Escondido Public Library Hosts R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club 

12/30/2013 Categories: Book Club Middle-Graders

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library announces a new book club for kids in elementary school, called the Read, Eat, and Discuss (R.E.A.D.) Middle Grade Book Club, designed for children, ages 9-12 years old. The first meeting will be on Friday, February 7, 2014, in the Library’s Turrentine Room from 3:00 – 4:00 PM. The program, hosted by Youth Services Librarian Lalitha Nataraj, will meet in February, April, and May, and offer riveting book discussions, tasty snacks, and crafts for attendees. The first discussion will be on Smile by award-winning cartoonist, Raina Telgemeier. Copies of the book will be available for checkout at the Children’s Desk.

Telgemeier’s autobiographical graphic novel chronicles her intense experience with dental surgeries and orthodontics, as well as the complexities of adolescence. During a Girl Scout trip, sixth-grader Raina trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth. For the next five years, she undergoes numerous surgeries and wears braces on- and off-again in order to correct the damage. Her dental traumas magnify her teenage experiences, as she navigates romantic crushes, friendship drama, and a major earthquake. Regardless of whether they wear braces, readers will wholeheartedly relate to this touching coming-of-age story.

Nataraj noted that, “Book clubs provide a wonderful space for young readers to commune with others who share the same excitement about books. Vibrant discussions, book-themed crafts, and socializing with others are a perfect way to engage reluctant readers.” The next R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club meetings will be on April 4, and May 30, 2014, from 3-4 PM in the Turrentine Room, where readers will discuss Pickle by Kim Baker, and The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Library programs are free and open to the public and sponsored by the Friends of the Library. For information about the R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club, please contact Youth Services Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, at 760-839-5456 or at lnataraj@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs for children can be found at library.escondido.org/kids.

Escondido Public Library Presents Cultural Program “Children Around the World” 

12/30/2013 Categories: Children

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library invites children, ages 7-12, to attend Children Around the World, a new series of five programs designed to introduce children to other cultures and provide perspectives on our world and its interconnections. A different country will be presented each month. The meetings will be held in the Library’s Turrentine Room from 3:00 – 4:00 PM. The Children Around the World series includes the following countries and dates:

  • China – Friday, January 31, 2014
  • Ethiopia – Thursday, February 13, 2014
  • Ireland – Thursday, March 13, 2014
  • India – Thursday, April 10,  2014
  • Afghanistan – Thursday, May 15, 2014

Each program explores a specific culture and introduces aspects of its society through stories, books, history, crafts, foods, and language.

Cindi Bouvier, Youth Services Senior Librarian, will lead the sessions. She said, “Cultural programs reinforce the Library’s mission to enrich and educate readers by promoting awareness, satisfying curiosity, and encouraging reading through shared experiences and knowledge.”

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Registration is not required; however, early arrival is recommended.

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Please contact Youth Services Senior Librarian, Cindi Bouvier, for further information on this program at 760-839-5456 or at cbouvier@escondido.org. Children Around the World is sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Library. Other Children’s programs and events can be viewed on the Library’s monthly calendar at library.escondido.org/kids.  

2nd Tuesday Book Club to Discuss The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey 

12/19/2013 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA -- Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, at 6:00 PM in the Board Room.  This month’s selection is The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey.

Inspector Alan Grant of Scotland Yard, recuperating from a broken leg, becomes fascinated with a contemporary portrait of Richard III that bears no resemblance to the Wicked Uncle of history.  Could such a sensitive, noble face actually belong to one of the world's most heinous villains—a venomous hunchback who may have killed his brother's children to make his crown secure?  Or could Richard have been the victim, turned into a monster by the usurpers of England's throne?  Grant determines to find out once and for all, with the help of the British Museum and an American scholar, what kind of man Richard Plantagenet really was and who killed the Little Princes in the Tower.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on February 11, 2014, with a discussion on The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier.  The selection for March 11, 2014, will be The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman.

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

Friends of the Escondido Public Library Half-Price Fiction Only Sale December 16 - 21, 2013 

12/11/2013 Categories: Adults Book Sale

Escondido, CA - The Friends of the Escondido Public Library will hold a 50% Off Fiction Books Sale Monday, December 16 thru Saturday, December 21, 2013. The sale will take place in the Friends Book Shop inside the Escondido Public Library located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.

Friends Book Shop hours are 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday and 10 AM – 6 PM on Tuesday and Thursday.

Hardcover, trade-sized and paperback fiction books will be 50% off the marked price (excludes collector’s books).

Cash only, 25¢ minimum.

All proceeds from the Friends of the Library sale directly support the library’s circulating book and media collections and programs for children, teens, and adults.For more information on the Friends of the Escondido Public Library Book Shop and sale, visit our website http://library.escondido.org/friends or call 760-839-4832.

Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents The Art of Voice: an Introduction to Opera 

12/10/2013 Categories: Adults Families

Escondido, CA - The Art of Voice: an Introduction to Opera, a program of operatic selections, will be performed at Escondido Public Library on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at 3:00 PM in the Turrentine Room. Dr. Nicholas Reveles, Geisel Director of Education and Outreach for the San Diego Opera, will accompany four of Southern California's top young artists, Michelle Law (soprano), Anthony Whitson-Martini (baritone), Alexis Alfaro (tenor), and Chelsea Seener (soprano) as they perform selections from favorite operas.

Dr. Reveles will host this exciting program, accompany the vocalists and provide background information on the arias they perform. The arias included are by Mozart, Puccini, Massenet, and Donizetti.  Some of the favorite selections performed will be Mozart’s Papagena! Papagena! Papagena!” from the Magic Flute, and Dove sono” from Le Nozze de Figaro; and La donna e mobile” from Rigoletto.

All concerts are free and open to the public and are generously sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library.  Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street.  For more information, please call (760) 839-4839 or visit the library online at http://library.escondido.org/.

Escondido Public Library Presents a Kwanzaa Celebration by Musical Storyteller and Artist Lecturer, Josiah 

12/10/2013 Categories: Adult Literacy Children Families

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s Literacy and Lifelong Learning Services presents the talented Josiah and his performance of the Kwanzaa celebration, targeted for children in grades K – 6th and their families. This event will be held at the Escondido Public Library in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM on Tuesday, January 7, 2014.

In this Kwanzaa presentation, Josiah demonstrates through songs, stories, poetry, and narration, the significance of this cultural and social holiday celebration. Josiah encourages families to engage themselves in this cultural experience, celebrating the seven values of Kwanzaa such as unity, responsibility, building self-esteem, and creativity.

For the last 15 years, Josiah has been performing for schools, from pre-school to college level, at all types of organizations. He is a professional singer, songwriter and guitarist, and is accomplished on the piano, drum, native flute, and assorted percussion instruments.

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. For more information on this event please visit the library website or contact Natalie Mason in Literacy Services at (760) 839-5450. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Contact the library at 760-839-4684 or go to http://library.escondido.org.

Author Ernie Cowan Presents Anza-Borrego: a Photographic Journey at Escondido Public Library 

12/10/2013 Categories: Adults

Escondido, CA – Author and photographer Ernie Cowan will speak at the Escondido Public Library on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, at 6:00 PM in the Turrentine Room. He will discuss the second edition of his book, Anza-Borrego: a Photographic Journey, and showcase his stunning photographs.

Ernie Cowan, also widely known as a former Escondido mayor, captures the essence of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in his photographs. The book’s beautiful images highlight the sheer scope of the size, moods, and seasonal variations found within this remarkable and sometimes mysterious California state park.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at http://library.escondido.org or call Adult Services at 760-839-4839. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.