Third annual Celebrate Authors event

Rosemary M. Leyva and Dawn Moore Santiago, authors of The Heart of Las Cruces, History of St. Genevieve's Church.

Rosemary M. Leyva and Dawn Moore Santiago, authors of The Heart of Las Cruces, History of St. Genevieve’s Church.

More than a dozen local and regional authors displayed and signed copies of their books at the third annual Celebrate Authors event at the Branigan Memorial Library on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016.

The Friends of the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library sponsors and organizes the Celebrate Authors series, which publicly celebrates the talent, hard work and achievements of southern New Mexican authors. Through book talks, the event’s featured authors promote the diversity and excellence of literary talent throughout our community.

All authors were residents of the southern New Mexico region. The books were published in the last five years. We accepted entries from all genres:  fiction, non-fiction, poetry, a collection of short stories, or children’s literature.

Synopsis of Entries-Celebrate Authors 2016

Shelley Armitage

Walking the Llano:  A Texas Memoir of Place

This memoir “charts a unique rediscovery of the largely unknown land, a journey at once deeply personal and far-reaching in its exploration of the connections between memory, spirit, and place.”  It shows how the landscape can lead us to greater understanding of ourselves and others.

 

Chris Blazina

When Man Meets Dog

When Man Meets Dog is a memoir with a purpose.  Chris shares his very personal story of how two shelter dogs not only changed the direction of his life, but also how he defines what it means to be a man.”

Winner 2016 – National Indie Excellence Awards – Men’s Health

 

Carroll De La O

Border Days:  The Adventures of Gus and Woody

Two border collies, Gus and Woody, urge the animals of the peaceful Mesilla Valley to defend it against a rogue coyote who is turning the community into a place of terror.

 

Paul E. Garcia, author of the children's book Superzander.

Paul E. Garcia, author of the children’s book Superzander.

Paul E. Garcia

SuperZander

“Can SuperZander stop Diesel, the school bully, from eating all of the ice cream cones?  Find out what happens in this action-packed picture book!”

 

 

 

Robert L. Getz

Monsignor Robert Getz, author of Vatican Wealth and a Pope's Pipe Dream, signs copies of his novel.

Monsignor Robert Getz, author of Vatican Wealth and a Pope’s Pipe Dream, signs copies of his novel.

Vatican Wealth and a Pope’s Pipe Dreams

What might happen if the Pope decided to sell all the treasures of the Vatican vault in pursuit of world peace?  This novel is the result of twenty-two years of developing how a believable, workable plan might unfold.  Could world peace be purchased?

 

 

 

 

George Hackler

George Hackler, author of The March of the Mormon Battalion through New Mexico, with his books.

George Hackler, author of The March of the Mormon Battalion through New Mexico, with his books.

The March of the Mormon Battalion through New Mexico

This march took place in 1846, starting in Council Bluff, IA and ending in San Diego, CA. The author, a life-long resident of southern NM, brings alive the harsh and forbidding land that had to be traversed.  Photographs and maps help the reader trace the route.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ron Hamm

Ross Calvin:  Interpreter of the American Southwest

This biography examines the life and writing career of acclaimed New Mexico Episcopal priest, Ross Calvin, who wrote Sky Determines, in 1934, and River of the Sun, in 1946. It celebrates Calvin’s reputation and legacy.

 

Rosemary M. Leyva and Dawn Moore Santiago

The Heart of Las Cruces, History of St. Genevieve’s Church

This work includes ten essays that tell the story of St. Genevieve’s Catholic Church, both from a geographical and spiritual perspective.  It details the complex and intriguing story of the establishment, growth and expansion of the church from the physical “heart” of Las Cruces to a renewal of faith centering on the new building.

 

Timothy McKimmie

Farms and Foods:  New Mexico’s Agricultural Legacy

This book is designed to appeal to anyone who cares about local foods, New Mexico’s history, landscape and agricultural heritage.  Chapters include a focus on fruits and vegetables grown locally, water, organic production, livestock and more.

 

Patricia Mihok

A Glimpse of the Chihuahuan Desert

The Chihuahuan desert is the third most biodiverse desert in the world.  This book describes the climate, weather, landforms, eight ecosystems, plants and animals found in this desert.  Over 100 color photos as well as maps of other deserts are included.

First Place for Children’s Non-fiction, in the New Mexico Press Women 2015, Communication Contest.

 

L.A. Miller

Quests of Shadowind  (Series)

In this book, two teenagers wake up one morning in a land where anything can happen!  To survive, they must find their parents and discover their way home.  The quest to freedom is filled with obstacles, heartaches, hardships and betrayal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frank C. Newby

A Path to War

In 1918, the Japanese expected to be rewarded for their participation in World War 1, along with the other world powers.  They were stunned when they only got a few islands in the South Pacific and were limited in the number of warships they could build.  Japan was overcrowded and needed natural resources to make their economy flourish.   Did the Allied leaders build a powder keg?  Read and find out.

 

Tim Staley

Lost on My Own Street

This 100 page book contains 51 poems with the theme of “waiting.”  The topics range from pregnancy to questions about God, and also include poems about dreams, love, death and sickness.  The poet attempts to deal with these issues with humor and adroitness.

 

David Lee Summers

David Lee Summers, author of the Clockwork Legion Steampunk series, displays his numerous novels.

David Lee Summers, author of the Clockwork Legion Steampunk series, displays his numerous novels.

The Brazen Shark

This novel is the third of the Clockwork Legion Steampunk series.  It concerns an alien who comes to Earth and interferes with history.  Onofre Cisneros travels to Hawaii and Japan, where he is embroiled in a plot with a samurai to overthrow the Japanese Emperor.  History and fiction mix it up in this explosive story!

 

 

 

Timothy F. Wright and Catherine A. Toft

Parrots of the Wild:  A Natural History of the World’s Most Captivating Birds

Parrots are among the most intelligent and rarest of birds.  This book presents knowledge about parrots from the authors’ own research and other scientific studies.  It includes nearly 90 color photos of wild parrots in their natural habitats.  It hopes to “inform and delight a broad audience.”

Celebrate Authors Event This Sunday

Come Celebrate with us and your favorite local authors!

The Friends cordially invite you to come to the library this Sunday to meet local authors and celebrate the talent that is in our community. For more about the authors that will be present see our Celebrate Authors page. We hope to see you there!
celebrate authors 2016

Voucher for Barnes & Noble Fundraiser

Voucher for August 5-7

voucher

Bring this Aug 5-7 to have your purchase count towards the Friends of the library

Print or download your voucher for the Book Fair fundraiser on Aug 5-7 and Barnes & Noble at Mesilla Valley Mall will donate a portion of your purchase to the Friends!

See our earlier post for more details. We can’t wait to see you there!

Volunteer at Celebrate Author

Want to Volunteer?

Be an important part of the Friends of the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library by volunteering at our annual Celebrate Authors event The Celebrate Authors event will be held on Sunday, September 18, 2016.  We need people right now to help contact authors and invite them to participate.  We need people to plan for the event, including decorations and refreshments.  And we need people who will serve as hosts the day of the event, welcoming guests and helping the authors be as comfortable as possible.  If you can help, please contact Sue Fletcher at sjfletch1940@yahoo.com or (575) 521-8507. Join the Friends to be contacted about other volunteer opportunities.

Barnes & Noble Fundraiser

Book Fair Fundraiser

Book lovers who visit Barnes & Noble at the Mesilla Valley Mall Friday through Sunday, Aug 5 – 7 will be welcomed by the Friends of the Branigan Library who are staging a special event Book Fair at the store.  Friends members will distribute vouchers to shoppers, providing a portion of each purchase to become a donation to the Friends, and in that way directly support our local library.

Friends will also give shoppers gift bookmarks, as well as an opportunity to win a Curious George basket that would delight any child, plus a $10 Barnes & Noble gift card.  Information about joining the Branigan Library Friends will also be available.

Gift basket with books, stuffed curious george, and $10 Barnes & Noble giftcard

Curious George gift basket to go to one lucky shopper!

This year’s Barnes and Noble Bookfair fundraiser will run from

Friday August 5 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Saturday August 6 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday August 7 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Special Opportunities

2015 Fund Raising award to Barnes & Noble

Friends of the Branigan Library board members Sue Fletcher and Mark Hohnstrieter present 2015 fundraising award to Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble was honored for their support of the Friends of the Branigan Library at the volunteer organization’s most recent annual meeting.  Support of both businesses and library patrons is important in retaining and expanding library programs that bring so much to our community.

If anyone would like to volunteer to be a storyteller or story reader, or handout bookmarks on bookfair days, please contact Jo Banks at 532-1207 or Sue Fletcher at 521-8507. For more information about joining the Friends of the Branigan Library go to our membership page

Library Card Design Contest

Prizes to the Best Library Card Design!

Thomas Branigan Memorial Library is holding a contest to see who gets to design the next youth and the next adult library card from May 1-31st. Judges from the Las Cruces Museum of Art will chose ten finalists for the best library card design and the public will vote on the winning cards from June 20-30th. The winners will have their his/her artwork displayed on the new library cards. Also, the Friends have donated money to give the winner of the adult card a $150 gift card and the youth design winner a $75 gift card and will be hosting the unveiling party for the new card on Saturday, September 10th. Full rules and explanations of the contest can be found on the news and events page of the Thomas Branigan Library website. The deadline for submissions is May 31, so grab your art supplies and begin designing!

Michael McGarrity Returns!

 

Michael McGarrity

Michael McGarrity returns to discuss his latest book on May 28th from 4-6.

Michael McGarrity is a New York Times bestselling author and his works have been described as a “gripping and richly authentic.” Micheal McGarrity’s new book The Last Ranch concludes the story of the Kerney family saga, set in the mid-twentieth century of the new American West. We hope you don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to meet Michael McGarrity!

Calling All Local Authors

Calling Local Authors for the Celebrate Authors Event


Calling all local authors

The Friends of the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library invite authors to participate in the Third Annual CELEBRATE AUTHORS event, to be held on Sunday, September 18, 2016. It will be held at the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library in the Roadrunner Room, from 2-4 pm.

The Celebrate Authors event is to publicly celebrate the talent, hard work, and achievements of southern New Mexican authors. Booktalks, displays, and book signings by authors will promote the diversity and excellence of literary talent throughout our community. Refreshments will be provided as well.

Authors must be residents of the southern New Mexico region. Books must have been published in 2011 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.

Completed forms should be sent to Sue Fletcher at sjfletch1940@yahoo.com, no later than July 31, 2016. Questions and comments may be submitted to the same email address. Leave a message with your name, phone number and say that you’re calling about Celebrate Authors. This event is brought to you by the Friends of the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library. See our Celebrate Authors page to learn more.

April Concert Program

 

April Concert Program at the Library

Medieval and Traditional Ballads

Johanna at concert with wooden fluteScott at concert with guitar
Join us at Branigan Library for a rare and magical afternoon of Medieval and Traditional Ballads from Scandinavia, Europe, India and the United States in modern arrangements – together with stories, background and history of these songs.  Johanna and Scott Hongell-Darsee relocated from Scandinavia to New Mexico in 2001 and have been performing at festivals and concerts all over the United States.

  • Sunday, April 10th @ 3:00pm in the Roadrunner Room
  • All are invited to attend.
  • The program is free of charge

This concert by Johanna and Scott Hongell-Darsee is brought to you by the New Mexico Humanities Council and The Friends of the Branigan Library.

“Our performances have been described as magical, inspiring, haunting, mesmerizing”