New Books @ APL

Check out the full list of new items HERE!

We will be closing early at 3:00 pm for the fair parade on Thursday, August 4th


Rodeo Queen Story Time

Join us in the Children’s Department for this special story time with the Rodeo Queens!  There will be stories, autographs, crafts and refreshments!  This event will start at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, August 2nd.

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Lego Olympics

Lego Olympics will be held in the Children’s Department on Tuesday, July 26, starting at 3:00 pm!


2016 Summer Reading Program


On your Mark, Get Set, READ!  The 2016 Summer Reading Program for area youth is officially underway!  Check out the complete schedule of events for youth under the Children and Teens Services tab.  There will be story times, movies, READiscover logs, prizes, the pink lemonade party, and more!   For more information about the Summer Reading Program for youth, contact the youth department at 785-263-1303.



Summer Reading Program for Adults

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Adults may also sign up for the Summer Reading Program.  The first 100 applicants to sign up will receive a free book bag.  After you have read a book, just drop a book review entry into the jar for our weekly drawing. Prizes include gift certificates from local business & restaurants, and our grand prize will be a Kindle!

Brown Bag Special Documentaries

Brown Bag Sign2Brown Bag Specials are back for the summer!  Join us every Tuesday at noon during June and July for a 50 minute documentary film.  These events are free and open to the public.  Bring your sack lunch!  The Summer session starts on June 7th!


The Summer Schedule:

June 7 – The Teacher that defied Hitler:  Leonore Goldschmidt was a teacher that found a loophole in Nazi law & opened a school for Jewish youth

June 14 – Crane Song: 80% of the world’s Sandhill Cranes make their way through Nebraska’s Platte River Valley

June 21- Liberty! The American Revolution Part 1

June 28 –Liberty!  The American Revolution Part 2 :  An extraordinary documentary about the American Revolution

July 5 – Birds of the GodsThe birds of New Guinea are so spectacular that when Europeans first laid eyes on them, they believed they came straight from Heaven

July 12- Life and Death of a Star: Computer imagery shows the lifespan of these heavenly fireballs

July 19 – The Texas Rangers:  Meet the feared & fearless men of the west

July 26 – Ring of Fire:  The ring of fire is a ring of active volcanoes that circles the Pacific Ocean

Women Writers on the Santa Fe Trail

Abilene Public Library will host “Women Writers on the Santa Fe Trail,” a presentation and discussion by Leo E. Oliva on Saturday, July 16 at 2 pm.  Members of the community are invited to attend the free program. The program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.


Some of the first women to travel across present day Kansas were travelers on the Santa Fe Trail. The presentation will look at the adventures and reflections of four women who wrote their own stories. One woman traveled with her husband’s wagon train in 1846, while another traveled back and forth five times between the ages of 7 and 17. The most famous woman to be discussed, however, was Julia Archibald Holmes who later became the first women to climb Pike’s Peak in Colorado.


Leo Oliva is a historian with a research focus on 19th-century Kansas. He is the author ofSoldiers on the Santa Fe Trail, six books for the Kansas Fort Series, and a founding member of the Santa Fe Trail Association and Fort Larned Old Guard.



“Women who traveled the Santa Fe Trail provide a different perspective than men, with more intimate details about the environment, other travelers, and their own feelings,” said Oliva. “Each of these four women had a unique experience. Their letters, diaries, and memoirs still inform and enchant us today.”


“Women Writers on the Santa Fe Trail” is part of the Kansas Humanities Council’s Kansas Stories Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and discussions that examine our shared human experience—our innovations, culture, heritage, and conflicts.


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




Exploration Place June 8th!

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Summer Reading Kick-Off

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On your Mark, get set, READ!!  The 2016 Summer Reading Program begins on May 25th.

On your mark, get set, and make your way to  the Abilene Public Library for a summer of fun!! The 2016 Summer Reading Program is open to area youth from infants through high school.  There will be story times, movies, READiscover Logs, prizes, the Pink Lemonade Party, and more.  Check it out!

Adults will also be able to sign up for the Summer Reading Program, Exercise Your Mind.  Weekly prizes will be given!

The Kick-Off

Wednesday, May 25

Open House: 1:30- 4 pm

Games and Crafts

Registration begins!!


“Pop Art” on Display at the Library

Artwork from the Arts Council of Dickinson County’s youth program, Pop Art, is currently on display in the Jordan Room at the Library.  For more information about the Art’s Council’s programs, contact 785-263-1884, or check on their website



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