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Adulting 101 continues with ramen recipes

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The second in this summer’s Adulting 101 series will be taking place this Saturday at 10 a.m. It will feature different ways to spruce up the ultimate staple of quick-fix dishes: ramen! Recipes and techniques will be shown so that you can turn a cheap package of ramen noodles into a nutritious, hearty meal. All supplies will be provided, no sign-up required and open to ages 16 and up.

For more information, you can call 575-622-7101, visit 301 N. Pennsylvania and find the website at roswell-nm.gov/405/Roswell-Public-Library.

Book Talk by Claire Gutierrez
Children’s Librarian

Summer is halfway over and that means the Summer Reading Program will soon be concluding, but fear not! There is still time to find more great books to continue reading for the last half of the summer season, including these two great books about writing. The first is intended for children and teens but may be enjoyed by readers and creators of all ages. The second is a collection of short fiction created with dictionary passages that might spark new ideas and a new hobby!

“The Creativity Project: An Awesometastic Story Collection” is a wonderful book that will not only make you think more creatively but also gets you closer to your favorite children’s and middle-grade authors and illustrators. Including ideas and stories by Dav Pilkey (“Captain Underpants”, “Dog Man”), R.J. Palacio (“Wonder”), Sherman Alexie (“The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian”), Kate DiCamillo (“Because of Winn-Dixie”, “Flora and Ulysses”) and more, this book is jam-packed with interesting prompts and responses created by 44 authors and illustrators. Short stories, illustrations, and comic book panels were created in response to prompts provided by each author or illustrator. This book is a testament to how creativity is subjective; a prompt might cause a certain response from you but will result in a completely different response from another person. This is what is so great about this book – it allows you to be open to creativity in a multitude of ways. I highly urge any budding writer or young illustrator to pick up this book and see the wondrous places it takes you. Find this title in the Juvenile Nonfiction section of the library under call number J 810.8 C86.

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Jez Burrows is a designer, illustrator, and writer, who one day searched the dictionary for the definition of “study.” Instead of the definition, what he found was a whole new world of possibilities written in the form of example sentences. Burrows began to search through the dictionary, creating interesting mashups of multiple example sentences to form new short fictions. He self-published a few in ‘zines that he handed out to friends while simultaneously posting several online. Little did he know that he would grow a huge following, attract an agent, and have a book of his findings published. “Dictionary Stories: Short Fictions and Other Findings” is a fun way of reinventing passages found in dictionaries and might inspire an interest in readers to try it out for themselves as well as share with friends. Imagine all the various possibilities of short fictions you can create on your own! Delve into Burrows’ book to see his set of rules he made for himself and get a feel for the different types of dictionaries from which he mixed and matched sentences. This is a highly entertaining and creativity-sparking book, enjoyable by all people who enjoy the spoken language. Find this title in the adult fiction section of the library.