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Reading Clubs

Reading Challenge

Interested in expanding your reading horizons? Would you like the chance to earn unique prizes just for reading books? Then the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library invites you to participate in the “Keep Calm and Read On” Summer Reading Challenge! All ages and skill levels are welcome to participate! Registration begins on June 1, 2018 at the Reference Desk. The prize drawing will be held on August 2nd, 2018.

For more information or to register for the program, contact the Reference Department at (575) 528-4005 or library.reference@las-cruces.org.


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 mpendleton@las-cruces.org. 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 mmumper@las-cruces.org.

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.

May 24, 2018 - "Empire Falls" by Richard Russo

June 28, 2018 - "Less" by Andrew Sean Greer

July 26, 2018 - "The Wedding Date" by Jasmine Guillory


Club de Libro de Las Cruces

El Club de Libro Español de Las Cruces es un grupo de personas que nos gusta leer y charlar acerca de literatura en español. Nos reunimos una vez al mes en varios locales. Para mayores informes, favor de ponerse en contacto con Mark en mpendleton@las-cruces.org 575.528.4001 o mpndltn@gmail.com 575.635.8711. También se puede navegar a meetup.com y buscar Club de Libro Español de Las Cruces.

The Spanish Book Club of Las Cruces is a group of people who enjoy reading and talking about books in Spanish. We get together once a month at different locations. For more information, please contact Mark at mpendleton@las-cruces.org 575.528.4001 or mpndltn@gmail.com 575.635.8711. You can also go to meetup.com and search for Club de Libro Español de Las Cruces.


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.