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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Weekly Library Events (June 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.

Pokemon Meetup
Sun, June 2 @ 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, 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.  Gameplay will be for youth up to ages 14 playing from 1:30PM to 2:30PM, then young adults and adults ages 15 and older will play from 2:30PM to 4:30PM. 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.


Free Summer Meals @ Your Library
Mon-Fri; 11:30AM to 12:30PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
Your Mockingbird Branch Library is partnering with AISD's Summer Feeding Program to continue to offer children nutritious meals to help them learn, grow, and thrive when school is out.  This program is setup to run June 3 through July 26 where youth and teens ages 18 and younger are encouraged to visit the library and enjoy a healthy meal, at no cost.  Your Mockingbird Branch is just one of 17 meal sites for the summer and we will offer this service Mondays through Fridays.  For Saturday and Sunday times, you will need to visit this page online.  Plus, some sites do offer breakfast too.  There will be no meal service offered on July 4th or 5th in observance of Independence Day.  For more information about the Summer Feeding Program, feel free to contact the Abilene ISD Student Nutrition Department at 325-677-1444 ext. 7542 or you may contact staff at the library at 325-437-7323.

TECH Time
Mon, June 3 @ 10:00AM
Mockingbird Branch

1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
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
Mon, June 3 @ 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.


Video Game Creation Camp - Day 1
Mon, June 3 @ 2:00PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
This camp is free and spaces are limited. To register, CLICK HERE.



Do you love video games? Want to learn how to make your own? Your Mockingbird Branch Library has the camp for you! Video Game Creation Camp is for teens ages 12-18 and during this 4-day camp you will learn the basics to build your own game using different platforms. Each session is two hours long and all technology will be provided through our Mobile Lab, made possible thanks to a grant received from the Texas State Library & Archives Commission and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Please note, you are welcome to bring your own laptop or tablet if desired.
 

Engineering Camp
Mon, June 3 @ 4:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
Join us for this new summer series at your Main Library!  Challenge your creative and building skills by coming out to learn and explore with different tools to build whatever you can imagine.  Designed for ages 8-18, we’ve got the classic, and everyone’s favorite, LEGO. Plus we’ll have additional items including the K’NEX for construction building (like mini Roller Coasters), Makedo’s that allow you to build with cardboard so you can build a rocket ship or animals big or small.  If computers are more your style, you’re going to love Snap Circuits, which allows you to build electronic based projects. Come see what your imagination can create and build. For more information, contact staff at 325-676-6067.


Family Fun: Astronauts in Space
Mon, June 3 @ 5:00PM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
It’s all about astronauts and space at your South Branch Library for the next Family Fun event.  Kids of all ages, and parents too, are invited out for this special interactive storytime where children’s staff will be sharing stories, games, crafts, and more that will teach you all about space, and those brave men and women who travel there.  Perfect for the Summer Reading Club theme this year! For more information about this activity, feel free to contact staff at 325-698-7565.

Know Your Rights: Landlords & Tenants
Mon, June 3 @ 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
RESCHEDULED FROM MAY 20: If you have an interest in better understanding your legal rights, you’ll certainly want to be a part of this new monthly legal series at your Main Library. Join us as we host another session of the Know Your Rights workshop, led by Cornelia Alvarez of Legal Aid of Northwest Texas, as she leads you through understanding your rights and responsibilities in legal situations. Each month will focus on a different topic and this month we’ll be learning about the rights of landlords and tenants. Come with your questions, and something to take notes on, and get the information you need from a local legal professional. For additional information, contact staff at 325-676-6025.  

Video Game Creation Camp - Day 2
Tues, June 4 @ 2:00PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
This camp is free and spaces are limited. To register, CLICK HERE.



Do you love video games? Want to learn how to make your own? Your Mockingbird Branch Library has the camp for you! Video Game Creation Camp is for teens ages 12-18 and during this 4-day camp you will learn the basics to build your own game using different platforms. Each session is two hours long and all technology will be provided through our Mobile Lab, made possible thanks to a grant received from the Texas State Library & Archives Commission and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Please note, you are welcome to bring your own laptop or tablet if desired.


Summer Blast Off Party
Tues, June 4 @ 3:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
Blast off into Summer at your Main library as we’ll be hosting a special space party to help celebrate this year’s Summer Reading Club theme of “A Universe of Stories.”  Designed for kids and families, we’ll have crafts, we’ll have photobooth props, we’ll even have a space backdrop for taking pictures in front of...and you’ll get to hear about all the exciting new programs happening this summer and have fun hanging out at the library.  For more information, contact staff at 325-676-6067.


LEGO Club Junior
Tues, June 4 @ 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 session.  Hosted in the children's area, 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 youth. For more information about the LEGO Club at your South Branch Library, contact staff at 325-698-7565.


Teen LEGO Club
Tues, June 4 @ 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.


Dungeons & Dragons Gaming
Tues, June 4 @ 5:30PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
Need a place to host or play D&D during the summer?  You’re in luck. Teens are invited out for some gameplay as we’ll be hosting three hour sessions every Tuesday evening starting at 5:30PM in our study room at the Mockingbird Branch Library.  We’ll provide three main manuals, dice, and character sheets, so if you’re a Dungeon Master, or seeking to go on an adventure, we encourage you to join us. Contact staff at 325-437-7323 for details.


TECH Time
Tues, June 4 @ 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.


Family Coloring Club
Wed, June 5 @ 10:00AM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Families are invited to join us for a great Coloring Club session at your South Branch Library and designed for all ages.  Parents are invited to come out with your kids and engage in some fun coloring activities with pages and supplies available for all coloring tastes and levels. You may also feel free to bring your own coloring pages and books if you’d like as well. Coloring is great for giving you the time to take a break from your hectic lives, relieve some stress, and have a little fun without any rules to follow. Come meet new families, make new friends, and enjoy yourself at this great event. Don’t miss out on this stress-free program at your library. For more information, contact staff at 325-698-7565.


Job Time: Application Assistance
Wed, June 5 @ 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 computers available for use so don’t miss your chance to participate in this program.  For additional information, contact staff at 325-437-7323.


Video Game Creation Camp - Day 3
Wed, June 5 @ 2:00PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
This camp is free and spaces are limited. To register, CLICK HERE.



Do you love video games? Want to learn how to make your own? Your Mockingbird Branch Library has the camp for you! Video Game Creation Camp is for teens ages 12-18 and during this 4-day camp you will learn the basics to build your own game using different platforms. Each session is two hours long and all technology will be provided through our Mobile Lab, made possible thanks to a grant received from the Texas State Library & Archives Commission and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Please note, you are welcome to bring your own laptop or tablet if desired.


Teen Gaming Club
Wed, June 5 @ 3:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067 for Info.
If you’re a teen who’s into gaming, we want you to be a part of our new gaming club at your Main Library this summer.  Don’t pass up on attending this weekly event where you’ll get the chance to come together for an afternoon of gaming on board games or video games in the Teen Zone.  We’ll supply the games, or feel free to bring your own too. For additional information, contact staff at 325-676-6067.


Video Game Creation Camp - Final Day
Thurs, June 6 @ 2:00PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
This camp is free and spaces are limited. To register, CLICK HERE.



Do you love video games? Want to learn how to make your own? Your Mockingbird Branch Library has the camp for you! Video Game Creation Camp is for teens ages 12-18 and during this 4-day camp you will learn the basics to build your own game using different platforms. Each session is two hours long and all technology will be provided through our Mobile Lab, made possible thanks to a grant received from the Texas State Library & Archives Commission and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Please note, you are welcome to bring your own laptop or tablet if desired.


Preschool Plus Crafts: I Am an Astronaut
Thurs, June 6 @ 6:00PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
Everyone dreams of being an astronaut at some point when they’re a kid, right?  If you have, we invite you to be a part of the next Preschool Plus Crafts session at your Mockingbird Branch.  Designed for the younger crowd, we’ll supply the materials needed to let you make a craft to imagine what it would be like as an astronaut...we’re making DIY telescopes for stargazing at night.  Don’t pass up on this activity, and for additional information, contact staff at 325-437-7323.


STEAM'ed: Life of a Star
Thurs, June 6 @ 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
Adults won’t want to miss the next STEAM’ed event at your Main Library, where we delve into topics relating to science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics.  As it’s the Summer Reading Club, and the theme is “A Universe of Stories,” at this session we’ll be learning about the life and death of stars and the amazing possibilities of black holes.  This will be a great time to hear about how millions of stars exist and die out. Our presenter for the evening will be a physicist and former university professor. For additional information, contact staff at 325-676-6025.


Internet Basics Class
Fri, June 7 @ 10:30AM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
If you’re an adult with an interest in learning the ins and outs of using the Internet, this Internet Basics Class at your South Branch Library is a great place to start.  Participants will each be provided with a laptop to use for hands-on training, provided thanks to a grant received from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.  At this session, learn how to connect and navigate the Internet, use search engines, some social media platforms, and email too. This class is designed for users with little to no experience, so feel free to sign up and attend.  For more information about this class, contact staff at 325-698-7565.


Storytime from Space
Fri, June 7 @ 4:30PM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Join your South Branch Library for a special summer series for local youth to witness astronauts reading great children’s books at Storytime from Space on the International Space Station.  And this is all being done while the earth rotates below them. Each Friday afternoon during the summer reading club, youth will learn about what it takes to live and work in space, while enjoying great stories, in this project of the Global Space Education Foundation.  For more information, contact staff at 325-698-7565.


LEGO Galore
Sat, June 8 @ 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 then 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: "Zathura: A Space Adventure"
Sat, June 8 @ 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.  Hosted twice a month, each session features popular family flicks you’ll certainly want to watch and time and time again.  For the Summer Reading Club months, we’ll be blasting off into space with a series of great sci-fi adventure flicks. At this session, we’ll be going back to 2005 as we watch “Zathura: A Space Adventure” starring Josh Hutcherson, Jonah Bobo, Dax Shepard, and Kristen Stewart...plus, it’s a follow-up to 1995’s “Jumanji.”  In this film, two young brothers are drawn into an intergalactic adventure when their house is hurled through the depths of space by the magical board game they are playing. This film is rated PG for fantasy action and peril, and some language, and it has a run time of 1 hour and 41 minutes. Plus, you can also look for checking out the book it was adapted from, of the same name by author Chris Van Allsburg.  Light snacks will be served, or feel free to bring in your own snacks and food for the movie. For additional information, contact staff at 325-698-7565.


Saturday Matinee: "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1"
Sat, June 8 @ 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 Abilene Public Library, don’t miss out on being a part of the Saturday Matinee sessions at your South Branch Library.  At this session, we’re blasting off into space for the Summer Reading Club, and at this movie showing we’ll be going back to 2014 to watch “Guardians of the Galaxy” starring Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, and host of familiar actors.  In this hit Marvel flick, after stealing a mysterious orb in outer space, Peter Quill is now the main target of a manhunt led by the villain Ronan the Accuser. To help fight Ronan and his team, and save the Galaxy from his power, Quill creates a team of space heroes to save the galaxy.  This film is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language, and has a run time of 2 hours and 1 minute. Light snacks will be served, or feel free to bring in your own snacks and food for the movie. For additional information, contact staff at 325-698-7565.


Family Films: "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial"
Sat, June 8 @ 2:30PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info. 
Looking to catch a great sci-fi family movie at your Mockingbird Branch Library?  Join us this afternoon for a free showing of “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” starring Henry Thomas and Drew Barrymore, and directed by Steven Spielberg.  In this film, after a gentle alien becomes stranded on earth, he’s befriended by a boy named Elliott. Bringing the alien into his suburban California house, Elliott introduces E.T. to his brother and little sister, and the children decide to keep its existence a secret.  Soon, however, E.T. falls ill, resulting in government intervention and a dire situation for both Elliott and the alien. This film is rated PG for language and mild thematic elements and has a run time of 1 hr and 55 min. Light snacks will be provided or feel free to bring your own.

Amy's Book Corner: "Better Than Before"

Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives
Place Hold
Author: Gretchen Rubin
Reviewed by: Amy Watterman, Information Services Librarian

Book Summary: Habits are the invisible architecture of our lives.  Rubin provides an analytical and scientific framework from which to understand these habits - as well as change them for good.  Infused with her compelling voice and funny stories, she illustrates the core principles or habit formation with dozens of strategies that she uses herself and tests out on others.  Rubin provides tools to help readers better understand themselves, and presents a clear, practical menu of strategies so readers cal take an individualized approach.  She tackles each strategy herself and in doing so shows us the importance of knowing ourselves and our own habit tendencies.  Armed with self-knowledge, we can pursue habits in ways that will truly work for us, not against us.  Going to the gym can be as easy, effortless, and automatic as putting on a seatbelt.  We can file expense reports, take time for fun, or pass up that piece of carrot cake without having to decide.  With a foundation of good habits, we can build a life that reflects our values and goals.

Amy's Review: Now I know, you might have zoned out when reading "an analytical and scientific framework" but stay with me.  I have heard of Gretchen Rubin before but have yet to read any of her books until now.  I was wanting to start/develop some good habits and this book seemed like it would help.  I'm usually not a fan of "self-help" books so for me to go through a whole book about developing habits says something about the book...or at least I think it does.

I listened to the audiobook version, which is read by Rubin.  I enjoyed it since it comes across more as a conversation with a friend than just a book being read.  But as I was listening to it I wanted a physical copy so I could take notes, go back, and read passages again.  So maybe the best option would be to get both audio and physical books and listen while reading the book.  I would probably buy this book so I can own it and write in it.  Yes...I'm one of those people that writes in books...but only books that I own and I never donate those for book sales.

The book is about starting or developing habits.  It goes beyond "do this thing for 21 days and now you have a habit."  Rubin covers different strategies and ways you can develop different types of habits, since not all habits are the same thing.  In a previous book by Rubin, she covers the Four Tendencies or personality profiles.  They are Upholder, Obliger, Rebel, and Questioner.  They are covered briefly in this book so you can figure out what Tendency you are or you can go to her website and take the quiz.  She approaches each habit formation type with how it could work for each of the tendencies, but also some obstacles that could pop up.

Rubin tries out the different strategies for herself, along with roping in willing family members and friends who have a habit they want to develop.  She also provides follow-up from the different "test subjects" on how the strategies worked for them.  I liked that she did this because it shows that nothing is perfect and that participants adapted it to fit themselves and their needs.

The different habits that were covered included - cutting down the amount of wine one drinks, reading more, adding more walking to your day, and making the gym more convenient.  These were personal to each person and given as examples.  You, the reader, will have your own habits you want to form apart from these.

Rubin also covers obstacles in regards to rewards and having a deadline.  What do you do after hitting the deadline or goal?  Do you feel motivated to keep going?  Do you reward yourself for doing something good by doing something bad?  "I ate healthy for one month so I will reward myself by eating a whole chocolate cake."

I really enjoyed this book because it takes different strategies and shows how it can work for different personalities.  I think it would be a very useful book to have and be able to refer back to over time since habits change and we might want to start new ones.  The Abilene Public Library owns a variety of Rubin's books that are available for checkout.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

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.

Long Road to Mercy (Atlee Pine #1)
Author: David Baldacci
Summary: Atlee Pine, an FBI special agent assigned to the remote wilds of the western United States. Ever since her twin sister was abducted by a notorious serial killer at age five, Atlee has spent her life hunting down those who hurt others. And she's the best at it. She could be one of the Bureau's top criminal profilers, if she didn't prefer catching criminals in the vast wilderness of the West to climbing the career ladder in the D.C. office. Her chosen mission is a lonesome one--but that suits her just fine. Now, Atlee is called in to investigate the mutilated carcass of a mule found in the Grand Canyon--and hopefully, solve the disappearance of its rider. But this isn't the only recent disappearance. In fact, it may be just the first clue, the key to unraveling a rash of other similar missing persons cases in the canyon.

The Stiehl Assassin (Fall of Shannara #3)
Author: Terry Brooks
Summary: After The Black Elfstone and The Skaar Invasion comes the next chapter in the Fall of Shannara, a saga more than four decades in the making. The Skaar have arrived in the Four Lands, determined to stop at nothing less than all-out conquest. They badly need a new home, but peaceful coexistence is not a concept they have ever understood. An advance force under the command of the mercurial princess Ajin has already established a foothold, but now the full Skaar army is on the march--and woe betide any who stand in its way. But perhaps the Skaar victory is not quite the foregone conclusion everyone assumes. The Druid Drisker Arc has freed both himself and Paranor from their involuntary exile. Drisker's student, Tarsha Kaynin, has been reunited with Dar, chief defender of what is left of the Druid order, and is learning to control her powerful wishsong magic. If they can only survive Tarsha's brother, Tavo, and the Druid who betrayed Drisker Arc, they might stand a chance of defeating the Skaar. But that isa very big if. as Tavo now carries the Stiehl--one of the most powerful weapons in all the Four Lands--and is hellbent on taking his revenge on everyone he feels has wronged him.

Duel at Araluen
Author: John Flanagan
Summary: International bestselling author John Flanagan returns to world of Ranger's Apprentice in this new installment of the Royal Ranger series starring Maddie, Will Treaty's fearless young apprentice.King Duncan and Princess Cassandra are trapped in the south tower of Castle Araluen and under near-constant attack from the Red Fox Clan. Sir Horace and Ranger Commandant Gilan are holed up in an old hill fort, surrounded by the enemy. And Ranger's apprentice Maddie is the only one who can save them all.With the help of Hal, Thorn, and the rest of the Heron brotherband, Maddie will have to break her father and his men out of the hill fort, but will they reach Castle Araluen in time? International bestselling author of the Ranger's Apprentice and Brotherband series, John Flanagan returns in the captivating next installment of the Royal Ranger series: The Royal Ranger: Duel at Araluen. Perfect for fans of J.R.R. Tolkien, Brian Jacques's Redwall, and George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones!

Queen Bee
Author: Dorothea Benton Frank
Summary: Beekeeper Holly McNee Kensen quietly lives in a world of her own on Sullivan's Island, tending her hives and working at the local island library. Holly calls her mother The Queen Bee because she's a demanding hulk of a woman. Her mother, a devoted hypochondriac, might be unaware that she's quite ill but that doesn't stop her from tormenting Holly. To escape the drama, Holly's sister Leslie married and moved away, wanting little to do with island life. Holly's escape is to submerge herself in the lives of the two young boys next door and their widowed father, Archie.  Her world is upended when the more flamboyant Leslie returns and both sisters, polar opposites, fixate on what's happening in their neighbor's home. Is Archie really in love with that awful ice queen of a woman? If Archie marries her, what will become of his little boys? Restless Leslie is desperate for validation after her imploded marriage, squandering her favors on any and all takers. Their mother ups her game in an uproarious and theatrical downward spiral. Scandalized Holly is talking to her honey bees a mile a minute, as though they'll give her a solution to all the chaos. Maybe they will.

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, May 26, 2019

"Summer Reading is a Comin' In" | @ the Library Article

Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring people who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.  Originally called Decoration Day, from the early tradition of decorating graves with flowers, wreaths, and flags, Memorial Day was first widely observed on May 30, 1868 to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers.  Many people also wear "buddy poppies" often made by disabled veterans to commemorate the fallen.

Memorial Day also means the beginning of summer, as school is now out and people are thinking of warm weather, vacations, and outdoor activities.  At Abilene Public Library we are ready for our Summer Reading Clubs and all the programs and activities that go with them, and we hope you are too!  This year's theme for all three reading clubs is "A Universe of Stories" and we will be having fun exploring outer space, reading science fiction, and hosting programs featuring robots, computer coding, crafts, and more.

Kids, teens, and adults have their own clubs, but the basic rules are the same - pick up a reading packet at any of our three library locations, read books, attend programs, and enter them on your log.  Return the log by July 31st to any library location to be entered into a drawing for some great prizes.

Young Audiences of Abilene has been one of our summer partners for the past 23 years and we are looking forward to having them return this year with Soul Street Dance Company on June 11 and Key City Brass Quintet on June 25.  Young Audiences performances are always at 10:45AM and 3:00PM at the Main Library auditorium (202 Cedar St.).

We'll have two more great performers in July, so be sure to check our online calendar of events at www.abilenetx.gov/apl where you can see dates, times, and descriptions of all the programs we are having at all three library locations, and register for those that require registration.  Just click on the 'Events' graphic and see what all is on offer on any given day.

We also have a new summer partner in the Abilene Independent School District and the FDA's Summer Feeding Program.  The Mockingbird Branch Library will be a location for this program which offers free meals for any child, tween, or teen 17 & under, Monday - Friday from June 3 through July 26th beginning at 11:30AM each week day.  Kids don't have to be AISD students, or even residents of Abilene to participate!  With great programs before and after lunch, this is a great way to keep stomachs and brains full and active throughout the summer.

A few other highlights of our summer will include a new adult book club, the Out of This World book club with the motto "Take me to your Reader."  The first book is Redshirts by John Scalzi - and as everyone knows, wearing a red shirt in at least one science fiction world can be dangerous to your health.  We'll have special Star Trek movies each month, and camps where you can learn how to code video games, control robots, and more.

There's never a dull moment at Abilene Public Library during the summer, and we hope you will come in to see for yourself.

Article Contributed by Janis C. Test, Information Services Manager

Saturday, May 25, 2019

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of May 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: Where the Crawdads Sing
Author: Delia Owens
Weeks On List: 37
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: The 18th Abduction
Author: James Patterson
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: M PATTERSON
Summary: Detective Lindsay Boxer teams up with intrepid journalist Cindy Thomas to investigate the disappearance of three schoolteachers amid rumors of a notorious Eastern European war criminal spotted on the streets of San Francisco.
 
#3: The Night Window
Author: Dean Koontz
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F KOONTZ
Summary: Groundbreaking, wholly involving, eerily prescient and terrifyingly topical, Dean Koontz's Jane Hawk series sets a new standard for contemporary thrillers. Since her sensational debut in The Silent Corner, readers have been riveted by Jane Hawk's resolute quest to take down the influential architects of an accelerating operation to control every level of society via an army of mind-altered citizens. At first, only Jane stood against the "Arcadian" conspirators, but slowly others have emerged to stand with her, even as there are troubling signs that the "adjusted" people are beginning to spin viciously out of control.
 
#4: Redemption
Author: David Baldacci
Weeks On List: 5
Call Number: F BALDACCI
Summary: Confronted by the first murder suspect of his early career while visiting his hometown, FBI detective Amos Decker reexamines startling connections to another crime that make him question if he arrested the wrong man years earlier.
 
#5: Blessing in Disguise
Author: Danielle Steel
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: F STEEL
Summary: Isabelle McAvoy (58), private art consultant in New York City. The first half of the book focuses on her past, having three daughters with three different men and following her through each of those relationships. Her first love was a reclusive American living in France, much older than her, who was always a part of their daughter's life, though they never married.
 
Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5
 
#1: Howard Stern Comes Again
Author: Howard Stern
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: Not Housed
Summary: This book is a feast of conversation and more, as between the lines Stern offers his definitive autobiography—a magnum opus of confession and personal exploration. Tracy Morgan opens up about his near-fatal car crash. Lady Gaga divulges her history with cocaine. Madonna reminisces on her relationship with Tupac Shakur. Bill Murray waxes philosophical on the purpose of life. Jerry Seinfeld offers a master class on comedy. Harvey Weinstein denies the existence of the so-called casting couch. An impressive array of creative visionaries weigh in on what Stern calls “the climb”—the stories of how they struggled and eventually prevailed. As he writes in the introduction, “If you’re having trouble finding motivation in life and you’re looking for that extra kick in the ass, you will find it in these pages.”
 
#2: The Pioneers
Author: David McCullough
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: 977 MCC
Summary: Best-selling author David McCullough tells the story of the settlers who began America's migration west, overcoming almost-unimaginable hardships to build in the Ohio wilderness a town and a government that incorporated America's highest ideals.
 
#3: Becoming
Author: Michelle Obama
Weeks On List: 27
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.
 
#4: Educated
Author: Tara Westover
Weeks On List: 65
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: The British Are Coming
Author: Rick Atkinson
Weeks On List: 5
Call Number: 973.3 ATK
Summary: Rick Atkinson, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning An Army at Dawn and two other masterly books about World War II, has long been admired for his unparalleled ability to write deeply researched, stunningly vivid narrative history. Now he turns his attention to a new war, and in the initial volume of the Revolution Trilogy he tells the story of the first twenty months of the bloody struggle to shake free of King George's shackles. From the battles at Lexington and Concord in spring 1775 to those at Trenton and Princeton in winter 1777, the ragtag Continental Army takes on the world's most formidable fighting force and gradually finds the will and the way to win.
 
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.
 

Youth Can Catch Movies & Crafts in Mockingbird Series

For most of us in the Big Country, school ended on Friday, May 24!  Your Mockingbird Branch Library has two quick and easy programs to offer to your kids before things really get going for when the Summer Reading Clubs strike on June 1.  Come help us get the summer into full swing by stopping in for two great movie and craft sessions, featuring great Disney movies this upcoming week.

Movie and craft sessions have proven to be very popular at your library, and we wanted to make sure to offer families two chances to get their kids involved in the fun at your library this May.  Take a look at our two featured events for this week, and be sure to join in on the movie fun!

Movie & Craft: Moana (PG)
Tues, May 28 at 2:30PM
Arrive early to this session and youth will be able to get hands-on with making a great craft inspired by the movie.  Come design your own necklace using modeling clay, a little paint, and sea shells in this easy craft everyone will want to participate in.  While your necklace is drying, settle in to watch Disney's Moana, then be sure to grab your necklace before you leave for the afternoon.  In this movie, Moana is a sea voyaging enthusiast and the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators.  When her island's fishermen can't catch any fish ant he crops fail, she learns that the demigod Maui caused the blight by stealing the heart of the goddess, Te Fiti.  The only way to heal the island is to persuade Maui to return Te Fiti's heart, so Moana sets off on an epic journey across the Pacific.

Movie & Craft: The Sword in the Stone (G)
Thurs, May 30 at 2:30PM
As the featured craft for this classic tale, youth will want to arrive early and make your own crown so you can be the king or queen of your own fairytale kingdom.  Then place it on your head and settle in for a great flick as we watch the animated version of the legend in The Sword in the Stone.  In this film, Arthur (aka Wart) is a young boy who aspires to be a knight's squire.  On a hunting trip he falls in on Merlin, a powerful but amnesiac wizard who has plans for Wart beyond mere squiredom.  He starts by trying to give Wart an education (whatever that is), believing that once one has an education, one can go anywhere.  Needless to say, it doesn't quite work out that way.

Post Contributed by Anne Ellis, Mockingbird Branch Manager

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Weekly Library Events (May 26 - June 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.

Sunday Fun Day
Sun, May 26 at 2:00PM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Your weekend just got better! The South Branch Library will host a new program called Sunday, Fun Day! inside the Mall of Abilene in the Woman’s Dillard’s Courtyard from 2-3pm on the last Sunday of each month. Come and join in on our STEAM Challenges. Explore activities using science, technology, engineering, art, and math. We’ll have a variety of challenges for you to complete and all materials will be provided. The whole family is invited to the fun, free hour-long event, so you won’t want to miss it.

South Branch Study Hall
Sun, May 26 at 2:00PM
South Branch
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 Sundays 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.

TECH Time
Mon, May 27 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.

Movie & Craft: "Moana"
Tues, May 28 at 2:30PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
Youth are invited out for special Movie & Craft sessions at your Mockingbird Branch where we’ll be showing some hit family-friendly flicks, and then making a craft inspired by the movie.  For our first session, join us as we watch the hit 2016 Disney flick “Moana,” with the voices of Auli’i Cravalho and Dwayne Johnson. In this movie, Moana is a sea voyaging enthusiast and the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators.  When her island’s fishermen can’t catch any fish and the crops fail, she learns that to heal the island is to persuade Maui to return Te Fiti’s heart, so Moana sets off on an epic journey across the Pacific. This film is rated PG for peril, some scary images, and brief thematic elements and it has a run time of 1 hour and 47 minutes.  Plus, we’ll also be making some seashell necklaces too, all materials supplied.

TECH Time
Tues, May 28 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.

Common Threads: Knitting & Crochet Club
Tues, May 28 at 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6025 for Info.
Now being hosted on a new day and night, local knitters and crocheters of all skill levels are invited to come out and join us for the next session of Common Threads: Knitting & Crochet Club.  This is a great monthly series for people to gather, socialize, and find out about new and interesting things from each other about the world of yarn. Bring out your projects and we’ll work together, share techniques and skills, and have fun seeing what we can learn to make.

Job Time: Application Assistance
Wed, May 29 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.

Tabletop Teens
Wed, May 29 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.

Movie & Craft: "The Sword in the Stone"
Thurs, May 30 at 2:30PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
Get ready for another Movie & Craft session at your Mockingbird Branch Library, where youth will be invited out for a great afternoon movie, and then we’ll make a great craft inspired by the flick.  For this program, we’ll be headed back to the year 1963 to watch a great animated Disney flick with “The Sword in the Stone.” In this film, Arthur is a young boy who aspires to be a knight’s squire.  On a hunting trip he falls in on Merlin, a powerful but amnesiac wizard who plans for Arthur beyond mere squiredom. He starts by trying to give him an education, believing that once one has an education, one can go anywhere...but it doesn’t quite work out that way.  This film is rated G for all audiences and has a run time of 1 hour and 19. Then stick around as we’ll also be making our own crowns to wear to remember the program by.

LEGO My Library
Thurs, May 30 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.

Read to a Dog Day
Sat, June 1 @ 10:00AM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323 for Info.
Kick off the Summer Reading Clubs with a special event for youth at your Mockingbird Branch Library this morning.  We’re welcoming out the Tail Waggin’ Tutors for an interactive literacy event featuring registered therapy dogs. Youth are invited to drop in, choose a book, and then read to an audience that won’t worry if you make a mistake or fumble some words.  Therapy dogs are patient and polite listeners. Don’t miss out on this great event, with more hosted throughout the summer, and contact staff at 325-437-7323 if you have any questions. We do ask that you leave your own pets at home.


Space Art: Van Gogh's Starry Night
Sat, June 1 at 2:00PM
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565 for Info.
Start your summer off right!  Come join the fun at the South Branch Library as we explore space from the ideas of several artists. Up first is Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Learn about the painting and technique as we celebrate both art and space!  Kids can leave their art created for display in the library. For more information, contact staff at 325-698-7565.