Thursday, September 15, 2016

Weekly Library Events (Sept. 19-24)

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.

West Texas Book Festival: Author Lunch Event
Authors: Carl & Pixie Christensen
Sept. 19 at Noon
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
The community is invited out to join us for the annual West Texas Book Festival fun featuring a celebration of authors and writing in the Lone Star State.  For the first author lunch program, Carl & Pixie Christensen will be at your library to talk about their new book, which features color drawings and brief text on 67 historical Texas churches, many of them more than 100 years old.  Bring your lunch, or purchase one for $5, drinks provided.  Copies of their book will be available for purchase before and after the program.  For additional information, contact us at 325-676-6025.

Family Fun: Cats vs Dogs
Sept. 19 at 4:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Families are invited to join us for a great afternoon storytime iafter school.  It's all about cats vs. dogs as the theme of this event where youth will engage in coloring, great stories, fun games, and cool crafts.  Whether you're love cats, dogs, or both, you're sure to have a great time at this after school event.  All materials will be supplied, all you need to do is come out and be ready to have a great time with children's staff at the library.  For additional information, contact Kelsie Wade at 325-676-6067.

West Texas Book Festival: Author Lunch Program
Author: Glen Sample Ely
Sept. 20 at Noon
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025.
The community is invited out to join us for the annual West Texas Book Festival fun featuring a celebration of authors and writing in the Lone Star State.  In this Author Lunch Program, Glen Sample Ely (Fort Worth) will speak on his new book about the Butterfield Overland Mail, which came through this area.  Bring your lunch, or purchase one for $5, drinks provided.  Ely is the author of nonfiction titles on Texas history and has produced award-winning documentaries for television, cities, counties, and historical societies.  Copies of his book will be available for purchase before and after the program.  For additional information, contact us at 325-676-6025.

West Texas Book Festival: Abilene Author Showcase
Sept. 20 at 5:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
The community is invited out to join us for the annual West Texas Book Festival fun featuring a celebration of authors and writing in the Lone Star State.  At this great event local authors who have had a book published within the last 12 months will be available at the library to highlight the local writing talent in our community and their works. Everyone is welcome to come out and attend this reception, and hear brief remarks from each of the authors present.  For additional information, contact us at 325-676-6025.

Teen Flix
Sept. 20 at 6:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Local teens won't want to miss the next Teen Flix Movie Night at the Main Library where we'll be showing a great flick that you'll certainly want to see again.  In the third sequel to the Captain America franchise, it almost stood as a sequel to the popular Avengers film franchise with the lineup of actors featured in the movie.  We'll be showing 2016's "Captain America: Civil War" starring Chris Evans and Robert Downey, Jr.  In this film, political interference in the Avengers' activities causes a rift between former allies Captain America and Iron Man.  This film is rated PG-13 for extended sequences of violence, action, and mayhem and runs in at two hours and 27 minutes.  Light refreshments will be served, and for additional information, contact Kelsie Wade at 325-676-6067.

West Texas Book Festival: Author Lunch Event
Author: Dennis Roberson
Sept. 21 at Noon
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
The community is invited out to join us for the annual West Texas Book Festival fun featuring a celebration of authors and writing in the Lone Star State.  The featured author at the next program is Dennis Roberson (Fort Worth).  Bring your lunch, or purchase one for $5, drinks provided.  Roberson is a lifelong player of the domino game 42, who developed his skills from this father, who won the 1995 Texas Senior Games 42 Championship.  Listen to him talk about his book, and stick around after the program to have the opportunity to play 42, whether you're a beginner or a veteran.  Copies of his book will be available for purchase before and after the program.  For additional information, contact us at 325-676-6025.

Minecraft Mania
Sept. 21 at 3:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
We want you to be a part of the Minecraft Mania fun at your Abilene Public Library, with multiple sessions hosted across all three branches!  Designed for tweens and teens (ages 10-19), join your Main Library on the third Wednesday afternoons of each month as we dive into the digital world of Minecraft.  We’ll provide access to laptops for gamers to play in story mode, while also offering some additional Minecraft-themed activities and crafts to get involved in.  So come on out, bring a friend, and make some new ones at this digital series of events at your library.  For additional information, contact Amanda Sasser at 325-676-6067.

West Texas Book Festival: Culinary Cuisine Luncheon
TICKETED EVENT
Sept. 22 at 11:30AM
TSTC Culinary Institute
901 N. 1st St.
PH: 325-676-6025
You won't want to miss the popular Culinary Cuisine Luncheon.  Hosted at the TSTC Culinary Institute, guests will be treated to an incredible lunch featuring recipes from the featured cookbook authors and prepared by TSTC Culinary Institute students.  This year's featured chefs includes Jacqueline Cavender (Tyler), As the Spur StirsMelissa Guerra (San Antonio), The Texas Provincial Kitchen Jessica Dupuy (Austin), The United Tastes of Texas; and Anthony Head (Hays County) & Laura Samuel Meyn (Fort Worth), Meatless in Cowtown.  Come early to meet the authors while perusing and purchasing their cookbooks.  Then settle in for an great meal and words from each of the authors.  Tickets are $30 a ticket, $225 for a table of 8. Visit the Culinary Cuisine Luncheon to learn how you can get yours for the West Texas Book Festival.

Collecting Commas Writing Club
Sept. 22 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.

West Texas Book Festival: Texas Cookbook Gala
TICKETED EVENT
Sept. 22 at 6:00PM
Abilene Country Club
4039 S. Treadaway Blvd.
PH: 325-676-6025
As the featured fundraiser of the West Texas Book Festival, the Cookbook Gala is a black tie event hosted at the Abilene Country Club.  This program will feature the cookbook authors/chefs at the festival, along with Texas vintners, and guests will be treated to an evening of wonderful food, great friends, and good times.  Come early for a chance to meet the featured chefs, acquire copies of their cookbooks, and experience a truly amazing evening at the festival.  Tickets and Table Sponsors are $3,000 for Underwriting Sponsors for a table of 8; $1,800 for Patron Sponsors for a table of 8; $225 for an Individual Sponsor (single ticket). Visit the Texas Cookbook Gala Page for additional information.

West Texas Book Festival: Author Lunch Program
Author: Chad S. Conine
Sept. 23 at Noon
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
The community is invited out to join us for the annual West Texas Book Festival fun featuring a celebration of authors and writing in the Lone Star State.  The final author lunch program of the week will featured Chad S. Conine (Waco).  Bring your lunch, or purchase one for $5, drinks provided.  Conine will talk about his new book on Texas high school football, which is certainly a popular topic in our West Texas town.  Copies of his book will be available for purchase before and after the program.  For additional information, contact us at 325-676-6025.

West Texas Book Festival: Getting Published Workshop
Sept. 23 at 2:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
The community is invited out to join us for the annual West Texas Book Festival fun featuring a celebration of authors and writing in the Lone Star State.  At this event, a panel of Texas publishers will be on hand to talk about how to get a book published and to answer questions from the audience.  The workshop is free and open to anyone interested in the world of publishing and getting published.  For additional information, contact us at 325-676-6025.

West Texas Book Festival: Conversations with Featured Authors
Sept. 24 at 9:00AM
Abilene Civic Center
1101 N. 6th St.
PH: 325-676-6025
The community is invited out to a series of FREE discussions with select featured authors at the Abilene Civic Center for the West Texas Book Festival.  Below is a current schedule for speakers:
  • 9:00AM: Susan Kralovansky, writing for children
  • 9:30AM: Q&A with Marguerite Gray, Revolutionary Faith series of novels
  • 10:00AM: Q&A with Leila Meacham, A.C. Greene Award winner
  • 10:30AM: Debut of new book of West Texas Stories, various authors
Authors will be available to sign books after their presentations and after the Boots & Books Luncheon.  For more information, contact us at 325-676-6025.


West Texas Book Festival: Boots & Books Luncheon
TICKETED EVENT
Sept. 24 at 11:45AM
Abilene Civic Center
1101 N. 6th St.
PH: 325-676-6025
Sponsored by H-E-B, this event will feature author Leila Meacham, recipient of the 2016 A.C. Greene Award, the presentation of the Ricki Brown Librarian of the Year Award, and a shared story from West Texas Stories.  Ticket Prices are $25 each, $250 for a table of 10. Find more information on tickets on the Boots & Books Luncheon Page.

Mockingbird Movies
Sept. 24 at 2:30PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Kids and parents are invited out to a great family movie at your Mockingbird Branch this Saturday afternoon.  For this month, we'll be showing a popular film from 1984, starring Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, and the entire Muppets gang in "The Muppets Take Manhattan."  In this film, Kermit and his friends go to New York to get their musical on Broadway, only to find it's a more difficult task than they anticipated.  This film is rated G and runs in at an hour and 34 minutes.  Don't pass up on your chance to enjoy this family favorite, 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.

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