Saturday, September 2, 2017

Summer 2017 Wrap-Up

Everyone had fun this summer at the Dorris Van Doren Library. This year 792 people registered for the Summer Reading Program at our branch, and hundreds of people flocked to our programs.

Summer was off to a good start with Amazing Adrian. 
This summer, Z.Z. the Clown, the Randy Collins Magic Show, the Magical Balloon Guy, and Mr. Universe also visited our branch and delighted children of all ages.

There were also many hands-on activities for children to participate in as well. One workshop taught kids how to make their own hacky sacks. They learned about chemical reactions by watching and participating in a geyser demonstration. They also created their own balloon cars out of simple materials.

There were many activities for our teen patrons to participate in as well. Our teen summer programming included a robotics program. Teens also learned how to create a video game using Bloxels, and had fun building straw structures with Strawbees.

One of the most popular teen events was button-making. Teens had a fun time drawing designs and then using the button making machine to create wearable art. 

Even though summer has ended, we still have plenty of fun events for children and teens all year round. We encourage you to check out what amazing things we have planned for this fall!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

VOTE: Teens' Top Ten Books of 2017

Voting for YALSA's Teens' Top Ten Books of 2017 is now open through October 14th. The Teens' Top Ten is one of the only booklists to be nominated and selected solely by teens. We have several of the nominated books on display at Dorris Van Doren, and the others are available for request through the library's website or the library information desk.

Here are this year's nominees:

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon                         
P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
Scythe by Neal Shusterman                                           
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo                         
This is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp                         
All We Have Left by Wendy Mills
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh
The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin
Starflight by Melissa Landers
The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Genius: The Game by Leopold Gout
Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
We Will Not Be Silent by Russell Freedman
Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
The Killing Jar by Jennifer Bosworth
Nightstruck by Jenna Black
To vote please visit: Teens' Top Ten Books of 2017. You can also write a review or rate the nominated books as well. 

The final Top Ten list will be announced after Teen Read Week in October. 

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!