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Bandera Library Happenings

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Twinkle lights are all over the Bandera County Library. The holiday season is in full gear, and the library is ready to celebrate.

Local author and Bandera County resident, Joanne Kukanza Easley, was recently named the

recipient of the 2020 Indie Author Project.

Her novel, “Sweet Jane,” was the winner in the adult fiction category.

If you have not had the chance to read this moving story of a woman’s struggle to leave a dark past behind, come by the library and check out a copy.

Joanne Easley will be conducting an author visit and book signing in the Spring, so stay tuned for details.

Last Saturday the library held a book fair, where shoppers were able to pick up holiday presents and support their local library at the same time.

The book fair was also the perfect opportunity to get ready for this year’s celebration of Jolabokaflod (pronounced yo-la-bok-aflot), which translates to “Yule Book Flood.”

The tradition dates back to World War II in Iceland, when most goods were rationed, and international imports were heavily restricted by the Icelandic government.

Up until recently, Jolabokaflod was only celebrated in Nordic countries, but the tradition is gaining traction all over the world.

Families and friends exchange books instead of socks or pajamas, and then spend the evening reading by the fire. Sign us up!

The Monthly Book Club met last Thursday to discuss “The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah, which is about a family whose patriarch abruptly moves them to a remote corner of Alaska after returning from Vietnam a changed man.

At first, the move seems like the answer to all their problems.However, as the long, harsh winter approaches, the mother and daughter soon realize they are completely on their own.

The Bandera County Library is located at 515 Main St. in Bandera.

Library hours are Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and (as of Dec. 5) Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Appointments are required for computer use and for notary services, and a limited capacity will be in place.

Masks are required while here in the library.

Happy tales, y’all.