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New teen program focuses on journaling

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Tuesday night’s going to be a busy one with both the monthly Brick by Brick/littleBits Mashup for everyone to participate in, as well as a teen program happening, too. On Oct. 16, the mashup will run from 5 until 6 p.m. and is open to all ages. No registration is required, just come in and have fun playing with Legos and littleBits modules.

At 5:30 p.m., there is a program just for young adults (ages 13-19) focused on journaling called Jots & Thoughts. Teens should bring in their own special paper and they’ll learn how to put it together to create a special one-of-a-kind notebook to jot down all of their ideas, thoughts and dreams. This program is free, no registration required and will be held in the Teen Area of the library.

For more information, you can call 575-622-7101 and like us on Facebook and Instagram @RPLnm and visit the website at roswell-nm.gov/405.

Book Talk by Bianca Cheney

Young Adults Reference Librarian

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One would think that the Amish people and crime wouldn’t mix, and Linda Castillo would tell you that yes, they do. The Amish people are well-known for their simple living with few, if any, modern conveniences and their desire to live daily life in a way that they interpret God would want them to live. Members are very strict in their religious beliefs and feel strongly that those who don’t believe or get baptized in the Amish church, are no longer part of the Amish — they are banned or shunned from participation, until they repent.

Kate Burkholder was banned as a young lady because she didn’t want to follow the rules of the Ordnung, especially after the death of her Mom. She left her small town of Painter’s Mill, Ohio and became a police woman in a large city. After several years, she came back to visit and found out that Painter’s Mill was looking for a new police chief. Because of Kate’s Amish background, the town council thought she would be a perfect fit, even though most of the Amish residents would not welcome her.

In the first book of the Kate Burkholder series, “Sworn to Silence,” the body of a young woman is found with Roman numerals carved into her abdomen and it’s up to Kate to solve the case. Kate is very surprised, and a little scared, because 16 years ago, when she was a teenager, she knew about similar incidents and is really curious to see the same MO resurface — it can’t be the same person! She has secrets about her past that affect her ability to properly investigate the case, a case that she had close knowledge about. It’s more than she can handle with her small staff and big city police detectives are called in from nearby Columbus, Ohio — against Kate’s wishes because she wants to keep her secrets safe.

The story gets very intense at times, can be described in great, gory detail and has surprises along the way. There are side stories about other characters which lend themselves to future books in the series. While each book is about a different case, the police department employees are the same, and we watch them grow — getting married, having babies and going to college to get a better job.

This series is available in the Mystery section as well as on audiobook. Take Kate and her friends with you on your next road trip.

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