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Posted on: November 28, 2022

Don't Be Absent When Miss Nelson is Missing

12-01 Miss Nelson is Missing

Local youth and families have the unique opportunity to attend some great programming this week featuring the cast and crew from Herman’s Ghostlight Theatre. Two events will be hosted at your Main Library (202 Cedar St.). First, on Thursday, Dec...

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

Holiday Book Donation Schedule

Friends Holiday Donation

The Friends of the Abilene Public Library will temporarily stop receiving donations for the book sale November 19-27, over the week of Thanksgiving. They will resume their regular donation schedule of Mondays and Thursdays from 10AM to 2PM, Saturdays from...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: November 15, 2022

New Holiday Hours for South Branch

Holiday Schedule Infographic

We'd like to inform everyone that, starting with Thanksgiving, the South Branch Library will follow the City of Abilene's holiday schedule. This means this location will close on the same days as the remaining library branches when holid...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: October 30, 2022

Miss DFW Visit Library for Youth Events

Miss DFW Events

During the annual Mall-O-Ween festivities at the South Branch Library, we received a special visit from Gabriella Collins, the current Miss DFW for 2023. While visiting, she took photos with guests, greeted fellow trick-or-treaters, and helped to pass out...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: October 6, 2022

Participate in Annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Pumpkin Decorating Graphic

The community is invited to participate in the South Branch Library’s Annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest. Designed for all ages, contestants may enter the contest solo, or as a team/family. Then by visiting the library, everyone will get the chance to vote...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: September 29, 2022

Find us at the Business Mercado, Oct. 8

Business Mercado Graphic

The Annual Business Mercado is headed your way, running from 9:00AM to 3:00PM at the Abilene Convention Center (1100 N. 6th St.) on Saturday, October 8. Free for the community to attend, this annual event is hosted by the Abilene Hispanic Council to showc...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: September 22, 2022

Meet Author Kate Anger, Oct. 14

Meet Author Kate Anger

Your Abilene Public Library cordially invites you to attend a FREE author talk featuring Kate Anger from Riverside, CA, who will be speaking on her latest novel (with Texas ties) titled The Shinnery, released last month. Anger will be on hand at your Main...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: September 22, 2022

See Us at National Night Out, Oct. 4

National Night Out

Your Abilene Public Library is pleased to be partnering with the Abilene Police Department to attend National Night Out, running on Tuesday, October 4 from 5:30PM to 8:00PM in the police department’s parking lot located at 4565 S. 1st St. We had...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: September 18, 2022

Watch Past Programming Online

Library Events

Throughout the years your Abilene Public Library has done many things. We’ve hosted countless programs, storytimes, workshops, events, and more and much of them are just a memory for those who were there…and even then, those memories begin to fade. Thanks...

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

Find Us at the Buddy Walk, Sept. 17

Buddy Walk Graphic

Your Abilene Public Library looks forward to participating in events being hosted in our community. It’s a great opportunity for staff to leave the confines of our buildings and meet you where you’re gathering to help tell you about wh...

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

Learn About: Monarch Butterflies, Sept. 23

Monarch Butterfly News Flash

Mark your calendars to take advantage of the next program presented by the Big Country Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists on Friday, September 23 at 4:00PM at your Main Library (202 Cedar St). Designed for all ages to enjoy, local professionals within th...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: September 11, 2022

Participate in Read to a Dog Day

Read to a Dog Day Infographic

Literacy is important and libraries are certainly a place you can visit that understands the importance of reading and trying to build lifelong readers at an early age. We try to do our part to foster a love of reading by offering a great collection of bo...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: September 7, 2022

STEAM Turns to Solar Power, Sept. 17

STEAM Solar Ovens Infographic

If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it's difficult for parents to pass up on available opportunities to help strengthen their child’s love for learning. Your local library may not be a school, but we do offer activities ...

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

Register for Annual Mini Art Exhibit

Mini Art Exhibit Infographic

Back for round two, the South Branch Library will be hosting a Mini-Art Exhibit in October for National Arts & Humanities Month. To make that possible, we’re going to need a little help. If you have some artistic abilities, feel free to stop...

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

Sign-Up for Your Smart Card!!!

Library Card Sign-Up Month Graphic

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month, when libraries nationwide join the American Library Association (ALA) to remind parents, caregivers, and students that signing up for a library card is the first step on the path to academic achievement an...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: August 29, 2022

Learn More About: "Fall Gardening"

Fall Gardening Infographic

Fall is just around the corner and we can all agree that it will be a relief leaving behind one of the hottest Texas summers we’ve had in a while. During this time, our lawns and gardens certainly took a beating from the blistering heat and now ...

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

Show Off Your Costuming Skills at Lib-Con!

Cosplay Contest Graphic

The premiere event hosted at Lib-Con each year is the Cosplay Contest. Designed for all ages to participate, we want you to get your costumes and characters ready to be able to present to a packed audience at your Main Library (202 Cedar St.) on Saturday,...

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

Lead a Panel/Event @ Lib-Con, Oct. 8

Lib-Con Panel News Infographic

Lib-Con is headed your way at your Main Library on Saturday, October 8. Celebrating fandoms, gaming, anime, manga, superheroes, and more, staff has planned a great series of events and activities for the community to enjoy. 

Did you know you can c...

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

Learn More About: "Preservation for Non-Professionals"

Preservation Video

The Abilene Public Library hosted a great workshop teaching adults the basics in preservation, without needing to be a professional to get started. Led by librarian Jay Smith, we had a great group of participants who came to learn from this introductory c...

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

B.Y.O.H to Makerspace Workshop, Aug. 24

Hat Heat Press New Infographic

If there’s one area of the Abilene Public Library we’d like to spread the word about, it’s our makerspace at your Main Library (202 Cedar St). Dubbed The Creation Station, this is a community workspace offering a variety of t...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: August 15, 2022

Discover the Art of Papercrafting, Aug. 27

Papercrafting Workshop Infographic

Your local library enjoys planning great events for the community to take advantage of. Nowhere else will you find a lineup of activities that are all available for you to attend free of charge. While we offer staple programming each month, we also like t...

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

Celebrate Lib-Con's Return Oct. 8

Lib-Con News Infographic

We're pleased to announce Lib-Con is returning after quite the hiatus. Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 8 as your Main Library will offer a full day of activities for the community to take advantage of. Come celebrate fandoms, gaming, comics, ani...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: August 11, 2022

Participate in Preservation Workshop, Aug. 19

Preservation Workshop Graphic

Your library is gearing up for a series of workshops for adults designed to teach you ways to help preserve the keepsakes in your life to be able to pass down to others in your family, or simply to extend its longevity. Join us on Friday, August 19 at 10:...

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

Learn More About: "Reptiles of the Big Country"

Slither and Scrabble News Graphic

The Abilene Public Library hosts a variety of events for the community to attend. One of our most recent events featured Chris McCartor, from the Big Country Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists, who spoke to a group of 45+ people (half of which were youth...

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

Learn More About: "Firewise Landscaping"

Firewise Landscaping

The local chapter of the Texas Master Gardeners presented another informative workshop for the community on Friday, July 8. The subject of this month's session was Firewise Landscaping, which is another way of people incorporating fire safety int...

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

Suspending Digital Purchase Requests

Libby News Update

Libby has been our leading digital service for years, and we appreciate all of our patrons taking advantage of being able to checkout and download eBooks and eAudiobooks. Part of the growth of the collection has come directly from you, our patrons, throug...

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

Register to Attend Free Legal Clinic

Free Legal Clinic News Flash

Your Abilene Public Library is partnering with Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas to host a Free Legal Clinic on Thursday, August 11 from 4PM to 7PM at the Mockingbird Branch Library. This clinic is designed to assist low-income people and households in obtaini...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: June 9, 2022

Access Abilene Historical Newspapers 24/7

Abilene Historical Newspapers News Flash

Your Abilene Public Library is thrilled to announce the addition of a new database that will forever change your ability to search through the Abilene Reporter-News. Available now, for all library cardholders, we invite you to take advantage of the Histor...

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

Complete the Summer CALF/Library Challenge

CALF Buttons Challenge Infographic

Your Abilene Public Library is partnering with the Children’s Art & Literacy Festival (CALF) to offer youth another special challenge to participate in during the Summer Reading Club. We’ll have six buttons for you to earn througho...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: June 4, 2022

Get Ready for the Dog Days of Summer

Read to a Dog Day

If there’s one thing libraries across the nation wish to promote, it’s the joy of reading and literacy for everyone. It’s always great to see patrons visit the library and devour the books we have on our shelves…es...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: May 31, 2022

Outdoor Summer Series for Youth

Stories in the Garden Returns Infographic

Update: The June 3 session of Stories in the Garden has been cancelled due to inclement weather.

It’s become a tradition with the South Branch Library to host activities outdoors when the weather is nice. We're pleased to announce Storie...

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

Beyond the Books with New Collections

Special Collections

Since the beginning of libraries, we’ve had a reputation for providing the public with access to the written word in books. It’s been a staple at public libraries and has served us well with offering great materials to borrow for the c...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: May 22, 2022

Friends' Updated Donation Schedule

Donation Hours Halted Infographic

As the Friends of the Library’s Annual Book Sale approaches, we’d like to make you aware of some changes to the donation schedule coming soon.  The Friends’ will temporarily stop receiving donations starting Friday, ...

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: May 22, 2022

Summer Reading Clubs Starting Soon

Summer Reading Club Infographic

Summer is just around the corner and so is the start of the Summer Reading Clubs at your Abilene Public Library. Mark the day for Wednesday, June 1 as that’s when we’ll be celebrating with this year's summer theme of Oceans of...

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

Friends Seeking Volunteers for Book Sale

Infographic Promoting the Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale

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

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

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

Star Wars Display

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

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

Our 'Friends' Reach Record High for Abilene Gives

Friends with Thank You Signs for Abilene Gives

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

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

AISD Students Get Peek Into Summer Fun

SRC Flyers to Schools

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

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

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

'Connect with Us' for National Library Week

National Library Week

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

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

Don't Miss Next Big Library Read, Apr 4

Big Library Read

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

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

City of Abilene Service Award

Photo of Julee Hatton and Marianne Vadney

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

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

Virtual Reality to Offer Career Training

VR Program

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

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

Spring Break Activities @ Your Library

Spring Break

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

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

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

Closed Sign for 02-24-22

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

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

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

New STEAM Kits Heating Up the Collection

STEAM Kits

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

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

Read What Your Library Did in 2021!

Annual Report 21

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

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

Find Money for College with the FAFSA

FAFSA Workshop

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

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

Participate in Nationwide Digital Book Club, Feb. 7

Together We Read

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

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

Learn Irrigation Tips in Next Workshop Series

Irrigation Class

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

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

Make the Switch to Libby in February

Libby News

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

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

Participate in Blind Date with a Book

Blind Date with a Book

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

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

Snag a Study Room @ Your Library

Study Rooms

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

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

e-File Your Taxes for Free @ Your Library

Tax Help

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

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

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

Book Meeting Room Space @ Your Library

Meeting Rooms

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

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

Friends Temporarily Suspend Book Donations

Donation Schedule

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

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

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

Crafting Made Easy with CreativeBug

Creativebug

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

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

Learn to Grow Vegetables in Free Workshop

Vegetable Gardening

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

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

Personalize Your Mug with New Equipment

Cricut Mug Press

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

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

Get Footloose in New Library Series

Line Dancing

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

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Library - News & Events
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 - News & Events
Posted on: December 23, 2021

Foodies Unite with New Databases

Food Databases

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

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: December 23, 2021

Holiday Library Schedule

Holiday Schedule

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

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

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: December 20, 2021

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

BYOBook Club

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

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: December 18, 2021

Borrowing Extended to Dyess AFB

Dyess AFB News Flash

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

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: November 17, 2021

Holiday Donation Schedule in November

Holiday Donation News Flash

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

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

Vote for 2021's Teens' Top Ten!

Teens Top 10

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

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

Join Library in Celebrating National Night Out

National Night Out News

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

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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
Posted on: September 17, 2021

Register for Book-A-Librarian Online

Book a Librarian

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

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

Nominations Open for Librarian of the Year Award

Librarian of the Year

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

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

National Library Card Sign-Up Month

Library Card Sign-Up

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

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

Stories & More, Live on TV Channel 2

Stories and More

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

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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
Posted on: March 22, 2021

Library to Participate in Tornado Drill, March 31

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

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

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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
Posted on: January 10, 2021

South Branch Closed, Jan. 10, 2021

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

While...

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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
Posted on: November 3, 2020

Bonus Borrows Returns from Hoopla!

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

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Library - News & Events
Posted on: November 2, 2020

Get Car Repair Help Online with Chilton Database

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

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

Join the Library's Virtual Classroom

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

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Visit Our Virtual Classroom Online Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
Posted on: July 31, 2020

Meet Sir Lancelotl the Axolotl (Video)

Screen Capture from Video on the Library Axolotl

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

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

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

Axolotl in an Aquarium

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

You m...

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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
Posted on: July 15, 2020

Abilene Hunger Coalition to Provide Meals at Mockingbird

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

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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
Posted on: July 1, 2020

Annual Mini-Con Pushed to 2021

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

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

Library Welcomes New Director, Julee Hatton

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

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

Abilene Public Library Enters Phase 2 of Services

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

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

Record Numbers are Checking Out the Library Online

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

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

Future Abilene Heritage Square Brightens Up as Crew Power Wash Exterior

Abilene Heritage Square Exterior Shot

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

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

The building&rsqu...

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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
Posted on: April 20, 2020

Let the Abilene Public Library Help with Homeschooling

Girl at School

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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
Posted on: March 1, 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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Library - News & Events
Posted on: February 22, 2020

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

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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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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.

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Library - News & Events
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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Register Online to Participate Library - News & Events
Posted on: February 15, 2020

Reserve This Week's Best Sellers

Bestsellers Feb 16

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

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

View 2019 Annual Report from Your Library

Girl Reading Book

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

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

(Video) Inside the Library: Free Tax Assistance

Librarian Seating on Couch

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

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

Calling All Local Performers to Open Mic Night Series

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

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Register to Perform at Next Session Library - News & Events
Posted on: February 8, 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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
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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Library - News & Events
Posted on: February 2, 2020

Reserve This Week's Best Sellers

Bestsellers Feb 2

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

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Library - News & Events
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

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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

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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

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 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

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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

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 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

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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

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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...

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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

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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

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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

Reserve This Week's Best Sellers

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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

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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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