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Library card and pin allows access to digital materials

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The Roswell Public Library offers plenty of in-house materials, but there are also digital materials to be checked out for those on the go or that just prefer the ease of handheld devices. Libby (the new version of Overdrive) can be accessed on a computer through the library’s website or downloaded with the free app on iOS and Android devices. Libby offers Downloadable Audiobooks as well as eBooks, and all you need is your library card number and 4-digit PIN, which you can receive from the front desk. If you need help getting started with these services, you are welcome to bring your device in or just ask at the Reference Desk. For more information, call 575-622-7101, visit the website at http://roswell-nm.gov/405 and like us on Facebook.

Book Talk
By Amanda Davis
Reference Librarian

Crafting how-to books can be fun, but sometimes being creative means just drawing from a source of inspiration and creating your own work of art that’s unique to you. The library has several fun books that provide some great ideas for fun projects, but leave enough interpretation that you can make it your own.

The first is called “Sharpie Art Workshop: Techniques & Ideas for Transforming Your World” by Timothy Goodman. Sharpies have come a long way since the basic black marker we usually think of. They come in tons of colors, many sizes and even in metallics. There’s a guide to all the different kinds of products Sharpie offers right now, but the fun part is seeing all the different ways they’re used.

Sure, you can use them to draw a picture on a piece of paper or label a box, but why not get a pair of white shoes and make them unique? Even a basic black-and-white pattern requires little artistic talent, but really packs a visual punch. Getting blank plates and drawing a series of pictures on them gives you a special dish set that will “wow” guests at your next dinner party. There are also ideas for the images you can draw that range from complicated abstract to simple starbursts. But it doesn’t take much to make brown wrapping paper into a new piece of gift wrap or even a grungy old statue can be repainted and then Sharpie’d into coolness. This is a fun book to read or just flip through and should give you some great ideas for simple, but eye-pleasing décor.

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Speaking of décor, “Conran on Color” by Terence Conran is an interesting take on home decorating. Rather than just presenting a room and telling you how to mimic it, Conran lets you choose the color and then gives ideas on how to incorporate it into your own designs. Each color comes with its own unique set of beneficial uses and challenges. Yellow is bright and lightens interiors, plus spreads warmth and good feelings. Green can bring in a more natural feel that is healing for the eyes, but can be too strong in large quantities and difficult to pair. Conrad will give the best combinations though, as well as the best ways to use it, either as an accent or for an entire wall. The photos of spaces are nice to look at, but still provide a basic template that you can learn from and apply in a way that will work for your own home.

Both of these books, plus lots of other amazing DIY books can be found in Adult Non-Fiction. “Conran on Color” is under call number 747.94 C764C and “Sharpie Art Workshop” is under 741.26 G624S.

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