Thursday, February 28, 2013

How-To: Interlibrary Loan @ Your Library

If you're in need of a book, DVD, or audiobook we don't own at your Abilene Public Library, many of you know we can acquire it for you through the excellent Interlibrary Loan service.  This program allows us to request titles from libraries outside of Abilene to afford you the opportunity to check them out.

This highly utilized service can be initiated by asking a library employee to make a request for you, or you're able to do so on your own online.  We've recently made a How-To video to take you through the steps on completing the Interlibrary Loan process on your own. 

Check out the video here, and start requesting some great materials through this service.  Plus, if you have any questions, feel more than free to Contact Me (Tremain Jackson) and I'll be happy to answer your questions.

Hunger Games: From Books to Movies to Reality TV?

Fans of dystopian young adult literature, with crossover appeal to adult readers, helped to make The Hunger Games trilogy a bestselling series.  Their success has also translated well into box office results with the first film adaptation last year.  For true fans of the series, you may be excited to hear that this series is being adapted into a new reality TV show on the CW Network.

You read that right.  A new reality show has been ordered, to be titled The Hunt, which strongly resembles the premise of the novels by author Suzanne Collins.  In this show, 12 teams of two young adult competitors will be dropped into the wilderness with no food, water, or shelter.  They will be expected to survive for a month and compete against each other in challenges to win sustenance.

Before you get too excited, or appalled depending on your point of view, there won't be any blood and gore as depicted in the books and the film.  Instead, competitors will "kill" off other players by capturing them.  The last person standing at the end of the challenge will win the ultimate big prize...of which hasn't been announced. yet.

How do you think this show will fair?  With the long slew of reality television out there, are you ready for a reality show featuring teenagers hunting each other for money?  Something tells me there may be a following for this show.  There's no scheduled date for the premier of the show, but some state it might be ready to hit television as we near the release of the second film, Catching Fire, which is set to hit theaters November 2013.

Until then, be sure to keep up with all the Hunger Games action by checking out the three (3) published books in the series (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay) by author Suzanne Collins, and also look out for the DVD of the first novel at your local public libraries.  And while you're at it, also look out for other popular young adult novels with adult appeal as there's a ton to keep you busy.

Weekly Events @ Your Library (Mar. 4-9)

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 of events, visit our main website to view our interactive calendar, and remember, all programming is offered FREE of charge.

Guest Authors: Joe Specht, Jay Moore & Glenn Dromgoole
Featured Book: Abilene Stories: From Then to Now
Mar. 4 @ Noon
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Info.
Don't miss the first of many great author talks lined up and organized by the Friends of the Abilene Public LibraryThese Brown Bag events are open to the public at no charge where you're more than welcome to bring your lunch (or purchase one from the Friends' for $5) and then hear a great presentation by our featured author/s on a selected book.  Plus, you can pick up a copy of the title at the end of the program and have it signed by the authors as part of a booksigning session.

Ages 8-15
Mar. 4 @ 6:30 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
We're making flowers from coffee filters in this hands-on workshop for tweens at the library.  Always offering something new each month, come on out to this evening workshop and learn how to make a great floral arrangement using the materials we'll provide.

Featuring: Big Country Autoharp and Dulcimer Club
Mar. 5 @ 5:00 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Info.
Come and enjoy the soothing folk music that will be shared during the evening at your Main Library by local artists.  I can't think of a better way to peruse the shelves then to be serenaded by musical melodies.  Make sure you come out to hear them too.

Guest Speaker: Cole Newman (Physician's Mutual Insurance)
Mar. 5 @ 5:30 p.m.
Mockingbird Branch
1214 N. Mockingbird Ln.
325-437-7323 for Info.
If you have questions about Medicare, and its recent changes for the new year, don't miss out on this free workshop where you'll receive a presentation from our guest speaker.  Plus, he'll also be on hand to do his best to answer any questions.  We've hosted sessions on Medicare at the Main Library, and now you can experience another at your Mockingbird Branch so don't pass up on this opportunity.

Mar. 5 @ 6:30 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Info.
Spring is right around the corner so it's time to start preparing those gardens for some growing, and if you want to get some help, feel free to come out to this great workshop where you'll learn some landscaping techniques from the pros themselves.  Always a popular topic, you won't want to miss out on some tips to be shared.

Mar. 6-7; 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Info.
e-File your taxes for free at your library through this annual program led by IRS-trained volunteers with the AARP.  Bring with you your 2012 tax materials, W2's, Photo ID, Social Security card, etc., and everyone will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis.  Sessions will be offered every Wednesday & Thursday so you'll have plenty of opportunities to participate in this free program until then.

Kids of All Ages
Mar. 6 @ 4:00 p.m.
Mockingbird Branch
1214 N. Mockingbird Ln.
325-437-7323 for Info.
Kids are invited to come out to this quick and easy afternoon of crafting fun at the library where the featured craft will be Leprechaun Hats for St. Patrick's Day.  We'll supply all the materials for this afterschool activity that's always fun to join in on so don't miss out.

Kids of All Ages
Mar. 7 @ 6:30 p.m.
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
325-698-7565 for Info.
It's time to get dressed in your best sleeping attire, and then come on out for a Pajama Party at the library.  This enhanced storytime event will feature a host of great stories, crafts, songs, and activities for the entire family to join in on, and in the comfort of your PJ's.  You certainly won't want to miss out on this great event at your library.

Mar. 8-9; 10:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Mockingbird Branch
1214 N. Mockingbird Ln.
325-437-7323 for Info.
e-File your taxes for free at your library through this annual program led by IRS-trained volunteers with the AARP.  Bring with you your 2012 tax materials, W2's, Photo ID, Social Security card, etc., and everyone will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis.  Sessions will be offered every Friday & Saturday so you'll have plenty of opportunities to participate in this free program until then.

Kids of All Ages
Mar. 9 @ 2:00 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
March is the month for Dr. Seuss and if you're a fan you should come out to this Saturday event where we've planned an entire afternoon of fun relating to Dr. Seuss.  From his timeless stories to crafts and games inspired from his beloved children's books, families won't want to miss all the fun to be had so be sure to come on down.

Don't miss out on these fun activities, and don't forget to take advantage of our weekly Storytime Programs and Book-A-Librarian sessions.  Contact Tremain Jackson for more information about any of these programs and be sure to come out and attend the ones of interest to you.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Advice from the Masters of Gardening

Free Information & Resources
The community was treated to a wonderful gardening workshop at the Main Branch of the Abilene Public Library led by members of the Big Country Master Gardener Association (BCMGA).  Over 20 people came out to receive a look into the Earth-Kind project, available local resource,s fireside landscaping, and more.

The guest presenters included Texas Master Gardeners Kathy Feagan (specializing in entomology and the Earth-Kind project) and Karen Saunders (specializing in firewise landscaping).  Each came out with information to share, handouts to offer, and the knowledge to answer the questions of our audience.

Feagan Discussing Earth-Kind
The evening began with a presentation by Feagan, introducing us to the 2012 Earth-Kind National Dwarf Rose Trials underway at Cisco Jr. College here in Abilene.  Using the fundamental principles of using well adapted or native plants for landscaping, this project will help Abilenians pick the best roses and perennials to add to our own lawns and gardens.  What makes them desirable is that the successful varieties are those that need less water, less soil modification, little or no fertilizer, etc.

Learning about Roses & Perennials
This will be a wonderful project for gardeners to view over time, as all of the varieties will be marked and labeled to gauge how they're holding to our weather.  Feagan was also able to walk us through the trials, introduce us to a variety of roses and perennials, and share her knowledge about great varieties that will work well in our area.

Plus, for those who will be ready to get a start on Spring gardening, the BCMGA is hosting a Spring Plant Sale on Saturday, April 13 starting at 8:00 a.m.  Located at the Modern Living Mall on the Expo Fairgrounds, this event will feature a great selection of plants and flowers, plus free workshops and children's activities.

Saunders On Firewise Landscaping
Karen Saunders then led us through a second presentation to discuss the importance of Firewise Landscaping, or landscaping so you don't leave your homes susceptible to fire more than they already are.  Through recent training Saunders received, guests learned how not to build a ladder for fire, thus not making it easier for a fire to overtake your home.  This can be prevented by making sure to clear out dead leaves, taking care of overgrown grass, being aware of what's around your house that might be a fire hazard, and more. 

Providing information compiled by the Texas Forest Service and the International Association of Fire Chiefs, everyone also received a great bag of information covering everything to prepare yourself for a fire.  Such included construction checklists, wildfire action plans, a checklist for landscaping your home, fire resistant materials, and more.

Your Abilene Public Library hosts great and informative workshops for adults at no charge, where experts in their filed are invited to speak on a variety of topics that are of interest.  If you haven't attended one, take a look at some of the workshops and programming planned in March...
  • Texas Author Series: Monday, March 4 @ Noon w/Jay Moore, Joe Specht & Glenn Dromgoole
  • Medicare & You: Tuesday, March 5 @ 5:30 p.m.
  • Put Color Into Your Landscape: Tuesday, March 5 @ 6:30 p.m. w/Scott Warren
  • Dog Obedience, Grooming & Health: Tuesday, March 12 @ 6:30 p.m. w/Malinda Julien
  • Texas Author Series: Monday, March 18 @ Noon w/Jack North
  • Should I Refinance My Mortgage?: Tuesday, March 19 @ 6:30 p.m. w/Lori Grow
With all these great programs at your Abilene Public Library, and all free to attend, don't miss out on getting the expert advice you need from the pros themselves.  Covering a vast array of subjects and topics, we're here to offer you the best in programming.  Plus, if you have suggestions for types of programs you'd like to see, feel more than free to Contact Us and let us know and we'll see about setting something up in the future.

@ the Library Article: "Texas Author Series Returns"

An eagerly awaited part of spring in Abilene is about to return.  No, I don't mean baseball, although some would agree with me that America's pastime has, indeed, been eagerly awaited.  I'm talking about the Texas Author Series at the Abilene Public Library.  Now in its 10th year, this series brings authors from around the state to introduce us to their books and make us aware of the wealth of literary talent in all genres Texas can boast.

The Friends of the Abilene Public Library are the hosts of the annual series which was conceived as a supplement to the West Texas Book Festival in September.  Each brown bag program will be at noon, in the Main Library auditorium at 202 Cedar downtown.  Persons attending may bring their own lunch or buy one for $5 at the library.  Drinks are free.

Two programs on Abilene history and culture will kick off the series.

Authors Jay Moore, Joe Specht, and Glenn Dromgoole will talk about their new book, Abilene Stories, From Then to Now, at the Monday, March 4 program.  The anthology includes more than 100 Abilene stories by about 70 writers, living and deceased, on topics ranging from Abilene history to culture, weather, religion and sports.  The book is published by Abilene Christian University Press.

On Monday, March 18 Jack North will tell us about and show pictures from his new book, Lost Abilene, featuring historic photographs of Abilene buildings no longer standing.  The book is a follow-up to his earlier pictorial history of Early Abilene.

Scott White from the National Ranching Heritage Center at Texas Tech will discuss his book, Viento: Wind Turbines & Ranchland, on Monday, April 8.  The book, which covers the pros and cons of wind turbines, is based on interviews with a number of rangers from Texas and other states, including quite a few in the Abilene-Sweetwater-Albany area.

Writer/photographer Ralph Yznaga, author of Living Witness: Historic Trees of Texas will speak at the Monday, April 22 program, on Earth Day.  His book tells the stories behind 37 spectacular Texas trees of historical significance, including the Heart O'Texas Oak that stands at the exact geographical center of the state and the Century Tree, considered the most romantic spot on the Texas A&M University campus.

Leslie Wilson, author, speaker and humorist and co-editor of A Scrapbook of Motherhood Firsts, will speak on May 6, the Monday before Mother's Day.  She writes a weekly newspaper column on motherhood and is a popular speaker at conferences, and retreats across the country.

The Texas Author Series is sponsored by the Friends of the Abilene Public Library and the West Texas Book Festival.  Books by the featured authors will be available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library.

Post Contributed by Janis C. Test, Information Services Manager at the Main Branch of the Abilene Public Library 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

What's New in Books & DVDs @ Your Library?

Tuesdays are the big release days in books and DVDs for those bestselling authors you want to read, and those great movies you've been waiting to see.  Your Abilene Public Library carries all the latest for library cardholders to take advantage of, at no charge, and we're highlighting the popular titles hitting the shelves.

Look for them at your Abilene Public Library, and if you can't find them, see about getting yourselves on the reserve lists to secure your spot in line!!!

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (Officially Released on Mar. 2)
Starring: Kristen Stewart
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Action/Fantasy Romance
Run Time: 1 hr. 55 min.
Summary: After the birth of Renesmee, the Cullens gather other vampire clans in order to protect the child from a false allegation that puts the family in front of the Volturi.  Watch the final chapter of the blockbuster hits based on the young adult series by author Stephenie Meyer.

The Master
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix
Rated: R
Genre: Drama
Run Time: 2 hr. 18 min.
Summary: A striking portrait of drifters and seekers in post-World War II America, Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master unfolds the journey of a naval veteran who arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future, until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader. 

Chasing Mavericks
Starring: Gerard Butler
Rated: PG
Genre: Drama
Run Time: 1 hr. 41 min.
Summary: An inspiring true story of courage and friendship the whole family will love.  When 15-year-old Jay Moriarty discovers that the mythical Mavericks surf break is real, he reaches out to local surfing legend Frosty Hesson to train him to ride it.  What begins as a mentorship turns into an extraordinary bond that transforms both their lives, as Jay and Frosty learn valuable lessons about conquering fear in pursuit of your dreams. 

Series: In Death
Summary: In her latest adventure, Lt. Eve Dallas is on the case of a woman who has been found dead at the bottom of the stairs on Manhattan's Upper East Side.  As a well-off accountant, mother, and wife, Dallas doesn't know how the woman ended up on anyone's hit list, but when she and her partner, Peabody, find blood, Eve pieces together that the murder was the work of a killer.  Now Eve must immerse herself in the business world of her billionaire husband to find out why the woman was murdered, and who did it...even if she must use herself as bait. 

Author: Jodi Picoult
Summary: Sage Singer is a baker trying to escape the loneliness, bad memories, and the shadow of her mother's death.  When she meets an elderly man named Josef in her support group, they slowly form an unlikely friendship, despite their overt differences.  But when Josef confesses to a long-buried secret, he asks Sage for her help...doing so may not only have moral repercussions, but legal ones too.  What will she do.

Author: Joanne Fluke
Series: Hannah Swensen #16
Summary: Hannah's been invited to the opening of the refurbished Albion Hotel.  With her famous Red Velvet cupcakes in tow, although she really doesn't want to go, she goes anyway.  The part starts off with a bang as gossip and scenes are caused throughout the group, but all that comes to a screeching halt when one partygoer takes a dive off the hotel's rooftop.  With her rival now dead at the bottom of a pond that same night, the only clue the police have are the red velvet cupcakes being served, and the tranquilizers someone baked into them.  Now Hannah is the target of a murder investigation, and this is certainly a position she's not comfortable with.

Look out for these great new titles at your Abilene Public Library.  All are free for you to checkout and all you need is a valid library card.  If you live in Taylor County, acquire one for free and start using it today to take home some great entertainment materials from any of our three (3) branch locations.

Monday, February 25, 2013

South Branch Location Temporarily Closed

The South Branch location of the Abilene Public Library is temporarily closed Monday, February 25, 2012.  We have experienced a power outage in this area and electrical services aren't expected to be restored until later this evening.  We hope to open during our regular business hours tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 9:00 a.m.

If you need to return anything to the library, the outside materials return is still available for dropping off items, and please note that both the Main Library and Mockingbird Branch locations are open.

We apologize for the inconvenience and if you have any library-related questions needing to be answered, feel free to contact your Main Library at 325-677-2474 or your Mockingbird Branch at 325-437-7323.

Dive Into the Stacks: Become a Better Driver @ Your Library

Your Abilene Public Library houses a great collection of resources across a myriad of topics.  We invite you to Dive Into the Stacks to discover some great areas you're more than welcome to make use of.

Learning to drive is something we all learn whether you're a teenager trying to get that long-awaited first license, a first-time driver as an adult, or possibly a new resident to the U.S. and needing to learn the rules of the road in the states.  If so, we certainly have some resources available to help get you started.  From knowing what the standard signs mean, learning to handle a road emergency, how to be a better defensive driver, and more, there's a lot to learn when it comes to driving safely.

Take a look at the following resources available at your library to help get you started.

Responsible Driving
Author: Dr. Francis C. Kenel
Copies Owned: 7 regular print
Call Number: 629.283 KEN
Summary: This textbook style resource is a great place to start that will teach you the what and how when it comes to driving...and also the why too, because that is the most important.  Assisted by AAA (American Automobile Association), you'll have everything you need to learn all the basic rules of the road divided into 18 chapters.  This guide, along with all the other mentioned in this blog, will cover the general rules held throughout the nation, while also providing a wealth of additional information for the younger generations such as how alcohol and drugs can impair one's driving ability.  This is a great and comprehensive guide to start with. 

Drive Right
Author: Margaret L. Johnson
Copies Owned: 4 regular print
Call Number: 629.28 DRI
Summary: Much like the resource above, this guide is a textbook style tool covering the basics.  What's great about this guide is that for each chapter covered, you'll also be provided with a short chapter test to see how much knowledge you retained.  This is a great way to prepare yourselves for taking the examination when the time comes.  Complete with photos and illustrations to highlight the areas covered, this is yet another useful resource to begin learning the basics. 

Crashproof Your Kids: Make Your Teen a Safer, Smarter Driver
Author: Timothy C. Smith
Copies Owned: 3 regular print
Call Number: 629.283 SMI
Summary: This is the perfect guide for teens to, it will also relieve the ears and anxieties from the parental units in the process.  Although this resource does not contain any illustrations, it will provide a lighthearted and teen-approved look at learning how to drive.  This resource does not cover learning how to drive per se; however, it will teach teens how to drive better by going over areas such as how to share the road, steering clear of road rage, what to do when you start to skid and spin, some car care basics, and so much more.  These are valuable tools to equip yourselves with going outside the realm of basic driving instruction. 

At Home Defensive Driving (DVD)
Copies Owned: 4
Call Number: 629.283 ATH
Summary: Since we're all not the best of drivers, there may be a few times in our lives when we may be required to take a defensive driving course (to keep the insurance from going up).  This is a court-approved course that you're able to take at home and then test on it afterwards, which certainly makes it convenient for those of us who may not have the time to sign up for an on-site course.  Extremely user-friendly, this 43-minute video will walk you through the process and provide you with the testing information too.

These are but a few of the titles we house at your library for developing stronger driving skills.  Don't pass up on getting the ones of interest to you and become a safer, more responsible driver, in no time.  All are available at your Abilene Public Library and if you need any additional assistance, feel free to Contact Me and I'll be more than happy to answer any of your questions.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5

Many patrons browse the new materials sections of the library to discover the latest popular reads.  Part of finding those items is browsing the New York Times Bestsellers lists we make available to locate that popular book, or to get yourself on the reserve lists.  Check out this blog to discover the latest to lead the pack on the Hardcover Fiction & Non-Fiction lists for the upcoming week.

Hardcover Fiction Top 5

#1: A Week in Winter
Author: Maeve Binchy
Weeks On List: 1
Position Last Week: n/a
Copies Owned: 1 regular print; 3 audiobooks; additional copies on order
Call Number: F BINCHY
Summary: Guests at an inn by the sea on Ireland's west coast; the final book by Binchy, who died in 2012.

#2: Gone Girl
Author: Gillian Flynn
Weeks On List: 37
Position Last Week: 1
Copies Owned: 5 regular print; 3 large-type; eBook; WMA audiobook
Call Number: M FLYNN
Summary: A woman disappears on the day of her fifth anniversary; is her husband a killer?

#3: Tenth of December
Author: George Saunders
Weeks On List: 6
Position Last Week: 2
Copies Owned: 3 regular print
Call Number: F SAUNDERS
Summary: Stories that take on the big questions.

#4: Guilt
Author: Jonathan Kellerman
Weeks On List: 1
Position Last Week: n/a
Copies Owned: 4 regular print; 3 large-type; 3 audiobook
Call Number: M KELLERMAN
Summary: The Los Angeles psychologist-detective Alex Delaware and the detective Milo Sturgis turn their sights six decades into the past to pursue the story of a beautiful nurse and her lover.

#5: A Memory of Light
Author: Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
Weeks On List: 6
Position Last Week: 3
Copies Owned: 3 regular print; 2 audiobook
Call Number: SF JORDAN
Summary: The 14th and final novel in the Wheel of Time fantasy series.

Hardcover Non-Fiction Top 5

#1: American Sniper
Author: Chris Kyle w/Scott McEwen & Jim DeFelice
Weeks On List: 24
Position Last Week: 2
Copies Owned: 4 regular print; 3 large-type; WMA audiobook
Call Number: 92 KYLE
Summary: A member of the Navy SEALs discusses his childhood, marriage and battlefield experiences.

#2: My Beloved World
Author: Sonia Sotomayor
Weeks On List: 5
Position Last Week: 1
Copies Owned: 3 regular print
Call Number: 92 SOTOMAYOR
Summary: The Supreme Court justice recalls growing up in the Bronx, attending Princeton, working for the Manhattan District Attorney's office and becoming a federal judge.

#3: Coolidge
Author: Amity Shlaes
Weeks On List: 1
Position Last Week: n/a
Copies Owned: 1 regular print
Call Number: 92 COOLIDGE
Summary: The 30th president is reclaimed as a conservative hero in this biography.

#4: The Future
Author: Al Gore
Weeks On List: 3
Position Last Week: 4
Copies Owned: 3 regular print; 1 audiobook
Call Number: 303.4 GOR
Summary: The six drivers of global change that are reshaping our world.

#5: Killing Kennedy
Author: Bill O'Reilly & Martin Dugard
Weeks On List:20
Position Last Week: 3
Copies Owned: 5 regular print; 3 large-type; 1 audiobook; WMA audiobook
Call Number: 92 KENNEDY
Summary: The host of "The O'Reilly Factor" recounts the events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

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


Friday, February 22, 2013

Advocates for Libraries...It's In Our Nature!!!

There's much about libraries that draw people to become a part of these storehouses of information including a love of books, a joy of reading, a desire to help others, the passion for creating interactive programs for the community, and more.  A major reason for turning a position at the library into a career is being able to reach out to others and build more lifelong readers with a love for literature...especially in youth.

Nygren @ Family Fun Event
Kelsie Nygren, a Library Assistant in the Children's Department at the Main Branch of the Abilene Public Library, is currently enrolled in the School of Library and Information Sciences at Texas Woman's University, in Denton, TX.  Having worked at the library for almost a year, she has helped to increase youth's exposure to the great services libraries have to offer through innovative programming, developing storytime activities, hosting crafting workshops for youth of all ages, and more.  In no time, a future librarian was born.

Recently Kelsie was given the task, in one of her graduate courses, to create a Digital Advocacy Story (click to view video) concerning a value in librarianship she strongly believes in.  She focused her attention on the need for children's librarians to have proper knowledge of their client group, as well as the best materials to promote to them for reading.

Nygren @ Make & Take Crafting
To accomplish this goal, she created an online video (click to view) available for all to view, and we wanted to highlight it.  Through her employment at the Abilene Public Library, as well as her graduate studies, Kelsie states...

"All of my classes have really shown me what it means to be a librarian in today's age, and given me a strong background for my field."

Nygren Reading @ BabySteps
Hoping to continue to work for our library for years to come, we're happy we were able to snag so many wonderful employees with a passion for what they do.  Throughout the years, a number of staff have graduated from similar programs and most got their start by working at their local library.  In a field where the job is constantly changing, where the challenges faced by librarians shift (especially with the advancements in technology), when every day offers something new, it's great to know there are many out there who wish to turn their passion for the library profession into a career.

What's New @ Your Library?

Your Abilene Public Library receives shipments of new reading materials on a regular basis and we'd like to expose you to some of the titles you may not stumble upon on your own.  Although we've grown accustomed to viewing the bestsellers lists and locating materials by popular authors, you may not know there's even more to look out for.

Take a look at these three (3) titles that have recently been added to our collection, and if they sound of interest to you, be sure to reserve a copy, or look out for one during your next visit to the library.

A Parent's Guide to Children's Medicines by Edward A. Bell, Pharm D. BCPS.
The author, a pediatric pharmacist, gives practical advice regarding safe and effective medications for children.  From seasonal to life threatening conditions, this title covers many topics including: the risks and benefits of certain medications; tips on measuring, flavoring and administering medications; advice for keeping kids safe; and practical facts about how vaccinations work.  A good read for new parents. 

The author is a parent who struggled with her own child and that child's addictions.  In her straight forward and personable prose, she details the "dos" and "don'ts" of how parents should come to terms with their child's situation.  According to the publisher, "the upbeat, encouraging Barbara...knows how to speak to others" on this delicate topic.  While not for everyone, this title certainly fills a gap in today's parental dialog regarding addiction issues. 

According to many well-known studies, women generally report they feel less confident about financial matters and financial planning than their male counterparts do.  Yet as the authors of this insightful book point out "we live in an era of unprecedented opportunity for women."  Therefore "now more than ever we need the confidence that comes with financial wisdom."  The authors seek to help readers achieve this goal by identifying seven key areas of a woman's life [wealth building, romance and marriage, motherhood, power, crisis and loss, retirement and legacy building] in which clear financial goals should be set.  If you're interested in saving and investing, or know a woman who should be, this is a great book.

Post Contributed by Anne Ellis, Mockingbird Branch Manager

March's Cover-to-Cover Book Club Selection!!!

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

For March, the featured selection is Then Again by Diane Keaton and we invite you to look out for a copy at your library and then attend the book club discussion group on Thursday, March 21 @ 7:00 p.m.  For more information, be sure to contact Ann Mount at 325-676-6025.

Then Again
Author: Diane Keaton
Copies Owned: 3 regular print; digital e-Book
Call Number: 92 KEATON
Summary: The award-winning actress documents her rise from an everyday girl to an acclaimed performer while exploring her defining relationship with her mother and how their shared and separate dreams influenced their experiences.

Be sure to check out this title from your Abilene Public Library, or borrow one from a friend, and come out ready to discuss this title with other avid readers in the community.  Again, the Cover-to-Cover Book Club will meet on Thursday, March 21 @ 7:00 p.m. to discuss this title, so be sure to get in on the reading fun.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

"Medicare & You" Set for March 5th!!!

Medicare seems to be on everyone's mind at the moment.  Countless people are talking about it from politicians, to retirees, to baby boomers looking towards the horizon.  How does it work?  Who qualifies?  What does it cover and more importantly, what doesn't it cover?

If you're interested in talking to someone about Medicare, you're in luck.  On Tuesday, March 5 at 5:30 p.m. Mr. Cole Newman of Physician's Mutual Insurance Co will be hosting a free, informational meeting at the Mockingbird Branch of the Abilene Public Library.  He'll cover common questions about Medicare as well as outline suggestions provided by the Texas Department of Insurance in a program entitled Medicare & You.

Please join us for this free, informational program.  Everyone is welcome and if you have any questions, contact us at the Mockingbird Branch at 325-437-7323.

Post Contributed by Anne Ellis, Mockingbird Branch Manager