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Mitten Tree Returns to Branigan Library for Holiday Season Branigan Library Mitten Tree of 2016

The Thomas Branigan Memorial Library is pleased to announce that the mitten donation tree will be back for the holiday season. The Library will accept new or clean, gently used hats, mittens and scarves for children and adults between November 27 and December 21.

"The mitten tree has become a holiday tradition at the library; patrons always ask when we are going to put it up. It’s amazing to see just how generous and thoughtful the people of Las Cruces are.” said Margaret Neill, Library Administrator. “Last year, people donated more than 400 items; the year before that, over 300. The Friends of the Library bought a bigger tree last year to accommodate the larger amount of donations. We went from a 6’ tree to a 9’ tree.”

The library will donate the items to La Casa, the Gospel Rescue Mission and the Community of Hope after collection ends on December 21st. To donate, simply bring in hats, scarves, gloves or mittens to the Library and either give them to staff or hang them on the tree located at the front of the building, near the Circulation Desk. Jackets, coats, sweaters and blankets are also gladly accepted.

Upcoming Specialized Programs

Saturday, November 4 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.

Saturday, November 4 at 1:00 in the Computer Training Lab
Introduction to Coding – Class 1
- Are you a middle school student who wants to learn coding? Come to the Intro to Coding program and you will be able to make fun programs while learning computer science! To register, call/text (575)993-1198 or email jenna_mcclellan@yahoo.com. For more information contact the Young Adult department at (575) 528-4102 or library.teens@las-cruces.org.

Sunday, November 5 at 5:30 at 4186 Seneca Dr. Las Cruces NM.
Club Libro de Las Cruces
-"Inse del Alma Mia" by Asabel Alende (desde la pagina 190 al final)

Tuesday, November 7
Special Library Hours for Voting- 8:00 am to 7:00 pm

Tuesday, November 7 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, the Windows environment and mouse skills. Students will learn the components of Windows-based programs. Registration is not required; however, class size is limited. The first 9 students will be guaranteed a computer. Students may bring their own laptops if space is available. For more information, contact the Reference Department at library.reference@las-cruces.org or (575)528-4005.

Wednesday, November 8 at 2:00 in the Boardroom
Design and Create Workshop: Plarn Basket
- What is plarn? It is plastic yarn. Plarn can be used instead of regular yarn to make sturdy, reusable tote bags, purses, doormats, and more. We will be taking plastic bags and turning them into plarn to make a basket. Bring in your plastic bags and let’s learn how to make plarn and start your project. To register, or for more information, contact the Reference Department at library.reference@las-cruces.org or (575)528-4005.

Wednesday, November 8 at 2:00 in the Roadrunner Room
Dona Ana County Genealogical Society: Expanding Your Genealogy Using Sanborn Maps
- Sanborn Maps can be a useful tool in genealogy. They can provide hidden information not only on where your ancestors house was, but information such as what the house was built out of, where the nearest fire hydrant was and many other gems of information. But finding the right map can be tricky. Vicki Minnick, Librarian Senior, will guide you through the voyage of finding and reading a Sanborn Map using the Library’s Sanborn Map database. For more information, contact the Reference Department at library.reference@las-cruces.org or (575)528-4005.

Friday and Saturday, November 10 and 11
Library Closed for Veterans Day

Tuesday, November 14 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, class size is limited. The first 9 students will be guaranteed a computer. Students may bring their own laptops if space is available. For more information, contact the Reference Department at library.reference@las-cruces.org or (575)528-4005.

Wednesday, November 15 at 10:00 in Munson Center Library
Munson Book Club
: "Priestdaddy" by Patricia Lockwood

Thursday, November 16 at 12:30 at the Sage Café Library
Sage Reading Club
- "The Lacuna" by Barbara Kingsolver
* Please note date change for this meeting.

Saturday, November 18 at 1:00 in the Computer Training Lab
Introduction to Coding- Class 2
- Are you a middle school student who wants to learn coding? Come to the Intro to Coding program and you will be able to make fun programs while learning computer science! To register, call/text (575)993-1198 or email jenna_mcclellan@yahoo.com. For more information contact the Young Adult department at (575) 528-4102 or library.teens@las-cruces.org.

Tuesday, November 21 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, web addresses, basic searching, and web safety. Registration is not required; however, class size is limited. The first 9 students will be guaranteed a computer. Students may bring their own laptops if space is available. For more information, contact the Reference Department at library.reference@las-cruces.org or (575)528-4005.

Tuesday, November 21 at 6:30 in the Staff Conference Room
Branigan Book Club
: "A Carrion Death" by Michael Stanley

Wednesday, November 22 at 2:00 in the Roadrunner Room
4th Wednesday Happening – What are the Advantages of Building a Green Certified Home?
- Don Rudisill, engineer and home enthusiast, will compare standard housing to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) homes. Some of the topics in his presentation will address the differences in energy consumption, the advantages of building a green home, health benefits, and so on. Those who are interested in building a house or making the transition to LEED homes are strongly encouraged to come and ask their questions. For more information, contact the Reference Department at library.reference@las-cruces.org or (575)528-4005.

Wednesday, November 22
Special Library Hours for Thanksgiving - 9:00 - 6:00

Thursday and Friday, November 23 and 24
Library Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

Sunday, November 25 at 1:00 in the Roadrunner Room
4th Sunday Movie
– “Glory”- Bulgarian with English subtitles

Tuesday, November 28 at 2:00 in the Computer Training Lab
Introduction to Computers: File Management
- This class is a basic class where students will learn how to manage files by saving, attaching and storing information. Registration is not required; however, class size is limited. The first 9 students will be guaranteed a computer. Students may bring their own laptops if space is available. 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