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Come by for an interactive spooky story walk

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On Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., kids can come dressed as is or in costume for a slightly spooky and interactive story walk around the Children’s Area. There will also be fun Halloween crafts and special treats!

The Hispano Chamber of Commerce will be putting on a Dia De Los Muertos event on Saturday, Nov. 2 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Roswell Public Library. The community is welcome to bring recuerdos (pictures) of their departed loved ones to the ofrenda during the week leading up to this event. There will be arts and crafts activities for the kids, face painting, Asi Se Baila folklorico and refreshments.

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

It’s Halloween time again, and it is traditional for many people to partake in the spooky side of things. Dressing up as ghouls and ghosts to scare treats out of neighbors, throwing monster mashes, and, of course, reveling in the many scary stories told through books and movies. Whether it be a new horror novel or a scary movie that you are looking for to help make Halloween festivities a little more terrifying, the library will have something for you.

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Scott Stewart’s “Dark Skies” is a supernatural horror film about a family who begins to experience a series of unexplained events that lead them down a path of paranoia and terror. Lacy and Daniel Barrett start noticing things going awry, such as their household arranged in ways that neither remember or their home alarms sounding off inexplicably. Understandably concerned, Daniel installs cameras to try and figure out what is going on. Reviewing the footage reveals concerning information that leads them to believe that something extraterrestrial has chosen to terrorize them. “Dark Skies” is an unsettling film that combines urban mythology about aliens with the fear of not being able to protect your children.

“Unbury Carol: A Novel,” by Josh Malerman, is about a woman, Carol Evers, who has a mysterious condition that leaves her in a coma for days at a time. This coma appears to be death, by all accounts, but Carol is very much alive. Her condition is kept secret from almost everybody, save her husband, Dwight, who only married Carol for her wealth, and plans on using her condition against her, and a long lost love, James Moxie, an outlaw. Part western, part psychological horror, “Unbury Carol” combines the common fear of being buried alive with the more existential fear of only being loved for one’s material wealth rather than their personality. It’s both heartbreaking and dreadful, and it’s a great read for those looking to scare themselves this Halloween. “Unbury Carol” can be found in adult fiction.

Mythology plays an important role in horror stories, and New Mexico is not short on mythology. In “Brujas, Bultos, Y Brasas: Tales of Witchcraft and the Supernatural in the Pecos Valley,” Nasario Garcia collects tales of supernatural happenings in New Mexico. It documents the beliefs of New Mexicans regarding the Devil’s role in our lives and the way he might try to interfere in the good works of people, and morality tales that try to guide people in their dealings with the supernatural. It’s a great book to pull out with a flashlight and a group of friends on a dark evening when everybody is in the mood for a good scare. This book can be found in Southwest nonfiction, call number 398.209764 M815g.