Escondido Public Library Hosts Create It @ Your Library for Teens

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library announces the next series of the craft-based monthly program, Create It @ Your Library, for teens and tweens ages 12 to 18 years old.  Create It @ Your Library will take place in February, March, and April, on the third Wednesday of each month from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The first meeting will be on February 21, 2018 in the Library’s Turrentine Room.

A variety of craft projects and techniques will be introduced at the following hands-on sessions:

  • Voodoo Doll on February 21, 2018 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Learn some basic sewing skills by making your own pincushion voodoo doll.
  • Rube Goldberg Machine on March 21, 2018 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Create a complex contraption that uses multiple devices to complete a task utilizing the domino effect.
  • Beading on April 18, 2018 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Put shiny objects (beads) together to create a one-of-a-kind item.

This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. All craft supplies will be provided. Registration is not required; however, early arrival is recommended as supplies may be limited. 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 cathy.janovitz@escondidolibrary.org. Additional information about the Library can be found at library.escondido.org

February Events at Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library offers special programming for adults during the month of February. All events are free, open to the public, and held in the Library’s Turrentine Room unless otherwise noted.

  • Adult Winter Crafts: Picture Frame Decorating on Saturday, February 10 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Bring your inner artist to create a picture frame with recycled books and magazines.
  • Visit with Author Michelle Carter on Saturday, February 10 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Journalist and Escondido native Michelle Carter will read from and sign copies of her memoir, From Under the Russian Snow, an eyewitness account of the second great Russian Revolution. Copies will be available for purchase.
  • The Overdrive Digital Bookmobile will be in the library parking lot on Tuesday, February 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Come browse your library’s digital books and play in the Gadget Gallery, an interactive experience with multiple Overdrive-enabled devices.
  • Recipes of Escondido - Contribute to Culinary History! The Pioneer Room introduces Recipes of Escondido, a project to capture the culinary history of our community. Share your family recipe, the story behind the recipe, and a photo, either online (library.escondido.org/recipes) or in-person at the Pioneer Room during business hours. Staff will digitize your submissions, create a cookbook, and all participants will receive a copy. Contact is Aspen Hill at aspen.hill@escondidolibrary.org or 760-839-4315.

The Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. All programs are generously sponsored by Friends of Escondido Public Library. For more information, visit library.escondido.org or contact Senior Librarian Monica Barrette at monica.barrette@escondidolibrary.org or 760-839-4836.  

Escondido Public Library Celebrates Lunar New Year with Programs for All Ages

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will celebrate the Lunar New Year with special programs planned during the month of February. All events are free, open to the public, and scheduled to take place in the Library’s Turrentine Room.

  • Panda Express Pawsibilities Reading Program for children ages 4 to 12 starting Thursday, February 1, 2018 to Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Children read five books to earn a free meal! Pick up registration materials at the Children’s Desk.
  • 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents: Lunar New Year Bohua Youth Group for all ages on Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. An instrumental ensemble comprised of middle grade and high school students whose traditional performances inspire appreciation for Chinese art and culture.
  • Lunar New Year Meditation Storytime for children ages 4-12 years and their families on Thursday, February 8, 2018 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Learn Tai Chi, how to meditate through an interactive story, and create a meditation jar.
  • Stories to Celebrate the Lunar New Year for children ages 6-12 years and their families on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Escondido resident Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan is an author, presenter, and professor at San Diego State University. In her interactive program, she will read from two of her picture books, Popo’s Lucky Chinese New Year, and Paper Son: Lee’s Journey to America. Children will participate in fun activities that relate to the stories and that celebrate Asian culture and the Lunar New Year.
  • Lunar New Year Celebration: Lion Dancers for all ages on Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Learn about the history and cultural significance of lion dancing as the Legendary Lion Dance Association performs a traditional dance.

All programs are generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. The Pawsibilities Reading Program is sponsored by Panda Express. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information about Lunar New Year programs visit library.escondido.org or contact Senior Librarian for Youth Services, Dan Wood, at 760-839-4827 or dan.wood@escondidolibrary.org.

Escondido Public Library’s Holiday Food for Fines Benefits Locals in Need

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s annual Holiday Food for Fines program once again proved to be a win-win for those involved. This popular program provided Library patrons with the opportunity to clear up to $20.00 in fines from their account through food donations. The collection drive ran from November 27 through December 30, 2017, and the Library accumulated 53 crates of food weighing 1,590 pounds. Proceeds from the drive were donated to Interfaith Community Services in Escondido which distributed the food to families in need throughout the North County area (www.interfaithservices.org/).

Escondido Public Library’s Customer Services Supervisor Linda Weber remarked, “This event is a wonderful way for our Library patrons not only to clear some of their fines but to simultaneously give back to their community to help those in need. Many patrons brought in extra food we had one patron who brought in 2 large boxes of food just to donate. She said it was her turn to give back.”

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. For more information about Food for Fines, contact Customer Services Supervisor Linda Weber lweber@escondido.org or 760-839-4613. Information about other events and services can be found at library.escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido.

Escondido Public Library Teen Book Club Discusses More Than This by Patrick Ness

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library’s Burritos & Book Club for teens ages 13-18, meets on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The selected title is More Than This by award-winning author, Patrick Ness. Copies are available for checkout in the Library’s Teen Area or can be reserved using the Library’s online catalog at library.escondido.org. Students at Escondido High School, San Pasqual High School, and Orange Glen High School can also check out copies at their school library.

Seth wakes, thirsty and starving, remembering his death. Surprised to find himself in the small English town where he grew up, everything is covered in dust and dirt, something like a ghost town. Plus, every time he closes his eyes, he experiences painfully vivid memories, memories so clear as to be confused with the world around him. As Seth explores his new reality, trying to find signs of life and answers to why he might be trapped in this strange place, he can only hope that there is more than this.

After discussing More Than This, teens can share other books they have enjoyed and select the next Burritos & Book Club title. 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 the Friends of the Escondido Public 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 S. Kalmia St, Escondido, CA 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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