Friday, December 15, 2017

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Dec. 17)

Many 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: Origin
Author: Dan Brown
Weeks On List: 10
Call Number: F BROWN
Summary: Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend the unveiling of a discovery that "will change the face of science forefer."  The evening's host is his friend and former student, Edmond Kirsch, a 40-year-old tech magnate whose dazzling inventions and audacious predictions have made him a controversial figure around the world. T his evening is to be no exception, he claims he will reveal an astonishing scientific breakthrough to challenge the fundamentals of human existence.  But Langdon and several hundred other guests are left reeling when the meticulously orchestrated evening is blown apart before Kirsch's precious discover can be revealed.  With his life under threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape, along with the museum's director, Ambra Vidal.  Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch's secret.

#2: The Rooster Bar
Author: John Grisham
Weeks On List: 7
Call Number: F GRISHAM
Summary: Mark, Todd, and Zola came to law school to change the world, to make it a better place.  But now, as third-year students, these close friends realize they have been duped.  They all borrowed heavily to attend a third-tier, for-profit law school so mediocre that its graduates rarely pass her bar exam, let alone get good jobs.  And when they learn that their school is one of a chain owned by a shady New York hedge-fund operator who also happens to own a bank specializing in student loans, the three know they have been caught up in The Great Law School Scam.  But maybe there's a way out.  Maybe there's a way to escape their crushing debt, expose the bank and the scam, and make a few bucks in the process.  But to do so, they would first have to quit school.  And leaving law school a few short months before graduation would be completely crazy, right?  Well, ye and no.

#3: Year One
Author: Nora Roberts
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F ROBERTS
Summary: It began on New Year's Eve. The sickness came on suddenly and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. In weeks, over half of the world's population was decimated. In a world where every stranger could be a savage or a savior, no one knows where they are heading, or why. But a purpose awaits that will shape their lives. The end has come. The beginning comes next.

#4: The People vs. Alex Cross
Author: James Patterson
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: M PATTERSON
Summary: The charges: explosive. Alex Cross has never been on the wrong side of the law -- until now. Charged with gunning down followers of his nemesis Gary Soneji in cold blood, Cross is being turned into the poster child for trigger-happy cops who think they're above the law. Cross knows it was self-defense. But will a jury see it that way? The evidence: shocking. As Cross fights for his professional life and his freedom, his former partner John Sampson brings him a gruesome, titillating video tied to the mysterious disappearances of several young girls. Despite his suspension from the department, Cross can't say no to Sampson. The illicit investigation leads them to the darkest corners of the Internet, where murder is just another form of entertainment. The People vs. Alex Cross: the trial of the century. As the prosecution presents its case, and the nation watches, even those closest to Cross begin to doubt his innocence. If he can't convince his own family that he didn't pull the trigger with intent to kill, how can he hope to persuade a jury? But even with everything on the line, Cross will do whatever it takes to stop a dangerous criminal ... even if he can't save himself.

#5: The Midnight Line
Author: Lee Child
Weeks On List: 5
Call Number: M CHILD
Summary: Reacher rides the bus north from Milwaukee. At a comfort stop in Wisconsin dairy country he takes a stroll. Among the cheap junk in a pawn shop window he notices a West Point class ring for sale. It's tiny. A woman cadet's ring. Why would she pawn it? Reacher knows what Serena Sanderson must have gone through to get it.


Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: Leonardo Da Vinci
Author: Walter Isaacson
Weeks On List: 8
Call Number: 92 LEONARDO
Summary: He was history's most creative genius. What secrets can he teach us? The author of the acclaimed bestsellers Steve Jobs, Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography. Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo's astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo's genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy. He produced the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and technology. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry. His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of Vitruvian Man, made him history's most creative genius.

#2: Grant
Author: Ron Chernow
Weeks On List: 9
Call Number: 92 GRANT
Summary: Pulitzer Prize-winner and biographer of Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, and John D. Rockefeller, Ron Chernow returns with a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most complicated generals and presidents, Ulysses S. Grant Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and inept businessman, fond of drinking to excess; or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War; or as a credulous and hapless president whose tenure came to symbolize the worst excesses of the Gilded Age. These stereotypes don't come close to capturing adequately his spirit and the sheer magnitude of his monumental accomplishments. A biographer at the height of his powers, Chernow has produced a portrait of Grant that is a masterpiece, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency.

#3: Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans
Author: Brian Kilmeade
Weeks On List: 7
Call Number: 973.5329 KIL
Summary: A portrait of the seventh American president focuses on his formative military prowess during the War of 1812 and his pivotal contributions to the capturing of New Orleans from the British.

#4: Obama
Author: Pete Souza
Weeks On List: 5
Call Number: NOT HOUSED
Summary: More than 300 pictures of t4he former president by his White House photographer, with behind-the-scenes stories.

#5: Let Trump Be Trump
Author: Corey R. Lewandowski
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: 973.933 LEW
Summary: Written by the guys in the room--two of Trump's closest campaign advisors--Let Trump Be Trump is the eyewitness account of the stories behind the headlines. From the Access Hollywood recording and the Clinton accusers, to Paul Manafort, to the last-moment comeback and a victory that reads like something out of the best suspense novel, Let Trump Be Trump pulls back the curtain on a drama that has mesmerized the whole world--including the palace intrigues of the Mooch, Spicer, Priebus, Bannon, and more...

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 14, 2017

Weekly Library Events (Dec. 17-23)

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 Cookie Decorating for Kids
Sunday, Dec. 17 at 2:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Looking for a fun activity for the family?  Join us for a great afternoon of cookie decorating fun with Tasha Teel from The Cakery in Lubbock, TX.  At this drop-in style class, Teel will teach different icing styles to use on these special holiday-themed cookies.  Kids can pick two cookies to decorate, then eat, share, or save if they want.  Cost for class is $5 per child who decorates (payable on the day of the event) and covers the cost of supplies and materials.  For more information about this program, contact staff at 325-698-7565. 

Creation Station Orientation Class
Monday, Dec. 18 at 10:00AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
If you want to get started with using the makerspace at your library, be sure to signup and attend the Creation Station Orientation course.  This makerspace affords guests with the ability to utilize a wide range of equipment when it comes to creating projects of all sorts.  To use the Creation Station, guests must first register and complete our Orientation Class where we will cover the equipment available for use, Creation Station Hours, Usage Policies, Safety Guidelines, Fees, and a tour of the room. 

TECH Time
Monday, Dec. 18 at 2:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
If you’ve ever needed help with your smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other similar devices, we invite you to take advantage of TECH (Technology Enrichment & Collaborative Help) Time at your library.  Your library tech gurus will be on hand to help answer your questions each week on Mondays at the South Branch Library and Thursdays at the Main Library.  Sessions will be provided by the library’s Technology/Social Media Manager and the Multimedia Marketing Assistant.  We may not have all the answers, but we’ll certainly be on hand to help.  Guests will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis.

Coding Club @ Your Library
Monday, Dec. 18 at 4:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Tweens and teens are invited to join us for the next session of the Coding Club at your Main Library, a fun and educational club for all young techies.  In each session, staff will teach participants about the concepts of coding, plus there will be hands-on activities, including those with technology too.  We’ll supply any materials that you’ll need for the program, so be sure to check it out after school.

Storytime at Chick-fil-A
Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 10:30AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-437-7323
Kids and parents are invited to join your South Branch Library for our monthly Storytime at Chick-fil-A in the Mall of Abilene.  We’ve been having a blast with our partnership with this local restaurant, and guests will be able to join library staff for great stories and crafts.  Come for the stories, then stick around for lunch.

Gingerbread House Crafts
Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 5:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
People of all ages are invited out to a special holiday craft workshop at your Main Library where we’ll be constructing some fantastical Gingerbread Houses.  As a staple of any Christmas season, we’ll supply you with graham crackers, royal icing, and various candies, then we want to see what you can make from your own imagination.  Work on a project by yourself, as a group, or build a house as a family, there’s no wrong way to enjoy this sweet craft workshop.  There’s no need to register, just be ready to have a little edible fun at your library.

Mockingbird Nights: Tabletop Gaming
Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 6:30PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
The time has come for another month of Mockingbird Nights fun with staff at your library.  If you’re an adult, ages 18+, meetup with others as we engage in a host of activities that change up each month.  We’ve done Dungeons & Dragons, movie nights, ghost story sessions, and more, and this time around, we’ll be enjoying an evening of Tabletop Gaming!  We’ll have a selection of games for you to come out and enjoy and feel free to bring some friends, or come out ready to make some new ones.  Gaming always fun when you make it a social event.

Family Coloring Club
Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 10:00AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Families are invited to join us for a great Morning Mingle event at your South Branch Library, where we’ll be hosting a coloring club session for all ages.  Parents are invited to come out with your kids and engage in some fun coloring activities with pages and supplies available for all coloring tastes and levels.  You may also feel free to bring your own coloring pages and books if you’d like as well.  Coloring is great for giving you the time to take a break from your hectic lives, relieve some stress, and have a little fun without any rules to follow.  Come meet new families, make new friends, and enjoy yourself at this great event.  Don’t miss out on this stress-free program.

3D Design Class
Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 10:0)AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
We invite you to expand your makerspace knowledge with this third course to help you build knowledge and skills for using the PolyPrinter (3D Printer) at your Main Library.  Although you’re free to find your own STL files for use, Tinker CAD will help you learn how to create your own projects.  This class will cover that program, how to use our slicing program, and how to upload and print your creations on the PolyPrinter. 

Job Time: Application Assistance
Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
If you're looking for a job and need some help, you're invited to stop by the Mockingbird Branch for our Job Time: Application Assistance program where we'll get you started on the road to employment success.  We will cover how to search for jobs, how to create a resume, share advice on how to dress for and succeed in an interview and much more.  We'll have a set number of computers available for use so don't miss your chance to participate in this program.

Teen Crafts: Nerdy Ornaments
Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Is your tree looking just a little bare in some areas.  Would your tree benefit from having just a little something extra?  Maybe in the nerdiness department?  If so, teens won’t want to miss this afternoon craft workshop where we’ll show you how to deck the halls with balls of…Pokemon, and other nerdy fandoms.  We’ll supply all the materials you’ll need to show you how to spice up your Christmas tree, or simply to decorate your rooms with if you’d like.  Don’t miss out on the fun.

Coding Unplugged
Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Gear up for another round of coding fun, aimed at tweens and the younger teens at your Main Library.  We’re hosing Coding Unplugged, for ages 8-15, where you’re invited to come out and explore the basics of coding with staff and friends.  Coding may seem a bit intimidating at first, but with a little learning and playing, you’ll be designing all sorts of fun things on our computers.  There’s no registration needed, just come out ready to learn a thing or two, and then get hands-on in the technological fun.

TECH Time
Thursday, Dec. 21 at 2:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
If you’ve ever needed help with your smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other similar devices, we invite you to take advantage of TECH (Technology Enrichment & Collaborative Help) Time at your library.  Your library tech gurus will be on hand to help answer your questions each week on Mondays at the South Branch Library and Thursdays at the Main Library.  Sessions will be provided by the library’s Technology/Social Media Manager and the Multimedia Marketing Assistant.  We may not have all the answers, but we’ll certainly be on hand to help.  Guests will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis.

Stories & More: The Animals' Christmas
Thursday, Dec. 21 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Christmas will only be days away by the time this event strikes, and families are all encouraged to join us for a special Stories & More program at your Mockingbird Branch.  At this session, we’ll be showing you that Christmas isn’t only for people…it’s for animals too.  Join us as we share stories, songs, crafts, and holiday cheer all about some feathered and furry friends and how they spend the holidays.  Materials will be supplied for all craft activities.

Collecting Commas Writing Club
Thursday, Dec. 21 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
If you’ve between the ages of 10-17, we invite you to be a part of the weekly writing club at your Main Library.  Designed to help strengthen your creative writing skills in all forms of writing, youth meetup each week to work on writing activities individually, and as a group, using a variety of techniques.  If you have a passion for writing, come check out a session for yourself.  No registration is needed

Family Board Game Night
Thursday, Dec. 21 at 6:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Families won’t want to miss the next activity night at your Main Library.  Join us as we host another session of Family Board Game Night where we’ll supply you with a variety of fun board games to play and enjoy an evening together as a family.  Plus, it’s a great chance for families to meet up with friends, or make new friends with other families present.  Whether you choose a favorite game, or try something new, don’t miss out on this program.


Classic Cinema: "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation"
Friday, Dec. 22 at 10:30AM

Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Join your Mockingbird Branch Library for a free movie showing as we revisit a comedy cult favorite from 1989 with "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" starring Chevy Chase & Beverly D'Angelo.  In this film, it's Christmas time and the Griswolds are preparing for a family seasonal celebration, but things never run smoothly for Clark, his wife, and their two kids.  Clark's continual bad luck is worsened by his obnoxious family guests, but he manages to keep going knowing that his Christmas bonus is due soon.  This film is rated PG-13 and has a run time of 1 hour and 37 minutes; light refreshments served.

Family Films: "The Santa Clause"
Friday, Dec. 22 at 2:30PM
Mockingbird ranch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Families are invited to join us for a great holiday movie as we'll be headed back to 1994 and showing "The Santa Clause" starring Tim Allen.  In this film, when a man inadvertently kills Santa on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place.  This film is rated PG for some crude moments and has a run time of 1 hour and 37 minutes; light refreshments served.

Look! Listen! Learn!: Yoga
Friday, Dec. 22 at 4:30PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Kids and parents are invited to the next Look! Listen! Learn! Series where Insperation Sanchez will teach youth about the world around them in fun ways.  We’ve learned about our senses, manners, and etiquette, and throughout the month of December we’ll be exploring the wonderful world of yoga!  Join us for an afternoon of educational fun as we lead kids through a series of interactive endeavors that will certainly have them learning the fun way.  Don’t miss out on this afternoon event

Family Flix: "Ernest Saves Christmas"
Saturday, Dec. 23 at 10:30AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Kids and parents are invited to join us for another great Family Flix showing at your South Branch Library.  We’re continuing to celebrate the holidays with a great movie showing, and everyone is invited to come out and watch a classic from 1988 with “Ernest Saves Christmas” starring Jim Varney in his funniest role as Ernest P. Worrell.  In this holiday flick, an obnoxious and bumbling, but well-meaning man, attempts to help Santa Claus find a successor.  Failure to do so would mean that there would be no Christmas.  Ernest thinks he’s up for the job, but it may require a little more finesse than he’s equipped with.  This film is rated PG and has a run time of 1 hour and 35 minutes.  Light snacks will be provided, or feel free to bring your own. 

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

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

DIY at Your Library in Decor Series for Adults

We live in a Do-It-Yourself world where the Internet, and popular social media platforms like Pinterest, have opened up our world to the vast sea of projects anyone can do.  Just hopping on the site and browsing through boards for a few minutes can soon turn into hours as you find one great idea after another.

If you're a crafter at heart, and you love do-it-yourself projects, we invite you to take part in a new DIY Decor series at your Main Library.  Aimed at adults, ages 18+, this program will be a monthly series where each session will focus on inviting you out to create something beautifully unique to decorate your homes with.  Led by Heather Carter, a library assistant in Information Services and the maker-in-residence at the Creation Station, she'll be on hand to lead you through some exciting activities.

The first session of DIY Decor will be hosted on Tuesday, January 23 at 6:30PM and located in the basement of the Main Library at 202 Cedar St.  For the first session, we'll be honoring the winter by showing participants how to create your own winter-themed centerpiece for your dining room.  Iv'e seen them, and let me tell you, they look pretty awesome.  Like all programming at your library, all materials and instruction will be supplied.  All you need to bring is your creativity and be ready to have a little fun at your library.

When all is said and done, you'll have a DIY project that helps teach you self-reliance, new skills, organizational skills, and more.  You'll have a boost in your confidence and hopefully your imagination will be opened up to want to come back in future months for more DIY Decor activities.  Future projects will include decorating face plates for your light switches, string art ot hang on your walls, and more.  For more information about this series, contact Heather Carter at 325-676-6025.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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.

Detroit
Starring: John Boyega
Summary: A police raid in Detroit in 1967 results in one of the largest race riots in United States history.  The story is centered around the Algiers Motel incident, which occurred in Detroit, Michigan on July 25, 1967, during the racially charged 12th Street Riot.  It involves the death of three black men and the brutal beatings of nine other people: seven black men and two white women.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Starring: Taron Egerton
Summary: After the Kingsman headquarters are blown up by a psychotic criminal named Poppy Adams, the surviving agents find their way to an allied secret organization based in Kentucky, named Statesman.  The two agencies must now work together in order to save the world and take down the so called "Golden Circle."

Home Again
Starring: Reese Witherspoon
Summary: A recently separated woman moves to Los Angeles with her two daughters, where she rents out her guesthouse to three much younger men - one of whom she soon begins dating.  Her new life gets even more complicated when her estranged Husband reenters the picture.

You're Gonna Love Me
Author: Robin Lee Hatcher
Summary: Samantha lives her live the way a good accountant should - measured, deliberate, and safe.  After watching her father die in a tragic skiing accident, she decided never to allow risk into her life again.  But she didn't count on falling for Nick Chastain, who embodies everything she doesn't want in her safely constructed world.  Against her warnings, Nick plans a dangerous kayaking trip over spring break.  Furious that he's so careless with his life, she ends their fledgling relationship with harsh words.  Two years later, Samantha is desperately in need of a change.  When she learns her grandmother has had an accident and is in need of a caretaker, Samantha quickly packs her bags and heads to Thunder Creek, Idaho.  But nothing could prepare her for the surprise awaiting her in her grandmother's hospital room...Nick.

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 11, 2017

"Games Can Be a Great Holiday Tradition" | @ the Library Article

When families get together for the holidays, they visit, eat, open presents, reminisce, and enjoy their family traditions.  In many families (including mine!), games are a huge part of the festivities when we gather.  Our particular favorite is Pit, a trading game that can get quite raucous.  Others may enjoy Scrabble, Monopoly, card games, or Pictionary.  Whatever your favorite family games is, or if you're looking for information on new games to try, your Abilene Public Library is the place to go!

Monopoly: The World's Most Famous Game and How it Got That Way by Philip Orbanes traces the origins, predecessors, and trajectory of the game that's found in so many homes.  Orbanes believes Monopoly is distinctly American - a symbol of America's system of economic "opportunity."  Pictures of earlier editions of the game will bring back memories, and the appendices include the original 1936 Parker Brothers rules - handy when Uncle Charlie tries to change the rules in the middle of the game!

Everything Scrabble by Joe Edley and John D. Williams, Jr. is billed as the "how-to book from the National Scrabble Association offering all the keys to better play."  The book includes lists of high point value words, words with no vowels, how to make bonus plays and triple triples, and the 'secrets to getting better tiles.'  Combine that with a complete history of the game and you've got a wonderful book for the Scrabble fan.

The Great Mahjong Book by Jelte Rep covers another of the world's most popular games.  Americans mostly think of little old ladies drinking coffee and moving their tiles around a card table.  But Rep explains that 'mahjong' means "Game of one Hundred Wonders" and then explains moves, which can be simple, and complex in turns.  The history of the game in China, it's explosive popularity in America during the 'Roaring 20's' and international versions of the game today are all explained.  The great illustrations and easy to follow, detailed instructions make this a valuable book for anyone who wants to learn mahjong.

If one is looking for amusements of yore, Parlor Games: Amusements and Entertainments for Everyone is a great find.  Billed as 'a compendium of turn-of-the-century indoor and outdoor entertainments, the book is filled with old favorites like Twenty Questions, Charades, and Blind Man's Bluff as well as less familiar amusements (including such intriguingly named gems as My Lady's Toilet, the Leg of Mutton, and the One-Yard Dash).  The pastimes of a gentler age come to life again in this charming and beautifully designed anthology.

If poker is your family game, we've got books including Texas Hold'em, Acey-Deucy, Auction, Chicago, Omaha, and Spit in the Ocean, to name a few.  From Scott Tharler's Poker Nights: Rules, Strategies & Tips for the Home Player to Outplaying the Boys: Poker Tips for Competitive Women by Cat Hulbert, your Abilene Public Library can help you improve your play and your fun.

Classic games can lead to classic family fun, and isn't that one of the things the holidays are all about?  Let your Abilene Public Library put you in touch with these traditions once again!

Article Contributed by Janis C. Test, Information Services Manager

Friday, December 8, 2017

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Dec. 10)

Many 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

Title: The Rooster Bar
Author: John Grisham
Weeks On List: 6
Call Number: F GRISHAM
Summary: Mark, Todd, and Zola came to law school to change the world, to make it a better place.  But now, as third-year students, these close friends realize they have been duped.  They all borrowed heavily to attend a third-tier, for-profit law school so mediocre that its graduates rarely pass her bar exam, let alone get good jobs.  And when they learn that their school is one of a chain owned by a shady New York hedge-fund operator who also happens to own a bank specializing in student loans, the three know they have been caught up in The Great Law School Scam.  But maybe there's a way out.  Maybe there's a way to escape their crushing debt, expose the bank and the scam, and make a few bucks in the process.  But to do so, they would first have to quit school.  And leaving law school a few short months before graduation would be completely crazy, right?  Well, ye and no.

Title: Origin
Author: Dan Brown
Weeks On List: 9
Call Number: F BROWN
Summary: Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend the unveiling of a discovery that "will change the face of science forefer."  The evening's host is his friend and former student, Edmond Kirsch, a 40-year-old tech magnate whose dazzling inventions and audacious predictions have made him a controversial figure around the world. T his evening is to be no exception, he claims he will reveal an astonishing scientific breakthrough to challenge the fundamentals of human existence.  But Langdon and several hundred other guests are left reeling when the meticulously orchestrated evening is blown apart before Kirsch's precious discover can be revealed.  With his life under threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape, along with the museum's director, Ambra Vidal.  Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch's secret.

#3: The People vs. Alex Cross
Author: James Patterson
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: M PATTERSON
Summary: The charges: explosive. Alex Cross has never been on the wrong side of the law -- until now. Charged with gunning down followers of his nemesis Gary Soneji in cold blood, Cross is being turned into the poster child for trigger-happy cops who think they're above the law. Cross knows it was self-defense. But will a jury see it that way? The evidence: shocking. As Cross fights for his professional life and his freedom, his former partner John Sampson brings him a gruesome, titillating video tied to the mysterious disappearances of several young girls. Despite his suspension from the department, Cross can't say no to Sampson. The illicit investigation leads them to the darkest corners of the Internet, where murder is just another form of entertainment. The People vs. Alex Cross: the trial of the century. As the prosecution presents its case, and the nation watches, even those closest to Cross begin to doubt his innocence. If he can't convince his own family that he didn't pull the trigger with intent to kill, how can he hope to persuade a jury? But even with everything on the line, Cross will do whatever it takes to stop a dangerous criminal ... even if he can't save himself. 

#4: The Midnight Line
Author: Lee Child
Weeks On List: 4
Call Number: M CHILD
Summary: Reacher rides the bus north from Milwaukee. At a comfort stop in Wisconsin dairy country he takes a stroll. Among the cheap junk in a pawn shop window he notices a West Point class ring for sale. It's tiny. A woman cadet's ring. Why would she pawn it? Reacher knows what Serena Sanderson must have gone through to get it.

#5: End Game
Author: David Baldacci
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number; F BALDACCI
Summary: When their handler takes a rare vacation and disappears, Will Robie and Jessica Reel are sent to investigate, but after arriving in the small town of Grand they encounter a vicious adversary.




Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: Leonardo Da Vinci
Author: Walter Isaacson
Weeks On List: 7
Call Number; 92 LEONARDO
Summary: He was history's most creative genius. What secrets can he teach us? The author of the acclaimed bestsellers Steve Jobs, Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography. Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo's astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo's genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy. He produced the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and technology. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry. His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of Vitruvian Man, made him history's most creative genius.

#2: Grant
Author: Ron Chernow
Weeks On List: 8
Call Number: 92 GRANT
Summary: Pulitzer Prize-winner and biographer of Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, and John D. Rockefeller, Ron Chernow returns with a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most complicated generals and presidents, Ulysses S. Grant Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and inept businessman, fond of drinking to excess; or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War; or as a credulous and hapless president whose tenure came to symbolize the worst excesses of the Gilded Age. These stereotypes don't come close to capturing adequately his spirit and the sheer magnitude of his monumental accomplishments. A biographer at the height of his powers, Chernow has produced a portrait of Grant that is a masterpiece, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency.

#3: Obama
Author: Pete Souza
Weeks On List: 4
Call Number: Not Housed
Summary: More than 300 pictures of t4he former president by his White House photographer, with behind-the-scenes stories.

#4: Promise Me, Dad
Author: Joe Biden
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: 973.932 BID
Summary: The former vice-president of the United States chronicles the difficult final year of his son's battle with cancer, his efforts to balance his responsibilities to the country and his family, and the lessons he learned.

#5: Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans
Author: Brian Kilmeade
Weeks On List: 6
Call Number: 973.5329 KIL
Summary: A portrait of the seventh American president focuses on his formative military prowess during the War of 1812 and his pivotal contributions to the capturing of New Orleans from the British.

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 7, 2017

Weekly Library Events (Dec. 10-16)

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.

Weekend Walk-In Flix: "Ender's Game"
Sunday, Dec. 10 at 3:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Get ready for another great Weekend Walk-In Flix movie session at your South Branch Library, located in the Mall of Abilene.  Each Sunday we show a great movie, and this time around we’ll be showing an action/sci-fi flick, adapted from a betselling book, with 2013’s “Ender’s Game” starring Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford.  In this film, young Ender Wiggin is recruited by the International Military to lead the fight against the Formics, a genocidal alien race which nearly annihilated the human race in a previous invasion.  This film is rated PG-13 for some violence, sci-fi action, and thematic materials, and has a run time of 1 hour and 54 minutes.  Light snacks will be provided, or feel free to bring your own.

TECH Time
Monday, Dec. 11 at 2:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
If you’ve ever needed help with your smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other similar devices, we invite you to take advantage of TECH (Technology Enrichment & Collaborative Help) Time at your library.  Your library tech gurus will be on hand to help answer your questions each week on Mondays at the South Branch Library and Thursdays at the Main Library.  Sessions will be provided by the library’s Technology/Social Media Manager and the Multimedia Marketing Assistant.  We may not have all the answers, but we’ll certainly be on hand to help.  Guests will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis.


Make & Take: Snowmen Scenes
Monday, Dec. 11 at 5:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
It’s winter time and we’re always hoping for some snowy weather to set the scene.  In case that doesn’t happen anytime soon, kids will be able to “help it” along by coming out to the next Make & Take craft session where we’ll be making some holiday Snowmen Scenes.  We’ll supply you with all the materials needed for you to design your own special scene, which will be perfect for decorating your homes with for the holidays.

Mockingbird Movies: "Christmas with the Kranks"
Monday, Dec. 11 at 6:30PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Looking to catch a great holiday movie at your library?  You won’t want to miss out on the Mockingbird Movie of the month where we’ll be showing a popular holiday comedy, based on a book by John Grisham, with 2004’s “Skipping Christmas” starring Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis.  In this film, with their daughter away, the Kranks decide to skip Christmas altogether until she decides to come home, causing an uproar when they have to celebrate the holiday at the last minute.  This film is rated PG for brief language and suggestive content and has a run time of 1 hour and 39 minutes.  Light snacks will be provided.

After School Arcade
Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Who likes games and free pizza?  If you like both, or even just one of these, your Mockingbird Branch has a program for you: After School Arcade!  Join us after school where you can meet up with your friends (while making new ones) and playing games, enjoying pizza (on us) and must of all just having fun.  It’s a great way to take a load off after being at school all day.  Pizza will be served at 4PM so don’t be late.

Make & Take: Tree Ornaments
Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 4:30PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Are you looking to add a little holiday cheer to our tree this season?  Well you’re in luck!  Kids are invited out to the next Make & Take craft session where we’ll be providing all the materials necessary to show them how to make some festive Tree Ornaments.  Every kid loves adding an ornament to the tree, and this one will certainly be a great addition in your homes.  Don’t miss out on the fun.

Creation Station Orientation Course
Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
If you want to get started with using the makerspace at your library, be sure to signup and attend the Creation Station Orientation course.  This makerspace affords guests with the ability to utilize a wide range of equipment when it comes to creating projects of all sorts.  To use the Creation Station, guests must first register and complete our Orientation Class where we will cover the equipment available for use, Creation Station Hours, Usage Policies, Safety Guidelines, Fees, and a tour of the room.  Space is limited to 20 individuals so call 325-676-6029 to register.

Job Time: Application Assistance
Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
If you're looking for a job and need some help, you're invited to stop by the Mockingbird Branch for our Job Time: Application Assistance program where we'll get you started on the road to employment success.  We will cover how to search for jobs, how to create a resume, share advice on how to dress for and succeed in an interview and much more.  We'll have a set number of computers available for use so don't miss your chance to participate in this program.

Lego My Library
Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Youth and teens are invited out to our monthly Lego Club session after school.  Tables will be setup with boxes of Legos and platforms for guests to pick up and dive into the building fun.  For the first five minutes of the meeting we’ll socialize and then we’ll jump into the building fun for the next 45-minutes, leaving the last 10 minutes of the program to admire the projects created that afternoon.  Some sessions will be for free designing, and other times we’ll have themes for you to build upon.  Don’t miss out on this fun after school activity and stretch your imagination with friends. 

3D Design Class
Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
We invite you to expand your makerspace knowledge with this third course to help you build knowledge and skills for using the PolyPrinter (3D Printer) at your Main Library.  Although you’re free to find your own STL files for use, Tinker CAD will help you learn how to create your own projects.  This class will cover that program, how to use our slicing program, and how to upload and print your creations on the PolyPrinter. 

Super Storytime: Finger Print Christmas Cards
Thursday, Dec. 14 at 10:45AM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Christmas is in the air at your Mockingbird Branch Library, and we have another fun event to keep your family in the holiday spirit.  Join us for Super Storytime, designed for kids of all ages, where we’ll be focusing on Christmas Cards.  After the decorations and stockings are up, you might forget about the cards.  Not at this program.  Those who come out will be treated to some delightful holiday stories, sing songs using the jingle bells, and even get the chance to make your own Finger Print Christmas Cards.  We’ll supply all the materials you’ll need, so don’t miss out on this holiday event. 

TECH Time
Thursday, Dec. 14 at 2:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
If you’ve ever needed help with your smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other similar devices, we invite you to take advantage of TECH (Technology Enrichment & Collaborative Help) Time at your library.  Your library tech gurus will be on hand to help answer your questions each week on Mondays at the South Branch Library and Thursdays at the Main Library.  Sessions will be provided by the library’s Technology/Social Media Manager and the Multimedia Marketing Assistant.  We may not have all the answers, but we’ll certainly be on hand to help.  Guests will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis.


Collecting Commas Writing Club
Thursday, Dec. 13 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
If you’ve between the ages of 10-17, we invite you to be a part of the weekly writing club at your Main Library.  Designed to help strengthen your creative writing skills in all forms of writing, youth meetup each week to work on writing activities individually, and as a group, using a variety of techniques.  If you have a passion for writing, come check out a session for yourself.  No registration is needed.


Crafter Club
Thursday, Dec. 14 at 4:30PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
If you’re a crafter who likes to crochet, knit, sew, draw, scrapbook, or collage, you’re invited to be a part of our Crafter Club at your Mockingbird Branch Library.  If you’ve been working on projects, and you’re not quite finished with them, bring them out to your library and work on projects as a group.  It may even be a good way to talk to others about the crafts they do, build up techniques, share ideas, and more.  Refreshments will be provided.


ArtWalk Crafts: The Art of Giving
Thursday, Dec. 14 at 5:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
If you’re out and about enjoying the festivities of ArtWalk Night in downtown Abilene, don’t forget to stop by your Main Library for kids’ crafts.  This month, we’re hosting a craft fair where we’ll have a host of different materials available for kids to choose from a variety of projects to make as gifts for family and friends.  Sometimes the best gift to give is one that you make from your heart.  Come make one with us at your library.


Look! Listen! Learn!: Yoga
Friday, Dec. 15 at 4:30PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Kids and parents are invited to the next Look! Listen! Learn! Series where Insperation Sanchez will teach youth about the world around them in fun ways.  We’ve learned about our senses, manners, and etiquette, and throughout the month of December we’ll be exploring the wonderful world of yoga!  Join us for an afternoon of educational fun as we lead kids through a series of interactive endeavors that will certainly have them learning the fun way.  Don’t miss out on this afternoon event.

Teen Scene After Hours: Krampus Escape Room
Friday, Dec. 15 at 5:45PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
If you’re a teen who’s into escape rooms, you won’t want to miss the first ever Krampus Escape Room being hosted at your library for the next Teen Scene After Hours.  Do you think you have what it takes to outsmart Krampus?  If so, you’ll want to try our luck at this fun event where small groups will be “locked” inside of Krampus’s holding room and must complete challenges and puzzles to escape.  We’ll have the opportunity for socializing and enjoying light snacks as well.  All teens should be picked up no later than 7:45PM and all materials will be provided.

Tasty Turmeric with Wiepie Cross
Saturday, Dec. 16 at 1:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Join us as we welcome Wiepie Cross, Nutritional Health Coach from Natural Grocers in Abilene for a Nutrition Presentation titled "Tasty Turmeric."  Learn just why it is called "The Spice of Life?"  We'll answer all your questions and MORE in just 30 minutes.  Plus, you'll get to sample a tasty turmeric treat!  You won't want to miss this informational and timely presentation as the holidays are just around the corner.  

Family Flix: "Gremlins"
Saturday, Dec. 16 at 3:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Gear up for a special Family Flix session where we’re going a little darker with showing a Christmas flick of a different color.  Becoming a fast cult favorite this time of year, families are invited to join us for a free showing of 1984’s “Gremlins” starring Zach Galligan and Phoebe Cates and directed by Chris Columbus.  IN this film, a boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.  This film is rated PG, but please note there is some language, frightening scenes, thematic material, and violence in this film (so it may not be for younger kids) and has a run time of 1 hour and 46 minutes.  Popcorn will be served, while supplies last.


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