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From The Librarian’s Shelf
Wednesday, October 28, 2009 • Posted October 28, 2009

The Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library will start 2010 with some much needed interior work on the building. The library is one of the most admired structures in Mason and Mason County citizens can be proud. Many out of town visitors comment on its beauty and striking architecture. However time and use takes a toll and it’s now necessary to have the library’s main room painted and re-carpeted. Because of the extent of this job the library will be closed the month of January, 2010. To ensure that library patrons have plenty of reading material during January, the five item limit will not be in effect the last two weeks of December and the check out time for those items will be extended until after the library re-opens.

NEW ARRIVALS - Quotes are from the cover or summary.

An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon (F GAB Out.7). Fantasy Fiction. “As battle-scarred Jamie Fraser and his twentieth-century time-traveling wife Claire Randall flee from North Carolina to the high seas during the American Revolution, they encounter privateers and ocean battles. Meanwhile in the relative safety of the 20th century Brianna (Claire and Jamie’s daughter) and Roger MacKenzie, Brianna’s husband, search for clues not only to Claire’s fate—but to their own fate in the Highlands.”

In the President’s Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect by Ronald Kessler (363.28 KES). Nonfiction. “Because Secret Service agents are sworn to secrecy, the American public rarely knows what presidents, vice presidents, presidential candidates, and Cabinet officers and their families are really like. If they did, says a former Secret Service agent, “They would scream.””

The Lost Art of Gratitude (F MCC Dal.6). Mystery Fiction. “In the sixth installment of Alexander McCall Smith’s Isabel Dalhousie Series, eighteen-month-old Charlie, Isabel’s son, is to be introduced to his first public event, a birthday party. There, Isabel once again crosses paths with Minty Auchterlonie, a ruthless financier who is in desperate need of Isabel’s help. As she puts her amateur sleuthing skills to work, Isabel struggles to successfully court Jamie, the father of her son.”

Julie & Julia by Julie Powell (921 POW). Biography. “Nearing thirty and trapped in a dead-end secretarial job, Julie Powell resolved to reclaim her life by cooking, in a single year, every one of the 524 recipes in Julia Child’s 1961 classic, Mastering the art of French cooking. Her unexpected reward, a new life lived with gusto.”

The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson (F LAR Sal.2). Suspense Fiction. “On the eve of publisher Mikael Blomkvist’s story about sex trafficking between Eastern Europe and Sweden, two investigating reporters are murdered. And even more shocking for Mikael Blomkvist: the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to Lisbeth Salander—the troubled, wise-beyond-her-years genius hacker who came to his aid years before.”

No Time To Wave Goodbye by Jacquelyn Mitchard (F MIT Cap.2). Domestic Suspense Fiction. “Though eventually returned to his family nine years after being abducted at age three, Ben Cappadora has never felt entirely at ease with his birth family. Now that all three of the Cappadora children are grown and Ben is married with a baby girl, the whole Cappadora family is shaken to the core by Ben’s brother Vincent’s documentary that focuses on the families of abducted children.”


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

Story Time - Friday 10:00 am.

Story Time will not be held on November 27, December 18, and December 25.

The library will be closed Wednesday November 11 for Veterans Day, and November 25 2:00 – 6:00, November 26, and November 27 for Thanksgiving.

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:

Megan Bierschwale read to the children at last Friday’s Story Time. Story Time is held at the library Friday mornings at 10:00.

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