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Regular activities for kids to resume next week

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Mother Goose on the Loose will resume on Monday, Aug. 19 at 10 a.m. An early-literacy program for children from birth to age 2 with their parents or caregivers, it uses a variety of activities such as rhymes, songs, puppets and instruments to foster speech development, motor coordination, self-confidence and sensitivity to others.

Preschool Story Time will begin again on Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 10 a.m. Stories and crafts are provided that focus on developing skills that will help children be ready for school. Afterschool Activities also returns on this day at 3:30 p.m., providing different activities to expand kids’ STREAM skills. For more information, you can call 575-622-7101 and follow the library on Facebook.

Book Talk by Tomás González
Reference Librarian

Graphic novels continue to be a popular genre with the library carrying a wide variety of the format. Some may view graphic novels as worlds and scenarios set in make-believe settings. However, many nonfiction graphic novels deal with real-world situations, events and histories. These graphic novels still deal with fighting injustice and the rights of humans, but in a very different way than those that fight back with magical superpowers.

“Maus” by Art Spiegelman is a true depiction of the life of Spiegelman’s father, Vladek, and his experience as a Polish Jew during World War II and the Nazi occupation of Europe. The book starts as Art interviews his father asking about his life in Europe before and during World War II and how Vladek’s life changed from one of success and leisure to a life of fear and uncertainty. The book jumps from depicting his father’s life in Europe to a modern-day setting of their current lives. One unique aspect of the book is the characters are portrayed as animals. Jews are depicted as mice with the Germans and Poles being depicted as cats and pigs. The book details serious subject matter pertaining to some of the Nazi persecutions of the people of Eastern Europe, life in the Jewish ghettos, and the fear that was felt from living life on the run. The traumatic events of Vladek Spiegelman’s life in Nazi-occupied Europe, living in the Auschwitz concentration camp, and the loss of his wife to suicide had major impacts in Vladek’s attitude of life, but also those viewpoints came to affect Art as a child growing up.

“Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood” by Marjane Satrapi is another graphic novel that details real-world situations. “Persepolis” is the autobiography of Satrapi and her childhood experiences of life in Iran during the war between Iran and Iraq and the onset of the Islamic Revolution. After the revolution, there are many changes that occur in her life that she does not quite understand the reasoning behind them. One example is that she is now required to wear a veil when out in public and is now forced to attend an all-girls school whereas before it was co-ed. Things that they had once taken for granted were now illegal and punishable under the new leadership of Iran. Things such as books, music, religious and political viewpoints, and more were all under strict control. Participating in anything that opposed the new leadership in Iran was a punishable offense. These crimes were monitored not only by government officials, but could be reported by neighbors that had witnessed the offense. Satrapi had family that were imprisoned by the new regime and her family’s opposition to the new government’s laws helped mold her rebellious thinking and nature as a child. “Persepolis” is a great look into what life was like in Iran during this time, and depicted in the form of a graphic novel, which gives it a very different and unique approach to discussing Iranian history.