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Lego Letters — an after school building challenge

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This Wednesday for the Preschool Story Time at 10 a.m., it will be all about hibernation. There will be fun stories read, a sing-a-long, followed by a cute bear craft. This program is recommended for ages 3-5. In the afternoon, at 3:30 p.m., the After School Activities will feature Lego Letters — a building challenge to help develop STEM-related skills in a fun way. Both of these programs are free to attend and no registration is required.

On Saturday, Dec. 14 beginning at 2 p.m., the library will be holding a Yuletide Festival! The whole family is invited to join us for an afternoon of free festivities. There will be supplies provided for cookie decorating, children will get to take a photo with Santa and be given a free book to take home, and everyone’s favorite singer Andy Mason will be providing holiday music along with the history of each song. This program is being sponsored by the Roswell Library Foundation and the New Mexico Humanities Council.

For more information, you can contact the library by calling 575-622-7101, visit the website at http://roswell-nm.gov/405/ and like us on Facebook.

Book Talk
by Matthew Gormley Reference Librarian

“The Oracle,” the latest in the Fargo Adventure series by Clive Cussler and Robin Burcell is a fantastic book that will be loved by long-time fans and newcomers alike. This long-running series, which was started by Cussler and has been written by him and several other authors over the years (Thomas Perry, Russell Blake, Grant Blackwood, Robin Burcell), follows the husband and wife treasure-hunting team of Sam and Remi Fargo as they travel the world on the trail of various legendary items.

In the “The Oracle,” the 11th entry in the series, the Fargos are on the trail of a collection of sacred scrolls. The legend claims that these scrolls were stolen from a high priestess who laid a curse on the Vandal’s kingdom in Northern Africa, which would not be removed until the scrolls are returned. Unfortunately, the kingdom fell before the scrolls were found and returned.

Now the Fargos are on the trail, however, before they can hunt down the scrolls, they are forced to deal with problems that have come up with their charitable foundation. After a shipment of supplies intended for a school in Nigeria disappears, the Fargos head into the heart of Africa to deliver replacement supplies. Along the way, they run afoul of a band of robbers who take Remi and a group of students hostage. While Sam is doing whatever he has to in order to get them back, he ends up finding out that this ordeal may also be linked to his other problem: the missing scrolls.

If this book sounds good to you, stop by the Roswell Public Library and check it out. You can find it in Adult Fiction, Large Print and Audiobook formats. If you’re new to the series and would like to start at the beginning, the first book “Spartan Gold” can be found in all the same areas and formats. This adventure starts when the husband and wife team stumble across a one-man World War II German midget submarine, where they find a bottle that came from Napoleon’s “lost wine cellar.” Immediately, representatives of power-hungry millionaire Hadeon Bondaruk attempt to get the bottle at any cost. They begin a quest to discover why this bottle is so important that Bondaruk is willing to kill to get it.