Thursday, April 17, 2014

Weekly Events @ Your Library (Apr. 21-26)

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.

Apr. 21 @ Noon
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Info.
With just two more in the series to go, don't miss out on this next event made possible thanks to the Friends of the Abilene Public Library and the West Texas Book Festival.  Bill Wright, an Abilene author, photographer, civic leader, and world traveler, will be our featured guest who will be on hand to discuss his two most recent books titled Fort Phantom Hill and Authentic Texas: People of the Big Bend.  Come out over the noon hour and join us for this author talk and feel free to bring your lunch, or purchase one from us for $5. 

Apr. 21 @ 4:00 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
We're still having fun with kooky mustaches at the library, and kids of all ages are invited out to this afternoon program where we'll be sharing stories, games, and more that's all dealing with mustaches.  We may even be making our own mustaches as a fun craft.  Don't miss out on this after school activity at your library...it should be loads of fun. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Discover Popular Series @ Your Library: Reverend Curtis Black Series

Your Abilene Public Library carries the best in literature for all ages, and we invite you to discover some books that are part of a series.  Each week we'll highlight a different series and give you a quick look at what makes it popular.  If it sounds of interest to you, feel free to check them our from your nearest library and get to reading them.  You may just discover your next favorite series!

Kimberla Lawson Roby writes in a sub-genre within a sub-genre, but has managed to create quite a great collection of books collectively titled The Reverend Curtis Black Series.  These novels are part of the Abilene Public Library's growing contemporary African-American literature collection, which is a sub-genre where storylines center upon issues relevant to the African-American community, but still are able to crossover to all readers.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Lib-Con 2014 Countdown: 2-Weeks!!!

Get Your Program Guides!!!
Lib-Con 2014 is just 2-weeks away, running April 28 through May 3, in which all Abilene Public Library locations will offer FREE programming designed for all who have an appreciation for comics, anime, manga, and more.

Reading & Fun is Our Superpower!
As a reminder, Lib-Con Program Guides are available at all library branches, and inside you'll find 8-pages of information on events, activities, contests, workshops, and more planned for the week.  It's going to be AMAZING!!!

One of the great events we're pleased to offer is your chance to meet a professional colorist in the comic book world.  If you have a passion for understanding the process, or have a desire to be a part of the comics industry in the future, here's your chance to hear from a local artist who has done just that.

Chris Summers
Chris Summers is a freelance comic artist and designer, and on Thursday, May 1 @ 6:30 p.m. he'll be at the Main Library (202 Cedar St.) to provide a great talk, and a comic coloring demonstration, for all enthusiasts to enjoy.  Summers has many professional comic work credits under his belt including having worked on comic book series such as G.I. Joe, Dungeons & Dragons, Superman, Nighwing, Spartacus: Blood and Sand, and more.  Summers has also been a guest lecturer at the Hardin-Simmons University's Art Department and worked as part of Hi-Fi Design.

@ the Library Article: "Chosen Books Serve the Difficult Mid-Grade Age"

Texas Bluebonnets
So, you've read both the Harry Potter and Percy Jackson series, and now you're looking for something else?  We get this questions all the time at the Abilene Public Library.

Parents come in for their children, or the kids come in themselves looking for something to quench the youngsters' bookish thirst after finishing the most popular middle-grade series.

Often, finding something to read can be a real challenge, especially for children who may not know exactly what they're looking for.  Although staff members all have their favorite pics, certain books are held to a standard that is sure to please middle-grade readers everywhere: the Texas Bluebonnet Award list from the Texas Library Association.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

So Long San Antonio & the 2014 TLA Annual Conference!

Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Abilene Public Library, several library employees were able to spend a great week in San Antonio to attend the 2014 Texas Library Association Annual Conference.  This is an annual event where library professionals and staff from across the Lone Star State, gather together to engage in training, connect with authors, remain current on changes in library services, and just so much more.

This year was no different as staff were heavily involved in TLA activities including serving on the Texas Bluebonnet Committee, promoting the library's Collecting Commas Writing Club, learning about changes in technology, serving on district committees, and more.  Although we couldn't cover all we did at the conference, take a look at some of the photos we took of our experiences in San Antonio!.

Can't wait until 2015 to be Austin bound!!!

Being Pleased Everyone Knows Everything is Better in Texas!
Getting Your Hands on Advanced Copies of Books!

Meeting Author Nathan "Nate" Ball, a Man of Many Talents!

Celebrate National Library Week Apr. 13-19, 2014

National Library Week runs Apr. 13-19 and the theme for 2014 is Lives Change @ Your Library.  This event is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and recognized in libraries across the country to celebrate the wonderful contributions libraries, and library staff, make to the communities they serve.

This year's Honorary Chair is bestselling children's author Judy Blume, who states she found her first favorite books while sitting on the floor of the children's room at the public library in Elizabeth, New Jersey.  True to form, this afforded her with the opportunity to share her timeless tales, to children everywhere, with lively characters spanning 28 published books.

Your Abilene Public Library has been serving the community since 1899, and as time has passed, we've continued to adapt to offer the best in library services possible.  We're grateful for the hundreds of thousands of visits we continue to receive every year, as well as the amazing support of a community who truly values their libraries.

Friday, April 11, 2014

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Apr. 13)

Many patrons browse the new materials sections of the library to discover the latest reads.  Part of finding those items is browsing the New York Times Bestsellers lists we make available to locate that popular item, or to 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: The King
Author: J.R. Ward
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F WARD
Summary: Book 12 of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. 

#2: I've Got You Under My Skin
Author: Mary Higgins Clark
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: M CLARK
Summary: The producer of a true-crime show must content with participants with secrets as well as her husband's murderer. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Weekly Events @ Your Library (Apr. 14-19)

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!

Apr. 14 @ 6:30 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
For the final Make & Take session of the month, we're going to be making some fun little caterpillar crafts that will be super cute.  We'll supply all the materials you'll need and all you have to do is come out ready to make something cute and fun before then looking for some books to checkout. 

Apr. 15 @ 10:45 a.m.
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
325-698-7565 for Info.
Join us for our monthly Super Storytime event, for the younger audience, where it's all about rainbows and colors.  Rainbows house every color you can possibly think of, whether you can see them or not, and we'll enjoy stories, songs, games, crafts, and more that's all about them.  Don't miss out on all the fun at your library.