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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.

Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club Discusses One Crazy Summer 

02/05/2016 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, March 4, 2016, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Author Rita Williams-Garcia’s book, One Crazy Summer, will be discussed, followed by a craft activity related to the story. A limited number of copies of One Crazy Summer will be available for checkout at the Children’s Desk.

Eleven-year-old Delphine has always looked out for her two little sisters since their mother, Cecile, left seven years ago. When their father sends the girls on a plane to Oakland, California to meet their mother, they have no idea what to expect and find themselves in a kind of urban summer camp in the middle of the 1968 Civil Rights movement. Delphine makes it her mission not only to care for her siblings, no matter how crazy they make her, but also to negotiate the tricky relationship with their mother who has started a new life.

One Crazy Summer captures the excitement and changes of the 1960s for African Americans and all cultures. This thought-provoking book explores the resilience of children in a less-than-perfect world crafted by adults. Delphine shares her coming-of-age story as she deals with the realities of life, love of family, and cultural experiences. One Crazy Summer’s awards include: National Book Award Finalist, Coretta Scott King Award (Author), ALA Notable Children's Book, Newbery Honor Book, Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, and ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults.

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 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 February 

02/05/2016 Categories: adults book club events

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, February 27, 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, El amante japonés/The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende, 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.

Celebrate Love Your Library month with Isabel Allende’s mysterious, romantic work of historical fiction. Alma Belasco, a Polish immigrant residing in San Francisco’s quirky Lark House retirement home, begins receiving mysterious gifts and letters that intrigue Lark House employee Irina Bazili. Irina, who struggles with her own mysterious past, enlists the help of Alma’s grandson Seth. Together, they uncover a secret, forbidden love story that spans 70 years, two continents, and World War II and, in the process, create their own love story.

Rincón Literario will meet next month, on Saturday, March 26, 2016 to discuss Todo oscuro sin estrellas/Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King.

Rincón Literario is made possible by the 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.

Love Your Escondido Public Library this February 

01/25/2016 Categories: adults book club concerts events family music

Escondido, CA – Love is in the air this February at Escondido Public Library. Throughout Love Your Library month, community members of all ages are encouraged to visit the Library and share the love with the following events.

  • February 1 – 29, 2016
    Blind Date with a Book
    Don’t judge a book by its cover! Visit the Library’s displays during open hours, and go on a blind date with a fantastic read. Selected titles are wrapped and decorated with clues as part of this literary guessing game. You may just find your perfect match!
     
  • February 2, 2016
    6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
    POUND Rockout Workout
    Show your body some love with this cardio jam session, combining light resistance with constant drumming. Pre-registration is required by February 1, 2016. Call 760-839-4814 to register.
     
  • February 5 & 12, 2016
    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Feldenkrais – Discover Natural Pain Relief
    Make a resolution to love the new you – mind, body, and spirit. Feldenkrais can help accomplish that with no exercise, stretching, or postures. After a lesson, you may feel taller, lighter, and breathe more easily. Call 760-839-4814 to register.
     
  • February 11, 2016
    10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Love Your Heart Blood Pressure Screening
    Celebrate American Heart Month, and show your heart a little love. Drop by the booth in front of the Library for a free blood pressure screening conducted by the Escondido Fire Department.
     
  • February 13, 2016
    3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
    2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents MohaviSoul
    Treat your soul mate to an afternoon of bluegrass and Americana sounds.
     
  • February 27, 2016
    3:30 – 4:45 p.m.
    Rincón Literario Bilingual Book Club
    Join fellow literature and Spanish language lovers for a discussion of El amante japonés/The Japanese Lover by renowned author Isabel Allende.


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 Love Your Library month visit library.escondido.org or contact Principal Librarian Joanna Axelrod at 760-839- 4330.

Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents Bluegrass Band, MohaviSoul 

01/20/2016 Categories: adults concerts events family music

Escondido, CA - Bluegrass band MohaviSoul will perform at Escondido Public Library on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room.  

MohaviSoul was founded by guitarist Mark Miller and mandolinist Randy Hanson, who describes their songs as “filled with bluegrass, jazz, blues, and country instrumental riffs.” Learn more about MohaviSoul and sample their musical stylings at http://mohavisoul.com/.

The 2nd Saturday Concert Series runs through May 2016 and features an array of classical, jazz, and other diverse musical styles. March’s concert presents country swing band Judy Taylor and Wild Oats.

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.

Feldenkrais - Discover Natural Pain Relief at Escondido Public Library 

01/20/2016 Categories: adults events New Year, New You

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library offers Feldenkrais - Discover Natural Pain Relief, a series of four consecutive programs held on Fridays, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., in the Turrentine Room, as a part of the Library’s New Year, New You 2016 programming. Classes are held on January 22, 2016; January 29, 2016; February 5, 2016 and February 12, 2016. Pre-registration is encouraged; please call 760-839-4814 to register.

Feldenkrais is a method of gentle movements done lying down, standing, or sitting, designed to give your body new options for movement. After a Feldenkrais lesson, you may feel taller, lighter, breathe more easily, and begin to feel a sense of grace and elegance in your movements. Feldenkrais - Discover Natural Pain Relief classes are led by Anita Noone, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner. Participants should bring a mat, towel, or blanket.

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 Senior Librarian of Adult Services, Viktor Sjöberg, at 760-839-4814. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Public Library Hosts 12th Annual Scrabble-Thon Tournament & Fundraiser 

01/19/2016 Categories: adults events Scrabble-thon Tournament teens

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library and the Friends of Literacy Services will host the 12th Annual Scrabble-Thon Tournament & Fundraiser on Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event will be held in the Auditorium of the Park Avenue Community Center, located at 210 Park Ave, Escondido, CA 92025. Doors open for player check-in at 8:30 a.m. and tournament play begins at 9:00 a.m. Players must pre-register by March 7, 2016 online at http://library.escondido.org/scrabblethon, by mail, or in person at the Literacy Services office, located on the 2nd floor of the Library. The registration fee for adults is $25.00; registration for high school students is $15.00.

The Scrabble® tournament consists of five 30-minute games and is open to adults and high school students. Players sign-up to play in one of three divisions: Novice, Intermediate, or Advanced. Participants can compete individually or as a part of a four-player team. Team play requires that all four teammates compete within the same division. Players compete for prizes at the end of each game as well as the final awards for highest individual, team, and high school scores.

Scrabble-Thon raises funds to benefit the Library’s Literacy Services program. Sponsored by the Friends of Literacy Services, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit Library support group, 100% of the proceeds will be used to provide literacy materials and resources. There will be opportunity drawings, a Pick-a-Tile game, and silent auction items throughout Scrabble-Thon. Opportunity drawing tickets will be on sale at the Library prior to March 12 and at the event. Donations are tax-deductible.

Literacy Services Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, commented, “Our 12th annual Scrabble-Thon promises to be a fun-filled event for avid Scrabble® enthusiasts and novice players. You definitely don’t have to be an expert to play, and we welcome local players from all around Southern California. Participants will be thrilled to know that all proceeds go towards helping adults improve their reading and writing skills to better their quality of life.”

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. For more information on Scrabble-Thon and library services, contact Lalitha Nataraj, Literacy Services Librarian at 760-839-4219 or visit the website library.escondido.org.

POUND Rockout Workout at Escondido Public Library 

01/19/2016 Categories: adults events New Year, New You

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will offer POUND Rockout Workout on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room, as a part of the Library’s New Year, New You 2016 programming.

POUND is a full-body cardio jam session combining light resistance with constant drumming. Burn between 600 and 900 calories per hour while strengthening and sculpting infrequently used muscles. Pre-registration is required; call 760-839-4814 by February 1, 2016 to register. This class is presented in partnership with Escondido Recreation and instructed by Cynthia Demorest. 

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 Senior Librarian of Adult Services, Viktor Sjöberg, at 760-839-4814. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

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