In case you don’t know, you can keep up with your Abilene Public Library on social media.
The library maintains a presence on several of the most popular sites and can be accessed by visiting abilenetx.gov/apl. Look for the social media icons located at the bottom of the screen.
We first dived into social media in 2006 and we’ve gotten better with age. You can connect with your library on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Tumblr, PodBean and Instagram. If you have an active account on any of the sites we’re on, I invite you to connect with us and check out all we have to offer.
Facebook is by far the most popular site with over 1 billion users. We joined Facebook in 2009, and you can find us at facebook.com/AbilenePublicLibrary. Over 5,300 people actively follow our page. Use Facebook to connect with us and ask questions, view photos of our events, see videos, get inspired by daily facts and trivia and much more.
For those who like quick blasts of information, Twitter may be for you. Like with Facebook, we began tweeting in 2009. You can find us at twitter.com/AbileneLibrary and here you’ll get information about upcoming programs, see select photos of what we’re doing, learn about services and more. Best yet, you get all of that in 240-characters or less.
YouTube is another amazing social media site allowing people to upload videos for the world to see. Your Abilene Public Library has an extremely popular page where we provide a host of videos that have been viewed over 1.4 million times. Staff provides a ton of content to watch including some great craft shows as well as videos from many of the workshops and programs hosted at the library. If you want to check us out on YouTube, find us at youtube.com/APLibrary.
Pinterest is popular for pinning ideas to a bulletin board for others to search through and use. In no time, it has become a popular place for people to browse. Your library has multiple boards providing access to reading lists, craft ideas, book reviews, bestsellers, summer reading club ideas and more. More than 1,700 people are following us there, so join them and us at pinterest.com/APLibrary.
For those who enjoy listening to podcasts, we also host a weekly show from the library to talk about our programming, new releases to be on the lookout for at your library, issues relating to technology that impact us all and news stories about libraries, both local and national. These free, audio broadcasts are updated every Tuesday and you can give us a listen on the PodBean site at aplibrary.podbean.com, or find us by visiting your podcasting apps on your mobile devices and looking for the Abilene Public Library’s “Squirrels and Shiny Things” show. Don’t you love that title?
Instagram, a site that lets you snap photos, add fun filters and upload them for others to look at, is another option. We can be found online at instagram.com/AbilenePublicLibrary or through the popular application for mobile devices. With more than 3,700 followers, it’s a fun way to see a different side of your library.
The final place you can find us online is at Tumblr, which works very similar to Instagram. You can follow us there by downloading the Tumblr application on your mobile devices and searching for "Abilene Public Library."
Don’t pass up the chance to check out what we have to offer you online through social media and feel free to follow us so you’re alerted to updates.
Article Contributed by Tremain Jackson, Technology/Multimedia Manager