Thursday, July 6, 2017

Weekly Library Events (July 9-15)

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.

Read to a Dog Day
Monday, July 10 at 10:30AM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Kids are invited to join us for a great literacy event featuring canine friends who are part of the Tail Waggin' Tutors.  During this activity, youth will have the chance to select a book and then schedule a time to read to a registered therapy dog, which certainly won't mind if you happen to make a mistake while reading.  This event is always a great way to meet some amazing four-legged friend at the library, but we do ask that you leave you own pets at home.

Puppet Show: Silly Stories

Monday, July 10 at 4:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Kids of all ages are invited out to a great and interactive puppet show at your library.  Our children's staff has put together a great lineup of silly stories to share, in a way that only our puppet pals could do.  Come out and enjoy them with us, and possibly even be a part of the show, in this popular summer series at your library.  Plus, at the end of the program, you can even feel free to meet some of our puppets too.

Science Club
Monday, July 10 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Youth, ages 8+, are invited to join us for our monthly Science Club session designed to teach youth about new science concepts, and then bring them to life through performing safe experiments and watching demonstrations.  it's the best way to combine education with having fun at your library, especially during the summer break from school.  There's no need to register, just come out ready to have a little fun with library staff.

Make & Take: 3D Hungry Caterpillars
Monday, July 10 at 5:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
You won't want to miss the next Make & Take craft session, immediately following Science Club, where we'll be showing youth how to make some pretty cool-looking 3D Hungry Caterpillars.  We'll supply all the materials and instruction you'll need, and it's the perfect come & go craft to make before you head to the shelves to look for some great books to checkout.

Mockingbird Movies: "La La Land"
Monday, July 10 at 6:30PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
You're invited to join us for a free movie showing featuring a highly decorated musical that won six (6) Oscars, with being nominated for 14 total, tying the record for the most nominations with "Titanic" and "All About Eve."  July's flick will be 2016's "La La Land" starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.  In this film, a jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles.  And there's some great musical numbers throughout.  This film is rated PG-13 and has a run time of 2 hours and 8 minutes.

Young Audiences featuring Joe McDermott
Tuesday, July 11 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 Reading Clubs at your library.  At this session, we're welcoming Joe McDermott, a popular singer/songwriter from Austin, TX who is returning for his second year at the library.  Described as a "Texas Treasure" by the Texas Library Association, his performances are dynamic and highly entertaining for children and parents.  Especially geared towards youth, McDermott even includes audience participation and interaction into each of his shows.  Don't miss out on this popular series.

Minecraft Mania
Tuesday, July 11 at 3:30PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Tweens and teens, ages 8-18, are invited out to our monthly gaming session where we'll supply the laptops for needed for participants to play Minecraft in story mode.  Plus, if you're waiting for your turn, we'll also have other Minecraft-inspired activities going on too.  Join your friends for the gaming fun at your library, as a great way to spend an afternoon.

Make & Take: Pool Noodle Boats
Tuesday, July 11 at 4:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Kids are invited to attend the next Make & Take craft session where we'll be showing you how to make Pool Noodle Boats, which are really cute and will really float.  We'll supply all the materials needed to show you how to make your own for the summer, all you have to do is come out and be ready to have a little crafting fun.

Anime Club
Tuesday, July 11 at 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Teens and young adults, ages 14-25, are invited to be a part of this monthly club for all who have a passion for anime.  Meetup to watch hit shows, talk about anime, and enjoy everything related to Japanese culture.  There's no registration needed, just come out and see what we've got planned.

Storytime with Local Author
Wednesday, July 12 at 10:45AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Kids and parents are invited out to a special storytime event where we'll be inviting in local author Caitlin McCulloch, who will share her children's book titled "Francine's New Name." In this book, Francine is a little monster with a unique name. With a little help form her mommy, she learns how important it is to be proud of being herself.  Written for a broad range of youth, ages 3-10, it's easy to comprehend language and story will resonate with kids of all ages. McCulloch strongly believes in reading, as well as using children's literature to encourage relationship-building between parents and kids. Everyone is encouraged to come out and participate in this great storytime, and hear the first in what the author hopes will become a series of books featuring the Francine character.


Master Gardeners at Your Library
Wednesday, July 12 at 2:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Feel free to come out and visit your library as we invite in some local pros from the Big Country Master Gardener's Association, made up of a group of residents who love to learn and teach others about all things gardening.  They'll be on hand to share more of what they offer with the public to benefit our community, as well as offer great tips for gardening in the Abilene area.  If you have questions, or want to learn more about this organization, this is certainly the program to attend.

Disney Flix & Crafts: "Frozen"
Wednesday, July 12 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 enjoy Disney movies and make crafts inspired by the film each week.  For July, we'll be watching 2013's "Frozen" with the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristin Bell, and Jonathan Groff.  In this film, when the newly crowned Queen Elsa accidentally uses her power to turn things into ice to curse her home in infinite winter, her sister Anna teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather condition.  This film is rated PG and has a run time of 1 hour and 42 minutes.  Snacks will be provided and we'll supply all materials needed for the craft activity.

Lego My Library
Wednesday, July 12 at 4:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Kids and teens are invited out to our next Lego Club session.  If you have an interest in building things and being creative, you'll certainly want to be a part of this program.  We'll supply all the platforms and pieces for you to be able to build whatever you can imagine.  Some sessions we'll free designs, other times we'll build within a certain theme...still in all, there's no wrong way to enjoy Lego Club at your library.

TTU Application Workshop
Thursday, July 13 at 10:00AM
South Branch Library

4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Teens entering their senior year of high school are invited to the South Branch Library on July 13 from 10AM to noon to learn all about the admissions process to Texas Tech University for the Fall 2018 semester.  Participants will learn the ins and outs from Admissions Specialist Lindsey Doherty.  She'll be on hand to present and answer questions about the admissions process, requirements, tests, Texas Tech University and campus, and so much more!  If you're interested, please come to this free informational seminar about life after high school!  For more information, feel free to contact Alyssa Crow at 325-698-7565. 

Super Storytime: Recycle Fun! Plant a Seed
Thursday, July 13 at 10:45AM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Families are invited out to the next Super Storytime session as we continue to go strong in the Summer Reading Club theme of "Build a Better World."  At this session, we're going to combine recycling with growing that will be both educational and fun for youth.  Join us for stories and songs, then stick around for a fun craft that will have us planting a seed in a recycled water bottle to take home and grow during the summer.  We'll supply the materials needed.

TECH Time
Thursday, July 13 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, July 13 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
For young adults, ages 10-17, here's your chance to improve your creative writing skills with no pressure or stress.  Be a part of this weekly writing club where participants meet to work on various writing activities to strengthen and hone their skills in all forms of writing.  There's no need to register, simply come on out and join us for writing club fun.

ArtWalk: Motorcycle Puzzles
Thursday, July 13 at 5:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
If you're out and about enjoying the activities in Downtown Abilene for ArtWalk Night, be sure to stop by the Main library where kids will be able to join in on a fun craft.  For this session, we'll supply all the materials needed to show kids how to make Motorcycle Puzzles to take home and enjoy.

Nerd Night at the Center
Thursday, July 13 at 5:00PM
Center for Contemporary Arts

220 Cypress St.
PH: 325-698-7565
Join library staff at the Center for Contemporary Arts as we host a series of fun activities for guests to come out and take advantage of.  From Lego building to science experiments, we're celebrating our nerdom during ArtWalk this evening.  Be sure to come on out and see what we have to offer, and then participate in the nerdy fun with us.

Citizenship at Your Library
Thursday, July 13 at 6:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
The International Rescue Committee is hosting an information session to learn about: 1) the application process and why it’s easier than you may think; 2) the cost of applying and new, reduced fee options; and 3) the benefits that citizenship grants you and your family. They will also present a lesson on US History and Government to test your knowledge or to begin preparation for the naturalization civics test. You can attend both sessions, or pick the session that will be most useful to you. The International Rescue Committee is recognized by the US Department of Justice. We offer high-quality, low-cost immigration legal services by fully accredited staff. 

Build a Better World: Trash to Treasure
Friday, July 14 at 3:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Youth are invited out to the next session of the Build a Better World series for the Summer Reading Club.  At each session, we'll tackle a different topic, and the theme of this activity is "Trash to Treasure."  Kids will be able to learn a bit about recycling, and the benefits of it, through stories, crafts, and other fun activities.  It's certain to be a great way to spend an afternoon at your library.

Summer STEM Challenge: Marble Mazes
Friday, July 14 at 4:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
The Summer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) Challenge fun continues at your library as a great series for tweens and teens (ages 8-18) to promote critical thinking while having fun doing it.  At this session, we'll supply the materials needed to have you create your own intricate Marble Mazes, adding the motion to your puzzle building skills.  Come out and see what you'll be able to make at this session.

Genealogy Lock-In
Friday, July 14 at 6:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
If you're into tracing your family history, and want to learn about the local resources at your library to take advantage of, this Genealogy Lock-In is designed especially for you. We're calling on genealogists of all levels, as well as members of the West Texas Genealogical Society, to gain information about the Abilene Public Library's Texas Collection and other genealogy resources. Feel free to bring your own laptops and tablets and join us as we work on searches until 8:45PM. This event will be hosted after the library has closed for the evening, so be sure to arrive to this event before 6:00PM and meet us in the genealogy area in the basement. 

Family Flix: "Lilo & Stitch"
Saturday, July 15 at 3:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Families are invited out to our next Family Flix movie showing at your library.  July's featured flick is 2002's "Lilo & Stitch" with the voices of Daveigh Chase and Chris Sanders.  In this film, a Hawaiian girl adopts an unusual pet who is actually a notorious extra-terrestrial fugitive from the law.  This film is rated PG and has a run time of 1 hour and 25 minutes.  Light snacks will be served.

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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