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Library programs are diverse, and free to attend

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The Library has several programs every week to cater to children of all different ages. On Mondays at 10 a.m., Mother Goose on the Loose is for 0-2 year olds and this interactive story time uses books, songs, rhymes and manipulative instruments so that you and your child can play together and develop early literacy skills.

During the Preschool Story Time on Wednesdays at 10 a.m., interactive stories are read followed by songs, crafts and movement activities that encourage school readiness. Also on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m., After School Activities provide the older kids with a different activity each week including art projects, coding games, building kits and more. This week’s activity will feature a Mother’s Day craft kids will get to take home and gift to someone special.

All of these programs are free to attend.

For more information, you can download the full Calendar of Events online at http://roswell-nm.gov/405/, call 575-622-7101 and like us on Facebook.

Book Talk by Matthew Gormley,
Reference Librarian

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“According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, (the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.” This quote from the publishers of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s classic collaboration sets the stage for a thrill ride culminating with the end of the world that will keep you on the edge of your seat or falling on the floor laughing from the beginning of the book to the last page.

With the planned release of a BBC-produced series based on this classic book coming out in 2019, I thought it would be a good time to re-read this classic story. From the very beginning, you will see that this reinterpretation of biblical events is told with a wink and a grin.

At the start, an angel named Aziraphale and the demon Crowley (formerly known as Crawly as he was the snake that tempted Eve with the apple in the Garden of Eden), both of whom are not really exemplary examples of their respected stereotypes, strike up an unusual acquaintance after the events in the Garden of Eden, which transforms into a very unusual friendship over the course of time. As events are leading up to the last days as prophesied, these two friends are caught up in events which they really do not want to happen, seeing as they have both lived among and become very fond of the human race.

Aziraphale and Crowley hatch a plan to keep an eye on the Antichrist and guide him to neither stray too far in either direction, good or evil, delaying the end of the world.

But, as the end of the world comes closer, they realize there has been a mistake. The antichrist was mistakenly switched with the wrong baby at birth. Instead of growing up as the child of American diplomats in the lap of luxury, groomed in the use of power, he was given to a nice couple in Lower Tadfield in England. With the Four Horsemen gathering and apocalyptic events being set into motion, can Aziraphale and Crowley find the Antichrist? And even if they do, what decision will this 11-year-old boy make?

Whether you are planning to watch the new show or not, the book “Good Omens” is worth checking out here at the Roswell Public Library and can be found in the Adult Fiction collection under Pratchett.