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‘Mother Goose on the Loose’ Monday mornings

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The Roswell Public Library has added a new weekly program happening on Mondays at 10 a.m. called “Mother Goose on the Loose”. Designed for 0-2 years old, this interactive story time uses books, songs, rhymes, puppets and musical instruments so that you and your child can play together and develop early literacy skills. “Mother Goose on the Loose” helps young children develop school readiness skills in a nurturing environment through nursery rhyme activities and music. This program is free to attend and no registration is required.

For more information, you can call 575-622-7101, visit 301 N. Pennsylvania, visit the website at roswell-nm.gov/405 and like us on Facebook.

Book Talk
By Robert Briggs, circulation supervisor

Living in a world of erratic traffic, rude strangers and 24-hour news channels, it’s no wonder that high anxiety runs rampant. We are always on edge, waiting for the next “big bad” to hit with no guarantee that relief is on the way, and yet we are still expected to perform at work and at home with a clear head. Relaxation techniques are just as important as they have ever been, and the library may be a great place to learn.

Meditation is often seen as some sort of hippy quackery by a lot of folk, and yet there is actually some science to back up the benefits of meditation. In his book “Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics,” news anchor Dan Harris explores the evidence, both scientific and anecdotal, that meditation can be good for everybody. He and his friend, Jeff Warren — referred to as a “Meditation MacGyver” — go across the country to debunk some of the common myths and misconceptions of meditation.

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Interviewing celebrities, police officers, military cadets, and typical, everyday people with families, they go over some of meditation techniques people use to reduce stress. They delve a little into the science that shows meditation can help lower blood pressure and alleviate the dreaded anxiety-depression combination that plagues so many of us these days.

They even give instructions on how to meditate for those who want to start but don’t know where to begin. This book is easy to approach for people who have never meditated before, yet those who are familiar with meditating can get something out of it as well. It can be found in the new books section of the library, under call number 158.12 H.

We all know that exercise is good for us. It can lower blood pressure and reduce stress, yet it can be hard to get off the couch. It’s especially hard for those who experience arthritic pain, and if there is a group of people who could use less stress it’s those who experience chronic pain.

Yoga is a low-impact exercise that can help build muscle, increase endurance and mobility, and, yes, even decrease the pain experienced with arthritis. In the DVD “Arthritis Rx: Exercises to Keep You Active and Pain-Free” viewers are shown yoga exercises created by Vijay Vad, MD, a sports medicine specialist.

Though it’s targeted to people with arthritis, it can be of help to anybody. It shows people how to calm their joint pain, while invigorating their mind and relieving their anxieties. It is a great DVD for anybody who needs to get moving and learn to stress less. It can be found in the A-DVD section of the library, call number 616.722062 Ar761, and the accompanying book by Dr. Vad can be found in the Adult Non-fiction section under 616.72206 V14A.