Friday, November 21, 2014

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Nov. 23)

Many patrons browse the new materials section of the library to discover the latest popular reads.  Part of finding them is browsing the New York Times Bestsellers lists we make available to locate that popular title, or get yourselves on the reserve lists.  Check out this blog entry to discover the latest to lead the pack on the Hardcover Fiction & Non-Fiction lists for the upcoming week.

Hardcover Fiction Top 5

#1: Revival
Author: Stephen King
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F KING
Summary: The continuing relationship, over five decades, between a disgraced clergyman who is fascinated by electricity and a drug-addicted musician whom he mentored as a boy. 

#2: Gray Mountain
Author: John Grisham
Position Last Week: 1
Weeks On List: 4
Call Number: F GRISHAM
Summary: A downsized Wall Street lawyer joins a legal clinic in a small Virginia town. 

#3: Flesh and Blood
Author: Patricia Cornwell
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: M CORNWELL
Summary: As the Boston Marathon trial approaches, Dr. Kay Scarpetta, the chief medical examiner for the state of Massachusetts, pursues a sniper who may be a vigilante; the 22nd Scarpetta novel. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Weekly Events @ Your Library (Nov. 24-29)

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 of events, visit our main website to take a look at our interactive calendar, and remember, all programming is offered FREE of charge.

Nov. 25 @ 6:30PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
325-437-7323 for Info.
Join us for the final Family Fun event of the month that celebrates one of the best desserts at the Thanksgiving table...PIE!!!  Everything will be about pie with stories, crafts, songs, and more so feel free to join in on this special event as we get closer to the holidays! 

Nov. 27-28, All Day
All Locations
325-677-2474 for Info.
All locations of the library will be closed November 27-28 in observance of the Thanksgiving holidays.  For your convenience, outside materials returns will be available at all three locations if you need to return materials.  We will resume our normal hours on Saturday, Nov. 29 @ 9AM.  Happy Thanksgiving.

Don't miss out on these fun activities being hosted at your Abilene Public Library and get in on what your local library has to offer.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Tremain's Book Corner: "The Andy Cohen Diaries" by Andy Cohen

The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year
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Author: Andy Cohen
Reviewed By: Tremain Jackson, South Branch Manager

Book Summary: As a TV producer and host of the smash late night show "Watch What Happens Live," Cohen has a front row seat to an exciting world not many get to see.  In this dishy, detailed diary of one year in his life, Andy goes out on the town, drops names, hosts a ton of shows, becomes codependent with the Real Housewives, makes trouble, calls his mom, drops some more names, and, while searching for love, finds it with a dog.  We learn everything from which celebrity peed in her WWHL dressing room to which Housewives are causing trouble and how.  Nothing is off limits - including dating.  We see Andy at home and with close friends and family.  Throughout, Andy tells us not only what goes down, but exactly what he thinks about it. 

Personal Review: If you're not a fan of the Bravo Channel, you probably haven't heard of Andy Cohen, but if this station has turned you into a Bravoholic (guilty as charged), you're going to want to get your hands on Cohen's latest book!

Coming off the heels of his previous bestseller, Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture, I do feel that unless you're a fan of the shows he's created, produced, or hosted, you may not find this book to be that much of an interesting read as it could be.  Candidly written, fans will follow Cohen over the course of a year, and get a better sense at everything this poor guy has to go through, especially when dealing with some of the "colorful" Bravolebrities.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Today's Top Releases in Books & DVDs @ Your Library

Everyone loves staying on top of the latest in books & DVDs, and we receive them on a regular basis at your Abilene Public Library.  Tuesdays are the biggest days of the week in the world of libraries, as these are the days that the bulk of all materials are released for the week.  Join us as we hit the highlights of some of the more popular titles coming to your library, and be sure to get ourselves on the reserve lists!

If I Stay
Starring: Chloe Grace Moretz
Summary: Life changes in an instant for young Mia Hall after a car accident puts her in a coma.  During an out-of-body experience, she must decide whether to wake up and live a life far different than she had imagined.  This film is rated PG-13 for thematic elements and some sexual material.  Based on the novel by Gayle Forman, published in 2009, the adaptation opened to mixed reviews form the critics, but was received by moviegoers as it took in $75.3 million in the box office. 

22 Jump Street
Starring: Channing Tatum
Summary: After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt and Jenko when they go deep undercover at a local college.  Serving as a sequel to the 2012 film, this entry is rated R for language throughout, sexual content, drug material, brief nudity and some violence.  Receiving positive reviews from the critics, people flocked to the theaters to see this sequel as it took in $327.9 million in the box office, and there will also be a third installment to come in the future. 

Into the Storm
Starring: Richard Armitage
Summary: Storm trackers, thrill-seekers, and everyday townspeople document an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes touching down in the town of Silverton.  This film is rated PG-13 for sequences of intense destruction and peril, and language including some sexual references.  Receiving mixed reviews from the critics, it did well in the box office with taking in $157.6 million. 

The Escape
Author: David Baldacci
Summary: Baldacci returns with another installment of the series starring John Puller, a combat veteran and special agent with the U.S. Army who is the man they call to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation.  But all of his training, experience, and skills will not prepare him for the newest case, one that will force him to hunt down the most formidable and brilliant prey he has ever tracked: his own brother. 

The Job: A Fox and O'Hare Novel
Author: Janet Evanovich
Summary: Check out the third installment in the series that teams FBI Special Agent Kate O'Hare up with the charming con man Nicolas Fox, as they bring down the world's most-wanted and untouchable felons.  Now they're on the hunt for the brutal leader of a global drug-smuggling empire.  No one knows what he looks like, where he is, or how to find him, but Fox has a few tricks up his sleeve, and O'Hare just hopes to come out of it alive. 

The Cinderella Murder
Author: Mary Higgins Clark
Summary: In the first book of a new series, co-authored with Alafair Burke, the "Queen of Suspense" offers a brand new series about a television program featuring cold case murders called "Under Suspicion."  The pilot is a success, but one case, the Cinderella Murder, may prove to be a case to attract great ratings as the former suspects include Hollywood's elite and tech billionaires.  The suspense and drama are perfect for the silver screen - but is Cinderella's murderer ready for a close-up?

Look out for these great titles at your Abilene Public Library, and get yourselves on the reserve lists so you're certain to keep up with some of the popular releases of the week.  Plus, stop by every Tuesday to get a look at even more popular releases, or try listening to our Podcast.

Monday, November 17, 2014

"Discover New Kids' Portal to eBooks on OverDrive" ~ @ the Library Article

It doesn't take much arm-twisting on the Abilene Public Library's part to convince patrons of how amazing the OverDrive collection of eBooks and audiobooks is.

We've offered this service for years, giving everyone with an Abilene Public Library card access to great digital content 24/7, no matter where they are.  That's something we all can get behind, right?  Plus, OverDrive is available on the leading smartphones, tablets and eReaders.

Although there's a massive collection of digital content for the general adult audience, you may not know that we also carry popular materials for children through high school age.

Children's materials have been a bit harder to find because, until now, one had to wade through the entire collection to find their listings.  That's not the case any longer - we've launched a new kids' portal on OverDrive.

Friday, November 14, 2014

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Nov. 16)

Many patrons browse the new materials section of the library to discover the latest popular reads.  Part of finding them is browsing the New York Times Bestsellers lists we make available to locate that popular title, or get yourselves on the reserve lists.  Check out this blog entry to discover the latest to lead the pack on the Hardcover Fiction & Non-Fiction lists for the upcoming week.

Hardcover Fiction Top 5

#1: Gray Mountain
Author: John Grisham
Position Last Week: 1
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: F GRISHAM
Summary: A downsized Wall Street lawyer joins a legal clinic in a small Virginia town.

#2: The Burning Room
Author: Michael Connelly
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: M CONNELLY
Summary: The Los Angeles detective Harry Bosch and his new partner investigate two long-unsolved cases.

#3: Prince Lestat
Author: Anne Rice
Position Last Week: 3
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: F RICE
Summary: The Vampire Chronicles continue after a long hiatus with the reappearance of Lestat de Lioncourt.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Weekly Events @ Your Library (Nov. 17-22)

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 of events, visit our main website to take a look at our interactive calendar, and remember, all programming is offered FREE of charge.

Nov. 17 @ 4PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
Kids are invited to a fantastical program all about fantastic creatures like unicorns, dragons, fairies, and more.  Come celebrate them through stories, games, crafts and more in a fun after school activity for the entire family. 

Nov. 17 @ 6:30PM
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
325-698-7565 for Info.
We're having fun showing youth how to create sand that doesn't get wet when submerged in water, and colorful glass-looking art inspired by the creations of American glass sculptor Dale Chihuly. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Today's Top Releases in Books & DVDs @ Your Library

Everyone loves staying on top of the latest releases in books & DVDs, and we receive them on a regular basis at your Abilene Public Library.  Tuesdays are the biggest days of the week in the world of libraries, as these are the days that the bulk of all new materials are released for the week.  Join us as we hit the highlights of some of the more popular titles coming to your library, and be sure to get yourselves on the reserve lists!

How to Train Your Dragon 2
Starring: Jay Baruchel
Summary: When Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.  This film is rated PG for adventure action and some mild rude humor.  Receiving positive reviews from the critics, the film was a hit with audiences in generating $615 million in the box office, and there will be a third installment in the series set to be released in 2017 (a while to wait). 

Tammy
Starring: Melissa McCarthy
Summary: After losing her job and learning that her husband has been unfaithful, a woman hits the road with her profane, hard-drinking grandmother.  This film is rated R for language including sexual references.  Although opening to negative reviews from the critics, people still went out to go see it as it took in $99.4 million in the box office...so if you're a fan of McCarthy, you'll want to check this film out. 

Let's Be Cops
Starring: Damon Wayans, Jr.
Summary: Two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party and become neighborhood sensations.  But when these newly-minted "heroes" get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line.  This film is rated R for language including sexual references, some graphic nudity, violence and drug use.  Opening to generally negative reviews, it still managed to bring in $116.1 million in the box office, which wasn't bad for a comedy that didn't have big names attached to the leads.