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Go on a journey with author Doug Thompson

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“Have you ever journeyed into the darkness of the underworld?” Our guest author has! The library is excited to be hosting Doug Thompson on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Bondurant Room. Working as an interpretive ranger at Carlsbad Caverns for six years, Thompson can pass on the storied history of the caves, from their formation to the behavior of the bats that live in them.
Overcoming his fear of tight spaces and heights, he learned to climb rope and went on to explore many of the deep vertical caves in the Guadalupe Mountains. He even became a member of the park’s technical rescue team and made a 50-story rappel into one of the deepest underground pits in the United States. In his book, “Underground Ranger,” Thompson shares his remarkable journey and how it changed his life. This is a free program to attend and the Friends of the Library will be serving refreshments.
For more information, visit 301 N. Pennsylvania Ave., call 575-622-7101 or follow the library on Facebook and Instagram.

Book Talk by Bianca Cheney
Young Adult Librarian
Summer is here! It’s a time for picnics, barbecues, camping — and yummy eating. In January, people make New Year’s resolutions to eat better — how is that working out for you? Now that it’s been almost six months, are you still following your resolution? If you’re in the majority, probably not.
The library owns a great DVD called, “Chow Down, Eat Like Your Life Depends On It.” It’s a creative documentary with comments from health experts, interviews with real people, cartoons and statistics. The subject is near and dear to most of us — heart disease — which is the No. 1 killer in the United States. This film shows that even though heart disease is genetic, it can be controlled without medication. We have to treat the causes of these epidemics, not put bandages on them and hope for the best.
We meet three people who have heart issues — two with major artery blockages and one who is diabetic. They all chose not to take prescribed medication and instead changed their eating habits to extend their lives. The interviews with these three patients are very natural; in their homes, talking frankly about their problems and how they are trying to solve them. Garnet (the diabetic) talks to her young son about having to do everything — work, housework and planning and preparing meals. She asks him if he will help, and he says OK, although he doesn’t really follow through. She gave up because of the frustration and lack of support from her family in changing her lifestyle.
There are interviews with medical experts in research. There’s an interview with a woman who was bribed to not talk about cancer in her healthy food program. Another woman says the government is not helping to promote proper eating habits, although they say they are. The documentary is almost like a good mystery — who is getting away with bad behavior and information? Does the American Heart Association have our best interests in mind? Are the politicians, economists and lobbyists getting in the way of our health?
Check out this eye-opening DVD and learn about heart health. Just like a regular motion picture, there are extended interviews and scenes to watch and there is even a quick, easy recipe included. For additional information on this subject, there are quite a few books about heart health. Check the library’s catalog or ask a librarian.
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Amanda Davis is a reference librarian at the Roswell Public Library. She can be contacted at A.Davis@roswell-nm.gov.