Tuesday, February 28, 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.

Shut In
Starring: Naomi Watts
Summary: In this icy drama, a widowed child psychologist holed up in New England with her disabled son learns that one of her patients, a young boy, has disappeared.  When the search for the child proves fruitless, she becomes consumed with the idea that his ghost is haunting her.

Bone Box: A Decker/Lazarus Novel
Author: Faye Kellerman
Summary:  In this thrilling chapter, Rina Lazarus makes a shocking discover in the woods of her upstate New York community that leads her husband, police detective Peter Decker, through a series of gruesome, decades old, unsolved murders, pointing to a diabolical, serial killer who's been hiding in plain sight.

Banana Cream Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen #21)
Author: Joanne Fluke
Summary: After an extravagant honeymoon, Hannah's eager to settle down in Lake Eden and turn domestic daydreams into reality.  But when her mother's neighbor is discovered murdered in the condo downstairs, reality becomes a nightmarish investigation.  Victoria Bascomb, once a renowned stage actress, was active in the theater community during her brief appearance in town...and made throngs of enemies along the way.  Did a random intruder murder the woman as police claim, or was a deadlier scheme at play?  As Hannah peels through countless suspects and some new troubles of her own, solving this crime - and living to tell about it - might prove trickier than mixing up the ultimate banana cream pie...

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, February 26, 2017

"Spring Brings Texas Author Series" | @ the Library Article

At your Abilene Public Library, Spring means lots of things...extra programs for Spring Break, Texas History Month, and a new Read Across Texas program focusing on veterans - and we'll have more here about all of those things later in the month.  But one of the happiest things it means for us (and for you!) is the start of the Texas Author Series, brought to us by the Friends of the Abilene Public Library and the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council.

In recent years, Texas Author Series programs had been offered just at lunch on Mondays at the Main Library.  All library locations were closed on Sundays until the South Branch opened in its new Mall of Abilene site in November.  So now, we have a new twist on the series with two programs at the Main Library downtown at noon on Monday, and two held at the South Branch on Sunday afternoon.  The Sunday afternoon programs allow people who can't come to a weekday lunch session because of work or school to have the opportunity to hear some of the fine Texas authors the Friends bring to Abilene.

The first program will be held at the South Branch on Sunday, March 5 at 2:00PM in their meeting room.  It will feature Mary O. Parker, who lives near Smithville in Central Texas.  Parker is the author of Explore Texas: A Nature Travel Guide, a well-organized field guide to about 100 nature-oriented sites in Texas.  Her work includes dozens of articles on topics including travel, family, nature, conservation, education, and pieces that appeal to general audiences.  She's the recipient of the 2015 Gabriele Rico Award in Creative Nonfiction and (as of January) has been short-listed for the Barry Lopez Prize in Creative Nonfiction.

The second program in the series will be held at the Main Library auditorium at noon on Monday, march 20 and will feature a local author and a subject.  Johnnie Lou Avery Boyd of Abilene will debut her book about the late Roy Helen Mingus Ackers titled, appropriately enough, MizHat: The Life Journey of Roy Helen Herndon Mingus Ackers.  Ackers, who died in early February, was well-known for her flamboyant wardrobe, her collection of hats, and her vivacity and excitement in life.  Between the subject, and the author, who is also known for her involvement in the community and her zest for life, this should be a wonderful program.

As in the past, lunch will be offered at the March 20th session for $5, or you may feel free to bring your own lunch.  The Friends will provide the drinks.  After each program, copies of the authors' books will be available for purchase and signing.

Please mark your calendars for these two programs, and two more in April (on Sunday, April 2 and on Monday, April 24) because you won't want to miss a single moment of any of them!  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to call at 325-676-6025, or check our website.

Article Contributed by Janis C. Test, Information Services Manager

Follow the Sounds of Savings to Your Library

Many have taken advantage of our selling of flash drives to offer you the chance to save your files when you may have left home without your own portable drive.  At a nominal fee of $5.00 (tax included) all locations keep a stock of Abilene Public Library flash drives on hand for anyone to purchase.  It's your easiest way to save while saving.  Flash drives store up to 2GB of data.

We're pleased to announced we've added earbuds to the merchandise we sell too.  If needing to listen to audio/video files on library computers, and you find you don't have a set of headphones of your own, purchase a set from your library.  Stop by the circulation service desks at any branch library location and you may purchase a set for $2.00 (tax included).
Whether you need a set to use in the library, or just an extra pair for backup, we'll have a great supply of them for you to snag at a great deal.  If you're anything like me, I keep a set of earbuds at the library, a couple sets at home, one in my car, and one in my laptop bag.  You never know when you might need a set, and these are being sold at a great price.

Even better, the library's earbuds come in a small case for easy storage, as well as cushions you can change out to better fit your ears.  It's all about comfort when it comes to our patrons.

So stop by during out normal business hours and pick up a flash drive and/or earbuds and enjoy the Sounds of Savings from your library.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Book-to-Film Adaptations: March 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.

Logan
Starring: Hugh Jackman
Release Date: Mar. 3
Based On: "Old Man Logan"
Author: Mark Millar & Steve McNiven
Summary: In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border.  But Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are upended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.

The Shack 
Starring: Sam Worthington
Release Date: Mar. 3
Based On: "The Shack"
Author: William P. Young
Summary: After the abduction and assumed death of Mackenzie Allen Phillip's youngest daughter, Missy, Mack receives a letter and has the suspicion it's from God asking him to return to The Shack where Missy may have been murdered.  After contemplating it, he leaves his home to go to The Shack for the first time since Missy's abduction and encounters what will change his life forever.

Before I Fall
Starring: Zoey Deutch
Release Date: Mar. 3
Based On: "Before I Fall"
Author: Lauren Oliver
Summary: February 12 is just another day in Sam's charmed life until it turns out to be her last.  Stuck reliving her last day over one inexplicable week, Sam untangles the mystery around her death and discovers everything she's in danger of losing.

Kong: Skull Island
Starring: Brie Larson
Release Date: Mar. 10
Based On: "King Kong"
Author: Merian C. Cooper & Edgar Wallace
Summary: A team of explorers and soldiers travel to an uncharted island in the Pacific, unaware that they are crossing into the domain of monsters, including the mythic Kong.

The Sense of an Ending
Starring: Emily Mortimer
Release Date: Mar. 10
Author: Julian Barnes
Summary: A man becomes haunted by his past and is presented with a mysterious legacy that causes him to re-think his current situation in life.

Beauty and the Beast
Starring: Emma Watson
Release Date: Mar. 17
Author: Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont
Summary: Disney's animated classic takes on a new form, with a widened mythology and an all-star cast.  A young prince, imprisoned in the form of a beast, can be freed only by true love.  What may be his only opportunity arrives when he meets Belle, the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted.

Wilson
Starring: Woody Harrelson
Release Date: Mar. 24
Based On: "Wilson"
Author: Daniel Clowes
Summary: A lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged man reunites with his estranged wife and meets his teenage daughter for the first time.

Ghost in the Shell
Starring: Scarlett Johansson
Release Date: Mar. 31
Based On: "Ghost in the Shell"
Author: Masamune Shirow
Summary: Based on the internationally acclaimed sci-fi manga series, "Ghost in the Shell" follows the Major, a special ops, one-of-a-kind human cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic's advancements in cyber technology.

The Boss Baby
Starring: Alec Baldwin
Release Date: Mar. 31
Based On: "The Boss Baby"
Author: Marla Frazee
Summary: A suit-wearing briefcase-carrying baby pairs up with his 7-year-old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co.

The Zookeeper's Wife
Starring: Jessica Chastain
Release Date: Mar. 31
Author: Diane Ackerman
Summary: The Zookeeper's Wife tells the account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonio and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion.

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

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Feb. 26)

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

Hardcover Fiction Top 5

#1: Lincoln in the Bardo
Author: George Saunders
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F SAUNDERS
Summary: Visiting the grave of his recently deceased young son in 1862, Lincoln encounters a cemetery full of ghosts.

#2: Norse Mythology
Author: Neil Gaiman
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: 293.13 GAI
Summary: Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he presents his fashioning of the primeval Norse myths into a novel, which begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds, delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants, and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly recreating the characters--the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions--and making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.

#3: Echoes in Death
Author: J.D. Robb
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: M ROBB
Summary: The chilling new suspense novel from the author of Brotherhood in Death. After a party in New York, Lieutenant Eve Dallas rides home with her billionaire husband, Roarke, happy to be done with cocktails and small talk. After another party, not far away, a woman retires to her bedroom with her husband--and walks into a brutal nightmare.

#4: Heartbreak Hotel
Author: Jonathan Kellerman
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F KELLERMAN
Summary: Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis investigate the death of Alex's most mysterious patient to date in the sensational new thriller from the master of suspense, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman.  At nearly one hundred years old, Thalia Mars is a far cry from the patients that child psychologist Alex Delaware normally treats. But the charming, witty woman convinces Alex to meet with her in a suite at the Aventura, a luxury hotel with a checkered history.

#5: Never Never
Author: James Patterson
Weeks On List: 5
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.

Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: Hillbilly Elegy
Author: J.D. Vance
Weeks On List: 30
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: This Life I Live
Author: Rory Feek
Weeks On List: 1
Summary: The songwriter describes his difficult childhood, love for his wife, and her death from cancer in 2016.

#3: Killing the Rising Sun
Author: Bill O'Reilly
Weeks On List: 23
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: 18
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: Big Agenda
Author: David Horowitz
Weeks On List: 2
Summary: A battle plan for the Trump White House.

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, February 23, 2017

Weekly Library Events (Feb. 26 - Mar. 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.

Tech Monday Instruction
Monday, Feb. 27 at 2:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Technology is commonplace now, but understanding how to use them may require a little more effort.  If you need assistance in learning to use your smartphones, tablets, laptops, or their accessories, give this weekly program a try.  Your South Branch Library tech gurus will be on hand to assist you, first-come, first-served, so be sure to check out a session and see how we can help.

The Investing Universe: A Class for Individual Investors
Monday, Feb. 27 at 6:30PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
The South Branch Library is partnering with Paul Anthony Thomas, Asset Manager with Custom Private Equity, to offer a series of investing workshops for the public.  Also sponsored by Gayla Fullerton, CPA, six courses will be hosted on Monday evenings through March 27.  Participants will learn about the basics of investing, and engage in discussions on asset classes and investing techniques.  Come maximize your investing skills with the help of experts in your community.

Minecraft Mania
Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 3:30PM
South Branch Library
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 at your library.

Morning Mingle: Coloring Club
Wednesday, Mar. 1 at 10:00AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Adults are invited to join us for our monthly Coloring Club session at your South Branch Library.  Building in numbers each month, drop in meeting room and relieve some stress by engaging in fun coloring activities with others.  We'll supply all the coloring pages and materials needed, plus, light snacks will be served including tea, coffee, and cookies.  Then just choose your pages, sit at a table and color away while listening to soothing sounds.  It's a great morning social activity to get involved in.

Free Tax Assistance
Mar. 1-2; 10:00AM to 3:00PM
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: Celebrate Dr. Seuss
Thursday, Mar. 2 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Kids of all ages are invited to your Mockingbird Branch Library for some fun as we celebrate Dr. Seuss and his beloved children's books.  At this crafting session, we'll show youth how to make a fish bowl craft to go along with the story "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish."  All materials will be supplied, and staff will be on hand to show you how to make your own Dr. Seuss craft to take home with you and enjoy.

Collecting Commas Writing Club
Thursday, Mar. 2 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
If you have a young writer between the ages of 10-17, don't miss out on the chance to be a part of the weekly Collecting Commas Writing Club at your Main Library.  Meeting every Thursday afternoon at 4:30PM, this group works toward honing their creative writing skills in all forms of writing including novels, short stories, poetry, and more.  There's no need to register, simply come check out a meeting and see if it's meant for you.

Growth Farming: Cultivating Organizational Culture & Personnel for Growth & Prosperity
Thursday, Mar. 2 at 5:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
When it comes to growth for organizations, nonprofits, and businesses, many believe that gaining support and customers is a matter of marketing.  The truth is that success comes from our ability to cultivate and nurture powerful relationships with people.  How we treat ourselves determines how we treat our teams; and subsequently how our prospects see us.  Creative entrepreneur, author, and motivational speaker D. Grant Smith can help you discover how to improve your internal organizational culture through effective communications, stronger leadership, and more connected relationships.  This transformational presentation will help your business teams operate better, creating growth from the inside out.

Big Country Audubon Society Presents "A Himalayan Christmas"
Thursday, Mar. 2 at 7:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Jay & Amy Packer have traveled the earth in search of birds, wildlife, and photos.  Their most recent adventure came last Christmas when they visited Assam and Arunachal Pradesh in northeast India by the Chinese border. Together with their guide and friend from Thailand, they covered as much ground as possible in two weeks, from 14,000 feet in the Himalayas to the near sea level, cruising the rapids of the Jia Bhoreh River.  Jay Packer will be on hand to talk about the birds, the wildlife, and the experiences they walked away with in a stunning visual presentation.

Free Tax Assistance
Mar. 3-4; 10:00AM to 3:00PM
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: Bugging Out
Friday, Mar. 3 at 10:45AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
If you're looking to catch a great storytime event at your library, don't miss out on the Main Library's Super Storytime event.  The theme for this month is all about creepy, crawly insects as we're bugging out through great stories, songs, games, crafts, and fun designed for kids of all ages, as well as the entire family. We'll supply all the materials needed, you just come ready for some fun.

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

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Access New Technology Guide & Annual Report Online

Technology has become a mainstay at the Abilene Public Library and its readily utilized by most library cardholders in the community.  We offer a wealth of services for everyone to take advantage of from computer & internet access to a great lineup of digital services.

Squeezing all the information on our technology may be difficult to pull off in a brochure, so we're pleased to introduce our new Technology Guide online for everyone to access.  This pdf document will serve as a great place to learn all about our technology service, which will be updated as needed to remain current.

Available 24/7, you may view the file online, print out a copy, or even save/download the file to your computer or mobile devices for accessing later.  From mobile printing to downloading eBooks, you'll learn all about the services available for free with a valid library card.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact us and staff will be happy to assist you.

Plus, look out in the future as we plan to add additional guides covering different areas of the library including youth services, teen services, and more.

Also available on our website is our 2016 Annual Report from the library system, providing you with an overview of library services from the past year.  A limited number of printed copies were made available at all locations, but if you missed out on snagging one, access it at any time online.

In our report, you'll learn all about the establishment of the new South Branch Library in its new mall locations, view pertinent library statistics, receive overviews of the accomplishments of each branch location, and more.  Without the active support of the community and visitors, we would be as successful as we are.  Thank you for your support as we strive to offer the best in library services for Abilene.

We encourage you to access these new forms on our website and stay up-to-date hon your library.

Tuesday, February 21, 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.

Hacksaw Ridge
Starring: Andrew Garfield
Summary: Mel Gibson directed this biopic about World War II Army medic Desmond Doss.  A conscientious objector who refused to take a life or even carry a weapon, Doss was eventually awarded the Medal of Honor for saving the lives of 75 soldiers on the battlefields of Okinawa.

Manchester by the Sea
Starring: Casey Affleck
Summary: A hardened handyman named Lee returns to his hometown in New England after the death of his brother to care for his 16-year-old nephew, but his arrival also unearths his checkered past.  Soon, Lee comes back into contact with his estranged wife as he deals with life in his tight-knit former community.

Humans, Bow Down
Author: James Patterson
Summary: In a world run by machines, humans are an endangered species.  The Great War is over: The Robots have won.  The humans who survived have two choices - they can submit and serve the vicious rulers they created or be banished to the Reserve, a desolate, unforgiving landscape where it's a crime to be human.  And the robots aren't content - following the orders of their soulless leader, they're planning to conquer humanity's last refuge.  With nothing left to lose, Six, a feisty, determined young woman whose family was killed with the first shots of the war, is a rebel with a cause.  On the run for her life after an attempted massacre, Six is determined to save humanity before the robots finish what the Great War started and wipe humans off the face of the earth, once and for all.

Empire's End: Aftermath
Author: Chuck Wendig
Summary: Every end is a new beginning.  As the final showdown between the New Republic and the Empire draws near, all eyes turn to a once isolated planet: Jakku.  The Battle of Endor shattered the Empire, scattering its remaining forces across the galaxy.  But the months following the Rebellion's victory have not been easy.  The fledgling New Republic has suffered a devastating attack from the Imperial remnant, forcing the new democracy to escalate their hunt for the hidden enemy.

Most Dangerous Place
Author: James Grippando
Summary: According to the FBI, the most dangerous place for a woman between the ages of 20 and 30 is in a relationship with a man.  Those statistics become all too personal when Jack takes on a new client tied to his past.  It begins at the airport, where Jack is waiting to meet his old high school buddy, Keith, a high-powered banker based in Hong Kong.  But their long-awaited reunion is abruptly derailed when the police arrest Keith's wife, Isabelle, in the terminal, accusing her of conspiring to kill the man who raped her in college.  Jack quickly agrees to represent Isa, but soon discovers that to see justice done, he must separate truth from lies - and undertaking that proves more complicated than the seasoned attorney expects.

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, February 20, 2017

"Identity Theft: Get the Facts at Your Library" | @ Your Library Article

According to the Federal Trade Commission, over 2 million consumers are victims of identity theft each year.  You may know someone who's been affected by this crime or have recently been affected yourself.  If you'd like to learn more on how to protect yourself, join us for Identity Theft: Protect Yourself with Steve Abel of the Abilene Better Business Bureau.  The free program will be held on Tuesday, February 21 at 6:30PM at the Mockingbird Branch of the Abilene Public Library, 1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.

It's unfortunate fact that in the age of online banking and credit card use, criminals have become highly skilled at stealing your identity when you least suspect it.  Identity theft typically occurs when someone attempts to use your existing credit cards without authorization, when someone attempts to use an existing checking or savings account without proper authority or when someone attempts to open new financial accounts in your name without your permission.  Abel can set you up with the latest strategies to help ensure this never happens to you.

In addition, your Abilene Public Library has a selection of books on this timely topic.  In Protecting Your Identity Online by Ted Claypoole and Theresa Payton, a reader can learn to understand the implications of their online personas, how they may be putting themselves at risk, and how to take charge of this important new aspect of their lives for career and personal success.  This book offers simple, specific steps readers can take to analyze their online image, and turn their online reputation around if needed.  In addition, this book is the go-to source for protecting your online image and projecting the persona you want others to see so that you don't become a victim.

Adam Levin, a longtime consumer advocate and identity fraud expert, is your guide to this brave new world in his book Swiped.  You may not be able to prevent identity theft, but you certainly shouldn't wait until it happens to take action, according to Mr. Levin.  His approach is defined by the three M's: minimizing risk, monitoring your identity, and managing the damage.

Identity Theft for Dummies by Michael J. Arata Jr. is one of many titles in this trusted consumer series.  Let the experts show you basic, systematic skills to help keep you safe in all aspects of consumer purchases, both online and in person.

Finding trusted information on this topic and many others is important, and your Abilene Public Library is here to help.  Call the Mockingbird Branch at 325-437-7323 for more information on our free public program hosted by Steve Abel February 21 at 6:30PM.  In addition, you can visit our website to place any of the books listed above on hold in our online catalog system.  To report identity theft and get a plan of action, check out the federal website https://www.identitytheft.gov.

Article Contributed by Anne Ellis, Mockingbird Branch Manager

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Library to Host Community Talks on Veterans

Your Abilene Public Library is pleased to participate in the Read Across Texas: The Veteran Experience series of community discussions.  Supported by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, this series seeks to "encourage communities to engage in tough but important conversations."  For 2017, that focus will be on what happens when veterans return home.

This series aims to bridge the gap among those who have served their country in the military with those who have not, and how each relates to one another in communities.  All sessions will be hosted at the South Branch Library (4310 Buffalo Gap Rd. - inside the Mall of Abilene) and the first event will run on Wednesday, March 8 at noon.  Designed as a brown bag series, those who attend are welcome to bring a lunch; water and tea provided.

At this session, we will be viewing a 15-minute TED Talk titled "The Moral Obligation to Know Our Veterans" presented by Dr. Mike Haynie, Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families.  After this presentation, guests will be able to join in on a discussion about what we heard, share our thoughts, and foster a community dialog.

Along with this discussion, we will introduce the Read Across Texas book selection, by Siobhan Fallon, titled You Know When the Men Are Gone.  Copies will be available at the program for guests to checkout and read.  This book contains a collection of interconnected stories that relate the experiences of Fort Hood military wives who share a poignant vigil during which they raise children while waiting for their husbands to return.

You'll not want to miss out on this series, in partnership with 2-1-1 A Call for Help Military Partnership, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Military Veterans Peer Network, and Workforce Development.  Again, this military brown bag lunch series will kick off at the South Branch Library on Wednesday, march 8 at noon and is designed for families and veterans.  Come start up the conversation at your library and help shed light on this important topic.

Friday, February 17, 2017

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Feb. 19)

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

Hardcover Fiction Top 5

#1: Norse Mythology
Author: Neil Gaiman
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: 293.13 GAI
Summary: Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he presents his fashioning of the primeval Norse myths into a novel, which begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds, delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants, and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly recreating the characters--the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions--and making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.

#2: Echoes in Death
Author: J.D. Robb
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: M ROBB
Summary: The chilling new suspense novel from the author of Brotherhood in Death. After a party in New York, Lieutenant Eve Dallas rides home with her billionaire husband, Roarke, happy to be done with cocktails and small talk. After another party, not far away, a woman retires to her bedroom with her husband--and walks into a brutal nightmare.

#3: Never Never
Author: James Patterson
Weeks On List: 4
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.

#4: The Whistler
Author: John Grisham
Weeks On List: 16
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: Right Behind You
Author: Lisa Gardner
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: F GARDNER
Summary: Eight years ago, Sharlah May Nash's older brother beat their drunken father to death with a baseball bat in order to save both of their lives. Now thirteen years old, Sharlah has finally moved on. About to be adopted by retired FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his partner, Rainie Conner, Sharlah loves one thing best about her new family: they are all experts on monsters.

Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: Hillbilly Elegy
Author: J.D. Vance
Weeks On List: 29
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: Killing the Rising Sun
Author: Bill O'Reilly
Weeks On List: 22
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.

#3: The Magnolia Story
Author: Chip & Joanna Gaines
Weeks On List: 17
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.

#4: Three Days in January
Author: Bret Baier
Weeks On List: 5
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.

#5: The Book of Joy
Author: Dalai Lama
Weeks On List: 17
Call Number: 294.37 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.

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