Library Events for January 2014

Library Events for January 2014

By Janis Test: Information Services Manager/Abilene Public Library

 

 

 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014 – All locations of the Abilene Public Library will be closed for the observance of New Year’s Day. For your convenience, there are outside materials returns at each library location.Thursday, January 2, 2014 – Going Digital with OverDrive – South Branch, 2 p.m.Recently acquired a Kindle, iPad, Nook or other eReader device? Want to learn how to use it to checkout digital books and audiobooks through the library using the OverDrive service? Be sure to register for this free workshop where we will walk you through the steps on getting started with OverDrive. Space is limited to offer personal attention to those attending, so please call 325-698-7565 to register for a space. Participants will need an active library card prior to registration. Free.Thursday, January 2, 2014 – Family Fun @ your Library: Mother Goose Tales – South Branch, 6:30 p.m.If you’ve got a favorite Mother Goose story like Humpty Dumpty or Jack & Jill, come join us. You can pick and listen to your favorite. We’ll enjoy fun and entertaining Mother Goose tales, songs, games, and crafts. Free and fun for the whole family!Monday, January 6, 2014 – Going Digital with OverDrive – Mockingbird Branch, 10:15 a.m. & 2:15 p.m.Recently acquired a Kindle, iPad, Nook or other eReader device? Want to learn how to use it to checkout digital books and audiobooks through the library using the OverDrive service? Be sure to register for this free workshop where we will walk you through the steps on getting started with OverDrive. Space is limited to offer personal attention to those attending, so call to sign-up at 437-7323. Participants will need an active library card prior to registration.Monday, January 6, 2014 – Tween Time @ your Library: Penguin Paper Pals – Main Library Storyroom, 6:30 p.m.Who knew you could make the cutest penguins out of strips of construction paper! We provide the materials during this free program for ages 8-15.{{more}}Tuesday, January 7, 2014 – Space Simulation in the Apollo Moon Project– Main Library Auditorium, 6:30 p.m.Former NASA engineer Lou David Allen will talk about the historic Apollo project and his role in it. He will also touch on comets and answer any questions, or attempt to, regarding space and space travel. Free.Thursday, January 9, 2013 – Tween Time @ your Library: Duct Tape Bracelets – Mockingbird Branch, 4 p.m.Who knew Duct Tape accessories could be so fun and adventurous! Choose from a variety of colored duct tape and designs and start sticking that tape together to build a unique accessory of your very own. Free.Thursday, January 9, 2014 – Collecting Commas Writing Club – Main Library Storyroom, 4:30 p.m.For young adults ages 10–17, a chance to improve your creative writing skills with no pressure or stress. This weekly writing club will give young writers the opportunity to write poems, short stories, plays, or even a continuous work like a novel. We will participate in group writing activities, such as “pick a prompt” from a hat that everyone came up with, or collaborative writing and maybe even perform a play, or put on a poetry slam. We will go over the basics of writing, and how to build up your writing. Free.Thursday, January 9, 2014 – ArtWalk: 12th Armored Division – Main Library Display Area, 5-8 p.m.Our neighbors from the 12th Armored Division Museum will share some of their World War II artifacts and memorabilia in our display case. The make ‘n’ take craft will be platypus hand puppets. Free.Thursday, January 9, 2014 – Going Digital with OverDrive – South Branch, 6 p.m.Recently acquired a Kindle, iPad, Nook or other eReader device? Want to learn how to use it to checkout digital books and audiobooks through the library using the OverDrive service? Be sure to register for this free workshop where we will walk you through the steps on getting started with OverDrive. Space is limited to offer personal attention to those attending, so please call 325-698-7565 to register for a space. Participants will need an active library card prior to registration. Free.Thursday, January 9, 2014 – Going Digital with OverDrive – Kindle – Main Library Auditorium, 6:30 p.m.New Amazon Kindle owners will learn how to browse, check out, and download eBooks from the library’s downloadable OverDrive service. Basic knowledge on how to use your Kindle is required. Class participants with specific or additional questions may bring their devices to class and remain after the walk-through portion for a half hour Q&A/troubleshooting session. To use the Kindle eBooks you will need your library card and Amazon account login information. Free.Saturday, January 11, 2014 – Family Fun @ your Library: Princes & Princesses – Main Library Auditorium, 2:00 p.m.We’ll read princess and prince books, do prince and princess crafts, and play princess and prince games. Come dressed in royal attire when you drop by your library for an hour’s worth of fun for the entire family. Free.Monday, January 13, 2014 – Going Digital with OverDrive – Mockingbird Branch, 10:15 a.m. & 2:15 p.m.Recently acquired a Kindle, iPad, Nook or other eReader device? Want to learn how to use it to checkout digital books and audiobooks through the library using the OverDrive service? Be sure to register for this free workshop where we will walk you through the steps on getting started with OverDrive. Space is limited to offer personal attention to those attending, so call to sign-up at 437-7323. Participants will need an active library card prior to registration.Monday, January 13, 2014 – Make ‘n’ Take – Cotton Ball Polar Bears – Main Library Auditorium, 6:30 p.m.If you’ve ever wanted your very own polar bear, here’s your chance to make one. We provide the materials during this free program for ages 8-15.Tuesday, January 14, 2014 – Make ‘n’ Take Crafts – South Branch, 4 p.m.Join us as we make a dinosaur of your very own. Everyone in the family can enjoy this free program where we supply all the materials.Tuesday, January 14, 2014 – Going Digital with Overdrive – iPad – Main Library Auditorium, 4:30 p.m.If you have an iPad and would like to learn how to check out free digital materials from your public library, this class is for you. We’ll provide step-by-step instructions, a guide and a chance to ask specific questions. Bring your device and your library card and we’ll help you get started! Free.Tuesday, January 14, 2014 – People’s Law Forum – Main Library Auditorium, 6:30 p.m.It’s a chance to ask an attorney anything you wish and it won’t cost you a cent. Erin Bowden of Legal Aide of Northwest Texas, family practices attorney Paul Rotenberry and Cynthia Allen, an attorney with the firm of Whitten & Young PC will be panelists. They will attempt to answer questions in general terms about any area of criminal or civil law. Free.Wednesday, January 15, 2014 – Going Digital with OverDrive – Kindle – Main Library Auditorium, 10 a.m.New Amazon Kindle owners will learn how to browse, check out, and download eBooks from the library’s downloadable OverDrive service. Basic knowledge on how to use your Kindle is required. Class participants with specific or additional questions may bring their devices to class and remain after the walk-through portion for a half hour Q&A/troubleshooting session. To use the Kindle eBooks you will need your library card and Amazon account login information. Free.Wednesday, January 15, 2014 – Family Fun @ your Library: P is for Penguin – Mockingbird Branch, 4 p.m.If you’ve never done the Penguin Waddle and the Penguin Egg Walk, now’s your chance during this hour of fun for all ages. There’ll be penguin stories, puppets, crafts, and more. Free.Thursday, January 16, 2014 – Going Digital with OverDrive – South Branch, 2 p.m.Recently acquired a Kindle, iPad, Nook or other eReader device? Want to learn how to use it to checkout digital books and audiobooks through the library using the OverDrive service? Be sure to register for this free workshop where we will walk you through the steps on getting started with OverDrive. Space is limited to offer personal attention to those attending, so please call 325-698-7565 to register for a space. Participants will need an active library card prior to registration. Free.Thursday, January 16, 2014 – Collecting Commas Writing Club – Main Library Storyroom, 4:30 p.m.For young adults ages 10–17, a chance to improve your creative writing skills with no pressure or stress. This weekly writing club will give young writers the opportunity to write poems, short stories, plays, or even a continuous work like a novel. We will participate in group writing activities, such as “pick a prompt” from a hat that everyone came up with, or collaborative writing and maybe even perform a play, or put on a poetry slam. We will go over the basics of writing, and how to build up your writing. Free.Thursday, January 16, 2014 – Cover-to-Cover Book Club – Main Library Auditorium, 7 p.m.Adults who love to read make up the Cover-to-Cover Book Club. Members select a fiction or non-fiction title each month by consensus, then read and discuss during the meeting. During January, bring a book you’ve recently enjoyed and share it with the group. Everyone is welcome! Free.Monday, January 20, 2014 – All locations of the Abilene Public Library will be closed for the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. For your convenience, there are outside materials returns at all library locations.Tuesday, January 21, 2014 – Going Digital with OverDrive – Mockingbird Branch, 9:15 a.m. & 2:15 p.m.Recently acquired a Kindle, iPad, Nook or other eReader device? Want to learn how to use it to checkout digital books and audiobooks through the library using the OverDrive service? Be sure to register for this free workshop where we will walk you through the steps on getting started with OverDrive. Space is limited to offer personal attention to those attending, so call to sign-up at 437-7323. Participants will need an active library card prior to registration.Tuesday, January 21, 2014 – Super Storytime: Puppy Fun – South Branch, 10:45 a.m.Puppies are so much fun! Some are naughty; some are nice. Don’t miss the great stories, crafts, songs that are all about dogs. Free. Tuesday, January 21, 2014 – Teen Advisory Group – Main Library Conference Room, 6 p.m.If you’re in grades 8-12, and at least 12 years old, be a part of our Teen Advisory Group and help shape services for young adults in the community. From planning programming, working on service projects, promoting teen reading, providing input on books, resources, and services you’d like to see at your library for teens and more, there’s much you can do in this group at your library. We meet once a month, so come ready to have a little fun, and do a little work, all the while helping to make teen services at your Abilene Public Library the strongest it can be.Thursday, January 23, 2014 – Going Digital with OverDrive – South Branch, 6 p.m.Recently acquired a Kindle, iPad, Nook or other eReader device? Want to learn how to use it to checkout digital books and audiobooks through the library using the OverDrive service? Be sure to register for this free workshop where we will walk you through the steps on getting started with OverDrive. Space is limited to offer personal attention to those attending, so please call 325-698-7565 to register for a space. Participants will need an active library card prior to registration. Free.Thursday, January 23, 2014 – Game On! @ your Library – Mockingbird Branch, 4 p.m.Test your skills against your friends on the Wii® gaming system. Will it be Mario Bros. Cart or Dance, Dance Revolution? Or maybe even bowling or baseball! Food and fun for kids and teens. No registration required, so drop by and try your hand. Free.Thursday, January 23, 2014 – Collecting Commas Writing Club – Main Library Storyroom, 4:30 p.m.For young adults ages 10–17, a chance to improve your creative writing skills with no pressure or stress. This weekly writing club will give young writers the opportunity to write poems, short stories, plays, or even a continuous work like a novel. We will participate in group writing activities, such as “pick a prompt” from a hat that everyone came up with, or collaborative writing and maybe even perform a play, or put on a poetry slam. We will go over the basics of writing, and how to build up your writing. Free.Monday, January 27, 2014 – Tween Time @ your Library: Get Zen – South Branch, 6:30 p.m.Join us for an evening of Asian-infused crafts as we’ll be getting hands-on making Cherry Blossom Trees and a calming Zen Garden. We’ll supply all of the materials needed to make these awesome decorations. Ages 8-15, the South Branch belongs to you for one hour on the third Monday night of the month! Free.Tuesday, January 28, 2014 – Going Digital with OverDrive – Mockingbird Branch, 9:15 a.m. & 2:15 p.m.Recently acquired a Kindle, iPad, Nook or other eReader device? Want to learn how to use it to checkout digital books and audiobooks through the library using the OverDrive service? Be sure to register for this free workshop where we will walk you through the steps on getting started with OverDrive. Space is limited to offer personal attention to those attending, so call to sign-up at 437-7323. Participants will need an active library card prior to registration.Tuesday, January 28, 2014 – Scrapbooking your Genealogy– Main Library Auditorium, 6:30 p.m.Long time genealogist Cindy Jones will talk about where to find information on your family’s history, and then how to organize it. Those new to family history research as well as experienced genealogists will benefit from the presentation. Free.Tuesday, January 28, 2014 – Teen Time @ your Library: Yarn Octopuses – Main Library Storyroom, 6:30 p.m.Make adorable, multicolored octopuses with knotted and braided yarn, an easy project that will wow everyone with your crafting skills! We’ll supply the materials. Free.Thursday, January 30, 2014 – Going Digital with OverDrive – South Branch, 2 p.m.Recently acquired a Kindle, iPad, Nook or other eReader device? Want to learn how to use it to checkout digital books and audiobooks through the library using the OverDrive service? Be sure to register for this free workshop where we will walk you through the steps on getting started with OverDrive. Space is limited to offer personal attention to those attending, so please call 325-698-7565 to register for a space. Participants will need an active library card prior to registration. Free.Thursday, January 30, 2014 – Collecting Commas Writing Club – Main Library Storyroom, 4:30 p.m.For young adults ages 10–17, a chance to improve your creative writing skills with no pressure or stress. This weekly writing club will give young writers the opportunity to write poems, short stories, plays, or even a continuous work like a novel. We will participate in group writing activities, such as “pick a prompt” from a hat that everyone came up with, or collaborative writing and maybe even perform a play, or put on a poetry slam. We will go over the basics of writing, and how to build up your writing. Free.Friday, January 31 – Saturday, April 12 – Free Tax Assistance with the AARP. Main Library Auditorium, 12:30 – 4:30 Wednesdays and Thursdays; Mockingbird Branch, Fridays and Saturdays, 10:00 – 3:00. Doing even simple taxes can be a chore, so let our IRS trained volunteers from the AARP help during the annual program that begins January 31st and extends through April 12th. Bring your 2013 tax materials such as W-2 forms, Social Security cards and last year’s return for first-come, first served assistance. Many basic tax forms are freely available in the Information Services department in the basement of the Main Library. Free.Group Visits – Organized groups are welcome to attend all programs. Please call the information number listed for the location you plan to visit well in advance, so we can prepare for your group.Baby Steps: ages 0-1; Thursdays, 10:15 – Main Library; This program is specifically designed for infants and parents. Stories, activities, and stimuli of all kinds are presented in the program. Registration is required. Call for information.Lapsit: ages 1-2; Thursdays, 11:00 – Main LibraryThis program is designed for kids who are past the infant stage but not quite toddling. Parents join their kids for rhymes, music, short stories and more.Toddler Time: ages 2-3; Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:45 – Main Library; Tuesdays, 10:45 – Mockingbird BranchFor toddlers who are ready for longer stories. Parents are encouraged to share this time with their children.Pre-School Storytime: ages 3-6; Tuesdays, 10:45 a.m. – Main Library; Monday & Wednesday, 10:45 – South Branch Library; Thursday, 10:45 – Mockingbird BranchHeld year-round, storytime offers children ages 3-6 the opportunity to listen to stories, join in fingerplays, sing, and watch puppets and other visual presentations.Book-a-Librarian – All Library LocationsSome questions take longer to answer, and some new technologies need more intensive tutoring to become familiar with. That’s where ‘Book-a-Librarian’ comes in. Mondays through Thursdays at the Main Library, Tuesdays through Fridays at the South Branch and Wednesdays at the Mockingbird Branch, anyone may call to make an appointment with an information professional for up to thirty minutes of uninterrupted one-on-one time to help with any question they may have. Call the most convenient location to schedule your free session.Library Hours: all locations – M, Tu & Th – 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. W, Fr & Sat – 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday – ClosedAbilene Public Library – Main Library202 CedarAbilene, TX 79601325-677-2474Abilene Public Library – South Branch1401 S. DanvilleAbilene, TX 79605325-698-7565Abilene Public Library – Mockingbird Branch1214 N. Mockingbird Abilene, TX 79603325- 437-READ