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Library offers FamilyPasses

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If you’re planning to travel over the winter holidays, the Roswell Public Library now has more FamilyPasses that you can check out with a library card that’s in good standing.

These allow a group of up to 6 people free admission into 15 different cultural sites all over the state. Some of these include the Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces, the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo, Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe and historic sites at Jemez, Fort Stanton and Lincoln. These passes check out for one week, so it’s easy to work a stop or two into a trip or even plan a vacation around one or more sites to visit. For more information, you can contact the library by calling 575-622-7101, visit us at 301 N. Pennsylvania or the website at http://roswell-nm.gov/405/Roswell-Public-Library.

Book Talk by Amanda Davis
Reference Librarian

Christmas is coming and if you’re having trouble getting into the holiday spirit this year, there are many materials at the library that could help in enjoying the upcoming festivities. But it’s always important to start at the beginning to lay the groundwork for anything that you do and Judith Flanders has written an excellent history of the holiday called “Christmas: A Biography”.

Many people lament the “commercialization of Christmas”, but there’s always going to exist the rose-colored tinge of looking back on the “good old days” under the haze of nostalgia. You might be surprised that the term “Season’s Greetings” was readily used on cards starting in the late 19th century and that Santa Claus is actually of European origins. You’ll learn how and when traditions such as Christmas cards, gift wrapping (it started more recently than you might think!), the dinner, decorating houses and trees and even why December 25 was chosen as the celebratory date. It’s not just restricted to America, either, Christmas in other countries is looked at, as well, because it just so happens many of the ones we celebrate here actually started across the ocean. By the end of this book, you’ll know everything there is to know about Christmas and may look at your surroundings this month in a whole new light.

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If you’re not looking to make a research project out of the holiday and just enjoy local traditions, you can check out books like “Christmas in New Mexico: Recipes, Traditions, and Folklore for the Holiday Season” by Lynn Nusom. It includes recipes for popular dishes like Three Kings Bread and Posole de Posada. The author also wrote a “Christmas in Arizona” version with recipes such as Green Corn Tamale Casserole and Willcox Hominy. Both contain anecdotes and information about celebrating Christmas with a Southwest style.

For the crafters, you may want to check out a few books to help put a personal accent on your holiday décor. “A Crafter’s Book of Santas” by Leslie Dierks features over 50 projects in a variety of methods from cross-stitch to wood-working, papier-mâché and polymer clay. No matter what materials you have, you should be able to find a Santa project to fit your needs. “Christmas Naturals: Ornaments, Wreathes & Decorations” by Carol Taylor will inspire you to make creative use of all sorts of nature-based materials. Making your own pine bough wreath, corn husk bird nest ornament or dried red chile centerpiece is sure to add a special touch to your holiday decorations this year or can be given away as a special, handmade gift that the recipient will surely appreciate.