October is officially the Hill Country Night Sky Month. The Bandera County Public Library is teaming up with the Bandera County Friends of the Night Sky and the Nature Conservancy to raise awareness of our beautiful dark skies and how to protect them.
The Friends are hosting a quilt block contest in conjunction with the night sky celebration. You can pick up the contest rules and an entry form at the library, at 515 Main St. in Bandera.
We are also hosting a night-sky themed rock painting party for kids 12 and under. The rock painting party will be on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 10:30 a.m. Spots are limited. Call or email the library to register for the event. It can be reached at 830-796-4213 and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The library will be closed on Monday, Oct. 12 for Indigenous Peoples Day and Columbus Day. To celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day, come by the library this week to pick up one of the new novels written by contemporary Native American and First Nation authors on our featured wall.
We will also have a selection of the library’s collection of books on Native American history on display.
While you are here, be sure to see the three works by Lakota Sioux artist Dennis Eagle Horse on display in the art gallery. The paintings are for sale, and the funds raised will benefit the library.
The library board is still recruiting new members. You can find the application on our website www. banderacountylibrary.org or call the library and arrange to pick one up.
New to the library this week is Dean Koontz’ latest thriller called “Elsewhere.” It tells the story of single dad Jeffry Coltrane, who has worked to keep some semblance of normalcy for his 11-year-old daughter ever since his wife, Michelle, left abruptly seven years ago. The two live quiet lives until the man who locals refer to as “Spooky Ed” appears at their doorstep.
Ed gives Jeffry a strange object and asks that he keep it hidden and a secret. He calls it “the key to everything.” After a group of creepy men come looking for the key, Jeffry and his daughter Amity find they have accidentally activated it.
The key allows them to travel to parallel realities opening them up to a possibility of a life with Michelle. However, a strange man pursuing Jeffry and Amity attempts to steal the key in order to use its incredible power for his own dark purposes. Jeffry and Amity must work at length to keep the key out of this man’s hands or risk the home and life they love.
The Bandera library is open by appointment only and masks are required. Appointments are available Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Curbside service is still available for checking out books, copying, faxing and printing service.
Happy tales, y’all.
Mauri Guillen Fagan is the Bandera County Public Library director.