Doña Ana County



Doña Ana County will host a virtual, live stream children’s book reading from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 2, as part of Read Across America Day, RAAD a national initiative that encourages children to read.

A link to the live stream will be shared with teachers throughout Doña Ana County’s three school districts and Holy Cross Catholic School, who will integrate the reading of one book in English and one in Spanish, as part of the day’s schedule. The program will also be recorded to provide students and their families another opportunity to view the program and encourage reading together.  

All students are welcome to view the live stream or video recording, whether they are part of the Las Cruces Public Schools, Gadsden Independent School District, Hatch Valley Public Schools, Holy Cross Catholic School, or any other school in the county.

Locally, Doña Ana County’s Community and Constituent Services Office coordinates the countywide RAAD program.  During the program, the adults who read are county employees, various local elected officials and external agency personnel. In a given year that the countywide RAAD is held, readers visit more than 45 elementary schools throughout the county in one day, exceeding 100 separate reading sessions requested by school officials. The Countywide RAAD also serves as a Career Day, in which the readers connect the importance of literacy to a wide range of jobs.  Since the first Countywide RAAD in 2016, 11,693 children have participated.  With private foundation funds, the county donated 717 books to participating elementary schools in 2019.

To further encourage reading, Doña Ana County partnered with the City of Las Cruces and the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library on Books by Mail Services.

To participate, Doña Ana County residents in unincorporated areas must register with Books by Mail Services at the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library. 

For more information about Books by Mail Services, please email the Library’s Circulation Department at or call (575) 528-4010.

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Photo 1:  Doña Ana County Treasurer Eric Rodriguez is joined by his daughter Emma Luna at the 2019 Countywide RAAD site at Doña Ana Elementary School with Mrs. Inez Soto’s second grade class.

Photo 2: Doña Ana County Treasurer Eric Rodriguez is joined by his daughter Emma Luna, along with County Codes Enforcement Officers Robbie Acosta and Jesus Fraire, Carlos the Coyote and Lizzie the Lizard, to encourage area children to read. Pictured at far left is second grade teacher Inez Soto, along her students at Doña Elementary during the 2019 Countywide RAAD event.