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Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

03/03/2015 Categories: adults book club

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, March 28, 2015, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. En el tiempo de las mariposas / In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez, is the selected book for March. Participants will discuss books bilingually, in English and Spanish, enabling them to enjoy great literature in either language. Rincón Literario also provides an opportunity to practice either English or Spanish language skills. 

It is November 23, 1960, and the bodies of three beautiful, convent-educated sisters have been found near their wrecked Jeep at the bottom of a 150-foot cliff on the north coast of the Dominican Republic.  The local newspaper reports their deaths as an accident.  It does not mention that a fourth sister lives.  Nor does it explain that the sisters were among the leading opponents of General Raphael Leonidas Trujillo’s dictatorship.  It doesn’t have to, everyone knows of Las Mariposas – “The Butterflies.” 

Now, three decades later, Julia Alvarez immerses us in a tangled and dangerous moment in Caribbean history to tell their story in a brilliantly characterized novel, through the voices of all four sisters.  The Butterflies were extraordinary women.  Through the art and the magic of Julia Alvarez’s imagination, the martyred Butterflies live again in this novel of courage and love, and the human cost of political oppression. 

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. In April, readers will discuss the classis work, Cien anos de soledad / One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel García Márquez.

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 contact Cecy Rayphole at 760-839-4271 or crayphole@escondido.org.

Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library: Financial Planning for Retirement 

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library continues the series, Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library with this month’s topic, Financial Planning for Retirement, on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. The Library is proud to partner with the San Diego Financial Literacy Center to present an overview of important steps that should be completed before retirement. The program will also provide an in-depth look at the A-B-C’s of investing to assist with achieving retirement goals.

The San Diego Financial Literacy Center, sdflc.org, provides expertise for this ongoing series. The 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.

Librarian Neva Robinson, program coordinator, commented, Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library is a new series to help community members receive information about financial topics that affect their every day lives. As an introductory series, we zeroed in on planning for social security, retirement, college and managing debt. The San Diego Financial Literacy Center’s expertise is complemented by the many financial planning resources and books available in the Library’s collection.”

Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library will continue on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, with Managing Your Debt/Credit Cards. On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, Planning for College Expenses will be presented as the final program in this series.

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 Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library series, contact Neva Robinson at 760-839-4214 or nrobinson@escondido.org.

Escondido Public Library Presents "An Evening with Doris Martin, Holocaust Survivor” 

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library presents, “An Evening with Doris Martin, Holocaust Survivor,” on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Ms. Martin, author of the book Kiss Every Step, will recount her and her family’s story of extreme challenge and survival during Nazi occupation. She will discuss her life experience and share her message of tolerance and remembrance at this event. Ms. Martin will be available to sign her book immediately following her talk.

Born in Bedzin, Poland, Martin survived the Ludswigdorf Concentration Camp where she spent three-and-a-half years, forced to handle and measure explosive powder to build mines for the Nazi war effort. Doris Martin believes that her miraculous survival, and that of her family, is proof that there is still hope to make the world a better place.

She and her husband reside in Escondido, California part of the year, and have a home in Flagstaff, Arizona where they’ve established the Martin-Springer Institute at Northern Arizona University. The Institute’s mission is to apply the lessons of the Holocaust to promote moral courage, altruism, and tolerance. When in California, and as often as possible, Ms. Martin speaks and shares her story with groups, community members and students.

Copies of Kiss Every Step are available in the Library’s circulating collection for check-out and will be available for purchase for $15.00 at the speaking engagement.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required, but early arrival is encouraged as seating may be limited.  For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or call Librarian David Frazee at 760-839-4211. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Public Library Teen Burritos & Book Club Discusses Butter by Erin Jade Lange 

02/24/2015 Categories: book club events teens

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library’s Teen Burritos & Book Club, for ages 13 to 18 years, meets on Thursday, March 26, 2015, in the Turrentine Room from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. Butter, by Erin Jade Lange, will be discussed and complimentary burritos will be provided. A limited number of copies of Butter are currently available for checkout at the Library’s Information Desk.

Butter focuses on the life of a lonely and obese high school student, nicknamed “Butter.” Bullied by his fellow students, Butter struggles with his self-esteem and finds it difficult to deal with everyday life. Feeling he can’t face another day, Butter announces that he will eat himself to death and invites everyone to watch, live on the internet. This announcement gives Butter the type of attention he has never experienced and it makes his decision on whether to go through with his plan a daunting one. Lange’s moving portrayal of Butter allows a glimpse into the life of one teen on the verge of a life-changing decision.

In addition to discussing Butter, there will be time for teens to share their opinions and ideas about other books they have enjoyed and propose titles for the next meeting. Titles will be voted on by all participants and the selected book will be discussed at the Burritos and Book Club Meeting on Thursday, May 21, 2015.

All participants receive a free book or audiobook at the end of the program. Cathy Janovitz, Escondido Public Library’s Teen Librarian commented, “Burritos and Book Club encourages reading and provides a forum for teens to relate their opinions, feelings, and insights about the stories. It’s a casual environment where they can feel comfortable about sharing their views about any topic 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.

Download Free Magazines with Zinio at Escondido Public Library 

02/23/2015 Categories: adults events online resources technology teens

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library staff will demonstrate how to access and download free Library eMagazines to your smartphone, tablet, or computer. Download Free Magazines with Zinio will be held on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, from 6:00 — 7:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Seating will be limited to the first 20 people, so please come early and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) to get the most out of this hands-on learning experience.

Download Free Magazines with Zinio is a “how to” workshop that guides users through the one-time set up that allows access to 100 popular, full-color magazines digitally by using the Zinio platform. This program will take the mystery out of using the Library’s eMagazine collection and offers step-by-step assistance. Once a Zinio account is created, users can enjoy unlimited access to all titles in the eMagazine collection, and retain the magazines on their device.

Library programs are free and open to the public. Library patrons who can’t attend the workshop, but want to learn how to download eMagazines using Zinio, should contact Senior Librarian Paul Crouthamel at 760-839-4814 to set up an appointment.

For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Public Library 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents the Danny Green Trio 

02/17/2015 Categories: adults concerts events family music

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series presents the Danny Green Trio on Saturday, March 14, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Back by popular demand, the trio returns to perform classical and Latin-influenced jazz selections with group leader, Danny Green on piano, Justin Grinnell on bass, and Julien Cantelm on drums.

Praised as “One of the important up and comers on the jazz scene today,” by All That Jazz, Danny Green Trio’s first album, “With You in Mind,” won “Best Jazz Album” at the 2009 San Diego Music Awards. The group has performed at many important venues and festivals including KSDS Jazz 88.3’s Jazz Live, the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, and CSU Summer Arts Monterey.

The 2nd Saturday Concert Series runs through May 2015 and presents an array of musical styles. Upcoming concerts feature chamber music performances by The Kensington Trio in April, and Besos de Coco in May.

This year’s summer reading theme, “Read to the Rhythm,” will celebrate reading and music. Concert lovers will be pleased to know that organizer, Paul Crouthamel, has announced the special addition of two concerts, in July and August, extending the series to complement the adult summer reading club program.

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 future performances, visit library.escondido.org, or contact Senior Librarian, Paul Crouthamel at 760-839-4814 or pcrouthamel@escondido.org.

 

2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud 

02/17/2015 Categories: adults book club events

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud.

Nora Eldridge is a reliable, but unremarkable, friend and neighbor, always on the fringe of other people’s achievements. But the arrival of the Shahid family—dashing Skandar, a Lebanese scholar, glamorous Sirena, an Italian artist, and their son, Reza—draws Nora into a complex and exciting new world. Nora’s happiness pushes her beyond her boundaries, until Sirena’s careless ambition leads to a shattering betrayal in The Woman Upstairs.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on April 14, 2015, with a discussion of a nonfiction title, Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman, by Robert K. Massie.  The selection for May 12, 2015, will be the classic Washington Square by Henry James.

April is National Library Month, and the 2nd Tuesday Book Club is just one of many programs offered as part of a month-long celebration. The month is highlighted by special programs, such as Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library—a new financial series on becoming debt free, managing your money wisely, and planning for retirement; the Second Saturday Concert Series featuring the Kensington Trio—classical music for a piano and strings; and always a host of fun and educational programs for teens and children.

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 and National Library Month events, visit library.escondido.org or contact the Neva Robinson at 760-839-4214 or nrobinson@escondido.org.

Escondido Public Library Partners with KPBS for One Book, One San Diego Reading Program 

02/10/2015 Categories: adults events One Book One San Diego teens

Escondido, CA – The Escondido Public Library is proud to partner again with KPBS, San Diego Public Library, San Diego County Library, and other local libraries in the One Book, One San Diego reading program. For nearly a decade, KPBS’ One Book, One San Diego program has enriched the pleasure of reading by adding an element of meaningful community engagement. Each year, the community helps choose a book that becomes the featured “One Book”, shaping the local focus, outreach initiatives, and special events that comprise the One Book, One San Diego experience.

Community members are encouraged to nominate books that they have read and think would be a good title for the program. They can nominate either online through the Escondido Public Library’s website, library.escondido.org or use the paper form available at the Library. The nomination submission period runs from February 4 to March 1, 2015.

The book criteria for One Book, One San Diego selections are:

1. Fiction or Non-fiction story of high literary quality with a strong, compelling narrative and well-developed characters.

2. Themes resonate with local and/or global communities, and people of all backgrounds.                                     

3. Inspires discussion, conversations, and action.

4. Available in paperback and hardcover.

5. Author is alive.

6. Should have professional reviews and the book must be currently in print and readily available in large quantities (not print-on-demand).

7. Suitable for high school study and up.

 

The 2015 One Book selection will be announced in May, and information about related programming and events will be provided as it becomes available. For more information about One Book, One San Diego, visit www.kpbs.org/one-book/, or contact Senior Librarian, Paul Crouthamel, at 760-839-4814 or pcrouthamel@escondido.org. One Book, One San Diego events are free, open to the public, and generously sponsored by KPBS. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025 and at library.escondido.org.

Rincón Literario, Bilingual Book Discussion Group, Meets at Escondido Public Library 

02/04/2015 Categories: adults book club events

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, February 28, 2015, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Has visto a Maria? / Have You Seen Marie? by Sandra Cisneros, is the selected book for February. Participants discuss books bilingually, in English and Spanish, enabling them to enjoy great literature in either language. Rincón Literario also provides an opportunity to improve either English or Spanish language skills.

Award-winning author, Sandra Cisneros, tells the story of her search for a runaway cat that parallels her journey through grief after the death of her mother. Warmly comforting, this story not only explores loss but also the journey back, creating a book that is unique and uplifting.

During her grieving process, Cisneros is visited by her friend Roz, who brings along her cat, Marie. The cat disappears the day they arrive, and she and Roz desperately take to the streets to search for Marie. As they search, we are introduced to the colorful experiences and the occupants of San Antonio.

This picture book for adults explores the ways in which grief lays us low, but also can bring us out to discover the strength of the communities we belong to and to remind us that there is life all around us.

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. On March 28, 2015, readers will discuss En el tiempo de las mariposas / In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez.

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 760-839-4217.

Become Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library Social Security and You 

01/26/2015 Categories: adults events

Escondido, CA—Maximize your Social Security benefits and learn how to set up an online Social Security account that is easy to access. Yolanda York, Social Security Public Affairs Director for San Diego County, will host Social Security and You at Escondido Public Library on Thursday, February 26, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room.

In the near future, the Social Security Administration will phase out paper account statements in favor of online accounts. Yolanda York will demonstrate how to set up an online Social Security account to track and verify earnings; get an estimate of future benefits; or get proof of your benefits, if you currently receive them. You can learn how to change your address and start or change direct deposit instructions. Ms. York will also answer audience questions on the ins- and- outs of Social Security.

All Library programs are free and open to the public. For more information, visit library.escondido.org, or contact Senior Librarian, Paul Crouthamel at 760-839-4814. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

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