DREAM IT, BE IT Conference Saturday, January 20, 2018 for high school girls featuring professional role models, career education and the resource to achieve their dreams.  Girls learn about setting and achieving goals, overcoming obstacles to success and managing stress.

Registration deadline is Friday, Dec 15.  Sponsored by the Soroptimist International of Las Cruces.  For more information, http://www.silc.nm.org or email silacruces@soroptimist.net.




In theatres Friday, January 12, 2018  Limited Release


Tells the story of Billy Bloom (Alex Lawther), a boldly confident teenager who faces intolerance and persecution at his ultra-conservative high school and decides to fight back on behalf of all of the misunderstood freaks of the world by running for the title of homecoming queen.

It is a movie adaptation of FREAK SHOW by James St. James


Having faced teasing that turned into a brutal attack, Christianity expressed as persecution, and the loss of his only real friend when he could no longer keep his crush under wraps, seventeen-year-old Billy Bloom, a drag queen extraordinaire, decides the only way to become fabulous again is to run for Homecoming Queen at his elite, private school near Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


Welcome Home : An Anthology of Love and Adoption edited by Eric Smith
Welcome Home collects a number of adoption-themed fictional short stories, and brings them together in one anthology from a diverse range of celebrated Young Adult authors. The all-star roster includes Edgar-award winner Mindy McGinnis, New York Times best-selling authors C.J. Redwine (The Shadow Queen) and William Ritter (Jackaby), and acclaimed YA authors across all genres. The full list of contributors includes: Adi Alsaid, Karen Akins, Erica M. Chapman, Caela Carter, Libby Cudmore, Dave Connis, Julie Eshbaugh, Helene Dunbar, Lauren Gibaldi, Shannon Gibney, Jenny Kaczorowski, Julie Leung, Sangu Mandanna, Matthew Quinn Martin, Mindy McGinnis, Lauren Morrill, Tameka Mullins, Sammy Nickalls, Shannon Parker, C.J. Redwine, Randy Ribay, William Ritter, Stephanie Scott, Natasha Sinel, Eric Smith, Courtney C. Stevens, Nic Stone, Kate Watson, and Tristina Wright.

Check out the new graphic novels that just arrived in the Young Adult Department!


Louis Undercover by Britt
During the summer holiday Louis and his younger brother spend two weeks with their dad, who appears to have stopped drinking, but a close call with a bee sting brings their mother and the quartet spend a few days together before everything starts back up again.

Anne of Green Gables  by Montgomery
Miles Morales : Spider-Man by Reynolds
The Count of Monte Cristo by Dumas


Regular Show : Noir Means Noir, Buddy by Connor
On the trail of a thief, Mordecai and Rigby rely on their role models from action and noir movies to become super sleuths and discover who stole Pop’s socks.


Mitten Tree Returns

Thomas Branigan Memorial Library is pleased to announce that the mitten donation tree will be back for the holiday season. The Library will accept new or clean, gently used hats, mittens and scarves for children and adults between November 27 and December 21.

The library will donate the items to La Casa, the Gospel Rescue Mission and the Community of Hope after collection ends on December 21st. To donate, simply bring in hats, scarves, gloves or mittens to the Library and either give them to staff or hang them on the tree located at the front of the building, near the Circulation Desk. Jackets, coats, sweaters and blankets are also gladly accepted.

Did you know?

How we showed ‘sleeping on it’ really is the best way to solve a problem

By Padraic Monaghan, Lancaster University

Have you ever struggled to finish a level of Candy Crush or complete a Sudoku puzzle in the evening but breezed through it the following morning? The reason may please anyone who’s been told they spend too much time in bed asleep.

We tend to think of sleep as a period of recuperation, giving us enough down-time to enable our muscles and thought processes to operate effectively. However, sleep can also have an active function. As far back as Aristotle, the fact that we dream has suggested to people that sleep could enhance the mind’s self-communication. And, more recently, there’s been a surge of research into the consequences of sleep as an active process, rather than just a rest.

SleepingWe now know that sleep has profound implications for lots of human tasks. Sleep improves our memory, and enables us to consolidate new information with the knowledge we already have. Sleep also changes the quality of our stored information. We are more likely to adjust our memories slightly so that they fit better with our previous experiences after sleeping. And we are more likely to avoid misleading background information in making decisions and judgements.

But sleep also has a positive effect on problem solving. It’s common to feel you can gain inspiration for something overnight. You may have even woken up in the middle of the night with the solution to a problem, whether it be trivial or life-changing. These intuitions turn out to be absolutely correct.

This article was originally published in The Conversation.  Read the original article.The Conversation