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

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