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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Weekly Library Events (Feb. 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.

Pokemon Meetup
Sunday, Feb. 3 at 1:30PM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Join us for an afternoon of gaming fun!  Designed for both new and experienced players (ages 13 and older), all are welcome to be a part of this monthly meet up where we gather to play the Pokemon Card Game at your South Branch Library.  Pokemon has something for everyone, so come out, bring your cards, and be ready to battle it out at your library. Instruction will also be available for those interested in learning how to play, and once you do, you’ll be challenging everyone else in no time.  Don’t miss out on the gaming fun at your library, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-698-7565.

TECH Time
Monday, Feb. 4 at 10:00AM
Mockingbird Branch
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 twice a week on Mondays at the Mockingbird Branch Library from 10AM to noon and the South Branch Library from 2PM to 4PM, plus your Main Library will host this program on Tuesday nights from 6PM to 8PM.  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 30-minutes if others are waiting.

TECH Time
Monday, Feb. 4 at 2:00PM
South Branch
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 twice a week on Mondays at the Mockingbird Branch Library from 10AM to noon and the South Branch Library from 2PM to 4PM, plus your Main Library will host this program on Tuesday nights from 6PM to 8PM.  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 30-minutes if others are waiting.

Science Make & Take: Density Columns
Monday, Feb. 4 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
Science Make & Takes are quick build experiments, usually taking 15 minutes or less.  Each one comes with an information sheet detailing the build, experiments for in the library, the science behind the build, as well as some experiments to try at home!  This program is designed to teach kids at the library, as well as give parents some teachable moments after they have left the library. This month we will be learning about density and solubility by building our own Density Columns.

Family Fun: Love is in the Air
Monday, Feb. 4 at 5:00PM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Kids of all ages, and parents too, are invited out to the next Family Fun event at your South Branch Library where love will be in the air.  As Valentine’s Day is happening soon, we’re going to be celebrating love through a host of fun activities including great stories, songs, games, crafts, and more.  We’ll supply all the materials for any craft being made so don’t miss out on the fun.

Mockingbird Chess Club
Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
Tweens and teens are invited to be a part of the Mockingbird Chess Club, the only one of its kind at your library, which provides a great opportunity to come out to learn and play chess in a supportive environment.  Each club meeting will include a short lesson or demonstration of a chess topic, chess puzzles, and traditional chess games. A limited number of chess sets will be provided; players are more than welcome to bring their own sets if desired.  Chess is a great strategy game, and perfect for all to learn...it’ll certainly improve your critical thinking skills.

LEGO Club Junior
Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 4:30PM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Youth are invited to join us for our monthly LEGO Club, Jr. session.  Hosted in the children’s area, we’ll supply you with LEGO so you can use your creativity to build whatever you can imagine.  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, Feb. 5 at 4:30PM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Teens are invited to join us for our monthly LEGO Club session.  Hosted in the Teen Room, we’ll bring out 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.

TECH Time
Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 6:00PM
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 twice a week on Mondays at the Mockingbird Branch Library from 10AM to noon and the South Branch Library from 2PM to 4PM, plus your Main Library will host this program on Tuesday nights from 6PM to 8PM.  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 30-minutes if others are waiting.

Adult Coloring Club
Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 10:00AM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Take a load off and spend a relaxing morning at the South Branch Library in our monthly Coloring Club for adults.  We’ll supply all the materials you’ll need to come in, start coloring, socialize with friends, and make new ones too.  Coloring isn’t just for kids and we’ll have a variety of patterns and pages for you to choose from. Plus, feel free to bring your own coloring books and supplies if you’d like.  A selection of beverages will be offered as well, and for additional information about this program, contact staff at 325-698-7565.

Free Tax Assistance
Feb. 6-7 from 10AM to 3PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
If you need help filing your taxes, participate in this popular event where IRS-trained volunteers with the AARP will be on hand to help you e-File for free.  Sessions will be offered weekly at your Main Library and Mockingbird Branch locations through the end of tax season. Everyone will be helped first-come, first-served until each session has reached its maximum number of people who can be helped each day.  To participate, bring your 2018 tax materials, Driver’s License, social security cards for everyone being filed in your household, and a blank check (or your bank account information) if receiving a refund for direct deposit. For more information about this program, contact the Main Library at 325-676-6025 or the Mockingbird Branch at 325-437-7323.

Job Time: Application Assistance
Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 2:00PM
Mockingbird Branch
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 Library for our weekly Job Time: Application Assistance program where staff will 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 computer available for use so don’t miss your chance to participate in this program.  For additional information, contact staff at 325-437-7323.

Tabletop Teens
Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
If you’re a teen that’s into some traditional board gaming fun, you won’t want to pass up on our weekly after school Tabletop Teens gaming session at your Main Library.  Come on out and test your hands at a great lineup of games that are a bit off the beaten path like Exploding Kittens and Settlers of Catan. They’re certainly not the games your parents grew up playing.  Each session will feature more games to introduce you to, challenge your mind, build teamwork, and allow you to have some fun with your friends, while making new ones. Don’t miss out on the fun, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-676-6067.

Vanilla Love Sugar Scrubs
Thursday, Feb. 7 at 2:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
Valentine’s Day is coming up and we’ve got a fun healthy and beauty workshop planned for adults.  Join us at your Main Library as we show you how to make Vanilla Love Sugar Scrubs, a pretty and exfoliating scrub that smells delicious and would be great to give to someone for Valentine’s Day, or just use for yourself.  We’ll supply all the materials you’ll need to make your own, so join us at the library’s makerspace and get crafty with us.

LEGO My Library
Thursday, Feb. 7 at 4:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
If you’re into LEGO building, and fun, don’t miss out on the next LEGO My Library session at your Main Library.  This is the time where we layout a sea of LEGO and platform and then see what youth are inspired to create within an hour.  Work on a project solo, or partner up with others for a joint projects, there’s no wrong way to have fun. Just come out ready to express yourself through some friendly building in this weekly program.

Rosemary Wreaths
Thursday, Feb. 7 at 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
Keep the crafting fun going for adults with a second craft workshop that’s great for Valentine’s Day, and also smells wonderful.  Join us in learning how to make an aromatic wreath using rosemary, and then you can place it in your kitchen for a lovely decoration that gives off a pleasant scent.  We’ll supply all the materials you’ll need to make your own, just join us outside the makerspace at your Main Library and come ready for some crafting fun.

STEAM'ed: ACU's Maker Lab
Thursday, Feb. 7 at 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
STEAM’ed events at your Main Library have brought together many great speakers to tell us about their professions, as well as teach us things that relate to science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics.  Geared for adults, this interactive series offers hands-on learning and fun in a wide number of areas. In February, we’ll be taking a field trip. You all know that we have a small makerspace at your library to take advantage of, and this time around, we’ll be heading out to Abilene Christian University to take a tour of their Maker Lab.  Director Darren Wilson will be our guide and we’ll even get a chance to try out some of their tools and equipment. Contact us if you’re interested in going by calling us at 325-676-6025 so you’ll know where to meetup with other interested guests.

Free Tax Assistance
Feb. 8-9 from 10AM to 3PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
If you need help filing your taxes, participate in this popular event where IRS-trained volunteers with the AARP will be on hand to help you e-File for free.  Sessions will be offered weekly at your Main Library and Mockingbird Branch locations through the end of tax season. Everyone will be helped first-come, first-served until each session has reached its maximum number of people who can be helped each day.  To participate, bring your 2018 tax materials, Driver’s License, social security cards for everyone being filed in your household, and a blank check (or your bank account information) if receiving a refund for direct deposit. For more information about this program, contact the Main Library at 325-676-6025 or the Mockingbird Branch at 325-437-7323.

Home Buying 101
Saturday, Feb. 9 at 10:00AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
Are you looking to buy a house but you’re unsure of where to start?  Do you watch house hunting shows for ideas, but they end up confusing you with reality?  If so, you’ll certainly want to join your Main Library for a great 1-day seminar with local realtor Brandi Sitter of Stovall Realtors, Kimberly Johnson with Alliance Mortgage Group, and Blake Howard of Legacy Inspections.  Each will be on hand to tell you all about the different steps that go into buying a home, funding your purchase, and what is involved with a home inspection. Arm yourself with home buying knowledge for free with local pros.

LEGO Galore
Saturday, Feb. 9 at 10:30AM
Mockingbird Branch
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. 

Family Flix: "The Grinch"
Saturday, Feb. 9 at 11:00AM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Kids and parents are invited to join your South Branch Library for a great mid-morning movie.  At this showing, we’ll be showing the recently released adaptation of the popular Christmas classic by Dr. Seuss with “The Grinch” with the voices of Benedict Cumberbatch, Cameron Seely, and Rashida Jones.  In this film, it tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl’s generous holiday spirit. Funny, heartwarming, and visually stunning, it’s a universal story about the spirit of Christmas and the indomitable power of optimism.  This film is rated PG for brief rude humor and has a run time of 1 hour and 26 minutes. Light snacks will be served, or feel free to bring in your own snacks and food for the movie.

Saturday Matinee: "First Man"
Saturday, Feb. 9 at 2:00PM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info. 
If you’re looking to catch some great movies at your library, don’t miss out on being a part of the Saturday Matinee sessions at your South Branch.   At this session, we’ll be showing a recently released flick starring Ryan Gosling in 2018’s “First Man.” This film is a biopic on the life of the legendary American Astronaut Neil Armstrong from 1961-1969, on his journey to becoming the first human to walk the moon.  Exploring the sacrifices and costs on the nation and Neil himself, during one of the most dangerous missions in the history of space travel. This film is rated PG-13 for some thematic content involving peril, and brief strong language, and it has a run time of 2 hours and 21 minutes.  Light snacks will be served, or feel free to bring your own snacks and food. 

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

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Library Building Literate Adult PC Users in Computer Instruction Series

In this day, possessing a basic knowledge of computers is vital if entering the workforce, keeping up with family and friends, for leisure activities and relaxing, and more.  Whereas youth seem to grow up with the inherent ability to master most forms of technology, to adults, it can be quite the labor of love to learn themselves.

There's that initial fear of breaking something if you hit the wrong button, not being able to figure out where the power button is, confusion in all this touch screen business.  I'm not going to lie.  There is a learning curve when it comes to learning something new but the benefits will certainly outweigh the negatives.

Your South Branch Library is looking to help alleviate those concerns by leading a Computer Basics Class on Monday, February 11 at 6:00PM.  Limited to 20 people, this class is aimed at adults who are just beginners when it come to using them.  We'll host a hands-on introduction to the part of a computer and how to use them, then follow this course up with a new class each month to take you even further in your learning.  Each participant will be provided with a laptop to use, as part of our mobile lab made possible thanks to the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.  To register for this class, or for additional information, contact staff at 325-698-7565.

Also, the Main Library will offer its Computers 101 Series beginning Monday, February 18 at 3:00PM, which will be a 4-part class that will also help adults learn how to use computers.  Registration is required to attend and signing up for the first course will register you for all four courses.

Additionally, if you're needing specific help on using your laptop, we invite you to take advantage of our TECH Time sessions hosted weekly at all three branches.  Staff will be available to assist you, on a first-come, first-served basis, to help answer your problems.  Sessions are hosted on Mondays from 10:00AM to noon at the Mockingbird Branch Library, 2:00PM to 4:00PM at the South Branch Library, and Tuesday evenings from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at the Main Library.

Finally, if none of these times work, feel free to contact your nearest branch location and ask about the Book-A-Librarian service.  Here, you can schedule some one-on-one time with a library employee who may assist you in all the work you want to learn about.

Learning to use a computer doesn't have to be impossible, and your local library offers several methods in learning how to get started.  Feel free to register for a program listed above, with the exception of the TECH Time sessions, and we'll help with the rest...completely free of charge.

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.

Boy Erased
Starring: Lucas Hedges
Summary: The son of a Baptist preacher is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program after being forcibly outed to his parents.  Based on the memoir Garrard Conley.

The Wife
Starring: Glenn Close
Summary: Behind any great man, there's always a greater woman - and you're about to meet her.  Joan Castleman: a highly intelligent and still-striking beauty - the perfect devoted wife.  Forty years spent sacrificing her own talent, dreams and ambitions to fan the flames of her charismatic husband Joe and his skyrocketing literary career.  Ignoring his infidelities and excuses because of his "art" with grace and humor.  Their fateful pact has built a marriage upon uneven compromises.  And Joan's reached her breaking point.  On the eve of Joe's Nobel Prize for Literature, the crown jewel in a spectacular body of work, Joan's coup de grace is to confront the biggest sacrifice of her life and secret of his career.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Starring: Mackenzie Foy
Summary: All Clara wants is a key - a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift from her late mother.  A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer's annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key - which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world.  It's there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip, a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers, and Land of Sweets.  Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger, to retrieve Clara's key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world.

Judgement
Author: Joseph Finder
Summary: New York Timesbestselling author Joseph Finder returns with an explosive new thriller about a female judge and the one personal misstep that could lead to her--and her family's--undoing. It was nothing more than a one-night stand. Juliana Brody, a judge in the Superior Court of Massachusetts, is rumored to be in consideration for the federal circuit, maybe someday the highest court in the land.

Out of the Dark
Author: Gregg Hurwitz
Summary: Someone at the very highest level of government has been trying to eliminate every trace of the Orphan Program by killing all the remaining Orphans and their trainers. After Evan's mentor and the only father he ever knew was killed, he decided to strike back. His target is the man who started the program and who is now the most heavily guarded person in the world: the President of the United States.

King of Scars
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Summary: When the dark magical force within him challenges his effort to forge new alliances and build a defense against a new threat, Nikolai Lantsov, the young king of Ravka, embarks on a journey to his country's most magical places to vanquish it.

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.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

A 'Taxing' Time at the Library | @ the Library Article

This can be a "taxing season we either look forward to or dread, (depending on whether you're receiving a refund or having to pay).  Regardless, your Abilene Public Library can help make things easier with free tax forms, material to answer questions, and even free tax return preparation services.

Beginning Friday, February 1, the local American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) will provide tax return preparation at the Mockingbird Branch on Fridays and Saturdays from 9:30AM until 3:00PM.  These highly trained volunteers will be in the Main library auditorium each Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30AM to 3:00PM beginning February 6.  This service lasts through Saturday, April 13.  Both library locations open at 9:00AM, and people may register for that day's service.  However, once volunteers have as many people as they can handle, they will turn people away until another day, so we recommend getting to the location of your choice as soon as you can each morning.

The free service is primarily targeted to elderly and low income taxpayers but open to anyone.  In some cases persons will be referred to a professional tax service, if they require more than simple assistance.

You'll want to bring copies of last year's federal tax returns, all materials pertaining to this year's taxes (including W-2 forms) and Social Security cards for every family member included in the return.  Tax help is given on a first-come, first-served basis.  There are no appointments.

Tax Aid volunteers have been trained by the Internal Revenue Service, and they file taxed electronically, unless the IRS requires a paper filing.  Volunteers may not be held responsible for any tax errors.

For those doing their own returns and needing information beyond what is provided in the IRS forms and booklets, J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2018 is an easy to use, comprehensive source and can be viewed at the Main and South Branch Libraries in the reference collection.

The most basic federal income tax forms are now available free at all three library locations.  However, any forms not readily available can be printed out for 15 cents per page and a librarian can assist in printing.

If you dread tax season, your Abilene Public Library can take some of that stress away.  Drop by and let us help make the "taxing season" less taxing on you.  For further information, please contact Marie Skufca at 325-676-6025.

Article Contributed by Janis C. Test, Information Services Manager

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Book-to-Film Adaptations: February 2019

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 checking out their source materials at your library if we own them.

How to Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World
Starring: Jay Baruchel
Releases: Feb. 22
Based On: How to Train Your Dragon Series by Cressida Cowell
Summary: When Hiccup discovers Toothless isn't the only Night Fury, he must seek "The Hidden World," a secret Dragon Utopia before a hired tyrant named Grimmel finds it first.

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Jan. 27)

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: Where the Crawdads Sing
Author: Delia Owens
Weeks On List: 20
Call Number: M OWENS
Summary: For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. She's barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark. But Kya is not what they say. Abandoned at age ten, she has survived on her own in the marsh that she calls home. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life lessons from the land, learning from the false signals of fireflies the real way of this world. But while she could have lived in solitude forever, the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world -- until the unthinkable happens.

#2: Liar Liar
Author: James Patterson
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: M PATTERSON
Summary: Detective Harriet Blue is a very good cop . . . gone very bad. In the space of a week, she has committed theft and fraud, resisted arrest, assaulted a police officer, and is considered a dangerous fugitive from the law. It's all because of one man, Regan Banks.

#3: The Reckoning
Author: John Grisham
Weeks On List: 13
Call Number: F GRISHAM
Summary: Pete Banning was Clanton's favorite son, a returning war hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, father, neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning in 1946. he rose early, drove into town, walked into the church, and calmly shot and killed the Reverend Dexter Bell. As if the murder wasn't shocking enough, it was even more baffling that Pete's only statement about it - to the sheriff, to his defense attorney, to the judge, to his family and friends, and to the people of Clanton - was 'I have nothing to say'. And so the murder of the esteemed Reverend Bell became the most mysterious and unforgettable crime Ford County had ever known.

#4: Turning Point
Author: Danielle Steel
Weeks On List: 
Call Number: F STEEL
Summary: Bill Browning heads the trauma unit at San Francisco's busiest emergency room, SF General. With his ex-wife and daughters in London, he immerses himself in his work and lives for rare visits with his children. A rising star at her teaching hospital, UCSF at Mission Bay, Stephanie Lawrence has two young sons, a frustrated stay-at-home husband, and not enough time for any of them.

#5: An Anonymous Girl
Author: Greer Hendricks
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: F HENDRICKS
Summary: When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, she thinks all she'll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave. But as the questions grow more and more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr. Shields may know what she's thinking...and what she's hiding.

Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: Becoming
Author: Michelle Obama
Weeks On List: 10
Call Number: 92 OBAMA
Summary: In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America, she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private. A deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations.

#2: The First Conspiracy
Author: Brad Meltzer
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: 973.41 MEL
Summary: In 1776, an elite group of soldiers were handpicked to serve as George Washington's bodyguards. Washington trusted them; relied on them. But unbeknownst to Washington, some of them were part of a treasonous plan. In the months leading up to the Revolutionary War, these traitorous soldiers, along with the Governor of New York William Tryon and Mayor David Mathews, launched a deadly plot against the most important member of the military: George Washington himself. This is the story of the secret plot and how it was revealed. It is a story of leaders, liars, counterfeiters, and jailhouse confessors. It also shows just how hard the battle was for George Washington--and how close America was to losing the Revolutionary War. Taking place during the most critical period of our nation's birth, The First Conspiracy tells a remarkable and previously untold piece of American history that not only reveals George Washington's character, but also illuminates the origins of America's counterintelligence movement that led to the modern day CIA.

#3: Educated
Author: Tara Westover
Weeks On List: 48
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 summershe 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.

#4: The Point of It All
Author: Charles Krauthammer
Weeks On List: 7
Call Number: 814.6 KRA
Summary: For three decades, Charles Krauthammer elevated the op-ed column into a form of art. Whether holding forth on American politics or reflecting on more esoteric topics like baseball, chess and spaceflight, Krauthammer became known not only for his penetrating wit and insight, but for his ability to identify the hidden moral truths that animate our daily lives. This new collection, which Krauthammer was working on before he passed away, collects the columns, speeches, and unpublished writings that showcase Krauthammer?s philosophy on politics and life, and the legacy that he left behind.

#5: The Truths We Hold
Author: Kamala Harris
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: Not Housed
Summary: A memoir by a daughter of immigrants who was raised in Oakland, Calif., and became the second black woman ever elected to the United States Senate.

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

Friday, January 25, 2019

Home Buying 101: A Workshop for New Buyers

Did you know statistics estimate that 85% of non-homeowners ages 18-34 aspire to buy a home, but  a staggering 74% of renters who want to buy a home don't because they're afraid they won't qualify to do so?  That's quite a big disconnect isn't it?  

The process of buying a first home is a dream of many, but there's a level of apprehension when it comes to starting the process.  If the price of the home you want isn't intimidating enough (or how long it will take to pay off) there's still a lot about the process you may not understand.  Do you need a realtor?  Do you qualify for a mortgage loan?  What are opening and closing costs?  How much of a down payment do you really need?

All these questions, and plenty more, can certainly leave a potential home buyer perplexed.  Your Abilene Public Library is here to help as we'll host a Home Buying 101 workshop for potential buyers on Saturday, February 9 at 10:00AM.  Designed for adults and future homeowners, we're bringing in some local professionals to help guide you through the ins and outs of owning your first home.

Speakers at this workshop will include Brandi Sitter of Stovall Realtors whom serves Abilene and the Big Country area to discuss searching for and buying your home; Kimberly Johnson of Alliance Mortgage Group representing the loan portion of financing a home; and Blake Howard of Legacy Inspection Group to address how to evaluate a home through proper inspections for buyers to be aware of possible problems.

With the advice of these local pros, we hope you can be better informed on what it takes if you're looking to buy your first home.  This is certainly not a process you want to go through completely blind so arm yourself with the facts.

Buying a home should be one of the best experiences in your life.  Allow your library to help shoulder some of the stressful parts about it by attending this free Home Buying 101 workshop on Saturday, February 9 at 10:00AM.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Weekly Library Events (Jan. 27 - Feb. 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.

TECH Time
Monday, Jan. 28 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 twice a week on Mondays at the Mockingbird Branch Library from 10AM to noon and the South Branch Library from 2PM to 4PM, plus your Main Library will host this program on Tuesday nights from 6PM to 8PM.  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 30-minutes if others are waiting. For more information, contact staff at your nearest branch location.

TECH Time
Monday, Jan. 28 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 twice a week on Mondays at the Mockingbird Branch Library from 10AM to noon and the South Branch Library from 2PM to 4PM, plus your Main Library will host this program on Tuesday nights from 6PM to 8PM.  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 30-minutes if others are waiting. For more information, contact staff at your nearest branch location.

3D Design Class
Monday, Jan. 28 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 325-676-6025.

Tween Tech: Voice Changing
Monday, Jan. 28 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
Tweens, ages 8-15, are invited to join us for the next Tween Tech session where we dive into some great open source programs that are great for learning to use for editing photos, videos, and audio.  We focus on a new topic each session, and this time around, we’ll be exploring the art of Voice Changing. We’ll be using the Audacity program to make this happen, which is a great program to use for recording audio for playback later.  All participants will have a laptop to work on, thank to our new mobile lab setup thanks to a grant received from the Texas State Library and Archives System and the Institute for Museum and Library Services. For more information about this program, feel free to contact staff at 325-676-6067.

TECH Time
Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 6:00PM
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 twice a week on Mondays at the Mockingbird Branch Library from 10AM to noon and the South Branch Library from 2PM to 4PM, plus your Main Library will host this program on Tuesday nights from 6PM to 8PM.  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 30-minutes if others are waiting. For more information, contact staff at your nearest branch location.

Job Time: Application Assistance
Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 2:00PM
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 Library for our weekly Job Time: Application Assistance program where staff will 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 computer available for use so don’t miss your chance to participate in this program.  For additional information, contact staff at 325-437-7323.

Tabletop Teens
Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
If you’re a teen that’s into some traditional board gaming fun, you won’t want to pass up on our weekly after school Tabletop Teens gaming session at your Main Library.  Come on out and test your hands at a great lineup of games that are a bit off the beaten path like Exploding Kittens and Settlers of Catan. They’re certainly not the games your parents grew up playing.  Each session will feature more games to introduce you to, challenge your mind, build teamwork, and allow you to have some fun with your friends, while making new ones. Don’t miss out on the fun, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-676-6067.

Preschool Plus Crafts: Choose Your Craft
Thursday, Jan. 31 at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
Kids of all ages are encouraged to join your Mockingbird Branch for the final Preschool Plus Craft session of the month.  Unlike the previous sessions where we focus on a certain theme, this time around we’ll offer a Choose Your Craft session. We’ll have a few projects available for youth to just come out and choose the one that looks good to them.  Of course we’ll supply all the materials needed for this workshop, kids should just come out and be ready to have a good time. For additional information, contact staff at 325-437-7323.

LEGO My Library
Thursday, Jan. 31 at 4:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
 If you’re into LEGO building, and fun, don’t miss out on the next LEGO My Library session at your Main Library.  This is the time where we layout a sea of LEGO and platform and then see what youth are inspired to create within an hour.  Work on a project solo, or partner up with others for a joint projects, there’s no wrong way to have fun. Just come out ready to express yourself through some friendly building in this weekly program, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-676-6067.

Free Tax Help
Feb. 1-2; 10AM to 3PM
Mockingbird Branch Library
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info. 
If you need assistance e-Filing your tax return, get help at the annual Free Tax Help sessions hosted at your Abilene Public Library.  Multiple sessions will be hosted each week at your Main Library and Mockingbird Branch locations and everyone will be helped first-come, first-served.  There are only so many slots available to assist people each session so if you can't get yours done one day, try another session.  Be sure to bring all of your tax materials, Photo ID, social security cards of everyone being filed on your return, and a blank check if expecting a refund, and someone will be available to help guide you each step of the way.  If you have questions, feel free to contact staff at 325-437-7323.

South Branch Study Hall
Friday, Feb. 1 at 2:30PM
South Branch Library
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info. 
Do you need time and space to do class projects, work on computers, complete your homework, fill out forms, etc.?  If so, the South Branch Library is a great place to be on Fridays as we host a weekly Study Hall session that is just for local students.  Each study hall session will feature our brand new Mobile Lab that will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. This lab consists of 20 laptop computers, which were purchased with a grant from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission through the Institute of Museum and Library Services. We hope you’ll come out and make use of the mobile lab, as well as this dedicated time in the the South Branch Library’s meeting room, to complete your homework away from home.  If you have questions, contact staff at 325-698-7565. 

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