New Books @ APL

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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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Junior Volunteers Needed for Summer Reading

The Abilene Public Library is seeking 10 youth who are 13 years old or older to serve as Jr. Librarian Volunteers during the 2015 Summer Reading Program.

Junior Librarian Volunteers will work 1 ½ to 2 hours per week at assigned times from June 1 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 7 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 print out application here:  Junior Librarians Volunteer Reading Buddies Program


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Brown Bag Special Documentary Films

Join us on Tuesdays at noon for a documentary film.  These films are approximately 50 minutes in length and are free & open to the public.  Bring your sack lunch!

Brown Bag Special Documentaries

Spring 2015


March 3 –  The Smithsonian National Zoo

This film showcases the National Zoo’s role in preserving endangered species

March 10 – Mars, The Red Planet

It’s home to the largest volcano in the Solar System…and a colossal, boulder-strewn valley that would make the Grand Canyon look like a streambed.

March 17 – Women in Business

The story of exceptional women in business that have proven that a woman’s place is where she believes it to be

March 24 – Raccoon Nation

Follow a family of urban raccoons as they navigate the world of a big city

March 31 – A story of a woman who fought in the Civil War

Actors & historians bring her story to life, unraveling the mystery of this secret soldier

April 7 – Fellowship of Whales

Follow a baby humpback whale as she travels from Hawaii to Alaska

April 14 – Oregon Trail, Part 1                    

 April 21 – Oregon Trail, Part 2

The Story of one of History’s most amazing migrations

April 28 – Johnny Cash

This film profiles the life of legendary country music star Johnny Cash




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APL Inside Story February 2015

Check out what’s new at the Abilene Public Library in this month’s edition of Inside Story


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