Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Special Guests: Gus & Goldie

Saturday, 28 May 2016
Family Storytime @ 11 AM

Come join us and special guests Gus Goldie for a special storytime as we read and learn about the beach.

The City of El Paso Parks & Recreation Aquatics Division have kindly agreed to allow Gus Goldie to visit us and help us out with this Saturday's storytime beginning at 11 AM. 

Gus and Goldie were created by Bill Cowan and Gayle Vokes in 1979 as hand puppets to promote the Learn to Swim program. Since then, Gus and Goldie have grown into life-size mascots with friends including a jellyfish, dolphin, catfish, clam, and algae. 

The Gus and Goldie Marketing Campaign has branched out to a franchised business available for purchase for all size swim groups ranging from swim schools to municipalities. Franchise holders have access to marketing tools to make their Learn to Swim program a great success. Promotional items available include Gus and Goldie safety videos, educational boxes used for teaching safety, puppets, activity books, t-shirts, and other merchandise. Story lines have been developed for Gus and Goldie and friends to act out a video emphasizing the 11 most important swim rules.  

Friday, May 20, 2016

Storytime Fun

Storytime is a time where children have the opportunity to be read to by a Librarian regarding all sorts of fun themes. 
Can you guess the theme for the storytime pictured above?!

You guessed it! The ZOO!!!

Ms. Debi sang silly songs, read fun books about the zoo, and ended with a cute mask for everyone to create. 

Our library hosts storytime 4x per week all beginning at 11AM, and following storytime, come check out up to 30 books from our wide selection.

Tuesday: Toddler Storytime
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Wednesday: PreSchool Storytime
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Thursday: Baby LapSit
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Saturday: Family Storytime
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Encourage your child to read by reading and having fun along with them. If your child wants to read the same books, allow them to. Children love repetition, and in fact, need it in order to learn.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

FREE Art Workshop in Metal Embossing/Repujado

Basket and Corn, by Maria Almeida Natividad
For Adults and Children Ages 7 and Up

Saturday, 14 May 2016
12:00PM - 2:00PM

Seating for maximum of 25 participants
To register please contact: 915.921.7001 or

This workshop focuses on the ancient art of embossing or pressing shapes into metal to create a design. The theme of the workshop will be the missions and Southwest Designs. Aluminum metal plates will be the material used for this workshop. A design is created on paper then transferred to the metal plate. This technique requires applying pressure to the metal plate with a special tool to stretch the metal to create a three dimensional design. The metal is thus tooled to achieve the embossed look. Acrylic paint is used to add an antique look tot he design or special permanent ink markers can be used for adding color to the design.

This technique called repujado, arrived in Mexico during the Spanish colonization. It was born out of the necessity to protect the icons of the churches from the chandelier smoke the environment and time itself. Mexican and South American artisans have used copper and tine for centuries to produce jewelry and ornamental items. Religious images were embossed on tin metal plates initially and today this technique is used with aluminum and copper for many decorative popular arts. 

*Parents are requested to stay at the library during the workshop to help their young children with their art*

Sponsored by the City of El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Department and the Texas Commission on the Arts