Wednesday, April 29, 2020

YALSA 2020 Teens' Top Ten Nominees

This week YALSA released the list for its 2020 Teens' Top Ten Nominees. Voting doesn't begin until August (it'll be available online from August 15 - October 12th). In the meantime, you can check out some of these titles on El Paso Public Library's Overdrive: 

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Broken Throne by Victoria Aveyard
Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones
Frankly in Love by David Yoon
Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

If you don't have a library card, you can request a temporary card for digital access here:$N?pc=SYMWS

We'll keep you updated when voting begins! Keep on reading, and stay safe, El Paso!

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Throwback Thursday

While all of our El Paso Public Library locations are closed, and our programming has moved online to our Facebook page,, your favorite library workers are at home thinking of how we can make the library even more wonderful for our patrons when we return. We're also thinking of our past programs and how much we miss our amazing library guests.

Today we're looking back to this past January when our Teen Hangout group participated in a button art program. Each of them was given a blank canvas. They painted colorful backgrounds. Then they used tacky glue to stick strategically placed buttons on their canvas to create beautiful artwork!

This is a simple project that can be done at home! How can you replicate this project at home if you don't have all the materials?

If you don't have a canvas, a piece of cardboard would work as a makeshift canvas (for example, the inside of an empty cereal box). Any type of medium would work to color in your background: paints, marker, color pencils, even crayons! You can use spare buttons you have on hand to glue onto your creation, but this can also be done with other small items such as pebbles, shells, etc. Be creative!

We can't wait until you're back with us. In the meantime, don't forget to check out our social media accounts for updates! Stay safe, El Paso!

Wednesday, April 22, 2020