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The following books are available at:

Clovis-Carver Public Library

“The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water” by Charles Fishman warns that everything about water is about to change — how we use it, how we share it, how we value it – and what advancements are already under way to deal with the global water crisis.

“Summer Rental” by Mary Kay Andrews centers on five people whose lives intersect at a rambling old beach house, each facing a personal crossroad and each hoping that a month’s vacation by the sea will point them in a new direction.

“Growing a Garden City” by Jeremy Smith tells how farmers, first-graders, counselors, troubled teens, foodies, single mothers, a homeless shelter chef, and others transformed themselves and their neighborhoods through a joint project that blended local agriculture and community.

“A Simple Act of Violence” by J.J. Ellory finds detective Robert Miller assigned to an unsettling series of murders where the victims officially do not exist, and whose stolen identities are threads in a web of corruption, greed, and brutality.

“Scenic Driving New Mexico” by Laurence Parent maps out short trips for exploring some of the most spectacular scenic byways and back roads in New Mexico, where the culture, terrain, and climate are as diverse as the Land of Enchantment itself.

“Turn of Mind” by Alice LaPlante is told from the viewpoint of Doctor Jennifer White, a retired surgeon in the beginning stages of dementia who struggles to hold onto her sense of self in the wake of her best friend’s murder, a crime that Jennifer may have committed herself.

“Favorite Desserts Made Gluten Free: Taste as Good As the Real Thing” by Amelia Pohl offers recipes for home-baked cookies, cakes, pies, and muffins adapted with wheat substitutes so that those who are unable to eat gluten can once again enjoy these classic favorites

Portales Public Library

“Earn It, Learn It: Teach Your Child the Value of Money, Work, and Time Well Spent” by Alisa T. Weinstein

The Earn My Keep program offers an easy-to-do twist on the traditional allowance and is wowing parents across the country. Featured in Earn It, Learn It, the Earn My Keep program is the only one that lets kids ages four through twelve earn by doing “real” jobs. Your child will learn from people like a curator from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, a zoologist from the Saint Louis Zoo, or a toy designer from Crayola. With this exciting and fun program, you’ll teach your kids the difference between making the bed as a member of the family and earning a living in the real world. You will also expose your child to manners, math, art, and more while building a foundation for a lifelong love of learning and fiscal independence.

“Letters from War” by Mark Schultz with Travis Thrasher

Beth Thompson is left with her prayers, hopes, fears, and letters when her only son, James, goes missing in action in Afghanistan. Since boot camp, mother and son have been writing. James writes of his concern for his young wife and their unborn child and of his struggle to become a confident soldier. Like any mom, Beth, praises her son’s courage even as she worries for his safety. After James disappears, Beth is comforted by a daily ritual of writing him about her feelings and faith, and attempts to maintain a normal life when nothing is really normal but the waiting. This powerfully emotional and timely story based on platinum-selling singer Mark Schultz’s hit song “Letters from War,” reveals how faith sustains in even the darkest of circumstances.

“Social Media for Social Good: A How-To Guide for Nonprofits” by Heather Mansfield

Most likely, as a nonprofit, you’re used to working at a disadvantage. Recent economic factors have required many organizations to implement staff cuts, slash budgets, and depend on volunteers to manage their social media and mobile technology campaigns. Combined with the wisdom presented in this book, the dedication of your staff and volunteers is all that your nonprofit needs to harness the power of social media. You’ll quickly discover that the playing field suddenly seems a whole lot more even and that social media success lies literally at your fingertips. Nonprofits and social media are author, Heather Mansfield’s passions, and she loves to make them work together. Mansfield teaches basic best practices and advanced strategies that are guaranteed to keep your supporters engaged and growing in number. If only you had the resources, imagine the kind of nonprofit communications and fundraising success your organization could achieve. Social Media for Social Good gives you the tools to start doing and stop imagining.