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Let kids explore building imagination today

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For this Wednesday’s Afternoon Activities at 3:30 p.m., kids will get to build and play with Strawbees. This Thursday, Tall Paul the magician will be visiting the library to perform amazing and hilarious tricks for the kids at both the 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. shows. The Friday Fun craft at 10 a.m. will be making comet sticks to twirl and play with. Tuesday’s Tween Craft at 2:30 p.m. for the 10-, 11- and 12-year-olds will be painting stones with different galactic pictures that tweens can take home or place around town for others to find. The Teen Craft on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. will be “A Case for Space,” making a miniature piece of artwork and an easel to display it.

All of these programs are free to attend and supplies will be provided. 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 Matthew Gormley
Reference Librarian

Richard Kadrey writes dark and humorous urban fantasy novels that will have you rolling on the floor as his anti-heroes find themselves in one inane situation after another. Richard burst on to the science fiction/fantasy scene back in the late 2000s with the release of the first book in his incredibly popular “Sandman Slim” series. In this dark series, Kadrey follows the exploits of James Stark, who was a talented magician until he was betrayed by his circle of friends and sent to hell alive for 11 years. When he finally manages to escape and get back to L.A., his only thought is to hunt down those who betrayed him. These books are extremely dark at times, but there is enough humor in there to keep them from getting too weighted down.

In the same tone as the “Sandman Slim” books, Richard Kadrey has created a new character for us to cheer for. In the first book of this new series, “The Everything Box,” Kadrey introduces us to Coop, a down-on-his-luck thief. After having a string of bad luck, Coop is ratted out by his sometime friend Morty. Since Coop is caught red-handed burglarizing the home of a prominent family and getting one of the worst lawyers that money can buy, he is sentenced to 10 years in a secret prison for supernatural offenders.

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However, when Coop is released after only a year, he cannot believe it is real and keeps looking for the other shoe to drop. It does so in the shape of Morty who has arranged to get Coop out in order to help with a high stakes heist. With no other options, Coop agrees to steal back a family heirloom for a shady character named Mr. Babylon, who Coop has a feeling he cannot trust. It turns out that Coop was right. Mr. Babylon’s heirloom turns out to be a doomsday device. After successfully retrieving the item for Babylon, Coop is forced by the authorities to steal it back, however, with the doomsday device in play, every evil organization and entity in the greater L.A. area is on the move trying to get ahold of it. With a dark wit and hijinks that will keep you guessing as to what will happen next, Kadrey will keep you reading to the last page.

If this book sounds good to you, stop by the Roswell Public Library and check it out. Kadrey’s other books can also be checked out as eBooks through the Overdrive or Libby apps.

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