Friday, December 30, 2016

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Jan. 1)

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 Whistler
Author: John Grisham
Weeks On List: 9
Summary: Lacy Stoltz, an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct, takes on a case involving a corrupt judge, a Native American casino, and the mafia when a previously disbarred lawyer approaches her on behalf of a client who claims to know the truth.

#2: Two by Two
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Weeks On List: 12
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: Cross the Line
Author: James Patterson
Weeks On List: 5
Summary: When a prominent Washington D.C. police official is murdered, Alex Cross steps in to investigate but his efforts are impeded by a series of deadly attacks by a vigilante killer who is targeting suspected criminals.

#4: The Underground Railroad
Author: Colson Whitehead
Weeks On List: 20
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.

#5: No Man's Land
Author: David Baldacci
Weeks On List: 6
Summary: John Puller, a special agent with the Army, searches for the truth about his mother, who disappeared 30 years ago.







Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: Killing the Rising Sun
Author: Bill O'Reilly
Weeks On List: 15
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: The Magnolia Story
Author: Chip & Joanna Gaines
Weeks On List: 10
Summary: Sometimes the messiest stuff and the biggest mistakes can take you someplace wonderful. With the help of their hit TV show, Fixer Upper, the husband and wife team of Chip and Joanna Gaines have transformed the seemingly everyday work of renovating homes and flipping houses in Waco, Texas, into something much more. With their fun personalities, good humor, strong love of family, and unique design style, they've managed to capture the hearts of Americans from all walks of life. This first book also includes stories and photos from the childhood memories that shaped them and the twists and turns that led them to the life they currently share: on the farm with their four kids and countless farm animals, and in their ever-expanding roles as entrepreneurs, designers, and good neighbors.

#3: Born to Run
Author: Bruce Springsteen
Weeks On List: 13
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.

#4: Hillbilly Elegy
Author: J.D. Vance
Weeks On List: 22
Summary: Vance, a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, provides an account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America's white working class. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

#5: The Undoing Project
Author: Michael Lewis
Weeks On List: 3
Summary: Examines the history of behavioral economics, discussing the theory of Israeli psychologists who wrote the original studies undoing assumptions about the decision-making process and the influence it has had on evidence-based regulation.

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, December 29, 2016

Weekly Library Events (Jan. 1-7)

Keep up with the great programs and events your Abilene Public Library has to offer by catching this weekly blog each Thursday.  For a complete listing, visit our main website to take a look at our program calendar.

Holiday Closing: New Year's
Mon., Jan. 2; All Day
Main Library & Mockingbird Branch
PH: 325-677-2474
The Main Library and Mockingbird Branch Library locations will be closed Sunday, Jan. 1 through Monday, Jan. 2 in observance of New Year's Day.  Outside materials returns are available if you need to drop off items.  The South Branch Library will be open for business during regular hours on both days.

Lego Club Jr.
Tues., Jan. 3 at 4:00PM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Youth are invited to join us for our monthly Lego Club, Jr. session at your South Branch Library.  Hosted in the children’s area, we’ll supply you with a great selection of Legos so you can use your creativity to build whatever you can imagine.  Sometimes we’ll work on specific projects, or you can free design.  Plus, work on projects solo, or team up with others to make something bigger.  We’ll offer books to give you ideas of what you can make or you can let your imagination soar.  It’s all about just coming out and having fun at your library.  For more information about the Lego Club at your South Branch Library, contact Alyssa Crow at 325-698-7565.

Teen Lego Club
Tues., Jan. 3 at 4:00PM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Teens are invited to join us for our monthly Lego Club session at your South Branch Library.  Hosted in the Teen Room, we’ll bring out a selection of Legos so you can join up with your friends, while making new ones, and work on projects together.  Show off your creativity by seeing what you’re able to construct while working on themed projects or free designing.  We’ll offer you resources of projects you can make on your own or you can simply design something you find awesome.  It’s all about spending an afternoon at your library having fun with other teens.  For more information about the Lego Club at your South Branch Library, contact Alyssa Crow at 325-698-7565.

Anime Club
Tues., Jan. 3 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.

OverDrive for eBooks
Wed., Jan. 4 at 9:00AM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Did you know your Abilene Public Library has a wide selection of ebooks available for free?  If you have a Kindle, tablet or iPad all you need to do is have an active public library card and download our free app.  Join us every Friday morning in October for a one-on-one learning session.  Call 437-7323 to sign up for your slot, or for more information.

Morning Mingle Movie
Wed., Jan. 4 at 10:00AM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Don’t miss the first Wednesdays at your South Branch Library as we’ll be hosting our monthly Morning Mingle Movie.  Each session will feature a great flick from the past or present and aimed especially for adults.  For January, we’ll be showing a film based on true events with 2016’s “The Finest Hours” starring Chris Pine and Casey Affleck.  In this movie, the Coast Guard makes a daring rescue attempt off the coast of Cape Code after a pair of oil tankers are destroyed during a blizzard in 1952.  This film is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of peril and runs in at an hour and 57 minutes.  Light snacks will be provided, or you may feel free to bring your own.  For additional information, contact Cynthia Gault at 325-698-7565.

Make & Take: DIY Mugs
Thurs., Jan. 5 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
It's still winter, and during the cooler months, nothing is better than enjoying a hot beverage to warm you up.  At our monthly Make & Take craft session, youth are invited out to design their own mugs to enjoy their favorite drinks from.  We'll supply all the materials needed for this hand-on workshop, so you won't want to miss out on attending to make your own.  For additional information, contact us at 325-437-7323.

Collecting Commas Writing Club
Thurs., Jan. 5 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

Family Fun: The Perfect Pet
Thurs., Jan. 5 at 5:00PM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Join us at your South Branch Library for the first Family Fun event of the month, where we’ll be celebrating Pets at your library. Join us as we read some great children’s stories, including one by children’s author/illustrator Garth Williams, the 2017 Children’s Art & Literacy Festival honoree, plus, we’ll get hands on in additional activities and crafts.  Along the way, we’ll hope you’ll be able to decide on the perfect pet by the end of the program.  Please note, even though this will be a program all about pets, we do ask that you leave your own pets at home. That is unless they’re of the stuffed animal variety.  For more information, contact Alyssa Crow at 325-698-7565.

Angels Care Community Classroom: "Depression & Anxiety"
Fri., Jan. 6 at 10:30AM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Depression and anxiety affects millions of American adults each year.  Your Abilene Public Library is proud to partner with Angels Care Home Health to provide a Community Classroom workshop to teach guests about understanding the signs of depression, as well as common anxiety disorders.  Whether you may be interested in learning about these topics for yourself, or for someone you care about, Melissa Day will be on hand to provide you with great information designed to help people stay safe and healthy.  Help is out there, and local resources are available for the community to take advantage of.  We invite you to attend this free event and be a part of the dialogue.  Feel free to come with your questions and something to take notes with, and get the facts you need at your library.  For additional information, feel free to contact Tremain Jackson at 325-698-7565.

Super Storytime: Cat-Tastic!
Fri., Jan. 6 at 10:45AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Kids and parents are invited to join us for our monthly Super Storytime event at your Abilene Public Library.  Each month features a different theme, and for this event, it's all about cats.  Come out and have a Cat-Tastic time as you join us for stories, songs, crafts, and more at this enhanced storytime event this morning.  You're certain to have a great time, and for additional information about this event, feel free to contact Insperation Sanchez 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, December 28, 2016

Book to Film Adaptations: January 2017

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 Bye Bye Man
Starring: Douglas Smith
Release Date: Jan. 13
Based On: Chapter from "The President's Vampire"
Author: Damon Schneck
Summary: Three friends stumble upon the horrific origins of the Bye Bye Man, a mysterious figure they discover is the root cause of the evil behind man's most unspeakable acts.

A Dog's Purpose
Starring: Britt Robertson
Release Date: Jan. 27
Based On: "A Dog's Purpose"
Author: W. Bruce Cameron
Summary: A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners.

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

South Branch Now Offering Playaways

New Collection At Your Library
Last week we introduced you to some of the new programs that were added to the South Branch Library's monthly lineup, and now we want to introduce you to something else new that's available to all patrons.  Thanks to materials donated to us through a partnership with the Dyess Air Force Base library, we are pleased to offer a collection of Playaways, which is a portable way to enjoy great audiobook titles on-the-go.  Available for youth, teens, and adults, these items are a brand of portable media players that contain a prerecorded audiobook to enjoy.

What makes Playaways even more special is that you don't need a CD-Player or device of your own to use them.  All you need is a pair of headphones (or earbuds) and you're set.  Once you checkout the title, simply open up the case, take out the device, insert your headphones into it, and follow the rest of the instructions on the cover to get started playing your title right away.  All of the controls you'd need will clearly be accessible for the device.

Stop by your South Branch Library and check out this collection for yourself.  If it proves to be popular, we'll look at adding more in the future.  For additional information, feel free to contact us at 325-698-7565.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

January's Twisted Tales Book Club Selection

If you're a teen who loves to read, don't miss out on 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 of classic stories and YA reads with a twist from our collection.

For January, the featured selection will be Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George.  We invite you to lookout for a copy at your library, and then attend the next book club session on Monday, January 23 at 4:30PM.  For more information, contact Kelsie Wade at 325-676-6067.

Princess of the Midnight Ball
Author: Jessica Day George
Summary: Galen is a young soldier returning from war; Rose is one of twelve princesses condemned to dance each night for the King Under Stone.  Together Galen and Rose will search for a way to break the curse that forces the princesses to dance at the midnight balls.  All they need is one invisibility cloak, a black wool chain knit with enchanted silver needles, and that most critical ingredient of all - true love - to conquer their foes in the dark halls below.  But malevolent forces are working against them above ground as well, and as cruel as the King Under Stone has seemed, his wrath is mere irritation compared to the evil that awaits Galen and Rose in the brighter world above.

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 popular titles being released today.

Snowden
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Summary: Oliver Stone directed this docudrama about whistle-blower Edward Snowden, who decided to leak classified information from the NSA in order to expose a massive, covert surveillance programs orchestrated by the U.S. government.  The film traces Snowden's career in both the NSA and CIA as he becomes disillusioned with his work and receives support from his idealistic girlfriend.

When the Bough Breaks
Starring: Morris Chestnut
Summary: A young woman agrees to be the surrogate for a married couple, but she soon becomes infatuated with the household's father-to-be in this blend of horror and erotic drama.  Although she initially seems stable and normal during an introduction with would-be parents John and Laura, Anna grows fixated on John and is willing to do whatever it takes to seduce him.

Curtain of Death (Clandestine Operations #3)
Author: W.E.B. Griffin
Summary: January 1946: Two WACs leave an officers' club in Munich, and four Soviet NKGB agents kidnap them at knifepoint in the parking lot and shove them in the back of an ambulance.  That is the agents' first mistake, and their last.  One of the WACs, a blond woman improbably named Claudette Colbert, works for the new Directorate of Central Intelligence, and three of the man end up dead and the fourth wounded.  The "incident," however, will send shock waves rippling up and down the line and have major repercussions not only for her, but for her boss, James Cronley, Chief DCI-Europe, and for everybody involved in their still-evolving enterprise.  For, though the Germans may have been defeated, Cronley and his company are on the front lines of an entirely different kind of war now.  The enemy has changed, the rules have changed - and the stakes have never been higher.

The Midnight Bell (Sean Dillon #22)
Author: Jack Higgins
Summary: In Ulster, Northern Ireland, a petty criminal kills a woman in a drunken car crash.  Her sons swear revenge.  In London, Sean Dillon and his colleagues in the "Prime Minister's private army," fresh from defeating a deadly al-Qaeda operation, receive a warning: You may think you have weakened us, but you have only made us stronger.  In Washington, D.C., a special projects director with the CIA, frustrated at not getting permission from teh President for his daring anti-terrorism plan, decides to put it in motion anyway.  He knows he's right - the nation will thank him later.  Soon, the ripples from these events will meet and overlap, creating havoc in their wake.  Desperate men will act, secrets will be revealed - and the midnight bell will toll.

Take the Key and Lock Her Up (Embassy Row #3)
Author: Ally Carter
Summary: For the past three years, Grace Blakely has been desperate to find out the truth about her mother's murder.  She thought it would bring her peace.  She thought it would lead her to answers.  She thought she could put the past to rest.  But the truth has only made her a target.  And the past?  The only way to put the past to rest is for Grace to kill it once and for all.

Dog Man Unleashed (Dog Man #2)
Author: Dav Pilkey
Summary: Dog Man, the newest hero from the creator of Captain Underpants, is still learning a few tricks of the trade.  Petey the cat is out of the bag, and his criminal curiosity is taking the city by storm.  Something fishy is going on!  Can Dog Man unleash justice on this ruffian in time to save the city, or will Petey get away with the purr-fect crime?

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, December 26, 2016

Evening Storytimes Added to Mockingbird Lineup

1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
Reading books aloud with young children is one of the most important things we can do to help them achieve future success.  According to the American Library Association, "research on early literacy and brain development indicates that it is never too early to prepare children for success as readers."  Your Abilene Public Library has always been literacy focused, providing free storytimes and activities for all ages throughout the week at our many locations.  And starting in January, we will be offering a brand new program at Mockingbird Branch, Evening Storytime!

Evening Storytime will take place every Tuesday night at 6:30PM at your Mockingbird Branch Library (1326 N. Mockingbird Ln).  Created for children ages 2-6, this family-friendly literacy event is geared towards working families who may not be able to attend our traditional morning storytime sessions.  We'll have stories, songs, activities, and more to help you and your child strengthen key literacy skills.

We can't wait to offer this new exciting program to our community, and to meet your and your child.  Please stop by and join us for Evening Storytime on Tuesdays at 6:30PM starting January 3 at your Mockingbird Branch.  If you have any questions regarding this new program, contact us at 325-437-7323.

Blog Post Contributed by Anne Ellis, Manager of the Mockingbird Branch of the Abilene Public Library

"Preparing for Retirement with the Help of the Library" | @ the Library Article

Not a day passes that we don't read or hear something about the need to plan for retirement  This has been a subject at the top of mind for me for the past year, as I prepared for my retirement at the end of this year.  A recent news story indicated that baby boomers are retiring at a rate of 10,000 per day in the U.S. and that unless something is done with social security, the trust fund will be depleted by 2034.  Understandably then for most of us, our biggest concern is, will we outlive our financial resources?

Your Abilene Public Library has a wealth of informational resources on how to plan for and live comfortably in retirement.  Many of these cover the financial aspects, and without exception drive home the point that no matter how far away retirement is, saving even a little is vitally important.  The time value of money invested over a long period of time works wonders.  We have many books that explain how to prepare for and what to expect in retirement.  Many address issues faced by those already in retirement.

For those aged 40 to 65 one I might suggest is Retire Happy: What You Can Do NOW to Guarantee a Great Retirement by Stim and Warner.  It covers how to grow and protect financial assets using IRAs and 401(k)s but goes far beyond financial topics.  The authors declare four things vital to a happy retirement: money, reasonably good health, a network of family and friends, and stimulating and enjoyable activities.

For those under age 60 who want to focus specifically on finances a good one is Yes, You Can Still Retire Comfortably!: The Baby-Boom Retirement Crisis and How to Beat It, by Stein and DeMuth.  They admonish pre-retirees among other things to fund as fully as possible retirement plan available to them, consider tax implications of everything you do, and make a plan with a reliable financial advisor and stick with it.

Another good one on how to build a retirement nest egg is by James O'Shaughnessy: How to Retire Rich: Time-Tested Strategies to Beat the Market and Retire in Style.  "Don't buy stocks based on hunches, hot tops or trendy advice [but rather] look at the stock market's history and apply the proven formulas that won't leave you vulnerable."  He shows how to develop a portfolio tailored to one's age, financial situation and long-term needs.

Many of our offerings address both planning and living in retirement but a particularly good one for those in or about to retire is Living Well in Retirement by Cynthia Yates.  Aside from the financial side, she talks about the importance of social interaction, keeping physically, mentally, and psychologically fit, and how the golden years can bring unparalleled opportunities for exploring the world and leaving a lasting legacy.

Nolo Publishing puts out some valuable information in such publications as Essential Retirement Tax Guide, IRAs 401(k)s & Other Retirement Plans, and Social Security, Medicare & Government Pensions.

Some couples consider relocated to retirement communities, or to be near family, or where cost of living is less.  Some choose to live out of a recreational vehicle.  If relocation is being considered, take a look at America's 100 Best Places to Retire or Retire in Style: 60 Outstanding Places Across the USA and Canada.  We even have How to Retire Overseas: Everything You Need to Know to Live Well (for Less) Abroad.

One is written specifically for women: Smart Women Don't Retire - They Break Free.  A really quick and easy read at only 65 pages is Skinning the Cat: A Baby Boomer's Guide to the New Retiree Lifestyles by Joan Scott.  All of the aforementioned can be found at our Main Library at 202 Cedar, but there are so many more available.  I urge you to take advantage of good retirement preparation advice as my wife and I have in preparing for this next stage in our lives.

Article Contributed by Dennis Miller, Information Services Librarian at the Main Branch of the Abilene Public Library

Friday, December 23, 2016

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Dec. 25)

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 Whistler
Author: John Grisham
Weeks On List: 8
Summary: Lacy Stoltz, an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct, takes on a case involving a corrupt judge, a Native American casino, and the mafia when a previously disbarred lawyer approaches her on behalf of a client who claims to know the truth.

#2: Cross the Line
Author: James Patterson
Weeks On List: 4
Summary: When a prominent Washington D.C. police official is murdered, Alex Cross steps in to investigate but his efforts are impeded by a series of deadly attacks by a vigilante killer who is targeting suspected criminals.

#3: Two by Two
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Weeks On List: 11
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.

#4: The Underground Railroad
Author: Colson Whitehead
Weeks On List: 10
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.

#5: Tom Clancy: True Faith and Allegiance
Author: Mark Greaney
Weeks On List: 2
Summary: It begins with a family dinner in Princeton, New Jersey. After months at sea, U.S. Navy Commander Scott Hagan, captain of the USS James Greer, is on leave when he is attacked by an armed man in a crowded restaurant. Hagan is shot, but he manages to fight off the attacker. Though severely wounded, the gunman reveals he is a Russian whose brother was killed when his submarine was destroyed by Commander Hagan ship.

Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: Killing the Rising Sun
Author: Bill O'Reilly
Weeks On List: 14
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: The Undoing Project
Author: Michael Lewis
Weeks On List: 2
Summary: Examines the history of behavioral economics, discussing the theory of Israeli psychologists who wrote the original studies undoing assumptions about the decision-making process and the influence it has had on evidence-based regulation.

#3: The Magnolia Story
Author: Chip & Joanna Gaines
Weeks On List: 9
Summary: Sometimes the messiest stuff and the biggest mistakes can take you someplace wonderful. With the help of their hit TV show, Fixer Upper, the husband and wife team of Chip and Joanna Gaines have transformed the seemingly everyday work of renovating homes and flipping houses in Waco, Texas, into something much more. With their fun personalities, good humor, strong love of family, and unique design style, they've managed to capture the hearts of Americans from all walks of life. This first book also includes stories and photos from the childhood memories that shaped them and the twists and turns that led them to the life they currently share: on the farm with their four kids and countless farm animals, and in their ever-expanding roles as entrepreneurs, designers, and good neighbors.

#4: Born to Run
Author: Bruce Springsteen
Weeks On List: 12
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.

#5: Hillbilly Elegy
Author: J.D. Vance
Weeks On List: 21
Summary: Vance, a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, provides an account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America's white working class. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

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 secur3e your spot in line.

"See 'Grinch' for Free at Library" | Abilene Reporter-News

Article by Janet Van Vleet (Arts & Entertainment), Abilene Reporter-News, Published December 22, 2016

Are your kids bouncing off the walls?  Are they already bored?

Take them to the South Branch of the Abilene Public Library at noon Friday for a free showing of the live-action movie "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," starring Jim Carrey, Jeffrey Tambor and Christine Baranski.

The classic Dr. Seuss story comes to life, telling the tale of the furry green fellow who detests Christmas, the music, the presents, the toys and all the happiness it brings to the Whos down in Whoville.

The newly reopened library branch now is located in the Mall of Abilene, 4310 Buffalo Gap Road, next to J.C. Penney.

The event will include the opportunity to make some fun crafts related to the film.  The movie runs an hour and 44 minutes, light snacks and drinks will be provided.  Audience members are welcome to bring their lunch.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Weekly Library Events (Dec. 25-31)

Keep up with the great programs and events your Abilene Public Library has to offer by catching this weekly blog each Thursday.  For a complete listing, visit our main website to take a look at our program calendar.

Holiday Closing: Christmas
All Locations
PH: 325-698-7565
All locations of the Abilene Public Library will be closed on Sunday, December 25 in observance of Christmas Day.  The Main Library and Mockingbird Branch locations will additionally be closed on Dec. 24 and December 26, opening again on Dec. 27, while the South Branch Library will only be closed on December 25, open regular hours on Christmas Eve and the day after Christmas.

Minecraft Mania
Dec. 27 at 3:30PM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
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 8-18), join your South Branch Library on the fourth Tuesday 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 Marianne Vadney at 325-698-7565.

Make & Take: Choose Your Craft
Dec. 27 at 4:00PM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Don’t miss out on the final Make & Take crafting session of the month at your library, which is a great afternoon activity session for kids of all ages.  The final session is always a choose your craft event, where we’ll supply youth with a variety of different projects to make at your library.  Why make one craft when you can make two, and the crafts are always changing.  We’ll supply all the materials needed, all you need to do is bring your creativity and decide what you want to make!  For more information about this program, contact Insperation Sanchez at 325-698-7565.

Super Storytime: Holiday Fun
Dec. 28 at 10:45AM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Kids and parents won’t want to miss out on the next Super Storytime event at your South Branch Library.  Even though the holidays may be over, we’re staying in the holiday spirit by hosting a great enhanced storytime event that’s all about having some Holiday Fun at the library.  Join us as we share some great stories, make an elf craft, play Pin the Nose on the Frosty, and so much more.  Come out and celebrate with us, all materials supplied.  For additional information, contact Jessica Reyes at 325-698-7565.

Teen Time: Paper Crafts
Dec. 28 at 4:00PM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Local teens are invited out to a fun workshop in the next Teen Time activity at your South Branch Library hosted in the Teen Room.  This month, it’s all about paper crafts where scissors, glue, and paper will be put together to design and create some pretty unique crafts.  We’ll supply all the materials you’ll need for this workshop, all you have to do is bring your creativity and be prepared to have a little fun in this afternoon workshop.  For more information about this event, feel free to contact Marianne Vadney at 325-698-7565.

Collecting Commas Writing Club
Dec. 29 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.

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