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Felices Feistas and Joyeuses FĂȘtes!


It feels like the holidays have come early to the library! Thanks to a generous gift from the Friends of the Bastrop Library we have a brand-new service to share with our members: Mango Languages!


Mango is a website—or app you can download on your phone or tablet—that is an interactive language-learning portal. Mango is great if you fit one of these:


  • You want to brush up on that language you “learned” in high school
  • You have a student who needs a bit of extra help on that foreign language grade
  • You are giving the gift of an international trip and someone needs to learn, at the very least, how to say, “Where is the bathroom?”
  • You want to learn a new language to keep your brain sharp (there is science behind this one!)
  • Quieres aprender a hablar inglés.
  • You want your kid to grow up bilingually (there’s a kids’ course, too!).
  • You just want to learn a new language!


There are over 70 languages you can learn with Mango including Spanish, French, Urdu, Mandarin, Arabic, Korean, and so much more! Click here to see the full list.


To access Mango, follow these steps:

  1. Go to
  2. Click “Search Catalog/Login to Account.” This takes you to the online catalog.
  3. Enter your card number and your password and click “Log in.”
  4. Under the scrolling book covers is a column titled “Electronic Resources.” Click “Mango Languages.”
  5. Click “Click her to visit Mango Languages.”
  6. Create a free profile and learn away!


No matter what language you speak—or want to learn with Mango-- we want to wish you a happy holidays! Trevlig Helg! ?? ??Ii Ii holide eximnandi! Forhe Feiertage!


We Suggest!

Dianne Tripp, Friend of the Library

Freedom by Sebastian Junger

As usual, Junger writes with clarity about the human struggle for survival, autonomy, and interdependence. This book tackles the idea of freedom, and it’s a fascinating journey about four friends and a dog walking the railroad lines from Washington, D.C. to Pittsburgh for almost a year: camping, cooking, sleeping, and depending on one another for safety and support. This memoir is less Wild by Cheryl Strayed and more On the Road by Jack Kerouac.

Find it: 323.44 Jun + Libby ebooks



Becky Bennett, library board member

Violeta by Isabel Allende

Violeta Del Valle is born in 1920, the same year that the Spanish flu arrives in Chile, her home. In the 100 years of her life, she recalls the changes, disasters, and upheavals of the 20th century as well as the births, deaths, marriages, and love affairs that punctuate her own story. Allende has created another masterpiece that whisks the reader through the last century, offering readers fascinating and endearing characters. The world events in Violeta’s life may be familiar, but Allende presents them in a way that demonstrates the cyclical nature of history and offers a subtle warning about the present.

Find it: NOV All + SPA F All + Libby ebooks



Brenda Smith, library volunteer:

Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn

You don't want to mess with women of a certain age, and definitely not four seasoned assassins!  After 40 years with the "Museum," four friends and coworkers embark on a retirement cruise...only to learn that they are, themselves, targeted for death.  Well....too bad for anyone who was part of this endeavor to eliminate these ladies. How about four female James Bonds out for revenge? How many of their attackers will remain? Will the ladies extinguish their own killers before being caught? Although they might not use modern technology, they have been trained quite well! What an enjoyable and exciting read for this "girl of a certain age."

Find it: MYS Ray (New)



Kat Durham, library staff

Rewilding: Bringing Wildlife Back Where It Belongs by David A. Steen and Chiara Fedele

Do you have an elementary-aged kid who loves animals, especially the conservation of animals? This is the perfect book for them! Rewilding is the restoration of land back to its uncultivated state, and the beautiful illustrations will surely inspire the animal- and nature-lovers in your family.

Find it: J 333.72 Ste (New)