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!



Books make great holiday gifts! That’s why the Friends of Thomas Branigan Memorial Library is holding a holiday book sale for the community in the Roadrunner Room upstairs in the library on Tuesday, Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Come explore more than 1,500 books from all genres: mystery, children’s, non-fiction, literature, romance, science fiction, etc. Hardback books and trade paperbacks are only $1.00.  All other paperbacks are only $.50.

The proceeds from the booksale help the library and its programs. This is the perfect opportunity to give back to the community while doing your holiday shopping. So, if you can make it, please stop by!

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


“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


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 or (575) 521-8507. Join the Friends to be contacted about other volunteer opportunities.