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Celebrate National Poetry Month with Pin-Up Poetry

Pin-Up Poetry, is a National Poetry Month project from Kansas Humanities Council that encourages Kansans to write, read, and share their poetry and the poetry of others on Pinterest. 
To participate in the pin-up poetry project sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council, stop by the library to pick up a template to write down your poetry, or visit the KHC website. The poetry will be displayed on the KHC’s pinterest page! And we will be displaying in the library what our local patrons submit!


Job Opportunity

The Abilene Public Library is seeking an energetic adult to fill a Children and Teen Services Assistant position.  This 12-15 hour position will include Thursday evenings, Fridays and Saturdays.  This person will assist patrons and complete routine circulation tasks as well as plan and implement programs for young adults.  This person will need to know Word, Excel, E-mail and possess good communication skills.  Please send a letter of interest and application to Kara Cromwell, Abilene Public Library, 209 NW 4th, Abilene, KS 67410 by April 25. 

job application

Brown Bag Special Documentary – Kanagaroo Mob

Join us on Tuesday, April 8 at noon for a documentary film on the explosion of the eastern gray kangaroo population near Canberra, Australia’s capital city.  Bring your sack lunch – drinks provided.


Hey Kids! We invite you to Design a Bookmark for the 2014 Summer Reading Program

Open to all Children and Youth ages 1-18 years.  One entry per person.   Print out the entry form here or pick one up at the children’s library. Bookmark Ideas should be submitted by May 10, 2014.

Choose from the following themes:

It’s Alive!!

Color Chromatics

Mad Scientists @ Work

Symphony of Sound

Spark a Reaction

The Last Blast

BookMark Contest


Brown Bag Special Documentary – Best and Worst U.S. Presidents

Join us for a documentary film on Tuesday,  April 1 at Noon.  A Panel of 300 historians, politicians, and journalists select the 10 best and five worst Presidents in American history.  Bring your sack lunch – drinks will be provided.


Junior Librarian Volunteers Needed

The Abilene Public Library is seeking 10 youth who are 13 years old or older to serve as Jr. Librarian Volunteers during the 2014 Summer Reading Program.

Junior Librarian Volunteers will work 1 ½ to 2 hours per week at assigned times from May 27 through June 27.  An hour of that time will be spent as a Reading Buddy to younger children.  The remaining time will involve doing other library tasks such as shelving books, keeping Reading Log records, assisting with programs or events, etc.

Junior Librarian Volunteers will need to attend a training session on May 8 from 4:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.

For more detailed information or to receive an application, please stop by the library at 209 NW 4th or click here.

Job Opportunity

The Abilene Public Library is accepting applications for a Circulation Assistant.  This person will assist patrons and complete routine circulation tasks.  The position is approximately 8-12 hours per week after school and will include Saturdays.  Please complete an application and return to Kara Cromwell, Abilene Public Library, 209 NW 4th, Abilene, KS67410 by March 31.  Applications may be picked up at the library or printed out by clicking on the link below.

job application

Jerry Barlow – Celtic Guitarist Concert

The  Arts Council of Dickinson County and the  Abilene Public Library are pleased to welcome acclaimed Celtic fingerstyle guitarist Jerry Barlow for a special Concert. The event will be held on Tuesday, March 25th, at 7:00 PM at the Library, 209 NW 4th in Abilene.  The program is free to the public and refreshments will be served.

Barlow is a warm, accessible performer and storyteller. His unique and skillfully delivered repertoire incorporates favorite traditional pieces as well as his own Celtic-inspired compositions.  His expressive arrangements of lively jigs, spirited reels, and haunting airs is described as music to soothe the soul, warm the heart and lift the spirit.


“In concert, Jerry brings traditional Celtic tunes alive by sharing the history, humor, and legends behind the music.  “Jerry Barlow … a performer who is skilled, funny and riveting.  Out of the many musicians performing today, the vast majority are skilled in either performing on their instrument or in entertaining an audience.  It’s very rare and extremely enjoyable to see a musician at the very top of his craft in both areas,” says Scott Beach, Director of Colorado Celtic Entertainment.


Barlow’s latest CD, ‘TWAS THE NIGHT, Songs of Christmas, was released in early December of 2013 to excellent reviews.  His 2011 recording, FIELDS AND FENCES, was one of five nominees for Instrumental Album of the Year by the Independent Music Association. The Indie Acoustic Project, an international award that celebrates the best independent acoustic music, selected the title song from Jerry’s CD, BRING DOWN THE STORM, as “one of the best songs of 2006.”


Music from all of Barlow’s recordings can be heard regularly on National Public Radio stations.  He has been featured in Fingerstyle Guitar magazine, and was profiled in the February, 2011, issue of Celtic Connection. He has performed in the Gates Auditorium for the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, the ArvadaCenter for the Performing Arts, and is a favorite of High plains Public Radio’s Living Room Concert Series in Amarillo, TX.


For more information contact the Library at 785.263.3082.


Brown Bag Special March 25 – Dogs by Design

Dogs that changed the world:  Dogs by Design will be the Brown Bag Special Documentary film on Tuesday, March 25th at noon.   This film details the explosion of dog types into the roughly 400 breeds and dogs’ role in medical care.   Bring your sack lunch; drinks will be provided.


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