Goodbye Cindy!

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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.

Easter Fun at the Library

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.

A Visit from Teffanie Thompson

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.

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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.

 

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

On March 4, 2016, the Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Branch Library celebrated Dr. Seuss’s 112th Birthday, which also coincided with Read Across America.

Miss Erika (aka. Thing One) read Hop on Pop and Gerald McBoing Boing to a group of excited children. A selection of Dr. Seuss books were on display so library patrons could check out  treasured favorites such as The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham.

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Dr. Seuss prize packs were raffled off to three lucky winners, and everyone who attended received a gift bag. After the stories were read, our young attendees were invited to partake in refreshments and to make fun Dr. Seuss themed crafts.

A wonderful time was had by all, including everyone on Team JCCV, who wore Dr. Seuss hats all day and decorated the library in honor of the occasion.

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Marionette Workshop

The Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Branch Library was delighted to host a marionette workshop on February 12, 2016, during our usual “Fun Friday” programming. The workshop was sponsored by the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

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Manos Arriba gave a wonderful class on how to make simple marionette puppets using basic materials: scarves, wooden beads, sticks, and string. Even though some of the kids, at first, felt that it was going to be difficult, they hung in there and were amazed that they could do it!

The kids especially enjoyed seeing the end result of all their hard work, and had fun making their marionettes dance, walk, and jump.

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Christmas at the Library

On Saturday, December 19, 2015, the Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Branch Library held our annual Christmas program. There was a musical performance, where the audience was invited to sing-along with popular Christmas songs.

District 3 City Representative Emma Acosta read The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore. Then, we welcomed Santa Claus to the library. He snacked on cookies and chocolate milk and passed out small gifts to the children in attendance.

The JCCV staff and volunteers were pleased to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!

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Exploring El Paso’s History with Mini-Digie

The Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Branch Library was honored to play host to the El Paso Museum of History’s Mini-Digie wall during the month of November. Digie stands for Digital Information Gateway in El Paso. There is a larger, permanent Digie at the museum downtown in Cleveland Square and a mobile Mini-Digie, which travels around the city. Digie is a digital wall with a touchscreen that allows users to access photographs relating to the history of El Paso. The Digie in Cleveland Square is the second such digital wall in the world and was acquired through the 2012 Quality of Life bond.

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On November 19th, City Council Representative Emma Acosta visited the Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Branch Library to help introduce Mini-Digie to a group of teens during the library’s weekly Teen Hangout program. They learned about how Mini-Digie works and were able to interact with it. Afterward, a reception was held.20151119_171156

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Library patrons were encouraged to interact with Mini-Digie during its stay at the library, and they were given the opportunity to complete a Digie Quest, which entitled them to enter a drawing for a Barnes and Noble giftcard.

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Our winner!

Sadly, the Mini-Digie has moved on, but you can still visit the permanent digital wall in Downtown El Paso or look for Mini-Digie as it travels around town.