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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Weekly Library Events (Sept. 3-9)

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: "Stephen King's IT"
Sunday, Sept. 3 at 2:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Join your South Branch Library for another Weekend Walk-In Flix session.  we’re changing things up by going back to 1990 with showing Stephen King’s “It,” which first debuted as a TV miniseries and will now be a feature film with the remake set to be released this upcoming Friday in theaters. In this film, in 1960, seven pre-teen outcasts fight an evil demon who poses as a child-killing clown.  Thirty years later, they reunite to stop the demon once and for all when it returns to their hometown.  This film is rated TV-14 and has a run time of 3 hours and 12 minutes.  Come see where it all began on TV, and then lookout for the release of the latest adaptation in theaters the following weekend.  Light snacks will be provided, or feel free to bring your own,

Holiday Closing: Labor Day
Monday, Sept. 4; All Day
Main Library & Mockingbird Branch
PH: 325-677-2474
The Main Library and Mockingbird Branch locations will be closed in observance of Labor Day.  Outside materials returns are available at both locations if you need to return any materials.  We'll resume our normal hours of operation the following Tuesday at 9:00AM.  The South Branch Library will be open regular hours, 10:00AM to 9:00PM.

TECH Time
Monday, Sept. 4 at 2:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
If you’ve ever needed help with your smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other similar devices, we invite you to take advantage of TECH (Technology Enrichment & Collaborative Help) Time at your library.  Your library tech gurus will be on hand to help answer your questions each week on Mondays at the South Branch Library and Thursdays at the Main Library.  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 help.  Guests will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis.

Family Fun: Pigs Galore!
Monday, Sept. 4 at 5:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Families are invited to join your South Branch Library for our next Family Fun activity session.  Each month the theme changes, and this month it's all about PIGS!  Come out and enjoy pig-related activities and crafts, plus we'll read some pretty great stories all about these animals too.  Will we share your favorite?  Come on down to the library and see.  All materials will be supplied for the crafts, just come out ready to have some fun.

Lego Club Jr.
Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 4:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Youth are invited to this monthly session hosted in the children’s area of the South Branch Library.  We’ll supply the Lego pieces and then we want you to build whatever you can imagine.  Work on projects solo, or team up with others for a joint project.  Plus, all of the finished creations for the program will then be used as a featured display for the rest of the month, so others can check out your Lego building skills.

Teen Lego Club
Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 4:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Teens won’t want to miss the next Lego Club session at the South Branch Library, hosted in the teen area.  We’ll supply the Legos so you can join up with your friends, and make new ones, while working on projects together.  Show off your creativity and building skills working solo, or as part of a team.  It’s all about spending an afternoon having fun at your library.  Plus, your finished projects will become part of an art display for the month.

Morning Mingle: Adult Coloring Club
Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 10:00AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Adults are invited to join us for a great Coloring Club session designed to allow you to take a break from your hectic lives, relieve some stress, and have a little fun without any rules to follow.  Come meet new people and enjoy yourself as we’ll supply the coloring sheets, crayons, markers, colored pencils, and more to make use of.  You may also bring your own supplies if you’d like.  Don’t miss out on this stress-free program at your library.

Grandparent & Me Craft Time: Cool Coasters
Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 4:30PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-676-6029
Grandparents and grandchildren are invited to join your Main Library for a great intergenerational craft workshop where we'll supply all the materials to have you working on fun projects as a family.  Now at a new time for the school year, this month we'll be showing you how to make some unique coasters.  Engage in hobbies and activities that you all will love and it will be a great way to spend time together and learn about each other at the same time.

Job Time: Application Assistance
Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
If you're looking for a job and need some help, you're invited to stop by the Mockingbird Branch for our Job Time: Application Assistance program where we'll get you started on the road to employment success.  We will cover how to search for jobs, how to create a resume, share advice on how to dress for and succeed in an interview and much more.  We'll have a set number of computers available for use so don't miss your chance to participate in this program.

TECH Time
Thursday, Sept. 7 at 2:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
If you’ve ever needed help with your smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other similar devices, we invite you to take advantage of TECH (Technology Enrichment & Collaborative Help) Time at your library.  Your library tech gurus will be on hand to help answer your questions each week on Mondays at the South Branch Library and Thursdays at the Main Library.  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 help.  Guests will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis.

Make & Take: Choose Your Craft
Thursday, Sept. 7 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Kids are invited out to a great crafting workshop at your Mockingbird Branch.  It's been a busy year, and if you've missed a previous Make & Take session, this will be the one where we'll have a host of different craft activities for youth to choose from.  Make a favorite craft from the past, or choose one that you may have missed.  They'll all be waiting for you to assemble in this hands-on crafting session at your library.

Collecting Commas Writing Club
Thursday, Sept. 7 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
If you’ve between the ages of 10-17, we invite you to be a part of the weekly writing club at your Main Library.  Designed to help strengthen your creative writing skills in all forms of writing, youth meetup each week to work on writing activities individually, and as a group, using a variety of techniques.  If you have a passion for writing, come check out a session for yourself.  No registration is needed.

Family Flix: "Bolt"
Saturday, Sept. 9 at 10:30AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Your South Branch Library presents Family Flix, a monthly program for all ages featuring a movie the entire family will like. In September, we’ll be featuring an animated adventure film from 2008 titled “Bolt,” with the voices of John Travolta and Miley Cyrus.  In this film, the canine star of a fictional sci-fi/action show, that believes his powers on the show are real, embarks on a cross-country trek to save his co-star from a threat he believes is just as real.  This film is rated PG for some mild action and peril and has a run time of 1 hour and 36 minutes.  Popcorn and drinks will be provided, or feel free to bring your own snacks or sack lunch to enjoy.

Legos Galore
Saturday, Sept. 9 at 10:30AM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
School age children are invited to participate in the next Lego Club meetup at the Mockingbird Branch Library.  Join us in the meeting room as we supply you with all the Lego pieces and platforms needed so you can use your imagination to build whatever you can think up.  Build independently, or team up with others for a joint project, then during the final 10 minutes of the program, we’ll take a look at what everyone created.

Saturday Matinee: "Pixels"
Saturday, Sept. 9 at 2:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Don’t miss the second Saturdays at your South Branch as this is our major movie day with Family Flix in the morning and our Saturday Matinee in the afternoon.  Everyone is welcome to join us for our featured popular flick of the month as we’ll be showing great hits from all genres and years.  In September we’ll be showing a fun action comedy that will have you reliving popular games of the 80s with 2015’s “Pixels” starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, and Michelle Monaghan.  In this film, when aliens misinterpret video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth in the form of the video games.  This film is rated PG-13 for some language and suggestive comment and has a run time of 1 hour and 46 minutes.  Light 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, August 30, 2017

Get Your Smart Card for National Library Card Sign-Up Month

Classes have begun for local students and each year we prepare with getting together our school supplies, books, backpacks, sometimes even new computers.  As you gather your school essentials together, don't forget to arm yourself with your own library card...it's one of the smartest cards you'll ever own.


September is the month for libraries to actively promote the importance of having your own library card.  Regardless if you're a student or not, it's one of the best accessories you can have in your wallet.  Library cards are free to Abilene and Taylor County residents and all you need is a Photo ID, proof of residency, and a completed Registration Form to get yours.  You may even complete an Online Registration to get the process started sooner.  one you have your library card, you'll gain access to a vast array of resources and services for the best price in town...FREE.

We house great materials for all ages including books, magazines, movies, audiobooks, computers, the Internet, MS Office applications, databases, eBooks, Wi-Fi, streaming content, and much more.  In addition to this, your card also provides you with borrowing privileges to the university libraries at Abilene Christian, Hardin-Simmons, and McMurry through the Abilene Library Consortium.  That's quite a deal.

Each year, in honor of National Library Card Sign-Up Month, a new Honorary Chair is selected to be the face of the campaign.  This year it's the Teen Titans, the DC Superhero Team including Robin, the Beast, Starfire, Raven, and Cyborg.  We may not be able to offer their superpowers, but your public library card is pretty powerful itself.  It's good enough to be a superpower itself, fighting the good fight to support and defend literacy, education, and recreational fun for everyone.  Get your library card and discover what special skills and talents you might develop through your local library.

Throughout September, we invite you to visit any branch location and sign up for your library card if you don't have one already.  You may also see staff out at several school open houses and community events to register people for library cards.  As easy as they are to acquire, you'll be thrilled at a whole new world of possibilities that will open up to you just by owning one.

For more information about how to signup for a library card, visit our Get a Library Card page online, call us at 325-677-2474, or speak with staff at any of our three convenient branch locations including the Main Library at 202 Cedar St., the South Branch Library at 4310 Buffalo Gap Rd., or the Mockingbird Branch Library at 1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.

Tuesday, August 29, 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.

Baywatch
Starring: Dwayne Johnson
Summary: Devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon butts heads with a brash new recruit, as they uncover a criminal plot that threatens the future of the bay.

My Cousin Rachel
Starring: Rachel Weisz
Summary: In this gothic romance set in the 19th century England, a young man falls for his alluring and secretive cousin Rachel, despite his suspicions that she murdered his guardian after altering the latter's will - or that she might be targeting him next.  Based on the 1951 novel by Daphne du Maurier.

Need to Know
Author: Fern Michaels
Summary: Through all their missions and adventures, the tight knit group of friends who make up the Sisterhood have learned one vital lesson: everybody has a weak spot.  In the case of Yoko Wong's dear friend Garland Lee, the multi-million selling performer known as America's beloved songbird, that weak spot was trusting her lawyer, Arthur Forrester.  For years, he's taken advantage of her faith in him to amass a secret fortune.  And now, in the deepest betrayal yet, he's dragged her into a lawsuit that could cost her everything.  The Sisterhood know they can't let that happen.  Forrester has some of the country's top judges in his pocket, and a list of influential and ruthless friends - not to mention knowledge of all the ways the law can be corrupted to work in his favor.  But he doesn't have the Vigilantes' deep-seated loyalty and determination.  And all his years of underhanded dealings won't prepare him for the type of creative payback that the Sisters have made their specialty...

The Right Time
Author: Danielle Steel
Summary: Abandoned by her mother at age seven, Alexandra Winslow took solace in the mystery stories she read with her devoted father - and soon she was writing them herself, slowly graduating to dark, violent, complex crime stories that reflects skill and imagination far beyond her years.  After her father's early death, at fourteen Alex is taken in by the nuns of a local convent, where she finds 26 mothers to take the place of the one she lost, and the time and encouragement to pursue her gift.  As she climbs the ladder of publishing success; however, she does so with her father's admonition firmly in mind: men read crime stories by men only.  Alexandra publishes under the pen name Alexander Green, and her true identity is only known by a few associates.  Moving from Alex's childhood to her forties, through loss and triumph, the inner workings of the publishing world and Hollywood adaptations - with the truth behind the celebrated Alexander Green concealed at all costs.

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.

Monday, August 28, 2017

"Biographies of the Not-So-Famous" | @ the Library Article

At one time or another, everyone has had the urge to read about someone famous.  Whether it is an outstanding athlete, a heroic astronaut or a notorious criminal, there is an innate fascination with other peoples' lives.  While books about well-known personalities are great reads, there are some hidden jewels in the biography sections of your Abilene Public Library.  Sandwiched between the biographies of the famous are stories of obscure or ordinary people who have done extraordinary things.

A fascinating tale is related in the title Bud and Me - The True Adventures of the Abernathy Boys by Altha Abernathy.  It relates the story of Altha's husband Temple and his older brother Bud as they traveled alone by car from Gutherie, Oklahoma to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1909.  Along the way they faced breakdowns, storms, illness, and all kind of other disasters.  What makes this story so memorable is the fact that Temple was only 5-years-old and his brother was only 9 when they set out on their adventures (sans adults).  In a span of 4 years, these intrepid brothers traveled over 12,000 miles by car, horseback, and motorcycle with the encouragement of their father, U.S. Marshall Jack Abernathy.

A little deeper in the stacks you will find Hornet's Sting by Mark Ryan.  This intriguing title tells the story of Thomas Sneum who was an aviator and spy during World War II.  Sneum discovered a disassembled de Havilland Hornet Moth bi-plane which he reassembled and flew out of German-occupied Denmark to England.  He was able to provide valuable information on German radar to the British.  Sneum's exploits were the inspiration for Ken Follett's bestselling book Hornet's Flight.

An interesting biography that might be familiar to many locals is What Made Wyatt Urp? The Life and Times of Toad Leon  C.D. "Toad" Leon, a graduate of Rule High School who lived here in Abilene, passed on several years ago but he will be remembered through this lively biography.  Leon's many business included an exotic game preserve, a resort, a chain of movie theaters, and an ice house.  Toad Leon's book is a fun read!

Another interesting read is Driver by Phillip Wilson.  Wilson takes a lay-off as an excuse to live out his dream of driving a big rig.  Readers follow Wilson as he takes us on a cross country voyage of discovery.  Anyone longing for an escape from their ordinary life will enjoy the ride.

There are many other undiscovered gems lurking in the biography sections (92 in the Dewey Decimal System).  The titles are not easy to find using normal searching methods.  Many will be found by browsing, or by accident, hiding amongst the books on Lincoln, Oprah, and Einstein.  Visit any Abilene Public Library location and take a stroll down the biography aisle.  You will be amazed at the treasures that await you!

Article Contributed by Marie Noe, Customer Services Manager

Saturday, August 26, 2017

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Aug. 27)

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 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: Seeing Red
Author: Sandra Brown
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F BROWN
Summary: Kerra Bailey is a TV journalist hot on the trail of a story guaranteed to skyrocket her career to new heights. Twenty-five years ago, Major Franklin Trapper became a national icon when he was photographed leading a handful of survivors to safety after the bombing of a Dallas hotel. For years, he gave frequent speeches and interviews but then suddenly dropped out of the public eye, shunning all media.

#2: The Store
Author: James Patterson
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: M PATTERSON
Summary: THE STORE IS WATCHING YOU. Jacob and Megan Brandeis have gotten jobs with the mega-successful, ultra-secretive Store. Seems perfect. Seems safe. But their lives are about to become anything but perfect, anything but safe.

#3: Camino Island
Author: John Grisham
Weeks On List: 11
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.

#4: The Late Show
Author: Michael Connelly
Weeks On List: 5
Call Number: F CONNELLY
Summary: RenĂ©e Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none as each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives. A once up-and-coming detective, she's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor.  But one night she catches two cases she doesn't want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting.

#5: Any Dream Will Do
Author: Debbie Macomber
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: F MACOMBER
Summary: Shay Benson adored her younger brother, Caden, and that got her into trouble. When he owed money, Shay realized she would do anything to help him avoid the men who were threatening him, and she crossed lines she never should have crossed. Now, determined to start fresh, she finds herself in search of a place to stay and wanders into a church to escape from the cold.

Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
Author: Neil deGrasse Tyson
Weeks On List: 16
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.

#2: Hillbilly Elegy
Author: J.D. Vance
Weeks On List: 56
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. The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America. J. D.'s grandparents were "dirt poor and in love," and moved north from Kentucky's Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually their grandchild (the author) would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility.

#3: Al Franken, Giant of the Senate
Author: Al Franken
Weeks On List: 12
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.

#4: Devil's Bargain
Author: Joshua Green
Weeks On List: 5
Call Number: 324.973 GRE
Summary: A deeply reported account of the relationship between Donald Trump and his chief strategist.

#5: Option B
Author: Sheryl Sandberg
Weeks On List: 17
Call Number: 155.937 SAN
Summary: The author's experience with grief after the sudden death of her husband, combined with social science on resilience.

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, August 24, 2017

Weekly Library Events (Aug. 27 - Sept. 2)

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: "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2"
Sunday, Aug. 27 at 3:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Join your South Branch Library for another Weekend Walk-In Flix session where we show movie hits released to DVD the previous week.  For the final session this month we’ll be showing the sequel to the previous day’s flick with “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2.”  In this film, after saving Zandar from Ronan’s wrath, the Guardians are now recognized as heroes.  Now the team must help their leader Star Lord uncover the truth behind his true heritage.  Along the way, old foes turn to allies and betrayal is blooming.  And the Guardians find that they are up against a devastating new menace who is out to rule the galaxy.  This film is rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action and violence, language, and brief suggestive content, and it has a run time of 2 hours and 16 minutes.  Light snacks will be provided, or feel free to bring your own.

TECH Time
Monday, Aug. 28 at 2:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
If you’ve ever needed help with your smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other similar devices, we invite you to take advantage of TECH (Technology Enrichment & Collaborative Help) Time at your library.  Your library tech gurus will be on hand to help answer your questions each week on Mondays at the South Branch Library and Thursdays at the Main Library.  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 help.  Guests will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis.

Minecraft Mania
Monday, Aug. 28 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 South Branch Library, designed for tweens and teens and hosted on the fourth Monday afternoons of each month.  Dive into this digital gaming world as we 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.


TECH Time
Thursday, Aug. 31 at 2:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
If you’ve ever needed help with your smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other similar devices, we invite you to take advantage of TECH (Technology Enrichment & Collaborative Help) Time at your library.  Your library tech gurus will be on hand to help answer your questions each week on Mondays at the South Branch Library and Thursdays at the Main Library.  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 help.  Guests will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis.

Collecting Commas Writing Club
Thursday, Aug. 31 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
If you’ve between the ages of 10-17, we invite you to be a part of the weekly writing club at your Main Library.  Designed to help strengthen your creative writing skills in all forms of writing, youth meetup each week to work on writing activities individually, and as a group, using a variety of techniques.  If you have a passion for writing, come check out a session for yourself.  No registration is needed.

Super Storytime: Fish Tales
Friday, Sept. 1 at 10:45AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Families are invited out to a great Super Storytime event at your Main Library.  Each activity features great stories, songs, crafts, and fun led by the children's staff, and this session will focus on fish.  Come out and enjoy a host of fun activities with us, and we'll also supply all the supplies needed for any craft activity.  It's the perfect way to spend a morning at your library.

Teen Night (After Hours): "Return to Oz"
Friday, Sept. 1 at 5:45PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Local teens are invited to join us for a great after hours movie night at your Mockingbird Branch Library.  Each month features a different activity for teens to get involved in, and this month we'll be heading back to 1985 and watching "Return to Oz."  In this cult classic, Dorothy, saved from a psychiatric experiment by a mysterious girl, is somehow called back to Oz when a vain witch and the Nome King destroy everything that makes the magical land beautiful.  Come dive into a different version of Oz in a flick many teens many not have seen.  This film is rated PG and has a run time of 1 hour and 53 minutes.  Teens will be supervised by staff throughout the event and rides should arrive for pickup no later than 8:00PM.

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

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

New Programs, Returning Favorites, Hit this Fall!

We've transitioned out of the busy summer period and classes have resumed at Wylie ISD and are about to commence for Abilene ISD.  After an explosive summer of programming for youth and families, your Abilene Public Library is preparing to introduce some new programs in September, as well as have some favorites form the past return after a break for the summer activities.  We'll introduce each of them to you, separated out by location, and hope you'll join us for some of these new events at your library.

Main Library | 202 Cedar St. | PH: 325-677-2474
  • Grandparent & Me Craft Time: Initially designed as a summer series, this program has been extended through the Fall and at a new day and time.  Each session will run on the first Wednesday afternoons at 4:00PM, featuring a different craft activity for grandparents & grandchildren to get involved in.  We'll supply the materials, you just come out ready to have some crafting fun with staff.
  • Book to Movie Club: Introduced in August, this club is hosted on the second Tuesday evenings of each month at 6:00PM.  For each month, we'll feature a new book for participants to read and then we'll meet up to watch the film adaptation.  After the movie we'll engage in a discussion on how they compare and contrast to spark up a conversation.  We've got our selections picked through December, so be sure to join the fun.
South Branch Library | 4310 Buffalo Gap Rd. | PH: 325-698-7565

  • Introduction to Knitting: If you've wanted to start knitting, this Fall series of courses is just what you need.  Sessions will run on the fourth Saturday afternoons at 3:00PM, and guests will learn the history of knitting, tools and supplies to get started, techniques to use, and more.  All materials will be supplied, but feel free to bring your own if you'd like.  This will be a great workshop eries for adults looking to hone their crafting skills.
Mockingbird Branch Library | 1326 N. Mockingbird Ln. | PH: 325-437-7323

  • Job Time: Application Assistance: Beginning in September, staff will conduct a weekly Job Time program to help you search for jobs and apply for jobs online, create resumes, build interview skills, and more.  We'll reserve a set number of computers and sessions will be hosted each Wednesday afternoon from 4:00PM to closing.  Allow staff to help you on your road to employment success in this instructional series.
  • Crafter's Club: If you're an avid crafter, and you always have a few projects you're working on at home, be a part of the monthly Crafter's Club.  Hosted on the second Thursdays at 4:30PM, you can bring in your projects to work on inside the library.  Spend the time conversing with other crafters, sharing ideas, tips, techniques, and more, and we'll even supply some refreshments.
  • Classic Cinema: If you have a love for the movies of the past, you'll want to be a part of this monthly movie series hosted on the fourth Fridays at 10:30AM.  Each month will feature a hit film spanning from the 1920's through the 1980's, and those who attend each session are free to leave us with suggestions on future films to show.  Some movies never go out of style, regardless of how many times you see them, and that's what this series of movie showings will celebrate.  Be sure to check it out.
These are some of the new activities you can find to do at your library this Fall, and there will be some additional ones added in October.  We're always trying to offer you something new and fun to get involved in, so be sure to check them out.  If you have any questions, contact us and we'll be happy to assist you.

Tuesday, August 22, 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.

Y is for Yesterday (Kinsey Millhone Series #25)
Author: Sue Grafton
Summary: The darkest and most disturbing case report begins in 1979, when four teen boys from an elite private school sexually assault a 14-year-old classmate - and film the attack.  Not long after, the tape goes missing and the suspected thief, a fellow classmate, is murdered.  In the investigation that follows, one boy turns state's evidence and two of his peers are convicted.  But the ringleader escapes without a trace.  Now, it's 1989 and one of the perpetrators, Fritz, has been released from prison.  Moody, unrepentant, and angry, he is a virtual prisoner of his ever-watchful parents - until a copy of the missing tape arrives with a ransom demand.  That's when the McCabes call Kinsey Millhone fore help.  As she is drawn into their family drama, she keeps a watchful eye on Fritz.  But he's not the only one being haunted by the past.  A vicious sociopath with a grudge against Millhone may be leaving traces of himself for her to find...

Charlatans
Author: Robin Cook
Summary: Newly minted chief resident at Boston Memorial Hospital Noah Rothauser is swamped in his new position, from managing the surgical schedules to dealing with the fallouts from patient deaths.  Know for its medical advances, the famed teaching hospital has fitted several ORs as "hybrid operating rooms of the future" - an improvement that seems possible until an anesthesia error during a routine procedure results in the death of an otherwise healthy man.  Noah suspects Dr. William Mason, an egotistical, world-class surgeon, of an error during the operation and of tampering with the patient's record afterward.  But Mason is quick to blame anesthesiologist, Dr. Ava London.  When more anesthesia-related deaths start to occur, Noah is forced to question all of the residents on his staff, including Ava, and he quickly realizes there's more to her than what he sees.  A social media junkie, Ava has created multiple alternated personas for herself on the Internet.  With his own job and credibility now in jeopardy, Noah must decide which doctor is at fault and who he can believe - before any more lives are lost.

Shattered
Author: Allison Brennan
Summary: Over a span of 20 years, four boys have been kidnapped from their bedrooms, suffocated, and buried nearby in a shallow grave.  Serial killer or coincidence?  That's the question investigative reporter Maxine Revere sets out to answer when an old friend begs her to help exonerate his wife, who has been charged with their son's recent murder.  But Max can do little to help because the police and D.A. won't talk to her - they think they have the right woman.  Instead, Max turns her attention to three similar cold cases.  If she can solve them, she might be able to help her friend.

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.

Monday, August 21, 2017

"Some Guidance for New Beginnings" | @ the Library Article

So here it is...another school year, a new roommate, a new job, a new space to call your own.  On this journey of independence you may face such questions as "which slip cover will hide pizza stains best?" and "are all apartment leases the same?"  To answer these and other questions, here are a few of my favorite titles on decorating, cooking, and financing the single lifestyle.  Be sure to check them out at your local Abilene Public Library branch.

As far as decorating and organizing goes, you'll want to look at Jenna Mahoney's Small Apartment Hacks: 101 Ingenious DIY Solutions for Living, Organizing, and Entertaining and Lourdes Dumke's How to Decrorate & Furnish Your Apartment on a Budget.  Both these books give practical and stylish yet budget friendly tips for many different types of living spaces and arrangements.

My Top Pick: Apartment Therapy: The Eight Step Home Cure by Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, an interior designer in New York City.  Ryan is amply qualified to help you transform your space into a home.  The book includes a quiz to help figure out what your needs are and where to start, plus (you guessed it) an eight week transformation plan.  What I found most informative was the whole concept of "flow."  Ryan counsels readers to avoid movie theater syndrome, TV on one wall, couch on the other, and a huge walkway in between.  Instead Ryan suggests moving furniture away from the walls, opening up windows and creating a meandering foot path through the apartment.

For cooking, a good book is Food Network's How to Boil Water: Life Beyond Takeout.  This title will help inexperienced cooks prepare good meals with maximum taste on minimal time.  If you have better cooking chops, try The Ultimate Student Cookbook: From Chicken to Chili by Tiffany Goodall.  More than 100 easy recipes for terrific food on a student's budget are included, using minimal equipment, techniques, and ingredients available at any grocery store.

My Top Pick: College Cooking: Feed Yourself and Your Friends by Megan and Jill Carle.  This book has great recipes even a skilled chef will love!  Put up those ramen noodle and start cooking meals like tortilla soup, Tuscan salad, what's-in-the-fridge frittata, crab cakes with roasted red pepper sauce, peanut butter cup bars, and mini blueberry turnovers.  Chapters include Survival Cooking, Avoiding the Freshman Fifteen, Impressing Your Date, and Cooking for the Masses.  Megan and Jill, a couple of University of Arizona college students, write from personal experience.  "After watching so many of our friends stumble around the kitchen [we] decided we needed to write a book specifically geared for college students.  In other words, very little equipment, very little cooking experience, and very little money.

Speaking of very little money, managing what you do have takes on extra importance when you're newly on your own.  Take a look at Beth Kobliner's Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties or financial guru Suze Orman's The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke.  These two address special financial concerns, including paying off college loans, obtaining & managing credit cards, buying a car, and financing a first house or apartment.

My Top Pick: Personal Finance in Your 20s for Dummies by Eric Tyson.  When it comes to protecting your financial future, starting sooner rather than later is the smartest think you can do.  This hands-on guide provides you with the targeted financial advice about budgeting & savings, credit card management, insurance & "grown up stuff."  This book has everything you need to establish firm financial footing in your 20s and to secure your finances for years to come.

So, if you're making a new beginning this fall, whatever it is, drop by your Abilene Public Library and get some help!  You may be surprised at what you can find.

Article Contributed by Anne Ellis, Mockingbird Branch Manager