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Here’s a reminder that the Bandera County Public Library will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Dec. 24 and Dec. 25.

The library at 515 Main St. in Bandera will be open on Monday, Dec. 23, so that is the day to load up on books, movies and audio books for the holiday season.

Stop by and enjoy the seasonal decorations as well as the Christmas-themed books across from the circulation desk.

Parents should take note that the Bandera library now has almost 150 books celebrating Christmas and Chanukah for children.

There are two displays featuring books for our younger readers and their families. Books like “The Littles Angel,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “The Night Before Christmas” and “The Twelve Days of Christmas” are now joined by dozens of new releases from the last two years.

Sharing the joy of children during the holidays can often transport your memories back to your own childhood traditions.

All 11 books chosen by the library’s First Thursday book club have arrived and are on display at the circulation desk.

The club’s first meeting of 2020 is likely to sneak up on you. It will be on Thursday, Jan. 2 at 10 a.m. Lewis Buzbee’s “The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop: a Memoir, a History” is the first book to be discussed in the new year.

All are welcome to join the discussion.

New arrivals in the last several days include M.C. Beaton “Beating About the Bush,” the 30th book in the Agatha Raisin series.

Action lovers will welcome the latest David Poyer book in the Dan Lenson series, “Overthrow: War with China and North Korea-Fall of an Empire.”

This is the fourth book in the World War III series featuring Admiral Dan Len-son with several other key figures who return in this book. In it, the complicated and deadly ordeal of global warfare takes place on land and at sea as the Allies plot an endgame to the war that is destined to trigger the nuclear Armageddon the entire world has feared for nearly a century.

Author Jeff Lindsay is known for his successful “Dexter” series of books and television series. Now comes a new book by Lindsay, “Just Watch Me.”

It introduces a new mesmerizing bad guy we can root for: Riley Wolfe, a master thief, expert at disguise and violent when he needs to be. It’s no accident, though, that Riley targets only the 1 percent and is willing to kill when necessary. This is the first book in that new series.

The library introduces a new series for kids ages 8-12 that is known as the “What is” series. It introduces young readers to some historical topics as well as some contemporary issues.

Thirty-five new books include diverse titles covering NASA, the Alamo, the Panama Canal, Pearl Harbor, the Women’s Rights Movement, the Ten Commandments, Super Bowl, the Ice Age, Woodstock, the Constitution, the Underground Railroad and Hurricane Katrina to give you a sampling of the books now available.

Why not make more reading one of your New Year’s resolutions? It just takes a library card and a little imagination. Great holiday wishes from the entire library staff and board of directors.

Michael Garr is the Bandera County Public Library director.