Library Events for September 2013

Library Events for September 2013

By Janis Test: Information Services Manager/Abilene Public Library

 

 

 

Entire Month of September – “Library Card Signup Month” – all locations58 percent of Americans age 16 and older have a library card, and even more—69 percent—say the library is important to them and their families. Are you one of the 58 percent? If not, come by any library location and get your free library card during September. It’s still the card with the most savings and benefits you can have in your wallet!Sundays at 5:30 p.m., Mondays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:00 a.m. – Crafty Creations: Fun with Back-to-School Crafts – Cable Channel 7‘Crafty Creations’ is Abilene Public Library’s monthly video series combining great children’s literature with fun and easy-to-do crafts you can make with your children at home. As the kids head off to school, we wanted to show you how to make two fun crafts for this time of year. Alyssa will show you how to make an Egg Carton School Bus while Tremain shows you how to make an Apple Core Magnet. {{More}}These will be great to go along with the books “The Smushy Bus” by Leslie Helakoski and “Mom, its My First Day of Kindergarten” by Hyewon Yum. Full episodes of the program are available online in two parts on YouTube. Plus, all of the books featured in every episode of ‘Crafty Creations’ are available for you to check out at any Abilene Public Library location.Monday, September 2, 2013 – All locations of the Abilene Public Library will be closed for the observance of Labor Day. For your convenience, there are outside materials returns at each library location.Tuesday, September 3, 2013 – Stamp Collecting – Main Library Auditorium, 6:30 p.m.For those who’ve never collected as well as experienced collectors. American Philatelic Society members Phil McCauley and Lou David Allen will talk about obtaining stamps inexpensively and provide pointers on identification of both foreign and domestic stamps. Participants are encouraged to bring their collections. Free.Wednesday, September 4, 2013 – Make ‘n’ Take – Mockingbird Branch, 4 p.m.September is month to celebrate Grandparent’s Day! Come by the library and design special Happy Grandparent’s Day cards with cardstock, buttons, and markers. Supplies are provided. Free.Thursday, September 5, 2013 – Medicare 101 – Main Library Auditorium, 3:30 p.m.If you’re confused about what choices to make with your Medicare coverage take heart: you’re not alone. Craig Shaw and Brendan Messenger with CBS Insurance in Abilene will explain the options you’ll face and then answer individual questions one-on-one. This is an informational session, not a sales pitch, and it’s free. Following the presentation he’ll be available for one-on-one consultation.Thursday, September 5, 2013 – 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, September 5, 2013 – Family Fun @ your Library: Actual Size – South Branch, 6:30 p.m.Just how big are those animals in picture books? We’ll find out the answer to that question at this free program featuring a series of books starting with “Actual Size” by Steve Jenkins. We’ll explore animals, dinosaurs, and much more in relation to their real life measurements. Free. Monday, September 9, 2013 – Make & Take – Main Library, 6:30 p.m.We’ll be making tissue paper trees. We supply the materials and the instructions, and you bring your creativity. Free.Monday, September 9, 2013 – “If You’ve Got a Hammer”…Habitat for Humanity-Mockingbird Branch, 6:30 p.m.Habitat is a nonprofit, Christian housing ministry that believes that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. We build and repair houses all over the world using volunteer labor and donations so that our partner families can purchase these houses through no-profit, no-interest mortgage loans or innovative financing methods. We’ll seek to answer your questions about how our program works, who qualifies and how you can start working towards a new home of your own. Free. Tuesday, September 10, 2013 – Make and Take Crafts – South Branch, 4 p.m.Celebrate fall and Johnny Appleseed with a simple apple craft. Free.Tuesday, September 10, 2013 – Keyhole Gardening – Main Library Auditorium, 6:30 p.m.An increasingly popular form of gardening, keyhole requires only a small area for a circular raised bed. It’s easy to maintain even for handicapped persons, requires a minimum of water and uses recycled materials. Taylor County Master Gardener Betty Sims will be the presenter for this free program.Thursday, September 12, 2013 – Tween Time @ your Library: Notebook Design – Mockingbird Branch, 4 p.m.Bring a spiral notebook and design your own unique note taking spiral for the new school year. Personalize it with photos and your own sense of style, to ensure yours is one of a kind. We’ll use buttons, beads, fabrics, magazine pictures, and more. Ages 8-15. Free.Thursday, September 12, 2013 – 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, September 12, 2013 – ArtWalk: Antique Sewing Tools – Main Library Display AreaBeth Rich of Abilene is sharing her collection of sewing items which are sure to bring back memories for many of us. You’ll also want to see the library’s own original mural by Abilene artist Debra Warr in the children’s storyroom. Free.Thursday, September 12, 2013 – Container Gardening – Main Library Auditorium, 6:30 p.m.Regardless of whatever you like to grow—vegetables, flowers, shrubs, even trees—you can do so in containers to take advantage of whatever space you have available. Taylor County Master Gardener Karen Saunders shows you how it’s done during this free program. Saturday, September 14, 2013 – Family Fun @ your Library: The Greatest Show: Circus! – Main Library, 2:30 p.m.It’s a three-ring circus at your library! Enjoy stories, songs, and crafts celebrating the greatest show on earth. Free.Monday, September 16, 2013 – Pathway to Citizenship – Main Library Auditorium, 9:30 a.m.Daina Jurika-Owen, Immigration Coordinator with the International Rescue Committee, will discuss the requirements for naturalization, the advantages US citizenship brings, rights and responsibilities of a US citizen, and how to get started. This program is meant for all immigrants or other community people who are interested in the process of naturalization. Free.Monday, September 16, 2013 – ABC’s of Word – Mockingbird Branch, 10 a.m.If you need help with computers, or want to upgrade your job or work skills, your local library is hosting computer classes that can help. Classes are designed to make beginners feel comfortable however some basic PC skills are needed. Seats for each class session are limited, so call today! Monday, September 16, 2013 – ABC’s of Excel – Mockingbird Branch, 1 p.m.If you need help with computers, or want to upgrade your job or work skills, your local library is hosting computer classes that can help. Classes are designed to make beginners feel comfortable however some basic PC skills are needed. Seats for each class session are limited, so call today! Monday, September 16, 2013 – Tween Time @ your Library: DIY Edible Body Scrubs – South Branch, 6:30 p.m.Come out ready to have a little health and beauty fun as we’ll be using some amazingly sweet smelling ingredients to show you how to make some edible body scrubs. Perfect for yourself, or to give to someone as a gift. Ages 8-15, the South Branch belongs to you for one hour on the third Monday night of the month! Free.Tuesday, September 17, 2013 – Super Storytime: Yee Haw! – South Branch, 10:45 a.m.Grab your boots and cowboy hat and then join us for a Texas storytime! We’ll have stories, crafts, songs and SUPER FUN! Free.Tuesday, September 17, 2013 – 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. Meeting once a month, 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.Wednesday, September 18, 2013 – ABC’s of Word – Mockingbird Branch, 10 a.m.If you need help with computers, or want to upgrade your job or work skills, your local library is hosting free computer classes that can help. Classes are designed to make beginners feel comfortable however some basic PC skills are needed. Seats for each class session are limited, so call today! Wednesday, September 18, 2013 – ABC’s of Excel – Mockingbird Branch, 1 p.m.If you need help with computers, or want to upgrade your job or work skills, your local library is hosting free computer classes that can help. Classes are designed to make beginners feel comfortable however some basic PC skills are needed. Seats for each class session are limited, so call today! Wednesday, September 18, 2013 – Family Fun @ your Library: Popping Popcorn – Mockingbird Branch, 6:30 p.m.Funz a poppin’ with popcorn, popcorn, popcorn! Everyone knows kids love popcorn, so join us for stories, songs and crafts about our favorite treat Free.Thursday, September 19, 2013 – 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, September 19, 2013 – Tooth Fairy’s Sister – South Branch, 6:30 p.m.Meet Rebecca, the Tooth Fairy’s Sister and learn about dental care while having a fantastic time. We’ll hear stories, sing songs, and participate in a fake plaque demonstration. Everyone will even get to take home a ‘Smile’ bag complete with wonderful goodies from the Tooth Fairy’s Sister. Free.Thursday, September 19, 2013 – 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. September’s title is “Calico Joe” by John Grisham. Everyone is welcome! Free.September 24-28, 2013 – West Texas Book Festival – Main Library, Civic CenterThis weeklong event features Texas authors and publishers, including Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Jodi Thomas, Marci Peschke and Julie Kibler. Events include the Local Author’s Reception, noontime brown bag programs and several free writing workshops and panels. On Saturday, the Boots & Books Luncheon is just one of many events during the daylong festival. For complete festival information and the schedule, go to www.abilenetx.com/apl and click on the Boots & Books logo.Thursday, September 26, 2013 – Tween Time @ your Library: Notebook Design – Mockingbird Branch, 4 p.m.Bring a spiral notebook and turn it into a journal, work of art, or just use your imagination and create whatever comes to mind! This is a project for the creative at heart. Refreshments provided. Ages 8-15. Free.Thursday, September 26, 2013 – 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, September 26, 2013 – Teen Time @ your Library: Craft Stick Bracelets – Main Library Auditorium, 6:30 p.m.Create your own individualized bracelet with ribbon, buttons, sequin, stamps, beads, duct tape and other decorations. We’ll provide all the materials – you provide the creativity! 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