Friday, October 31, 2014

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Nov. 2)

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: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F GRISHAM
Summary: A downsized Wall Street lawyer joins a legal clinic in a small Virginia town, and becomes involved both in real people's lives and in litigation against the coal mining industry.

#2: Leaving Time
Author: Jodi Picoult
Position Last Week: 1
Weeks On List: 2
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.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Weekly Events @ Your Library (Nov. 3-8)

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 offered is FREE of charge.

Nov. 3 @ 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
Youth, ages 8-15, are invited out for a fun Japanese flying carp crafting session where we'll provide you with the materials to be able to make your own colorful school of fish at the library. 

Nov. 4 @ 4PM
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
325-698-7565 for Info.
Kids are invited out to a fun after school activity where we'll be celebrating thankfulness, feasts, and turkeys.  Come out ready to make some cute Thanksgiving decorations with us in a fun and hands-on crafting activity. 

Gardening is for Kids!
Nov. 4 @ 6:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Info.
Master Gardener Juanita Campos will present a mini-workshop on the joys of gardening with children in a free event that will certainly lead to great family activities in the future. 

Nov. 5 @ 4PM
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
325-437-7323 for Info.
Join us for the next after school crafting session at the library where we're continuing to celebrate the Fall season by showing kids how to make some paper scarecrows.  We'll supply the materials. 

Nov. 6 @ 4:30PM
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
Youth ages 10-17, are invited to develop their creative writing skills in this fun club at the library where we'll strengthen your ability to write poetry, short stories, plays, or even continuous works like a novel.  No need to signup, just come out to this weekly meeting after school and join in on the fun. 

Nov. 6 @ 6PM
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
325-698-7565 for Info.
Turkey is the most famous bird of all in the month of November, and we're celebrating  with stories, games, treats, and turkey crafts.  Kids of all ages are invited to join us for this free evening activity at the library.

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, October 29, 2014

Book-To-Film Adaptations: November 2014

Literature often inspires film adaptations and each month I like to highlight those hitting theaters soon.  Check out this blog entry to see what they are, and be on the lookout for seeing them in theaters, as well as checking out the books they're based on at your Abilene Public Library, if we own them.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence
Release Date: Nov. 20
Based On: "Mockingjay"
Author: Suzanne Collins
Summary: Katniss Everdeen is in District 13 after she shatters the games forever.  Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage.

And there you have it, your look at November's book-to-film adaptations to be on the lookout for in theaters.

Texas Bluebonnets Award Books Named for 2015-16

Librarians, teachers, students, and parents are certainly going to want to get ready for next school year's Bluebonnet Award books.  We've just received the master list of the 20 selections to make next year's cut and you're more than welcome to start looking for them at your library.  Plus, since they've been announced, we've already placed orders for additional copies to make sure there's enough to go around.  Check out the new Bluebonnets below.

Night Gardener: A Scary Story
Author: Jonathan Auxier
Summary: Irish orphans Molly, fourteen, and Kip, ten, travel to England to work as servants in a crumbling manor house where nothing is quite what it seems to be, and soon the siblings are confronted by a mysterious stranger and secrets of the cursed house.

Great American Dust Bowl
Author: Don Brown
Summary: The causes and results of the Dust Bowl and how the lessons learned are still used today.  Presented in comic book format.

Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus
Author: Jen Bryant
Summary: Readers will learn about the life of young Peter Mark Roget who had a love for words and turned it to organizing ideas and finding exactly the right word to express just what he thought.  To do so, he created lists, and as they grew larger, they eventually become one of the most important reference books of all time...the thesaurus.

Misadventures of Salem Hyde: Spelling Trouble
Author: Frank Cammuso
Summary: Salem Hyde isn't like other kids.  She's stubborn, independent, and impulsive, and she's a witch.  Salem acts first and thinks later - which means most of her thinking involves coming up with excuses.  Salem has an over-anxious cat named Lord Percival J. Whamsford III, and she doesn't like listening to his long-winded explanations as to why she shouldn't do something.  Salem knows she can beat all of her classmates at spells...too late, she realizes the competition is about spelling words, not magic for the class spelling be.  And there's nothing like a misspelled spell to cause all kinds of havoc. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

New Picks to Find @ Your Library

We receive shipments of new items all the time at your Abilene Public Library, all of which become available for you to checkout from any of our three (3) branch locations.  Although you can keep up with all the latest releases we offer, by signing up to Wowbrary, here's a couple of staff favorites that came in this week.

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride
Author: Cary Elwes
Call Number: 791.43 ELW
About This Book: Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the film adaptation of The Princess Bride has been a cult classic of many (based on the book of the same name by William Goldman).  The move had everything...action, romance, comedy, rodents of unusual size, an amazing cast including Cary Elwes as Westley, Robin Wright as Buttercup, Mandy Patinkin as Inigo Montoya, and more.  Go deeper into this amazing movie by joining Elwes on a journey that allows readers to "storm the castle once more."  Get your look into the making of the movie, the adaptation of the book to a screenplay, the choreography behind the sword fights, great behind-the-scenes stories from the cast and crew, and so much more.  You'll also get to see great photos from the sets, a look at the main cast today, and more.  If you've been a fan of this film, you won't want to pass on your chance to join Westley, Buttercup, and the rest of the gang for one more journey through the treasured movie we all love! 

Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead: Descent
Author: Jay Bonansinga
Call Number: F BONANSINGA
About This Book: It's no secret that The Walking Dead is all the rage with the world.  Starting off as a graphic novel series, it gained even more of a following when adapted to a hit show on AMC now into its fifth season, and with a season premiere that had all fans on the edge of our seats.  As we creep closer to Halloween, this is certainly a book you'll want to get your hands on, in a series of non-graphic novel entries set in the Walking Dead universe, and authored by Robert Kirkman & Jay Bonansinga.  This title marks the fourth entry into the series, still following the world of Woodbury...the once "utopic" community ruled by the Governor.  Although the series won't focus on the characters you've grown to love on the hit show, it's still full of the great zombie-apocalyptic and character driven plots you've grown to love throughout the series.  With great reviews, keep your love of this series strong and get your hands on these books.  Others in the series includes The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor (2011), The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury (2012), and The Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor (2013, 2014). 

Get in on the great reads your Abilene Public Library has to offer.  Although we only covered a couple of titles currently buzzing, we've certainly got plenty more to satiate your reading appetites.  Stop by for a visit and find your next favorite read!!! 

Monday, October 27, 2014

"Library Has Plenty of Vampire Stories to Sink Your Teeth Into" ~ @ the Library Article

Just like the creature itself, the vampire genre keeps resurrecting itself.

It seems every year there's a whole hoard of new books, films, or television shows with vampire protagonists (and antagonists).  The latest, and seemingly most popular incarnations, have good looks, wealth, powers and sometimes, all three.

However, not everyone wants their vampires sparkly.  Some long for the days when vampires were depicted as creepy, violent and ominous monsters that see humans more as potential meals than mates.  Your Abilene Public Library has plenty of both kinds of vamps on hand.

A great place to start is The Penguin Book of Vampire Stories, edited by Alan Ryan, containing two centuries worth of short vampire fiction written by authors ranging from Lord Byron to Tanith Lee.  This weighty tome has a diverse enough range of tales for any vampire aficionado to sink their teeth into.

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!