New @ APL

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The Library will close at 3:00 pm on July 31 for the CKFF parade


July Inside Story

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Rodeo Queen Story Time

A special Rodeo Queen Story Time will be Tuesday, July 29th @ 3:00 pm at Abilene Public Library.   For more information, contact the Children’s library at 785-263-1303


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.


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