Thursday, March 2, 2017

Weekly Library Events (Mar. 5-11)

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.

Texas Author Series featuring Mary O. Parker
Sunday, Mar. 5 at 2:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
The 2017 Texas Author Series, sponsored by the Friends of the Abilene Public Library and the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council, will feature four Texas authors speaking at two library locations. The community is invited to participate in these free events.  For the first session, we're inviting in Mary O. Parker who will be on hand to discuss her book titled "Explore Texas: A Nature Travel Guide."  Parker is a freelance writer, novelist, and nature-lover whose works includes dozens of articles on topics including travel, family, nature, conservation, education, and more.  She's also the recipient of the 2015 Gabriele Rico Award in Creative Nonfiction and (as of December 2016) has been short-listed for the Barry Lopez Prize in Creative Nonfiction.  Each program lasts about an hour and copies of the authors' books will be available for purchase and signing.

Tech Monday Instruction
Monday, Mar. 6 at 2:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
We live in a world where access to technology is commonplace with the abundance of laptops, smartphones, tablets, and other devices. If you need help learning to use your device, getting started on the library's great lineup of digital services, maneuvering your way through the Internet or Microsoft Office applications, join us for Tech Monday Instruction at your library. Your South Branch tech gurus will be on hand to help patrons on a first-come, first-served basis in the meeting room. Don't pass up on 1-on-1 instruction to answer your specific technology questions. For more in-depth help, we may also schedule an additional session to provide more help outside of these events.  

Family Fun: On the Farm
Monday, Mar. 6 at 5:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Don't miss out on the next Family Fun activity at your South Branch Library where we'll be experiencing what it must be like to be on a farm...and all from the comforts of your library. Join us as children's staff share great stories, songs, crafts, and more activities that will all have you living that farm life, even if only through your imagination. We'll supply all materials needed for any crafts.

The Craft Life: Washer Jewelry
Monday, Mar. 6 at 6:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Gear up for another session of The Craft Life Series (formerly Tween Time) where we engage in a number of great craft activities and projects that youth are sure to love.  If you're between the ages of 8-12, you're not going to want to miss this session as we'll be having fun with making jewelry from washers.  Scratching your head as to how that's going to look?  Don't worry, it's completely awesome.  We'll supply all the materials you'll need, you just come out ready to have a little fun.

The Investing Universe: A Class for Individual Investors
Monday, Mar. 6 at 6:30PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
The South Branch Library is proud to partner with Paul Anthony Thomas, Asset Manager with Custom Private Equity, to offer a series of investing workshops titled “The Investing Universe: A Class for Individual Investors.”  Also sponsored by Gayla Fullerton, CPA, six courses will be hosted on Monday evening starting February 13 and running through March 27.  Each event will begin at 6:30PM and is open to the public covering basic investing and discussions of asset classes and investing techniques.  This event is open to the public and will help to strengthen your investing skills to maximize your efforts. 

Lego Club Jr.
Tuesday, Mar. 7 at 4:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 3215-698-7565
If you have a child that loves to build with Legos, you won't want to miss out on being a part of the Lego Club Jr. series at your South Branch Library. Meeting on the 1st Tuesday afternoons of each month, we'll supply all the Lego pieces and platforms that you'll need for building, and then you can work on a project solo, or join up with friends to build something bigger. The skies the limit as to what you can create, we just want to see you building something and having fun. 

Teen Lego Club
Tuesday, Mar. 7 at 4:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Teens who love to build with Legos are invited out to the monthly session of the Teen Lego Club at the South Branch Library. While kids are building in the children's area, teens will have their own fun in the Teen Room. We'll supply all of the Lego pieces and platforms that you'll need, and then you'll get the chance to free design to see what creative masterpieces you can construct. It's all about using your imagination...and who doesn't love Legos.

Anime Club
Tuesday, Mar. 7 at 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
If you have a passion for all things Anime, join us each month as we watch hit Anime episodes, as well as learn a bit about cosplay and Japanese culture! We are watching an action comedy anime about magical guilds and the people in them, including a motion sick fire mage. Also we will be watching the story of a young Victorian heir and his supernatural butler. Come and join us for anime and popcorn.

Free Tax Assistance
Mar. 8-9; 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.

Military Partnership Brown Bag Series
Wednesday, Mar. 8 at Noon
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
This year the Military Partnership of 2-1-1 A Call for Help is offering brown bag lunch/discussion session for the public. Our focus in March will be on how those who serve/have served their country in the military and those who have not served relate to one another in our community. We will be viewing a TED Talk by Dr. Mike Haynie, then we'll have a discussion about what we heard, sharing views in a community dialogue. We will also introduce our "Read Across Texas" book by Siobhan Fallon titled "You Know When the Men Are Gone" and make copies available for checkout. Feel free to bring your lunch to this series, tea and water will be provided. 

Lego My Library
Wednesday, Mar. 8 at 4:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
This program is for youth who love Legos. We'll have tables setup with boxes of pieces to browse. Attendees can work independently, or with one another, to create their project. The building process will take about 45-minutes. Some meeting will be "free design" without limits, while other meetings will follow a loose theme, such as "transportation" or "wacky" to challenge attendees to really stretch their imaginations and see what they can come up with. We'll supply all the materials.

Super Storytime: Butterflies
Thursday, Mar. 9 at 10:45AM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Join us for some fun with butterflies as we'll be sharing books about them (and caterpillars), singing songs, reading nursery rhymes, and even getting the chance to make a beautiful paper bag puppet to take home and remember the program by. These enhanced storytime events are designed for kids of all ages, as well as the entire family. 

Collecting Commas Writing Club
Thursday, Mar. 9 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.

Free Tax Assistance
Mar. 10-11; 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.

Family Flix
Saturday, Mar. 11 at 10:30AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Families are invited to join us for a morning movie showing at your library. In March, we'll be watching 2016's "The Angry Birds Movie" with the voices of Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, and Danny McBride. In this film, find out why the birds are so angry. When an island populated by happy, flightless birds is visited by mysterious green piggies, it's up to three unlikely outcasts - Red, Chuck and Bomb - to figure out what the pigs are up to. This movie is rated PG for rude humor and action and has a run time of 1 hour and 37 minutes. Light snacks will be provided, or feel free to bring your own.

Saturday Matinee
Saturday, Mar. 11 at 2:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
You won't want to miss out on the next Saturday Matinee movie showing at your South Branch Library, where we'll be watching the latest film to be released to DVD from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We're talking about 2016's "Doctor Strange" starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. In this film, a former neurosurgeon embarks on a journey of healing, only to be drawn into the world of the mystic arts. This film is rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action throughout, and an intense crash sequence, and has a run time of 1 hour and 55 minutes.  Snacks will be provided and this will be the perfect afternoon movie for you to catch this Saturday. 

BATurday Afternoon Movie
Saturday, Mar. 11 at 2:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
The library will begin a series highlighting the many iterations of everybody's favorite Caped Crusader. In this animated flick from 2016, it's back to the 1960s as Batman and Robin spring into action when Gotham City is threatened by a quartet of Batman' most fiendish foes - Penguin, The Joker, Riddler, and Catwoman. This time, the four super-villains have combined their wicked talents to hatch a plot so nefarious that the Dynamic Duo will need to go to outer space (and back) to join their arch enemies and restore order in Gotham City. This film is rated PG for action, suggestive material, and rude humor and has a run time of 1 hour and 18 minutes.

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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