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A certified benefits counselor from the Alamo Area Council of Government’s 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 prescription drug plans, Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare supplements.

Does your current Medicare plan meet your needs? Make an appointment to talk to the counselor by calling 866-231-4922 to avoid a long wait time at Thursday’s session.

Burn survivor, business professional, charity leader, author and public speaker Celia Belt is a modern- day warrior who has managed to overcome life with an abusive father who left her permanently scarred at the age of 2 when he threw boiling water at her.

She will appear at the library on Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. to discuss her book “Remarkably Intact” and the Moonlight Fund, a support fund for burn survivors that she helped start.

Please come to the library at 515 Main St. in Bandera and hear her story and help with her fundraising initiative. Light refreshments will be served.

National bestselling author John Grisham has released his latest book, “The Guardians.”

Publishers Market shares this insight into the story: “In the small Florida town of Seabrook, a young lawyer named Keith Russo was shot dead at his desk as he worked late one night. The killer left no clues. But the police soon came to suspect Quincy Miller, a young black man who was once a client of Russo’s.

“Quincy was tried, convicted, and sent to prison for life. For 22 years, he languished in prison, maintaining his innocence. But no one was listening. He had no lawyer, no advocate on the outside.

“In desperation, he writes a letter to Guardian Ministries, a small nonprofit run by Cullen Post, a lawyer who is also an Episcopal minister. Guardian accepts only a few innocence cases at a time. Cullen Post travels the country fighting wrongful convictions and taking on clients forgotten by the system.

“With Quincy Miller, though, he gets far more than he bargained for. Powerful, ruthless people murdered Keith Russo, and they do not want Quincy Miller exonerated. They killed one lawyer 22 years ago, and they will kill another without a second thought.”

It will be available at the library in hardcover, large print or as an audio book. Get your name on the expected waitlist.

“Shape of Night” is by Tess Gerritsen, author of the popular Rizzo and Isles books and TV series.

“This new book is about a woman trying to outrun her past, who is drawn to a quiet coastal town in Maine - and to a string of unsolved murders - in this haunting tale of romantic suspense,” is the way -Publishers Weekly describes the action in the book.

This book was an adoption by a patron, and it helps keep the shelves full of new and recent books. Many thanks!

What would a week be without a new Danielle Steel book? “Child’s Play,” Steel’s newest, shows how families can evolve and grow in unexpected ways.

Read well and enjoy the cooling fall weather.

Michael Garr is the Bandera County Public Library director.