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.

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

Escondido, CA – National Library Week is April 12 – 18, 2015, celebrating the wealth of unlimited resources, programs, and services offered by libraries everywhere. Escondido Public Library extends this celebration throughout April with its own National Library Month, showcasing the variety of programs and services offered to the community. This encompasses more than the traditional provision of print books and materials and offers the community endless possibilities for information access and lifelong learning.

A host of special events and programs will be offered by Escondido Public Library leading into April and during National Library Month. Highlights include:

  • March 31, 2015, 6:30 p.m. - An Evening with Doris MartinAuthor and Holocaust Survivor.
  • April 11, 2015, 3:00 p.m. - 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents the Kensington Trio, performing classical music with virtuoso skill on piano, violin, and cello.
  • April 14, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - 2nd Tuesday Book Club discusses Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie.
  • April 21, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library – Managing Your Debt/Credit Cards presenting strategies to gain financial freedom and savvy credit card use.
  • April 28, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - eReaders eXplained: Download free eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines, showing Library users how to use their smart devices to access free Library eMaterials.
  • April 30, 2015, 3:00 p.m. - Día de los Ninos, Día de los Libros (Children’s Day, Book Day) celebrating children and promoting a love of reading through storytelling and crafts.

“Escondido Public Library has always represented unlimited possibilities,” said Loretta McKinney, Director of Library and Community Services. “The Library is a multi-dimensional purveyor of cultural and educational materials and activities that enlighten and entertain. It is also a community hub, providing a forum for community engagement. Escondido Public Library’s National Library Month shines a spotlight on these programs and services. I invite the public to take advantage of all that we offer.”

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Library programs are free and open to the public and sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For more information about Library events and programming celebrating National Library Month events, contact Senior Librarian, Paul Crouthamel, at 760-839-4814 or at pcrouthamel@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs can be found at library.escondido.org.

2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie 

03/11/2015 Categories: adults book club events

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s nonfiction selection is Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie.

Massie relates the life of a minor German princess, Sophia of Anhalt-Zerbst, who became Empress Catherine II of Russia (1729–1796). She was related through her ambitious mother to notable European royalty; her husband-to-be, the Russian grand duke Peter, was the only living grandson of Peter the Great. As Massie relates, during her disastrous marriage to Peter, Catherine bore three children by three different lovers, and she and Peter were controlled by Peter’s all-powerful aunt, Empress Elizabeth.  Six months into her husband’s incompetent reign as Peter III, Catherine, 33, who had always believed herself superior to her husband, dethroned him. Confident, cultured, and witty, Catherine avoided excesses of personal power and ruled as a benevolent despot. Magnifying the towering achievements of Peter the Great, she imported European culture into Russia, from philosophy to medicine, education, architecture, and art. Effectively utilizing Catherine’s own memoirs, Massie once again delivers a masterful, intimate, and tantalizing portrait of a majestic monarch.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on May 12, 2015, with a discussion on the Henry James classic Washington Square.  The selection for June 9, 2015, will be Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.

April is National Library Month, and the 2nd Tuesday Book Club is just one of many programs highlighted during the month-long celebration. There will be 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 a host of 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 Neva Robinson at 760-839-4214 or nrobinson@escondido.org.

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