Our Respect and Condolences 

04/15/2013 Categories: Condolences

We here at the Escondido Public Library are very sorry to hear about the explosions at the Boston Marathon, and our hearts and thoughts go out to the victims and their families. This is a time for all of us as libraries and communities to come together and support each other after this terrible tragedy. Let us hope for the full and safe recovery of the survivors and to give our condolences to the families who have lost someone.


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- In Respect


National Library Week 2013 

04/15/2013 Categories: National Library Week



National Library Week (April 14-20) is a special time of the year where everyone across the country comes together to give thanks to libraries and library staff. However, the Library could not have become what it is today without the devoted support of its local community. It is for this reason that we celebrate this year’s theme: Communities Matter @ Your Library. Here in the Children’s Department of the Escondido Public Library, we plan on celebrating right along with you by offering only the best children’s and family programs this week. Take a sneak peek at what we have to offer:


Rhymes & Reading Storytime

Age Group(s): Children, Ages 4-5

Date: 4/15/2013

Time: 11:00-11:30 AM

Description: Is your child ready for school? Help them practice listening while learning new songs, finger-plays, and the love of books with retired Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Cox. For Ages 4-5 years.

Location: Turrentine Room

Contact: Cindi Bouvier

Contact Number: 760-839-4837

Presenter: Mrs. Cox


Knights Realm Chess Club for Kids

Age Group(s): Children, Ages 6-12

Date: 4/15/2013

Time: 3:30-5:00 PM

Description: A hands-on learning experience for kids ages 6-12 with the goal of having fun, gaining knowledge, and enjoying true sportsmanship. Learn to win or play for fun!

Location: Children’s Room

Contact: Children’s Dept.

Contact Number: 760-839-4837

Presenter: Chess Club Volunteers


Bilingual Storytime

Age Group(s): Toddlers, Ages 3-5

Date: 4/17/2013

Time: 10:15-11:05 AM

Description: Help your child get ready for school and learn a second language at the same time through songs, finger-plays, and stories taught in English and Spanish. For Toddlers ages 3-5 years.

Location: Children’s Room

Contact: Youth Services Staff

Contact Number: 760-839-4837

Presenter: Youth Services Staff


Cowboy Charlie Sing-Along

Age Group(s): Toddlers, Ages 3-5

Date: 4/18/2013

Time: 10:30-11:05 AM

Description: Get ready to sing and clap along with Cowboy Charlie as he shares old cowboy tunes and favorite children's classic songs around the children's tree. For Ages- 3-5 Years.

Location: Children’s Room

Contact: Youth Services Staff

Contact Number: 760-839-4837

Presenter: Charles Johnson


Josiahsings - Musicial Storyteller

Age Group(s): All Ages

Date: 4/18/2013

Time: 3:30-4:30 PM

Description: With song, storytelling and interactive discussion, Josiah calls attention to the beauty and wonder of nature in the ocean, the wind, the birds, the flowers, and the trees.

Location: Turrentine Room

Contact: Literacy & Lifelong Learning Services

Contact Number: 760-839-5440

Presenter: Josiah



Knight's Realm Chess Club Spring Tournament 

04/08/2013 Categories: Chess Club

Knight's Realm Chess Club Tournament for Kids Today, Monday, April 8th, 2013

For Ages 6-14 years.

Time: 4:30-7:30 pm

Cost: Suggested Donation of $10

Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Library


Come Play to WIN! or Play for FUN!!!







iPads and Chromebooks now available in the Children's Room! 

03/08/2013 Categories: Chromebooks iPads Technology



The Children's Room now has iPads and Google Chromebook laptops available for families to use in the library.

Google Chromebooks

As part of a pilot project through the California State Library and Califa Library Group, a non-profit library consortium, the Children's Room has five Google Chromebooks available to use in the Library. These are are lightweight laptops that use cloud computing to store information. Users may use their Google account to log-in or anonymously browse the Internet. All laptops use Google's Chrome web browser.

Guests may check out a Chromebook for up to 90 minutes per day at the Children's Reference Desk. These laptops are available on a first-come first served basis.


Thanks to a generous grant from the Escondido Rotary Club, the Children's Department recently purchased iPads and loaded them with some amazing apps! We encourage families to come in and check one out to use in the Library.  Some of the fun apps you can play with include: 



Don't Let the Pigeon Run This App


Freight Train by Donald Crews


Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton


And more!


To check out one of these devices:

  • Borrowers are required to sign the Library's Electronic Device User Loan Agreement prior to checking out a Chromebook or iPad.

  • Be at least 18 years old.

  • Present a full-service library card and valid U.S. issued ID card

  • Be prepared for fun!


And the Caldecott Goes To... 

01/29/2013 Categories: Caldecott


This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen is the 2013 CALDECOTT WINNER!


Here are the Honor Books that were selected:


Creepy Carrots Illustrated by Peter Brown


Extra Yarn Illustrated by Jon Klassen



Green Illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger



 One Cool Friend Illustrated by David Small



Sleep Like A Tiger Illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski



Congratulations to the Illustrators and the Authors who share this reward.


We thank the Caldecott Committee members who worked hard to make this decision!!





Happy Reading!!



Youth Staff


Caldecott is our Oscars! 

01/23/2013 Categories: Caldecott

Librarians around the globe are awaiting for the announcement of this year's 2013 Caldecott Winners to be revealed! Each year an Illustrator is awarded this covetous medal for their creative works in children's literature.Caldecott

As the news is shared, librarians discover if their TOP PICK was nominated or even won the award!

The Caldecott was designed in 1937 by Rene' Paul Chambellan in honor of Randolph Caldecott a renowned 19th century children's book illustrator.

This medal was created after the distinguished Newbery Medal had been created for books whose authors were being noted for their writing skills in children's literature.

See history of NEWBERY/CALDECOTT at: www.ala.org/alsc/awards

Here are some pictures of previous Caldecott winners from 2004- 2012.

Let's see how many you remember or have checkout out from the library!


Flotsam  Hello GoodBye

House in the Night    Hugo






 Sick Day



   Lion Mouse


 two towers


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You can see now from these beautiful illustrations why these books have won this prestigious award.

 Let us know which ones have been your favorite and share with us your TOP PICK for 2013!!


 -Happy Reading-


Ring in 2013 with these New Reads! 

12/27/2012 Categories: What should I read?

 Charley's first night

Charley's First Night by Amy Hest and illust. by Helen Oxenbury

JE Hest

Henry can't wait to have exciting adventures with his new puppy, Charley. At bedtime, Henry's parents are pretty clear about Charley's sleeping arrangement: under the kitchen table. But when poor Charley cries out of loneliness, will Henry go against his parent's wishes? Hest's expressive text combined with Oxenbury's soft watercolor illustrations will charm readers of all ages. Even if you don't own a puppy of your own, you will relate to Henry's love for his new friend!

 Oh no!

Oh, No! by Candace Fleming and illust. by Eric Rohmann

JE Fleming

When a host of jungle animals teeter into a hole, they're in perilous danger of being munched on by a veeerrry hungry tiger! Who will come and save them? Take home this book, and find out!

 The helpful puppy

The Helpful Puppy by Kim Zarins and illust. by Emily Arnold McCully

JE Zarins

Everyone on the farm has a special job to do...except for Puppy. When he finally discovers his true purpose, children will cheer for this persistent, but completely lovable puppy.

 Let's go for a drive

Let's Go for a Drive (An Elephant and Piggie book) by Mo Willems

JE Willems

The funloving duo is back! Elephant wants to go out for a drive, but knowing Piggie, even the simplest task requires a great deal of planning...

Mr. King's things

Mr. King's Things by Geneviève Côté

JE Cote

Mr. King loves collecting new things, but when it comes to the old stuff, he tends to be a bit wasteful. It's up to Mr. King's friends to show him that sometimes the old things can have new uses. A lovely book that underscores the importance of recycling.


Dealing with Tragedy 

12/15/2012 Categories: Condolences

Our Sincere Condolences for the Community of Newtown Connecticut.

Such tragedies are hard to deal with especially when they involve innocent children.  We may never understand the why, we can only cope with the tools to guide us through the emotions.

Here is a link from the Local North County Times that can help parents understand how  they can address this tragedy with their children. 



New Books ~ September 24 - September 29 

09/21/2012 Categories: What should I read?


The Insomniacs by Karina Wolf and illust. by The Brothers Hilts

JE Wolf

Mrs. Insomniac gets a new job, and the whole family moves 12 time zones away. Adjusting to the time change is a bit rough because the Insomniacs are wide awake at night. And no matter what they do, they just can't keep their eyes open during the day. With some help from their nocturnal friends, the Insomniacs find that there's a whole world waiting for them...out in the dark. Perfect for bedtime sharing.

Working mummies

Working Mummies by Joan Horton and illust. by Drazen Kozjan

JE Horton

Celebrating all the hardworking mommies who also happen to be, well, mummies! Ideal not only for Halloween reading, but for all-year-round!


Llama Llama Time to Share by Anna Dewdney

JE Dewdney

Llama Llama loves his toys, but doesn't want to let Nellie Gnu play with them. Time for Mama to help Llama Llama discover the fun of sharing. Fans of Llama Llama and his mother will love this new installment of the adored series.


Mossy by Jan Brett

JE Brett

Readers will revel in Jan Brett's beautiful new book about a unique turtle named Mossy, and the special garden on her back. 


Eggs 123: Who Will The Babies Be? By Janet Halfmann and illust. by Betsy Thompson

JE Halfmann

Peek behind the pages to discover which creatures (and how many of them) will hatch from the different types of eggs showcased in this darling book.


Olive and the Big Secret by Tor Freeman

JE Freeman

Molly tells Olive a secret; Olive shares it with Joe. Pretty soon, everyone knows Olive's secret. What will happen next? A fun, but informative tale about friendship and trust.


House Held Up By Trees by Ted Kooser and illust. by Jon Klassen

JE Kooser

In this lovely story about a house and its evolution through the ages, readers experience the passage of time and the powerful forces of nature. Haunting illustrations by acclaimed illustrator Klassen, combined with U.S. Poet Laureate (2004-2006) Kooser's lyrical text make this book a veritable treasure. Recommended for all ages.


Ocean Sunlight: How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm

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Filled with lush artwork by Molly Bang, and chock-full of easy-to-understand information about photosynthesis and the ocean (thanks to MIT professor of ecology, Penny Chisholm), this book is sure to be a hit with budding marine biologists and oceanographers!


Hope Solo: My Story by Hope Solo

JB Solo

The story of Hope Solo, Olympic gold medalist and starting goalkeeper of the U.S. women's national soccer team, will inspire young athletes.


Tracing Stars by Erin E. Moulton

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Indie Lee Chickory is into fish and her pet lobster Monty. Because no one else likes fish as much as she does, Indie has a hard time making friends. Though she struggles to fit in, Indie finally discovers friendship with the new kid, Owen. But when the other kids, including her sister, Bebe, make it clear that Owen isn't one of them, Indie is faced with a difficult choice.

Gold Medal Summer by Donna Freitas

J Fic Freitas

Joey Jordan's life is all about gymnastics and trying to accomplish the ultimate goal: winning the gold. But life changes prompt a shake-up on the gym floor - can Joey convince her strict coach that it's time to try something new? Will Joey's summer end up being gold after all?



New Movies Have Arrived! 

09/18/2012 Categories: Children's movies

We are not REDBOX or Blockbuster but we do have a great selection of new Children's and Family oriented movies to choose from.

Here are a few new ones waiting on the shelves now!


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Stop in or check the catalog and reserve your copy today!


Have Fun watching movies together but more importantly, Happy Reading!



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