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A last-minute reminder:

The Bandera County Public Library will be closed Thanksgiving weekend, from Thursday, Nov. 28, through Sunday, Dec. 1. The library staff will enjoy time with its family members, and it hopes you have a chance to do the same.

The library will reopen on Monday, Dec. 2, at 9 a.m.

The Bandera library has been very good this year, and therefore it expects a visit from Santa on Tuesday, Dec.

3 during Storytime, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

The visit will kick-off the month-long holiday celebration featuring special displays and holiday-themed books at the library, 515 Main St. in Bandera.

Get into the spirit and stop by for a visit. Perhaps you can adopt a book for your library. Check out the giving tree near the front circulation desk for details.

USA Today reported in a recent story that the Pew Research Center in 2017 found that millennials frequent public libraries the most - more than Gen X, Baby Boomers or the Silent Generation.

Fifty-three percent of millennials said they utilized a service at their library in the last year compared to 45 percent of Gen X members, 43 percent of the Baby Boomers and 36 percent of the Silent Generation. Most libraries are anticipating the needs of the upcoming Generation Z, as the facilities strive to be relevant to everyone’s needs.

What would the holiday season be without the annual release of a new James Patterson book featuring his long-standing character, “Alex Cross?” “Criss Cross” debuts this week, and the book jacket offers a glimpse of the new adventure.

The summary says, “In a Virginia penitentiary, Detective Alex Cross and his partner, John Sampson, witness the execution of a killer they helped to convict. Hours later, they are called the scene of a ‘copycat’ crime. A note signed ‘M’ rests on the corpse that says, ‘You messed up big-time, Dr. Cross.’ Was an innocent man just put to death?”

Mary Higgins Clark’s latest is “Kiss the Girls and Make them Cry.” She borrows some of that title from James Patterson, whose second “Alex Cross” book was titled “Kiss the Girls” and was subsequently made into a movie.

Clark’s book relates the story of investigative journalist Gina Kane and her receipt of an email from a “CRyan” describing her “terrible experience” while working at REL, a high-profile television news network, including the comment “and I’m not the only one.”

Kane knows she has to pursue the story. But when Ryan goes silent, the journalist is shocked to discover the young woman has died tragically in a jet ski accident while on holiday.

Books featuring a holiday theme are Sophie Kinsella’s “Christmas Shopaholic,” a humorous story filled with holiday cheer and unexpected gifts, and “A Mrs. Miracle Christmas” from Debbie Ma-comber.

Those and other Christmas favorites, like Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” will be on display during December.

Best wishes from the library staff to you and your friends and loved one. See you after the holiday weekend.

Michael Garr is the Bandera County Public Library director.