Monday, June 25, 2018

El Paso Public Library rocks!

Summer is in full swing at the Dorris Van Doren Regional Library. We are excited to see so many people dropping in to check out books, use our computers, and come in from of the 100+ degree heat! Most of all, we're thrilled that so many people have signed up to join this year's summer reading program. So far, we've signed up over 350 people of all ages to commit themselves to reading this summer! To sign up, please go to: or drop by the Information Desk during your next library visit. The program lasts until August 4th.

While supplies last, all participants who turn in a reading log (paper or digital) showing they've read at least 8 books receive their choice of a Libraries Rock tote bag or a set of earbuds.

Children and teens additionally have the opportunity to earn a free book for every 8 books they read. 

Summer also means fun programs for kids and teens. In addition to our regular storytimes at 11am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, we have fun activities for children every Thursday morning at 11am.

We also have cool things for teens to do every Thursday afternoon at 4:30pm.

Don't forget the Teen Writing Club is also meeting this summer, every other Wednesday at 4:30pm. The upcoming dates for summer are June 27, July 11, and July 25. 

We hope that you will join us this summer!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Congratulations, Maria!

The Dorris Van Doren Regional Library is excited to announce that one of our staff members, through her hard work and diligence, has entered the profession of librarianship.

After years of study, Maria Maese graduated with a Masters of Library Science from the University of North Texas' School of Information Science on Saturday, May 12.

We are all very proud of her, and we look forward to seeing what she accomplishes next in her career with the El Paso Public Library. Congratulations, Maria!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Teen Hangout Spring Wrap-Up!

The school year is winding down, and the Dorris Van Doren Library is getting ready for summer. But we're also looking back at all the fun Teen Hangout programs we've held this spring, which have included a Fiesta Flower Crown Workshop and making paper sun catchers (as seen above). 

This creative bunch of teens have made decoupage photo frames...

decorated wall plates to brighten up their rooms...

painted flower pots in celebration of Earth Day...

and celebrated Star Wars Day (May the Fourth) by participating in a Breakout Room.

Our annual Summer Reading Club begins June 2, and we have a lot of incredible programming planned for our teens, beginning with a School's Out for the Summer Celebration on Thursday, March 31 at 4:30pm. 

Check back with us soon for our full summer calendar of events! We look forward to seeing you this summer!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

New Garden Coming Soon!

Springtime has come to the Dorris Van Doren Regional Library, and with it, a brand new garden located in our teen patio. So far, library staff have planted tomatillo, tomato, jalapeno, carrot and lettuce seeds in the garden. Now, we all wait to see the outcome of their labor.

The seeds used in the garden were acquired from the library's seed collection, part of the Sow.Grow.Reap.Eat program, now entering its second year. The Sow.Grow.Reap.Eat program launched seed libraries at all El Paso Public Library locations. Library patrons can check out up to five seed packets per season from a selection of several dozen types of seeds. These seed packets are free and, unlike our other materials, do not need to be returned.

We hope you will join us in watching the outcome of our garden. Please read the blog in the coming weeks for further updates on how the garden is progressing.

For more information about our seed libraries, including how to grow your own garden, please visit the program's website:

Friday, March 16, 2018

Easter's on its way!

The Dorris Van Doren Regional Library is preparing for Easter by raffling off an Easter basket! For every 10 items a patron checks out from our library, they'll receive a ticket to enter the raffle. All ages are invited to enter, and multiple entries are encouraged! 

The Easter basket is filled with goodies, such as a plush Snoopy with a copy of It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown! on DVD, an Easter themed book, candy-filled Easter eggs, Marshmallow Peeps, and a Russell Stover chocolate bunny!

Also, don't forget to join us on Friday, March 30 at 3 PM for a special visit from the Easter Bunny! There will also be Easter stories and treats for the kids in attendance.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Teen Tech Week Raffle

Teen Tech Week is March 4-10, and the Dorris Van Doren Library is celebrating by having a raffle!

To participate, check out books from the Young Adult (YA) section of our library. For every three YA books you check out, you'll get a raffle ticket. Multiple entries are encouraged! So if you check out thirty books, which is our limit, you'll have 10 chances to win our raffle prize: a Teen Tech Pack. 

The Teen Tech Pack consists of one $30 Cinemark gift card, a virtual reality headset, a tablet case, a portable power pack charger, and earbuds. The prizes were made possible by the Friends of the Westside Libraries. 

The winner of the Teen Tech Pack will be announced during Teen Hangout on March 8th at 5pm. You don't have to be present to win, but we'd love for you to join us. Our activity for that day will be button making using Canva. 

Don't forget that Teen Hangout is every Thursday from 4:30-6:30 PM. We have a lot of fun events coming up! Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

A Visit from Clifford the Big Red Dog

In honor of the birthday of Norman Bridwell, creator of Clifford the Big Red Dog, the Dorris Van Doren Regional Library held a Meet Clifford! event on Thursday, February 15th. Even though it was a damp day outside, a hundred people still showed up to celebrate the beloved children's book character.

While guests waited for Clifford to appear, they munched on yummy snacks and made Clifford ears to wear when they met their favorite big red dog. 

The main event was meeting Clifford himself! He was jumping with excitement at making so many new friends. All the kids were eager to shake his paw and take a picture with him. Although Clifford couldn't stay long, a fun time was had by all.