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Branigan Library’s Adult Summer Reading Program Begins June 1st, 2018

“Libraries Rock” is the theme of Thomas Branigan Memorial Library’s 2018 Adult Summer Reading Program. The Adult Summer Program begins June1 and continues to July 31. Discover ways that music influences our lives and brings people together. Patrons are invited to try something new: listen to new music, read a new book, try a new craft, meet new people, and much more! Everyone is also invited to participate in the Summer Reading Challenge, “Keep Calm, Read On!” as well as take part in the special programs offered throughout the eight weeks that will be presented in the library’s Roadrunner Room.

All programs are free. For information about the programs, contact the Reference Department at 575/528-4005, or by email at: Programs will be offered at 2 p.m. on the following dates:

•June 6: “Music from the Ranch and Open Range!” Steve Cormier will perform his cowboy music. Steve’s music includes songs that are written by ranch hands and revolve around farm life during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Be sure to catch this rare performance and learn about life on the ranch through Steve’s music and stories. This program is brought to you by the New Mexico Humanities Council and the Friends of the Branigan Library. The program is presented by Steve Cormier.

June 13: “Traditional Hawaiian Music!” Interested in music from other parts of the U.S., and the instruments they can be played on? Participants will learn about the different types of ukuleles and how to play a simple song. This program will be presented by the Las Cruces Ukes.

June 20: “Rocking Ukuleles!” Ukuleles will be provided so participants can learn to play music from the 1950s to the present day. A short concert will be performed after the presentation. The program will be presented by the Las Cruces Ukes.

June 27: “Las Cruces Rocks!”Would you like to learn more about the land and region your community was built on? Interested in geology, but always thought it was too complicated to grasp? Join in as “Las Cruces Rocks!” and learn more about the local geology of our city and surrounding area. This program will be presented by the Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science.

July 3: “Recycled CD Coasters!” Workshop. Collect old compact discs to transform them into durable, useful beverage coasters. Patrons are invited to bring unused squares of fabric to use for the workshop or to share with other workshop attendees. The program will be presented by a Branigan Library librarian.

July 11: “Musical Medley!” Interested in listening to local music played by local musicians on local instruments? Would you like to take that music appreciation a step further, and learn the histories of those instruments and even how to play them yourself? The program will be presented by local musician Frank Lovato.

July 18: “Sizzling Summer Salsa!” Salsa is hot and spicy – just like our region. In this introductory course, participants will be introduced to the broad history of this exciting dance and learn to do it. Hannah Cole, a nationally renowned dancer, competitor, performer, adjudicator and professional examiner will present this program. She lives this vision every day as she teaches it in the local community and around the world. Quieres bailar? Don’t miss it! Cole is a former director of the NMSU DanceSport program.

July 25: “Rock and Roll Yahtzee” Come play a game, maybe two, of Yahtzee while rocking out at the library. Enjoy the company of others, socialize, and play an all-time favorite while listening to some favorite rock tunes. The program will be presented by a Branigan Library librarian.

Thomas Branigan Library hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The library is at 200 E. Picacho Ave.

Anyone requiring an accommodation, because of a disability, to participate in any of these events should call the library at least 48 hours in advance at 575/528-3154. The TTY number, for people who are hearing impaired, is 575/528-4008.