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Branigan Library
I'm a public library serving the City of Las Cruces and Dona Ana County in New Mexico.
Interests: Books, public service, computers, programming
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Hello all, First, please pardon multiple postings. Second, the book reading and signing with Victor Shamas on Monday the 18th of December 2017 was erroneously announced on Branigan Library’s Web Site and Events Calendar as being at 2:00 pm. The actual time is 6:00 pm. Please adjust your plans to attend accordingly. We regret the inconvenience this may have caused any of you. As ever, Thank you for your support! Mark Mark Pendleton Librarian, Senior/Quality of Life/Thomas Branigan Memorial Library Direct: 575-528-4001 Main: 575-528-4000, mpendleton@las-cruces.org TBML 200 E. Picacho Ave Las Cruces NM 88001 Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2017 at NOT ALL THOSE WHO WANDER ARE LOST
In the fleeting golden years of the Edwardian Age, three sets of siblings grew up next door to each other in the country south of London. On one side, were the two Pendennis brothers; in the middle, the four McCosh sisters; on the other side, the two Pitt brothers. They were "The Pals" and they romped inseparably together through their childhood. Even before World War One, things started to change, though, and when the War came, change accelerated. The brothers went of to fight and the sisters served in no less passionate ways. Some lost their lives; some lost their... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2017 at NOT ALL THOSE WHO WANDER ARE LOST
CRAFT PROGRAMS FOR THE HOLIDAYS WEDNESDAY 13 DECEMBER 1:00 pm—DECO MESH ANGEL Create an angelic decoration that you can use at Christmas, or all year long. Using deco mesh, you'll create a beautiful angel that you can hang on a tree, your door, or anywhere you like. This program is FREE and will be in the second floor Board Room. Although there is no charge, you must register so that we know how many supplies to purchase. WEDNESDAY 27 DECEMBER 2:00 pm—NEW YEAR'S TRADITIONS New Year traditions vary around the world, but the spirit of welcoming in a new year... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2017 at NOT ALL THOSE WHO WANDER ARE LOST
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Posted Dec 4, 2017 at NOT ALL THOSE WHO WANDER ARE LOST
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These programs are FREE and take place at Thomas Branigan Memorial Library and the Branigan Cultural Center. For more information on them, please contact: BRANIGAN CULTURAL CENTER 575.541.2154 BRANIGAN LIBRARY 575.528.4005 Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at NOT ALL THOSE WHO WANDER ARE LOST
Thomas Branigan Memorial Library Plans Tech Tent Events Thomas Branigan Memorial Library is bringing back its popular Tech Tent series, every Wednesday at 11 a.m., beginning November 1. Come meet staff and learn how to access all the Library’s digital offerings. Bring in your own device and staff will help with tutorials, tricks and tips. Don’t have a device? Practice on the Library’s different devices and find one that works for you. Branigan Library offers digital books, audiobooks, magazines and streaming music, as well as numerous databases and online resources. Staff are available to help with tech issues related to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2017 at NOT ALL THOSE WHO WANDER ARE LOST
Thomas Branigan Memorial Library has a new leader. Margaret Neill, whose first official day on the job was just over two weeks ago, is either the 14th (if you count acting/interim directors) or 11th (if you don't) Director/Administrator of the Library in its 82 year and some month history. Recently, I sat down to talk with Neill about her new job and other library related matters. Our conversation follows: Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost: Welcome back and congratulations on your new job, Margaret. Can you tell us a bit about yourself? Margaret Neill: Thanks, Mark. It's good to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at NOT ALL THOSE WHO WANDER ARE LOST
Debido a varios factores, hemos cambiado el lugar, la fecha, y la hora de nuestra reunión próxima del club de libro español de Las Cruces. Así que no nos reunimos en el sábado 5 de agosto a las 14:30 horas en la Biblioteca Branigan. En lugar de eso, nos reuniremos a las 17:30 horas en el domingo, el 20º de agosto a 4186 Seneca DR Las Cruces. El libro para esta reunion es Mujeres de Ojos Grandes por la autora Méxicana Ángeles Mastretta. Se puede encontrarlo gratis en forma .pdf en el sitio: https://vivelatinoamerica.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/angeles-mastretta-mujeres-de-ojos-grandes.pdf Para mayores informes, favor de dirigirse... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at NOT ALL THOSE WHO WANDER ARE LOST
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Hello folks! Please disregard the earlier version of this blogpost that gave the date for the first broadcast of Chicken Pot Pie as Thursday August 27 2017. It should be (as it appears below) Thursday July 27 2017. Thanks to the alert reader who pointed this out to me! —Mark Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2017 at NOT ALL THOSE WHO WANDER ARE LOST
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Sage Branch Library hours are 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2017 at NOT ALL THOSE WHO WANDER ARE LOST
A little over four years ago, I fetched up abruptly at the final page of The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe (rhymes with hobby), nowhere near ready for it to be finished. I had come to think of Will and his mom as friends. I loved these people. I had laughed with them. I had cried with them. I was devastated. NO! This was wrong! I envy those readers who can look forward to reading The End of Your Life Book Club. This achingly beautiful memoir is the story of Will and his mom reading the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2017 at NOT ALL THOSE WHO WANDER ARE LOST
This is an abbreviated erratum containing only one mistake. Bad enough, granted, but I'm thankful the list isn't longer. In passing, though, I do wonder how accurate it is to speak of a list containing only a single item. Be that as it may, I made the mistake and am filled with consternation about it. Yesterday I sat down to post a few new thoughts to NATWWAL and was abashed at what I saw when I viewed the blog. Turns out I had promoted something listed as the "EQUALITY MARCH FOR UNITY AND PRICE ". Obviously, the last three words... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2017 at NOT ALL THOSE WHO WANDER ARE LOST
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From time to time, I post announcements here that may be of interest to readers. This is one of those times. Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2017 at NOT ALL THOSE WHO WANDER ARE LOST
This month brings with it the ever popular Summer Reading Challenges at Branigan Library. As has been the case for several years now, all three of these challenges have the same theme. This year it's Build a Better World! So, get ready to come on down and sign up for the one that's appropriate for you, and in the case of infants and kids, parents and/or guardians and/or grandparents, bring them down and sign them up! It all starts the first week of June. Don't! Miss! It! For the Adult Challenge, there's a new Summer Reading Challenge Game. Plus there... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2017 at NOT ALL THOSE WHO WANDER ARE LOST
Years ago, when just beginning my career as a Librarian, I used to keep meticulous (for those of you who have seen my office, I know this calls for a considerable elasticity of imagination) lists of books I'd read by favorite authors. I'd also eagerly scan such publications as Publisher's Weekly and Library Journal to see when their new books were due to appear so I could be one of the first to read them. As I've aged, I've become less list obsessed. It could be from sensory overload; more and more authors and series I enjoy, so that trying... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at NOT ALL THOSE WHO WANDER ARE LOST
You are invited to take part in a reading and book signing at Your Favorite Public Library (aka Branigan Library) 200 E. Picacho Ave. in Las Cruces on Friday May 26th at 2:00 pm in the Roadrunner Room. The author is Pierre Nichols of Silver City, the book is Secrets of the Blue Door. Nichols will have copies of the book available for purchase and signing at the end of the program. This book is a true story of bringing closure to sexual abuse at a ranch for boys in New Mexico. The death of a child brought this hidden... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at NOT ALL THOSE WHO WANDER ARE LOST
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El Club de Libro español de Las Cruces te invita a compartir con nosotros el gozo del acto de leer. Somos un grupo de individuos que nos gusta leer libros en español y charlar sobre ellos. Nuestra reunion primera estará el sábado 3o de junio, 2017 a las 12:30 de la tarde. Estaremos en la Biblioteca Thomas Branigan, 200 East Picacho Avenue, Las Cruces NM. El libro por esta ocasion es El Portero por Reinaldo Arenas. Si deseas involucrarte en el Club de libro español de Las Cruces o por mayores informes sobre ello hagas el <<clic>> aquí Por mayores... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2017 at NOT ALL THOSE WHO WANDER ARE LOST
This Thursday the 25th of May, you can hear Paula Moore, the author of a book about an unsolved murder in1949 in Las Cruces discuss her book and answer questions about it. This will be at 12:30 pm in the Sage Branch Library, located at 6121 Reynolds Drive in Las Cruces. For more information about this event and other similar programs at the Sage Branch Library, please either e-mail sagelibrary@las-cruces.org or phone 575.528.3154. Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2017 at NOT ALL THOSE WHO WANDER ARE LOST