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Bandera County Library Happenings

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The Bandera County Public Library is continuing its partnership with the region’s Education Service Center to promote adult education.

Those interested in General Educational Development, or GED, or English as a Second Language classes have several options to continue their education.

You can sign up with the service center for either Distance Learning or Remote Learning.

In the Distance Learning classes, the classes will have a designated online classroom with face-to-face instruction from a teacher. Or if you prefer, the Remote Learning classes allow students to go through the curriculum at their own pace.

Those interested in registering can call the library for more information.

This week’s programming includes the Country Music Group, which meets on Wednesdays, July 29 and Aug. 5, at 9:30 a.m. on the back patio. Bring an acoustic instrument and be ready to jam.

On Saturday, Aug. 1, the Dungeons & Dragons group meets online from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

If you would like to join in an adventure, email

Thanks to support from the Bandera Electric Cooperative, the library has recently purchased a collection of new books for the Children’s Library as part of the Summer Reading Program.

The theme of the program this year is “Imagine Your Story.” The books, which feature fairy tales and mythologies from around the world, have arrived and are ready to check out.

Call the library to schedule an appointment to browse.

The library, located at 515 Main St. in Bandera, can be reached at 830-796-4213.

New titles this week include Catherine Coulter’s latest thriller “Deadlock, Volume 24.” The story begins with a young woman who discovers a deadly secret about her family when a medium connects to her deceased grandfather.

Husband and wife FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock believe that secret is the key to solving the series of puzzles being sent to Savich. Sent by a vicious enemy intent on destroying Savich, the puzzles and the woman’s family secret have the agents trapped in a deadly game.

Robert Ludlum’s “The Bourne Evolution” comes out this week.

Jason Bourne is convinced the death of his lover in a mass shooting is a cover up. Even worse, he believes the agency who trained him, Treadstone, is behind the shooting itself.

Bourne goes rogue and takes on a private mission to infiltrate a secretive anarchist group called Medusa, but when a congressperson is killed in New York he is accused of the murder.

With a growing list of enemies and a next-to-nothing list of friends, Jason Bourne finds himself again in charge of his own safety.

“Hieroglyphics” by Jill McCorkle is also released this week. Frank and Lil are retirees living in North Carolina. They married young, feeling a deep connection when they learned the other had lost a parent at a young age.

Now, as they grapple with their own mortality, both become obsessed with their family’s history. Lil compiles pictures and papers to leave for their children, even if it means revealing information her husband would prefer to keep secret.

Frank begins traveling frequently to his childhood home convinced the family left something valuable in the house. His visits begin triggering unpleasant memories in the woman who is currently residing in the house with her son.

Each character confronts the good and bad in their parents, and each does so in very different ways.

Happy tales, y’all.

Mauri Guillen Fagan is the Bandera County Public Library director.