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Photographer shares his adventures in Antarctica


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Donald Weld is returning to the library to share even more of his adventures from around the world. This Saturday on March 9 at 2 p.m., he will be telling stories and showing photos of his trip to Antarctica. Mr. Weld is a local photographer who recently got to visit a continent few people ever will. For this presentation, he’ll be sharing the tales he’s brought back from the South Pole, as well as the incredible photographs he got to capture while he was there. This program is free to attend and open to all ages. For more information, you can call the library at 575-622-7101, visit the website at roswell-nm.gov/405/ and like us on Facebook.

Book Talk by Debra Thomas
Technical Services Librarian

The subtitle for Martha Stewart’s latest book says it all — “how to do (almost) everything” and from page 1 to 400, there is invaluable advice on the art of living well, every day of your life in “The Martha Manual.” Good organization makes all areas of our living space easier to navigate, more effective to utilize, and ultimately a pleasure to come home to at the end of the day.

A lot of people have good intentions of tidying up, especially when a new year begins, but after looking around their homes, garages, and yards, they’re often overwhelmed and quit before ever even beginning these goals. An easy way to overcome this reticence is covered in Martha’s golden rules of organizing, which start with the idea of targeting only one room at a time, preferably the most high-use area in your home. Knowing that it’s hard to let go of possessions, even when they no longer contribute to any functionality in the home, she has a four-box formula consisting of “keep, toss, donate, sell”: parameters for getting a person on the right track.

Each section has ideas and tips for different types of space, starting with entryways and closets, moving on to bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, home offices, bedrooms and garages. An innovative tip for stylish, adjustable shelving uses plywood turned into a pegboard unit and delivers handy space for frequently used items, and due to the unique design, is also accommodating for other odd-sized essentials. After organizing, it will be necessary to figure out how to unload the items you no longer need. An often used tactic is the tag (yard) sale and there’s a section on how to prep for this event, along with how to handle leftover items.

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Next comes the section on familiarizing yourself with simple repairs to fix and maintain your home as soon as any problems arise, or even better, preventing issues before they become an expensive fix. After everything is functioning properly, you’ll want to make your home more attractive by painting, refurbishing furniture, hanging mirrors and arranging artwork for the most artistic results by using those how-to sections.

“Five Keys to a Fresh Home” highlights how to establish good habits in your home, from daily to-dos to seasonal strategies. Less harmful solutions are suggested to clean a multitude of areas and objects, and a DIY project that should appeal to people trying to live more conscientious lives is the revival of the clothesline. The manual has hundreds of expert tips, presented with the tried and true expertise of an author who has written more than 90 books. “The Martha Manual: How to Do (Almost) Everything” can be found in the Adult Non-Fiction section of the library along with many of her other books.

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