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Stonewall : Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights by Ann Bausum

A dramatic retelling of the Stonewall riots of 1969, introducing teen readers to the decades-long struggle gay rights.

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Gender Failure by Rae Spoon & Ivan E. Coyote

Ivan E. Coyote and Rae Spoon are accomplished, award-winning writers, musicians and performers; they are also both admitted “gender failures.” In their first collaborative book, a poignant collection of autobiographical essays, lyrics and images, Ivan and Rae explore and expose their failed attempts at fitting into the gender binary, and how ultimately our expectations and assumptions around traditional gender roles fail us all.

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QUEER : A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker and Julia Scheele

Though not a graphic novel, this high illustrated nonfiction book explores how we came to view sex, gender and sexuality in the ways that we do. Barker and Scheele show how these ideas get tangled up with our culture and our understanding of biology, psychology and sexology; and how these views have been disputed and challenged.  Each page focuses on a specific aspect of the subject.

 

 

 

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Kids Kollege

Courses for kids may be found among Kids Community College in the Community Education offerings. Kids Community College is held during the summer.

Click here to view categories and to view full class descriptions. You can also register kids for Kids Kollege classes. If you have any problems or questions call us at 575-527-7527.

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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

One-Mile Challenge Series

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Free to youths 8th grade and under, sponsored by Las Cruces Running Club.  Youths collect tickets fro any and all of five races for chances to win prizes, shirts and other participation awards will be given for each race.  Races will be held June 10 at La Llorona Park, June 24 at the dam behind Albertson’s on East Lohman, July 3 at Meerscheidt Center July 15 on Triviz Trail at Kohl’s on North Main, and August 5 at Sagecrest Park on Roadrunner Parkway.  The August 5 race will culminate in a free breakfast and awards ceremony for all participants, parents and volunteers.  All races start at 9 a.m., except for the July 3 run, which starts at 7:45 pm before the Electric Light Parade.  Registration is 7:30-8:30 a. for each race, except the July 3 run, which is 6:15-7:15 pm.  Parents can run with their children at no cost.  Information:  http://www.lascrucesrunningclub.com

Summer Computer Camps

The Young Women in Computing (YWiC) program for young women in high schools runs from 12:30-4:00 PM Monday through Friday from June 5 through June 16.  Students will learn to explore computing skills and discover talents through an introduction to programing, computational thinking and new technologies.

Project GUTS (Growing Up Thinking Scientifically) is for all middle school students and runs from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Monday through Friday from June 19-23.  Students in Project GUTS will learn computer programming basics, make computer models in StarLogo Nova, use the model to run simulations, and crate an interactive computer game.

CS Adventures Camp.  June 19 – 30, 2017, 12:30 – 4:00 pm, Monday – Friday, for 30 high school students.Join this fun and elite computer camp, and become a creator of new technologies and programming! Explore Raspberry Pi’s, Parallax Boebots, Arduino microprocessors, Smart Grid Technologies, and learn Python, C, and more. This camp provides a broad foundation for computer science, to empower our area high school students in CS and computational thinking.  Acceptance into this program will be based on answers provided on the application, the availability of the student applicant to participate in the full two weeks of the program, plus targeted regional, gender, and age distributions.

Applications are available online at https://www.cs.nmsu.edu/wp13/outreach-resources/

GUESS WHAT!!

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Let the Sun Charge Your Phone or Tablet for Free!

Seven Soofa® solar benches and tables were placed along Main Street in Downtown and they are now available for public use. They are a great place to plug in, hang out, and let the sun charge your phone or tablet. They will also help the City measure the Downtown’s growing popularity.

The Soofa® sensor platform measures pedestrian traffic in outdoor spaces. This data will help the City and businesses track how different amenities attract people and the times of day locations are busiest. The City will be able to correlate data with weather, marketing activities or special events.  Las Cruces is the first city in New Mexico with the sustainably-friendly innovation.