2nd Annual KINDERFEST!

What do you get when you mix German polka music, fun crafts for kids, and all the ice-cold root beer you can drink?  Why you get our 2nd Annual Kinderfest!

Our tables we loaded with pretzels and German cookies and we had flame-grilled mini bratwursts – with zesty German mustard!


We also had a German fairy tale display with all books available for checkout.


As music filled the air, kids of all ages were entertained crafting bracelets, windmills, and so many buttons!


Well we sure hope you’ll join us again at next year’s Kinderfest!


Attention Teens!

Voting for the YALSA’s Teen’s Top Ten Books of 2017 is now OPEN!  You can vote for up to three books – VOTING IS FOR TEENS ONLY!

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All titles are available for checkout and here are this year’s nominees:

Nightstruck by Jenna Black

The Killing Jar by Jennifer Bosworth

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Once Upon a Dream: A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Truthwitch: A Witchlands Novel by Susan Dennard

Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan

The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle

We Will Not Be Silent by Russell Freedman

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

Genius: The Game by Leopold Gout

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

Starflight by Melissa Landers

The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin

Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

All We Have Left by Wendy Mills

This is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon


We have free Teen Week bookmarks at our Teen Zone display – pick yours up today!  Voting closes October 14th so hurry and cast your vote here!

Thank A Farmer Day

Do you ever wonder where your food comes from?  Find out about your local farmers!

Visit us this Saturday, September 23rd at 11am for STORY TIME, a fun CRAFT, and a HEALTHY SNACK – all for FREE and courtesy of your local farmers!

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Decorate a farmer thank you card, currently available at our front desk, and when you bring it back, you get a free lollipop!

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We also have organic seeds available for checkout as part of our Sow.Grow.ReapEat Program!

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Thank you for everything you do farmers!

Eclipse Celebration!

Our small Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Branch Library hosted a record-breaking 1,489 patrons !!! for our Eclipse Celebration this past Monday, August 21.

Many fun activities were happening both inside and outside of the library!

In the library’s meeting room, we had a very large crowd gathered for our eclipse-themed story time ​and craft, and we also played a live news feed to share the best views of the total solar eclipse across the USA. These photos really do not show the magnitude of the crowd – the room was packed, standing room only!

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And we had many eclipse-themed snacks for everyone. Enjoy that Moon Pie, little one!

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We ran out of eclipse glasses very early in the day but thankfully a patron showed up with a large homemade eclipse viewer which he welcomed everyone to share. Patrons were also sharing their eclipse glasses with one another, chatting, and enjoying this very special day.

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Our Information Services Specialist Liz loved looking at the eclipse, “I cannot wait for the next one!”

Librarian Debbie’s favorite part of the day was watching the eclipse with her daughter and granddaughter, “We ended up sharing our glasses with about 15 people. I really liked the atmosphere outside and the willingness of others to share. We struck up conversations with many people.”

Our Library Director Patricia found it so endearing when a very happy toddler told her “I saw the eclipse!” And as he was leaving the library, he excitedly told everyone he encountered,  “I saw the eclipse!” Patricia was astounded by the “amazing, colossal, stupendous and impressive interest in the event.” And Debbie agrees, “It was a great day and a record breaker in patron visitation for the Cielo Vista library!”​

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Teen Lock-In

This Friday evening, the library closed and the Teen Lock-In began!

We kicked things off with the ever popular Scavenger Hunt – teens raced around the library looking for stickers strategically hidden deep within the book stacks.

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We awarded a $10 iTunes gift card but the winner had no time to gloat – we were on a schedule.  Next came Photo Fun with Books.  We had the teens play with the app Snapchat, superimposing their faces onto magazines and books. Inspiring the next generation of best-selling authors, perhaps? Even our new Children’s Librarian got in on the fun!

Pizza was ordered, snacks and sodas were served, and then onto our crafting activity – River Rock Painting! There’s a small garden behind the library, grown with seeds from our Sow.Grow.ReapEat seed library. Some teens donated their colorful mini works of art to decorate our garden and some couldn’t part with their creation and they took their rock home.




Thanks for a fun night, teens! Be on the lookout for our next lock-in!

Do you have any suggestions for our next Teen Lock-In? Let us know in the comments!