Wanna Make It Wednesday!

Free! For ages 12 – 18
Wednesday, March 14th and 28th:  3 to 5 pm in the new Teen Makerspace (second floor)

duck tape

March 14: Duct Tape Crafts
Teens will learn the basics of creating a variety of items such as wallets, bags, cell phone or sunglasses cases, using only duct tape and their imagination.


March 28:   Pins and Magnets
Teens will learn to design their own expressive pins and magnets using recycled material and art supplies to make unique flair for backpacks, clothes or lockers.

Pre-registration required:
Call 575-528-4102
Email: library.teens@las-cruces.org
In Person: at the Young Adult desk


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.




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.



The Friends of Thomas Branigan Memorial Library is sponsoring free guitar lessons for 5th – 12th graders.  Ryan Roy, part-time library assistant, will teach the lessons. So far, the Friends have purchased six guitars for teens who lack access to one.

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 from 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 has a limited number reserved for students to borrow.

For questions, email Ryan Roy at rroy@las-cruces.org or call 575-528-4102.



Branigan Teens! 2017 Summer Reading Program

June 1st – July 31st

Each participant Grades 5-12, will receive a BINGO card.

A prize will be awarded for each BINGO (up to 5 prizes, while supplies last)

There are activity calendars for June and July.  Pick them up when you come in to sign up for the challenge.

Prize levels are:

1. Build Your Bag!(A tote bag and your choice of 2 prizes: Earbuds, pen, highlighters, glow Frisbee, color changing cup, or mobile device stand & cleaner)

2. Bank on it! – Choose a colored Lego coin bank to add to your bag

3. Branigan Library Water Bottle

4. Choose your own! (add 2 more prizes to your tote from the choices above)

5. Branigan Notebook and Pen set

A “blackout” BINGO card (all squares complete) will receive the Grand Prize: a 2GB Branigan Teens flash drive bracelet! Essential for school


Sound Sessions

Come learn how to play guitar (or bass)
Thomas Branigan Memorial Library

WHO:  GRADES 5th – 12th

WHERE:  Craft Room

WHEN:  1:00 -2:00 PM on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, beginning in June.

WHAT YOU NEED:  A guitar (electric or acoustic) or bass guitar, and a willingness to learn and practice.  The library has a limited number of guitars that can be checked out for the duration of the program.

PRE-REGISTRATION:  Register at the Young Adult desk anytime the library is open.

COST:  Nada, Nothing, it’s totally FREE!

QUESTIONS:  rroy@las-cruces.org or 575-528-4102




Teen Programs Update! Spring is here and…

Game night is back! Thanks for your patience while we got some new games and trained new staff. Thanks to the Friends of the Library for purchasing our brand new Xbox One! We also have PS3, tons of great card and board games, LEGOs and art supplies if you’d like to get creative. Come meet new friends and librarians, relax after school, and game to your heart’s content!
Teen Game Night will be held from 4 to 6pm on Tuesday and Thursday nights in the Craft Room. Game night is intended for teens in grades 5 – 12 (ages 10 – 18). All video games offered are rated E (for Everyone) through T (for Teen). For more information on rating systems, please see ESRB.org.
Bonus Feature: April is National Poetry Month! In addition to the usual offerings at Game Night, we will have a pop-up “Poetry Maker-Space” happening during Thursday’s Game Nights all month long! Learn how to write and talk about your own poems with other poets, experiment with “cut-up” and “blackout” style poetry, design a button with your favorite poem, make your own ‘zine, share your work with friends and ask Stephanie about anything poetry! Free books of poems for those who participate in the pop-up program.
For any questions, please call 575-528-4102 or email: library.teens@las-cruces.org. We look forward to seeing you!
– YA Department (Stephanie and Ryan)