New Books @ APL

Check out the full list of new items HERE!

Author Appearance – Robin Hutton

Abilene Public Library will host an author appearance on Tuesday, October 23rd at 7 pm.

Robin Hutton, author of Sgt Reckless: America’ s War Horse, and, War Animals: The Unsung Heroes of World War II, will talk about her work, and have books available for purchase at this free event.

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Robin Hutton has spent her adult life working in major event productions and the motion picture business. She was the writing and producing partner of Tom Laughlin (the legend of Billy Jack fame) for over thirty years until his death in 2013.

Currently she is president of Angels Without Wings, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation that spearheaded the development and dedication of THREE national memorials to Sgt. Reckless, the famous Korean War horse whose heroics were so incredible she is listed in Life Magazine as one of our all time greatest heroes. The 1st monument was dedicated at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in 2013, a second monument in October 2016 at Camp Pendleton, where Reckless lived out her days and is buried; and a third was dedicated earlier this year in May at the Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY. Plans are in the works to take Reckless back to South Korea.

Cover of the book, Sgt. Reckless

Her first book, Sgt Reckless: America’ s War Horse, was a New York Times Bestseller in September and October 2014.  The book won the 2014 Equine Book of the Year from American Horse Publications, and was a 2016 Gold Medal winner from Military Writers Society of America.  In 2014 she was named “Patriotic Citizen of the Year” by The Military Order of the World Wars and The Military Order of the Purple Heart for her charitable work.



photo of War Animals bookHer new book, War Animals: The Unsung Heroes of World War II, was released on September 18 and promises to be as successful as Sgt Reckless. The heroes in this book have inspired a new project in the Washington, DC area – the International War Animals Museum – a permanent museum to commemorate these war animals who fought side-by-side with our military war heroes.



Celtic Guitarist Jerry Barlow Returns to Abilene Public Library

The Abilene Public Library is pleased to once again welcome acclaimed Celtic fingerstyle guitarist Jerry Barlow in Concert. The event will be held on Monday, October 15th at 7:00 PM at the Library, 209 NW 4th in Abilene.  The program is co-sponsored by the Arts Council of Dickinson County and is free to the community


Barlow’s 2018 touring repertoire is entitled “For the Love of Celtic Music” and features many familiar pieces of music.  Of course, Barlow will fill in the history, legend and humor behind the music.  There will be ample opportunity for some sing-along, some toe-tapping and even some step dancing if the audience is so inclined!


“In concert, Jerry brings traditional Celtic tunes alive by sharing the history, humor, and legends behind the music.  “Jerry Barlow … a performer who is skilled, funny and riveting.  Out of the many musicians performing today, the vast majority are skilled in either performing on their instrument or in entertaining an audience.  It’s very rare and extremely enjoyable to see a musician at the very top of his craft in both areas,” says Scott Beach, Director of Colorado Celtic Entertainment.


Barlow’s latest CD, VOYAGE OF HOPE, was released in the Fall of 2016 and features music from the Irish immigration to America in the mid-1800s. His 2011 recording, FIELDS AND FENCES, was one of five nominees for Instrumental Album of the Year by the Independent Music Association. The Indie Acoustic Project, an international award that celebrates the best independent acoustic music, selected the title song from Jerry’s CD, BRING DOWN THE STORM, as “one of the best songs of 2006.”


Music from all of Barlow’s recordings can be heard regularly on National Public Radio stations.  He has been featured in Fingerstyle Guitar magazine and was profiled in Celtic Connection. He has performed in the Gates Auditorium for the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, the Arvada Center for the Performing Arts, and is a favorite of High plains Public Radio’s Living Room Concert Series in Amarillo, TX.


For more information contact the Library at 785.263.3082 or

Friends of the Library Book Sale!

The Friends of the Library will be holding a large book sale this fall, Friday, October 12th, 9:00 – 5:30, and Saturday, October 13th, 9:00 – 1:30.

Stock up now for  winter reading & gifts for book lovers!

This sale will be held on the second floor of the library.  There will be something for everyone!

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Cookies and Coloring for Grown-Ups

If you love to color, join us at Cookies & Coloring for Grown-Ups, every first & third Thursday , 4:30 – 6:30.  Come & go.  Brin gyour coloring book, or use our free coloring pages.  Supplies & cookies provided.

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Wee Read Story Time

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Mondays & Tuesdays at 10:15 am



Story Times are for  infants through preschool.  Adults are to accompany children.

No registration necessary.



Sept. 4   “A” is for Animal Antics

Sept 10 & 11:  “B” is for Buttons

Sept. 17 & 18:  “C” is for Cookie

Sept. 24 & 25:  “D” is for Dog & Donut

Oct. 1 & 2:  “E” is for Elephant

Oct. 8 & 9:  “F” if for Firefighter

Oct. 15 & 16:  “G” is for Good Night

Oct. 22 & 23:  “H” is for House

Oc. 29, & 30:  “J” is for Jack-O-Lantern

Nov. 5 & 6:  “I” is for Instruments

Nov. 13:  *K” is for Kansas Reads

   Nov. 12:  Library  Closed

Nov. 19 & 20:   Thanksgiving Celebration

Nov. 26 & 27:  “L” is for Lovely Lights

Dec. 3 & 4:  “M” is for Merry Christmas



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