Library Events for June 2014

Library Events for June 2014

By Janis Test: Information Services Manager/Abilene Public Library

 

 

 

June – July 2014 – Summer Reading Club – Fizz, Boom, Read! – all Library Locations. We’ll have Young Audiences, extra programming, weekly prizes and a special prize from the Friends of the Abilene Public Library for all who read 10 books or 5 hours! Call the Main Library at 676-6067, South Branch at 698-7565 or Mockingbird Branch at 437-READ for more information, or go online to www.abilenetx.com/apl. See attached flyer for program information and schedules. June – July 2014 – Teen Reading Club- Spark a Reaction – all Library Locations. Any young adult who has completed grade 5 through 12 can participate. Read 6 books . . . any books. Read and get stamped for 6 books and be entered into a drawing for a Kindle Fire®. Visit the library each week to get a premium. Call the Main Library at 676-6067, the South Branch at 698-7565 or the Mockingbird Branch at 437-READ for more information, or go online to www.abilenetx.com/apl.{{more}}June – July 2014 – Adult Reading Club – Literary Elements – all Library LocationsAdults don’t have to miss out on Summer Reading fun – they now have their own club and prizes. The purpose is to have fun, try something new and read, read, read! Adults 18 and over can read 6 books; any books. Fill in a reading log, and when it’s complete, return it to any library location for a prize. Each completed log is an entry for a Kindle Fire® grand prize at the end of the club. Call the Main Library at 676-6067, the South Branch at 698-7565 or the Mockingbird Branch at 437-READ for more information, or go online to www.abilenetx.com/apl.Monday, June 2, 2014 – Tween Time @ your Library: UFO Invasion – Main Library Display Area, 6:30 p.m.Paper plates, puff balls, glitter, sequins, plastic cups and googly eyes make for a fun and non-threatening UFO and alien. You bring your imagination, and we’ll provide the materials during this free program for ages 8-15.Monday, June 2, 2014 – Space Paper Craft – South Branch, 6:30 p.m.Have fun making both origami lucky stars and paper weaving art, Space Invaders style! We will provide the basic materials but feel free to bring any unique lucky star paper you have at home to make them uniquely you. The program is for ages 13-18. Free.Tuesday, June 3, 2014 – School-age program – Zoo Lady – Main Library, 3:00 p.m.Join Joy Harsh from the Abilene Zoo as she presents a fun and educational program on some fascinating critters. The program is for ages 6-12. Free.Wednesday, June 4, 2014 – Fizz, Boom, Fun! Science Experiments! – Main Library Auditorium, 3 p.m.Calling all junior scientists! Come and explore a variety of science concepts through exciting experiments and demonstrations. Ages 7and up. Free.Wednesday, June 4, 2014 – Make ‘n’ Take: Elmer the Elephant – Mockingbird Branch, 4 p.m.Create your own uniquely colored Elmer the Elephant, or one just like the original in the beloved David McKee books. We supply the materials, and it’s free.Thursday, June 5, 2014 – Family Fun @ your Library: Fizz, Boom, Read! Science Experiments – South Branch, 4 p.m.Science can be fun, and we’ll be creating some cool science experiments like Oobleck and Slime, while we enjoy great books. Free and fun for the whole family!Thursday, June 5, 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, June 5, 2014 – Cuentos para Niños – Mockingbird Branch, 7 p.m.Cuentos para niños y familas en Ingles y Español. Todo es gratis!Monday, June 9, 2014 – Make ‘n’ Take: Aliens in Spaceships – Main Library Display Area, 6:30 p.m.For this craft, we will have pre-cut out spaceships. The kids will then cut out windows for the aliens to peer through from different colors of paper. Then, they can draw their very own alien to go with their spaceship. We’ll glue a stick to the end to hold it all up, and these aliens will be ready to fly! Free.Tuesday, June 10, 2014 – Young Audiences: Nancy Burks Worcester – Fizz, Boom, Read! – Main Library Auditorium, 10:45 a.m. and 3 p.m. One of our favorite performers returns to kick off the summer series! This very talented ventriloquist and puppeteer is from Granbury, TX, and she is dedicated to making a positive difference in peoples’ lives through laughter, learning and love! Come meet the family: Larry, Lily, Charlotte, and baby Waco. Free for ages 7 and older.Tuesday, June 10, 2014 – Make ‘n’ Take Crafts: Flying Frisbees – South Branch, 4 p.m.Come make a colorful Frisbee to toss around! Everyone in the family can enjoy this free program where we supply all the materials.Wednesday, June 11, 2014 – Fizz, Boom, Fun! Science Experiments! – Mockingbird Branch, 3 p.m.Calling all junior scientists! Come and explore a variety of science concepts through exciting experiments and demonstrations. Ages 7and up. Free.Thursday, June 12, 2014 –Tween Time @ your Library: Wearable Art – Mockingbird Branch, 4 p.m.Bring one of the following items: t-shirt, tote bag, cap or canvas shoes, and we’ll show you how to create a totally unique work of art to wear all summer long. Ages 8-15 – free.Thursday, June 12, 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, June 12, 2014 – ArtWalk: Rolie Magnet – Main Library Display Area, 5-8 p.m.Rolie Polie Olie will be everywhere during this year’s CALF Festival. At the library, we’ll make magnetic Rolie friends! This is a quick craft with all materials provided. You’ll also want to see the library’s own original mural by Abilene artist Debra Warr in the children’s storyroom. Free.Friday, June 13, 2014 – Stories & More: Space Camp – South Branch, 4 p.m.Enjoy some out of this world fun this summer during our Space Camp. Enjoy stories, songs, games, crafts, and science experiments. We’ll explore the Moon, starry skies, astronauts, and spaceships & aliens. School age kids are welcome! Free.Friday, June 13 & Saturday, June 14, 2014 – Children’s Art & Literacy Festival – Main Library Auditorium, 9:00, 10:15 & 11:30 a.m. and 12:45, 2:00 & 3:15 p.m.Abilene Public Library is pleased to be a part of the third annual C.A.L.F downtown fun with William Joyce and his Guardians of Childhood series. Your library will feature the book “The Man in the Moon” in dramatic readings six times each day. Kids can also make their very own flying UFO to take home with them . Free.Saturday, June 14, 2014 – The Life of a Seed – Mockingbird Branch, 10:30 a.m.Krista Bunger, a Texas Master Gardener, will help us with this hands-on arts and crafts planting experience. Participants will each be given one to two small pots to decorate and transform into their own unique artwork using markers, tissue paper, buttons, fabric and more. Then we’ll fill each container with potting soil and a flower seed to take home and grow. During the event, Ms. Bunger will share with us the scientific explanation of the life of a seed and how cross-pollination and wind play a vital role in plant life. Suitable for adults of all ages and children 7 & up with parental supervision. A wonderful event for the whole family!Monday, June 16, 2014 – Family Fun @ your Library: Space-The Final Frontier – Main Library Auditorium, 4 p.m.Space is our theme, and during this event for all ages, we’ll do awesome things like planet matching games, glitter galaxies, glow in the dark star hunts, and much more! All materials will be provided free of cost.Monday, June 16, 2014 – Tween Time: Duct Tape Rules! – South Branch, 6:30 p.m.Join us for an evening of crafting fun where we’ll show you how to make some wonderful projects from ever-versatile duct tape. Jessica Reyes is our resident duct tape guru and we’ll supply tons of tape, in fun colors, and walk you through the entire process of making several crafts. You won’t want to miss the return of this popular workshop and all you need to bring is yourself! Free.Tuesday, June 17, 2014 – Super Storytime: Which Pet to Get? – South Branch, 10:45 a.m.It’s hard to find the perfect pet with so many wonderful possibilities! Maybe we can help with fun stories, crafts, and songs about finding your Perfect Pet! Free!Tuesday, June 17, 2014 – School-age program – Piper’s Guild – Main Library, 3:00 p.m.Oh the glorious noise! Join us for an extremely loud and lively time as the members of the Piper’s Guild amaze us with their bagpipe playing. This program is for ages 6 and up. Free.Tuesday, June 17, 2014 – How to Have a Successful Garage Sale – Main Library Auditorium, 6:30 p.m.Join local antique dealer Christine Brockman as she shares tips on how to be sure all the work of a garage sale pays off. She will talk about such things as having effective advertising inexpensively, how to use signage, price and display items and even how to hunt for treasures as a buyer when garage sale shopping. Free.Wednesday, June 18, 2014 – Fizz, Boom, Fun! Science Experiments! – Main Library Auditorium, 3 p.m.Calling all junior scientists! Come and explore a variety of science concepts through exciting experiments and demonstrations. Ages 7and up. Free.Wednesday, June 18, 2014 – Family Fun @ your Library: Duck Tales – Mockingbird Branch, 4 p.m. Get Happy! Happy! Happy! at this free all ages event. Don your camo, put on your beard, and join the fun listening to duck tales and crafting your own duck call. Beards provided. You’ll have fun, and that’s a fact, Jack! Thursday, June 19, 2014 – Puppet Theatre – South Branch, 4 p.m.The South Branch Puppet Theater proudly introduces Silly Stories, an interactive puppet show presented by the wonderful APL Puppeteers! Each show will feature a selection of Silly Stories inspired by storybook characters. Maybe we’ll even have one of your favorites! Free for the whole family.Thursday, June 19, 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, June 19 – Sunday, June 22, 2014 – Friends of the Abilene Public Library Book Sale – Civic CenterGreat prices and a huge selection of books, videos, CD’s, DVD’s and lots of wonderful miscellaneous stuff! Cash, local checks and credit/debit cards can be taken, with proper picture ID. The annual Friends book sale begins with a members-only preview on Thursday, June 19th from 5-8 p.m. Friday hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday’s Bag-o-Books sale: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more info go to www.abilenetx.com/apl or call 325-676-6025.Thursday, June 19, 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. For June, members will be selecting and sharing their own favorites with the rest of the club. Free.Thursday, June 19, 2014 – Cuentos para Niños – Mockingbird Branch, 7 p.m.Cuentos para niños y familas en Ingles y Español. Todo es gratis!Tuesday, June 24, 2014 –Young Audiences: Shelly Tucker – Spin Me a Yarn – Main Library Auditorium, 10:45 a.m. and 3 p.m.Enjoy tales with a twist from Shelly Tucker! This energetic storyteller hails from Denton and can make an audience rock with laughter, bring a crowd to tears, cause a group to gasp with surprise, or make them shiver with fear. Stories come alive through Shelly Tucker’s vivid imagination! Free for ages 7 and older.Tuesday, June 24, 2014 – Make ‘n’ Take Crafts: Flying Frisbees & More – South Branch, 4 p.m.Come make a colorful Frisbee to toss around! This repeat of an earlier Make & Take will also have some extra crafts you can make. You get to choose which craft best fits your interests. Everyone in the family can enjoy this free program where we supply all the materials.Tuesday, June 24, 2014 – Teen Time @ your Library: Book Charms – Main Library Auditorium, 4 p.m.We’ll be making miniature book charms based on some of our favorite books. Book charms are fun accessories for key chains and backpacks and also make unique jewelry. Materials provided. Free.Tuesday, June 24, 2014 – Conquering Diabetes – Main Library Auditorium, 6:30 P.M.Get some tips on how to prevent as well as control diabetes from Stacie McWilliams of San Angelo who is an administrator with Angels Care Home Health. She will relate the importance of diet, exercise and medications to prevent or control diabetes. FreeWednesday, June 25, 2014 – Fizz, Boom, Fun! Science Experiments! – Mockingbird Branch, 3 p.m.Calling all junior scientists! Come and explore a variety of science concepts through exciting experiments and demonstrations. Ages 7 and up. Free.Thursday, June 26, 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, June 26, 2014 – Pawsitive Pet Training – Mockingbird Branch, 6 p.m.Stephanie DeYoung will bring her therapy dog and demonstrate proper training techniques for many of the basic commands . She may also talk about child safety around new animals, how to deal with an aggressive dog properly and/or what’s required to train and register your animal as a therapy dog. Please leave your furry friends at home, unless they are stuffed! Suitable for adults of all ages and children 7 & up with parental supervision. A wonderful free event for the whole family!Friday, June 27, 2014 – Stories & More: Space Camp – South Branch, 4 p.m.Enjoy some out of this world fun this summer during our Space Camp. Enjoy stories, songs, games, crafts, and science experiments. We’ll explore the Moon, starry skies, astronauts, and spaceships & aliens. School age kids are welcome! 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. 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 Mondays through 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 Branch1326 N. Mockingbird Abilene, TX 79603325- 437-READ