New Books @ APL

Check out the full list of new items HERE!

Job Opening

The Abilene Public Library is seeking applicants to fill 2 Library Services Assistant positions.  These positions (12-20 hours) may include evenings and Saturdays.  Persons hired will assist patrons and complete routine circulation tasks.  Good communication as well as knowledge of Word, Excel and E-mail is important.  Please send a letter of interest and application or resume to Kara Cromwell, Abilene Public Library, 209 NW 4th, Abilene, KS 67410 by June 20.

Kindness Rocks Garden




This summer, help us build our Kindness Rocks Garden!  We have a table set up on the main floor of the library where you can use our paint pens and sharpies to decorate a rock. Stop by the library to decorate a rock with an uplifting message to help spread kindness in this world.   Share it with a friend, or leave it in our Kindness Rocks Garden in front of the library.  Let’s show everyone that Kindness Rocks!



Summer Reading 2018

Libraries Rock!  Be a Reading Rockstar and make your way to the Abilene Public Library for a summer of fun! Summer Reading will be May 18 through July 13.  There will be story times, movies, prizes, and lots more!  Sign up begins on May 18 for children & adults.


Fill out a Time Log for your time spent reading, and return to the Children’s Library.

Please pick one up in the children’s department, or you may print one here:  Summer Reading Time Log 2018

Return Time Log to Abilene Public Library by July 15, 2017

Reading Rock Star Challenge:  Fill in all 50 stars and earn a prize-only 1 prize per person

Band Member Challenge:: Fill in 25 stars and earn a book– only 1 book per person

Grand Prize Entries:  Fill in all 50 stars and earn 1 entry—you can have multiple entries

1 star = 15 minutes of reading time



Fill out a book review form for each book you read, and drop it in the jar near the circulation desk.  Each form will be an entry for our grand prize of a Kindle fire.   Small weekly drawings will also be held.

Please pick up book reviews at the library, or print from here: Book Review 2018


Thank you to Summer Reading Sponsors:

United Way of Dickinson County, Holm Automotive, West’s Plaza Country Mart, Dan and Marilyn Holt, M & M Tire and Auto, Solomon State Bank, First Bank Kansas, Pinnacle Bank, Family Video, Friends of the Abilene Public Library, Family Eye Care, Jacque Hall, Zey’s Market, and Sonic Drive-In.

Brown Bag Specials

Brown Bag Special Documentaries return for the summer.  Join us every Tuesday during June and July for a documentary film just under an hour.   Films start at noon:  Bring your sack lunch.  We’ll provide coffee.

The schedule for summer is:

June 5-Impossible Builds: Europe in the Desert –   See this property developer recreate the essence of Europe across 6 artificial islands near Dubai.

June 12 -First Ladies Revealed: Twists of Fate – Lady Bird Johnson,  Betty Ford,  & Edith Roosevelt  were first ladies due to twists of fate.

June 19 – Realm of the Ancient Redwoods –      Explore the world’s largest trees

June 26 – Andrew Carnegie: Rags to Riches, Power to Peace –     Learn more about the patron to public libraries

July 3 – Idaho, The Movie –  This Emmy-Award winning film features Idaho, from hidden gems to well-known areas

July 10 -Impossible Builds: The Floating House – This film features the fantasy project of architect,  Marco Bolzoni.  The floating house comes complete with an underwater bedroom with a view of coral reefs

July 17 – West of the West: Channel Islands – Learn more of these group of islands west of California

July 24 – First Ladies Revealed: Time of War – Mary Lincoln, Laura Bush, &  Eleanor Roosevelt were first ladies  during times of war.

July 31 – West by Orphan Train –  Many children were  orphans that came west by the Orphan Trains from 1854 – 1929



Cookies and Coloring for Grown-Ups

Cookies and Coloring for Grown-Ups is a fun way to relax and unwind at the end of the day.  Come and go at our event held on the first and third Thursday from 4:30 – 6:30 pm.  We provide coloring pages and supplies, or you are welcome to bring your own.

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