Countdown to the End of the School Year... then what? 

06/04/2013 Categories: Families

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Countdown to the end of the school year.


The end of the school year has finally arrived. Whether in kindergarten or middle school, children of all ages can take pride in that they have achieved a new step in their educational journey, ready to take the next step in the fall. We here at the Escondido Public Library are proud to have so many families in the community committed to the value of learning. Summer is a time for celebration and relaxation. What could be more at the heart of the celebration than food? Families from all different walks of life come together to enjoy foods passed down to our children with such love and appreciation. Food is not just something we eat, but an experience that we learn to share with one another. Summer is not only a time for families to celebrate and relax, but a time for children to continue their journey to the next level of learning as well.

               Reading is so important for this next step. Reading nurtures our children’s ability to learn, to think critically, and to even understand other people better. Reading is really the whole package for children in school, or a maybe a backpack. Of course, it is not always easy to encourage children to open that backpack, to keep reading during the summer. At the Escondido Public Library, we are here to help with our annual Summer Reading Club. Because we want to embrace that feeling of summer fun and celebration, it is only natural that we are celebrating summer reading with the theme: Reading is so Delicious! This year, we plan on offering a series of special children’s programs and events to promote reading for fun all summer long.


Congratulations on completion of another school year.


Stay tuned for more details!



Dia de los Ninos! Day of the Child/ Day of the Book Community Celebration  

04/24/2013 Categories: Dia de los Ninos



DÍa de los NiÑos / Day of the Child Community Celebration at Grape Day Park


Saturday, April 27, 2013 - 11:00-4:00 PM

A Celebration of "Many Children, Many Cultures, Many Books"

Día de los Niños / Día de los Libros emphasizes the importance of literacy

by celebrating a love of reading and honoring cultural diversity.


Hey kids! Come and find the Library Bookmobile and play games, make crafts, and get a free book while supplies last.



This Free Community Event is sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library

Escondido Literacy and Life Long Learning

Escondido's San Diego Children's Discovery Museum

City of Escondido Parks and Recreation

Escondido's Neighborhood Groups:

South Tulip


Park Place

West Hillside








We can fix it!: Share input on EPL's renovation 

04/15/2013 Categories: EPL Renovation


"We can fix it!" ~ Bob the Builder

The Escondido Public Library has been a vital community center for more than a century. However, our current building can no longer sustain the growth of our materials, services, and technology to meet 21st century needs. Therefore, we are expanding  and re-organizing existing space. We invite you to share your ideas about the new design - tell us what matters most to you. We would love to hear what your ideal children's and family area looks like, and other opinions about the library's layout.

Input from the community is critical to moving this project forward. In the upcoming weeks, we will be holding meetings to share information about the library's conceptual design and gather your IMPORTANT feedback. We look forward to seeing you!


  • Saturday, April 27
    At the Escondido Public Library’s booth at the Día de los Niños festival in Grape Day Park, 321 North Broadway in Escondido, from 11:00 A.M to 4:00 P.M.
  • Tuesday, April 30
    At a public meeting at the Escondido Public Library (Turrentine Room), 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido, from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.
  • Wednesday, May 1
    At a public meeting at Oak Hill School (Multipurpose Room), 1820 Oak Hill Drive in Escondido, from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.

You can find out more about this project here.


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:

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


 two towers

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

Juvenile Picture Book 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

Juvenile Picture Book 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

Juvenile Picture Book 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

Juvenile Picture Book 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

Juvenile Picture Book 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.


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