Nan Rubin interviews Cynthia Flynn, newly-appointed Senior Librarian for Quality of Life at Thomas Branigan Library, about the role and duties of an outreach librarian. Libraries are no longer just for books, they now serve all manner of digital research, periodicals, games, film, media, makerspaces, and just plain reading. Nan and Cynthia also discuss the issue of requests to remove materials some people object to and the process the Branigan goes through to resolve these requests.
Nan Rubin interviewed Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference Artistic Director Orlando Carrillo-Jimenez on this week's agenda of events for the conference, including the concert on Friday, November 8 from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm at Amador Live.
On the October 22, 2019 edition of Cafe Con Leche, Nan Rubin's guest was Jim Eckles, historian and retired Public Affairs Specialist at White Sands Missile Range. He is an expert on the Trinity Site and will be speaking on the militarization of the Tularosa Basin at the exhibit "Home on the Range: From Ranches to Rockets," opening on October 25 at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum.
On the October 1, 2019 edition of Cafe Con Leche, Nan Rubin's guest was Denise Chávez, well-known local author and proprietor of Casa Camino Real bookstore and mini-cultural center in the historic Mesquite neighborhood. Organizer of the Border Book Festival for many years, Denise is sponsoring a weekend focusing on The Book - history of the book, how to care for and preserve your own collections, and talks by two renowned book experts.
Nan Rubin visited with Madibuseng "Anna" Ejindo-Wright, who despite apartheid, was able to leave South Africa at 19 to study nursing in London. She retired after a 30-year career as a lecturer in nursing, and used her pension to purchase a plot of land near Cape Town. There she has had success cultivating hot chile peppers, and she stopped in Las Cruces to meet with the Chile Pepper Institute to improve her crop.
It's fall! The Mesilla Valley Maze will be opening soon! Anna Lyles, the maze's owner, was Nan Rubin's guest on the September 10, 2019 edition of Cafe Con Leche to talk about the history of the maze and upcoming activities. The maze design this year is an Apollo astronaut!
In 2017, Lynn Middle School was designated as the first Community School in Las Cruces. David Greenberg from Las Cruces Public Schools and Pat DeSimio from Cruces Creatives joined Nan Rubin on the August 13, 2019 edition of Cafe Con Leche to report on a new project at Lynn Community Middle School and an expansion of the community schools program in Las Cruces.
On the June 18, 2019 edition of Cafe Con Leche, host Nan Rubin aired interviews with some of the many young rocket scientists who came to Las Cruces for Spaceport America Cup, the world's largest Intercollegiate rocket engineering conference and competition. She also talked to Chris Lopez and Rosa Banuelos from Spaceport America talk about the impact of this gathering.
On the April 23, 2019 edition of Cafe Con Leche, host Nan Rubin talked to Lorenzo Zapeda, newly-named Public Arts Coordinator for the City of Las Cruces, and two members of the Public Art Board to talk about the Public Art Survey, the Arts & Culture District and other new Public Art initiatives.