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The library subscribes to two platforms that allow access to our electronic books: 3M Library and Overdrive Media Console. Both can be accessed on a computer through the library’s website and offer free apps to put on iOS or Android devices. Overdrive has downloadable audiobooks available, too. You’ll just need your library card number and 4-digit PIN, which you can receive from the front desk. If you need help getting started with these services, you are welcome to bring your device to the Reference Desk.

You can 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 Debra Thomas
Technical Services Supervisor

“The Book of Polly” by Kathy Hepinstall; what can I say? If you read one book this year, let it be this one, and if you don’t have time to sit down and relax with a book, there are still no excuses because we have the audiobook downloadable in our Overdrive website and narrator Jenna Lamia entrances with her character portraits as she immerses us in the lives of Willow and Polly Havens.

Early in life, Polly found that sometimes things had a way of knocking you down just like a chair leg left out in the dark to unexpectedly trip over in that midnight quest for water. One minute things are heavenly and the next it seems you’re drowning in a pool of bad memories that you’ve kept hidden away because it wouldn’t seem right to share something that awful with someone you love. But some people rise above calamitous events and Southern woman Polly did just that, because in her world, life can always be done well if we have enough try in us.

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We have hard-hitting, abrasively quirky, in-your-face Polly with an attitude that has no rival as she navigates life with a daughter conceived in her late 50s, news she received shortly after the death of her husband. The doctor advised her to terminate the pregnancy and she advised the doctor to “drop dead and mind his own business.” Ten years later, Willow Haven is following behind her mom, a falcon (hastily found through an old fishing buddy because it is featured in one of Willow’s tall tales) perched on her shoulder, through the school corridors to clarify some “lies” her daughter has been accused of perpetrating.

Yes, Willow is in trouble, but to Willow’s way of thinking, her mom is so much older than the other moms, she has to “make her bigger than life so that she would never die.” Death for this much-loved woman is unthinkable to the 10-year-old and yet, she does think about it — a lot. So through the years, in her quest to keep Polly safe, the child spends her days hiding the cigarettes that could kill, practicing resuscitation methods on a doll, and often, most heartbreakingly, in the still of night, simply standing over Polly, listening to her breathing.

To bring healing of heart, mind, body and soul, Polly is forced to return to a place she vowed never to see again, relive a time best forgotten, all because her daughter will save her if it’s the last thing she does on this earth. However, this trip will be taken by Willow and Polly alone, floating down a river by raft, unraveling the past.

It’s time to learn the story of Polly, because as Willow once said about the secrets her mother had kept, “the story was a blank stare and I wanted it to blink.” The audiobook version should be the first choice as the voices are portrayed so well that you cannot do otherwise than live and breathe the lives depicted in “The Book of Polly.”

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