Monday, April 20, 2015

@ the Library Article: "Lib-Con Strikes Next Week!!!"

Lib-Con Strikes Again!!!
Last year the Abilene Public Library (APL) launched a brand new program: Lib-Con!  APL is thrilled to say Lib-Con is coming back for its second year.  Running April 27 through May 2, this year's Lib-Con will be bigger and, dare we say, better than before.  This week long event will have something for everyone with a little geek in their heart.

Doctor Who Fans!!!
Every year thousands flock to major geek-friendly conventions, like San Diego Comic Con, PAX, E3, and even A-Kon in our own beloved state.  These conventions offer opportunities for those with wonderfully geeky hobbies to come together.  This may mean swapping debating the merits of Star Wars vs Star Trek, dressing up like your favorite Doctor, watching anime, or playing the newest gaming sensation, Lib-Con was designed to bring a piece of all this geeky fun to Abilene.

Lib-Con is a family-friendly event, but that doesn't mean it's just for kids.  We've got events for all ages.  A full and complete list of events, including movies titles can be seen on our Lib-Con Website.

Guests in Costumes!!!
Day one is Monday, April 27.  It starts off with a pizza party for kids featuring a certain group of reptiles at the Main library at 11:30AM.  Then show off your geek pride by making your own Lib-Con Badge at the Main Library starting at 4:00PM.  Work on your crafting skills at the South Branch at 5:30PM and make your own 8-Bit Hero magnet.  The final event of the evening is a Cosplay Construction Q&A at the Main Library starting at 7:00PM.  If you have never heard the word cosplay, here is the Oxford Dictionary's definition: "The practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book, or video game, especially one from the Japanese genres of manga and anime."

Fun @ Lib-Con!
Day two is Tuesday, April 28.  South Branch starts off the day with Superhero Bottle Cap Necklaces at 4:00PM.  Then head on over to Main Library for a  steampunk craft and movie viewing; the craft starts at 5:30PM, with movie and popcorn to follow directly after.  Day three is Wednesday, April 29 and will feature a Martial Arts Demonstration at the Mockingbird Branch starting at 4:00PM.

Day four is Thursday, April 30.  At 5:00PM, South Branch will offer a craft for tweens to make their own Superhero Bags.  For parents wondering what anime is, the Main library will offer a Parent's Guide to Anime at 6:30PM.  There will also be a Scavenger Hung happening at the same time for tweens that will span the entire Main Library.

Day five is Friday May 1.  The Main Library will have a sing-along movie showing for kids at 10:30AM, that will feature some of your favorite princesses from our wonderful friends at Queen B Royal Events.  Starting at 1:00PM and going all the way to 5:30PM, the Main library, in association with Primetime Entertainment, will have a selection of new and unique tabletop games available to play and learn.  South Branch will have a Superhero Storytime at 4:30PM for all aspiring pint-sized superheroes.

Free Comics on May 2!
Day six is Saturday May 2.  This day is packed with things to do!  All Lib-Con events on this day will occur at the Main Library.  Starting at 9:00AM, kids can come and get their faces painted.  Card gamers will have the chance to play or learn a new collectible card game with the crew from The Gathering Place from 9:00AM to 2:00PM.  There will be anime showings in the morning from 9:30AM to 12:00PM.  If you've missed any crafts along the way, a selection of them will be available from 9:30AM to 11:00AM.  The photo booth will be coming back this year with some cool props to take pictures with and will be open from 10:00AM to 3:00PM.  Food trucks will be set up outside the library, and we will be showing an awesome superhero movie starting at 12:00PM.  Feel free to bring your lunch up to the auditorium and enjoy lunch and a movie.  And of course May 2 is Free Comic Book Day!  So come on down and pick one up.

2014 Teen Cosplay Winners
Lib-Con ends with the Cosplay Contest.  Registration starts at 1:00PM and the contest starts at 3:00PM.  There will be three divisions: Child, Teen, and Adult.  Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third in each division.  For a full listing of guidelines for the Cosplay Contest, check out our page on the Lib-Con Site!

A brand new addition this year is our Vendors area, which will be open on Saturday, May 2 from 10:00AM to 3:00PM.  Local vendors will have their wares for sale and local geeky organizations will have displays set up.  If you are interested in being a vendor, contact the Abilene Public Library at  325-677-2474 or view our Vendors Section on the Lib-Con website.

Sound like a lot?  It definitely is...so come on down and check it out!  Lib-Con is an experience you don't want to miss!

Article Contributed by Amanda Sasser, Library Assistant II at the Main Branch of the Abilene Public Library

Sunday, April 19, 2015

South Branch Library To Be Closed April 20

Due to a major break in the plumbing system underneath the floor of the South Branch Library at 1401 S. Danville Dr., the library was forced to close Saturday, April 15 at 5:00PM.  Work is being done to remedy the situation.  The facility will need to undergo cleanup prior to being able to open the doors to the public so the facility will be temporarily closed for the week of April 20-25.

All scheduled South Branch programming will be cancelled this week including...
  • Tween Time, Monday, April 20 @ 6:30PM
  • Super Storytime, Tuesday, April 21 @ 10:45AM
  • Teen Flix Movie Night, Thursday, April 23 @ 5:45PM
We will still host the Stories in the Park session scheduled at Redbud Park on Thursday, April 23 @ 4:00PM.

Additionally, available holds for pickup at the South Branch will be transferred to the Main Library by Monday afternoon (April 20) so patrons will be able to pick up your holds during the closure.  Library services will be available to the community through the Main Library (202 Cedar St.) and Mockingbird Branch (1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.) at regularly scheduled hours.

We apologize for the inconvenience this will cause and appreciate your patience while we work to re-open the facility.

Friday, April 17, 2015

May'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 Library.  Meeting on the third Thursdays of the month, this group reads everything including bestsellers, fiction, biographies, nonfiction, classics, and more.

For May, the featured selection is The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida and we invite you to look out for a copy at your library and attending our book club on Thursday, May 21 @ 7:00PM.  For more information, be sure to contact Ann Mount at 325-676-6025. 

The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism
Author: Naoki Higashida
Call Number: 616.8588 HIG
Summary: Written by a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming 13-year-old boy with autism, this book is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine.  Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic loved one at last have a way to break through to the curious, subtle, and complex life within.

Using an alphabet grid to painstakingly construct words, sentences, and thoughts that he is unable to speak out loud, Naoki answers even the most delicate questions that people want to know.  Questions such as: "Why do people with autism talk so loudly and weirdly?" "Why do you line up your toy cars and blocks?" "Why don't you make eye contact when you're talking?" and "What's the reason you jump?" (Naoki's answer: "When I'm jumping, it's as if my feelings are going upward to the sky.")  With disarming honest and a generous heart, Naoki shares his unique point of view on not only autism but life itself.  His insights - into the mystery of words, the wonders of laughter and the elusiveness of memory - are so startling, so strange, and so powerful that you will never look at the world the same way again.

Be sure to checkout this title from your Abilene Public Library, or borrow one from a friend, and come out ready to discuss this title with other avid readers in the community.

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

Many patrons 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 to locate that popular read, 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 & Nonfiction lists for the week.

Hardcover Fiction Top 5

#1: The Girl on the Train
Author: Paula Hawkins
Position Last Week: 1
Weeks On List: 13
Call Number: F HAWKINS
Summary: A psychological thriller set in London.

#2: All the Light We Cannot See
Author: Anthony Doerr
Position Last Week: 4
Weeks On List: 49
Call Number: F DOERR
Summary: The lives of a blind French girl and a gadget-obsessed German boy before and during World War II.

#3: The Stranger
Author: Harlan Coben
Position Last Week: 3
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: M COBEN
Summary: Characters' lives begin to fall apart as a mysterious stranger discloses secrets to them; a standalone thriller.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Main Library Basement to Close on Saturday, Apr. 18!

On Saturday, April 18, the basement at the Main Library (202 Cedar St.) will be temporarily closed for Asbestos Remediation for HVAC Repair.  We apologize for any inconvenience this will cause, as access to all collections and PC's located in the basement will not be available.

The basement will re-open to the public on Monday, April 20 as normal.  If you need to visit the library on Apr. 18, especially to use a PC, feel free to call ahead and place a reservation on a computer.  You may also feel free to make use of the South Branch & Mockingbird Branch Library locations too.

If you have any questions, please Contact Us!

Weekly Events @ Your Library (Apr. 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.

Apr. 20 @ 4:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
Kids of all ages, and parents too, are invited to join us for a safari inside the library.  Come see what animals you might find in our stories, and also join us for games, crafts, and more fun.  It's a great way to spend some time at the library after school, and having fun in literature. 

Tween Time: Earth Day Crafts
Program Cancelled due to Temporary Closure
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
325-698-7565 for Info.

Apr. 21 @ 10:30AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Info.
Hosted across five hours, if you need to enroll for the health insurance you need, you'll not want to miss this free session to not only enroll, but to also get the answers to the questions you still may have.  Join the library, and our healthcare representatives, who will be on hand to provide you with their expert assistance. 

Super Storytime: When I Grow Up
Program Cancelled Due To Temporary Closure
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
325-698-7565 for Info.

Apr. 23 @ 4:00PM
Redbud Park
S. 32nd St.
325-698-7565 for Info.
Join us for the next Stories in the Park session, located at Redbud Park across from the playground.  Bring your chairs and blankets and join us for a great afternoon of stories, songs, and more activities that will certainly be a great way to enjoy the outdoors this afternoon.  At this session, we'll be headed to the jungle in our stories. 

Apr. 23 @ 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
Are you between the ages of 10-17 and love to write?  If so, join our writing club for youth and hone your creative writing skills with us.  No pressure and no stress, work with your peers, as well as club leader Kelsie Nygren, as we engage in group writing activities and share our works with others while learning the basics of writing. 

Teen Flix @ Your Library
Program Cancelled Due To Temporary Closure
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
325-698-7565 for Info.

Apr. 25 @ 10:00AM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Info.
Published author Scott W. Rasco returns to provide more tips and ideas in this series of workshops that will help avid, and/or budding, writers gain experience when it comes to writing fiction.  This 2-hour workshop is great for all who need a little help with getting started, and it's a great time to come with your questions to get answers from a published writer.

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

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Tremain's Book Corner: "Dragon's Eye" by James A. Hetley

Dragon's Eye
Click to Place Hold
Author: James A. Hetley
Reviewed By: Tremain Jackson, South Branch Manager
Personal Rating: 2 Stars


Summary: Stonefort, Maine.  It seems like forever that the Morgans have hidden their magical heritage.  And for just as long, a witch has served as caretaker of the Haskell House, where no woman has ever been harmed.  But when a drug lord and frighteningly powerful sorcerer covets the Morgan family's alliance with the magical being known as the Dragon, a youth will have to master the power of the Dragon - and, despite the historical tensions between the two families, he'll need the help of the Haskell witch to do it.  The time has come to mend some fences - or see the town destroyed. 

Personal Review: First and foremost, I will preface this review by stating that I'm not a great big fan of fantasy novels, but I agree I would read it after a patron highly recommended it, and I had never heard of the author before.  Plus, this book is the first book in the Stonefort series.

From the cover, I felt as if I was going to be reading some romance fantasy novel, as the cover has a picture of a guy, maybe in his teens, who was shirtless and coming out of the water...really?  At the very least I figured it would be a story about attractive teens with raging hormones who couldn't control their magic.  This was not the case.

The main character in the story isn't even the guy that's pictured on the cover (undoubtedly selected to get people to check out the book).  Instead, it's really about the House and Aunt Alice, who is a witch helping to protect Stonefort.  Apparently, the family also intermingles with another long line of magical people called the Morgans, and they have the ability to turn themselves into something called a Selkie, which is an animal that looks like a seas and is part of the Celtic lore.  Alrighty.  Plus, the Morgans have an agreement with another otherworldly being known as "The Dragon," who loans her powers to those she accepts into her ideal of strength.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Become a South Branch Teen Volunteer for the Summer!

1401 S. Danville Dr.
The South Branch location of the Abilene Public Library is starting a new program, aimed especially at teens this summer.  We're looking for a few dedicated individuals (ages 13-18) who are enthusiastic, engaged, responsible, and self-motivated to become part of our 2015 Teen Summer Volunteer Program!

By getting the chance to be a part of our new volunteer group, you'll learn how to be team players while assisting in a variety of tasks to keep the library running smoothly during the busiest time of the year.  If you think you have what it takes to be a teen volunteer, we'll ask that you have a few qualities.  Potential candidates should be dependable, willing to learn, comfortable working with the public, willing to help, punctual, and most importantly, friendly.

Volunteering is a great way to serve your community, and best yet, you'll gain valuable work experience too.  Let me tell you that can certainly help when looking for your first job, using for school, or beginning to start your resume of work experience.  We do ask that all interested volunteers be prepared to commit an average of 3-6 hours a week during the summer break, and best yet, these hours can be flexible to work around other summer plans.  We certainly don't want to cut into your months of rest and relaxation after all.

If you enjoy your time as a summer volunteer, we may even look at offering you the chance to continue volunteering during the school year if you'd like.  As a teen volunteer at the library, you'll be able to assist in different areas, depending on your interests, across a few different positions including...
  • Shelf Reader: Straightens shelves, organizes materials, helps patrons with basic questions, assists library staff in other areas.
  • Program Aide: Helps with children's and programming staff in the preparation of arts & crafts and additional projects.  Involves cutting, folding, creativity, and ability to follow directions.
  • Special Events Aide: Attends selected programming to assist library staff, greet guests, possibly participate in activities, and more.  This position requires an outgoing personality to deal with a high volume of people during busy events.
  • Circulation Aide: Assists staff in basic duties including checking in materials, sorting carts to be shelved, assisting patrons using the self-checkout station, retrieving patron holds, organizing staff materials behind the desk, etc.
  • Technical Services Aide: Helps in the weeding process to withdraw materials, helps to complete reports to search for library items, label materials, stock paper for public use, and other technical duties.
If you're a teen, or the parent of a teen, and you think you'd be interested in being a part of this new summer volunteer program, visit your South Branch Library (1401 S. Danville Dr.) and pickup an information sheet and application.  When completed, return it back to the South Branch library and we'll review your application to contact you if needing to fill a position.  Remember, there will be limited slots available.

Please note, we do ask that all applications be returned no later than Friday, May 15, to ensure we have enough time to gather our workers for the summer.

If you have any questions regarding the Teen Summer Volunteer Program at your South Branch Library, feel free to speak with me (Tremain Jackson, Branch Manager & Teen Summer Volunteer Coordinator) at 325-698-7565, or you can Email Me (preferred).