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Wednesday, July 27, 2011 • Posted July 27, 2011

I’ve had a wonderful time meeting so many of our youngsters as they came in for our summer programs, and I hope they will continue to visit after school starts. Book Hounds Larin Hoksbergen and Kylar Elliott each won an iPod and a $15 iTunes gift card in our drawings last Friday. Catherine Lemke and Margaret Graves were our top readers, and each was awarded a book bag and $20. Other winners of book bags were Caroline Lemke, Ty Hoksbergen, Hite Burleson, Reagan Gibbs, Tyler Pawvlik, Chase Pawvlik, Sydney Burleson, Zecharaiah Holt, Wyatt Row, Alex Row, Caitlyn Hernandez, Seth Gentry, Eliza Cope, Alexandra Cope, Jenna Johnson, Will Ince, Jackie Drazan, and Ty Gentry. A total of 56 students participated. As of last Friday, we had 114 youngsters who have enjoyed getting a free pass to the pool or a free ice cream cone at the Dairy Queen for Read-to-Swim; our last day will be tomorrow. We appreciate the folks at the Commercial Bank who sponsored the Book Hounds and the Mason National Bank who sponsored the Read-to-Swim program. They are all great supporters of our children and our library. Don’t forget our free movie today—Walt Disney’s Dinosaur. It is rated “PG” and run time is 82 minutes. It will begin at 3:00 P.M. in the Stribling Room. NEW ARRIVALS: (All quotes are from publishers’ summaries) New DVDs:The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s NestKillersDamages: Season 3ArthurWaiting for SupermanInside JobNature’s Most Amazing EventsThe Lincoln LawyerThe Next Three DaysDiary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick RulesThe ExpendablesNew Audio Books:The Violets of March by Sarah Jio (CD F JIO)“In her twenties, Emily Wilson was on top of the world: she had a bestselling novel, a husband plucked from the pages of GQ, and a one-way ticket to happily ever after. Ten years later, the tide has turned. So when her great-aunt Bee invites her to spend the month of March on Bainbridge Island in Washington State, Emily accepts. Longing to be healed by the sea, Emily discovers a red velvet diary, dated 1943, whose contents reveal startling connections to her own life.”Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston (CD F HUR)“[This is] an American classic, the luminous and haunting novel about Janie Crawford, a Southern black woman in the 1930s, whose journey from a free-spirited girl to a woman of independence and substance has inspired writers and readers for close to 70 years. This poetic, graceful love story, rooted in black folk traditions and steeped in mythic realism, celebrates boldly and brilliantly African-American culture and heritage.”Fallen by Karin Slaughter (CD F SLA)“There’s no police training stronger than a cop’s instinct. Faith Mitchell’s mother isn’t answering her phone. Her front door is open. There’s a bloodstain above the knob. Her infant daughter is hidden in a shed behind the house. All that the Georgia Bureau of Investigations taught Faith Mitchell goes out the window when she charges into her mother’s house, gun drawn.”Non-fiction:The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough (920 MCC)“Not all pioneers went west. The Greater Journey is the enthralling, inspiring—and until now, untold—story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others of high aspiration who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, ambitious to excel in their work.”Chocolate, Chocolate: The True Story of Two Sisters, Tons of Treats, and the Little Shop That Could by Frances and Ginger Park (381 PAR)“A charming tale of two sisters who turn their passion for chocolate into an entrepreneur’s dream by opening a luxurious chocolate boutique in Washington, D.C. With a fiercely loyal stream of quirky customers, a strong commitment to family, and an unflappable sisterly bond to inspire them, the Park sisters confront life’s ups, downs, and in-betweens with all the grace and elegance of a perfectly formed chocolate truffle.” –Tish Boyle, author of The Cake BookThrough My Eyes by Tim Tebow (921 TEB)“Tim Tebow has established himself as one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of college football and a top prospect in the NFL Tebow writes about life as he chooses to olive it, revealing how his Christian faith, his family values, and his relentless drive to succeed have molded him into the person and the athlete he is today.Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon (580 CAP)“From plant anatomy to basic genetics, this marvelous books explains the science of plants in plain language anyone can understand.”The Battle of the Alamo: An Interactive History Adventure by Amie Jane Leavitt (J976.4 LEA)“It is 1836 in the large country of Mexico, which includes the land of Texas. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna has just become the country’s president, and he is making new laws that will take away citizens’ rights. The Texians are so angry with the laws that they are fighting to break free of Mexico. Which side will YOU fight ON? Will you be a loyal Mexican soldier and fight to uphold Santa Anna’s laws OR will you fight for your freedom as a Texian rebel, even though you are badly outnumbered and could easily be defeated? YOU CHOOSE.”The Official Red Book Guide Book of United States Coins 2012 edition by R. S. Yeoman(737.4 YEO)Fiction:Rough Justice by Jack Higgins (F HIG Dil.15)“Intrigue in the halls of power, blood in the streets. Dispatched by the President to report on the state of troubled Kosovo, his trusted agent Blake Johnson runs into a military man named Harry Miller, who has the same task from the British Prime Minister. Johnson and Miller band together just in time to stop a Russian officer from torching a mosque. This action will have considerable consequences . . . all the way to the top of the governments of the United States, Britain, and Russia.”Virals by Kathy Reichs (F REI Tor.1)“Adventure has always been in fourteen-year-old Tory Brennan’s blood. After all, she is the niece of world-famous forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. So when she moves to middle-of-nowhere Morris Island, South Carolina, to live with a marine biologist dad she’s never known, Tory does the best she can. She meets a group of local kids who are just as “Sci-Phile” as she is. After rescuing a stray wolfdog pup from a top-secret lab, Tory and her friends are exposed to a rare strain of canine parvovirus, changing them—and their DNA—forever.”Sun Storm by sa Larsson (F LAR)“On the floor of a church in northern Sweden, the body of a man lies mutilated and defiled—and in the night sky, the aurora borealis dances as the snow begins to fall . . . so begins Larsson’s spellbinding thriller, winner of Sweden’s Best First Crime Novel Award and an international literary sensation.”Process of Elimination by Robert Stricklin (F STRI)“On a bright Saturday morning in May, the nation is jolted by the news that the Vice President of the United States has perished in a plane crash. After a respectable period of mourning, President James J. Hartman begins the arduous task of betting and choosing a successor. But as White House correspondent Gideon Burnett soon learns, forces intent on undermining the administration are plotting to influence the President’s decision—by any means necessary.”The Creed Legacy by Linda Lael Miller (F MIL CC.3)“Rough-and-tumble rodeo cowboy Brody Creed likes life on the move. Until a chance encounter with his long-estranged twin brother brings him ‘home’ for the first time in years. Suddenly Brody is in Creed territory—at thirty-three, he’s a restless bad boy . . . and a secret past haunts him as he tries to make plans for his future. ” The Island by Elin Hilderbrand (F HIL)“Birdie Cousins has thrown herself into the details of her daughter chess’s lavish wedding . . . A woman who prides herself on preparing for every possibility, Birdie could never have predicted the late-night phone call from Chess abruptly announcing that the engagement is off. It’s only the first of what will be a summer of upheavals and revelations.”Death Angels by ke Edwardson (F EDW)“Meet Erik Winter: a bachelor gourmand with a palate for obscure jazz and Lagavulin—and Sweden’s youngest Chief Inspector. Despite his new promotion, it’s been a tough year . . . he must now contend with the parallel murders of young British and Swedish tourists in Gothenburg and South London. Winter and his British counterpart, Steve Macdonald, find clues leading straight into the dark heart of the black-market entertainment trade. Dark, gripping, and richly atmospheric, Death Angels is an unforgettable introduction to one of the most iconic figures in international crime fiction.”Lime Creek by Joe Henry (F HEN)“Spencer Davis, his wife, Elizabeth, and their sons, Luke, Whitney, and Lonny, work with horses and with their hands. They spend long relentless days cutting summer hay and feeding it to their cattle through fierce Wyoming winters. As Luke grows older, falls in love, and begins to assert his independence, Spencer strives to impart the wisdom of this way of life to his headstrong son, whatever the cost. In this wonderful work, Joe Henry explores the complex relationship between a father and his sons, whose deep connections to one another, to the land, and to the creatures that inhabit it give meaning to their lives.”Suite Francasie by Irene Nemirovsky (F NEM)“Beginning in Paris on the eve of the Nazi occupation in 1940, Suite Francaise tells the remarkable story of men and women thrown together in circumstances beyond their control. As Parisians flee the city, human folly surfaces in every imaginable way: a wealthy mother searches for sweets in a town without food; a couple is terrified at the thought of losing their jobs, even as their world begins to fall apart. Moving on to a provincial village now occupied by German soldiers, the locals must learn to coexist with the enemy—in their town, their homes, even in their hearts.”Large Print Fiction:Diamond Duo by Marcia Gruver (LTE F GRU Tfs.1) (Christian Historical Fiction)“1877Jerrson Texas—Bertha Biddle is in love. The fellow seems interested, but something’s holding him back. When a charismatic stranger rolls in on the northbound train offering to teach Bertha the art of wooing her man, she leaps at the chance. But when the woman is found cruelly murdered, Bertha realizes their meeting held eternal significance.”The Justice Game by Randy Singer (LTE F SIN) (Christian Thriller)“After the target of an investigative report storms a Virginia Beach television station, he kills one of the anchors before the SWAT team is able to take him down. Following the victim’s funeral, her family files a lawsuit against the gun company that manufactured the killer’s weapon of choice. Millions of dollars, and more than a few lives, are at stake.”Surrender Becomes Her by Shirlee Busbee (LTE F BUS) “Marcus Sherbrook is an almost perfect gentleman—reliable, trustworthy and dignified. The one blight on his reputation is the rebellion of Isabel Denham, who, at the age of seventeen, defied his guardianship, eloped, and fled to India. Thirteen years later, Marcus in enchanted with the widowed Isabel, and . . . when she is threatened by the schemes of a blackmailer, Marcus immediately takes action to protect her.”A Catered Birthday Party by Isis Crawford (LTE F CRA)“Owners of A Little Taste of Heaven Catering, sisters Bernadette and Libby Simmons, are hired to cater a birthday bash for a prize pedigreed pug called Trudy. All goes well—that is, until Annabel Colbert, heiress to a toy company, drinks a glass of poisoned wine and falls face first into her soup.”LIBRARY NOTES:Free Movie: Walt Disney’s Dinosaur, Wednesday, July 27, 3:00 P.M.,Stribling Room—rated “PG” Run Time: 82 minutesRead-to-Swim: ends Thursday, July 28LIBRARY 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: http://bcls.tsl.state.tx

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