Chess Night at JCCV!

Chess is in style at the Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Branch Library! Chess Night began on June 9th and will run through the summer until August 11th. All skill levels and all ages are welcome to join the fun.

Chess Night has quickly become one of the most popular events at JCCV, drawing large all-ages crowds every week seeking to play the popular strategy game.

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If you’d like to join in the fun, Chess Night occurs every Tuesday night from 4:30-6:30pm at our branch.

Hope to see you there!

Mr. Universe visits the library!

Mr. Universe wowed the crowd at the Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Branch Library with his balloon bending abilities on Saturday, June 13, 2015. The children in attendance learned how Mr. Universe makes a variety of designs with balloons, such as fishing rods, flowers, swords, hats, dogs, butterflies, and even a horse with reins!

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Parents in attendance also got into the act, taking part in a contest to see who could be the first person to blow up a balloon.


All the kids left with a balloon design of their very own courtesy of Mr. Universe.


Superhero Training Academy

Villains beware! On June 6, 2015 a new class of superheroes graduated from the Superhero Training Academy at the Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Branch Library. This program was part of the Children’s Summer Reading Program.

IMG_3417Candidates for the Academy were subjected to an obstacle course that required they disarm bombs (balloons) by sitting on them. They also had to climb over a series of arches and jump through fiery hoops.

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Candidates also were required to climb through webs and practice knocking down targets.

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In addition to their training, candidates created masks, since every superhero needs a secret identity!


Library staff wore their best superhero attire to welcome the new superheroes into their ranks.


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All candidates were awarded a certificate to celebrate their completion of the Superhero Training Academy, which were signed by some seriously awesome superheroes.


Book Bucks

Throughout the month of May, children and teens were given Book Bucks for every book they checked out. One book earned them one Book Buck.


They were encouraged to save their Book Bucks and on Friday, May 29th, during our weekly Fun Friday program, we had an auction where kids and teens could bid on lots that included books, MREs, candy, toys, and other items.

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All day on Saturday, May 30th, children and teens could purchase items from the Marketplace with their Book Bucks.

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Some kids had earned as many as 100 Book Bucks over the course of the month, and at the end of the weekend, they had spent over 1,030 Book Bucks at the auction and Marketplace.

Have Fun Building with Legos at the Library!

Fridays just got a lot more fun at the Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Branch Library! All summer long, Fun Fridays are going to be about creativity and ingenuity with our Lego program. Kids are encouraged to let their imaginations soar as they build amazing structures out of Legos. There are Legos available for children of all ages to enjoy, so no one feels left out of the fun.

Thanks to a generous gift from the Friends of the Cielo Vista Library, we were recently able to purchase new Lego blocks to enhance the collection of blocks we already had. We urge you to visit the library every Friday at 4pm this summer and try your hand at creating something magnificent!

The following are just some of the amazing designs some of our Fun Friday attendees have created:

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Mother’s Day Tea Party


The Jose Cisneros Branch Library celebrated Mother’s Day on May 8th with a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Attendees put on their fanciest clothing and came to the library to celebrate the special women in their lives.

Refreshments were served and attendees created paper hats out of newspaper and tissue paper. They also created corsages for their moms.


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