Thomas Branigan Memorial Library Call for Community Stories- Offers Healing Bundles


Thomas Branigan Memorial Library Call for Community Stories

Call For Stories


In February and March 2021, the Las Cruces community will come together to explore When the Emperor was Divine, by Julie Otsuka, for the Big Read.

This award-winning title shares the experiences of a Japanese American family incarcerated by the U.S. government following the attack on Pearl Harbor that heralded the entry into World War II.

Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, the host for the Big Read, is looking for stories from members of the Las Cruces and Lordsburg areas. These stories can be personal or family memories of World War II, the Lordsburg and Santa Fe internment camps, related New Mexico history that engages with themes of historical trauma, healing from trauma, and creating community among differences.

Submissions, live and recorded, will become part of the Our Shared Stories series during The Big Read. Submissions are due by Feb. 2, 2021. Please send up as many as two pages of written memories to Nikki Louis, Story Curator, For information, contact at 575/528-4085.

This document can be made available in alternative formats by calling 575/528-4102 (voice) or 575/528-4008 (TTY). If you require an accommodation for a disability to participate in this event, call the library at 575/528-4102 (voice) or 575/528.4008 (TTY) at least 48 hours in advance.

Thomas Branigan Memorial Library Introduces New Healing Library Box

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Thomas Branigan Memorial Library is pleased to offer a new Healing Library Box for families, which will be available for check out on Friday, January 15.

In November, Branigan Memorial Library partnered with The Healing Library to bring materials designed to assist families dealing with a trauma navigate and personalize their journey toward healing. The boxes include books, conversation starters, activities, and community engagement ideas geared toward helping families deal with a range of difficult situations. The new box that will be available for check out is Death of a Loved One. Other Healing Library Boxes available in the collection include Death of a Pet, Divorce & Separation, Alzheimer’s & Your Family, and COVID-19.

Library card patrons can check out The Healing Library boxes for three weeks. The boxes may also be placed on hold, just like books and DVDs, using a library card. Healing Library boxes include a checklist to assist patrons in returning all the box’s elements and a pricelist for replacing these elements if lost or damaged.

The Healing Library is a project that started in the Fall of 2016 as a conversation between Kirsten Cappy of Curious City, a company which creates promotional experiences and materials for children’s books, and Megan Emery, then a student at Syracuse University earning her MLIS.

The Healing Library project became a series of kits designed to make a family’s journey of healing following a trauma easier to navigate and personalize.