News Flash

Posted on: May 19, 2022

Mesquite Heat Fire information and updates

Information and notifications on the Mesquite Heat Fire

 The City of Abilene is on standby to support and assist area agencies working to fight the Mesquite Heat Fire and protect the lives and property affected. At this time Abilene residents should remain calm but vigilant, and assist in the fire fig...

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City of Abilene - News & Events
Posted on: May 18, 2022

Updated: Disaster declaration for Taylor County & areas of mandatory evacuation order

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Orders to mandatorily evacuate parts of Taylor County due to the Mesquite Heat Fire have been partially rescinded as of May 20, 2022.

Areas of Taylor County where evacuation orders are rescinded but residents are urged to continue to be on alert and ready ...

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City of Abilene - News & Events
Posted on: May 17, 2022

Urgent call for temporary foster homes for dogs

Temporary foster homes for dogs at the shelter urgently needed

The Abilene Animal Shelter is looking for temporary foster homes for 36 dogs that are set to be flown to new forever homes at the end of May through the Dog is My Co-Pilot program.

By fostering one of these dogs, you'd help save lives by freeing up urgentl...

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City of Abilene - News & Events
Posted on: May 17, 2022

Tire Amnesty Days & rain barrel giveaway this weekend!

Tire amnesty and rain barrel give away May 20 - 21

Abilene residents are invited to take advantage of the City's Tire Amnesty Days and a rain barrel giveaway this Friday and Saturday, May 20 and 21 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Environmental Recycling Center located at 2209 Oak Street.

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City of Abilene - News & Events
Posted on: May 16, 2022

Information on electric scooter operations within the city of Abilene

Graphic image linking to information about electric scooter ride share operations in Abilene

You may have noticed electric ride share scooters have returned to Abilene, and can be found in the downtown and college campus areas.

Bird, the company currently providing this service in our area, has complied with municipal code and paid the permit fee ...

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City of Abilene - News & Events
Posted on: April 27, 2022

Redbud Park restrooms temporarily closed after vandalism

 Redbud Park restrooms temporarily closed after vandalism

Restroom facilities located at the Redbud Park playground are temporarily closed as repairs are made following a vandalism incident. Repairs are estimated to take approximately 3 weeks, at which time the restrooms will be reopened to the public.

On Wednesd...

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City of Abilene - News & Events
Posted on: April 20, 2022

Bat found in south Abilene neighborhood tests positive for rabies

Public notice of bat found with rabies in a far south Abilene neighborhood

The City of Abilene would like to advise residents living in south Abilene’s Mesquite Forest neighborhood and surrounding areas that a bat found on April 13, 2022 at a residence on Queen Ann’s Lace has tested positive for rabies.&n...

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City of Abilene - News & Events
Posted on: April 8, 2022

Abilene Zoo celebrates rare birth of giant anteater twins

Twin giant anteater pups born at the Abilene Zoo March 28, 2022

The Abilene Zoo is pleased to announce the birth of twin giant anteater pups; a first of its kind birth for the zoo! The twins were born to their two-and-a-half-year-old mother, Demo, the morning of March 28, 2022. 

The giant anteater twins, one b...

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City of Abilene - News & Events
Posted on: April 7, 2022

Reconstructed North 18th Street bridge is now open

graphic showing picture of cone and stating north 18th bridge now open

The City of Abilene is pleased to share that the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has completed the reconstruction of the North 18th Street bridge, and the bridge is now open to traffic.

The North 18th Street bridge over Catclaw Creek was first c...

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City of Abilene - News & Events
Posted on: March 21, 2022

City of Abilene celebrates the dedication of Tittle Lake

Graphic image explaining the renaming and dedication of Tittle Lake at the Abilene Zoo

Zoo Lake Number 1 at Grover Nelson Park has been renamed Tittle Lake in honor of Jimmy Tittle, the original designer and architect of the Abilene Zoo.

Mr. Tittle is a founding member of the Abilene architecture firm Tittle Luther Partnership, and worked as...

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City of Abilene - News & Events
Posted on: February 15, 2022

Abilene firefighters are ready to help identify lost pets

picture of firefighters scanning dogs with microchip scanners

Thanks to a grant from Best Friends Animal Society, Abilene Animal Services has delivered microchip scanners to each fire station across the city.

Now, lost pets that have been microchipped can be scanned and reunited with their families without ever needi...

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City of Abilene - News & Events
Posted on: February 1, 2022

Watch online: how to prepare for upcoming severe weather or emergency events in our area

An image of Vincent Cantu speaking about emergency preparedness in an on camera interview

City of Abilene Emergency Management Coordinator Vincent Cantu sat down to discuss how the City is working to learn and improve services since the February 2021 freeze, and how you can best prepare for severe weather and emergency events in our area.

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City of Abilene - News & Events

News Flash

Posted on: February 8, 2022

North Plaza Construction Continues

Convention Center North Plaza Construction continues, updated entryway

As of April 12, 2022, construction on the Convention Center's north plaza continues.

  • At this time, please use the Conference Center Ramp to enter the Convention Center
  • For events in the Auditorium, Exhibit Hall, Meeting Rooms, & Foyer, continue...
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Convention Center - News & Events
Posted on: May 27, 2021

Sign up for Convention Center Calendar Alerts

Calendar Alerts for Abilene Convention Center

Keep up to date with the Convention Center's events, shows, and concerts by signing up for event alerts!

Visit abilenetx.gov/accevents to view the events calendar. To sign up for alerts, simply click "Notify Me" to view all city calendar...

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Events Calendar Convention Center - News & Events

News Flash

News Flash

Posted on: May 18, 2022

Structure Fire: 2700 Block of Pine Street

Structure Fire - Abilene Fire Department News

On May 17, 2022 at approximately 3:57 p.m. the Abilene Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire located on the 2700 block of Pine Street. AFD fire crews arrived to heavy smoke escaping from the attic of the residential structure. The fire...

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Fire - News & Events
Posted on: May 16, 2022

Structure Fire: 1900 Block of Chestnut Street

Structure Fire - Abilene Fire Department News

On May 15, 2022 at approximately 10:00 p.m., the Abilene Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire in the 1900 block of Chestnut Street. Crews arrived to find nothing showing from the residence. Crews did a quick 360 of the residence and f...

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Fire - News & Events
Posted on: May 16, 2022

Structure Fire: 1600 Block of Sandefer Street

Structure Fire - Abilene Fire Department News

On May 15, 2022 at approximately 6:00 p.m., the Abilene Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire in the 1600 block of Sandefer Street. Crews arrived to find a recreational vehicle in the backyard of the residence fully engulfed in flames ...

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Fire - News & Events
Posted on: May 16, 2022

Structure Fire: 2600 Block of Nonesuch Road

Structure Fire - Abilene Fire Department News

On Friday, May 13, 2022 at approximately 2300pm, crews with the Abilene Fire Department responded to the 2600 block of Nonesuch Road in reference to a structure fire. On arrival, crews noted smoke coming from an apartment located on the upper level of the...

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Fire - News & Events
Posted on: March 23, 2022

Wildfire Preparedness

WildfirePrep-RedFlagWarning

Wildfire Prevention

Red Flag Warning

A Red Flag Warning means warm temperaturesvery low humidities, & stronger winds are expected to combine to produce an increased risk of fire danger.

  • Avoid driving & parking on grass
  • Che...
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Additional Info... Fire - News & Events
Posted on: May 9, 2022

Structure Fire: 2300 Block of Palm Street

Structure Fire - Abilene Fire Department News

On Sunday, May 8, 2022 at approximately 03:26 am, crews with the Abilene Fire Department responded to the 2300 block of Palm Street in reference to a residential structure fire. On arrival, crews observed a single story, single family dwelling with heavy ...

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Fire - News & Events
Posted on: May 6, 2022

Structure Fire: 1300 Block of S. Crockett

Structure Fire - Abilene Fire Department News

On May 6, 2022 at approximately 3:00 a.m. the Abilene Fire Department responded to a structure fire located on the 1300 block of S. Crockett. AFD fire crews arrived to find fire and smoke coming from the structure and were able to quickly extinguish the f...

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Fire - News & Events
Posted on: April 27, 2022

Structure Fire: 3100 Block of South 2nd

Structure Fire - Abilene Fire Department News

On Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at approximately 04:15 am, crews with the Abilene Fire Department responded to the 3100 block of South 2nd street in reference to a residential structure fire. On arrival, crews observed a single vehicle with flames coming fro...

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Fire - News & Events
Posted on: April 19, 2022

Structure Fire: 3100 South 11th

Structure Fire - Abilene Fire Department News

On Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at approximately 13:55pm, crews with the Abilene Fire Department responded to the intersection of South 11th Street and Sunset Drive in reference to a residential structure fire. On arrival, crews observed a fence consumed by fi...

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Fire - News & Events
Posted on: April 18, 2022

Structure Fire: 1400 Block of Green Street

Structure Fire - Abilene Fire Department News

On April 17, 2022 at approximately 3:40 p.m. the Abilene Fire Department responded to a structure fire located on the 1400 block of Green St. AFD fire crews arrived to find a fully involved storage shed in the backyard of a residence. A power pole near th...

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Fire - News & Events
Posted on: April 18, 2022

Structure Fire: 6500 Block of Five Points Parkway

Structure Fire - Abilene Fire Department News

On Thursday, April 14, 2022 at approximately 16:29pm, crews with the Abilene Fire Department responded to the 6500 block of Five Points Parkway in reference to a commercial structure fire. During response, smoke was observed and a second alarm was activat...

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Fire - News & Events
Posted on: April 14, 2022

Structure Fire: 5300 Block of Taos Drive

Structure Fire - Abilene Fire Department News

On Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at approximately 20:16pm, crews with the Abilene Fire Department responded to the 5300 block of Taos Drive in reference to a residential structure fire. Upon arrival, crews noted a single story, single family dwelling with smo...

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Fire - News & Events
Posted on: April 14, 2022

Structure Fire: 2000 Block of North 10th

Structure Fire - Abilene Fire Department News

On Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at approximately 15:54 pm crews with the Abilene Fire Department responded to the 2000 block of North 10th in reference to a residential structure fire. On arrival, it was noted that heavy smoke and fire was coming from the re...

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Fire - News & Events
Posted on: April 11, 2022

Structure Fire: 1200 Block of North 8th

Structure Fire - Abilene Fire Department News

On April 11, 2022 at approximately 8:52 p.m. the Abilene Fire Department responded to a commercial structure fire located on the 1200 block of N 8th. AFD fire crews arrived to find smoke coming out of the front door of the structure. A small contents fire...

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Fire - News & Events
Posted on: April 11, 2022

Structure Fire: 300 Block of Sayles

Structure Fire - Abilene Fire Department News

On April 11, 2022 at approximately 12:00 a.m., the Abilene Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire in the 300 block of Sayles Boulevard. Crews arrived to find a detached garage at the rear of the property with heavy fire and smoke showin...

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Fire - News & Events
Posted on: April 11, 2022

Structure Fire: 1900 Block of Victoria

Structure Fire - Abilene Fire Department News

On April 10, 2022 at approximately 9:00 p.m., the Abilene Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire in the 1900 block of Victoria Street. Crews arrived on the scene to find an apartment in the back of the property with heavy smoke and fire...

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Fire - News & Events
Posted on: April 11, 2022

Structure Fire: 1600 Block of Vine

Structure Fire - Abilene Fire Department News

On April 9 th , 2022 at approximately 6:40 p.m., the Abilene Fire Department responded to a commercial structure fire in the 1600 block of Vine. Crews arrived to find heavy smoke pushing from the structure. An interior attack was made and the fire was ext...

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Fire - News & Events
Posted on: April 7, 2022

Structure Fire: 1400 Block of Tanglewood

Structure Fire - Abilene Fire Department News

On April 6, 2022 at approximately 9:53 p.m. the Abilene Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire located on the 1400 block of Tanglewood Rd. AFD fire crews arrived to find smoke and flames showing from the roof of the attached garage. The...

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Fire - News & Events
Posted on: April 6, 2022

Structure Fire: 3100 Block of Elm Street

Structure Fire - Abilene Fire Department News

On April 5, 2022 at approximately 4:15 p.m. the Abilene Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire located on the 3100 block of Elm St. AFD fire crews arrived to find smoke showing from a residential mobile home. The occupant of the structu...

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Fire - News & Events
Posted on: March 30, 2022

Structure Fire: 2400 Block of Buffalo Gap Rd

Structure Fire - Abilene Fire Department News

On March 30, 2022 at approximately 10:54 a.m. the Abilene Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire located on the 2400 block of Buffalo Gap Road. AFD fire crews arrived to find light smoke escaping from a doorway of the two story apartmen...

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Fire - News & Events
Posted on: March 28, 2022

Structure Fire: 4900 Block of Oaklawn Ct

Structure Fire - Abilene Fire Department News

On Sunday, March 27, 2022 at approximately 12:01 pm, crews with the Abilene Fire Department responded to the 4900 block of Oaklawn Ct. in reference to a residential structure fire. On arrival, crews observed a single family dwelling with smoke and flames ...

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Fire - News & Events
Posted on: March 28, 2022

Structure Fire: 3300 Block of South 1st

Structure Fire - Abilene Fire Department News

On March 26th, 2022 at approximately 7:43 a.m. the Abilene Fire Department responded to a commercial structure fire located on the 3300 block of S 1st. AFD fire crews arrived to find smoke escaping from the rear of the structure. The fire was quickly cont...

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Fire - News & Events
Posted on: March 24, 2022

Structure Fire: 800 Block of Cedar Street

Structure Fire - Abilene Fire Department News

On March 23, 2022 at approximately 7:45 p.m., the Abilene Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire in the 800 block of Cedar Street. Crews arrived to find a single family residence with heavy fire and smoke showing from the back of the re...

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Fire - News & Events
Posted on: March 21, 2022

Structure Fire: 2200 Block of Old Ironsides

Structure Fire - Abilene Fire Department News

On 20 March, 2022, at approximately 6:29 PM Abilene Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire located on the 2200 block of Old Ironsides Street, Abilene Texas. The arriving crews found a single story single family residence with smoke comi...

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Fire - News & Events
Posted on: March 21, 2022

Structure Fire: 1900 Block of North 2nd

Structure Fire - Abilene Fire Department News

On 20 March, 2022, at approximately 7:55 AM Abilene Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire located on the 1900 block of North 2nd Street, Abilene Texas. The arriving crews found a two story single family residence fully involved. A seco...

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Fire - News & Events
Posted on: March 21, 2022

Structure Fire: 1900 Block of Portland Ave

Structure Fire - Abilene Fire Department News

On March 19, 2022 at approximately 0900, the Abilene Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire in the 1900 block of Portland Avenue. Crews arrived to find heavy fire and smoke from a shed next to the house and the house itself on fire. Cre...

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Fire - News & Events
Posted on: January 1, 2022

Rainfall Reporting

Rainfall Totals - News Flash Graphic

How much did it rain? Each of our eight Fire Stations collect rainfall data and will post to our Rainfall Reporting news flash category. 

View current totals or sign up for notifications using NotifyMe today!

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Fire - News & Events

News Flash

Posted on: March 21, 2022

Public Health Week - Celebrate Life

Public Health Celebrates Life

Join us for all sorts of fun at the Health District during Public Health Week.

850 N. 6th st. April 4-8 from 9am-4pm

Class Schedule (below) will continue to be updated as we get closer to the day of the event. ...

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Health District
Posted on: February 25, 2022

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

News Flash 11 (6)

During Winter, the risk of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning is higher. This is because CO is found in fumes produced by common items used during the winter months, such as stoves, fireplaces, gas ranges, generators and furnaces. 

Symptoms to watch for

CO ...

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Read on in our Newsletter... Health District
Posted on: February 28, 2022

Let’s Have a Heart to Heart

News Flash 11 (5)

If you’ve ever watched “The Notebook” you’ll recall the couple, Noah and Allie, who fall in love but become separated after a series of misunderstandings come between them. When they finally get on the same page, it...

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Posted on: February 23, 2022

Daily Heart Health

News Flash 11 (4)

With heart disease as the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S. it is important to consider lifestyle choices that help prevent heart disease and stroke every day. Here are a few ways to do your part each day to prioritize your heart h...

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Read on in our Newsletter... Health District
Posted on: February 21, 2022

Health Equity - What is it & Why is it important?

News Flash 11 (3)

Health equity is when all members of society enjoy a fair and just opportunity, having equal access to resources, to be as healthy as possible. As we take the month of February to recognize and reflect on the historical struggles of the Black community an...

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Posted on: February 18, 2022

A Message from Dr. Goodnight (February Health Connection Newsletter)

Dr. Goodnight

A 60-some year old male rancher suffered a puncture wound from a rusty barbed-wire fence. A week later, I was helping with his ICU care from a jaw-breaking tetanus infection. A current tetanus vaccination would have prevented this.&n...

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Posted on: February 16, 2022

Abilene History: Dr. William Butler

News Flash 11 (2)

Black History month is a time to look at our past, present, and future as a community; It is a time to celebrate the triumphs and recognize the struggles of all Black men and women throughout history. As we celebrate triumphs we at ATCPHD would l...

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Posted on: January 28, 2022

TXHC PRESS RELEASE FY2022

DATE: January 28, 2022        PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more information please contact (Tyler Mitchell)        Email: tyler.mitchell@abilenetx.gov Phone Number: 325.437...

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Health District
Posted on: January 28, 2022

Slicing up '22: Make 2022 your best year with these wellbeing tips

News Flash 11 (1)

The new year brings about a renewed sense of purpose for many. In fact, 25% of Americans who made 2022 New Year's resolutions say they’ve set a goal to live healthier this year. So, how can one make sure they stay on task? Here are thre...

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Read on in our January Newsletter... Health District
Posted on: January 25, 2022

Emergency Preparedness: Stay Safe During Winter Weather

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Know your risk for Winter Storms. Pay attention to weather reports and warnings of freezing weather and winter storms. Listen for emergency information and alerts. 

Preparing for Winter Weather

Prepare your home NOW to keep out th...

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Read on in our January Newsletter... Health District
Posted on: January 24, 2022

Forming Healthy Habits

News Flash 11

With the New Year comes new resolutions, and hopefully some new healthy habits. When forming new health goals, whether for the new year or at any time throughout the year it is important to remember some key steps to help support the goal and be more succ...

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Read on in our January Newsletter... Health District
Posted on: January 21, 2022

Health Literacy - What is it & why is it important?

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Health literacy has been defined by the CDC as the degree to which individuals have the ability to find, understand, and use information and services to inform health-related decisions and actions for themselves and others. 

This is not necessaril...

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Posted on: January 20, 2022

A Message from Dr. Goodnight (January Health Connection Newsletter)

Dr. Goodnight

Resilience is the word that defines the Abilene Taylor County Public Health District in 2021 because it implies hope, faith and possibilities. While dealing with the sudden relocation of staff and services due to flood damage from burst pipes caused by th...

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Read on in our January Newsletter... Health District
Posted on: January 18, 2022

Health Misinformation -- Why does it get shared?

Misinformation

Health Misinformation -- Why does it get shared?

Social Media has increased the spread of health misinformation. Health misinformation is any information that is false, inaccurate, or misleading according to the best available evidence at the time. It can ...

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News Flash

Posted on: May 19, 2022

Friends Seeking Volunteers for Book Sale

Infographic Promoting the Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale

The Friends of the Abilene Public Library are gearing up for their Annual Book Sale, running June 16-19 at the Abilene Convention Center. As one of their major fundraisers for the Abilene Public Library, the entire community is invited to be a part of one...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: May 5, 2022

New Display: "Reading, It's Your Only Hope"

Star Wars Display

Each month the Main Library sets up a new display of books to promote on the first floor near the circulation desk. What makes it unique is not only will you find a new theme promoted each month, you’ll also find a great selection of books and movies to c...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: May 5, 2022

Our 'Friends' Reach Record High for Abilene Gives

Friends with Thank You Signs for Abilene Gives

When provided with the means to better nonprofit agencies within the community, none reaches them more than the Abilene Gives initiative started by the Community Foundation of Abilene. This initiative provides a 24-hour giving event where people are asked...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: May 2, 2022

AISD Students Get Peek Into Summer Fun

SRC Flyers to Schools

The Abilene Public Library’s Summer Reading Clubs are headed your way next month. We have an exciting lineup of programs and activities planned for the community to take advantage of.

We’ll be spreading the word to our local elementary schools in AISD by d...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: March 25, 2022

'Connect with Us' for National Library Week

National Library Week

This week, your Abilene Public Library (APL) encourages the community to come visit us in person, or online, to explore and access services and programs. APL offers a wide array of programs, classes, and resources available in person or from the comfort o...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: March 25, 2022

Don't Miss Next Big Library Read, Apr 4

Big Library Read

Your Abilene Public Library is exploring recent American history through a musical lens with a New York Times bestselling novel during Overdrive’s next Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital book club. Just in time for the National Library Week, fr...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: March 17, 2022

City of Abilene Service Award

Photo of Julee Hatton and Marianne Vadney

On Wednesday, March 16, 2022, Marianne Vadney was recognized at a library staff meeting for 15 years of employment with the Abilene Public Library in a full-time position. However, like many city employees, her work with the Abilene Public Library began a...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: March 13, 2022

Virtual Reality to Offer Career Training

VR Program

If you’ve ever wondered what it might be like to work a certain type of job before you apply for it, or go to school for it, we’ve got a program for you. Partnering with Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas, the South Branch Libra...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: March 13, 2022

Spring Break Activities @ Your Library

Spring Break

It’s Spring Break, the kids are out of school, and parents are starting to look for activities to keep them entertained and busy (without breaking the bank of course). If that sounds like you, we invite you to take advantage of your library&...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: February 24, 2022

Libraries to Close at 6PM; 02-24-22

Closed Sign for 02-24-22

All Abilene Public Library locations will be closing at 6:00PM on Thursday, February 24 due to inclement weather.  All regularly scheduled programming and events have been cancelled.

If you must get out, please drive safe and take extra time getti...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: February 23, 2022

New STEAM Kits Heating Up the Collection

STEAM Kits

STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) activities are a great way to stimulate a child’s critical thinking and creativity skills.  Incorporated into the classroom many years go, this type of learning encouraged youth to...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: February 13, 2022

Read What Your Library Did in 2021!

Annual Report 21

The Abilene Public Library has released our Annual Report for FY2021, providing a summary of what we’ve accomplished over the past year. Copies of the report are available to be picked up at all library branch locations, or you may view the Annu...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: February 13, 2022

Find Money for College with the FAFSA

FAFSA Workshop

A primary deterrent for many who wish to go to college is “how am I going to pay for it?” It’s a valid question as many don’t have families that can afford to fund a higher education and trying to work your way thro...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: February 1, 2022

Participate in Nationwide Digital Book Club, Feb. 7

Together We Read

Your Abilene Public Library is joining over 16,000 public libraries and colleges, along with tens of thousands of readers across the U.S., in offering the latest award-winning Together We Read digital book club selection. From February 7 to 21, our librar...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: February 1, 2022

Learn Irrigation Tips in Next Workshop Series

Irrigation Class

If you’ve been following our regular events being hosted at the library, you may have noticed a monthly series of workshops led by Texas Master Gardener John Geib. Sharing his knowledge with our patrons, he’s been hosting monthly progr...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: January 28, 2022

Make the Switch to Libby in February

Libby News

Effective February 23, 2022, the OverDrive app will no longer be available through any of the app stores for patrons to install and use for downloading eBooks and audiobooks. This is being done to push the Libby app as the primary app for use with the Ove...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: January 25, 2022

Participate in Blind Date with a Book

Blind Date with a Book

Have you ever perused the library stacks in search of a book to read and found yourself doing that one thing we’re told not to? Judge a book by its cover? It’s hard for us not to because some books can have a cover that draws you in, b...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: January 19, 2022

Snag a Study Room @ Your Library

Study Rooms

Did you know your library offers study rooms and quiet spaces for you to study, host a small group for discussion, use our Wi-Fi for a Zoom meeting/interview/call, or any number of reasons? These spaces are available for adults to use, and they’...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: January 17, 2022

e-File Your Taxes for Free @ Your Library

Tax Help

UPDATE: As of February 17, sessions will now run Wednesdays through Saturdays from 9:00AM to 2:00PM.

Your Abilene Public Library is pleased to be partnering again with American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) to offer the Free Tax Help program at you...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: January 12, 2022

Book Meeting Room Space @ Your Library

Meeting Rooms

Did you know all library branches offer spaces for groups to meet? Although we do not rent out our spaces for parties, birthdays, baby showers, etc., our rooms are available (when not in use by the library) for community-sponsored programs and meetings th...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: January 10, 2022

Friends Temporarily Suspend Book Donations

Donation Schedule

Effective, Tuesday, January 11, the Friends of the Abilene Public Library will suspend receiving book donations for the Annual Book Sale

Volunteers are taking precautions due to the rise in COVID variants and numbers in the nation. They anticipa...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: January 5, 2022

Crafting Made Easy with CreativeBug

Creativebug

The Pandemic. It kept many people around the world homebound and left many with more time on their hands than they ever had before. While many worked on their sourdough starters (so not me) others looked for hobbies they could do to occupy their time. &am...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: January 3, 2022

Learn to Grow Vegetables in Free Workshop

Vegetable Gardening

After a successful presentation in December on Getting Started with Composting, Texas Master Gardener John Geib will return to the library to host a workshop on Getting Started with Vegetable Gardening.  Mark your calendar for Friday, January 14 ...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: December 30, 2021

Personalize Your Mug with New Equipment

Cricut Mug Press

The Creation Station makerspace at your Main Library (202 Cedar St.) is picking up in its use by the community based on all the wonderful projects you can make utilizing our equipment.  One of the most popular tools we offer is the Cricut. As a c...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: December 28, 2021

Get Footloose in New Library Series

Line Dancing

Get ready to kick up your heels for an exciting new series coming to your Mockingbird Branch Library (1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.) in January as we launch Beginning Line Dance Lessons.  Sessions will be offered twice a month on the second and fourth ...

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Posted on: October 6, 2021

Introducing Changes to Libby Service

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OverDrive has been the library’s most popular digital service for downloading eBooks and audiobooks. Having been introduced in 2008, we created our collection as a joint initiative with Tom Green County Library in San Angelo. This provided a col...

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Posted on: December 23, 2021

Foodies Unite with New Databases

Food Databases

Foodies of the world unite! The Abilene Public Library has purchased subscriptions to two new databases available for all library cardholders to use at no charge.  AtoZ Food America and AtoZ World Food are perfect for people of all skill levels. ...

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Posted on: December 23, 2021

Holiday Library Schedule

Holiday Schedule

Please make note of the following changes to our hours of operation during the upcoming holidays.

The Main Library and Mockingbird Branch locations will be closed December 24-27.  The South Branch Library will be open from 10:00AM to 2:00PM on Dec...

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Posted on: December 20, 2021

New B.Y.O.Book Club Strikes in January

BYOBook Club

If you’re looking for a new book club to join, which will also get you out and about in our community, we’re pleased to announce the B.Y.O.Book Club starting in January. This club will not meet at the library each month, but instead, m...

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Posted on: December 18, 2021

Borrowing Extended to Dyess AFB

Dyess AFB News Flash

Borrowing privileges for Abilene Public Library cardholders had been extended, yet again, thanks to the Dyess Air Force Base Library.  With their own collection of titles for lending, they are now allowing public library cardholders to have acces...

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Posted on: November 17, 2021

Holiday Donation Schedule in November

Holiday Donation News Flash

As many of you know, your Main Library is your official drop off location for books you'd like to donate for the Friends of the Library's Annual Book Sale. We appreciate your donations as over 90% of what goes into the sale comes directly from the communi...

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Posted on: October 4, 2021

Be a Master Pumpkin Decorator

Pumpkin Decorating News

Your South Branch Library will be hosting its Annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest, and now’s the time to start planning your pumpkin creations. So get out to your local store or pumpkin patch, and while you’re picking one up to carve lat...

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Posted on: October 2, 2021

Join Us at Business Mercado & More

Business Mercado News

Mark your calendars and attend the Business Mercado (Market), happening at the Abilene Convention Center (1100 N. 6th St.) on Saturday, October 9 from 9AM to 3PM.  This annual event showcases businesses and services in the community, with the aim...

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Posted on: September 27, 2021

Celebrate TeenTober @ Your Library

TeenTober News Flash

October is TeenTober in the nation, an initiative started by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), to encourage teens to visit their local libraries to discover what they have to offer....

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Posted on: September 27, 2021

Vote for 2021's Teens' Top Ten!

Teens Top 10

It's time to vote for this year's Teens' Top Ten, a "teen choice" list where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous years. This list is sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: September 27, 2021

Join Library in Celebrating National Night Out

National Night Out News

If you’re looking for a great community event to attend with your family In October, look for attending the city’s National Night Out event, brought to you by the Abilene Police Department and running on Tuesday, October 5 from 5:30PM ...

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Posted on: September 19, 2021

Celebrate Your Freedom to Read: Banned Books Week!

Banned Books News

Get ready for Banned Books Week, running September 26 through October 2, and this is the time where we, as readers, can come together to celebrate our simple freedom to read what we want.

Sponsored by a coalition of organizations dedicated to free expressi...

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Posted on: September 17, 2021

Register for Book-A-Librarian Online

Book a Librarian

In August, the library discontinued its popular TECH Time program, which connected the public with the library's technology staff to assist with troubleshooting issues with their smartphones, tablets, and laptops.  It was a great service...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: September 11, 2021

Nominations Open for Librarian of the Year Award

Librarian of the Year

Now's the time to submit your nominations for the 2021 Ricki Brown Librarian of the Year Award, made possible thanks to the Friends of the Abilene Public Library. This award was established in honor of Ricki V. Brown, former City Librarian who le...

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Posted on: September 1, 2021

Adopt a Pet at Your Library, Sept. 11

Pet Adoptions

UPDATE 09-07-21: This event is no longer being hosted on September 11 at the Mockingbird Branch. We apologize for the inconvenience and will hopefully be able to reschedule this event for in the future.

If you’re looking to expand your family wit...

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Posted on: August 31, 2021

Storytime Lineup Changes on Sept. 1

Storytime Schedule

School has started, Fall is just around the corner, and today is when your library will switch back to our regular storytime schedule. Storytimes are a staple part of the library programming for youth and local families, and our youth department staff wor...

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Posted on: August 30, 2021

National Library Card Sign-Up Month

Library Card Sign-Up

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month, a time when the Abilene Public Library joins the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide to remind parents, caregivers, and students that signing up for a library card is the first step...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: August 26, 2021

Stories & More, Live on TV Channel 2

Stories and More

For regular viewers of the City of Abilene’s government channel, you may have noticed content airing from your library ending up on TV.  Such includes our popular Crafty Creations shows for youth and original programming hosted at your library an...

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Posted on: August 23, 2021

Cosplay Contest Arrives on October 9!

Cosplay Contest

Lib-Con will make its return to the library after a 2-year hiatus due to the COVID-19. As we’ve gone so long since hosting this popular series, we wanted to jump on the opportunity of hosting a teaser event as soon as people started venturing out...

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Posted on: August 22, 2021

Cookbook Club Expands in September

Cookbook Club

The Cookbook Club at your Mockingbird Branch Library made its debut Tuesday, August 10.  Under the direction of branch manager Amy Watterman, 16 guests flooded the library’s activity room with dishes of appetizers. In no time, waves of ...

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Posted on: June 1, 2021

New Library Service: Book Club in a Box!

Book Club in a Box

Janet Bailey, Technical Services & Interim Information Services Manager, has created a new service that makes its debut today, June 1, on the start of the Summer Reading Clubs at your library.  This new service is titles "Book Club in a ...

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Posted on: May 27, 2021

West Texas Library Systems Ramping Up for Summer Programming (Video)

SRC on Fox

Alyssa Crow was on hand to speak with MyFoxZone on the Summer Reading Clubs at your library.  This is a special time of the year where the library comes to life with programming and we encourage the entire community to come out and participate, e...

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Posted on: May 27, 2021

APL Summer Reading Clubs Start June 1 (Video)

SRC on News

South Branch Manager Alyssa Crow was a guest on this week's KTAB 4U segment where she was on hand to discuss the start of the Summer Reading Clubs at your library, starting June 1.  There is a club for all ages to participate in and we h...

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Posted on: May 24, 2021

Harry Potter and the Summer of Fun

Harry Potter News

We have a summer full of Harry Potter fun planned at the Abilene Public Library! First up, the Main Library (202 Cedar St.) is showing all eight Harry Potter films, one each week (except for CALF week).  Accompanying the movies will be Harry Pott...

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Posted on: May 18, 2021

Grow Your Own Food with Adam Andrews (Video)

Adam Andrews

Your Abilene Public Library is back to hosting regular activities for adults to enjoy, which includes a lineup of guest speakers and presenters. A recent program hosted at your Mockingbird Branch Library was a free workshop titled "How to Grow Your O...

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Posted on: May 13, 2021

Summer Reading Club Starts June 1 (Video)

Summer Reading Clubs

Alyssa Crow, South Branch Manager, was on hand to talk about the upcoming Summer Reading Clubs at your Abilene Public Library.  This year's theme is Tails and Tales where it's all about living things with tails to stories and fa...

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Posted on: May 12, 2021

Your Library Promoting Literacy for Families (Video)

Alyssa Crow

Alyssa Crow was on hand to be the featured speaker from the Abilene Public Library on literacy resources we have to offer to families to checkout.  We all know libraries have been a staple for being able to check out books and audiobooks for yout...

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Posted on: April 29, 2021

Activities & Events Coming Up @ Your Library (Video)

KTAB 4U Events

On our latest visit to the KTAB, Amy Watterman (Mockingbird Branch Manager) was on hand to represent the library in their latest KTAB 4U segment.  Feel free to watch as she addresses some of the programing coming up at your library, with an empha...

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Posted on: April 6, 2021

World's Largest Digital Book Club Adds Humor to Reduce Stress

Big Library Read

Your Abilene Public Library is helping readers embrace humor to reduce stress during the next Big Library Readthe world's largest digital book club. From April 5-19, readers can learn stress-managing techniques from psychologist and stand-up co...

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Posted on: April 5, 2021

Dive Deeper Into National Library Week!

Welcome Library News

We're in the second day of National Library Week and there's still much more information to share than was first provided in the initial post.  Running April 4-10, the theme for this year is "Welcome to Your Library," ...

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Posted on: April 4, 2021

Celebrate National Library Week 2021!

National Library Week

Libraries are storehouses of information and knowledge, having been erected over time to spread information and access to that information through the written word. Dating back to 2600 BC, the public libraries we've come to know today have been v...

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Posted on: March 31, 2021

(Video) Mockingbird Branch Re-Opens Apr. 1

Amy Watterman

Watch as Amy Watterman, Mockingbird Branch Manager, sits down with our friends on KTAB 4U to tell you all about the re-opening of the Mockingbird Branch Library on Thursday, April 1.  They will resume their normal hours of operation, Mondays, Tue...

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Posted on: March 22, 2021

Library to Participate in Tornado Drill, March 31

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The City of Abilene will issue a mock tornado warning through CodeRED® (free telephone emergency notification system) at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

Staff at your Abilene Public Library will be reviewing our own best practices in what ...

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Posted on: March 8, 2021

Main & South Branch to Resume Regular Services March 10

Hours News

The Main and South Branch locations of the Abilene Public Library will return to pre-COVID-19 operating hours beginning Wednesday, March 10. At that time, all library operational practices and services will return to normal. 

The Mockingbird Branc...

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Posted on: March 1, 2021

Get Crafty @ Your Abilene Public Library

Duct Tape News Infographic

The start of the New Year brings the usual start of resolutions and challenges. People look at things they want to start or stop in order to improve themselves. 

A brand new year is also a great time to try out and start new hobbies. Your Abilene ...

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Posted on: February 23, 2021

Fold Origami @ Your Library in New Monthly Series

Origami of the Month

For thousands of years, people have been folding paper into strange and wonderful shapes.  Each generation learning the old patterns and creating new ones.  You can be a part of this grand tradition by participating in the art of Origami...

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Posted on: February 15, 2021

Library Remains Closed, Feb. 16

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UPDATE 02-18-21: The Main Library and South Branch locations will resume their regular hours of operation on Saturday, February 20.  The Main Library will operate from 9AM to 1PM, South Branch from 11AM to 6PM.  If you've had ho...

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Posted on: February 8, 2021

Promoting Diversity in Reading for Young Children

Hair Love News Flash

One thing you will always hear from librarians is how reading is fundamental. It's one of the staple accomplishments we can make in our early lives to set us on the road for being successful for the rest of our lives and it does so much for us. I...

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Posted on: February 7, 2021

Display Your Collectibles @ Your Library

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Many of us collect items throughout our lives. Whether passed down to us by others, or picked up by ourselves, we collect antiques, tea sets, movie memorabilia, baseball cards, snow globes, spoons from around the world, the possibilities are endless.&...

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Posted on: February 1, 2021

Library Offers New Interactive Reading Collection

Wonderbooks

Libraries have always supported literature and literacy, and one of the main ways we foster that is by trying to reach youth while they're young.  We offer a wonderful collection of books and resources for families to utilize to help sup...

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Posted on: January 25, 2021

Tax Help Arrives Feb. 10

Free Tax Help Icon

Update 01-28-21: The hours of this program has changed with sessions being offered Wednesdays through Fridays from 9AM to 3PM, Saturdays from 9AM to 12:30PM.

There aren't too many people around that jump at the opportunity to filing their taxes ea...

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Posted on: January 10, 2021

South Branch Closed, Jan. 10, 2021

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Due to inclement weather, the South Branch Library, located in the Mall of Abilene, has closed for Sunday, January 10, 2021.  With more snow expected in our forecast for today, we'are asking that our patrons stay home and keep warm.

While...

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Posted on: January 2, 2021

Learn a New Language in 2021

Pronunciator News Flash

2020 may have been a year many of us would rather forget, it did provide many of us with the opportunity to get healthy, learn a new skill, pick up a hobby, invest in DIY projects at home, and more. Well, we may not have all capitalized on this, but that ...

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Posted on: December 3, 2020

Library Maintaining COVID-19 Safety Measures

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As a nation, we all have been following the progression of COVID-19. With numbers on the rise, as of recent, health officials are stressing the importance on ways to keep yourself safer when it comes to being exposed to the coronavirus.

When the Abilene Pu...

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Posted on: November 24, 2020

Library Annual Report Now Available

Annual Report News Flash

Each year your Abilene Public Library produces an Annual Report providing you with a recap of our activities over the course of the previous year.  We have put together our latest report and it is available for viewing online.  In this r...

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Posted on: November 23, 2020

Meet Library Director Julee Hatton

Julee Hatton Video Screen Capture

Julee Hatton is the City of Abilene's new Director of Library Services.  Hailing from Lincoln, Nebraska, as the former Assistant Director of the Lincoln City Libraries, she arrived in Abilene, TX and was ready to serve in the middle of a...

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Posted on: November 3, 2020

Bonus Borrows Returns from Hoopla!

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Wonderful news all you users of Hoopla Digital, the streaming service we offer to connect you to a wonderful library of eBooks, movies, eAudiobooks, comics, music, and...even better, the materials are always available.  The great news is...

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Posted on: November 2, 2020

Get Car Repair Help Online with Chilton Database

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Your library subscribes to a number of respected online databases available to all library cardholders at no charge.  Each month we will highlight a different database for you to get involved in using, to show you the wealth of information at you...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: September 13, 2020

Join the Library's Virtual Classroom

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Virtual Classroom (www.abilenetx.gov/apl/class) is a new feature found on our digital webpage on the Abilene Public Library’s website.  It made its debut introducing our Axolotl, Sir Lancelotl.  The Virtual Cl...

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Posted on: August 26, 2020

Strike a Superhero Pose to Win Cash Prize!

Cat in Superhero Costume with Library Card

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month, encouraging everyone to visit their local library to register for a library card and take advantage of the great services they offer.  As a national campaign, library cardholders across the nation...

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Posted on: August 26, 2020

Celebrate National Library Card Sign-Up Month

Wonder Woman Reading a Book

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, a time when your Abilene Public Library joins the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide to remind parents, caregivers, and students that signing up for a library card is the first step on the ...

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Posted on: August 26, 2020

Teens Vote for Top YA Reads!

Teenage Girl Sitting on a Pile of Books

It’s that time of year again, when the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA, a division of the American Library Association), seeks out the input of teens to vote on the best YA reads from the previous year.  Known as the Tee...

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Posted on: August 26, 2020

rbDigital eAudiobooks Moves to OverDrive

rbDigital Infographic

Downloadables and streaming content are popular services at your Abilene Public Library, and free to all library cardholders.  rbDigital was a great service we offered that provided you with a selection of eAudiobooks that couldn’t be f...

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Posted on: July 31, 2020

Meet Sir Lancelotl the Axolotl (Video)

Screen Capture from Video on the Library Axolotl

If you may not already know, your Abilene Public Library has a new pet.  Allow us to introduce you to our new axolotl, currently available to see at your South Branch library, but will later be moved to the Mockingbird Branch Library once it reop...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: July 31, 2020

Library Gets a New Pet...See What It Is!

Axolotl in an Aquarium

If you have been by the South Branch Library lately you might have seen our new friend, the axolotl.  Currently our axolotl does not have a name but anyone may suggest their favorite names and the top picks will be voted on later this month.

You m...

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Posted on: July 20, 2020

The March Continues, Legacy of John Lewis

John Lewis Overlooking Historic Bridge

When it comes to the names of the most influential people involved in the Civil Rights Movement, you’d be hard-pressed not to come across the name of John Lewis.  As one of the "Big Six" leaders, along with Martin Luther King ...

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Posted on: July 16, 2020

Farewell to "The Magic School Bus" Creator

Children's Author Joanna Cole Smiling for Photo

The American writer of more than 250 books, however best known for The Magic School Bus series, Joanna Cole, has passed away on July 12, 2020 at the age of 75.  Her beloved series, illustrated by Bruce Degen since its creation, was what the autho...

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Posted on: July 15, 2020

Abilene Hunger Coalition to Provide Meals at Mockingbird

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For the second year, the Mockingbird Branch Library will participate in the Free Summer Lunch program offered by the Abilene Hunger Coalition.  With the mission of providing food for Abilene during the AISD summer feeding gap, this year will be d...

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Posted on: July 1, 2020

Choose Your Own Adventure at the Library

Choose Your Own Adventure Infographic

Choose Your Own Adventure Books are a unique series of books where the reader chooses what happens next in the story.  These books are great for reluctant readers because of how engaging the stories are and how they immerse the reader.  ...

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Posted on: July 1, 2020

Annual Mini-Con Pushed to 2021

Lib-Con Postponed Button

Lib-Con has been an annual event at your Abilene Public Library for years, offering the community with a series of events and activities celebrating anime, manga, fandoms, comics, and more.  After much discussion, the Lib-Con committee is saddene...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: June 17, 2020

Library Welcomes New Director, Julee Hatton

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The City of Abilene is excited to announce the hire of Julee Hatton, Abilene’s first Library Director. Ms. Hatton joins the City’s executive management team from Lincoln, Nebraska, where she most recently served as Assistant Director o...

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Posted on: June 15, 2020

Summer Reading Club Fun Kicks Off Today!

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The Summer Reading Clubs kick off today, Monday, June 15 at your Main Library and South Branch Library locations.  As a reminder, the Mockingbird Branch Library will remain temporarily closed throughout the reading club months.  ...

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Posted on: June 8, 2020

Virtual Club to Offer More Summer Fun at Your Library

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COVID-19 has changed the way public libraries had to offer services.  Even now when our facilities are open, we’re still not back to our regular hours and services quite yet. There are still guidelines we must follow when facing how to ...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: June 8, 2020

Weekly Storytimes Returning in July!

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The Summer Reading Club is approaching, running June 15 - August 8 at your Main Library and South Branch locations.  At that time, feel free to stop by your library to start picking up your reading club packets, or start viewing summer activities...

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Posted on: May 31, 2020

Abilene Public Library Enters Phase 2 of Services

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The Main Library and South Branch locations re-opened its doors on May 18 after our closing due to COVID-19.  At that time we opened to limited to services to adjust to a "new normal" to practice social distancing and clean high-use are...

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Posted on: May 17, 2020

Welcome Back to Your Library!

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Two locations of your Abilene Public Library are opening their doors today as we welcome our patrons back under a limited service plan. The Main Library will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 9:00AM to 6:00PM and 9:00AM to 1:00PM on Saturda...

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Posted on: May 12, 2020

2020 Friends of the Library Book Sale Postponed

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The Board of the Friends of the Abilene Public Library have made the difficult decision to postpone their 2020 Annual Book Sale until June 2021.  The 31st annual sale, which would have been held on June 18-21, was determined to be too logisticall...

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Posted on: May 11, 2020

Library to Open May 18 with Limited Services, Reduced Hours

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Monday, May 18, the Main Library and South Branch locations will open their doors to the public.  We appreciate everyone who has taken advantage of our digital services during our COVID-19 closure, but now you’ll have the opportunity to...

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Posted on: May 6, 2020

Record Numbers are Checking Out the Library Online

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Abilene Public Library has great online resources, and the citizens of Abilene have apparently enjoyed having them during the month of April! Our digital circulation has far surpassed any other month in our history, with more than 23 thousand circulations...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: May 6, 2020

Future Abilene Heritage Square Brightens Up as Crew Power Wash Exterior

Abilene Heritage Square Exterior Shot

As Published on the Abilene Reporter-News on Wednesday, May 6 by Brian Bethel

The future looks bright for the future site of Abilene Heritage Square, and now so does the exterior of the former Lincoln Middle School/Abilene High School.

The building&rsqu...

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Posted on: May 5, 2020

Learn Skills at Home with Your Library's Help

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As we all stick closer to home these days and with so many ‘normal’ activities limited until further notice, many people are taking the time to brush up on old skills, or learn new things. Cooking is now a must-have skill, exercise rou...

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Posted on: April 27, 2020

Travel the World from Comfort of Home

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This time of year is often when families begin to plan their summer vacations - what exciting destinations can be picked? What will appeal to everyone? Staycation, or go somewhere you’ve always wanted to go? Unfortunately, COVID-19 may squash th...

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Posted on: April 20, 2020

Let the Abilene Public Library Help with Homeschooling

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With the uncertainty over whether schools will reopen before the end of the semester, parents and teachers are working hard to make sure their K-12 children have the resources they need to keep up to grade level. Your Abilene Public Library can help! We h...

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Posted on: April 9, 2020

Learning is at Your Fingertips with a Library Card

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Last time we talked about some of our leisure reading online resources for all ages, but your Abilene Public Library has much, much more than that! Students of all ages have access to online courses that can earn Continuing Education Units, as well as tes...

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Posted on: April 1, 2020

Not Accepting Purchase Requests At this Time

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Update May 16, 2020: The Abilene Public Library will no longer be accepting requests for purchasing materials for the remainder of our fiscal year, which ends September 30, 2020.  This includes requests for purchases of books, a...

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Posted on: March 21, 2020

Get Live Help with Library Lessons Online Series

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The physical collection at your Abilene Public Library may be closed to the public, but that doesn’t mean you’re without access to great resources.  As long as you have a valid Abilene Public Library card, we encourage you to ...

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Posted on: March 21, 2020

Enjoy Live Online Storytimes During Library Closure

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Social distancing is a common phrase we’re hearing often due to the fast spread of COVID-19.  Your Abilene Public Library will close its doors to the public, effective Monday, March 23, in the city’s attempt of lessening the p...

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Posted on: March 19, 2020

Abilene Public Library Closed to Limit Potential Spread for COVID-19

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UPDATE 4-3-2020: Limited staff will operate out of the Main Library (202 Cedar St., PH: 325-677-2474) only effective Monday, April 6.  Staff will operate out of this location Mondays through Fridays from 8:00AM to 5:00PM.  If you are in ...

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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Pre-Construction Happening at Future Abilene Heritage Square

Exterior of Future AHS Building

As Published in the Abilene Reporter-News on Sunday, March 15, 2020 by Brian Bethel

Contractors’ trucks have been surrounding the entrances of Abilene Heritage Square for a several days as pre-construction activities commence.

Housed in t...

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Posted on: March 15, 2020

Reserve This Week's Best Sellers

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Everyone always looks out for popular reading material at the library, and each week we like to put a spotlight on the popular materials from the week compiled from the New York Times Best Sellers lists for Hardcover Fiction and Nonfiction titles. &nb...

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Posted on: March 14, 2020

AARP Suspends Tax Aide Until Further Notice

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Abilene Public Library has been informed by the AARP that the Tax Aide programs at our Main and Mockingbird libraries have been suspended indefinitely due to COVID-19.  The statement on their website www.aarp.org reads, in part: "As...

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Posted on: March 12, 2020

Digital Bookmobile Tour Abilene Stop Canceled

Bookmobile Cancelled

The Digital Bookmobile Tour event scheduled for the South Branch of the Abilene Public Library on Tuesday, March 17 has been canceled. Library staff were informed around 3:30 p.m. this afternoon with the following statement from OverDrive. 

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Posted on: March 12, 2020

(Video) Library Partners with Girl Scouts to Encourage Young Volunteers

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The Abilene Public Library is looking to spark a volunteering spirit in young people. We learn about their partnership with The Girl Scouts to get young people involved.

Abilene Public LibraryMain Library- 202 Cedar St.South Branch Library- Mall of Abilene...

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Posted on: March 11, 2020

(Video) Create Your Look for Library's Cosplay Contest!

ITL Amanda Sasser

No matter how young or how old one may be, getting dressed up in fun costumes to become your favorite superhero or villain is just fun.  This is at the heart of the Cosplay Contest that’s hosted every year at Lib-Con at your Abilene Pub...

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Posted on: March 10, 2020

South Branch to Host Digital Bookmobile National Tour

Photo of the OverDrive Bookmobile

As Published by Brian Bethel of the Abilene Reporter-News on Tuesday, March 10, 2020

The Digital Bookmobile National Tour will make a stop at the south branch of the Abilene Public Library in the Mall of Abilene on Tuesday, March 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m....

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Posted on: March 8, 2020

(Video) Learn About Women's Right to Vote at Local Workshop

Women and the Right to Vote Title Card

Librarian Amy Watterman set up a great program for the community on the history of Women’s Right to Vote.  Honoring this month’s designation as Women’s History Month, this topic was well-received by those who attende...

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Posted on: March 8, 2020

(Video) Prepare Yourself for Lib-Con in April

ITL Ellene Cudd

In the latest Inside the Library series from your Abilene Public Library, you’ll learn about the upcoming Lib-Con events coming in April.  This is the library’s annual series of specialized programming that gives you a mini-co...

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Posted on: March 7, 2020

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Bestsellers Mar 8

Everyone always looks out for popular reading material at the library, and each week we like to put a spotlight on the popular materials from the week compiled from the New York Times Best Sellers lists for Hardcover Fiction and Nonfiction titles. &nb...

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Posted on: March 7, 2020

Newly Visible Changes at Abilene Heritage Square

Exterior of Future AHS Building

Covered by BigCountryHomepage on Thursday, March 6, 2020

Contractors’ trucks have been surrounding the entrances of Abilene Heritage Square for several days now.

Here’s a rundown of the activities going on inside and outside the project:...

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Posted on: March 7, 2020

(Video) West Texas Homeless Network Holds Free Monthly Coffee Meetings

Katherine Bisson Interview on KTAB 4U

Appeared on KTAB 4U with Adam Singleton on Wednesday, March 4, 2020

The West Texas Homeless Network tells us about their monthly coffee meetings where anyone is invited to learn about the help available for those in need.

FREE Coffee & Conversations!Wes...

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Posted on: March 1, 2020

(Video) Come Aboard the OverDrive Bookmobile

Photo of the OverDrive Bookmobile

Your Abilene Public Library is pleased to host the OverDrive Bookmobile as it makes a stop at the South Branch Library during its national tour.  Stop by on Tuesday, March 17 from 11AM to 3PM and you’ll see the bookmobile in the parking...

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Posted on: March 1, 2020

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Everyone always looks out for popular reading material at the library, and each week we like to put a spotlight on the popular materials from the week compiled from the New York Times Best Sellers lists for Hardcover Fiction and Nonfiction titles. &nb...

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Posted on: February 22, 2020

The Robots are Coming...to the Abilene Public Library

Snap Circuits

Don’t be alarmed folks; there is no impending danger from Skynet or other sapient machines. But the library has received an awesome set of Cue robots by Wonder Workshop as well as several sets of the award winning electronic learning tool, Snap ...

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Posted on: February 22, 2020

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Bestsellers Feb 23

Everyone always looks out for popular reading material at the library, and each week we like to put a spotlight on the popular materials from the week compiled from the New York Times Best Sellers lists for Hardcover Fiction and Nonfiction titles. &nb...

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Posted on: February 20, 2020

(Video) Library Offers Week of Fun for Spring Break

Librarian Being Interviewed

Segment by Adam Singleton, KTAB 4U, Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Spring break is just around the corner and if you’re still looking for something fun for the kids the Abilene Public Library has plenty to offer.

Spring Break at The Librar...

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Posted on: February 18, 2020

Participate in Run4Reading Fundraiser

Inside the Library - Run4Reading

The Abilene Public Library and Chick-fil-A have had a great and growing partnership over the past few years.  We’ve conducted regular storytimes at their restaurants while they’ve provided children with treats and incentives f...

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Posted on: February 15, 2020

Reserve This Week's Best Sellers

Bestsellers Feb 16

Everyone always looks out for popular reading material at the library, and each week we like to put a spotlight on the popular materials from the week compiled from the New York Times Best Sellers lists for Hardcover Fiction and Nonfiction titles. &nb...

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Posted on: February 8, 2020

(Video) Inside the Library: New Printing Kiosks

Librarian by New Print Equipment

In our latest Inside the Library video, Alyssa Crow (South Branch Manager) will be on hand to introduce you to the new Print Kiosks at your Abilene Public Library.  It’s the fastest way to pick up your print jobs using a self-service pr...

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Posted on: February 8, 2020

View 2019 Annual Report from Your Library

Girl Reading Book

The Abilene Public Library’s Annual Report is now available for the public to view.  It’s a great way to chart our progress over the past year, and what an exciting year it was.  Within the report you’ll rec...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: February 8, 2020

(Video) Inside the Library: Free Tax Assistance

Librarian Seating on Couch

The Free Tax Assistance program at your Abilene Public Library is one of the great services we’re pleased to host every year.  Open to the community to participate in, this is your chance to be able to visit your library and e-File your...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: February 8, 2020

Calling All Local Performers to Open Mic Night Series

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If you have a talent you’ve been waiting to showcase before your friends and neighbors, your Abilene Public Library has just the thing!  We are hosting monthly open mic nights where you can show off your skills onstage at the South Bran...

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Posted on: February 8, 2020

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Everyone always looks out for popular reading material at the library, and each week we like to put a spotlight on the popular materials from the week compiled from the New York Times Best Sellers lists for Hardcover Fiction and Nonfiction titles. &nb...

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Posted on: February 4, 2020

All Library Locations Closed February 5-6

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Update 02-05-20 at 5:00PM: All library locations will remained closed through Thursday, February 6, as well as City Hall and city offices with the exception of essential personnel.

All Abilene Public Library branch locations will be closed on Wednesday, Fe...

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Posted on: February 4, 2020

(Video) Inside the Library: Open Mic Night

Teen Playing Guitar and Singing

The new Open Mic Night series at your South Branch Library kicked off with a bang.  40+ guests came out to support the talent that bravely took to center stage to entertain everyone.

Singing was the most popular form of entertainment for the eveni...

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Posted on: February 4, 2020

Ep. 48: Squirrels & Some Frozen Moles

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It’s February...Black History Month...the Month of Love...whatever you choose, we’re here for another episode where Tremain will tell you about a Black History experience in Starbucks and Jessica has a frozen mole she wants to keep as ...

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Posted on: February 2, 2020

Read the Book Before You See it on Screen

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I hope you enjoyed the column last week, and since 2020 will be chock full of book-to-movie adaptations, here are even more titles. So take a quick look at some more offerings and check in with your Abilene Public Library to start reading, since we all kn...

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Posted on: February 2, 2020

View this Month's Bibliofiles Newsletter

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The Abilene Public Library hosts a wide range of events and activities for the entire community to enjoy.  With programming developed for youth, teens, and adults, there’s always something for everyone to get involved in.

Feel free to pe...

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Posted on: February 2, 2020

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Bestsellers Feb 2

Everyone always looks out for popular reading material at the library, and each week we like to put a spotlight on the popular materials from the week compiled from the New York Times Best Sellers lists for Hardcover Fiction and Nonfiction titles. &nb...

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Posted on: January 28, 2020

Ep. 47: Squirrels & Some Drag Power to the People

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We’re back for more podcast fun with Tremain and Jessica at your Abilene Public Library.  First off, we apologize for the technical difficulties with the audio, but we never noticed Jessica’s microphone went out after about 20...

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Posted on: January 26, 2020

(Video) Inside the Library: Annual Children's Workshop

Librarian Being Interviewed

Tremain Jackson sits down with Alyssa Crow to discuss the Annual Workshop coming up at your Abilene Public Library on Monday, March 2.  This all-day event is designed for area wide librarians, school librarians, school library aides, and other pr...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: January 26, 2020

See If the Book Was Better at Your Library

Book Cover

Unsurprisingly, 2020 holds an avalanche of books being adapted for film and television. So take a skim through some of the new year’s latest offerings and check in with your Abilene Public Library to decide if, indeed, the book is better than th...

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Posted on: January 26, 2020

Reserve This Week's Best Sellers

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Everyone always looks out for popular reading material at the library, and each week we like to put a spotlight on the popular materials from the week compiled from the New York Times Best Sellers lists for Hardcover Fiction and Nonfiction titles. &nb...

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Posted on: January 23, 2020

Construction Work Begins on Former Lincoln Middle School Building

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As covered by Joey Hollingsworth of KTAB/KRBC on Tuesday, January 22, 2020

Work has begun on the old Lincoln Middle School in Abilene, as crews prepare to transform the building into a new, high-tech hub.

According to a social media post from Abilene Herita...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: January 23, 2020

(Video) Abilene Public Library to Begin Free Tax Assistance Program in February

Janis Test Interview

Segment by Adam Singleton, KTAB 4U on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 

Filing your own taxes? The Abilene Public Library tells us how they can help for free.

Free Tax AssistanceFebruary 5th – April 11th10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Main Library...

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Posted on: January 21, 2020

Ep. 46: Squirrels & Something Wicked This Way Comes from Missouri

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January is almost over, but the podcasting fun continues with hosts Tremain & Jessica from the Abilene Public Library.  On today’s show you’ll hear about the struggle with claustrophobia, how our thoughts are still with Au...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: January 18, 2020

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Everyone always looks out for popular reading material at the library, and each week we like to put a spotlight on the popular materials from the week compiled from the New York Times Best Sellers lists for Hardcover Fiction and Nonfiction titles. &nb...

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Posted on: January 14, 2020

Ep. 45: Squirrels & Seeing Clear in 2020

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Join Tremain Jackson & Jessica Reyes for a fresh episode for the new year, and since the year is 2020, let’s kick off the year with trying to see things a little more clearly. Today’s show will be shorter than our usual shows, but ...

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Posted on: January 11, 2020

Learn to Make Lunch on the Go

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Everyone’s busy, especially during the school year.  Because of this, school lunches for the kids may consist of a lunchmeat sandwich with chips, an apple or snack cake and a soda.  The same may appear in the lunchbox of any adult who ta...

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Posted on: January 11, 2020

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Everyone always looks out for popular reading material at the library, and each week we like to put a spotlight on the popular materials from the week compiled from the New York Times Best Sellers lists for Hardcover Fiction and Nonfiction titles. &nb...

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Posted on: January 9, 2020

(Video) Know Your Rights: Home Buying 101

Librarian and Legal Professional at Conference Table

Your Abilene Public Library hosts regular "Know Your Rights" sessions in partnership with our friends from Legal Aid of Northwest Texas.  Usually conducted on a monthly basis, each features a different topic in the legal field for the c...

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Posted on: January 9, 2020

(Video) Abilene Public Library to Host Open Mic Night January

Marnie Boyers on KTAB 4U Studios

Segment by Adam Singleton, KTAB 4U on Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Have a talent you’ve been waiting to showcase? The Abilene Public Library is hosting an open mic night where you can show you best skills.

View the full event listing by Clicking Her...

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Posted on: January 7, 2020

Abilene Wide Open: Fandom Dance Party

Fandom

You know, it's fine that the librarians danced the most. After all, Friday evening was the first after-hours Fandom Dance Party at the Abilene Public Library's Main Branch.

Not everyone knew what to expect, so hesitancy at cutting the rug in a new environm...

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Posted on: January 2, 2020

The Baker Street Irregulars are on the Case at Your Abilene Public Library

Sherlock Holmes Movie Profile

Your Abilene Public Library is beginning the new year with a new club for fans of one of the English speaking world’s most beloved literary figures. On Thursday, January 9, the Baker Street Irregulars: Abernetty Family of Abilene, Texas will hold their fi...

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Posted on: December 27, 2019

Find a New Hobby with the Abilene Public Library's Help

Collage of Hobbies

No matter how young we are, or how old we get, taking the time to relax with a favorite hobby, crafting activity or recreational pastime is something all can benefit from.  These things help us to reduce stress, spend time with family and friends...

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Posted on: December 28, 2019

Dance the Night Away in After Hours Library Event

Fandom Party Infographic

If you enjoy any fandom, cosplay, geeky, or nerdy things - and you love to dance and meet new people - join us at your Main Library (202 Cedar St.) for our first ever Fandom Dance Party.  We'll host the event in the auditorium, located on the sec...

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Posted on: December 27, 2019

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Everyone always looks out for popular reading material at the library, and each week we like to put a spotlight on the popular materials from the week compiled from the New York Times Best Sellers lists for Hardcover Fiction and Nonfiction titles. &nb...

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Posted on: December 24, 2019

Ep. 44: Squirrels & Some Love for Mariah

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Join Tremain Jackson & Jessica Reyes for a fresh episode just before the holidays.  Jessica's loves the holiday season, but Tremain's a bit indifferent; however, congratulations to Mariah Carey and her hit Christmas Song "All I Want for ...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: December 22, 2019

Perform in Library's New Open Mic Night Series

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Are you a singer, poet, comedian, musician, or performer with the urge to entertain a captive audience?  If so, we incite you to you join in on the South Branch Library’s new Open Mic Night series where you can share your talent with others. &...

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Posted on: December 20, 2019

Broaden Your Holiday Horizons at Your Library

Christmas Holiday Graphic

The Holiday season is a time when cheer and goodwill abound.  All things seem possible, perhaps because it brings out the child in all of us.  We once again feel capable of the creativity, the imagination, and the joyful, courageous aban...

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Posted on: December 22, 2019

Register for Conversational Spanish Series

Learn Spanish Graphic

Start the new year off right by signing up for a free, six-week class titled Let’s Talk: Conversational Spanish, hosted at your Mockingbird Branch Library.  Did you know over 400 million people worldwide speak Spanish?  That ma...

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Posted on: December 22, 2019

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New York Times Best Sellers Dec. 22

Everyone always looks out for popular reading material at the library, and each week we like to put a spotlight on the popular materials from the week compiled from the New York Times Best Sellers lists for Hardcover Fiction and Nonfiction titles. &nb...

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Posted on: December 20, 2019

Abilene Council Cements Agreement for Heritage Square, New Library

Concept Rendering of New Library

The Abilene City Council Thursday approved an agreement to donate the former Abilene High School/Lincoln Middle School property on South First Street to a nonprofit that plans to renovate the structure.

Once that project is done, expected to be around 2023...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: December 18, 2019

New Abilene Librarian Needs to be Creative, Passionate, People-Oriented

Exterior of Future Abilene Heritage Square Building

Abilene City Manager Robert Hanna says he plans to start the search for a new city librarian in the new year. 

Hanna is looking for the right person who can take the Abilene Public Library to the next level, someone to shepherd the transition from...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: December 16, 2019

Council to Vote on Abilene High/Lincoln Middle School...

Exterior of Future Abilene Heritage Square Building

The Abilene City Council will vote to donate the former Lincoln Middle School to the Abilene Heritage Square project at its regular evening meeting Thursday.

The council plans to also vote on a lease agreement with the new owners to use space within the re...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: December 16, 2019

Cook Up Some Fun with a Culinary Mystery

Chopping Spree Book Cover

Good books and good food can go hand in hand, particularly during the holiday season, and books that mesh the two together have created a niche in the  mystery genre that continues to be popular at your Abilene Public Library.  I’m refer...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: December 14, 2019

Reserve This Week's Best Sellers

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Get a look at the top 15 books in Hardcover Fiction & Nonfiction titles from the New York Times Best Sellers List.

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Posted on: December 16, 2019

(Video) Abilene Police Need to Identify Suspect

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Abilene police need help identifying a suspect accused of stealing from the library.

The suspect was caught on camera taking merchandise from the Mockingbird Branch of the Abilene Public Library on December 5.

He was wearing a black sweatshirt and khaki sho...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: December 12, 2019

(Video) Let's Build an Igloo!

Winter Prop of Kid-Sized Igloo from Milk Jugs

The South Branch Library has already built an igloo in the past, and Branch Manager Alyssa Crow wanted to do so again.  Collecting well over 200 emptied and cleaned milk jugs, she got to work constructing her second igloo for the season. &nbs...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: December 12, 2019

(Video) Viva Strings! Mini-Concert at City Sidewalks

Middle School Orchestra Players in Concert

Watch the full performance as recorded on Tuesday, December 2, 2019 at the Main Library's auditorium.

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: December 11, 2019

(Video) Abilene Public Library Hosts Gingerbread House Workshop

Library Assistant Being Interviewed About Holiday Workshop

Segment by Adam Singleton, KTAB 4U

Next week you can build your very own gingerbread house at The Abilene Public Library. Here is how you can join the fun.

Gingerbread Houses WorkshopAbilene Public Library202 Cedar St.Monday, December 16th5:00 pm(325) 676-6...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: December 10, 2019

New "Squirrels & Shiny Things" Episode

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Tune into another episode of the library's podcast where we dish on library programming to attend this week, new DVD releases to look out for, and more. Catch our show here, or subscribe to us on the major podcasting platforms.

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Posted on: December 7, 2019

Catch a Dream at Your Abilene Public Library

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These days everyone "knows" what a dream catcher is.  It's that hoop with webbing and feathers that people use to decorate their homes or put on their keychains.  Actually it is a Native American craft with meaning attached to ...

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Posted on: December 7, 2019

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Posted on: December 3, 2019

Tune Into New "Squirrels & Shiny Things" Episode

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CLICK HERE TO ACCESS LATEST PODCAST EPISODE

Hello everyone, it's Tremain Jackson & Jessica Reyes coming at you, post-Thanksgiving, for some library talk to dish on some holiday selections you might want to ease into as well as all of our fun library to...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: November 26, 2019

Remember Your Downtown Library this December

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December is a wonderful time, full of holiday cheer and sooooo many things to do!  Your Abilene Public Library has many great programs all across our system, but I'd like to draw your attention to some we'll be hosting at the Main Library downtow...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: November 27, 2019

(Video) What to Expect at the Abilene Public Library This December

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There’s a plenty of fun coming up as the year winds down at The Abilene Public Library. We find out some of what you can look forward to.

Abilene Public Library202 Cedar St.(325) 677-2474abilenetx.gov/aplFind them on Facebook

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: November 26, 2019

Catch new "Squirrels & Shiny Things" Episode

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CLICK HERE TO ACCESS LATEST PODCAST

In our latest episode, Tremain Jackson & Jessica Reyes are tackling the following topics when it comes to the library world:

  • Library Events: None to cover this week because it's the week of Thanksgiving. May you all s...
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Library - News & Events
Posted on: November 21, 2019

(Video) Harvesting Family History with ACU

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The Abilene Public Library loves partnering with local professionals to lead programming and workshops available to the public.  On Thursday, November 14, 2019, Mac Ice & Amanda Dietz, archivists at Abilene Christian University, were our gues...

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Posted on: November 20, 2019

School Library Journal Releases Top Picture Books

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If there's one thing families can always count on finding at your local library, it's a great selection of reading materials for their children. The juvenile collection of the library remains the most circulated item type. Sometimes you might be looking f...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: November 16, 2019

(Video) Preliminary Plans Solidified for Old Lincoln Middle School

Lincoln Middle School Exterior Shot

Story by Jessica Ranck with KTAB/KRBC on November 12, 2019

While things may be quiet at the old Lincoln Middle School now, it won’t be long before the familiar sounds of books being stacked and checked in echo off these historic walls.

“...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: November 14, 2019

(Video) Fall Fun Coming Soon at South Abilene Library

Alyssa Crow Appearing on News Station

There are some fun programs and events coming up at the South Branch of The Abilene Public Library. We learn what you can expect.

Abilene Public Library South BranchMall of Abilene4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.Abilene, TX 79606PH: (325) 698-7565

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: November 14, 2019

New "Squirrels & Shiny Things" Episode Available

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Listen to Episode #39: Squirrels & Some Textual Healing

In our latest episode, Tremain Jackson & Jessica Reyes are tackling the following topics when it comes to the library world:

  • Library Events to Attend: Hear about some great events for adults to...
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News Flash

Posted on: April 27, 2022

Redbud Park restrooms temporarily closed after vandalism

 Redbud Park restrooms temporarily closed after vandalism

Restroom facilities located at the Redbud Park playground are temporarily closed as repairs are made following a vandalism incident. Repairs are estimated to take approximately 3 weeks, at which time the restrooms will be reopened to the public.

On Wednesd...

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Posted on: April 27, 2022

Girls Night

Girls Night spa fun

Girls Night

It's time for a girls night, IN! Party in your pj's with us at Rose Park Recreation Center. Bring your friends, moms, grandmas, aunts, or female role models to this fun all-girls event. We will have "spa" crafts, a m...

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Parks & Rec - News & Events
Posted on: April 22, 2022

Lifeguard Shallow Water Certification Classes

Lifeguard Shallow Water Class

 

Become a Certified Shallow Water Lifeguard! 

This class provides entry-level participants the knowledge & skills to prevent, recognize & respond to aquatic emergencies in shallow water up to 5 feet & to provide care for breat...

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Parks & Rec - News & Events
Posted on: April 19, 2022

Adventure Cove Opening Day

Five Teens Float down the Lazy River, Holding Onto a Double Inflatable Raft

The City of Abilene Parks & Recreation Department announces the opening of Adventure Cove for the 2022 Summer season will be on Saturday, May 28th at 11:00 am. The cost of admission is $4 for kids under 48” tall, $6 for kids 48” an...

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Parks & Rec - News & Events
Posted on: March 28, 2022

SUMMER CAMP 2022

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Summer Camp 2022

Summer Camp is HOT HOT HOT- A Summer of fun June 6th - August 12th

Summer Camp 2022 is open to campers ages 6-13 yrs and is held in two-week sessions. Each day starts at 7:30 am and ends at 5:30 pm. Cost is $85 per session for each camper a...

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News Flash

Posted on: May 13, 2022

Motorcyclist Dies from Injuries Sustained in Crash a Week Ago

ABILENE, TX – A motorcycle rider involved in a crash in North Abilene on May 5 has passed away from injuries sustained in the crash. 72-year-old Daniel Randolph of Abilene passed away at the hospital on Thursday, May 12, a week after the crash.

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Police - News & Events
Posted on: May 12, 2022

Suspect Arrested for Stealing Airport Truck and Evading Police

Fuel Truck

ABILENE, TX – Police arrested a 40-year-old Abilene man for stealing a truck and leading police on a low-speed chase. Joseph Lee Dosson of Abilene was taken into custody just before 5 a.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2022. 

 A call of ...

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Police - News & Events
Posted on: May 9, 2022

Fatal Crash Interstate 20, Mile Marker 292

ABILENE, TX – First Responders responded to a major motor vehicle crash on Interstate 20 at mile marker 292 just after 4 p.m. on Monday, May 9, 2022. Two people are confirmed deceased and one person remains in critical condition at a lo...

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Police - News & Events
Posted on: May 9, 2022

Fatal Crash Highway 83/84

ABILENE, TX – On Sunday, May 8, at 5:20 p.m., Officers of the Abilene Police Department Patrol and Traffic Division responded to a major motor vehicle crash in the 6000 block of US Highway 83/84. A 2003 Ford F-150 was entering the southbound lan...

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Police - News & Events
Posted on: May 5, 2022

Fatal Vehicle Crash Kills Two

ABILENE, TX – A head-on crash claimed the lives of two Abileneans on Wednesday, May 4, 2022. Police received several calls just after 9 p.m. saying a vehicle was traveling south on Highway 83/84 in the wrong lane near Kirby Lake. Witnesses say s...

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Police - News & Events
Posted on: May 2, 2022

Fatal Crash in South Abilene – T&P Lane

ABILENE, TX – A single-vehicle crash in South Abilene claimed the life of a 36-year-old Abilene man.

 On Tuesday, April 26, at approximately 6:04 pm, the Abilene Police Department responded to a major accident in the 600 block of T&P...

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Police - News & Events
Posted on: May 2, 2022

UPDATE – Fatal Crash in South Abilene – E Hwy 80

ABILENE, TX – UPDATE – Next of kin notification has been made.  Both of the deceased have been identified, They are, 46-year-old Jason Michael Rigstad and 32-year-old Rebecca Mae Barker, both of Abilene.

 ORIGINAL RELE...

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Posted on: May 1, 2022

Multiple People Stabbed in North Abilene at Festival Celebration

ABILENE, TX – The Abilene Police Department responded to a call of multiple victims suffering from stab wounds in north Abilene, just after 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, 2022. The initial reports indicated that a 19-year-old male stabbed multipl...

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Posted on: April 26, 2022

Abilene Man Arrested for Sexual Assault of a Child

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ABILENE, TX – Abilene Police Department Special Victims Unit detectives arrested 32-year-old Eleno Silva III on an outstanding warrant for Second Degree Felony Sexual Assault of a Child. Detectives worked with the United States Air Force Special...

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Posted on: April 18, 2022

Abilene Man Arrested for Sexual Assault of a Child

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ABILENE, TX – The Abilene Police Department arrested a 31-year-old Abilene man for sexually assaulting a child. Slade Dean King (31yoa) was taken into custody on Friday, April 15, 2022. He is charged with Second Degree Felony Sexual Assault of a...

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Posted on: April 14, 2022

Two Abilene Teens Arrested for Multiple Crimes

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ABILENE, TX – On Tuesday, April 12, detectives with the Auto Crimes Task Force arrested two Abilene teens on multiple charges stemming from several crimes in Abilene over multiple days. 19-year-old Devontay Dee Wayne Don Lamb and a 16-year-old j...

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Posted on: April 11, 2022

Coleman County Man Identified for Abilene Two Robberies

ABILENE, TX – The Abilene Police Department Major Investigations Bureau has identified a 22-year-old Coleman County man for two robberies in early February. Trenton Paul Thompson of Coleman County is accused of robbing two convenience stores. On...

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Posted on: April 5, 2022

Abilene Man Arrested on Fraud Charge

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ABILENE, TX – In February, agents with the Narcotics Unit of the Abilene Police Department began an investigation of a former school principal at Bonham Elementary with the Abilene Independent School District. On Monday, April 4, 2022, 40-year-o...

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Posted on: March 30, 2022

Homicide Suspect Charged

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UPDATE 2: Abilene Police Detectives with Major Investigations have charged 20-year-old Aashaud McVea of Abilene, with Homicide and Aggravated Assault this afternoon, in connection with the homicide on south La Salle. He is also charged with Aggravated Ass...

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Posted on: March 30, 2022

Detectives Arrest Suspect in South Abilene Bank Robbery

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UPDATE: The Abilene Police Department’s Major Investigations along with the Federal Bureau of Investigations working on the bank robbery of the Chase Bank, put Fernando Enriquez, with a New Mexico address, into Federal custody for the robbery. E...

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Police - News & Events
Posted on: March 29, 2022

Detectives Investigating Bank Robbery in South Abilene

ABILENE, TX – On Tuesday, March 29, 2022, at 9:30 a.m. police responded to a bank robbery at a bank located in the 3200 block of Rebecca Ln. A Hispanic male entered the bank, displayed a weapon, demanded money, and fled the scene with an undiscl...

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Posted on: March 29, 2022

Pedestrian Killed by Train

ABILENE, TX – A 41-year-old Abilene man was killed when he was struck by a train on Tuesday, March 29, 2022, just before 11 a.m. The incident happened on the train tracks just east of the Leggett St. crossover. Initial reports indicate the male ...

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Posted on: March 22, 2022

Suspect Arrested for Multiple Robberies and Thefts

Wyman Cameron Burson

ABILENE, TX – The Abilene Police Department’s Major Investigations Bureau has arrested a Winters, TX man. 31-year-old Wyman Cameron Burson III is behind bars for two counts of Second Degree Felony Robbery. Detectives are working on fiv...

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Posted on: March 11, 2022

Pedestrian Killed by Train

ABILENE, TX – A 35-year-old Abilene man was killed when he was struck by a train on Thursday, March 10, 2022, just after 7 p.m. The incident happened near E. Highway 80 and the Judge Ely underpass, along the train tracks. Initial reports indicat...

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Police - News & Events
Posted on: March 2, 2022

E Hwy 80 Fatal Crash Investigation

ABILENE, TX – On Tuesday, March 1, 2022, at 7 p.m., dispatch was called regarding a single-vehicle crash in the area of East Highway 80 and the underpass of Loop 322. A 2002 Toyota Tacoma 4-door pickup was heading east on East Highway 8...

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Posted on: February 28, 2022

UPDATE: Fatal Interstate 20 Crash Investigation

UPDATE: Initial reports were that there was one person in the cab of the truck at the time of the crash. After further investigation, it was discovered that a second person was also in the cab of the truck. Next of kin notification has been made,...

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Police - News & Events
Posted on: February 28, 2022

Update: North Abilene Shooting Death Investigation

UPDATE: The female in this incident, was taken off life-support this morning. Next of kin notification has been made. The female is identified as 24-year-old Chyanne Villarreal of Lubbock. The male is identified as 30-year-old Sedrick Braxton Jr....

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Posted on: February 28, 2022

Abilene Man Arrested for Online Solicitation

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ABILENE, TX – Abilene Police detectives arrested 23-year-old Joseph Wesley Bertelson of Abilene for 3rd Degree Felony Online Solicitation of a Minor, and State Jail Felony Sexual Performance by a Child. Detectives with Cyber Crimes conducted an ...

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Posted on: February 27, 2022

Fatal Interstate 20 Crash

ABILENE, TX – On Sunday, February 27, 2022, at 7:55 a.m., dispatch was called regarding a crash involving a semi tractor-trailer at mile marker 286 in the east-bound lane of Interstate 20. The caller said a semi-truck that was headed ea...

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Posted on: February 27, 2022

Aggravated Assault, Death Investigation Underway

ABILENE, TX – On Sunday, February 27, 2022, just after 6 a.m. Abilene Officers were called to a hotel located in the 3500 Block of West Lake Road in North Abilene for a call of an injured subject. Police arrived to find a male deceased ...

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Posted on: February 21, 2022

North Abilene Shooting

ABILENE, TX – An Abilene man is in the hospital recovering from a gunshot wound after an altercation at a North Abilene residence.

 On Friday, February 18, at 11:38 p.m. Police were called to a large house party in the 2100 Block of Linc...

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Posted on: February 17, 2022

Transient Man Arrested for Injury to a Child

Bramblett, Sheldon

ABILENE, TX – Police have arrested 45-year-old Sheldon Lee Bramblett of Abilene and charged him with 3rd Degree Felony Injury to a Child.

 On February 14, at approximately 7:30 a.m., officers of the Abilene Police Department were contact...

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Posted on: February 15, 2022

APD Promotion & Recognition Ceremony

ABILENE, TX – The Abilene Police Department will host a promotion and recognition ceremony at the Abilene Police Department, 4565 South First, on Wednesday, February 16, 2022, at 3 p.m. in the main conference room. The ceremony will recognize ou...

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Posted on: February 2, 2022

Police Investigating Homicide in North Abilene

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UPDATE - Police Investigating Homicide in North Abilene

ABILENE, TX – UPDATE - The Abilene Police Department is actively looking for 35-year-old Brack Earl Daniels who has been identified as a Person of Interest in this investigation. Daniels is ...

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Posted on: January 20, 2022

Police Investigating Homicide in South Abilene

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ABILENE, TX – On Thursday, January 20, 2022, at approximately 12 a.m., the Abilene Police Department responded to an injured subject call in the 200 block of Miss Ellie Lane.  The calling party, a 32-year-old stabbing victim, indicated ...

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Posted on: January 13, 2022

Abilene Police Searching for Robbery Suspects

Police Searching for Robbery Suspect(s)

 

ABILENE, TX – The Abilene Police Department is working on a string of four robberies that took place in a span of three hours. On Wednesday, January 12, 2022, dispatch received calls from four sep...

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Posted on: January 5, 2022

Death Investigation

ABILENE, TX – The Abilene Police Department’s Major Investigations Bureau is investing the death of a 45-year-old Abilene man. Christopher Carrion was taken to the hospital on Monday, January 3, 2022, due to injuries sustained in a fig...

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News Flash

Posted on: March 24, 2022

Notice of General Election on May 7, 2022

NOTICE OF GENERAL ELECTION ON MAY 2, 2020

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT a general election will be held within the City of Abilene, Texas, on Saturday, May 7, 2022, between the hours of 7:00 am. and 7:00 p.m., as provided in Resolution No. 18-2022 calling th...

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Public Notices
Posted on: July 26, 2021

Public Notice per Govt Gode 2254

Public Notice

In association with Resolution No. 118-2021

This notice is given pursuant to Tex. Gov’t Code § 2254.1036.

A. The City of Abilene, Texas (“City”) intends to pursue claims for monetary damages, declaratory r...

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News Flash

Posted on: May 16, 2022

Street Projects for 05/16/2022

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Alley Maintenance

  • Citywide Complaints

Partial/Full Depth Patch Repair

  • Bridge Avenue
    • Closed from Ambler Ave to North 18th
  • Lillius Street
    • Closed from North 14th to North 12th
  • North 11th Street
    • Closed from Bel Air Dr to Minter Ln
  • 1469 Ross Ave
  • 1625 Ross Ave
  • South 15th ...
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Street Division Projects
Posted on: May 9, 2022

Street Projects for 05/09/2022

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Alley Maintenance

  • Citywide Complaints

Partial/Full Depth Patch Repair

  • 3201 Buffalo Gap Road
    • Closed from Monterrey Circle to South 33rd
  • 1910 South 21st Street
  • 5133 South 7th Street
  • 3001 South 9th Street

Repair Potholes

  • Citywide Complaints 
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Street Division Projects
Posted on: May 2, 2022

Street Projects for 05/02/2022

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Alley Maintenance

  • Citywide Complaints

Crack Seal

  • Glenwood Drive
    • Closed from Ivanhoe Lane to South 23rd Street
  • North 3rd Street
    • Closed from Grape Street to Mockingbird Lane

Partial/Full Depth Patch Repair

  • 3201 Buffalo Gap Road
    • Closed from Monterrey Circle to South ...
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Street Division Projects
Posted on: April 25, 2022

Street Projects for 04/25/2022

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Alley Maintenance

  • Citywide Complaints

Crack Seal

  • Sayles Boulevard
    • Closed from South 11th to Buffalo Gap Road

Repair Potholes

  • Citywide Complaints  

Street Maintenance

  • Ambler Avenue & Pine Street
    • Repair concrete & asphalt patch
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Street Division Projects
Posted on: April 18, 2022

Street Projects for 04/18/2022

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Alley Maintenance

  • Citywide Complaints

Crack Seal

  • Sayles Boulevard
    • Closed from South 11th to Buffalo Gap Road

Repair Potholes

  • Citywide Complaints  
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Street Division Projects
Posted on: April 11, 2022

Street Projects for 04/11/2022

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Alley Maintenance

  • Citywide Complaints

Crack Seal

  • Sayles Boulevard
    • Closed from South 7th to Buffalo Gap Road

Repair Potholes

  • Citywide Complaints  
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Street Division Projects
Posted on: April 4, 2022

Street Projects for 04/4/2022

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Alley Maintenance

  • Citywide Complaints

Crack Seal

  • Sayles Boulevard
    • Closed from South 7th to Buffalo Gap Road

Repair Potholes

  • Citywide Complaints  
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Street Division Projects
Posted on: March 28, 2022

Street Projects for 03/28/2022

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Alley Maintenance

  • Citywide Complaints

Partial/Full Depth Patch Repair

  • 8319 Cimarron Tr.
  • 8320 Horseshoe Ridge
  • 3702 Nobles Ranch Rd.
  • 6302 Ryan Circle
  • 5125 Ryan Circle
  • 5101 Ryan Circle
  • 3800 Timber Ridge
  • 3809 Timber Ridge
  • 6549 Todd Run

Repair Potholes

  • Citywide Complaints&...
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Street Division Projects
Posted on: March 21, 2022

Street Projects for 03/21/2022

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Alley Maintenance

  • Citywide Complaints

Partial/Full Depth Patch Repair

  • 8319 Cimarron Tr.
  • 8320 Horseshoe Ridge
  • 8300 Ridge View
  • 8325 Ridge View
  • 8333 Ridge View
  • 8334 Ridge View
  • 3800 Timber Ridge
  • 3809 Timber Ridge

Repair Potholes

  • Citywide Complaints  
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News Flash

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Posted on: April 8, 2022

Abilene Zoo celebrates rare birth of giant anteater twins

Twin giant anteater pups born at the Abilene Zoo March 28, 2022

The Abilene Zoo is pleased to announce the birth of twin giant anteater pups; a first of its kind birth for the zoo! The twins were born to their two-and-a-half-year-old mother, Demo, the morning of March 28, 2022. 

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