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Many helpful resources available online

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The Roswell Public Library offers many in-house materials to help students, but there are even more resources that are available online, too. With school starting, students can make use of the article databases that provide access to various printed periodicals and academic journals in a searchable, electronic format. Proquest eLibrary, Galegroup’s Infotrac, and Ebscohost’s Magazine Article Summaries, all provide free access to publications that are ideal for research projects. Some are direct scans of the articles, others are transcribed so that you can get word definitions within the document. They provide the bibliographic citations and can be printed, saved and emailed. Ebsco’s Consumer Health Complete contains many medical-related texts for students going into health fields, as well. Just follow the instructions on our website at roswell-nm.gov/405/Roswell-Public-Library under the “Databases” tab to access these and many more online resources.

For more information, you can call the library at 575-622-7101 or visit 301 N. Pennsylvania. Hours are 9 a.m.-9 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m.-6 p.m. on Sundays.

Book Talk by Matthew Gormley
Reference Librarian

In her first book titled “The Book of M,” Peng Shepherd has created a world that will keep readers glued to the pages from the first to last. While similar to some other dystopian fantasies over the years, Shepherd adds a distinct twist that will please readers and keep them thinking as they turn the pages discovering more and more layers to this new reality.

It all started when a man in India lost his shadow. With this extraordinary event which cannot be explained by any scientific means, the world spins into chaos. As more people lose their shadows, this plague quickly spreads around the world. Along with the loss of their shadows, those afflicted with this condition also start to forget. At first it is little things, but before long they cannot remember those around them. To make matters worse, those who forget gain a strange new power to alter the very world around them. One day you forget what color your car is and it changes to a new one. You forget that someone has a mouth and they no longer do. These sporadic changes to the world around them make them a danger to everyone who is near, throwing society into a tailspin it might not recover from.

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In this new and strange world we have Ory and his wife Max, desperately trying to avoid this life-shattering plague by hiding out in a remote hotel deep in the woods, but they soon realize they are too late as Max’s shadow disappears. Not wanting to endanger Ory’s life, Max runs away to search for a cure. Ory soon follows her, determined to spend as much time as he can with her before she forgets everything.

Into a world that she cannot remember and he cannot recognize, they both brave bandits, a war that is being waged on the ruins of society, and cults that center on the worship of those afflicted with this new plague. Both will navigate a world gone mad in search for each other and their own personal answers.

If this book sounds good to you, stop by the Roswell Public Library and check it out. While you are here you might look at some of the other exciting new Science Fiction books that we have received, like “Starless” by Jacqueline Carey, “Witchmark” by C. L. Polk, and “No Less Days” by Amanda G. Stevens.