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.

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.