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Adult coloring provides relaxation

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The first Tuesday of every month, the Roswell Public Library offers a free adult coloring program. Coloring has become popular among adults as a way to relax and unwind with a hobby that doesn’t take up much space or money and hearkens back to the carefree days of childhood.

The grown-up version of this activity utilizes much more intricate designs with many sections to fill in that may take more concentration, but also provides a soothing distraction from everyday life. Coloring pages and pencils are provided from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Bondurant Room. No registration required. For more information, you can contact the library by calling 575-622-7101, visit us at 301 N. Pennsylvania or the website at roswell-nm.gov/405/Roswell-Public-Library.

Book Talk by Debra Thomas
Technical Services Supervisor

Sometimes, when things are very bleak, there is a silence in your heart and mind that blocks out everything around you, even the cold or heat of the days and nights you have lost track of as you sit lonely and dejected amongst the bustle of crowds. Your mind knows that there is no hope of anyone acknowledging your existence, so you sit dejectedly amidst your fellow man as they go about their busy lives, sidestepping, circling around, and never, ever making eye contact because then what would happen?

A young, brown-haired boy looks out his window and thinks “I See You” as he watches the woman sitting inside the bus stop shelter across the street. She is covered with patched, mismatched clothing and her eyes are heavily burdened as they stare hopelessly out between her scarf and hat. People ignore her for the most part and those that do not, shoo her away when she tries to find shelter and food elsewhere. The boy, observant where others are not, walks out of a market one day and sadly watches the woman as she desperately looks through a trash can. He sees her, her sadness, and shares the food he knows she needs, but will not ask for.

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Home again, holding his favorite blanket and once again looking across the street, now thickly covered with snow, he makes his way to the bus stop shelter, and as he hands his blanket to the woman that no one sees, the light of caring and generosity is lit in others as they watch this small boy fearlessly acknowledge the plight of a stranger with his willingness to make a difference in her world. Things are not always as complicated as we make them, sometimes a simple gesture of kindness will return light, hope and color to someone’s existence. “I See You” by Michael Genhart is a wordless book which says so much about the circumstances of so many. It generates empathy and understanding of the complex issues surrounding homelessness in our cities The book ends with a section that explains the varied reasons that people become homeless, the social issues involved, the biases encountered and also outlines information we can use in teaching our children how to respond to different situations they may encounter as they go through life. The library has other information in book and video format to supplement the information set forth in this book for those who would like to further their education concerning the homeless. “I See You” by Michael Genhart can be found in our Juvenile Easy collection under the call number JE Gen.