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Plank Challenge tomorrow encourages children to build


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This Wednesday’s Afternoon Activities at 3:30 p.m. will be the Plank Challenge using Keva planks to see how many creative builds kids can come up with! This Thursday is the final special performance of this summer and so of course, it’s going to be a special one. Everyone’s favorite singer Andy Mason will be returning to visit the Roswell Public Library to sing old favorites like “The Pizza Song” and entertain kids and grown-ups alike. He will be performing at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

This will be the final Friday Fun craft, as well. At 10 a.m., kids will get to make Straw Rockets and play S-P-A-C-O (our galactic take on BINGO). Tuesday’s Tween Craft at 2:30 p.m. for the 10-, 11- and 12-year-olds will be rocket launching outside the library.

Summer Reading will be ending on Wednesday, July 31, so make sure you claim your prizes by that day! 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 Robert Briggs, Circulation Supervisor

Fight like a girl? You wish. Women have been a part of fighting forces in fiction, mythology, and even real-life since time began, and despite being considered the fairer sex, they have frequently proven to have an iron backbone when push comes to shove. Plenty of books and movies tell tales of these heroines, and they can be found at the Roswell Public Library.

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“Women Warriors: an Unexpected History” by Pamela D. Toler, tells the stories of several women, both mythological and historical, who stepped outside of traditional gender roles to take up arms. Some of them were forced into their roles to defend their homes and countries, others had a desire for their chance at valor, and others were simply the best suited for leadership roles for their warrior forces. Commonly known figures such as Mulan and Joan of Arc are covered, but other lesser-known accounts are also given.

The Celtic warrior Boudica’s story shows that a woman will invoke the fury of a mother bear to avenge her children, and the Buffalo Calf Road Woman, a brave Cheyenne warrior, is credited with taking down General Custer at the battle of Little Big Horn. The accounts are inspiring, and show that even the weaker of us can be heroes when the time comes. “Women Warriors” can be found in Adult Non-Fiction, call number 355 T575w.

Martial arts films have always featured femme fatales since their conception, and Ang Lee’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” is no different. Yu Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh), head of a private security company, is charged by swordsman Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun Fat), to deliver his sword, the Green Destiny, to his wealthy acquaintance and benefactor. After delivering the sword, it is stolen by a masked woman, and Mu Bai and Shu Lien start an investigation to discover the culprit while being honor-bound to refrain from acting on feelings that they have long had for each other.

“Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon” is full of women who are capable martial artists, some of them self-taught. It is a visually stunning film, consisting of high-flying stunts and beautiful scenery. On top of being well-choreographed and delightfully designed, it has a beautiful story. In spite of appearing as another martial arts film on the surface, its plot is as poetic and intricate as the fighting scenes. Those looking for a tale about the human condition will find just as much as those looking for masterful choreography.


Wednesday, July 24

Preschool Story Time

10 a.m.

Afternoon Activities

3:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 25

Andy Mason

10 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.

Friday, July 26

Friday Fun

10 a.m.

Monday, July 29

Mother Goose on the Loose

10 a.m.

Tuesday, July 30

Tween Craft

2:30 p.m.

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