Friday, June 30, 2017

Christmas in July

Abilene Public Library is switching things up this year - we are hosting Christmas in July to help our friends at the Food Bank of West Central Texas.  Because most organizations think to help with local hunger during the holidays, your library decided to switch things up and help when stores are traditionally running low!

Beginning July 1 and continuing throughout the entire month, all Abilene Public Library locations will forgive $1.00 in fines for two cans, or one otherwise nonperishable food item donated.  Bring two cans, or one box or bag of comparably priced, nonperishable food to the circulation desk of the branch you frequent.  That will equal $1.00 in overdue charges.

To pay a $4.60 fine, for example, donate 5 food items, or 10 cans of food to the library.  The libraries can only accept commercially packaged items that are undamaged and that have not exceeded their expiration date.  No dented, dinged, or previously opened food items, no government commodity items, and sorry, no home-canned items.

Food items will only pay for overdue fines.  Charges for lost or damaged books still have to be paid for in good old cash (checks & credit cards are also accepted).  Please help us help the Food Bank and help yourself at the same time by participating in Christmas in July.

Release by Janis C. Test, Information Services Manager

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Read to a Dog at Your Library, July 10

Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a great listener?

Most of us would list patience, respect, and kindness as three essential skills to being an attentive listener.  When you're learning to read, having someone who is a great listener is often crucial to gaining self-confidence and mastering the art of reading.  So who's the best listener to sit calmly and wait for a young child to read through a book on their own - a dog of course!

On Monday July 10 at 10:30AM at the Mockingbird Branch Library (1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.) will host "Read to a Dog!" for children ages 3-12.  Local pet therapy group, Tail Waggin Tutors, will be on hand with their certified canine companions to listen to children read in this come and go program.  Tail Waggin Tutors, is a division of Therapy Dog International an organization committed to safety for both the dogs and the many individuals they serve.

So if you're looking for a great event to be a part of, we hope you'll stop in and "Read to a Dog!" on Monday, July 10 at 10:30AM.  If you have any questions, contact your Mockingbird Branch Library at 325-437-7323.

Post Contributed Anne Ellis, Mockingbird Branch Manager

Weekly Library Events (July 2-8)

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.

Weekend Walk-In Flix: "Power Rangers"
Sunday, July 2 at 3:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
If you're into superhero action flicks, you won't want to miss this Weekend Walk-In Flix session.  Join us for a free movie showing of 2017's "Power Rangers" in a modern look at the show that has been with us since 1993.  In this film, a group of high-school students, who are infused with unique superpowers, harness their abilities in order to save the world.  This film is rated PG-13 and has a run time of 2 hours and 4 minutes.  Light snacks will be served, or feel free to bring your own.

TECH Time
Monday, July 3 at 2:00PM
South Branch Library

4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
As more people acquire smartphones, tablets, and laptops, you may find yourself needing a little help.  Be it learning our digital services, getting started on PCs, learning Microsoft Office, and more, join us for TECH (Technology Enrichment & Collaborative Help) Time at your library.  Sessions will be hosted twice a week on Mondays at the South Branch Library and Thursdays at the Main Library from 2:00PM to 4:00PM.  Sessions will be provided by the library’s Technology/Social Media Manager and the Multimedia Marketing Assistant.  We may not have all the answers, but we’ll certainly be on hand to assist you and help in some way.  Guests will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to 30-minutes if others are waiting. 

Family Fun: Seed, Soil, Sun
Monday, July 3 at 4:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Kids of all ages are invited to join us for a great Family Fun event where this month's theme is "Seed, Soil, Sun."  We'll be taking a peek into the world of flowers and plants through stories, songs, crafts, and fun.  So if you have an interest in growing things, this is the program for you.  We'll supply all the materials for any crafts we do, just come out ready to have fun at your library.

The Craft Life: Kindness Rocks
Monday, July 3 at 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Tweens and teens (ages 8-18) are invited out to the next crafting session at your library where staff will provide all the supplies and instructions needed to show you how to make something fun.  For July, the theme is "Kindness Rocks" where we'll be giving new life to ordinary rocks and spreading kindness with others.  Who couldn't use more of that in the world?

Holiday Closing: Independence Day
Tuesday, July 4; All Day
Main Library & Mockingbird Branch
PH: 325-677-2474
The Main Library and Mockingbird Branch Library locations will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.  For your convenience outside materials returns are available at all locations.  The South Branch Library will be open during regular hours from 10AM to 6PM if you're needing library services. 

Lego Club Jr.
Tuesday, July 4 at 4:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Youth, up to age 12, are invited to join us for the next monthly Lego Club Junior session at your library.  We'll supply all the platforms and pieces needed, and then we'll cut you loose to see what you can create in under an hour.  Work on a project solo, or team up with others for something bigger...there's no wrong way to participate.  Plus, at the end of the program, we'll add your creations to the display case to be the new featured display of the month.  It's pretty awesome.

Teen Lego Club
Tuesday, July 4 at 4:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Teens are invited to come out and join the South Branch Library for our monthly Teen Lego Club session where we'll supply all the platforms and pieces needed for you to create whatever your mind can imagine.  We've seen some pretty incredible projects, and once your done, you can show them off to others by allowing us to make them part of our featured monthly display.

Morning Mingle's Coloring Club
Wednesday, July 5 at 10:00AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Adults are invited to join us for the next Morning Mingle Coloring Club session at your library.  Coloring isn't just for kids, and at each session, we enjoy conversation, soothing music, light snacks, and of course coloring fun.  We'll supply all the materials you'll need for this program, but feel free to bring your own supplies if you'd like.  Just don't pass up on this stress-free event.

Disney Flix & Crafts: "Inside Out"
Wednesday, July 5 at 2:30PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Kids and parents are invited to join us for the next Disney Flix & Crafts session where we'll watch popular Disney movies, then make crafts inspired by the film.  At this session, the featured flick will be 2015's "Inside Out" with the voices of Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, and Lewis Black.  In this film, after young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness - conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.  This film is rated PG and has a run time of 1 hour and 35 minutes.  Light snacks will be provided (or feel free to bring your own) and we'll supply all the materials needed for the craft project.

TECH Time
Thursday, July 6 at 2:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
As more people acquire smartphones, tablets, and laptops, you may find yourself needing a little help.  Be it learning our digital services, getting started on PCs, learning Microsoft Office, and more, join us for TECH (Technology Enrichment & Collaborative Help) Time at your library.  Sessions will be hosted twice a week on Mondays at the South Branch Library and Thursdays at the Main Library from 2:00PM to 4:00PM.  Sessions will be provided by the library’s Technology/Social Media Manager and the Multimedia Marketing Assistant.  We may not have all the answers, but we’ll certainly be on hand to assist you and help in some way.  Guests will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to 30-minutes if others are waiting. 

Make & Take: Summer Windsocks
Thursday, July 6 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Kids are invited out to the next Make & Take session where we're still having fun with things you can do outdoors.  At this session, we'll supply the materials needed to show you how to make your own Summer Windsocks.  These will be great for taking outside and then letting the air catch them so they can blow in the breeze.  Don't miss out on the fun.


Collecting Commas Writing Club
Thursday, July 6 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
For young adults, ages 10-17, this is your chance to come out and improve your creative writing skills with no pressure or stress.  This weekly writing club gives young writers the opportunity to explore and hone their creative writing skills in all forms of writing, in a stress-free environment with their peers.  No registration is needed to participate, just come out to a session and see if it's for you.

Super Storytime: Sing-Along
Friday, July 7 at 10:45AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Kids and parents are invited to come out for our monthly Super Storytime session where we'll be hosting a great morning of sing-alongs through stories, crafts, and other fun activities.  Get those singing voices ready and participate in the fun as a family at your library.

Who I Could Be: Meet a Meteorologist
Friday, July 7 at 4:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Kids are invited out to the next session of the "Who I Could Be" series, where we bring in professionals from the community to share with youth what they do in their careers.  At this session, we'll be welcoming in Meteorologist Randy Turner from KRBC, and he will be on hand to share what he does to keep everyone informed of what's happening with the weather.  Who knows, we may just have a future meteorologist in the bunch.

Teen After Hours: Dungeons & Dragons
Friday, July 7 at 5:45PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Join us for the next after hours teen activity night at your library.  For this month, we'll be diving into the gaming world of Dungeons & Dragons.  Don't miss out on being a part of this epic adventure as you play against your peers, or even learn how to play for the first time.  We do ask that teens arrive by 5:45PM because at 6:00PM., the library will close and we will not let anyone else in.  Rides should return for pickup by 7:30PM.

Family Flix: "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory"
Saturday, July 8 at 10:30AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Families are invited to be a part of the next Family Flix session where we'll be showing 1971's "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," based on the beloved children's book by Roald Dahl.  In this film, Charlie receives a golden ticket to a factory run by Mr. Willy Wonka.  It's a candy dream for the young guests who discover an adventure at every turn...and some with unexpected outcomes.  Don't miss out on this popular classic.  This film is rated G and has a run time of 1 hour and 40 minutes.  Light snacks will be served, or feel free to bring your own.

Saturday Matinee: "Patriots Day"
Saturday, July 8 at 2:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Join us for a great afternoon movie showing, and this month we'll be watching 2016's "Patriots Day" with an ensemble cast of great actors including Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Bacon, John Goodman, Michelle Monaghan, and more.  In this film, it tells the story of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists responsible.  This film is rated R for violence, realistically graphic injury images, language throughout, and some drug use and has a run time of 2 hours and 14 minutes.  Snacks will be provided, or feel free to bring your own.

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

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Book-to-Film Adaptations: July 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.

Spider-Man: Homecoming
Starring: Tom Holland
Release Date: July 14
Based On: Spider-Man Comics
Author: Stan Lee
Summary: Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May.  Under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark, Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine - distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.  But when the Vulture emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

War of the Planet of the Apes
Starring: Toby Kebbell
Release Date: July 14
Based On: Planet of the Apes
Author: Pierre Boulle
Summary: Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel.  After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind.  As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Starring: Dane DeHaan
Release Date: July 21
Based On: Valerian and Laureline
Author: Pierre Christin & Jean-Claude Mezieres
Summary: A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets.  Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.

Atomic Blonde
Starring: Charlize Theron
Release Date: July 28
Based On: The Coldest City
Author: Antony Johnston
Summary: The crown jewel of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission.  Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.

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

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Discover Your Library Through Guided Tours

Do you have a group that's interested in learning more about your local library branches?  If so, you're in luck.  Did you know all Abilene Public Library locations offer tours of our facilities and services?  Staff has worked with a variety of organizations over the years including school groups, Boy & Girl Scout troops, civic groups, businesses, and more to help you understand the benefits of your local library, as well as become acclimated to the facility and its holdings.

Tours are scheduled upon request by contacting the location of your choosing.  Each facility has its own flavor for what makes them unique, but information on library services, as well as how the library works, will be similar across the board.

Did you know the following about your library?
  • Study rooms are available for public use across select branches.
  • Spanish-language books and movies are available for checkout at select branches.
  • Meeting/Activity rooms are available for public use for meetings and programs.
  • All programming is available to the public free of charge.
  • Library cards afford you with access to a great selection of digital services for downloading eBooks, audiobooks, music, movies, and more.
  • Computers and Internet use is available at no charge (with the exception of printing charges).
  • Notaries are available, at no charge, at all locations.
  • Students are able to have test proctored at the library at no charge.
If you didn't know about one or more of the items mentioned above, these are just a few of the many things you could learn while on a tour at your library.  If interested in doing so, call the location you'd wish for your group to see (i.e. Main Library at 325-677-2474, South Branch Library at 325-698-7565, or Mockingbird Branch Library at 325-437-7323) and staff will put you in touch with a library employee to setup a time to come in. 

Don't miss your chance to make the most of what your local library has to offer.

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.

Power Rangers
Starring: Dacre Montgomery
Summary: High school outcasts stumble upon an old alien ship, where the acquire superpowers and are dubbed the Power Rangers.  Learning that an old enemy of the previous generation has returned to exact vengeance, the group must harness their powers and use them to work together and save the world.

The Belko Experiment
Starring: Tony Goldwyn
Summary: The 80 employees at a Bogota, Colombia company called the Belko Corporation are horrified when they are suddenly locked in their office building and ordered to kill each other - or else face death themselves.  Soon, the staff are torn between those willing to give in to their baser instincts, and those arguing that they should stand firm against their captors.

Chips
Starring: Dax Shepard
Summary: Jon and Frank have just joined the California Highway Patrol in L.A., but for very different reasons.  Baker is a beaten-up former pro motorbiker trying to put his life and marriage back together.  Frank is a cocky undercover Federal agent investigating a multi-million dollar heist that may be an inside job-inside the force.  The inexperienced rookie and the hardened pro are teamed together, but clash more than click, so kick-starting a real partnership is easier said than done.  But with Baker's unique bike skills and Frank's street savvy it might just work...if they don't drive each other crazy first.

Murder Games
Author: James Patterson
Summary: Dr. Dylan Reinhart wrote the book on criminal behavior.  Literally - he's a renowned, bestselling Ivy League expert on the subject.  When a copy of his book turns up at a gruesome murder scene - along with a threatening message from the killer - it looks like someone has been taking notes.  Elizabeth Needham is the headstrong and brilliant NYPD Detective in charge of the case who recruits Dylan to help investigate another souvenir left at the scene - a playing card.  Another murder, another card - and now Dylan suspects that the cards aren't a signature, they're a deadly hint - pointing directly toward the next victim.  As tabloid headlines about the killer clown known as "The Dealer" scream from newsstands, NYC descends into panic.  With the cops at a loss, it's up to Dylan to hunt down a serial killer unlike any the city has ever seen.  Only someone with Dylan's expertise can hope to go inside the mind of a criminal and convince The Dealer to lay down his cards.  But after thinking like a criminal - could Dylan become one?

Use of Force (Scot Harvath #16)
Author: Brad Thor
Summary: As a storm rages across the Mediterranean Sea, a terrifying distress call is made to the Italian Coast Guard.  Days later, a body washes ashore.  Identified as a high value terrorism suspect (who had disappeared three years prior), his name sends panic through the Central Intelligence Agency.  Where was he headed?  What was he planning?  And could he be connected to the "spectacular attack" they have been fearing all summer?  In a race against time, the CIA taps an unorthodox source to get answers: Navy SEAL turned covert counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath.  Hired on a black contract, Harvath will provide the deniability the U.S. needs, while he breaks every rule along the way.

The Duchess
Author: Danielle Steel
Summary: Angelique has grown up at magnificent Belgrave Castle under the loving tutelage of her father, the Duke of Westerfeld, after the death of her aristocratic French mother.  At 18 she is her father's closest, most trusted child, schooled in managing their grand estate.  But when he dies, her half-brothers brutally turn her out, denying her very existence.  Angelique has a keen mind, remarkable beauty, and an envelope of money her father pressed upon her.  To survive, she will need all her resources - and one bold stroke of fortune.

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.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of June 25)

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: Camino Island
Author: John Grisham
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: F GRISHAM
Summary: Bruce Cable owns a popular bookstore in the sleepy resort town of Santa Rosa on Camino Island in Florida. He makes his real money, though, as a prominent dealer in rare books. Very few people know that he occasionally dabbles in the black market of stolen books and manuscripts. Mercer Mann is a young novelist with a severe case of writer's block who has recently been laid off from her teaching position. She is approached by an elegant, mysterious woman working for an even more mysterious company. A generous offer of money convinces Mercer to go undercover and infiltrate Bruce Cable's circle of literary friends, ideally getting close enough to him to learn his secrets. But eventually Mercer learns far too much.

#2: The Identicals
Author: Elin Hilderbrand
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F HILDERBRAND
Summary: Twin sisters Tabitha and Harper Frost, who have been at odds for years, are forced together in the wake of a family crisis and reevaluate the resentments that drove them apart.

#3: Tom Clancy: Point of Contact
Author: Mike Maden
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F MADEN
Summary: In the latest electrifying adventure in Tom Clancy's #1 New York Time bestselling series, Jack Ryan, Jr., learns that sometimes the deadliest secret may be standing right next to you. Former U.S. Senator Weston Rhodes is a defense contractor with an urgent problem. His company needs someone to look over the books of Dalfan Technologies, a Singapore company--quickly.

#4: Into the Water
Author: Paula Hawkins
Weeks On List: 7
Call Number: F HAWKINS
Summary: A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged. Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother's sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from, a place to which she vowed she'd never return.

#5: Dragon Teeth
Author: Michael Crichton
Weeks On List: 4
Call Number: F CRICHTON
Summary: The year is 1876. Among the warring Indian tribes and lawless gold-rush towns of America's western territories, two paleontologists pillage the Wild West. They are hunting for dinosaur fossils, while surveilling, deceiving and sabotaging each other in a rivalry that will come to be known as the Bone Wars. Into this treacherous territory plunges the arrogant and entitled Yale student William Johnson.

Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: Understanding Trump
Author: Newt Gingrich
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: 973.93 GIN
Summary: A former speaker of the House and Fox News contributor explains why Donald Trump is different from previous presidents and offers advice to the newest commander-in-chief.

#2: Al Franken, Giant of the Senate
Author: Al Franken
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: 92 FRANKEN
Summary: The Harvard-educated comedian, talk-show host, and U.S. Senator chronicles the story of his unlikely senatorial campaign, detailing the ensuing months-long recount and what his service has taught him about America's deeply polarized political culture.

#3: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
Author: Neil deGrasse Tyson
Weeks On List: 7
Call Number: 523.01 DEG
Summary: The essential universe, from our most celebrated and beloved astrophysicist. What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson.

#4: I Can't Make This Up
Author: Kevin Hart
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: 92 HART
Summary: Superstar, comedian and Hollywood box-office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include, the, a, for, above, and even even. Put them together and listeners have the funniest, most heartfelt, and most inspirational memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in themselves since Old Yeller.

#5: Theft by Finding
Author: David Sedaris
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: 814.54 SED
Summary: Shares the author's favorite diary entries, providing a look into the mind of a comic genius.

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, June 22, 2017

Weekly Library Events (June 25 - July 1)

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: Ella Enchanted
Sunday, June 25 at 3:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Gear up for another Book-to-Flix movie session at your library where we watch popular movies adapted from books.  This month will feature an adaptation of a children's book by Gail Carson Levine with 2004's "Ella Enchanted" starring Anne Hathaway, Hugh Dancy, and Cary Elwes.  In this fantasy flick, Ella is under a spell to be constantly obedient, a fact she must hide from her new step-family in order to protect the prince of the land, her friend for whom she's falling for.  This film is rated PG for some crude humor and language and has a run time of 1 hour and 36 minutes.  Light snacks will be provided, or feel free to bring your own.  For additional information, contact Tremain Jackson at 325-698-7565.

TECH Time
Monday, June 26 at 2:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
As more people acquire smartphones, tablets, and laptops, you may find yourself needing a little help.  Be it learning our digital services, getting started on PCs, learning Microsoft Office, and more, join us for TECH (Technology Enrichment & Collaborative Help) Time at your library.  Sessions will be hosted twice a week on Mondays at the South Branch Library and Thursdays at the Main Library from 2:00PM to 4:00PM.  Sessions will be provided by the library’s Technology/Social Media Manager and the Multimedia Marketing Assistant.  We may not have all the answers, but we’ll certainly be on hand to assist you and help in some way.  Guests will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to 30-minutes if others are waiting.

Minecraft Mania
Monday, June 26 at 3:30PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Minecraft is a popular gaming series with youth that's both fun and educational.  Tweens and teens are invited out to the South Branch Library for our monthly Minecraft Mania series, now on a new day, where you can game with your peers on laptops we provide.  Everyone who wants to play will get a turn, and while you wait, we'll also be engaging in Minecraft-inspired activities whether it's making paper crafts or building with Legos.  For more information, contact Alyssa Crow at 325-698-7565.

Young Audiences featuring Le Theatre de Marionette
Tuesday, June 27 at 10:45AM & 3PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Youth are invited out to the next Young Audiences performance for the summer at your Main Library.  At this session, we're welcoming in Le Theatre de Marionette for a great and interactive program certain to delight youth.  This performing troupe has an extensive repertoire of storybook classics and have been putting on shows across Texas since 1985.  Kid-tested and teacher-approved, you won't want to miss out on their wonderful show.  For additional information, contact us at 325-676-6067.

Mockingbird Nights: Super Happy Fun Time Karaoke
Tuesday, June 27 at 6:30PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Adults, ages 18-40, won't want to miss out on the next Mockingbird Nights program at your library.  As a popular activity night, this month we'll be hosting a Super Happy Fun Time Karaoke Night where everyone can take to the figurative stage and belt out hits solo, or as part of a group to increase the fun.  Come out, have a little fun, and give those singing chips some release by joining in on this session.  For additional information, contact Marianne Vadney at 325-437-7323.

Disney Flix & Crafts: Tangled
Wednesday, June 28 at 2:30PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Don't miss the next Disney craft and movie session as this week we'll be watching 2010's "Tangled" with the voices of Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi.  In this film, the magically long-haired Rapunzel has spent her entire life in a tower, but now that a runaway thief has stumbled upon her, she is about to discover the world for the first time, and who she really is.  This film is rated PG for brief mild violence and has a run time of 1 hour and 40 minutes.  Light snacks will be served (or feel free to bring your own) and we'll provide all the materials needed for our craft portion of the event.  For additional information, contact Tremain Jackson at 325-698-7565.

Teen Craft: DIY Pet Toys
Wednesday, June 28 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Tweens and teens are invited out to the Mockingbird Branch Library for another fun crafting session.  We'll supply the materials to show you how to create some pet toys for cats & dogs.  At the end of the program, you can choose to keep them for your own pets, or donate them to the Humane Society of Abilene to then be given to shelter pets.  Don't miss out on the fun, and for additional information, contact Marianne Vadney at 325-437-7323.

TECH Time
Thursday, June 29 at 2:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025

As more people acquire smartphones, tablets, and laptops, you may find yourself needing a little help.  Be it learning our digital services, getting started on PCs, learning Microsoft Office, and more, join us for TECH (Technology Enrichment & Collaborative Help) Time at your library.  Sessions will be hosted twice a week on Mondays at the South Branch Library and Thursdays at the Main Library from 2:00PM to 4:00PM.  Sessions will be provided by the library’s Technology/Social Media Manager and the Multimedia Marketing Assistant.  We may not have all the answers, but we’ll certainly be on hand to assist you and help in some way.  Guests will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to 30-minutes if others are waiting.

Collecting Commas Writing Club
Thursday, June 29 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 our meeting and see if it's meant for you.  For additional information, contact Amanda Sasser at 325-676-6067.

Build a Better World: Green Fingers
Friday, June 30 at 3:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Kids won't want to miss the next Build a Better World series, featuring interactive programming highlighting the Summer Reading Club theme this year.  The topic of this session is Green Fingers where youth will get the opportunity to learn a bit about how things grow through stories, crafts, and other activities.  All materials will be provided, and for additional information, contact us at 325-676-6067.

Summer STEM Challenge: Balloon Towers
Friday, June 30 at 4:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Tweens and teens are invited to another round of the Summer STEM Challenge at your library.  STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics where we'll supply you with some tools to test your critical thinking skills, while having fun.  This time it's all about Balloon Tower creations...it's going to be awesome.  We'll supply all the materials you need, you just come ready to have a little fun, while learning at the same time.  For additional information, contact Alyssa Crow at 325-698-7565.

Teen Scene After Hours: Dystopian Party
Friday, June 30 at 5:45PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Teens won't want to miss the next Teen Scene After Hours Night at your Main Library.  Each month features new activities for teens to get involved in at your library, and for this month, we'll be hosting a Dystopian Party.  We all have our favorites from the Hunger Games to the Maze Runner and this night we'll take a romp through worlds that aren't as perfect as they seem.  Come out and play games, test your survival skills, make crafts, and more.  Pickup time is 7:30PM, and for additional information, call 325-676-6067.

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

Tuesday, June 20, 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.

Dangerous Minds (Knight & Moon #2)
Author: Janet Evanovich
Summary: Buddhist monk Wayan Bagus lost his island of solitude and wants to get it back.  The island was about two hundred miles northeast of Samoa.  It had a mountain, beaches, a rain forest, and a volcano.  And now it's gone.  Poof!  Vanished without a trace.  Brilliant and boyishly charming Emerson Knight likes nothing better than solving an unsolvable, improbable mystery.  And finding a missing island is better than Christmas morning in the Knight household.  When clues lead to a dark and sinister secret that is being guarded by the National Park Service, Emerson will need to assemble a crack team for help.  Since a crack team isn't available, he enlists Riley Moon and his cousin Vernon.  Riley Moon has a Harvard business degree and can shoot the eyes out of a grasshopper at fifty feet, but she can't figure out how to escape the vortex of Emerson's odd life.  Vernon has been Emerson's loyal partner in crime since childhood.  He now lives in an RV behind Emerson's house.  Now the trio will embark on a worldwide investigation that will expose a conspiracy one hundred years in the making.

The Silent Corner
Author: Dean Koontz
Summary: These are the chilling words left behind by a man who had everything to live for - but took his own life.  In the aftermath, his widow, Jane Hawk, does what all her grief, fear, and fury demand: find the truth, no matter what.  People of talent and accomplishment, people admired and happy and sound of mind, have been committing suicide in surprising numbers.  When Jane seeks to learn why, she becomes the most-wanted fugitive in America.  Her powerful enemies are protecting a secret so important - so terrifying - that they will exterminate anyone in their way.  But all their power and viciousness may not be enough to stop a woman as clever as they are cold-blooded, as relentless as they are ruthless - and who is driven by a righteous rage they can never comprehend.  Because it is born of love.

Indigo
Author: Charlaine Harris
Summary: Investigative reporter Nora Hesper spends her nights cloaked in shadows.  As Indigo, she's become an urban myth, a brutal vigilante who can forge darkness into weapons and travel across the city by slipping from one patch of shadow to another.  Her primary focus both as Nora and as Indigo has become a murderous criminal cult called the Children of Phonos.  Children are being murdered in New York, and Nora is determined to make it stop, even if that means Indigo must eliminate every member.  But in the aftermath of a bloody battle, a dying cultist makes claims that cause Indigo to question her own origin and memories.  Nora's parents were killed when she was 19.  She took the life insurance money and went off to explore the world, leading to her becoming a student of meditation and strange magic in a monastery in Nepal...a history that many would realize sounds suspiciously like the origins of several comic books characters.  As Nora starts to pick apart her memory, it begins to unravel.  Her parents are dead, but the rest is a series of lies.  Where did she get the power inside her?

Sin of a Woman
Author: Kimberla Lawson Roby
Summary: After her very public divorce from Dillon, Raven is recovering nicely.  Dillon has done everything he can to discredit her, but Raven has learned from her mistakes and him.  In fact, she's intent on using every bit of Dillon's revenge and betrayal, as she prepares to take what is hers - and more.  Her ambitions have never been so great, and Raven always knows how to get what she wants.  She also won't allow anything or anyone to get in her way.  She has become her ex-husband in more ways that one and is slowly leading those connected to her down a terrible path of destruction.  But playing with the lives of innocent people has dire consequences - the kind that Raven won't see coming.  Raven, of all people, should know that what happens in the dark will eventually come to light...and that there's only so far you can run before your past catches up to you.

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.