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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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4 DECEMBER +1872 MARY CELESTE DISCOVERED: On this date in 1872, the English cargo ship Dei Gratia, near the Azores Islands saw a ship under sail and apparently out of control. When their hailing went unanswered, a boarding party was sent aboard the American brigantine Mary Celeste. What they found... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at DAY BY DAY
3 DECEMBER +1818 ILLINOIS ADMISSION DAY: On this day, IL became the 21st State. +1947 BROADWAY OPENING OF A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE: Today is the 70th anniversary of the Tennessee Williams play opening on Broadway. It ran for two years and won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama. +1967 WORLD'S FIRST... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at DAY BY DAY
2 DECEMBER +1832 MONROE DOCTRINE: POTUS 5 James Monroe, the last of the founding "Virginia Dynasty " of US Presidents, in his message to Congress on this day formulated a doctrine that long was a guiding principle of US Foreign Policy. Basically stated, it said that since the US had... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2018 at DAY BY DAY
1 DECEMBER +1640 INDEPENDENCE DAY (Portugal): Portuguese Independence from neighboring Spain; still celebrated today +1918 UNIVERSITY STUDENTS' CELEBRATION (Iceland): On this day, Iceland became an independent state from Denmark, but still remained under the Danish King. This personal union was terminated in a referendum on 20-23 May 1944 while Denmark... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2018 at DAY BY DAY
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FOR MORE INFORMATION: COAS Bookstore 575.524.8471 coas@coasbooks.com ∋—∈ Sage Café Branch Library 575.528.3154 sagelibrary@las-cruces.org czimmerman@las-cruces.org mpendleton@las-cruces.org For a map showing COAS Bookstore click here. For a map showing Sage Café Branch Library click here. Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2018 at NOT ALL THOSE WHO WANDER ARE LOST
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The Branigan Book Club (BBC) Reading List for 2019 is out and I want to thank everyone who participated either by making suggestions, voting for their favorites, or both. Next year, we have sixteen selections, both fiction and non-fiction. There are nine of the former and seven of the latter with four of these being autobiographies/memoirs. The Library has all sixteen of them in regular print versions; nine are also available in various audiobook formats, and three are in LARGE PRINT as well. You can look on the list below to see which ones are available in which formats. The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2018 at NOT ALL THOSE WHO WANDER ARE LOST
THOMAS BRANIGAN MEMORIAL LIBRARY ANNOUNCES AMNESTY WEEK, OCTOBER 21-27, 2018 Las Cruces, New Mexico- The Thomas Branigan Memorial Library will be holding an amnesty event during the week of October 21-27, 2018. “During Amnesty Week, patrons who have overdue items, including extremely overdue items, can return them and have all fines and fees associated with that item waived and their accounts cleared.” said Margaret Neill, Library Administrator. Amnesty will only apply to items returned in good, usable condition. It does not apply to materials that are no longer usable, nor does it apply to items borrowed from other libraries via... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2018 at NOT ALL THOSE WHO WANDER ARE LOST
9 OCTOBER +THANKSGIVING DAY (CANADA): Observed annually on the second Monday in October. +ICELAND-LEIF ERIKSON DAY: Celebrates the "discovery" of North America by the Norse explorer in the year 1,000 CE. +LEIF ERIKSON DAY: Since 1964 by Presidential Proclamation always issued annually by request for 9 October. +KOREA-ALPHABET DAY (HANGUL):... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at DAY BY DAY
8 OCTOBER +1871 GREAT CHICAGO FIRE: Legend has it that Mrs. O'Leary's cow kicked over a lantern in her barn on De Koven Street, starting the conflagration. However it started, when the smoke had cleared, 3.5 square miles of the city had been leveled, 17,450 buildings were gone, 98,500 people... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2018 at DAY BY DAY
7 OCTOBER +MENTAL ILLNESS AWARENESS WEEK: Annually the first full week in October (in 2018 the 7th through the 13th) a week dedicated to increasing public awareness of the causes and symptoms of and the treatments for mental illnesses. Info: National Alliance on Mental IIlness, 3803 N. Fairfax Dr., Ste... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2018 at DAY BY DAY
6 OCTOBER +1723 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN ARRIVED IN PHILADELPHIA: Franklin was 17 at the time; six years later, he had founded and was the publisher of The Pennsylvania Gazette, which along with Poor Richard's Almanack, that he wrote under the penname Richard Saunders, made him a wealthy man. +1789 PARISIAN WOMEN... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2018 at DAY BY DAY
5 October +1813 TECUMSEH KILLED: Born near present day Springfield OH in March 1768, this Shawnee chief was a stalwart defender of his people's rights against white encroachment. Between 1799 and 1804 he reached the peak of his prominence. A powerful orator, he denounced all treaties that surrendered Native People's... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2018 at DAY BY DAY
4 OCTOBER +MOON (OR MID AUTUMN) FESTIVAL: Observed on the 15th day of the 8th Chinese lunar month, this is a festival in many Asian countries, and goes by different names. In China and Korea, special "moon cakes" (rice, chestnuts, jujube fruits in Korea) are made and eaten. This is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2018 at DAY BY DAY
3 OCTOBER +1922 FIRST FEMALE US SENATOR: On this day, Georgia Governor Thomas Hardwick appointed Mrs. Rebecca Felton aged 87, of Carterville GA to the seat left vacant by the death of Senator Thomas E. Watson. It was a two day ad interim appointment. +1974 FIRST BLACK MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2018 at DAY BY DAY
2 October +INDEPENDENCE DAY: Guinea (from France 1958) +1950 "PEANUTS" DEBUTS: Charles Schulz's iconic comic strip featuring Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Sally and the unforgettable Snoopy first appeared on this day. The final new "Peanuts" strip appeared 13 Feb 2000. It lives on in the lives and hearts of its... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2018 at DAY BY DAY
OCTOBER October is, in the Julian and Greorian calendars, the 10th month, although it retains its name from the old Roman calendar when it was the eighth month. It is the sixth of the seven 31 day months. In the northern Hemisphere, October is associated with Autumn; in the southern,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2018 at DAY BY DAY
Branigan Library Offers Free October Computer Classes Thomas Branigan Memorial Library is pleased to announce that free computer literacy classes will be held in the Computer Training Lab, second floor, during the month of October. Registration is not required, however, only the first 9 attendees will be guaranteed a computer. Attendees are welcome to bring their own laptops if space permits. Windows 10 – 2 – 4 p.m., Tuesday, October 2 This class will describe the new features of Windows 10 and how to navigate the operating system. Topics that will be covered is the new Start Menu, Cortana and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2018 at NOT ALL THOSE WHO WANDER ARE LOST
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Thomas Branigan Memorial Library invites you to come and celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's classic book Frankenstein. All through the month of October, the Library will be presenting special programs. On Tuesdays at 5:30 pm there will be Frankenstein movies in the Roadrunner Room. These Movies are FREE and open to the public For More Information: calee@las-cruces.org 575.528.4024 library.reference@las-cruces.org 575.528.4005 Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2018 at NOT ALL THOSE WHO WANDER ARE LOST
The Branigan Book Club (BBC) meets at 6:30 pm the third Tuesday of each month at the Library. This month, plan to meet with us on the 18th to get some vicarious thrills, pleasure, aches and pains (the best kind!) as we talk about Jennifer Hanson's book. To check on the status of the Library's copies, click here. For more information about the BBC, please either email me (BBC in subject line, please) at: mpendleton@las-cruces.org or call me at 575.528.4001. If I don't answer, please leave a message and I will call you back as soon as possible. Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2018 at NOT ALL THOSE WHO WANDER ARE LOST
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This FREE public program lasts for about an hour and will be taught by Jay Wilbur, a member of the Board of Directors of the Mesilla Valley Audubon Society (MVAS). Using photographs he took, Wilbur covers many of the most common birds of our area. He also talks about local birding hotspots, providing maps and habitat descriptions for them. Jay finishes with a few basic birding technique tips for beginning birders, plus a Q&A time. Jay Wilbur has been birding for about eight years. For the past four of those, he has lived in Doña Ana County. During that time,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2018 at NOT ALL THOSE WHO WANDER ARE LOST