New Books @ APL

Check out the full list of new items HERE!

Library Card Design Contest (Deadline Extended through December 31st)

Library Card Design Contest Rules:

  • Must be a resident of Dickinson County, Kansas
  • Designs must be completed using a 6.75” x 4.25” template (on back)
  • Artwork can be traditional (colored pencil, pen, paint, etc.) or computer-generated graphics
  • Digital submissions must have a resolution of 300 dpi or higher
  • Digital image size is 1050 pixels x 639 pixels (or 3.5” x 2.13”)
  • Artwork must be original, previously unpublished and free of copyright restrictions
  • Artwork must be appropriate for all ages
  • Do not include your name within the borders of the image
  • Upon submission, Abilene Public Library has all rights to the artwork and its display
  • Library may showcase/reproduce all submitted artwork without limitation or compensation
  • Entries must be accompanied by a signed entry form including: name, address, email address, phone number, and artist’s age category: 

     Kid (12 and under), Teen (13-17) or Adult (18+)

  • Horizontal and vertical designs are welcome
  • Limit one (1) entry per person


  • Design entry submission period: November 4th – December 31st
  • Three finalists from each age category announced in January 2020
  • Age category winners announced in January 2020


  • Winners from each age category receive a $50 gift card
  • Other finalists receive a $25 gift card

Artwork must be submitted to the Library by December 31st, 2019

Email digital artwork to:


Pick up a entry form at the library, or download one here:


Teen Advisory Group

Teens grades 6 – 12 are welcome to become members of the Teen Advisory Group (TAG)

If you are a teen interested in giving your advice on how to improve services and programs at the library for teens, and being involved with planning,  pick up an application at the library or school, and return to the library.

The first meeting will be Thursday, November 7th at 4pm, on the third floor of the library.


Wee Read Story Time

Wee Read Story Time Mondays & Tuesdays at 10:15 am

Wee Read Story Time

 Mondays & Tuesdays at 10:15 am

For infants through preschool

Adults are to accompany children

Sept. 3:  Let’s Play & Read  (Fun with books)

Sept. 9 & 10:   Farm Animals  (Sounds)

Sept. 16 & 17:   Double Take  (Opposites)

Sept. 23 & 24:   Rhyme Time  (Rhyming)

Sept. 30 & Oct. 1:  Ocean Emotion   (Feelings)

Oct. 7 & 8:   Community Helpers (Safety)

Oct. 14 & 15:   Jump into Fall  (Action)

Oct. 21 & 22:   Night Animals (Comparing Sizes)

Oct. 28 & 29:  Scary Faces  (Body Parts)

Nov. 4 & 5:  Chicka Chicka Boom Boom  (Alphabet)

Nov. 12:   All About Me (Self Awareness)

(Library is closed November 11th)

Nov. 18 & 19:   Pancakes (Sequencing)

Nov. 25 & 26:  Sensing Thanksgiving  (Senses)

Dec. 2 & 3:  Merry and Bright (Colors)

Dec. 9 & 10:   What Christmas Shape is This?   (Shapes)

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