We're kicking it off by joining with more than 1,000 other libraries worldwide in the 8th annual celebration of International Games Day @ YOUR LIBRARY! From 1-5 pm this Saturday, the second floor Roadrunner Room at Branigan Library will be transformed into a games arena with such family friendly leisure activities as SCRABBLE, Checkers, Monopoly, Red Dragon Inn, Tsuro and more!
The next Family Game Day is planned for Saturday 12 December and more are planned for 2016.
International Games Day @ your library is an international initiative supported by the American Library Association, the Australian Library and Information Association, and Nordic Game Day. For more information on International Games Day click here.
For more information on this and any other events at Branigan Library, you can call the Reference Desk at 575.528.4005 or e-mail email@example.com
When I sent out this list the first time, the dates for June to December were wrong. Thanks to my colleague Vicki Minnick who caught the error and brought it to my attention. What follows is the corrected edition of the 2016 BBC reading list.
We meet on the 3rdTuesday of each month in the Library's 2nd floor conference room at 6:30 pm. Bibliophiles of all persuasions are invited.
Here are the dates and books that go with them for next year. An asterisk indicates that the book for that month is Non-Fiction.
January 19th* Diane R. Hales. Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered Hales gives a human face to this famous painting and illuminates the age in which she lived.
October 18th* Helen Macdonald. H is For Hawk. An experienced falconer and Cambridge scholar trains a Goshawk as part of how she copes with her father's sudden death.
November 15th Mark Dunn. Ella Minnow Pea. How a society that values letters reacts when they start disappearing from the alphabet.
December 20th Rebecca Makkai. The Borrower. An unforeseen roadtrip results when a children's librarian--in Mark Twain's home town--helps a ten year old smuggle books past his parents and run away from home. Zany yet profound.
In closing, remember: CARPE LIBRVM. Es mejor morir de pie que vivir de rodillas. But above all: Keep on READIN'.
No matter what side of the dispute over White treatment of Native Americans you're on, you may be interested in an event taking place at the Library this coming Sunday, the 18th. At 4:00 pm, Mr. Carlos Melendrez of Las Cruces will speak about and sign copies of his book: America! Don't You Know Me? I'm Your Native Son: Geronimo, the Controversial Campaign to Repatriate the Remains of America's Most Famous Warrior to His Homeland.The program will be in the 2nd floor Roadrunner Room.
I met Mr. Melendrez about five months or so ago when he came into the Library to see if we'd be interested in hosting this event. Though he's a soft-spoken, gentle mannered caballero, it's immediately apparent that he's passionate about his subject. We chatted for about fifteen minutes and after some e-mailing back and forth, settled on the first mutually convenient date. You are the beneficiaries of that.
I know that I'm looking forward to hearing more about this iconic figure in U.S. History and hope many of you are as well.
If you're interested in American History and in particular the relations between White settlers and the Native Peoples here before them, Branigan Library has some other books that you may want to read. Here's a short list of just a few of them in the order that they popped into my head.
As I mentioned, that's just a few of the books we own on the history of White/Native American relations in American History. If you want to look for more, here are some suggestions:
a) Do an author search (Last Name, First Name) for an author who writes in that area. Some examples would be Dee Brown, Leslie Marmon Silko, N. Scott Momaday, and others. b) Do a subject search on a specific Native American leader/important figure such as Sitting Bull, Cochise, Sacajawea, Narbonna or others. c) Do a subject search on a particular battle or event such as Little Big Horn, the Long March, the Oklahoma land rush or a similar topic. d) A subject search for a specific tribe/nation, for example: Hopi, Navajo, Apache, Comanche, etc. e) Since terminology changes over time, you may also want to use a subject search for Native Americans and Indians both. f) Also, don't forget that you can ask for help at the Reference Desk where our knowledgeable and friendly Reference Librarians will be more than happy to assist you.
Well, that's it for now from this end of the 2nd floor hallway. Remember: CARPE LIBRVM. "Es mejor morir de pie que vivir de rodillas." And above all--KEEP ON READIN'.
Jack Finney was born John Finney in MilwaukeeWisconsin on October 2nd 1911, 104 years ago this Friday. He was called “Jack” almost immediately, and when his father died when he was three, he was re-named Walter Braden Finney in the elder Finney’s memory. The “Jack” moniker stuck for the rest of his life, though.
Finney is definitely not what you'd call a "classical" or probably not even a "classic" author, but his 1955 novel The Body Snatchers was made into a movie--that has come to be recognized as a sci-fi classic--the next year. "The Invasion of the Body Snatchers" was ignored by most critics (shows you what they know, eh?) upon release but gradually gained almost cult status. The book fared less well. Critics have disparaged it as outstandingly unoriginal and lacking basic scientific accuracy, but as Mark Twain once observed, it never pays to let truth stand in the way of a good story.
Finney's greatest literary success was his 1970 science fiction novelTime and Again. In it, an advertising man in NYC works in a secret government time-travel-to-the-past project. Time and Again is notable on at least two counts. The descriptions of 1880s New York are exceptionally vivid. And time travel via intensive reading about, research upon, and collection of artifacts from the era to visit combined with hypnosis and self hypnosis is intriguing.
Shortly before his death in 1995, Finney published a sequel to Time and Againtitled From Time to Time. In this iteration, his hero, Simon Morley visits the Big Apple in 1912 in an attempt to avert WWI. It was well regarded by critics and public alike.
So, a classic? Depends on what you mean, I guess. I'm confessing to pop cultural ignorance here, but I've never seen any of the movies inspired by Body Snatchers. Of Finney's books and short stories, I've only read Time and Again and thoroughly enjoyed it. So, yes, I call it a classic, but you needn't take my word for it. Check it out from YOUR FAVORITE PUBLIC LIBRARY and decide for yourself!
Until next time: Remember--NON ILLEGITIMATI CARBVRVNDVM, Es mejor morir de pie que vivir de rodillas and Keep on Readin'!
Resources at Branigan Library are available to anyone who has a library card. Our library offers access to a variety of print and digital resources, including online resources that patrons can access from home or in person with a library card, like e-books, e-magazines, e-music, online homework help, and online research help.
“Our library provides access and programs for students of all ages,” says Renee Payne Frankel, Library Administrator. “For preschool age children we offer early literacy and lap-sit story times to encourage school readiness. For older children and teens we supplement education with hands-on technology programs, and for older teens we have information and tools to help prepare for college and mentoring programs. For adults, we have career help with “Brainfuse,” an online job resource that offers free assistance with resume writing, online job coaching, interview tips, and more. There’s really something for everyone and it’s all free with a library card.”
For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit Branigan Library in person or visit the library online at http://library.las-cruces.org
In a little over a month (on Saturday, August 15th to be exact) Branigan Library will look, feel, and smell like a new Library! That's because the approximately 180,000 books, 15,000 CDs and audiobooks, along with the nearly 19,500 linear feet of shelf in the Library will have just gotten a much needed cleaning. And, while we're at it, we'll have the carpeting and tile deep-cleaned, clean and wax the computer lab, plus paint the magazine/newspaper room.
In addition, we'll do the first ever inventory of the almost 300,000 records in the Library's database. This will allow us to determine just how many of those items are lost and/or missing and get a baseline for tracking the Library's collections and generating more accurate reports in the future.
So that we can do this in the least disruptive and safest way possible for you, our customers, the Library will be closed from Monday August 10th through Friday the 14th. In this way, we'll avoid even the possibility of any customer sustaining injuries during the cleaning. It will also enable staff to perform the inventory in the quickest, most accurate way possible.
This is just one more way we're striving every day to bring you the very best library services possible. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we undertake this important and necessary operation to help us all better conserve, preserve, and use the Library.
The book/media drop will be closed only briefly for the computer lab cleaning. It will remain open for the rest of the week so you can return materials on time and not incur overdue fines.