Summer Reading 2017 – Build a Better World

 Summer Reading is here!

Sign up at the library for summer reading!

May 19 – July 15

Children may sign up in the youth department, keep track of your time spent reading on your reading log &  receive prizes!  If you need extra reading logs, you may pick them up at the library, or print from here: TimeChart2017


Adults may sign up in the main library.  There will be drawings held weekly, and the grand prize will be a Kindle Fire! Just fill out a book review form for each book read & drop it in the jar at the library.  If you need extra book review forms, you may print from here: 2017 Book Review


A big Thanks to all of  our sponsors for summer reading:

United Way of Dickinson County, Zeys Grocery, Casey’s General Store, Holm Automotive, Pinnacle Bank,  Sonic, Cook Real Estate, Solomon State Bank,  RHV Do-It Best Hardware & Rivendell Bookstore &  Friends of the Library.

Brown Bag Specials


The Summer Schedule is out!

Tuesdays at Noon

Films are approximately 50 minutes in length

Bring your sack lunch



June 6 – The Shakers – Learn about this unique American religious group

June 13 – Pompeii – Digging for the Truth

June 20 –  Return of the Buffalo – Restoring the Great American Prairie

June 27 – Men who Built America – Taking the Whitehouse

July 4 – Closed (No brown bag)

July 11 – Men who Built America – The New Machine

July 18 – Secrets of the 6 Wives – Divorced –    Catherine of Aragon

July 25 –  Secrets of the 6 Wives – Beheaded, Died –  Anne Boleyn & Jane Seymour



Water: Why Is It so Difficult to Conserve?

Water:  Why Is It so Difficult to Conserve?


Presentation Explores Difficulties in Water Conservation

 Abilene Public Library, 209 NW 4th, will host “Water: Why Is It so Difficult to Conserve?,” a presentation and discussion by Matthew Sanderson on Saturday, July 8th at 10:00 am.  This program is free and open to the public. The program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.

Water is the most precious natural resource, but despite its value, freshwater consumption is not sustainable in many areas around the world, including Kansas. This presentation will ask why it is so difficult to conserve water and will look at the role culture plays when we consider “the water problem.”

Matthew Sanderson is an associate professor of sociology at Kansas State University and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Australian Population and Migration Research Centre at the University of Adelaide. He is a fifth-generation Kansan and a “Kansan by choice.”

“Water has been labeled a ‘crisis’ for over 40 years in Kansas, “ said Sanderson. “For such a crisis to exist for so long, despite so many attempts to address it, suggests that our problem with water is deeper than our efforts to address it through more superficial means.”

“Water: Why Is It so Difficult to Conserve?” is part of the Kansas Humanities Council’s Water/Ways Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and discussions that focus on the numerous relationships between people and water—how it shapes our history and traditions and impacts our daily life.

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


Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading sign up will begin on May 19th.  The theme for this year is Build a Better World.  Sign up your child in the youth department starting May 19th from 1:30 – 4:00.  There will be games & crafts during this open house!  Be sure and check out the story times and events planned this summer under the Children and Teens Services tab!  Adults may sign up in the main library for adult summer reading.

Spring Brown Bag Specials

The Spring session of Brown Bag Special Documentaries starts on March 28 and runs through May 2.  Every Tuesday at Noon we meet to watch a documentary film.  Bring your sack lunch!  All shows are under an hour in length, and are free and open to the public.

March 28  –  Krakatoa

April 4 – Hubble’s Amazing Universe

April 11 – Men who Built America  (Andrew Carnegie)

April 18 –  Men who BUilt AMerica  (JP Morgan)

April 25 – Intelligent Trees

May 2 – Unexplained Mysteries of the Universe


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