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Library Profile: Thomas Branigan Memorial Library

Library Name & LocationThomas Branigan Memorial Library
Las Cruces, NM

Number of Staff & Volunteers

Wide-open space with lots of resources.
Wide-open space with lots of resources.

39 staff and 35 volunteers

Number of Library Card Holders
50,082 and growing!

Years in Service
Since 1935

Most Popular Program
Rhythm Roundup – a music and movement program for pre-school children.

Self Check-in.

Greatest Challenge
Out-growing our current building! And trying to keep up with technology.

What are you reading?

  • The Bat by Jo Nesbo
  • Night Film by Marisha Pessl
  • Deadline by Sandra Brown
  • Necessary Lies by Janice Daugharty
  • First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom
  • Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton

Who have been your most famous visitors?
Authors Tony Hillerman & Michael McGarrity, and Governor Martinez

Mr. Bearto hangs out, awaiting a patron to visit.

Do you have a library pet? 
Mr. Bearto, a 5 ft tall wooden sculpture of a bear by artist Peter Wolf Toth.  We recently had a “name the bear” contest and Mr. Bearto was the winning name.

Great Patron Moments:
Patrons really enjoy the services of the library. Here are some quotes from their feedback:

  • I’ve belonged to the Library for 45 years and, despite my age, there’s always something new!
  • I enjoy coming to this library.  I didn’t come to the library much as a child, but now I come at least once a week.  Friendly, kind people and staff.
  • Love the online service.  It’s so convenient.
  • It’s a human treasure!
  • The Books by Mail service is the greatest.

Something interesting you would like others to know about your library

Teen hang-out.
Teen hang-out.

We began an annual Mitten Tree for the public to donate hats, scarves, and mittens to the Mitten Tree.  The items will be given to the local homeless shelters.




Lots of manga!
Lots of manga!
Cool chairs keep kids comfy in storytime.
Cool chairs keep kids comfy in storytime.


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