Saturday, December 2, 2017
10 am – 4 pm

Thomas Branigan Memorial Library
Roadrunner Room




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



The City of Las Cruces will create a teen advisory board in the next few months to help decide what activities the city should offer local teens.

City Parks and Recreation Department Youth Services Administrator Robert Nunez said the board will be comprised of 16 students in grades seven through 12 from across the city.

The city will work with community partners such as Las Cruces Public Schools, local chambers and faith-based organizations to create and enhance recreational, academic, mentoring, employment and other city programs for teens and to provide transportation and meals.

If you find yourself asking “What is no shave November for?” or “What does no shave November support?”

The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow. Donate the money you typically spend on shaving and grooming to educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle.

One can participate by growing a beard, cultivating a mustache, letting those legs go natural, and skipping that waxing appointment. Put down your razor for an entire month until December 1st rolls around. If you’re not ready to get hairy, you can support someone who is.

Check out the website for details.

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