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



While most people say they believe in equal rights, the word feminism America’s new F-word makes people uncomfortable. Explore the history of US feminism through pioneers such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Betty Friedan, Shirley Chisholm, and Gloria Steinem. Meet modern leaders such as Rebecca Walker and Julie Zeilinger, who are striving to empower women at work, in government, at home and in cultural and personal arenas. Learn from interviews with movement leaders, scholars, pop stars, and average women, what it means to be a feminist or to reject it altogether. After reading this book, readers will be able to respond to “Am I a feminist?” with a confident, informed voice.

Editorial Reviews


“[This book] makes the issues of feminism personal and relatable. . . . [It] is a great addition to any school or public library collection and will find readers in teens passionate about social justice.” –starred, VOYA

“This small, colorful book introduces readers to the complexities of an ever evolving movement . . . cover[ing] an enormous breadth of material . . . A good starting point for discussions.” –Kirkus Reviews

“This informative, impeccably researched investigation of the history of feminism will do more than fill a collection gap it firmly emphasizes that feminism and feminist are not dirty words. . . . A highly recommended first purchase.” –School Library Journal

art month

Art Mash Up
Celebrating National Youth Art Month

Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Museum of Art

Join the museums for an evening of music, art, spoken word, and storytelling. This “open mic” event is for all ages, but youth are especially encouraged to attend this event in celebration of Youth Art Month! The theme for this event is “Building Community through Art.”




Spring Break Camp “The Search for the Museum Artifact”

March 19-23, 8am – 12pm, $25

1st & 2nd grade
3rd – 5th grade
6th – 8th grade

Join the Las Cruces Museum System on an exploration through the museums as we search for a hidden artifact!  Learn about science, art, culture, and railroads as you journey through each museum solving puzzles, deciphering hidden messages, and working as a team to discover the secret hidden in the Las Cruces Museums!

All camps are Monday – Friday and held at different museums each day. Participants will learn about compasses, cartography, and ciphers at the Museum of Nature & Science and experience texture, color, ceramics, and mixed media at the Museum of Art.  Students explore the history and culture of exciting world destinations at the Branigan Cultural Center, and learn about trains and Morse code at the Las Cruces Railroad Museum.

Pre-registration is required, each class size limited to 12 participants.

For programs or classes at any of the four museums in  the Las Cruces Museum System that do require  pre-registration or payment, visit the atrium desk at the Museum of Nature & Science at 411 North Main Street.  We process in person registrations between 10am – 4pm  Tuesdays – Saturdays. Unfortunately, at this time, we are unable to process online or phone registrations.  For information about any of the programs, exhibitions, or events – please contact us at 575.522.3120 or museums_education@las-cruces.org.




Friends of the Library


10 am – 4 pm, Saturday, March 10

Branigan Library Roadrunner Room




Kids Fishing Clinic
Mesilla Valley Flyfishers, Inc.
New Mexico Department of Game & Fish

TIME:  9 AM – 2 PM, Saturday, March 24, 2018
PLACE:  Alumni Pond at New Mexico State University
FOR:  Open to all children and their parents, but especially kids 6 to 11 years old, with little or no fishing experience.
PROGRAM:  9 AM, learn basics of fishing.  Free lunch and drinks at noon.  Afternoon trout fishing for the kids.
TOPICS:  Registration, Casting Techniques, Fly Tying, Fishing Rules & Regulations, Fish ID., Hooks & Knots, Aquatic Insects, Bait and Tackle.  Conservation & Ethics, Fish Guts, Fish Prints
COST:  Free to children 11 and younger.  Those 12 or over must have a New Mexico fishing license.  Adults do not need licenses, as they won’t be fishing.
BRING:  Fishing gear.  Sunscreen and jacket as needed.  If you do not have fishing gear, you will be able to borrow some at the clinic.
REGISTRATION:  Each participant must register at the registration table at the event.  An adult must accompany children attending this event.


Cruces Creatives

It’s The BIG Day

Help Us Make the Makerspace

The group is creating a “makerspace” – a shared studio, workshop, and tool shed for entrepreneurs, crafters and artists – at 205. E. Lohman Avenue.

The first public event, which will run from 7 am to 7 pm Saturday, March 3, will be a gathering in the true makerspace tradition, where members of the community come together in a volunteer effort to begin the transformation of the building into a creative, welcoming and functional shared workshop.

Sign up on the groups website, crucescreatives.org, to join the effort and get involved in building this new community in Las Cruces.