Winter and Spring Storytime Programs at Escondido Public Library 

12/12/2016 Categories: children storytime

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library offers a variety of storytime programs this winter and spring designed for babies, toddlers, and pre-kindergarten children. Storytime programs are filled with songs, fingerplays, flannel board presentations, puppets and, of course, stories just right for the development of young minds. Library staff are happy to help families find books to check out after program.

Escondido Public Library’s 2017 Winter and Spring Storytime Schedule begins January 5, 2017 and runs through May 15, 2017 and includes:

  • Rhymes and Reading on Mondays at 11:00 a.m. for children ages 3-5;
  • Toddler Tales, a bilingual program, on Thursdays in January and March at 10:30 a.m. for toddlers who are walking and up to 3 years-old;
  • Baby Lapsit on Thursdays in February and April at 10:30 a.m. for newborn babies to pre-walkers.

Note: Rhymes and Reading will not meet on April 17 and 24, 2017. 

Escondido Public Library’s storytime programs address the development of early literacy skills that are important in preparing children for school. Each storytime program is planned and presented around the idea that parents are their child’s first and most important teacher. Storytimes facilitate bonding between parents and young children and provide a positive experience with books and play that leads to a life-long love of reading and learning.

Library programs are free, open to the public, and sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For more information on storytimes and other Library programs for children, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or contact Senior Librarian for Literacy and Youth Services, Dan Wood, at 760-839-4827 or dwood@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents The Peter Sprague Trio 

12/12/2016 Categories: concerts family

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series welcomes the New Year with the Peter Sprague Trio performing Brazilian-style jazz on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. The trio features virtuoso guitarist Peter Sprague, singer and percussionist Leonard Patton, and accomplished saxophonist Tripp Sprague. Influenced by Latin jazz pioneers such as Chick Corea and Sergio Mendes, the group has combined their deep love of Brazilian music, American pop, and jazz to create a sound and style uniquely their own.

The February 11, 2017 concert will present the return of San Diego Opera’s “Opera Exposed!” with Dr. Nicholas Reveles and a talented group of soloists. For more information about this and future performances that run through May 2017, visit library.escondido.org/concerts, or contact Librarian David Frazee at 760-839-4211.

The 2nd Saturday Concert Series is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. The program is free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Public Library’s Holiday Food for Fines Program Begins 

11/21/2016 Categories: fines Food for Fines

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s annual Holiday Food for Fines Program runs Monday, November 28 through Saturday, December 31, 2016. The program provides Library patrons with the opportunity to clear up to $20.00 in fines from their account. Proceeds benefit Interfaith Community Services in Escondido which distributes the food to families in need throughout the North County area.

Non-perishable, nutritious, pre-packaged items such as canned goods, pasta, sauces, and peanut butter credit up to $1.00 worth of fines per item. Non-nutritious, perishable, expired, or damaged items cannot be accepted. Customer Services Supervisor, Linda Weber, explains, “This event is a wonderful way for Library patrons to not only clear some of their fines, but to also give back to their community by helping those in need. Last year we collected more than 50 crates of food weighing an estimated 1,500 pounds. We hope to top that this year.”

Food may only be used to clear fines, and may not be used to clear fees associated with lost or damaged books and materials, or City Attorney fees.

The Library is happy to accept any donations whether or not they are fine-related and welcomes donations from patrons who bring in food just to help those in need. For further information, contact Linda Weber, Customer Services Supervisor, at 760-839-4613. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Contact the Library at 760-839-4684 or visit our website library.escondido.org.

Escondido Public Celebrates the Holidays with the San Diego Chamber Music Society Brass Quartet 

11/16/2016 Categories: adults concerts family

Escondido, CA – The San Diego Chamber Music Society Brass Quartet will perform holiday music at Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert on December 10, 2016 at 3:00 PM in the Turrentine Room. To celebrate the season, the program will feature traditional carols and favorites, such as “Let it Snow”, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, and “Winter Wonderland.” The quartet is comprised of two trumpets, a French horn and a trombone, featuring members who are also associated with the La Jolla Symphony Orchestra, Cabrillo Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Baja California.

The 2nd Saturday Concert Series runs through May 2016 with a line-up of diverse musical styles from classical to jazz. The January 14, 2017 concert presents the Peter Sprague Trio, performing Brazilian-style jazz combined with American pop and jazz for a unique and exciting sound. For more information about this and future performances, visit library.escondido.org/concerts, or contact Librarian David Frazee at 760-839- 4211. 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.

Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses Being Mortal: Medicine and What Happens in the End by Atul Gawande 

11/15/2016 Categories: adults book club

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on December 13, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is the Being Mortal: Medicine and What Happens in the End by Atul Gawande. Copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at library.escondido.org.

Drawing from his own experience as a prominent surgeon, Harvard medical professor and best-selling author Atul Gawande explores aging and death in modern American medicine. Having assisted many terminally ill patients and their families, Gawande asks: At what cost do we value prolonging quantity of life over quality of the remaining time? Gawande uses both storytelling and research to explore these ideas, and book club attendees will have much to discuss.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on January 10, 2016 with a group discussion of The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty by Vendela Vida.

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 Escondido, CA 92025.  For more information about the 2nd Tuesday Book Club visit library.escondido.org or contact Senior Librarian of Adult Services, Viktor Sjöberg, at 760-839-4814.

Escondido Writers Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

11/14/2016 Categories: adults events Writers Group

Escondido, CA – Escondido Writers Group meets at the Escondido Public Library on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Writers of fiction, non-fiction, and memoirs are all invited to join the Escondido Writers Group for an opportunity to improve their writing by participating in monthly readings and group critiques. Participants are encouraged to bring samples of their current writing projects to share and receive constructive feedback. Pre-registration is required at library.escondido.org/register.

Escondido Writers Group is free and open to the public. For more information about future Escondido Writers Group meetings 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 Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Public Library Hosts Broke A$$ Holidays 

11/09/2016 Categories: adults

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library will host Broke A$$ Holidays - a fun, creative craft experience for adults looking to create unique gifts this holiday season. The program will take place on Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Participants upcycle used books to create free, sustainable gifts for those on their holiday short list. Craft supplies, good cheer, and holiday tunes will be provided. Supplies are limited and registration is required at library.escondido.org/register by December 2, 2016.

Broke A$$ Holidays is a free craft program open to all adults who are full of gift-giving spirit, but low on cash. For more information about this and future 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 Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Public Library Hosts Annual Children’s Holiday Tree Trimming Party 

11/02/2016 Categories: children family

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will host its Children’s Holiday Tree Trimming Party  on Thursday, December 1, 2016, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Children celebrate this annual event by making an ornament for the Children’s Room holiday tree and one to take home. This festive event also celebrates the holiday spirit with a special visit from Santa Claus. Families are encouraged to arrive early, as supplies may be limited.

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Programs are sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. For information about this and other children’s programs, contact Kristine Macalalad, Children’s Librarian, at 760-839-5458 or at kmacalalad@escondido.org. Additional information about Library programs for children of all ages can be found at library.escondido.org.

Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club Discusses Inside Out & Back Again 

11/01/2016 Categories: book club children tweens

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CONTACT: Kristine Macalalad, 760-839-5458

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s Read, Eat, and Discuss (R.E.A.D.) Middle Grade Book Club for children, ages 9-12, will meet on Friday, December 2nd, 2016, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Participants will explore Thanhha Lai’s novel, Inside Out & Back Again. Registration is required and now open at library.escondido.org/register. Circulating copies of the book are available for checkout and can be obtained at the Youth Services desk, while supplies last. To reserve a copy, visit the Library’s catalog at library.escondido.org.

Ten-year-old Hà narrates the pivotal year in her life when she and her family flee the war in Vietnam and make the long journey to America. Once there, Hà copes with learning English and the taunts of cruel children, and she also witnesses her brothers’ and mother’s struggle to find their own places in the community. Drawing on each other’s support, as well as the help of a few kind neighbors and classmates, Hà and her family eventually find their way.

The Vietnam War and refugee crisis are not easy subjects but Hà is brave and funny, and her singular voice illuminates her and her family’s struggle to navigate a strange land and maintain hope.

Inside Out and Back Again, a New York Times bestseller, Newbery Honor Book, and a winner of the National Book Award, is inspired by the author’s personal experience as a young immigrant.

Library programs are free and open to the public. The R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club is generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For more information on this and other Library programs for children, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org  or contact Children’s Librarian Kristine Macalalad at 760-839-5458 or kmacalalad@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

11/01/2016 Categories: adults book club

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, November 19, 2016, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo/El libro secreto de Frida Kahlo by F.G. Haghenbeck. Copies of the book are available for check-out in English and Spanish, and may be reserved in the Library catalog at library.escondido.org.

When several notebooks were recently discovered among Frida Kahlo’s belongings at her home in Mexico City, acclaimed Mexican novelist F.G Haghenbeck was inspired to write this fictional account of Kahlo’s life. Haghenbeck takes the readers on a mystic journey through Frida’s passionate life: her tumultuous marriage to Diego Rivera, her artistic development, and her relationships with famous friends such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Ernest Hemingway, and Salvador Dalí. The book also features Frida’s famous recipes for everyone to enjoy this holiday season; pumpkin tamales, pan de muertos (Day of the Dead bread), and salsa borracha (drunken salsa), to name a few.

Senior Library Associate Cecy Rayphole will lead the discussion in both English and Spanish, and new members are always welcome. Rincón Literario will meet again on Saturday, January 28, 2017, to discuss Story of a Sociopath/Historia de un canalla by Julia Navarro.

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 at 760-839-4289 or at crayphole@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido, California, 92025.

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