October will be a busy month at the Bandera County Public Library.
The Artist of the Month is Veronica Ordaz Collazo, who has Ph.D. in counseling psychology, is a resident of Tarpley and has been painting for almost six years.
She paints a variety of subjects representing different cultures and ethnicities and recently created some abstract art. She views painting as a cathartic vehicle that facilitates an outlet for creativity and relaxation. Some of her works will be offered for sale.
As a reminder, the monthly Thursday Book Club will meet on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 10 a.m. to discuss “The Last Days of Night” by Graham Moore. Club members welcome everyone, even if you haven’t read the book.
The Friends of the Library monthly book sale will be on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The group promises a blockbuster sale with many new additions from generous donors.
During the sale, the library, located at 515 Main St. in Bandera, will welcome local author Janalyn Knight, who writes contemporary Western romance novels featuring sexy Texas cowboys and hot, self-reliant cowgirls.
She will have copies of her latest book available for signing and will be happy to visit with those who attend the proceedings.
Oct. 12 at the library will offer a doubleheader of events.
The upstairs Teen Center will host a Dungeons and Dragons Adventure League from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Experts and beginners are equally welcome to attend as are Wizards, Rangers, Elves, Dwarves, Archliches and Red Dragons.
Downstairs, the library will host a Texas Writes event also beginning at 10 a.m. Coffee and water will be available for a morning of instruction and discussion on writing for publication.
Each event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is helpful to organizers in planning on space and seating requirements.
Call the Bandera library at 830-796-4213 for either Oct. 12 event.
New arrivals this week include Meg Waite Clayton’s “Last Train to London.” It is described as a fascinating tale of love, loss and heroism in the dark days leading up to World War II.
Patrons who enjoyed Attica Locke’s “Bluebird, Bluebird” will revel in the sequel adventure of Texas Ranger Darren Matthews called “Heaven, My Home.” In the novel, Matthews is on the hunt of a boy who’s gone missing, but the boy’s family of white supremacists are his real target.
“Dutch House” by Ann Patchett is getting a lot of buzz. Publishers Weekly says, “Patchett’s splendid novel is a thoughtful, compassionate exploration of obsession and forgiveness, what people acquire, keep, lose or give away, and what they leave behind.”
Adventure fans will welcome “Lethal Agent,” the 18th Mitch Rapp thriller authored by Vince Flynn before his death and now continued by Kyle Mills.
An unprecedented and terrifying bioterrorism plot threatens to kill millions during a divisive presidential election in this new thriller.
Teens will rejoice in the arrival of author Rick Riordan with “Tyrant’s Tomb,” the fourth book in the Trials of Apollo series, a popular middle school series.
The Bandera library took advantage of a fantastic offer from Texas A&M Press to purchase several new books, including “Unbraided - Four Men, Sixteen Mustangs, Five States in Five Months,” “Everyday Music,” “Mexican Light-Healthy Cooking for Today’s Cook” and “Goodbye Gluten - Happy Healthy Delicious Eating with a Texas Twist.”
Look on the Texas shelves for these new books.
Michael Garr is the Bandera County Public Library director.