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Teens invited to join for Trivia Challenge


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Teens (ages 13 to 19) will want to head to the library this Saturday at 2 p.m. for the Kahoot! Trivia Challenge! Participants can bring their own cellphone or tablet to play on, though there will be several iPads available for those without an internet-enabled device. You’ll be able to show off your trivia skills to your friends, win some awesome prizes and there will be refreshments to enjoy, as well. Free to attend and no registration required.

United Blood Services will have its bloodmobile in the library’s parking lot on Tuesday, Aug. 21 from 2:30-6:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity to take a few minutes out of your day that could be the key in saving somebody’s life. You can visit their website at bloodhero.com to sign up for an appointment, but walk-ins are welcome, too! You can also fast track your donation by filling out the health history questionnaire online in advance. Make sure to bring your photo ID and donor card if you have one. Free cholesterol testing with every donation, too! After you donate blood, you can stop in the library for the Brick by Brick/littleBits Mashup happening that night and enjoy some creative building fun.

For more information, you can call 575-622-7101, visit 301 N. Pennsylvania and find the website at roswell-nm.gov/405/ and like us on Facebook and Instagram @RPLnm to stay up-to-date on all events.

Book Talk by Claire Gutierrez
Children’s Librarian

Think you have it bad? Some people like to think they have OCD (a person with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) and maybe you do, but I dare you to try this nail-biting, jaw-clenching, she’s-making-my-skin-crawl memoir written by Lily Bailey. You might find yourself to be a little saner than you had previously thought. Written with painstaking detail recounting growing up with OCD, Bailey keeps you hooked, no matter how much you want to let go.

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“Because We Are Bad: OCD and a Girl Lost in Thought” recounts a childhood literally lost in thought. By the time she was a teenager, Lily Bailey thought she was bad and the only way she could right her wrongs was to think about all the things she had done wrong and how they made her bad. Her mind created this second self who would put her down or instigate her to do or say something “bad;” and so began an obsessive and debilitating mental disorder that almost destroyed her life. Although at times this book is unnerving, you won’t want to put it down.

If you like this new book “Because We Are Bad”, another incredible memoir about losing yourself to illness is Susannah Cahalan’s “Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness” in which Cahalan recounts her nightmare with a rare autoimmune disease that caused her body to attack her brain. She began to hallucinate, suffered seizures, and lost her ability to read and even speak. After landing her dream job as a journalist, she suddenly and drastically almost lost it all. This book is an incredible read and highly recommended.

For more highly recommended memoirs about mental health, check both the Children’s and Adult Non-fiction shelves for “All Better Now” by Emily Wing Smith, “Little Panic” by Amanda Stern, and “Gorilla and the Bird: A Memoir of Madness and a Mother’s Love” by Zack McDermott.