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Author Sarah Stark Discusses her book Out There

Sarah Stark, author of Out There will be reading from, talking about, and signing copies of the book on Saturday, August 30 at 1:00 in the Roadrunner Room of Thomas Branigan Memorial Library.

In a novel that critics are praising as “...lyrical…” and “...evocative…” Stark weaves the story of  Jefferson Long Soldier, an Iraqi war veteran who returns home to New Mexico. He’s spiritually wounded and after trying to adapt back to civilian life, decides to go on a pilgrimage. He’s convinced that Gabriel García Márquez's book One Hundred Years of Solitude saved his life in the combat zone and he carries his copy with him at all times. So, he sets out by motorcycle for Mexico City to meet GGM and find redemption. This book is the story of that quest.

For more information about the book discussion, contact Mark Pendleton at or by phone at (575) 528-4001. For more information on Sarah Stark, check out her Facebook page at

Library Will Be Closed For Labor Day

Thomas Branigan Memorial Library will be closed for the Labor Day holiday on Monday, September 1, 2014.  We will reopen at 9:00 am on Tuesday, September 2 for the Winter Hours.

Winter Hours to Begin in September

Thomas Branigan Memorial Library will begin the Winter Hours on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, following the Labor Day Holiday.  The Winter Hours will be the same as the Summer Hours with the exception of the library will now be open on Sundays from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.

Fantastic Fridays to Begin Again in September

Thomas Branigan Memorial Library Children's Department will once again be offering stories and crafts to elementary school aged children. Fantastic Fridays will be held each Friday afternoon at 3:00 in the Children's Crafts Room.  For more information, contact the Children's Department at 575-528-4225. 

New Library Administrator Selected

The Community and Cultural Services Department recently selected Renee Payne as the new Library Administrator. She has worked for the City since August, 2011, when hired as the Library Supervisor in charge of circulation and media. She has served as acting Library Administrator since March, 2014 when the former Library Administrator resigned.

Renovations to begin at Branigan Library

Thomas Branigan Memorial Library has announced that renovations on the public restrooms located on the first floor will begin on Monday, July 21.  Both the men's and women's restroom on the first floor will be unavailable during the renovation. However, the public restrooms on the second floor will remain available during this time. Construction is expected to last until the third week in August. During the renovation period, a construction partition will be built at the entrance to the library to separate the public entrance from the construction area.

“The new restroom facilities will be an improvement”, said Renée Payne, Interim Library Administrator.  “We want to thank our library customers in advance for their understanding and support as we implement yet another way to make their library experience a more positive one.”


Summer Hours
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Mon-Thurs 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Closed Sundays

Winter Hours
September - May

Mon-Thurs 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm


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