New Books @ APL

Check out the full list of new items HERE!

Job Opening

The Abilene Public Library is seeking applicants to fill a Library Services Assistant position. This position will include Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings and Saturdays. The person 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 February 1.

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Wee Read Story Time

Wee Read Story Time returns on Tuesday, January 22nd.   Meeting on Mondays and Tuesdays at 10:15 am, story times are for infants through preschool age children.  Adults are to accompany the children to this event.

Wee Read Story Time Graphic


Jan. 22:  “N” & “O” is Numb Noses Outside

Jan. 28 & 29:  “P” is for Playful Penguins

Feb. 4 & 5:  “Q” is for  Quiet Time With Quilts

(wear jammies & bring quilts/blankets)

Feb. 11 & 12:  “R” is for Red Hearts

Feb. 19:   “S” is for Silly ‘Staches

        (Library is closed Monday, Feb. 18)

Feb. 25 & 26:   “T” is for Terrific Turtles

March 4 & 5:  “U” is for Useful Uniforms

March 11 & 12:  “V” is for Vegetables on Vines

March 18 & 19:  “W’ is for Wet Wet Water

March 25 & 26:  “X” & “Y” are  for eXtra Yummy

April 1 & 2:  “Z” is for Zany Zoo

April 8 & 9:    Celebrate Reading!!

Programs are cancelled if USD 435

closes schools  due to bad weather

Mr. Lincoln ” A New Birth of Freedom”

“A New Birth of Freedom”

A special historical program will be held on Tuesday, January 15th at 6:30 pm at the Abilene Public Library.  Abraham Lincoln will be portrayed by Kevin Wood, a professional Lincoln presenter who bears a remarkable resemblance to “the Great Emancipator” and who is extremely knowledgeable about his life and times.

The United States of America was founded in 1776 as a bold experiment in democracy, upon the ideals of liberty and equality, but by 1854 appeared destined to failure.  Events of that year, however, compelled a retired – some would say ‘washed-up’ – politician from Illinois to re-enter the political fray and begin a long fight for the renewal and eventually an expansion of those great ideals upon which our nation had been founded.

Adults and children alike will enjoy hearing a first-hand account from Abraham Lincoln himself of the history of the USA from our establishment in 1776 through the end of the Civil War in 1865.  This was a remarkable time of new ideas, tremendous change, and exciting growth in our young country.  Yet at the same time, this period was also marked by great conflict and an uncertainty about our future as a people and a nation.  All of this change, growth, conflict, and uncertainty would come to a head during the twelve turbulent years from 1854-1865 which nearly destroyed our young nation but instead eventually resulted in a “new birth of freedom”.

Abraham Lincoln was one of that latter period’s greatest protagonists, and today is one of our nation’s most beloved and esteemed historical figures.  Mr. Lincoln quotes from his best-known speeches and writings, while also providing some surprising and interesting perspectives.  He also talks about his own inspiring story, of how he rose from a humble background to the highest office in the land through self-study, hard work, ambition, and a strong moral character.

Mr. Wood also writes a blog – “Loath to Close… Still!” – which encourages others to reflect upon and learn from President Lincoln’s life and legacy.  For more information, visit

This program will last approximately one hour, with additional time for questions & answers.  Suitable for adults and children over 6.

Winter Brown Bag Special Schedule

Bring your sack lunch and join us on Tuesdays at noon during December and January for a Brown Bag Special Documentary.  Each film is just under an hour.  Coffee will be provided.


Dec 4- James McNeil Whistler – The Case for Beauty  – Learn more about this beloved artist

Dec 11 – American Tiger – There are more tigers living in the USA  in captivity than in the wild

Dec 18 – The Allergy Fix – Why are food allergies on the rise?

Jan 8 – The Wild West Uncovered –  Discover the real Virginia City

Jan 15 – Korea’s Forbidden Zone – This demilitarized zone between the North & South has become a haven for wildlife,  including numerous rare species

Jan 22 – Morning Glory – Norway – See flora & fauna wake up in the Long Morning after the Polar Night in this artic country

Jan 29 – The Tulip Bubble – The first big bust in the history of booms was the tulip trade of the Netherlands in 1637

Graphic of a sack lunch


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