“Cook the Book” Book Club!



Attention cookbook lovers!  Register now for our new book club – Cook the Book.

Once a month, our resident library foodies will select a cookbook from our extensive cookbook collection.  That cookbook will then be on display at our front desk for book club members to browse.  Members will select one recipe from the book to prepare, share, and discuss at our book club meeting at the end of the month.

How to become a “Cook the Book” Club Member – it’s easy!

  • ​Membership is open to all foodies – just register at our front desk.
  • Registration prior to each monthly meeting is required – space is limited!
  • Make and bring one regular-size recipe – there is no need to double or triple recipes.
  • Recipes should be prepared at home prior to the meeting.  The library has a microwave that can be used for re-heating if necessary.
  • Make sure to bring a serving utensil for your dish.
  • Beverages, plates, and utensils will be provided!

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, we have selected the local cookbook Seasoned with Sun – Recipes from the Corner of Texas and New Mexicofor our very first Cook the Book club meeting.  Created in 1974 by the Junior League of El Paso, this cookbook features recipes from Junior League members and from “some of the choicest eating establishments in El Paso.”  Filled with a wide range of recipes and charming notes, including chapter introductions by local historian Leon Metz, you’ll definitely find a tasty recipe to try.

We ask that members please chose a Hispanic-influenced recipe from “Seasoned with Sun” in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.  Recipes should be prepared at home prior to the meeting.  The library has a microwave that can be used for re-heating if necessary and please make sure to bring a serving utensil for your dish.  Beverages, plates, and utensils will be provided!

Our first Cook the Book club meeting will take place at our library on SaturdaySeptember 30, at 1 pm.

The deadline to register is September 25.  Space is limited!

This fun book club idea was created by El Paso librarian Lisa Martinez back in 2012 at the Dorris Van Doren Library.  Now beginning again at the Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Library, we thank Ms. Martinez for her creativity and encouragement!

Please comment down below or call us at the Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Library with any questions or suggestions: (915) 212-0450.


Chico the Chihuahua!

This past Saturday, our library had a very special guest – Chico the Chihuahua!


The usually feisty mascot of the El Paso Chihuahuas was on his best behavior, making our patrons of all ages laugh with his silly antics. Chico came ready to entertain with his very own storybook and with lots of fun activities for the kids.


Chico colored with the kids, signed autographs, gave fist bumps, high-fives, and was even convinced to dance by a very persuasive little girl.

And he enjoyed story time almost as much as the kids!


Chico was so excited when the little ones showed him their Chico masks. A great time was had by all. We’d like to thank Chico and the El Paso Chihuahuas for bringing so many smiles and happiness to our library.

Chico and his friends are always welcome back, any time!

Teen Tech Week

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.

Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Celebration!

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.

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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.

It’s a Charlie Brown Christmas!

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.

Christmas Lock-In


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!