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Crime presentations, crafts keep kids busy

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The special Wednesday performances continue this month with the Neighborhood Watch giving a presentation with McGruff the Crime Dog at 10 a.m.

In the afternoon, the Roswell SWAT team will put on a presentation at 3:30 p.m. Space is limited to 150 people for each performance, but you can arrive early for a ticket to guarantee a place.
The Tween Craft this Thursday will be providing participants with old CD cases, paper, glue, scissors and magazines to make a memory box. Tweens are welcome to bring in their own photos to decorate with, too. Space is limited to 24, but again, you can arrive early to reserve your space and the craft starts promptly at 2:30 p.m.
And all of the summer programs at the library are free to attend. For any questions or more information, contact the library by calling 575-622-7101, visiting us at 301 N. Pennsylvania Ave., liking us on Facebook and finding us on Instagram @RPLnm.

Book Talk by Matthew Gormley
Reference Librarian
In “The Return,” Joseph Helmreich artfully reaches out and grabs the reader with his first line, “If the conspiracy theorists are right and it never happened, then the day it didn’t happen began innocently enough.” It all starts out during an interview with a “C” list science celebrity, Andrew Leland.
Leland is doing the interview to celebrate a rare Winter Solstice lunar eclipse. Andrew had been a big deal when he was younger, being referred to as the next Stephen Hawking, but from that bright beginning, he moved from doing hard science to working to keep his name in the papers while living the life of a low-level celebrity.
But that all changed that night, as midway through the interview, a large alien spaceship swoops out of the night and lifts him up in a green beam of energy. Six years later, he is found emaciated, wandering in the Sonoran Desert, claiming to have been working as a farm hand for the last six years and knowing nothing about that night.
Shawn Ferris is a failed physics graduate student who, like many, is obsessed with Andrew and what happened to him. After getting a tip from an online source, Shawn starts to correspond with Andrew, discussing everything from his early theories to the latest works in physics; everything but what Shawn wants most — information on Andrew’s abduction.
Finally, getting tired of waiting, Shawn sets out to meet with Andrew in person, kicking off events that will draw both Shawn and Andrew into conspiracies that might get both of them killed.
When I sat down to start reading “The Return” by first-time novelist Joseph Helmreich, I was kind of expecting a run of the mill abduction story. Instead, I was treated to a well-written, suspenseful story incorporating hard science and conspiracy theories. The story Helmreich weaves is intense, satisfying and has well-developed characters. It kept me reading straight through to the end.
If this book sounds good to you, swing by the Roswell Public Library and check it out. While you are there, browse the shelves for the other great books in the science-fiction section.
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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.