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Bring the family to Yuletide Festival on Saturday

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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 cookies to decorate, 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 his own special spin on holiday music, while providing historical tidbits about 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 Debra Thomas
Technical Services Supervisor

Story, pictures and bad grammar by Cece Bell. Bad grammar? You’re thinking maybe you shouldn’t read a children’s book that flat out says it uses bad grammar, but if you don’t, you will really miss out on one of the funniest children’s books available, and it has a distinctly memorable moral ending that will appeal to everyone. “I Yam a Donkey!” is written by Cece Bell, the award-winning author and illustrator of several books for children, including the Geisel Honor Book, “Rabbit and Robot.”

The title page finds a yellow-toothed, bluish-gray donkey proudly braying, “I yam a donkey!” Upon hearing this ridiculous statement, an incensed orange yam wearing pink glasses repeatedly tries to educate the donkey as to the proper use of the English language. A hilarious story ensues between the yam who loves grammar and the donkey who thinks the yam just might be beyond silly. Wordplay and misunderstanding is prevalent in a book that might (or might not) show us the way to good grammar, but it will definitely lead the way to hilarity.

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“Basic Welding for Farm and Ranch” by William Galvery is a great resource for mastering the fundamentals of welding, brazing and soldering, whether you are out in the field needing to repair essential equipment that has broken down, or back in the barn trying to organize and hang tools on the wall. Galvery is a retired professor of welding technology who has more than 30 years of industrial welding experience and is an American Welding Society certified welding educator and instructor. He brings a wealth of information and trade secrets to share with both newcomers and experienced welders who are looking to improve their craft.

Various welding projects are included, such as building a better tractor bucket, a wall-mount hay feeder, a portable pig roaster, repairs to broken wagon steering and brush mowers, plus a multitude of other ways to make things easier and less costly around the farm or ranch. While the title of the book suggests that it’s for farmers and ranchers, it is definitely geared toward anyone who wants to learn the basics of welding for their own uses. You’ll find information on how to safely set up and use the right equipment for oxyacetylene welding, stick (or arc) welding, MIG and flux-cored welding.

Whether you will be using your welding skills as a homeowner, farmer, rancher, car restoration hobbyist, metal artist, or just need to know how to complete simple projects around the house, this book will bring you up to speed with well-written instructions, tips, projects and more.

“I Yam a Donkey!” by Cece Bell can be found in the J-Easy section of the library and “Basic Welding for Farm and Ranch” by William Galvery is in Adult Non-Fiction under 671.52 G182.