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Reading Clubs

Reading Challenge

Looking to welcome in the new reading year, or to get a head start on the summer bestsellers? Then the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library invites you to participate in the “Blossoming Books” Adult Reading Challenge! Participants will be challenged to read five books across a variety of topics and genres. Any participant who completes all five books will receive an exciting prize of their choice. This free program will be offered from Monday, February 5th through Friday, April 27th.

For more information or to register for the program, contact the Reference Department at (575) 528-4005 or

Branigan Book Club

The Branigan BookClub (BBC) meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm in the Staff Conference Room on the 2nd floor. For months with more than one book listed, you choose which one you want to read (or you can read them both). We’ll spend most of the time that month discussing the one the majority of those there read. Time permitting, we’ll also have a short review of the other by someone who read it. For more information contact (575) 528-4001 or When e-mailing please put BBC in the subject line.

Upcoming Reading Selections

December 19, 2017
"The Dust That Falls From Dreams" by Louis De Bernières

January 16, 2018
"Hillbilly Elegy" by J.D. Vance
"Manhattan Beach" by Jennifer Eagan

February 20, 2018
"Inside: One Woman’s Journey Through the Inside Passage" by Susan Marie Conrad

March 20, 2018
"Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II" by Liza Mundy
"America’s First Daughter" by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie
**Special Bonus Read** "We Should All Be Feminists" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

April 17, 2018
"Levant Fever: True Stories from Syria’s Underground" by Wajdy Mustafa

May 15, 2018
"The Pentagon’s Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America’s Top-Secret Military Research Agency" by Annie Jacobsen
"Glass Houses" by Louise Penny

June 19, 2018
"Sun of the Morning Star: Custer and the Little Bighorn" by Evan S. Connell
"The Best of Me" by Nicholas Sparks

July 17, 2018
"Moonglow" by Michael Chabon

August 21, 2018
"Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, August 27, 1883" by Simon Winchester
"Our Souls at Night" by Kent Haruf

September 18, 2018
"Hiking the Continental Divide Trail: One Woman’s Journey" by Jennifer A. Hanson.

October 16, 2018
"If Our Bodies Could Talk: A Guide to Operating and Maintaining a Human Body" by James Hamblin

November 20, 2018
"Willnot" by James Salis

December 18, 2018
"Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures With Wolf-Birds" by Bernd Heinrich

Munson Book Club

Munson BookClub meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 10:00 am at the Munson Center at 975 S. Mesquite St. Most selections will be available at the Munson Library in regular-print, large-print, and audiobook versions. For more information contact (575) 528-3406 or

Upcoming Reading Selections

January 17, 2018 - "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time" by Mark Haddon

February 21, 2018 - "Death Comes for the Archbishop" by Willa Cather

March 21, 2018 - "Manhattan Beach" by Jennifer Egan

April 18, 2018 - "Long Way Down" by Jason Reynolds

May 16, 2018 - "Counting Backwards: A Doctor’s Notes on Anesthesia" by Henry Jay Przybylo

June 20, 2018 - "The House of the Scorpion" by Nancy Farmer

July 18, 2018 - "Fools and Mortals" by Bernard Cornwell

August 15, 2018 - "The All of It" by Jeannette Haien

Sage Book Club

The Sage Book Club meets on the 4th Thursday of each month at 12:30 in the Sage Café Center Library. For more information call (575) 528-3154.

January 25, 2018 - "Priestdaddy" by Patricia Lockwood

February 22, 2018 - "One thousand white women: the journals of May Dodd" by Jim Fergus

March 22, 2018 - Judith Avila, the co-author with Chester Nez, will talk about the book "Code talker: the first and only memoir by one of the original Navajo code talkers of WWII". Chester Nez, who died in 2014, was one of the original 19 Marine Navajo Code Talkers during WWII. Chester Nez's grandson will also be here. This special event is sponsored by the New Mexico Humanities Council and the Friends of the Library.

Club de Libro de Las Cruces

El Club de Libro Español de Las Cruces se reúne el primer sábado de cada mes en la sala de la junta directiva de la Biblioteca. Somos un grupo de personas que nos gusta leer y platicar de los libros que leemos en idioma español. No importe su nivel de competencia con dicho idioma; lo importante es el esfuerzo y que todos disfrutamos de una experiencia agradable.

Para mayores informes, favor de ponerse en contacto o con Jaime Weinand o con Mark Pendleton. El correo electrónico de Jaime es:; y de Mark: Para llamarles por teléfono: 520.850.4066 (Jaime) o 575.528.4001 (Mark) Al enviar un correo electrónico, favor de colocar Club de Libro Español en la línea del sujeto.

*El club de libro español de Las Cruces se reunirá en noviembre 2017 y enero 2018 en 4186 Seneca Dr. Las Cruces NM.

5 Noviembre 2017 - Asabel Alende "Inse del Alma Mia" (desde la pagina 190 al final)

No non reuniremoes en diciembre, debido a las fiestas.

7 Enero 2018 - Octavio Paz "El Laberinto de la Soledad"

Summer Reading Programs

The library has Summer Reading Programs for children, teens, and adults in the months of June and July. Check back in May for updated information about the Summer Reading Programs.