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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Weekly Library Events (Dec. 3-9)

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

Holiday Cookie Decorating Classes
Sunday, Dec. 3 at 2PM, 3PM, 4PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Need a minute to yourself without the kids this holiday season?  Adults, ages 18+, are invited to join us for a great afternoon of Holiday Cookie Decorating fun with Chef Tasha Teel from the The Cakery in Lubbock, TX.  She'll be on hand to teach three 30-45 minute classes at 2PM, 3PM, and 4PM.  You'll learn four different icing styles to use on special holiday-shaped cookies.  You can then use your newly acquired skills to make holiday cookies at home.  Cost for the class is $15 per adult (payable on the day of the class) to cover supplies and materials.  Each class size is limited to 20 people and registration is required.  Call 325-698-7565 to register. 

TECH Time
Monday, Dec. 4 at 2:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
If you’ve ever needed help with your smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other similar devices, we invite you to take advantage of TECH (Technology Enrichment & Collaborative Help) Time at your library.  Your library tech gurus will be on hand to help answer your questions each week on Mondays at the South Branch Library and Thursdays at the Main Library.  Sessions will be provided by the library’s Technology/Social Media Manager and the Multimedia Marketing Assistant.  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. 

Creation Station Orientation Course
Monday, Dec. 4 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
If you want to get started with using the makerspace at your library, be sure to signup and attend the Creation Station Orientation course.  This makerspace affords guests with the ability to utilize a wide range of equipment when it comes to creating projects of all sorts.  To use the Creation Station, guests must first register and complete our Orientation Class where we will cover the equipment available for use, Creation Station Hours, Usage Policies, Safety Guidelines, Fees, and a tour of the room.

Family Fun: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Monday, Dec. 4 at 5:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Kids and parents won't want to miss out on a great holiday family event at your South Branch Library...all about the green Grinch we all love right?  We certainly do.  You're invited to join us for a fun family activity as we watch "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," a holiday favorite originally penned by Dr. Seuss, while also playing games, singing songs, and doing a fun holiday craft.  We'll supply the materials you'll need for the craft activity so don't miss out on the holiday fun. 

The Craft Life: Ornament Fun
Monday, Dec. 4 at 6:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
If you’re a tween (ages 8-12) and you love to craft, you certainly won’t want to miss out on the next Craft Life series at your library.  Each month we meet to make a fun project, and this time around we’re getting ready for the holidays.  Join us for some Ornament Fun as we’ll supply you with some fairly simple materials so you can fashion your own holiday ornament.  Christmas is right around the corner, so let this program get you in the spirit. 

Lego Club Junior
Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 4:30PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Youth are invited to join us for our monthly Lego Club Junior session at your South Branch Library.  Hosted in the children’s area, we’ll supply you with a great selection of Legos so you can use your creativity to build whatever you can imagine.  Sometimes we’ll work on specific projects, or you can free design.  Plus, work on projects solo, or team up with others to make something bigger.  It’s all about just coming out and having fun at your library.  Plus, if our creators like, we’ll display your final projects at the library for the remainder of the month so everyone can check out your creations.

Teen Lego Club
Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 4:30PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Teens are invited to join us for our monthly Lego Club session at your South Branch Library.  Hosted in the Teen Room, we’ll bring out a selection of Legos 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.  It’s all about spending an afternoon at your library having fun with other teens.  Plus, if our creators like, we’ll display your final projects at the library for the remainder of the month so everyone can check out your creations. 


Adult Coloring Club
Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 10:00AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Adults are invited to join us for a great Morning Mingle event as we host the next Coloring Club session.  Coloring is great for giving you the time to take a break from your hectic lives, relieve some stress, and have a little fun without any rules to follow.  Come meet new people, make new friends, and enjoy yourself at this great activity.  We’ll provide coloring sheets of gardens, animals, mosaics, and more, and also supply you with crayons, colored pencils, and markers.  You can also feel free to bring your own supplies if you’d like.  Don’t miss out on this stress-free program at your library. 

Cricut Design Space Class
Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 10:00AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
We invite you to expand your makerspace knowledge with this course designed to help you develop skills for using the Cricut machine.  The Cricut is a die-cutting machine used for scrapbooking and various projects using paper, felt, vinyl, fabrics, and other materials.  At this class, we’ll cover how to use the Cricut Design Space, how to load and unload your material from the machine, and more.  This course will be limited to eight (8) guests.  Be sure to register by calling 325-676-6029.

Job Time: Application Assistance
Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
If you're looking for a job and need some help, you're invited to stop by the Mockingbird Branch for our Job Time: Application Assistance program where we'll get you started on the road to employment success.  We will cover how to search for jobs, how to create a resume, share advice on how to dress for and succeed in an interview and much more.  We'll have a set number of computers available for use so don't miss your chance to participate in this program. 

Grandparent & Me Craft Time: Ornaments
Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
Grandparents and grandkids are invited out for the next intergenerational crafting event where we spend time working on fun projects while bonding with one another.  Is there anything better than that?  We’re getting ready for the holidays, which are only a few short weeks away, by supplying you with the tools and materials to show you how to make some pretty amazing ornaments.  You’ll certainly want to decorate your homes with them.

TECH Time
Thursday, Dec. 7 at 2:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
If you’ve ever needed help with your smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other similar devices, we invite you to take advantage of TECH (Technology Enrichment & Collaborative Help) Time at your library.  Your library tech gurus will be on hand to help answer your questions each week on Mondays at the South Branch Library and Thursdays at the Main Library.  Sessions will be provided by the library’s Technology/Social Media Manager and the Multimedia Marketing Assistant.  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. 

Make & Take: STEAM Gingerbread Houses
Thursday, Dec. 7 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
If your hands are ready for a little after school crafting fun, you’ll certainly not want to miss this special event at your Mockingbird Branch Library.  Join us as we make DIY Gingerbread Houses and get ready for Christmas!  We’ll supply you with all the materials you’ll need like empty milk cartons, pretzels, candy, icing, and more, and then we want you to use your imagination to come up with a host of fun designs.  While making our houses, we’ll also talk about gravity, and by trial and error, construct a one-of-a-kind gingerbread house that will stand up to the test.  Are you ready for the STEAM fun!?!  Come check it out.

Collecting Commas Writing Club
Thursday, Dec. 7 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
If you’ve between the ages of 10-17, we invite you to be a part of the weekly writing club at your Main Library.  Designed to help strengthen your creative writing skills in all forms of writing, youth meetup each week to work on writing activities individually, and as a group, using a variety of techniques.  If you have a passion for writing, come check out a session for yourself.  No registration is needed.

Around the Party Meal Planning
Thursday, Dec. 7 at 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
Parties are a great time, but they almost always include food…a lot of food.  That’s nice unless you’re watching your weight, or you have other reasons for wanting to cut back on all of the party food.  This session on Meal Planning may help you to avoid the problem of overeating at all the parties that take place during the holiday season.  Come out and attend this free workshop, led by nutritionist Dessire Armstrong, whom will be on hand to provide ideas and pointers to help.

Tell me a Story with the MCEC
Friday, Dec. 8 at 10:45AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Kids and parents are invited to join your South Branch library for another great morning event with our friends from the Military Child Education Coalition.  They’ll be on hand to lead a great storytime event, and even better, each child attending this event will get a copy of the story being read for them to take home.  That way, you can continue the reading fun as a family anytime.  Don’t miss out on the literary fun at your library.

Look! Listen! Learn! Yoga
Friday, Dec. 8 at 4:30PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Kids and parents are invited to the next Look! Listen! Learn! Series where Insperation Sanchez will teach youth about the world around them in fun ways.  We’ve learned about our senses, manners, and etiquette, and throughout the month of December we’ll be exploring the wonderful world of yoga!  Join us for an afternoon of educational fun as we lead kids through a series of interactive endeavors that will certainly have them learning the fun way.  Don’t miss out on this afternoon event.


Crafts with Santa
Saturday, Dec. 9 at 9:00AM
Women's Dillard's Courtyard
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Kids and parents are invited to join us for a super fun time making crafts with Santa Claus in the Mall.  Come and visit Santa, make crafts while waiting your turn to see him, and enjoy refreshments provided by Chick-fil-A.  We'll have a selection of holiday crafts available and supply all the materials.  All you have to do is bring your creativity and be ready to have some holiday fun at the mall.

Family Flix: "Elf"
Saturday, Dec. 9 at 10:30AM
South Branch Library 
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Kids and parents are invited to join us for another great Family Flix showing at your South Branch Library.  It’s December and that means it’s time to start getting ready for the big upcoming holiday.  We’ll be celebrating that with a hit comedy about an elf that is a little larger than life.  We’re talking about 2003’s “Elf” starring Will Ferrell, James Caan, and Bob Newhart, which is a movie that never gets old.  In this film, after inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity.  This film is rated PG for some mild rude humor and language and has a run time of 1 hour and 37 minutes.  Light snacks will be provided, or feel free to bring your own

Legos Galore
Saturday, Dec. 9 at 10:30AM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Don’t miss out on the next Legos Galore session at your Mockingbird Branch Library.  Guests are invited to participate in this great program that encourages both critical thinking and imagination.  Work independently, or as a team, on building whatever you can imagine during the first 45-minutes of the event, and then admire the creations everyone has made during the final portion of program.  At some sessions we’ll free design, and others will be centered on themes, just come out ready to let your imagination soar at this program.

Saturday Matinee: "The Core"
Saturday, Dec. 9 at 2:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Everyone is invited out to the next Saturday Matinee session at your South Branch Library, where we play hit movies, from the past and present, covering all genres.  At this session, we’ll be showing 2003’s end-of-the-world flick “The Core” starring an ensemble cast including Aaron Eckhart, Hilary Swank, Stanley Tucci, and more familiar faces.  In this film, the Earth’s core has stopped spinning.  Disasters are appearing all over the world.  Birds are acting crazy, there’s powerful thunderstorms, 32 people die within seconds of each other when their pacemakers quite working, and it just continues.  Dr. Josh Keyes and his crew of five are then challenged with going down to the center of the Earth to set off a nuclear device to make the core start spinning again, and save mankind.  This film is rated PG-13 for sci-fi life/death situations and brief strong language, and has a run time of 2 hours and 15 minutes.  Light snacks will be provided, or feel free to bring your own.

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

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Healthy Eating Workshops for the Holidays

There's one thing you can always count on when the holiday season is approaching, and that's the abundance of food.  Family get-togethers, office parties, and dinners with friends, you're probably going to be exposed to your fair share of delectable appetizers, side dishes, entrees, and desserts.

For those desiring to maintain a healthy lifestyle, the holidays are certainly challenging.  Your Abilene Public Library will be partnering with local nutritional professionals to help you navigate the through the sea of tasty meal options.  These workshops will be free and open to the community to participate in.

First up, the Main Library will welcome back Dessire Armstrong, owner of Boss Health and a nutritionist who has led many workshops at the library in topics relating to your health and eating.  On Thursday, December 7 at 6:30PM, she will lead a program titled Around the Party Meal Planning at your Main Library (202 Cedar St.).  If you're trying to watch your weight during the holidays, or even if you're interested in just learning how to cut back on the party food, this program is for you.  Gain some ideas and pointers to help you maneuver your way through a host of holiday activities.  Armstrong has a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, an Associate of Science in the Biology of Aging, and is a NCSF Certified Personal Trainer and Sports Nutrition Specialist.  Come benefit from her knowledge at this event.  For more information, contact staff at 325-676-6025.

The South Branch Library will also host an adult workshop, relating to food, and hosted by nutritional health coach Wiepie Cross of Natural Grocers.  Having already led a program in November, Cross will return on Saturday, December 16, to lead a Tasty Turmeric Workshop at 1:00PM.  Guests will learn just why turmeric is called "The Spice of Life" as well as answer any questions you might have.  You'll even get the chance to sample a tasty turmeric treat too.  Cross is certified as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner from the Nutritional Therapy Association and has been helping people in the nutritional field since 2016.  Don't miss out on her informational presentation just in time for the holidays.  For more information, contact staff at 325-698-7565.

If you are not able to make it to either of these events, stop by any Abilene Public Library branch location and peruse our shelves to find a wealth of information on health and nutrition.  That way, you can find some options that speak directly to you.  You may start with the 613.25 section of the nonfiction collection, which will begin with dieting and books on healthy eating.  Then work your way to the medical and cookbooks collections too.  If you need assistance, staff will be more than happy to assist you.

Make the most out of the resources your local libraries have to offer, both in great programming and in-house resources.  There truly is something for everyone within our doors.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

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.

Logan Lucky
Starring: Channing Tatum
Summary: Two down-on-their luck brothers, fed up by their dismal economic prospects, plot an elaborate heist at Chalortte Motor Speedway in North Carolina.  When their plan calls for an explosives expert, they attempt to recruit an eccentric convict named Joe Bang - but securing his help will require breaking him out of prison.

Tom Clancy Power and Empire
Author: Marc Cameron
Summary: Jack Ryan is dealing with an aggressive challenge from the Chinese government.  Pawns are being moved around a global chessboard: an attack on an oil platform in Africa, a terrorist strike on an American destroyer and a storm tossed American spy ship that may fall into Chinese hands.  It seems that President Zhao is determined to limit Ryan's choices in the upcoming G20 negotiations.  But there are hints that there's even more going on behind the scenes.  A routine traffic stop in rural Texas leads to a shocking discovery - a link to a Chinese spy who may have intelligence that lays bare an unexpected revelation.  John Clark and the members of the Campus are in close pursuit, but can they get the information in time?

Past Perfect
Author: Danielle Steel
Summary: Sybil and Blake Gregory have established a predictable, well-ordered Manhattan life - she as a cutting-edge design authority and museum consultant, he in high tech investments - raising their teens Andrew and Caroline and 6-year-old Charlie.  But everything changes when Blake is offered a dream job he can't resist as CEO of a start-up in San Francisco.  He accepts it without consulting his wife, and buys a magnificent, irresistibly under-priced historic Pacific Heights mansion as their new home.  Shocked by an earthquake the night they arrive, the past and present suddenly collide for them in the elegant mansion filled with tender memories and haunting portraits.  The original inhabitants suddenly appear for a few brief minutes.  in the ensuing days, they meet the large and lively family who lived there a century ago: distinguished Betrand Butterfield and his gracious wife Gwyneth, their sons Josiah and little Magnus, daughters Bettina and Lucy, formidable Scottish Augusta and her eccentric brother Angus.  All long since dead.  All very much alive in spirit - and visible to the Gregorys and no one else.  The two families are delighted to share elegant dinners and warm friendship.  They have much to teach each other, as the Gregorys watch the past unfold, while living their own modern-day lives.  Within these enchanted rooms, it is at once 1917 and a century later, where the Gregorys realize they have been given a perfect gift - beloved friends and the wisdom to shape their own future with gratitude and grace from a fascinating past.

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 week.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

"Donate Food for Late Fee Forgiveness" | @ the Library Article

Don't Miss Your Chance to Participate!
The holidays are a wonderful, but busy time of year!  So many activities abound that any way to save some time and money is truly appreciated.  Your Abilene Public Library is once again giving you a "two-fer" so you can clear your library late fees and make sure someone in need eats this holiday season.  Abilene Public Library's annual Food for Fines campaign celebrates our 19th year of providing food for bodies and minds.

Beginning December 1, and continuing throughout the entire month, Abilene libraries will forgive $1.00 in late fees for each nonperishable food item donated.  For canned goods, you'll need 2 cans to count for $1.00 or forgiveness; and if ramen noodles are your jam, we'll need 4 of those packets to take $1.00 off your fee.  Food collected by each Abilene Public Library location will be given to the Food Bank of West Central Texas.

Serving Up "Sweet" Workshops for the Holidays

Thanksgiving may have come and gone, but the holiday season is picking up steam at your Abilene Public Library.  Decorations are going up, festive Christmas attire is being unearthed from dressers, and those songs (oh those repetitive jingles) are playing strong in our heads.  This year, all library locations will go the extra mile by hosting some pretty sweet hands-on community workshops.  Get creative with us with a series of gingerbread and cookie decorating sessions at your library!

The South Branch Library (4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.) will kick off the decorating fun with featured Holiday Cookie Decorating Classes for adults.  Three duplicate sessions will be offered on Sunday, December 3 at 2:00PM, 3:00PM, and 4:00PM.  Class size is limited to 20 people and there will be a charge of $15.00, payable the day of the class, to cover the costs of the supplies and materials.  Sessions will be led by Tasha Teel, chef extraordinaire and owner of The Cakery in Lubbock, TX.  Teel has led youth programming at the library in the past including cake decorating and master cupcake courses, and this time around it's all about holiday cookie decorating.  Participants will learn four different icing styles including royal, dipped, sugar, and glazed.  Then take your newly acquired skills and design some amazing holiday treats of your own this year.  If interested, you MUST register with the library by calling 325-698-7565.  Space is limited so secure your spot in line.

Book-to-Film Adaptations: December 2017

Literature often inspires film adaptations and each month I like to highlight those hitting theaters soon.  Check out this blog entry to see what they are, and be on the lookout for seeing them in theaters, as well as checkout their source materials at your library.

The Disaster Artist
Starring: Eliza Coupe
Release Date: December 8
Based On:"The Disaster Artist" by Greg Sestero & Tom Bissell
Summary: When Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class, they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true.

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Nov. 26)

Many browse the new materials section of the library to discover the latest reads.  Part of finding them is browsing the New York Times Bestsellers lists we make available at all locations.  Check out this blog entry to discover the latest to lead the pack on the Hardcover Fiction & Nonfiction lists for the upcoming week.

Hardcover Fiction Top 5

#1: Oathbringer
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: SF SANDERSON
Summary: Dalinar Kholin's Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost: The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction, and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.

#2: Hardcover Twenty-Four
Author: Janet Evanovich
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: M EVANOVICH
Summary: Stephanie Plum is a bounty hunter who often runs into trouble on the job, but she has family, friends, and several men to help her out of sticky situations. There's Lula, a plus-sized former hooker turned bounty hunter, and Grandma Mazur, Stephanie's outrageous grandmother who packs a gun and sometimes tags along on cases.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Weekly Library Events (Nov. 26 - Dec. 2)

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

Weekend Walk-In Flix: "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets"
Sunday, Nov. 26 at 3:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Join your South Branch Library for another Weekend Walk-In Flix session, where we show recent movie hits that were released to DVD just the week before.  This time around we’ll be showing the fantasy action flick “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” starring Dane DeHan and Cara Delevingne.  In this film, a dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets.  Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.  Based on a comic book series this film is rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action, suggestive material, and brief language, and has a run time of 2 hours and 17 minutes. 

TECH Time
Monday, Nov. 27 at 2:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
If you’ve ever needed help with your smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other similar devices, we invite you to take advantage of TECH (Technology Enrichment & Collaborative Help) Time at your library.  Your library tech gurus will be on hand to help answer your questions each week on Mondays at the South Branch Library and Thursdays at the Main Library.  Sessions will be provided by the library’s Technology/Social Media Manager and the Multimedia Marketing Assistant.  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.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Starring: Dane DeHaan
Summary: Based on a comic book series, in the 28th century, Valerian and Laureline are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories.  Under assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha - an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence, and cultures with each other.  There is a mystery at the center of Alpha, a dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.

Monday, November 20, 2017

"Discovering Historical Fiction" | @ the Library Article

Historical fiction is a unique genre that requires an author to be knowledgeable in addition to begin a talented author>  Creating a fictional character is different than presenting one based on a real person.  However, many authors have excelled in the field.  These authors have presented astounding recreations of times past, through their descriptions and grasp of language, for the modern readers.

Included on this list is author Georgette Heyer.  Many feel that her novel Regency Buck established the Regency romance genre.  To ensure that her readers fully understood the setting, she collected Regency reference works and took copious notes in order to provide each plot with extensive details.  Her knowledge is evident in her descriptions of carriages, clothing and the societal mores of the time.  Other favorite novels by Heyer include Friday's Child and The Grand Sophy.  Those who enjoy a touch of comedy with their history may wish to try one of her many novels.

Dana Fuller Ross is the author of the Wagons West series, which includes such titles as Arizona!, Louisiana!, and, of course, Texas!  Ross has, like perhaps no other author, captured the pioneer spirit allowing readers to discover America through the eyes of the men and women who forged their way across unknown lands via wagon trains.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

"Abilene Turned a Page in Library Service a Year Ago" | Abilene Reporter-News

A new chapter in Abilene Public Library history began on this date a year ago.

Shopping for a new home for its south branch, the City of Abilene found space at the Mall of Abilene.  Adjacent to J.C. Penney and former the location of a retail store (Beall's) and a Zumba fitness center, the new space greatly increased what services could be offered to visitors.

And used by staff.

Festivities are planned today to celebrate this south branch anniversary.

Lori Grumet, librarian for the city's three-branch system, said the first year was akin to an author landing a best-seller.

"We've had a really great year," she said.

That may be her opinion, but she has the numbers to back up her statement.

In FY 2016, the south branch located at the corner of Danville Drive and South 14th Street - a little east of Little Italy restaurant - drew 91,117 visitors.

The mall branch since Nov. 19, 2016, attracted 270,923 visitors.  That is close to three times as many people.

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Nov. 19)

Many browse the new materials section of the library to discover the latest reads.  Part of finding them is browsing the New York Times Bestsellers lists we make available at all locations.  Check out this blog entry to discover the latest to lead the pack on the Hardcover Fiction & Nonfiction lists for the upcoming week.

Hardcover Fiction Top 5
 
#1: The Midnight Line
Author: Lee Child
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: M CHILD
Summary:
Reacher rides the bus north from Milwaukee. At a comfort stop in Wisconsin dairy country he takes a stroll. Among the cheap junk in a pawn shop window he notices a West Point class ring for sale. It's tiny. A woman cadet's ring. Why would she pawn it? Reacher knows what Serena Sanderson must have gone through to get it.
 
#2: The Rooster Bar
Author: John Grisham
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: F GRISHAM
Summary: Mark, Todd, and Zola came to law school to change the world, to make it a better place. But now, as third-year students, these close friends realize they have been duped. They all borrowed heavily to attend a third-tier, for-profit law school so mediocre that its graduates rarely pass the bar exam, let alone get good jobs. And when they learn that their school is one of a chain owned by a shady New York hedge-fund operator who also happens to own a bank specializing in student loans, the three know they have been caught up in The Great Law School Scam. But maybe there's a way out. Maybe there's a way to escape their crushing debt, expose the bank and the scam, and make a few bucks in the process. But to do so, they would first have to quit school. And leaving law school a few short months before graduation would be completely crazy, right? Well, yes and no.
 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Weekly Library Events (Nov. 19-25)

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.

Happy Birthday South Branch!
Sunday, Nov. 19 at 1:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Your South Branch Library, in the Mall of Abilene, is turning one and everyone is invited to come celebrate in our Birthday Party! We want to express our biggest thanks to all of our wonderful patrons who have supported the vision of this new space, and visited our location over the past year.  It’s been a wild and wonderful ride and we couldn’t be happier with the public support we’ve seen.  Join us today as we host a number of activities including games, prize drawings, crafts, refreshments, a storytime and movie showing of “Cars 3,” and so much more.  Please join us as we celebrate during this fun-filled afternoon.

Family Flix: "Cars 3"
Sunday, Nov. 19 at 3:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Kids and parents are invited to join us for another great Family Flix showing during our Happy Birthday celebration.  For the party, we'll be watching a flick recently released to DVD with 2017's "Cars 3."  In this film, blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves.  To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician with her own plan to win.  Proving that #95 isn't through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing's biggest stage!  This film is rated G and has a run time of 1 hour and 42 minutes.  Light snacks will be provided, or feel free to bring your own.


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

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 the library.  Join us as we hit the highlights of some of the popular titles being released today.

Atomic Blonde
Starring: Charlize Theron
Summary: The crown jewel of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton is equal parts spycraft, sensuality, and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission.  Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.

The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature
Starring: Will Arnett
Summary: Surly and his friends, Buddy, Andie, and Precious, discover that the mayor of Oakton City is cracking one big hustle to build a giant amusement park, which in turn will bulldoze their home.  The animals must stop the mayor, his daughter, and a mad animal control officer in order to take back the city park.

Monday, November 13, 2017

20 Under 40: Tremain Jackson, Abilene Public Library

Taken from the Abilene Reporter-News on Nov. 13, 2017

Name: Tremain Jackson

Age: 37

Business: City of Abilene, Abilene Public Library

Job Title: Librarian II, Technology/Social Media Manager

Who is the person who most influenced you in business? Mr. John Pecoraro, my first supervisor and the first manager of the South Branch Library, from 1998-2004. Due to his strong leadership and example as a librarian, I decided to become one myself and acquire a master's degree in library science rather than a graduate degree in clinical psychology.  I would later take over as manager of the South Branch Library, from 2005-2017.  Modeling my managerial style from his example led to great success as a first-time manager at the age of 24, thriving within the facility until my transition into a newly developed managerial role within the Abilene Public Library system.

"Holiday Cooking's a Snap at Your Library" | @ the Library Article

Food is incredibly important during the holiday season.  Entertaining friends and big family meals can put a lot of pressure on a new bride, or an experienced homemaker.  In fact, cooking for the holidays can give anyone the cold shivers.  What if the turkey is not done?  What if no one likes the dessert?  Cookbooks at the Abilene Public Library may not be able to ensure Aunt Penny's special recipe comes out just like she used to make it.  But if you're looking for a party idea, or a tasty gift, or just something to wow the relatives at the big meal, we've got the help you need.

A party or get-together may mean hors d'oeuvres.  These little tidbits should be tempting, pretty and irresistible to munch on.  Prolific cookbook author Martha Stewart has a wide array of taste ticklers in her book Martha Stewart's Appetizers: 200 Recipes for Dips, Spreads, Snacks, Small Plates, and Other Delicious Hors d'oeuvres, Plus 30 Cocktails.  Some are fancy and some are simple, but all will get your sick party off to a grand start.

Dotty Griffith's Texas Holiday Cookbook specializes in food from the Lone Star State, in all its diversity.  Recipes for Cornbread Dressing, Black-Eyed Peas, Christmas Tamales and Pecan cakes, cookies, and sweets of all kinds are great for your table, or gifts for friends who aren't lucky enough to be Texans.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

"Happy Birthday to the South Branch Library!" | @ the Library Article

Can you believe that it has been a year since the South Branch Library opened in the Mall of Abilene?  And what a year it has been!  More than 270,000 people visited the first year.  We have received an overwhelming amount of support from the community and we would like to offer a HUGE "Thank You!" by inviting everyone to our First Anniversary Celebration from 1-6PM on Sunday, November 19.  We have a full afternoon of events and surprises planned, so you don't want to miss out.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Nov. 12)

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 we make available at all locations.  Check out this blog entry to discover the latest to lead the pack on the Hardcover Fiction & Nonfiction lists for the upcoming week.

Hardcover Fiction Top 5

#1: The Rooster Bar
Author: John Grisham
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: F GRISHAM
Summary: Mark, Todd, and Zola came to law school to change the world, to make it a better place. But now, as third-year students, these close friends realize they have been duped. They all borrowed heavily to attend a third-tier, for-profit law school so mediocre that its graduates rarely pass the bar exam, let alone get good jobs. And when they learn that their school is one of a chain owned by a shady New York hedge-fund operator who also happens to own a bank specializing in student loans, the three know they have been caught up in The Great Law School Scam. But maybe there's a way out. Maybe there's a way to escape their crushing debt, expose the bank and the scam, and make a few bucks in the process. But to do so, they would first have to quit school. And leaving law school a few short months before graduation would be completely crazy, right? Well, yes and no.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Weekly Library Events (Nov. 12-18)

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

Weekend Walk-In Flix: "The Dark Tower"
Sunday, Nov. 12 at 3:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Get ready for another great Weekend Walk-In Flix movie session at your South Branch Library, located in the Mall of Abilene.  Each Sunday we show a great movie, most of which have been recently released to DVD, and this time around we’re watching 2017’s “The Dark Tower” starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, based on the story by Stephen King.  In this film, the last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim, also known as the Man in Black, determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together.  With the fate of the worlds at stake, good an evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.  This film is rated PG-13 for thematic material including sequences of gun violence and action, and has a run time of 1 hour and 35 minutes.  Light snacks will be provided, or feel free to bring your own.

TECH Time
Monday, Nov. 13 at 2:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
If you’ve ever needed help with your smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other similar devices, we invite you to take advantage of TECH (Technology Enrichment & Collaborative Help) Time at your library.  Your library tech gurus will be on hand to help answer your questions each week on Mondays at the South Branch Library and Thursdays at the Main Library.  Sessions will be provided by the library’s Technology/Social Media Manager and the Multimedia Marketing Assistant.  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.

Make & Take: Cup & Ball Toys
Monday, Nov. 13 at 5:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067

It’s time for another fun Make & Take event at your library.  Each month we invite kids to come out and make a quick & easy craft before then heading out to the stacks to find that next great read.  This time around, we’re going old school with showing youth how to make their own Cup & Ball Toys using recyclable materials.  We’ll supply everything you’ll need.

Mockingbird Movies: "The Zookeeper's Wife"
Monday, Nov. 13 at 6:30PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Adults won’t want to miss the next Mockingbird Movies session at your library, where we meet up to watch a host of great movies across all genres.  At this session, we’ll be watching the film adaptation of a true story with 2017 “The Zookeeper’s Wife” starring Jessica Chastain.  In this film, the zookeeper’s wife tells the account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonio and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion.  This film is rated PG-13 for thematic elements, disturbing images, violence, brief sexuality, nudity, and smoking, and has a run time of 2 hours and 7 minutes.  Light refreshments will be served, while supplies last.

After School Arcade
Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Who likes games and free pizza?  If you like both, or even just one of these, your Mockingbird Branch has a program for you: After School Arcade!  Join us after school where you can meet up with your friends (while making new ones) and playing games, enjoying pizza (on us) and must of all just having fun.  It’s a great way to take a load off after being at school all day.  Pizza will be served at 4PM so don’t be late.

Make & Take: Leaf Hedgehogs
Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 4:30PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Kids won’t want to miss out on the next after school Make & Take event at your South Branch Library.  Come and join us for some great crafting fun in the children’s area as we’ll be celebrating the Fall season by showing kids how to make the cutest little Leaf Hedgehogs.  We’ll supply all the materials you’ll need, all you have to do is come out and be ready to have some crafting fun with staff.

Creation Station Orientation Course
Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6029
If you want to get started with using the makerspace at your library, be sure to signup and attend the Creation Station Orientation course.  This makerspace affords guests with the ability to utilize a wide range of equipment when it comes to creating projects of all sorts.  To use the Creation Station, guests must first register and complete our Orientation Class where we will cover the equipment available for use, Creation Station Hours, Usage Policies, Safety Guidelines, Fees, and a tour of the room.

Morning Mingle: Family Coloring Club
Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 10:00AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd
PH: 325-698-7565
Families are invited to join us for a great Morning Mingle event at your South Branch Library, where we’ll be hosting a coloring club session for all ages.  Parents are invited to come out with your kids and engage in some fun coloring activities with pages and supplies available for all coloring tastes and levels.  You may also feel free to bring your own coloring pages and books if you’d like as well.  Coloring is great for giving you the time to take a break from your hectic lives, relieve some stress, and have a little fun without any rules to follow.  Come meet new families, make new friends, and enjoy yourself at this great event.  Don’t miss out on this stress-free program.

Tinker CAD Design Class
Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 10:00AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6029
We invite you to expand your makerspace knowledge with this third course to help you build knowledge and skills for using the PolyPrinter (3D Printer) at your Main Library.  Although you’re free to find your own STL files for use, Tinker CAD will help you learn how to create your own projects.  This class will cover that program, how to use our slicing program, and how to upload and print your creations on the PolyPrinter.

Job Time: Application Assistance
Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
If you're looking for a job and need some help, you're invited to stop by the Mockingbird Branch for our Job Time: Application Assistance program where we'll get you started on the road to employment success.  We will cover how to search for jobs, how to create a resume, share advice on how to dress for and succeed in an interview and much more.  We'll have a set number of computers available for use so don't miss your chance to participate in this program.

Scratch Coding
Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
If you're between the ages of 8-15, we invite you to be a part of a second coding club aat your library.  This session will feature having fun with Scratch Coding!  Scratch is a visual coding browser based program in which you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations.  Staff will be on hand to help you explore the basics of coding as well as present challenges as you get the hang of it.  This new club is free for everyone to attend, and perfect for all who do coding already, or want to learn.  No registration needed, just come check it out.  

TECH Time
Thursday, Nov. 16 at 2:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
If you’ve ever needed help with your smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other similar devices, we invite you to take advantage of TECH (Technology Enrichment & Collaborative Help) Time at your library.  Your library tech gurus will be on hand to help answer your questions each week on Mondays at the South Branch Library and Thursdays at the Main Library.  Sessions will be provided by the library’s Technology/Social Media Manager and the Multimedia Marketing Assistant.  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.

Stories & More: Foxes
Thursday, Nov. 16 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
What are those conniving, crafty foxes up to?  Prowling for food!  And no chicken, duck, or turkey is safe when they’re on the move!  Join us for some sneaky foxy fun at this month’s Stories & More at Mockingbird Branch Library.  Designed for kids of all ages, and parents too of course, staff will be on hand to share some great stories about sly foxes, fingerplays, and we’ll even show kids how to make their own fox friend.  We’ll supply all the materials you’ll need

Collecting Commas Writing Club
Thursday, Nov. 16 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
If you’ve between the ages of 10-17, we invite you to be a part of the weekly writing club at your Main Library.  Designed to help strengthen your creative writing skills in all forms of writing, youth meetup each week to work on writing activities individually, and as a group, using a variety of techniques.  If you have a passion for writing, come check out a session for yourself.  No registration is needed,

Family Board Game Night
Thursday, Nov. 16 at 6:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Families won’t want to miss the next activity night at your Main Library.  Join us as we host another session of Family Board Game Night where we’ll supply you with a variety of fun board games to play and enjoy an evening together as a family.  Plus, it’s a great chance for families to meet up with friends, or make new friends with other families present.  Whether you choose a favorite game, or try something new, don’t miss out on this program.


Cover-to-Cover Book Club
Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
Adults who love to read make up the Cover-to-Cover Book Club.  They select their own books to read and discuss for each month's meeting.  This month's book is "Small Great Things" by Jodi Picoult.  The novel is based on the true story of a labor and delivery nurse who was prohibited from caring for a newborn because the father requested that no African-American nurses ten to his baby.  In the fictional version, Ruth, the African-American nurse in question, finds herself on trial for events related to the same request made by a white supremacist father.  Using the narratives of Ruth, the baby's father, and the female public defender who takes Ruth's case, Picoult examines multiple facets of racism.

First Impressions Workshop
Friday, Nov. 17 at 3:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025
In partnership with the Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas, you're invited to join your Main Library for a great series of events designed to help you land a job.  Guests who attend will be able to learn how to craft their resume, as well as build better and strong interview skills to increase your chances of gaining employment.  After all, you only get one chance to make a first impression, so make sure yours is solid.  There's no registration required, and staff from the Workforce Solutions will be on hand to lead each session.

Look! Listen! Learn!: Manners
Friday, Nov. 17 at 4:30PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Kids and parents are invited to a new month of the popular Look! Listen! Learn! Series where children’s staff seek to teach youth about the world around them in fun ways.  In October we learned about our five senses, and this month we’ll be teaching youth about manners and etiquette.  Sure that might not sound exciting, but you’ve never learned library-style.  Join us for an afternoon of educational fun as we lead kids through a series of interactive endeavors that will certainly have them learning the fun way.  Don’t miss out on this after school activity.

Legos Galore
Saturday, Nov. 18 at 10:30AM 
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
Don’t miss out on the next Legos Galore session at your Mockingbird Branch Library.  Guests are invited to participate in this great program that encourages both critical thinking and imagination.  Work independently, or as a team, on building whatever you can imagine during the first 45-minutes of the event, and then admire the creations everyone has made during the final portion of program.  At some sessions we’ll free design, and others will be centered on themes, just come out ready to let your imagination soar at this program. 

Building Healthy & Delicious Meals
Saturday, Nov. 18 at 11:00AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Join us as we welcome Wiepie Cross, Nutritional Health Coach from Natural Grocers, who will be on hand to lead a nutrition presentation.  We'll be getting back to the basics and discovering the importance of getting off the blood sugar roller coaster using high-quality proteins, fats, and carbohydrates to build healthy & delicious meals.  Together we'll make meal planning easy!  You won't want to miss this informational and timely presentation as the holidays are just around the corner.  For additional information, contact staff at 325-698-7565. 

Family Flix: "The LEGO Batman Movie
Saturday, Nov. 18 at 3:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
Families are invited out to our next Saturday movie showing at your Main Library, where we show a host of wonderful family-friendly flicks.  In this session, we’ll be watching 2017’s “The LEGO Batman Movie,” the latest in the popular LEGO movie franchise that brings together many of your favorite DC heroes and villains.  In this film, a cooler-than-ever Bruce Wayne must deal with the usual suspects as they plan to rule Gotham City, while discovering that he has accidentally adopted a teenage orphan who wishes to become his sidekick.  This film is rated PG for rude humor and some action and has a run time of 1 hour and 44 minutes.  Light refreshments will be served, while supplies last.

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