blog post about author visits and candidate forumWe have four authors visiting in Spring 2020 to share their craft with reading and writing enthusiasts!

Alex Keister, 2006 Westlake graduate and author of the psychological thriller In Her Skin (available through Audible) will be talking with our Writing Workshop about the path to publication. You can read about Alex in the Statesman, and meet her on Monday, February 10, 5-7pm, at Westbank.

Sherry Thomas, bestselling author of the Lady Sherlock series, will present a workshop on Creating Character-Driven Mysteries during Spring Break, when we will be celebrating Sherlock Holmes and mysteries in general. We have copies of her books in paper, ebook and audio. Join us on Monday, March 9, 5-7pm, at Westbank.

Jeff Abbott is an Austin-based, New York Times bestselling author of almost two dozen mystery and suspense novels. Jeff will join the Mysteries & More book club to discuss his novel The Three Beths, a psychologically intense and twisting story about the disappearance of three women, all named Beth. Everyone is welcome to attend Wednesday, April 15, 1-2pm, at Westbank. Enjoy an excerpt of the book from Amazon.

Lara Prescott is the author of the historical novel The Secrets We Kept, a story of secretaries turned spies, inspired by the true story of a CIA Cold War plot involving Soviet Russia and Doctor Zhivago. Lara will answer questions about her book with the BookTalk book club on Tuesday, May 26, 1-2pm at Westbank. You can preview the book on Amazon. Everyone is welcome!

Candidate Forum   Cuernavaca Action Group and Indivisible Eanes/West Austin are coming together to host a nonpartisan forum for candidates in the March 3, 2020, primary election.  This event focuses on the Texas Congressional District 25 race and the Travis County Precinct 3 Commissioner’s race. This is an opportunity to hear each candidate address the entire audience and then to ask questions in smaller group settings, giving candidates an opportunity to interact directly with potential voters. The event will be moderated. Organizers are expecting an interesting and engaging afternoon!  Saturday, February 15, 1:00pm at Laura’s Library

Battery collection  The library is placing bins in each of our lobbies for the convenient drop-off of small, expended household batteries. One of our wonderful volunteers will take them to recycling so you don’t have to!

Were you here when the library was new? Remember the early days with our collection of short interviews with some of long-time library members, staff, and volunteers!

RBDIgital Audios have about 30,000 titles immediately available to entertain you while you sit in traffic, watch your kids’ soccer practice, fix dinner, or go for a run. If you ran into connectivity issues in January, those have been resolved. Give it a try!

Macmillan ebook embargo   If you notice an especially long waiting list for an ebook from publisher Macmillan (like Me by Elton John or American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins), it will be because Macmillan limits libraries to a single copy for the first 8 weeks after publishing. We are able to buy a copy for each of our platforms, so if you can’t find it in Overdrive, you might find it in cloudLibrary or as an audiobook on RBDigital Audio. At the 8-week point, we will buy extra copies to meet demand.