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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!
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.
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!
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'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 email@example.com.
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
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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