Cactus Chords to provide entertainment at Library Friends meeting

The Friends of the Branigan Library will hold their annual meeting on Thursday, January 19, at 7 p.m. in the Good Samaritan auditorium. The agenda will include year-end reports, review of by-laws, and nomination and election of officers for 2017. The evening will also feature refreshments and musical entertainment. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Special entertainment for the event is the Cactus Chords barbershop quartet. The popular group performed for the first annual Real Men Sing Concert sponsored by the New Mexico State University Music Department and was named the 2016 gold medalist in the New Mexico Senior Olympics competition in the 65-plus class, making them eligible for the national competition in Birmingham, Alabama in June 2017.

The slate of officers running for election for 2017 includes Dennis Cherry, president; Sue Fletcher, vice president; Bonnie Poloner, treasurer; and Mary Piluzzi, secretary. Nominations will also be taken from the floor. Highlights of 2016 include the Friends’ 40th Anniversary celebration, sponsorship of the library’s summer reading programs, book sales at the library, and a Celebrate Authors event for area published writers. Appreciation goes to Barnes & Noble, El Paso Electric, and Citizens Bank for their support of the Friends of Branigan Library.

The friends organization looks forward to providing new opportunities and services as the Branigan Library moves through the 21st century. The friends consist of over 200 members, including individuals, families, and businesses. For more information about becoming a Branigan Library Friend or giving to the library, visit their website,

Design & Create Workshops at Thomas Branigan Memorial Library
A new monthly program for adults called Design & Create Workshops will be held at Branigan Library, 200 E. Picacho Ave., the second Wednesday of every month at 2 p.m. in the library’s Roadrunner Room.

The first Design & Create workshop, entitled Beginning Zentangle, will be Wednesday, January 11. The workshop is an introduction to Zentangle®, an abstract drawing created using repetitive patterns according to the trademarked Zentangle® method. Zentangle® was intended to make the act of drawing pleasurable, meditative, and accessible to all. Basic materials and instructions are provided. The workshop is free of charge.

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

Fourth Wednesday Happenings!
A new monthly program for adults called Fourth Wednesday Happenings will be held at Branigan Library the fourth Wednesday of every month at 2 p.m. in the Roadrunner Room.

The kick-off program will be Wednesday, January 25, with Vintage Hat Styles of the ’30s and ’40s. The 1930s and ’40s are known in history for the Great Depression and rationing in World War II, but that didn’t deter women from designing and wearing some of the most significant hats of history. Attend for an hour of hats from these two eras and explore how they lifted spirits for a nation in turmoil. Time will be allotted to try on hats and take photographs.

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

Branigan Library offers free computer classes in January
Thomas Branigan Memorial Library will hold free computer literacy classes during the month of January. Registration is not required, however, only the first eight attendees will be guaranteed a computer. Attendees are welcome to bring their own laptops if space permits.

Introduction to Computers: The Basics – Tuesday, January 10, 2 – 4 p.m.

A class for the absolute beginner. It will introduce students to the parts of the computer and mouse skills. Students will learn the components of Windows-based programs.

Windows 10 – Tuesday, January 17, 2 – 4 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.

Introduction to the Internet – Tuesday, January 24, 2 – 4 p.m.

A class for those who want to learn how to go online and move around the Internet with ease. Students will learn how to access websites, how to navigate, what web addresses are, basic searching skills, and Internet safety.

Introduction to Computers: File Management – Tuesday, January 31, 2 – 4 p.m.

This is a basic class where students will learn how to manage files by saving, attaching and storing information.

Classes will be held in the library‘s computer training lab on the second floor.

For more information, contact the Reference Desk at 528-4005 or 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.

Library hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.