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Still time to register for Summer Reading

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The Summer Reading Program is underway and if you haven’t registered, there’s still plenty of time left to read!

Once you sign up to participate, keep track of how many hours you spend reading or listening to materials from the Roswell Public Library. Regular books, eBooks, audiobooks, even kids listening to their parents read to them, all count. You’ll earn a prize for every 5 hours turned in and if you read 20 hours before Summer Reading ends on July 31, you can earn a special T-shirt and keep reading for entries towards the grand prize drawings. Visit the Children’s area to sign up, all ages are welcome!

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 Debra Thomas
Tech Services Supervisor

“…and they all lived happily ever after. The end, said Robot.” Ruby looked expectantly at the green metallic Robot with the perky grin displayed underneath large, inquisitive eyes, her red pigtails framing a small face as she tells him, “I love that story,” and asks if he did not also love it. Puzzled, Robot doesn’t know if he loves it, because he doesn’t know what love is. Ruby, on the other hand, knows exactly how to explain the feelings of love to her friend.

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Opening a box, Ruby releases scores of soft, lovely pink butterflies that circle Robot and tickle his senses, because as far as she is concerned, love is like that. It is also a golden sunset which can be sipped from a teacup while sitting contentedly in front of a window, or, when the sun sets, it’s an electrifying glow from a firefly as it zips and twirls in fun, unstructured patterns that resemble love. Curious now, Robot needs Ruby to explain to him where love comes from, and since she has a solid understanding of this subject, she is very good at explaining that “where” is a feeling that comes from inside.

Now, as Ruby tells Robot about feelings, she knits her brows, and remembers that feelings cause emotions that are not always soft and comforting, but can be “green and spiky like a twisted thistle” when you are upset and jealous. Sharing her feelings about anger causes poor Robot’s top to shoot red flames, his nuts and bolts to pop, and his fists to clench as Ruby describes how she feels when she does not get her way. We begin to wonder if Robot will survive this discussion of feelings as he runs the gamut from anger, fear, worry and sadness, but just when he thinks maybe feelings are not so nice to have after all, Ruby gently hugs him to her, and there is love.

Designed for children and their parents, “A Box of Butterflies” by Jo Rooks follows a small girl’s story as she helps her friend discover and identify emotions foreign to him. Published by Magination Press, an imprint of the American Psychological Association, they support parents and caregivers as they deal with the many aspects of emotional development for their children. Elizabeth McCallum, PhD, explores the importance of learning how to deal with emotions in the notes at the end of the book. She offers discussion tips and strategies on emotional self-awareness, developing empathy, self-regulation, identifying emotions in others, and how to model appropriate emotional skills.