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Engage your toddler in early literacy on Mondays


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Mother Goose on the Loose is a weekly recurring program every Monday at 10 a.m. This interactive lapsit program uses books, songs, rhymes and musical instruments for you and your child to play together and develop early literacy skills. Recommended for children 0-2 years old, this is a free program and no registration is required to attend. 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 Debra Thomas, 
Technical Services

Suicide Stairs — an aptly named monstrosity held together by rusted iron bolts and boasting 305 steps zig-zagging up Castle Rock’s cliffside, which brings us face to face with Stephen King’s young protagonist in “Gwendy’s Button Box.” As she hears a man with a small black hat on his head — seated in the shade of the same bench he’s been at for a week — tell her to “come on over here,” thus begins an encounter that will subsequently cause her to question the tangled good, evil, misunderstandings, righteousness and horror in the world.

Gwendy Peterson will find this is no simple chance meeting between her and the well-dressed man with silver eyes when he bestows a gift that will, at odd times throughout the years, exact an unbearable toll on the young girl and yet, it will also offer amazing rewards. That gift is the Button Box — sometimes an albatross, other times a blessing — always a reminder of a small black hat that appears at odd times, whirling in the wind, disturbing the girl’s sanity.

Spanning 10 years of her life with the highs, lows, trepidations and ultimately, the overriding strength which will substantiate why she was given a box that could possibly end all life with the click of a button, Gwendy Peterson will capture your imagination and heart. A collaboration between two masters of mystery, horror, and magic brings readers into the small town of Castle Rock, where strange and unusual events have happened over the years, yet now there is a chilling new tale to be told of a 12-year-old girl who will battle nightmares entirely alone.

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Richard Chizmar, winner of two World Fantasy awards and four International Horror Guild awards joins forces with the renowned Stephen King in this novel about a most unusual girl. Continuing the saga, “Gwendy’s Magic Feather” brings our heroine back in a slightly different light as she is older, wiser and has chosen to pursue a career in Washington that reflects her commitment as defender of those who suffer, along with the undying hope that the world can be better. Underlying this passage of time simmers the memories of the years the Button Box was entrusted to her — the pain, challenges, horror and wonder of whether it controlled her fate, her choices, or if she had always had free will to make her own path. Gwendy will have a chance to answer these questions because the box returns to her, unbidden and magically present, along with ominous whisperings in her head, as she is once again entrusted with the Button Box.

Coinciding with this arrival is the discovery that young girls are mysteriously disappearing in Castle Rock. With evil sweeping through the town just as the latest winter storm has hit, Gwendy returns to her hometown, not really knowing what she is supposed to do, or if she can connect the pieces with the help of the Button Box, but she is willing to do everything within her power to stop the malevolent forces pervading this small town and the people she loves. Both books are in Adult Fiction, with “Button Box” by King and “Magic Feather” found under Chizmar.

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