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

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Star Wars Party

Join us in kicking off our Winter Reading Club and celebrate the release of the newest Star Wars movie: The Last Jedi.

We're looking forward to seeing everyone dress up as their favorite Star Wars characters. Whether your favorite is Rey or Leia, Han Solo or Darth Vadar, we hope you'll join us in this celebration and maybe win a prize, too! There will also be fun activities and refreshments to enjoy.

While you're here, sign up for the Winter Reading Club, which runs from December 16th to January 6th. Participants only need to read three books during this period to complete the program and earn a certificate and prize. You can pre-register for the program here, but you will not be able to log books until the 16th. All ages are welcome to participate.

Hope to see you Friday, and may the Force be with you!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Teen Hangout: LED Greeting Cards

On December 7th, the Dorris Van Doren Teen Hangout group was invited to create cards (holiday or otherwise) using not only their artistic talents, but also their scientific know-how.

 Teens learned how to build circuits out of copper tape, LED bulbs, and small batteries. It involved not only learning how circuits work, but also figuring out how to troubleshoot problems. (What to do if the bulb won't light!)

Everyone succeeded in creating their circuits, and the results were beautiful cards that creatively used technology to accentuate their artwork. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

They Broke Out!

Last week, the Dorris Van Doren Library hosted a Breakout EDU event for our weekly Teen Hangout group. The event was similar to the escape rooms that have recently popped up in major U.S. cities. In an escape room, participants are locked in a room and they have a certain amount of time in which to work together to unlock the door.

In our event, the teens were given a scenario and had 45 minutes to unlock two black boxes. The scenario required them to solve several puzzles. In order to solve these puzzles, our teens had to observe the room around them. They examined clues and researched information. In the end, it took them longer than their allotted 45 minutes to solve the puzzle, but they refused to give up until they solved it.

And they did!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Spooky Stuff at Dorris Van Doren

The Dorris Van Doren Library held our annual Fall Festival on Wednesday, October 25th. Children were invited to stop by the information desk to collect goodie bags to carry home their haul of treats and crafts. Then, they could visit the many game and craft stations located around the library. 

We had an amazing guest storyteller, who had the kids captivated with fun and fascinating stories.

Kids visited game stations to win yummy candy. There was a cookie decorating table in which kids could decorate delicious jack-o-lantern cookies with lots of orange and black icing. There were also numerous craft tables including one that allowed kids to decorate their own trick-or-treat safety lights. 

On Halloween day, staff members got into the holiday spirit by wearing fun and creative costumes!

All through October, we had a number of scary book and movie displays. The library was decorated with spiderwebs, cackling witches, and other spooky things. 

The teen area of the library was decorated for Dia de los Muertos with colorful paper flowers and painted calaveras.