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Holiday party includes crafts and snacks

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This Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m., the library will be hosting an afternoon of holiday fun!

We will provide the supplies to make a variety of crafts that could be festive ornaments to hang on the tree or handmade presents to gift to family and friends. There will be delicious gingerbread cookies to decorate and as a special gift to our patrons, you can meet Santa Claus and his helper from 2 to 4 p.m.

This is a come-and-go event that is open to all ages and refreshments will be served, as well. Craft supplies are limited, though, so early arrival is recommended. For more information, 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 Robert Briggs
Circulation Supervisor

Many book series build fantastic and intricately designed worlds, leaving many readers unable to put down the books until they have memorized passages and completely understood the entire plot of the series. What is not explicitly detailed in the story is frequently speculated upon, with message boards full of fan theories and debates about character motivations and plot points. This frequently goes into what may have occurred before the event of the series. Sometimes authors realize that fleshing out events before the start of a book can help readers better understand the world of their books, and because of this, many of our beloved series have added prequel books to the lineup.

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Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” series was as beloved as it was controversial. Lyra and Will’s quest to understand “dust” and ultimately free all living things across multiple dimensions spanned three books, and there were several side stories to help flesh out Lyra’s world. The first novel in his new “The Book of Dust” series is called “La Belle Sauvage” and is Pullman’s newest book set in Lyra’s world, which explores events that occur both before and after the “His Dark Materials” trilogy.

Like the original trilogy, each character in the book is accompanied by his or her deamon, an opposite sex animal representation of that person that may very well be their soul. The main character Malcolm’s deamon has yet to settle in a final form, which is usual for children his age. The kind and curious son of innkeepers, Malcom is very curious when he finds out that a nearby abbey is taking care of an infant named Lyra. When he is allowed to meet the baby, the interaction between his deamon and the baby’s illustrates an almost instantaneous bond. It is because of his love for the baby that Malcolm steps up to the challenge to save the baby when it is discovered that a demented scientist and evil organization that disguises itself as a paragon of virtue, is hell-bent on taking baby Lyra for their own. Traveling across a deluged land with a ragtag group of friends, Malcolm must take Lyra to safety. Even though this is the first of a new trilogy, this book is already a great setup for the “His Dark Materials” series, and anybody who loved Pullman’s other works will find a lot to love in this book. You can find it in the Young Adult Fiction section at the library.

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