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Say farewell to children’s librarian at going-away party Wednesday


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Summer Reading T-shirts are now available, so if you earned one, stop by the Children’s Department to pick it up as soon as you can!

The monthly Roswell Chess Encounter will be a special all-day tournament this Saturday running from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Registration for this open, unrated adult and junior chess tournament will be at 10 a.m. and will be held in a 45-minute game, five-round Swiss-system format with prizes awarded to the top three places in each category.

On Monday, Sept. 10, a new monthly series for children and teens will begin called “Let’s Get Coding.” At 5:30 p.m., kids ages 6 and older will learn to code basic actions, games and apps and participate in “App Time” to explore S.T.E.M.-related apps.

Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. will be the first in a four-part class for teens on filmmaking. Hosted by Donovon Fulkerson of Relicwood Media, each session will be held once a month and students will learn the basics of making a short film and then create their own film using a smartphone or other device. This free program is for teens ages 13-19.

Finally, on Wednesday, Sept. 12 following the afternoon Story Time at 4 p.m., there will be a going-away party in the Malone Room as we bid our Children’s Librarian Claire Gutierrez farewell and best wishes. Claire has spearheaded many, many new programs and initiatives over the last few years and will be greatly missed by staff and patrons alike. There will be refreshments and a book to sign that she will be able to take with her as she starts her new journey.

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Book Talk
By Claire Gutierrez Children’s Librarian

The Roswell Public Library’s collection of illustrated juvenile non-fiction includes a great variety of subjects and is visually stimulating for all readers. “The Wonder Garden,” illustrated by Kristjana S. Williams and written by Jenny Broom, is an incredible feast for readers’ eyes, along with informative pages about five animal habitats and 80 individual animals. With incredibly vibrant and gorgeous illustrations, every page of this highly detailed book keeps readers’ gaze.

“Big City Explorer” is a fun, interactive illustrated nonfiction title with infographics about major cities all over the world. Written and illustrated by Maggie Li, readers follow Penguin through some of the world’s greatest cities. As they journey through each city, readers can try to spot Penguin in the illustrations as they learn the city’s local language and learn fun facts about each city — like how the weirdest gelato flavors in Rome are lobster, eggs and bacon, and blue cheese — while enjoying the cute illustrations throughout.

Who knew learning English grammar would be so fun? Including idioms, similes and metaphors, “You’re Pulling My Leg!: 400 Human-Body Sayings from Head to Toe” by Pat Street is an engaging and funny title with laugh-out-loud illustrations. Information is cataloged by body part, collecting sayings for the head down to the toes, including hilarious illustrations for “keep an eye on him,” “all ears,” and “splitting my sides.” You can just imagine the literal representation of each of these sayings!

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