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Summer reading program ending today

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Wednesday, July 31 will be the last day of the Summer Reading Program. All prizes must be claimed by 5:30 p.m. on this day.

The Afternoon Activities on this day will be a Game Day including all sorts of games and activities. Monday, Aug. 5 will be a safe night out with Back to School Game Night from 5:30-7:30 p.m. where the whole family can enjoy playing board games before the back-to-school rush sets in.

The Children’s Department will be reorganizing after Summer Reading so there will be no Mother Goose on the Loose, Preschool Story Time or After School Activities for the first two weeks of August. Mother Goose on the Loose will resume at 10 a.m. on Aug. 19; Preschool Story Time and After School Activities will resume on Aug. 21 at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. respectively.

The library will have new hours going into effect on Aug. 2. They will be Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday-Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 2-6 p.m. For more information, call 575-622-7101, visit the website at http://roswell-nm.gov/405 and like us on Facebook.

Book Talk by Bianca Cheney
Young Adult/Audiovisual Librarian

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Were you taught not to play with your food? Most of us probably were — for many reasons. Well, times have changed and today I’m going to share a few books that demonstrate how you can play with food. It’s a lot of fun to have parties and of course, the decorations and food have to be just right! The first two books listed below have many wonderful ideas for having fun with food. The teens had a great time playing with food at the Teen Make It & Take It Craft — creating fruit and veggie pizzas.

In “Banana Creatures” Iryna Stepanova shares a little about the history and value of bananas. Did you know the banana is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world and that they can have hundreds of bananas in each tassel? Bananas are healthy, too, and eating a banana can have a positive effect on your mood. Bananas are used in many recipes for baking and cooking, and in some countries as main dishes.

There are 44 projects to create — mostly animals, although there is also a man, a clown and a couple of flowers. The instructions are very clear with pictures to show each step of the process. The main item used is a banana with eyes, ears, feet, etc. created using grapes, blueberries, strawberries and other food items.

“Tomato Creatures” is very similar, except tomatoes are the main event. Tomatoes are a healthy part of our diets and can be eaten cooked or raw. If children are too young to use a knife to cut the food, let them make the arrangements. What a fun way to have quality time with the kids. Tomato creatures included in this book range from animals, flowers, a pirate and even a teapot.

Another food fun book in our collection is “Play with Your Food” by Joost Elffers. This book has lots of great photos of creative food, yet there are minimal step-by-step instructions. The images of oddly shaped foods that already look like various creatures are shown with added cinnamon sticks, pinto beans or cherry stems for ears, eyes and legs. There are suggestions for what type of fruit or vegetable to look for and how to add just a little bit to make it look very real. Great books to check out: I love the banana octopus!