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Time for a Mad Hatter Tea Party

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Will you won’t you join us for a tea party?

A mad one, that is! In honor of Lewis Carroll’s birthday, the library is hosting a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Jim Bignell will be reading some of Carroll’s beloved stories as you learn about tea etiquette and how to properly taste tea. There will also be crafts including making your own Mad Hatter hat and a paper teacup. Tea and cookies will be provided and dressing up is encouraged! This program is intended for children ages 6 and up, teens and adults. RSVP at the Children’s Desk no later than Jan. 20 to reserve your place at the party. For more information you can contact the library by calling 575-622-7101, visit us at 301 N. Pennsylvania or the website at oswell-nm.gov/405/Roswell-Public-Library.

Book Talk by Debra Thomas
Technical Services Supervisor

A snowstorm. New Year’s Eve. Denver International Airport suffers closures which strand an 18-year-old girl amongst strangers. This desperately sad girl wants nothing more than to be invisible, so the thought of dealing with complete strangers is nearly unbearable.

Unable to move forward with her life, Ryn Gilbert alternately dwells upon the friendship, love, and memories shared with her deceased best friend, Lottie, then hides those memories within herself, not willing to acknowledge that Lottie really is gone for good. After all, she has a text message from her, the last she will ever receive, still on her phone waiting for Ryn to recover enough to actually open it. But she has become an expert in the art of standing still, hiding layers of hurt even from her therapist, unable to alter the crushing emotional paralysis that has encompassed her since the car accident that claimed her friend’s life a year ago.

Sometimes though, what we most dread is that which breaks us out of our self-imposed exile, ultimately opening us up to the salvation we so desperately need. In “The Chaos of Standing Still” by Jessica Brody, the emotional upheaval visited upon Ryn by the death of her friend is shattered, uncertainties and hurts are exposed and shared throughout the night with passengers who keep vigil over their own intimate secrets– a 13-year-old child prodigy, the biracial son of celebrity psychologists, a spunky waitress, and other multi-leveled characters who work the airport terminal.

A lot happens in less than 24 hours, stranded in a blizzard with complete strangers as Brody’s novel takes us through the psychological journey of healing involving these fractured, “hesitant to join the real world again” cast of characters.

New York Times Bestseller “Make Your Own Bed” by Admiral William H. McRaven is an inspiring electronic audiobook to listen to as you drive to daily destinations His graduation speech to the 2014 graduating class of the University of Texas which this is based on, garnered over 10 million YouTube views. Not only the graduates appreciated the wisdom and clarity shared that day, but a multitude of others wanted to hear how the basic principles he learned during Navy Seal training kept him grounded and determined to live a life full of principle — one in which he would meet life’s challenges with compassion, honor, and courage. As the subtitle says, “Little things that can change your life … and maybe the world.” An inspiring conduct-of-life book that would be a great jumpstart to New Year’s resolutions to make the world a better place in which to live.