Heather Carter at 325-437-7323.

Collecting Commas Writing Club
Sept. 1 at 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.

Family Fun: Favorite Authors - Jan Thomas
Sept. 1 at 5PM
South Branch Library
1401 S. Danville Dr.
PH: 325-698-7565
Kids and parents are invited out to the next Family Fun event at your South Branch Library, starting at a new time.  We've been celebrating our favorite children's authors for the past year, and at this session, it's going to feature the great works of author Jan Thomas.  Known for popular titles such as "Is Everyone Ready for Fun?" "The Doghouse," and "Rhyming Dust Bunnies," we'll be sharing our favorite stories, singing songs, making a great craft and more.  All materials will be supplied, just don't miss out on this enhanced storytime event for youth.  For additional information, contact Alyssa Crow at 325-698-7565.

The Coloring Club
Sept. 1 at 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
Adults are invited to come out and be a part of our monthly Coloring Club at the library, a popular service we offer for those ages 18+.  Coloring isn't just for kids, it's popular with all ages.  Coloring Clubs have been gaining in popularity across the nation as coloring is a great way to socialize with others, relieve stress, and have fun.  We'll supply a variety of coloring pages and the coloring tools, or you can feel free to bring your own.  Just come out ready to have some coloring fun with others at your library.  We hope you can make it, and for additional information, contact Ann Mount at 325-676-6025.

Super Storytime: Egads! Elephants
Sept. 2 at 10:45AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Kids and parents are invited to join us for a great morning Super Storytime event at your library.  The theme for this program will be all about elephants, as we celebrate these massive animals through stories, songs, and crafts designed for kids of all ages.  All materials for the craft will be supplied, all you have to do is come out and have some fun with library staff in this interactive event.  For more information about this activity, contact Kelsie Wade at 325-676-6067.

Teen Flix After Hours
Sept. 2 at 5:45PM
South Branch Library
1401 S. Danville Dr.
PH: 325-698-7565
Teens are invited out to our Teen Flix After Hours Movie Night where we’ll be showing a disaster action flick, with 2014’s “Into the Storm” starring Richard Armitage and Sarah Wayne Collins.  In this film, storm trackers, thrill-seekers, and everyday townspeople document an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes touching down in the town of Silverton.  This film is rated PG-13 for sequences of intense destruction and peril, and language including some sexual references and has a run time of 1 hour and 29 minutes.  Snacks will be provided, or feel free to bring your own.  Rides should return for pickup no later than 7:20PM.  For additional information about this after hours event, 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.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

September's Twisted Tales Book Club Selection

If you're a teen who loves to read, don't miss the next session of the Twisted Tales Teen Book Club at your Main Library.  Meeting on the fourth Mondays of the month, this group dives into re-tellings or classic stories and YA reads with a twist from our collection.

For September, the featured selection will be Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell.  We invite you to look out for a copy at your library and then attend the next book club session on Monday, September 26 at 4:30PM.  For more information, contact Kelsie Wade at 325-676-6067.

Unhooked
Author: Lisa Maxwell
Summary: For as long as she can remember, Gwendolyn Allister has never had a place to call home.  Her mother believes they are being hunted by brutal monsters, and those delusions have brought them to London.  Gwen's only saving grace is that her best friend, Olivia, is with her for the summer.

But shortly after their arrival, the girls are kidnapped by shadowy creatures and dragged to a world of flesh-eating sea hags and dangerous Fey.  And Gwen begins to realize that maybe her mother isn't so crazy after all...

Gwen discovers that this new world she inhabits is called Neverland, but it's nothing like the Neverland you've heard about in stories.  Here, good and evil lose their meaning and memories slip like water through your fingers.  As Gwen struggles to remember where she came from and tries to find a way home, she must choose between trusting the charming fairy-tale hero who says all the right things and the captivating pirate who promises to keep her safe.

Caught in the ultimate battle between good and evil, with time running out and her enemies closing in, Gwen is forced to finally face the truths she's been hiding from all along.  But can she save Neverland without losing herself?

Be sure to checkout this title from your Abilene Public Library and come out ready to discuss it with other avid teen readers.  Again, the Twisted Tales Book Club will meet on Monday, September 26 at 4:30PM...get in on the reading fun!

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 Huntsman: Winter's War
Starring: Chris Hemsworth
Summary: The spin-off of Snow White and the Huntsman acts as both prequel and sequel to the original film, dealing with the adventures of Eric the Huntsman as he gets caught up in the rivalry between wicked queens Ravenna and Freya.  During his quest, Eric is also endangered by his feelings for fellow warrior Sara, since ice queen Freya has decreed that love is forbidden in her kingdom.

Ratchet & Clank
Starring: James Arnold Taylor
Summary: Oddball alien Ratchet and his brainy robot sidekick Clank embark on their biggest adventure ever in this adaptation of the video-game franchise by Insomniac Games, which explores the characters' origin story as they work together to defend the Solana Galaxy from the evil Chairman Drek.

Walking Dead: Season 6
Starring: Andrew Lincoln
Summary: Trusting Rick for their survival, Alexandrian volunteers help to lure a nearby horde of walkers away from the community.  Other repel an invasion by the deranged Wolves which results in a large herd of walkers breaking off to surround Alexandria.  In a season that will push Rick's group to their limits, even more awaits them as a new foe looms over their head, Negan, the leader of the Saviors.  But what form of saving do they offer?

Scandal: Season 5
Starring: Kerry Washington
Summary: The season continues the story of Olivia Pope's crisis management firm, and its staff, as well as staff at the White House in Washington D.C.  With people who were once allies, now enemies, tempers begin to rise as we run into the presidential campaign to see who will fill the seat that will be left vacant by President Fitzgerald Grant.  Only Olivia encounters a number of obstacles along the way.

The One Man
Author: Andrew Gross
Summary: Poland. 1944. Alfred Mendl and his family are brought on a crowded train to a Nazi concentration camp after being caught trying to flee Paris with forged papers.  His family is torn away from him on arrival, his life's work burned before his eyes.  To the guards, he is just another prisoner, but in fact Mendl - a renowned physicist - holds knowledge that only two people in the world possess.  And the other is already at work for the Nazi war machine.

First Star I See Tonight
Author: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Summary: Piper is a woman with a dream - to become the best detective in the city of Chicago.  First job?  Trail former Chicago Stars quarterback, Cooper Graham.  Problem?  Graham's spotted her, and he's not happy.  Which is why a good detective needs to think on her feet.  "The fact is...I'm your stalker.  Not full-out barmy.  Just...mildly unhinged."    Piper soon finds herself working for Graham himself, although not as the bodyguard he refuses to admit he so desperately needs.  Instead, he's hired her to keep an eye on the employees at his exclusive nightclub.  But Coop's life might be in danger, and Piper's determined to protect him, whether he wants it or not.

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.

Friday, August 19, 2016

September's Cover-to-Cover Book Club Selection

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

For September, the featured selection is Broken Harbor by Tana French and we invite you to look out for a copy at your library and attend the book club on Thursday, September 15 at 7:00PM, Main Library (202 Cedar St).  For more information, be sure to contact Ann Mount at 325-676-6025.

Broken Harbor
Author: Tana French
Call Number: M FRENCH
About This Book: Detective Mick "Scorcher" Kennedy and his partner are sent to the abandoned, half-constructed housing development Broken Harbor to investigate the brutal murder of the Spain family.  What Scorcher thinks is an open and shut case is quickly complicated when Jenny Spain is found barely alive, and the family's circumstances are brought to light: hidden baby monitors, a strained mortgage brought on by the housing crisis, and the increasingly erratic signs of a family in crisis.  French delivers a layered psychological thriller and satisfying 'who dunnit,' masterfully spinning a plot packed with tension and a haunting mood that rivals the best of the gothic writers.
Be sure to checkout this title from your library and come ready to discuss it with other avid readers in the community on Thursday, September 15 at 7:00PM.

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Aug. 21)

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 Underground Railroad
Author: Colson Whitehead
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: F WHITEHEAD
Summary: Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted. Their first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But the city's placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels.

#2: Insidious
Author: Catherine Coulter
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F COULTER
Summary: In Washington, D.C., Venus Rasmussen, a very wealthy, elderly grand dame of Beltway high society, is in fear for her life, sure that someone is trying to kill her. The suspects are many and the repercussions dire, and Savich and Sherlock must race to find out if she's really in danger, or just delusional.

#3: Truly Madly Guilty
Author: Liane Moriarty
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: F MORIARTY
Summary: Sam and Clementine have two little girls, Sam has just started a new dream job, and Clementine, a cellist, is busy preparing for the audition of a lifetime. They're having tea with Erika, her oldest friend, and Erika's husband Oscar. A quiet break for tea turns into a last minute invitation to a barbecue with neighbors Tiffany and Vid, and all the couples' children. And a casual barbecue turns into a traumatic event. Two months later Clementine and Sam can't stop asking themselves the question: What if we hadn’t gone?

#4: Bullseye
Author: James Patterson
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: M PATTERSON
Summary: Snow blankets the avenues of Manhattan's exclusive Upper West Side. The storm is the perfect cover for a fashionable, highly trained team of lethal assassins as they prowl the streets, hunting their prey. But their first hit is simply target practice

#5: Three Sisters, Three Queens
Author: Philippa Gregory
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F GREGORY
Summary: When Katherine of Aragon is brought to the Tudor court as a young bride, the oldest princess, Margaret takes her measure. With one look, each knows the other for a rival, an ally, a pawn, destined with Margaret's younger sister Mary to a sisterhood unique in the world. The three sisters will become the queens of England, Scotland, and France.


Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: Hillbilly Elegy
Author: J.D. Vance
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: 92 VANCE
Summary: Shares the story of the author's family and upbringing, describing how they moved from poverty to an upwardly mobile clan that included the author, a Yale Law School graduate, while navigating the demands of middle class life and the collective demons of the past.

#2: When Breath Becomes Air
Author: Paul Kalanithi
Weeks On List: 31
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.

#3: Armageddon
Author: Dick Morris
Weeks On List: 4
Call Number: 324.973 MOR
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.

#4: Hillary's America
Author: Dinesh D'Souza
Weeks On List: 4
Call Number: 
Summary: Characterizes presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as a Nixonian political gangster out to control the country's wealth, in a scathing critique that makes controversial claims about Clinton family corruption.

#5: Crisis of Character
Author: Gary J. Byrne
Weeks On List: 7
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."

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, August 18, 2016

Weekly Library Events (Aug. 22-27)

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.

Twisted Tales Book Club
Aug. 22 @ 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Local teens, who love to read, are invited out to the second Teen Book Club meeting of the month.  This Main Library's club focuses on reading tales adapted from other stories, and this month's featured book will be "For Darkness Shows the Stars" by author Diana Peterfreund.  Checkout a copy from your library and then come out ready to discuss it with other teens in the community at this club session.  No registration is required, and for additional information, contact Kelsie Wade at 325-676-6067.

Tween Time: Cupcake Creations
Aug. 22 @ 6:00PM
South Branch Library
1401 S. Danville Dr.
PH: 325-698-7565
Tweens, ages 8-15, are invited to join us for an edible craft workshop at the library, where we'll supply all the materials you'll need to get hands-on with this tasty workshop.  It's all about cupcakes for this evening, and we've hosted plenty of popular cupcake craft workshops in the past.  For this session, we're going to be taking some ordinary cupcakes, and turning them into lookalike for other food items.  It's sure to be a crowd-pleaser.  No registration needed and for additional information, contact Alyssa Crow at 325-698-7565.

Make & Take: Choose Your Craft
Aug. 23 @ 4:00PM
South Branch Library
1401 S. Danville Dr.
PH: 325-698-7565
Kids are invited out to a fun afternoon craft session at the library, where we'll supply materials to show you how to create a host of great projects at the library.  From dinosaur crafts that tie in with the Summer Reading Club theme, and others that don't, you'll have fun putting together a number of projects with us.  No registration is required, and for additional information, contact Shahala Trammell at 325-698-7565.

Super Storytime: All About Peaches
Aug. 24 @ 10:45AM
South Branch Library
1401 S. Danville Dr.
PH: 325-698-7565
Kids and Parents are invited out to our monthly Super Storytime event at the South Branch library, and it's all going to be about Peaches for this session.  They're such a tasty fruit, and we'll be celebrating them through stories, songs, crafts, and more activities in this enhanced storytime event for local youth.  No registration is needed and for additional information, contact Shahala Trammell at 325-698-7565.

Teen Time: Pokemon Team Badges
Aug. 24 @ 4:00PM
South Branch Library
1401 S. Danville Dr.
PH: 325-698-7565
Local teens are invited out to a fun craft workshop inspired by the Pokemon Go gaming everyone's been into.  Those who come out will have the chance to make team badges to show your support of team Valor, Mystic, or Instinct.  Did you know the South Branch Library is also a Pokemon gym?  Come and try to claim it for your team.  All materials will be supplied, and for additional information, contact Marianne Vadney at 325-698-7565.

Collecting Commas Writing Club
Aug. 25 @ 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.

Mockingbird Movies
Aug. 27 @ 2:30PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Kids & Parents are invited to come out for a movie day at your library, where we'll be showing a Disney classic with 1973's "Robin Hood."  This film is an imaginative Disney version of the Robin Hood legend. Fun and romance abound as the swashbuckling hero of Sherwood Forest and his valiant sidekick plot one daring adventure after another to outwit the greedy prince and his partner as they put the tax squeeze on the poor.  No registration is required and all are welcome to come out and enjoy this movie at your library.  Don't miss out, and for additional information, contact us 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, August 16, 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 Angry Birds Movie
Starring: Jason Sudeikis
Summary: This animated adaptation of the hugely popular video-game series follows three avian friends as they put their anger to good use by fighting back against a hostile force.  Red, Chuck, and Bomb are all outcasts who don't quite fit in on Bird Island, a community of flightless fowl who pride themselves on staying positive and cheerful at all times.  The trio hit it off after meeting at an anger-management class, and are the only birds who seem even remotely suspicious when a group of green pigs arrive on their island.  When the swine's nefarious plans are revealed, only Red and his pals have what it takes to save the day.

God's Not Dead 2
Starring: Melissa Joan Hart
Summary: A high school teacher gets caught up in a high-profile legal case over her right to discuss Jesus in a public classroom, and faces strong opposition from a brash lawyer.  A sequel to the 2014 faith-based box-office hit "God's Not Dead."

Once Upon a Time: Season 5
Starring: Jennifer Morrison
Summary: In the latest season, the characters embark on a quest to Camelot to find the Sorcerer Merlin in order to free Emma from the powers of an ancient darkness that threatens to destroy everything.  To complicate matters, King Arthur is determined to forever alter the balance between light and darkness using the legendary Excalibur.  As history and destiny collide, unsuspected consequences lead the characters to the Underworld where they encounter souls of those with unfinished business and must face Hades.  In an attempt to restore order to the chaos that has culminated, the characters' dangerous manipulations of magic lead to an exacerbation of the war between light and darkness with the arrival of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo
Author: Amy Schumer
Summary: Never one to shy away from the uproarious, challenging, and remarkable moments that make up life, this exceptionally candid book will have readers wincing with recognition, nodding their head in solidarity, and laughing out loud.  Written with Amy's signature candor, she reflects on her often raucous childhood antics, her hard won and incomparable rise to stardom, and the courage it takes to approach the world with astounding honesty every single day.

Curious Minds (Knight & Moon #1)
Author: Janet Evanovich
Summary: Emerson Knight is introverted, eccentric, and has little to no sense of social etiquette.  Good thing he's also brilliant, rich, and (some people might say) handsome, or he'd probably be homeless.  Riley Moon has just graduated from Harvard Business and Harvard Law.  Her aggressive Texas spitfire attitude has helped her land her dream job as a junior analyst with mega-bank Blane-Grunwald.  At least Riley Moon thought it was her dream job, until she is given her first assignment: babysitting Emerson Knight.

Smooth Operator
Author: Stuart Woods
Summary: When President Kate Lee calls Stone Barrington to Washington on an urgent matter, it's soon clear that a potentially disastrous situation requires the kind of help more delicate than even he can provide...and he knows just the right man for the job.  Teddy Fay: ex-CIA, master of disguise, and a gentleman not known for abiding by legal niceties in the pursuit of his own brand of justice.

Damaged (Rosato & DiNunzio #4)
Author: Lisa Scottoline
Summary: 10-year-old Patrick O'Brien is a natural target at school.  Shy, dyslexic, and small for his age, he tries to hide his first-grade reading level from everyone: from his classmates, from the grandfather who cares for him, and from the teachers who are supposed to help him.  But the real trouble begins when Patrick is accused of attacking a school aide.  The aide promptly quits and sues the boy, his family, and the school district.  Patrick's grandfather turns to the law firm of Rosato & DiNunzio for help and Mary DiNunzio is on the case.  Soon Mary becomes Patrick's true champion and his only hope for security and justice.  But there is more to the story than meets the eye and Patrick might be more troubled than he seems.  With twists at every turn and secrets about the family coming to light, Mary might have found the case that can make her a true protector, or break her heart...

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.