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There’s only a few more weeks left for our special Summer Reading programs as well as for turning in hours! The Wednesday program at 10:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. is always a popular one, since it gives children a chance to meet local heroes from the Roswell Fire Department. Kids will get to see fire trucks and firefighting equipment up close and meet the firefighters underneath the helmet.

The Tween Craft on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. will repurpose plastic CD cases into a hanging picture frame holder that tweens will get to decorate in their own style. Space is limited so grab a ticket early!

The Adulting 101 class on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. will teach basic sewing skills including how to mend a hole, how to fix a button and 4 other simple stitches to get by when a wardrobe malfunction arises. No registration required, but it is limited to ages 16 and up. For more information, you can call 575-622-7101, visit 301 N. Pennsylvania Ave. and find the website at roswell-nm.gov/405/Roswell-Public-Library.

Book Talk by Bianca Cheney
Young Adult/Audio Visual Librarian

Plan on reading another book in the life of Dave Pelzer, you know who he is (although you may not realize his name) … the young boy who is known for having the third worst case of child abuse ever in the State of California. Among the many horrible and life-threatening things his mother made him do as a child, the name she gave him, “It”, is what is most known to the public. Mr. Pelzer has written several books about his life; as a young boy, as a teenager, as a young adult, and now he writes, “Too Close to Me: The Middle-Aged Consequences of Revealing a Child Called “It.”

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In spite of his early years, Pelzer has been given a second chance at a decent life and has made the most of it. He is a successful author, public speaker, and inspiration to many others with emotional problems. He received the National Jefferson Award, which is considered the Pulitzer Prize for public service, and in 1993 was honored as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans.

This book, published in 2015, describes Dave’s challenges and difficulties in having a normal life through marriage, work, and parenting because of his past trauma. His courage, love and honesty, as well as his shortcomings, fear, and insecurities, are told on these pages. He was a workaholic which ultimately cost him two marriages. He has a strained relationship with his brothers and yet, has made great friends with his foster families. He’s managed to achieve success and has a huge impact on other people who are or have been in similar situations. He visits hospitals and schools to share his empathy, experiences and wisdom. He never gave up his dream to be in the military, which took many attempts to accomplish. And, he never gave up on his dream to be like his dad. His resilience is remarkable and yet, he is humble.

If you haven’t read Pelzer’s other books, be sure to check them all out. The first one is hard to read, about the pain and neglect Dave suffered, and yet by this newest addition to the collection, it’s obvious that good things do happen to people who believe in a better life.

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