Saturday, June 24, 2017

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of June 25)

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: Camino Island
Author: John Grisham
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: F GRISHAM
Summary: Bruce Cable owns a popular bookstore in the sleepy resort town of Santa Rosa on Camino Island in Florida. He makes his real money, though, as a prominent dealer in rare books. Very few people know that he occasionally dabbles in the black market of stolen books and manuscripts. Mercer Mann is a young novelist with a severe case of writer's block who has recently been laid off from her teaching position. She is approached by an elegant, mysterious woman working for an even more mysterious company. A generous offer of money convinces Mercer to go undercover and infiltrate Bruce Cable's circle of literary friends, ideally getting close enough to him to learn his secrets. But eventually Mercer learns far too much.

#2: The Identicals
Author: Elin Hilderbrand
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F HILDERBRAND
Summary: Twin sisters Tabitha and Harper Frost, who have been at odds for years, are forced together in the wake of a family crisis and reevaluate the resentments that drove them apart.

#3: Tom Clancy: Point of Contact
Author: Mike Maden
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F MADEN
Summary: In the latest electrifying adventure in Tom Clancy's #1 New York Time bestselling series, Jack Ryan, Jr., learns that sometimes the deadliest secret may be standing right next to you. Former U.S. Senator Weston Rhodes is a defense contractor with an urgent problem. His company needs someone to look over the books of Dalfan Technologies, a Singapore company--quickly.

#4: Into the Water
Author: Paula Hawkins
Weeks On List: 7
Call Number: F HAWKINS
Summary: A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged. Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother's sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from, a place to which she vowed she'd never return.

#5: Dragon Teeth
Author: Michael Crichton
Weeks On List: 4
Call Number: F CRICHTON
Summary: The year is 1876. Among the warring Indian tribes and lawless gold-rush towns of America's western territories, two paleontologists pillage the Wild West. They are hunting for dinosaur fossils, while surveilling, deceiving and sabotaging each other in a rivalry that will come to be known as the Bone Wars. Into this treacherous territory plunges the arrogant and entitled Yale student William Johnson.

Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: Understanding Trump
Author: Newt Gingrich
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: 973.93 GIN
Summary: A former speaker of the House and Fox News contributor explains why Donald Trump is different from previous presidents and offers advice to the newest commander-in-chief.

#2: Al Franken, Giant of the Senate
Author: Al Franken
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: 92 FRANKEN
Summary: The Harvard-educated comedian, talk-show host, and U.S. Senator chronicles the story of his unlikely senatorial campaign, detailing the ensuing months-long recount and what his service has taught him about America's deeply polarized political culture.

#3: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
Author: Neil deGrasse Tyson
Weeks On List: 7
Call Number: 523.01 DEG
Summary: The essential universe, from our most celebrated and beloved astrophysicist. What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson.

#4: I Can't Make This Up
Author: Kevin Hart
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: 92 HART
Summary: Superstar, comedian and Hollywood box-office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include, the, a, for, above, and even even. Put them together and listeners have the funniest, most heartfelt, and most inspirational memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in themselves since Old Yeller.

#5: Theft by Finding
Author: David Sedaris
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: 814.54 SED
Summary: Shares the author's favorite diary entries, providing a look into the mind of a comic genius.

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, June 22, 2017

Weekly Library Events (June 25 - July 1)

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.

Book-to-Flix: Ella Enchanted
Sunday, June 25 at 3:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Gear up for another Book-to-Flix movie session at your library where we watch popular movies adapted from books.  This month will feature an adaptation of a children's book by Gail Carson Levine with 2004's "Ella Enchanted" starring Anne Hathaway, Hugh Dancy, and Cary Elwes.  In this fantasy flick, Ella is under a spell to be constantly obedient, a fact she must hide from her new step-family in order to protect the prince of the land, her friend for whom she's falling for.  This film is rated PG for some crude humor and language and has a run time of 1 hour and 36 minutes.  Light snacks will be provided, or feel free to bring your own.  For additional information, contact Tremain Jackson at 325-698-7565.

TECH Time
Monday, June 26 at 2:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
As more people acquire smartphones, tablets, and laptops, you may find yourself needing a little help.  Be it learning our digital services, getting started on PCs, learning Microsoft Office, and more, join us for TECH (Technology Enrichment & Collaborative Help) Time at your library.  Sessions will be hosted twice a week on Mondays at the South Branch Library and Thursdays at the Main Library from 2:00PM to 4:00PM.  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 assist you and help in some way.  Guests will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to 30-minutes if others are waiting.

Minecraft Mania
Monday, June 26 at 3:30PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Minecraft is a popular gaming series with youth that's both fun and educational.  Tweens and teens are invited out to the South Branch Library for our monthly Minecraft Mania series, now on a new day, where you can game with your peers on laptops we provide.  Everyone who wants to play will get a turn, and while you wait, we'll also be engaging in Minecraft-inspired activities whether it's making paper crafts or building with Legos.  For more information, contact Alyssa Crow at 325-698-7565.

Young Audiences featuring Le Theatre de Marionette
Tuesday, June 27 at 10:45AM & 3PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Youth are invited out to the next Young Audiences performance for the summer at your Main Library.  At this session, we're welcoming in Le Theatre de Marionette for a great and interactive program certain to delight youth.  This performing troupe has an extensive repertoire of storybook classics and have been putting on shows across Texas since 1985.  Kid-tested and teacher-approved, you won't want to miss out on their wonderful show.  For additional information, contact us at 325-676-6067.

Mockingbird Nights: Super Happy Fun Time Karaoke
Tuesday, June 27 at 6:30PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Adults, ages 18-40, won't want to miss out on the next Mockingbird Nights program at your library.  As a popular activity night, this month we'll be hosting a Super Happy Fun Time Karaoke Night where everyone can take to the figurative stage and belt out hits solo, or as part of a group to increase the fun.  Come out, have a little fun, and give those singing chips some release by joining in on this session.  For additional information, contact Marianne Vadney at 325-437-7323.

Disney Flix & Crafts: Tangled
Wednesday, June 28 at 2:30PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Don't miss the next Disney craft and movie session as this week we'll be watching 2010's "Tangled" with the voices of Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi.  In this film, the magically long-haired Rapunzel has spent her entire life in a tower, but now that a runaway thief has stumbled upon her, she is about to discover the world for the first time, and who she really is.  This film is rated PG for brief mild violence and has a run time of 1 hour and 40 minutes.  Light snacks will be served (or feel free to bring your own) and we'll provide all the materials needed for our craft portion of the event.  For additional information, contact Tremain Jackson at 325-698-7565.

Teen Craft: DIY Pet Toys
Wednesday, June 28 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Tweens and teens are invited out to the Mockingbird Branch Library for another fun crafting session.  We'll supply the materials to show you how to create some pet toys for cats & dogs.  At the end of the program, you can choose to keep them for your own pets, or donate them to the Humane Society of Abilene to then be given to shelter pets.  Don't miss out on the fun, and for additional information, contact Marianne Vadney at 325-437-7323.

TECH Time
Thursday, June 29 at 2:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025

As more people acquire smartphones, tablets, and laptops, you may find yourself needing a little help.  Be it learning our digital services, getting started on PCs, learning Microsoft Office, and more, join us for TECH (Technology Enrichment & Collaborative Help) Time at your library.  Sessions will be hosted twice a week on Mondays at the South Branch Library and Thursdays at the Main Library from 2:00PM to 4:00PM.  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 assist you and help in some way.  Guests will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to 30-minutes if others are waiting.

Collecting Commas Writing Club
Thursday, June 29 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
If you have a young writer between the ages of 10-17, 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 4:30PM, this group works toward honing their creative writing skills in all forms of writing including novels, short stories, poetry, and more.  There's no need to register, simply come check out our meeting and see if it's meant for you.  For additional information, contact Amanda Sasser at 325-676-6067.

Build a Better World: Green Fingers
Friday, June 30 at 3:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Kids won't want to miss the next Build a Better World series, featuring interactive programming highlighting the Summer Reading Club theme this year.  The topic of this session is Green Fingers where youth will get the opportunity to learn a bit about how things grow through stories, crafts, and other activities.  All materials will be provided, and for additional information, contact us at 325-676-6067.

Summer STEM Challenge: Balloon Towers
Friday, June 30 at 4:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Tweens and teens are invited to another round of the Summer STEM Challenge at your library.  STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics where we'll supply you with some tools to test your critical thinking skills, while having fun.  This time it's all about Balloon Tower creations...it's going to be awesome.  We'll supply all the materials you need, you just come ready to have a little fun, while learning at the same time.  For additional information, contact Alyssa Crow at 325-698-7565.

Teen Scene After Hours: Dystopian Party
Friday, June 30 at 5:45PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Teens won't want to miss the next Teen Scene After Hours Night at your Main Library.  Each month features new activities for teens to get involved in at your library, and for this month, we'll be hosting a Dystopian Party.  We all have our favorites from the Hunger Games to the Maze Runner and this night we'll take a romp through worlds that aren't as perfect as they seem.  Come out and play games, test your survival skills, make crafts, and more.  Pickup time is 7:30PM, and for additional information, call 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.

Tuesday, June 20, 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.

Dangerous Minds (Knight & Moon #2)
Author: Janet Evanovich
Summary: Buddhist monk Wayan Bagus lost his island of solitude and wants to get it back.  The island was about two hundred miles northeast of Samoa.  It had a mountain, beaches, a rain forest, and a volcano.  And now it's gone.  Poof!  Vanished without a trace.  Brilliant and boyishly charming Emerson Knight likes nothing better than solving an unsolvable, improbable mystery.  And finding a missing island is better than Christmas morning in the Knight household.  When clues lead to a dark and sinister secret that is being guarded by the National Park Service, Emerson will need to assemble a crack team for help.  Since a crack team isn't available, he enlists Riley Moon and his cousin Vernon.  Riley Moon has a Harvard business degree and can shoot the eyes out of a grasshopper at fifty feet, but she can't figure out how to escape the vortex of Emerson's odd life.  Vernon has been Emerson's loyal partner in crime since childhood.  He now lives in an RV behind Emerson's house.  Now the trio will embark on a worldwide investigation that will expose a conspiracy one hundred years in the making.

The Silent Corner
Author: Dean Koontz
Summary: These are the chilling words left behind by a man who had everything to live for - but took his own life.  In the aftermath, his widow, Jane Hawk, does what all her grief, fear, and fury demand: find the truth, no matter what.  People of talent and accomplishment, people admired and happy and sound of mind, have been committing suicide in surprising numbers.  When Jane seeks to learn why, she becomes the most-wanted fugitive in America.  Her powerful enemies are protecting a secret so important - so terrifying - that they will exterminate anyone in their way.  But all their power and viciousness may not be enough to stop a woman as clever as they are cold-blooded, as relentless as they are ruthless - and who is driven by a righteous rage they can never comprehend.  Because it is born of love.

Indigo
Author: Charlaine Harris
Summary: Investigative reporter Nora Hesper spends her nights cloaked in shadows.  As Indigo, she's become an urban myth, a brutal vigilante who can forge darkness into weapons and travel across the city by slipping from one patch of shadow to another.  Her primary focus both as Nora and as Indigo has become a murderous criminal cult called the Children of Phonos.  Children are being murdered in New York, and Nora is determined to make it stop, even if that means Indigo must eliminate every member.  But in the aftermath of a bloody battle, a dying cultist makes claims that cause Indigo to question her own origin and memories.  Nora's parents were killed when she was 19.  She took the life insurance money and went off to explore the world, leading to her becoming a student of meditation and strange magic in a monastery in Nepal...a history that many would realize sounds suspiciously like the origins of several comic books characters.  As Nora starts to pick apart her memory, it begins to unravel.  Her parents are dead, but the rest is a series of lies.  Where did she get the power inside her?

Sin of a Woman
Author: Kimberla Lawson Roby
Summary: After her very public divorce from Dillon, Raven is recovering nicely.  Dillon has done everything he can to discredit her, but Raven has learned from her mistakes and him.  In fact, she's intent on using every bit of Dillon's revenge and betrayal, as she prepares to take what is hers - and more.  Her ambitions have never been so great, and Raven always knows how to get what she wants.  She also won't allow anything or anyone to get in her way.  She has become her ex-husband in more ways that one and is slowly leading those connected to her down a terrible path of destruction.  But playing with the lives of innocent people has dire consequences - the kind that Raven won't see coming.  Raven, of all people, should know that what happens in the dark will eventually come to light...and that there's only so far you can run before your past catches up to you.

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.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

"Music for Kids of All Ages" | @ the Library Article

Summer is a busy time at the Mockingbird Branch of the Abilene Public Library, with lots of special summer programming.  One of those is "Music for Kids 1-100," a free concert on Saturday, June 24 at 10:30AM.  Featured artist Will Parker is a children's songwriter and talented musician adept at kid-friendly songs and inspiring lyrics.  While he resides in San Antonio, this summer he's traveling the Lone Star State sharing his music and hoping to inspire us all to find the musician inside of us.

During Will's whimsical and interactive shows, he plays guitar and harmonica, and sings songs that open us up to the world of imagination while simultaneously validating the human experience.  A fan favorite at each of Will's show is an improvised song based on topic suggestions from the audience.  Will holds both a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Trinity University.

"Music for Kids 1-100" is a free performance for families and adults alike. S eating at Mockingbird Branch is limited so be sure to arrive early to grab a seat.  For more information, phone us at 325-437-7323 or check out Will's website at www.willparkermusic.com.

In addition, we also want to remind you about Mockingbird Branch's unique sensory, interactive event "Play & Learn."  Did you know, children learn while they play!  One of the latest trends in larger city libraries is to provide a time of sensory play for young children.  What is sensory play?  Sensory play is any activity that stimulates a child's senses: touch, smell, taste, sight, and hearing.  Exposing children to sensory play helps them develop and refine the use of their senses.

Stimulating these senses helps children develop cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, physical, and creative skills.  Our children come into this world ready to find out about their surroundings.  Sensory activities facilitate exploration and naturally encourage children to use scientific processes while they play, create, investigate and explore.  Although children respond differently to sensory experiences, these experiences can be therapeutic, improve motor skills, raise awareness of how the world works, and contribute to language acquisition.

Sorting buttons or pom-poms by color, sifting through colored rice searching for dinosaurs, stringing and lacing items: that's sensory play!  Abilene Public Library's Mockingbird Branch is providing a 30-minute sensory play time called Play & Learn, for children ages 1-3.  Play & Learn is on Tuesdays at 10:00AM.  Participants mus sign a City of Abilene Activity Waiver prior to participation.  Call 325-437-7323 for more details.

Last, but not least, Mockingbird Branch is also offering at 5:45PM "Evening Storytime" which occurs every Tuesday night.  Stories, songs and rhymes help young children become school-ready and learn key pre-literacy skills.  This new storytime event is for ages 3-6 and will be a smaller setting for chose who may benefit from a quiet environment.  We will focus on communication skills and developing positive social behaviors while listening to great stories and having a wonderful time!  If you are a working parent and looking for a reading event, you can attend with your children, Evening Storytime may be just the right fit!

Article Contributed by Anne Ellis, Mockingbird Branch Manager

Saturday, June 17, 2017

"Children's Books Fly Off the Tables at Annual Sale" | Abilene Reporter-News

Article Courtesy of Loretta Fulton, Special to the Abilene Reporter-News on June 16, 2017

Little Jack Pillard was totally oblivious to what his mom was doing for him Friday morning, choosing to snooze in his cozy backpack carrier while mom shopped.

But his mom, Julie Pillard, knew that would change as soon as they got home and she pulled out one of the many books she was buying at the book sale benefiting the Abilene Public Library.

"Every day, he brings me a book," Pillard said of her 1-year-old son.  "He holds it out and says, 'Let's read.'"

Julie Pillard was one of several hundred people who got to the sale Friday morning when it opened at the Abilene Convention Center.  The sale continues Saturday and Sunday.

The sale features books for ever taste and reading level, plus "antiques and uniques," DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, and magazines.

The children's area of the sale, always a favorite, was filled Friday morning with young parents and children, school teachers, and grandparents looking for bargains.

Toni Allan of Abilene was buying for two grandchildren who live here and two who live in Colorado.

"They're coming to visit," Allan said, "so I'm getting books for them too."

The two in Abilene are ages 2 1/2 and 5.  The Colorado kids are 8 and 11.  Allan used to work at the library and kept current on what children were reading.  Now, she just hopes she's picking some books they will like and some they will like in the future.  She feels pretty comfortable that whatever she takes home will be appreciated.

"They are reading fiends," she said.  "If they've got a books, they're happy."

Kristin Gray had her four children, ages 4 to 9, sitting on the floor of the exhibit hall, each with a pile of books.  The children are homeschooled and Gray buys books for their education and for curriculum.  Lydia Gray, 9, had a Nancy Drew mystery on the top of her pile.

"She's one of my favorites," Lydia said of the Carolyn Keene series of mysteries that originated in the 1930s and has been popular with every generation since.

The annual sale is hosted by the Friends of the Library.  Proceeds benefit projects sponsored by the organization.  Last year's sale netted $66,051.  Each year, the bottom line increases and is expected to again this year.

Parents and grandparents account for a large number of shoppers.  Jack Pillard, who chose to sleep while his mom shopped, is the youngest of four children.  His mother, Julie, was shopping for all of them, plus looking for books for the second-grade class she teaches at Bonham Elementary School.

This was her first year to shop the sale and she said she couldn't believe the bargains.  Pillard, like the other parents and grandparents, said young children prefer old-fashioned paper books to electronic books, so the sale is especially welcomed.

"I was so excited," Pillard said when she learned about the book sale.  "I get to come and search through books."

July'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 library.  Meeting on the third Thursdays of the month, this group reads everything including bestsellers, fiction, biographies, nonfiction, classics, and more.

For July, the featured selection is The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant and we invite you to look out for a copy at your library and attend the book the book club meeting on Thursday, July 20 at 7:00PM.  For more information, be sure to contact Janis Test at 325-676-6017.

The Boston Girl
Author: Anita Diamant
Summary: Addie Baum is The Boston Girl, born in 1900 to immigrant parents who were unprepared for and suspicious of America and its effect on their three daughters.  Growing up in the North End, then a teeming multicultural neighborhood, Addie's intelligence and curiosity take her to a world her parents can't imagine - a world of short skirts, movies, celebrity culture, and new opportunities for women.  Addie wants to finish high school and dreams of going to college.  She wants a career and to find true love.  85-year-old Addie tells the story of her life to her 22-year-old granddaughter, who has asked her "How did you get to be the woman you are today."  She begins in 1915, the year the should her voice and made friends who would help shape the course of her life.  From the one-room tenement apartment she shared with her parents and two sisters, to the library group for girls she joins at a neighborhood settlement house, to her first, disastrous love affair, Addie recalls her adventures with compassion for naive girl she was and a wicked sense of humor.

Be sure to checkout this title from your Abilene Public Library and come out ready to discuss it with other avid readers in the community.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Library to Host Abilene Author for Storytime Session, July 12

Your South Branch Library (4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.) is thrilled to announce a second special storytime event where we're inviting another local author to present her book on Wednesday, July 12 at 10:45AM.  Designed for kids of all ages, our guest author is Caitlin McCulloch and she will share her delightful children's book titled "Francine's New Name."  In this book, Francine is a little monster with a unique name.  With a little help from her mommy, Francine learns how important it is to be proud of being herself.

McCulloch's book was written for a broad range of youth, ages 3-10, with easy to comprehend language and a story that will resonate with readers/listeners of all ages.  Having studied English and Communication at Wayland Baptist University, the author believes strongly in reading, as well as using children's literature to encourage relationship-building between parents and kids.  With one "little monster of her own," this poet, witty word girl, and authoress extraordinaire has always dreamt of being an author, with hopes to publish more Francine books in the future.

We encourage everyone to come out to the South Branch Library on Wednesday, July 12 at 10:45AM and be introduced to both the author, and Francine, in her first storytime presentation at the Abilene Public Library.  For more information, contact Alyssa Crow at 325-698-7565.

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of June 18)

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: Camino Island
Author: John Grisham
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F GRISHAM
Summary: Bruce Cable owns a popular bookstore in the sleepy resort town of Santa Rosa on Camino Island in Florida. He makes his real money, though, as a prominent dealer in rare books. Very few people know that he occasionally dabbles in the black market of stolen books and manuscripts. Mercer Mann is a young novelist with a severe case of writer's block who has recently been laid off from her teaching position. She is approached by an elegant, mysterious woman working for an even more mysterious company. A generous offer of money convinces Mercer to go undercover and infiltrate Bruce Cable's circle of literary friends, ideally getting close enough to him to learn his secrets. But eventually Mercer learns far too much.

#2: Into the Water
Author: Paula Hawkins
Weeks On List: 6
Call Number: F HAWKINS
Summary: A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged. Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother's sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from, a place to which she vowed she'd never return.

#3: Come Sundown
Author: Nora Roberts
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: F ROBERTS
Summary: The Bodine ranch and resort in western Montana is a family business, an idyllic spot for vacationers. A little over thirty thousand acres and home to four generations, it's kept running by Bodine Longbow with the help of a large staff, including new hire Callen Skinner. There was another member of the family once: Bodine's aunt Alice, who ran off before Bodine was born.

#4: Dragon Teeth
Author: Michael Crichton
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: F CRICHTON
Summary: The year is 1876. Among the warring Indian tribes and lawless gold-rush towns of America's western territories, two paleontologists pillage the Wild West. They are hunting for dinosaur fossils, while surveilling, deceiving and sabotaging each other in a rivalry that will come to be known as the Bone Wars. Into this treacherous territory plunges the arrogant and entitled Yale student William Johnson.

#5: Love Story
Author: Karen Kingsbury
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F KINGSBURY
Summary: How John and Elizabeth Baxter fell in love.







Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: I Can't Make This Up
Author: Kevin Hart
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: 92 HART
Summary: Superstar, comedian and Hollywood box-office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include, the, a, for, above, and even even. Put them together and listeners have the funniest, most heartfelt, and most inspirational memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in themselves since Old Yeller.

#2: Al Franken, Giant of the Senate
Author: Al Franken
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: 92 FRANKEN
Summary: The Harvard-educated comedian, talk-show host, and U.S. Senator chronicles the story of his unlikely senatorial campaign, detailing the ensuing months-long recount and what his service has taught him about America's deeply polarized political culture.

#3: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
Author: Neil deGrasse Tyson
Weeks On List: 6
Call Number: 523.01 DEG
Summary: The essential universe, from our most celebrated and beloved astrophysicist. What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson.

#4: Theft by Finding
Author: David Sedaris
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: 814.54 SED
Summary: Shares the author's favorite diary entries, providing a look into the mind of a comic genius.

#5: Option B
Author: Sheryl Sandberg
Weeks On List: 7
Call Number: 155.937 SAN
Summary: The author's experience with grief after the sudden death of her husband, combined with social science on resilience.

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, June 15, 2017

Weekly Library Events (June 18-24)

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

Friends of the Library Book Sale: Bag-O-Books
Sunday, June 18 at 1:00PM
Abilene Convention Center
1100 N. 6th St.
PH: 325-676-6025
You won't want to miss the final day of the Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale at the Abilene Convention Center.  As the biggest used book sale around, this is the time you will find the most amazing deals on a wide selection of materials including books, movies, music, and more.  Open to the general public at no charge, the final day of the sale is the Bag-O-Books Sale where $6.   will get you a bag that you can fill with remaining items left at the sale.  You'll get the most bang for your buck on this day.  Any materials not purchased at this year's sale will then be donated to local organizations so we can start fresh with collection donations for 2018.

Tee Time with Dad
Sunday, June 18 at 2:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Celebrate Father's Day at a special Tee Time with Dad (or anyone like a dad - uncle, grandpa, brother, friend, etc.). Spend the afternoon playing Indoor Mini-Golf, library-style, at this come and go program with Tee Times every 10 minutes starting at 2:00PM. Dads and kids will all enjoy this afternoon activity, so have fun spending time with the special men in your life.

Family Fun: Summer Fun
Monday, June 19 at 4:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Kids of all ages, and parents too, won't want to miss the next Family Fun event at your Main library.  We're celebrating the summer, in all its glory, by hosting a fun afternoon of stories, games, crafts, and more that all deal with what you can do to have fun during the summer.  We'll supply all materials you'll need for any activity, all you need to do is come out ready to have some fun.  For additional information, contact us at 325-676-6067.

Parent-to-Parent Workshop: Preventing the Summer Slide
Monday, June 19 at 6:30PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
We're happy to be partnering with the Military Child Education Coalition for a summer series of workshops geared towards parents to help them with their children during the summer break from school.  At this session, the topic will of discussions will be "Preventing the Summer Slide" to help your children keep their minds active even when school isn't in session.  For more information, contact Alyssa Crow at 325-698-7565.

Storytime at Chick-fil-A
Tuesday, June 20 at 10:30AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Your South Branch Library invites you to come out to a special morning storytime activity designed for kids of all ages, and the entire family.  Attend our next storytime event at Chick-fil-A, located in the Mall of Abilene, and join staff for great stories and activities.  Come for the stories, stick around for lunch, and then head down to the South Branch Library and make a day out of a trip to the mall.  For additional information, contact Alyssa Crow at 325-698-7565.

School-Age Event: Abilene Kennel Club
Tuesday, June 20 at 3:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Kids are invited out to a great event where we're inviting out the Abilene Kennel Club and their four-legged friends.  As a popular summer program at your library, they'll be on hand to perform tricks, discuss dog obedience, and more with guests who come out.  Plus, at the end of the program, you'll be able to meet all of the canines too.  Although this is a great program featuring dogs, we do ask that you leave your own pets at home.  Don't miss out on this activity, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-676-6067.

Teen Flix: Rogue One
Tuesday, June 20 at 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Teens are invited to join us for a free movie night, hosted at a new time for the summer.  This month we'll be showing the latest installment in the Star Wars universe with 2016's "Rogue One" starring Felicity Jones and Diego Luna.  In this movie, all looks lost for the Rebellion against the Empire as they learn of the existence of a new super weapon, the Death Star.  Once a possible weakness in its construction is uncovered, the Rebel Alliance must set out on a desperate mission to steal the plans for the Death Star.  The future of the entire galaxy now rests upon its success.  This film is rated PG-13 for extended sequences of sci-fi violence and action and has a run time of two hours and 13 minutes.  Light snacks will be served; contact us at 325-676-6067 for additional information.

Morning Mingle's Family Coloring Club
Wednesday, June 21 at 10:00AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Kids and parents are invited to come out to another session of the Family Coloring Club at your South Branch Library, an extension of the Morning Mingle series led by Cynthia Gault.  At this session, we'll supply all the materials needed for families to come out and enjoy a relaxing morning of coloring, socializing, making new friends, and more at your library.  It's a great program to promote family bonding, and then you can join us for our weekly preschool storytime at 10:45AM as well.  For more information, contact us at 325-698-7565.

Disney Flix & Crafts: Aladdin
Wednesday, June 21 at 10:00AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Kids & parents are invited to the next weekly Disney Flix & Crafts session and this week's featured flick will be 1992's "Aladdin" with the voices of Scott Winger, Linda Larkin, and Robin Williams.  In this film, when a street urchin vies for the love of a beautiful princess, he uses a genie's magic power to make himself off as a prince in order to marry her.  This film is rated G and has a run time of 1 hour and 30 minutes.  Snacks will be available and we'll supply all materials needed for the crafts.  For more information, contact Tremain Jackson at 325-698-7565.

Minecraft Mania
Wednesday, June 21 at 3:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Tweens and teens are invited out to an afternoon of digital gaming fun at your library as we gear up for another round of Minecraft Mania.  We'll supply the laptops for guests to come out and play this popular series, and those who are waiting their turn can join us in Minecraft-inspired crafts too.  All materials will be supplied and it's a great way to spend a summer afternoon at your library.  For more information, contact Amanda Sasser at 325-676-6067.

Collecting Commas Writing Club
Thursday, June 21 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
If you have a young writer between the ages of 10-17, 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 4:30PM, this group works toward honing their creative writing skills in all forms of writing including novels, short stories, poetry, and more.  There's no need to register, simply come check out a meeting and see if it's meant for you.  For more information, contact Amanda Sasser at 325-676-6067.

Military Child Education Coalition's Storytime
Friday, June 23 at 10:30AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Kids and parents are invited out to a special storytime event at your South Branch library.  Led by the Military Child Education Coalition, this event is designed to be a great activity for the family to enjoy with stories, crafts, and fun.  Don't miss out, and for additional information, contact Alyssa Crow at 325-698-7565.

Summer STEM Challenge: Paper Airplanes
Friday, June 23 at 4:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Tweens and teens are invited to the next Summer STEM Challenge.  STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and at each session we will engage in activities designed to spark your critical thinking skills, while having fun at the same time.  At this session we'll be designing our own paper airplanes and seeing how they measure up when flown.  We'll supply the materials needed, and for additional information, contact Alyssa Crow at 325-698-7565.

Saturday Matinee: The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Saturday, June 24 at 10:30AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Don't miss out on the next Saturday Matinee session at your library.  For this session, we'll be watching 2014's "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone as we gear up for the release of the reboot to the franchise in July.  In this film, when New York is put under siege by Oscorp, it is up to Spider-Man to save the city he swore to protect, as well as his loved ones.  This film is rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action/violence and has a run time of 2 hours and 22 minutes.  Light snacks will be served, or feel free to bring your own.  Contact Tremain Jackson at 325-698-7565 for additional information.

Music for Kids 1-100
Saturday, June 24 at 10:30AM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
If you're looking for a fun activity for the family to enjoy, you won't want to miss out on the Music for Kids 1-100 event at your Mockingbird Branch Library.  We'll welcome in children's songwriter and performer Will Parker, who will host this program featuring kid-friendly songs to enjoy, with audience participation too.  For additional information, contact us at 325-437-7323.

Legos Galore
Saturday, June 24 at 10:30AM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Tweens and teens are invited to join us in our monthly Legos Galore session.  We'll supply all the platforms and Legos needed for you to come out and create your own sculptures and projects.  Sometimes we'll free design, other times we'll work on themes.  Work on projects solo, or team up with others, there's no wrong way to have fun with Legos at your library.  For additional information, contact us at 325-437-7323.

Mockingbird Movies: Space Jam
Saturday, June 24 at 2:30PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Families are invited out to the next afternoon movie showing at your library.  At this session, we'll be going back in time with a live-action (and animated) flick from 1996 titled "Space Jam" starring Michael Jordan and Wayne Knight.  In this film, in a desperate attempt to win a basketball match and earn their freedom, the Looney Tunes seek the aid of retired basketball champion, Michael Jordan.  This film is rated PG for some mild cartoon language and has a run time of 1 hour and 28 minutes.  For more information, contact us at 325-437-7323.


BATurday Afternoon Movie: Batman (1989)
Saturday, June 24 at 2:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
You're invited to join us for another round of BAM at your library where we feature popular Batman flicks that never get old.  At this session, we'll be showing 1989's "Batman" starring Michael Keaton, Kim Basinger & Jack Nicholson.  In this film, the Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy, the clownishly homicidal Joker.  This film is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action violence, sexual content, language, and some disturbing images, and has a run time of 2 hours and 6 minutes.  Don't miss out and call us at 325-676-6025 if you have any questions.

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