Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Holiday Fun at Dorris Van Doren!

Christmas is here at the Dorris Van Doren Branch, and we have a number of fun activities for our patrons of all ages!

On Thursday, December 19th at 4:30 PM, our teens (ages 12-18) will be painting wood slices to make beautiful Christmas ornaments during their weekly Teen Hangout program.

Both Santa Claus and the Grinch will be visiting us on Friday, December 20. We'll begin at 1 PM with a family Christmas movie to get everyone excited for our special guests!

At 2 PM, we'll have a visit from Santa Claus! The Grinch will slink in at 3 PM.

On Saturday, December 21st from 3-4, the Johnson Trio will be joining us for a holiday concert. All ages are welcome to enjoy the show by these talented, young local musicians.

And after the holidays, don't miss our Tween STEM activities in January for kids ages 8-12.

Happy Holidays from the Dorris Van Doren Library!

Friday, October 4, 2019


We're celebrating TeenTober all month long at the Dorris Van Doren Library! TeenTober is all about celebrating teens and highlighting the programs and services we provide to them. 

All month long, teens between the ages of 12 and 18 have a chance to earn instant win scratchcards. There are a lot of fun prizes to win including a free Whataburgers, stickers, pinback button packs, and pop sockets (courtesy of Whataburger). 

In order to get a scratch card, teens have to check out 5 books, write a review of a teen book, and/or attend Teen Hangout on Thursdays. If your ticket doesn't win, no worries! Non-winning tickets are eligible for a second chance drawing. We're giving away a gift basket with a $25 gift card, earbuds, Uno Dare!, pens, and stuff to snack on. The basket was purchased with funds donated by our Friends of the Westside Libraries. 

Teen Hangout takes place every Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 PM year-round, but we have some seriously fun activities planned for TeenTober, including a breakout room and a chance to make a mini-altar for dia de los muertos. Check out this list of all our TeenTober programs:

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

WRECK THIS T-SHIRT and Wooden Bangle Bracelets

Even though new school year has begun, we're still having fun teen programs going on at the Dorris Van Doren Library all year round!

To celebrate their first week back in school, our teens joined us for a Wreck This T-Shirt program. Teens are given a blank t-shirt. They can cut it, sew it, draw on it, or paint it. Their t-shirt is theirs to "wreck" however they'd like.

Some of our innovative teens decided to try tie-dying their t-shirts using fabric spray paints. While it didn't work nearly as well as using actual dye, it still had a really nice effect!

Our teens also got a chance to decorate wooden bangle bracelets using acrylic paints. They came up with some beautiful, artistic designs!

Teen Hangout is every Thursday from 4:30-6:30 pm for all teens within the ages of 12 and 18. Crafting is just one of the things we do! To check out what we're doing next, visit our calendar of events: Dorris Van Doren Events

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Summer Reading Round Up!

The Dorris Van Doren Library has completed another successful summer reading program. This year, our branch signed up over 1,300 people, who collectively read over 11,000 books! We also had hundreds of visitors attend our summer programming, which included programs for children, tweens, teens, and adults!

Some of the fun programs for children included a visit on July 3rd from Chico from the El Paso Chihuahuas. He even dressed up in anticipation of Independence Day!

We also had Pete the Cat join us for storytime! He had so much fun dancing with the kids!

We were joined by the Imperial Border Squad, who came dressed in their Star Wars regalia to celebrate the Universe of Stories with all the people in attendance. 

Our teens also had a fun summer! Among the fun summer activities we held, we had a space-themed Breakout Room to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

The summer ended for our teens with a Guardians of the Galaxy movie party. There was a full snack bar available, and every attendee received a space-themed gift bag. 

Many thanks to our numerous sponsors, who donated prizes, coupons and more this summer! The Friends of the Westside Libraries donated our three raffle prizes that gave our patrons extra encouragement to read! We also received donations from Raising Cane's, Whataburger, BOSS Chicken, Peter Piper Pizza, and Sonic. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Third Thursday Book Club: Educated by Tara Westover

The Third Thursday Book Club is back again with a new selection! This month's featured book is Educated by Tara Westover.

Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father’s junkyard.
Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when Tara’s older brother became violent.
Then, lacking a formal education, Tara began to educate herself. She taught herself enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University, where she studied history, learning for the first time about important world events like the Holocaust and the civil rights movement. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

The next meeting will be held Thursday, August 15, at 5 PM in the library's Family Room.

The group meets monthly and is open to all library users. For more information, please call the branch at 915-212-0440.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Third Thursday Book Club: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

The Third Thursday Book Club is back again with a new selection! This month's featured book is Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi.

They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.

The next meeting will be held Thursday, June 20, at 5 PM in the library's Family Room. The group meets monthly and is open to all library users. 

Reserve a copy online through the El Paso Public Library's website. You can also call 915-212-0440 for more information. 

Thursday, May 30, 2019

2019 Summer Reading Club Drawing

The Summer Reading Club is back again, and we're hoping to make this our best year ever! This year, everyone who signs up for the Summer Reading Club at the Dorris Van Doren Library will receive a free book while supplies last!

Beginning June 8th, patrons of the Dorris Van Doren Library will have the opportunity to enter the Summer Reading Club Drawing for three amazing prizes sponsored by the Friends of the Westside Libraries.

The prizes are:
Prize 1: Nintendo Switch

Prize 2: $50 Gift Card for Western Playland

Prize 3: $50 Gift Card for Alamo Drafthouse

To enter sign up for the Summer Reading Club (either in-person or online at:, and read 8 books. Return your log to the Dorris Van Doren Library noting the books you read. Every 8 books read will earn you 1 ticket in the drawing.

You can also check out 8 items from the Dorris Van Doren collection. Every 8 items checked out earns you 1 ticket in the drawing.

You may enter multiple times for the 3 drawings. Write your name and phone number neatly on each of your raffle tickets and return the tickets to the circulation desk.

Be sure to specify which prize drawing you would like to enter!

The drawing for prizes will be held on Friday, August 2 during the Summer Reading Club party. You do not have to be present to win.

All ages are eligible to enter! We encourage everyone to join the Summer Reading Club and read this summer!