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2015 Summer Reading

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Calling all heroes to the library and beyond for  2015 Summer Reading!  Area Youth from infants through high school may register in the Youth Department.  There will be story times, movies, READiscover logs, prizes, the Pink Lemonade Party, and more.  Please check our event calendar  & also the drop down tabs under Children and Teens Services for all the youth events planned!  Young readers may pick up their timelogs to fill out in the Children’s Library or by downloading and printing here:  TimeChart4

Adults may register in the main library, and weekly drawings will be held.  The Final Grand prize for the adults will be a Kindle, 2nd & 3rd prizes will be tickets to Great Plains Theatre, & a gift certificate to Rivendell Bookstore!




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Andrea Fuhrman Artist Talk on May 28th


On display now at the Abilene Public Library is “Framed”, an exhibit of photographs of train graffiti, by artist Andrea Fuhrman. She will talk about her work during a presentation at Abilene Public Library, on Thursday, May 28th at 7 pm. The public may view her work on display in the Jordan Room during library hours.

“Since 2008, I’ve taken thousands of digital photographs of train graffiti, which I then alter and manipulate, making photo-abstractions that look like paintings – a wry turnabout from the painters who stopped making history paintings because photography was invented. I am fascinated by small details; markings, sprays, drips – the residue of human use, wear and touch.” says Fuhrman.



Fuhrman earned her MFA from Washington University, and BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited her work extensively throughout the United States, the recipient of numerous awards.   The City of Salina commissioned a digital photo work of Fuhrman’s, which has been translated into a 36’ mosaic mural at the Kenwood Cove Aquatic Park. She was also commissioned by the Salina Arts and Humanities to create the 2013 Smoky Hill River Festival Print. For more information on Andrea Fuhrman, please visit her website at


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Fuhrman1Mosaic Mural at Kenwood Cove Aquatic Park

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The Things They Carried Home: Preservation Workshop

The Things They Carried Home Preservation Workshop
Special veterans initiative

Abilene Public Library will host a preservation workshop by Allana Saenger-Parker on June 18 at 7:00pm at Abilene Public Library on 209 Northwest 4th Street. Members of the community are invited to attend the free program. The program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.

“The Things They Carried Home” preservation workshop is part of the Kansas Humanities Council’s “The Things They Carried Home” special veterans initiative, which aims to fund projects that preserve and give access to material related to military service in the last century. The preservation workshops focus specifically on teaching veterans and their families how to preserve their own military service artifacts for themselves and future generations. Participants are encouraged to bring relevant military items for discussion.

Originally from Augusta, Kansas, Allana Saenger-Parker is Curator of Design at Riley County Historical Museum. Saenger-Parker received a BS in History along with a minor in Leadership Studies from Kansas State University and MA in Museum Studies from the University of Kansas. She has served as Curator of Design with the Riley County Historical Museum since 2012, and has also been a member of the Board of Directors for the Manhattan/Riley County Preservation Alliance.

“We preserve military artifacts to honor the memories and heritage of those who served, and continue to serve, to protect our country. By preserving these artifacts, we allow future generations to learn from and better understand the history of our nation.”

The Kansas Humanities Council conducts and supports community-based programs, serves as a financial resource through an active grant-making program, and encourages Kansans to engage in the civic and cultural life of their communities. For more information about KHC programs contact the Kansas Humanities Council at 785/357-0359 or visit online at





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2015 Summer Reading Program Kick-Off on Friday, May 22

Every Hero Has a Story


Calling all heroes to the library and beyond for  2015 Summer Reading!  Area Youth from infants through high school may register in the Youth Department.  There will be story times, movies, READiscover logs, prizes, the Pink Lemonade Party, and more.

Adults may register in the main library, and weekly drawings will be held.

Registration begins on Friday, May 22 !

Open House 1:30 – 4 pm

Games and Crafts in the Youth Department

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Hey Kids! Design a Bookmark for our Summer Reading Program

Hey Kids!
The Abilene Public Library invites you
To Design a Bookmark
For the 2015 Summer Reading Program.

Pick up your entry form in the Youth Department, or print it here:  BookMark Contest 2015
1. Open to all children and youth ages 1 – 18 years
2. Entries must fit inside the lines of the box. Can be done in black and white or color.
3. One entry per child.
4. Choose from the following weekly themes:
Heroic by Nature
Super Hero Training Camp
Heroes to the Rescue
Heroes in Our Community
The Fine Art of Heroes
Heroes Throughout History
The Hero in You
5. Bookmark idea should be mailed to or submitted at the library by
4 pm on May 9, 2015
6. Please sign your first name somewhere on the bookmark.
7. We will be publishing bookmarks that highlight weekly themes from May 25 through July 11.

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Job Opportunity

The Abilene Public Library is seeking an energetic person to fill a Children and Teen Services position. This position’s summer hours will be  Wednesday afternoon, Thursday and Friday mornings & Saturdays. Hours during the school year will include Mondays after school and Saturdays. This person will assist patrons and complete routine circulation tasks. 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 May 1.


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Author Appearance – Patricia Ackerman

Local author & Kansas State University Salina Professor, Patricia Ackerman, will be at the Abilene Public Library on Thursday, April 16 @ 7 pm for a program about her recent book, “Marymount College of Kansas: A History”. Copies of Ackerman’s book will also be available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public.



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Abilene Kids Got Talent!

Join us for a Talent Show on April 9 @ 3:40!   Kids wanting to enter the talent show, should sign up in the Youth Department.  For more information, call 785-263-1303.


Printmaking Workshop with local artist Karen Cooper

Local artist, Karen Cooper,  will lead a printmaking workshop on Thursday, April 2 @ 7:00 pm.   Those interest in attending should sign up at the library, or by calling 785-263-3082.  This workshop is free, but donations will be accepted to offset the cost of supplies.  Karen’s artwork is currently on display at the library, and may be viewed in the Jordan Room during library hours.


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Women’s History Month – Documentary Film to feature Woman Civil War Soldier

Despite the conventional view that the American Civil War was a man’s fight, many women also fought in battle along their side. An estimated 400 + women disguised themselves as men in order to serve as soldiers in both sides of the Civil War, keeping their identities a secret. Several women published their memoirs after the war, telling of their activities. Watch one woman’s story come to life in a documentary film at the Abilene Public Library, on Thursday evening, March 26 at 7 pm. This event is free and open to the public.


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