Escondido Public Library Presents Escondido’s Surprising Connection to Balboa Park’s 1915 Panama-California Exposition 

09/16/2014 Categories: adults events history Pioneer Room

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will host Escondido’s Surprising Connection to Balboa Park’s 1915 Panama-California Exposition, presented by Dr. Michael Kelly on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room.

Dr. Kelly will share his expertise on San Diego’s first major international fair which celebrated the building of the Panama Canal and recognized San Diego as a major port of call. He is widely recognized as President of the Committee of One Hundred, dedicated to preserving Balboa Park’s historic architecture, gardens and public spaces, and is editor of Balboa Park and the 1915 Exposition. Dr. Kelly will also reveal the surprisingly significant and historic role the City of Escondido played in the planning of the 1915 Exposition. Escondido city officials were instrumental in the Expo’s local success by encouraging County road development in preparation for the Exposition. City officials also collaborated with the Chamber of Commerce, Exposition organizers, and the Grape Day Association by featuring an “Escondido Day” at the 1915 Expo to help promote Escondido’s own Grape Day Festival.

The 1915 Panama-California Exposition was pivotal and historic for the greater San Diego area as the scenic parkland mesa location became “Balboa Park” and central buildings and gardens were created. Balboa Park quickly became the center of history, architecture, gardens, arts and culture for the City of San Diego. Escondido’s role in encouraging a north-south connection proved to be timely and forward thinking.

This program is sponsored by Escondido Public Library’s Pioneer Room Friends, a support group dedicated to preserving and promoting Escondido Public Library’s local history and genealogy archive. Escondido’s Surprising Connection to Balboa Park’s 1915 Panama-California Exposition is the program highlight of the group’s annual meeting and will appeal to all local history enthusiasts.

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, California 92025. For information on this program and the Pioneer Room, contact Librarian and Archivist, Helene Idels at 760-839-4315 For more information on Escondido Public Library programs and services, visit library.escondido.org.

2nd Tuesday Book Club to discuss Monstress by Lysley Tenorio 

Escondido, CA -  Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at 6:00 PM in the Turrentine Room. This month’s title is the 2014 One Book, One San Diego selection, Monstress by Lysley Tenorio.

Monstress is a luminous collection of heartbreaking, vivid, startling, and gloriously unique stories set amongst the Filipino-American communities of California and the Philippines.  Author Tenorio, a San Diego native, brilliantly explores the need to find connections, the melancholy of isolation, and the sometimes suffocating ties of family in tales that range from a California army base to a steamy movie house in Manila, to the dangerous false glitter of Hollywood.

This program is supported by KPBS and Escondido Public Library is pleased to be affiliated with this year’s One Book, One San Diego program. The Library has multiple copies of the book in its collection, available for check-out. Readers are encouraged to join in and participate in the 2nd Tuesday Book Club discussion.

In observance of Veterans Day, the 2nd Tuesday Book Club will not meet on November 11, 2014.  The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on December 9, 2014, with a discussion on the nonfiction title, Destiny of the Republic: a tale of madness, medicine and the murder of a president by Candice Millard.

All library programs 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 the Library information desk at 760-839-4839.

Escondido Public Library Hosts Super Smash Bros. Tournaments for Teens 

09/04/2014 Categories: events teens

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library will host a series of three monthly Super Smash Bros. Tournaments for Teens, ages 13 – 18 years.

  • Saturday, October 4, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    (Register September 19, 2014  – October 3, 2014)
  • Saturday, November 1, 2014, from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
    (Register October 17  – October 31, 2014)
  • Saturday, December 6, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    (Register November 21, 2014 – December 5, 2014)

The tournaments will take place in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Participation is free but space may be limited and requires confirmed pre-registration for each event. Registration for each event begins two weeks prior to each tournament and ends the day before the tournament. To register, call 760-839-4283. Contestants are required to bring their own controller.

Each event includes both single and team competitions. The tournaments are double elimination with each match-up following a best two-out-of-three victory to advance to the next round. Extra stations will be provided so those eliminated early in the tournament can continue to play. The grand finals will be accompanied by live gameplay commentary.

Cathy Janovitz, Teen Librarian, commented, “We are especially fortunate to have Christian Martinez, a local Super Smash Bros. player and enthusiast, lend his expertise to conduct the tournaments. The tournaments bring teens together to promote interaction, healthy competition and they also provide an opportunity to showcase Library services available for this age group.”

Library programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Library and are free and open to the public. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. For information about the Super Smash Bros. Tournament for Teens, contact Teen Librarian Cathy Janovitz at 760-839-4283 or cjanovitz@escondido.org. Additional information about Escondido Public Library programs and services can be found at library.escondido.org,

Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

09/04/2014 Categories: adults book club

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, September 27, 2014, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Don Quijote de la Mancha/Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes, is the selected book for September.

Widely regarded as one of the funniest and most tragic books ever written, Don Quixote de la Mancha chronicles the adventures of the self-created knight-errant, Don Quixote of La Mancha, and his faithful Squire, Sancho Panza, as they travel through sixteenth-century Spain.  Don Quixote believes only what he chooses to believe and sees the world very differently from most people.  Honest, dignified, proud, and idealistic, he wants to save the world.  As intelligent as he is mad, Don Quixote starts out as an absurd and isolated figure and ends up as a pitiable and lovable old man whose strength and wisdom have failed him. In the end, beaten and battered, he dies from a fever, and with his death, knights-errant become extinct instigating the demise of chivalry. 

Long-time participant, Araceli Capilla, commented,   “I’m a regular attendee at  Rincón Literario and I really enjoy it. I have been able to experience works of great writers from many different backgrounds, such as Markus Zusak, Maria Duenas, and Stephen King.   It is exciting to discover new writers, new perspectives, and new cultures, and share them with other book club members.”

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. On October, 25, 2014, readers will discuss the classic, El angel perdido /Lost Angel  by Javier Sierra.

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 call Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Librarian, at 760-839-4814.

Escondido Library Celebrates Library Card Sign-Up Month 

08/27/2014 Categories: adults children eBooks family teens

Escondido, CA – September is Library Card Sign-Up Month! Escondido Public Library encourages community members of all ages, especially students, to stop by the Library and sign-up for a library card. Library cards are always free and easy to get. Simply fill out an application in-person at the Library’s Customer Service Desk or complete an online application at escon.iii.com/selfreg.

A library card is the most important tool everyone can have that leads to a lifetime of success. Use your card to download an eBook or eAudiobook; check out the latest bestselling novel or a DVD featuring your favorite actor; and sign-up to use a public computer to access the Internet or do homework. There are a host of online electronic resources on the Escondido Public Library website that can be accessed from a computer or in the Library with a Library card. Learn a new language, get homework help 24/7, or access online encyclopedias and magazines using these online resources.

During September, have some fun with your Library card when you visit Escondido Public Library. Take a selfie and tell how you use your Library card. Selfies will be shared on social media using #GetCarded to spread the word about all the endless possibilities that a Library card provides.

The Escondido Public Library will also celebrate Banned Books Week September 21-27, 2014 to raise awareness of intellectual freedom and the right as citizens to read. Visit library.escondido.org/banned for more information and a full list of Banned Books.

All Library programs and services are free to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information about Library programs and services visit library.escondido.org or contact Deputy City Librarian, Cynthia Smith at 760-839-4329.

Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club Discusses Raina Telgemeier’s Sisters 

08/26/2014 Categories: book club events tweens

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s Read, Eat, and Discuss (R.E.A.D.) Middle Grade Book Club for children, ages 9-12 years old, kicks off this fall with a discussion of Raina Telgemeier’s Sisters, the highly anticipated companion novel to Smile.  The Book Club meets Friday, September 26, 2014 in the Library’s Turrentine Room from 3:30-4:30 PM.  A limited number of copies of the book are available for checkout at the Children’s Desk.

In the autobiographical Sisters, Telgemeier adroitly covers sensitive territory – her tense, but also tender relationship with her sister, Amara. Raina dreams of being a big sister, but when Amara is born, things don’t turn out the way she hoped. Amara is an adorable baby, but she can also be grouchy and shows little interest in playing with her big sister. As the years go on, the sisters’ relationship doesn’t significantly improve. Telgemeier focuses the novel on the drama that unfolds between the sisters during a road trip from their home in San Francisco to a family reunion in Colorado. This endearing installment will thrill devoted Telgemeier readers, and gain new fans.Youth Services Librarian Lalitha Nataraj leads the R.E.A.D Book Club and noted, “Our spring discussion of Smile was enthusiastic. ‘Tweens shared personal insights, sparking conversation about the joyful, but often difficult experience of becoming a teenager. I expect Sisters will receive a similarly passionate reception.”

The next R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club meeting will be on Friday, November 7, 2014, from 3:30-4:30 PM in the Turrentine Room, where readers will discuss The Secrets of the Book with special guest author, Erin Fry. Ms. Fry will answer questions about her book and share details about her writing process.

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 Public 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.

Mad Science Saturdays at Escondido Public Library 

08/26/2014 Categories: children events

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library invites children ages 8 to 11 to attend “Mad Science Saturday” this fall. This is new series of three monthly programs designed to help children learn about scientific topics through exploration and fun experimentation. Mad Science Saturday will be held in the Library’s Turrentine Room from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.:

  • Saturday, September 20, 2014 - Salt Painting Ice Sculptures
  • Saturday, October 18, 2014 - Fossils for Kids
  • Saturday, November 15, 2014 - Bridging the Gap—Why do Bridges Fall Down?

The sessions include hands-on experiments and projects. Related books and website information will be presented to help children pursue their scientific interests or provide homework help.

Senior Youth Services Librarian, Cindi Bouvier, said, “Children need to engage and learn to problem solve while having fun. Mad Science Saturday is ideal in that it offers children the opportunity to learn and have fun at the same time, and it introduces them to print and web reference sources.”

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. This program is funded by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Registration is not required.

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025. Contact Senior Librarian Cindi Bouvier for further information at 760-839-4827 or at cbouvier@escondido.org. Visit the Library’s website at http://library.escondido.org to learn about more programs, events and services.

2nd Tuesday Book Club to discuss Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan 

08/13/2014 Categories: adults book club events

Escondido, CA -  Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at 6:00 PM in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan.

Cambridge student Serena Frome's beauty and intelligence make her the ideal recruit for M15. The year is 1972. The Cold War is far from over. England's legendary intelligence agency is determined to manipulate the cultural conversation by funding writers whose politics align with those of the government. The operation is code named "Sweet Tooth." Serena, a compulsive reader of novels, is the perfect candidate to infiltrate the literary circle of a promising young writer named Tom Haley. At first, she loves the stories. Then she begins to love the man. How long can she conceal her undercover life? To answer that question, Serena must abandon the first rule of espionage: trust no one.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on October 14, 2014, with a discussion on the 2014 One Book, One San Diego title, Monstress by Lysley Tenorio.   In observance of Veterans Day, the 2nd Tuesday Book Club will not meet on November 11, 2014.   The selection for December 9, 2014 will be nonfiction title, Destiny of the Republic: a tale of madness, medicine and the murder of a president by Candice Millard. 

All Library programs 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 the Library information desk at 760-839-4839.

Escondido Public Library Presents “An Evening with Author Victor Villaseñor” 

08/11/2014 Categories: adults events

9/4/2014 Update: Due to an overwhelming response, this event is at capacity and tickets are no longer available.

Escondido, CA – In celebration of California Library Literacy Services 30th Anniversary, Escondido Public Library presents “An Evening with Author Victor Villaseñor” on Thursday, September 11, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:30 PM in the Library’s Turrentine Room. This special after-hours event features the award-winning author speaking about his body of work and the power of the written word. The program is free and open to the public; however, a ticket must be presented for admission.

Victor Villaseñor is a beloved author, San Diego native, and North County resident. He has produced 65 short stories and 9 novels, including highly-recognized national bestsellers, Rain of Gold and Burro Genius. His books are used in schools and college-level classes, and his children’s books teach life lessons for people of all ages. Victor Villaseñor is an engaging speaker who focuses on universal themes as he shares his life experience and Mexican heritage through spoken word.

Free tickets will be available at Escondido Public Library’s Customer Service desk and the Literacy Services Office during business hours starting Tuesday, September 2. Attendees are highly encouraged to obtain a ticket in advance as seating is limited. Any remaining tickets may be available at the door.

Doors to the Turrentine Room will open at 5:15 PM. Early arrival and seating before 6:00 PM is highly encouraged. Victor Villaseñor’s speaking engagement will be followed by a book signing. Selected book titles, Rain of Gold and Burro Genius, may be purchased: $15.00 for trade paperback and $25.00 for hardback.

This September California Library Literacy Services (CLLS) celebrates 30 years as a California State Library program providing services to English speaking adults with low-literacy through a network of public libraries. Escondido Public Library Literacy Services, a CLLS affiliate, provides registered learners with free one-on-one or small group instruction by trained volunteer tutors. Literacy learners work to improve basic reading and writing skills and achieve successes that impact their quality of life. As a result, these adults are voting for the first time, reading newspapers, reading aloud to their children, and securing jobs.

“An Evening with Author Victor Villaseñor” is sponsored by Mission Federal Credit Union and the Escondido Public Library Friends of Literacy Services. For more information on the author, visit victorvillasenor.com. For information on Escondido Public Library’s hours, services, and events go to library.escondido.org, or contact Deputy City Librarian, Cynthia Smith at 760-839-4329. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

08/04/2014 Categories: adults book club events

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, August 30, from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Author and journalist, Miriam Ruvinskis, will lead the discussion in both English and Spanish. Mi vida querida/Dear Life, by Alice Munro, is the selected book for August.

Mi vida querida/Dear Life is Alice Munro’s latest collection of short stories.  In story after story she pinpoints the moment a person is forever altered by a chance encounter, an action not taken, or a simple twist of fate.  Her characters are flawed and fully human. Their lives draw us in with their quiet depth and surprise us with unexpected turns. Four of the tales are autobiographical and offer insight into Munro’s own childhood while others are set in her signature territory around Lake Huron.  Mi vida querida/Dear Life shows how strange, perilous, and extraordinary ordinary life can be.

Long-time participant, Araceli Capilla, commented, “I’ve been attending Rincón Literario since 2008 and I really enjoy it. I have been able to experience works of great writers from many different backgrounds, such as Markus Zusak, Maria Duenas, and Stephen King. It is exciting to discover new writers, new perspectives, and new cultures, and share them with other Book Club members.”

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. In September, readers will discuss the classic, Don Quijote de la Mancha/Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.

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 the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or call Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Librarian, at 760-839-4814.

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