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Wednesday, December 23, 2009 • Posted December 23, 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.

NEW ARRIVALS - Quotes are from the cover or summary. by David Baldacci (F BAL). Mystery Fiction. "A former Washington D.C. police cop out to prove herself and a young lawyer from a prestigious law firm meet after he discovers the dead body of a female partner at the firm. As they investigate the death, they start uncovering surprising secrets from both the private and public world of the nation’s capital—and what began as a fairly routine homicide takes a terrifying and unexpected turn into something complex, diabolical, and possibly lethal."

True Blue

Shed Your Stuff, Change Your Life

Going Rogue

Pirate Latitudes

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide


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

Story Time will not be held December 25 or in January.

The library will be closed Thursday, Friday, and Monday, December 24, 25, and 28.

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:

by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn (362.83 KRI). Nonfiction. "Two Pulitzer Prize winners issue a call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women in the developing world. They show that a little help can transform the lives of women and girls abroad and that the key to economic progress lies in unleashing women’s potential."
by Michael Crichton (F CRI). Historical Adventure Fiction. "The Caribbean, 1665. Pirate captain Charles Hunter, with backing from a powerful ally, assembles a crew of ruffians to take the Spanish galleon, "El Trinidad," guarded by the bloodthirsty Cazalla, a favorite commander of the Spanish king himself."
by Sarah Palin (921 PAL). Biography. "Sarah Palin, the first female Republican Vice Presidential candidate, recounts her political experiences, her rapid rise on the national stage during the 2008 campaign, and the personal challenges she’s faced including balancing her time as a working mother, recognizing the war’s impact with her son serving combat in Iraq, having a child with a disability, and supporting her teenage daughter with an unplanned pregnancy."
by Julie Morgenstern (648 MOR). Nonfiction. "Outlines organizational to steps through which anyone weighed down by physical and mental clutter can revamp careers, relationships, and other life areas, and offers a four-step program for eliminating mess, prioritizing, and renewing one’s motivation."

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