Thursday, October 19, 2017

Weekly Library Events (October 22-28)

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: "Spider-Man: Homecoming"
Sunday, Oct. 22 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, most of which has been recently released to DVD.  At this session, we'll be showing 2017's "Spider-Man: Homecoming" starring Tom Holland in the title role.  In this film, Peter Parker tries to balance his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens with his superhero alter-ego Spider-Man, and must confront a new menace prowling the skies of New York City.  This film is rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, some language, and brief suggestive comments, and has a run time of 2 hours and 13 minutes.  Light snacks will be provided, or feel free to bring your own.

TECH Time
Monday, Oct. 23 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.

Cricut Design Space Class
Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 4:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6029
If you've completed the Creation Station Orientation Class, we invite you to expand your makerspace knowledge with this second course to help you develop skills for using the Cricut machine.  The Cricut is a die-cutting machine used for scrapbooking and various projects and designed to cut paper, felt, vinyl, fabrics, and more.  At this class, we'll cover how to use the Cricut Design Space, how to load and unload your material from the machine, and more.  This course will be limited to eight (8) guests, so be sure to contact Heather Carter at 325-676-6029 to register or to get additional information.
 

Teen Crafts: String Dolls
Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
String dolls are fun, easy, and a little bit creepy.  These popular mini-dolls have been made in the image of a host of characters including superheroes, TV show characters, and more.  If you're a teen who loves to craft, you're invited to join us after school for a fun workshop at your Mockingbird Branch Library.  We'll supply all the materials needed to show you how to make your own string doll in the image of your own favorite character, or you can even craft an original creation.

Job Time: Application Assistance
Wednesday, Oct. 25 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 your 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.

Super Storytime: Pumpkin Patch
Thursday, Oct. 26 at 10:45AM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Your Mockingbird Branch Library invites kids and parents to get into the Fall spirit with pumpkins!  Join us as we host a morning of fun with pumpkin stories, songs, and even making some fun pumpkin crafts as we show you how to fashion a magnetic pumpkin patch picture frame.  We'll supply all materials needed for the craft, so don't miss out on this enhanced storytime event at your library.

TECH Time
Thursday, Oct. 26 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.

Sugar Skulls Workshop
Thursday, Oct. 26 at 4:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Everyone's invited out to your Main Library for our annual Sugar Skulls Workshop as we celebrate Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in a great multicultural event.  We'll already have the sugar skulls made, but they're nothing more than a blank canvas.  Come out and grab yours, then use a host of fun accessories we'll provide for you to decorate and personalize your own skulls to honor those no longer living.  There's no need to register, just come out ready to have some decorating fun.

Collecting Commas Writing Club
Thursday, Oct. 26 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

Classic Cinema: "Psycho"
Friday, Oct. 27 at 10:30AM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
You're invited to attend our Classic Cinema Showings at your Mockingbird Branch Library, hosted on the fourth Fridays of each month.  We'll show great classics from the 1930s through the 1980s, and this month we'll be featuring the 1960 thriller "Psycho," directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh.  In this film, a Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.  Although originally not rated, today it would be classified as PG-13 for violent content including some bloody images, thematic material, brief sensuality, and partial nudity, and has a run time of 1 hour and 49 minutes.

MCEC Morning Storytime
Friday, Oct. 27 at 10:30AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Kids and parents are invited to join us for a great morning storytime event led by the Military Child Education Coalition.  Join your South Branch Library on the fourth Friday mornings of each month for a great activity designed for kids and parents to enjoy.  Don't miss out on the literary fun at your library.

Look! Listen! Learn! (Hearing)
Friday, Oct. 27 at 4:30PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Your South Branch Library is going strong with our new weekly children's program, offering a hands-on learning experience that's certain to be fun.  This program is titled Look, Listen, Learn where each week we'll explore the world around us in detail.  This program takes the place of the Stories & More program, and our first series of activities has been all about discovering our Five Senses.  At this session, it's all about our sense of Hearing where we'll share stories and activities designed to teach you about the subject.


Book to Movie Club: "A Monster Calls"
Saturday, Oct. 28 at 10:00AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6029 
Adults are invited to be a part of our monthly Book to Movie Club at your Main Library, where each month we’ll pick a book for you to read, then show the film adaptation to discuss the both of them as a group. This month’s selected title is “A Monster Calls” by Patrick Ness, and in the film at this program, a boy seeks the help of a tree monster to cope with his single mother’s terminal illness. This film stars Lewis MacDougall, Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, and Liam Neeson and is rated PG-13 for thematic content and some scary images, and has a run time of 1 hour and 48 minutes.

Saturday Matinee: "Beetlejuice"
Saturday, Oct. 28 at 10:30AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Don't miss the second Saturday Matinee showing at your South Branch Library this month, where we show popular flicks of the past and present.  As Halloween is just around the corner, we're going to be showing a great cult hit form the 80s with 1988's "Beetlejuice" starring Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, and Geena Davis in a cult favorite.  In this film, Adam and Barbara are a normal couple...who happen to be dead.  They have given their precious time to decorate their house and make it their own, but unfortunately a family is moving in, and not quietly.  Adam and Barbara try to scare them out, but end up becoming the main attraction to the money-making family.  They call upon Beetlejuice to help, but he has more in mind than just helping.  This Tim Burton film is rated PG for violence, language, and scary images, and has a run time of 1 hour and 32 minutes.  Light snacks will be served, or you can fill free to bring your own.

Legos Galore
Saturday, Oct. 28 at 10:30AM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
School age children are invited to participate in our Lego Club session at your Mockingbird Branch Library.  We'll supply all the Lego pieces you'll need so you can work on great projects on your own, or as part of a group.  Some sessions we'll free design, and other times we'll ask for you to build based on themes.  For the first 45 minutes we'll work on our Lego creations and then admire the projects created by everyone else at the end of the program.  Youth under the age of eight should be accompanied by an adult.

Family Films: "Open Season: Scared Silly"
Saturday, Oct. 28 at 2:30PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Ready for a fun flick for the whole family, and one that's perfect for Halloween?  If so, join your Mockingbird Branch Library as we'll be showing "Open Season: Scared Silly," with the voices of Donny Lucas and William Townsend.  In this film, Elliot, Boog, and all of the beloved woodland creatures are back in a brand new comedy adventure that will offer scares when, while on a summer camping trip, they set out to uncover the mystery of the Wailing Wampus Werewolf.  This film is rated PG for rude humor and some action, and it has a run time of 1 hour and 24 minutes.

Introduction to Knitting
Saturday, Oct. 28 at 3:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Join your South Branch Library as we welcome Charlotte Bland, craft enthusiast and knitter extraordinaire with eight years of experience, to host a series of programs all about knitting.  In this Introduction to Knitting Class, you'll learn the history of knitting, the different stitches and how to do them, and just what you can do with a few simple supplies.  The class is free and all materials will be provided, so you only need to bring your curiosity, imagination, and willingness to try something new.  See examples of knitted works, and feel free to bring your own projects to work on as the class progresses.  No registration is required.

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

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Celebrate Halloween with Your Abilene Public Library

Halloween is that time of year where spooktacular events abound.  Costumes have been purchased for trick-or-treating, scary movies are being queued up for watching, parties are on your to-do list, and more.  Your Abilene Public Library is inviting you to celebrate with us in a host of Halloween activities for all ages on October 30-31.

The premier event being hosted on Tuesday, October 30, is Mall-O-Ween, celebrated at the Mall of Abilene for the entire community to participate in.  Your South Branch Library will kick off the fun at 5:00PM with a special Dance Party for families to enjoy.  Come dressed in your best costumes and stop by our children's area to enjoy spooky scary Halloween hits provided by The Party Doc DJ, dancing, creepy refreshments, crafts, socializing, and fun for kids of all ages.

At 6:00PM, the mall will keep the fun going with a host of family-friendly activities including trick-or-treating for candy at various stores (including your South Branch Library), games, prizes, and of course the annual costume contest.  It's the perfect way to spend the night before Halloween.

Also on Tuesday, October 30, we're hosting two horror movie showings.  First up is a Fright Flix session at 5:30PM at your South Branch Library with 2013's "The Conjuring."  Then, starting 30 minutes later (6:00PM) at the Mockingbird Branch Library, join us for a Halloween Horror showiong of the third installment in a popular franchise with 2017's "Rings."

Next up, on Halloween night, two more spooky events will be offered.  The South Branch Library will host another Fright Flix session at 5:30PM, going back to 1990 with the adaptation of the bestselling novel by Stephen King, "Misery."  Refreshments will be served at all movie showings, or feel free to bring your own.  Finally, at 6:30PM, your Mockingbird Branch will host a special event with guest speaker Brian Bethel from the Abilene Reporter-News.  Bethel will be on hand to share Ghost Stories, some of which he has experienced, or heard about, regarding Abilene's paranormal history for adults ages 18+.

It's going to be a great two nights at your Abilene Public Library this Halloween.  For more information regarding any of the events being hosted at your South Branch Library, contact staff at 325-698-7565, or your Mockingbird Branch Library at 325-437-7323.  We hope to see you out at some of these spooktacular activities.  No registration needed, and all are free to participate in.

Book Festival Videos Now Available Online

The West Texas Book Festival may have ended, but you can re-live the celebration of authors, writing, and literature again, and on your own schedule.  Your Technology Department was busy filming all of the activities this incredible 3-day series and now they're available for viewing on a new Festival Videos page on the library's website.


Once you're there you'll see a gallery of 16 videos from the library's YouTube account.  Each has been broken down by author except for the Children's Panel presentation, the Local Author Reception, and the Boots & Books Culinary Luncheon.  Play as many as you'd like, directly from the page, and enlarge it to full screen on your computer or device with a click (or a tap) in the bottom right corner of the video.

Plus, you'll also be able to lookout for catching many of the videos on TV Channel 2 through the city's Abilene Television Network, to hopefully reach even more viewers.  We hope you make the most of seeing what your local library has to offer by not only perusing the festival videos online, but also all of our great original programming as well including our popular craft show series.

Tuesday, October 17, 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 the library.  Join us as we hit the highlights of some of the popular titles being released today.

Spider-Man: Homecoming
Starring: Tom Holland
Summary: Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May, under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark, Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine - distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man - but when the Vulture emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

Girls Trip
Starring: Queen Latifah
Summary: When four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there's enough dancing, drinking, brawling, and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.

Deep Freeze (Virgil Flowers #10)
Author: John Sandford
Summary: Virgil knows the town of Trippton, Minnesota, a little too well.  A few years back, he investigated the corrupt - and as it turned out, homicidal - local school board, and now the town's back in view with more alarming news: a woman's been found dead, frozen in a block of ice.  There's a possibility that it might be connected to a high school class of twenty years ago that has a mid-winter reunion coming up, and so, wrapping his coat a little tighter, Virgil begins to dig into 20 years' worth of traumas, feuds, and bad blood.  In the process, one thing becomes increasingly clear to him.  It's true what they say: High school is murder.

Capital Gaines: The Smart Things I've Learned by Doing Stupid Stuff
Author: Chip Gaines
Summary: The funny and talented Chip Gaines is well known to millions of people as a TV star, renovation expert, bestselling author, husband to Joanna, and father of 4 in Waco, Texas.  But long before the world took notice, Chip was a serial entrepreneur who was always ready for the next challenge, even if it didn't quite work out as planned.  Whether it was buying a neighborhood laundromat or talking a bank into a loan for some equipment to start a lawn-mowing service, Chip always knew that the most important thing was to take the first step.  In this book, we walk alongside him as he relives some of his craziest antics and the lessons learned along the way.  His mentors taught him to never give up and his family showed him what it meant to always have a positive attitude despite your circumstances.  Throw in a natural daredevil personality and a willingness to do (or eat!) just about anything, and you have the life and daily activity of Chip Gaines.

Uncommon Type
Author: Tom Hanks
Summary: A collection of 17 wonderful short stories showing that 2-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor.  In this book, a gentle Eastern European immigrant arrives in New York City after his family and his life have been torn apart by his country's civil war.  A man who loves to bowl rolls a perfect game - and then another and then another and then many more in a row until he winds up ESPN's newest celebrity, and he must decide if the combination of perfection and celebrity has ruined the thing he loves.  An eccentric billionaire and his faithful executive assistant venture into America looking for acquisitions and discover a down and out motel, romance, and a bit of real life.  These are just some of the tales Tom Hanks tells in this first collection of his short stories.

Merry Christmas from the Very Hungry Caterpillar
Author: Eric Carle
Summary: Join the Very Hungry Caterpillar for a celebration of all that is festive during the holiday season.  This beautiful book features Eric Carle's bright, colorful artwork of Christmas delights - from presents to snowflakes and even Santa Claus - with The Very Hungry Caterpillar making an appearance alongside each one.  This sweet little book is the perfect Christmas present for readers young and old.

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, October 15, 2017

"Statewide Genealogy Event Comes to the Library" | @ the Library Article

In celebration of October as Family History Month, the Abilene Public Library will join the Genealogy Network of Texas (GNT) for a collaborative event.

The programs are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday at the downtown library, 202 Cedar St., in the auditorium.

The GNT is a statewide initiative to connect libraries and provide educational and research opportunities, and is spearheaded by the Genealogy Center of the Waco-McLennan County Library.  The GNT will provide a series of eight live streamed programs with up-to-date topics accessible at 27 participating libraries and genealogical societies across the state.

Programming includes something for everyone:
  • Orphan Train Riders: Tracks to Texas & Beyond, All Aboard 1854 to 1929 with Paula Perkins kicks off the event at 11-11:50 a.m.
  • Beginner's Guide to Documenting Your Family History with LaToya Devezin of the Austin History Center from noon to 1:30 p.m. can get you started or refresh your knowledge.
  • Discover Local History through a Regional Depository with Laura Saegert of the Texas State Library & Archives from 1:40-2:40 p.m. will address TSLAC's regional depository program.
  • My Texans during the Republic with Sharon Farnsworth from 2:50-3:50 p.m. answers questions about your Texas Republic era ancestors.
  • Connecting Your DNA Matches with DIahan Southard from 4-5 p.m. DNA is a hot topic, so don't miss out!
  • Researching Your Czech Immigrant Ancestor's Background in the Old Fatherland with Dr. Miroslav Koudelka form the Czech Republic from 6-7 p.m.
  • Get the Scoop on Your Ancestors with Newspapers with Lisa Louise Cooke from 7:10-8:10 p.m.
  • Discovering You WWI Ancestor: Sources & Resources with Earl Pogue from 8:20-9:30 p.m. winds up the evening.
Attendees may come and go to individual programs of interest throughout the day until 6 p.m. when the library closes.  At that time, no new attendees will be admitted to the library.

For more information, contact Janis C. Test at 325-676-6017 or via email.

Article Contributed by Janis C. Test, Information Services Manager at the Abilene Public Library

Saturday, October 14, 2017

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Oct. 15)

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 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: 1
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 forever". The evening's host is his friend and former student, Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old tech magnate whose dazzling inventions and audacious predictions have made him a controversial figure around the world. This 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 discovery 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: Sleeping Beauties
Authors: Stephen & Owen King
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: F KING
Summary: In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep: they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent. And while they sleep they go to another place, a better place, where harmony prevails and conflict is rare. One woman, the mysterious "Eve Black," is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Eve a medical anomaly to be studied? Or is she a demon who must be slain? Abandoned, left to their increasingly primal urges, the men divide into warring factions, some wanting to kill Eve, some to save her. Others exploit the chaos to wreak their own vengeance on new enemies. All turn to violence in a suddenly all-male world. Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women's prison, Sleeping Beauties is a wildly provocative, gloriously dramatic father-son collaboration that feels particularly urgent and relevant today.

#3: Manhattan Beach
Author: Jennifer Egan
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F EGAN
Summary:  Manhattan Beach opens in Brooklyn during the Great Depression. Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to the house of Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Naval Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that hadalways belonged to men. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. She is the sole provider for her mother, a farm girl who had a brief and glamorous career with the Ziegfeld Follies, and her lovely, severely disabled sister. At a nightclub, she chances to meet Dexter Styles again, and she begins to understand the complexity of her father's life, the reasons he might have vanished.

#4: A Column of Fire
Author: Ken Follett
Weeks On List: 4
Call Number: F FOLLETT
Summary: In 1558, the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn apart by religious conflict. As power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, royalty and commoners clash, testing friendship, loyalty, and love. Ned Willard wants nothing more than to marry Margery Fitzgerald. But when the lovers find themselves on opposing sides of the religious conflict dividing the country, Ned goes to work for Princess Elizabeth. When she becomes queen, all Europe turns against England. The shrewd, determined young monarch sets up the country's first secret service to give her early warning of assassination plots, rebellions, and invasion plans. Over a turbulent half century, the love between Ned and Margery seems doomed as extremism sparks violence from Edinburgh to Geneva. Elizabeth clings to her throne and her principles, protected by a small, dedicated group of resourceful spies and courageous secret agents.

#5: Don't Let Go
Author: Harlan Coben
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: M COBEN
Summary: With unmatched suspense and emotional insight, Harlan Coben explores the big secrets and little lies that can destroy a relationship, a family, and even a town in this powerful new thriller. Suburban New Jersey Detective Napoleon "Nap" Dumas hasn't beenthe same since senior year of high school, when his twin brother Leo and Leo's girlfriend Diana were found dead on the railroad tracks -- and Maura, the girl Nap considered the love of his life, broke up with him and disappeared without explanation. Forfifteen years, Nap has been searching, both for Maura and for the real reason behind his brother's death. And now, it looks as though he may finally find what he's been looking for. When Maura's fingerprints turn up in the rental car of a suspected murderer, Nap embarks on a quest for answers that only leads to more questions -- about the woman he loved, about the childhood friends he thought he knew, about the abandoned military base near where he grew up, and mostly about Leo and Diana -- whose deathsare darker and far more sinister than Nap ever dared imagine.

Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: Killing England
Author: Bill O'Reilly
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: 973.3 ORE
Summary: Told through the eyes of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Great Britain's King George III, Killing England chronicles the path to independence in gripping detail, taking the reader from the battlefields of America to the royal courts of Europe. What started as protest and unrest in the colonies soon escalated to a world war with devastating casualties. O'Reilly and Dugard recreate the war's landmark battles, including Bunker Hill, Long Island, Saratoga, and Yorktown, revealing the savagery of hand-to-hand combat and the often brutal conditions under which these brave American soldiers lived and fought. Also here is the reckless treachery of Benedict Arnold and the daring guerilla tactics of the "Swamp Fox" Frances Marion.

#2: We Were Eight Years in Power
Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: NOT HOUSED
Summary: A series of essays that cover each year of the Obama administration, the writer's own journey and the echoes of American history in modern times.

#3: What Happened
Author: Hillary Rodham Clinton
Weeks On List: 4
Call Number: 328.73 CLI
Summary: For the first time, Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. Now free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules. This is her most personal memoir yet.

#4: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
Author: Neil deGrasse Tyson
Weeks On List: 23
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.

#5: The Four
Author: Scott Galloway
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: NOT HOUSED
Summary: A study of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google, with suggestions on applying these companies' strategies to your own business or career.

Look for these titles at your Abilene Public Library and discover why they've become such hits in mainstream literature.  If they're not available, get yourselves on the reserve lists and secure your spot in line.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Participate in Crafty Multicultural Workshop @ Your Library

Your Abilene Public Library is happy to announce our annual Sugar Skulls Workshop is just around the corner, running Thursday, October 26 at 4:00PM, Main Library.  As a special multicultural event for all ages, join in on this special activity celebrating Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

At this workshop, library staff will provide guests with their own sugar skull.  Then choose from a variety of accessories to decorate it with in whatever manner you'd like.  From simple to elaborate, there's no wrong way to create your own colorful skull creation.

Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday designed to offer people the chance to remember friends and family who have died, as well as to help support their spiritual journey.  Celebrated on November 1-2, coinciding with the Catholic holiday All Soul's & All Saint's Day, the indigenous people believed the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31, and the spirits of deceased children are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours.  On the second day, the spirits of the adults would come down to then enjoy the festivities prepared for them.

Although there are a number of ways to celebrate this festive occasion, the decorating of sugar skulls is but one way to honor the dead.  Feel free to come out, grab your own skull, and use our materials to design your own colorful piece of art.  There's no need to register and all ages are welcome to attend.  For additional information, contact staff at 325-676-6067.

Weekly Library Events (October 15-21)

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: "The Mummy"
Sunday, Oct. 15 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, most of which have been recently released to DVD, for the community to come out and enjoy.  At this session, we'll be showing 2017's "The Mummy" starring Tom Cruise.  In this film, an ancient princess is awakened from her crypt beneath the desert, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.  This film is rated PG-13 for violence, action, and scary images, and for some suggestive content and partial nudity.  It also has a run time of 1 hour and 50 minutes.  Light snacks will be provided, or feel free to bring your own.

Creation Station Orientation Class
Monday, Oct. 16 at 10:00AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6029
The Creation Station at your Main Library is open for business, offering a makerspace where guests have the ability to utilize a wide range of equipment when it comes to creating projects.  To use the Creation Station, guests must first register and complete our Creation Station Orientation Class.  In this class, we will cover the equipment available for use, Creation Station Hours, Usage Policies, Safety Guidelines, Fees, and a tour of the room.  Space in this class is limited to 20 individuals so call Heather Carter at 325-676-6029 to register.
 

TECH Time
Monday, Oct. 16 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
Monday, Oct. 16 at 4:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Tweens and teens are invited out to join us for a brand new club at your Main Library, meeting on a monthly basis and designed to be fun and educational.  We're talking about our new Coding Club where staff will teach participants about the concepts of coding.  There will be hands-on activities and even activities with technology.  We'll supply any materials you'll need for the program, so be sure to check it out after school.

Meet & Greet: Goodwill West Texas Career Center
Monday, Oct. 16 at 5:30PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Join your Mockingbird Branch Library as we invite in staff from the Goodwill West Texas Career Center to tell the community about the wonderful services they have to offer.  Well-known in the community, Goodwill has services in order to offer one-on-one job application and career placement assistance to those who need help.  Open to everyone, come out and meet our special guests. They'll be more than happy to tell you about how they may assist you on the road to successful employment.

Storytime at Chick-fil-A
Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 10:30AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Kids and parents are invited to join your South Branch Library for our monthly Storytime at Chick-fil-A, located 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. 

Family Coloring Club
Wednesday, Oct. 18 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.  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-fr3ee program at your library.

Tinker CAD Design Class
Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 10:00AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6029
If you've completed the Creation Station Orientation Class, we invite you to expand your makerspace knowledge with this third course, designed 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 with the printer, the Tinker CAD Design program will help you learn how to create your own projects to print out.  This class will cover that program, how to use our slicing program, and how to upload and print your creations on the PolyPrinter.  Space is limited to eight (8) guests, so contact Heather Carter at 325-676-6029 to register, or for additional information.
 

Minecraft Mania
Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 3:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Tweens and teens are invited to join your Main Library for a great after school gaming session.  Minecraft is a popular digital game and we'll be hosing some interactive fun for everyone to enjoy.  We'll sign you up for turns and everyone who wants to play will be able to, plus, while you're waiting, we'll also being having fun with Minecraft-inspired crafts too. 

Job Time: Application Assistance
Wednesday, Oct. 18 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.

TECH Time
Thursday, Oct. 19 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. 

Stories & More: Spiders!
Thursday, Oct. 19 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Are you ready for some creepy, crawly, hairy spider fun?  Kids and parents are invited to join your Mockingbird Branch Library for a special Stories & More event featuring a special guest from the Abilene Zoo.  Joy Harsh, Education Curator at the Zoo, is well-known for her visits to the library over the summer, and this time she'll be bringing her SPIDERS to the library to enhance our program.  We'll begin with her presentation and then move on to stories and crafting fun. 

Collecting Commas Writing Club
Thursday, Oct. 19 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, Oct. 19 at 6:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Families won't want to miss out on a new activity night at your Main Library.  Join us as we host a 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 ones with other families present.  Whether you choose a favorite game, or try something new, don't miss out on this new series of events. 

Cover-to-Cover Book Club: "Born with Teeth"
Thursday, Oct. 19 at 7:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
If you're an avid reader in the community, we invite you to be a part of the Cover-to-Cover Book Club at your Main Library.  Each month we meetup to discuss great books covering all genres.  This month we'll be meeting to discuss the autobiography "Born with Teeth" by Kate Mulgrew, best known for her current role as Galina "Red" Reznikov in the hit Netflix show "Orange is the New Black."  Checkout a copy from your local library and then come ready to discuss it with other readers at this meeting. 


Genealogy Network of Texas Lock-In
Friday, Oct. 20 at 11:00AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
In celebration of October as Family History Month, we'll join the Genealogy Network of Texas (GNT) for a collaborative event for genealogists and family history enthusiasts.  The GNT is a statewide initiative to connect libraries and provide educational and research opportunities and is spearheaded by the Genealogy Center of the Waco-McLennan County Library.  The GNT will provide a series of eight live streamed programs with up-to-date topics including a beginner's session, a DNA session, and one on the orphan train children.  You may bring covered drinks and there is wireless for your personal laptop/smart-device use.  This is a come and go event, except after the library closes at 6:00PM, you will not be able to enter the library.

Look! Listen! Learn! (Touch)
Friday, Oct. 20 at 4:30PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Your South Branch Library is going strong with our new weekly children's program, offering a hands-on learning experience that's certain to be fun.  This new program is titled Look, Listen, Learn and each time we'll explore the world around us in detail.  This program will take the place of Stories & More and for our first series of activities, we'll be discovering our Five Senses.  At this session, it's all about our sense of Touch where we'll share stories and activities designed to teach youth about the subject.

Teen Flix After Hours: "Wonder Woman"
Friday, Oct. 20 at 5:45PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Teens are invited to join your South Branch Library, located in the Mall of Abilene, for the next Teen Flix After Hours movie night.  This month we're going to the latest flick to be released in the DC cinematic universe with 2017's "Wonder Woman" starring Gal Gadot.  In this film, before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior.  When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny.  This film is rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, and some suggestive content, and has a run time of 2 hours and 21 minutes.  Teens are asked to arrive by 5:45PM as the library will close to the public at 6:00PM, and then we'll start the movie.  Pizza, popcorn, and drinks will be served, and teens will be supervised by library staff the entire time.  Rides should return for pickup by 8:30PM.

BATurday Afternoon Movie: "Batman vs. Two-Face"
Saturday, Oct. 21 at 2:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Holy coin flipping conundrums, Batman! When a device meant to remove the evil from the criminal mind goes haywire, Gotham City's D.A. Harvey Dent is transformed into the sinister split personality - Two-Face!  Can a helping claw from the coy Catwoman unravel this confounded case and foil Two-Face's maniacal endgame?  With the legendary voice talents of Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar, everyone's invited to join your South Branch Library for this animated DC flick.  This movie is rated PG for action, some mild language and suggestive content and has a run time of 1 hour and 12 minutes.

Family Flix: "Goosebumps"
Saturday, Oct. 21 at 3:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
If you're looking to catch a Halloween movie this Saturday, kids and parents are invited to join your Main Library for our monthly Family Flix movie session.  This month we'll be watching "Goosebumps," starring Jack Black, and based on the popular creepy series for youth authored by R.L. Stine.  In this film, a teen teams up with the daughter of a young adult horror author, R.L. Stine, after the writer's imaginary demons are set free on the town of Madison, Delaware.  This film is rated PG for scary and intense creature action and images, and for some rude humor, and has a run time of 1 hour and 43 minutes.  Light refreshments 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.