Friday, January 18, 2019

LEGO Playtime

The Dorris Van Doren Library is hosting LEGO Playtime every Friday from 4 PM - 5:30 PM in our auditorium. This all-ages program is aimed at LEGO fanatics who are eager to use their imaginations to build unique designs and showcase their work!

Each week, a new batch of designs will be on display in the Children's Area. Come check out what they've created!

Friday, December 28, 2018

Christmas at Dorris Van Doren

Santa visited the Dorris Van Doren Library on December 15th, bringing good cheer to library patrons during a special Saturday morning storytime.

Attendees listened to Christmas stories and sang Christmas carols until Santa Claus made his appearance.  Santa gave out small treats to children and took pictures with those in attendance. A jolly time was had by all!

The teens who attend our weekly Teen Hangout program also got into the holiday spirit by participating in two Christmas themed events. In one program, they created pop-up greeting cards to present to their friends for Christmas. In the other program, they painted glass Christmas ornaments. Both activities helped them wind down from their busy academic schedules and prepare for their winter break from school!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Winterfest Reading Club is here!

The El Paso Public Library kicked off the Winterfest Reading Club last weekend to coincide with the Winterfest taking place in Downtown El Paso.

The Winterfest Reading Club is for all ages. Come by the Dorris Van Doren information desk to pick up a registration card/reading log or register online. Read 5 or more books between now and January 6th for a chance to win Winterfest skate passes.

We also have a variety of activities this winter to get everyone into the holiday spirit!

Programs for Kids
We will have a series of storytimes dedicated to teaching children about some of the major holidays celebrated in December.

  • Hanukkah Storytimes will take place at 11 am on Tuesday, December 4, Wednesday,  December 5,  and Saturday, December 8.
  • Christmas Storytimes will take place at 11 am on Tuesday, December 18, Wednesday, December 19, and Saturday, December 22.
  • Kwanzaa Storytimes will take place at 11 am on Wednesday, December 26 and Saturday, December 29.

Our Holly Jolly Christmas celebration will be on Saturday, December 15 at 11 am with a special visit from Santa Claus. Bring your camera!

We also have a fun make and take Christmas Craft on Wednesday, December 19 at 4pm.

Programs for Teens (12-18)
Teens also have a chance to get into the spirit, by attending these holiday-themed programs. On Thursday, December 13 at 4:30 PM they will create pop-up Christmas/Holiday cards.

On Thursday, December 20 at 4:30 PM, they are invited to decorate glass ornaments.

Teen programming is limited to ages 12-18.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Happy Halloween!

Halloween was kind of a big deal at the Dorris Van Doren branch. Staff members dressed up in fun costumes to celebrate the day, and there was plenty of candy for patrons to munch on while selecting books for checkout.

The library was decorated for the occasion, as well. Our book drop monsters gobbled up all the returned materials. We waited along with Linus for the Great Pumpkin to appear. We also decorated in anticipation of Dia de los Muertos, which takes place in the days after Halloween, with a tribute to the movie Coco. 

We held a Harvest Festival on Halloween with crafts and snacks to give the kids to have something fun while they waited in anticipation of trick or treating. We also had a special screening of the movie Coco. 

Earlier in the month, our teens solved a scary horror-themed escape room. We also had a display of scary YA reads all month long, to help get them into the Halloween spirit. 

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, 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!