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Minor league legends subject of new book

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Summer Reading 2019 will begin June 3 and run until July 31. Those who participate earn prizes every week for fulfilling goals by reading and listening to books and other materials. Visit the children’s area to get started and receive all of the information you need to start tracking your reading. There is no cost to participate and it is open to all ages.

On Tuesday, June 4 at 5:30 p.m. the library will be hosting author Gaylon White to speak about his newest title being released. “Left on Base in the Bush Leagues: Legends, Near Greats, and Unknowns in the Minors” profiles some of the most fascinating characters from baseball’s golden era. It includes the stories of players such as Ron Necciai, the only pitcher in history to strike out 27 batters in a single game; Joe Brovia, one of the most feared hitters to ever play in the Pacific Coast League (PCL), who had to wait 15 years for a shot in the majors; and Pat Stasey, a mellow Irishman who “Cubanized” minor league baseball in Texas and New Mexico, helping to bring down the walls of segregation. Compelling and timeless, their stories touch on many issues that still affect the sport today.

There was a time when no town was too small to field a professional baseball team. In 1949, the high point for the minor leagues, there were 59 leagues and 464 cities with teams, two-thirds of them in so-called bush leagues classified as C and D. Most of the players were strangers outside the towns where they played, but some achieved hero status and enthralled local fans as much as the stars in the majors. Tom Jordan, Sr., at age 99 the oldest living MLB player, will be attending the signing along with his son, Tom Jr., who pitched and hit Roswell to the 1956 Little League World Series title. This program is free to attend and books will be available for purchase and signing. For more information, you can visit the website at http://roswell-nm.gov/405/, call 575-622-7101 and like us on Facebook.

Book Talk by Trish Koenig, Children’s Librarian 

“The Wolf in Underpants” — written by Wilfrid Lupano and illustrated by Mayana Itoïz and Paul Cauuet — is a humorous graphic novel-styled outing. Fear of the wolf dominates the animals of the forest, so much so that merchants begin capitalizing on it by selling anti-wolf alarms, wolf-centered crime novels and newspapers filled with wolf-attack stories. As rumors of the wolf’s approach grow, the anti-wolf brigade nervously steps up — only to find the wolf is actually an affable chap in warm stripy undies that have quieted his howls of cold discomfort. Their reaction isn’t relief, but concern about their economic infrastructure (’This is a disaster!’), but the wolf points out other possibilities (’Maybe you need more in your lives than just fear’), and the community starts to let go of its fearful ways.

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The satire may have a contemporary political bite, but it’s a fine addition to the classic category of comic fables, with lots of goofy humor to keep the attention of those drawn by the titular underpants. The art utilizes digital pencil and watercolor effects, with a cast of cartooned forest figures providing comic turns in panels and in forest scenes teeming with funny little vignettes that are worth poring over (and that leads to a bit of a final twist). This book can be found in the Children’s Fiction collection and is recommended for ages 7-11.