Donald Weld is returning to the library to share even more of his adventures from around the world. On Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 6 p.m., he will be telling stories and showing photos of his trip to India. Weld is a local photographer and world traveler who showcases the amazing people, locations and animals he’s been able to experience in this series of programs. For this presentation, he’ll be sharing the tales he’s brought back from India, as well as the incredible photographs he was able to capture while he was there. This program is free to attend and open to all ages. For more information, you can call 575-622-7101, visit 301 N. Pennsylvania Ave. and like us on Facebook. You can download the full calendar of events through the website at http://roswell-nm.gov/405.
Book Talk by Bianca Cheney
Young Adult/ Audio Visual Librarian
It is back to school and while some are saying “YAY!”, others are not as happy. Summer vacation is so much more fun than going to class, and yet we must attend school; learning should be neverending. There are many, many books in the Roswell Public Library geared toward students to help them learn what they need to know to be successful citizens in life.
A great book for middle-schoolers includes “Everything You Need to Ace Math in One Big Fat Notebook” by Altair Peterson. It’s a long title for a great little resource that encompasses the notes taken by the smartest kid in class. It really is a fat book with lots of information and math concepts, filled with colors, charts, graphs, problem examples and answers, and cartoons. Subjects covered start at the beginning — what numbers are, and how to add, subtract, multiply and divide them.
Unit 2 explains ratios, proportions and percentages, while Unit 3 covers expressions and equations. Later chapters go into detail on the subjects of geometry and statistics. Each concept is described in easy to read instructions followed by definitions, examples and all the steps needed to solve a problem. Every unit ends with Check Your Knowledge, a set of questions covering the topics with the answers readily available. This makes for instant gratification and if the answers are not correct, the student can go right back through the chapter to review until they get it right.
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The font used is very easy to read; vocabulary words are highlighted; important places, dates, terms are written in fat blue pen, and chapters are color-coded. There are lots of doodles and drawings to help explain topics because different people have different ways to learn — some use words, some are visual.
This is a great resource to review, to get ahead, or just to keep handy while doing homework. It’s been a while since I was in middle school and I loved challenging myself to get the answers right, which I’ll admit, were not always easy. Parents could read this so they will be better equipped to help their children with homework.
There are other books in the “One Big Fat Notebook” series that cover subjects including world history, American history, science and language arts. All have the same easy-to-read, colorful format. These are available both in the Children’s Non-fiction as well as the Young Adult Non-fiction sections. There are also many other study materials available in the library for many subjects and learning levels, as well as test prep guides including the ACT, SAT, GED, ASVAB and more!