Friday, April 15, 2016

Gardening Workshop Series

Last fall, we received a grant from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission to get seed libraries started at our public libraries. We have been busily making preparations to make it happen and hope to launch this new library service by the end of this month. Right now, we're still in the process of receiving the seeds that we ordered, and divvying them up to be checked out by you! For more information about the seed libraries and updates on this project, please visit

In the meantime, you can begin planning your gardens and getting your soil ready! Free monthly gardening workshops taught by the El Paso County Master Gardeners will take place at libraries on the east, west, and central sides of town. Don't forget the master gardeners also have workshops at the Multipurpose Recreation Center (9031 Viscount), which is very close to the Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Library on Hawkins.

You can call the library to save your spot or visit our event page on Eventbrite at From there, you'll be able to choose the locations and dates you'd like to attend. Attend one or as many as you like! Please note that the central location is split between two locations, with the first three workshops beginning at Memorial Park Library and the second three at the Main Library. 

The first workshop at the Dorris Van Doren Library will be next Tuesday, April 19 at 5:30 pm. We hope you'll join us!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Food For Fines is Back!

Starting today, January 2, you can bring up 5 non-perishable and canned good items per day until January 16 to pay down overdue or lost item fines on your library account.  Each item will deduct $1.00 from your balance.

Please be sure the items are in good condition before bringing them to the library to donate.

For more information, check out the library website.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Food Day 2015 in Pictures

We celebrated Food Day here at the library almost two months ago, but it's a movement that you can celebrate all year long. This national event takes place every October 24 to raise awareness about our diets and food policies. It's about changing our diets to eat real, healthy, and sustainable food, but it's also about food-related problems in our communities, food education, and farmworkers' rights.

We wanted to take the time to share pictures of our past event, and also thank all of our participants.

This group offers a weekly box of in-season, locally grown produce. Visit their site for more info or to place an order. During Food Day, they had an info table along with an adorable yarn apple craft for children. They also gave away free apples and had a photo booth for the "Apple Crunch." To view photos of El Pasoans taking part in the Apple Crunch, visit the EP True Food facebook page!

The LIGHT (Lotus Integrative Group for Health and Transformation) is a  community-based group that provides health related services including meditation sessions and classes, mind-body workshops and clinics, healthy eating classes and yoga classes. They had an info table and also gave a delicious food demonstration on Indian cooking. Participants were able to learn about the health benefits of ingredients commonly used in Indian cookery, how to sprout legumes at home, and taste a flavorful Masti Sprouts salad.

Located in Anthony, NM, this cooperative of farmers is working to produce organically-grown and fairly produced vegetables in the Southern New Mexico-El Paso region. You can find their produce at Food City supermarkets, in the El Paso True Food boxes, and at the farmers markets. They graciously donated produce from their farm to the public, as well as had a craft table for children.

Owners from this local eatery located at 7114 N. Mesa stopped by to demonstrate a refreshing cucumber salad.

Info & display Tables. Seed Libraries are coming soon to El Paso Public Libraries!
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El Paso True Food Buying Club setting up!

The LIGHT Center demonstrating Indian cooking.

The LIGHT Center displayed ingredients used in Indian cooking.

Sprouts Masti salad demonstrated by the LIGHT Center.

Crafts @ Sol y Tierra Farms' info table.

Crafts @ Sol y Tierra Farms' info table.

Papa Pita Restaurant food demonstration.

Cucumber Salad made by Papa Pita Restaurant.

Crafts & free apples @ the El Paso True Food table.

Sugar overload display. To find out how many teaspoons of sugar your drink or snack has, divide the grams by 4.

We also handed out flyers for our forthcoming seed libraries! 
We have a lot to look forward to in the spring of 2016!