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From The Librarian’s Shelf…
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 25, 2009

The Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library is fortunate to have supporters who give so much to help achieve its mission of contributing to the educational, cultural, and economic development of Mason County and its citizens. Two groups the library can give thanks to are Pedernales Electric Cooperative who gave a $1,000 donation and the Mason County Library Endowment, Inc., a recently established organization set up to assist the library well into the future.

NEW ARRIVALS - Quotes are from the cover or summary.

Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult (F PIC). Psychological Fiction. “After her daughter contracts a fatal disease, Charlotte O’Keefe must confront some serious questions that ultimately lead to one final epiphany: what constitutes a valuable life.”

The Silent Man by Alex Berenson (F BER Wel.3). Suspense Fiction. “Haunted by his harrowing recent missions, CIA agent John Wells is devastated by an attack on Washington that kills his fiancee, an event that takes him to Russia, where he uncovers a devastating plot.”

Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR’s Secretary of Labor and His Moral Conscience by Kirstin Downey (921 PER). Biography. Perkins’s ideas became the cornerstones of the most important social welfare and legislation in the nation’s history, including unemployment compensation, child labor laws, and the forty-hour work week.

The Lost City of Z (918.1 GRA). Nonfiction. “After stumbling upon a hidden trove of diaries, acclaimed New Yorker writer David Grann set out to solve “the greatest exploration mystery of the twentieth century:” What happened to the British explorer Percy Fawcett and his quest for the Lost City of Z?”

The Next 100 Years (303.49 FIR). Nonfiction. “George Friedman turns his eye on the future—offering a lucid, highly readable forecast of the changes we can expect around the world during the twenty-first century.”

Outliers: The Story of Success (302 GLA). Nonfiction. “Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of “outliers”—the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?”

Frontier Blood: The Saga of the Parker Family by Jo Ella Powell Exley (T 921 PAR). Texana Biography.

Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life For Animals by Temple Grandin (636.08 GRA). Nonfiction.

In Lincoln’s Hand: His Original Manuscripts edited by Harold Holzer and Joshua Wolf Shenk (973.7092 LIN). Manuscripts. “On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth and in conjunction with the Library of Congress 2009 Bicentennial Exhibition, In Lincoln’s Hand offers an unprecedented look at perhaps our greatest president through vivid images of his handwritten letters, speeches, and even childhood notebooks—many never before made available to the public.”


Library hours are 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday - Friday.

Story Time is held most Friday’s at 10:00 at the library. Story Time will not be held March 27.

Live Homework Help for K-Adult is available through the Library’s web site. Instead of a Library Card #, type mbeckert. Live Homework Help is available every day of the year except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Easter Day.

Library Information - Location: 410 Post Hill; Phone: 325-347-5446; Fax: 325-347-6562; Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1785, Mason, TX 76856; E-mail:; Web Site:

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