Celebrate National Library Month in April Unlimited Possibilities @ Escondido Public Library 

03/21/2016 Categories: adults children events family teens

Escondido, CA – National Library Week is celebrated April 10 to 16, 2016, to raise awareness of the resources, programs, and services offered by libraries everywhere. Escondido Public Library extends this celebration throughout April with its own National Library Month, showcasing special programs and services offered to the community. The Library offers endless opportunities to access information and technology that enhance learning, nurture the love of reading, and enrich lives.

In addition to weekly children’s programs and monthly adult book clubs, a host of special events are offered during National Library Month. Highlights include:

  • April 2, 2016, 9:00 a.m. - April Pools Day - Join Library and Recreation staff at James A. Stone Pool (131 Woodward Ave, Escondido) for a free water safety expo.
  • April 5, 2016, 1:00 p.m. - Escondido Writers Group - Aspiring writers share samples of their work and receive constructive feedback at this new monthly workshop.
  • April 9, 2016, 3:00 p.m. - 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents: Quartetto Sorrento, a classical string quartet.
  • April 13, 2016, 10 a.m. - National Bookmobile Day - participate in pop-up programs for all ages throughout the day in the Library's parking lot.
  • April 28, 2016, 3:30 p.m. - Día de los Ninos, Día de los Libros (Children’s Day, Book Day) Celebration with music, storytelling, and crafts honoring children families, books, and reading.

“Service to the community has always been the focus of the Library,” said Cynthia Smith, Assistant Library Director. “Libraries level the playing field for people of any age who are seeking information and access to technologies that will improve their quality of life. Escondido Public Library invites everyone in our community to discover the treasure chest of learning and cultural opportunities during National Library Month. I hope you’ll come visit!”

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Library programs are free, open to the public, and sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For more information about Library programming celebrating National Library Month, contact Principal Librarian Joanna Axelrod at 760-839-4330 or at jaxelrod@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs can be found at library.escondido.org.

New Escondido Writers Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

03/16/2016 Categories: adults events New events

Escondido, CA – Escondido Writers Group meets for the first time at the Escondido Public Library on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 from 1:00 – 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, please register 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 in downtown Escondido.

2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses The Bees by Laline Paull  

03/16/2016 Categories: adults book club events

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on April 12, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is The Bees by Laline Paull. Copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at library.escondido.org.

Told from the perspective of Flora 717, a lowly sanitation bee, The Bees challenges the way we see the world. Flora’s unusual ability to move easily amongst varying levels of the strict caste system empowers her to question the status quo and challenge the Queen’s authority. Thrilling, suspenseful and spectacularly imaginative, The Bees introduces us to a dazzling young heroine.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club continues on May 10, 2016 with Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. The selection for June 14, 2016 is Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir by One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WWII by Chester Nez. This title was selected for the 2016 Adult Summer Challenge theme of Exercise Your Mind! 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.

eReaders eXplained at Escondido Public Library 

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library offers 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 Wednesday, March 30, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room.

eReaders eXplained takes the mystery out of how to use Library eBooks and eAudiobooks 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, call Librarian David Frazee at 760-839-4839 or send an email to dfrazee@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club Discusses Wonder 

03/14/2016 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, April 15, 2016, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Author R.J. Palacio’s award-winning novel, Wonder, will be discussed and followed by a craft activity related to the book. A limited number of copies of Wonder will be available for checkout with registration at the Children’s Desk.

August "Auggie" Pullman has been homeschooled all his life. Now, his fifth grade year, he'll be attending real school for the first time. All children experience first-day-of-school jitters, but Auggie is special - born with a terrible facial deformity, all he wants is to be just like everyone else and not send the other children away screaming on the playground. Called "frank, funny, [and] astonishingly moving," this beautiful novel meditates on the enormous capacities for kindness and courage in us all.

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.

 

 

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

03/14/2016 Categories: adults book club events

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, March 26, 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, Todo oscuro sin estrellas/Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King, 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.

Todo oscuro sin estrellas/Full Dark, No stars features four dark and suspenseful novellas, all dealing with the concept of retribution. In the novella “1922,” a man tells the story of murdering his wife. “Big Driver” is the story of a writer who, following a book signing at a library, takes a shortcut resulting in a dark and brutal event. A man with terminal lung cancer is given a second chance at life in “Fair Extension”, and in “A Good Marriage”, a woman stumbles upon a box that reveals her husband of 27 years is not the man she thought he was. Rincón Literario will meet next month, on Saturday, April 23, 2016 to discuss the classic El Conde de Montecristo/The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.

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.

 

Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents Judy Taylor and The Wild Oats 

02/22/2016 Categories: adults concerts events family

Escondido, CA – The multitalented Judy Taylor will perform at Escondido Public Library with her country swing band, The Wild Oats, on Saturday, March 12th, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room.  

Judy Taylor and The Wild Oats will showcase their blend of country, Cajun, and rock and roll music. Taylor’s talents include trick roping, gun slinging, bullwhip cracking, and of course, guitar playing. Learn more at judytaylormusic.com. The 2nd Saturday Concert Series runs through May 2016 and features an array of classical, jazz, and other diverse musical styles. April’s concert presents the classical music of Quartetto Sorrento.

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.

Escondido Public Library Teen Book Club Discusses The Story of Owen: Dragon slayer of Trondheim by E. K. Johnston 

02/10/2016 Categories: book club events teens

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library’s Burritos & Book Club for teens, ages 13 to 18, meets on Saturday, March 12, 2016, in the Turrentine Room from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim, by E. K. Johnston, is the selected title and copies are available for checkout at the Library’s Information Desk or can be reserved using the Library’s online catalog at library.escondido.org.

Set in modern-day Canada within an alternate world where dragons and humans coexist, but not in harmony, The Story of Owen, is a tale of friendship, courage, community, and social commentary. Owen Thorskard, the last in a long line of legendary dragon slayers and his trusty sidekick and storyteller, Siobhan, are determined to restore dragon-slaying traditions of yore and in the process save their town from the carbon-eating dragons who terrorize it. At sixteen, with dragons advancing, Owen faces impossible odds with Siobhan by his side, telling his story… the story that changes their lives forever.

In addition to discussing The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim, teens can share their opinions and ideas about other books they have enjoyed and propose titles for the next Burritos & Book Club meeting. The selected book will be discussed at the next meeting on Saturday, May 7, 2016. Complimentary burritos will be provided, and all participants receive a free book or audiobook at the end of the program.

This program is generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Pubic Library and Taco Bell located at 1944 E. Valley Parkway in Escondido. 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.

Take the Teen Tech Challenge at the Escondido Public Library 

02/09/2016 Categories: events technology teens

 

Escondido, CA – Teen Tech Month, March 1 – 31, 2016, is an annual celebration raising awareness about how libraries extend teens’ learning beyond the classroom by enabling their exploration and creation of content utilizing non-print resources. Tweens and teens, ages 11 – 18, are encouraged to Create It @ Your Library during the following events.

  • March 1 – 31, 2016
    Teen Tech Challenge!
    Complete activities on the Teen Tech Challenge Sheet to earn 1500 points and be entered in the prize drawing. Completed entries due by March 31. Pick up a Challenge Sheet in the Teen Area or download it at library.escondido.org/teens starting March 1, 2016.
     
  • March 2, 16, 23, & 30, 2016
    3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
    Esco Teens Create
    Esco Teens Create is a program that provides a place for tweens and teens to express their creativity by learning how to create varying types of crafts for the community. Participants earn service hours while spending quality time with friends. All supplies provided.
     
  • March 9, 2016
    3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
    Create It @ Your Library
    Celebrate Teen Tech Month! Deconstruct relics of old technology and use the parts to create something new. Supplies and tools provided. Ages 11 – 18.

 

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 the Teen Tech Challenge visit library.escondido.org/teens or contact Teen Librarian Cathy Janovitz at 760-839-4283.

2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses The Red Lily Crown: A Novel of Medici Florence by Elizabeth Loupas  

02/09/2016 Categories: adults book club events

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on March 8, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is The Red Lily Crown: A Novel of Medici Florence by Elizabeth Loupas.  Copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at library.escondido.org.

To save her starving family, Chiara Nerini sells her father's alchemical equipment to Francesco de' Medici, who takes Chiara as a prisoner in his home. Chiara befriends a fellow alchemist and uses her skills to seek a path safe from Medici tyranny and secrecy. Rich in historical detail, The Red Lily Crown is a stunning depiction of the grandeur and danger of court life in Renaissance Italy.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on April 12, 2016 with The Bees by Laline Paull. The selection for May 10, 2016 is Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.

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.

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