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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 • Posted August 17, 2011

Did you know that if you have Internet, you can renew your books, put items on hold, check due dates, and access the card catalog from your home? Go to our website at http://bcls.tsl.state.tx.us/mason and select “My Account.” Your log-in is your last name and library card number (all in lower case with no spaces. If your number has only three digits, insert a “0” at the beginning to make it a four-digit number. Your password for the first time is 123456; after that, you may set your own password. If you cannot get in, just call us at 347-5446.NEW ARRIVALS: (All quotes are from publishers’ summaries)Texas German Non-fictionNassau Plantation: The Evolution of a Texas German Slave Plantation by Kearney, James C. (T G 976.4 KEA)“In the 1840s the Mainzner Adelsverein, attempted to settle thousands of German emigrants on the Texas frontier. Nassau Plantation, located near modern-day Round Top, Texas, in northern Fayette County, was a significant part of this story. No one, however, has adequately documented the role of the slave plantation or given a convincing explanation of the Adelsverein from the German point of view. Kearney has studied a wealth of original source material . . .to illuminate the history of the plantation and the larger goals and motivation of the Adelsverein.”Texas Dance Halls: A Two-Step Circuit by Gail Folkins (T G 976.4 FOL)Folkins notes that ‘German and Czech immigrant cultures blended through the Texas dance halls.’ In her book, she “etches portraits of proprietors who give space for music and dancing, of musicians who furnish the sound-track . . .and of people who come to dance, listen, or simply share the experience. Writing about the eighteen she knows best Folkins celebrates how these halls still bring people together and foster joy. “ New Audio BooksSplit Second by Catherine Coulter (CD F COU)“A serial killer is one the loose, and it’s up to FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock to bring him down. They soon discover the killer has blood ties to an infamous and now long-dead monster. Savich and Sherlock are joined by agents Lucy Carlyle and Cooper McKnight, and the chase is on.”West of here by Janathan Evison (CD F EVI)“Just as explorer James Mather sets out to conquer the Olympic wilderness, a failed accountant by the name of Ethan Thornburgh has arrived in Port Bonita to reclaim the woman he loves and start a family. However, Eva Lambert, a self-styled new woman and aspiring journalist, has different plans.” The Glass Rainbow by James Lee Burke (CD F BUR)“Detective Dave Robicheaux is back in New Iberia, Louisianan, and embroiled in the most harrowing and dangerous case of his career. Seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered. While the crimes have all the telltale signs of a serial killer, the death of Bernadette Latiolais, a high school honor student, doesn’t fit with the hapless and marginalized victims psychopaths usually prey upon.”Young Adult FictionThe End of Everything by Megan Abott (CD F ABB)“Thirteen-year-old Lizzy Hood and her next-door-neighbor Evie Verver are inseparable, best friends who sap clothes, bathing suits, and field-hockey sticks and between whom—presumably—there are not secrets. Then one afternoon, Evie disappears, and as a rabid, giddy panic spreads through the balmy suburban community, everyone turns to Lizzie for answers.”What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen (YA F DES)“Ever since her parents’ bitter divorce, [Mclean] and her father have been on the move. And each move has brought a fresh opportunity for Mclean to reinvent herself. But here in Lakeview, she’s putting down roots . . . just trying to be someone she hasn’t been in a long time: herself. Mclean doesn’t even know who that is anymore, but she wants to find out—before it’s time to move on again.”Lost Voices by Sarah Porter (YA F POR LV.1)“Luce is one of those lost girls. She is stuck in a grim, gray Alaskan fishing village with her alcoholic uncle. Abandoned on the cliffs near her home, she expects to die when she tumbles to the icy, churning waves below. Instead, she undergoes an astonishing transformation.”Adult Fiction:Jericho’s Fall by Stephen L. Carter (F CAR)“In a secluded mountain retreat, Jericho Ainsley, former CIA director and former secretary of defense, is dying of cancer. To his bedside he has called Rebecca DeForde, a young, single mother, who was once his lover. Ainsley imparts an explosive secret, and DeForde finds herself thrown into a world of international intrigue.”Mourning Gloria by Susan Wittig Albert (F ALN Bay.19)“China happens upon a burning house trailer and hears a woman screaming for help. The evidence leaves no doubt that it’s an arson-homicide. An intern-reporter is assigned to cover the story . . . and when she disappears, China becomes determined to help find her.”Bride On the Loose by Debbie Macomber (LTE F MAC)“Jason Manning was not the marrying kind—until a precocious teenage matchmaker interfered, and the born bachelor and sports fan found himself irresistibly drawn to single working mother Charlotte Weston. But Charlotte had been hurt before and was afraid to give her heart again.”Riders of the Pale Horse by T. Davis Bunn (LTE F BUN)“They had heard rumors of a dangerous international smuggling operation . . . now they are embroiled in an ominous conspiracy that threatens to transform militant Islamic regimes into nuclear powers!”Twisted Shadows by Patricia Potter (LTE F POT)“When two cold-eyed men enter Samantha’s western art gallery she learns that her biological father is an ailing crime boss who now wants to see her. Her world is turned upside down . . . as FBI Agent Mclean plans on taking down the entire crime family.”Ends of the Earth by Tim Downs (LTE F DOW) Christian Mystery“Forensic entomologist and all-around wise guy Dr. Nick Polchak is called to a farm community in eastern North Carolina to investigate a murder. He then discovers that a vicious agricultural scheme is underway to ignite an environmental holocaust that could spread to the ends of the earth.”LIBRARY NOTES: Free Movie: Kung Fu Panda at 3:45 P.M.Stribling Room—rated “PG,” Run Time: 88 min.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: masonlibrary@verizon.net; Web Site: http://bcls.tsl.state.tx/mason3:45 P.M.

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