New @ APL

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Pink Lemonade Party

Pink Lemonade Party for the youth will be held at the Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, Wednesday July 16 @ 3:00 pm.  For more information, contact the Children’s Department at 785-263-1303.








Children’s Summer Reading Time Logs due July 12

Youth Summer Reading participants need to have their time logs turned in by July 12!  For more information, contact the Children’s Department at 785-263-1303


The Library will be closed on Friday, July 4


We will be closed on Friday, July 4.  Regular Hours will resume on Saturday.july+4th+vintage+graphicsfairy009a












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Inside Story June 2014

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Inside Story June 2014


Library adds two new Computers with grant from Community Foundation

The Library was able to purchase two new windows 8 computers for patron use.  These were provided by a grant from the Community Foundation of Dickinson County.


Author Appearance – Kelly Irvin

Author Kelly Irvin, will speak at the Abilene Public Library on Tuesday, July 1 at 7 pm.  Kelly will do a reading from her latest release, A Plain Love Song, and talk about her experiences writing about the Amish.   This event is free and open to the public. 

Kelly Irvin is the author of the Bliss Creek Amish series and the New Hope Amish series.  She has also penned two inspirational romantic suspense novels.  Irvin is currently working on The Beekeeper’s Son, the first book in The Amish of Bee County series.

The Abilene, Kansas native is a graduate of the University of Kansas school of Journalism.  Irvin has been writing nonfiction professionally for thirty years, including ten years as a newspaper reporter, mostly in Texas-Mexico border towns. She has worked in public relations for the City of San Antonio for twenty years. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and serves as secretary of the local chapter, Alamo Christian Fiction Writers. For more information about Kelly Irvin, visit her website at

For more information about this event, contact the Abilene Public Library at 785-263-3082.


An Artist in the World Wars

The library will host a presentation by Ron Michael, curator of Birger Sandzen Memorial Art Gallery, on the work of Chapman, Kansas native, Henry Varnum Poor on Thursday, June 26th at 7 pm.   Poor was already an accomplished artist when he was drafted to serve in World War I.  His duties along the front lines were dangerous, but he was able to document his surroundings and fellow soldiers in paintings, drawings, and prints.  Years later, Poor volunteered his services to again paint and sketch military activities during World War II.  This presentation will compare Poor’s work and writings during the World Wars.

Brought to you by a grant from the Kansas Humanities Council.


Children’s Summer Reading programs are underway

Check out all the activities planned this summer under the Children and Teens Services tab!  The theme this year is Fizz, Boom, READ!


2014 Adult Summer Reading – Literary Elements

Sign up today for Adult Summer Reading.  The theme this year is Literary Elements.  Free gift for the first 100 to sign up! There will be weekly drawings, and our grand prize will be a Kindle! The more you read, the greater your chances of winning!

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APL to sponsor concert at the Fairies N Tales Children’s Festival

The evening of June 5th will be the annual Fairies N Tales Children’s Festival (formerly the Midsummer Night’s Dream Festival) in downtown Abilene.  Abilene Public Library will sponsor a concert by Thad Beach at the Convention & Visitor’s Bureau  from 4:30 – 5:15.

Thad Beach will also be present at APL for The Science of Sound Workshop for Tween & Teens (5th – 8th graders) on Thursday, June 5th from 2:45 – 3:35 pm. Participants will explore The Science of Sound as Thad Beach demonstrates how to make and play rhythm and string instruments including the washboard, bucket bass, one-stringers, chicken squawkers, and other surprises from his Band-in-a-Bucket.
Come on in and try out some instruments, play along with familiar tunes, and make at least one instrument to take home.
Please register before June 5 by stopping by the library at 209 NW 4th or calling 263-1303.



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