New Books @ APL

Check out the full list of new items HERE!

The Library will be closing at 3 pm on Thursday, July 30th for the Fair Parade




Library Lego Mania


Participants will use the library’s Legos and other materials for building
Snacks will be served

Two different age groups will meet to create with legos!

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Primary Group: For ages 4 years to 7 years
Adults are to accompany children

Tuesday, August 4: Hero Hideouts—Make a hideout for your hero out of Legos and found items

Tuesday, August 11: New Species—Create a new species of animals out of Legos
Tuesday, August 18: Lego mazes and marble runs—Create a maze or marble run out of Legos and found items.

Photos of  Lego creations will be displayed on the
Abilene Public Library’s Facebook account



Elementary Group: For ages 8 years to 11 years.

Wednesday, August 5: Hero Hideouts—Make a hideout for your hero out of Legos and found items

Wednesday, August 12: New Species—Create a new species of animals out of Legos

Wednesday, August 19: Lego mazes and marble runs—Create a maze or marble run out of Legos and found items.


Photos of  Lego creations will be displayed on the
Abilene Public Library’s Facebook account



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Job Opportunity

The Abilene Public Library is seeking a person to fill a Children and Teen Services position. Hours for this part time position will be 8:30-5 on Thursdays, 8:30-5 on Fridays and will include some 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 July 31.

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Rodeo Queen Story Time

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Join us in the Children’s Library for a special Story time on July 28th at 3 pm with Miss Rodeo America 2015, Lauren Heaton,  and Miss Rodeo K-State 2014, Allie Dwyer.  There will be stories, autographs, crafts & refreshments!


Author Appearance – June Hilbert

Join Kansas author, June Hilbert, as she speaks at the Abilene Public Library on Saturday, July 25th at 10 am. Her book, From High Heels to Gumboots: One Cow Pie at a Time, chronicles her humorous adventures of transitioning from a high-heeled city girl to a farm wife.

Copies of her book will be available for purchase at this event.

More of her farm adventures can be read on her blog at

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

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Brown Bag Special Documentaries

Join us every Tuesday at noon for a documentary film during June & July.  These films last approximately 50 minutes. Bring your sack lunch, and spend your lunch hour watching a documentary!

June 23 Animal Homes: The Nest  Bird nests come in all shapes & sizes

June 30 Jupiter: The Giant Planet  This giant gas planet has 60 moons

July 7 Lost Ships of Rome  Much of the cargo remains exactly as it was loaded by the ancient Romans

July 14 Animal Homes: Location, location, location In the wild, every home is a unique DIY project

July 21 -Hagia Sophia: Istanbul’s Ancient Mystery  How has this ancient cathedral survived earthquakes

July 28 Unlikely Animal Friends: The Wild Bunch     Meet the wild animals that are bonding against all odds



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Pink Lemonade Party

The Abilene Children’s Library invites area children and their families to our annual Pink Lemonade Party. This event, which marks the end of the Summer Reading Program, will be held at 3 pm, Thursday, July 16 at the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, 201 NW 2nd.

The featured entertainment will be Randy’s Music Jam. This program will grab the attention of children of all ages, and fun loving adults, too.

In addition, the Modern Millies will provide the refreshments, and Summer Reading Grand prizes will be awarded.

For more information, please stop by the library at 209 NW 4th, or call 785-263-1303.

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2015 Summer Reading

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Young readers may pick up their reading timelogs in the Children’s Library or by downloading and printing here:  TimeChart4

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!

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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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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Exploration Place to present Children’s Program

Join us on Wednesday, June 3rd at 3:00 pm for  Super Hero School!   Exploration Place, The Sedgwick County Science and Discovery Center, will be at the Abilene Public Library for a program for the area youth!


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