Mangoes don’t typically grow on trees around Dolores, but Bayfield children’s author Brooke Smith is hoping to change that, at least for a day, when she reads from her new book, “The Mango Tree,” at Dolores Public Library on Jan. 12.
Smith’s picture book, illustrated by Tania Gomes, is a tale of growth, resilience, transformation and finding inspiration and strength within yourself. Smith, who also is a librarian at the Pine River Library, plans to read from her book and do a related craft project with attendees. The event will begin at 10 a.m. and is free and open to the public.
On Jan. 26, Cortez writer Curt Melliger will read from and talk about his new book, “Heaven Here on Earth,” published this year by Ozark Mountain Publishing.
Melliger currently calls Montezuma County home, but he grew up in the middle of America and left at age 17 to see the rest of it, according to his website. During and after his travels, he worked a number of jobs, including: pearl diver, pool cleaner, garbage collector, door-to-door solicitor for the Polish Relief Fund, railroader, bridge builder, engine mechanic, apprentice lineman, night watchman, carpenter, custodian and caregiver before discovering his true calling – writing – in 2004. Since then, more than 80 of his articles have appeared in a variety of magazines, newspapers and literary journals.
Melliger’s book talk at Dolores Library will begin at 1 p.m. Jan. 26.
“Heaven on Earth” is Melliger’s first book.
For more information, visit Doloreslibrary.org/events or call the library at 882-4127.
Jessica Gonzalez is a library assistant at the Dolores Public Library.