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Thomas Branigan Memorial Library to Re-Surface Parking Lot

image of Branigan Library Parking Lot Construction PhasesUsers of the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, located at 200 E. Picacho, are advised that preparation and initial work have started on the removal, paving, and striping of the parking lot and will reach full construction activity as of January 5, 2018. The work has been divided up into three areas to help maintain access to the library and minimize inconvenience to the patrons. This work is expected to continue through January 26, 2018, for a total of 21 days.

Work on Area 1, located on the southeast part of the parking lot (see attached graphic), has started and is expected to be complete by January 10. ADA parking may be limited during this time. Additional ADA parking is available at City Hall, both east/west parking areas.

Work on Area 2, located on the northeast part of the parking lot (see attached graphic), is planned to start January 11, and is expected to be complete by January 18. During this time, the entrance at Picacho Ave will be closed. The library can be accessed via Main St. (at the Lions).

Work on Area 3, located on the northwest part of the parking lot (see attached graphic), is planned to start January 19, and is expected to be complete by January 26. Both the Main St. and Picacho Ave. entrances will be open.

The library will continue to be open during this time. Additional parking is available at City Hall near the Lions, on the east side (both upper and lower parking deck), and on the west side – see attached graphic. The associated work will not affect Roadrunner Transit and access to the bus stop.

For more information, contact the Public Works Department, Facilities Management at 575/541-2060 or 575/541-2686.

Branigan Library Sends Mitten Tree Donations to Local Shelter 2017 Mitten Tree Donation Photo

The Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, experienced another successful year of giving with its annual Mitten Tree project. The public donated more than 330 items including gloves, hats, scarves and blankets for the Gospel Rescue Mission, Community of Hope, and La Casa.

Library associates sorted and boxed the items for pick-up on Dec. 22. “We are truly pleased with how well the mitten tree turned out this year,” said Margaret Neill, Library Administrator. “People were very generous and thoughtful. The mitten tree project will return for the 2018 holiday season.”

Photo cutline: Thomas Branigan Memorial Library associates Trinidad Jasso and Estella Gonzalez prepare donated Mitten Tree items for distribution to local shelters.

Upcoming Specialized Programs

Sunday, December 31, 2017 to Monday, January 1, 2018 - Library Closed for New Year's
The Library will be closed December 31 and January 1. The Library will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

Sunday, January 7 at 1:30 in the Roadrunner Room
Play Scrabble
- Promote Literacy FUNdraiser for Literacy Volunteers of Doña Ana County (LVDAC) part of DACC’s Adult Basic Education Program. The $3.00 suggested donation to play all goes to LVDAC to help buy classroom supplies for their students. Players of all competitive and skill levels are always welcome. For more information. Please contact Mark at mpendleton@las-cruces.org or (575) 528-4001.
* Note: Date Change for January 2018

Tuesday, January 9 at 2:00 in the Computer Training Lab
Introduction to Computers: The Basics
- A class for the absolute beginner. It will introduce students to the parts of the computer and mouse skills. Students will learn the components of Windows-based programs. Registration is not required, however, only the first 9 attendees will be guaranteed a computer. Attendees are welcome to bring their own laptops if space permits. For more information, contact the Reference Department at library.reference@las-cruces.org or (575)528-4005.

Wednesday, January 10 at 2:00 in the Roadrunner Room
Design and Create Workshop:Recycled Decoupage Bottles
- Decoupage is a simple and effective way to recycle glass bottles or jars and create beautiful, unique decorations for your home or office. This is a DIY upcycling project that uses items found around the home. The perfect way to use up those empty wine or water bottles and scraps of pretty paper you’ve been keeping! To register, or for more information, contact the Reference Department at library.reference@las-cruces.org or (575)528-4005.

Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 12:00 in the Children’s Department
Read to Scout
- Scout is an excellent listener and would love to have young children read him a story. For more information please call the Children Department at 528-4225 or email at library.childrens@las-cruces.org.

Monday, January 15, 2018 - Closed
The library will be closed Monday, January 15, 2018 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Library will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, January 16, 2018.

Tuesday, January 16 at 2:00 in the Computer Training Lab
Internet for Beginners
- A class for those who want to learn how to go online and move around the internet with ease. Students will learn how to access websites, how to navigate, what web addresses are, basic searching skills, and internet safety. Registration is not required, however, only the first 9 attendees will be guaranteed a computer. Attendees are welcome to bring their own laptops if space permits. For more information, contact the Reference Department at library.reference@las-cruces.org or (575)528-4005.

Tuesday, January 16 at 6:30 in the Staff Conference Room
Branigan Book Club
- "Hillbilly Elegy" by J.D. Vance or "Manhattan Beach" by Jennifer Eagan

Wednesday, January 17 at 10:00 in Munson Center Library
Munson Book Club
- "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time" by Mark Haddon

Tuesday, January 23 at 2:00 in the Computer Training Lab
Windows 10
- This class will describe the new features of Windows 10 and how to navigate the new operating system. Topics that will be covered is the new Start Menu, Cortana and how to customize the desktop. Registration is not required, however, only the first 9 attendees will be guaranteed a computer. Attendees are welcome to bring their own laptops if space permits. For more information, contact the Reference Department at library.reference@las-cruces.org or (575)528-4005.

Wednesday, January 24 at 2:00 in the Roadrunner Room
Titanic Hats
- Interested in learning more about the grand fashion – and even grander hats – of the early 20th century? “Titanic Hats” are 1910-1914 hats, from the end of the Belle Epoch (or Beautiful Age) of fashion, are visual representations of the optimism and economic prosperity found during the apex of the colonial empires. There will be time allotted for you to try on hats and take photographs. For more information about the program, contact the Reference Department at (575) 528-4005 or library.reference@las-cruces.org

Thursday, January 25 at 12:30 at the Sage Café Library
Sage Reading Club
- "Priestdaddy" by Patricia Lockwood

Tuesday, January 30 at 2:00 in the Computer Training Lab
Microsoft Word
- A class for those who are beginning to use Microsoft Word. Students will learn how to create and format basic documents. Basic computer skills are required. Registration is not required, however, only the first 9 attendees will be guaranteed a computer. Attendees are welcome to bring their own laptops if space permits. For more information, contact the Reference Department at library.reference@las-cruces.org or (575)528-4005.

Ongoing Events

Read to Me - Tuesdays at 10:30 in the Children's Kiva

Teen Game Night - Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:00 in the Children's Kiva

Toddler Time - Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:00 in the Children's Kiva

Mother Goose Time - Wednesdays at 11:00 in the Children's Kiva

Rhythm Roundup - Fridays at 10:30 in the Roadrunner Room

Library Lab - Fridays at 3:30 in the Children's Crafts Room

Scrabble - 2nd Sunday of the month at 1:30 in the Roadrunner Room

Design & Create - 2nd Wednesday of every month at 2:00 in the Boardroom

Dona Ana County Genealogical Society meeting - 2nd Wednesday of every month at 2:00 in the Roadrunner Room

Branigan Book Club - 3rd Tuesday of every month at 6:30 in the Staff Conference Room

Munson Book Club - 3rd Wednesday of every month at 10:00 at Munson Library

4th Sunday Movies - 4th Sunday of every month at 2:00 in the Roadrunner Room

4th Wednesday Happenings - 4th Wednesday of every month at 2:00 in the Roadrunner Room