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Kids 6 and up will learn coding basics


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On Monday, Oct. 8, the next installment of the “Let’s Get Coding” will be held at 5 p.m. Kids ages 6 and older will learn how to code basic actions, games and apps and participate in “App Time” to explore STEM-related apps. Kids can use one of the library’s tablets or bring in their own device. Registration is required, you can call 622-7101 or just arrive early to do so.

Tuesday, Oct. 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. will be the second in a four-part class for teens on filmmaking. Hosted by Donovon Fulkerson of Relicwood Media, students will learn the basics of making a short film and then create their own film using a smartphone or other device. This month’s session will go over the basics of filming include lighting and shot composition. This program is free for teens ages 13-19. For more information, you can call 575-622-7101 and like us on Facebook and Instagram @RPLnm.

Book Talk by Tomás González
Reference Librarian

Many of us have grown up being led to believe by parents, family members, and other people in our lives that everything we do is wonderful and that we can do no wrong. Well, it may be that that way of thinking has done more harm than good. Elan Gale in his book “You’re Not That Great (but neither is anyone else)” looks to dispel how positivity prevents us from reaching that full potential in our lives and show that, just maybe, we should embrace the negativity as our driving force in life.

Elan Gale is a television producer, mostly known for his work in reality television, in particular the TV show “The Bachelor.” He points to one specific incident in his life that started the use of negativity in his life to drive him to be something more than what he planned on settling on. He attended college as a film major, but when his father found out, he stated that it was “not possible” to make a career out of television. It was those two words, and a bit of stubbornness, that put Gale on the path to proving his father wrong. Gale eventually dropped out of college and started to make a decent living in show business. He used that negativity that his father showed him as the driving force to prove his father wrong and to push himself further towards goals that some might have said were unattainable.

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Gale goes through many other ways of how the power of positive thinking may be hindering the achievement of our goals and aspirations, such as being given sugarcoated responses to spare our feelings. One example Gale uses is someone auditioning for the television show, “American Idol.” Even though they may be bad at singing, if their friends and family tell them they’re doing great, then this person will continue through life thinking they are a good singer and anyone who thinks differently is just wrong. However, the more honest approach of telling them that they’re not that good, but could get better with practice is a good example of how negativity can drive that person to strive to be better at singing instead of just hearing what they wanted to hear. These analogies and different ideas of how to embrace negativity are given to us by Gale, so we can cut through the shiny coat of positivity that makes us feel good, and accept the negativity that shows us we are not perfect and how we can better ourselves if we see what we are truly not good at.