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 August 4-6











We invite everyone to shop at the Barnes & Noble at Mesilla Valley Mall on August 4 – 6, Friday – Sunday, 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 August!

Friends members will distribute bookmarks to shoppers and offer them an opportunity to win a Super Hero gift basket that will contain a $10 Barnes & Noble gift card, 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 first weekend of August to benefit the library!  It’s a perfect time to get some back to school shopping done as well, and it’s also tax-free weekend! 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: Friday, August 4, 4 – 7 p.m.; Saturday, August 5, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.;  Sunday, August 6, 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 and enter ID 12182366 at the online checkout from Aug. 4 – 12.  

We hope to see you there!


Sound Sessions – Free Guitar Lessons Sponsored by the Friends

Friends Treasurer Bonnie Poloner accepts $100 from Jean Frizzell, president of the GFWC Progress Club, on behalf of the progress club.  Frizzell also donated an acoustic guitar. Library Assistant Ryan Roy will teach the guitar lessons.

The Friends of Thomas Branigan Memorial Library is sponsoring free guitar lessons for 5th – 12th graders this summer.  Ryan Roy, part-time library assistant, organized the program and will teach the lessons. So far, the Friends have purchased six guitars for teens who lack access to one.  Jean Frizzell, president of the GFWC Progress Club, donated her daughter’s acoustic guitar and a $100 check from the Progress Club to help purchase more equipment for the program.

Sound Sessions Program Details

What: Free acoustic, electric and bass guitar lessons for teens

Grade Levels: 5th – 12th

Where:  Craft Room at Thomas Branigan Memorial Library

When:  Second & Fourth Saturdays of the month, starting June 10.                  1 – 2 p.m.

How to register: Visit the Young Adult desk at Branigan Library to register.  All students must register in advance!

If you sign-up: Please bring either an electric, acoustic or bass guitar if you have one.  If you lack access to one, the library will have a limited number reserved for students to borrow.

To view the Sound Sessions program flyer, click here.  For questions, email Ray Roy at or call 575-528-4102.

CALLING ALL AUTHORS – Celebrate Authors 2017


L.A. Miller, author of the science fiction book series Quests of Shadowind, at Celebrate Authors 2016.

Rosemary M. Leyva and Dawn Moore Santiago, authors of “The Heart of Las Cruces, History of St. Genevieve’s Church,” at Celebrate Authors 2016.











The Friends of the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library invite authors to participate in the Fourth Annual CELEBRATE AUTHORS event, to be held on Sunday, September 17, 2017, 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 2012 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 can be found on the Friends website,

Completed forms should be sent to Sue Fletcher at, no later than July 31, 2017.

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.

Click here for the Celebrate Authors Application form. 

Spring Book Sale – May 6 & 7

The Friends of Thomas Branigan Memorial Library is holding a spring book sale for the community in the Roadrunner Room upstairs in the library on May 6 & 7.

Come explore more than 1,500 books from all genres: mystery, children’s, non-fiction, literature, romance, science fiction, cook books, history, travel, young adult, manga, etc. Hardback books  are only $2.00.  All  paperbacks are only $.50.

The proceeds from the book sale help the library and its programs.

We hope to see you there!

 What: Spring Book Sale

Where: Roadrunner Room at Thomas Branigan Memorial Library

When: Saturday, May 6 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. & Sunday, May 7 1 – 4 p.m.

If you plan to go, please RSVP on our Facebook event page, here.  Also, be sure to invite your friends

Barnes & Noble Book Fair, February 24 – 26

Book lovers who visit Barnes & Noble at the Mesilla Valley Mall on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb 24 – 26, will be welcomed by members of The Friends of Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, which is staging a special event at the store.  Friends members will hand out bookmarks to shoppers, which will allow a portion of each purchase to become a donation to the Friends and directly support our local library.

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

Curious George Gift Basket for a lucky shopper.

Here are the hours for the Book Fair:

Friday, Feb 24, 4 – 7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb 25, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, Feb 26, 1 – 4 p.m.

During the book fair, the Friends will also offer shoppers a chance to win a Curious George basket that would delight any child, plus a $10 Barnes & Noble gift card.  Those who attend can also learn more about the Friends of Thomas Branigan Memorial Library.  And membership applications will also be available for those who would like to join our organization.

Can’t make it to the book fair during those times?  No problem!  From Feb. 24 — March 5, you can still support the library with your Barnes & Noble purchase by ordering online from  When you checkout, simply enter ID 12065983, and a portion of your purchase will benefit the Friends organization.

If you plan to go, please RSVP on our Facebook event page.

The Friends of the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library appreciate the continued sponsorship from Barnes & Noble.  Support from businesses and library patrons is important in retaining and expanding library programs that bring so much to our community.


The staff of Thomas Branigan Memorial Library (TBML) thanks the community of Las Cruces for donating over 400 items during this year’s Mitten Tree Drive.  From November 28 through December 26, members of the community generously gave mittens, scarves, blankets, sweaters, and bags and bags of other warm clothing items.  All items will be distributed among La Casa, the Community of Hope, and the Gospel Rescue Mission.

The Friends of TBML were instrumental in making this another successful community project when they purchased a taller Christmas tree — 9 ft versus previous year’s 6 ft tree — to hold the growing number of donations every year.  The 2015 mitten tree drive resulted in over 300 items collected.

“This overwhelming support demonstrates the enormous caring capacity of our community to offer a helping hand to children, adults and families.   Our library staff is already looking forward to the 2017 drive to see if 2016 numbers can be topped!” said Renee Frankel, Library Administrator.




The Friends of the Branigan Memorial Library invite the public to join us on Thursday, January 19 at 7 p.m. for our annual meeting, where we will approve bylaws and our constitution, elect board members and discuss what the Friends has done to support the public library.  Help us kick off another great year of advocating for and helping improve the library and its programs. The award-winning barbershop quartet the Cactus Chords will entertain us, plus refreshments will be served.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about our organization and get involved.  We look forward to seeing everyone there!


mitten-treeThe Friends of Thomas Branigan Memorial Library invites the community to donate hats, mittens, scarves and other winter clothing articles to local residents in need. This is the fourth year that the library has supplied the community with warm clothing from our mitten tree. In the last three years, we’ve donated more than 1,000 clothing items. The tree will be up until Dec. 26. And all clothing items will go to the Community of Hope, La Casa and Gospel Rescue Mission. You can donate items during the library’s regular hours, which are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m – 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 1 – 5 p.m.

We hope you can help us spread some holiday cheer to those in need! Thank you! And happy holidays from the library friends!