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Last chance to enjoy activities before winter break

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This Wednesday’s Preschool Story Time and After School Activities will be the last ones of the year. Both will include a Story Time based around Library Staff’s favorite Christmastime books followed by a festive craft. Starting next week, a few of the library’s weekly programs will be going on a brief hiatus for the holidays beginning Dec. 23 through Jan. 3. Mother Goose on the Loose, Preschool Story Time, and After School Activities will not be held during this time, but they will resume beginning Jan. 6. The Roswell Public Library will also be closed on Tuesday, Dec. 24 and Wednesday, Dec. 25, but the book drop and online services will remain available during this time.

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 Bianca Cheney
YA/AV Librarian

Cold weather is coming to Roswell this week and since I do not like the cold, I found a warm-weather video to enjoy.

The Roswell Public Library has several DVDs about Hawaii, and the documentary I’m talking about today is called “Hidden Hawaii”. In 2006, U.S. President George W. Bush designated an area as a national monument, Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. It is a World Heritage Site comprising 583,000 square miles of ocean waters in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, about 250 miles from Honolulu and almost exactly mid-point between Tokyo and southern California.

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This monument is larger that all U.S. parks combined and is in extreme isolation. Experts working to protect the ecosystems and determine their needs for survival can now study this protected property.

NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) sent a crew of 42 people to this area for a month-long expedition. The scientists on board looked into the more than 7,000 species of fish, birds, and mammals to find out how they survive and what would be the best way to protect these species.

They observed monk seals — by attaching a critter-cam to the back of a seal — to watch what the seals do when they go into the water. It was easy to watch them from the beach, not so when they go underwater. What they found out was very surprising.

Next, the crew watched the huge numbers of albatrosses on the beach. One of the dangers to these sea birds is when their young are learning to fly. If the albatross tries to fly before it is ready, they end up floating in the water with water-logged wings and cannot escape the sharks that are searching for easy food. The video describes a method to catch and tag a shark for research purposes without ending up hurt … or even worse.

Amazingly, there is a huge problem with human trash in this area, even though very few people have actually been here. The largest trash dump in the world is located between the Americas and the Hawaiian Islands with the waves moving the trash and dumping it on the islands. This is very dangerous and deadly for these animals.

This video was just under an hour with a lot of interesting information and beautiful scenery.

The library has many wonderful DVDs produced by National Geographic. Check one out today! “Hidden Hawaii” can be found in the Non-fiction DVD section under 919.6904 H53. The DVD checkout policy is a bit different from the books. DVDs only check out for 7 days and cannot be renewed.

There are many to choose from for both children and adults in both educational and entertainment areas of interest.

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