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Library, Sun Metro partner on “Streetcar Read Along” event Sunday

As part of the El Paso Public Library Summer Reading Program, the library invites children and their parents to a “Streetcar Read Along” on the El Paso Streetcar.

“Summer reading is an important way for kids to keep their minds active while they are out of school, and this is a fun way to encourage even the youngest of kids to spend their summer with a book,” said Museums and Cultural Affairs, Libraries and Tourism Managing Director Tracey Jerome. “The Streetcar Read Along is also a great way to introduce families to the streetcar as a good option to enjoy downtown events.”

The unique event begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 1 at the Main Library Downtown, 501 Oregon.

Storytellers from the children’s section, along with the library mascot Odin the Wolf, will read several books to children on the streetcar during its route throughout Downtown, Segundo Barrio and Uptown.

Since seating is limited, parents are asked to arrive at the Main Library at 10:30 a.m. where they will receive a free ticket to board the streetcar. The libraries primary mascot, Lea, will lead the group to the streetcar stop on El Paso and Franklin (across from Cleveland Square Park). Children must have an accompanying parent or guardian to ride the streetcar.

As part of the event, children and parents are encouraged dress as their favorite space or superhero character.

In addition, children who participate in the Summer Reading Program can also sign up for the Kids on the Go Summer Youth Sun Metro pass that provides free bus and streetcar rides for youth throughout the summer.

More information on Streetcar Read Along or the Summer Reading Program can be found on the El Paso Public Library website or by calling (915) 212-0365.

Workforce Solutions Borderplex Moving Into Downtown Library

Workforce Solutions Borderplex (WSB), in partnership with the City of El Paso, will be moving its Downtown Center into a new location at the Main Library (501 North Oregon) on September 4, 2018.

Via a news release, WSB officials said, “We will now be able to offer our expert array of career and job placement services inside the Main Library that will enable both organizations to merge resources and provide El Pasoans with a centralized location to receive support and career guidance in their pursuit of seeking gainful employment.”

WSB and the Main Library are entering into a 3-year agreement where the Main Library will house a satellite WSB Job Center outfitted with 4 WSB job counselors and computer workstations for job seekers to utilize for job hunting, training and upskilling preparation.

To prepare for the move, the Workforce Solutions Downtown Center will begin shutting down its operations and alerting clients to the move the week of August 20, 2018, in preparation for its move to the Main Library.

The last day of business at its current location at 300 East Main Street will be on Friday, August 24, 2018.

The new Workforce Solutions Borderplex Job Center, located on the first floor of the Main Library, will open on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

During the 1-week transition of moving locations, clients can seek WSB’s services at any of our other five Workforce Centers in El Paso. For a complete listing of WSB locations, please visit their website.

For more information about the new partnership and the new Workforce Solutions Borderplex Job Center, please contact Romie Ruiz at (915) 887-2221.

El Paso Library Launches New Mobile App

The El Paso Public Library has flipped another page into the digital age by creating a mobile App for local library goers.

According to officials with the El Paso Library, the app “makes it more convenient for library users to access library materials and account information.”

Officials add that the free App is available on the Google Play and iPhone app stores.  The El Paso Library App is a more useful way to access information, such as:

  • Access to books and materials catalog
  • Check out and reserve materials
  • Download digital material (audio books, eBooks, magazines, audio and video)
  • Check account status to see if there are any books overdue or outstanding fines
  • Store library card information
  • Find library event information
  • Find library locations, contact information and hours of operation
  • Scan a book at a bookstore before purchasing to see if it is available at the library.

For more information on the library App, call the El Paso Public Library at (915) 212-3201 or visit their website.

El Paso Public Library Receives State Library Excellence Award

The City of El Paso announced Tuesday that the El Paso Public Library has received the 2017 Achievement of Excellence in Libraries Award from the Texas Municipal Library Directors Association (TMLDA).

“This is the first time that the library has received this recognition,” said El Paso Public Library Director Mark Pumphrey. “We are extremely proud that the TMLDA chose to recognize the important work that libraries in El Paso do every day. From providing developmental resources for children, teens and adults to supporting economic development, El Paso’s libraries play a vital role in our quality of life.”

The TMLDA recognizes Texas libraries that meet a high level of excellence in programming and services. The award is given to libraries that demonstrate excellence in 10 categories including services to underserved communities, programming for adults and families, literacy support for all ages, workforce development and community partnerships, among others.

Only 52 out of 548 Texas public library systems received the prestigious award.

The Texas Municipal Library Directors Association (TMLDA) promotes the public library profession, improves the methods of providing library service, and maintains high standards of professional ethics. More information on the TMLDA and the Achievement of Excellence Award is available online.

Information on the services provided by the El Paso Public Library is available online.

El Paso Public Library Hosting Renowned Authors Saturday

The El Paso Public Library is inviting residents to meet and hear from two renowned authors on Saturday, February 24, at two different libraries.

Jonah Winter, best known for his New York Times bestselling book, Barack, will make an appearance at the Armijo Branch library at 1 p.m.

Alexandra Diaz, the award-winning author of The Only Road, will also be at the Armijo Branch library at 1 p.m.  Also, Alexandra Diaz will make an appearance at the Esperanza Acosta Moreno Branch on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Both authors will be speaking and reading from their favorite works as well as signing books and autographs for the public.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the El Paso Public Library website.

El Paso Public Library ‘Food for Fines’ Program Returns

The El Paso Public Library is giving residents the opportunity to pay down library fines by donating canned and non-perishable food to feed the less fortunate through the Food for Fines program.

“This is a great opportunity for those with outstanding library materials to pay off their fines and do something good for the community at the same time. It’s a win, win,” said El Paso Public Library Interim Director Mark Pumphrey.

Through January 13, the library will reduce library fines by $1 for every can of food donated, up to $5 per day, provided that library books and materials have been returned in good condition.

The food collected will be donated to the 18th Annual MLK Canned Food Drive to support area agencies that serve the hungry.

The El Paso Public Library is encouraging customers to donate canned goods to benefit people in El Paso that don’t have enough to eat. It is estimated that 1 in 3 children in El Paso struggle with hunger every day. Hunger makes it more difficult for kids to stay engaged and focused on activities important to their development, such as studying.

The food collected as part of the Food for Fines program, as well as that collected through the MLK Canned Food Drive, will be used to replenish depleted pantries of organizations that serve the less fortunate.

For more information on the Food for Fines program, call the El Paso Public Library at 212-3201 or visit

El Paso Public Library Officials Announce Season’s Reading Book Club

The El Paso Public Library encourages every one of all ages to snuggle up with a good book this winter by participating in the Season’s Reading book club.

The club kicks off Saturday, December 16, at all library branches. To register for the Season’s Reading book club, visit any public library branch or go online.

The club requirements are simple; register online or at any library branch, read at least three books and submit a reading log with a list of the titles read.

The book club encourages everyone to spend more time reading together this holiday season. Books such as “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” by Dr. Seuss and Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” are just two of the many holiday books available for loan at library branches.

Those who complete the reading requirements will be eligible to win prizes and receive a certificate of completion (prizes vary by branch).

El Paso Public Library Celebrates Teen Read Week

The El Paso Public Library is celebrating Teen Read Week™ through October 14, featuring the theme “Unleash Your Story.”

The libraries will hold special events and programs spotlighting all the resources and activities available at the library and to encourage teenagers to read.

Teen Read Week™ is a time to celebrate reading for fun while encouraging teens to take advantage of reading in all its forms; books, magazines, e-books, audiobooks and more. It is also a great opportunity to encourage teens to become regular library users.

Thousands of libraries, schools and bookstores across the country are holding similar events.

Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It began in 1998 and is held annually in October. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users.

For a complete list of programs for Teen Read Week, visit the El Paso Public Library online.

Video+Story: September is National Library Card Signup Month

September is “Library Card Signup Month,” and the El Paso Public Library encourages parents to equip their children with a library card, the most important school supply of all.

Library cards are free for El Paso students and provide a wealth of resources that can help anyone succeed in school and in life. Students can use library cards to borrow books, magazines, music CDs and DVDs.

Students can take practice exams for grade school, college entrance, military and civil service, such as the ACT, SAT, GMAT, LSAT and ASVAB.

A library card also means access to computers and free internet access to download e-books, digital magazines, audiobooks, music and videos from the library website.

Getting a library card is free and easy. The following requirements are needed to get a library card from the El Paso Public Library:

  • Visit any branch and complete a library card application form
  • Show valid government issued photo ID. If the ID does not include a current address, a utility bill or other approved document with current address is required
  • Military and consular personnel may show U.S. government issued IDs but must also provide proof of address within the United States
  • Children under 13 years of age need a parent or guardian present to get a library card
  • Those who live outside the City of El Paso may get a library card by paying a non-refundable fee of $25 for 6 months or $50 for 1 year of service
  • Library cards cannot be issued to people residing outside of the United States

Library Card Signup Month has been held each September since 1987 to mark the beginning of the school year because library cards are essential for students.

Libraries play an important role in the education and development of children. Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning.

For more information, call the El Paso Public Library at (915) 212-READ or click HERE.

El Paso Public Library hosts Plaza Classic Film Festival Week

The El Paso Public Library, in partnership with the Plaza Classic Film Festival, is hosting several classic films at 1 p.m. from Monday through Friday of this week at the main library located at 501 North Oregon.

One film not to miss stars El Pasoan Debbie Reynolds, along with her daughter Carrie Fischer, in the movie Bright Lights.

All of the movies are free and open to the public

Aug 8: Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

STARRING: Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds  |  RATED: NR  | Sponsored by The El Paso Community Foundation

Aug 9: Hollywood on Trial

STARRING: Lauren Bacall, Walter Bernstein | RATED: NR  |  Sponsored by The El Paso Community Foundation

Aug 10: Persistence of Vision

STARRING: Richard Williams, Omar Ali-Shah  |  RATED: NR  |  Sponsored by The El Paso Community Foundation

Aug 11: Bartok the Magnificent

STARRING: Voices of Hank Azaria, Kelsey Grammer, Andrea Martin, Tim Curry  |  RATED: G  |  Sponsored by The El Paso Community Foundation

For more information and a list of all the films to be shown, visit the Plaza Classic Film Festival website.

El Paso Public Library Summer Reading: Read Down Your Fines

The El Paso Public Library will erase library fines for anyone who signs up for Summer Reading Club starting June 10.

Officials with the El Paso Public Library say, “The library encourages learning by providing hundreds of free, fun and educational programs as part of Summer Reading Club. The best part is it’s free. Studies show that children who remain active in learning go on to greater success in school and in life.”

The Summer Reading Club program includes the amnesty period that runs through August 5. Residents can go to any library branch, register for the reading club, request amnesty, then check out books and start reading.

The public library offers a variety of services that keep kids engaged in learning during the summer.

For more information on the Read Down Your Fines program, call the El Paso Public Library at (915) 212-READ or visit

El Paso Public Library Celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM)

The El Paso Public Library invites everyone to “jam out” at area library branches by attending a series of Jazz concerts through April 29 in celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month or JAM.

The free concerts are held at library branches throughout El Paso. The concerts give everyone the opportunity to experience the traditional American musical art form. The concerts feature internationally acclaimed performers Lou Grassi and Herb Robertson, as well as other accomplished local musicians.

The concert series schedule is as follows:

  • Hector Olea Trio        Saturday, April 15, @ 2p.m. Judge Marquez Branch
  • KOAN                      Saturday, April 22, @ 3:30p.m. Memorial Park Branch (featuring Lou Grassi and Herb Robertson)
  • Hector Olea Trio        Saturday, April 29, @ 1p.m. Armijo Branch
  • String Theory            Saturday, April 29, @ 2p.m.   Esperanza Moreno Branch

The concerts are sponsored in part by the El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department, as well as the Music Performance Trust Fund.

For more information on Jazz Appreciation Month, call the El Paso Public Library at (915) 212-3201 or

El Paso Public Library Celebrates National Library Week

The El Paso Public Library invites everyone to visit any library branch for National Library week, which runs through April 15.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week, sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA), is observed in libraries across the nation each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.

Libraries not only provide reading and learning materials for people of all ages, they also create learning spaces, developmental activities for children, educational enhancement opportunities for adults, quiet reading areas, entertainment options for families at no cost and many other services.

El Paso Public Library has 12 branches and two bookmobiles that travel throughout the community bringing library services to areas of El Paso that do not have easy access to libraries.

The public library also offers free computer training, GED classes and testing, high school curriculum for learners 19 and up, ESL and citizenship preparation and passport services. The public library also offers downloadable materials such as eBooks, audio books, eMagazines, music and video. The library also offers many free family programs, story-times, concerts and movies just about every day.

For a complete list of services, visit call the El Paso Public Library at (915) 212-READ or visit

El Paso Public Library Accepting Booth Space Reservations for Literacy Festival

The City of El Paso Public Library is accepting booth space reservations for the annual Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros literacy festival that will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, at Washington Park.

The spaces are free to organizations that provide some type of free literacy or health-related activity for children. Space is limited.

The event draws thousands of people each year, and is a great way for businesses and non-profits to reach-out to the community.

Organizations interested in participating or reserving booth space may call the El Paso Public Library at(915) 212-3201 or visit

Public Library rolls out New Bookmobile Schedule

The El Paso Public Library bookmobile will modify its travel schedule to better serve the community starting Tuesday, March 7.

The new schedule will allow users to access the bookmobile more easily by making the stops and the time of the stops more convenient.

The bookmobile operates from Tuesday through Saturday, on a 2-week alternating schedule, bringing mobile library services to areas of El Paso that don’t have easy access to libraries.

The bookmobile travels throughout El Paso, stopping at parks, apartment complexes, and shopping and recreation centers.

The bookmobile can issue library cards, check books out or in, offer free WIFI and carries a stock of books, magazines, DVDs and more for children, teens and adults.

For the complete schedule and list of locations and stops, including an interactive map, visit


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