Happy Halloween Contest!

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Guess how many candies are in the pumpkin.  Check out 10 books and receive one guess.  Best guess gets all the candy AND the glass pumpkin candy holder!

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And we have a great selection of Halloween books to get you in the spooky mood!  Come check out 10 today!

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Cook the Book – GAME DAY

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What’s better than watching the game? Enjoying all the game day food!

Join the Cook the Book book club as we prepare recipes from the new cookbook “The Hungry Fan’s Game Day Cookbook: 165 Recipes for Eating, Drinking & Watching Sports.”

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This mouthwatering cookbook was created by Daina Falk, the daughter of legendary sports agent David Falk; recipes include both Falk’s original creations and recipes contributed by professional athletes such as LeBron James, Boomer Esiason, Michael Jordan, and many more!

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How to join Cook the Book – and enjoy the game day feast!

  • Chose a recipe from the selected cookbook, located at our front desk, and add your name to our signup list.
  • Then, at our monthly meeting, bring your prepared dish to share – that’s it!

Please make and bring one regular-size recipe – there is no need to double recipes. Recipes should be prepared at home prior to the meeting. The library has a microwave that can be used for re-heating if necessary. And please make sure to bring a serving utensil for your dish. Beverages, plates, and utensils will be provided!

Please register before the meeting – space is limited!

And please comment down below or call us at the Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Library with any questions or suggestions: (915) 212-0450.

Cook the Book – first meeting!

This past Saturday was the first ever Cook the Book event at the Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Library.  Cook the Book is a book club all about cookbooks!

This month’s featured cookbook, highlighting Hispanic Heritage Month, was “Seasoned With Sun: Recipes from the Corner of Texas and Old Mexico.”  Written by the El Paso Junior League featuring local recipes, the first edition was released in 1974 and the second revised edition was released in 1989:

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We had four participants at our very first meeting –

Celia – Arroz Central Cafe

Rebeca – Borderland BBQ Sauce, with mini sausages

Deborah – Texas Chili

Sharon – Amaretto Cheesecake

*Author’s note: these photos are not my best work because I was busy stuffing my face…*

 

A recipe for rice from the local restaurant Cafe Central, Celia’s Arroz Cafe Central was fluffy and delicious!  The members thought her rice was an excellent side dish that really complimented the other dishes but Celia thought the rice was too bland.  She closely followed the recipe but says she will add many more seasonings when she makes the recipe again.

Deborah added black and brown beans to the Texas Chili recipe.  She thought the size of the finished recipe was too small and needed the beans to round out the dish.  The club members loved the chili and thought the beans were a great addition.

Rebeca’s Borderland BBQ Sauce also had to be modified.  The original recipe called for two large onions.  As the sauce was cooking, Rebeca’s eyes watered from all the onions!  She had to increase the amount the ketchup and sugar in the recipe to counter the overpowering onion flavor.  The members loved the sauce and they suggested using the sauce on chicken wings in the future.  The mini sausages in the Borderland BBQ Sauce were a big hit!

And of course we each had a slice of Sharon’s Amaretto Cheesecake – made with extra Amaretto!  The cheesecake was light and airy and had deliciously soft flavoring, a perfect end to the heavy meal.  Sharon used pancake mix instead of flour and she used a store-bought crust.  And of course, she added extra Amaretto!

 

This first Cook the Book meeting was a hit!  We learned a lot and had a lot of fun.  We’re looking forward to cooking up a recipe from next month’s cookbook, William Sonoma’s “Soup of the Day: 365 Recipes for Every Day of the Year.”

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Would you like to join the club?  Stop by the library today to sign up!  And please comment down below or call us with any questions or suggestions, 915-212-0450.

Cook the Book – SOUPS!

Attention soup lovers!  Sign up now for this month’s Cook the Book, a book club all about cookbooks!

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This month’s selected cookbook is Williams Sonoma’s “Soup of the Day: 365 Recipes for Every Day of the Year.”

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How to become a “Cook the Book” Club Member – it’s easy!

  • Chose a recipe from the selected cookbook, located at our front desk, and add your name to our signup list.
  • Then, at our monthly meeting, bring your soup to share – that’s it!

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Now that there’s a slight chill of fall in the air, let’s make soup!  We’ll share the cookbook’s hits and misses and we’ll share the soups we’ve prepared at our second Cook the Book club meeting – SaturdayOctober 21, at 1 pm.

Please make and bring one regular-size recipe – there is no need to double recipes.  Recipes should be prepared at home prior to the meeting.  The library has a microwave that can be used for re-heating if necessary.  And please make sure to bring a serving utensil for your dish.  Beverages, plates, and utensils will be provided!

Please register before the meeting – space is limited!

And please comment down below or call us at the Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Library with any questions or suggestions: (915) 212-0450.

 

Banned Books Week 2017

Celebrating the right to read, we present to you our Banned Books display!

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Each book has its own special bookmark featuring the year the book was banned and the reasons the book was challenged.

 

Out of the hundreds of challenges the American Library Association receives, only about 10% of books are removed from the location where the challenge took place, thanks to local literary champions such as librarians, students, and patrons who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read!

 

Visit us today and pick up your free Captain Underpants coloring page – celebrating Banned Books Week!

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BATMAN DAY!

The character of Batman was created 78 years ago and to celebrate the caped crusader, comic book retailers, bookstores, schools, and libraries held festivities for the fourth-annual BATMAN DAY!

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Batman Day at the Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Library was so much fun!  The kiddos made their own capes and Batman masks.

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Some came all dressed up for our costume contest.

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First, second, and third place winners were determined by secret ballot – and the winners received special Batman prizes!

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Here’s our first place winner!

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We had crafts and snacks and we ended the party with a movie!  Thank you to everyone that joined us in the Batman fun!

2nd Annual KINDERFEST!

What do you get when you mix German polka music, fun crafts for kids, and all the ice-cold root beer you can drink?  Why you get our 2nd Annual Kinderfest!

Our tables we loaded with pretzels and German cookies and we had flame-grilled mini bratwursts – with zesty German mustard!

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We also had a German fairy tale display with all books available for checkout.

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As music filled the air, kids of all ages were entertained crafting bracelets, windmills, and so many buttons!

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Well we sure hope you’ll join us again at next year’s Kinderfest!