This time it's not for political candidates, or constitutional amendments, or bond issues, though. Rather, it's for a new design for Branigan Library's Library Card. In reality, we're selecting two cards. The children's/youth card will be for library customers under the age of 18. Library users 18 and older will get an adult card.
May was submission time for entries and we got nearly eighty. Staff at the Las Cruces Museum of Art selected five finalists in each category, and the ten designs will go on display at Branigan Library this coming Monday, June 20th. Public voting for the design to go on the Library Card will continue through Thursday the 30th.
The winner in each category will get their design on the new card for that category plus a Visa gift card. In the adult category, the gift card is for $100.00, while the winner of the children's and youth category will receive a $75.00 gift card. Both cards are generously provided by the Friends of Thomas Branigan Memorial Library.
The new design will go public at a party in September at which Magician Jamie O'Hara will unveil the new cards.
So, make sure you get down to the Library and vote for your favorite designs!
This month, the Branigan BookClub switches back to non-fiction with Adam Benforado's Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice.The BBC, as we call it, meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm in the second floor Library Boardroom. Bibliophiles and readers of all persuasions are welcome. You needn't even have read the book for the month to come and enjoy the lively give and take of our discussions. Indeed, there's frequently at least one person who says they've been convinced to either read or not read the book based on what they heard that evening.
Benforado argues that the criminal justice system is broken, but it's not racist attorneys or judges on the take or blatant corruption that's to blame. Instead, he says that even if it worked exactly as it was set up to and there was absolutely no corruption or malfeasance, it still would produce wrong verdicts and people would be mangled in the system. Why? Because of the ways that our minds process information.
Agree? Disagree? Don't Know? Well, you could come at 6:30 pm on Tuesday the 21st and find out more. We can't promise that we know all the answers, or that you'll leave with a solution in mind how to remedy the situation. We can promise, though, that you'll probably come away with a lot to think about. So we hope to see many of you then.
Effective July 1, 2016 Thomas Branigan Memorial Library will no longer be offering access to Fast Pencil. Due to circumstances beyond our control, the company that offered this service to libraries has canceled their contract. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. If you have any questions, please call 575-541-2098.
Tuesday June 7th from 7 am until 7 pm is primary election day in New Mexico. However, you don't have to wait until then to vote. There are forty, yup, you read right, four zero, two score, 4 x 10 Voting Convenience Centers in Doña Ana County. You can see a list of all the locations at the county Bureau of Elections website: DACElections.com or you can call them at 575.647.7428.
Meanwhile, one of those locations is Thomas Branigan Memorial Library. If you are registered as a Democrat of Republican (New Mexico law allows you to vote only in the primary of the party to which you belong) you can then vote early at the Library. The early voting schedule is Tuesday through Saturday 11 am until 7 pm.
So, combine a trip to the Library with exercising your civic, right, privilege and responsibility to vote!
Mark your calendar, set yourself a reminder on your smartphone, or tie a string around your finger, but however you jog your memory, don't forget to get down to the Library this Saturday the 28th of May at 4:00 pm! That's when Mr. Michael McGarrity will be talking about, reading from and signing copies of his latest book: The Last Ranch.
McGarrity is, for my money, one of the premier storytellers of the American West of all time, bar none! A decade ago, when his first Kevin Kearney book, Tularosa came out, I was immediately hooked and have read every one since then. Now, with The Last Ranch, we have the final installment in the story of how Kearney's people came to be in New Mexico.
And, as with all of his previous books, this one is immensely satisfying.Were I twenty or thirty years younger, I'd finish it with a couple of marathon reads ignoring sleep and food! I find I'm unable to do that now though, so will be forced to enjoy the prolonged pleasure of a more leisurely paced read. I'm already starting to get withdrawal symptoms, though, because soon I'll be without any unread Michael McGarrity books to enjoy. Maybe I'll have to start re-reading them!
When you have a chance to get an author autographed book, it's always exciting. With this event, you've got the added attraction of getting your very own autographed copy of a book by a master story teller at the top of his form! It doesn't often get much better than that. So, I hope that I see many of you on Saturday!
This Saturday, April 30th, el día del niño/el día del libro--children's day/book day, better known simply as "El Día" turns 20 and you're invited to be part of the celebration. The New Mexico State University Library and Thomas Branigan Memorial Library are presenting two programs in commemoration of the event. Both are free.
From 10:00 am until 12:00 noon, retired school librarian and teacher Cindy Williams will be telling stories in the Roadrunner Room at Branigan Library. The event will conclude with a book giveaway for attending children while supplies last.
In the afternoon, Williams will present a hands-on workshop on making storytimes exciting from 1:30 until 3:30 in room 123 of the Zuhl Library on the NMSU campus. Parking will be free and at the end of the workshop there will be a raffle of storytelling books for educators. Space is limited, so please register ASAP with John Sandstrom at email@example.com or call 575.646.8093.
Officer Aaron Glymph and Detective Eric Cook of the Las Cruces Police Department present this hands-on seminar that shows you ways to recognize and defeat scams. Some of the topics they cover are Identity Theft, Internet Scams and Schemes, Telephone Scams, and Spotting Door-to-Door Con Artists.
Thomas Branigan Memorial Library is located at 200 E. Picacho Ave in Las Cruces NM next door to the Las Cruces City Hall and across the street from the Las Cruces Police Department and the Las Cruces Fire Department. Library Hours are Sundays 1 pm-5 pm (except closed Sundays Labor Day to Memorial Day); Monday -Thursday 9 am - 8 pm; Friday and Saturday 10 am - 6 pm
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Whenever anyone asks what I do for a living, I'm always proud to tell them that I'm a Librarian. Why? Because I'm proud to be part of an institution that embodies so much of what American democracy is all about! Public Libraries are bastions of free access to information and all manner of skills that folks need to thrive in today's society.
Public Libraries supplya wide range of "stuff" people want. This may be books for recreational reading, or technology, or career development skills, or a place to hang out and get out of the heat, or any of hundreds of other things. Whatever it is, Americans have learned over the years that, like as not, they can find it at their local public library.
Once a year, usually the second full week in April, the American Library Association and libraries--public, private, special, academic--around the country celebrate National Library Week. This is a time to heighten public awareness of all the programs and services libraries offer their communities.
This year is no different. Branigan Library has a full slate of programs and events taking place during National Library Week. For a full list, please visit the Library's web site: http://library.las-cruces.orgIn addition to the regularly scheduled kids' and teens' programs, her is a select list of other events for the week: Saturday the 9th A) 10:00 am Self-Publishing with FastPencil workshop Computer Classroom INFO/REGISTER: firstname.lastname@example.org or 575.528.4005 FREE
Tuesday the 12th A) 11:00 am & 4:00 pm Self-Publishing with FastPencil Workshop Roadrunner Room INFO/REGISTER: email@example.com or 575.528.4005 FREE B) 2:00 pm Intro to Computers--File Management Computer Classroom FREE C) Reading and Book signing with Storydancer Terry Alvarez, Author of Down Riverside Road: Growing Up in the Borderland INFO: firstname.lastname@example.org 575.528.4005 FREE
As part of the events planned for National Library Week (Saturday 10--Sunday 16 April 2016) and in keeping with April as National Poetry Writing Month, Thomas Branigan Memorial Library announces three FREE workshops for writers interested in self-publishing. These workshops feature a new product that the Library is providing: FastPencil, which is a self-publishing platform designed for new and/or established authors to use to develop and edit their works. FastPencil's cloud-based writing tools and online interface make it easy to write, organize and edit. Writers can also share progress with and get feedback from other FastPencil users, friends, and relatives. When a project is finished, FastPencil also has the tools to publish the final results.
The workshops will be held on Saturday April 9th at 10:00 am in the Computer Classroom and on Tuesday April 12th at 11:00 am and again at 4:00 pm in the Roadrunner Room. Both the Roadrunner Room and the Computer Classroom are located on the Library's second floor.
All three workshops will cover the same material: 1)How to get a FREE FastPencil account; 2) How to sign on; 3) How to get started writing.