News Flash

Posted on: October 1, 2021

Boo at the Zoo returns with tons of fall fun!

Graphic advertising boo at the zoo october 16, 23, and 30

The Abilene Zoo is proud to announce the return of Boo at the Zoo presented by Abilene Teachers Federal Credit Union on October 16, 23, and 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Boo at the Zoo is an opportunity for zoo lovers of all ages to trick-or-treat throughout t...

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City of Abilene - Highlights
Posted on: October 8, 2021

Abilene Police Impound Auction Opens October 15

APD Impound Auction opens Oct 15 on Renebates.com

Abilene Police Impound Auction

Notice of Public Sale of Abandoned Vehicles

The Abilene Police Impound Facility has scheduled an auction of abandoned motor vehicles with RENEBATES.COM. The auction will open for bids on October 15, 2021 and bidding will conti...

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City of Abilene - Highlights
Posted on: September 28, 2021

East South 7th closed at Cedar Creek bridge for maintenance and repairs

graphic design communicating closure of east south 7th street at cedar creek bridge

East South 7th Street from Maple to Pickard Streets is closed until further notice as the bridge over Cedar Creek undergoes maintenance and repair. Drivers and area residents should plan their route accordingly.

A detour around the closed portion of East S...

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City of Abilene - Highlights
Posted on: September 28, 2021

Water Usage Alerts Now Available

Customer Portal Manage Alerts Now Available-02

Water Usage Alerts Now Available

The manage alerts feature of the customer portal is now available!

Alerts can be setup to notify customers about possible leaks, billing amounts, and consumption increases. Users can choose to receive notifications by phone,...

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Additional Info... City of Abilene - Highlights
Posted on: September 24, 2021

Four capybaras born at the Abilene Zoo

Picture of capybara pups born at abilene zoo september 15

Come see our newest babes! The Abilene Zoo is proud to announce the birth of four capybaras on Wednesday, September 15. This is the first time the Abilene Zoo has had a capybara birth, and zoo staff is thrilled to welcome the new additions.

Animal Care Sup...

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Additional Info... City of Abilene - Highlights
Posted on: September 2, 2021

COVID-19 information and daily testing numbers at abilenetx.gov/covid19

Screen shot of dashboard for covid-19 testing numbers

Click here, or go to www.abilenetx.gov/covid19 for complete information and resources on COVID-19, including daily testing numbers for Taylor County.

There, you will also find a link to schedule a vaccination appointment. You can also schedule a vaccinatio...

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City of Abilene - Highlights

News Flash

Posted on: October 1, 2021

Boo at the Zoo returns with tons of fall fun!

Graphic advertising boo at the zoo october 16, 23, and 30

The Abilene Zoo is proud to announce the return of Boo at the Zoo presented by Abilene Teachers Federal Credit Union on October 16, 23, and 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Boo at the Zoo is an opportunity for zoo lovers of all ages to trick-or-treat throughout t...

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City of Abilene - News Releases
Posted on: September 28, 2021

East South 7th closed at Cedar Creek bridge for maintenance and repairs

graphic design communicating closure of east south 7th street at cedar creek bridge

East South 7th Street from Maple to Pickard Streets is closed until further notice as the bridge over Cedar Creek undergoes maintenance and repair. Drivers and area residents should plan their route accordingly.

A detour around the closed portion of East S...

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City of Abilene - News Releases
Posted on: September 24, 2021

Four capybaras born at the Abilene Zoo

Picture of capybara pups born at abilene zoo september 15

Come see our newest babes! The Abilene Zoo is proud to announce the birth of four capybaras on Wednesday, September 15. This is the first time the Abilene Zoo has had a capybara birth, and zoo staff is thrilled to welcome the new additions.

Animal Care Sup...

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Additional Info... City of Abilene - News Releases
Posted on: September 10, 2021

Abilene Zoo celebrates birth of zebra foal

Picture of zebra and newborn foal at abilene zoo

It’s a boy! The Abilene Zoo discovered the birth of a zebra foal on the morning of Wednesday, September 8, 2021. This male foal is a first birth for his mother, Bishara, who was the most recent zebra to be born at The ...

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City of Abilene - News Releases
Posted on: February 26, 2021

Self-scheduling for COVID-19 vaccination clinics now available

Directions on how to self schedule for a covid vaccine appointment at abilenetx.gov/vaccineschedule

Individuals who qualify to receive the COVID-19 vaccination can now schedule themself for a vaccination appointment at an upcoming Abilene Taylor County Public Health District (ATCPHD) vaccine clinic. 

To schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointmen...

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City of Abilene - News Releases

News Flash

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 - Highlights
Posted on: January 1, 2021

Upcoming Events

Abilene Philharmonic Director - News Flash

See what's up and coming at the Abilene Convention Center!

Additional Info... Convention Center - Highlights

News Flash

Posted on: October 1, 2021

Weekly COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

COVID Vaccine - Weekly Clinics available at the Health Dept

Weekly COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

Vaccines are available for all 12 years of age and older (only Pfizer may be given to children under 18 years of age). Schedule your appointment online at abilenetx.gov/vaccineschedule

Health Department Location

  • Days: Monday, ...
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Schedule your Appointment Coronavirus Updates

News Flash

Posted on: September 22, 2021

Fire Prevention Month

Fire Safety Week 2021

October is Fire Prevention Month

Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety during Fire Prevention Week, October 3-9, and kick off Fire Safety Month with the Abilene Fire Department.

Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety

Is there a beep or a chirp coming out of your smoke o...

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Additional Info... Fire - Highlights
Posted on: July 13, 2021

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 - Highlights
Posted on: January 1, 2021

ISO Class 1

ISO Class 1 Badge

The Abilene Fire Department has received the ISO Class 1 classification. ISO, or Insurance Services Office, collects data from fire districts and communities throughout the country and scores departments based on certain categories and programs. The ISO r...

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Additional Info... Fire - Highlights
Posted on: February 3, 2020

Don't Die of Doubt: Dial 911

EMS and Firefighters assisting a heart attack victim onto an ambulance

When the first signs of a heart attack or a stroke hit, calling 911 right away does more than just get you a ride to the ER. It immediately sets into motion a chain reaction of trained professionals, the latest technology, and specialized personnel, worki...

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Fire - Highlights
Posted on: January 1, 2021

AFD Employment

City of Abilene Fire

Apply for a job at the Abilene Fire Department

Additional Info... Fire - Highlights

News Flash

Posted on: October 15, 2021

Fireworks - ACU Football October 16

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On Saturday, October 16, 2021, Abilene Christian University (ACU) football will host Lamar University at 3:00 pm. Fireworks will be utilized after the completion of the National Anthem, and any time ACU scores a touchdown or field goal during the game. Th...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: October 1, 2021

Fireworks - ACU Football October 2

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On Saturday, October 2 nd , 2021, Abilene Christian University (ACU) football will host Central Arkansas at 6:00 pm. Fireworks will be utilized after the completion of the National Anthem, and any time ACU scores a touchdown or field goal during the game....

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: September 17, 2021

Fireworks - ACU Football September 18

ACU Fireworks 9-18

On Saturday, September 18th, Abilene Christian University (ACU) football will host the University of Texas Permian Basin at 6:00 pm. Fireworks will be utilized after the completion of the National Anthem, and any time ACU scores a touchdown or field goal ...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: September 10, 2021

Fireworks - ACU Football September 11

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On Saturday, September 11th, 2021, Abilene Christian University (ACU) football will host Louisiana College at 6:00 pm. A flyover will occur at the completion of the National Anthem. During the game, fireworks will be utilized any time ACU scores a touchdo...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: August 31, 2021

Structure Fire: South 25th & Ross

On 30 August 2021, at approximately 11:26 P.M., the Abilene Fire Department responded to a structure fire located on South 25th and Ross Street, Abilene Texas. The first in crews arrived to find heavy smoke and flames coming from a construction site of a ...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: August 12, 2021

Structure Fire: 2800 Block of S. 38th Street

On August 11, 2021 at approximately 10:20 p.m., the Abilene Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire located in the 2800 block of S 38th Street. The first arriving units found heavy smoke and flames showing from the back side of the resid...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: August 9, 2021

Structure Fire: 1200 Block of Shelton Street

On Monday, August 9, 2021 at approximately 06:00 am members of the Abilene Fire Department responded to reports of a residential structure fire in the 1200 block of Shelton Street. On arrival, crews found a single story, single family dwelling with smoke ...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: August 9, 2021

Structure Fire: 500 Block of Neas Road

On August 7th , 2021 at approximately 4:30 p.m., the Abilene Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire in the 500 block of Neas Road. Crews arrived to find a single family residence with smoke showing from the rear of the structure. Crews ...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: July 8, 2021

Structure Fire: 1700 Block of Industrial Blvd

On Thursday, July 8th, 2021 at approximately 1:30 a.m., crews with the Abilene Fire Department responded to reports of a structure fire in the 1700 block of Industrial Blvd. On arrival, crews found a single story structure with heavy smoke and fire coming...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: July 6, 2021

Structure Fire: 2000 Block of South 20th

On Saturday, July 3, 2021 at approximately 12:30 am, crews with the Abilene Fire Department responded to reports of a residential structure fire in the 2000 block of South 20th Street. On arrival, crews found a single family dwelling with heavy smoke and ...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: June 29, 2021

Structure Fire: 2800 Block of Grape Street

On June 29th, 2021 at approximately 7:00p.m., the Abilene Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire at the 2800 block of Grape Street. Crews arrived to find a single family residence with fire and smoke showing. Crews made a transitional a...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: June 21, 2021

AFD Retirement, Promotion, & Awards Ceremony

The Abilene Fire Department will host a retirement, promotion, and annual awards ceremony at the Abilene Convention Center, 1100 N. 6th Street, on Friday June 25, 2021, at 3pm. The ceremony will recognize our recent retirees, recent promotions, and our 20...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: June 17, 2021

Structure Fire: 5300 Block of Wagon Wheel Avenue

On 16 June 2021, at approximately 12:31 P.M., the Abilene Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire located in the 5300 block of Wagon Wheel Ave., Abilene Texas. The first in crews arrived to find heavy smoke and flames coming out of the g...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: June 14, 2021

Structure Fire: 5000 Block of Wagon Wheel Avenue

On June 14, 2021 at approximately 10:30 a.m., the Abilene Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire in the 5000 block of Wagonwheel Avenue. Crews arrived to find smoke coming from the roof of the structure. Crews quickly located and attack...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: June 14, 2021

Structure Fire: 1400 Block of Graham Street

On 14 June 2021, at approximately 12:24 AM., the Abilene Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire located in the 1400 block of Graham Street, Abilene Texas. The first in crews arrived to find a single family dwelling with fire and smoke s...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: June 8, 2021

Structure Fire: 800 Block of Houston

On 08 June 2021, at approximately 12:15 AM., the Abilene Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire located in the 1100 block of Houston Street, Abilene Texas. The first in crews arrived to find a travel trailer and single family dwelling w...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: May 14, 2021

Structure Fire: 1500 Block of Merchant Street

On May 13th, 2021 at approximately 9:50 p.m., the Abilene Fire Department responded to a structure fire located in the 1500 block of Merchant Street. The first arriving units arrived to find a single-story, residential structure with heavy smoke and flame...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: May 10, 2021

Structure Fire: 700 Block of Rivercrest Drive

On May 8, 2021 at approximately 1:00 p.m., the Abilene Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire at the 700 block of Rivercrest Drive. Crews arrived to find a single-family residence with smoke showing. Crews quickly made entry into the st...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: May 6, 2021

Structure Fire: 1600 Block of Peach Street - Update 5/14

On 06 May 2021, at approximately 05:04 AM., the Abilene Fire Department units responded to a residential structure fire located in the 1600 block of Peach Street, Abilene Texas. The first in crews arrived to find a single family dwelling with fire and smo...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: May 4, 2021

Structure Fire: 1400 Block of Hollywood Drive

On May 4, 2021 at approximately 6:50 a.m., the Abilene Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire in the 1400 block of Hollywood Drive. Crews arrived to find small fires at the front and rear of the structure. Crews were able to quickly ext...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: April 27, 2021

Structure Fire: 800 Block of Coliseum Way

On April 27th, 2021 at approximately 10:30 pm, the Abilene Fire Department responded to a commercial structure fire at the 800 block of Coliseum Way. Crews arrived to find flames showing from an upper area of the structure that was under construction. Cre...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: April 9, 2021

Structure Fire: 4400 Block of State Street

On April 8, 2021, at approximately 3:13 PM, AFD units responded to a residential structure fire located in the 4400 block of State Street. Crews arrived to find smoke coming out of the attic vents. The first in crews made a fast attack and quickly extingu...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: April 5, 2021

Structure Fire: 1200 Block of Locust Street

On April 5, 2021, at approximately 10:07 AM., AFD units responded to a residential structure fire located in the 1200 block of Locust Street. Crews arrived to find a detached garage with smoke and flames showing. The first in crews made a fast attack and ...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: March 29, 2021

Structure Fire: 800 Block of Mesquite Street

On March 28th, 2021 at approximately 4:00 pm, the Abilene Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire in the 800 block of Mesquite street. Crews arrived to find a multi-family triplex with smoke showing from the upstairs vents. The crews mad...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: March 10, 2021

Structure Fire: 800 Block of East Hwy 80

On March 10, 2021 at approximately 4:48 am the Abilene Fire department responded to a Hotel structure fire located in the 800 block of East Hwy 80. Crews arrived to find light smoke coming from an upstairs room, no one was in the room at the time and crew...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: March 2, 2021

Structure Fire: 100 Block of Windmill Circle

On March 2, 2021 at approximately 10:46 a.m. the Abilene Fire Department responded to a structure fire located in the 100 block of Windmill Circle. Fire crews arrived to find a large commercial structure with light smoke coming from the north side of the ...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: February 24, 2021

Structure Fire: 3100 Block of South 13th Street

On February 23, 2021 at approximately 6:30 pm, the Abilene Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire at the 3100 block of South 13th street. Crews arrived to find light smoke showing. Crews made entry into the residence where they found a ...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: February 22, 2021

Structure Fire: 1700 Block of North 12th Street

On February 21, 2021 at approximately 3:00 am, the Abilene Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire at the 1700 block of North 12th street. Crews arrived to find a single-family residence with smoke showing from the eaves. Crews made entr...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: February 19, 2021

Loss of Life: Freezing Temperatures

The Abilene Fire Department has been made aware of three (3) separate incidences where circumstances due to the recent freezing temperatures may have contributed to the loss of life to Abilene citizens.

  • Monday, February 15: 67 year old male found unrespons...
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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: February 18, 2021

Structure Fire: 2200 Block of South 7th

On February 17, 2021 at approximately 11:00 pm, the Abilene Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire in the 2200 block of South 7th. Crews arrived to find a multi-story single-family residence with smoke and flames showing. Crews were abl...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: February 15, 2021

Structure Fire: 400 Block of Cockerell Drive

On February 15, 2021 at approximately 5:30 am, the Abilene Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire in the 400 block of Cockerell Drive. Fire crews arrived to find a single family residence with light smoke showing from a gable end roof v...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: February 15, 2021

Structure Fire: 4500 Block of Sierra Sunset

On February 13, 2021 at approximately 7:45 pm, the Abilene Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire located at the 4500 block of Sierra Sunset. Crews arrived to find the smoke and fire showing from the top of the chimney. An attack was ma...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: February 10, 2021

Structure Fire: 5100 Block of Bridle Path Lane

On February 9, 2021 at approximately 4:37 p.m. the Abilene Fire Department responded to a structure fire located in the 5100 block of Bridle Path Lane. Fire crews arrived on scene to find smoke and flames venting from the roof. Fire crews made an interior...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: February 10, 2021

Structure Fire: 1900 Block of Walnut

On February 9, 2021 at approximately 2:30 p.m. the Abilene Fire Department responded to a structure fire located in the 1900 block of Walnut. Fire crews arrived on scene to find heavy smoke and flames showing from a detached shed that had been converted i...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: February 8, 2021

Structure Fire: 3200 Block of North 3rd

On February 7, 2021 at approximately 6:19 a.m., the Abilene Fire Department responded to a structure fire located at the 3200 block of North 3rd Street at the Briarwood Apartments. Crews arrived to find heavy smoke and flames showing from multiple apartme...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: February 8, 2021

Structure Fire: 1000 Block of South 12th

On February 6, 2021 at approximately 4:37 pm, the Abilene Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire located at the 1000 block of South 12th Street. Crews arrived to find the rear of the structure on fire with heavy smoke and flames showing...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: February 4, 2021

Structure Fire: 200 Block of Arnold Blvd

On February 2, 2021 at approximately 6:30 pm, the Abilene Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire in the 200 block of Arnold Blvd. Crews arrived to find a mobile home with smoke showing. Crews made a quick transitional attack on the fire...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: February 2, 2021

Structure Fire: 800 Block of Chacer Dr

On Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at approximately 11:50 members of the Abilene Fire Department responded to reports of a residential structure fire located in the 800 block of Chacer Dr. On arrival, crews noted smoke showing behind the residence. After a prel...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: January 25, 2021

Structure Fire: 5400 Block of North 1st Street

On Monday, January 25, 2021 at approximately 0720 hours, crews with the Abilene Fire Department responded to a commercial building structure fire located in the 5400 block of North 1st Street in Abilene, Tx. On arrival, crews observed smoke and flames sho...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: January 22, 2021

Structure Fire: 1900 Block of Denton

On January 22, 2021 at approximately 12:30 am, the Abilene Fire Department responded to an investigation in the 1900 block of Denton. A crew arrived to find an apartment building with smoke showing. The unit upgraded the call to a structure fire response....

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: January 21, 2021

Structure Fire: 4600 Block of Maple Street

On January 21 2021, The Abilene Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire at the 4600 block of Maple Street. The first crew arrived to find smoke coming from a detached apartment. Crews made entry and extinguished the remaining fire locate...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: January 11, 2021

Structure Fire: 1700 Block of North 8th

On January 10, 2021 at approximately 7:48 a.m., the Abilene Fire Department responded to a structure fire located in the 1700 block of N 8th Street. The first arriving units found heavy smoke and flames showing from the front of the single-family resident...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: January 11, 2021

Structure Fire: 2300 Block of Wyndham Ct

On January 9th at approximately 7:30 pm, the Abilene Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire in the 2300 block of Wyndham Court. Crews arrived to find a three story residence with smoke and fire showing from the roof on the back of the s...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: December 30, 2020

COVID-19 Vaccines for Firefighters & Staff

The Abilene Fire Department has provided an opportunity for firefighters and staff to receive the Covid19 Pfizer vaccine or the Moderna vaccine. As of today Wednesday December 30, 2020, approximately 60 personnel received the Pfizer vaccine and 26 personn...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: December 14, 2020

Structure Fire: 4200 Block of Caldwell Road

On December 13 at approximately 0348, the Abilene Fire department responded to a residential structure fire at the 4200 block of Caldwell Road in Abilene Texas. Crews arrived to find heavy flames and smoke showing from a single family residential mobile h...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: December 11, 2020

Vehicle Fire: 900 S Danville

On December 10, 2020 at approximately 1600 hours the Abilene Fire Department was dispatched to a vehicle fire next to a structure in the 900 block of South Danville. Crews arrived to find a vehicle fully involved. Crews made a quick attack and knock down ...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: December 7, 2020

Structure Fire: 500 Block of EN 23rd

On Monday, December 7, 2020 at approximately 09:20 am, fire crews with the Abilene Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire in the 500 block of East North 23rd Street in Abilene, TX. On arrival, fire crews noticed heavy smoke and fire com...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: December 7, 2020

Wildland Fire: 2900 Old Anson Road

On December 6 2020 at approximately 4 p.m., the Abilene Fire Department responded to a wildland fire behind the 2900 Old Anson Road. Crews arrived to find a small outside rubbish and wildland fire. The fire was located inside a heavily wooded area which m...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: December 7, 2020

Structure Fire: 800 Block of Alameda Road

On December 6 2020 at approximately 4:26 p.m., the Abilene Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire at the 800 Block of Alameda Road. Crews arrived to find a heavy smoke showing from the rear of the residence. The fire was located inside ...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: December 7, 2020

Structure Fire: 4600 Block of North 1st

On December 05, 2020 at approximately 08:20 p.m., the Abilene Fire Department responded to a structure fire located in the 4600 block of North 1st Street. Fire crews arrived to find a small metal building with moderate smoke emitting from the eave area of...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: December 2, 2020

Structure Fire: 5600 Block of South 1st

On Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at approximately 22:50 crews with the Abilene Fire Department responded to residential structure fire located in the 5600 block of South 1st Street. On arrival, crews noted a single story multi-family residential structure wit...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: November 19, 2020

Structure Fire: 7000 Block of Spring Water Avenue

On November 19th, 2020 at approximately 1:26 a.m., the Abilene Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire at the 7000 block of Spring Water Avenue. Crews arrived to find a house with smoke and flames showing at the rear of the residence. Th...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: November 12, 2020

Structure Fire: 500 Block of Grape Street

On November 12, 2020 at approximately 2:05 a.m., the Abilene Fire Department responded to a structure fire located in the 500 block of Grape Street. Fire crews arrived to find an abandoned commercial structure with an exterior fire as well as smoke coming...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: November 12, 2020

Structure Fire, Fatality: 900 Block of ES 11th

On November 11th, 2020, at approximately 04:50 a.m. the Abilene Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 900 block of ES 11th. Fire crews arrived to find a RV with heavy smoke and flames showing from the windows and roof. An interior fire atta...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: November 9, 2020

Structure Fire: 600 Block of EN 15th Street

On November 6th, 2020 at approximately 1:19 p.m., the Abilene Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire at the 600 block of EN 15th Street. Crews arrived to find a house with smoke and flames showing. The fire was located inside a small de...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: November 2, 2020

Structure Fire: 3500 block of North 10th

On Monday, November 2, 2020 at approximately 09:00 crews with the Abilene Fire Department responded to residential structure fire located in the 3500 block of North 10th. On arrival, crews noted a single story residential structure with smoke coming from ...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: November 2, 2020

Structure Fire: 2500 block of Woodridge Street

On November 2, 2020 at approximately 08:59 a.m., the Abilene Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire in the 2500 block of Woodridge Street. Crews arrived to find a back porch of wood construction on fire. Fire crews were able to quickly ...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: October 28, 2020

Structure Fire: 5000 Block of South 7th

On Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at approximately 1:30 pm crews with the Abilene Fire Department responded to residential structure fire located in the 5000 block of South 7th. On arrival, crews noted a single story residential structure with smoke and flam...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: October 26, 2020

Structure Fire: 1000 Block of China Street

On October 24, 2020 at approximately 11:40 a.m. the Abilene Fire Department responded to a commercial structure fire located in the 1000 block of China St.  Upon arrival, fire crews found smoke coming from an air vent located on the roof as well ...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: October 23, 2020

Structure Fire: 1500 Block of Park Ave

On October 22nd, 2020 at approximately 7:03 p.m., the Abilene Fire Department responded to a first alarm residential structure fire located in the 1500 block of Park Avenue. Crews arrived to find a single family home with light smoke showing. A fast attac...

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Fire - News Releases

News Flash

News Flash

Posted on: October 6, 2021

Introducing Changes to Libby Service

Libby News Graphic

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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Library - Highlights
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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Library - Highlights
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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Library - Highlights
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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Library - Highlights
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 - Highlights
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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Library - Highlights
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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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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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

Tornado Drill News Infographic

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

Inclement Weather Infographic

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.

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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!

Hoopla Logo

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

Chilton Library Logo Icon

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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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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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.

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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

School Lunchbox Graphic

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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Posted on: June 17, 2020

Library Welcomes New Director, Julee Hatton

Julee Hatton Smiling

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

Woman Smiling with iPad

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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Posted on: June 8, 2020

Weekly Storytimes Returning in July!

Smiling Family

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

Phase 2 Video Screen Capture

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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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

Library Learning News Flash

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

Livestream Storytime News Flash

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

Bestsellers Mar 15

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

Tax-Aide Suspended

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

KTAB4U Segment

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

Reserve This Week's Best Sellers

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

Reserve This Week's Best Sellers

Bestsellers Infographic

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

Reserve This Week's Best Sellers

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

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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 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

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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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Posted on: February 8, 2020

(Video) Inside the Library: Free Tax Assistance

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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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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

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: 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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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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Posted on: January 26, 2020

See If the Book Was Better at Your Library

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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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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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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

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 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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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

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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

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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

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: 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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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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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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Posted on: December 16, 2019

Cook Up Some Fun with a Culinary Mystery

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 3, 2019

Tune Into New "Squirrels & Shiny Things" Episode

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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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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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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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Posted on: November 26, 2019

Catch new "Squirrels & Shiny Things" Episode

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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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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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Posted on: November 16, 2019

(Video) Preliminary Plans Solidified for Old Lincoln Middle School

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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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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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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: September 20, 2021

Fall Mayor's Hike

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Fall Mayor's Hike - October 23rd at Cedar Creek Waterway

FREE fun for the whole family only with the City of Abilene Parks & Recreation.  Take a hike with Mayor Anthony Williams for our 2021 Fall Mayor’s Hike. This ...

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Posted on: August 1, 2019

About Recreation

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Find out more about the associations and awards of our Recreation Department.

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Posted on: December 30, 2020

Seniors

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Learn more about what our Senior Services have to offer along with staying up to date on the latest news.

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Posted on: August 1, 2019

Classes

Country Western Dance Class in Abilene Texas

Our Recreation Department offers different classes, ranging from aikido to dog obedience training!

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Posted on: August 1, 2019

Aquatics

Adventure Cove Abilene Texas

Abilene is home to six aquatic facilities - five splash pads located throughout different parks in Abilene, and one aquatic center with water slides and a lazy river!

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Posted on: October 18, 2021

Update: Police Investigating Homicide in East Abilene

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Update: 29-year-old Seth Blake is a person of interest in the Homicide of 23-year-old Adrian Esteban Vizzerra. Blake and Vizzera were roommates at the time of the Homicide. This investigation is ongoing and charges are pending the outcome of the ...

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Posted on: October 12, 2021

UPDATE - Police Investigating Homicide in South Abilene

Cassandra Greene

ABILENE, TX – On Monday, October 11, 2021, the Abilene Police Department arrested 22-year-old Malik Tyrese Corbin for the shooting death of 43-year-old Edward Daniels.  In addition to the First Degree Felony Murder charge, Corbin has be...

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Posted on: October 12, 2021

Police Investigating Homicide in South Abilene

ABILENE, TX – On Monday, October 11, 2021, at approximately 2:38 pm, the Abilene Police Department responded to an injured subject call in the 4000 block of Redbud Circle.  Upon arrival, responding Officers located a 43-year-old white m...

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Posted on: October 8, 2021

Abilene Police Impound Auction Opens October 15

APD Impound Auction opens Oct 15 on renebates.com

Abilene Police Impound Auction

Notice of Public Sale of Abandoned Vehicles

The Abilene Police Impound Facility has scheduled an auction of abandoned motor vehicles with RENEBATES.COM. The auction will open for bids on October 15, 2021 and bidding will conti...

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Posted on: September 23, 2021

Third Fatal Crash in Three Days

Fatal Pedestrian Crash

ABILENE, TX – An Abilene woman has passed away from injuries sustained after she was hit by a vehicle. She was walking home attempting to cross Ambler Ave. at the Westmoreland intersection when she was hit. Dispatch received a call of a pedestri...

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Posted on: September 21, 2021

Traffic Officers Investigating Fatal Crash in South Abilene

A local college student is deceased after a fatal crash at the intersection of Southwest and Brookhollow Dr. The crash occurred at 12:03 p.m. on Tuesday, September 21, 2021. Next of kin notification was made. Chandler Sikes (18 yoa), of Powderly, TX, was ...

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Posted on: August 26, 2021

APD SWAT Arrest Wanted Suspect in East Abilene

Santana

On Wednesday, August 25, 2021. The Police Department’s Major Investigations Bureau along with SWAT, and the Surveillance Apprehension and Tactics Team (SATT) served a warrant on the home located in Lytle South. They surrounded the house located ...

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Posted on: August 16, 2021

Fatal Motorcycle Crash

Fatal Motorcycle Crash

ABILENE, TX – A 29-year-old Abilene man has died from injuries sustained when his motorcycle collided with a vehicle. 29-year-old Andrew David Baker of Abilene passed away from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash that occurred at 7:45 p.m. ...

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Posted on: August 11, 2021

APD Arrests Two Brothers

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The Abilene Police Department arrested two Abilene brothers on Wednesday, August 11, on Burglary and Theft charges. The Department’s Surveillance Apprehension and Tactic’s Team, along with Patrol and Property Crimes assisted in their a...

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Posted on: July 28, 2021

Multi-Vehicle - Pedestrian Crash

ABILENE, TX – Two citizens remain in the hospital after a multi-vehicle crash involving several vehicles and a pedestrian on Tuesday, July 27, 2021. The crash occurred at 1:23 p.m. on Interstate-20 at mile marker 284. A pedestrian identified as ...

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Posted on: July 28, 2021

APD Sponsors Movie Matinee

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ABILENE, TX – The Abilene Police Department, along with A.I.S.D., Premiere Cinema, and Beltway Park Church will be hosting a movie matinee on Thursday, August 5, 2021, at 2 pm. The movie will be a family-friendly PG movie and is intende...

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Posted on: July 16, 2021

Abilene Police Department’s 58th Graduating Class

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The Abilene Police Department is proud to announce the graduation of Academy Class 58. Seven police cadets will graduate Thursday, July 22, 2021. The ceremony will be held at the Abilene Convention Center at 11 a.m. 

 The cadets have comp...

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Posted on: July 13, 2021

APD Surveillance, Apprehension, & Tactics Team (SATT)

ABILENE, TX – The Abilene Police Department organizational changes implemented in May 2021, were structured to improve resource deployment and reduce crime in Abilene. Part of that was the repurposing of the Street Crimes Unit into S.A.T.T.

&...

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Posted on: July 9, 2021

APD Asking for Public Assistance

ABILENE, TX – The Abilene Police Department is asking for help after a suspicious incident was reported by a group of children. On Thursday, July 8, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. a group of children playing outdoors in the 1100 Block of Glendale Dr. in Nor...

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Posted on: July 2, 2021

Two Females Arrested In Connection to Stabbing of Two Juveniles

Mariah Garza

On Thursday, July 1, at 6:27 am, police were called to a north Abilene hospital in connection to a 13, and 15-year-old females who were at the hospital suffering from stab wounds. The investigation led to a residence located in the 4400 block of Capitol A...

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Posted on: July 1, 2021

APD Dedicating Patrols & Hotline for July 4th Holiday

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ABILENE, TX – The Abilene Police Department is preparing for the Fourth of July weekend and is anticipating a heavy call-load. Each year, this holiday sees a significant increase in the number of calls coming into Dispatch relating to individual...

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Posted on: June 28, 2021

Robbery Suspect Apprehended

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The Abilene Police Department’s Surveillance Apprehension and Tactics Team (SATT) arrested 21-year-old Mario Martinez Carrillo Jr. on charges of Aggravated Robbery.

 Patrol officers responded to two aggravated robberies between 6:30 and ...

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Posted on: June 26, 2021

Officer Involved Shooting

On Saturday, June 26, 2021, just after midnight, police were dispatched to a home in the 1300 Block of Grape Street in North Abilene on a call of a check welfare.  A female caller indicated that a subject was armed with a handgun and it was feare...

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Posted on: June 21, 2021

APD Promotion & Recognition Ceremony

Promotion and Awards Ceremony

– The Abilene Police Department will host a promotion and recognition ceremony at the Abilene Police Department, 4565 South First, on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, at 2 p.m. in the main conference room. The ceremony will recognize our officers who w...

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Posted on: June 14, 2021

APD Arrest Suspect in Abilene Homicide

Joel

UPDATE: On Monday, June 14, 2021, detectives with Criminal Investigations arrested

31-year-old Joel Rakesh Laundre Thomas of Abilene in connection to the Homicide of

68-year-old Judi Jones. Thomas is the grandson of the deceased. He is being held a...

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Posted on: June 14, 2021

Police Investigating Homicide at South Abilene Apartment Complex

ABILENE, TX – The Abilene Police Department was called out just before 8 a.m. on Monday, June 14, 2021, to an apartment complex located in the 5200 Block of Alamo Dr. The calling party reported a deceased female inside one of the apartments.&...

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Posted on: June 2, 2021

Traffic Division Investigating Fatal Crash in West Abilene

Fatal Crash Web News Flash

ABILENE, TX – The Abilene Police Department was called out to a crash in the 5300 blk. of South First Street at 6 a.m., Wednesday, June 2, 2021. A 53-year-old Abilene man died due to injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash.

 Early inve...

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Posted on: May 28, 2021

APD Investigating Suspected Drug Overdoses

ABILENE, TX – Abilene Police are investigating several suspected drug overdoses that have occurred in the previous six weeks.  These suspected overdoses have led to the deaths of five adult males ranging from 21 to 30 years of age.

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: May 28, 2021

APD Planning for Graduation Traffic Issues

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ABILENE, TX – The Abilene Police Department is working with school officials to help alleviate traffic issues at two graduation ceremonies planned for Friday, May 28, 2021. Wylie High School graduation will be held at the Taylor County Expo Cent...

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: May 24, 2021

APD Arrest Two Suspects for Aggravated Kidnapping and Searching for Two Others

Aggravated Kidnapping

ABILENE, TX – The Abilene Police Department Criminal Investigations Division arrested two Abilene men and is looking for an Abilene woman and male for the aggravated kidnapping of 38-year-old Priscilla Limon, who was found deceased in the Clear ...

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: May 21, 2021

Suspect Arrested in Stevenson Park Shooting

Curtis Walker

ABILENE, TX – The Abilene Police Department arrested 26-year-old Curtis Walker for the alleged shooting at Stevenson Park on Mother’s Day, May 9, 2021. No one was injured, however, his conduct placed others in imminent danger of seriou...

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: May 12, 2021

Abilene Man Arrested on Significant Drug Charge

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ABILENE, TX – Abilene Police Department Special Operation Agents arrested an Abilene man for having over 16 ounces of methamphetamine with a street value of approximately $28,000. SOD agents executed a search and arrest warrant at a home located...

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: May 10, 2021

Homicide Investigation of Abilene Female

Homicide Limon

Homicide Investigation

 Update: APD has identified the female located in the Clear Fork of the Brazos near Lake Phantom Hill as 38-year-old Priscilla Limon of Abilene. Next of kin has been notified. Her death is being investigated as a Ho...

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: May 6, 2021

Abilene Police Investigating Homicide in North Abilene

Homicide North Abilene

ABILENE, TX – Abilene Police Department detectives are investigating a homicide at a north Abilene home. On Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at 9 p.m. police were called out to a home in the 1800 block of University Blvd. for an injured subject. When pol...

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: May 6, 2021

APD Stepping Up Traffic Enforcement

Traffic Enforcement

ABILENE, TX – The Abilene Police Department will begin an increased traffic enforcement operation beginning Friday, May 7, 2021. Officers with the Traffic Division will be patrolling high-traffic areas to help decrease traffic violations includi...

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: May 5, 2021

APD Implements Life-Saving Information & Situational Awareness Tool from RapidSOS

ABILENE, TX – APD announces the addition of Jurisdiction View, a new data and situational awareness tool to access critical location and additional data during an emergency. APD is one of the first agencies nationwide to test and implem...

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: April 23, 2021

Driver in Crash that Killed Well-Known Abilenean Arrested

ABILENE, TX – James Arthur Wells, 50 years of age, of Cameron Texas, was arrested for the crash resulting in the death of Mark Rogers of Abilene on March 13. An arrest warrant for Intoxication Manslaughter was secured by the APD Traffic Division...

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: April 15, 2021

Suspect in Custody after Assaulting Paramedics

ABILENE, TX – A suspect is in custody after assaulting two paramedics sent to help him with medical issues. Michael Gaylon McMillan of Waxahachie, was taken into custody on Thursday, April 15, 2021, and will be charged with two counts of Aggrava...

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Posted on: April 12, 2021

Bicyclist Killed in Fatal Crash

ABILENE, TX – A sixty-year-old Abilene man was killed when a vehicle collided with the motorized bicycle he was riding. The crash occurred just before 9 p.m. on Sunday, April 11, 2021, in the 4000 block of Pine Street in north Abilene.

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: March 29, 2021

Teen Missing for Several Months Located

Abilene TX – On Monday, March 29, 2021, Abilene Police recovered an Abilene teen reported missing by family in November. Patrol officers were called out to an apartment complex in north Abilene this evening and recovered Nevaeh Grace Smith who i...

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: March 29, 2021

Abilene Man Arrested for Sexual Assault of a Child

ABILENE, TX – On Monday, March 29, 2021, Abilene Police took 49-year-old James Green of Abilene into custody. He is charged with non-forcible Sexual Assault of a Child Under the age of 17. He was located in north Abilene and questioned about his...

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: March 29, 2021

Abilene Police K9 Awards

APD K9 Top Awards

ABILENE, TX – The Abilene Police Department K9 officers earned several awards at the United States Police Canine Association Region 25 certifications earlier this month held in Vernon TX. Among the awards for APD K9 teams were:

 K9 Karma...

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: March 15, 2021

Suspect Arrested in Shooting at Sporting Event

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ABILENE, TX – Saturday, March 13, 2021, at 8:30 p.m. Police Dispatch received a call of an injured subject suffering from a gunshot wound at an adult football game. The shooting occurred at the Lee Sports Complex after adults had just finished p...

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: March 13, 2021

APD Investigating Fatal Crash

Fatal Crash Web News Flash

ABILENE, TX – On Saturday, March 13, 2021, at approximately 1:05 pm, the Abilene Police Department responded to a major vehicle crash on Highway 36 at Blackburn Rd.

 Upon arrival at the scene, officers discovered a white truck and a dark...

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: March 12, 2021

Suspect Arrested in Connection to South Abilene Shooting

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On Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at approximately 9:30 p.m. dispatch received multiple calls of gunshots at an apartment complex located in the 3500 Block of Curry Lane in South Abilene. Officers arrived to find a 19-year-old male victim with multiple gunshots....

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: February 17, 2021

APD Investigating Homicide

Homicide North Abilene

 Update: The Homicide investigation is ongoing. No threat to the public is perceived as it relates to this incident. Due to the nature of two juveniles located in the apartment at the time of the incident, laws regarding juveniles limit the infor...

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: February 12, 2021

Abilene Police to Assist Citizens During Significant Weather Event

ABILENE, TX – The Abilene Police Department will be assisting citizens who may need help sheltering from the weather and are not able to get out of the elements during this significant weather event. Temperatures are expected to remain below fre...

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: February 2, 2021

APD Stepping Up Impaired Driving Patrol for Super Bowl Weekend

APD Steps up DWI Enforcement

ABILENE, TX – The Abilene Police Department will step up DWI enforcement for Super Bowl weekend. The purpose of stepping up patrol is to help reduce the number of DWI-related crashes, injuries, and fatalities through the use of dedicated patrols...

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Posted on: February 1, 2021

Fatal Hit and Run

Wanda Hebert

Update: Abilene Police arrested 58-year-old Wanda Rani Hebert of Abilene for the fatal hit-and-run that occurred on Sunday, January 31. She is charged with Second Degree Felony Accident Involving Death. She is currently being held at the Taylor County Jai...

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Posted on: January 31, 2021

Man taken into custody after holding woman at knifepoint

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Update: The name of the suspect arrested in Sunday’s incident is 45-year-old Mario Cearde Rivera Jr. of Abilene. He is charged with First Degree Felony Aggravated Kidnapping.

On Sunday, January 31, 2021, just before noon, police were dispatched t...

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: January 24, 2021

Pedestrian Fatal

Fatal Pedestrian Crash

On Saturday, January 23, 2021, at 10:15 p.m. officers of the Abilene Police Department’s Patrol and Traffic Divisions responded to South First and Morris Streets to a vehicle collision involving a pedestrian. The initial investigation revealed t...

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: January 24, 2021

Two-Vehicle Fatal Collision

Fatal Crash Web News Flash

On Saturday, January 23, 2021, at 6:04 p.m. officers of the Abilene Police Department’s Patrol and Traffic Divisions responded to a two-car major vehicle collision in the 4400 Block of South 7th. St. The initial investigation revealed that a bla...

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Posted on: January 19, 2021

Abilene Man Arrested on Child Pornography Charge

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ABILENE, TX – The Abilene Police Department Cyber Crimes arrested 66-year-old Rickylee Stafford on January 14, 2021. Investigators served a search and arrest warrant at a home located in the 1900 Block of Richland Dr. in northwest Abilene. Staff...

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News Flash

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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Public Notices

News Flash

Posted on: October 18, 2021

Street Projects for 10/18/2021

Street Division Weekly Projects graphic

Alley Maintenance

  • Zone N12
    • Old Anson Road to N Danville, Ambler to W Stanford

Crack Seal

  • Ambler Avenue
    • Closed from Bel Air Drive to Pine Street (one lane closed at a time)
  • Sayles Boulevard
    • Closed from South 1st Street to Buffalo Gap Road (one lane closed at a ti...
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Street Division Projects
Posted on: October 11, 2021

Street Projects for 10/11/2021

Street Division Weekly Projects graphic

Alley Maintenance

  • Zone N12
    • Old Anson Road to N Danville, Ambler to W Stanford

Crack Seal

  • Ambler Avenue
    • Closed from Bel Air Drive to Pine Street (one lane closed at a time)

Repair Potholes

  • Citywide Complaints  
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Street Division Projects
Posted on: October 4, 2021

Street Projects for 10/04/2021

Street Division Weekly Projects graphic

Alley Maintenance

  • Zone N12
    • Old Anson Road to N Danville, Ambler to W Stanford

Crack Seal

  • Ambler Avenue
    • Closed from Bel Air Drive to Pine Street

Repair Potholes

  • Citywide Complaints  
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Street Division Projects
Posted on: September 27, 2021

Street Projects for 9/27/2021

Street Division Weekly Projects graphic

Alley Maintenance

  • Zone N12
    • Old Anson Road to N Danville, Ambler to W Stanford
  • Citywide Requests

Concrete Maintenance

  • 809 Oak Street
    • Replace alley apron

Repair Potholes

  • Citywide Complaints  
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Street Division Projects
Posted on: September 20, 2021

Street Projects for 9/20/2021

Street Division Weekly Projects graphic

Alley Maintenance

  • Zone N11
    • Ambler to North 10th/N Mockingbird to N Danville
  • Citywide Requests

Concrete Maintenance

  • 809 Oak Street
    • Replace alley apron

Repair Potholes

  • Citywide Complaints  
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Street Division Projects
Posted on: September 13, 2021

Street Projects for 9/13/2021

Street Division Weekly Projects graphic

Alley Maintenance

  • Zone N11
    • Ambler to North 10th/N Mockingbird to N Danville
  • Citywide Requests

Repair Potholes

  • Citywide Complaints  
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Street Division Projects
Posted on: September 6, 2021

Street Projects for 9/6/2021

Street Division Weekly Projects graphic

Alley Maintenance

  • Zone N11
    • Ambler to North 10th/N Mockingbird to N Danville
  • Citywide Requests

Repair Potholes

  • Citywide Complaints  
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Street Division Projects
Posted on: August 30, 2021

Street Projects for 8/30/2021

Street Division Weekly Projects graphic

Alley Maintenance

  • Zone N11
    • Ambler to North 10th/N Mockingbird to N Danville

Gravel Road Maintenance

  • Citywide Complaints & Requests

Repair Potholes

  • Citywide Complaints  
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Street Division Projects
Posted on: August 23, 2021

Street Projects for 8/23/2021

Street Division Weekly Projects graphic

Alley Maintenance

  • Zone N11
    • Ambler to North 10th/N Mockingbird to N Danville

Gravel Road Maintenance

  • Citywide Complaints & Requests

Repair Potholes

  • Citywide Complaints  
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Street Division Projects

News Flash

News Flash

Posted on: February 24, 2021

Downtown Street Improvement

Map of downtown streets set for concrete repair and reconstruction through the CBD street improvemen

Downtown Abilene’s Central Business District streets will undergo a major rehab and reconstruction during 2020 and 2021, a project funded through the 2015 bond package. This work will affect downtown streets spanning from Hickory to Walnut, and ...

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Your Abilene Investment - Highlights
Posted on: January 1, 2021

Street Projects

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The City of Abilene is working to invest over $20 million into our streets in 2020, through funding sources including the new Street Maintenance Fee, the Development Corporation of Abilene (DCOA), and the 2015 bond program.

Additional Info... Your Abilene Investment - Highlights
Posted on: January 1, 2021

Abilene Heritage Square

Abilene Heritage Square

Abilene Heritage Square is now a Texas non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that has been formed to rehabilitate and re-purpose the former Lincoln Middle School and original Abilene High School.

Additional Info... Your Abilene Investment - Highlights

News Flash

Posted on: October 1, 2021

Boo at the Zoo returns with tons of fall fun!

Graphic advertising boo at the zoo october 16, 23, and 30

The Abilene Zoo is proud to announce the return of Boo at the Zoo presented by Abilene Teachers Federal Credit Union on October 16, 23, and 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Boo at the Zoo is an opportunity for zoo lovers of all ages to trick-or-treat throughout t...

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Zoo - News Releases
Posted on: September 10, 2021

Abilene Zoo celebrates birth of zebra foal

Picture of zebra and newborn foal at abilene zoo

It’s a boy! The Abilene Zoo discovered the birth of a zebra foal on the morning of Wednesday, September 8, 2021. This male foal is a first birth for his mother, Bishara, who was the most recent zebra to be born at The Abilene Zo...

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Zoo - News Releases
Posted on: September 24, 2021

Four capybaras born at the Abilene Zoo

Picture of capybara pups born at abilene zoo september 15

Come see our newest babes! The Abilene Zoo is proud to announce the birth of four capybaras on Wednesday, September 15. This is the first time the Abilene Zoo has had a capybara birth, and zoo staff is thrilled to welcome the new additions.

Animal Care Sup...

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