Sunday, April 30, 2017

"It's Lib-Con Time" | @ the Library Article

Every spring, your Abilene Public Library celebrates nerdom in all its glory during Lib-Con.  Our fourth annual week-long mini comic convention begins today, May 1st and goes through Saturday, May 6.  There are programs for all ages at all three library locations throughout the week, and a full day of programs and events on Saturday, including "Free Comic Book Day."  A complete calendar of events can be picked up at any library location, or found online.

Lib-Con celebrates anime, manga, comics, superheroes, and all things pop-culture, and this year's version is bigger and better than ever.  Gamers, cosplayers, movie buffs, and live action role players will all find something to interest them during the week.  We even have two special guests this week!  Mark Crilley, graphic novel author/illustrator, will be our guest, courtesy of the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature, on Friday, May 5 at 4 p.m. at the Main Library downtown.  Crilley will talk about his works and show off his skills to guests.
On Saturday, anime voice actor Terri Doty will join us at 1 p.m. at the Main Library.  If you're into anime, you may have heard her providing the voice to a host of popular characters.  Come hear her presentation and participate in a signing for the last 30-minutes of her visit.  It's an exciting opportunity to connect with talented people working in an industry you're a fan of.

Monday night, come to Doctor Who Night (Ages 13+) from 4 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the new South Branch in the Mall of Abilene.  From 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., also at South Branch, learn more about making basic Amigurumi (Ages 18+).  Participants will need basic crochet skills to make these cunning little creatures.  Tuesday evening, the fun is all at the Mockingbird Branch, 1326 N. Mockingbird Ln., with a Trip to Harry Potter's Diagon Alley (Ages 8+) beginning at 4 p.m., then you can learn about Dungeons & Dragons 101 (Ages 16+) beginning at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, the Mockingbird Branch is again the place to be, with retro game Pop Up Cards, a Pokemon coaster craft session and a chance to learn how to do horror themed special effects makeup during a Face Off challenge.  Thursday, head to the South Branch once again for Star Wars themed programs all day (May the Fourth Be With You!) including a Jedi Academy and a showing of a Star Wars movie.

On Friday, the Main Library is the place to be, with anime themed crafts and two cosplay sessions, one for basics and a more advanced session to help cosplayers who have been around for a while and are looking to go to the next level.  We'll discuss working with thermoplastics, competing in cosplay contests, branding your cosplay, and turning your hobby into a business!

Saturday, the fun begins at the Main Library with retro anime and cosplay life-sized chess at 9:30.  Tabletop Gaming with the Gathering Place begins at 10.  A Make & Take crafts program will feature all the crafts of the week, in case you missed one.  You can see some awesome swordplay techniques from the Barony of Skywatch, a local Live Action Role Playing group beginning at 4 p.m., and more Dungeons & Dragons and other retro gaming sessions will be held throughout the day.

Vendors will be available from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and food trucks (this year we've got London Express, Rock'n Roller'z and the Sweet Side) will be on hand from 11 until 2, unless they run out of food like they did last year because of the demand!

Last but not least, the Cosplay Contest winds up the day at 3 p.m. at the Main Library.  We'll have a new "Triforce Tots" age group, as well as child, teen and adult divisions.  Registration is required, so bring your registration forms by the Main Library by 2:30 to enter.  Guidelines for costumes and props are available online at the Lib-Con site.

This column hasn't even scratched the surface of all we have to offer for Lib-Con this week, so remember to pick up a program at any library location, or take a look at our webpage.  Let your nerd flag fly proudly!  We'll look forward to seeing you here.

Article Contributed by Janis C. Test, Information Services Manager

Saturday, April 29, 2017

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Apr. 30)

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 pack on the Hardcover Fiction & Nonfiction lists for the upcoming week.

Hardcover Fiction Top 5

#1: The Fix
Author: David Baldacci
Weeks on List: 1
Call Number: F BALDACCI
Summary: Amos Decker witnesses a murder just outside FBI headquarters. A man shoots a woman execution-style on a crowded sidewalk, then turns the gun on himself.  Even with Decker's extraordinary powers of observation and deduction, the killing is baffling.  Decker and his team can find absolutely no connection between the shooter--a family man with a successful consulting business--and his victim, a schoolteacher.  Nor is there a hint of any possible motive for the attack. Enter Harper Brown.  An agent of the Defense Intelligence Agency, she orders Decker to back off the case.  The murder is part of an open DIA investigation, one so classified that Decker and his team aren't cleared for it.  But they learn that the DIA believes solving the murder is now a matter of urgent national security.  Critical information may have been leaked to a hostile government--or worse, an international terrorist group--and an attack may be imminent.  Decker's never been one to follow the rules, especially with the stakes so high.  Forced into an uneasy alliance with Agent Brown, Decker remains laser focused on only one goal: solving the case before it's too late.

#2: The Black Book
Author: James Patterson
Weeks On List: 4
Call Number: M PATTERSON
Summary: Being a cop runs in Billy Harney's family. The son of Chicago's Chief of Detectives whose twin sister, Patty, also followed in their father's footsteps, there's nothing Billy won't give up for the job, including his life. Left for dead alongside his tempestuous former partner and a hard-charging assistant district attorney out for blood, Billy miraculously survives. But he remembers nothing about the events leading up to the shootout. Charged with double murder and desperate to clear his name, Billy retraces his steps to get to the bottom of what happened. When he discovers the existence of a little black book that everyone who's anyone in Chicago will stop at nothing to get their hands on, Billy suspects it contains the truth that will either set him free ... or confirm his worst fears.

#3: Fast and Loose
Author: Stuart Woods
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: M WOODS
Summary: Stone Barrington is enjoying a boating excursion off the Maine coast when a chance encounter leaves him somewhat the worse for wear. Always able to find the silver lining in even the unhappiest circumstances, Stone is pleased to discover that the authors of his misfortune are, in fact, members of a prestigious family who present a unique business opportunity, and who require a man of Stone's skills to overcome a sticky situation of their own.

#4: Thrawn
Author: Timothy Zahn
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: SF ZAHN
Summary: Traces the origins of Thrawn, one of the most ruthless warriors in the Galactic Empire, and the events behind his rise in the Imperial ranks.

#5: All By Myself, Alone
Author: Mary Higgins Clark
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: F CLARK
Summary: Fleeing a disastrous and humiliating arrest of her husband-to-be on the eve of their wedding, Celia Kilbride, a gems and jewelry expert, hopes to escape from public attention by lecturing on a brand-new cruise ship. On board she meets eighty-six-year-old Lady Emily Haywood, 'Lady Em, ' as she is known throughout the world. Immensely wealthy, Lady Em is the owner of a priceless emerald necklace that she intends to leave to the Smithsonian after the cruise.



Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: This Fight is Our Fight
Author: Elizabeth Warren
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: 320.973 WAR
Summary: Senator Elizabeth Warren has long been an outspoken champion of America's middle class, and by the time the people of Massachusetts elected her in 2012, she had become one of the country's leading progressive voices. Now, at a perilous moment for our nation, she has written a book that is at once an illuminating account of how we built the strongest middle class in history, a scathing indictment of those who have spent the past thirty-five years undermining working families, and a rousing call to action. Warren grew up in Oklahoma, and she's never forgotten how difficult it was for her mother and father to hold on at the ragged edge of the middle class. An educational system that offered opportunities for all made it possible for her to achieve her dream of going to college, becoming a teacher, and, later, attending law school. But today, for many, these kinds of opportunities are gone, and a government that once looked out for working families is instead captive to the rich and powerful. More than seventy-five years ago, President Franklin Roosevelt and his New Deal ushered in an age of widespread prosperity; in the 19805, President Ronald Reagan reversed course and sold the country on the disastrous fiction called trickledown economics. Now, with the election of Donald Trump--a con artist who promised to drain the swamp of special interests and then surrounded himself with billionaires and lobbyists-the middle class is being pushed ever closer to collapse. Written in the candid, high-spirited voice that is Warren's trademark, This Fight Is Our Fight tells eye-opening stories about her battles in the Senate and vividly describes the experiences of hardworking Americans who have too often been given the short end of the stick. Elizabeth Warren has had enough of phony promises and a government that no longer serves its people-she won't sit down, she won't be silenced, and she will fight back."

#2: Shattered
Author: Jonathan Allen
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: Not Housed
Summary: An examination of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

#3: Note to Self
Author: Connor Franta
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: Not Housed
Summary: The internet personality discloses his struggles with depression and other issues in short essays and diary-like entries.

#4: Old School
Author: Bill O'Reilly
Weeks On List: 4
Call Number: 070.92 ORE
Summary: You have probably heard the term Old School, but what you might not know is that there is a concentrated effort to tear that school down. It's a values thing. The anti-old school forces believe the traditional way of looking at life is oppressive. Not inclusive. The Old School way may harbor microaggressions.

#5: Killers of the Flower Moon
Author: David Grann
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F GRANN
Summary: Presents a true account of the early twentieth-century murders of dozens of wealthy Osage and law-enforcement officials, citing the contributions and missteps of a fledgling FBI that eventually uncovered one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.

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.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Share Your War Stories in Special University Project

Have you served in the military at any point since WWI?  Do you have stories or memorabilia you feel are worth preserving?  If so, you're invited to be a part of a special project titled War Stories: West Texans Experience War, which is being headed by Angelo State University's (ASU) Department of History.

Representatives from ASU will visit the Main Library (202 Cedar St.) on Monday, May 15 from 9AM to 4PM to collect the stories of any interested participants in our community.  This initiative is designed to help preserve the experiences and stories of West Texas veterans and their families.  Such will be achieved through interviews, digitizing your photographs, letters, diaries, memoirs, or other artifacts of interest relating to your service, and more.

Whether you're a veteran of any branch of service, or a loved one of a veteran with stories to share, you may be exactly who this project is looking for.  If you are interested in learning more, or participating, feel free to email the project directors at warstories@angelo.edu or call them at 325-943-2227.  You may also drop in at the library on May 15 without an appointment; however, if there's a strong demand, it's best that you contact the directors to setup a time to be seen.

Don't pass up on your chance to be a part of this exciting project and share your stories so they may be remembered and reserved for others to experience.

"4th Annual Library Event Features Movies, Crafts, Costumes" | Abilene Reporter-News

Article Courtesy of Janet Van Vleet, Abilene Reporter-News

Attention comic book fans, families, nerds and geeks of all persuasions: Be sure to visit all three locations of the Abilene Public Library beginning Monday.

That's the first day of the fourth annual Lib-Con, a celebration of anime, manga, comics and so much more.

Lib-Con runs from Monday through May 6, which happens to be Free Comic Book Day, a national event that celebrates comic culture.

The highlight of the six-day comic-con (comic convention to the uninitiated) is the Cosplay Contest on May 6.  Cosplay is dressing up as a character from comic books, video games, movies or TV shows.  Hundreds of people crammed into the upstairs auditorium at the main library downtown last year to watch nearly five dozen people show off their creativity, sewing skills and sometimes unique costumes.

"Last year; a mom contacted us before the Saturday contest," said Ann Mount, information services librarian and the main library and Lib-Con coordinator.  "Her little girl dressed up as a Ninja Turtle with a tutu."

Celebrating Fandom @ Your Library
There are no fees associated with any of the many events during the week, including the costume contest.  Mount said the APL cosplay event is like a rehearsal for bigger Comic Cons.

Most of the programs Monday through May 5 begin at 4 or 4:30PM, to accommodate school hours.  There are a few storytimes and a move about a young boy and his green, fire-breathing friend on some mornings, for the "itty-bitties," Mount said.

Events include "Allons-y Doctor Who," for teens and adults with games, crafts, trivia and more 4-7:30 p.m. Monday, South Branch; "Harry Potter: Trip to Diagon Alley," for all ages, 4-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Mockingbird Branch, with magical crafts and a screening of the first movie about the boy who lived; the "Face Off: Makeup Challenge," for tweens, teens and adults, with makeup artists competing in a sci-fi/fantasy challenge, 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Mockingbird Branch; and, on Thursday, "Jedi Academy" for kids and families with books, games, activities and treats, costumes welcome, 5-6 p.m., "Star Wars Papercraft" for teens involves making a 3D "Star Wars" character out of paper, also 5-6 p.m. and a showing of Episode VII of the beloved sci-fi movie series, 6-8:30 p.m.  All three of these activities take place at the South Branch.

2016 FaceOff Special Effect Makeup Contest
On May 5, award-winning graphic novel author/illustrator Mark Crilley will give a talk and demonstration of his work at 4 p.m.  A book-signing at the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature, 102 Cedar St., follows at 5:30 p.m.

New this year are two D&D sessions, one intro at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Mockingbird Branch, and one D&D game from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 6 at the main library.

May 6 is the big day, with things kicking off at 9:30 a.m. and continuing until 6 p.m., with all events taking place at the main library.

Crafts, LARPing, retro gaming, board games, cosplay chess, the new Nerdy Speed Dating and a talk by voice actress Terri Doty ("Black Butler," "Wasteland 2," "Laughing Under the Clouds"), will be available, among other activities.

Free comics will be offered and food trucks will be outside the library from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

2016 Cosplay Contestants
The day culminates with the Cosplay Contest and skits.  There will be prizes for the first three winners in each category, except the Triforce Tots, for ages up to 6 years, in which the top six winners will receive prizes.

Mount said the costume contest is by far her favorite part of the week, but she loves it all.

"I like that when everyone comes, they want to do everything," she said.  "I see them at events all week long."

But that's not the only reason she's a big fan of Lib-Con.

"I met my fiance at the first Lib-Con," she said with a grin.  "We're getting married in November."

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Weekly Library Events (May 1-7)

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.


Don't forget to visit our Lib-Con Page online to keep with the 40+ programs and events being hosted this week, in addition to what's listed below.  It's certainly going to be one busy week at your library so don't miss out on any of the fun!!!

Lego Club Junior
Tuesday, May 2 at 4:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Youth, ages 12 and under, are invited out to our monthly Lego Club Jr. session at your South Branch Library. We'll supply all the Legos and platforms needed for you to come out and build whatever you can think up. Work on projects solo, or team up with others for a joint project. Plus, at the end of Lego Club, youth will have the chance to have their finished projects highlighted at the library in our display case for the month...that way, more people can see what you've created.

Teen Lego Club
Tuesday, May 2 at 4:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Teens are invited out to our monthly Lego Club session at your South Branch Library. We'll supply all the Legos and platforms needed for you to come out and build whatever you can think up. Work on projects solo, or team up with others for a joint project. Plus, at the end of Lego Club, teens will get the chance to have their finished projects highlighted at the library as part of our monthly display case so all can enjoy.

Morning Mingle's Coloring Club
Wednesday, May 3 at 10:00AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Adults are invited to join your South Branch Library for our next Morning Mingle Coloring Club activity. Coloring isn't just for kids and they're growing in popularity with adults as a way to relieve stress and have a little fun with an activity that never goes out of style. We'll supply all the coloring pages and supplies needed, plus, we'll offer snacks and relaxing music to help facilitate a calming atmosphere. Come out and enjoy a nice coloring session with library staff, and enjoy the company of other adults as a social activity too. 

Read Across Texas Book Discussion
Wednesday, May 3 at Noon
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
The community is invited to join us for a special book discussion as part of the Read Across Texas initiative, which has an emphasis on the Veterans Experience.  Visit any library location and checkout a copy of "You Know When the Men Are Gone" by Siobhan Fallon.  This title features 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.  Multiple copies are housed at your library, and once you've read it, we invite you to return to the library to discuss it with others.  The Read Across Texas program encourages communities to engage in tough but important conversations, and this year, Texans are being asked to talk about what happens when veterans come home.  Be a part of the conversation at your library.

Make & Take: Fairy Gardens
Thursday, May 4 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
May is a great time to plant a garden, and kids are invited to come out for a fun crafting session at your Mockingbird Branch Library. We'll be honoring children's illustrator Garth Williams by making miniature elf and fairy gardens. These pint-sized creations are fun to make and easy to care for. We'll supply all the materials you'll need to make your own.

Collecting Commas Writing Club
Thursday, May 4 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.

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

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Celebrating Moms at Your South Branch Library

"M is for the Many things she gives us..." and so starts the song we all may remember singing as a child.  By the time you were finished, you spelled out the word "Mother" so you could let yours know just how much you love and appreciate her.  As moms give their children so much, your South Branch Library wanted give something back.  If you're looking for a great activity to attend with your children, don't pass up on the first ever Tea Time with Mom event, hosted on Mother's Day on May 14 at 2:00PM (4310 Buffalo Gap Rd, Inside the Mall of Abilene).


During this special event, geared more towards youth and their moms (and mom-like figures in your life), your library will provide a memorable afternoon of fun in this come & go program.  We will offer assorted beverages, finger foods, sweet treats, and even some cute crafts that both moms and kids will enjoy.

Feel free to dress up in your Sunday best (although not required to participate) and spend a great afternoon at your library.  This event will again run on Sunday, May 14 from 2:00PM to 3:30PM.  It's designed as a come & go event so you do not need to be present for the entire event.  We do hope that you'll be able to join us.

If you have any questions about the Tea Time with Mom event, feel free to contact Alyssa Crow at 325-698-7565 or Email Her.

And don't feel left out dads!  We're already thinking about a Tee Time with Dad for Father's Day too.  Look for more information about that a little later on.

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.

La La Land
Starring: Ryan Gosling
Summary: Mia, an aspiring actress, serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions and Sebastian, a jazz musician, scrapes by playing cocktail party gigs in dingy bars.  But as success mounts, they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.

Underworld: Blood Wars
Starring: Kate Beckinsale
Summary: The next installment in the franchise follows Vampire death dealer Selene, as she fends off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her.  With her only allies, David and his father Thomas, she must stop the eternal war between Lycans and Vampires, even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Golden Prey (Lucas Davenport #27)
Author: John Sandford
Summary: Thanks to some very influential people whose lives he saved, Lucas is no longer working for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, but for the U.S. Marshals Service, and with unusual scope.  He gets to pick his own cases, whatever they are, wherever they lead him.  And where they've led him this time is into real trouble.  A Biloxi, Mississippi, drug-cartel counting house gets robbed, and suitcases full of cash disappear, leaving behind five bodies, including that of a 6-year-old girl.  Davenport takes the case, which quickly spirals out of control, as cartel assassins, including a torturer known as the "Queen of home-improvement tools" compete with Davenport to find the Dixie Hicks shooters who knocked over the counting house.  Things get ugly real fast, and neither the cartel killers nor the holdup men give a damn about whose lives Davenport might have saved; to them, he's just another large target.

No Easy Target
Author: Iris Johansen
Summary: Margaret has worked hard to put her painful past behind her.  Raised off the grid in an abusive home, her only escape was the nearby forest where she sought refuge whenever she could.  There, in the peaceful woods, she discovered a strange gift: the ability to understand animals and to communicate with them.  And so those creatures became her only friends, her only joy during a desolate childhood.  Now Margaret wants nothing more than to live a quiet life, close to the animals and under the radar.  But her abilities have not gone unnoticed and there are those who would use them for their own purposes.  Determined not be a pawn in anyone's game, every time someone gets too close, she uproots her life and outruns them.

Midnight Jewel (Glittering Court #2)
Author: Richelle Mead
Summary: Mira is not like the other Glittering Court girls.  She is a war refugee, cast out of her home country and thrust into another, where she has learned to fight against the many injustices around her.  For some, the Glittering Court offers a chance at a life they've only ever dreamed of, one of luxury, glamour, and leisure.  But for Mira, it's simply a means to an end.  In the new world, she plans to earn off her marriage contract price, and finally be free.

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.

Build a Resume at Your Library

Resumes have quickly become an essential item, whether you're looking for full-time or part-time work.  Your Abilene Public Library can help you create a winning document that highlights your best skills!  Sign up for our free, hands-on class titled Resumes 101 on May 8 at 9:30AM at the Mockingbird Branch Library (1326 N. Mockingbird Ln).

What do you need to bring?  Bring any documentation that might be helpful, such as a list of present and past employers as well as your current contact information.  We will go over the dos and don'ts of what to include on a resume and allow participants to type up their own document in real time.

So if you've been a bit apprehensive when it comes to figuring out how to create your own resume, and the how-to books and programs have you going in circles, allow our trained library staff to walk you through the process.  Plus, we'll be along each step of the way to answer your questions too. 

To register for a slot at this workshop, or to get additional information, feel free to call 325-437-7323.

Post Contributed by Anne Ellis, Mockingbird Branch Manager

Sunday, April 23, 2017

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Apr. 23)

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 to the pack on the Hardcover Fiction & Nonfiction lists for the upcoming week.

Hardcover Fiction Top 5

#1: The Black Book
Author: James Patterson
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: M PATTERSON
Summary: Being a cop runs in Billy Harney's family. The son of Chicago's Chief of Detectives whose twin sister, Patty, also followed in their father's footsteps, there's nothing Billy won't give up for the job, including his life. Left for dead alongside his tempestuous former partner and a hard-charging assistant district attorney out for blood, Billy miraculously survives. But he remembers nothing about the events leading up to the shootout. Charged with double murder and desperate to clear his name, Billy retraces his steps to get to the bottom of what happened. When he discovers the existence of a little black book that everyone who's anyone in Chicago will stop at nothing to get their hands on, Billy suspects it contains the truth that will either set him free ... or confirm his worst fears.

#2: Thrawn
Author: Timothy Zahn
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: SF ZAHN
Summary: Traces the origins of Thrawn, one of the most ruthless warriors in the Galactic Empire, and the events behind his rise in the Imperial ranks.

#3: All By Myself, Alone
Author: Mary Higgins Clark
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: F CLARK
Summary: Fleeing a disastrous and humiliating arrest of her husband-to-be on the eve of their wedding, Celia Kilbride, a gems and jewelry expert, hopes to escape from public attention by lecturing on a brand-new cruise ship. On board she meets eighty-six-year-old Lady Emily Haywood, 'Lady Em, ' as she is known throughout the world. Immensely wealthy, Lady Em is the owner of a priceless emerald necklace that she intends to leave to the Smithsonian after the cruise.

#4: One Perfect Lie
Author: Lisa Scottoline
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: M SCOTTOLINE
Summary: On the surface, it tells the tale of the struggling single mother of a high-school pitcher, a shy kid so athletically talented that he's being recruited for a full-ride scholarship to a Division I college, with a future in major-league baseball. But the mother fears that she's losing her grip on her son because he's being lured down a darker path by one of his teammates, a secretly disturbed young man from an affluent family, whose excellent grades and fun-loving manner conceal his violent criminal plans. Add a handsome stranger who comes to town and infiltrates the high school, posing as a teacher but with a hidden agenda all his own. The mix becomes combustible when a beloved faculty member turns up dead as a suicide, in circumstances equally consistent with murder. Only then is the true identity of the fake teacher revealed, and the single mother finds herself engaged in a battle for the future, the soul, and the very life of her only son. One Perfect Lie is a riveting and suspenseful family drama, and by the time you close the book, you will realize that nothing was as it seemed at the beginning.

#5: The Burial Hour
Author: Jeffery Deaver
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: M DEAVER
Summary: When the murder of a businessman has ties to a case in Naples, Italy, Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs don't hesitate to join the search that has turned into a complex case of international cooperation.





Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: Old School
Author: Bill O'Reilly
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: 070.92 ORE
Summary: You have probably heard the term Old School, but what you might not know is that there is a concentrated effort to tear that school down. It's a values thing. The anti-old school forces believe the traditional way of looking at life is oppressive. Not inclusive. The Old School way may harbor microaggressions.

#2: Hillbilly Elegy
Author: J.D. Vance
Weeks On List: 38
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.

#3: Hallelujah Anyway
Author: Anne Lamott
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: 241.4 LAM
Summary: An exploration of mercy, its limitless, if sometimes hidden, presence, why people ignore it, and how people can embrace it.

#4: The True Jesus
Author: David Limbaugh
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: NOT HOUSED
Summary: The four Gospel stories are combined into a unified account.

#5: Killing the Rising Sun
Author: Bill O'Reilly
Weeks On List: 31
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.

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, April 20, 2017

May'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 May, the featured selection is Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson and we invite you to look out for a copy at your library and then attend the book club meeting on Thursday, May 18 at 7:00PM.  For more information, be sure to contact Ann Mount at 325-676-6025.

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
Author: Erik Larson
Summary: On May 1, 1915, the Lusitania set sail on its final voyage.  That it was sank by a German U-boat will be news to few - and Larson's challenge is to craft a historical narrative leading up to the thrilling, if known, conclusion, building anticipation in his readers along the way.  Focusing on the politics of WWI, on nautical craftsmanship and strategy, and on key players in the eventual attack and sinking of the "fast, comfortable, and beloved" Lusitania, Larson once again illustrates his gift for seducing us with history and giving it a human face.  "Dead Wake" puts readers right aboard the famous Cunard liner and keeps them turning the pages until the book's final, breathless encounter.

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, May 18 at 7:00PM to discuss this title, so be sure to get in on the reading fun.

Weekly Library Events (Apr. 23-29)

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.

Book-to-Flix
Sunday, Apr. 23 at 3:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Join your South Branch Library for a monthly movie night focusing on popular literature that was adapted to hit featured films in our Sunday Book-to-Flix program. In April, the featured flick will be 2007's "The Mist," starring Thomas Jane and Laurie Holden, written and directed by Frank Darabont, the man behind the smash hit "The Walking Dead" on AMC. Based on the novella of the same name by Stephen King, in this film, a freak storm unleashes a species of bloodthirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives. This film is rated R for violence, terror, gore, and language, and has a run time of 2 hours and 6 minutes. Popcorn and drinks will be provided, or feel free to bring your own snacks.

Texas Author Series Featuring Mike Cox
Monday, Apr. 24 at Noon
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
The community is invited to participate in these free events. The final session will feature Mike Cox who will be on hand to discuss his book titled "Texas Disasters: True Stories of Tragedy and Survival."  Cox is a native Texan and has written 21 nonfiction books. As a prolific Texas author and historian, he was also the 2010 recipient of the A.C. Greene Award from the West Texas Book Festival. Since 2000, he has written a syndicated weekly newspaper column called "Texas Tales" and he also appears in a number of national and statewide magazines. Cox is an elected member of the Texas Institute of Letters and has won numerous journalism awards over the years. Each program lasts about an hour and copies of the authors' books will be available for purchase and signing. For sessions hosted at the Main Library, feel free to bring your lunch, or purchase one from the Friends at the event.

Tech Monday Instruction
Monday, Apr. 24 at 2:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
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 librarians 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.

Minecraft Mania
Tuesday, Apr. 25 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 of events at your library.

Mockingbird Nights
Tuesday, Apr. 25 at 6:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Mockingbird Nights is a new program for the 18+ crowd.  Each month we'll have a different event planned and for our first event, we'll be watching the cult classic musical Little Shop of Horrors.  Obviously, singing along will be encouraged, and feel free to come dressed in your favorite 60's attire.  In this film, starring Rick Moranis and Ellen Greene, a nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed.  This film is rated PG-13 for mature thematic materials including comic horror violence, substance abuse, language, and sex references, and has a run time of 1 hour and 34 minutes.

Teen Time: Beauty and the Beast Roses
Wednesday, Apr 26 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
If you caught the new Beauty and the Beast flick, come out and celebrate at your Mockingbird Branch Library as teens will have the chance to make some cool roses out of a variety of materials.  We will show you a few new methods for this craft as old as time.  Also, while we craft we'll be watching music videos from the original Disney animated version of the film.

Collecting Commas Writing Club
Thursday, Apr. 27 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.

MCEC Morning Storytime
Friday, Apr. 28 at 10:45AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Kids and parents are invited to join us for a great morning storytime event led by the Military Child Education Coalition. Join your South Branch Library on the fourth Friday mornings of each month for a great activity designed for kids and parents to enjoy. In April, the featured book will be Eve Bunting's "Flower Garden." In this book, you'll follow the progress of a little girl and her father as they purchase a garden and board the bus to carry it home. Feel free to drop in and be a part of this event designed for kids of all ages.

Teen Scene After Hours: Supernatural Fan Party
Friday, Apr. 28 at 5:45PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
We love doing our after hours teen programming at your library, and this month, we've decided to embrace our inner Sam and Dean.  We'll put a Supernatural twist on some favorite games...be prepared to answer trivia questions, and there will even be a costume contest.  We'll have the opportunity for socializing and enjoying light snacks as well.  So if you're a fan of this popular TV series, you'll certainly want to attend this Teen Scene After Hours event at your Main Library.  All teens must be picked up no later than 7:45PM and all materials will be provided free of cost. 


Family Flix
Saturday, Apr. 29 at 3:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Kids and parents are invited to join us at your Main Library for another great afternoon movie showing that you're sure to love.  This month, our featured movie will be 2016's "Moana" with the voices of Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, and Rachel House.  In this film, set in Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches an impetuous Chieftain's daughter's island, she answers the Ocean's call to seek out the Demigod to set things right.  This film is rated PG for peril, some scary images, and brief thematic elements, and has a run time of 1 hour and 47 minutes.

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