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Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents Hawaiian Music Duo Nalukai

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series presents, Nalukai, a Hawaiian music duo, on Saturday, February 8, 2014, at 3:00 PM in the Turrentine Room. Nalukai features Desi Relator on guitar and vocals and David Babcock on congas, performing favorite contemporary and classic tropical tunes.

Born and raised on Oahu, Hawaii, Nalukai’s Relator and partner, Babcock, have been performing Hawaiian-style music for the past 12 years. Their repertoire consists of popular music from Sinatra and Jack Johnson to Israel Kamakawiwoʻole. “Listening to them will make you feel as though you are riding the waves back in Hawaii,” says Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Librarian.  

2nd Saturday Concerts are free and generously sponsored by the Friends of Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA  92025.  For more information, please call (760) 839-4839 or visit Escondido Public Library online at

2nd Tuesday Book Club to Discuss The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at 6:00 PM in the Board Room. This month’s selection is The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier. 

Ohio 1850. For a modest English Quaker stranded far from home, life is a trial. Untethered from the moment she leaves England, fleeing personal disappointment, Honor Bright is forced by family tragedy to rely on strangers in an alien, untamed landscape. Drawn into the clandestine activities of the Underground Railroad, a network helping runaway slaves escape to freedom, Honor befriends two exceptional people who embody the startling power of defiance. Eventually she must decide if she too can act on what she believes in, whatever the personal cost.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on March 8, 2014, with a discussion on The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman.  The selection for April 8, 2014, will be Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking by Susan Cain. 

This program is sponsored by the Friends of Escondido Public Library. All Library programs are free and open 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 or contact the Library information desk at 760-839-4839.

Escondido Public Library Hosts 10th Annual Scrabble-Thon Fundraiser

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library and the Friends of Literacy Services will host the 10th Annual Scrabble-Thon tournament on Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM. The event will be held in the Social Hall at the First United Methodist Church of Escondido, located at 341 S. Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA. Doors open for player check-in at 8:00 AM. Tournament play begins at 9:00 AM.

The tournament is open to adults and high school students. Players elect to play in one of three divisions: Advanced, Intermediate, or Novice. Teams of four are encouraged, and teammates must compete within the same division. For more information about the tournament, official rules, and registration options, go to:

Pre-registration is required and is now open. The early registration fee for adults is $25.00 and the deadline is February 20, 2014. The registration fee for adults will be $30.00 after that date. The registration fee for high school students is $15.00.

Registration and payment options include:

  • Online – Register through PayPal with a credit card at
  • By Mail – Send a completed registration form with a check payable to “EPL Friends of Literacy Services” to:
    EPL Friends of Literacy Services, Escondido  Public Library, 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA  92025
  • In Person – Bring a completed registration form and cash or check to the Escondido Public Library Literacy Services office located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

In addition to tournament play, there will be opportunity drawings for prizes and a silent auction at the event.

Sponsored by the Escondido Public Library Friends of Literacy Services, proceeds from the tournament will fund basic literacy services and career readiness. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Contact Literacy Services at 760-839-5440 or visit the Library’s website

Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, will meet on Saturday, January 25th, from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the Library’s Board Room. Author and journalist, Miriam Ruvinskis, will lead the discussion in both English and Spanish.  Las uvas de la ira/The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck is the selected book for January.

First published in 1939, Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s. It tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who were driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. A drama that is intensely human, yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, evolves out of their trials and tribulations.  This novel captures the horrors of the Great Depression and examines the very nature of equality and justice in America.

Adult Services Librarian Paul Crouthamel states, “When you discuss a great book with others who have read it, you share your perspectives and learn how other people might interpret the story differently. Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner) discussions are a perfect way to learn about interesting books and converse in both languages.”

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. In February, readers will discuss El prisionero del cielo / Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. 

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from the 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 or call Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Librarian, at 760-839-4814.