Teen Tech Week is a week dedicated to increasing digital literacy among teens. This year it took place from March 5-11, 2017.
Our branch participated by giving our teens the opportunity to create LED greeting cards. Teens designed the cover of their greeting cards, planned where their LED bulbs would go, and then created the circuit inside using the LED, cell batteries, copper tape, and an ordinary metal brad.
This event was the perfect blend of art and science, and our teens were surprised at how easy it was to make the circuit.
On Saturday, March 4, we concluded Read Across America week with a birthday celebration for Dr. Seuss. Children were invited to two special Seussical events: A Dr. Seuss themed storytime and a party with crafts, refreshments, and games.
Children munched on Hop on Pop-corn while they made Truffalo trees out of pretzels and cotton candy. They did Lorax and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish crafts. They also took turns reading some of Dr. Seuss’s most famous rhymes.
Attendees had the opportunity to take pictures with our stuffed giraffe Savannah (who was decked out in a Cat in the Hat hat) in front of the artwork outside the library. It was a fun day celebrating reading at the library.
On December 17th, the Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Branch Library was excited to host a very special guest visiting all the way from the North Pole: Santa Claus!
To celebrate his visit, the library held a Peanuts-themed Christmas party. Children had the opportunity to meet Santa and have their picture taken with him.
Refreshments were served at the party, and there were lots of games and crafts to keep everyone entertained. Before long, Santa had to return to the North Pole to prepare for his Christmas Eve journey, but everyone had a wonderful time.
Teens at the Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Branch Library celebrated the holiday season with a Christmas-themed lock-in. On Friday, December 16th, after the library closed for the day, our teens got the opportunity to participate in fun activities.
Since it happened to be National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day, our teens were challenged to make an “ugly” Christmas t-shirt. There were prizes awarded for the best Christmas theme, the most creative, and other categories.
Some of our teens participated in an Elves on the Shelves Scavenger Hunt, where they had to find pictures of famous elves hidden around the library by answering a series of clues.
Some of our teens opted for hi-tech methods of entertainment, playing on the library’s Playstation 3 and X-Box.
And everyone had plenty of snacks to eat. We even had a cookie decorating station!
This year at the Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Branch Library, we celebrated our first Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.
Our patrons shared a traditional Charlie Brown Thanksgiving meal of popcorn, jellybeans, pretzels, and toast. They also watched Thanksgiving-themed cartoons, and made Thanksgiving crafts.
It was a fun kick-off to our holiday season!
Currently on display at the Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Branch Library are LEGO designs created by our teen volunteer, Phoenix.
Phoenix built a number of familiar characters from popular Nintendo Games. He also built a few historically-based designs.
All children are invited to create their own designs at our Learning with LEGOS program every Friday at 4pm. We have Duplo blocks for toddlers and regular LEGO bricks for older children.