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Tuesday, April 30, 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.

Miss Bala
Starring: Gina Rodriguez
Summary: Gloria finds a power she never knew she had when she is drawn into a dangerous world of cross-border crime.  Surviving will require all of her cunning, inventiveness, and strength.

The 18th Abduction (Women's Murder Club #18)
Author: James Patterson
Summary: For a trio of colleagues, an innocent night out after class ends in a deadly torture session. They vanish without a clue -- until a body turns up. With the safety of San Francisco's entire school system as stake, Lindsay has never been under more pressure. To solve the School Night case, Lindsay turns to her best friend, investigative journalist Cindy Thomas, as the chief of police and the press clamor for an arrest. Together, Lindsay and Cindy take new approaches, and unexpected facts about the victims leave them stunned.  While Lindsay is engrossed in her investigation, her husband, Joe Molinari, meets and Eastern European woman who may have seen a notorious war criminal -- long presumed dead -- from her home country. Before Lindsay can verify the woman's claims, Joe's mystery informant joins the ranks for missing women. Lindsay, Joe, and the entire Women's Murder Club must pull together to protect their city, and one another, not from a ghost -- but a true monster.

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.

Friday, April 26, 2019

New York Times Bestsellers (Week of Apr. 28)

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 week.

Hardcover Fiction Top 5

#1: Redemption
Author: David Baldacci
Weeks On List; 1
Call Number: F BALDACCI
Summary: Confronted by the first murder suspect of his early career while visiting his hometown, FBI detective Amos Decker reexamines startling connections to another crime that make him question if he arrested the wrong man years earlier.

#2: Where the Crawdads Sing
Author: Delia Owens
Weeks On List: 33
Call Number: M OWENS
Summary: For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. She's barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark. But Kya is not what they say. Abandoned at age ten, she has survived on her own in the marsh that she calls home. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life lessons from the land, learning from the false signals of fireflies the real way of this world. But while she could have lived in solitude forever, the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world -- until the unthinkable happens.

#3: Normal People
Author: Sally Rooney
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: Digital Holdings
Summary: At school Connell and Marianne pretend not to know each other. He's popular and well-adjusted, star of the school football team, while she is lonely, proud, and intensely private. But when Connell comes to pick his mother up from her job at Marianne's house, a strange and indelible connection grows between the two teenagers--one they are determined to conceal. A year later, they're both studying at Trinity College in Dublin. Marianne has found her feet in a new social world while Connell hangs at the sidelines, shy and uncertain. Throughout their years at university, Marianne and Connell circle one another, straying toward other people and possibilities but always magnetically, irresistibly drawn back together. And as she veers into self-destruction and he begins to search for meaning elsewhere, each must confront how far they are willing to go to save the other.

#4: Lost Roses
Author: Martha Hall Kelly
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: F KELLY
Summary: It is 1914 and the world has been on the brink of war so many times, many New Yorkers treat the subject with only passing interest. Eliza Ferriday is thrilled to be traveling to St. Petersburg with Sofya Streshnayva, a cousin of the Romanovs. The two met years ago one summer in Paris and became close confidantes.

#5: Star Wars: Master & Apprentice
Author: Claudia Gray
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: SF GRAY
Summary: An unexpected offer threatens the bond between Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi as the two Jedi navigate a dangerous new planet and an uncertain future.





Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: The Second Mountain
Author: David Brooks
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: 302 BRO
Summary: Everybody tells you to live for a cause larger than yourself, but how exactly do you do it? The bestselling author of The Road to Character explores what it takes to lead a meaningful life in a self-centered world.

#2: Becoming
Author: Michelle Obama
Weeks On List: 23
Call Number: 92 OBAMA
Summary: In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America, she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private. A deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations.

#3: Educated
Author: Tara Westover
Weeks On List: 61
Call Number: 92 WESTOVER
Summary: Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag." In the summershe stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervenewhen one of Tara's older brothers became violent. As a way out, Tara began to educate herself, learning enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University. Her quest for knowledge would transform her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Tara Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes, and the will to change it.

#4: Life Will Be the Death of Me
Author: Chelsea Handler
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: 92 HANDLER
Summary: In a haze of vape smoke on a rare windy night in LA in the fall of 2016, Chelsea Handler daydreams about what life will be like with a woman in the White House. And then, Donald Trump happens. In a torpor of despair, she decides that she's had enough of the privileged bubble she's lived in--a bubble within a bubble--and that it's time to make some changes, both in her personal life and in the world at large.

#5: Shortest Way Home
Author: Pete Buttigieg
Weeks On List: 5
Call Number: Digital Audiobook
Summary: A mayor's inspirational story of a Midwest city that has become nothing less than a blueprint for the future of American renewal.Once described by the Washington Post as "the most interesting mayor you've never heard of," Pete Buttigieg, the thirty-six-year-old Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has improbably emerged as one of the nation's most visionary politicians. First elected in 2011, Buttigieg left a successful business career to move back to his hometown, previously tagged by Newsweek as a "dying city," because the industrial Midwest beckoned as a challenge to the McKinsey-trained Harvard graduate. Whether meeting with city residents on middle-school basketball courts, reclaiming abandoned houses, confronting gun violence, or attracting high-tech industry, Buttigieg has transformed South Bend into a shining model of urban reinvention.While Washington reels with scandal, Shortest Way Home interweaves two once-unthinkable success stories: that of an Afghanistan veteran who came out and found love and acceptance, all while in office, and that of a Rust Belt city so thoroughly transformed that it shatters the way we view America's so-called flyover country.

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.

Weekly Library Events (Apr. 28 - May 4)

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.

Sunday Fun Day!
Sun, Apr. 28 at 2:00PM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-697-7565 for Info.
Your weekend just got a heck of a lot better at your South Branch Library.  In partnership with the Mall of Abilene, we’re starting a new program called Sunday, Fun Day! located in the Woman’s Dillard’s Courtyard inside the mall.  These sessions will be hosed on the last Sundays of each month, and we’ll cycle through a host of fun activities that will have families engaged and having fun with one another.  This month is our Storytime Experience! We’ll share a variety of stories, sing songs, play games, and even have a craft for you to make. All materials will be provided. The whole family is invited to the fun, free hour-long event, so you won’t want to miss it.

South Branch Study Hall
Sun, Apr. 28 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.

TECH Time
Mon, Apr. 29 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. 29 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.

Computers 101: A Hands-On Class
Mon, Apr. 29 at 3:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
Your Main Library will be registering eight adults for our next Computers 101 series, a 4-part class that will cover the different parts of the computer, mouse and keyboard skills, along with learning word processing programs and Internet usage.  This class has been designed for those who have very little experience being on a computer and registration to the first session will also get your registered to the remaining three sessions. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to be a part of this learning experience, using the mobile lab at your library that’s been made possible thanks to a grant received from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Know Your Rights: Basic Rights
Mon, Apr. 29 at 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
If you have an interest in better understanding your legal rights, you’ll certainly want to be a part of this new monthly legal series at your Main Library.  Join us as we host another session of the Know Your Rights workshop, led by Cornelia Alvarez of Legal Aid of Northwest Texas, as she leads you through understanding your rights and responsibilities in legal situations.  Each month will focus on a different topic and this month we’ll be learning about Basic Rights. Come with your questions, and something to take notes on, and get the information you need from a local legal professional.

TECH Time
Tues, Apr. 30 at 6:00PM
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 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.

Dia de los Ninos Celebration
Tues, Apr. 30 at 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
Your Abilene Public Library is excited to be partnering with Ballet Folklorico del Big Country to host a special event celebrating El Dia de los Ninos in the community.  Families are invited out to this kids event where there will be bilingual stories starting at 6:30PM, then at 7:00PM, we’ll sit back and watch a great performance showcasing the youth dancers in our community.  It’s certainly a multicultural performance you won’t want to miss. Light refreshments will be provided.

Coloring Club
Wed, May 1 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.  A selection of beverages will be offered as well.

Job Time: Application Assistance
Wed, May 1 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 computers available for use so don’t miss your chance to participate in this program.

Tabletop Teens
Wed, May 1 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. Don’t miss out on the fun.

Preschool Plus Crafts: Painting Fun
Thurs, May 2 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
Painting is tons of fun and a great way to express your creativity.  Come do so by attending the Mockingbird Branch Library’s next Preschool Plus Crafts session, where we’ll be having some painting fun of our own.  We’ll be using watercolor sets to paint a variety of objects this month, but you’ll have to stop in to see what we’ve got.

LEGO My Library
Thurs, May 2 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.

STEAM'ed: Constellations
Thurs, May 2 at 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
Adults won’t want to miss out on the next STEAM’ed event at your Main Library.  STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics, and each month we delve into learning about different topics from professionals in the community, as well as get hands-on with what we’re learning too.  At this month’s session, we’ll be learning about the different constellations in our night sky from Dr. Wayne Keith, a professor at McMurry University. Dr. Keith will present on how the constellations came to be known and when and where to find them in the sky.

Super Storytime: May Flowers
Fri, May 3 at 11:00AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
April showers bring May flowers. Join your Main Library for the next Super Storytime session where we’ll be celebrating Spring with May Flowers!  We’ll share some fun stories about all kinds of flowers, sing songs, and even make our own paper flowers to take home with you. All materials will be provided.

College Cram
Fri, May 3 at 6:00PM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Got Finals? Need a quiet place to study? The South Branch Library has you covered this semester. We’ll be open late on Friday, May 3 & Saturday May 4 from 6-9pm to provide a space for college students to study, study, study for Finals. Any student with a valid college ID is invited into the library after hours to get their study on. We’ll provide coffee, drinks, and snacks to help get those brains in gear. We’ll be closed to the public, so enter through the outside doors. Call 325-698-7565 with any questions. Good luck students!

May the Fourth Be With You at Main
Sat, May 4 at 9:00AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
If you’re a Star Wars fan, you’re in luck.  Join your Main Library for some Star Wars-themed crafting fun throughout the morning as we’ll supply all the materials needed for you to drop in and make some great crafts  Whether you side with the jedi or sith, all are welcome to come out and be a part of this fun program. 

May the Fourth Be With You at Mockingbird
Sat, May 4 at 9:00AM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
If you’re between the ages of 3-12, and you’re a Star Wars fan, you won’t want to miss out on the special activities being run throughout most of the day at your Mockingbird Branch Library.  Drop in to this come and go event where youth will be able to make their own Chewbacca paper sack hand puppets. Plus, it’s also National Free Comic Book Day, so there will also be some great comics for all ages to come out and pick up from your library.  Don’t miss out on the fun

Lecturas de Cuentos
Sat, May 4 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. 

College Cram
Sat, May 4 at 6:00PM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info. 
Got Finals? Need a quiet place to study? The South Branch Library has you covered this semester. We’ll be open late on Friday, May 3 & Saturday May 4 from 6-9pm to provide a space for college students to study, study, study for Finals. Any student with a valid college ID is invited into the library after hours to get their study on. We’ll provide coffee, drinks, and snacks to help get those brains in gear. We’ll be closed to the public, so enter through the outside doors. Call 325-698-7565 with any questions. Good luck students!

Tuesday, April 23, 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.

Escape Room
Starring: Taylor Russell
Summary: Six strangers are given mysterious black boxes with tickets to an immersive escape room for a chance to win tons of money.  Being locked in several rooms with extreme conditions, they discover the secrets behind the escape room and must fight to survive and to find a way out.

Neon Prey
Author: John Sandford
Summary: Clayton Deese looks like a small-time criminal, muscle for hire when his loan shark boss needs to teach someone a lesson. Now, seven months after a job that went south and landed him in jail, Deese has skipped out on bail, and the U.S. Marshals come looking for him. They don't much care about a low-level guy--it's his boss they want--but Deese might be their best chance to bring down the whole operation. Then, they step onto a dirt trail behind Deese's rural Louisiana cabin and find a jungle full of graves.  Now Lucas Davenport is on the trail of a serial killer who has been operating for years without notice. His quarry is ruthless, and--as Davenport will come to find--full of surprises.

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, April 22, 2019

"Listen Up at Your Library" | @ the Library Article

It is accepted that reading to children will help them cognitively as it strengthens the parts of the brain associated with language, imagery, and comprehension.  It also helps prepare them for reading on their own and it will allow them to find a way to express emotions that affect them that they have trouble identifying.  It also helps the adult who is doing the reading to connect with their child - and enjoy the cuddles and hugs.

For those who fondly remember having someone read to them, listening to audiobooks can remind them of the feelings they had then, and also enjoy the new story they are listening to.  Even those who have never had anyone read to them may also enjoy listening to audiobooks.  It's also great for multitasking because it leaves the eyes and hands free to do other tasks.

There are also some physical or mental issues that make listening to audiobooks a necessity or at least very helpful.  Anyone visually impaired or blind may need to listen to audiobooks or may do so to relieve the strain on their eyes that comes from extended periods of reading required by their schoolwork or jobs.  Those who are dyslexic or are audio learners may be more comfortable listening to their reading material rather than struggling to actually read it themselves.

There are a number of sources for audio materials.  Some sources are brick and mortar bookstores, most other stores that have a books section such as grocery stores and discount stores, publishers, online stores including online bookstores, and libraries.  Depending on whether the store is physical or online may determine, at least in part, what format the audiobooks will take.

Audiobooks consist of digital files in a number of formats such as MP3, Windows Media Audio (wma), Advanced Audio Coding (aac), and the Audible formats (aa, aax, aax+) which are proprietary audio formats, along with other such digital formats.  These files are downloadable and are played on computers, tablets, or digital music players.  However, audiobooks began with spoken word recordings on phonograph records and have progressed through cassette tapes, 8-Track tapes, CDs, and MP3 CDs.  Some of these formats are still widley in use, primary the CDs and MP3 CDs.

The Abilene Public Library has a wide assortment of titles that are available in one or another of these audio formats.  There are both fiction and nonfiction on CD, Hoopla digital audio, OverDrive digital audio and our new service, RB Digital Audiobooks, which also includes some out of copyright eBooks.  If a desired title is not available on CD, then check Hoopla audio, RB Digital, and/or OverDrive audio.  Chances are good that one or another of the formats will have the title available.  If it is not available, try filling out an item request to get the title into the library collection, or place an Interlibrary Loan request.  We want you to have the reading material you want in the format you need, so don't hesitate to ask.

Article Contributed by Marie Skufca, Information Services Librarian

Friday, April 19, 2019

May'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 May, the featured selection is In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson and we invite you to look out for a copy at your library, then attend the book club meeting on Thursday, May 16 at 7:00PM.

In a Sunburned Country
Author: Bill Bryson
Summary: Taking listeners on a rollicking ride far beyond packaged-tour routes, IN A SUNBURNED COUNTRY introduces a place where interesting things happen all the time. Leaving no Vegemite unsavored, listeners will accompany Bryson as he dodges jellyfish while learning to surf at Bondi Beach, discovers a fish that can climb trees, dehydrates in deserts where temperatures leap to 140 degrees F, and tells the true story of the rejected Danish architect who designed the Sydney Opera House.

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.

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Apr. 21)

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 week.

Hardcover Fiction Top 5

#1: Where the Crawdads Sing
Author: Delia Owens
Weeks On List: 32
Call Number: M OWENS
Summary: For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. She's barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark. But Kya is not what they say. Abandoned at age ten, she has survived on her own in the marsh that she calls home. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life lessons from the land, learning from the false signals of fireflies the real way of this world. But while she could have lived in solitude forever, the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world -- until the unthinkable happens.

#2: Someone Knows
Author: Lisa Scottoline
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: M SCOTTOLINE
Summary: Allie Garvey is heading home to the funeral of a childhood friend. She's not only grief-stricken, she's full of dread. Because going home means seeing the other two people with whom she shares an unbearable secret. Twenty years earlier, a tragic prank gone wrong shattered the lives of five teenagers, including Allie.

#3: Lost Roses
Author: Martha Hall Kelly
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F KELLY
Summary: It is 1914 and the world has been on the brink of war so many times, many New Yorkers treat the subject with only passing interest. Eliza Ferriday is thrilled to be traveling to St. Petersburg with Sofya Streshnayva, a cousin of the Romanovs. The two met years ago one summer in Paris and became close confidantes.

#4: The Cornwalls are Gone
Author: James Patterson
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: F PATTERSON
Summary: In her career as an Army intelligence officer, Amy Cornwall has seen haunting sights half a world away. None compare to the chilling scene at her Virginia home. A phone rings with a terrifying ultimatum: locate and liberate an unnamed captive in forty-eight hours, or her kidnapped husband and ten-year-old daughter are dead.Now, and in open defiance of Army Command, Amy must employ every lethal tactic she has to save them. To succeed, she must discover not only who dispatched her on this mission, but why. Without her family, she's dead either way.

#5: Two Weeks
Author: Karen Kingsbury
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F KINGSBURY
Summary: Cole Blake is months away from going off to college and taking the first steps towards his dream. But as he starts his final semester of high school he meets Elise, a mysterious new girl who captures his heart. Not long after, she discovers she's pregnant. In love for the first time, Cole is determined to support Elise.



Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: Life Will Be the Death of Me
Author: Chelsea Handler
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: 92 HANDLER
Summary: In a haze of vape smoke on a rare windy night in LA in the fall of 2016, Chelsea Handler daydreams about what life will be like with a woman in the White House. And then, Donald Trump happens. In a torpor of despair, she decides that she's had enough of the privileged bubble she's lived in--a bubble within a bubble--and that it's time to make some changes, both in her personal life and in the world at large.

#2: Becoming
Author: Michelle Obama
Weeks On List: 22
Call Number: 92 OBAMA
Summary: In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America, she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private. A deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations.

#3: Educated
Author: Tara Westover
Weeks On List: 60
Call Number: 92 WESTOVER
Summary: Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag." In the summershe stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervenewhen one of Tara's older brothers became violent. As a way out, Tara began to educate herself, learning enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University. Her quest for knowledge would transform her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Tara Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes, and the will to change it.

#4: The Matriarch
Author: Susan Page
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: 92 BUSH
Summary: THE MATRIARCH tells the riveting tale of a woman who helped define two American presidencies and an entire political era. Written by USA TODAY's Washington Bureau chief Susan Page, this biography is informed by more than one hundred interviews with Bush friends and family members, hours of conversation with Mrs. Bush herself in the final six months of her life, and access to her diaries that spanned decades.

#5: Maybe You Should Talk to Someone
Author: Lori Gottlieb
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: Not Housed
Summary: A psychotherapist gains unexpected insights when she becomes another therapist's patient.

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, April 18, 2019

Attend Free Federal Resume Class, May 6

Resumes have quickly become an essential item whether you're looking for full-time or part-time work.  In particular, if you're looking to apply to a state or federal job, having the right kind of resume is essential.  To help you get started in this process staff from Next Level Consulting will host a free class at your Mockingbird Branch Library (1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.) on Monday, May 6 at 6:00PM.  Everyone is welcome.

What do you need to bring? Any documentation that might be helpful, such as a list of present and past employers as well as your current contact information.  Next Level Consulting will go over the dos and don'ts of what to include on a resume and provide practical advice for how to apply for federal job positions.

Mockingbird Branch Library also offers a weekly hands-on class for individuals applying for jobs via the Internet.  "Job Time" is offered every Wednesday at 2:00PM and is open to anyone who needs help applying for a job online.  There are many things to consider such as where to find good jub listings, deciding whether to list every past employment opportunity you have had or only those which seem to apply to the new job you are going for, and whether uploading a resume and cover letter is necessary.  We also offer practical advice on what to wear and how to answer basic interview questions you might encounter.

Both the Federal Resume Class on May 6 and the library's weekly job application class are completely free and open to everyone.  For more information, call the Mockingbird Branch at 325-437-7323.

Post Contributed by Anne Ellis, Mockingbird Branch Manager

Weekly Library Events (Apr. 21-27)

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

TECH Time
Mon, Apr. 22 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. 22 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.

Tween Tech: Make Your Own Video Game Sound Effects
Mon, Apr. 22 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
Tweens are invited to join us for our next training session, where we meetup to learn about a host of great open source programs that can help you expand your knowledge in editing and manipulating photos, videos, audio files, and more.  At this session, we’ll be having some fun learning how to make our own video game sound effects using the LMMS program. Attendees will be provided with a laptop to work on, made possible thanks to the a grant received from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Texas State Library & Archives Commission. 

TECH Time
Tues, Apr. 23 at 6:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
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.

Crafty DIY: Pin Boards
Wed, Apr. 24 at 10:00AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St. 
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
Don’t miss the next session of the Crafty DIY series where adults come out to get hands-on with a host of fun projects at your library.  This time around, you’re invited to drop in and learn how to make some Pin Boards, great for sorting and organizing your thoughts and ideas.  We’ll supply all the materials you’ll need for this workshop, all you need do is come out ready to have some crafting fun with others.

Job Time: Application Assistance
Wed, Apr. 24 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. 24 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. Don’t miss out on the fun .

Common Threads: Knitting & Crochet Club
Thurs, Apr. 25 at 2:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH 325-676-6025 for Info.
Local knitters and crocheters of all skill levels unite!  Your Main Library is starting a new monthly club called Common Threads: Knitting & Crochet Club, which will be a monthly series for people to gather, socialize, and find new and interesting things from each other about the world of yarn.  Bring out your projects and we’ll work together, share techniques and skills, and have fun seeing what we can learn to make. This will be our second month to meet, and we’ll meet regularly on the third Thursdays of each month at 2:30PM.

LEGO My Library
Thurs, Apr. 25 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

Lib-Con at Mockingbird Branch
Thurs, Apr. 25 at 4:30PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
Join your Mockingbird Branch Library for the first of three days of Lib-Con fun at your Abilene Public Library.  This is the time of year where all three library locations will host a ton of great activities for the community to get involved in as we celebrate comics, anime, manga, movies, and other fandoms that get you geeking out.  Activities will be running from 4:30PM to 8:30PM and for a complete listing of these activities, feel free to view our events schedule on the Lib-Con website online at www.abilenetx.gov/apl/LibCon.

MCEC's Literacy Storytime
Fri, Apr. 26 at 10:45AM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Kids and parents are invited to join us for a great morning storytime event led by our friends with the Military Child Education Coalition at your South Branch Library.  Hosted on the fourth Fridays of each month, families come together to enjoy great stories, songs, crafts, and fun, in a great partnership with Dyess AFB. Don’t miss out on the literacy fun to be had at your library.

Lib-Con at South Branch
Fri, Apr. 26 at 4:30PM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Join your South Branch Library for the second day of Lib-Con fun at your Abilene Public Library.  This is the time of year where all three library locations will host a ton of great activities for the community to get involved in as we celebrate comics, anime, manga, movies, and other fandoms that get you geeking out.  Activities will be running from 4:30PM to 8:30PM and for a complete listing of these activities, feel free to view our events schedule on the Lib-Con website online at www.abilenetx.gov/apl/LibCon.

Lib-Con at Main Library
Sat, Apr. 27 at 9:00AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
Join your Main Library for the final day of of Lib-Con fun at your Abilene Public Library.  This is the time of year where all three library locations will host a ton of great activities for the community to get involved in as we celebrate comics, anime, manga, movies, and other fandoms that get you geeking out.  Activities will be running throughout the day and for a complete listing of these activities, feel free to view our events schedule on the Lib-Con website online at www.abilenetx.gov/apl/LibCon.

LEGO Galore
Sat, Apr. 27 at 10:30AM
Mockingbird Branch
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 then 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 

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