Tuesday, January 31, 2017

"AARP and Library Offer Tax Help Starting Wednesday" | Abilene Reporter-News

Article Contributed by Brian Bethel, Abilene Reporter-News on January 30, 2017

The Abilene Public Library and AARP volunteers are offering free tax help fro those who need it beginning Wednesday.

The main branch at 202 Cedar will feature free tax assistance every Wednesday and Thursday from 10AM to 3PM in the upstairs auditorium.  Volunteers will be available every Friday and Saturday at the Mockingbird Branch, 1326 Mockingbird, from 10AM to 3PM.

The assistance program lasts through April 13, with the aid offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Both library locations open at 9AM and people may register for that day's service beginning at that time.

Once volunteers have the maximum number of people they can handle in a day, any excess filers will be asked to return on another day.

"They do need to be here as soon as close as they can to 9AM when the library doors open," said Janis Test with the Abilene Public Library."...If you want to make sure you get in, the sooner (you arrive), the better."

The program helps people who might not otherwise get help with their taxes, Test said.

And the tax program is good for the library, as well, because it brings in people who might not normally use the library's services or who haven't been back in a while.

"While they're here, while they're waiting, they have a chance to experience the things we to offer," Test said.  "Maybe they want to sit down and read a magazine or the newspaper, or they'll bring a device and they can get on our Wi-Fi and download some things.  Or (they can) ask one of the staff members about something.  It gives us a chance to tell them a little bit about what we do have."

The AARP tax aid volunteers have been trained by the Internal Revenue Service and will file taxes electronically, unless the IRS requires a paper filing.

"They just held a three-day training session for both old and new volunteers to get up to date and any new changes in the tax codes and any new methods of electronic filing," Test said.

Test said demand tends to rise in two distinct cycles - the first rush in the first few weeks the service is offered, the second coming as the filing deadline approaches.

Volunteers may not be held responsible for any tax errors.

To aid the process, bring copies of last year's federal tax returns, all materials pertaining to this year's taxes, including W-2 forms, and social security cards for every family member included in the return.

The library has access to necessary tax forms.  Free copies of a few of the most widely-used forms and instruction booklets are available, and all forms are available to be downloaded and printed from the IRS website for 15 cents per page.

For more information, call 325-676-6025.

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.

Masterminds
Starring: Zach Galifianakis
Summary: A dim-witted armored-car driver is lured into taking part in a massive heist by a seductive co-worker and her criminal accomplice.  But when his partners steal the money and betray him, he is forced to evade a police detective and an eccentric hit man while seeking his revenge.

Right Behind You (FBI Profiler #7)
Author: Lisa Gardner
Summary: Eight years ago, Sharlah's older brother beat their drunken father to death with a baseball bat in order to save both of their lives.  Now 13-years-old, she has finally moved on.  About to be adopted by retired FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his partner, Rainie, Sharlah loves one thing best about her new family: They are all experts on monsters.  Then the call comes in.  A double murder at a local gas station, followed by reports of an armed suspect shooting his way through the wilds of Oregon.  As Quincy and Rainie race to assist, they are forced to confront mounting evidence.  The shooter may very well be Sharlah's older brother, and it appears his killing spree has only just begun.

The Prisoner (John Wells #11)
Author: Alex Berenson
Summary: It's the most dangerous mission of John Wells' career.  Evidence is mounting that someone high up in the CIA is doing the unthinkable - passing messages to ISIS, alerting them to planned operations.  Finding out the mole's identity without alerting him, however, will be very hard, and to accomplish it, Wells will have to do something he thought he'd left behind forever.  He will have to reassume his former identity as an al Qaeda jihadi, get captured, and go undercover to befriend an ISIS prisoner in a secret Bulgarian prison.

Rather Be the Devil
Author: Ian Rankin
Summary: As he settles into an uneasy retirement, Rebus has given up his favorite vices.  THere's just one habit he can't shake: he can't let go of an unsolved case.  It's the only pastime he has left and up until now, it's the only one that wasn't threatening to kill him.  But when Rebus starts reexamining the facts behind the long-ago murder of a glamorous woman at a luxurious hotel - on the same night a famous rock star and his entourage were also staying there - the past comes roaring back to life with a vengeance.

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, January 30, 2017

"A 'Taxing' Time Ahead" | @ the Library Article

This is a "taxing" season we either look forward to or dread, (depending on whether you're receiving a refund or having to pay)!  Regardless, your Abilene Public Library can help make things easier with free tax forms and free tax return preparation services.

1040, 1040A & 1040EZ federal income tax forms and booklets are available free at all three library locations, until supplies run out.  However, any forms not readily available can be printed out for 15 cents per page and a librarian will assist in printing, if needed.

Beginning Wednesday, February 1, your library will be hosting free tax assistance every Wednesday & Thursday afternoon from 10:00AM - 3:00PM in the upstairs auditorium of the Main Library at 202 Cedar.  On Fridays & Saturdays, Tax Aid volunteers will be available at the Mockingbird Branch at 1326 N. Mockingbird from 10:00AM - 3:00PM.  The assistance program lasts through April 13.  The assistance will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Both library locations open at 9:00AM, and people may register for that day's service.  However, once volunteers have as many people as they can handle, they will turn people away until another day, so we recommend getting to the location as soon as you can each morning.  The free service is primarily targeted to elderly and low income taxpayers, but open to anyone.  In some cases people will be referred to a professional tax service, if they require more than simple assistance.

These Tax Aid volunteers from the American Association of Retired Persons have been trained by the Internal Revenue Service, and they file your taxes electronically, unless the IRS requires a paper filing.  Volunteers may not be held responsible for any tax errors.

Participants need to bring a copy of last year's tax return, social security cards for everyone listed on the form and all documents related to income and/or expenses such as W2 forms, etc.  Please remember, there are no appointment...assistance is on a first-come, first-served basis.

For further information, please contact librarian Marie Skufca at 325-676-6025.

For those doing their own returns and needing information beyond what is provided in the IRS forms and booklets, J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2017 is an easy to use, comprehensive source and reference copies can be consulted at all times at all three library locations.

If you dread tax season, your Abilene Public Library can take some of that stress away.  Drop by and let us help make the "taxing season" less taxing on you.

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

Friday, January 27, 2017

Book-to-Film Adaptations: February 2017

Literature often inspires film adaptations and each month I like to highlight those hitting theaters soon.  Check out this blog entry to see what they are, and be on the lookout for seeing them in theaters...as well as checking out their source materials at your library.

Fifty Shades Darker
Starring: Dakota Johnson
Release Date: Feb. 10
Based On: "Fifty Shades Darker"
Author: E.L. James
Summary: While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her.

Tulip Fever
Starring: Alicia Vikander
Release Date: Feb. 24
Based On: "Tulip Fever"
Author: Deborah Moggach
Summary: An artist falls for a young married woman while he's commissioned to paint her portrait during the Tulip mania of 17th century Amsterdam.

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

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Jan. 29)

Many patrons browse the new materials section of the library to discover the latest reads.  Part of finding them is browsing the New York Times Bestsellers lists we make available at all locations.  Check out this blog entry to discover the latest to lead the pack on the Hardcover Fiction & Nonfiction lists for the upcoming week.

Hardcover Fiction Top 5

#1: Never Never
Author: James Patterson
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: M PATTERSON
Summary: Detective Harriet Blue of the Sydney Police Department prides herself on an uncanny ability to catch the most deviant of criminals. So when her brother is charged with a brutal string of murders, it rocks her world. Shocked, in denial, and facing uncomfortable questions about how much she knew, Harry is transferred to avoid the media circus. Investigating the disappearance of a worker in an isolated mine deep inside the desolate Australian outback--the never never--she uncovers an insular society that has sprung up around the mine. It's a world full of easy money, plenty of immoral ways to spend it, and no shortage of suspects. Still reeling from her investigative failures back home, Harry must get to the bottom of the mine's mysteries before she vanishes into the wilds of the never never for good.

#2: The Underground Railroad
Author: Colson Whitehead
Weeks On List: 24
Call Number: F WHITEHEAD
Summary: Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted. Their first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But the city's placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels.

#3: Two by Two
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Weeks On List: 16
Call Number: F SPARKS
Summary: At 32, Russell Green has it all: a stunning wife, a lovable six year-old daughter, a successful career as an advertising executive and an expansive home. He is living the dream, and his marriage to the bewitching Vivian is the center of that. But underneath the shiny surface of this perfect existence, fault lines are beginning to appear, and no one is more surprised than Russ when he finds every aspect of the life he took for granted turned upside down.

#4: The Whistler
Author: John Grisham
Weeks On List: 13
Call Number: F GRISHAM
Summary: Lacy Stoltz, an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct, takes on a case involving a corrupt judge, a Native American casino, and the mafia when a previously disbarred lawyer approaches her on behalf of a client who claims to know the truth.

#5: The Mistress
Author: Danielle Steel
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: F STEEL
Summary: Set in the South of France, London, and Paris, a gorgeous, innocent mistress of a Russian oligarch gradually finds independence via her own efforts and through her friendship with the artist son of a world-renowned painter and his devoted muse/now restaurateur mother, reminiscent of Picasso and La Colombe D'or in St-Paul-de-Vence.



Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: Hillbilly Elegy
Author: J.D. Vance
Weeks On List: 26
Call Number: 92 VANCE
Summary: Vance, a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, provides an account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America's white working class. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

#2: Three Days in January
Author: Bret Baier
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: 973.921 BAI
Summary: Explores the presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower through the lens of his last three days in office in January 1961, revealing him to be a model of strong yet principled leadership.

#3: Killing the Rising Sun
Author: Bill O'Reilly
Weeks On List: 19
Call Number: 940.542 ORE
Summary: Portrays the events of World War II in 1944, when escalating Pacific battles between the forces of General MacArthur and the Japanese army lead to the development of humanity's deadliest weapon and President Truman's impossible choice.

#4: The Magnolia Story
Author: Chip & Joanna Gaines
Weeks On List: 14
Call Number: 92 GAINES
Summary: Sometimes the messiest stuff and the biggest mistakes can take you someplace wonderful. With the help of their hit TV show, Fixer Upper, the husband and wife team of Chip and Joanna Gaines have transformed the seemingly everyday work of renovating homes and flipping houses in Waco, Texas, into something much more. With their fun personalities, good humor, strong love of family, and unique design style, they've managed to capture the hearts of Americans from all walks of life. This first book also includes stories and photos from the childhood memories that shaped them and the twists and turns that led them to the life they currently share: on the farm with their four kids and countless farm animals, and in their ever-expanding roles as entrepreneurs, designers, and good neighbors.

#5: The Book of Joy
Author: Dalai Lama
Weeks On List: 14
Call Number: 294.34 BST
Summary: Nobel Peace Prize Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have survived more than fifty years of exile and the soul-crushing violence of oppression. Despite their hardships -- or, as they would say, because of them -- they are two of the most joyful people on the planet. In April 2015, Archbishop Tutu traveled to the Dalai Lama's home in Dharamsala, India, to celebrate His Holiness's eightieth birthday and to create what they hoped would be a gift for others.

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, January 26, 2017

Weekly Library Events (Jan. 29 - Feb. 4)

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.

Free Tax Help
Feb. 1-2; 10AM to 3PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
If you need help filing your taxes, take part in this free program led by IRS-trained volunteers with the AARP.  Multiple sessions will be hosted each week, and guests will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis while spaces allow.  Be sure to bring your Photo ID, social security card, W-2’s, and all other tax information you may need to file.  Volunteers will be on hand to walk you through the filing process, and e-File your taxes during your visit.

Make & Take: Penguin Valentines
Thursday, Feb. 2 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird LN.
PH: 325-437-7323
If you have a child that loves to craft, you won't want to miss out on being a part of the Make & Take program at your library.  At this session, we'll be showing youth how to make some Penguin Valentine's crafts.  They're super cute and great for giving to others.  All materials will be supplied and staff will be on hand to show you how to put them together.

Collecting Commas Writing Club
Thursday, Feb. 2 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
If you have a child between the ages of 10-17, and they love to express themselves through writing, don't miss out on the chance to be a part of the weekly Collecting Commas Writing Club at your Main Library.  Meeting every Thursday afternoon at 4:30PM, this group meets to hone their creative writing skills in all forms of writing.  There's no need to register to be a part of this club, simply come check out a meeting and see if it's meant for you.

Free Tax Help
Feb. 3-4; 10AM to 3PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
If you need help filing your taxes, take part in this free program led by IRS-trained volunteers with the AARP.  Multiple sessions will be hosted each week, and guests will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis while spaces allow.  Be sure to bring your Photo ID, social security card, W-2’s, and all other tax information you may need to file.  Volunteers will be on hand to walk you through the filing process, and e-File your taxes during your visit.

Super Storytime: Frogging Around
Friday, Feb. 3 at 10:45AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
The entire family is invited to join us at the Main Library for our monthly Super Storytime event. Designed for kids of all ages, at this session, we're going to be "Frogging Around" with great stories, crafts, songs, and more that all deal with these hopping little creatures. There's no need to register, simply come out ready to have some storytime fun with children's staff at your library.

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

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Participate in Free Tax Help @ Your Library

Tax Season may not be the time of year everyone looks forward too, but your Abilene Public Library can help to make the filing process a little less taxing.  Free Tax Help at your library returns on February 1, running through April 13.  The public will have ample opportunities to participate in this program that helps you to e-File your taxes.

Partnering with the AARP, IRS-trained volunteers will be on hand to help you through the filing process.  The Main Library will host weekly sessions on Wednesdays and Thursdays, while the Mockingbird Branch will host this program on Fridays and Saturdays.  All sessions will run from 10AM to 3PM with participants being helped on a first-come, first-served basis (no reservations).

Due to the popularity of this program, slots may fill up quickly.  If a session closes early, we will notify people through our Facebook and Twitter accounts.  We apologize in advance if you're not able to be seen the day you arrive.  There will be a limited number of volunteers available to assist people during each session; however, the public will have more than 40 opportunities to attend a session.  Wow!

For complete information on this program, visit our Free Tax Help Page on our website.  There you will find the weekly schedule, what you need to bring, and links to some of the most requested tax forms for printing out at home for your use.

Please Note: We do not receive a wealth of tax forms to offer to the public at each library location.  All tax forms and booklets are available online, or staff may print out requested forms for you at $0.15 per page.

February'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 February, the featured selection is Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson and we invite you to look out for a copy at your library and then attend the book club meeting on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 7:00PM.  For more information, be sure to contact Ann Mount at 325-676-6025.

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
Author: Helen Simonson
Summary: Major Ernest Pettigrew, an honor-bound Englishman and widower, and the very embodiment of duty and pride.  As the novel opens, the major is mourning the loss of his younger brother, Bertie, and attempting to get his hands-on Bertie's antique Churchill shotgun - part of a set that the boys' father split between them, but which Bertie's widow doesn't want to hand over.  As he frets over the guns, the major's friendship with Jasmina Ali - the Pakistani widow of the local food shop owner - takes a turn unexpected by the major.  This is a vastly enjoyable traipse through the English countryside and the long-held traditions of the British aristocracy.

Be sure to checkout this title from your Abilene Public Library and come out ready to discuss this title with other avid readers in the community.  Again, the Cover-to-Cover Book Club will meet on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 7:00PM to discuss this title, so be sure to get in on the reading fun.

Tuesday, January 24, 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.

The Light Between Oceans
Starring: Michael Fassbender
Summary: An Australian World War I veteran takes a job as a lighthouse keeper on an isolated island.  He meets his future wife at the nearest coastal town, and the two begin their new life alone at the lighthouse.  Once settled, a lifeboat washes ashore with a newborn inside, and the couple raise the infant as their own.

Power Game (GhostWalkers #13)
Author: Christine Feehan
Summary: When members of a United Nations joint security force are taken hostage by radical terrorists in Indonesia, Captain Ezekiel Fortunes is called to lead the rescue team.  Part of a classified government experiment, Zeke is a supersoldier with enhanced abilities.  He can see better and run faster than the enemy, disappear when necessary and hunt along any terrain.  There are those in the world willing to do anything for power like that.  A formidable spy genetically engineered to hide in plain sight, Bellisia rarely meets a man who doesn't want to control or kill her.  But Zeke is different.  His gaze, his touch - they awaken feelings inside her that she never thought possible.  He's the kind of man she could settle down with - if she can keep him alive...

Fatal
Author: John Lescroart
Summary: Kate loves her life.  At 44, she's happily married to her kind husband, Ron, has two children, and a beautiful home in San Francisco.  Everything changes, however, when she and Ron attend a dinner party and meet another couple, Peter and Jill.  Kate and Peter only exchange a few pleasant words but that night, in bed with her husband, Kate is suddenly overcome with a burning desire for Peter.  What begins as an innocent crush soon develops into a dangerous obsession and Kate's fixation on Peter results in one intense, passionate encounter between the two.  Confident that her life can now go back to normal, Kate never considers that Peter may not be so willing to move on.

Death's Mistress: Sister of Darkness: The Nicci Chronicles, Volume 1
Author: Terry Goodkind
Summary: Onetime lieutenant of the evil Emperor Jagang, known as "Death's Mistress" and the "Slave Queen," the deadly Nicci captured RIchard Rahl in order to convince him that the Imperial Order stood for the greater good.  But it was Richard who converted Nicci instead, and for years thereafter she served Richard and Kahlan as one of their closest friends - and one of their most lethal defenders.  Now, with the reign of Richard and Kahlan finally stabilized, Nicci has set out on her own for new adventures.  Her first job being to keep the unworldly prophet Nathan out of trouble.

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.

Friday, January 20, 2017

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Jan. 22)

Many patrons browse the new materials section of the library to discover the latest reads.  Part of finding them is browsing the New York Times Bestsellers lists we make available at all locations.  Check out this blog entry to discover the latest to lead the pack on the Hardcover Fiction & Nonfiction lists for the upcoming week.

Hardcover Fiction Top 5

#1: The Mistress
Author: Danielle Steel
Weeks On List: 2
Summary:  Set in the South of France, London, and Paris, a gorgeous, innocent mistress of a Russian oligarch gradually finds independence via her own efforts and through her friendship with the artist son of a world-renowned painter and his devoted muse/now restaurateur mother, reminiscent of Picasso and La Colombe D'or in St-Paul-de-Vence.

#2: The Whistler
Author: John Grisham
Weeks On List: 12
Summary: Lacy Stoltz, an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct, takes on a case involving a corrupt judge, a Native American casino, and the mafia when a previously disbarred lawyer approaches her on behalf of a client who claims to know the truth.

#3: The Underground Railroad
Author: Colson Whitehead
Weeks On List: 23
Summary: Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted. Their first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But the city's placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels.

#4: Two by Two
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Weeks On List: 15
Summary: At 32, Russell Green has it all: a stunning wife, a lovable six year-old daughter, a successful career as an advertising executive and an expansive home. He is living the dream, and his marriage to the bewitching Vivian is the center of that. But underneath the shiny surface of this perfect existence, fault lines are beginning to appear, and no one is more surprised than Russ when he finds every aspect of the life he took for granted turned upside down.

#5: Cross the Line
Author: James Patterson
Weeks On List: 8
Summary: When a prominent Washington D.C. police official is murdered, Alex Cross steps in to investigate but his efforts are impeded by a series of deadly attacks by a vigilante killer who is targeting suspected criminals.





Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: Hillbilly Elegy
Author: J.D. Vance
Weeks On List: 25
Summary: Vance, a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, provides an account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America's white working class. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

#2: Three Days in January
Author: Bret Baier
Weeks On List: 1
Summary: Explores the presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower through the lens of his last three days in office in January 1961, revealing him to be a model of strong yet principled leadership.

#3: Killing the Rising Sun
Author: Bill O'Reilly
Weeks On List: 18
Summary: Portrays the events of World War II in 1944, when escalating Pacific battles between the forces of General MacArthur and the Japanese army lead to the development of humanity's deadliest weapon and President Truman's impossible choice.

#4: The Princess Diarist
Author: Carrie Fisher
Weeks On List: 3
Summary: The Hollywood icon best known for her role in "Star Wars" shares interconnected essays exploring her life as the child of Hollywood royalty, adventures on the sets of "Star Wars," and struggles with bipolar disorder.

#5: The Magnolia Story
Author: Chip & Joanna Gaines
Weeks On List: 13
Summary: Sometimes the messiest stuff and the biggest mistakes can take you someplace wonderful. With the help of their hit TV show, Fixer Upper, the husband and wife team of Chip and Joanna Gaines have transformed the seemingly everyday work of renovating homes and flipping houses in Waco, Texas, into something much more. With their fun personalities, good humor, strong love of family, and unique design style, they've managed to capture the hearts of Americans from all walks of life. This first book also includes stories and photos from the childhood memories that shaped them and the twists and turns that led them to the life they currently share: on the farm with their four kids and countless farm animals, and in their ever-expanding roles as entrepreneurs, designers, and good neighbors.

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, January 19, 2017

Weekly Library Events (Jan. 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.

Twisted Tales Book Club: "Princess of the Midnight Ball"
Mon., Jan. 23 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
If you're an avid teen reader, don't pass up on your chance to be a part of our Twisted Tales Book Club at your Main Library.  Join us as we celebrate re-tellings of popular stories we've all heard, and for January, we'll be discussing "Princess of the Midnight Ball" by Jessica Day George.  In this book, Galen is a young soldier returning from war; Rose is one of twelve princesses condemned to dance each night for the King Under Stone. Together Galen and Rose will search for a way to break the curse that forces the princesses to dance at the midnight balls. All they need is one invisibility cloak, a black wool chain knit with enchanted silver needles, and that most critical ingredient of all—true love—to conquer their foes in the dark halls below.  Check out this title, then come ready to discuss it at our next meeting.  For additional information, contact Kelsie Wade at 325-676-6067.

Tween Time: Heating Pads
Mon., Jan. 23 at 6:00PM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Tween Time returns to the South Branch Library, after a brief hiatus while we moved to our new home at the Mall of Abilene.  We’re kicking things off with a fun craft workshop that’s perfect for the winter season.  Youth, ages 8-15, are invited to join us and learn how to create your own heating pad to help keep you warm.  It’s easy to make and all it takes is a few simple materials.  You won’t want to miss out on this fun event and all materials will be supplied.  For additional information about this workshop, contact Alyssa Crow at 325-698-7565.

Minecraft Mania
Tues., Jan. 24 at 3:30PM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
We want you to be a part of the Minecraft Mania fun at your Abilene Public Library, with multiple sessions hosted across all three branches!  Designed for tweens and teens (ages 8-18), join your South Branch Library on the fourth Tuesday afternoons of each month as we dive into the digital world of Minecraft.  We’ll provide access to laptops for gamers to play in story mode, while also offering some additional Minecraft-themed activities and crafts to get involved in.  So come on out, bring a friend, and make some new ones at this digital series of events at your library.  For additional information, contact Marianne Vadney at 325-698-7565.

Make & Take: Choose Your Craft
Tues., Jan. 24 at 4:00PM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Don’t miss out on the final Make & Take crafting session of the month at your library, which is a great afternoon activity session for kids of all ages.  The final session is always a choose your craft event, where we’ll supply youth with a variety of different projects to make at your library.  Why make one craft when you can make two, and the crafts are always changing.  We’ll supply all the materials needed, all you need to do is bring your creativity and decide what you want to make!  For more information about this program, contact Insperation Sanchez at 325-698-7565.

OverDrive for eBooks
Wed., Jan. 25 at 9:00AM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Did you know your Abilene Public Library has a wide selection of ebooks available for free?  If you have a Kindle, tablet or iPad all you need to do is have an active public library card and download our free app.  Join us every Friday morning in October for a one-on-one learning session.  Call 437-7323 to sign up for your slot, or for more information.

Super Storytime: Snowball Fun
Wed., Jan. 25 at 10:45AM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Kids and parents won’t want to miss out on the next Super Storytime event at your South Branch Library.  It’s January and we’re celebrating all the fun you can still have during winter.  Regardless of whether there’s actual snow or not, we’ll be having some Snowball Fun (and possibly a snowball fight) inside the library.  Join us as we share great stories, make crafts, sing songs, and more.  All materials for craft projects will be supplied, and for additional information, contact Jessica Reyes at 325-698-7565.

Teen Time: Fantastic Beasts and How to Make Them
Wed., Jan. 25 at 4:00PM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
You’ve read the book, you’ve probably seen the movie, and now it’s time to delve back into the world of J.K. Rowling as we celebrate “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”  Do you know your bowtruckle from your niffler?  Well this month’s Teen Time craft session will celebrate this magical world by showing teens how to make your own fun crafts inspired by the book and film adaptation.  Come out for a great afternoon of fun with friends and staff and join in on the fun.  We’ll supply all the materials you’ll need, and for additional information, contact Marianne Vadney at 325-698-7565.

Collecting Commas Writing Club
Thurs., Jan. 26 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
If you have a child between the ages of 10-17, and they love to express themselves through writing, don't miss out on the chance to be a part of the weekly Collecting Commas Writing Club at your Main Library.  Meeting every Thursday afternoon at 4:00PM, this group meets to hone their creative writing skills in all form of writing including novels, short stories, poetry, and more.  Plus, we make writing fun by engaging in a host of fun activities to help inspire ideas and participation among participants.  There's no need to register to be a part of this club, simply come check out a meeting and see if it's meant for you.  For more information about this weekly program, contact Kelsie Wade at 325-676-6067.

MCEC's Morning Storytime
Fri., Jan. 27 at 10:45AM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
FREE: Kids and parents are encouraged to join us for a great monthly storytime event, in a partnership with the Military Child Education Coalition.  Each month the featured book and theme will change, and for January, they'll be sharing the book "How Do Dinosaurs Clean Their Rooms?" by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague.  Join us for great stories and fun at your library, and for additional information, contact Alyssa Crow at 325-698-7565.  


Simply Human Lifestyle: A New Year, A New You
Sat., Jan. 28 at 10:00AM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
It’s the time of year we know we need to make some changes to what we eat and how much we exercise, but we also know it’s hard, really hard. Fitness and total body change starts with a mindset change. Mark Rogers, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association will host a free seminar on how to kick start your new year and get to a healthier new you.  For additional information, contact Anne Ellis at 325-437-7323.

Mockingbird Movies
Sat., Jan. 28 at 2:30PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Don't miss the final movie showing of the month at your library.  Kids of all ages, and parents too, are invited out to a showing of 2002's "Winnie the Pooh: A Very Pooh Year."  In this film, you'll be able to ring in the season with Winnie The Pooh in a holiday adventure with all of his friends.  This film is rated G, and it's a great way to spend an afternoon with the family at your library.  Don't miss out, and for additional information, contact us at 325-437-7323.

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

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Get Tech Help in New Weekly Series

We live in a world where access to technology is commonplace.  As more people acquire smartphones, tablets, laptops, and similar devices, there is always a learning curve when it comes to being comfortable using them.  If you find yourself needing a little tech help, your South Branch Library will be introducing a weekly program designed to help you get your feet wet in the digital world.
 
Starting in February, we will be hosting a training series titled Tech Monday Instruction every Monday from 2:00PM to 4:00PM in the Meeting Room.  Join librarians Tremain Jackson & Alyssa Crow who will be on hand to provide one-on-one training to all visitors needing technology assistance in areas such as...
  • Digital Library Services
  • PC Instruction
  • Smartphone Help
  • Word Processing Assistance
  • Internet Basics
  • And much more
It can be a challenge learning to use certain platforms, or there are times where you might need help troubleshooting a tech problem.  That's where your library can help.  We will be on hand to answer your questions and shed some light on areas you may need some help in.

There's no need to register to participate in Tech Monday Instruction sessions.  Everyone will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis.  If you're unable to make it on a Monday afternoon, you may still take advantage of our Book-A-Librarian program where we can schedule a time for you to come in for 1-on-1 assistance that's more convenient for you.

But don't pass up on this new tech help program at your South Branch Library, again being hosted every Monday afternoon from 2;00PM to 4:00PM in the meeting room starting on February 6.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 325-698-7565 or email us.

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

The Girl on the Train
Starring: Emily Blunt
Summary: A recent divorcee fantasizes about a couple whose house she passes each day on her commuter train ride.  Soon, she becomes entangled in a mystery involving not only the couple, but her former husband and his new family.

Keeping Up with the Joneses
Starring: Zach Galifianakis
Summary: An ordinary suburban couple discover that their hospitable new neighbors are actually government spies.  Soon, all four of them are caught up in an international espionage imbroglio.

Ouija: Origin of Evil
Starring: Mike Flanagan
Summary: In 1967 Los Angeles, a widow making ends meet as a psychic is stunned when she obtains a Ouija board that actually enables her to talk to the dead.  While it's great for her business, the board also allows a vengeful ghost to possess her nine-year-old daughter.

Never Never
Author: James Patterson
Summary: Never...assume you know someone.  Harry Blue is the top Sex Crimes investigator in her department.  She's a seasoned pro who's seen it all.  But even she didn't see this coming: her own brother arrested for the grisly murders of three beautiful young women.  Never...accept a reassignment to the middle of nowhere "for your own good."  Harry's been sent to a makeshift town in a desolate landscape - a world full of easy money, plenty of illegal ways to spend it, and a ragtag collection of transient characters who thrive on the fringes of society.  A place where little grows, but evil flourishes.  Never...trust anyone.  Looking into a seemingly simple missing persons case, Harry's been assigned to a new partner.  But is he actually meant to be a watchdog?  Never...go anywhere without leaving a trace.  Far from the world she knows and desperate to clear her brother's name, Harry has to mine the dark secrets of her strange new home for answers to a deepening mystery - before she vanishes in a place where no one would ever think to look for her.

Carve the Mark
Author: Veronica Roth
Summary: On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future.  While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not - their gifts make them vulnerable to others' control.  Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of the power in this world?  Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people.  Cyra's currentgift gives her pain and power - something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies.  But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother's hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.  Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe, and his loyalty to his family is limitless.  Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive - no matter what the cost.  When Akos is thrust into Cyra's world, the enmity between their counties and families seems insurmountable.  They must decide to help each other to survive - or to destroy one another.

Feversong (Fever Series #9)
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Summary: As Mac, Barrons, Ryodan, and Jada struggle to restore control, enemies become allies, right and wrong cease to exist, and the lines between life and death, lust and love, disappear completely.  Black holes loom menacingly over Dublin, threatening to destroy the earth, yet the greatest danger is the one MacKayla Lane has unleashed from within.  The Sinsar Dubh - a sentient book of unthinkable evil - has possessed her body and will stop at nothing in its insatiable quest for power.  The fate of Man and Fae rests on destroying the book and recovering the long-lost Song of Making, the sole magic that can repair the fragile fabric of the earth.  But to achieve these aims, sidhe-seers, the Nine, Seelie, and Unseelie must form unlikely alliances and make heart-wrenching choices.  For Barrons and Jada, this means finding the Seelie queen, who alone can wield the mysterious song, negotiating with a lethal Unseelie prince hell-bent on ruling the Fae courts, and figuring out how to destroy the Sinsar Dubh while keeping Mac alive.  This time, there's no gain without sacrifice, no pursuit without risk, no victory without irrevocable loss.  In the battle for Mac's soul, every decision exacts a tremendous price.

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.