Saturday, July 30, 2011

Social Software In Libraries II

On July 15, 2011 Ysleta hosted a class on Social Software in the Libraries II. The Instructor was librarian Christine Peterson of the Amigos Library Services in Dallas. She travels throughout the south from Arizona to Arkansas teaching seminars on different technologies. Ms. Peterson comes to El Paso about twice per year and enjoys the stay here in the desert. This workshop showed how social software such as Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, LibraryThing, and Igoogle can be used in the Library.
Robert Ramirez  

Bellydancers Come To Ysleta

On Saturday July 16, 2011 Zakia Hamwee and Casey Weekley performed the traditional cabaret and ethnic style bellydance to about 40 library patrons. Taught by her father of Syrian decent, Zakia has been dancing all of her life. Her daughter Casey, also from  an early age, gave her first performance at age six. They have been in El Paso since 1999 teaching and performing in workshops, festivals and competitions.  The ladies have also taken their show to Boston, New Jersey, and Orlando, to name a few of their performance locations. Patrons of the library all enjoyed the Arabic music and the authentic bellydance technique.
Robert Ramirez  

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

What the Night Knows By Dean Koontz

The master of suspense and the supernatural Dean Koontz has done it again. He has taken the premise of murder and mayhem to a new level by adding a murderous ghost.  The story is written from the point of view of the killer’s only survivor, who has grown up to become a crime fighter. Weaving the story by combining the past and the present, the characters are believable. You will find yourself cheering them on. The suspense as the story unfolds also makes for a good read. Wanting to know the conclusion if good will triumph over evil will keep you turning the pages.

A book review by Mary Lou Mars

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Scrapbooking At Ysleta

On Saturday June 25, 2011 Aimee Camp and Jennifer Zehr and about 15 participants got together to craft scrapbooks. They gathered their favorite photos and stickers and assembled 4”x4” mini photo albums of their own design. The creations showed they had great imagination and fun was had by all. Ysleta Branch hosted this activity as part of the Summer Reading Program currently running through July 23, 2011. Come out and enjoy the festivities.
Robert Ramirez 

Z-Z The Clown Visits Ysleta Branch

On July 9, 2011 Z-Z the Clown made an appearance at the Ysleta Branch Library. He and his company brought comedy, magic and song to a room full of kids and adults; about 86 in all. There was much laughter and good times sure to bring much fun and many fond memories to the kids. The show included silly tricks, slap stick humor, lots of surprises, and audience participation. This presentation was part of the Summer Reading Club 2011 celebrations held here at Ysleta.
Robert Ramirez 

Friday, July 8, 2011

Summer Reading Club 2011

This month’s Display Case features more of a reminder to join the Summer Reading Club and an inspiration to read. After viewing the display, the participants will walk away wishing to read more books. Parents, bring your kids to the Ysleta Branch to see the display in full color; reading is the key to a bright future. Saturday, July 16 is the last day to turn in reading sheets and July 23, 2011 is the wrap-up party of the Summer Reading Club, so don’t delay! Complete an 8 books/8 hours log for goodies and an opportunity to enter a drawing for prizes. Robert Ramirez