Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets in February 

02/05/2016 Categories: adults book club events

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Senior Library Associate Cecy Rayphole will lead the discussion of this month’s selection, El amante japonés/The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende, in both English and Spanish. Copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at library.escondido.org.

Celebrate Love Your Library month with Isabel Allende’s mysterious, romantic work of historical fiction. Alma Belasco, a Polish immigrant residing in San Francisco’s quirky Lark House retirement home, begins receiving mysterious gifts and letters that intrigue Lark House employee Irina Bazili. Irina, who struggles with her own mysterious past, enlists the help of Alma’s grandson Seth. Together, they uncover a secret, forbidden love story that spans 70 years, two continents, and World War II and, in the process, create their own love story.

Rincón Literario will meet next month, on Saturday, March 26, 2016 to discuss Todo oscuro sin estrellas/Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King.

Rincón Literario is made possible by the generous support from 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 library.escondido.org or contact Cecy Rayphole, Senior Library Associate, at 760-839-4289 or at crayphole@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.

Love Your Escondido Public Library this February 

01/25/2016 Categories: adults book club concerts events family music

Escondido, CA – Love is in the air this February at Escondido Public Library. Throughout Love Your Library month, community members of all ages are encouraged to visit the Library and share the love with the following events.

  • February 1 – 29, 2016
    Blind Date with a Book
    Don’t judge a book by its cover! Visit the Library’s displays during open hours, and go on a blind date with a fantastic read. Selected titles are wrapped and decorated with clues as part of this literary guessing game. You may just find your perfect match!
     
  • February 2, 2016
    6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
    POUND Rockout Workout
    Show your body some love with this cardio jam session, combining light resistance with constant drumming. Pre-registration is required by February 1, 2016. Call 760-839-4814 to register.
     
  • February 5 & 12, 2016
    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Feldenkrais – Discover Natural Pain Relief
    Make a resolution to love the new you – mind, body, and spirit. Feldenkrais can help accomplish that with no exercise, stretching, or postures. After a lesson, you may feel taller, lighter, and breathe more easily. Call 760-839-4814 to register.
     
  • February 11, 2016
    10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Love Your Heart Blood Pressure Screening
    Celebrate American Heart Month, and show your heart a little love. Drop by the booth in front of the Library for a free blood pressure screening conducted by the Escondido Fire Department.
     
  • February 13, 2016
    3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
    2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents MohaviSoul
    Treat your soul mate to an afternoon of bluegrass and Americana sounds.
     
  • February 27, 2016
    3:30 – 4:45 p.m.
    Rincón Literario Bilingual Book Club
    Join fellow literature and Spanish language lovers for a discussion of El amante japonés/The Japanese Lover by renowned author Isabel Allende.


Library programs are generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and free to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.  For more information about Love Your Library month visit library.escondido.org or contact Principal Librarian Joanna Axelrod at 760-839- 4330.

Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents Bluegrass Band, MohaviSoul 

01/20/2016 Categories: adults concerts events family music

Escondido, CA - Bluegrass band MohaviSoul will perform at Escondido Public Library on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room.  

MohaviSoul was founded by guitarist Mark Miller and mandolinist Randy Hanson, who describes their songs as “filled with bluegrass, jazz, blues, and country instrumental riffs.” Learn more about MohaviSoul and sample their musical stylings at http://mohavisoul.com/.

The 2nd Saturday Concert Series runs through May 2016 and features an array of classical, jazz, and other diverse musical styles. March’s concert presents country swing band Judy Taylor and Wild Oats.

For more information about this and future performances, visit library.escondido.org/concerts, or contact Librarian David Frazee at 760-839-4839. The 2nd Saturday Concert Series is free, open to the public, and generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025. For more information about other Library programs and services visit library.escondido.org.

Feldenkrais - Discover Natural Pain Relief at Escondido Public Library 

01/20/2016 Categories: adults events New Year, New You

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library offers Feldenkrais - Discover Natural Pain Relief, a series of four consecutive programs held on Fridays, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., in the Turrentine Room, as a part of the Library’s New Year, New You 2016 programming. Classes are held on January 22, 2016; January 29, 2016; February 5, 2016 and February 12, 2016. Pre-registration is encouraged; please call 760-839-4814 to register.

Feldenkrais is a method of gentle movements done lying down, standing, or sitting, designed to give your body new options for movement. After a Feldenkrais lesson, you may feel taller, lighter, breathe more easily, and begin to feel a sense of grace and elegance in your movements. Feldenkrais - Discover Natural Pain Relief classes are led by Anita Noone, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner. Participants should bring a mat, towel, or blanket.

Library programs are free and open to the public. For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or call Senior Librarian of Adult Services, Viktor Sjöberg, at 760-839-4814. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Public Library Hosts 12th Annual Scrabble-Thon Tournament & Fundraiser 

01/19/2016 Categories: adults events Scrabble-thon Tournament teens

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library and the Friends of Literacy Services will host the 12th Annual Scrabble-Thon Tournament & Fundraiser on Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event will be held in the Auditorium of the Park Avenue Community Center, located at 210 Park Ave, Escondido, CA 92025. Doors open for player check-in at 8:30 a.m. and tournament play begins at 9:00 a.m. Players must pre-register by March 7, 2016 online at http://library.escondido.org/scrabblethon, by mail, or in person at the Literacy Services office, located on the 2nd floor of the Library. The registration fee for adults is $25.00; registration for high school students is $15.00.

The Scrabble® tournament consists of five 30-minute games and is open to adults and high school students. Players sign-up to play in one of three divisions: Novice, Intermediate, or Advanced. Participants can compete individually or as a part of a four-player team. Team play requires that all four teammates compete within the same division. Players compete for prizes at the end of each game as well as the final awards for highest individual, team, and high school scores.

Scrabble-Thon raises funds to benefit the Library’s Literacy Services program. Sponsored by the Friends of Literacy Services, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit Library support group, 100% of the proceeds will be used to provide literacy materials and resources. There will be opportunity drawings, a Pick-a-Tile game, and silent auction items throughout Scrabble-Thon. Opportunity drawing tickets will be on sale at the Library prior to March 12 and at the event. Donations are tax-deductible.

Literacy Services Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, commented, “Our 12th annual Scrabble-Thon promises to be a fun-filled event for avid Scrabble® enthusiasts and novice players. You definitely don’t have to be an expert to play, and we welcome local players from all around Southern California. Participants will be thrilled to know that all proceeds go towards helping adults improve their reading and writing skills to better their quality of life.”

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. For more information on Scrabble-Thon and library services, contact Lalitha Nataraj, Literacy Services Librarian at 760-839-4219 or visit the website library.escondido.org.

POUND Rockout Workout at Escondido Public Library 

01/19/2016 Categories: adults events New Year, New You

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will offer POUND Rockout Workout on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room, as a part of the Library’s New Year, New You 2016 programming.

POUND is a full-body cardio jam session combining light resistance with constant drumming. Burn between 600 and 900 calories per hour while strengthening and sculpting infrequently used muscles. Pre-registration is required; call 760-839-4814 by February 1, 2016 to register. This class is presented in partnership with Escondido Recreation and instructed by Cynthia Demorest. 

Library programs are free and open to the public. For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or call Senior Librarian of Adult Services, Viktor Sjöberg, at 760-839-4814. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson  

01/12/2016 Categories: adults book club events

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on February 9, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is Isaac’s Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History by Erik Larson.  

Larson’s non-fiction narrative captures the drama of the deadliest natural disaster in American history. Set in 1900 and told largely from the perspective of Isaac Cline, the senior U.S. Weather Bureau official in Galveston at the time, Larson expertly captures the power of the storm itself and the often catastrophic consequences of the intersection of natural force and human choice.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on March 8, 2016 with The Red Lily Crown: A Novel of Medici Florence by Elizabeth Loupas. The selection for April 12, 2016 is The Bees by Laline Paull.

Library programs are generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and are free 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 Adult Services Librarian Monica Barrette at 760-839-4836.

Escondido Public Library’s Holiday Food for Fines Benefits Locals in Need 

01/11/2016 Categories: Food for Fines

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s annual Holiday Food for Fines program proved once again to be very successful. This popular program provides Library patrons with the opportunity to clear up to $20.00 in fines from their account.  During the collection drive, which ran from Monday, November 30 through Thursday, December 31, 2015, the Library accumulated 50 crates of food weighing an estimated 1,500 pounds. The Library gladly accepted both fine and non-fine related food donations. Proceeds from the drive were donated to Interfaith Community Services www.interfaithservices.org/ in Escondido which will distribute the food to families in need throughout the North County area.

Interfaith’s Communications Coordinator Lauren Holt commented, “Interfaith Community Services is continually thankful to receive support from a diverse array of community groups in North County, such as the Escondido Public Library. Thanks to the incredible donations resulting from their Food for Fines program, the Escondido Public Library will help feed the nearly 16,000 low-income community members in need that Interfaith serves each year.  With 1 in 4 children in San Diego County at-risk for hunger, along with an estimated 9,000 homeless residents living without permanent shelter, the basic human need for food has never been greater. Interfaith Community Services thanks the Escondido Public Library for their commitment to our local community and hopes to continue our partnership for the benefit of those in need of a hand up.”

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. For more information about Food for Fines, contact Principal Librarian Joanna Axelrod at jaxelrod@escondido.org or 760-839-4330. Information about other events and services can be found at library.escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido.

Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets in January 

01/05/2016 Categories: adults book club events

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, January 30, 2016 from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Senior Library Associate Cecy Rayphole will lead the discussion of this month’s selection, La chica del tren/The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, in both English and Spanish. Copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at library.escondido.org.

Every morning Rachel takes the same commuter train, passes the same suburban homes, and stops at a signal that allows her to see the same couple routinely having breakfast on their deck. Then one day, during her trip, she sees something shocking.  Suddenly, her life takes a turn from the mundane to the thrilling, yet horrifying. Rachel alerts the police and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Was it a mistake to get involved?

Rincón Literario will meet next month, on Saturday, February 27, 2016 to discuss Isabel Allende’s new novel, El amante japonés/The Japanese Lover.

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from 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 library.escondido.org or contact Cecy Rayphole, Senior Library Associate, at 760-839-4289 or at crayphole@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.

New Year, New You at Escondido Public Library 

12/28/2015 Categories: adults events

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library offers opportunities to experience something new in 2016 through the New Year, New You series of events. Throughout January and February, adults can start their next adventure - for free - at the Library.

New Year, New You includes the following events:

  • Saturday, January 9
    12 - 1:30 p.m.
    Travel Adventures With Road Scholar

    Learn about Elderhostel’s Road Scholar Program, the world’s leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing learning opportunities for adults across the globe. Learn from inspiring instructors, and make lifelong friends. Drawing for a $50 gift certificate.
     
  • Fridays January 22, 29 & February 5, 12
    11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Feldenkrais: Discover Natural Pain Relief 

    After a Feldenkrais lesson, you may feel taller, lighter, breathe more easily and begin to feel a sense of grace and elegance in your movements. Instructed by Anita Noone, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner. Bring a mat, towel, or blanket. Pre-registration encouraged, call 760-839-4814 to register.
     
  • Tuesday, February 2
    6 – 7 p.m.
    POUND Rock Out Workout

    POUND is a full-body cardio jam session combining light resistance with constant drumming. Instructed by Cynthia Demorest. Pre-registration required, call 760-839-4814 to register. This class is presented in partnership with Escondido Recreation.
     

For more information about the New Year, New You seriesplease visit library.escondido.org or contact Senior Adult Services Librarian Viktor Sjöberg at vsjoberg@escondido.org or by calling 760-839-4814. Library programs are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.

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