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Posts From December, 2017

Winter and Spring 2018 Storytime Programs at Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library offers storytime programs this winter and spring designed for babies, toddlers, and pre-kindergarten children. Storytime programs are filled with songs, fingerplays, flannel board presentations, puppets and, of course, stories just right for the development of young minds. Library staff are happy to help families find books to check out after programs.

Escondido Public Library’s 2018 Winter and Spring Storytime Schedule begins January 10, 2018 and runs through April 26, 2018 and includes:

  • Rhymes and Reading on Mondays at 11:00 a.m. for children ages 3-5.
  • Baby Lapsit on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. for newborn babies to pre-walkers.
  • Toddler Tales, a bilingual program, on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. for toddlers who are walking and up to 3 years-old.
  • P.J Storytime, a once a month evening storytime on select Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. for ages 4-12.

Escondido Public Library’s storytime programs address the development of early literacy skills that are important in preparing children for school. Each storytime program is planned and presented around the idea that parents are their child’s first and most important teacher. Storytimes facilitate bonding between parents and young children and provide a positive experience with books and play that leads to a life-long love of reading and learning.

Library programs are free, open to the public, and sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For more information on storytimes and other Library programs for children, visit the Library’s website at or contact Senior Librarian for Literacy and Youth Services, Dan Wood, at 760-839-4827 or Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Public Library Presents January Programs for Adults

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

  • The Escondido Writers Group meets at Escondido Public Library on the first Tuesday of every month, from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Meet other writers and published authors and learn from them in a supportive environment. Participants are encouraged to bring samples of their current writing projects.
  • Adult Winter Crafts: Watercolor Painting with Cotton Swabs: On Tuesday, January 6, from 10:30 p.m. –12:00 p.m., bring out your inner artist by using cotton swabs and watercolors to create a unique art piece.
  • 2nd Tuesday Book Club will meet January 9th from 6:00 –7:30 p.m. for a discussion of H is for Hawk. Helen Macdonald presents an award-winning and gorgeously written account of how she managed her grief at losing her father. A naturalist and falconer, Macdonald trains a bird of prey to hunt and finds parallels to her own experiences in a beautiful book ripe for discussion.
  • 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents Louis Landon for all ages on Saturday, January 13, from 3:00 p.m.-- 4:30 p.m. Steinway Artist Louis Landon, the self-described Pianist for Peace, aspires to create a more loving and peaceful world by writing, recording, and performing music from the heart. Landon will perform a solo piano concert of his original compositions.
  • Rincon Literario, Bilingual Book Club is discussing Isabel Allende’s newest novel Mas alla del inviemo/In the Midst of Winter in both English and Spanish on Saturday, January 27, from 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

All library programs are free, open to the public, and generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. The Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information about January programs visit or contact Senior Librarian Monica Barrette at or 760-839-4836.  

Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club Discusses The Witch Boy

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s Read, Eat, and Discuss (R.E.A.D.) Middle Grade Book Club for children, ages 9-12, will meet on Friday, January 12, 2018, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Participants will explore Molly Ostertag’s graphic novel, The Witch Boy. Registration is required and now open at Circulating copies of the book are available for checkout and can be obtained at the Youth Services desk, while supplies last. To reserve a copy, visit the Library’s catalog at

In Aster’s community, everyone is born to practice a certain kind of magic: boys learn to shapeshift and girls master “witchery,” or spells and potions. Aster feels his true talents lie in witchery and not shapeshifting, but everyone tells him he must conform according to an ancient code created for the good of all. When one of the boys mysteriously disappears, Aster will have to decide whether to follow the rules or use a bit of magic, even if it means risking frightening consequences.

Library programs are free and open to the public. For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at or contact Children’s Librarian Kristine Macalalad at 760-839-5458 or Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.