For 50 years, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” has been a Halloween tradition. This year, we at the Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Branch Library decided to incorporate this tradition into our annual Halloween celebration.
People could take pictures at our photo wall with their favorite Peanuts characters. There were games, crafts, and refreshments for all to partake in.
There was also a Halloween costume contest, with prizes in three categories: 0-5 year olds, 6-11 year olds, and 12-17 year olds. All in attendance had a spooktacular time!
The winner of our Teens Read Week raffle is Apple!
Our Teens Read Raffle coincided with Teen Reads Week, which is an annual celebration of young adult literature. For every five Young Adult books checked out, teens received one raffle ticket. Additionally, if teens wrote a review of a YA book they read, they received another entry into the raffle. We received 120 entries.
Congratulations, Apple, and thank you to everyone who entered!
The following reviews were submitted by teens at the Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Branch:
Blue Exorcist by Kazue Kato
I like this book for the storyline and art. The art is new and has a fresh style. The storyline is very unique and the main reason I picked the book.
Reviewed by Phoenix
IZombie: Six Feet Under and Rising by Chris Roberson
I like this book because I’ve read all of the iZombie books and because Gwen is a good zombie and doesn’t want to eat brains
Reviewed by Apple
Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
I like that it’s about a group of teenagers that have to fend for themselves. I also like that they make good decisions even though they are just teenagers.
Reviewed by Jacqueline
All these books are available for check out at the El Paso Public Library. Click the links to check availability at specific branches or to place one on hold.
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 Teen Hangout.
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.
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.
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.
Teens at the Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Branch Library got an opportunity to express their artistic ability by making their own jigsaw puzzles.
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.