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Thursday, May 31, 2018

TECH Time Expands to Mockingbird Branch, June 4

TECH (Technology, Enrichment & Collaborative Help) Time at your Abilene Public Library ha been a huge hit since it debuted at your South Branch Library in January 2017.  By the time the summer hit, an additional session was added to the Main Library, and now, the Mockingbird Branch Library will add a weekly session to their lineup as well.  That's right, starting June 4, you'll have three opportunities to take advantage of TECH Time sessions each week.  With more than 400 guests having already taken advantage of this service, come see how it may help you.

TECH Time Schedule Starting June 4

Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
Abilene, TX 79603 | PH: 325-437-7323
Mondays from 10AM to Noon

South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
Abilene, TX 79606 | PH: 325-698-7565
Mondays from 2PM to 4PM

Main Library
202 Cedar St.
Abilene, TX 79601 | PH: 325-676-6025
Thursdays from 2PM to 4PM

What is TECH Time?  This series offers one-on-one assistance with library staff who have a good handle on the use of smartphones, tablets, and laptops.  As many of us know, there can be a learning curve when it comes to diving into using new technology, or sometimes you may encounter an unknown problem that you'd like some advice on resolving.  Whatever the issue, guests have been coming out and taking advantage of these free sessions to see how we can help.

We may not have all the answers, but we have been able to assist roughly 95% of all people who have sought assistance.  That's not bad.  If we don't know the answer, we will put in the extra effort for seeing how to resolve the issue.  On the chance it's not something we can resolve, we may refer you to a local business.

Feel free to come to a sessions and see how we may assist you.  Everyone will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to 20-minutes if there are people waiting.

Weekly Library Events (June 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.

Bellydance for Fitness & Fun
Sun, June 3 at 3:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Join your South Branch Library for some fitness and music fun as we host a Bellydance for Fitness & Fun workshop for teens and adults ages 16 and older.  We’re inviting in guest instructor Jami Chance, of Magic Lamp Dance Studio in Abilene, who will lead a 1-hour fitness class that will help improve your balance, develop muscles, and increase your coordination and flexibility.  In addition to all of that, a session can help you burn up to 300 calories, while also learning some great bellydance moves and routines. You won’t want to miss out on this great summer activity that’s completely free to participate in.  For more information, contact staff at 325-698-7565.

TECH Time
Mon, June 4 at 10:00AM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
As more people acquire smartphones, tablets, and laptops, you may find yourself needing a little help.  If that’s you, join us for TECH (Technology Enrichment & Collaborative Help) Time at your library.  Sessions will be hosted three times a week on Mondays from 10AM to Noon at the Mockingbird Branch, and then Mondays at the South Branch Library and Thursdays at the Main Library from 2PM to 4PM.  Sessions will be provided by the library’s tech gurus as we help you to navigate your way through learning to use your devices and answering your tech-related questions. 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 and limited to 20-minutes if others are waiting. For more information, contact staff at 325-698-7565 (South Branch), 325-676-6025 (Main Library), or 325-437-7323 (Mockingbird Branch). 

Disney Flix & More: "Brave"
Mon, June 4 at 11:30AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
Kids and parents are invited to join your Main Library for Disney Flix & More where we will show a hit Disney flick while also making a craft to go along with it.  We will kick off this Disney Flix series with watching 2012’s “Brave,” which introduced us to Disney Princess Merida, and with the voices of Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, and Emma Thompson.  In this film, determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.  This film is rated PG for some scary action and rude humor, and has a run time of 1 hour and 33 minutes.  Light snacks will be provided, or feel free to bring your own sack lunch.  For more information about this event, contact staff at 325-676-6025.

TECH Time
Mon, June 4 at 2:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
As more people acquire smartphones, tablets, and laptops, you may find yourself needing a little help.  If that’s you, 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 2PM to 4PM.  Sessions will be provided by the library’s tech gurus as we help you to navigate your way through learning to use your devices and answering your tech-related questions.  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 and limited to 30-minutes if others are waiting.  For more information, contact staff at 325-698-7565 or 325-676-6025.

Cricut Design Space Class
Mon, June 4 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
Further your knowledge on how to use equipment in the Main Library’s Creation Station by coming out to this fun makerspace course on learning to use the Cricut Design Space.  The Cricut machine is one of our most used products for making a host of items, but particularly when it comes to making vinyl clings and patterns. At this session, led by coordinator Heather Carter, she’ll show you how to use the Cricut Design Space to create your designs, then show you how to load and unload your material, and more.  That way, you won’t need any assistance when it comes to using the machine in the future. Basic computer skills are needed and if you have any additional questions, contact staff at 325-676-6025.

Family Fun: Songs & Stories
Mon, June 4 at 5:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Kids and parents won’t want to miss the next Family Fun event at your South Branch Library as the theme of this month is “Songs & Stories.”  Perfect to go along with the “Libraries Rock” theme of the Summer Reading Clubs, join us as staff leads your family through a variety of musically themed stories, featuring great stories by actor John Lithgow including “I Got Two Dogs,” and “Marsupial Sue.”  Get ready to boogie down to some great stories, while also enjoying some fun activities and crafts to go along with the theme of the program too. All materials will be supplied, so be sure to check it out, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-698-7565.

The Craft Life: Music Paper Heart Decorations
Mon, June 4 at 6:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
Tweens who love to craft won’t want to miss out on the next Craft Life series event at your Main Library.  Designed for ages 8-12, each month features a fun new projects for tweens to come out and create. Music is the heart of life at this program, so join us as we’ll be making some great music paper heart decorations.  We’ll supply all the materials for you to come out and make your own to decorate your room, or to give as a gift to a music loving friend. Don’t miss out on the fun, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-676-6067.

Abilene Kennel Club Demo
Tues, June 5 at 3:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
Kids are invited out to a great school-age event for the summer, as we invite in the Abilene Kennel Club and the Tail Waggin’ Tutors for another great event featuring our favorite canine friends.  The AKC will be on hand to have their four-legged companions show off some cool tricks and obedience techniques. We have fun with them every summer they visit so you’ll certainly want to come check them out for yourself. After the program ends, guests will also get the chance to meet all of the dogs too.  Don’t miss out on the summer fun at your library, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-676-6067.

LEGO Club Junior
Tues, June 5 at 4:30PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Youth are invited to join us for our monthly LEGO Club, Jr. session at your South Branch Library.  Hosted in the children’s area, we’ll supply you with a great selection of LEGO so you can use your creativity to build whatever you can imagine.  Sometimes we’ll work on specific projects, or you can free design. Plus, work on projects solo, or team up with others to make something bigger. We’ll offer books to give you ideas of what you can make or you can let your imagination soar.  It’s all about just coming out and having fun at your library. For more information about the LEGO Club at your South Branch Library, contact staff at 325-698-7565

Teen LEGO Club
Tues, June 5 at 4:30PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Teens are invited to join us for our monthly LEGO Club session at your South Branch Library. Hosted in the Teen Room, we’ll bring out a selection of LEGO so you can join up with your friends, while making new ones, and work on projects together. Show off your creativity by seeing what you’re able to construct while working on themed projects or free designing. We’ll offer you resources of projects you can make on your own or you can simply design something you find awesome. It’s all about spending an afternoon at your library having fun with other teens. For more information about the LEGO Club at your South Branch Library, contact staff at 325-698-7565.

Fireside Gathering at Mockingbird Tavern
Tues, June 5 at 6:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
If you’re a player of Hearthstone, this is your chance to meetup with other players for a monthly gaming session at your Mockingbird Branch Library.  Come participate in friendly battles, while also getting the chance to earn some special in-game prizes too. Although all ages are welcome to come, this activity is geared towards adult players.  For more information about this event, contact staff at 325-437-7323.

Coloring Club
Wed, June 6 at 10:00AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
During the Summer Reading Club months we’re inviting people of all ages to be a part of our Coloring Club at your South Branch Library.  This morning activity is great for giving the community a chance to take a break from your hectic summer schedules and relieve some stress, while having a bit of fun, without any rules to follow. Come meet new people, make new friends, and enjoy yourself at this great event. We’ll provide coloring sheets of gardens, animals, mosaics and more, and also supply you with crayons, colored pencils, and markers. You can also feel free to bring your own supplies if you’d like. Don’t miss out on this stress-free program at your library. For more information, contact staff at 325-698-7565.

Master Gardeners Presents: Drip Irrigation
Wed, June 6 at 10:00AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
Master Gardener Patty Esposito, from the Big Country Master Gardeners, will be at your Main Library to discuss how to use Drip Irrigation to best serve your gardening needs. Drip irrigation is a type of micro-irrigation that has the potential to save water and nutrients by allowing water to drip slowly to the roots of plants, either from above the soil surface or buried below the surface. The goal is to place water directly into the root zone and minimize evaporation. We will also be personalizing some unique garden markers, in a fun & easy craft component to the workshop. All materials and light refreshments will be provided and it’s a great adult workshop to get into at your library.  For additional information, contact staff at 325-676-6025.

Teen Flix: "Z-O-M-B-I-E-S"
Wed, June 6 at 2:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
Teens are invited to join your library for some Teen Flix movie fun at your Main Library over the summer.  At this session, we’ll be watching 2018’s “Z-O-M-B-I-E-S,” a Disney original movie that gives you musical fun with a little high school romance...of a different color.  In this film, students from Zombietown are transferred to a high school in a suburban town preoccupied with uniformity, traditions, and pep rallies. This flick is rated TV-G and has a run time of 1 hour and 34 minutes.  Popcorn will be provided, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-676-6067.

Job Time: Application Assistance
Wed, June 6 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
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.  For additional information, contact staff at 325-437-7323.

TECH Time
Thurs, June 7 at 2:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
As more people acquire smartphones, tablets, and laptops, you may find yourself needing a little help.  If that’s you, 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 2PM to 4PM.  Sessions will be provided by the library’s tech gurus as we help you to navigate your way through learning to use your devices and answering your tech-related questions.  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 and limited to 30-minutes if others are waiting.  For more information, contact staff at 325-698-7565 or 325-676-6025.

Make & Take: Summer Windsocks
Thurs, June 7 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
Summer is the best time to be outdoors, enjoying fun activities.  Well we invite youth to join us for the next Make & Take craft session at your Mockingbird Branch Library where we’ll be using recycled materials to teach you how to make a DIY summer windsock.  It’s a great outdoor decoration and we’ll show you how to make yours from aluminum cans, tissue paper, markers, and more. For more information about this session, contact staff at 325-437-7323.

Collecting Commas Writing Club
Thurs, June 7 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
If you’re a teen who loves to write, be a part of the Collecting Commas Writing Club at your Main Library.  At each session, we’ll work on a host of activities designed to increase our creative writing skills with your peers.  Come express yourself through words, with your peers, in a stress-free environment. No registration is required, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-676-6067.

Karaoke Tweens
Fri, June 8 at 4:30PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
If you’re between the ages of 7-15, and you love to sing, you’ll certainly want to become a part of Karaoke Tweens at your South Branch Library.  Join us as we host a fun afternoon of singing fun where you can come choose your favorite songs and belt them out with your peers. Who knows, maybe even staff may join you too.  Rock out at your library in this musically charged event for the Summer Reading Club, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-698-7565.

Free Translation Assistance
Sat, June 9 at 10:00AM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
Do you or someone you know need help translating documents? Dyess AFB service members, committed to community outreach, will be at your Mockingbird Branch Library to help translate documents for those in need.  There’s quite a number of people in the community who do not speak English as their primary language. So translators will be on hand to assist in converting English documents to Spanish, French, or Swahili to provide better understanding.  Don’t pass up on your chance to take advantage of this service, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-437-7323.

LEGO Galore
Sat, June 9 at 10:30AM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
Youth are invited to come out to your Mockingbird Branch Library for some LEGO Club building fun.  We’ll supply all the materials you’ll need to build whatever you can think of, as well as offer ideas and resources for all the different items you can build with these simple building blocks.  We’ll spend the majority of the program working on our creations, and the we’ll reserve some time at the end of the program to admire what everyone has built. Don’t miss out on this fun event at your library.  For additional information, contact staff at 325-437-7323.

Family Flix: "A Wrinkle in Time"
Sat, June 9 at 11:00AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Kids and parents are invited to join your South Branch Library for Family Flix where we show hit family-friendly movies for the community to enjoy.  This time around we’ll be featuring a great adventure/fantasy flick, based on the beloved book by Madeleine L’Engle. Join us as we watch the recently released flick “A Wrinkle in Time” starring Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling.  In this film, following the discovery of a new form of space travel as well as Meg’s father’s disappearance, she, her brother, and her friend must join three magical beings - Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which - to travel across the universe to rescue him from a terrible evil.  This film is rated PG for thematic elements and some peril and has a run time at 1 hour and 49 minutes. Light snacks will be provided, or feel free to bring your own. For additional information about the movie showing, contact library staff at 325-698-7565.

Saturday Matinee: "13 Hours"
Sat, June 9 at 2:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Join your South Branch Library for the next Saturday Matinee where we show hit flicks from the past and present, and this this time around we’ll be watching a biographical war film in the critically acclaimed “13 Hours” starring John Krasinski, James Badge Dale, and Pablo Schreiber.  In this movie, set in Libya in 2012, at an unofficial CIA base in Benghazi, a group of ex-military contractors are providing security. In the aftermath of Gaddafi’s downfall, a power vacuum exists and the climate is volatile. Military weapons are freely available. The US Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, makes a visit to the area, staying in a compound near the CIA base.  On the night of September 11, 2012, the Ambassador’s compound is attacked by hordes of heavily armed locals. The only forces willing and able to defend it are six CIA contractors. This is their story. This film contains strong combat violence, throughout, bloody images, and language, has a run time of 2 hours and 24 minutes, and is based on the book of the same name by Mitchell Zuckoff.  Light snacks will be provided, or feel free to bring your own, and for additional information, call us at 325-698-7565.

Family Films: "Robin Hood"
Sat, June 9 at 2:30PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
Families are invited to come out to your Mockingbird Branch Library and join us for the next Family Films session.  At this program, we’ll be going back to a Disney classic with showing 1973’s “Robin Hood” with the voices of Brian Bedford and Phil Harris.  This film provides an imaginative Disney version of the Robin Hood legend, but this time, featuring an all animal cast. Fun and romance abound as the swashbuckling hero of Sherwood Forest, and his valiant sidekick, plot one daring adventure after another to outwit the greedy prince and his partner as they put the tax squeeze on the poor.  This film is rated G and has a run time of 1 hour and 23 minutes. For more information, contact staff at 325-437-7323.

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

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

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 release today.

The Gray Ghost (Fargo Adventure #10)
Author: Clive Cussler
Summary: In 1906, a groundbreaking Rolls-Royce prototype known as the Gray Ghost vanishes from the streets of Manchester, England, and it is only the lucky intervention of an American detective named Isaac Bell that prevents it from behind lost forever.  Not even can he save the good name of Marcus Peyton, however, the man wrongly blamed for the theft and more than a hundred years later, it is his grandson who turns to Sam and Remi Fargo to help prove his grandfather's innocence.  But there is a even more at stake than any of them know.  For the car has vanished again, and in it is an object so rare that it has the capacity to change lives.  Men with everything to gain and a great deal to lose have a desperate plan to find it - and if anybody gets in their way?  They have a plan for that too.

Shelter in Place
Author: Nora Roberts
Summary: It was a typical evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine.  Three teen friends waited for the movie to start.  A boy flirted with the girl selling sunglasses.  Mothers and children shopped together, and the manager at the video-game store tending to customers.  Then the shooters arrived.  The chaos and carnage lasted only eight minutes before the killers were taken down.  But for those who lived through it, the effects would last forever.  In the years that followed, one would dedicate himself to a law enforcement career.  Another would closer herself off, trying to bury the memory of huddling in a ladies' room, hopelessly clutching her cell phone - until she finally found a way to pour her emotions into her art.  But one person wasn't satisfied with the shockingly high death toll at the DownEast Mall.  And as the survivors slowly heal, find shelter, and rebuild, they will discover that another conspirator is lying in wait - and this time, there might be nowhere safe to go.

To the Moon and Back (Baxter Family #3)
Author: Karen Kingsbury
Summary: Brady was a child when the Oklahoma City bombing took his mother from him.  Every year, Brady visits the site on the anniversary to remember her.  A decade ago on that day, he met Jenna Phillips, who was also a child when her parents were killed in the attack.  Brady and Jenna shared a deep heart connection and a single beautiful day together at the memorial.  But after that, Brady never saw Jenna again.  Every year when he returns, he leaves a note for her in hopes that he might find her again.  This year, Ashley and her sister Kari take a spring break trip with their families that includes a visit to the site to see the memorial's famous Survivor Tree.  While there, Ashley spots a young man, alone and troubled.  A chance moment leads Ashley to help the young man find the girl he can't forget - Jenna.  Ashley's family is skeptical, but in the end everyone comes together to support Ashley's efforts to find the girl and bring them together to support Ashley's efforts to find the girl and bring them together.  But will it work?  And is a shared heartache enough reason to fall in love?

The Death of Mrs. Westaway
Author: Ruth Ware
Summary: On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her substantial inheritance.  She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person - but also that the cold-reading skills she's honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money.  Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased...where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it.

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 day. 

Sunday, May 27, 2018

"Mockingbird Library Gets its Game On!" | @ the Library Article

If you haven't been to the Mockingbird Branch Library lately, and you are a gamer, then you are missing out!  Whether you enjoy board games, tabletop games, mobile games, PC, or console gaming, there is something fun to do.

Since the beginning of the year, Mockingbird Branch Library has been working on beefing up our brand new video game collection.  That's right!  You can come to the Mockingbird Branch and check out games for Playstation (2-4), XBox (360-One), and Nintendo (Gamecube - Wii U).  The library has new bestsellers as well as old favorites, and we will take purchase suggestions as well as game donations.  Currently we can only check out games, not systems or accessories, but you can borrow one game at a time for one week completely free with your library card.

If you like video games but do not have a system to play them on, we can help there too.  Come check out our Afternoon Arcade program on the second Tuesday of each month at 4:00PM.  We have Wii and Playstation 4 games to play, as well as our unplugged games, where we pull out old favorite and new popular tabletop and board games.  Afternoon Arcade is free and snacks are usually provided to this tween/teen oriented program.

Also new to the Mockingbird Branch is that we are now an official Tavern for Fireside Gathering events in the game Hearthstone.  Hearthstone is a card game that can be played for free on PC, tablet, or mobile phone.  Fireside Gatherings let players meet face-to-face and play friendly rounds of the digital card game, as well as participate in tournaments and special events.  The game company, Blizzard Entertainment, also provides special digital gifts for participants such as unique card backs and the playable hero Nemsy.  Our next Fireside Gathering will be Tuesday, June 5 from 6:00PM to 7:30PM at the Mockingbird Branch, and then again at the same time on July 3rd.

The Mockingbird Branch of the Abilene Public Library is located at 1326 N. Mockingbird Ln., and our phone number is 325-437-7323, if you'd like more information about our gaming events.  And if your favorite game or gaming experience is not covered here, let us know and we will see what we can do!

Article Contributed by Marianne Vadney, Adult/Teen Services Librarian

Saturday, May 26, 2018

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of May 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 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: The Cast
Author: Danielle Steel
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F STEEL
Summary: #1 New York Times bestselling author Danielle Steel follows a talented and creative woman as she launches her first television series, helping to recruit an unforgettable cast that will bring a dramatic family saga to the screen. Kait Whittier has built her magazine column into a hugely respected read followed by fans across the country. She loves her work and adores her grown children, treasuring the time they spend together.

#2: The 17th Suspect
Author: James Patterson
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: M PATTERSON
Summary: A series of shootings exposes San Francisco to a methodical yet unpredictable killer, and a reluctant woman decides to put her trust in Sergeant Lindsay Boxer. The confidential informant's tip leads Lindsay to disturbing conclusions, including that something has gone horribly wrong inside the police department itself. The hunt for the killer lures Lindsay out of her jurisdiction, and gets inside Lindsay in dangerous ways. She suffers unsettling medical symptoms, and her friends and confidantes in the Women's Murder Club warn Lindsay against taking the crimes too much to heart. With lives at stake, the detective can't help but follow the case into ever more terrifying terrain. A decorated officer, loving wife, devoted mother, and loyal friend, Lindsay's unwavering integrity has never failed her. But now she is confronting a killer who is determined to undermine it all.

#3: The Fallen
Author: David Baldacci
Weeks On List: 5
Call Number: F BALDACCI
Summary: The closer Amos Decker comes to the truth, the deadlier it gets in #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci's latest Memory Man thriller.Something sinister is going on in Baronville. The rust belt town has seen four bizarre murders in the space of two weeks. Cryptic clues left at the scenes—obscure bible verses, odd symbols—have the police stumped.Amos Decker and his FBI colleague Alex Jamison are in Baronville visiting Alex's sister and her family. It's a bleak place: a former mill and mining town with a crumbling economy and rampant opioid addiction. Decker has only been there a few hours when he stumbles on a horrific double murder scene. Then the next killing hits sickeningly close to home. And with the lives of people he cares about suddenly hanging in the balance, Decker begins to realize that the recent string of deaths may be only one small piece of a much larger scheme—with consequences that will reach far beyond Baronville. Decker, with his singular talents, may be the only one who can crack this bizarre case. Only this time—when one mistake could cost him everything—Decker finds that his previously infallible memory may not be so trustworthy after all... "Decker is one of the most unusual detectives any novelist has dreamed up.

#4: By Invitation Only
Author: Dorothea Benton Frank
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F FRANK
Summary: What happens when a young sophisticated Chicagoan falls for the owner of a farm on Johns Island, a lush Lowcountry paradise off the coast of South Carolina -- trading the bustle of a cosmopolitan city for the vagaries of a small southern town.

#5: The High Tide Club
Author: Mary Kay Andrews
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: F ANDREWS
Summary: When ninety-nine-year-old heiress Josephine Bettendorf Warrick summons Brooke Trappnell to Talisa Island, her 20,000 acre remote barrier island home, Brooke is puzzled. Everybody in the South has heard about the eccentric millionaire mistress of Talisa, but Brooke has never met her. Josephine's cryptic note says she wants to discuss an important legal matter ... Over a few meetings, the ailing Josephine spins a tale of old friendships, secrets, betrayal and a long-unsolved murder. She tells Brooke she is hiring her for two reasons: to protect her island and legacy from those who would despoil her land, and secondly, to help her make amends with the heirs of the long dead women who were her closest friends, the girls of The High Tide Club.

Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: How to Change Your Mind
Author: Michael Pollan
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: 615.788 POL
Summary:  brilliant and brave investigation by Michael Pollan, author of five New York Times best sellers, into the medical and scientific revolution taking place around psychedelic drugs--and the spellbinding story of his own life-changing psychedelic experiences When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third. Thus began a singular adventure into the experience of various altered states of consciousness, along with a dive deep into both the latest brain science and the thriving underground community of psychedelic therapists.

#2: The Soul of America
Author: Jon Meacham
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: ACU Holding
Summary: The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer contextualizes the present political climate through the lens of difficult moments in American history.

#3: A Higher Loyalty
Author: James Comey
Weeks On List: 5
Call Number: 92 COMEY
Summary: Former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest-stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like, and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of power, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader. Mr. Comey served as director of the FBI from 2013 to 2017, appointed to the post by President Barack Obama. He previously served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, and the U.S. deputy attorney general in the administration of President George W. Bush. From prosecuting the Mafia and Martha Stewart to helping change the Bush administration's policies on torture and electronic surveillance, overseeing the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation as well as ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, Comey has been involved in some of the most consequential cases and policies of recent history.

#4: Barracoon
Author: Zora Neale Hurston
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: 306.3 HUR
Summary: A previously unpublished, first-person account of Cudjo Lewis, a man who was transported and enslaved 50 years after the slave trade was banned.

#5: Three Days in Moscow
Author: Bret Baier
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: 327.73 BAI
Summary: Recounts the events of Reagan's historic, three-day 1988 Moscow Summit with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, examining the importance of Reagan's speech at Moscow State University that offered a new vision of the future to the Soviet people.

Look for these titles at your Abilene Public Library and discover why they've been such hits in mainstream literature.  If they're not available, get yourselves on the reserve lists and secure your spot in line.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Weekly Library Events (May 27 - June 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: "The 33"
Sun, May 27 at 3:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Everyone is invited out to the next Weekend Walk-In Flix session at your South Branch Library, where we play hit movies, from the past and present, covering all genres.  At this session, we’ll be showing a powerful film, based on a true story, with 2015’s “The 33” starring Antonio Banderas and Rodrigo Santoro. In this film, we’ll go back to the headlines of the story of the collapse of a gold and copper mine in Chile, which trapped 33 miners underground for 69 days.  With limited supplies, this film chronicles their struggle to live, and the rescue attempts to bring them back above ground. This film is rated PG-13 for a disaster sequence and some language, and has a run time of 2 hours and 7 minutes. Light snacks will be provided, or feel free to bring your own, and also look out for checking out a copy of its source material in “Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free” by Hector Tobar.  For additional information, feel free to contact staff at 325-698-7565.

Holiday Closing: Memorial Day
Mon, May 28; All Day
Main Library & Mockingbird Branch
PH: 325-677-2474 for Info.
Both the Main Library and Mockingbird Branch Library locations will be closed on Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day.  Outside materials returns are available at both locations if you need to return anything.  The South Branch Library will be open regular hours from 10AM to 9PM if you need access to library services. 

TECH Time
Mon, May 28 at 2:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
As more people acquire smartphones, tablets, and laptops, you may find yourself needing a little help.  If that’s you, 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 2PM to 4PM.  Sessions will be provided by the library’s tech gurus as we help you to navigate your way through learning to use your devices and answering your tech-related questions.  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 and limited to 30-minutes if others are waiting.  For more information, contact staff at 325-698-7565 or 325-676-6025.

Job Time: Application Assistance
Wed, May 30 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
: 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.  For additional information, contact staff at 325-437-7323.

TECH Time
Thurs, May 31 at 2:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
As more people acquire smartphones, tablets, and laptops, you may find yourself needing a little help.  If that’s you, 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 2PM to 4PM.  Sessions will be provided by the library’s tech gurus as we help you to navigate your way through learning to use your devices and answering your tech-related questions.  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 and limited to 30-minutes if others are waiting.  For more information, contact staff at 325-698-7565 or 325-676-6025.

Beginning Cross-Stitch
Thurs, May 31 at 7:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
Are you an adult who has always wanted to build some skills when it comes to cross-stitching?  If so, you’ll want to be a part of our beginner workshop being hosted at your Main Library. This basic class will introduce you to the fundamentals of this simple stitch by covering fabrics, floss, reading a chart, and more.  Once you know the basics, you can get ideas on a number of great patterns and projects by making use of the wealth of books we have on hand at your library. Don’t miss out on this crafty workshop, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-676-6025.

Super Storytime: Rockin' Out at the Library
Fri, June 1 at 11:00AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
Kick off the Summer Reading Clubs at your library by joining the Main Library for a rockin' Super Storytime event for kids of all ages.  The theme for the summer is "Libraries Rock" so join us for great stories, songs, crafts, and more that will certainly have all guests rockin' it out.  Well even supply you with all the materials to show you how to make your own shakers so you can keep rockin' at home.  Don't miss out on the Super Storytime fun, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-676-6067.

Rockstar Bootcamp
Fri, June 1 at 3:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
Do you have what it takes to be a rockstar?  Kids of all ages are invited to come see for themselves by joining your Main Library for a Rockstar Bootcamp!  Come out and practice your rockstar poses in our photobooth, sing your favorite karaoke songs, practice your rockstar signature, and more.  This is a great program tying in with the Summer Reading Club theme of "Libraries Rock," so be sure you come and check it out.  For additional information, contact staff at 325-676-6067.

Google Basics: Hands-On PC Class
Fri, June 1 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
Almost everyone has a Google email account, but did you know that with Google, you have free access to Google Sheets, Docs, an online calendar, and much more?  All of these great features are available to you at any PC you login to via your Google account.  If you want to learn how to use this great resource, join your Mockingbird Branch Library for a series of Google Basics training offered several times this summer.  Staff will be on hand to show you how to get connected to this great and free software through hands-on instruction.  Space is limited.  For additional information, or to register, contact staff at 325-437-7323.

Who I Could Be: Texas Tornadoes
Fri, June 1 at 4:30PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Youth won't want to miss the return of the Who I Could Be series for the Summer Reading Club fun at your South Branch Library.  These sessions bring out people and groups from the community to teach kids about what they do, their profession, their hobbies, and more.  At this session, we're inviting in a fun group known as the Texas Tornadoes.  This group is known for their line dancing and spreading the knowledge to others to learn as well.  Come check them out at your library during this event aimed at kids of all ages.  For additional information contact staff at 325-698-7565.

Read Down Your Fines Day
Sat, June 2; All Day
All Library Locations
PH: 325-677-2474 for Info.
Kids and young adults can read to get overdue and lost card charges forgiven off their accounts.  Sign up at any service desk. Make yourself comfortable in the reading area and start reading! You can read magazines, graphic novels, newspapers, paperbacks, or hardbacks. You must read for at least 15 minutes. When you are done reading, stop by the desk again and sign out. Staff will then give you a voucher for the amount of time that you’ve read, which you can use to then apply towards any late fees you might have on your account.  For more information about this program, feel free to contact staff at 325-677-2474.

Reading Rocks! Painting Party
Sat, June 2 at 11:00AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Everyone is invited to a Reading Rocks Painting Party hosted by the South Branch Library in the Women’s Dillard’s Courtyard inside the Mall of Abilene.  We’ll supply all the materials you’ll need to show off your creativity and you give some plain rocks some artistic flair and affirmations that you can then keep for yourselves or hide in the community.  That way, someone else may find your rock and become encouraged by it. It’s a come and go event so feel free to drop in, make one with us, while then going off on the rest of your mall errands that day. For more information about this event, contact staff at 325-698-7565.

Afternoon Arcade
Sat, June 2 at 3:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Tweens and Teens are invited to join your South Branch Library for an afternoon of video gaming fun with your peers.  Join us as we play a variety of games across various popular gaming systems including the PS4, XBox, and Wii U, perfect for playing on the two gaming TV’s provided in the Teen Room.  If video gaming isn’t your thing, we’ll also provide access to some great tabletop games as well, snacks will be provided too.  So come on out and try out your skills on some Saturday gaming fun at your library in the Teen Room. For additional information, contact staff at 325-698-7565.

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