Monday, September 10, 2018

Upcoming Workshop: Alebrije/Fantasy Animals on Plastic

This Saturday, to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month, the Dorris Van Doren library will be hosting a workshop by artist Maria Natividad on the Mexican folkart of Alebije or fantasy animals.

In this workshop, participants will learn all about the artform created by Mexican artist Pedro Linares Lopez. They will be guided through a step-by-step process on how to make their own alebrije using cel drawing techniques (using plastic sheets and ink pens) commonly used by traditional animators.

The program will take place from 4 - 5:30 PM on Saturday, September 15, 2018. Registration is limited to 30 people, so we urge you to call and book your spot today! Please call 915-212-0440 to register. This program is for ages 6 and up.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

New! Children's Playtime at the Dorris Van Doren Library!

Talk, sing, read, write, play: these actions are the best ways for your child to develop early literacy skills. While our regular storytimes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays go a long way in guiding children down that path, the Dorris Van Doren library is now offering three new playtime opportunities for children to allow them to develop their imaginations and socialize with other children around the same age.

Children's Playtime takes place in the Dorris Van Doren Auditorium:

Tuesdays 12-1PM (after storytime)
Wednesdays 12-1PM (after storytime)
Thursdays 11-1PM

For more information about this or other programs, please contact us at 915-212-0440.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Vote for the Teens' Top Ten!

Voting has opened for YALSA's 2018 Teens' Top Ten! Teens can vote for their favorites between now and October 13th. The Teens' Top Ten will be announced on October 15th. This is one of the few best-of booklists that is chosen entirely by teens, so let your voice be heard on which books are the best of the best!

Check out the list of nominees below. The links will take you to our catalog, so you can request a hold on a copy.

The nominees are:

All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis
The Black Witch by Laurie Forest
Book of Lies by Teri Terry
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray
The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy
How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Invictus by Ryan Graudin
The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller*
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
Once and For All by Sarah Dessen
One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Paper Hearts by Ali Novak*
Remember Me Always by Renee Collins*
Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne*
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Warcross by Marie Lu
Waste of Space by Gina Damico
Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

*Starred titles are not yet available at the library, but keep checking back!

Friday, August 24, 2018

Spotlight on DVD Teen Hangout

Dorris Van Doren has programs for teens (ages 12-18) all year round. Teen Hangout takes place every Thursday afternoon from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. Among some of the programs we had this summer were a Scott Pilgrim Interactive Movie Screening, rock painting, and more!

In keeping with the Summer Reading Program theme, Libraries Rock, teens were invited to create guitar pick jewelry. Among their creations were keychains, charm bracelets, necklaces, and many pairs of earrings. 

Teens also flocked to the library to take part in a Rock this Escape Room program, in which they were given a series of puzzles to solve in 90 minutes. Solving each puzzle led them to open the locks on a lockbox within the room. Teens worked together on the puzzles, flexing their teamwork and critical thinking skills.

Ultimately the group of teens were able to solve all the puzzles and open the box in just over 90 minutes.

Our teens participated in a Wreck this T-Shirt program this July. Each teen was provided a t-shirt and they were encouraged to design or redesign it in any way they like. They also learned how to make iron-on stencils for use with fabric spray paint.

Even though school is back in session for most of our teens, the fun still continues! Our latest Teen Hangout event gave our teens the opportunity to make their own plushies! They cut out patterns, sewed and stuffed their plushies.

We have a lot of fun programs planned for the fall, including a Haunted Escape Room, button making, papel picado, and much more!

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!