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And a Good Time Was Had by All

The music was wonderful. The food was great! And the kids all enjoyed doing crafts and visiting with Santa and Mrs. Claus. We gave away coffee mugs and bookmarks. Everyone had a great time! Thanks go out to our staff, volunteers, and the Friends of the Barbara Bush Library for their hard work. Special thanks to H.E.B., Rockfish Seafood Grill, Kroger's, and Bullritios for all the food donations. If you didn't get to come, you missed out! Hope you can join us next year!




I’ve been watching the Bones TV show and really enjoying it. So I decided to research the mystery series that the show is based on. The author is Kathy Reichs and her heroine is Dr. Temperance Brennan. Just like Ms. Reichs, Dr. Brennan is a forensic anthropologist. So the novels involve a lot of skeletons being found in odd places and Dr. Brennan helping to solve the case with her mad science skills. I haven’t read any of the books yet, but the first in the series is Deja Dead. Has anyone read the series? Are the books as good as the TV show? 

picture of skeletong












Come to our Party!

Come and enjoy our Community Open House! It’s this Saturday, Dec. 6 from 2-4 pm. There will be choirs singing, refreshments, and Santa will be in the children’s area. You can get your picture taken with St. Nick and do a holiday craft. And while supplies last, we will have free coffee mugs to give out! So come visit and get into the holiday spirit!

picture of santa with a sack


A Christmas Surprise!

Shhh…the elves will creep in during the Thanksgiving holiday. At least we think that’s what happens. All we know is that every year, while we’re all celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday and eating lots of food, our library is magically transformed.  When we open on Monday, Dec. 1st, there will be several Christmas trees and lots of decorations. So come by and enjoy the Christmas cheer. You may even see an elf!  

Christmas elf


Turkey Day Mysteries!

Here's some mysteries that have Thanksgiving Day settings. Enjoy!

Turkey Day Murder by Leslie Meierroast turkey

The Diva Runs Out of Thyme
by Krista Davis

Fatal Feast
by Jessica Fletcher

A Catered Thanksgiving
by Isis Crawford


Afternoon Book Club

Afternoon Book Club
Come and join one of the two sessions of the afternoon book club to discuss The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline!

Sessions are:
Thursday, Nov. 20 at 1:30  in the Earl Elliot Room
Friday, Nov. 21 at 2:30 in the upstairs conference room
See you there!

cover of the orphan train


Iron Lake

cover of Iron Lake


A customer was checking out some books the other day by William Kent Krueger and she was telling me that she loves his books. She had been eagerly awaiting his newest work and she encouraged me to read them. So I started to investigate him. He writes novels set in rural Minnesota and the stories often involve regional history and the local Native American tribes. The first in the series is Iron Lake. Have any of you read his books? If so, what did you think?


A Great Book and Beautiful Art

Join us as The Pen and Paintbrush Book Club reads Loteria by Mario Alberto Zamrano. It’s a lyrical, wonderful novel about a young girl, Luz Maria Castillo. Her family is falling apart and she copes by looking at her deck of Loteria cards. Each card reminds her of family memories and through these we learn the story of her family. Loteria refers to a Mexican card game and each chapter has a beautiful picture of one of the cards.  The Pen and Paintbrush Book Club is a collaborative effort of the Barbara Bush Library and the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Art. Three times a year, the group reads a book that relates to the current exhibit at the museum and then meets to discuss it and view the exhibit. The meeting for Loteria will be Thursday, Dec. 11 at 1:30 at the Pearl Finch Museum. For more information, call Clara Maynard at the library. 

cover of Loteria



Watch and Read!

book cover


I’ve been spending time watching Masterpiece Mystery on PBS. First they were doing Agatha Christie mysteries and that was great of course. Then they started the Inspector Lewis mysteries, which are inspired by Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse series. Next they’re running Death comes to Pemberly. So you can watch and then get the book from us, or you can read the books, and then watch the series on demand or DVD. Either way, check these out as they’re all good. 


The Complaints

I just finished reading Ian Rankin, a brand new author for me. His book, The Complaints, is set in Scotland and the hero, Malcolm Fox, is an officer who investigates other police officers. In the US, such departments are called Internal Affairs, but in Scotland, they’re called Complaints. Just like in the US, they are not popular with their fellow officers.

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