2nd Tuesday Book Club to discuss The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht 

12/11/2014 Categories: adults book club events

Escondido, CA -  Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s title is The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht.

In a Balkan country mending from war, Natalia, a young doctor, is compelled to unravel the mysterious circumstances surrounding her beloved grandfather’s recent death. Searching for clues, she turns to his worn copy of The Jungle Book and the stories he told her of his encounters over the years with “the deathless man.” But most extraordinary of all is the story her grandfather never told her—the legend of the tiger’s wife.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on February 10, 2015, with a discussion on March by Geraldine Brooks.  The title for March 10, 2015 will be The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud.

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 visit library.escondido.org or contact the Library information desk at 760-839-4839.

Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents Opera Exposed! with San Diego Opera’s Dr. Nicolas Reveles 

12/03/2014 Categories: concerts events family

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series presents Opera Exposed! on January 10, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Back by popular demand, this special program features pianist and lecturer Dr. Nicolas Reveles, San Diego Opera’s Director of Education and Outreach, along with aspiring opera singers from local universities performing arias and selections from favorite operas. Early arrival is highly recommended for this popular event. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis and may be limited.

Opera Exposed! is presented through the San Diego Opera’s University Partners Program to promote understanding and appreciation of opera. “Opera selections are provided by an ensemble of undergraduate voice students from the University of San Diego, Point Loma Nazarene University, and San Diego State University, enthusiastically spreading the knowledge and joy of opera!” said Dr. Reveles. “They will be performing selected works from Mozart, Puccini, Gounod, Donizetti, and others.” Dr. Reveles accompanies the singers on piano and provides commentary that reveals the great stories behind the operas. This program provides an engaging and entertaining afternoon of music featuring the human voice as the main instrument.

The Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series runs through May, 2015, and features an array of diverse musical styles from classical to jazz. February’s

2nd Saturday Concert presents Virtual Strangers, a highly talented and energetic bluegrass band whose sound is a mixture of traditional and progressive bluegrass.

The 2nd Saturday Concert Series is free and open to the public and generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street, Escondido, California 92025. For more information, please call Senior Librarian Paul Crouthamel at 760-839-4814 or visit the Library online at library.escondido.org.

Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

12/03/2014 Categories: adults book club events

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, January 31, 2015, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Yo antes de ti/Me Before You, by JoJo Moyes, is the selected book for January. 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. 

Yo antes de ti/Me Before You is a best-selling novel, with wide critical acclaim. Moyes introduces Will Traynor, a formerly high-flying, thrill-seeking executive now confined to a wheelchair as a quadriplegic. Louisa Clark, a 26-year-old working-class girl, is hired by Will’s mother to boost his morale. After the accident, the only power Will believes he has is the power to end his life. Louisa has never fully lived—before meeting Will her plans didn’t extend beyond their tiny English town. In Lou, he discovers an unexpected outlet for his thwarted energies—teaching her how to exert her own autonomy. Deciding that the only chance she has of getting Will to take an interest in his own future is to make him take an interest in hers, Louisa devises character-building adventures they can undertake together for her benefit, hoping it will give him a reason to live. All signs point to romance and a happy ending for the pair, but Moyes has something more heartbreakingly truthful in mind; sometimes love isn’t enough.  

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. In February, readers will discuss Has visto a Maria? / Have You Seen Marie? by Sandra Cisneros.

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 Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Librarian, at 760-839-4814.

Escondido Public Library 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents FanFaire Foundation’s Young Artist Concert 

11/19/2014 Categories: adults children concerts events family teens

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library 2nd Saturday Concert Series presents FanFaire Foundation’s Young Artist Concert on Saturday, December 13, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Talented young artists, ages 7 to 16 years, will perform classical selections on piano and cello in styles ranging from the Baroque to the Romantic.

FanFaire Foundation’s mission is to nurture musically-gifted children who also love science and math in order to utilize and benefit from the creative link between music and science. These young artists’ performances illustrate how well this mission has been accomplished and serve as an example to spark an interest in classical music among young people.

The 2nd Saturday Concert Series runs through May 2015 and features an array of classical, jazz, and other diverse musical styles. January’s concert presents Opera Exposed! back by popular demand. The program provides a primer on opera appreciation with commentary by San Diego Opera’s Dr. Nicolas Reveles as he accompanies young, aspiring singers who perform selections from opera classics.

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 in this series, visit library.escondido.org, or contact Senior Librarian, Paul Crouthamel at 760-839-4814.

2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard 

11/17/2014 Categories: adults book club events

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s nonfiction selection is Destiny of the Republic: A tale of madness, medicine and the murder of a President by Candice Millard.

James Abram Garfield was one of the most extraordinary men ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, a renowned congressman, and a reluctant presidential candidate who took on the nation's corrupt political establishment. But four months after Garfield's inauguration in 1881, he was shot in the back by a deranged office-seeker named Charles Guiteau. Garfield survived the attack, but became the object of bitter, behind-the-scenes struggles for power—over his administration, over the nation's future, and, hauntingly, over his medical care. Meticulously researched, epic in scope, and pulsating with an intimate human focus and high-velocity narrative drive, The Destiny of the Republic brings alive a forgotten chapter of U.S. history.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on January 13, 2015, with a discussion on The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht.  The featured selection for February 10, 2015, will be March by Geraldine Brooks.

All Library programs are free 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 visit library.escondido.org or contact Neva Robinson at nrobinson@escondido.org or 760-839-4214.

Escondido Public Library Invites Children to Decorate the Holiday Tree 

11/13/2014 Categories: children events family music

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library invites children and their families to celebrate the holidays by helping to decorate the Children’s Room Holiday Tree on Thursday, December 4, 2014, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Children’s Room. Children can meet Santa, make an ornament for the tree and make one to take home as they enjoy holiday music.

Cindi Bouvier, Senior Youth Services Librarian, commented, “Tree decorating is one of the oldest traditional activities that families share during the holiday season. Join the fun and make an ornament to hang on the Children’s Room tree and be sure to allow time to make one to take home for your own tree. Craft supplies will be provided.”

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Programs are sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. For information about this and other children’s programs, contact Cindi Bouvier, Senior Youth Services Librarian, at 760-839-4827 or at cbouvier@escondido.org. Additional information about Library programs for children of all ages can be found at library.escondido.org.

eReaders eXplained at Escondido Public Library 

11/10/2014 Categories: adults 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 online magazines to your smartphone, tablet, eReader, or computer. eReaders eXplained, will be held on Monday, December 8, 2014, and again on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room.

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. Anyone considering purchasing an eReader for their own personal use, or as a gift, can also learn different eReader product features. In addition, the program will also provide information on how to access, Zinio, the Library’s new, downloadable free magazine collection with over 100 popular magazines for use on computers, smart phones and tablets. 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 Paul Crouthamel at 760-839-4814. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Public Library’s Holiday Food for Fines Program Begins 

11/07/2014 Categories: adults events fines Food for Fines

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library’s annual Holiday Food for Fines Program will begin on Monday, December 1, and run through Wednesday, December 31, 2014. The program provides Library patrons with the opportunity to clear up to $20.00 in fines from their records. Proceeds will benefit Interfaith Community Services in Escondido which distributes the food to needy families throughout the North County area.

Expensive items, such as infant formula, credit up to $5.00 worth of fines per item. Other nonperishable foods such as canned and packaged goods, pasta, sauces, and peanut butter credit up to $1.00 worth of fines per item. Customer Services Supervisor, Linda Weber, explains, “This event is a wonderful way for our Library patrons to not only clear some of their fines, but to also give back to their community by helping those in need. Last year we collected more than 95 crates of food weighing an estimated 3,000 pounds. We hope to top that this year.”

Non-nutritious and perishable items such as candy and chips; damaged cans/containers; and food past its expiration date cannot be accepted. Food may only be used to clear fines - not for fees associated with lost or damaged books and materials, or City Attorney fees.

The Library is happy to accept any donations whether or not they are fine-related and welcomes donations from patrons who bring in food just to help those in need. For further information, contact Linda Weber, Customer Services Supervisor, at 760-839-4613. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Contact the Library at 760-839-4684 or visit our website library.escondido.org.

New eReader App Makes eBook Borrowing Easy from Escondido Public Library 

10/30/2014 Categories: eBooks

Escondido, CA – Borrowing eBooks from Escondido Public Library is easier than ever, thanks to the availability of a new version of the OverDrive app for eReaders. OverDrive, the Library’s provider of digital eBook content, enables users to access eBooks and eAudiobooks on a wide variety of compatible tablets, phones, and computers. This updated app is available for iPad, iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Windows 8, Kindle Fire HD, and Nook HD/HD+.

The OverDrive app simplifies and streamlines initial eBook OverDrive account registration. Current library eBook users who have an OverDrive Adobe ID or OverDrive account, should update to this new app to enjoy enhancements, including synching reading progress across multiple devices and saving libraries and common searches. The app supports all eBook formats, including Open EPUB titles and these can now be returned before their expiration date. These improvements make accessing Library eBooks an easy experience for all users.

Users can download the free OverDrive app (formerly known as OverDrive Media Console) from Google Play, iTunes, Amazon App Store, and the Windows Store.

Escondido Public Library has a great collection of free eBooks available for check-out. For more information about how to download and enjoy free eBooks or any other Library service, please contact Paul Crouthamel, Senior Librarian for Adult Services at 760-839-4814 or go to library.escondido.org. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA  92025.

Escondido Public Hosts Burritos & Books for Teens 

10/24/2014 Categories: events teens

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library will host Burritos & Books, a favorite program for teens, ages 12 to 18 years. Teen Librarian, Cathy Janovitz, selects and previews popular teen books, bestsellers and newly published titles and presents quick summaries while teens snack on burritos. Burritos & Books will take place on Friday, November 14, 2014, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room.

In addition to burrito treats, participants will also receive a free book at the end of the program. The titles highlighted at Burritos & Books are available at Escondido Public Library and can be checked-out, reserved, or teens may want to take note and add them to their reading list.

Cathy Janovitz, commented, “Over 60 teens attended Burritos & Books this summer as part of the Teen Summer Reading Club. The program was so popular that we’re holding this one to preview the latest wave of popular books and new titles coming out this fall. It’s great to see teens discover new books, and I love hearing them talk about their own favorites too.”

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Pubic Library. 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 92025. 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.

 

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