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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, December 2 at 1:00 in the Computer Training Lab
Introduction to Coding – Class 3
- 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 For more information contact the Young Adult department at (575) 528-4102 or

Wednesday, December 6 at 2:00 in the Roadrunner Room
Native Voices Movie – “Sun Kissed”
- Directed by Maya Stark
When a Navajo couple discovers their children have a disorder that makes exposure to sunlight fatal, they also learn their reservation is a hotbed for this rare genetic disease. Filmed over three years, Sun Kissed follows Dorey and Yolanda Nez as they search for answers to the mystery of XP outbreak among the Navajo population, confronting cultural taboos, tribal history and their own unconventional choices. The journey leads them to the shocking truth: their children and other Navajo children are still paying the price for the conquest and forced relocation of the tribe by the U.S. military in 1864, the Navajo "Long Walk."

Saturday, December 9 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

Tuesday, December 12 at 2:00 in the Roadrunner Room
Native Voices Book Discussion – “Keeping Heart on Pine Ridge”
by Vic Glover
With incisive wit and wisdom, the author provides a look at the contemporary life of the Lakota people on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Covering topics that include commodity food, drunken driving, sundances, sweat lodges, and the sacred, the author provides firsthand accounts of the tribe’s enduring resilience and the social and political forces that have challenged them. For information or to register for the book discussion, please contact or call 575-528-4005.

Wednesday, December 13 at 1:00 in the Roadrunner Room
Design and Create Workshop: Deco Mesh Angel
- Create an angelic decoration that you can use for Christmas - or all year round! Using deco mesh, you will create a beautiful angel perfect to hang on trees, your door or anywhere you would like! To register, or for more information, contact the Reference Department at or (575)528-4005.

Thursday, December 14 at 2:00 in the Roadrunner Room
Native Voices Movie – “Medicine Woman“
Directed by Christine Lesiak
Medicine Woman, interweaves the lives of Native American women healers of today with the story of America's first Native doctor, Susan La Flesche Picotte (1865-1915). The one-hour PBS documentary produced by and about women, features historic and contemporary profiles of female healers, starting with Susan La Flesche Picotte (1865-1915) of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska.

Friday, December 15 at 3:30 in the Children’s Craft Room
Native Voices Children’s Program
- Join us for a children’s activity celebrating Native Voices. This program is for ages 6-10 and includes creating a personal art piece with sand.

Monday, December 18 at 2:00 in the Roadrunner Room
Reading and Book Signing
– Author Victor Shamas
Come listen to author Victor Shamas read from his book, followed by book signing. For more information, contact (575) 528-4001 or

Tuesday, December 19 at 6:30 in the Staff Conference Room
Branigan Book Club
- "The Dust That Falls From Dreams" by Louis De Bernières

Wednesday, December 20 15 at 10:00 in Munson Center Library
Munson Book Club
- "Autumn" by Ali Smith

Friday, December 22 at 3:30 in the Children’s Craft Room
Holiday Hangout
- Ages 6-10 in the Craft Room are invited to come and create winter/holiday crafts.

Saturday, December 23 to Tuesday, December 26 - Library Closed for Winter Holiday
The Library will be Closed for the Winter Holiday December 23rd to 26th. The Library will resume normal operating hours on Wednesday, December 27.

Wednesday, December 27 at 2:00 in the Roadrunner Room
4th Wednesday Happening –– “New Years Traditions”
- New Year Traditions vary around the world but the spirit of welcoming the New year with joy remains the same. We will discuss some New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day traditions from around the world. If you have any traditions, sayings or recipes you would like to share, please bring them. It will be a fun way to reminisce and share our family’s traditions and maybe even start some new ones. For more information, contact the Reference Department at or (575)528-4005.

Thursday, December 28 at 12:30 at the Sage Café Library
Sage Reading Club
- We will discuss some of your favorite books.

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.

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