This summer, we’ve hosted an array of fantastic programs for children at the Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Branch Library.
On June 18th, we were excited to welcome Chico the Chihuahua to our library. Chico and his friends from the El Paso Chihuahuas baseball team read a story to all the lovely people in attendance. Chico drew pictures for the kids to guess, and everyone had fun playing games provided by the YMCA and their wonderful staff.
Everyone was excited to visit the library on June 25th for Bubble Science. Children got to make their own bubble solution following a recipe provided and take home a bottle of their solution. They hypothesized whether different shaped bubble wands (which they made with pipe cleaners) would produce different shaped bubbles. (Spoiler alert: They didn’t).
The beginning of July brought a bit of magic to the library, as children were invited to create a fairy house or gnome home. To do this, children were given a peat pot and natural materials such as rocks, bark, pine cones, leaves, sticks, and moss and encouraged to create natural dwellings for these tiny magical creatures to put in their gardens at home.
On July 9th, we helped promote an active lifestyle by inviting kids to play hula hoop games in the library. We had contests to see who could keep their hoop up the longest and which group could pass their hula hoop around a circle the fastest without using their hands. We had some great hula hoopers on hand, who could use multiple hoops at a time and who could hula hoop even while kneeling, standing on one leg, and while walking!
The El Paso Public Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Program is in full swing. Just as last year, we have four different age groups that participants can join: Toddlers (Babies and Pre-K), Children, Teens, and Adults. Participants are invited to make a pledge to read either 8 books or 8 hours between June 4th and August 31st.
So far, we have had over 800 patrons at Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Branch Library taking the pledge to read this summer. Everyone who registers gets to join our wall of readers.
On June 4th, we officially kicked off our program with a Kids Olympics. There were sack races, a pool noodle javelin throw, and a shot put ball toss to participate in. We also had Olympics-themed crafts such as making an Olympic torch.
The patrons of the Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Branch Library got a shock on Saturday, May 14th when they arrived at the library and found that all the staff had been infected and turned into zombies.
Zombie Awareness Month is observed every May, and to celebrate, the library had a triple-feature of zombie movies. There were also zombie themed snacks and prizes for those who came dressed in their shabbiest zombie attire.
On May 6th, the Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Branch Library held their second annual Mother’s Day tea party. Everyone wore their nicest outfits and made beautiful fancy hats to wear as they enjoyed raspberry tea and lemonade along with a selection of pastries.
It was a wonderful event to celebrate all the mothers and mother-figures who touch the lives of our young patrons.
Branch Manager Cindy McPeters retired from the El Paso Public Library on April 1, 2016 after a long career as a librarian. Her colleagues from the library, members of the Friends of the Cielo Vista Library, and library patrons joined in wishing her a fond farewell.
She plans to travel, read, and volunteer in her retirement. We all wish her the best. She will be missed.
The Easter Bunny made an appearance at the Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Branch Library on March 25th in celebration of the Easter holiday.
The festivities began with a story, Here Comes T-Rex Cottontail by Lois G. Grambling. Then, the Easter Bunny made an appearance with goodies for all the children in attendance. He led the children outside to have a Easter Egg hunt in the park.
Refreshments were served, and kids were welcome to make Easter crafts to celebrate the holiday.
Teffanie Thompson, author of the novel Dirt, visited the Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Branch Library on March 24, 2016 during our regular Teen Hangout program. During this time, Ms. Thompson spoke about her book, about reading, and about her writing process. A reception followed her presentation.
Ms. Thompson spoke about the process of writing Dirt and took questions from teens in the audience. She also did a reading from her first chapter of the book, which is about a boy who goes to a family reunion and is miraculously transported into his family’s past.