New Library Program: Book Club In A Bag 

02/28/2013 Categories: Adults Book Club

The Escondido Public Library is excited to announce our newest library program called Book Club in a Bag (BCIAB).  We say “just add people!” because everything else for a successful book club gathering is included in the bag.  The bag has 8 copies of one title, discussion questions about the book, information on the author, general tips on how to organize a book club, and much more to get your book club started.

The library currently has fifteen titles available for the Book Club in a Bag program, including Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson, Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Little Bee by Chris Cleave and eleven others.  We encourage you to call us or come into the library so we can tell you about this exciting new program.

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia in downtown Escondido.  For more information about Book Club in a Bag visit our website or contact the library Information desk at 760-839-4839.

Friends of the Escondido Public Library Hold Half-Price Book Sale February 22 through February 28, 2013 

02/05/2013 Categories: Book Sale

The Friends of the Escondido Public Library will hold a 50% Off Everything Sale Friday, February 22 through Thursday, February 28, 2013. The half-price sale will take place in the Friends Book Shop inside the Escondido Public Library located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.

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

Favorite non-fiction subjects including history, biography, health, cooking, gardening, diet and exercise, travel, psychology, foreign languages, parenting, and more will be abundantly available. Collectors, classics and children’s books will also be on sale. Hardcover and paperback fiction books, audio books, VHS tapes, CDs and DVDs will also be 50% off the marked price.

The sale will be cash only, with a 25¢ minimum per item. 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 the Friends of the Library web page or call 760-839-4832.

Escondido Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets February 23rd 

02/05/2013 Categories: Book Club

Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner) meets on Saturday, February 23rd from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the library’s Board Room. The Escondido Public Library is located in downtown Escondido at 239 South Kalmia Street.

Rincón Literario meets regularly, the last Saturday of each month, to explore literature published in English and Spanish. The discussions are a perfect way to discuss interesting books and converse in both languages.

The selected book is the classic Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.  After years of working as a fireman--one who burns books and enjoys his work--Guy Montag meets a young girl who makes him question his profession and the values of the society in which he lives.  In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.

Ray Bradbury’s internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of twentieth-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future.

In March Rincon Literario readers will discuss La carretera/The Road by Cormac McCarthy.  A list of future Rincón Literario selections is available on the library website. For more information on the library’s book discussion groups and other programs, visit the library website or call 760.839.4601.

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public.

Free Genealogy Workshop – Saturday, March 16, 2013 

01/31/2013 Categories: Pioneer Room

Are you ready to discover your family’s history?  Escondido Public Library will host a free Genealogy Workshop on Saturday, March 16, 2013 from 2:30 – 4:00 PM.  The workshop will be held in the Pioneer Room, the city’s archive for local history and genealogy resources, which is located adjacent to the Library in the Mathes Community Center building at 247 South Kalmia Street (92025).  This workshop is designed for adults who want to discover their family history and learn about research resources and techniques.  Intermediate genealogy enthusiasts are also welcome to attend. 

The workshop, taught by Ginger Kullman, a lifelong Escondido resident and genealogy aficionado, features an introduction to genealogy resources and free handouts.  Workshop attendees will also receive an introduction to Ancenstry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource.  The Escondido Public Library subscribes to Ancestry.com and makes this popular genealogy database available for free public use in the library and at the Pioneer Room.

Reservations are required as seating may be limited.  Contact Ginger Kullman at 760-745-6633 to RSVP.  This program is sponsored by the Pioneer Room Friends, Escondido Library’s archives support group interested in preserving and advancing Escondido’s rich local history.