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

11/19/2014 Categories: Adults Children Concerts Families 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

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 Families

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

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 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.