Celebrate DINOvember at the Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Branch Library by coming in to check out books about dinosaurs. We have dinosaur books and other materials available for patrons of all ages.

Whether you’re interested in a career in paleontology, or you’re looking for information about the Jurassic period, or if you just want to read a fun story about a dinosaur who doesn’t know she’s extinct, we have what you’re looking for!

Halloween Extravaganza!

Ghouls and Goblins from all around the area congregated at the Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Branch Library this Halloween to have a haunting good time! Guests entered through a scary haunted maze full of cobwebs and icky stuff around every corner. They exited into a party, where they played games, did crafts, had refreshments, took selfies in our photo booth corner, and participated in an all-ages costume contest. Top prizes were movie passes for adults and teens and buckets of goodies for school-age kids and babies.

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IMG_0645Not only did the Friends of the Cielo Vista Library make this event possible through their generous contributions, but they also volunteered to operate some of the games at the party as well. Staff and volunteers had a wonderful time dressing up and making sure that all patrons had a fa-BOO-lous time at the party.

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Joe Hayes!

20151002_164536Award-winning storyteller Joe Hayes visited the Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Branch Library on the afternoon of October 2, 2015. He entertained everyone in attendance, including the wonderful fourth graders of Cielo Vista Elementary, with an eerie ghost story that had everybody screaming.

IMG_0590Mr. Hayes’ appearance was made possible through the generosity of the Friends of the Cielo Vista Library. It was truly a joy for all who attended to experience hearing Joe Hayes tell stories.

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Teen Library Card Drive

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The Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Branch Library recently conducted a huge library card drive at three local high schools in honor of Library Card Sign-Up Month.

Miss Sandra visited Burges High School, Hanks High School, and Eastwood High School, and signed up over 75 teens for new library cards. Teens had a chance to enter to win Cinemark gift cards (courtesy of the Friends of the Cielo Vista Library) for signing up for a new card. They also got a lot of great information about library programs and services.

Thanks to the area high schools for continuing to support the library, and thanks to our new teen patrons. You are awesome!

Stuffed Animal Sleepover

When Ella, the library’s resident elephant, noticed that there were no programs for stuffed animals at the library, she sprang into action. She begged. She cajoled. She pleaded. Finally, she was allowed to host a Stuffed Animal Sleepover at the Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Branch Library on Friday, September 25. IMG_0526 Children were invited to drop off their stuffed animal friends to spend the night with Ella in the library. The stuffed animals were checked in by their loved ones and tagged, so they wouldn’t get lost. IMG_4183 Quite coincidentally, Miss Jennifer, the children’s librarian, left her phone behind the night of the sleepover (even though she swears she put it into her bag right before she left), and Ella was able to document their adventures. IMG_001 Grumpy Cat thought it would be fun to pretend to be a librarian. She found wonderful books for all her friends to read.

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Ella and her friends always wanted to try out the computers in the children’s area. IMG_0534Some of Ella’s other stuffed animal friends joined in to play games with Ella’s sleepover guests.

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The stuffed animals decided to find their own books! IMG_0538 They were happy to have the Legos all to themselves. Teeny and Cow Cow were small enough to go for a ride in the Lego cars!

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Crafts are always fun. Cow Cow loved rolling around in the Pom Poms, while Pete the Cat tried to pick up the spilled crayons. Uh, oh, Elmo! Crayons are not for eating!

Later, Ella showed off her storytime experience by reading a book to her friends. IMG_0543 IMG_0546

They all sat down together to watch one of Ella’s favorite movies. IMG_0548 IMG_0550

And, of course, at a sleepover there is always lots of yummy food to munch on. We hope the teens won’t be too upset that Ella and her friends raided their stash of snacks! IMG_0551Finally, all the fun wore them out, and they went to sleep. What a snuggly fun time! IMG_0554In the morning, the sleepover was over, and everyone went home. Ella will definitely be throwing another party in the future, but until then you can always take Ella home for a sleepover at your house! IMG_4175

Candy Count

In the month of August, the Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Branch Library held our annual Candy Count competition. By checking out five books, children got a chance to guess how many Hershey’s Kisses were in a large glass jar displayed at the circulation desk. The child who came closest to the number of Kisses in the jar, won the entire jar of chocolates.

The exact number was kept under high security all month by our branch manager. Finally, at the Force Friday celebration, the number was revealed. There were 617 Kisses in the jar, and two children guessed 630 (the closest guess).

A game of Paper, Rock, Scissors decided the winner of the jar, but the other top-guesser didn’t go home empty-handed. She won a large bag of Hershey’s Kisses. It was also a win for the library, as the number of children’s books checked out increased significantly as a result of the contest.