Saturday, December 31, 2011

Book to Film Adaptations: January 2012

Let’s take a look at the literary works hitting the big screen in January.  We’ll see a little for everyone in a wide range of films so if you think some of these will be of interest to you, be sure to stop by your Abilene Public Library and checkout the book before you see the movie. 
January 13th: Disney will re-release the children’s classic Beauty & the Beast, and this time, you can see it in 3D.  This film is a retelling of the traditional French fairytale, La Belle et la BĂȘte, and it’s adapted from the best-known version of the tale by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont in 1756.  Of its many adaptations, Disney’s 1991 release won Academy Awards for Best Song and Best Original Score, became the first animated film to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, and it was one of only two animated films included in AFI’s 100 years list of the 100 greatest love stories of all time.  Your Abilene Public Library contains plenty of its variants so check them out and share them with your children before seeing it in 3D.  Plus, we also carry the original 1991 classic at both our Main Library & Mockingbird Branch.

January 20th: Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock will star in a new film titled Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, adapted from the novel of the same name by Jonathan Safran Foer.  The novel tells the story of a young boy, who loses his father in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.  Dying in the collapse in the south tower of the World Trade Center, the son goes on a journey through New York to find a lock-box to which his dad left him the key.  The novel was first published in 2005, by Foer, who is also best known for 2002’s Everything is Illuminated, also adapted to film in 2005 starring Elijah Wood.  Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is his second novel with copies available at your Abilene Public Library, as well as Abilene Christian University’s Brown Library.
January 27th: Janet Evanovich’s hugely successful Stephanie Plum series is hitting the big screen with the release of One for the Money, starring Katherine Heigl in the lead role.  This action comedy will tell the story of Stephanie who takes a job as a completely inexperienced bounty hunter to make ends meet. While tracking down bail jumpers, she takes the job of tracking down Joe Morelli, a former cop who’s wanted for murder, and happens to be Stephanie’s old high school flame.  The novel was published in 1994 and helped to make Evanovich a household name.  Over the years, 17 sequels have been added, including the release of the latest titled Explosive Eighteen.  Look for this entire series at your Abilene Public Library, as we own them in print form, audiobook CD and digital copies in e-Book and audio form for select titles via OverDrive

Take advantage of reading the books before you see the movies by checking them out from your Abilene Public Library.  I’m sure we’ll hear from many patrons in the near future just how much these films measured up to the books.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Winter Reading Challenge @ the Mockingbird Branch (Jan. 4 - Feb. 4)

School age children get ready for an exciting reading program being hosted at the Mockingbird Branch located at 1214 N. Mockingbird Ln.  Starting January 3rd, kids are invited to stop by the Mockingbird Branch and signup for the Winter Reading Challenge and earn a prize for keeping up with a little leisure reading.

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This program is limited to youth ranging from pre-school to 5th grade and all they have to do is read five (5) books before February 4th.  If they do, they’ll win a prize while supplies last.  If you want to know what that prize will be, you’ll have to join and participate in this program.

Winter Reading Challenge forms will be available for pickup at the Mockingbird Branch starting January 4th and all forms need to be returned no later than February 4th to receive a prize.  This just goes to show that reading clubs may be a staple program for library patrons of all ages in the summer, but they’re not only for the summertime.

Don’t miss out on the chance to join in on the Winter Reading Challenge fun, and as a reminder, unlike the Summer Reading Clubs where all branch libraries participate, the Winter Reading Challenge will only be running at the Mockingbird Branch.  That means forms and prizes may only be picked up at this location.

If you have any questions regarding the event, don’t hesitate to contact Anne Ellis (Mockingbird Branch Manager) or Darla Casella (Children’s Librarian, Mockingbird Branch) at 325-437-7323.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

New "Book Talk" Episode w/Tremain & Alyssa

Book Talk is back with a brand new episode to introduce you to great books and series aimed at the general audience.  Join us each month for suggestions on popular books available for checkout at your Abilene Public Library, especially if you are looking for new suggestions in books to read.

In our 8th episode, Tremain Jackson (South Branch Manager) will discuss Barry Eisler’s New York Times Bestselling “John Rain” series.  With seven novels and growing, Eisler takes us along on a ride with John Rain, an assassin for hire who specializes in making his victims appear to have died of natural causes.  Although his is a freelance assassin, he does have some rules when it comes to taking a job.

1.      No women or children.
2.      No secondary team working separately on an assassination he’s handling.
3.      He will only target principal actors (no targets on family members and other secondary players to simply send a message).

With a list of allies as long as enemies, Rain must use all of his personal and professional skills to get the job done.  Look for this great series at your Abilene Public Library which began with the 2002 release of Rain Fall through to his recent release in 2011 with The Detachment.  All of these titles are available in print form, audiobooks on CD and we own one of his books as a digital checkout for your PC’s and e-Readers through our OverDrive site.  Be sure to try this series out for yourself if it sounds interesting.

Alyssa Crow (Children’s Librarian, South Branch) keeps the book reviews going by covering a young adult series with crossover appeal to adults.  Bestselling German author Kerstin Gier has a popular trilogy receiving an English translation with the Ruby Red series.  The first book, titled Ruby Red, presents a story complete with romance, mystery and a little supernatural activity.  This series focuses on Gwenyth Shepherd, a teenage girl who comes from a line of women with the special ability to travel through time.  One day, in the middle of class, she’s whisked away to another era, the 18th century to be exact, where she must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability.  Along the way, she’s aided by Gideon, a young man who shares her ability, having the gene carried through the male line of his ancestors.  Together, they journey through time to discover who they can truly trust.

The Ruby Red Trilogy is available for checkout from your Abilene Public Library, and may prove to be just as interesting of a read for adults as it is for the young adults it was written for.  As an added bonus, this book was also selected as a Lone Star book for recommended reading for middle and high school students.

Look for these series, as well as more popular reads, by visiting your Abilene Public Library and looking for them.  If you need more suggestions, feel free to visit with library staff and we’ll be happy to help you find a book that meets your reading tastes.  With so many great reads out there, we’re sure to have something for everyone.  Plus, always stay tuned for more episodes of Book Talk, available on YouTube and Facebook and airing on TV Channel 7 through the Abilene Television Network three days a week.

Crafty Creations Starts Its 5th Year

Crafty Creations is your Abilene Public Library’s original program that aims to promote children’s literature and tie in crafts inspired from the book.  Created by Tremain Jackson (South Branch Manager) and Alyssa Crow (Children’s Librarian, South Branch) this show has now entered its fifth year with shows available for viewing on YouTube, Facebook and locally on TV Channel 7 through the Abilene Television Network.

For January 2012, the 36th episode is available for viewing where we’re having fun with science related books and experiments.  Alyssa Crow highlights a great children’s book by Jacqueline Sweeney titled “Lava” and will show you how to create a Groovy Lava Lamp using some basic materials.  Tremain Jackson then follows this up with highlighting another great book titled “Earthquakes & Volcanoes” by John Stidworthy and then shows you how to make a quick and easy Volcanic Eruption.

We invite you to try these fun crafts at home and stop by your Abilene Public Library to look for these featured books, along with other great titles for kids and readers of all ages.  New Crafty Creations episodes are added each month and you may also find our activity and resources guides on the Kids' Page on our website.

If you like the crafts you see here, we invite you to bring your kids out to some of the wonderful Family Fun and children’s programming hosted at all three Abilene Public Library locations.  Featuring stories, songs, games and crafts, kids of all ages are sure to have a blast at these enhanced storytime programs.