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Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library: Planning for College Expenses 

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library, in partnership with the San Diego Financial Literacy Center, will offer Planning for College Expenses, on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, from 6:00 to 7:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This free workshop is part of the series, Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library, and is geared to help parents and students become familiar with the ins-and-outs of paying for college and financial aid.

The program will offer tips on how to increase eligibility for free grants, where to find scholarship opportunities, how to help students reach for their dream school without financial compromise, and more. The San Diego Financial Literacy Center, sdflc.org, whose mission is to enhance the financial IQ of San Diego County residents will present the workshop.

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 this workshop and the Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library series, contact 760-839-4839 or nrobinson@escondido.org.

Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club Discusses A Snicker of Magic 

04/27/2015 Categories: book club children 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, meets on Friday, May 29, 2015, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Natalie Lloyd’s A Snicker of Magic will be discussed, followed by a craft activity related to the book. Beginning May 1, 2015, a limited number of copies of A Snicker of Magic will be available for checkout at the Children’s Desk.

12-year-old Felicity Pickle has spent her life flitting from place to place with her nomadic mother, a woman cursed with a wandering heart. When they arrive in the town where Mama grew up, the tween feels right at home. Midnight Gulch once had magic coursing through its streets, a quirky place where people conjured up thunderstorms through song. Felicity also possesses a bit of her own magic—she’s a word collector who sees words shimmering and sparkling all around her.

With the help of the local townspeople, including Jonah, a mysterious, spikey-haired do-gooder, Felicity determines to bring magic back to Midnight Gulch. Fans of Ingrid Law’s Savvy and Louis Sachar’s Holes will treasure A Snicker of Magic, which is filled to the brim with folklore and legends, family secrets, and lots of heart.

Librarian Lalitha Nataraj said, “It’s been very gratifying to see young readers so captivated by the R.E.A.D. selections. Most importantly, R.E.A.D. fosters a social connection and friendships develop among the participating children.”

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Library programs are free and open to the public and generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For information about the R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club, contact Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, at 760-839-4219 or at lnataraj@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs for all ages can be found at library.escondido.org.

Escondido Public Library Offers Job Search Techniques: Find the Job You Want 

04/22/2015 Categories: adults events job search job seekers literacy

Escondido, CA  Escondido Public Library will offer Job Search TechniquesFind the Job You Want, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., from May 5 through May 14, 2015. This two -week course will be held at the Escondido Technology Center located at 2245 East Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA 92027.

Job Search Techniques: Find the Job You Want will teach participants effective Internet techniques to search for jobs, cover the online application process, and discuss the importance of professional networking. By the end of course, students will know how to create and maintain an up-to-date, professional online profile. Sheila Rodriguez, Career Readiness Specialist, offered insight into the program, saying, “This course provides hands-on training that is vital because job applications are processed online today. The course also helps participants learn how to put their best foot forward in the job search process.”

Registration is required by April 28, 2015. To enroll, contact Sheila Rodriguez by phone at (760) 839-5440 or by email at srodriguez@escondido.org. All Escondido Public Library programs and services are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA. 92025. For more information on literacy services and Library programs, visit library.escondido.org

Escondido Public Library Teen Burritos & Book Club Discusses Insomnia by J.R. Johansson 

04/21/2015 Categories: book club events teens

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s Burritos & Book Club, for teensfor ages 13 to 18 years, meets on Thursday, May 21, 2015, in the Turrentine Room from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. Insomnia, by J.R. Johansson, is the selected title for the discussion and complimentary burritos will be provided. Copies of Insomnia are currently available for checkout at the Library’s Information Desk or can be reserved using the Library’s catalog on the website at library.escondido.org.

Insomnia introduces Parker Chipp, a high school junior who hasn’t slept in four years. Instead of sleeping every night, Parker enters the dreams of the person he last made eye contact with, preventing him from sleeping peacefully. If something doesn’t change soon, Parker could be facing death. Change comes in the form of Mia, whose dreams are so calm that Parker is able to get much needed sleep. But when someone begins terrorizing Mia, Parker’s memory blackouts leave him doubting his own innocence.

In addition to discussing Insomnia, time will be set aside to share opinions and ideas about other books participants have enjoyed and propose titles for the next meeting. The selected book will be discussed at the Teen Summer Reading Club edition of Burritos & Book Club, on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Participants receive a free book or audiobook at the end of the program.

Cathy Janovitz, Escondido Public Library’s Teen Librarian commented, “Burritos & Book Club provides a forum for teens to share opinions, feelings, and insights in a casual and comfortable environment about any book that interests them.”

This program is generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Pubic Library and Taco Bell located at 627 N. Escondido Boulevard in Escondido, CA. Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido, California. For more information about teen programs, contact Teen Librarian, Cathy Janovitz, at 760-839-4283 or cjanovitz@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library can be found at library.escondido.org.

Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents Latin-Jazz Chamber Music by Besos de Coco 

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series proudly presents Besos De Coco on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Besos de Coco is an innovative and eclectic chamber group that generates a great deal of excitement with groundbreaking performances.

Tap-dancer Claudia Gomez Voce, double-bassist Evona Wascinski, and classical guitarist/vocalist Lorraine Castellanos form the group. They blend their talents and influences into a fresh and unique sound rooted in old-world Mediterranean, Latin American, and Jazz traditions. Besos de Coco commands the attention of their audiences with stage presence and intensity while establishing an intimate connection through lyrical, soul-searching Afro-Brazilian numbers, pulsating Spanish rhumbas, and sensual tangos.

The 2nd Saturday Concert Series will be extended to include two summer concerts as part of Escondido Public Library’s Summer Reading program that carries the musical theme, Read to the Rhythm. On Saturday, July 11, 2015, Yale Strom and Hot Pstromi will perform a fusion of traditional klezmer, New Jewish, Gypsy, World Beat, and Balkan music. On August 8, 2015, the Neave Trio will perform classical chamber music. For more information about Escondido Public Library’s Summer Reading Clubs and programs, visit library.escondido.org/SRC, or contact Librarian, David Frazee at 760-839-4839 or Dfrazee@escondido.org.

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 Library’s 2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses Washington Square by Henry James 

04/16/2015 Categories: adults book club events

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s title is the classic Washington Square by Henry James.

One of the most instantly appealing of James's early masterpieces, Washington Square is the tale of a trapped daughter and a domineering father. Catherine Sloper, heiress to a fortune, attracts the attention of a good-looking but penniless young man, Morris Townsend. Her father is convinced that his motives are merely mercenary and he will not consent to the marriage, regardless of the cost to his daughter. Out of this classic confrontation, Henry James fashioned a tale with great depth of meaning and an understanding of the human condition. First published in 1880, but set some forty years earlier in a pre-Civil War New York, this novel reflects the restricted world in which its heroine is marooned.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on June 9, 2015, with a discussion on Me Before You by Jojo MoyesThe selection for July 14, 2015, Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall by Kazuo Ishiguro, is in keeping with this year’s Summer Reading theme, Read to the Rhythm. Join Escondido Public Library’s Summer Reading Club and take part in the California Library Association’s goal of signing up 1 Million Summer Readers this year. In addition, Escondido Public Library’s Summer Reading program includes special events such as 2nd Saturday Concerts and the Be Money Smart series, as well as a chance to earn weekly prizes.

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

eReaders eXplained at Escondido Public Library 

04/09/2015 Categories: eBooks events

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will offer “eReaders eXplained,” providing instruction and demonstrations on how to access and download free Library eBooks and eAudiobooks to your smartphone, tablet, eReader, or computer. eReaders eXplained, will be held on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Seating will be limited to the first 20 people, so please come early.

eReaders eXplained takes the mystery out of how to use Library eBooks with eReaders, including iPads, iPhones, and other tablets, and will provide step-by-step guidance for the required one-time set-up. Attendees should bring their own devices to get the most out of this hands-on learning experience.

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 Digital Services Librarian, Viktor Sjöberg at 760-839-4828. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Public Library Hosts El Día de los Niños, El Día de los Libros (Children’s Day, Book Day) 

03/31/2015 Categories: children events family literacy

Escondido, CA  Escondido Public Library will celebrate El Día de los Niños, El Día de los Libros (Children’s Day, Book Day) on Thursday, April 30, 2015, from 3:30—5:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This interactive program with storytelling and crafts connects families and children of all ages to books and reading, and celebrates the diversity of cultures in our community.

El Día, as it is commonly known, is inspired by Mexico’s annual El Día del Niño (Day of the Child) and serves as an introduction to the rich family traditions preserved in the Latin community. It is also a nationally recognized initiative, especially celebrated by libraries, that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgroundsThe program encourages parents to celebrate their children by making a daily commitment to promoting reading at home. Escondido Public Library’s program will feature a variety of stations with a storytelling corner and special craft areas for puppet-making, paper tissue and flower creation, necklace beading, and chalk art.

Cecy Rayphole, Senior Library Associate, is organizing the festivities and commented, “The Día event is a perfect way to celebrate all children and highlight the importance of books, individual reading, and family reading time. It also encourages the community to visit the Library, check out books, utilize our many resources, and learn about our programs.”

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. All Library programs are free and open to the public and this program is sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Registration is not requited, but early arrival is encouraged as space and craft supplies may be limited. For more information about the El Día de los Niños, El Día de los Libros program, contact Senior Library Associate, Cecy Rayphole, at 760-839-4271 or at crayphole@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs for children can be found at library.escondido.org.

Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

03/30/2015 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 25, 2015, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Cien años de soledad/One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, is the selected book for April. Participants discuss books bilingually, in English and Spanish, enabling them to enjoy great literature while improving their English and Spanish language skills.

In Macondo, a metaphoric Colombia, visits from ghosts representing the past, a magical-realist style, and European influence, all combine in the extraordinary literary journey of Cien años de soledad/One Hundred Years of Solitude, written by Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez.  This novel tells the multi-generational story of the Buendía family, whose patriarch, Jose Arcadio Buendía, founds the town of Macondo.  Soon after Macondo is founded, it becomes a town frequented by unusual and extraordinary events involving generations of the Buendia family, who are either incapable or reluctant to escape their episodic misfortunes.

This novel was an instant success, winning many awards and being translated into dozens of languages. In 1982, the novel’s author, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, received the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. On Saturday, In May, readers will discuss Una y otra vez/Life After Life by Kate Atkinson.

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 Cecy Rayphole, Senior Library Associate, at 760-839-4271.

Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library Managing your Debt/Credit Cards 

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library continues the series, Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library, with Managing your Debt/Credit Cards on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. The Library is proud to partner with the San Diego Financial Literacy Center to provide this series. This program provides an overview of understanding your net worth, different types of credit, and useful tools and methods to eliminate credit card debt.

The San Diego Financial Literacy Center enhances the financial IQ of San Diego County residents by providing information, education, and training to manage finances, create strong credit profiles, borrow wisely, and plan for retirement. 

Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library will continue on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, with Planning for College Expenses

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 Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library call 760-839-4214 or nrobinson@escondido.org.

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