JCCV Celebrates Teen Read Week

In celebration of Teen Read Week, the Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Branch Library is hosting a Teens Read Raffle. In order to enter, you must check out FIVE Young Adult Books (which includes graphic novels, audiobooks, and Playaways). Teens can also get an extra raffle ticket by filling out a review card for a YA book.


The grand prize, courtesy of the Friends of the Cielo Vista Library, is a prize pack ($80 value) that includes a $30 Barnes and Noble gift card, a portable charger, a journal, and much more. The winner will be announced on November 3rd, during the Teen Zine Workshop at Teen Hangout. img_5972

Some of the books nominated for the Teens’ Top Ten, which teens can vote for until October 15th, are on display in the Teen Zone of the library.



For more information about our branch’s programs for teens and tweens or about the Teens Read Raffle, please call Jennifer at 915-594-7680.


On September 17th, the Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Branch Library held our first Oktoberfest:Kinderfest. Kinderfest means “party or festival for children”. Oktoberfest:Kinderfest gave us the opportunity to celebrate the wonderful children who come to our library, and it afforded the kids who attended the opportunity to learn about German culture.


Everyone enjoyed refreshments of root beer, pretzels, and other German snacks. Children played games and did crafts. There were door prizes to be won, courtesy of the Friends of the Cielo Vista Library.

The library had plenty of books about Germany and German culture available to be checked out. For example, many of the fairy tales that children love were made popular by the Grimm brothers, who were German.


Power Up at Your Library Day


Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared Thursday, September 15, 2016 to be Power Up at Your Library Day. This initiative was created to promote innovation within the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) fields.

The Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Branch Library celebrated the day by taking part in technology-based activities during our regular Teen Hangout program. img_5797

Some of the teens created Vibrobots, tiny robots created out of small batteries, cell phone vibrating motors, and paper clips.

The teens also experimented by making simple circuits from batteries and LED lights. In one experiment, one of our teens applied many LED lights to one battery to see what would happened and hypothesized why adding an orange LED caused the white ones to go dim. They tried to create origami tealight holders for their circuits, but decided ultimately to improvise by creating their own design.

We also had video games for those who wanted to Power Up by playing Mortal Kombat.

Puzzle Art

Teens at the Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Branch Library got an opportunity to express their artistic ability by making their own jigsaw puzzles. fullsizerender

Each teen was provided with a blank 56 piece puzzle. They sketched images onto the puzzles and colored them with markers to create their own masterpiece/game. Each of them let their creativity take them different places, but they all left with a fun project they can use again and again.

Library Card Sign Up Month


September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month. If you’ve never had a library card before, we encourage you to stop by and apply for one at our location at 1300 Hawkins.


With your El Paso Public Library card, you can check out books, audiobooks, magazines, DVDs, and CDs. You can check out e-books via Overdrive and magazines through Zinio. Browse our databases for online materials and study guides for the GED, SAT, ACT, ASVAB, etc. Learn how to speak other languages with our language-learning program Mango. You also have the option to check out seeds from our new seed libraries.

For your convenience, you can use your El Paso Public Library card at any of our locations around town. The benefits of having a library card are endless!

For more information about how to get an El Paso Public Library card, please visit our website. You can also call our branch for more information at 915-594-7680.

New Seed Library!


The Sow.Grow.Reap.Eat Program has now launched at all El Paso Public Library locations, including the Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Branch. Library patrons are now able to check out up to 5 seed packets per season free of charge.

Unlike with other library materials, the seeds do not have to be returned. You are welcome to harvest your seeds and return them to our location, but it is not necessary.

The Non-GMO seeds available vary by location, so stop by today and see what we have to offer. We also have numerous books available for check out to help you to get your garden underway!


For more information on our seed libraries, please visit sowgrowreapeat.weebly.com or

Pokemon Go Day

On August 6th, many of our El Paso Public Library locations held Pokemon Go events for the public. The Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Branch has a Pokestop and has been designated a Pokemon Gym.


Inside the library, we had a display of Pokemon books and items. There are over a hundred Pokemon books and DVDs available for checkout at all our library locations.

As part of Pokemon Go Day, we dropped lures every hour to attract Pokemon to our Pokestop. We also held a scavenger hunt, where participants could search for seven Pokemon we hit around the library.

Currently, at the Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Branch, if children check out 10 books, they have the chance to enter a raffle for Pokemon prizes. The winner will be announced on October 1st, so come by our location and check out books today!