Thursday, January 12, 2017

Weekly Library Events (Jan. 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.

Holiday Closings: MLK Day
Mon., Jan. 16; All Day
Main Library & Mockingbird Branch
PH: 325-677-2474
The Main Library and Mockingbird Branch Library locations will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Day.  The South Branch Library will be open for business at regular hours.  Outside materials returns are available at both the Main Library and Mockingbird Branch if needing to return materials, or you may contact us at the South Branch Library.

MLK Holiday Flix
Mon., Jan. 15 at 5:00PM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Continue to make your South Branch Library part of your holiday traditions by joining us for special activities and movie showings to honor the holidays.  Monday, January 16th is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and we’ll be celebrating this great civil rights leader by showing 2014’s “Selma” starring David Oyelowo in the titular role.  This film chronicles King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.  Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, this film has a run time of 2 hours and 8 minutes and is rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic material including violence, a suggestive moment, and brief strong language.  Light snacks will be provided.  Don’t pass up on this great historical drama that’s perfect for celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Teen Flix
Tues., Jan. 17 at 6:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Teens are invited to join us for a free movie night at your library.  It's a great time to hang out with friends, make new ones, and enjoy a great flick with teen-appeal.  For January, our featured flick will be "Suicide Squad" with an ensemble cast of actors taking on the roles of some of DC's biggest villains.  In this film, it feels good to be bad...Assemble a team of the world's most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government's disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren't picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it's every man for himself?  This movie is rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action throughout, disturbing behavior, suggestive content and language and has a run time of 2 hours and 3 minutes.  For more information, contact us at 325-676-6067.

OverDrive for eBooks
Wed., Jan. 18 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.

Minecraft Mania
Wed., Jan. 18 at 3:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
We want you to be a part of the Minecraft Mania fun at your Abilene Public Library, with multiple sessions hosted at multiple locations!  Designed for tweens and teens (ages 10-19), join us 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 Amanda Sasser at 325-676-6067.

Teen Book Club: "Tell the Wind and Fire"
Wed., Jan. 18 at 4:00PM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
If you’re a teen who loves to read, you’ll certainly want to be a part of our Teen Book Club discussion group at your South Branch Library.  Each month we meetup to discuss popular YA literature across all genres, and in January, we’ll be discussing the book “Tell the Wind and Fire” by Sarah Rees Brennan.  This dystopian novel is full of romance, revolution, love, and loss.  In a city divided between the elite light and the destitute dark, one girl manages to manipulate her way to the light.  Will she be able to keep her secret, her new life, and her boyfriend who has a dark secret of his own?  Check out a copy of this book from your library and come out ready to discuss it with other teen readers at our next meeting.  For more information, contact Marianne Vadney at 325-698-7565.

Family Fun: Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Thurs., Jan. 19 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
If you're looking for a great family activity after school, check out the Family Fun event at your Mockingbird Branch Library.  Kids of all ages, and parents too, are invited out to an afternoon of storytime fun centering on a tale we're all familiar with...Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  Join us for stories, songs, crafts, and more that will certainly get you to having a lot of fun at your library.  For additional information, contact us at 325-437-7323.

Collecting Commas Writing Club
Thurs., Jan. 19 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.

Cover-to-Cover Book Club
Thurs., Jan. 19 at 7:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
If you're looking for a great book club discussion group, don't pass up on our monthly Cover-to-Cover Book Club meeting at your Main Library.  Meeting on the third Thursday evenings of each month, members read everything from fiction to classics, bestsellers to biographies.  We took a break in December, but in January, we're inviting you to come out and bring with you a favorite book you've read over the holidays to share with others.  Plus, we'll take some time to make our reading selections for the upcoming months.  Don't miss out on the fun, and for additional information, contact Ann Mount at 325-676-6025.

Teen Flix After Hours
Fri., Jan. 20 at 5:45PM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Teens are invited out to our Teen Flix After Hours Movie Night where we host a great lineup of popular movies after the library has closed to the public.  In January, we’ll be showing thriller, starring Blake Lively, in 2016’s “The Shallows.”  In this film, Nancy is surfing on a secluded beach where she finds herself on the feeding ground of a great white shark.  Though she is stranded only 200 yards from shore, survival proves to be the ultimate test of wills.  This film is rated PG-13 for bloody images, intense sequences of peril, and brief strong language.  We’ll start the movie at 6:00PM and it runs in at 1 hour and 26 minutes.  Rides should arrive for pickup by 7:20PM.  Snacks will be provided so don’t miss out on the teen movie night fun.  For more information, contact Tremain Jackson at 325-698-7565.

Family Flix
Sat., Jan. 21 at 3:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
The entire family is invited out to a great afternoon movie at your library, where we'll be sharing a Disney favorite with 2012's "Frozen" with the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, and Jonathan Groff.  In this film, when the newly crowned Queen Elsa accidentally uses her power to turn things into ice to curse her home in infinite winter, her sister, Anna, teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather condition. This movie is rated PG for some action and mild rude humor, and it has a run time of 1 hour and 42 minutes.  For more information about this event, contact Kelsie Wade at 325-676-6067.

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


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