Thursday, April 26, 2007

Monday night -- 70's Party at the Abbeville Library

The Abbeville Library is going Back to the 70's!!

What? 70s party for ages 12 - 18

Come dressed as your favorite personality from the 70's. Best dressed wins a prize!

When? April 30 from 6 - 7:30

Where? The Abbeville Library
201 S. Main Street
Abbeville, SC

Questions? Call Annette at 459-4009

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Next Booksale is May 5th -- Don't miss it!

Our next booksale will be Saturday, May 5th from 10 till 1 in the basement of the Abbeville Library. It wouldn't be Spring Festival without the Friends of the Library Booksale -- so stop in and pick up a bargain!

See you there . . .

Monday, April 23, 2007

30 Ways to Use Your Library Card

Libraries aren’t like they used to be –- now, they’re even better! Here are just 30 of the ways your library can enrich your life. Visit your library, and you’ll see the limitless opportunities that await you.

1. Plan your next vacation
2. Browse your favorite Web sites
3. Learn how to use a database or computer catalog
4. Reserve the latest mystery
5. Check out a DVD
6. Trace a long-lost friend
7. Learn about the history of your city or town
8. Prepare your resume
9. Get new ideas for redecorating your home
10. Attend a preschool story hour
11. Get the latest health information
12. Research the purchase of a new car
13. Trek to another planet in a science fiction novel
14. Learn the answer to a reference question
15. Research your term paper
16. Decide which computer to buy using a consumer guide
17. Check your stock portfolio
18. Borrow an audiobook for your next roadtrip
19. Use the library’s resources to create a new business plan
20. See an art exhibit
21. Find a recipe
22. Ask for recommended reading for teens
23. Make photocopies
24. Send or receive faxes
25. Get a book through interlibrary loan
26. Check out the latest fashion magazine
27. Get to know your librarian
28. Find the latest romance paperback
29. Find out the name of that old movie actor you saw on the late show
30. Find a quiet spot and curl up with a good book

The Abbeville County Library System
See us at our locations in
Abbeville, Calhoun Falls, and Donalds

Brought to you by
The Campaign for America’s Libraries

Playing my stereo too loud . . .

Someone once said, "If I ever die of a heart attack, I hope it will be from playing my stereo too loud."

Try blasting these new CD's from the Abbeville Library -- but watch out for your heart!!

Pink Floyd -- The Wall

The Mars Volta -- Amputechture

Red Hot Chili Peppers -- Stadium Arcadium

Jack Johnson -- In Between Dreams

Keane -- Under the Iron Sea

Journey -- Trial by Fire

Asleep at the Wheel -- 20 Greatest Hits

Friday, April 20, 2007

Popular authors with new books for April

This month has seen the arrival of several new books by popular authors:

Check out Anita Shreve's new novel, Body Surfing. Sydney "answers the ad of a couple seeking a tutor for their teenage daughter and ends up spending the summer on the stunning New Hampshire coast". Fans of Shreve's earlier novels, which include Fortune's Rocks, The Pilot's Wife, The Weight of Water, and A Wedding in December, will certainly want to give this one a try.

Amanda Quick, a pseudonym for writer Jayne Ann Krentz, has just released The River Knows, a "twist-filled tale of deceptions and dark secrets amid the luxurious settings of late Victorian London."

Debbie Macomber returns to everyone's favorite yarn shop this month, with her new novel, Back on Blossom Street. Those who enjoyed The Shop on Blossom Street, A Good Yarn, and Susannah's Garden won't want to miss this latest installment.

Feeling mysterious? David Baldacci has just released his new one, titled Simple Genius. And Carole Nelson Douglas takes a cue from a Tennessee Williams title with her new novel, Cat in a Red Hot Rage.

Come see what's new for April -- we're sure you won't leave empty-handed!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Yes, it's National Library Workers Day! Seems like the perfect opportunity for me to thank the great staff we have at all three of our libraries. I am reminded daily -- either by other patrons or by my own observations -- what caring, concerned, and talented people work at our libraries. Thank you for all you do for the citizens of Abbeville County.

And thanks, too, to our great patrons -- you are a big part of why we love our jobs!

Mary Elizabeth

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Would you like fries with that?

Here's a smile for this rainy day: I just got a fun email from a patron. Her son was in the Donalds library yesterday. Later in the day, he mentioned that he wanted to check out a video he'd seen -- the next time they were in the "McDonald's Library"!

Lots of libraries are installing cafes -- maybe we should go for offering fries and Big Macs??

--Mary Elizabeth

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Place a hold -- from home!

Do you know how to place a hold on an item from your computer? It's easy --

1. Search for the book (or video or audio)

2. If it's checked out from your branch, click on the icon that says "Place Hold." You'll find it on the top of the screen on the far right side.

3. On the next screen, enter your card number (found on the back of your blue library card) and your pin number. Click "submit request."

4. A confirmation screen will appear, and library staff will call you when your item is in!

If you don't have a PIN, just call us at 459-4009 -- we can set one up for you in about 30 seconds!

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Pop some popcorn --

Pop some popcorn and sit back with a new movie from the Abbeville County Library System. New today:

The Weather Man, starring Nicholas Cage as a Chicago weatherman whose professional successes are overshadowed by his personal failures.

Lord of War, also starring Nicholas Cage, this time as an illegal arms dealer in a "powerful thriller".

Thumbsucker, the film adaptation of the novel, in which a teenager tries to break his thumb-sucking habit.

The Sea Inside, based on the true story of Spaniard Ramon Sampedro, who fought a 30-year campaign to win the right to end his life with dignity. A Golden Globe winner for Best Foreign Film.

All films circulate for one week at a time -- come in and pick one (or more!) out today!

Monday, April 02, 2007

New Audiobooks at the Abbeville County Library System

Tired of your commute to work? Frustrated with spring cleaning? Try an audio book! New audiobooks at the Abbeville County Library System include:

The Red Hat Club Rides Again by Haywood Smith
The Sisterhood by Michael Palmer
One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
L is for Lawless by Sue Grafton
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
Peachtree Road by Anne Rivers Siddons
The Risk Pool by Richard Russo
The Cardinal of the Kremlin by Tom Clancy
Pretend You Don't See Her by Mary Higgins Clark
Mrs. Polifax and the Second Thief by Dorothy Gilman

Or if non-fiction is more your speed, try:

Marlene Dietrich by Maria Riva
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
Quick and Simple Spanish
Quick and Simple German
French: What to Know . . . Before You Go!
Spanish: What to Know . . .Before You Go!

Audiobooks are available in both CD and cassette formats and circulate for three weeks at a time. Come in and get some today!