Celebrate Authors Invitation 2018

Our annual Celebrate Authors event publicly celebrates the talent, hard work, and achievements of southern New Mexican authors. Booktalks, displays, and book signings by authors promote the diversity and excellence of literary talent throughout our community.


The Friends of the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library invite authors to participate in the Fifth Annual CELEBRATE AUTHORS event, to be held on Sunday, September 16, 2018, from 2-4 pm in the Roadrunner Room of the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library.

Authors must be residents of the southern New Mexico region, and books must have been published in 2013 or later (no older than five years.)  Books can be of all genres:  fiction, non-fiction, poetry, a collection of short stories or children’s literature.  Information about the author and the book must be submitted on the application form which you can download and complete here.

Completed forms should be sent to Sue Fletcher at sjfletch1940@yahoo.com, no later than July 31, 2018.

Refer questions to Sue Fletcher at 521-8507.  Leave a message with your name, phone number and say that you’re calling about Celebrate Authors.

 Celebrate Authors Application Form – Click here. 

Book Talk with Win Jacobs – Wander Woman – A Recollection

Friends of the Library will hold A Book Talk on Wednesday, April 4 at 1:30 in the Roadrunner Room. WIN JACOBS author of “Wander Woman: A Recollection”, will read passages from her book and talk about the writing of it, the rewards and problems of doing so. She hopes to open audience discussion of memoirs, “a harvesting” she calls it. “Wander Woman” is currently available at COAS or as an e-book on Kindle. Copies will also be available at the reading. Refreshments will be served.

Friends of Library Book Sale March 9 – 10

Please join the Friends of Thomas Branigan Memorial Library for a Book Sale.  On March 9th from 3 pm until 5 pm, the Friends will hold a special Members Only book sale.  On March 10th from 10 am until 4 pm, the sale will be open to the public.  The sale will feature a collection of railroad and train books, leather bound classic  works published by the Franklin Library, numerous hardback and paperback fiction and works of local interest as well as general literature. The Book Sale will be held in the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library on the second floor.   MarchBookSale


Barnes & Noble Book Fair February 17-18, 2018

Barnes & Noble Book Fair February 17th and 18th, 2018











We invite everyone to shop at the Barnes & Noble at Mesilla Valley Mall on Saturday February 17th from 10 am to 5 pm and on Sunday February 18th from 1 to 4 pm, to help us raise money to support library materials and programs.  A percentage of each purchase will become a donation to the Friends and will directly support our local library.  To help us, simply shop at Barnes & Noble during those days and tell the cashier that you’d like your purchase to benefit the Friends of the library.  Our February 2017 book fair raised $2,395.04 for the library.  We’re hoping to beat that number this February!

Friends members will distribute bookmarks to shoppers and offer them an opportunity to win a Dr. Seuss themed gift basket that will contain a Barnes & Noble gift certificate, books, and a few other surprises.  Information about the Branigan Library Friends organization will also be available.

Please remind your family and friends to do their Barnes & Noble shopping on the third weekend of February to benefit the library!  It’s a perfect time to get some back to school shopping done as well,! So, make sure to shop at Barnes & Noble that weekend to support Branigan Library.

What: Barnes & Noble Book Fair to benefit the Friends of Thomas Branigan Memorial Library

Where: Mesilla Valley Mall

When: Saturday, February 17, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, February 18,  1 – 4 p.m.

If you can’t attend the book fair, no worries!  You can still help support Branigan Library if you shop online. Simply visit bn.com/bookfairs and enter ID 12319257 at the online checkout from February 17, 2018 – February 23, 2018.  

We look forward to seeing you there!