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Mitten Donation Tree Returns to Branigan Library for Holiday Season 2018

The 2018 Mitten Tree at Thomas Branigan Memorial Library is up and ready to accept donations.

From November 20th through December 21st, the City library will accept new or clean, gently used hats, mittens and scarves for children and adults.

“The mitten tree has been a tradition here at the library for several years now.” said Margaret Neill, Library Administrator. “It’s a wonderful way to help others during the holiday season and we are always happy to see it fully stocked, year after year.”

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 and either give them to library staff members or hang them on the tree. The tree will be located at the front of the building, near the Circulation Desk. New or clean, gently used jackets, coats, sweaters and blankets are also gladly accepted.

For information, call Thomas Branigan Memorial Library at 575/528-4000.

Special Events

Wednesday, December 5 at 10:30 in the Children's Craft Room
Explora Family Science

Explora brings a science activity for children ages 2 and their family to the library. For more information contact the Children's Department at (575) 528-4225 or library.childrens@las-cruces.org.

Wednesday, December 12 at 10:30 in the Roadrunner Room
Andy Mason - A Brief History of Christmas Music
Award winning New Mexico Musician, Andy Mason, will perform his program “A Brief History of Christmas Music” for children young and old. This program is being made possible by New Mexico Humanities Council and the Friends of Thomas Branigan Memorial Library. For more information contact the Children's Department at (575) 528-4225 or library.childrens@las-cruces.org.

Tuesday, December 18 at 6:30 in the Staff Conference Room
Branigan Book Club

"Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures With Wolf-Birds" by Bernd Heinrich

Wednesday, December 19 at 10:00 in the Munson Center Library
Munson Book Club
"A Gentleman in Moscow" by Amor Towles

Wednesday, December 19 at 2:00 in the Roadrunner Room
Design and Create: Christmas Ornaments
Create and Design a homemade craft to take home with you! To register, or for more information, contact the Reference Department at library.reference@las-cruces.org or (575)528-4005.

Monday, December 24 and Tuesday, December 25
Winter Holiday

The library will be closed on Monday, December 24 and Tuesday, December 25 for the Winter Holiday. We will reopen at 9:00 on Wedensday, December 26 for our regular hours.

Monday, December 31
Special Holiday hours.
The library will be closing early at 6:00 pm to celebrate New Years.

Ongoing Events

*Read to Me - Tuesdays at 10:30 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

*Children's programs are not held during the month of December. Regular Children's programs will return in January.

Teen Game Night - Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:00 in the Teen Makerspace Room

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

Design & Create - 3rd Wednesday of every month at 2:00 in the Roadrunner Room

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 *Except in Summer when the Library is Closed on Sundays

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