January News Update

January started off with a retirement party for Mickey DuVall, who served as Library Director for many years and Cookie Adkins.  She worked in managing the collection, among many other critical, too. We will miss them both, but wish them many years of spending time with their families and hopefully, some relaxation.

Bonnie Pierson, long-time director of Children’s Services and programming, is serving as the Interim Director until a new Director is hiring. We all appreciate the double duty Bonnie is doing.


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Soup-er Supper! Thanks to our Lifetime Friends

The Friends hosted a Soup-er Supper at the library to honor the eleven generous people who have joined as Lifetime Friends. We love all our Friends, but this was a chance to show our thanks for the extra support of our Lifetime Friends.

Lifetime memberships are available at the library or here on our website. As a small bonus, all lifetime members get 20% off all purchases at the Book Nook or the Annual Book Shop. All members receive the added perk of checking books out from the library for three weeks instead of the usual two weeks. Because of popular demand, we are offering members a chance to shop at the Annual Book Sale an hour earlier than the public. You can get in at 9 am instead of 10:00 so be sure to join now!

Changes to the Executive Board of the Friends

February 5th, the Friends Executive Board met at the library. We were sorry to hear that both the Treasurer, Rob Bigsby,  and the Vice-President of Publicity and Outreach, Cindy Heath, were resigning. We thank them for their service and understand life must come before library service! Barbara Durkin has graciously volunteered to put her knowledge and experience to work as the new Treasurer.

Heads up! We are still looking for a volunteer for the vacant VP of Publicity and Outreach position. It’s a rewarding job which includes managing this website, the Friends Facebook page, publicizing events, and looking for opportunities to spread the word both about the Bastrop Public Library and the Friends. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact us.

In the meantime, Barbara is taking care of the website, and the hardworking Grace Dacy has added Facebook posting to her work managing the Book Nook, The Annual Book Sale, and the Little Library!

The Annual Book and Plant Sale is Coming Up

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The big news coming up is the Annual Book and Plant Sale  on Friday, March 29, 10:00-6:00, and Saturday, March 30, 10:00- 4:00. The last hour of the sale on Saturday, you can feed your need to read by filling up a paper grocery bag for only $3.00. As mentioned above, folks with current Friends membership will be admitted at 9:00 on Friday.

Our great partners at the Lost Pines Garden Club conduct the popular plant sale and the Silent Auction. We’ll have a Bake Sale for hungry shoppers to pick up goodies.

In 2018, we set a combined total of $14,968.00 raised which all goes to library projects, including the Summer Reading Program. Let’s see if we can beat that total this year.

At state library conferences, other librarians are amazed and a bit envious, of our Friends of the Library. We always know they will help with our Summer Library Program.

Bonnie Pierson, Interim Library Director

We always need lots of volunteers to help at these events. Please email Grace Dacy if you can help with setting up the books, keeping things neat during the sale, or packing things up afterward. We need baked goods, too, and you can drop them off at the library starting on Thursday, March 28.