These Books Are a Pleasure to Read!

Every year, the Texas Library Association identifies books that readers of all ages are sure to enjoy and between Bonnie, Bethany, other library staff, patrons, and social media posts of book lovers across the world, we whole-heartedly agree that these books are ones to check out! 



Summer 2021 Sneak Peek!

Summer Reading is nearly here! Hip-hip-hooray! Or should we say “HIPPO-HIPPO-hooray” as the theme this year is “Tails and Tales” and will focus on animals! 


Summer Reading will begin Tuesday, June 1, 2021, and we will have that whole week after Memorial Day to celebrate! Each day in the library, we’ll have a fun activity for those who sign up to participate in. Hint, hint: there will be extra prizes! And embarrassing things for you to vote on for the librarians to do!

Participants will log minutes in Beanstack either online or through the app. Limited paper logs will be available for pick-up in the library, too. Youth aged 0-17 years will read 500 minutes to receive their first prize book and entry into grand prize drawings of their choice. Adults 18 and older will read 1,000 minutes to receive a $1 Book Nook coupon and an entry into the grand prize drawings of their choice. We’ve got some pretty FLY grand baskets for readers to choose from this summer! 

Community Adventure is back again this summer starting Saturday, June 5th! Participants who complete 15 of this summer’s 37 activities around town will be entered into a drawing for a school supply basket. These activities run the gamut from visiting the Storywalk ® in Fisherman’s Park to finding a new recipe and making it for a friend or family member (or pet, I suppose, if you wanted to make some DOG treats). Community Adventure can be completed alone, as a family, or with a group of friends. It’s all about having fun and getting to know your community! Community Adventure will be available on Beanstack or as a physical list at the library. 

Storytime will be back to twice a week. On Wednesdays, join us in the Pressley Meeting Room and on Fridays in FISHerman’s Park. Ms. Carmen may even convince some of the police officers to join us for Storytime with a Cop! Look for those dates on the calendars that will be available in mid-May on our website and at the library. 

LEGO Club will continue to meet virtually on Zoom to provide a safe environment for participants. There will still be lots of opportunities for kids to show off their CREATURE creations and have social time together. You can sign-up to receive notice of LEGO Club challenges via email here

Teen Thursdays will start meeting in-person again on Thursday, June 3 at 4:45 p.m. Many of the programs will take place outside, but they will initially meet in the Pressley Room. Because the heat is often unBEARable during Texas summers, programs have been planned where participants will likely get wet and/or messy and/or eat ice-cold treats. As such, participants are encouraged to wear clothes that can get wet and/or messy. And Teen Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) will also continue to meet on Fridays at 4:45 p.m. Campaigners of all skill levels are welcome. 

Crafters Anonymous will continue to meet in-person in the Pressley Meeting Room on third Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Cary has some creative ideas up her sleeves for PAWticipants, so make sure you save your spot as registration is limited to 10. To sign up, call or stop in the library the Thursday before the program (i.e. June 10 and July 15) and

MULE want to mark Tuesday, June 1st on your calendars so that you don’t forget to stop in at the library to register for Summer Reading 2021!

Laid-Back Book Club

Are you perpetually busy? Or maybe you’re still being super careful about social distancing and don’t want to see people in-person? Or maybe you’re antisocial? Or your couch is more comfortable than a hard folding-chair at the library? Any way you swing it, we have a new book club for you: Laid-Back Book Club! 

Laid-Back Book Club is for adults who like to read but don’t have time or the will to participate in a regular monthly book club meeting. Instead, you are invited to read all (or some) of the titles at some point between May 1, 2021 and August 31, 2021 and talk about them in our new Facebook group. (Join here and look for the welcome post!). 

There is one book per month, but you don’t have to read that book that month. If you read the May book in August, go back and find the posts from May about that book and add your two cents. If you only think the June book looks interesting, just read the June book now and participate in those discussions in June. And so on! 

Without further ado, here are the books for this summer’s Laid-Back Book Club:


May 2021: The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

Find it: SFF Klu + Libby ebooks


June 2021: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Find it: MYS Mic + CD Book F Mic (New) + Libby ebooks


July 2021: The Lost Family: How DNA Testing Is Upending Who We Are by Libby Copeland

Find it: 929.107 Cop (New) + CD Book 929.107 Cop (New) + Libby ebooks


August 2021: Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore

Find it: NOV Wet + CD Book F Wet (New) + Libby ebooks


These books were chosen because library staff have read them and recommended them, they have appeared on the NYT Bestsellers’ Lists, and/or on the Texas Library Association’s Lariat or Topaz Lists. The library has purchased additional copies--or they will soon be added to the collection-- plus audiobooks and ebooks and eaudiobooks where available. 


If you have questions about LBBC, please email Bethany at


Happy reading, and we can’t wait to hear what you think of these titles in the Facebook group

Virtual LEGO Club

Every third Tuesday of the month, Ms. Carmen and kids meet for LEGO Club! We had to put it on hiatus when the pandemic started, but it’s back again! 

However, to keep kiddos and their adults safe, Ms. Carmen leads this program over Zoom. Ms. Carmen emails out, a week before the program, a challenge for kids to make prior to the program. Each participant will then “show and tell” their creation at the program before Ms. Carmen leads everyone in several quick-build challenges. 

To receive the LEGO Club challenge and Zoom information, sign-up for email reminders on our website


We Suggest - May 2021

We're expanding who is writing newsletter reviews so that we can get a variety of genre suggestions for all types of readers! If you've read a book and want to write a positive review for the newsletter, please email Bethany at


Brenda Smith, library volunteer

The Big Door Prize by M.O. Walsh

Imagine going into HEB and seeing a DNAMIX booth by the front doors. For $2, it will tell your life's destiny: the mayor will be a cowboy, the high school principal a carpenter. But what about those who are happy with their current lives? What about the twin who lost his brother and never gets a reading? The most happily married couple you have ever met? The priest and his wayward niece? The community itself is changing, but is it for the better? If you are looking for some optimism, humor, and love, you need not look any further as this book has it all!

Find it: NOV Wal

Mary McCormick, library patron

After You by Jojo Moyes

After You will make you cry—and laugh! Louisa was caregiver for Will, a quadriplegic who took his life; she had fallen in love with him and then lost him. After a night of grieving and drinking, she slips on the rooftop of her flat and falls two stories. Handsome and kind ambulance driver Sam rushes her to the hospital. Louisa’s once grievous and confused life begins to turn on end after her recovery as she has to balance a new teenage “daughter” and a love interest. This compelling book causes you to look with new eyes at both loss and life.

Find it: NOV Moy + Libby ebooks


Dianne Tripp, Friend of the Library

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

This haunting and character-driven story reminded me of an African version of Giant by Edna Ferber. While Giant is a white, sanitized epic of Texas and wealth, Homegoing blunter and more disturbing. It is a Ghanaian saga exploring how the slave trade and its aftermath in the U.S. profoundly affects lives and legacies—even today, 300 years later. What I found most blatant was the treatment of black women; how little has changed.

Find it: NOV Gya + Libby ebooks



K.F., library patron

How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry

In this amusing and heartwarming romance, Emilia finds support from family-like customers as she struggles to hold on to her family’s bookshop after her father dies. The prose is difficult to follow at times because of British emoting, but, you can tell this author is well-read. This lighter read was enjoyable!

Find it: ROM Hen

The Transition to “Phase Out”

If you missed the biggest piece of news in March coming from Governor Abbott’s office, Texas is open again! In conjunction with that decision, the City of Bastrop City Council decided to move the library and other City departments from Phase 3 to Phase Out. So what does this mean for the library?

Bastrop Public Library will gradually be returning to 100% service. Thank you for your patience as we add furniture, bring back computers, begin in-person programs, and open meeting spaces.

We want to reassure everyone that patrons’ and employees’ safety is our priority. The City of Bastrop recommends the use of a mask or face covering inside government or public buildings, while interacting with others, and especially when social distancing cannot be maintained. Bastrop Public Library employees will continue to wear masks. There are no more temperature checks, but if you are feeling unwell, please refrain from visiting the library until you feel better. This helps keep everyone well. 

Storytime officially began in-person again on Wednesday, March 17, 2021! Join Ms. Carmen in the Meeting Room for 20 minutes of stories, fingerplays and songs on Wednesdays at 10:30 or 11:00. There is no toy time but we will have "zones" for social distancing to ensure everyone has room to participate and still feel safe. Virtual Storytimes will continue to be posted on the library’s Facebook on Fridays at 10:30am. 

LEGO Club will continue on Zoom as keeping all of our LEGO clean is a massive challenge. If you’d like to join Virtual LEGO Club with Ms. Carmen each month, please email her at to get the monthly challenge and the Zoom link. At the Zoom event, participants will be able to show off their creation and participate in several quick build challenges. For every participant who joins, their name will be entered into a drawing with some fun LEGO prizes! 


Teen Dungeons and Dragons will resume on Fridays in April at 4:45. Participants aged 13-17 of all skill levels are invited to campaign! We will have character sheets, player handbooks, polyhedral dice, and other supplies to share. We will meet for the first time again on Friday, April 9 in the Meeting Room here at the library. Teen Thursdays will continue to be virtual, on Discord, until Thursday, June 3rd, when we will move back to our regular time at 4:45pm. 

Crafters Anonymous also began in-person earlier this month. Participants had a lovely time creating mini canvas photos-- perfect for showing off the loved ones in their families! Seats are limited to 10, and sign-ups will start the Thursday before the event (April 15th, May 13th, etc). To reserve your spot, you must call the library at (512) 332-8880 during open hours (1pm-9pm Tuesday and Thursday; 10am-6pm Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; and 10am-4pm on Saturday). Facebook messages, private messages through social media or voicemails left on an answering machine will not be accepted. 


Coffee with Catherine has moved to in-person! Participants meet on Fridays at 10am in the Meeting Room. Please bring your own coffee or tea and join us for lovely conversations where we check in with one another. 


Study Booths and Meeting Rooms will become available as we transition our furniture back into the public areas of the library. Study rooms will be available by April 1. The Pressley Meeting Room will be available in late April. The Maynard Conference Room will be available for small groups of up to six in June. Any group or organization interested in reserving the Pressley Meeting Room should review our Meeting Room Policy under the services tab on our website and complete the reservation form available on our website.

We appreciate everyone’s patience as we continue to transition back to 100% service with community safety in mind. 

Closed for Easter

Bastrop Public Library will be closed for the Easter holiday so that staff may spend time with their families. The library will be closed Friday, April 2 and Saturday, April 3. We will re-open  Monday, April 5th at 10am.


Survey Results

Thank you to the several hundred people who completed the survey in February! We were tickled by all of the kind sentiment and have sorted the ideas for improvement into a variety of categories to help us as we work on our five-year, long-range plan for the Texas State Libraries and Archives Commission. 

The survey consisted of general information questions, questions ranking services, and written response questions. Participation in the survey was optional and all questions were not answered by every respondent. A total of 406 surveys were returned. Of these, 86% of participants have a library card and 40% visit the library weekly.

The survey asked respondents to rate several library services. 73% said staff customer service is excellent. Our facility is also viewed as excellent by 68% of participants. Hours of operation and online or internet services were rated excellent by about 30% of respondents. 


Borrowing materials such as books and DVD’s is considered very important by 78% of the people. Online services are important to 52%, and internet access is important to 48% of participants. Community spaces, including study and meeting rooms, and programs were ranked important by 25% of respondents.

When asked to write in what they valued most or what could be improved, the top responses all mentioned books or the library’s collection. 56% reported that the variety of formats and availability of materials is what they value the most about the library. When looking at how the collection was rated as a service, it received a good or fair mark by 60% of respondents.

Overall, participants responded favorably about the library and the services it provides. We received positive comments about the staff, the facility, the hours of operation, the programs available, and the benefits the library brings to the community. And, as you can see in the following chart, respondents are, overall, pleased with the library:

With your help, we are identifying how to best serve the City of Bastrop, and we are looking forward to improving --or continuing to improve-- the collection, the programs, the publicity, the outreach, the services, and a variety of other aspects of the library.

Pop-up Book Sale

The Friends of the Library’s storage is overflowing! And they need to get rid of some books fast! Which is to YOUR advantage! 

On Saturday, April 10, there will be a pop-up book sale in the library parking lot. It will be from 10:00-3:00. If it rains that day, the pop-up book sale will be moved to Saturday, April 17. Cash is preferred, but if you must pay with a card, you’ll have to go into the library to pay at the Circulation Desk. 

Titles include adult and children’s fiction include suspense, romance, westerns, sci-fi, DVD’s, and more! All books will be $1 or less. 

Coupons for kids to get a free children’s book will be available at the library’s Circulation Desk beginning in early April. Kids will be able to redeem it at the Pop-up Book Sale for a juvenile title of their choice! 

Make sure you put Saturday, April 10 on your calendar so that you can snatch up these great deals before the full Book and Plant Sale in September. 


A NEW Newsletter

Every month, collection selectors order new books for the library, and we want to put these books in your hands! In order to do this, we are creating a second newsletter “A Little Word Told Me” to share with you the newest adult fiction and nonfiction titles. 

If you sign up to receive this monthly newsletter, you’ll be one of the first to know which new titles will soon be in circulation. You’ll be able to put yourself on the reserve lists for them so you can read them as soon as they arrive at the library! 

To sign up, go online to our website and check the box next to New Adult Fiction & Nonfiction Titles (Monthly). 

Here's a preview from what would have been sent in February:

Happy reading!

We Suggest - April 2021 Newsletter

The Doctors Blackwell by Janice P. Nimura

Dianne Tripp, Friend of the Library

This was an excellent (if wordy) biography of the sisters that were responsible for establishing and inspiring women to break the stereotype that they should never be physicians. Elizabeth and Emily Blackwell persisted against the chauvinistic medical establishment that believed women were "too delicate in nature" to handle the rigors of medical practice. This period was also when the women's suffragette movement was coming of age, slavery was dividing the north and south, and Florence Nightingale was creating modern nursing guidelines. Interestingly, the sisters weren't feminists. 

Find it: 920 Nim (New) + Libby ebooks

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

K.F., library patron

D’Aprix Sweeney truly lures readers into the lives of her cast of flawed characters in this sardonic yet moving story of a dysfunctional family that has lived for years with simmering tensions. It made me count my blessings about how well my family of origin still gets on!

Find it: NOV Swe + Libby ebooks

The Searcher by Tana French

Becky Bennett, library board member

Cal Hooper, retired from Chicago PD, buys a run-down farm in a tiny Irish village looking for peace and a way to forget the trauma of his career and his failed marriage. His plans are upset when a local teen shows up asking for his help. Trey's brother has been missing for six months. At first Cal resists--this is exactly what he is trying to escape--but finally relents and agrees to help Trey. What he learns is that his little Irish village is not as idyllic as it seems. Of all French's novels, this one definitely has the happiest ending. The conclusion is not as tidy as some crime novels--with the bad guys dead or captured--but at least it presents a resolution and allows Cal and Trey some peace.

Find it: MYS Fre (New) + CD Book F Fre (New) + Libby ebooks

If It Bleeds by Stephen King

Brenda Smith, library volunteer

If you love King, but don't want to tackle one of his long books right now-- or if you want to get started with the master of horror-- these 4 novellas fit the bill. All four stories have one of his recurring themes. Rat King: writer's block and an isolated cabin, Mr. Harrigan's Phone: Death and a cell phone buried with the deceased, The Life of Chuck:  well...just insane, and If It Bleeds: Holly Gibney from Mr. Mercedes returns to bring down an Outsider, who this time appears for decades as a tv reporter. I devoured this book more quickly than his other offerings-- it was that good!

Find it: MYS Kin + Libby ebooks

New Mobile Circulation!

Bastrop Public Library has been awarded grant money from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Texas State Library and Archives Commission, and CARES to help with community safety as the pandemic continues: mobile circulation! 

Mobile circulation allows patrons to download the Cloud Library app (iTunes app store, Google Play Store) to your phone all without having to touch items that others may have come into contact with previously. The first time you log-in to the app, you input your library card number and phone number. 

Within the app, you can scan books, and then check them out. After that, you’re good to check-out books straight from your phone! You can by-pass lines at the Circulation Desk and Selfcheck machines! You can do 100% of your library check-out transactions on your own time and be on your way. 

When you’re finished with your items, return them to the outside or inside bookdrops, just like you always have. 

The CloudLibrary app allows for more personalization. If you want to come up to the desk and interact with a librarian, we’d love to help you, but if you’re in a rush and you just want to run into the library and scan your items, check them out, and be on your way, then you can do that, too! 

Within the Cloud Library app, you can also access your account, see if you have any fines or fees, place reserves, see what you’ve recently checked out, renew items already checked out to your account, order curbside, access the library’s website, send an email to the library, and more. This is a hard-working app-- working to make your library experience more personalized, more seamless, and easier!

You can watch our step-by-step tutorial video on YouTube, or ask for help at the Information or Circulation Desks. Happy reading!

Bag o’ Books = Bag o’ Fun

Teens who have attended Teen Thursdays in the past three and a half years know that Ms. Bethany likes to give out bags o’ candy as prizes. Now, they can sign-up to get bags o’ books! 

If you’ve ever heard of Hello Fresh, Owl Crate or Loot Crate --or other subscription boxes-- Bag o’ Books is very similar. Teens aged 13-17 fill out a brief survey of what they like (and don’t like) in their books. We’ll then pick three books based on their preferences, add some goodies, and place them in an individually decorated bag to be picked up via curbside. 

They’ll have two weeks to read their books before they have to be returned to the library. Teens  can keep their bag and the goodies, which will vary each month. 

Sign-ups will be for three months. The first sign-up deadline is Friday, March 5th. This will guarantee they get a bag in March, April, and May. Bags will be picked up each month on approximately the 15th of the month (depending on which day of the week the 15th is). Like with curbside, we’ll contact your teen (or their parent/guardian) to remind them that they have a Bag o’ Books to pick-up. We’ll have a second deadline in June for the summer months.

If your teen misses the March 5th deadline, that’s okay! They won’t get a subscription bag for March, but they will get ones in April and May. And the same goes for later this spring. If they sign-up after April 5th, they can get a May Bag o’ Books. 

This subscription is perfect for a myriad of teens: those who don’t like to read, those who get choice paralysis because there are too many titles to choose from, those who think they’ve read everything and need something new, and those who may want to stretch their wings and try a new genre but aren’t sure where to start. Give them the survey today so that they can get the first month of books and goodies!

For questions, please contact Bethany at (512) 332-8880 or

Couple More Days for Survey!

You have a say in what the library looks like in the near future! Tell us your opinions and ideas in this (brief!) survey

Staff at the library will be using the information we gather from this survey in creating the new five-year strategic plan for the library. Because we value our community and all of those in our community, we value the ideas and input you are able to share with us on making the library the best it can be. 

If you prefer to answer the survey on paper, please stop in at the library and ask for a copy at the Circulation Desk. 

Thank you to those who have already completed the survey and to those who click the link right now to complete the survey

Virtual Programming Is Still Happening!

The programming team at Bastrop Public Library is still hosting various virtual programs for all ages, and we want you to join us! 


For toddlers and preschoolers, Ms. Carmen films a 10-minute storytime each week. They are posted on our Facebook page at 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday. If your child has a favorite book they’d like Ms. Carmen to read, please email her at or comment on one of the recent Facebook videos

Storytime is a great early literacy tool for pre-readers as they learn counting --in English and Spanish!-- how to hold a book and turn pages, introductions to concepts such as shapes and colors, the importance of books and stories, and so much more. 

For teens aged 13-17, Bethany hosts a weekly Teen Thursdays program on the library’s Discord server. Activities may vary slightly based on what teens are interested in, but we are currently following this general schedule:

  • 1st Thursday of the month: Among Us (free appstore game)
  • 2nd Thursday of the month: Virtual Drawing Club
  • 3rd Thursday of the month: Among Us (free appstore game)
  • 4th Thursday of the month: Wild card! 


The Virtual Drawing Club invites teens to bring whatever art, craft, or any project they’re currently working on, share their progress, and then vote on a YA book that Bethany will read aloud to them as they continue to work on their art. So far this year, we’re reading the survival book Not if I Save You First by Ally Carter. Look at what they’ve been working on recently:



The Wild Card program changes each month and is directly based on what the teens have suggested. On the docket this spring is new Jackbox games, learning mug meal recipes, and trivia.

We also often check-in on one another. One of the great things about the Discord server is that,  like Facebook, it’s always open, so the teens are always welcome to post. We like to share things that happen on a daily basis that make us happy or grateful, and we like to share good news and congratulate one another. The Discord community has been instrumental in these teens’ mental health during the pandemic this past year. 

To access the library Discord server, please have your teen email Bethany at to receive an invite link. 

For adults, we have two virtual programs. The first is a weekly social-hour on Friday mornings at 10:00 a.m.: Coffee with Catherine and Cary. Grab your cup of joe (or tea) and log into Zoom for easy conversation with other retired folks. Past conversation topics have included sharing favorite recipes, old photos, checking in with one another, sharing worries and joys, craft projects they’ve worked on in their own time, and joking with one another. 

During this past year of navigating the pandemic, Coffee with Catherine and Cary has been a wonderful outlet for so many who have felt alone and disconnected from the world as we’ve all had to stay home more often. It’s been truly wonderful to get to know more folks-- and even some of their friends and family who live far away. If you are feeling lonely, this is the perfect antidote for you. And “bring” a friend with you, too! 


Cary also leads a monthly Virtual Crafters Anonymous group. They meet on the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30. Cary creates a kit of supplies, and participants pick them up via curbside. Participants meet together on Zoom to work on the project together. 




It’s a very social gathering, and everyone enjoys hearing about one another’s daily lives, celebrations, and challenges and supporting one another. You participate from home, so if you’ve already pulled on the pajamas after work and are nursing an adult beverage of your choice, that is a-okay! 

This past year has been so hard for everyone, and this group could use your smile, your deft crafting skills, and your care-- and they’d love to reciprocate in kind. Come and make new friends with us!

For Zoom information for both of these adult programs, please email Cary at

Please Excuse Our Mess

In the Adult Fiction stacks, we are doing a big shifting project, which means books may not be where they have always been. As we are slowly working on redistributing these titles to the back of the last set of shelves, books will be more spread out. We are doing this so that books are less crammed on the shelves and so that you don’t have to stoop all the way to the bottom shelf to retrieve what you’re looking for. 

If you’re having difficulty locating the book, author, or genre you’re looking for, please ask at the Information Desk. 

We appreciate your patience as we are working on making the books more accessible!

Check-Out Our Magazines

Are you a fan of flipping through magazines? Did you know that you can check-out the magazines Bastrop Public Library subscribes to and read them at home? We do ask that you return them, but this is great news for those who just want to lift their feet up after a day at work and skim the latest issue of [insert your favorite magazine here]! 

We offer the following titles:

  • Archaeology
  • Better Homes & Gardens
  • Better Homes & Gardens DIY
  • Birds & Blooms
  • Bloomberg Business Week
  • Christianity Today
  • Consumer Reports
  • Cooks Illustrated
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Country Living
  • Discover
  • Entertainment Weekly
  • Family Handyman
  • Food Network
  • Garden & Gun
  • Good Housekeeping
  • Harpers Magazine
  • HGTV
  • Magnolia Journal
  • Martha Stewart Living
  • Men's Journal
  • Mother Earth News
  • National Geographic
  • National Review
  • New Yorker
  • Outdoor Life
  • Parents
  • People
  • People in Espanol
  • Popular Mechanics
  • Popular Science
  • Prevention
  • Progressive Farmer
  • Psychology Today
  • Reader's Digest
  • Real Simple
  • Runner's World
  • Scientific American
  • Southern Living
  • Sports Illustrated
  • Texas Gardener
  • Texas Highways
  • Texas Monthly
  • The Nation
  • This Old House
  • Time
  • TX Parks & Wildlife
  • Wild West
  • Wired
  •  Woman's Day


And for kids:  

  • Boy's Life
  • Girls' World
  • National Geographic Kids
  • Young Rider

Adult magazines are located in the Reading Room. Just lift the flap to find previous issues. Kids’ magazines are located in the children’s area across from the children’s desk (near where the A picture books begin). 

You can find out more about each of these magazines on our website.

Book and Plant Sale Rescheduled

The Friends of the Bastrop Public Library and the Lost Pines* Garden Club have coordinated efforts for years to host the Book and Plant Sale with proceeds coming to the library. However, due to the continuation of the pandemic, and the importance of community safety, they have decided to postpone the Book and Plant Sale until September. You can be kept informed of new developments by following the Friends’ Facebook page or the library’s Facebook page



*The newsletter and an earlier edition of this article incorrectly identified the Garden Club as the Bastrop County Garden Club. We apologize for the oversight and appreciate your patience in fixing this mistake. The correct Garden Club is the Lost Pines Garden Club. 

We Suggest - March 2021 Newsletter

We're expanding who is writing newsletter reviews so that we can get a variety of genre suggestions for all types of readers! If you've read a book and want to write a positive review for the newsletter, please email Bethany at

Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes 

Mary McCormick, library patron

This is a captivating book! Four unlikely cohorts become the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky during the Depression. The four women are Alice, an Englishwoman out of place in rural Kentucky; Margery, a self-sufficient woman who grew up in those eastern Kentucky hills: Beth, who swears and smokes and drinks publically; and Izzy, a crippled girl who has never been on a horse. They ride mules and horses delivering books to the inhabitants of the mountains. Their lives are woven together through a common mission, glorious scenery, their romances, opposition, perils, and danger. Based on a true story, this novel keeps you engaged to the last page!

Find it: NOV Moy + CD Book F Moy + Libby ebooks

Never Ask Me by Jeff Abbott  

Brenda Smith, library volunteer

Lakehaven, an affluent suburb of Austin, is the setting for this suspenseful murder mystery. A very likable mother is found dead on a park bench. Who would want to kill her? Like all of  Abbott's novels, you will take a thrilling ride of discovery to find the truth among the community's lies. Told in different P.O.V.'s, this book is truly more about a mother's love and what she is willing to do to protect HER family. If you haven't read any of this author's books (he lives in Austin), this is the one to start with. I wasn't able to put it down until I fell asleep!  Readers may be able to identify with the settings, and, on occasion, Bastrop is mentioned! 

Find it: MYS Abb (New)


Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Becky Bennet, Library Board member

Bold and strong-willed Noemi travels to a mysterious and remote mansion after her newlywed cousin, Catalina, sends a frantic letter asking for help. Almost immediately, Noemi begins having disturbing dreams and learning of the tragic and violent history of the family her cousin has married into. Although not as subtle as "Jane Eyre" or "Rebecca," this gothic horror tale of blood, evil, and doom is a page turner.

Find it: NOV Mor + Libby ebooks

Sleep Smarter by Shawn Stenson

Rosia Ervin, library patron

I am not a frequent reader thanks to limited time and energy; a book has to have a lot to offer for me to make time for it. But Sleep Smarter fits that bill! It takes on the holistic view on sleep that I found to be very helpful in creating a better sleeping experience.

Find it: Libby ebooks

Bonnie Pierson Is the New Library Director

We are so happy to announce that long-time staff member Bonnie Pierson has accepted the position of Library Director. 

Bonnie has been with the Bastrop Public Library for 20 years, where she has worked with people of all ages; grown the summer reading program to serve over 2,000 children and adults each summer; led early literacy initiatives with Head Start and local volunteers; written and implemented multiple grants for materials; worked with community partners; and has been progressively taking on more work concerning overarching plans and goal-setting for the library. 

In the near future, Bonnie hopes to update the strategic plan so that we have a guidepost for the direction of the library for the next few years. The strategic plan will ensure that the services and programs intentionally reflect Bastrop; is aligned with the City’s priorities; and ensures that the library is a vital piece of our community. 

“I appreciate the outpouring of support I’ve received throughout the years, but also as I start this new journey. I hope that I can live up to your expectations, and that we can together create the library that Bastrop deserves,” said Bonnie.

Feel free to offer heartfelt congratulations on our Facebook page

Scholarship for High School Seniors

The Friends of Bastrop Public Library will be giving away two $300 scholarships to graduating high school seniors. To qualify, you must have volunteered at the Bastrop Public Library. 

Application forms are available online, and are due March 1, 2021. Please mail completed applications to

Friends of the Library
P.O. Box 670

Bastrop, TX  78602

For additional information, please visit the Friends of the Library website.

The Honor Paperbacks Have Moved

For many years, Bastrop Public Library has offered “Honor Paperback” books that you can borrow without a library card. You just bring them back to use when you’re done reading. These books have recently moved to the shelves opposite the Teen Room so that we can get more of the adult fiction books off the bottom shelves! No more crawling on the floor! Hooray!


Walking and Reading

Run off some of your little ones’ energy AND help grow their literacy skills when you take in the new StoryWalk(r) in Fisherman’s Park. The new story is Do Like a Duck! by Judy Hindley. 

Mama Duck has a good hunch that the big brown creature waddling behind her babies is no duck! As the foxy impostor sneaks closer and closer to Mama Duck’s trailing brood, little ones will delight in shouting out his identity. Infectious rhythms and fresh, expressive watercolors liven up the pursuit, which ends when Mama Duck confronts the villain, beak to snout, and beats him at his own game.

If your kiddo enjoys interactive stories, you won’t want to miss this one!

We Suggest - Feb. 2021 Newsletter

We're expanding who is writing newsletter reviews so that we can get a variety of genre suggestions for all types of readers! If you've read a book and want to write a positive review for the newsletter, please email Bethany at


Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Brenda Smith, library volunteer

A bumbled bank robbery makes the robber flee across the street to enter the first open door: an open house showing. The eight strangers here become hostages in one of the funniest, yet heartbreaking books of the year. All these people, and the father and son cops, are anxious people—even before this hostage situation. How will this shared event change the lives of each hostage? I laughed out loud and shed a tear, but this is usual for any Backman book. If you haven't read his books yet, this is one to start with. I may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but at least I'm in the drawer, unlike one of the policemen! (An almost quote from the book!)

Find it: NOV Bac (New) + CD Book F Bac (New)


Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith

Becky Bennett, library board member

In this fifth book of the Cormoran Strike series, Strike and Robin try to solve the disappearance of a beautiful and outspoken doctor 40 years earlier. Conventional wisdom says that she was kidnapped and killed by psychopath Dennis Creed, who terrorized that same part of London at about the same time that the doctor disappeared and who was caught and imprisoned shortly afterward. Other people believe her husband, who married the nanny after his wife's disappearance, killed her. The detectives discover more suspects, including gangsters, con men, and a local weirdo, now dead, who was said to have confessed to the crime. Fans of the series will love this one. The author provides all the clues necessary to solve the mystery, but hides them among 927 pages of lies, distractions, and diversions.

Find it: MYS Gal (New) + Libby ebooks


Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett

Dianne Tripp, Friend of the Library

This book is so entertaining! It imparts a plethora of knowledge about the human brain that, I’m sure, most of us aren’t aware of. So much of the information was previously unknown to me. Barrett also writes in layman’s terms, so students to seniors can easily understand the 7.5 lessons provided in the book.

Find it: 612.82 Bar (New)


Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Mary McCormick, library patron

Amazing Amy. Perfect Amy. Rich Amy. Women wanted to be her and men wanted to be with her. She had a perfect marriage with Nick - until it wasn't. On their fifth wedding anniversary, Amy disappeared. Everyone suspected Nick of murdering his wife. "Nick, what have you done with Amy?" Then someone found her diary. The real story began to unravel. You'll be appalled and enthralled. What a spell-binder!

Find it: MYS Fly + CD Book F Fly + Libby ebooks

New Newsletter Coming in 2021!

In January 2021, we will be using a different platform to send you the monthly newsletter! This new platform allows us to include live links so you can click and go directly to the catalog, sign-up for curbside books, or do whatever else is mentioned in the article. This will make your life easier! Plus, it will be much more mobile-friendly, so if you tend to look at your email on your phone, this new platform will make that easier to accomplish without all the pinching-in and shifting around to read it. 


Please bear with us during that transition! In the mean time, you can read past newsletters here on our website




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