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Wednesday, November 11, 2009 • Posted November 11, 2009

Several actions will be taken to reduce the inconvenience library patrons will experience during January, 2010, when the library will be closed for renovations. In January during regular library business hours, a paperback exchange will be set up outside the library kitchen back door so that paperback books may be picked up and returned there. The paperback exchange will work on the honor system with no need for official check out. For those wanting to check out enough hardback books to get them through January, check out limits will be increased for patrons in good standing and the check out time will be extended. The increased limit and extended loan period will be for items checked out during the period of December 21-23 (Monday-Wednesday) and December 28-30 (Monday-Wednesday), 2009.

For patrons needing to use a computer during January: computers will be available for use at the Mason High School Library Monday-Friday 4:00-5:30 for patrons showing a Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library card. Another option for computer usage: for those with a wireless enabled lap top computer, wireless access will be available 10:00-6:00 Monday-Friday outside the Mason County Library.

The library staff and the library board are committed to work with patrons in order to make this period as painless as possible. For more information you may call the library at 325-347-5446 or Julie Harrison, Library Board president at 325-347-1070.

NEW ARRIVALS - Quotes are from the cover or summary.

Professional by Robert B. Parker (F PAR Spe.38). Mystery Fiction. “Elizabeth Shaw specializes in wills and trusts at the Boston law firm of Shaw & Cartwright, and over the years she’s developed a friendship with wives of very wealthy men. However, these rich wives have a mutual secret: they’ve all had an affair with a man named Gary Eisenhower—and now he’s blackmailing them for money. Shaw hires Spenser to make Eisenhower “cease and desist,” so to speak, but when women start turning up dead, Spenser’s assignment goes from blackmail to murder.”

New World Monkeys by Nancy Mauro (F MAU). Psychological Fiction. “Duncan and Lily, young and adrift in a prickly marriage and lackluster careers, flee Manhattan for the peaceful allure of a recently inherited crumbling Victorian home. But the two are left with little time to ponder the traditional “he said, she said” failings of a relationship: On an upstate road miles shy of their house, a wild boar leaps to his death in front of their Saab—an accident whose consequences will haunt them throughout the summer. That was no ordinary hog. Lily and Duncan arrive in the eccentric town of Osterhagen to discover the boar had a name: The Sovereign of the Deep Wood. That it was the town mascot. And, as the hapless urbanites are coerced into the vortex of tea socials, cannon fire, and communal history, they realize that the residents of the bizarre hamlet intend to seek justice for their fallen hero.”

Eleventh Guest by Bodie & Brock Thoene (F THO A.D.11). Christian Fiction. “Going ‘Outside’ is fraught with danger for the lepers of Mak’ob, but it’s the only option left.”

Dawn’s Prelude by Tracie Peterson (F PET Son.1). Christian Romantic Fiction. “Newly widowed Lydia Sellers, longing to put the memories of a painful marriage behind her, determines to travel to Alaska to join her aunt.”

Winchester Warriors: Texas Rangers of Company D, 1874-1901 by Bob Alexander (T 976.4 ALE). Texana.

Overcoming Arthritis: The Complete Complementary Health Program (616.7 BRE). Nonfiction.

The Yarn Girls’ Guide to Simple Knits by Julie Carles and Jordana Jacobs (746.43 CAR). Nonfiction.

Southern Lights by Danielle Steel (F STE). Mystery Fiction.

Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving. (F IRV). Psychological Fiction. “In 1954, in the cookhouse of a logging and sawmill settlement in northern New Hampshire, an anxious twelve-year-old boy mistakes the local constable’s girlfriend for a bear. Both the twelve-year-old and his father become fugitives, forced to run from Coos County-to Boston, to southern Vermont, to Toronto-pursued by the implacable constable. Their lone protector is a fiercely libertarian logger, once a river driver, who befriends them. A tale that spans five decades.”

Angel Time by Anne Rice (F RIC). Suspense Fiction. “A seraph offers contract killer Toby O’Dare a chance to save rather than destroy lives. Carried back through the ages to thirteenth-century England, to dark realms where accusations of ritual murder have been made against Jews, where children suddenly die or disappear, O’Dare begins his perilous quest for salvation.”


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:

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