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 (

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 or 760-839-4613. Information about other events and services can be found at 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 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 Additional information about the Library can be found at