Thursday, July 13, 2017

Weekly Library Events (July 16-22)

Keep up with the great programs and events your Abilene Public Library has to offer by catching this weekly blog each Thursday.  For a complete listing, visit our main website to take a look at our program calendar.

TECH Time
Monday, July 17 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: Let's Move
Monday, July 17 at 4:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Kids and parents are invited to join us for the next Family Fun event as this one will certainly have everyone up and moving around, while having tons of fun of course.  Participate in stories, games, crafts, and more at this enhanced storytime activity, and we'll supply the materials needed for any craft project we host.  It's a great way to spend the afternoon as a family.

Tween Time: Catapults
Monday, July 17 at 4:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Tweens, ages 7-15, are invited to join us for a fun craft workshop that will have you designing and creating your own functioning Catapults...on a much smaller scale of course.  This is going to be a great way to have them using everyday materials to create a fun and interesting machine without having to go to the hardware store.  Let's see just what we'll be able to launch.  All materials will be supplied, participants just have to be their creativity and ready to construct a great catapult design.

Parent-to-Parent Workshop: Learning Kids' Learning Styles
Monday, July 17 at 6:30PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Parents are invited to join us for an informative workshop led by the Military Child Education Coalition's Parent-to-Parent Team.  This group has been coming out to provide great storytime programs for youth every month, and this time around, they're going to provide something for parents.  Join us to learn about "Children's Learning Styles" so you can show kids that reading for pleasure over the summer can be very exciting.  Keeping your kids' skills sharp during the summer is certainly important, and you'll get the tips to continue to do so at this program.

Zoo Lady Visit with Joy Harsh
Tuesday, July 18 at 3:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Join us for the next Zoo Lady Visit with Joy Harsh (Education Curator at the Abilene Zoo) and her animal ambassadors.  As a popular summer series at your library for the Summer Reading Clubs, Harsh visits each location to bring different animals inside the library to teach kids about them.  It's a fun and educational program that always delights children, and at the end of the program, you'll even get the opportunity to touch some of them as well.

Teen Flix: "A Monster Calls"
Tuesday, July 18 at 6:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Teens are invited out to the next movie night at your library where we'll be watching 2016's "A Monster Calls," based on the popular YA book by Patrick Ness.  In this film, a boy seeks the help of a tree monster to cope wit his single mother's terminal illness.  This film is rated PG-13 and has a run time of 1 hour and 48 minutes.

Morning Mingle's Family Coloring Club
Wednesday, July 19 at 10:00AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Families are invited out to the next session of the Family Coloring Club where kids and parents can come to engage in some coloring activities.  We'll supply the pages and materials needed, offering projects for all skill levels, or you can fill free to bring your own supplies with you if you'd like.  Coloring is a great way to take a break from your hectic lives, relieve some stress, and have a little fun without any rules to follow.  Come meet new families, make new friends, and enjoy yourself at this great event.

Disney Flix & Crafts: "Zootopia"
Wednesday, July 19 at 2:30PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Families are invited to join us for our Summer Disney Flix & Crafts series where each week features a different Disney movie to enjoy, and then fun crafts to make inspired by the movie.  This week's film will be 2016's"Zootopia," with the voices of Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, and Idris Elba. In this film, in a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy.  This film is rated PG and has a run time of 1 hour and 48 minutes.  Light snacks will be served (or feel free to bring your own) and we'll supply all the materials needed for the craft activity.

Minecraft Mania
Wednesday, July 19 at 3:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Be a part of the Minecraft Mania fun at your library, designed for tweens and teens ages (10-18).  At each session, we'll dive into the digital world of Minecraft by providing access to laptops for gamers to play in story mode, while also offering some additional Minecraft-themed activities and crafts to get involved in if you're waiting to play.  Come on out, bring a friend, and make some new ones at this digital series of events.

TECH Time
Thursday, July 20 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. 

Family Fun: Recycled Fun! Recycled Art
Thursday, July 20 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Families are invited out for a great enhanced storytime event featuring stories, songs, crafts, and fun with a theme that changes every month.  This session will continue to focus on the Summer Reading Club theme of "Build a Better World" where we'll be having fun learning about recycling.  Plus, as the craft activity for this session, we'll provide the materials needed to show youth how to make fun and whimsical art using recycled products.


Collecting Commas Writing Club
Thursday, July 20 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067

For young adults, ages 10-17, here's a chance to improve your creative writing skills with no pressure or stress.  This weekly writing club will give young writers the opportunity to write poems, short stories, plays, or even a continuous work like a novel.  We participate in group writing activities, which are fun, and designed to help you hone your creative writing skills.  There's no need to register, just come on out to the next club meeting and check out what it has to offer.

Night Flix: "Split"
Thursday, July 20 at 6:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Join us for the next movie night at your library.  This month we'll be watching the latest thriller by M. Night Shyamalan with 2016's "Split" starring James McAvoy, in an amazing performance and a sequel to the film "Unbreakable" that starred Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson.  In this film, when three girls are kidnapped by a man with 23 different personalities, they have to work out which of those personalities will help them escape and which will try to stop them...all before the terrifying 24th personality emerges.  This film is rated PG-13 and has a run time of 1 hour and 37 minutes.  Light snacks will be provided, or feel free to bring your own.

Cover-to-Cover Book Club
Thursday, July 21 at 7:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6017
If you're an avid reader, we invite you to be a part of the monthly Cover-to-Cover Book Club at your Main Library. We meet on the third Thursday evenings of each month and have a great group of engaged readers that come out to discuss the month's featured selection. In July, we'll be discussing Anita Diamant's "The Boston Girl." From the bestselling author of "The Red Tent," this month's featured title is an unforgettable novel about family ties and values, friendship and feminism, told through the eyes of a young Jewish woman growing up in Boston in the early twentieth century. Feel free to check out a copy from your library, then come ready to discuss this title with other readers. 

Grandparent & Me Craft Time: Herb Starter Plants
Friday, July 21 at 10:00AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6029
Grandparents and grandchildren are invited to come out for a great morning craft workshop designed to promote family bonding.  We'll supply all the materials needed, you just need to come out and be ready to have some fun.  For this session, we'll show you how to grow your own plants to start an herb garden.  This will be perfect for following along with the Summer Reading Club theme of "Build a Better World."

Who I Could Be: Meet Pastry Chef
Friday, July 21 at 4:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Kids are invited out to the next "Who I Could Be" summer series at your library.  Youth come across many adults who hold a number of different types of careers, and we've been bringing in professionals to tell kids about what they do.  We've met firefighters, police offers, and a meteorologist, and for the final session, we'll meet a Pastry Chef.  Tasha Teel, owner of The Cakery in Lubbock, TX (and the sister of the South Branch Manager) will be on hand to tell you about what she does at her job.  Don't miss out on this final career series for the summer.

Teen Flix After Hours: "Kong: Skull Island"
Friday, July 21 at 5:45PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Teens won't want to miss the next after hours movie night where we're headed back into the world of the Kong in the latest adaptation of the franchise with 2017's "Kong: Skull Island" starring Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, and Brie Larson.  In this movie, a washed up monster chaser convinces the U.S. government to fund a trip to an unexplored island in the South Pacific.  Under the guise of geological research, the team travels to "Skull Island."  Upon arrival, the group discovers that their mission may be complicated by the wildlife which inhabits the island.  The beautiful vistas and deadly creatures create a visually stunning experience that is sure to keep your attention.  This film is rated PG-13 intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action and brief strong language, and it has a run time of 1 hour and 58 minutes.  We'll start the movie at 6:00PM and rides should arrive for pickup by 8:00PM. Snacks will be provided, or feel free to bring your own. For

Teen Scene After Hours: Alice in Wonderland Tea Party
Friday, July 21 at 5:45PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Teens are invited out to a great after hours activity night, and this time, it's off with your heads as we enjoy an Alice in Wonderland Tea Party at the library.  Join us for some Wonderland inspired activities including tea, hedgehog croquet, and even painting the roses red.  If you want to come dress in costumes, feel free to do so.  There will be socializing and snacks as well, and all teens should be picked up from the library no later than 7:45PM.

Saturday Matinee: "San Andreas"
Saturday, July 22 at 10:30AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Be a part of the next Saturday Matinee movie at your library where we'll be showing 2015's "San Andreas" starring Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, and Alexandra Daddario.  In this film, in the aftermath of a massive earthquake in California, a rescue-chopper pilot makes a dangerous journey with his ex-wife, across the state, in order to rescue his daughter.  This film is rated PG-13 and has a run time of 1 hour and 54 minutes.  Snacks will be provided, or feel free to bring your own.

Legos Galore
Saturday, July 22 at 10:30AM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Youth are invited to join us for the last Lego Club session of the month.  We'll supply all the pieces and platforms you'll need, then guests will have the chance to work on their own projects...the skies the limit as to what you can create.  We'll build for 45-minutes and at the end of the program, we'll take some time to look at all the other different designs created at the program.  Some meetings will offer free design building, and other times we may have a theme.  What we'll be certain to offer is a fun time.

Mockingbird Movies: "Sing"
Saturday, July 22 at 2:30PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
The entire family is invited to stop in for a great movie showing as we'll be watching 2016's "Sing" with the voices of Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey, Seth McFarlane, and a host of other familiar actors.  In this movie, in a town with no humans, just animals, a koala named Buster Moon realizes he will soon lose his theater if he cannot turn his luck around.  He comes up with a plan to host a singing competition, where the winner will receive $100,000.  Will this be enough to return his theater to glory?  This film is rated PG and has a run time of 1 hour and 48 minutes.


Meal Building and Good 4 U Budgeting
Saturday, July 22 at 2:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
The community is invited to attend a free workshop led by Dessire Armstrong with Natural Grocers.  This nutrition class will help you to build a better you, fitting right in with the Summer Reading Club theme of "Build a Better World."  As stated by Armstrong, "we believe every person can improve their own health and well-being when they have access to quality food and stay informed about nutrition."  Come and pick up some tips from this local expert.

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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