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Sunday, March 31, 2019

"No Foolin' at Your Abilene Public Library" | @ Your Library Article

Today, April 1, is known as April Fool's Day, or All Fool's Day, in many parts of the world.  While no one really knows where the custom came from, there is a long tradition of pulling pranks and playing tricks on the unsuspecting on the first day of April.  According to the "Folklife Today" blog, a piece by Stephen Winick found on the Library of Congress website, the custom was known in Renaissance Europe, and probably has roots older than that.

Winick says "Some people think the idea of April Fool's Day goes back to classical Roman times, when a joyful festival called Hilaria, originally probably an equinox celebration, came to be celebrated on March 25.  In Roman terms, March 25 was called "the eighth of the Calends of April," which associates the festival strongly with April 1, the Calends of April.  However, tehre's no hard evidence to connect Hilaria with April Fool's Day, so this is just one of many guesses advanced by curious people.

Another common theory placing the origin of April Fool's Day in the Roman Empire dates it to the reign of Emperor Constantine.  According to this story, a group of fools or jesters convinced Constantine to make one of them "king for a day."  Constantine obliged, and one of the jesters, named "Kugel," was appointed to the position.  He decreed that it would be a day of jollity, and thus created what came to be called April Fool's Day."

While this sounds good, Winick continues "The only problem with that story is that it's a hoax.  It was itself an April Fool's Day prank, pulled by Boston University professor Joseph Boskin an Associated Press reporter Fred Bayles in 1983.  Bayles reported the story, and the AP ran it, only to retract it some days later.  This is a good object lesson: do not take as fact everything you read about April Fool's Day!"

Your Abilene Public Library has lots of books on famous, and not so famous hoaxes that have been perpetrated on the public.  One is The Forger's Spell: A True Story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the Greatest Art Hoax of the Twentieth Century by Edward Dolnick.  It tells the story of small-time Dutch painter, Han van Meegeren, who set out to fool a very dangerous man of his day, Hermann Goering, one of the most reviled leaders of Nazi Germany and a fanatic collector of art.

Another fascinating hoax is recounted in A Colossal Hoax: The Giant from Cardiff That Fooled America by Scott Tribble, detailing a story that gripped America, when, in 1869, a 10-foot fossilized man, almost perfectly preserved, was found in Cardiff, New York.  While the find was pronounced 'genuine' by many learned folk, it was, in fact, an elaborate fake at the the hands of one George Hull, described in this highly detailed and thoroughly researched book as a small-time swindler.

Now, keeping in mind that it is April Fool's Day, can you believe any of what I have written above?  Of course you can!  (Wink, wink) Or, you can come by the library and find out for yourself.  Do be careful of unusual errands, salt in sugar bowls, wild goose chases and snipe hunts today - you never know who you can trust on All Fool's Day.

Article Contributed by Janis C. Test, Information Services Manager

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Weekly Library Events (Mar. 31 - Apr. 6)

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.

South Branch Study Hall
Sun, Mar. 31 at 2:00PM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Do you need time and space to do class projects, work on computers, complete your homework, fill out forms, etc.?  If so, the South Branch Library is a great place to be on Sundays as we host a weekly Study Hall session that is just for local students.  Each study hall session will feature our brand new Mobile Lab that will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. This lab consists of 20 laptop computers, which were purchased with a grant from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission through the Institute of Museum and Library Services. We hope you’ll come out and make use of the mobile lab, as well as this dedicated time in the the South Branch Library’s meeting room, to complete your homework away from home.

TECH Time
Mon, Apr. 1 at 10:00AM
Mockingbird Branch
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 twice a week on Mondays at the Mockingbird Branch Library from 10AM to noon and the South Branch Library from 2PM to 4PM, plus your Main Library will host this program on Tuesday nights from 6PM to 8PM.  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.

TECH Time
Mon, Apr. 1 at 2:00PM
South Branch
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 Mockingbird Branch Library from 10AM to noon and the South Branch Library from 2PM to 4PM, plus your Main Library will host this program on Tuesday nights from 6PM to 8PM.  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.

Science Make & Take: Ping Pong Levitation
Mon, Apr. 1 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
Science Make & Takes are quick build experiments, usually taking 15 minutes or less.  Each one comes with a information sheet detailing the build, experiments for in the library, the science behind the build, as well as some experiments to try at home!  This program is designed to both teach the children at the library as well as give parents some teachable moments after they have left the library. This month we will be exploring aerodynamics by making a levitation device.

Family Fun: Works of Peter Brown
Mon, Apr. 1 at 5:00PM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Kids and parents are invited to join your South Branch Library for our next Family Fun event where we’ll be celebrating the works of children’s author Peter Brown.  There will be stories, crafts, and songs.

Mockingbird Chess Club
Tues, Apr. 2 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
Tweens and teens are invited to be a part of the Mockingbird Chess Club, the only one of its kind at your library, which provides a great opportunity to come out to learn and play chess in a supportive environment.  Each club meeting will include a short lesson or demonstration of a chess topic, chess puzzles, and traditional chess games. A limited number of chess sets will be provided; players are more than welcome to bring their own sets if desired.  Chess is a great strategy game, and perfect for all to learn...it’ll certainly improve your critical thinking skills.

LEGO Club Jr.
Tues, Apr. 2 at 4:30PM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Youth are invited to join us for our monthly LEGO Club, Jr. session.  Hosted in the children’s area, we’ll supply you with LEGO so you can use your creativity to build whatever you can imagine.  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.

Teen LEGO Club
Tues, Apr. 2 at 4:30PM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Teens are invited to join us for our monthly LEGO Club session.  Hosted in the Teen Room, we’ll bring out 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.

TECH Time
Tues, Apr. 2 at 6:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 3258-676-6025 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 Mockingbird Branch Library from 10AM to noon and the South Branch Library from 2PM to 4PM, plus your Main Library will host this program on Tuesday nights from 6PM to 8PM.  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.

Adult Coloring Club
Wed, Apr. 3 at 10:00AM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Take a load off and spend a relaxing morning at the South Branch Library in our monthly Coloring Club for adults.  We’ll supply all the materials you’ll need to come in, start coloring, socialize with friends, and make new ones too.  Coloring isn’t just for kids and we’ll have a variety of patterns and pages for you to choose from. Plus, feel free to bring your own coloring books and supplies if you’d like.

Free Tax Assistance
Apr. 3-4; 10:00AM to 3:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 328-676-6025 for Info.
If you need help filing your taxes, participate in this popular event where IRS-trained volunteers with the AARP will be on hand to help you e-File for free.  Sessions will be offered weekly at your Main Library and Mockingbird Branch locations through the end of tax season. Everyone will be helped first-come, first-served until each session has reached its maximum number of people who can be helped each day.  To participate, bring your 2018 tax materials, Driver’s License, social security cards for everyone being filed in your household, and a blank check (or your bank account information) if receiving a refund for direct deposit. For more information about this program, contact the Main Library at 325-676-6025 or the Mockingbird Branch at 325-437-7323.

Job Time: Application Assistance
Wed, Apr. 3 at 2:00PM
Mockingbird Branch
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 Library for our weekly Job Time: Application Assistance program where staff will 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 computer available for use so don’t miss your chance to participate in this program. 

Tabletop Teens
Wed, Apr. 3 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
If you’re a teen that’s into some traditional board gaming fun, you won’t want to pass up on our weekly after school Tabletop Teens gaming session at your Main Library.  Come on out and test your hands at a great lineup of games that are a bit off the beaten path like Exploding Kittens and Settlers of Catan. They’re certainly not the games your parents grew up playing.  Each session will feature more games to introduce you to, challenge your mind, build teamwork, and allow you to have some fun with your friends, while making new ones.

Preschool Plus Crafts: Sidewalk Art & Play Dough
Thurs, Apr. 4 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 328-437-7323 for Info.
April brings about some beautiful weather, so at the net Preschool Plus session at your Mockingbird Branch Library, we’re going outside and enjoying some sunshine.  It’s time for having some hands-on fun creating art on the sidewalk in front of the library, plus we’ll be building and creating fun creatures with play dough too. All supplies will be provided.

LEGO My Library
Thurs, Apr. 4 at 4:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
If you’re into LEGO building, and fun, don’t miss out on the next LEGO My Library session at your Main Library.  This is the time where we layout a sea of LEGO and platform and then see what youth are inspired to create within an hour.  Work on a project solo, or partner up with others for a joint projects, there’s no wrong way to have fun. Just come out ready to express yourself through some friendly building in this weekly program.

Blackout Poetry
Thurs, Apr. 4 at 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
April is National Poetry Month and we’re inviting you out to come explore your creative side with us by crafting some Blackout Poetry.  Head on out to your Main Library where we’ll have lots of book pages and markers to inspire you to get hands-on with great art projects that will also leave you with a poem.  Come be creative with us.

STEAM'ed: Technology & World War II
Thurs, Apr. 4 at 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St. 
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info,
For the next STEAM’ed event for adults at your library, we’re going back in time to World War II.  You’re invited to see and learn about the different machines and technology used during the war. From small to large, we’ll learn how the technology advances helped the Allies to win the war.  Our presenter and host will be the 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum, across the street from the library. Don’t miss out on joining this great event where we connect you with professionals from the community to teach you about a host of great topics that relate to science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics.


Free Tax Assistance
Apr. 5-6; 10:00AM to 3:00PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
If you need help filing your taxes, participate in this popular event where IRS-trained volunteers with the AARP will be on hand to help you e-File for free.  Sessions will be offered weekly at your Main Library and Mockingbird Branch locations through the end of tax season. Everyone will be helped first-come, first-served until each session has reached its maximum number of people who can be helped each day.  To participate, bring your 2018 tax materials, Driver’s License, social security cards for everyone being filed in your household, and a blank check (or your bank account information) if receiving a refund for direct deposit. For more information about this program, contact the Main Library at 325-676-6025 or the Mockingbird Branch at 325-437-7323.


Super Storytime: Fairy Tales
Fri, Apr. 5 at 11:00AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
Princesses and knights are encouraged to join your Main Library for a special Fairy Tales Storytime.  Come out to listen to great stories, sing some songs, make some crowns and more. Kids and adults are even encouraged to come dressed in your royal best if you’d like.  All materials will be supplied for creating the craft project for the morning.


Lecturas de Cuentos / A Bilingual Storytime
Sat, Apr. 6 at 10:00AM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
Families are invited to participate in a monthly bilingual storytime at your Mockingbird Branch called Lecturas de Cuentos.  Presented with co-host by Isabel Trujillo (Maestra en hermeneutica literaria), kids are invited to drop in for a variety of children’s books that will be read in both English and Spanish.  Everyone’s invited to participate, regardless of if you know Spanish or not, as it serves as a great entry into learning languages at a young age when its easier.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

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.

Aquaman
Starring: Jason Mamoa
Summary: Arthur Curry, half human half from Atlantis, goes on a trip of a lifetime.  Not only does this adventure compel him to come to terms with his real identify, it also forces him to discover whether he is entirely worthy of fulfilling his own destiny: becoming a king.

Second Act
Starring: Jennifer Lopez
Summary: A big box store worker reinvents her life and her life-story and shows Madison Avenue what street smarts can do...while also falling for a new guy too.

Wild Card (Stone Barrington #49)
Author: Stuart Woods
Summary: Stone Barrington clashes with a determined adversary in the latest non-stop thriller from #1 New York Times-bestselling author Stuart Woods. Stone Barrington and his latest paramour are enjoying a peaceful country retreat when their idyll is broken by an unwelcome stranger. He was sent by an enemy, someone who'd be happy to silence Stone and all his collaborators for good.


The Path Made Clear
Author: Oprah Winfrey
Summary: In her latest book, The Path Made Clear , Oprah shares what she sees as a guide for activating your deepest vision of yourself, offering the framework for creating not just a life of success, but one of significance. The book's ten chapters are organized to help you recognize the important milestones along the road to self-discovery, laying out what you really need in order to achieve personal contentment, and what life's detours are there to teach us.  Oprah opens each chapter by sharing her own key lessons and the personal stories that helped set the course for her best life. She then brings together wisdom and insights from luminaries in a wide array of fields, inspiring readers to consider what they're meant to do in the world and how to pursue it with passion and focus. Renowned figures such as Eckhart Tolle, Brene Brown, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Elizabeth Gilbert, Jay-Z, and Ellen DeGeneres share the greatest lessons from their own journeys toward a life filled with purpose.

The Last Second (A Brit in the FBI #6)
Author: Catherine Coulter
Summary: From New York Times bestselling authors Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison comes a riveting thriller pitting special agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine against the head of a private space agency who has the power to end the world as we know it. It's Bastille Day in France, and the private French space agency Galactus--France's answer to Space X, owned by the eccentric treasure hunter Jean-Pierre Broussard--has just sent a satellite payload into orbit. Billed as a "communications" satellite, it harbors a frightening reality: a nuclear electromagnetic pulse has been hidden aboard.

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.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Discover NoveList Plus in Special TECH Time Event

Stuck in a rut reading the same authors over and over again?  Want to find an exciting new author or book to dive into?  Your Abilene Public Library has lots of online resources to help you discover your next great read and NoveList Plus is one of them.

Join us Monday, April 8 for a hands-on computer class where we'll help you learn, step-by-step, how to find new resources for reading enjoyment.  NoveList Plus is a database located on the library's website, which we currently subscribe to in order to make free for library cardholders to use.

Available to all active cardholders, this digital resource lists thousands of books searchable by author, plot, title, and series.  It's a great tool to find new titles as it recommends similar reads.  For instance, if you enjoy Agatha Christie mysteries, it's likely to suggest you try the works of M.C. Beaton, Louise Penny, or Carolyn Hart.  All three of these authors feature single character sleuths whose adventures take place in and around a village.

Is James Patterson more your style?  Or perhaps Johanna Lindsey and Debbie Macomber are your cup of tea?  No matter who your favorite author is or what genre you enjoy, this database is right for you.

Register with us today by calling 325-437-7323.  Space is limited and basic computer skills are needed to participate fully in this free class.

Article Contributed by Anne Ellis, Mockingbird Branch Library

Sunday, March 24, 2019

"Come Sail Away With Your Library" | @ the Library Article

If you've ever dreamed of taking a cruise on the Caribbean, your Abilene Public Library has a wonderful opportunity for you!  Abilene based cruise planner Susan Cottrell is hosting a free Let's Travel night at the Mockingbird Branch Library on Tuesday, March 26 at 6:00PM.  Her program will take the worry out of travel by providing education and personal guidance as you learn more about Caribbean travel.

Cottrell will share particular locations and excursions with attendees, fill you in on what it's like to cruise, what to do if you need special equipment to travel, and obtaining or renewing passports.  She also has information about destination weddings and honeymoons for those who might be interested.  She will share tips on things like whether you should book hotel or airfare first, what travel insurance is and if you really need it.

Whether you are interested in a relaxing vacation, a high-adventure excursion, an all inclusive cruise or a romantic escape, Cottrell, as an experience cruise planner, can answer your questions.

Your library also has great travel books to help you pick a destination or dream about a vacation you've always wanted to try.  Fodor's Bahamas covers 700 islands, some busy and bustling, other isolated, but as the book says "The Bahamas offers an alluring mix of land and sea activities, from Nassau to Eleuthera.  Whether you'd like to dive in wrecks and reefs or sail the crystal clear waters, there are all sorts of attractions and accommodations to be had."

Maybe Jamaica is your dream destination - Jamaica by Oliver Hill from Moon Travel books will tell you all about planning the perfect trip, from the best beaches for surfing, swimming, or seclusion to adventurous excursions such as cliff jumping, hiking, and climbing mountains.  Food destinations and music kin Kingston are also a part of the information given.

Fodor's The Complete Guide to Caribbean Cruises: A Cruise Lover's Guide to Selecting the Right Trip, with All the Best Ports of Call by Linda Coffman has all the information about the different cruise lines and what they offer, as well as a great guide to the Caribbean and West Indies.

Some other great places to look for information are in our databases.  A to Z World Travel gives information on 202 world cities across popular topics including travel, culture, food, transportation, and security to make your trip less stressful.  Global Road Warrior concentrates on the countries, with information on customs, demographics, languages, food, transportation, travel essentials, and more.

Whether you are making concrete plans, or dreaming about the future, you won't want to miss this program tomorrow night at the Mockingbird Branch of your Abilene Public Library beginning at 6:00PM.  Let us help you make plans, and join us for this free program.

Article Contributed by Janis C Test, Information Services Manager

April's Cover-to-Cover Book Club Selection

If you're looking for a great book club discussion group, feel free to join our Cover-to-Cover Book Club at your Main Library.  Meeting on the third Thursdays of the month, this group reads everything including bestsellers, fiction, biographies, nonfiction, classics, and more.

For April, the featured selection is Every Note Played by Lisa Genova and we invite you to look out for a copy at your library, then attend the book club meeting on Thursday, April 18 at 7:00PM.

Every Note Played
Author: Lisa Genova
Summary: An accomplished concert pianist, Richard received standing ovations from audiences all over the world in awe of his rare combination of emotional resonance and flawless technique. Richard now has ALS, and his entire right arm is paralyzed. He knows his left arm will go next. When Richard becomes increasingly paralyzed and is no longer able to live on his own, his distant wife Karina becomes his reluctant caretaker. As Richard's muscles, voice, and breath fade, both he and Karina try to reconcile their past before it's too late.

Be sure to checkout this title from your Abilene Public Library and come out ready to discuss it with other avid readers in the community.  Plus, visit the Book Clubs Page on our website for a listing of the upcoming book club selections to be on the lookout for.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Weekly Library Events (Mar. 24-30)

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.


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

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Starring: Shameik Moore
Summary:  Teen Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man of his reality, crossing his path with five counterparts from other dimensions whom must all band together to stop a threat for all realities.

Mary Poppins Returns
Starring: Emily Blunt
Summary: Decades after her original visit, the magical nanny returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael's children through a difficult time in their lives.

Run Away
Author: Harlan Coben
Summary: You've lost your daughter. She's addicted to drugs and to an abusive boyfriend. And she's made it clear that she doesn't want to be found. Then, by chance, you see her playing guitar in Central Park. But she's not the girl you remember. This woman is living on the edge, frightened, and clearly in trouble. You don't stop to think. You approach her, beg her to come home. She runs. And you do the only thing a parent can do: you follow her into a dark and dangerous world you never knew existed. Before you know it, both your family and your life are on the line. And in order to protect your daughter from the evils of that world, you must face them head on.

Celtic Empire (Dirk Pitt #25)
Author: Clive Cussler
Summary: The murders of a team of United Nations scientists in El Salvador...a deadly collision in the waterways off the city of Detroit...an attack by tomb raiders on an archaeological site along the banks of the Nile...is there a link between these violent events? The answer may lie in the tale of an Egyptian princess forced to flee the armies of her father three thousand years ago. During what was supposed to be a routine investigation in South America, NUMA Director Dirk Pitt finds himself embroiled in an international mystery, one that will lead him across the world and which will threaten everyone and everything he knows--most importantly, his own family. Pitt travels to Scotland in search of answers about the spread of an unknown disease and the shadowy bioremediation company that may be behind it. Meanwhile, his son and daughter face a threat of their own when the discoveries they have made in an Egyptian tomb put killers on their trail. These seemingly unrelated riddles come together in a stunning showdown on the rocky isles of Ireland, where only the Pitts can unravel the secrets of an ancient enigma that could change the very future of mankind.

Big Nate: Payback Time
Author: Lincoln Peirce
Summary: In this brand-new collection of Big Nate comics, Nate develops a mysterious allergy to Mrs. Godfrey, wages epic snowball fights with Teddy and Francis, and even takes a nervous newbie under his wing during detention. But after a disastrous run-in with Randy in the cafetorium, our hero faces a dreaded after-school showdown on the soccer field. Will Nate survive or get kicked around?

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.