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Kids can build their engineering creativity

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For this Wednesday’s Afternoon Activities at 3:30 p.m., kids will get to build and play with Keva Planks, a set of wooden boards that encourage engineering creativity. On Thursday, June 27 from 10 a.m. to noon, kids will get to attend Astronaut Camp with lots of fun projects and activities about exploring space. There will be crafts to make and take.

In this week’s Friday Fun craft at 10 a.m., children will be making a space mobile with stars and planets. Tuesday’s Tween Craft at 2:30 p.m. for the 10-, 11- and 12-year-olds will be making alien bead keychains just in time for the UFO Festival.

On Saturday, June 29 at 2 p.m., the second in the series of Teen MoneySmart programs will take place. Money experts will be on hand to talk about the expenses associated with going to college and why savings are so important, even when you’re young.

All supplies are provided and these programs are free to attend. If planning to bring a group of five or more, please contact Trish or Crystal in the Children’s Department. For more information, you can visit the website at roswell-nm.gov/405/, call 575-622-7101 and like us on Facebook.

Book Talk by Trish Koenig
Children’s Librarian

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“The Serpent’s Secret” by Sayantani DasGupta begins on the morning of a young girl’s 12th birthday. Kiranmala is just a regular sixth-grader living in Parsippany, New Jersey — until her parents mysteriously vanish and a drooling rakkhosh demon slams through her kitchen, determined to eat her alive. Turns out there might be some truth to her parents’ fantastical stories-like how Kiranmala is a real Indian princess and how she comes from a secret place, not of this world. Of course, Kiran never believed them. Why would she? Surely those outrageous tales were just stories. Much to Kiran’s shock, the events on her birthday prove that those wild stories were true — and they were just the beginning.

She hardly has time to pack a small bag and grab the note her parents left that stops mid-sentence before she is off with princes Neel and Lal to save her parents (despite their strict instructions to not try to find them). On their adventure, Kiran encounters flying horses, the spirit of a tree in a bottle, demons, demon groupies, a bad-joke-telling bird, mountains of illusion, and so many more unexpected and mind-boggling things (like being accused of stealing someone’s mustache). Though definitely a great adventure full of close calls and unexpected twists, DasGupta’s story is also comical. This book is packed full of silliness — so many of the characters and situations are just outright ridiculous, while also being challenging and possibly threatening.

While Kiran works hard to find and rescue her parents, she learns that things (and people) are not always as they seem and that everything is connected to everything. Fast-paced and hilarious, with an excellent strong girl main character. Because of Kiran’s age and the content/length/complexity of the story, this will widely appeal to readers from upper elementary through teens. “The Serpent’s Secret” is the first volume in the series “Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond” and can be found in the Children’s Fiction section of the library.

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