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Thursday, August 30, 2018

"The Incredibles" Support National Library Card Sign-Up Month

A library card provides endless opportunities to transform the school year.  With students already headed back to school, there is one essential school supply that requires no shopping and doesn't cost you a penny - it's a library card.

This September, your Abilene Public Library will be joining the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide as we participate in Library Card Sign-Up Month.  This month is set aside to encourage parents, caregivers, and students to obtain a free library card that will save them money while reaping rewards in academic achievement and lifelong learning.

Whether it's providing free access to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) programs, educational databases, digital apps, in-person and virtual homework help, movie sessions, LEGO clubs, craft events, etc., a library card is one of the most effective back-to-school supplies you could have.  Resources at the Abilene Public Library are available to anyone with a library card.

Libraries play an important role in the education and development of children with studies showing that children who read, or are read to in the home, and who use the library, perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning.

Perfect Card for Any Age
There's a wealth of services students, as well as individuals of any age, are welcome to come take advantage of, and everything is offered based on a a fraction of your tax dollars.  Such includes access to great books, audiobooks, magazines, and more, an expansive digital collection available 24/7, exciting programs and workshops, free movie showings, technology training, crafting and DIY sessions, and so much more.  If you don't have a library card, everyone is encouraged to get one so you can start making use of these services today.

Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year.  During the month, the ALA and libraries unite together in a national effort to ensure every child signs up for their own library card.

For more information about how to sign up for a library card, visit our Get a Library Card page online, give us a call at 325-677-2474, or stop by your local branch library location and ask staff.  You'll be glad you did!

Weekly Library Events (Sept. 2-8)

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 Closing: Labor Day
Monday, Sept. 3; All Day
Main & Mockingbird Branches
PH: 325-677-2474 for Info.
The Main Library and Mockingbird Branch Library locations will be closed on Monday, September 3 in observance of Labor Day.  Outside materials returns are available if you need to return any of your library materials.  Both locations will resume regular hours of operation the following Tuesday at 9:00AM.  If you need library services this day, the South Branch library will be open regular hours from 10:00AM to 9:00PM this day, with all regular scheduled programming continuing.

TECH Time
Monday, Sept. 3 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. For more information, contact staff at 325-698-7565 (South Branch), 325-676-6025 (Main Library), or 325-437-7323 (Mockingbird Branch).

Family Fun: Let's Play
Monday, Sept. 3 at 5:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Interested in sports?  Then kids and parents are invited out to your South Branch Library to join us for a great Family Fun event that’s all about sports.  Come out and learn about the variety of sports out there including football, basketball, baseball, volleyball and more through stories, songs, crafts, and other fun activities.  We’ll supply all the materials you’ll need for any activity we host, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-698-7565.

LEGO Club Junior
Tuesday, Sept. 4 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. For more information about the LEGO Club at your South Branch Library, contact staff at 325-698-7565.

Teen LEGO Club
Tuesday, Sept. 4 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. For more information about the LEGO Club at your South Branch Library, contact staff at 325-698-7565.

Hearth Stone: Mockingbird's Fireside Tavern
Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 6:30PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
If you enjoy playing Hearth Stone and looking for somewhere to play, join us for Fireside exclusive events at your Mockingbird Branch Library’s Fireside Tavern.  If you haven’t played the game, why not download the free app on your PC, tablet, or smartphone? We are an established location with the Blizzard website and visiting us on our special Fireside nights will let you obtain special in- game bonuses.  Perfect for older teens and adults, you’ll then be able to enjoy a great night of gaming fun with friends where you never know what the Tavern Keeper will have in store. Come out and join us for food, fun, and gaming at your library, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-437-7323.

Coloring Club
Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 10:00AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Adults are invited to join us for the next Coloring Club session being hosted at your South Branch Library, a great morning activity to get involved in.  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 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, and for more information, contact staff at 325-698-7565.

Job Time: Application Assistance
Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
If you’re looking for a job and need some help, you’re invited to stop by the Mockingbird Branch 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.  For additional information, contact staff at 325-437-7323.

Make & Take: Color Your Own Water Bottle Holders
Thursday, Sept. 6 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
Kids of all ages are invited to join us at your Mockingbird Branch Library for the next Make & Take craft session.  Each month we meet up to make something fun in this hands-on workshop and we supply all the materials and instruction you’ll need for each event.  At this session, we’ll have fabric markers and more for you to decorate sleeves to make a one-of-a-kind water bottle. Don’t miss out on the fun, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-437-7323.

Collecting Commas Writing Club
Thursday, Sept. 6 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, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-676-6067.

Sports Tales: Share Your Stories
Thursday, Sept. 6 at 6:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
During the month of September, your Main Library has the honor of being host to the Hometown Teams exhibit, which is a Smithsonian traveling exhibition examining the many roles sports plays in American society.  Using the model of the StoryCorps, we will be conducting interview sessions capturing your local sports stories with the goal of recording your stories to save for posterity. Multiple sessions will be hosted and anyone interested in participating is encouraged to contact staff at 325-676-6025 to signup.  You may access interview questions and associated forms online at www.abilenetx.gov/apl/hometown to get a head start, then sign up for a time where we’ll record your session...you’ll even receive an audio file to take home with you.  We hope to capture stories and memories from a wide range of community members, so if you’ve got a story to share call us at 325-676-6025 to inquire or setup a time.

Author Talk with Al Pickett
Thursday, Sept. 6 at 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
The community is invited out for a special author talk session featuring local sports historian Al Pickett, who has been a commonplace in sports in the Big Country for more than 30 years.  He’s been the sports editor for the Abilene Reporter-News, a freelance writer and sports broadcaster, and has authored books about sports in Abilene and Texas. He’ll be on hand to discuss one of his most popular titles, “Brother’s Keeper: The Story of the 2009 Abilene High State Championship,” which is set to be turned into a feature film starring Laurence Fishburne and Milo Gibson, in a film that’s set to be the next “Friday Night Lights,” just a little closer to home this time.  So if you’re a fan of high school football, you’ll certainly want to join us for this special event at your library. It’s free for the community to attend, and it will be great to catch the feature film in the future. For additional information about this special event, feel free to contact staff at 325-676-6025.

Fitness Fridays: Zumba
Friday, Sept. 7 at 10:30AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
The YMCA of Abilene is partnering with the Abilene Public Library to bring you free Fitness Fridays courses in September.  Each will feature a different style of workout to get involved in and are inspired to just get you up and get you moving. Come to one, or come to all, and discover a fun way to burn off calories.  This first session will focus on Zumba, which is a fusion of Latin and international music and dance that creates a dynamic, exciting, and effective cardio workout. You’ll learn some fun, easy routines that will spotlight interval aerobic training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body as you dance.  Come in your comfortable workout clothes and shoes to your Main Library and get fit with us. For additional information about this free class, feel free to contact staff at 325-676-6025.

Super Storytime: Sports
Friday, Sept. 7 at 11:00AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
Kids and parents are invited to join your Main Library for the next Super Storytime event.  It’s all about sports in this session where families will enjoy great and exciting stories all about a host of some of our favorite sports, while also enjoying songs and puppets too.  Plus, stick around and we’ll even get hands on with a fun craft activity as we make sports scratch art ornaments where you’ll be making great designs on a baseball, football, trophy, or cheer horn.  We’ll supply all the materials you’ll need for this activity, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-676-6067.

Look, Listen, Learn: Sports
Friday, Sept. 7 at 4:30PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Team up and join your South Branch Library every Friday at 4:30PM for our Look, Listen, Learn program for youth as it will be all about sports, sports, and more sports in honor of the Hometown Teams exhibit available for viewing at your Main Library throughout the month.  Each week at this program, children’s staff will focus on a different sport, and you must might get the opportunity to play as a team too! You never know just what you’ll get into, but you’re not going to want to miss this as it’s certainly going to be fun. Great for the entire family, be sure to check out these afternoon sessions, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-698-7565.

LEGO Galore
Saturday, Sept. 8 at 10:30AM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
Youth are invited to come out to your Mockingbird Branch Library for some LEGO Club building fun.  We’ll supply all the materials you’ll need to build whatever you can think of, as well as offer ideas and resources for all the different items you can build with these simple building blocks.  We’ll spend the majority of the program working on our creations, and the we’ll reserve some time at the end of the program to admire what everyone has built. Don’t miss out on this fun event at your library.  For additional information, contact staff at 325-437-7323.

Family Flix: "Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius"
Saturday, Sept. 8 at 11:00AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Join your South Branch Library for the next Family Flix movie session where we show popular films from the past and present that kids and parents will enjoy seeing again...or perhaps for the first time.  This time around, we’ll be watching 2001’s “Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius,” which is a super funny animated film that still has kids laughing today. In this film, Jimmy is a boy genius and way ahead of his friends, but when it comes to being cool, he’s a little behind.  All until one day when his parents, and parents all over Earth are kidnapped by aliens. Now it’s up to him to lead all the children of the world to rescue their parents. This film is rated G and has a run time of 1 hour and 22 minutes. Light snacks will be provided, or feel free to bring your own.  For additional information, call us at 325-698-7565.

Saturday Sports Flix: "Friday Night Lights"
Saturday, Sept. 8 at 2:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Join your South Branch Library for the next Saturday Sports Flix session where we’ll be showing hit movies, covering all different sports, to coincide with the Hometown Teams exhibit available for viewing at your Main Library throughout the entire month.  Join us at this session as we cover the popularity of West Texas high school football, written on by H.G. Bissinger, in the hit book “Friday Night Lights.” We’ll be watching the 2004 film adaptation of that book at your library with a great ensemble cast including Billy Bob Thornton, Lucas Black, Garrett Hedlund, and other familiar names.  In this film, it profiles the economically depressed town of Odessa, Texas and their heroic high school football team, The Permian High Panthers. Later adapted into a successful TV series of the same name, the film has a rating of PG-13 for thematic issues, sexual content, language, some teen drinking, and rough sports action, and has a run time of 1 hour and 57 minutes.  Also be sure to look out for checking out a copy of the book at your library to get the full story. Light snacks will be provided, or feel free to bring your own, and for additional information, call us at 325-698-7565.

Family Films: "Cool Runnings"
Saturday, Sept. 8 at 2:30PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
Families and the entire community is invited to join your Mockingbird Branch Library for a great afternoon movie with a sports theme to go along with the Hometown Teams exhibit, available for viewing at the Main Library.  At this session, we’ll be watching a great true story from the past with 1993’s “Cool Runnings” starring John Candy, Leon, and Doug E. Doug. In this film, when a Jamaican sprinter is disqualified from the Olympic Games, he enlists the help of a dishonored coach to start the first Jamaican Bobsled Team.  This film is rated PG for mild language and brief violence and has a run time of 1 hour and 38 minutes. Light snacks will be served, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-437-7323.

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

Tuesday, August 28, 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.

Book Club
Starring: Diane Keaton
Summary: Four lifelong friends' lives are turned upside down to hilarious ends when their book club attempts to shake things up by tackling the infamous Fifty Shades of Grey.  From discovering new romance to rekindling old flames, they inspire each other to make their next chapter the best chapter.

Upgrade
Starring: Logan Marshall-Green
Summary: Set in the near-future, technology controls nearly all aspects of life.  But when Grey, a self-identified technophobe, has his world turned upside down, his only hope for revenge is an experimental computer chip implant called STEM.

Walking Shadows
Author: Faye Kellerman
Summary: On a quiet suburban street in upstate Greenbury, NY, the brutally beaten body of a young man is discovered in the woods adjacent to an empty vacation home.  Twenty-six-year-old Brady Neil, a resident of the neighboring town of Hamilton, had no criminal record, few friends, worked full-time, and attended community college.  But as Detective Decker learns, the clean-cut kid is linked to the criminal world.  When Brady was a baby, his father, Brandon Gratz, was convicted of robbing and killing the owners of a local jewelry store.  While Gratz and his partner, Kyle Masterson, admitted to the robbery, they swore they left the owners, Glen and Lydia Levine, very much alive.  The experienced detective knows there's more to this homicide case than the records show.  As he digs into Gratz's past, Decker begins to suspect that the son's murder may be connected to the father's sins.  Before he can put together the pieces, Decker finds out that one of Brady Neil's friends, Joseph Boch - aka Boxer - has gone missing.  Heading to Boch's house with his temporary new partner, Hamilton PD cop Lenora Baccus, they discover a bloodbath.  Who would savagely kill two innocent men - and why?  Finding the answers will require all of Decker's skills and knowledge, the help of his fellow Greenbury detectives, and information gleaned from his wife Rina's behind the scenes investigation to put all the pieces of this deadly puzzle together...and see justice done.

Stygian (Dark-Hunter #22)
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Summary: Born before man recorded time, I lived for thousands of years believing myself to be something I'm not.  Someone I'm not.  Lied to and betrayed by gods, Daimons and Dark-Hunters, I've struggled to find my way in a world where I've been cursed since the moment I was prematurely ripped from my mother and planted into the womb of an innocent woman who thought me her son.  Trained as a slayer and predator, I learned to fit in and stay low.  To become a tool for evil.  Until I was sent kill the one woman I couldn't.  My hesitation cost her her life.  Or so I thought.  In an act of betrayal that makes all the others pale in comparison, I've learned that this world is an illusion and that my imagination still wins out.

Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas
Author: Dav Pilkey
Summary: When a new bunch of baddies bust up the town, Dog Man is called into action - and this time he isn't alone.  With a cute kitten and a remarkable robot by his side, our heroes must save the day by joining forces with an unlikely ally: Petey, the World's Most Evil Cat.  But can the villainous Petey avoid vengeance and venture into virtue.

Monday, August 27, 2018

"Let Your Library Be Your Proctor" | @ the Library Article

The fall school term has now begun and, with the rise in the number of people taking part in distance and online education, there may come a time you'll need to find a third party to administer exams from your school.  Did you know staff at your Abilene Public Library can proctor tests for you?  We certainly can!  Librarians at all three branches are able to serve as a proctor and we offer this service at no charge.

Setting up a proctor with the library is quite easy.  Your first and most important step is contacting us.  When accepting new students there is initial information we'll need to obtain from you and vice versa.  The majority of the time we have to provide our contact information, work title, and some additional details for your school's approval to serve as your proctor.  This step varies across institutions.  Once approved, we will then work with you to schedule a time to take your exams.  Please note that all proctoring must occur during our normal business hours and at a time that meets both of our schedules.  Once approved by your school, we can continue to serve as your proctor for as long as needed.

Please understand that while we do our best to work within you time requirements, we do ask that you provide us with ample notice of your need for a proctor.  There are times when we receive a call requesting a proctor for the following day and that's often too short of notice for us to possibly accommodate you, so please plan ahead.

Once it's time for you to take your exam, your proctor will receive a printed copy of your test or a password to allow you to access your exam online.  Your proctor will be in the room with you throughout the duration of your exam and, once completed, will ensure everything is submitted on your behalf.

It's really as simple as that for your Abilene Public Library to serve as your proctor.  It's a great service which we offer that few people are aware of.  We proctor tests on a regular basis so, if you find yourself in need of our help, feel free to give us a call and we'll see about getting you taken care of.  We're able to serve you at the Main Library (202 Cedar St., PH: 325-676-6025); the South Branch Library (4310 Buffalo Gap Rd. in the Mall of Abilene, PH: 325-698-7565); or the Mockingbird Branch Library (1326 N. Mockingbird Ln., PH: 325-437-7323).

If you need help with study materials along the way, we also invite you to make use of the great resources available at all locations.  We have material about major tests and subject areas as well as general study guides.  Even better, we also offer access to home-related databases, such as the Learning Express Library, that can connect you with learning materials for all ages, practice exams, and more.  All it requires is a valid library card.

If you don't have an Abilene Public Library card, feel free to visit any of our branch locations to sign up for one, or get more information online.  They are free for Abilene residents and available for a minimal fee for non-residents.  You will need to provide a Photo ID and verification of your address, and you're all set.  Make use of all the services your Abilene Public Library has to offer, especially our proctoring opporutnities, and get the most out of your local library!

Sunday, August 26, 2018

September's Book-to-Film Adaptations

Literature often inspires film adaptations and 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 checking out their source materials at your library.

The Simple Favor
Starring: Blake Lively
Release Date: 09-14
Based On: "A Simple Favor" by Darcey Bell
Summary: Centers around Stephanie, a mommy vlogger who seeks to uncover the truth behind her best friend Emily's sudden disappearance from their small town.  Stephanie is joined by Emily's husband Sean in this stylish thriller filled with twists and betrayals, secrets and revelations, love and loyalty, murder and revenge.

The Children Act
Starring: Emma Thompson
Release Date: 09-14
Based On: "The Children Act" by Ian McEwan
Summary: As her marriage to Jack flounders, eminent High Court judge Fiona Maye has a life-changing decision to make at work - should she force a teenage boy, Adam, to have the blood transfusion that will save his life?  Her unorthodox visit to his hospital bedside has a profound impact on them both, stirring strong new emotions in the boy and long-buried feelings in her.

The House with a Clock in Its Walls
Starring: Cate Blanchett
Release Date: 09-21
Based On: "The House with a Clock in Its Walls" by John Bellairs
Summary: Lewis, after losing his parents, is sent to live with his uncle Jonathan.  He discovers his uncle is a warlock, and enters a world of magic and sorcery.  But this power is not limited to people: Lewis learns of Isaac Izard, an evil wizard who wanted to cause the Apocalypse so that he could see what happened afterwards.  To do this, he constructed a magical clock with a black magic, as long as it exists it will keep ticking, counting down to doomsday.  He died before he could finish the clock, but he hid the clock in his house, where Uncle Jonathan now lives.  Now Lewis and Jonathan must find the clock before it's too late, and before Isaac's wife, Selena, gets to it.

The Sisters Brothers
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal
Release Date: 09-21
Based On: "The Sisters Brothers" by Patrick deWitt
Summary: Revolves around the colorfully named gold prospector Hermann Kermit Warm, who's being pursued across 1,000 miles of 1850s Oregon desert to San Francisco by the notorious assassins Eli and Charlie Sisters.  Except Eli is having a personal crisis and beginning to doubt the longevity of his chosen career.  And Hermann might have a better offer.

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Aug. 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 week.

Hardcover Fiction Top 5

#1: Texas Ranger
Author: James Patterson
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: M PATTERSON
Summary: Across the ranchlands and cities of his home state, Rory Yates's discipline and law-enforcement skills have carried him far--from local highway patrolman to the honorable rank of Texas Ranger. A tough case in Waco has jeopardized Yates's chances at promotion, and he decides to take time off to recharge with his family in their small-town hometown, Redbud. He arrives and finds a horrifying crime scene--and a scathing accusation: he is named a suspect in the murder of his ex-wife, Anne, a devoted teacher whose only controversial act ever was deciding to end her marriage to a Ranger. In search of the killer, Yates follows the Ranger creed--never to surrender--into the inferno of the most twisted and violent minds he's ever encountered. That code just might bring him out alive.

#2: The President is Missing
Author: Bill Clinton
Weeks On List: 11
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.

#3: Tailspin
Author: Sandra Brown
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: F BROWN
Summary: Rye Mallett is a 'freight dog', a pilot who'll fly anywhere in the world, at any time, at a moment's notice, through the worst weather. As a fighter pilot in Afghanistan, he escaped death once. Figuring that it's only a matter of time before it catches up with him, he tempts it by taking risks. But one night he takes to the air, when no other pilot would, to deliver a black padlocked box. What awaits him at his destination is a near crash . . . and a run-in with Dr. Brynn O'Neal. Brynn, a dedicated physician, is under a forty-eight hour deadline to save a patient by means of the contents of the box Rye delivers. She's lovely to look at, but Rye doesn't trust her. He's volatile and a threat to Brynn's plan. But soon they're reluctantly teamed in a mad race against the clock, the law, and the ruthless individuals who will kill in order to get the precious payload for themselves.

#4: The Outsider
Author: Stephen King
Weeks On List: 13
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?

#5: Feared
Author: Lisa Scottoline
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: M SCOTTOLINE
Summary: When nemesis Nick Machiavelli targets her family with frivolous legal claims and slander that escalate to an unthinkable tragedy, Mary DiNunzio discovers her own unsettling capacity for dark retaliation.




Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: Unhinged
Author: Omarosa Manigault Newman
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: 92 OMAROSA
Summary: Former Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison in the Trump administration, Omarosa Manigault Newman discusses how her personal and professional relationships with Donlad Trump have changed from the time she was a contestant on "The Apprentice" to her public ousting from White House.

#2: The Russia Hoax
Author: Gregg Jarrett
Weeks On List: 4
Call Number: 324.973 JAR
Summary: Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett reveals the real story behind Hillary Clinton's deep state collaborators in government and exposes their nefarious actions during and after the 2016 election.  The Russia Hoax reveals how persons within the FBI and Barack Obama's Justice Department worked improperly to help elect Hillary Clinton and defeat Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

#3: Liars, Leakers, and Liberals
Author: Jeanine Pirro
Weeks On List: 5
Call Number: On Order
Summary: Get the story the Fake News media doesn't want you to hear in the #1 New York Times bestseller: a withering indictment of the Deep State plot against Trump and a firsthand account of the real presidency, based on interviews with the Trump family and top administration officials. At this point in American history, we are the victims of a liberal sabotage of the presidency unlike anything we've ever witnessed. Nevertheless President Trump continues to fight every day to keep his promise to Make America Great Again.

#4: Educated
Author: Tara Westover
Weeks On List: 26
Call Number: 92 WESTOVER
Summary: Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag." In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara's older brothers became violent. As a way out, Tara began to educate herself, learning enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University. Her quest for knowledge would transform her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Tara Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes, and the will to change it.

#5: House of Trump, House of Putin
Author: Craig Unger
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: Not Housed
Summary: An investigation into the relationship between the current heads of Russia and the United States, and their potential ties to the Russian Mafia.

Looks 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.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Weekly Library Events (Aug. 26 - Sept. 1)

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: "Breaking In"
Sun, August 26 at 3:00PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Don’t miss out on the next Weekend Walk-In Flix session at your South Branch Library, where we play great hits that are worth a second watch.  At this session, we’ll be watching a recently released flick with an action flick that proves you should never cross a mother. Join us as we watch 2018’s “Breaking In” starring Gabrielle Union & Billy Burke.  In this thriller, a mother takes her teen children to her late father’s high-security countryside home. Several men invade the dwelling, hold the children hostage, and enable full security to lock her out. But she somehow manages to break inside anyway, desperate to do whatever it takes for her kids’ safety.  This film is rated PG-13 for violence, menace, bloody images, sexual references, and brief strong language and has a run time of 1 hour and 28 minutes. Light snacks will be provided, or feel free to bring your own. For additional information, feel free to contact staff at 325-698-7565.

TECH Time
Mon, August 27 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. For more information, contact staff at 325-698-7565 (South Branch), 325-676-6025 (Main Library), or 325-437-7323 (Mockingbird Branch).

TECH Time
Mon, August 27 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. For more information, contact staff at 325-698-7565 (South Branch), 325-676-6025 (Main Library), or 325-437-7323 (Mockingbird Branch).

3D Design Class
Mon, August 27 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
We invite you to expand your makerspace knowledge with this third course to help you build knowledge and skills for using the 3D PolyPrinter at your Main Library’s Creation Station.  Although you’re more than free to search the Internet for free STL files for use, Tinker CAD is a program to help you learn how to create your own projects. This class will cover that program, how to use the slicing program, and how to upload and print your creations.  For more information about this class, contact staff at 325-437-7323.

Job Time: Application Assistance
Wed, August 29 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
If you’re looking for a job and need some help, you’re invited to stop by the Mockingbird Branch 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.  For additional information, contact staff at 325-437-7323.

Women's Self-Defense
Thurs, August 30 at 6:30PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
If there’s one thing every woman could stand to learn, it’s some effective ways to protect yourself in case you need to.  Designed for women only, join your Main Library as we host a free Women’s Self Defense course, led by Courtney Wester, a martial arts instructor with the Texas Martial Arts.  At this session, participants will learn how they can be proactive about protecting themselves from attacks and how to defend themselves if they are attacked, as well as what to do afterward.  You’ll also learn how to be aware in different situations and practice ways to fight back against an attacker. Now, we hope that no one is ever in a situation where they must defend themselves from an attacker, but it’s better to have the knowledge of what to do and not need it, then need the knowledge and not have it.  Don’t miss out on this special event, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-676-6025.

Read Down Your Fines
Fri, September 1; All Day
All 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.  For more information about this program, feel free to contact staff at 325-677-2474.


Hometown Teams Exhibit Grand Opening
Saturday, Sept. 1 at 9:00AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
The entire community is invited to come out and join your Main Library for the official grand opening of the Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America Exhibit, as part of the Smithsonian traveling exhibition designed to celebrate the nation’s love of sports, and the impact they’ve had on society.  This exhibit will be available to the public during the entire month of September, and all locations will be hosting sports activities all month long that ties in directly with the exhibit. Come out for the red ribbon cutting and check out this special new feature on the second floor of your Main Library.  For additional information about this exhibit, contact staff at 325-676-6025.



Corn Hole Gaming
Saturday, Sept. 1 at 9:30AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
Adults are invited to join your Main Library for some gaming fun in the basement as we celebrate the grand opening of the Hometown Teams Smithsonian Exhibit.  We’ll setup some stations where you can challenge others to some rounds of corn hole fun. Test your aim and toss against others to see who’s the best, especially while you go around enjoying the other activities during the grand opening of the exhibit at the Main Library.  For more information about this event, contact staff at 325-676-6025.



Make & Take: Sports Keychains
Saturday, Sept. 1 at 9:30AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
Everyone is invited to join in on some craft making fun during the opening of the Hometown Teams exhibit at your Main Library.  We’ll supply all the materials you’ll need so you can fashion your own sports keychains to take with you. Come see if you can find the materials to represent your favorite sport and then be sure to be a part of all the great activities happening during the grand opening of the exhibit.  For additional information about this event, contact staff at 325-676-6067.



Wii Sports Gaming
Saturday, Sept. 1 at 9:30AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
If you’re looking to get your game on at your library, everyone is invited to come out to your Main Library and join us in the 1st floor storyroom as we participate in a couple hours of Wii Sports Gaming fun.  Baseball, golf, bowling...we’ll have several different gaming options available and people can drop in for some first-come, first-served gaming fun. Everyone who wants to play will get a chance to, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-676-6067.


Sports Face Painting
Saturday, Sept. 1 at 9:30AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
After the Opening of the Hometown Teams Smithsonian Exhibit,  join us on the first floor of the Main Library for sports themed face painting fun!  Library staff will be available to help you show your love of your favorite sport through sports themed objects and logos.  These will be great for getting kids, and everyone, in the spirit of all the sports gaming fun being hosted throughout the day, as well as throughout the month across all library branch locations.  Come and get your faces, or hands, adorned with great sports items, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-676-6025.


Sports Stories
Saturday, Sept. 1 at 10AM & 2PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
Kids and parents are invited to join children’s staff in the 1st floor storyroom as we host two fun sessions of Sports Stories and fun.  Come at 10AM or 2PM and hear some of our favorite stories about various sports activities as we highlight popular favorites, and perhaps, introduce you to some great new tales.  Stay for a story or two, and then be sure to check out the new Hometown Teams exhibit on the second floor. For additional information, contact staff at 325-676-6067.


Library Rodeo
Saturday, Sept. 1 at 11:00AM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
The West Texas Fair and Rodeo is just around the corner. Get prepared by coming to the Library Rodeo we’ll have setup at your South Branch Library.  Come on down and join us for a host of great events including Pool Noodle Horse Barrel Racing, Balloon Stampedes, Lasso Tosses with Hula Hoops, crafts, games, and so much more.  It’ll be a wonderful opportunity for youth of all ages to come out and enjoy some pre-rodeo fun. Everyone is sure to have a great time at the library with this super fun sport activity so we invite the entire family to come on out.  For more information, contact staff at 325-698-7565.


Saturday Sports Flix: "Remember the Titans"
Saturday, Sept. 1 at 3:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
Join us at the Main Library for Saturday Sports Flix & More where we’ll be watching popular sports movies throughout the month to support the Hometown Teams exhibit at your Main Library.  Come on out for this session to join us for a great football flick, based on a true story, with 2000’s “Remember the Titans” starring Denzel Washington & Will Patton. In this film, we’ll enter the world of suburban Virginia schools that have been segregated for generations.  Then, one black and one white high school are closed and the students are sent to T.C. Williams High School under federal mandate to integrate. The year is seen through the eyes of the football team where the man hired to coach the black school is made head coach over the highly successful white coach.  Based on the actual events of 1971, the team becomes the unifying symbol for the community as the boys and the adults learn to depend on and trust each other. This film is rated PG for thematic elements and some language, and it has a run time of 1 hour and 53 minutes. We will also have sports crafts and light snacks provided.  For more information, contact staff at 325-676-6025.


Sports Scavenger Hunt
September 1-29
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.  
In honor of our amazing Hometown Teams Exhibit, teens and adults are invited to join in on a sports-themed scavenger hunt!  Hosted during the entire month of September, we will have official Sports Scavenger Hunt forms at our Information Services Desk located in the basement, as well as printable forms on our website.  Locate the name of a sport figure, or a specific sport using the provided clues, and write your answers on the form. Turn completed forms into any of our Information Services Staff. Forms with all correct answers will be entered into a drawing for a sports-themed prize! The drawing will take place the last week of the exhibit so only forms received by September 29 will be eligible. For additional information about this program, contact staff at 325-676-6025.

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