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Saturday, June 30, 2018

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of July 1)

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

Hardcover Fiction Top 5

#1: The President is Missing
Author: James Patterson
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: M CLINTON
Summary: The White House is the home of the President of the United States, the most guarded, monitored, closely watched person in the world. So how could a U.S. President vanish without a trace? And why would he choose to do so? An unprecedented collaboration between President Bill Clinton and the world's bestselling novelist, James Patterson, The President Is Missing is a breathtaking story from the pinnacle of power. Full of what it truly feels like to be the person in the Oval Office--the mind-boggling pressure, the heartbreaking decisions, the exhilarating opportunities, the soul-wrenching power--this is the thriller of the decade, confronting the darkest threats that face the world today, with the highest stakes conceivable.

#2: The Perfect Couple
Author: Elin Hilderbrand
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F HILDERBRAND
Summary: It's Nantucket wedding season, also known as summer-the sight of a bride racing down Main Street is as common as the sun setting at Madaket Beach. The Otis-Winbury wedding promises to be an event to remember: the groom's wealthy parents have spared no expense to host a lavish ceremony at their oceanfront estate. But it's going to be memorable for all the wrong reasons after tragedy strikes: a body is discovered in Nantucket Harbor just hours before the ceremony-and everyone in the wedding party is suddenly a suspect. As Chief of Police Ed Kapenash interviews the bride, the groom, the groom's famous mystery-novelist mother, and even a member of his own family, he discovers that every wedding is a minefield-and no couple is perfect.

#3: The Outsider
Author: Stephen King
Weeks On List: 5
Call Number: F KING
Summary: When an 11-year-old boy is found murdered, forensic evidence and reliable eyewitnesses undeniably point to the town's popular Little League coach. But the jailed suspect, arrested in a public spectacle, has an alibi, and further research convinces Detective Ralph Anderson that the coach was indeed out of town. So how can he have been in two places at the same time?

#4: Tom Clancy Line of Sight
Author: Mike Maden
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: F MADEN
Summary: Jack Ryan Jr. finds that the scars of war can last a lifetime in the latest entry in Tom Clancy's #1 New York Times bestselling series. Twenty years ago, Dr. Kathy Ryan restored the eyesight of a young Bosnian girl who had been injured during an attack in the Balkan War. Today, her son, Jack Ryan Jr. has decided to surprise his mother by tracking down the young lady. What he finds shocks them both. The helpless child has grown into a remarkable woman. Aida Curic is a self-possessed beauty who runs a refugee agency that helps the children of her native Bosnia. Jack finds himself drawn to her, but before he can act on his feelings she's snatched off the streets of Sarajevo by kidnappers. In Jack's desperate search for Aida, he finds himself opposed by everyone from Serbian mobsters to Croatian paramilitary units. The Balkan War may have ended two decades ago, but the region still seethes with ethnic animosities. The deeper Jack plunges into this world the more he faces a disturbing truth, the scars of war fester long after the surface has healed.

#5: Shelter in Place
Author: Nora Roberts
Weeks On List: 4
Call Number: F ROBERTS
Summary: It was a typical evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. Three teenage friends waited for the movie to start. A boy flirted with the girl selling sunglasses. Mothers and children shopped together, and the manager at video game store tended to customers. Then the shooters arrived.The chaos and carnage lasted only eight minutes before the killers were taken down. But for those who lived through it, the effects would last forever. In the years that followed, one would dedicate himself to a law enforcement career. Another would close herself off, trying to bury the memory of huddling in a ladies' room, helplessly clutching her cell phone—until she finally found a way to pour her emotions into her art.But one person wasn't satisfied with the shockingly high death toll at the DownEast Mall. And as the survivors slowly heal, find shelter, and rebuild, they will discover that another conspirator is lying in wait—and this time, there might be nowhere safe to hide.

Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: Yes We (Still) Can
Author: Dan Pfeiffer
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: NOT HOUSED
Summary: The former White House communications director prescribes a way forward for Democrats.

#2: Calypso
Author: David Sedaris
Weeks On List: 4
Call Number: 814.54 SED
Summary: Personal essays share the author's adventures after buying a vacation house on the Carolina coast and his reflections on middle age and mortality.

#3: The Soul of America
Author: Jon Meacham
Weeks On List: 7
Call Number: ACU Holding
Summary: The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer contextualizes the present political climate through the lens of difficult moments in American history.

#4: How to Change Your Mind
Author: Michael Pollan
Weeks On List: 6
Call Number: 615.788 POL
Summary: When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third. Thus began a singular adventure into the experience of various altered states of consciousness, along with a dive deep into both the latest brain science and the thriving underground community of psychedelic therapists.

#5: Trump's America
Author: Newt Gingrich
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: 973.933 GIN
Summary: The former Speaker of the House shares insider perspectives into the Make America Great Again movement and argues that Trump is keeping his campaign promises in spite of formidable resistance.

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

Friday, June 29, 2018

Weekly Library Events (July 1-7)

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.

Bellydance for Fitness & Fun
Sun, July 1 at 3:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 3245-698-7565 for Info.
Join your South Branch Library for some fitness and music fun as we host a Bellydance for Fitness & Fun workshop for teens and adults ages 16 and older.  We’re inviting in guest instructor Jami Chance, of Magic Lamp Dance Studio in Abilene, who will lead a 1-hour fitness class that will help improve your balance, develop muscles, and increase your coordination and flexibility.  In addition to all of that, a session can help you burn up to 300 calories, while also learning some great bellydance moves and routines. You won’t want to miss out on this great summer activity that’s completely free to participate in.

TECH Time
Mon, July 2 at 10:00AM
Mockingbird Branch library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
As more people acquire smartphones, tablets, and laptops, you may find yourself needing a little help.  If that’s you, join us for TECH (Technology Enrichment & Collaborative Help) Time at your library.  Sessions will be hosted three times a week on Mondays from 10AM to Noon at the Mockingbird Branch, and then Mondays at the South Branch Library and Thursdays at the Main Library from 2PM to 4PM.  Sessions will be provided by the library’s tech gurus as we help you to navigate your way through learning to use your devices and answering your tech-related questions. We may not have all the answers, but we’ll certainly be on hand to help.  Guests will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to 20-minutes if others are waiting.

Disney Flix & More: "Tinker Bell and the Neverbeast"
Mon, July 2 at 11:30AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
Kids and parents are invited to join us at the Main Library for the next Disney Flix & More session where we watch popular Disney movies, and then make a craft inspired from the flick.  This time we will be watching 2014’s “Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast” with the voices of Ginnifer Goodwin, Mae Whitman, and Rosario Dawson. In this movie, fun and talented animal fairy Fawn believes you can't judge a book by its cover, or an animal by its fangs, so she befriends a huge and mysterious creature known as the NeverBeast. This film is rated G and has a run time of 1 hour and 16 minutes.  Light snacks will be provided, or feel free to bring your own sack lunch.

TECH Time
Mon, July 2 at 2:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
As more people acquire smartphones, tablets, and laptops, you may find yourself needing a little help.  If that’s you, join us for TECH (Technology Enrichment & Collaborative Help) Time at your library.  Sessions will be hosted three times a week on Mondays from 10AM to Noon at the Mockingbird Branch, and then Mondays at the South Branch Library and Thursdays at the Main Library from 2PM to 4PM.  Sessions will be provided by the library’s tech gurus as we help you to navigate your way through learning to use your devices and answering your tech-related questions. We may not have all the answers, but we’ll certainly be on hand to help.  Guests will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to 20-minutes if others are waiting. 

Cricut Design Class
Mon, July 2 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
Further your knowledge on how to use equipment in the Main Library’s Creation Station by coming out to this fun makerspace course on learning to use the Cricut Design Space.  The Cricut machine is one of our most used products for making a host of items, but particularly when it comes to making vinyl clings and patterns. At this session, led by coordinator Heather Carter, she’ll show you how to use the Cricut Design Space to create your designs, then show you how to load and unload your material, and more.  That way, you won’t need any assistance when it comes to using the machine in the future. Basic computer skills are needed.

Family Fun: Music in the United States
Mon, July 2 at 5:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Do you love music?  Want to be able to experience the various styles of music there are all over the nation?  Well come on out to the South Branch Library’s Family Fun event as we celebrate Music in the United States.  Designed for kids of all ages, at this program we’ll be learning about the different types of music, as well as instruments from many states.  Don’t miss out on learning, the fun way, at your library.

The Craft Life: Wire Musical Note Rings
Mon, July 2 at 6:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
We’re combining two things we love at the next session of the Craft Life at your Main Library, crafting and music.  If you’re a tween, between the ages of 8-12, we invite you to come out this evening and get hands-on with making fun craft projects with library staff.  At this session, we’re exploring the theme of the Summer Reading Club by showing you how to make your own musical note wire rings. Show off your love of music with these stylish pieces of jewelry, all materials provided. 

Puppet Show: Silly Stories
Tues, July 3 at 3:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
It’s time for the annual puppet show at your Main Library.  If you have a child that loves books, stories, puppets, and interactive storytelling, you won’t want to miss out on this summer activity at your library.  Join your library puppeteers as we put on a great show of funny tales and silly stories that can only be told by our wacky cast of darling puppets. It will be the perfect way to spend an afternoon at your library. 

LEGO Club Junior
Tues, July 3 at 4:30PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Youth are invited to join us for our monthly LEGO Club, Jr. session at your South Branch Library.  Hosted in the children’s area, we’ll supply you with a great selection of LEGO 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. We’ll offer books to give you ideas of what you can make or you can let your imagination soar.  It’s all about just coming out and having fun at your library. 

Teen LEGO Club
Tues, July 3 at 4:30PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
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 LEGO so you can join up with your friends, while making new ones, and work on projects together. Show off your creativity by seeing what you’re able to construct while working on themed projects or free designing. We’ll offer you resources of projects you can make on your own or you can simply design something you find awesome. It’s all about spending an afternoon at your library having fun with other teens.

Holiday Closing: Fourth of July
July 4; All Day
Main Library & Mockingbird Branch
PH: 325-677-2474 for Info.

Coloring Club
Wed, July 4 at 10:00AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
During the Summer Reading Club months we’re inviting people of all ages to be a part of our Coloring Club at your South Branch Library.  This morning activity is great for giving the community a chance to take a break from your hectic summer schedules and relieve some stress, while having a bit of fun, without any rules to follow. Come meet new people, make new friends, and enjoy yourself at this great event. 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. 

TECH Time
Thurs, July 5 at 2:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
As more people acquire smartphones, tablets, and laptops, you may find yourself needing a little help.  If that’s you, join us for TECH (Technology Enrichment & Collaborative Help) Time at your library.  Sessions will be hosted three times a week on Mondays from 10AM to Noon at the Mockingbird Branch, and then Mondays at the South Branch Library and Thursdays at the Main Library from 2PM to 4PM.  Sessions will be provided by the library’s tech gurus as we help you to navigate your way through learning to use your devices and answering your tech-related questions. We may not have all the answers, but we’ll certainly be on hand to help.  Guests will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to 20-minutes if others are waiting.

Make & Take: DIY Kazoos
Thurs, July 5 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
Follow the sounds of music to your Mockingbird Branch Library for our next Make & Take craft session for kids of all ages.  We’re getting hands on with fun crafting projects that fits the musical theme of this year’s summer reading clubs. Join staff as we supply all the materials you’ll need to show you how to make your own DIY Kazoos.  With them, you can make music outside, in your rooms, and everywhere. It only takes a few items to get it altogether, so don’t pass up on coming out to make yours.

Collecting Commas Writing Club
Thurs, July 5 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
If you’re a teen who loves to write, be a part of the Collecting Commas Writing Club at your Main Library.  At each session, we’ll work on a host of activities designed to increase our creative writing skills with your peers.  Come express yourself through words, with your peers, in a stress-free environment. No registration is required.


Super Storytime: Music
Fri, July 6 at 11:00AM
Main Library
2012 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
The sound of music is in the air, and that’s certainly appropriate as it’s the theme of the next Super Storytime event at your Main Library.  Kids of all ages, and parents too, are invited out for great stories, songs, and more that’s all about music. Plus, at the end of the program, we’ll show you how easy it is to make your own bell shakers so you can keep the music going at home.  We’ll supply the materials for everything you’ll need at this program.


Libraries Rock!: A Rockin' Art Party
Fri, July 6 at 4:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
Youth of all ages are invited out to the next Libraries Rock event at your Main Library!  At this session, we’ll be hosting a Rockin’ Art Party where we’ll show you how to make some cool scratch art guitar decorations, while listening to some rockin’ music.  Perfect to go along with the summer reading club theme, we’ll supply all the materials you’ll need at this event too. Don’t pass up on a rockin’ good time at your library.

Google Basics: Hands-On PC Class
Fri, July 6 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
Almost everyone has a Google Email account, but did you know that with Google you have free access to Google Sheets, Docs, an online Calendar, and much more?  All of these great features are available to you at any PC you login to via your Google account. If you want to learn how to use this great resource, join your Mockingbird Branch Library for a series of Google Basics training offered several times this summer.  Staff will be on hand to show you how to get connected to this great and free software through hands-on instruction. 


Who I Could Be: An Author
Fri, July 6 at 4:30PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Your South Branch Library would like to invite kids and parents to a special event where we’ll be welcoming in local author Susan Cartwright for a special afternoon storytime event.  You never know what a child might want to grow up to be, but if you have an imaginative child, why not become an author? Cartwright will be on hand to share her book titled “The Time-Our Chair.”  This book is a collection of three stories about a little girl with a big imagination and sister troubles. She finds herself in the time-out chair more often than she would like and her daily adventures turn into misadventures in these comical rhyming tales.  Come out and hear her fantastic story, and learn about the process of a writing a book too

Read Down Your Fines
Sat, July 7; All Day
All Library Locations
PH: 325-677-2474 for Info.
Kids and young adults can read to get overdue and lost card charges forgiven off their accounts.  Sign up at any service desk. Make yourself comfortable in the reading area and start reading! You can read magazines, graphic novels, newspapers, paperbacks, or hardbacks. You must read for at least 15 minutes. When you are done reading, stop by the desk again and sign out. Staff will then give you a voucher for the amount of time that you’ve read, which you can use to then apply towards any late fees you might have on your account. 

Afternoon Arcade
Sat, July 7 at 3:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Tweens and Teens are invited to join your South Branch Library for an afternoon of video gaming fun with your peers.  Join us as we play a variety of games across various popular gaming systems including the PS4, XBox, and WiiU, perfect for playing on the two gaming TV’s provided in the Teen Room.  If video gaming isn’t your thing, we’ll also provide access to some great tabletop games as well, snacks will be provided too. So come on out and try out your skills on some Saturday gaming fun at your library in the Teen Room.

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

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

"In Abilene, Kids Were Happy Tuesday with Slappy and Monday" | Abilene Reporter-News

Article Courtesy of Felicity Neptune as Special to the Abilene Reporter-News on Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Welcome from Children's Librarian Ellene Cudd
Reading can be a lot of fun.  Slappy and Monday say so.

Even on a Tuesday.

The two outgoing performers, who are with the Foundation for Laughter, made believers at the first of two performances at the downtown Abilene Public Library.

Their visit was part of the summer Young Audiences series and drew close to 200 children to the library, either in preschool or church groups or with parents and grandparents.  They were seated outside the second-floor auditorium even 20 minutes before the doors opened.

As more groups of children arrived, the noise level grew.  Alas, the doors opened and the youngsters were asked to enter in orderly fashion - "no pushing, no shoving."

Foundation for Laughter Performs
Slappy and Monday were making a return visit to Abilene, having appeared at local school in the fall to teach children about the joys of education.  This time, they were showing just how fun reading can be by adding magic, humor, and interactive storytelling.

There was never a dull moment in the auditorium.

The children constantly were laughing while learning literary terms and different kinds of story forms such as folktales, fables, and fairy tales.  Slappy kept the children involved by directly asking them questions and praising their answers, even if it was not the exact one she sought.  Monday's use of magic and humor literally had children up on their knees in fascination.

That prompted group leaders to tell those youngsters to sit, so others around them could see.

Young Audiences @ Your Library!
The duo's acts included Monday impersonating Pecos Bill (and his horse...well, kinda), singing, and Slappy leading a half-dozen volunteers in a bell choir rendition of "When the Saints Go Marching In."  Monday and Slappy also performed "Whip/Nae Nae," joined by many of the audience in mimicking a roping motion.

Slappy asked if that was a song sung in the Old West, and the answer from youngsters was a loud "Nooooo!"  The duo then performed a real cowboy song...as real as it gets with a ukulele accompanying a harmonica.

Besides church and preschool groups there were moms with strollers and even a veteran, who was invited to attend by a granddaughter who was in one of the groups.

Slappy and Monday's show was the second of four planned for the summer.  The next Summer Library Series program is July 10, when Elizabeth Kahura relates folktales and other stories from Africa.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

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.

Acrimony
Starring: Taraji P. Henson
Summary: Tyler Perry's thriller considers whether a woman scorned is always validated in her anger.  Melinda, whose unfaithful husband of 18 years seemingly replaces her with a new fiancee just as he finally finds success as an inventor.  Enraged and unhinged, Melinda plots her elaborate, violent revenge.

Truth or Dare
Author: Fern Michaels
Summary: Men of the Sisterhood member Joe Espinosa is driving along an isolated country road with their four-legged mascot in tow, when he catches a glimpse of movement in the woods and notices Cyrus pawing at the car window.  He pulls over to investigate, and Cyrus leads Joe to three children - bedraggled, silent, and scared.  After getting them to safety, Joe and the rest of the crew gather at BOLO headquarters to hear a shocking story that confirms their worst suspicions.

Before and Again
Author: Barbara Delinskey
Summary: Mackenzie took her eyes off the road for just a moment but the resulting collision was enough to rob her not only of her beloved daughter, but ultimately by her marriage, family, and friends - and thanks to the nonstop media coverage, even her privacy.  Now she lives in Vermont under the name Maggie Reid, in a small house with her cats and dog.  She's thankful for the new friends she's made, though she can't risk telling them too much.  And she takes satisfaction in working as a makeup artists at the luxurious local spa, helping clients hide the visible outward signs of their weariness, illnesses, and injuries.  Covering up scars is a skill she has mastered.  Her only goal is to stay under the radar and make it through her remaining probation.  But she isn't the only one in this peaceful town with secrets.  When a friend's teen son is thrust into the national spotlight, accused of hacking a powerful man's Twitter account, Maggie is torn between pulling away and protecting herself - or stepping into the glare to be at their side.  As the stunning truth behind their case is slowly revealed, Maggie's own carefully constructed story begins to unravel as well.  She knows all too well that what we need from each other in this difficult world is comfort.  But to provide it, sometimes we need to travel far outside our comfort zones.

All We Ever Wanted
Author: Emily Giffin
Summary: Nina is living the good life after marrying into Nashville's elite.  More recently, her husband made a fortune selling his tech business, and their adored son has been accepted to Princeton.  Yet sometimes the middle-class smalltown girl in Nina wonders if she's strayed from the person she once was.  Tom is a single dad working multiple jobs while struggling to raise his headstrong daughter, Lyla.  His road has been lonely, long, and hard, but he finally starts to relax after Lyla earns a scholarship to Windsor Academy, Nashville's most prestigious private school.  Amid so much wealth and privilege, Lyla doesn't always fit in, and her overprotective father doesn't help, but in most ways, she's a typical teen girl, happy and thriving.  Then, one photograph, snapped in a drunken moment at a party, changes everything.  As the image spreads like wildfire, the Windsor community is instantly polarized, buzzing with controversy and assigning blame.  At the heart of the lies and scandal, Tom, Nina, and Lyla are forced together - all questioning their closest relationships, asking themselves who they really are, and searching for the courage to live a life of true meaning.

Liar, Liar
Author: Lisa Jackson
Summary: In death, Didi is finally getting the find of publicity that eluded her in life.  20 years ago, the ex-beauty queen worked the Vegas strip as a celebrity impersonator, too busy to spare much time for her daughter, Remmi.  Shortly before she leaped from a San Francisco building, Didi's profile was rising again, thanks to a tell-all book.  To Det. Dani Settler, it looks like a straightforward suicide, or perhaps a promotional stunt gone wrong.  But Remmi knows the truth isn't so simple.  Because though the broken body on the sidewalk is dressed in Didi's clothes and wig, it isn't Didi.  Now Det. Settler must dive into Remmi's family to find the truth.

The Emerald Sea
Author: Richelle Mead
Summary: Tamsin Wright is unstoppable. S he must become the Glittering Court's diamond: the girl with the highest test scores, the most glamorous wardrobe, and the greatest opportunities to match with an elite suitor in the New World.  Training alongside other girls in the Glittering Court, Tamsin immerses herself completely in lessons about etiquette, history, and music - everything a high-society wife would need to know.  Once she's married, she'll be able to afford a better life for her family, so the sacrifice is worth it if she can be the best.  When her friendship with Mira and Adelaide, her roommates at the Glittering Court, threatens her status as the top-ranked prospect, she does the only things he knows will keep her on track: she cuts them out of her life. But when her voyage across the sea goes off course, Tamsin must use her unrelenting grit and determination to survive the harsh winter far north of her intended destination in hopes of making it back to the Glittering Court in times to secure a proposal - and a comfortable future for her family.  Experiencing new cultures and beliefs for the first time, Tamsin realizes that her careful studies haven't prepared her for everything.

Look for these titles at your Abilene Public Library and get yourselves on the reserve lists so you're certain to keep up with some of the popular releases of the day.

July'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 library.  Meeting on the third Thursdays of the month, this group reads everything including bestsellers, fiction, biographies, nonfiction, classics, and more.

For July, the featured selection is Rise by Cara Brookins and we incite you to look out for a copy at your library, then attend the book club meeting on Thursday, July 19 at 7:00PM

Rise: How a House Built a Family
Author: Cara Brookins
Summary: After escaping an abusive marriage, Cara Brookins had four children to provide for and no one to turn to but herself.  In desperate need of a home but without the means to buy one, she did something incredible.  Equipped only with YouTube instructional videos, a small bank loan, and a mile-wide stubborn streak, Cara built her own house from the foundation up with a work crew made up of her four children.  It would be the hardest thing she had ever done.  With no experience nailing together anything bigger than a bookshelf, she and her kids poured concrete, framed the walls, and laid bricks for their two story, five bedroom house.  She had convinced herself that if they could build a house, they could rebuild their broken family.  This must-read memoir traces one family's rise from battered victims to stronger, better versions of themselves, all through one extraordinary do-it-yourself project.

Be sure to checkout this title from your Abilene Public Library and come out ready to discuss it with other avid readers in the community.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

"Get Your Google On at Mockingbird Branch" | @ the Library Article

Google is a popular website offering email, document creation, storage options and much more - all for free.  Mockingbird Branch Library will offer a class covering Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Drive on July 6, July 27, and August 3rd at 4:00PM.  Class participants will have access to a laptop for hands-on practice as we learn how to use this versatile website and cloud-based system.  It's great for everyday use, as a home office product or as a learning tool for students and homsechoolers.

Google offers users access to Gmail, a free web-based email account.  Gmail, like Yahoo or Live.com, offers users the ability to send and receive mail to anyone in the world.  However, unlike other similar email account options on the web, Gmail also offers users access to word processing, spreadsheet creation, contact lists, and file storage at no additional charge.  According to PC Magazine, Google Drive and its related products is "one of the sweetest cloud offerings you can find."  It lets users create, edit, share, and collaborate on documents and files, either individually or in a team based environment.  In addition, it offers 15GB of free storage via the cloud.

Now you may be reading this article at home and thinking to yourself - free sounds great, but all my files are already in another format.  Will I have to convert everything if I switch to Google?  Absolutely not.  According to PC Magazine, "compatibility is rarely an issue with Google Drive: You can upload files, convert them to Google's file format to edit them online - or create new documents, spreadsheets, and slide presentations in the Web interface - and export the finished products to standard file formats, such as doc, rtf, pdf, and so on."

Perhaps the best feature of Google, and why we're promoting it this summer with library classes, is its automatic saving feature.  Once you've signed into Gmail and opened up your drive and all documents, spreadsheets, and slide presentations you create are automatically saved on the cloud-drive.  Let me pause and repeat that one again because it's HUGE!  Saving document within Google Drive is automatic, which means once you switch you will never again face losing a document you spent an hour or more creating.

So what are you waiting for?  To sign up for one of our free classes and learn something new this summer, give us a call at 325-437-7323.

Article Contributed by Anne Ellis, Mockingbird Branch Manager

Saturday, June 23, 2018

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of June 24)

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

Hardcover Fiction Top 5

#1: The President is Missing
Author: James Patterson
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: M PATTERSON
Summary: The White House is the home of the President of the United States, the most guarded, monitored, closely watched person in the world. So how could a U.S. President vanish without a trace? And why would he choose to do so? An unprecedented collaboration between President Bill Clinton and the world's bestselling novelist, James Patterson, The President Is Missing is a breathtaking story from the pinnacle of power. Full of what it truly feels like to be the person in the Oval Office--the mind-boggling pressure, the heartbreaking decisions, the exhilarating opportunities, the soul-wrenching power--this is the thriller of the decade, confronting the darkest threats that face the world today, with the highest stakes conceivable.

#2: The Outsider
Author: Stephen King
Weeks On List: 4
Call Number: F KING
Summary: When an 11-year-old boy is found murdered, forensic evidence and reliable eyewitnesses undeniably point to the town's popular Little League coach. But the jailed suspect, arrested in a public spectacle, has an alibi, and further research convinces Detective Ralph Anderson that the coach was indeed out of town. So how can he have been in two places at the same time?

#3: Tom Clancy Line of Sight
Author: Mike Maden
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F MADEN
Summary: Jack Ryan Jr. finds that the scars of war can last a lifetime in the latest entry in Tom Clancy's #1 New York Times bestselling series. Twenty years ago, Dr. Kathy Ryan restored the eyesight of a young Bosnian girl who had been injured during an attack in the Balkan War. Today, her son, Jack Ryan Jr. has decided to surprise his mother by tracking down the young lady. What he finds shocks them both. The helpless child has grown into a remarkable woman. Aida Curic is a self-possessed beauty who runs a refugee agency that helps the children of her native Bosnia. Jack finds himself drawn to her, but before he can act on his feelings she's snatched off the streets of Sarajevo by kidnappers. In Jack's desperate search for Aida, he finds himself opposed by everyone from Serbian mobsters to Croatian paramilitary units. The Balkan War may have ended two decades ago, but the region still seethes with ethnic animosities. The deeper Jack plunges into this world the more he faces a disturbing truth, the scars of war fester long after the surface has healed.

#4: The Pharaoh Key
Author: Douglas Preston
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F PRESTON
Summary: Gideon Crew--brilliant scientist, master thief, intrepid adventurer--is shocked when his former employer, Eli Glinn, vanishes without a trace, and Glinn's high-tech lab Effective Engineering Solutions shuts down seemingly overnight. Fresh off a diagnosis that gives him only months to live, Crew is contacted by one of his former coworkers at EES, Manuel Garza, who has a bead on one final treasure hinted at in EES's final case, the long-awaited translation of a centuries-old stone tablet of a previously undiscovered civilization: The Phaistos Disc. What lies at the end of the trail will either save Gideon's life--or bring it to a sudden, shocking close. Crew once again faces incredible odds--but as Gideon has proved again and again, there's no such thing as too great a risk when you're living on borrowed time.

#5: Shelter in Place
Author: Nora Roberts
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: F ROBERTS
Summary: It was a typical evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. Three teenage friends waited for the movie to start. A boy flirted with the girl selling sunglasses. Mothers and children shopped together, and the manager at video game store tended to customers. Then the shooters arrived.The chaos and carnage lasted only eight minutes before the killers were taken down. But for those who lived through it, the effects would last forever. In the years that followed, one would dedicate himself to a law enforcement career. Another would close herself off, trying to bury the memory of huddling in a ladies' room, helplessly clutching her cell phone—until she finally found a way to pour her emotions into her art.But one person wasn't satisfied with the shockingly high death toll at the DownEast Mall. And as the survivors slowly heal, find shelter, and rebuild, they will discover that another conspirator is lying in wait—and this time, there might be nowhere safe to hide.

Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: Calypso
Author: David Sedaris
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: 814.54 SED
Summary: Personal essays share the author's adventures after buying a vacation house on the Carolina coast and his reflections on middle age and mortality.

#2: The Soul of America
Author: Jon Meacham
Weeks On List: 6
Call Number: ACU Holding
Summary: The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer contextualizes the present political climate through the lens of difficult moments in American history.

#3: Trump's America
Author: Newt Gingrich
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: 973.933 GIN
Summary: The former Speaker of the House shares insider perspectives into the Make America Great Again movement and argues that Trump is keeping his campaign promises in spite of formidable resistance.

#4: The Sun Does Shine
Author: Anthony Ray Hinton
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: 92 HINTON
Summary: In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. It was a case of mistaken identity, and Hinton believed that the truth would prove his innocence. Sentenced to death by electrocution, he spent his first three years at Holman State Prison full of despair and anger toward all those who had sent an innocent man to his death.He resolved to find a way to live on Death Row., and for the next twenty-seven years he transformed not only his own spirit, but those of his fellow inmates. After winning his release in 2015, Hinton shows how you can take away a man's freedom, but you can't take away his imagination, humor, or joy.

#5: The Restless Wave
Author: John McCain
Weeks On List: 4
Call Number: 328.73 MCC
Summary: A candid new political memoir from Senator John McCain--his most personal book in years--covering everything from 2008 up to the present.

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