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Get better at pumpkin carving on Saturday

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Halloween is just around the corner and the Roswell Public Library is offering a special program for those looking to improve their pumpkin-carving game. On Saturday at 11 a.m., Stormin’ Norman’s Pumpkin Carving Education Demonstration will take place in Library Park, weather permitting. Stormin’ Norman will demonstrate carving techniques using a multitude of tools, some traditional, some a bit more daring. You will also be able to learn how to pick out the perfect pumpkin and clean it, knife safety and how to create and use stencils.

Attendees can bring portable chairs for extra comfort. This program is free to attend, no registration required. Library Park is located behind the library on N. Richardson between Third and Fourth streets, but if the weather is disagreeable, it will be held in the Bondurant Room of the library. We would like to thank Roswell Resale Emporium and Graves Farm & Garden for helping to sponsor this program.

For more information, you can call 575-622-7101, visit 301 N. Pennsylvania and like us on Facebook and Instagram @RPLnm.

Book Talk by Matthew Gormley
Reference Librarian

In his new book “Depth of Winter,” author Craig Johnson puts his much loved protagonist Walt Longmire up against a small army of members of a Mexican drug cartel and their leader, Tomás Bidarte. At the conclusion of his last book, “The Western Star,” Longmire is heading down to the Mexican border in search of Bidarte, who has kidnapped Longmire’s daughter, Cady. From the very beginning in his new book “Depth of Winter,” Johnson has Longmire up against long odds in this installment of the series. After finding out that Cady is being held in a heavily-defended compound in the middle of the Chihuahuan Desert, Longmire must evade the American authorities to make his way into Mexico. To make things harder for Longmire, his physical appearance and lack of language skills mark him as an outsider everywhere he goes in Mexico. Without his normal cast of sidekicks, Longmire is truly alone on his quest to save Cady and finish the vendetta that Bidarte has against him and all of those he cares about. Not knowing who to trust, Longmire makes his way by following the advice of a blind man known as “the seer.” To help conceal his identity for a time, Longmire impersonates a retired NFL football player, Bob Lilly. A Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival further aids in concealing him and adding to the local flavor during one of many action-packed scenes. Throughout this book Longmire faces one challenge after another, all leading to the dramatic confrontation with Bidarte.

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In his previous book, “The Western Star,” Johnson showed us a side of Walt Longmire that was introspective and thoughtful as he worked through his investigation of a whodunit-type mystery leading to a brilliant twist and an exciting ending. In this latest installment, Johnson showcases Longmire’s action side. With nonstop suspense and enough action to satisfy any adrenaline junkie, “Depth of Winter” will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end as Longmire goes on what is seen as a suicide mission in order to rescue Cady. If you have not read the rest of Craig Johnson’s books, stop by and check them out at the Roswell Public Library. There is no time like today to get started on this great series and it can be found in the Mystery, Large Print, Audiobooks and eBook sections of the library.