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New Arrivals

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Here are a few new arrivals: The Obsession “Nora Roberts”, The Last Mile “David Baldacci”, Off the Grid “CJ Box”, Blue, “Danielle Steele”, When a Secret Kills, “Lynette Eason” When a Heart Stops “Lynette Eason”, Sands of Nezza “Mark Forman”, The Steel Kiss “Jeffrey Deaver”, Purity in Death “JD Robb”, The Lady in Gold “Ann Marie O’Connor”, Find Her “Lisa Gardner”, My Southern Journey “Rick Bragg”, The Gray Man “Mark Greaney”, On Target “Mark Greaney”, Ballistic “Mark Greaney”, Dead Eye “Mark Greaney” Back Blast “Mark Greaney”, Path of the Assassin “Brad Thor”, Blowback “Brad Thor”, The First Commandment “Brad Thor”, The Last Patriot “Brad Thor”, The Apostle “Brad Thor”, Foreign Influence “Brad Thor”, Full Black “Brad Thor”, Black List “Brad Thor”, Hidden Order “Brad Thor”, Code of Conduct “Brad Thor”, The Summer Before the War “Helen Siminson”, Trauma “Michael Parmer”,A Man’s Promise “Brenda Jackson”, A Lover’s Vow “Brenda Jackson”, Kill Zone “Jack Coughlin”, On Scope “Jack Coughlin”, An Act of Treason “Jack Coughlin”, Clean Kill “Jack Coughlin”, The Silent Man “Alex Berenson”, The Wolves “Alex Berenson”, The Ghost War “Alex Berenson”, The Midnight House “Alex Berenson”, The Night Ranger “Alex Berenson”, The Secret Soldier “Alex Berenson”, The Shadow Patrol “Alex Berenson”, Twelve Days “Alex Berenson”, The Counterfeit Agent “Alex Berenson”, The Faithful Spy “Alex Berenson”.

Abbeville Memorial Library Summer Reading Program 2016

Summer reading 2016

To be held at Abbeville Boys & Girls Club
100 Phillips Street Abbeville Alabama 36310
pic1 Wednesday June 8th at 10am. Big Bend Wildlife Sanctuary.
pic2 Thursday June 16th at 10am. Entertainer Mark Seymour.
pic3 Thursday June 23rd at 10am. Magician Gary Ledbetter.
pic4 Thursday June 30th at 10am. Dance class led by Isiah Edwards.
Readers of all ages will explore all things sports and fitness this summer as Abbeville Memorial Library presents “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read” during their summer library program. The 2016 Summer Reading Program is open to young people 5-12 years of age with programs, prize drawings, storytimes, a reading club and more. Families are invited to join the Read-to-Me portion of the program. Registration for “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read begins after the last day of school to Tuesday June 7th. For more information call the library at 334-585-2818.
All programs are free of charge.

Annual Book Sale


We will be having our Annual Book Sale Thursday April 21st, and Friday April 22nd from 11AM until 4PM.  Prices will be $1.00 for Hardcovers, $0.50 for Large Paperback, and $0.25 for small Paperback. Come by and support Abbeville Memorial Library.

Back to the Library


Patrons of the Abbeville Memorial Library who’ve racked up fines for overdue books will soon get a reprieve.

April 11th through April 22nd, Abbeville Memorial Library will offer a two-week amnesty period.

Overdue, undamaged materials — including books, DVDs, — can be returned to the Abbeville Memorial Library. All fines will be forgiven, and patrons will again be allowed to use their library cards.

We’re encouraging everyone — children, students and adults — to return their overdue materials so they can get back to discovering all that the library has to offer, and so others can enjoy these books.

Outstanding fines will also be pardoned, including overdue fees for previously returned items.

*Please note that we can’t forgive replacement charges for items that have been lost or damaged. Those with a lost or missing item can replace it — with a librarian’s approval — and the usual fees for replacement will be waived, the library said.

There are some caveats: damaged or unusable items are not eligible for the amnesty program.

And if you already paid for fines previously levied by the library? Sorry, no refunds.



Library Transform

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(ABBEVILLE, AL) –Next week, the Abbeville Memorial Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating the dynamic changes that are happening in today’s libraries. April 10-16 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians, and library workers.

Libraries today are more about what they do, for and with library users as opposed to what they have for patrons. Libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies, learn how to use a 3D printer or just relax. Our library offers access to a variety of print and digital resources, including E-books, Alabama Virtual Library, and Learning Express Library, which can be accessed online.

Libraries of all types are evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. At the Abbeville Memorial Library we are transforming. In the next few months we will be hosting Basic Computer Classes, for those patrons who are new to computers. We are holding “Brown Bag Lunches” where a service that we offer is explained in about an hour. Service to the community has always been the focus of the library, and libraries level the playing field for people of any age who are seeking the information and access to technologies that will improve their quality of life. Stop by the Abbeville Memorial Library and see what we have to offer

Beyond the Shelves – March 2015

In a recent ALA (American Library Association) survey, libraries reported upswings in patron use of the following services:

36% increase in use of technology classes

58% increase in use of electronic resources/books

60% increase in use of computers

74% increase in use of WiFi 

 A 2013 report by the Pew Research Center on the library habits of young adults concluded that “Americans ages 16-29 are heavy technology users, including in using computers and the Internet at libraries. At the same time, most still read and borrow printed books, and value a mix of traditional and technological library services.”

This study discovered that people under 30 years old are as likely as adults that are older to visit a library, borrow books in print and browse the library shelves at comparable rates. When library patrons were asked what was “very important” for libraries to offer, the responses were as follows:

80% – Librarians to help people find information they need

76% – Research resources such as free databases

75% – Free access to computers and the Internet

75% – Books for people to borrow

72% – Quiet study spaces

72% – Programs and classes for children and teens

71% – Job and career resources

Public libraries remain valuable resources for people of all ages in communities everywhere. Libraries are so valued by the patrons that they can hardly meet the growing need for a variety of customary and innovative services.

Paraphrased from the article, Think We No Longer Need Libraries? Think Again., by Karen Cator, CEO at Digital Promise and former Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. (www.linkedin.com)


Abbeville Memorial Library

Annual Statistical Data Comparison for 2011-2014:

   2011       2012      2013        2014       2011/2014

 Total Library Attendance   









+ 8,103

Number of Programs






Program Attendance






Number of Computers






Computer & WiFi Users






Number of Employees






Circulation (Checkouts)
Adult Books print






Young Adult Books







Juvenile Books print






*Non Books (cd, dvd)












Total Circulation






Over the past four years, Abbeville Memorial Library has shown an increase in almost all areas represented on the chart above. Library attendance has increased 41% since 2011. We also have more people using our computers and WiFi than ever before.


Although the number of printed books being read by adults has decreased over the past few years, the number of ebooks being read has increased greatly. By including ebooks in our library’s collection, our total number of items in circulation has grown rather than decreased.  The main goal is to keep people reading whether it is with an electronic device or a printed book.

Abbeville Memorial Library offers many more programs for people of all ages and interests to enjoy.  We have an indoor walking/exercise class that meets two mornings each week and will be adding two more of those classes in the evenings beginning in March.  We are preparing for our National Library Week programs and activities that will take place in April.  This year, our Summer Reading Program will take place each Wednesday in June at 10:00 at the Boys and Girls Club. (We have outgrown the library meeting room!)  Mark your calendars!


Debbie McLain, Library Director

Beyond the Shelves – Dec 2014

Happy Holidays from Abbeville Memorial Library!


Debbie McLain, Library Director — Annie Mobley, Librarian’s Assistant — Paul McNamara, Library Aide

The Library has lots of ideas for making your holiday season happy and bright with books and DVD’s!  Check out a few holiday suggestions below.

a christmas carol dvd christmas classics christmas pageant frosty home alone how the grinch how the grinch stole night before christmas

Operating Hours

9:00 am -5:00 pm
10:00 am -6:00 pm
9:00 am -5:00 pm
10:00 am -6:00 pm
9:00 am -5:00 pm

Computers shut down 20 minutes before closing.

Library Board Trustees

Catherine Killebrew (Chair)
Maribeth Bedsole
Willadean Hall
Gayle Thomas
Lindsay Rane Carter