SPACE FESTIVAL – April 12-14

A mobile planetarium, space-themed movies at the Rio Grande Theatre and a full-size replica of SpaceShipTwo in downtown Las Cruces will all be a part of the first Las Cruces Space Festival.

The theme for the state’s first space festival will be “Making Space for Everyone.’

On Thursday, April 12, events will be geared toward children and families in a celebration of the anniversary of human space flight.

Events will take place on the New Mexico State University campus and will include a mobile planetarium and a tech center featuring a space flight simulation.

There will also be educational NMSU Space Talks and stargazing.

On Friday, April 13, a Space Showcase at Mesilla Valley Mall will offer an opportunity for budding astronauts, curious minds and science buffs to interact with and ask questions from experts in space travel, aerospace and space exploration.

The evenings of the first two days will also include free space-themed movies at the Rio Grande Theater on Main Street.

On Saturday, April 14, a range of interactive events will take place on the Plaza de Las Cruces and surrounding locations in the downtown area.

Virgin Galactic will bring a full-size replica of their suborbital SpaceShipTwo to the Albert Johnson Park, adjacent to Las Cruces City Hall. Myriad handson activities will be provided by ¡explora!, Insights El Paso Science Center, Asombro and Cruces Creative, among others. Experts from the Space Showcase will be back on-hand to interact with attendees. The NMSU Atomic Aggies Rocket Club will display their competition rocket, New Mexico Space Grant will display its high altitude weather balloon used to observe the recent solar eclipse.

There will be at least two Challenger Center Missions, including one open to adult members of the public for the first time, and a space pickleball game in the afternoon, plus a ‘space walk,’ in which participants are encouraged to dress in their best space or alien costumes.

Festival organizers are also aiming to set up a space tour from Las Cruces to Spaceport America. KTAL 101.5 Community Radio in Las Cruces will broadcast special features and interviews throughout the week of the festival.

For information, visit lcspacefestival.com or contact lcsf2018@gmail.com.


2018 CLC-TV Student Video PSA Contest

The City of Las Cruces Public Information Office is calling on Las Cruces and Doña Ana County middle and high school students to participate in the 2018 CLC-TV Student Video Public Service Announcement (PSA) Contest.

The annual contest draws on the creativity of local students to produce a 30-second PSA for the opportunity to win a prize. The prize is a brand new GoPro HERO camera.

This year’s theme is “Speak Up.” The PSA should be a message encouraging people to “speak up” if they observe, foresee or are a victim of crime or inappropriate behavior. Students should submit their video entries by Friday, April 13th. Full contest rules and guidelines can be found at CLCTV.com. For information, call Adrian Guzman at 575/541-2200.


Maker Space


Thomas Branigan Memorial Library Administrator Margaret Neill, left, and Teen Librarian Stephanie Midwood

Thomas Branigan Memorial Library librarians have created a new maker space for teens.  Come visit it on the second floor!  Teens do not need a library card to use the maker space.  Librarians are filling it with board games, puzzles, arts and crafts (including screen printing, stamp making, linoleum cutting, collages and decoupage), an Xbox and gaming center, a microwave and toaster oven, running water and the latest in technology, including a media center where 12 to 18 year olds can use professional-grade film and sound editing equipment like Logic Pro X and Final Cut Pro to make and edit their own films.

The library also has guitars for loan and will add a projector, a laser printer and sewing machines.  There are also plans for cooking and costuming classes.

For more information, contact Midwood at 528-4009 or smidwood@las-cruces.org.




Challenger Learning Center Open House

New Mexico’s only Challenger Learning Center (CLC) is set to host a community open house Friday, Jan. 26 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the CLC, 505 S. Main Street, Suite 401, next door to the motor vehicle department. The event is free and open to the public.

The open house will feature a variety of children’s activities including: tours of the CLC simulator, a liquid nitrogen activity, a straw rocket launch activity, space art projects, space vehicle games, cosmic face painting and NASA trivia.

Learn more about the center.



Introduction to Coding- Class 3

Saturday, December 2 at 2:00 in the Computer Training Lab
Are you a middle school student who wants to learn coding? Come to the Intro to Coding program and you will be able to make fun programs while learning computer science! To register, call/text (575)993-1198 or email jenna mcclellan@yahoo.com.  For more information contact the Young Adult department at (575) 528-4102 or library.teens@las-cruces.org.

Stuck on the bus for an hour? Plug in and listen to an audio book.  Hours of household chores ahead of you today?  Download an audio book to make time fly by as you complete your chores.

Other than being FREE, there are many reasons to listen to audio books. For example, many titles can be found on audiobooksschool  reading lists. Reading not your thing? Audio books are appealing for this very reason. You no longer have to sit in one place and read.  One can listen to audio books while exercising, walking to your friend’s house, …, … Audiobooks can be read anywhere, anytime.

Did you know that in addition to physical books, books on CD and Playaways – your Branigan Library card also gives you access to audio books through OneClick Digital.  Search our catalog today or ask a Librarian!



Girl Code : Games, Going Viral, and Getting It Done by Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser

Perfect for aspiring coders everywhere, Girl Code is the story of two teenage tech phenoms who met at Girls Who Code summer camp, teamed up to create a viral video game, and ended up becoming world famous. The book also includes bonus content to help you start coding!

Fans of funny and inspiring books like Maya Van Wagenen’s Popular and Caroline Paul’s Gutsy Girl will love hearing about Andrea “Andy” Gonzales and Sophie Houser’s journey from average teens to powerhouses. Through the success of their video game, Andy and Sophie got unprecedented access to some of the biggest start-ups and tech companies, and now they’re sharing what they’ve seen. Their video game and their commitment to inspiring young women have been covered by the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, CNN, Teen Vogue, Jezebel, the Today show, and many more.

Get ready for an inside look at the tech industry, the true power of coding, and some of the amazing women who are shaping the world. Andy and Sophie reveal not only what they’ve learned about opportunities in science and technology but also the true value of discovering your own voice and creativity.