Saturday, March 10, 2018

Teen Spring Break Fun!!!

12 March 2018 - 22 March 2018

During the next two weeks, the Esperanza A. Moreno Regional Library will be hosting special activities for our Spring-breakers. These particular events are exclusively for teens and tweens

*Keep a look out for another post regarding the special programming for children.*

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!!! (Special Movie Showing)

Saturday, 3 March 2018 @2PM

Come join us as we celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday as we will screen one of his popular book generated movies.

Which movie will it be?
I'll give you a hint; choose from one of these three...

It's not about Thing 1 or Thing 2,
Perhaps it's Horton Hears a Who...

As a matter of fact, as I think about that,
It could be The Cat in the Hat,

Can't forget that movie, ya know, the one with the colorful trees.
Like the Lorax?! Oh please, please, please!

Either way, come in on Saturday...
To find out what Dr. Seuss movie we will play!

2 March 1904 is Dr. Seuss's actual birthday, but the libraries celebrate his birthday for an entire week during Read Across America Week! Having lived 87 years and made an incredible impact on numerous generations, he died in 1991 at his home in California. His many bizarre, colorful and zany tales are still cherished by young and old alike, and, having been translated into more than twenty languages, are read all across the world every single day.

Theodor Seuss Geisel, commonly known by his pen name Dr. Seuss, was a writer, poet and cartoonist. Though best known as a children’s author (he released a whopping forty-six books for tykes), his career also saw him work as an illustrator for advertising campaigns and a political cartoonist during the Second World War. He was also a true perfectionist, known to discard 95% of his material before settling on a theme for a new book, sometimes spending up to a year writing a single story, and preferring payment upon completion, rather than in advance.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Award Winning Author Visit: Alexandra Diaz

Saturday, 24 February 2018 @3PM-4PM

Please join us on Saturday, 24 February 2018 for a special appearance by award winning author, Alexandra Diaz. Pizza and other refreshments will be provided for attendees to enjoy during her time with us. During this event, Ms. Diaz will be reading excerpts from her book and answering audience questions. 

Alexandra Diaz is the award winning children’s book author of The Only Road which received the Pura Belpré Honor, Américas Awards, and others. Along with her mother, she translated the book into Spanish, El único destino. Her other books include Good Girls Don’t Lie (a New Mexico-Arizona Book Award finalist) and When We Were (formerly titled Of All the Stupid Things, also a New Mexico-Arizona Book Award finalist as well as a ALA Rainbow List book), both for young adults.

An overactive imagination had her making up stories at an early age and led to getting an MA in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University. The daughter of Cuban refugees, she is a native Spanish speaker who currently lives in Santa Fe, NM.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Black History Transcends One Month; Especially When It Is Repeating Itself...

The Esperanza A. Moreno Regional Library gave tribute to Black History Month by creating a display that is located in the entrance of the lobby. 

The black and white photographs that are displayed are not only photographs during the Civil Rights Movement, but are also photographs of the current state of racial divide in America. The dates of these photographs are not easily differentiated due to the same type of content and issues that remain present.

The small sheets of paper are mini memorials for those who have died due to racial injustice within these past five years, as well as those who have lost their lives fighting for racial justice. The small placards include the victim's name, age they died, and the date they lost their life. Some names include: Mike Brown (18), Trayvon Martin (17), Emmett Till (14), Tamir Rice (12), Alyana Jones (7), Sandra Bland (28), and so many more...
The colored photographs are pictures of famous pioneers throughout history, including: Martin Luther King Jr., Muhammad Ali, President Barack Obama, Rosa Parks, and Angela Davis. 

Speaking of Angela Davis...

On Wednesday, 7 February 2018, Dr. Angela Davis was a guest speaker at UTEP as part of their African American Studies Program's Lecture Series. Public Services Librarian, Crystal H., was able to attend and represent for the El Paso Public Library.

Angela Davis, activist, educator, scholar, and politician, was born on January 26, 1944, in the “Dynamite Hill” area of Birmingham, Alabama.  The area received that name because so many African American homes in this middle class neighborhood had been bombed over the years by the Ku Klux Klan.  Her father, Frank Davis, was a service station owner and her mother, Sallye Davis, was an elementary school teacher.  Davis’s mother was also active in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), when it was dangerous to be openly associated with the organization because of its civil rights activities.  As a teenager Davis moved to New York City with her mother, who was pursuing a Master’s degree at New York University.  While there she attended Elizabeth Irwin High School, a school considered leftist because a number of its teachers were blacklisted during the McCarthy era for their earlier alleged Communist activities.
In 1961 Davis enrolled in Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. While at Brandeis, Davis also studied abroad for a year in France and returned to the U.S. to complete her studies, joining Phi Beta Kappa and earning her B.A. (magna cum laude) in 1965.  Even before her graduation, Davis, so moved by the deaths of the four girls killed in the bombing of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in her hometown in 1963, that she decided to join the civil rights movement.  By 1967, however, Davis was influenced by Black Power advocates and joined the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and then the Black Panther Party.  She also continued her education, earning an M.A. from the University of California at San Diego in 1968.  Davis moved further to the left in the same year when she became a member of the American Communist Party.
In 1969 Angela Davis was hired by the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) as an assistant professor of philosophy, but her involvement in the Communist Party led to her dismissal.

Davis' placement on the FBI's watch list was highly controversial. In 1970, the former philosophy professor was charged with murder and kidnapping, leading to her evasion of the police and being put on the most wanted list. But as The New York Times reported a day after her arrest, "The charges against Miss Davis do not allege that she was at the scene of the kidnap-murders...Miss Davis was charged under a California law that makes an accomplice equally guilty for having purchased the guns used." The guns in question were used for a courthouse kidnapping during the trial of the Soledad Brothers' – George L Jackson, Fleeta Drumgo, and John Wesley Clutchette, accused of killing a white guard Soledad prison – that left four dead, including a judge. She was acquitted in 1972 and cleared of all charges, going on to become a famed political activist, prisoners' rights advocate, and influential scholar in her post at the  University of California Santa Cruz.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Big Blowout Book Sale: Saturday, 17 February 2018

Saturday, 17 February 2018 @11AM - 4:30PM

On Saturday, 17 February 2018, our Friends of the Library will be having another one of their infamous book sales, but this book sale is's gonna be HUGE!!!! New items for sale including: CD's, DVD's, Audiobooks, fill-a-tote, children's books, teen books, manga, magazines, and a whole lot more!


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Valentine's Day Gift Basket Raffle

Only a little less than a week for a chance to win this awesome 

Valentine's Day gift basket! 

For every ten items checked out, you are guaranteed a raffle ticket plus an additional chance for another entry by spinning our infamous prize wheel; you're also provided a raffle ticket from any purchase from the Friends' Bookstore located inside of our facility. This basket includes: assorted chocolates, a plush teddy bear, and gift cards for Chili's, Village Inn, Starbucks, and Subway! The raffle will take place on Saturday, 10 February 2018 during our Valentine's Day Party from 2PM - 5PM. Winner must be present to claim their prize!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Valentine's Day Party - Saturday, 10 February 2018

Saturday, 10 February 2018 @2PM - 5PM

Come join us as we host a Valentine's Day Party on Saturday, 10 February 2018 from 2PM to 5PM! We have a day of fun planned which includes: a special themed storytime, music ft. Millennium Waves, crafts, Mr. Universe and balloon animals, face painting, prizes, STEAM, refreshments, and the raffle of a Valentine's Day gift basket.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Family Game Night: Saturday, 20 January 2018

Saturday, 20 January 2018 @5PM - 8PM

Come join us, during the after hours of the library, for a family game night. 
Games include: family trivia, chess, and Minute to Win It! 
The game night will be based around you, so whatever you enjoy playing the most, that's what we'll continue to play. Prizes included but not limited to movie passes, candy, books, and so much more!
No registration required and of course, this is a free event for all ages!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Pancakes & Pajamas: Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Tuesday, 23 January 2018 @11AM

Come and join Ms. Carmen at this special storytime. Just roll out of bed and come to this storytime in your pajamas and enjoy some pancakes as well! As always, there will be songs, yoga, stories, and crafts, so sleep in a little and roll on over to the storytime.