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Bandera County library offerings

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Saturday, Oct. 12, will feature a doubleheader of events at the Bandera County Public Library.

The upstairs Teen Center will host a Dungeons and Dragons Adventure League event.

Experts and beginners in that competition are equally welcome as are Wizards, Rangers, Elves, Dwarves, Archliches and Red Dragons.

It will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the library, which is located at 515 Main St. in Bandera.

Downstairs, the library will host a “Texas Writes” event, also beginning at 10 a.m.

That event is a statewide program that brings accomplished authors to rural libraries for a half day of presentations and instruction. In Bandera, Carol Dawson and Charlotte Gullick will be the participating authors.

Coffee and water will be available.

Each event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is helpful to plan on space requirements. Call the Bandera library at 830-796-4213 to hold a place at either event.

The Alamo Area Agency on Aging will be at the library on Thursday, Oct. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to explain options for Medicare Annual Enrollment. A certified benefits counselor will offer options for prescription drug plans, Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare supplements.

Call the area agency at 866-231-4922 to schedule an appointment to meet with the counselor at the library.

New book arrivals this week include Annalee Newitz’s “The Future of Another Timeline.” The publisher says, “A story of time travel, murder, and unlikely allies separated by centuries, battling for a world in which anyone can change the future.”

“The Girl Behind the Red Rope” is by the writing team of Ted Dekker and his oldest daughter, Rachelle Decker. A book jacket description says, “In a world where the boundaries are clear and punishments severe, a young woman risks everything to break free from the system of fear and control to find freedom and love”.

Popular author, Patricia Cornwell begins a new series, “Quantum: A Captain Chase Thriller.”

The publisher provides this glimpse of the action: “On the eve of a top-secret space mission, Captain Calli Chase detects a tripped alarm in the tunnels deep below a NASA research center. A NASA pilot, quantum physicist, and cybercrime investigator, Calli knows that a looming blizzard and government shutdown could provide the perfect cover for sabotage, with deadly consequences.

“As it turns out, the danger is worse than she thought. A spatter of dried blood, a missing security badge, a suspicious suicide--a series of disturbing clues point to Calli’s twin sister, Carme, who’s been MIA for days.”

One of the best places to save money is your public library. You can borrow books, e-books, audio-books and even DVDs.

The Bandera Library may become the area’s new Blockbuster, as over 200 donations were received this week. John Wayne, Alfred Hitchcock and many modern classics videos have been added to the shelves.

If you need recently released movies, you’ll still need to visit the closest video rental location. But with nearly 3,000 DVDs at the library, you’ll have plenty of choices.

Read well or enjoy a movie this week.

Michael Garr is the Bandera County Public Library director.