Saturday, March 28, 2015

Library's Anime Club Returns in May!!!

With Lib-Con 2015 on the horizon, we're getting the buzz going when it comes to celebrating comics, manga, movies, video games and more.  One other area not to be excluded is ANIME!!!

Club Leader Amanda!
Your Abilene Public Library certainly has quite a few employees with a passion for anime too.  Years ago, in the mid-2000's, we even had a monthly anime club started by Jessica Reyes.  It was popular throughout its run, and now we're bringing it back in May, with our first club meeting set for Tuesday, May 5 @ 6:30PM at the Main Library!

Under the leadership of Amanda Sasser (an avid anime enthusiast and award-winning cosplayer) this club will be aimed at teens and young adults ages 14-25.  At our meetings, we'll celebrate our love of all things anime-related through discussions, activities, crafts, and more.  Plus, we even have a license to show anime series and films too!  Each club will last an hour and a half and we hope everyone will join us for some anime fun @ your library!

Anime Club @ Your Library!
As a popular form of Japanese animation, known for a style characterized by colorful graphics, vibrant characters, and fantastic themes, anime has been around since the early 1900s.  Gaining in popularity over time, in the present day, there are over 430 production studios specializing in this animation form.

Having a strong influence on world culture, the momentum has even picked up steam in the United States, thriving since the 1990s.  As fans began to celebrate this style of art, they began to socialize with each other, which gave rise to the formation of anime clubs, which then led to larger conventions.

If you reside in Abilene, you're between the ages of 14-25, you have a passion for anime (or you're simply interested), you won't want to miss out on being a part of the Anime Club @ Your Library!

Friday, March 27, 2015

New York Times Bestsellers Top 6 (Week of Mar. 29)

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 upcoming week.

Hardcover Fiction Top 6

#1: The Girl on the Train
Author: Paula Hawkins
Position Last Week: 1
Weeks On List: 10
Call Number: F HAWKINS
Summary: A psychological thriller set in London.

#2: All the Light We Cannot See
Author: Anthony Doerr
Position Last Week: 2
Weeks On List: 46
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: NYPD RED 3
Author: James Patterson
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: M PATTERSON
Summary: Investigating the disappearance of a billionaire's son, Detective Zach Jordan and his partner (and ex-girlfriend) find themselves in the midst of a conspiracy.

Tune Into 'Librarian Chat' Every Friday

Your Abilene Public Library is no stranger when it comes to having a presence on social media, and we're kicking it up a level with a new podcast show airing each Friday.

Join librarians Tremain Jackson & Alyssa Crow as we bring you Librarian Chat, which aims to defy the common stereotypes held for librarians in the world.  We'll be chatting about everything library-related, and some things that aren't, to provide you with our unique perspectives on books, films, technology, programming, and so much more.

The first episode was published Friday, March 13, and we'll continue to add additional episodes each Friday.  Not only will be be dishing on library topics, we'll also be featuring special guests too.  For today's episode, we spoke with our new city librarian Lori Grumet, who was gracious enough to sit down and talk with us.  What turned out to be a 15-20 minute segment ended up lasting 50-minutes.  If you want to get to know your city librarian, this episode is a great place to start.  Plus, we'll be featuring even more guests in the future and more fun conversations with your local librarians.

Having been podcasting for the library since 2008, we're always looking to change things up, and this new show will provide listeners with a different look at what libraries, library staff, and librarians are all about.

We hope you join us on our adventure, and if you have any questions, feel free to Contact Me!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Weekly Events @ Your Library (Mar. 30 - Apr. 4)

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.

Mar. 31 @ 4:00PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
Teens readers are invited to the next book club session where the featured book will be "Buzz Kill" by Beth Fantaskey.  Be a part of this monthly club that will have an emphasis on reading popular teen literature selected as part of the Lone Star Reading List of suggested reading materials for Texas students. 

Apr. 1-2; 10AM to 3PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Info.
Need help with your taxes?  e-File them at the library for free with IRS-trained volunteers with the AARP.  Everyone is helped on a first-come first-served basis and you'll need to remember to bring all your 2014 tax materials, Photo ID, Social Security cards on your return, and a blank check for direct deposit if receiving a refund.  Sessions will be hosted every Wednesday & Thursday through Apr. 11. 

Apr. 1 @ 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
325-437-7323 for Info.
Kids are invited to join us after school for a come-and-go crafting session where we'll be supplying the materials and instructions needed to show you how to make some fun chicken crafts for the Spring. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Tremain's Book Corner: "Defending Jacob" by William Landay

Defending Jacob
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Author: William Landay
Reviewed By: Tremain Jackson, South Branch Manager
Personal Rating: 4.5 Stars

Book Summary: Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years.  He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob.  But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: His 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

Every parental instinct has rallies to protect his boy.  Jacob insists that he is innocent, and Andy believes him.  Andy must.  He's his father.  But as damning facts and shocking revelations surface, as a marriage threatens to crumble and the trial intensifies, as the crisis reveals how little a father knows about his son, Andy will face a trial of his own - between loyalty and justice, between truth and allegation, between a past he's tried to bury and future he cannot conceive.

Personal Review: It's not often I read a legal drama that hasn't been written by heavy-hitter authors already in mainstream literature.  At the suggestion of a patron, who knew I liked John Grisham, this book was recommended to me.  At over 400 pages, I normally don't read books this long, but I decided I'd go ahead and try anyway.

I'm glad I did...this book was fantastic!  Although at the center of the novel it is a murder/courtroom/legal thriller, it's also much more with offering readers with drama, romance, and social issues too.  Talk about getting more than you asked for.  Jacob, for whom the title of the book is named for, is the teenage son of First District Attorney Andy Barber, accused of murdering his classmate.  In Massachusetts, teens charged with first-degree murder are tried as adults.

Jacob's father serves as the narrator, exposing family secrets along the way, all of which could impact the case itself.  Desperately trying to defend his son, the strain the trial is having on the family is enough to drive them to their breaking points as their entire family is trust into the media and placed under the public microscope.  This was certainly not something to be expected in the upscale town they lived in.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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!

Into the Woods
Starring: Meryl Streep
Summary: A modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests.  The humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel, all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them. 

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Starring: Ian McKellen
Summary: The epic conclusion to the adventures of Bilbo Baggins.  The dragon Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women, and children of Lake-town.  Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo attempts to make him see reason. 

The Stranger
Author: Harlan Coben
Summary: The Stranger appears out of nowhere.  His identity is unknown.  His motives are unclear.  His information is undeniable.  Then he whispers a few words in your ear and disappears, leaving you pickup up the pieces of your shattered world.  Adam Price has a lot to lose: a comfortable marriage to a beautiful woman, two wonderful sons, and all the trappings of the American Dream: a big house, a good job, a seemingly perfect life.  Then he runs into the Stranger.  When he learns a devastating secret about his wife, he confronts her, and the mirage of perfection disappears as if it never existed at all.  Soon Adam finds himself tangled in something far darker than his wife's deception and realizes that if he doesn't make exactly the right moves, the conspiracy he's stumbled into will not only ruin lives - it will end them. 

Cuba Straits (Doc Ford Series #22)
Author: Randy Wayne White
Summary: Doc Ford's old friend, General Juan Garcia, has gone into the lucrative business of smuggling Cuban baseball players into the U.S.  He is also feasting on profits made by buying historical treasures for pennies on the dollar.  He prefers what dealers call HPC items - high-profile collectibles - but when he manages to obtain a collection of letters written by Fidel Castro between 1960-62 to a secret girlfriend, it's not a matter of money anymore.  Garcia has stumbled way out of his depth.  First Garcia disappears, and then the man to whom he sold the letters.  When Doc Ford begins to investigate, he soon becomes convinced that those letters contain a secret that someone, or some powerful agency cannot allow to be made public.  A lot happened between Cuba and the U.S. from that time.  Many men died.  A few more will hardly be noticed.

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, March 23, 2015

"Plan Your Wedding @ Your Library" ~ @ the Library Article

I may not be married, but I've helped plan many weddings, and while there are tons of reality TV shows out there all about the wedding process, I do know that everyone needs help getting a wedding together.  Whether you've been through the process or not, your library can offer some help.  Now, we can't help you pick a date, select invitations, plan a seating chart, choose a dress, or help you with potential in-law clashes; but your Abilene Public Library can help in a number of other ways.

We offer a nice selection of wedding guides available for all areas of this special event.  From planning to bridal showers to writing vows and more, there's something for everyone and I'll introduce you to a few of them.

If you want to be stylish, without breaking the bank, get your hands on Stylish Weddings for Less: How to Plan Your Dream Wedding on a Budget by Catherine Sabino.  With the average costs of wedding ranging in the mid-$20,000's, saving what you can is something no one in their right mind would pass up.  This guide offers tips on getting your gowns at discount prices, saving on invitation costs, planning a menu and reception at an affordable price, and so much more to help you out.  If you need some suggestions for cost-saving measure to take, crack open this book.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

April'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 April, the featured selection is Stella Bain by Anita Shreve and we invite you to look out for a copy at your library and then attend the book club on Thursday, Apr. 16 @ 7:00PM.  For more information, be sure to contact Ann Mount at 325-676-6025.

Stella Bain
Author: Anita Shreve
Call Number: F SHREVE
Summary: Stella Bain has no memory of her past when she wakes up in a hospital bed in Marne, France.  It is 1916, and she wears the uniform of a British war nurse but speaks with an American accent.  As soon as she is able, Stella sets out for London, where she hopes to find answers.  What she discovers, with the help of Dr. August Bridge, who takes an interest in her case, both shocks and startles.  As Stella's memories come racing back, she must undertake a journey across the ocean to confront the haunted past of the woman she used to be.

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.  Again, the Cover-to-Cover Book Club will meet on Thursday, Apr. 16 @ 7:00PM to discuss this book, so be sure to get in on the reading fun!