New Seed Library!

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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!

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For more information on our seed libraries, please visit sowgrowreapeat.weebly.com or
http://www.elpasolibrary.org/explore/seed-libraries.

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.

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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!

Happy Birthday, Harry!

On July 30th, young witches and wizards gathered at the Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Branch Library to celebrate the 36th birthday of Harry Potter, the Boy who Lived.

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Former Hogwarts Librarian and proud Ravenclaw, Miss Jennifer, told the story of Harry Potter’s young life and his entrance into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. They were then sorted into the four Hogwarts houses: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Slytherin, and Hufflepuff.

Prizes, including a full set of the Harry Potter books, were raffled off to the children in attendance. They also worked on crafts: creating their own magic wands, making Pygmy Puffs (magical creatures bred by Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes), and crafting their own Harry Potter glasses. All in attendance were treated to birthday cake and Butterbeer.

Copies of the script to the new London West End play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is now available for checkout at the El Paso Public Library. Place a hold for yours today!

Magic and Science at the Library

Dallas-based Rob Holladay brought his Amazing Magical Balloon Show to several El Paso Public Library locations, including the Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Branch Library on July 16th. He told stories, twisted balloons into impossible-looking designs, and performed magical feats for the gathered crowd. The kids participated enthusiastically and were rewarded with an amazingly magical experience.

On July 23rd, we held a paper airplane workshop at JCCV. Children in attendance learned how to fold three basic airplane designs. In order for the kids to identify which plane was theirs, they decorated each plane with a unique design. The sky was soon filled with paper airplanes as everyone went outside to test their planes to see how well they would fly.

STEAM Summer Programs

The El Paso Public Library strives to promote STEAM programs (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) to children and teens. Innovation in these fields are highly necessary in a modern world, and careers in these industries are in high demand.

This summer, the Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Library held a Teen STEAM picnic, in which our teens used the hot summer days to their advantage by building solar ovens out of pizza boxes. They learned about solar energy and the greenhouse effect, and then got to use their newfound knowledge to cook s’mores.

We also held a Marshmallow Engineering event for the children on Summer Learning Day. The purpose of Summer Learning Day is to help combat the “summer slide” (the loss of knowledge that takes place during the summer when children are not in school). This year, we celebrated Summer Learning Day on Friday, July 15th with marshmallow engineering. Children were challenged to create structures out of mini-marshmallows and toothpicks. They hypothesized which designs would yield stronger structures, and then built them to see if their ideas were correct.

Summer Fun at the Library!

This summer, we’ve hosted an array of fantastic programs for children at the Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Branch Library.

On June 18th, we were excited to welcome Chico the Chihuahua to our library. Chico and his friends from the El Paso Chihuahuas baseball team read a story to all the lovely people in attendance. Chico drew pictures for the kids to guess, and everyone had fun playing games provided by the YMCA and their wonderful staff.

Everyone was excited to visit the library on June 25th for Bubble Science. Children got to make their own bubble solution following a recipe provided and take home a bottle of their solution. They hypothesized whether different shaped bubble wands (which they made with pipe cleaners) would produce different shaped bubbles. (Spoiler alert: They didn’t).

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The beginning of July brought a bit of magic to the library, as children were invited to create a fairy house or gnome home. To do this, children were given a peat pot and natural materials such as rocks, bark, pine cones, leaves, sticks, and moss and encouraged to create natural dwellings for these tiny magical creatures to put in their gardens at home.

On July 9th, we helped promote an active lifestyle by inviting kids to play hula hoop games in the library. We had contests to see who could keep their hoop up the longest and which group could pass their hula hoop around a circle the fastest without using their hands. We had some great hula hoopers on hand, who could use multiple hoops at a time and who could hula hoop even while kneeling, standing on one leg, and while walking!

 

Summer Reading Program 2016

The El Paso Public Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Program is in full swing. Just as last year, we have four different age groups that participants can join: Toddlers (Babies and Pre-K), Children, Teens, and Adults. Participants are invited to make a pledge to read either 8 books or 8 hours between June 4th and August 31st.

So far, we have had over 800 patrons at Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Branch Library taking the pledge to read this summer. Everyone who registers gets to join our wall of readers.

On June 4th, we officially kicked off our program with a Kids Olympics. There were sack races, a pool noodle javelin throw, and a shot put ball toss to participate in. We also had Olympics-themed crafts such as making an Olympic torch.