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Check out Family Passes for traveling

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If you’re planning to do some summer traveling the Roswell Public Library has Family Passes that you can check out with a library card that’s in good standing. These allow a group of up to 6 people free admission into 15 different cultural sites all over the state. Some of these include the Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces, the Museum of Space History in Alamogordo, Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe and historic sites at Jemez, Fort Stanton and Lincoln. These passes check out for one week, so it’s easy to work a stop or two into a trip or even plan a vacation around one or more sites to visit. 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 Robert Briggs
Circulation Supervisor

The reputation for comics has improved quite a bit since the days when they were considered brain candy at best, and mind spoilers at worst. Still, there are a lot of folk who believe that they have no literary or artistic merit and because of that, they avoid them at all costs. As unfortunate as this is, there are plenty of comics out there to help change the opinion of anybody open-minded enough to try them out.

“Paper Girls,” by author Brian K. Vaughan and artist Cliff Chiang, combines a bit of 80’s teen adventure with mystery and science fiction. The first volume starts with Erin, a paper girl, having a confusing dream. She wakes up a bit unnerved, but ultimately thinks of it as nothing more than a nightmare and starts her paper route. She is accosted by several teenage boys in Halloween costumes, but is saved when a group of other paper girls happen upon the incident and threaten to tell the boys’ parents that they were harassing a twelve-year-old girl if they don’t leave them alone. This new friend group is made up of other paper girls who travel together for protection, and they welcome Erin into their gang. From here on out, things take a turn for the weird. People in the neighborhood end up missing and the girls encounter people who seem to be from different eras. They find themselves under attack without any explanation and they take it upon themselves to find out why. This series is reminiscent of some of Stephen King’s more nostalgic works. It is a colorful series, both in storytelling and in art, and does a wonderful job of keeping readers engaged. “Paper Girls” can be found in Young Adult paperbacks, under “V” for “Vaughan.”

“Vinland Saga,” by Makoto Yukimura, is an epic series that takes place in England, 1013 AD. It’s about the warrior, Thorfinn, who was orphaned as a boy by Vikings. Enslaved and raised by the same Vikings who killed his parents, Thorfinn vows revenge on his band’s commander, Askeladd. Thorfinn adopts many of the customs and behaviors of the Viking band, and even though the Viking band has become his family, he still remembers the circumstances that brought him into the situation. Being a manga series, one might expect this story to be full of extraordinary adventures and grim battles. While that is true, Yukimura did a lot of research to try and maintain some level of historical accuracy. Those who enjoy the television series, “Vikings,” may find a lot to love in “Vinland Saga,” and any fan of manga will love the art style.

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