Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

05/05/2014 Categories: adults book club events

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, will meet on Saturday, May 31, from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the Library’s Board Room. Author and journalist, Miriam Ruvinskis, will lead the discussion in both English and Spanish.  El castillo de cristal / The Glass Castle by Jeannette Wallsis the selected book for May.

Rex and Rose Mary Walls and their four children lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns or camping in the mountains.  When sober, Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who captured his children’s imagination and taught them how to embrace life fearlessly.  Rose Mary painted and wrote but couldn’t bear the responsibility of a family. 

When their money ran out, the Walls returned to the dismal West Virginia mining town and family that Rex Wall had done everything he could to escape.  As the dysfunction of her family escalated, Jeannette and the other Wall children had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they weathered their parents’ repeated betrayals. Until, finally, Jeannette found the resources and will to leave home. Hers is a story of triumph against all odds. Yet, it’s also a tender tale of unconditional love in a family that, despite its profound flaws, gave her the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.  

Araceli Capilla, a long-time Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner) member commented, “I have had the enjoyable experience of reading a great diversity of writers from different cultural backgrounds. In addition, Miriam Ruvinsky, the discussion facilitator, always provides thorough background information about both the author and subject matter to further enrich our discussions. This is a great way to discover new authors and improve your bilingual communication skills.”

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. In June, readers will discuss La llave de Sarah / Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay.

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public. For more information about future Rincón Literario selections and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or call Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Librarian, at 760-839-4814.

Escondido Public Library Hosts Job Fair 

05/05/2014 Categories: adults job search job seekers literacy teens

Escondido, CA  –  Escondido Public Library’s Literacy and Lifelong Learning Division is partnering with Goodwill Industries to host a Job Fair on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

The Job Fair is open to the general public and job seekers will have the opportunity to meet more than two dozen potential employers with open positions that range from entry through professional levels. Participating employers will represent an array of industries and fields including: hospitality, healthcare, education, government, law enforcement, high tech, retail, and manufacturing. Job seekers are encouraged to bring their resume and may be invited to participate in on-site interviews.

Escondido Library’s Literacy and Lifelong Learning Division provides adults with one-on-one tutoring and courses to improve their reading and writing skills. The program’s career readiness component builds on the development of these skills to help prepare participants for employment and career advancement.

Escondido Public Library programs, services, and events are free and open to the public. For information on Literacy Services and other Library programs, visit library.escondido.org, or contact Josephine Jones at (760) 839-4219.

Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. Book Club Discusses Newbery Award-winner The One and Only Ivan 

04/30/2014 Categories: book club children events tweens

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. (Read, Eat, and Discuss) Middle Grade Book Club for children, ages 9-12, meets on Friday, May 30, 2014, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 PM. Katherine Applegate’s award-winning The One and Only Ivan will be discussed, followed by a craft activity. A limited number of copies of the bookare available for checkout at the Children’s Desk and books can be reserved by accessing the catalog on the Library’s website.

Winner of the 2013 Newbery Award Medal and a New York Times bestseller,Applegate’s novel is a story told from the perspective of a captive gorilla named Ivan, who has spent much of his life in a glass enclosure of a shopping mall.  For 27 years, Ivan has grown used to humans watching him and rarely reflects on his previous life in the jungle. When he encounters Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, Ivan’s life dramatically changes. Fans of classics such as Charlotte’s Web and A Cricket in Times Square will especially find The One and Only Ivan to be a satisfying read.

Senior Librarian for Youth Services, Cindi Bouvier commented, “We have had such a fantastic reception for the R.E.A.D book club. Our April Skype session with author Kim Baker brought many fascinating questions from eager readers; afterwards, children shared how personally meaningful it was to directly interact with a real-life writer!”

This is the last R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club meeting for the spring. Look for the program to resume in Fall 2014 by checking the Library’s website.

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Library programs are free and open to the public and sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Library. For information about the R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club, contact Youth Services Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, at 760-839-5456 or at lnataraj@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs for children can be found at library.escondido.org/kids.

Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents the San Diego Chorus 

04/09/2014 Categories: adults concerts events family music

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series presents the San Diego Chorus on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 3:00 PM in the Turrentine Room.

The San Diego Chorus has been entertaining audiences with their vocal excellence, energy, and dazzling show performances for over 60 years. The Chorus is made up of women from all over San Diego County, ranging in age from 14 to 80 years. They are part of Sweet Adelines International, a worldwide society of women who sing four-part, a capella harmony (barbershop style). Their repertoire is American music in many styles and from many eras. For over twenty years, they have been directed by Kim Bone Vaughn. Ms. Vaughn is a quartet champion in her own right, having won the coveted International Quartet Champion title three times.

2nd Saturday Concerts are free and generously sponsored by the Friends of Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA  92025.  For more information, please call (760) 839-4839 or visit Escondido Public Library online at library.escondido.org.

2nd Tuesday Book Club to Discuss The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin 

04/08/2014 Categories: adults book club events

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at 6:00 PM in the Board Room. This month’s selection is The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin.

Set against the rugged beauty of Washington State at the turn of the twentieth century, Amanda Coplin’s debut novel, The Orchardist, introduces readers to William Talmadge and his lovingly cultivated apple and apricot orchards. Coplin’s characters are deeply rooted in the mystery of the American West. She brings them together, like the grafting of Talmadge’s trees, to form a unique family bound not by blood but by the shared experience of tragedy, the land, and ultimately fate.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on June 10, 2014, with discussion of a classic, The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger.  The selection for July 8, 2014, will be a short story collection, Damage Control, by Amber Dermont.

This program is sponsored by Friends of Escondido Public Library.  All Library programs are free and open to the public.  Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information about the 2nd Tuesday Book Club visit library.escondido.org or contact the Library information desk at 760-839-4839.

 

Free Genealogy Workshop – Saturday, May 3, 2014 Escondido Public Library Pioneer Room 

Escondido, CA – The Escondido Public Library will host a free Genealogy Workshop on Saturday, May 3, 2014, from 2:30 – 4:00 PM.  The Workshop will be held in the Library’s Pioneer Room, the City’s local history archive. The Pioneer Room is located adjacent to the Library in the Mathes Community Center building at 247 South Kalmia Street. This Workshop is designed for adults who want to discover their family history and learn more about resources and techniques for genealogy research. Intermediate genealogy enthusiasts are also welcome to attend.

The Workshop will be taught by Ginger Kullman, a lifelong Escondido resident and genealogy aficionado. It will feature an overview of genealogy resources and tools.  Attendees will also receive free literature packets and an introduction to Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource.  The Escondido Public Library subscribes to Ancestry.com and makes this popular genealogy database available for free public use in the Main Library and at the Pioneer Room.

Reservations are required as seating may be limited.  Contact Ginger Kullman at 760-745-6633 to register.  This program is sponsored by the Pioneer Room Friends, Escondido Public Library’s archives support group, dedicated to preserving and advancing Escondido’s rich local history. To learn more about Escondido Public Library’s services, programs and events, contact the Library at 760-839-4684 or visit library.escondido.org.

Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

03/29/2014 Categories: adults book club events

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, will meet on Saturday, April 26, from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the Library’s Board Room. Author and journalist, Miriam Ruvinskis, will lead the discussion in both English and Spanish.  The suspense thriller Perdida / Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is the selected book for April.

Nick’s wife Amy disappears on the day of their fifth wedding anniversary.  With signs of a struggle in the house, Nick quickly becomes the prime suspect.  As Amy’s case drags on, evidence mounts against Nick, though he maintains his innocence.  Under pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—Nick, the town golden boy, engages in an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior.  Nick is oddly evasive, but is he really a killer?  As the cops close in on Nick, every couple in town begins to wonder how well they know their loved ones.  And, if Nick didn’t do it, where is his beautiful wife?

Adult Services Librarian Paul Crouthamel states, “When you discuss a great book with others who have read it, you share your perspectives and learn how other people might interpret the story differently. Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner) discussions are a perfect way to learn about interesting books and converse in both languages.” 

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. In May, readers will discuss El castillo de cristal / The Glass Castle  by Jeannette Walls.  

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public. For more information about future Rincón Literario selections and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or call Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Librarian, at 760-839-4814.

Celebrate National Library Week April 13-19, 2014 with Escondido Public Library 

03/26/2014 Categories: adults children events teens

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library joins libraries nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, April 13 – 19, 2014. National Library Week highlights the value of libraries and their contribution to the world of learning.

On Wednesday, April 9, 2014, Escondido Mayor Sam Abed will issue a National Library Week Proclamation at the City Council Meeting. The public is invited to attend the brief ceremony at 4:30 PM in Council Chambers located at 201 North Broadway in downtown Escondido.

Escondido Public Library is at the heart of the community, enriching quality of life as a place where people can gain knowledge and enjoy cultural experiences. Everyone is encouraged to visit the Library, either on-site or online, and discover services and programs for all ages. Library patrons can come in and checkout a book, or visit the Library website to download an eBook. The Library is a place to study, explore the City’s archive, improve literacy skills, access Wi-Fi, or use a computer. Free programs such as book clubs, career readiness workshops, concerts, author visits, and a monthly calendar of events for children and teens are continually offered.

Escondido Public Library is also pleased to announce its participation in the 2014 community reading project, “One Book, One San Diego,” sponsored by KPBS. The selected title for this year’s program will be announced in mid-May and program details will follow.

“Service to Escondido’s community and access to information have always been our focus.” said Cynthia Smith, Deputy City Librarian. “Our Library is continually evolving to keep up with how people access information and use technology. In a sometimes overwhelming, information-rich age, Escondido’s librarians offer patrons expert help to reach accurate information quickly. Librarians are a valuable resource and National Library Week highlights their service.”

Visit the Escondido Public Library at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information on hours, locations and coming events, call 760-839-4684, or access the Escondido Public Library website at library.escondido.org

 

Escondido Public Library Celebrates Día de los Niños; Día de los Libros/ Day of the Child; Day of the Book 

03/18/2014 Categories: children events family tweens

Escondido, CA – Escondido Library Youth Services invites children and their families to celebrate Día De Los Niños; Día de los Libros / Day of the Child; Day of the Book. This program will be held on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, from 3:30 - 4:30 PM in the Turrentine Room, for children, ages 5-12, and their families.

This year’s Día de los Niño’s celebration will transport children around the world as they “travel” from France to Mexico, and to Japan. Children will hear stories from foreign lands, explore book displays, and participate in crafts.  Cindi Bouvier, Senior Youth Services Librarian, states, “This program emphasizes the importance of reading while introducing children to cultures around the world in a fun and engaging way.”

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Please contact Senior Youth Services Librarian, Cindi Bouvier, for further information on this program at 760-839-5456 or at cbouvier@escondido.org. Additional Library programs and events can be viewed on the Library’s monthly calendar or at http://library.escondido.org/kids.

Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents the Jaime Valle Trio 

03/12/2014 Categories: adults concerts events family music teens

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series presents the Jaime Valle Trio’s high energy Latin jazz on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at 3:00 PM in the Turrentine Room. The Jaime Valle Trio features Jaime Valle on guitar, Gunnar Biggs on bass, and Richard Sellers on drums.

Award-winning jazz guitarist Jaime Valle has performed in jazz festivals worldwide with such luminaries as Steve Allen, Frankie Laine, and Sammy Davis Jr. Valle has won 14 San Diego Music Awards (SDMAs), including awards for “Musician of the Year,” “Best Latin Jazz,” and “Best Jazz Album.” Valle is the single biggest winner in the SDMA’s history and his virtuoso jazz guitar work has earned him a loyal, local following. He is known nationally as one of the guiding lights of Latin jazz.

2nd Saturday Concerts are free and generously sponsored by the Friends of Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA  92025.  For more information, please call (760) 839-4839 or visit Escondido Public Library online at library.escondido.org

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