After extensive front-page coverage in last week’s Bandera Bulletin, it is no longer a secret about the change of directors at the Bandera County Public Library.
Stop by and say hello to the new director, Mauri Fagan, who has worked here as an assistant librarian for a year and a half.
I will move into director emeritus status while on my year-long volunteer assignments at various national parks.
I will end my career at the library the way it all began in 2008, as a volunteer. So, you haven’t seen the last of me.
What’s on the current New York Times Best Sellers list in the new year?
Still at Number one after 68 weeks is Delia Owens “Where the Crawdad Sings.” It tells the story of a quiet town on the North Carolina coast where in 1969 a young woman who survived alone in the marsh becomes a murder suspect.
John Grisham’s “The Guardians” is second on the list. In it, Cullen Post, a lawyer and Episcopal minister, antagonizes ruthless killers when he takes on a wrongful conviction case.
Number three is bestselling writer Stephen King with “The Institute,” which tells the story of children with special talents who are abducted and sequestered in an institution where the sinister staff seeks to extract their gifts through harsh methods.
At Number four is “Criss Cross” by James Patterson, featuring his longest running character in a series, Alex Cross. In the 27th book of the series, a copycat killer makes Cross question whether an innocent man was executed.
Long-time favorite Lee Child releases the Number five book on the best sellers list, “Blue Moon,” an interesting Jack Reacher tale as Reacher alone gets caught in a turf war between Ukrainian and Albanian gangs.
Sixth on the list is “A Minute to Midnight” by Daniel Baldacci, an Atlee Pine sequel, as she returns to her hometown to investigate her sister’s kidnapping from 30 years ago and winds up tracking a potential serial killer.
At Number seven after 13 weeks is Ann Patchett’s “The Dutch House,” which describes how a sibling relationship is impacted when the family goes from poverty to wealth and back again over the course of decades.
The Number eight book is Stephanie Plum’s return in the 26th book by Janet Evanovich, “Twisted Twenty-Six,” which finds New Jersey gangsters going after the bounty hunter’s widowed grandmother.
The ninth book has been on the Times Bestseller list for 29 weeks, “The Silent Patient” by Alex Michaelides. Recently read by the director, it has an unusual storyline that will leave you in suspense until the very end of the story.
And the last book in the Top Ten is Margaret Atwood’s long-awaited sequel to the “Handmaid’s Tale.” Her latest book is “The Testaments,” where old secrets bring together three women as the Republic of Gilead’s theocratic regime shows signs of decay.
The library at 515 Main St. in Bandera also has the 11th through the 15th books on the New York Times Best Sellers List.
Remember, if you are uncertain about what to read next, the knowledgeable staff can provide some suggestions.
It has been an extreme pleasure to serve these last three years as the director of a wonderful community library. I have enjoyed the direction and fantastic support of the library board, the warm friendships with so many patrons and the opportunity to work with a truly outstanding staff.
We have three great libraries in the county. As one of your New Year’s resolutions, visit them all in 2020.
Michael Garr is the Bandera County Public Library director.