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September is National Library Card Sign-up Month. This is a great time to get the whole family signed up for a free library card that provides access to checking out books, magazines, DVDs, audiobooks, music CDs and a plethora of online resources, including eBooks and downloadable audiobooks, digital magazines, music streaming, learning resources, research databases and much, much more.

Returning this Tuesday is Brick by Brick, a program where you are given free reign with Lego bricks to let your creativity flow. Contact the library by calling 575-622-7101, visiting us at 301 N. Pennsylvania Ave. or the website at roswell-nm.gov.

Book Talk by Tomás González
Reference Librarian
Ghosts and other things that go bump in the night are a mainstay in popular culture and have become a hot subject in all formats of media from television and movies, to the internet and books. Fans and skeptics of the paranormal have both books and videos available at the library to help in their curiosities of the unknown.

One book the library has to offer is “Ghosts of Old Town Albuquerque” by Cody Polston. Polston, along with the Southwest Ghost Hunters Association, researches and conducts tests at some of the supposedly haunted locations around Old Town Albuquerque. A brief history of Albuquerque is given describing some of the early discord between the different groups that made up the population. Conflicts between locals, as well as other criminal acts and underhanded happenings led to Albuquerque being a tumultuous place to live in the city’s early beginnings. Some of these early happenings could be the reason behind some of the strange occurrences and unexplainable events that seem to prevail in Old Town.

The Southwest Ghost Hunters Association examines each location determining if the place is indeed haunted. A rating of “probable,” “improbable” or “debunked” is given for each location they investigate. One of the locations rated as “probable” is the Salvador Armijo House. Armijo found much success in business, but the same could not be said for his personal life.

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After a failed marriage, Armijo married a second time to a woman named Dona Maria de las Nievas Sarracino. Armijo and Dona Nievas would eventually separate with Dona Nievas receiving the house as part of the settlement. Dona Nievas was known to be demanding and hard to get along with and as time passed, the family’s wealth began to deteriorate. With this, her harsh personality grew even more, until fighting split the family apart. Eventually, Dona Nievas would pass away with much of her financial and personal dealings left unfinished.

The Salvador Armijo house would go through many renovations and numerous changes of ownership. Today the house is home to the Casa Esencia, a special events venue, but in the book is mentioned as being the Maria Teresa Restaurant, which is no longer in business.

Several sightings of a woman in a white dress have been reported in the building, believed to be Dona Nieves. In addition to these sightings, there have been reports of silverware and other items being moved, and a piano being played late at night when the restaurant is empty. The full details of the entire study of this restaurant and the other Old Town Albuquerque locations that have been examined can all be found in this book that should appeal to local history buffs, as well as those intrigued by the supernatural.

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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.