The focus of this excursion was a book talk at the Abilene Public Library. The original plan was to make this a “girl trip” with a friend: go out on Friday to shop the antique malls and stores, stay over and tour the museums and other historical sites after my talk. But due to the forecasted extreme hot and humid temperatures, we scrapped those plans until cooler weather. I left home at 7:30 Saturday morning, arrived in Abilene around 9:00, scoped out the downtown area, then headed to the library, also downtown, to prepare for my talk.
This is another of the libraries established with a grant from Andrew Carnegie. The current building was opened in 1908 with additions in 1934 and 1977, and renovation in 2009. I love the stately architecture!
The people who attended my book talk were a lively group, asking questions and sharing some of their own experiences.
After the book talk, I set out to troll for treasures in the antique malls and stores. Here are a few of my finds:
An enamelware kettle and lid
Many thanks to Kristine Sommers, Outreach Coordinator for the library, and to the patrons who attended my talk and made it such a fun experience!
I’m looking forward to a return trip, this time with my friend, to hunt for more treasures and tour the historical sites.