Saturday, June 16 there are two new programs in the library’s line-up being offered. The first will kick off a series that will take place every other Saturday during the summer called Adulting 101. These are intended for people age 16 and older who may have missed out on certain skills that can come in handy during adulthood.
This weekend’s Auto Shop will help you learn about basic maintenance and car parts, as well as feature a Q&A session. No sign-up is required.
Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. is Date with Dad, a chance to celebrate the father figure in your life with a make-and-take craft, plus music provided by Tom Blake. Supplies will be provided to use nuts, bolts and other hardware to create a special keepsake just in time for Father’s Day.
Two weekly programs that will be ongoing during the summer are the Tween Crafts every Thursday at 2:30 p.m. and the Friday Fun Kids Crafts every Friday at 10 a.m. The Tween Crafts are for 10-, 11- and 12-year-olds only and the Friday Fun crafts are for ages 3 and up, with every week featuring a different craft for each one.
Supplies are limited so arrive early to secure a spot. For more information, you can call 575-622-7101, visit 301 N. Pennsylvania and find the website at http://roswell-nm.gov/405/Roswell-Public-Library.
Book Talk by Colette Speer
Leslie Jamison’s new book, “The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath”, is a brilliant book, both a memoir of addiction and an impeccably researched exploration into the myths and realities of the roles addiction plays in creativity, specifically the work of writers. This is not just an account of a writer who went from a party girl to down-and-out and into recovery. It is far more than that. It’s a deep assessment of how addiction has been viewed, particularly in the U.S., and primarily in the 20th century, how it’s been criminalized and pathologized and finally understood as something else.
Jamison, who is also the author of the best-selling book of essays “The Empathy Exams” and the novel “The Gin Closet”, intertwines her own life-story of alcoholism with the accounts of other writers and also various approaches to treatment. She explores the myth and mystery of the role alcohol and drugs played in the work of famous writers and creators like John Berryman, Jean Rhys, John Cheever and Billie Holiday.
She charts the trajectory of alcohol’s perceived ability to fuel creativity and examines the certainty with which — as time goes on — it extinguishes the flame of the possibility of creativity for others. Alongside her own story and the story of others, she highlights the paths to treatment and recovery: the rise of Alcoholics Anonymous, various notions of rehabilitation and other ways forward. In all of this, Jamison seeks to uncover the story in which sobriety offers a path where more, and not less, is possible for the writer going forward.