For this Wednesday’s Afternoon Activities at 3:30 p.m., supplies will be provided for kids to make their own unique magnet. The Friday Fun craft at 10 a.m. will be making stars out of beads and Tuesday’s Tween Craft at 2:30 p.m. for the 10-, 11- and 12-year-olds will be a colorful meteoric work of art.
This Thursday, July 11, there will not be a special performer appearing at the library, but instead we will be hosting a Star Wars Party for kids from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. There will be lots of crafts and activities including making your own Yoda or Leia headbands, putting together a unique lightsaber, photo opportunities with favorite characters and a costume contest with Star Wars prizes awarded at the end!
All of these programs are free to attend. For more information, you can call 575-622-7101, visit the website at http://roswell-nm.gov/405 and like us on Facebook.
Book Talk by Bianca Cheney, YA/AV Librarian
Discussions about the homeless population in Roswell are in much of the recent news. “What do we do about ‘them’?” “How can we fix their situation?” “Don’t let them live in my backyard!” So many issues, so many questions on how to handle the problem.
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Part of a series called True Teen Stories is a book about “Teen Homelessness” by Monika Davies. Yes, this is a problem in our country and around the world, too. Being without a safe, stable environment as an adult is bad enough; how do 2 million U.S. teens manage to live safely on the streets, under bridges, and wherever else they can find shelter? Teenagers who don’t have life experiences or the maturity level of adults?
In order to learn more about this problem, the author researched and did an experiment to find out if homeless people are even noticed. She asked people in New York City to dress as if they were homeless and sit on street corners where their family members regularly walked by and realized that they were not recognized at all. Passersby weren’t even noticing the homeless.
Teen homelessness in three different cities Manila, Philippines; New York City; and Nairobi, Kenya is covered in the book. Some teens are there because their parents are no longer able to take care of them for many different reasons — they have passed away, they are in jail, in addictive situations, or just too poor to feed their children.
Homeless teens are at a higher risk for abuse, sexual exploitation, substance abuse and death. It is estimated that about 5,000 teens in the U.S. die every year from the effects of being homeless.
The world is working on a way to help this special group of teens — encouraging and paying for an education (as in the case of a young lady from Manila who was determined to do better for herself, page 40), giving them jobs, creating shelters for homeless youth, and talking about this subject. Just talking won’t solve anything; it will, though, make other people realize there is a problem and then brainstorm ways to make things better.
The book is not very long, about 100 pages, with pictures, testimonies, facts, a glossary, and sources for other information. There are suggestions of ways to help — the biggest one is to treat our homeless population with dignity and respect. This book can be found in the Young Adult Non-Fiction section under 362.77 D288T.