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Let the Sun Charge Your Phone or Tablet for Free!

Seven Soofa® solar benches and tables were placed along Main Street in Downtown and they are now available for public use. They are a great place to plug in, hang out, and let the sun charge your phone or tablet. They will also help the City measure the Downtown’s growing popularity.

The Soofa® sensor platform measures pedestrian traffic in outdoor spaces. This data will help the City and businesses track how different amenities attract people and the times of day locations are busiest. The City will be able to correlate data with weather, marketing activities or special events.  Las Cruces is the first city in New Mexico with the sustainably-friendly innovation.

 

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Drawn Away by Holly Bennett

One minute Jack’s in math class. The next, he’s on a dark, cobblestoned, empty street. Empty, that is, except for a skinny girl wrapped in a threadbare shawl. “Matches, mister?” she asks, and just like that, Jack’s life collides with one of Hans Christian Andersen’s grimmest tales. And just when he has almost convinced himself it was just a weird dream, it happens again.
Suddenly, Jack’s ideas about what is “real” or “possible” no longer apply. While he and his new girlfriend, Lucy, struggle to understand who or what the Match Girl is, they come to realize they must also find a way to keep Jack away from her. The Match Girl is not just a sad, lonely soul; she’s dangerous. And each time Jack is drawn into her gray, solitary world, she becomes stronger, more alive…and more attached to Jack.
She wants to keep Jack for her very own, even if that means he will die.

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Bull :  A Novel by David Elliott

SEE THE STORY OF THESEUS AND THE MINOTAUR
IN A WHOLE NEW LIGHT

Minos thought he could
Pull a fast one
On me,
Poseidon!
God of the Sea!
But I’m the last one
On whom you
Should try such a thing.
The nerve of that guy.
The balls. The audacity.
I AM THE OCEAN!
I got capacity!
Depths! Darkness! Delphic power!
So his sweet little plan
Went big-time sour
And his wife had a son
Born with horns and a muzzle
Who ended up
In an underground puzzle.
What is it with you mortals?
You just can’t seem to learn:
If you play with fire, babies,
You’re gonna get burned.

Much like Lin-Manuel Miranda did in Hamilton, the New York Times best-selling author David Elliott turns a classic on its head in form and approach, updating the timeless story of Theseus and the Minotaur for a new generation. A rough, rowdy, and darkly comedic young adult retelling in verse, Bull will have readers reevaluating one of mythology’s most infamous monsters.

Editorial Reviews

Review

★ “Razor-sharp rhyme schemes and sly, vicious humor make Bull a bawdy yet sophisticated romp, a literary feast fit for the gods.” – Shelf Awareness, starred review

★ “Elliott contemporizes the ancient story of blackmail, betrayal, and revenge with humor, poignancy, and profanity . . . . the personalities and voices Elliott brings to these mythical characters make this powerful and engrossing book a genre of its own.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

★ “…Elliott’s clever verse version of the classical story of the Minotaur: its title, Bull, is topically and colloquially apt.” —Horn Book, starred review

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The Hidden Memory of Objects by Danielle Mages Amato

“Unforgettable and impossible to put down—this novel is heart-pounding suspense at its best. A stunning debut.” —Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Beautiful Creatures and author of The Lovely Reckless

The Hidden Memory of Objects is a highly original and beautifully written debut mystery novel with a speculative element, perfect for readers who loved Gayle Forman’s If I Stay.

Megan Brown’s brother, Tyler, is dead, but the cops are killing him all over again. They say he died of a drug overdose, potentially suicide—something Megan cannot accept. Determined to figure out what happened in the months before Tyler’s death, Megan turns to the things he left behind. After all, she understands the stories objects can tell—at fifteen, she is a gifted collage artist with a flair for creating found-object pieces. However, Megan now realizes that her artistic talent has developed into something more: she can see memories attached to some of Tyler’s belongings—and those memories reveal a brother she never knew.

Enlisting the help of an artifact detective who shares her ability and specializes in murderabilia—objects tainted by violence or the deaths of their owners—Megan finds herself drawn into a world of painful personal and national memories. Along with a trusted classmate and her brother’s charming friend, she chases down the troubling truth about Tyler across Washington, DC, while reclaiming her own stifled identity with a vengeance.

 

Editorial Reviews

Review

“Unforgettable and impossible to put down—this novel is heart-pounding suspense at its best. A stunning debut.” (Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Beautiful Creatures and author of The Lovely Reckless)

“The Hidden Memory of Objects is a tense and compelling mystery novel, but it’s also a heartfelt examination of the deeper mysteries of how we ever come to know each other and the transformative power of grief. A fascinating, thoroughly enjoyable read.” (Cynthia Hand, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Time We Say Goodbye)

“An electrifying debut, The Hidden Memory of Objects is both heart-stopping and heartbreaking. You’ll carry a piece of it with you forever.” (Kimberly Derting, author of the Body Finder series)

“A thrilling mystery that thinks—about grief and love, about the people we are and the people we’re quietly becoming.” (Brittany Cavallaro, New York Times bestselling author of A Study in Charlotte and The Last of August)

“Debut novelist Amato adeptly mixes the paranormal and historical to build a page-turning mystery. Readers will gladly follow along as [Megan] inches closer to uncovering the secrets of the objects her brother held dear.” (Publishers Weekly)

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

A new epic fantasy by National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Laini Taylor of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy.
 
The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way aroundand Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.
What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?
The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries–including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? and if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?
In this sweeping and breathtaking new novel by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, the shadow of the past is as real as the ghosts who haunt the citadel of murdered gods. Fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage.
Welcome to Weep.

 

Editorial Reviews

Review

“Laini Taylor is so damn good and like no other.”―Leigh Bardugo, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom

* “Gorgeously written in language simultaneously dark, lush, and enchanting, the book will leave readers eager for the next.”―Publishers Weekly, starred review

* “…Characters are carefully, exquisitely crafted, the writing is achingly lovely, and the world is utterly real…This is a thing to be savored.”―Booklist, starred review

* “[Strange the Dreamer] has all the rich, evocative imagery and complex world-building typical of Taylor’s best work. This outstanding fantasy is a must-purchase for all YA collections.”―School Library Journal, starred review

* “The luxurious prose and complex world building invites and rewards slow reading….Here readers will find characters to love and ones to hate and, ultimately, a world to be willingly lost in.”―Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

* [Readers] will dive into Taylor’s gorgeous prose and brilliant imagery and relish this story about dreams, love, monsters, gods, ghosts, war, and alchemy. Told from alternating points of view, this is complex but satisfying, a story about cultures meeting and clashing.”―VOYA, starred review

Sound Sessions

Come learn how to play guitar (or bass)
at
Thomas Branigan Memorial Library

WHO:  GRADES 5th – 12th

WHERE:  Craft Room

WHEN:  1:00 -2:00 PM on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, beginning in June.

WHAT YOU NEED:  A guitar (electric or acoustic) or bass guitar, and a willingness to learn and practice.  The library has a limited number of guitars that can be checked out for the duration of the program.

PRE-REGISTRATION:  Register at the Young Adult desk anytime the library is open.

COST:  Nada, Nothing, it’s totally FREE!

QUESTIONS:  rroy@las-cruces.org or 575-528-4102

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