Thomas Branigan Library holds National Library Month events

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Learn to make towel animals at a library workshop on April 12.
During National Library Week, Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho Ave., joins libraries nationwide in celebrating the many ways libraries are transforming their communities every day through the services and invaluable expertise they offer.

April 9 – 15 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians, and library workers. Libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies — learn how to use a 3-D printer or even record their own music.

Libraries of all types are evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. Elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large depend on libraries and the resources they offer to address the needs of their communities.

By providing such resources as e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers, or a safe-haven in times of crisis, libraries and librarians transform their communities. “The library embraces the entire community, offering unlimited opportunities for personal growth and lifelong learning,” said Renee Payne Frankel, library administrator. “Libraries level the playing field for people of any age who are seeking the information and access to technologies that will improve their quality of life.”

Libraries also offer something unique to their communities: the expertise of individual librarians. Librarians assist patrons in using increasingly complex technology and sorting through the potentially overwhelming mass of information bombarding today’s digital society. This is especially crucial when access to reliable and trustworthy data is more important than ever.

Thomas Branigan Memorial Library is celebrating National Library Week by offering the following events/programs:

Sunday, April 9
Scrabble for Literacy, 1:30 p.m. Donations go to Literacy Volunteers of Doña Ana County to buy classroom materials for their students. There is a small fee of $3 to play.

Monday, April 10
Reading and book signing, 2 p.m. Michael Gamble, Death by Tango.

Tuesday, April 11
• Read to Me, 10:30 a.m. Thematic story time for ages three and up. Includes stories, songs, finger-plays and puppets.
• Windows 10, 2 p.m. This class will describe the new features of Windows 10 and how to navigate the new operating system. Topics include the new Start Menu, Cortana and how to customize the desktop.
• Teen Game Night, 4 – 6 p.m. Teens get together to play electronic and board games.

Wednesday, April 12
• Toddler Time, 10 a.m. Storytime for ages one to three. Includes stories, songs and fingerplays.
• Mother Goose Time, 11 a.m. Lapsit program for babies, birth – 13 months and their caregivers. Includes nursery rhymes, songs and free play time.
• Design & Create – Napkin & Towel Folding, 2 p.m. The workshop will include ideas and tips, as well as detailed folding instructions for lots of designs to adorn your kitchen and dining table. Discover how to you can create a towel swan, elephant, crab and mouse. Participants are asked to bring a bath towel and a cloth napkin, if you can.

For more information or to register for the program, contact the Reference Department at 528-4005 or

Thursday, April 13
• Toddler Time, 10 a.m. Storytime for ages one to three. Includes stories, songs, and finger-plays.
• Teen Game Night, 4 – 6 p.m. Teens get together to play electronic and board games.

Friday, April 14
• Rhythm Roundup, 10:30 a.m. Music and movement program for ages two to five.
• Library Lab, 3 p.m. Explore art, science, engineering, or games through stories and activities for ages six – 10.

Saturday, April 15
Calligraphy Guild, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Custom bookmarks will be made for library patrons.

Throughout April, Branigan Library will host a bookmark scavenger hunt to celebrate National Poetry Month in April and National Library Week April 9 – 15 #Libraries Transform. Patrons are invited to peruse the book shelves in search of a book with a scavenger hunt bookmark. When a patron finds a bookmark, they may bring the bookmark to the reference desk and claim a prize.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

For information about any of these events, contact the Reference Department at 528-4005 or

Living Better in a Green Home
The Fourth Wednesday Happenings Living Better in a Green Home program will take place at 2 p.m. April 26, in the Roadrunner Room. Living better means better comfort and health, better energy and water efficiency, stronger resale value, lower cost of living, less maintenance, and lower harmful carbon emissions from your home.

The talk will be presented by Renee Frank and Don Rudisill.

Renee Frank is a local real estate professional and certified EcoBroker, specializing in green building and sustainable living in Las Cruces for more than ten years. She is one of the founding members of the Green Chamber of Commerce.

Don Rudisill is a retired engineer who, in a quest for a home that offered better living for him and his wife, gathered a professional team to design and build the very first LEED Platinum home in Las Cruces.

For more information about the program or to register for the program, contact the Reference Department at 528-4005 or

Thomas Branigan Memorial Library hours are 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday thru Thursday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 – 5 p.m. Sunday.

If you require an accommodation for a disability to participate in this event, call the library at 528-4102 (voice) or 528-4008 (TTY) at least 48 hours in advance.