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.




Thursday, February 8, 2018

Winnie the Pooh Party

The Dorris Van Doren Library had a fantastic time celebrating A.A. Milne's 136th birthday on January 18th. A.A. Milne was the creator of everyone's favorite silly old bear, Winnie the Pooh, and all his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood. Over a hundred guests showed up on a Thursday afternoon to celebrate All Things Pooh!



While there was no Hunny for our guests to guzzle, there were delicious refreshments that would tempt even Heffalumps and Woozles. 


There were also a variety of Winnie the Pooh crafts for our guests to try! Children created handpuppets of Pooh, Piglet, and Tigger. They also made a Hunny pots with clothespin bees! 


Next Thursday, February 15th at 4pm we'll be honoring Norman Bridwell, the creator of another beloved character, Clifford the Big Red Dog. We have a lot of fun planned for that event, and we hope you'll come join us in the celebration!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Seeking: Teens Who Love to Write



The Dorris Van Doren Library recently started a Teen Writing Club for teens in grades 7-12. The group meets every other Wednesday from 4:30-5:30pm, and gives teens the opportunity to discuss writing with their peers.

We accept writers of all formats: fiction (novel and short story), poetry, graphic novels, fan fiction, etc. If you're a teen who loves to write and is interested in becoming a better writer, you're welcome to attend!

Our next meeting is February 7th. Hope to see you there! 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Renaissance Music Concert

The Dorris Van Doren Library was thrilled to host a quartet of musicians from the Rio Grande Recorder Society, who performed a free concert of renaissance music for library patrons on Saturday, January 20th.


The concert took place right in the middle of the library, which allowed patrons to enjoy the music as they browsed our movies and books available for check out. 


The musicians explained the context surrounding the pieces that they played, making it a great cultural and educational experience for all in attendance!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Teen Hangout: Tote Bag Decorating

To make taking home books from the library more fun, the Teen Hangout group at the Dorris Van Doren Library got to decorate their own tote bags.




They brainstormed their designs, then sketched them on their bags before using acrylic and fabric paints to bring their creations to life. They were excited to learn that some of the paint they used glows in the dark!



We have many more exciting programs coming up in the coming months, including our monthly Teen Game Night, and a Harry Potter themed Breakout Room. 

All teens 12-18 are welcome to join us every Thursday from 4:30-6:30 PM. 



Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Chess Tournament

Join us January 20, 2018 for a chess tournament. All ages are welcome, and there is no charge to participate. 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Read Five, Then Decide: Texas Bluebonnet Awards voting is open!

This year, Dorris Van Doren Regional Library is registered as a voting site for the annual Texas Bluebonnet awards. Eligible voters can come into the library between now and January 31st to cast their ballots.

In order to be eligible to vote, children must:

(1) be enrolled in grades 3-6 in a public, private, or home school program;

(2) be enrolled in a registered school, or participate in the reading program at their registered public library;

(3) have read (or heard read aloud) at least five of the Master List books.


Haven't read five books yet? We've got you covered! Below are the list of Bluebonnet Award nominees linked to their location in our card catalog. If the book you want to read is unavailable at our location, don't worry! You can request it from another branch and have it sent here for pick up!

2017-2018 Master List

Ada’s Violin by Susan Hood
Follow the Moon Home by Philippe Cousteau and Deborah Hopkinson
In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall
Key To Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd
Little Cat’s Luck by Marion Dane Bauer
Lola Levine Drama Queen by Monica Brown
Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee
Soar by Joan Bauer 
Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart
The Best Man by Richard Peck 
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
The Great Shelby Holmes by Elizabeth Eulberg
The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier
The Princess and the Warrior by Duncan Tonatiuh
The Storyteller by Evan Turk
The Great Pet Escape by Victoria Jamieson
Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes