Friday, October 24, 2014

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Oct. 26)

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: Leaving Time
Author: Jodi Picoult
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F PICOULT
Summary: After searching for her mother, who has disappeared, for more than 10 years, a woman employs a psychic and a detective.

#2: Deadline
Author: John Sandford
Position Last Week: 1
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: F SANDFORD
Summary: Dognappers and a murdered reporter draw the attention of the Minnesota investigator Virgil Flowers.

#3: Edge of Eternity
Author: Ken Follett
Position Last Week: 3
Weeks On List: 5
Call Number: F FOLLETT
Summary: Five interrelated families grapple with the events of the 1960s through the 1980s; Book 3 of the Century Trilogy.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Weekly Events @ Your Library (Oct. 27 to Nov. 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 of events, visit our main website to take a look at our interactive calendar, and remember, all programming is offered FREE of charge.

Oct. 27 @ 6:30PM
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
325-698-7565 for Info.
It's that time of year...time for masks.  Whether you want a fanciful mask or something a little darker, we're inviting teens to come our and make an awesome mask that is uniquely you.  We'll supply the masks, and all the accessories, you just bring your creativity. 

Oct. 28 @ 4PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
It's the final Tuesday of the month and that means it's time for our Teens Only Book Club.  If you're a teen who loves to read, don't miss out on this after school book club where it's all about dishing on what's hot in teen literature. 

Oct. 28 @ 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Info.
Adam Andrews, of Willow Creek Gardens, will be at the library to help you with tips for allowing your green spaces to thrive, as we prepare our lawns and gardens for the upcoming winter weather.  Don't let all your hard work go to waste for the next growing season...learn how to preserve them at this event. 

Oct. 28 @ 6:30PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
325-437-7323 for Info.
It's a new Family Fun session for the month where we're continuing to celebrate the Fall season with pumpkins!!!  Kids of all ages, and parents too, are encouraged to join us for pumpkin stories, crafts, songs, and more! 

Oct. 30 @ 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
If you're between the ages of 10-17, and you love to write, you'll definitely want to be a part of our weekly writing club at the library.  Hone your creative writing skills at your library, by joining in on this great group of youth who practice all forms of writing through a host of fun activities.  No signup required, just come check it out.

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 you!

Monday, October 20, 2014

"Library Can Help You Start a Stamp Collection Lickety-Split" ~ @ the Library Article

Stamp collecting, one of the world's most popular hobbies, will be the subject of a free workshop at the Mockingbird Branch of the Abilene Public Library at 6:30PM Thursday.

Local stamp collectors, or philatelists, Phil McCauley and Lou David Allen will share their knowledge.

"What's great about stamp collecting is that it's perfectly suitable for all ages and all budgets.  No special skills are needed to get started," McCauley says.

"It's one of the most enjoyable things I've ever done," he says.  "I can start working on my collection at 8AM in the morning and the next thing I know it's 8PM in the evening."

McCauley says he often spends up to 60 hours a week working on his stamps.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Oct. 19)

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: Deadline
Author: John Sandford
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F SANDFORD
Summary: Dognappers and a murdered reporter draw the attention of the Minnesota investigator Virgil Flowers. 

#2: Burn
Author: James Patterson
Position Last Week: 1
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: M PATTERSON
Summary: Detective Michael Bennett, back in New York City, investigates a peculiar crime in Harlem. 

#3: Edge of Eternity
Author: Ken Follet
Position Last Week: 2
Weeks On List: 4
Call Number: F FOLLETT
Summary: Five interrelated families from five countries grapple with the events of the 1960s through the 1980s; Book 3 of the Century Trilogy. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

November's Cover-to-Cover Book Club Selection

If you're looking for a great book club discussion group, try our Cover-to-Cover Book Club at your Abilene Public LibraryMeeting on the third Thursdays of the month, this group reads everything including bestsellers, fiction, biographies, non-fiction, classics, and more.

For November, the featured selection is The World's Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne and we invite you to look out for a copy at your library and attend the book club discussion group on Thursday, November 20, @ 7:00PM.  For more information, be sure to contact Ann Mount, 325-676-6025.

The World's Strongest Librarian
Author: Josh Hanagarne
Call Number: 92 HANAGARNE
Summary: At an imposing 6'7" and literally incapable of sitting still, Josh Hanagarne is certainly not your average librarian.  He is an aspiring strongman, a bookish nerd, a devoted family man, and a tearer of phone books.  A tall, thin paradox in thick glasses.  Born to Mormon parents in rural Utah, Josh was a funny, book-obsessed kid.  Large for his age, he was onstage in his elementary school play when he suddenly started twitching uncontrollably.  As his Tourette Syndrome symptoms became too drastic to ignore, Josh found his escape in books.  Delight in learning more about his amazing life as it traces Josh's unlikely hero as he attempts to overcome his disability, navigate his wavering faith, find love, and create a life worth living.

Be sure to check out this title from your Abilene Public Library, or borrow one from a friend if you'd like, and come ready to discuss this title with other avid readers in the community.  Again, the Cover-to-Cover Book Club will meet on Thursday, November 20 @ 7:00PM, so be sure to get in on the reading fun.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Weekly Events @ Your Library (Oct. 20-25)

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.

Oct. 20 @ 4PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
You don't have to be afraid of the dark at this kid-friendly events.  We'll be celebrating everything "scary" at this program with stories, games, crafts, and more for kids of all ages.  All materials will be provided, so don't miss out on the family friendly fun. 

Oct. 20 @ 6:30PM
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
325-698-7565 for Info.
It's been a couple years, but now we're bringing it back.  If you're between the ages of 8-15, you won't want to miss our creepy workshop where we'll be showing you how to make some realistic cuts, scars, scrapes, and gashes.  We'll supply all the materials, and don't miss out on this popular event at your library. 

Oct. 21 @ 10:45AM
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
325-698-7565 for Info.
Socks, shoes, hats, coats, pajamas...there are so many choices to make and things to wear at our interactive morning storytime event featuring stories, crafts, songs, and super fun.  Come in your own fun choices of clothing and join us for a great time for kids! 

Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Info.
Becky Green, Administrative Manager at the Texas Tech Small Business Development Center, will be on hand to speak to anyone who's thinking about starting their own business.  She'll provide an overview of the reasons to start a business, what's required to own a business, and so much more when you're getting started.  Get your hands on some great information for FREE at this workshop. 

Oct. 23 @ 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
If you're between the ages of 10-17, and you love to write, you'll definitely want to be a part of our weekly writing club at the library.  Hone your creative writing skills at your library, by joining in on this great group of youth who practice all forms of writing through a host of fun activities.  No signup required, just come check it out. 

Oct. 23 @ 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Info.
Kara Hunter, with the Abilene Fire Department, will be at the library to show you some simple ways to prevent fires, prepare your family in case of a fire emergency, and practice how to stay safe.  This is a great program for October as it's Fire Prevention Month! 

Oct. 23 @ 6:30PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
325-437-7323 for Info.
Join Phil McCauley, of a local philatelic society, as he tells you all about the art of stamp collecting, and getting started to improve your collecting skills.  Regardless of what the weather is like outdoors, stamp collecting is something you can do year-round, and fun for all ages.

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.

Monday, October 13, 2014

"Abilene Public Library Staff Can Make Presentations for Young, Old" ~ @ the Library Article

Many Abilene organizations are on the lookout for program material for monthly or quarterly meetings.  Your Abilene Public Library can help with that.

We offer a vast array of services with which we are happy to help you become better acquainted.  Library staff members often speak to various groups in the community, and best yet, booking us for a presentation is free.

From nonprofits to schools, businesses to social clubs, we've made presentations throughout the community on what the Abilene Public Library has to offer.

Topics have included the many services available to youths at our three library locations.  Many might not be aware of our wide range of programs, including Tween Time events, make & take sessions, writing clubs, storytimes and more.

Another popular topic is our technology resources, including our popular OverDrive and Hoopla services.  Did you know that your library card affords you access to a great collection of digital eBooks and audiobooks available for checkout on smartphones, eReaders, tablets and even your PC?

Plus, with the new Hoopla service, you have access to a large selection of streaming media, including movies, TV shows, audiobooks and music albums that always are available to borrow.  Think of it as a Netflix-style borrowing collection for libraries.

We can teach you all about the technology we offer, as well as give you an introduction on how to use them, through our informative presentations.

Adult services are another popular topic.  The library offers a comprehensive list of online databases, collections and resources.

The possibilities are endless as to the types of presentations we can tailor specifically for your group.  If we don't already have something prepared that meets your needs, we can create an engaging program - with advance notice.

Library staff members have presented to groups including schools in Abilene and Buffalo Gap, the Rotary Clubs, the International Rescue Committee, the Big Country Iris and Daylily Society and others.

We have more presentations lined up for the fall and winter months.  If you'd like to take advantage of this outreach service, your Abilene Public Library would be more than happy to oblige.

Public library services are meant for everyone in the community to enjoy, so allow our staff to introduce you to the wide range of opportunities we can provide.

For more information, or to book a presentation, feel free to contact me at 325-698-7565.

I invite you to take advantage of this little-known service at your Abilene Public Library and see exactly what we can do for you.

Article Contributed by Me (Tremain Jackson) Branch Manager of the South Branch location of the Abilene Public Library

Saturday, October 11, 2014

New York Times Besstsellers Top 5 (Week of Oct. 12)

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: Burn
Author: James Patterson
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: M PATTERSON
Summary: Detective Michael Bennett, back in New York City, investigates a peculiar crime in Harlem. 

#2: Edge of Eternity
Author: Ken Follett
Position Last Week: 1
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F FOLLETT
Summary: Five interrelated families from five countries grapple with the events of the 1960s through the 1980s; Book 3 of the Century Trilogy. 

#3: Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good
Author: Jan Karon
Position Last Week: 3
Weeks On List: 5
Call Number: F KARON
Summary: The Mitford character Father Tim finds friends and family wrestling with difficulties.