Thursday, October 27, 2016

Book-To-Film Adaptations: November 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.

Doctor Strange
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch
Release Date: Nov. 4
Based On: "Doctor Strange"
Author: Steve Ditko
Summary: After top neurosurgeon Stephen Strange is injured in a car accident that ruins his career, he sets out on a journey of healing, where he encounters the Ancient One, who becomes Strange's mentor in the mystic arts.

Arrival
Starring: Amy Adams
Release Date: Nov. 11
Based On: "Story of Your Life"
Author: Ted Chiang
Summary: When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team - lead by expert linguist Louise Banks - are brought together to investigate.  As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers...and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
Starring: Kristen Stewart
Release Date: Nov. 11
Author: Ben Fountain
Summary: 19-year-old Billy Lynn is brought home for a victory tour after a harrowing Iraq battle.  Through flashbacks the film shows what really happened to his squad - contrasting the realities of war with America's perceptions.

A Street Cat Named Bob
Starring: Luke Treadaway
Release Date: Nov. 18
Author: James Bowden
Summary: Based on the international best selling book.  The true feel good story of how James Bowen, a busker and recovering addict, had his life transformed when he met a stray ginger cat.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Starring: Eddie Redmayne
Release Date: Nov. 18
Author: J.K. Rowling
Summary: The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.

Nocturnal Animals
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal
Release Date: Nov. 18
Based On: "Tony and Susan"
Author: Austin Wright
Summary: An art gallery owner is haunted by her ex-husband's novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a veiled threat and a symbolic revenge tale.

Lion
Starring: Rooney Mara
Release Date: Nov. 25
Based On: "A Long Way Home"
Author: Saroo Brierly
Summary: A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home.  He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.

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

November'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 November, the featured selection is A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler and we invite to you look out for a copy at your library and attend the book club meeting on Thursday, November 17 at 7:00PM, Main Library (202 Cedar St).  For more information, be sure to contact Ann Mount at 325-676-6025.

A Spool of Blue Thread
Author: Anne Tyler
Call Number: F TYLER
About This Book: "It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon..."  This is how Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she fell in love with Read that day in July 1959.  The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate togetherness: an indefinable, enviable kind of specialness.  But they are also like all families, in that the stories they tell themselves reveal only part of the picture.  Abby and Red and their four grown children have accumulated not only tender moments, laughter, and celebrations, but also jealousies, disappointments, and carefully guarded secrets.  From Red's father and mother, newly arrived in Baltimore in the 1920s, to Abby and Red's grandchildren carrying the family legacy boisterously into the 21st-century, here are four generations of Whitshanks, their lives unfolding in and around the sprawling, lovingly worn Baltimore house that has always been their anchor.

Be sure to checkout this title from the library and come out ready to discuss it with other avid readers in the community on Thursday, November 17 at 7:00PM.

Weekly Events (Oct. 31 - Nov. 5)

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.

Anime Club
Nov. 1 at 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Teens and young adults, ages 14-25, are invited out to our monthly meeting of the Anime Club at your library.  If you have a passion for all things related to anime and manga, this is the club for you.  Each month we meetup to watch hit anime shows, dish on anime, and engage in other activities to share our passions with others.  There's no need to register for this club, just feel free to come and check out a meeting.  For more information, contact Amanda Sasser at 325-676-6067.

Make & Take: Fall Picture Frames
Nov. 3 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Kids of all ages are invited to come out to a fun hands-on craft session at your library...it's the perfect after school activity!  As we're in the Fall, we'll supply all the materials and instruction needed to show youth how to make their own Fall Picture Frames.  These will make for great decorations, as well as a fun way to highlight a photo in your rooms and homes.  Don't miss out on this afternoon activity.  For additional information, contact us at 325-437-7323.

Collecting Commas Writing Club
Nov. 3 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
If you have a child between the ages of 10-17, and they love to express themselves through writing, don't miss out on the chance to be a part of the weekly Collecting Commas Writing Club at your Main Library.  Meeting every Thursday afternoon at 4:00PM, this group meets to hone their creative writing skills in all form of writing including novels, short stories, poetry, and more.  Plus, we make writing fun by engaging in a host of fun activities to help inspire ideas and participation among participants.  There's no need to register to be a part of this club, simply come check out a meeting and see if it's meant for you.  For more information about this weekly program, contact Kelsie Wade at 325-676-6067.

Super Storytime: Ninjas!
Nov. 4 at 10:45AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Kids and parents are invited out to the first Super Storytime event of the month at your library.  Come on out to the Main Library for a great time enjoying books, songs, crafts, and more that will be all about Ninjas.  All materials needed for the program will be supplied and there's no need to register.  Just come out ready to have some storytime fun with children's staff.  For additional information about this event, contact Insperation Sanchez at 325-676-6067.

Teen Scene After Hours: Dungeons & Dragons
Nov. 4 at 5:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Are you ready for another after hours teen event at your library?  You're in luck.  For this session we'll be running a complete Dungeons & Dragrons game, and players of all skill levels are welcome. Guests will be able to pick from a set of characters and journey deep into a dungeon, all the while fighting monsters and gathering treasure.  Dungeons & Dragons is a great socialization game, and it helps build storytelling skills too.  Learn how to fight, use spells, and become your character as you explore, face challenging traps, and defeat enemies.  Gameplay this evening will start at 6:00PM and we'll be using the current version of Dungeons & Dragons, 5.0.  Rides should arrive for pickup no later than 8:00PM and all materials needed for the program will be provided.  For additional information, contact Kelsie Wade at 325-676-6067.

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

Wednesday, October 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.

Nerve
Starring: Emma Roberts
Call Number: 
Summary: A high school senior finds herself immersed in an online game of truth or dare, where her every move starts to become manipulated by an anonymous community of "watchers."

The Whistler
Author: John Grisham
Call Number: 
Summary: We expect our judges to be honest and wise.  Their integrity and impartiality are the bedrock of the entire judicial system.  We trust them to ensure fair trials, to protect the rights of all litigants, to punish those who do wrong, and to oversee the orderly and efficient flow of justice.  But what happens when a judge bends the law or takes a bribe?  It's rare, but it happens.  Lacy is an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct.  She is a lawyer, not a cop, and it is her job to respond to complaints dealing with judicial misconduct.  After nine years with the Board, she knows that most problems are caused by incompetence, not corruption.  But a corruption case eventually crosses her desk.  A previously disbarred lawyer is back in business with a new identity.  He now goes by the name of Greg Myers, and he claims to know of a Florida judge who has stolen more money than all other crooked judges combined.  And not just crooked judges in Florida.  All judges, from all states, and throughout U.S. history.

Sex, Lies, and Serious Money (Stone Barrington #39)
Author: Stuart Woods
Call Number: 
Summary: Fresh off the runway at Teterboro, Stone Barrington arrives home to find an unexpected new client on his doorstep, anxiously soliciting his help.  But everything is not as it seems, when the client reveals the true nature - and value - of his recent turn of fortune.  From luxury New York high-rises to the sprawling New Mexico desert, his client is pursued from all angles...and Stone quickly learns that easy money isn't always so easy.

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

Monday, October 24, 2016

November'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 November, the featured selection will be Splintered by A.G. Howard.  We invite you to look out for a copy at your library and then attend the next book club session on Monday, November 28 at 4:30PM.  For more information, contact Kelsie Wade at 325-676-6067.

Splintered (Splintered Series #1)
Author: A.G. Howard
Call Number: YA F HOWARD
Summary: This stunning debut captures the grotesque of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl's pangs of first love and independence.  Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers - precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before.  The family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.  Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together.  For now.  When her mother's mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality.  The rest Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on.  There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice's tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious Bandersnatch, to fix Alice's mistakes and save her family.  She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

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, November 28 at 4:30PM...get in on the reading fun!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

"Sons of Destiny Series Offers Romance and Magic" | @ the Library Article

Jean Johnson has written the tales of eight cursed, magical brothers, the prophecy that binds them and how it all turns out.  The Curse of the Eight prophecy concerns four sets of twins; each born two years apart.  The prophecy, also known as the Song of the Sons of Destiny, consists of eight verses, one verse per brother.

The first story, titled The Sword, takes place on Nightfall Island where the exiled brothers live in an effort to stave off the fulfillment of the prophecy should they fall in love.  To stave this off, no women live on or visit the ilsand and merchants - all men - only visit a few times a year from the brothers' homeland of Katan.  Saber and his brothers occupy themselves with perfecting their magic and creating things to trade with the merchants.  Then Morganen, the youngest, rescues a woman from burning to death in another universe and American Kelly comes to the Island, setting things in motion.

In The Wolf, Wolver's childhood friend escapes from her uncle and makes her way to sanctuary on Nightfall Island with her childhood friends.  However, the Island has problems; an unknown mage is sending dangerous magical constructs to the island to kill the brothers.

In Johnson's third title, The Master, Dominor, the third brother, is kidnapped by the visiting Mandarites who in turn lost him to their enemies the Natallians.  This title doesn't take place on Nightfall Island, but during this adventure, Dominor meets his match/mate.

Back on Nightfall Island, Evanor, the singing mage, lost his voice in the incident with the Mandarites.  His story, told in The Song, matches him with a singing healer.

The next two titles in the series take place simultaneously.  They are about the net set of twins and a set of sisters who are cast away on the island.  The Cat concerns Trevan and AMara and his reputation as a womanizer, while The Storm deals with night loving Rydan, who guards the secret of Nightfall Island, and Aurora, who also guards a secret.  Will their love mean their downfall?

Unlike some of his brothers, Koranen wants to find his match.  However, as the title The Flame suggests, he tends to set things on fire, especially when he gets passionate.  A desalination plant on Nightfall Island needs repair and a team of aquamancers arrived to work on it.  Some of them are women.  Will opposites attract?

Finally, it's Morganen's turn and he goes back to the beginning with Kelly's best friend on Earth.  Hope caught Morganen's eye and he has been keeping in touch with her between his other meddling.  In The Mage Morganen realizes he can fulfill the prophecy and set the brothers free for all time.  But, he just needs to figure out how to get Hope to Nightfall Island without creating an imbalance in the universes.

Check out these titles at the Abilene Public Library for an interesting new world of magic, obstacles, and many happily-ever-after's!

Article Contributed by A. Marie Skufca, Information Services Librarian at the Main Branch of the Abilene Public Library

Friday, October 21, 2016

New York TImes Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Oct. 23)

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: Small Great Things
Author: Jodi Picoult
Weeks On List: 1
Summary: When her reluctance to treat the newborn of a white supremacist couple results in the child's death, a black nurse is placed on trial and is aided by a white public defender who urges her not to bring up race in the courtroom.

#2: Two by Two
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Weeks On List: 2
Summary: At 32, Russell Green has it all: a stunning wife, a lovable six year-old daughter, a successful career as an advertising executive and an expansive home. He is living the dream, and his marriage to the bewitching Vivian is the center of that. But underneath the shiny surface of this perfect existence, fault lines are beginning to appear, and no one is more surprised than Russ when he finds every aspect of the life he took for granted turned upside down.

#3: Vince Flynn: Order to Kill
Currently Not Housed
Author: Kyle Mills
Weeks On List: 1
Summary: Flynn’s character, the C.I.A. operative Mitch Rapp, uncovers a dangerous Russian plot. Flynn died in 2013.

#4: Commonwealth
Author: Ann Patchett
Weeks On List: 5
Summary: Commonwealth is the story of two broken families and the paths their lives take over the course of 40 years, through love and marriage, death and divorce, and a dark secret from childhood that lies underneath it all.

#5: Home
Author: Harlan Coben
Weeks On List: 4
Summary: A decade ago, kidnappers grabbed two boys from wealthy families and demanded ransom, then went silent. No trace of the boys ever surfaced. For ten years their families have been left with nothing but painful memories and a quiet desperation for the day that has finally, miraculously arrived: Myron Bolitar and his friend Win believe they have located one of the boys, now a teenager. Where has he been for ten years, and what does he know about the day, more than half a life ago, when he was taken? And most critically: what can he tell Myron and Win about the fate of his missing friend? Drawing on his singular talent, Harlan Coben delivers an explosive and deeply moving thriller about friendship, family, and the meaning of home.

Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: Killing the Rising Sun
Author: Bill O'Reilly
Weeks On List: 5
Summary: Portrays the events of World War II in 1944, when escalating Pacific battles between the forces of General MacArthur and the Japanese army lead to the development of humanity's deadliest weapon and President Truman's impossible choice.

#2: Born to Run
Author: Bruce Springsteen
Weeks On List: 3
Summary: Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to these pages the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs. He describes growing up Catholic in Freehold, New Jersey, amid the poetry, danger, and darkness that fueled his imagination, leading up to the moment he refers to as "The Big Bang": seeing Elvis Presley's debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. He vividly recounts his relentless drive to become a musician, his early days as a bar band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band. With disarming candor, he also tells for the first time the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work, and shows us why the song "Born to Run" reveals more than we previously realized.

#3: Filthy Rich
Author: James Patterson
Weeks On List: 1
Summary: Jeffrey Epstein rose from humble origins to the rarefied heights of New York City's financial elite. A college dropout with an instinct for numbers--and for people--Epstein amassed his wealth through a combination of access and skill. But even after he had it all, Epstein wanted more.

#4: Hillbilly Elegy
Author: J.D.Vance
Weeks On List: 12
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.

#5: Love Warrior
Author: Glennon Doyle Melton
Weeks On List: 6
Summary: Traces the author's journey of self-discovery after the dissolution of her marriage, revealing how she found healing by rejecting gender standards and refusing to settle for a "good-enough" 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, October 20, 2016

Weekly Library Events (Oct. 24-29)

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
Oct. 24 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Avid teen readers are invited to join us for our monthly after school book club at your library.  The Twisted Tales Club focuses on reading contemporary YA literature, which provide a twist or retelling of a classic story we all know.  For September, we'll be discussing "Crimson Bound" by Rosamund Hodge, inspired by the classic fairy tale "Little Red Riding Hood."  In this book, when Rachelle was fifteen she was good - apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village.  But she was also reckless - straying from the forest path in pursuit of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness.  After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.  Check out this book from your Abilene Public Library, and then come ready to discuss it with other teens at our next club meeting.  For more information, contact Kelsie Wade at 325-676-6067.

Introduction to QuickBooks
Oct. 25 at 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 
CPA Gayla Fullerton will show you how to set up QuickBooks, work with bank accounts, enter sales information, pay bills, analyze financial data and pay sales taxes.  Come get the information you need, from a local expert, to make using QuickBooks a little less painful when getting started.  For additional information, feel free to contact us at 325-676-6025.

Annual Sugar Skulls Workshop
Oct. 27 at 4:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Join us for our annual workshop at the library where we'll be celebrating El Dia de los Muertos by decorating our own Sugar Skulls!  This has been a popular event each year we've hosted it, and guests will certainly love diving into this craft.  We'll supply you with pre-made sugar skulls, and then let you loose on a host of accessories we'll make available for you to design your perfect skull.  Great for kids, teens, and families, don't miss out on your chance to make your own.  For additional information, contact Amanda Sasser at 325-676-6067.

Collecting Commas Writing Club
Oct. 27 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
If you have a child between the ages of 10-17, and they love to express themselves through writing, don't miss out on the chance to be a part of the weekly Collecting Commas Writing Club at your Main Library.  Meeting every Thursday afternoon at 4:00PM, this group meets to hone their creative writing skills in all form of writing including novels, short stories, poetry, and more.  Plus, we make writing fun by engaging in a host of fun activities to help inspire ideas and participation among participants.  There's no need to register to be a part of this club, simply come check out a meeting and see if it's meant for you.  For more information about this weekly program, contact Kelsie Wade at 325-676-6067.

OverDrive for eBooks
Oct. 28 at 9:00AM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Did you know your Abilene Public Library offers a great lineup of digital services available to all library cardholders for free?  One of the ways you can use them is to checkout and download eBooks for use on PCs, tablets, and smartphones.  If you need help on getting started, we invite you to make use of this program that will be offered every Friday in October.  Call 325-437-7323 and schedule a time for come in and allow staff to show you how to get started with using the OverDrive, the most popular digital service in our lineup. 

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

Tuesday, October 18, 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 the more popular titles being released today.

Alice Through the Looking Glass
Starring: Johnny Depp
Call Number: 
Summary: Alice returns to Wonderland after finding success in the real world as a ship's captain, only to discover that the Mad Hatter is suffering from severe depression.  Eager to help her friend, she steals a time-travel device called the Chronosphere and journeys into the pass in order to save the Hatter's family.  Elsewhere, the deposed Red Queen also attempts to go back in time and heal old wounds.

Our Kind of Traitor
Starring: Ewan McGregor
Call Number: 
Summary: An English couple vacationing in Morocco are approached by a money launderer for the Russian mob, who asks for their help in defecting to British Intelligence.  An MI6 agent is handling their case and realizes that the mob has links to several prominent British politicians.

Escape Clause (Virgil Flowers #9)
Author: John Sandford
Call Number:
Summary:
The first storm comes from the Minnesota zoo.  Two large, and very rare, Amur tigers have vanished from their cage, and authorities are worried sick that they've been stolen for their body parts.  Traditional Chinese medicine prizes those parts for home remedies, and people who will do extreme things to get what they need.  Some of them are a great deal more extreme than others - as Virgil is about to find out.  Then there's the homefront.  Virgil's relationship with his girlfriend Frankie has been getting kind of serious, but when Frankie's sister Sparkle moves in for the summer, the situation gets a lot more complicated.  For one thing, her research into migrant workers is about to bring her up against some very violent people who emphatically do not want to be researched.  For another...she thinks Virgil's kind of cute.

The Obsidian Chamber (Special Agent Pendergast #16)
Author: Douglas Preston
Call Number: 
Summary: After a harrowing, otherworldly confrontation on the shores of Exmouth, Massachusetts, Special Agent Pendergast is missing, presumed dead.  Sick with grief, Pendergast's ward, Constance, retreats to her chambers beneath the family mansion at 891 Riverside Drive - only to be taken captive by a shadowy figure from the past.  Proctor, Pendergast's longtime bodyguard, springs to action, chasing Constance's kidnapper through cities, across oceans, and into wastelands unknown.  And by the time Proctor discovers the truth, a terrifying engine has stirred, and it may already be too late...

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

Monday, October 17, 2016

"Resources Available On Preventing Underage Drinking" | @ the Library Article

Underage drinking is an important topic to discuss, but sometimes the message gets lost in translation.  It's essential that teens learn about the dangers of alcohol because the older they get, the more likely they are to be exposed to the pressures of drinking.

If you need help explaining to your teens that it's OK to say not to a drink, your Abilene Public Library can help with some great resources.

Regardless of how parents might feel, there will come a time when teenagers get a driver's license and can hit the road with their friends and engage in even more social activities, including parties.  With this new freedom comes new responsibility, and having a discussion with your teen on alcohol is important.

Empower your teens with knowledge, while providing yourself - as parent, guardian or concerned adult - with some valuable information.

Safe Road Home: Stop Your Teen From Drinking & Driving by Karen Goodman, may have been published in 2005, but it contains great information that's still relevant.

This book offers you a quick reference for looking up answers to the top questions concerning underage drinking.  Inside, you'll find some staggering statistics, including the fact that on a typical weekend, one teenager dies in a car crash every hour in the U.S. - and almost half of those crashes involve alcohol.

You'll learn that nearly a third of the kids in a national survey reported getting into a car with a driver under the influence, not knowing how a driver's reaction can be impaired by alcohol.  This resource will certainly open your eyes and offer you new information to relay to your teens.

Another great resource is I've Got This Friend Who: Advice for Teens and Their Friends on Alcohol, Drugs, Eating Disorders, Risky Behavior, and More, edited by Anna Radev.  This book provides information on a wide range of teen issues coming straight from teens themselves.

Working with experts at KidsPeace, an international organization helping kids and teens learn to avoid and overcome crises, this book offers real discussions on alcohol, tobacco use, drug abuse, eating disorders and other risky behaviors.  It's an excellent tool.

If you're looking for a general guide, try The Truth About Alcohol by Mark J. Kittleson.  This book is part of "The Truth About" series that tackles current issues faced by teens.  The information is presented in a straightforward, and most importantly, a nonjudgmental manner, so that teens won't feel as if they're being talked down to.

Offering statistics, background, research studies and more, this book will tell all you need to know about binge drinking, college campuses, drunken driving, underage drinking, alcohol abuse and more.

These are but a few of the resources at your Abilene Public Library that can help you get the conversation started with your teens about the dangers of underage drinking.

Knowledge is always power, and with even more books available, we'll certainly have something in our collection that may be of interest to you.

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

Saturday, October 15, 2016

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Oct. 16)

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: Two by Two
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F SPARKS
Summary: At 32, Russell Green has it all: a stunning wife, a lovable six year-old daughter, a successful career as an advertising executive and an expansive home. He is living the dream, and his marriage to the bewitching Vivian is the center of that. But underneath the shiny surface of this perfect existence, fault lines are beginning to appear, and no one is more surprised than Russ when he finds every aspect of the life he took for granted turned upside down.

#2: The Trespasser
Author: Tana French
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: M FRENCH
Summary: Being on the Murder Squad is nothing like Detective Antoinette Conway dreamed it would be. Her partner, Stephen Moran, is the only person who seems glad she's there. The rest of her working life is a stream of thankless cases, vicious pranks, and harassment.

#3: Commonwealth
Author: Ann Patchett
Weeks On List: 4
Call Number: F PATCHETT
Summary: Commonwealth is the story of two broken families and the paths their lives take over the course of 40 years, through love and marriage, death and divorce, and a dark secret from childhood that lies underneath it all.

#4: Woman of God
Author: James Patterson
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: F PATTERSON
Summary: The world is watching as massive crowds gather in Rome, waiting for news of a new pope, one who promises to be unlike any other in history. It's a turning point that may change the Church forever. Some followers are ecstatic that the movement reinvigorating the Church is about to reach the Vatican, but the leading candidate has made a legion of powerful enemies who aren't afraid to kill for their cause.

#5: Home
Author: Harlan Coben
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: M COBEN
Summary: A decade ago, kidnappers grabbed two boys from wealthy families and demanded ransom, then went silent. No trace of the boys ever surfaced. For ten years their families have been left with nothing but painful memories and a quiet desperation for the day that has finally, miraculously arrived: Myron Bolitar and his friend Win believe they have located one of the boys, now a teenager. Where has he been for ten years, and what does he know about the day, more than half a life ago, when he was taken? And most critically: what can he tell Myron and Win about the fate of his missing friend? Drawing on his singular talent, Harlan Coben delivers an explosive and deeply moving thriller about friendship, family, and the meaning of home.

Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: Born to Run
Author: Bruce Springsteen
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: 92 SPRINGSTEEN
Summary: Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to these pages the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs. He describes growing up Catholic in Freehold, New Jersey, amid the poetry, danger, and darkness that fueled his imagination, leading up to the moment he refers to as "The Big Bang": seeing Elvis Presley's debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. He vividly recounts his relentless drive to become a musician, his early days as a bar band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band. With disarming candor, he also tells for the first time the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work, and shows us why the song "Born to Run" reveals more than we previously realized.

#2: Killing the Rising Sun
Author: Bill O'Reilly
Weeks On List: 4
Call Number: 940.542 ORE
Summary: Portrays the events of World War II in 1944, when escalating Pacific battles between the forces of General MacArthur and the Japanese army lead to the development of humanity's deadliest weapon and President Truman's impossible choice.

#3: Hillbilly Elegy
Author: J.D. Vance
Weeks On List: 11
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.

#4: Love Warrior
Author: Glennon Doyle Melton
Weeks On List: 5
Call Number: 92 MELTON
Summary: Traces the author's journey of self-discovery after the dissolution of her marriage, revealing how she found healing by rejecting gender standards and refusing to settle for a "good-enough" life.

#5: The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo
Author: Amy Schumer
Weeks On List: 8
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.

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, October 13, 2016

Weekly Library Events (Oct. 17-22)

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.

Family Fun: Creepy Crawly Craze
Oct. 17 at 4:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Kids of all ages, and parents too, are invited to come out to our monthly Family Fun event after school.  The theme for this month is "Creepy Crawly Craze," as we get closer to Halloween, and it will focus on all things creepy, crawly and gross (but still perfectly fine for kids to enjoy).  Join us for coloring, great stories, gross-out games, and even the chance to make some fun crafts including googly eye hats and spider webs.  All materials will be supplied at this program and there is no need to register.  For more information, contact Insperation Sanchez at 325-676-6067.

Teen Flix
Oct. 18 at 6:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Teens are invited out to an evening movie showing as we get closer to Halloween.  Join us for a great evening flick featuring tons of action, and zombies too, with 2013's "World War Z" starring Brad Pitt and Mireille Enos.  In this movie, former United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself.  Very loosely based on the novel of the same name by Max Brooks, it was such a hit with moviegoers that a sequel is set to be released in the summer.  This film is rated PG-13 for intense frightening zombie sequences, violence, and disturbing images, with a run time of 1 hour and 56 minutes.  Light refreshments will be served, and for additional information, contact Kelsie Wade at 325-676-6067.

Minecraft Mania
Oct. 19 at 3:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Youth and teens, ages 8-18, are invited out to this monthly after school gaming event that's centered around MINECRAFT!!!  Popular with youth nationwide, guests will have the chance to come out and play on our mobile laptop stations throughout the afternoon in the library.  For those waiting to play, we'll also offer some Minecraft-inspired craft options as well.  There's no need to register for this evening, and when you arrive, everyone who wants a turn will have the opportunity to play.  Don't miss out on this popular series at your library, and for additional information, feel free to contact Amanda Sasser at 325-676-6067.

Family Fun: Bats
Oct. 20 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Kids and parents are invited to join us for a great after school family event where it's all about Bats in the next Family Fun session at your library.  It's Halloween after all, and we'll have plenty of fun activities for kids to dive into on this day.  Come out to hear some great stories about all kinds of bats, sign some songs, and also make a cute bat craft to take home and remember the program by.  All materials will be supplied and there's no need to register, just come out and be ready to have some fun with storytimes with staff.  For additional information, contact Darla Casella at 325-437-7323.

Collecting Commas Writing Club
Oct. 20 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 
If you have a child between the ages of 10-17, and they love to express themselves through writing, don't miss out on the chance to be a part of the weekly Collecting Commas Writing Club at your Main Library.  Meeting every Thursday afternoon at 4:00PM, this group meets to hone their creative writing skills in all form of writing including novels, short stories, poetry, and more.  Plus, we make writing fun by engaging in a host of fun activities to help inspire ideas and participation among participants.  There's no need to register to be a part of this club, simply come check out a meeting and see if it's meant for you.  For more information about this weekly program, contact Kelsie Wade at 325-676-6067.

Cover-to-Cover Book Club
Oct. 20 at 7:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
If you're 18 and over, and you love to read, be a part of the Main Library's Cover-To-Cover Book Club.  Meeting on the third Thursday nights of each month, we discuss a variety of works from bestsellers to nonfiction, biographies to classics, and everything else in-between.  For October, the featured book will be "Year of Yes" by Shonda Rhimes, known for creating hit shows on ABC including "Scandal," "How to Get Away with Murder," and "Grey's Anatomy."  In this book, Rhimes will reveal how saying YES changed her life, and how it change yours too.  After it was brought to her attention by her sister in 2013 that he never says yes to anything, Rhimes let that be her wakeup call and challenged herself, for one year, to say YES to everything that scared her.  This book will take you through that journey, which may lead you to saying "yes" more often yourselves.  Be sure to read this title and come ready to discuss it with other avid readers in the community.  For additional information, feel free to contact Ann Mount at 325-676-6025.

OverDrive for eBooks
Oct. 21 at 9:00AM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Did you know your Abilene Public Library offers a great lineup of digital services available to all library cardholders for free?  One of the ways you can use them is to checkout and download eBooks for use on PCs, tablets, and smartphones.  If you need help on getting started, we invite you to make use of this program that will be offered every Friday in October.  Call 325-437-7323 and schedule a time for come in and allow staff to show you how to get started with using the OverDrive, the most popular digital service in our lineup. 

Mockingbird Movies
Oct. 22 at 2:30PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Kids and parents are invited out to join us for a free movie day at your library.  As we're close to Halloween, we'll be watching a great animated flick that is perfect for the season.  Join us as we watch 2015's "Hotel Transylvania 2" with the voices of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, and Selena Gomez.  In this film, Dracula and his friends try to bring out the monster in his half-human, half-vampire grandson in order to keep Mavis from leaving the bat hotel.  This film is rated PG for some scary images, action, and rude humor and has a run time of 1 hour and 29 minutes.  Light refreshments will be served and if you have any additional questions, 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 they have to offer.