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Posts From March, 2012

Trailblazing Photojournalist: Margaret Bourke-White

The Escondido Public Library will host a lecture, Trailblazing Photojournalist: Margaret Bourke-White, presented by Dr. Lynne Iglitzin, a recognized specialist in women’s studies and political science. The lecture will take place on Tuesday, April 24th at 6:30 PM in the Library’s Turrentine Room.

Dr. Iglitzin vividly tells the story of renowned photographer Margaret Bourke-White, who early in the 20th century pioneered new techniques in photojournalism and opened the door for women in photography. Drawing on Bourke-White’s autobiography, letters, and biographies, Dr. Iglitzin brings to life the photographer’s determination to fulfill her goals. Margaret Bourke-White brought the world striking black and white photography in the factories and steel mills of Cleveland--where no woman had gone before. Her sensitive pictures during the 1930s illustrate the impact of the Depression in American social history. As the pre-eminent photographer for LIFE Magazine, Margaret Bourke-White's powerful photographs from the 1940s brought images of World War II directly into the living rooms of Americans everywhere. Margaret Bourke-White became one of the most famous women of the 20th century. Her story shows a woman determined to realize her dreams--and is a compelling tale in the history of women and photojournalism.

Dr. Lynne Iglitzin is a member of the State of Washington Humanities Speakers Bureau and offers this presentation to the community as a special one-time engagement. Her presentation is engaging and educational. Dr. Iglitzin is a former Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington and author of several books, including Women in the World and Violent Conflict in American Society. She is also a founding board member of Youth in Focus, a program promoting photography as a tool for motivating youth. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College.

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. This event is free and open to the public. For more information on this program and other Library events, go to or contact 760-839-4601.

Dia de los Ninos / Day of the Child

In celebration of Dia de los Ninos, the Escondido Public Library will present a special program called "Many Children, Many Cultures, Many Books" on Thursday, April 26th from 4:00 – 5:00 PM in the Turrentine Room. Dia de los Ninos emphasizes the importance of literacy by celebrating a love of reading and linking children and families with books, honoring bilingualism and cultural diversity. Families will enjoy music, dancing, storytelling, crafts, refreshments and each child will receive their own book.

This event is free and open to everyone.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Library.

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.  All programs are free and open to the public and no registration is required.  For more information call the library at (760) 839-4837or visit the library website.

Local Author & Poet EXPO on April 21st

Local Author & Poet EXPONorth County Authors & Poets (NCAP) will host a Local Authors & Poets EXPO at the Escondido Public Library from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, April 21st. The EXPO showcases the works of the active writing community in San Diego’s North County. Local authors and poets will be on hand to share their fiction and nonfiction works covering many genres, with appeal for all ages. Poetry and short story readings and stories for children will also take place at the event. Books will be available for signing and purchase. The Local Authors & Poets EXPO is free and open to the public.

Participating authors include: Hal Flemings, Jennifer Kise, Isabel Camacho Diamond, Mary Lenore Quigley, Laura Kohl, Linda Pequegnat, Cathy Lubenski, Toni Noel, Antonio F. Vianna, John “Jack” Wolf, Marshall Lubin, Jannine Corti-Petska, Lewis Decker, Barbara Deming, Alexander DeVolpi, Josh Henry and Harrison Herz.

 North County Authors & Poets was founded in 2004 to encourage and assist local writers. True to their mission, EXPO author participation is free; however, table space must be reserved by contacting NCAP organizer, Mary Lenore Quigley at (760) 510-9587 or Learn more about NCAP by visiting their website.

The Escondido Public Library has partnered with NCAP’s local author showcase for the past several years. This year’s event will mainly be held outdoors in the front of the library with children’s stories and an Authors’ Panel moderated by Karla Olson, President of Read Local, taking place on the second floor. The panel will reveal publishing methods and promotion techniques.

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information on this and other Library events, visit the library website or contact 760-839-4601.

An Invitation to Casual Chess

Interested in learning how to play chess or want to find new partners or improve your playing?  Come join us in an afternoon of Casual Chess on Wednesday March 28, 2012 from 12:00 PM to 3:30 PM in the Turrentine Room of the Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St. Escondido, CA 92025.

All interested adults from beginners to experts are welcome to attend and meet other chess players and make new friends. Come have fun, exercise your brain and sharpen your skills. Chess sets will be provided.

Escondido Joslyn Senior Center Chess Club will be hosting the program.

Upcoming Computer Classes at the Escondido Public Library

The Escondido Public Library will be offering computer classes this April on using online video and podcasting. These classes are part of the LibraryYOU project which is collecting and sharing local knowledge through a new library website:

LibraryYOU is supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. Its goal is to teach the community about communicating through new media formats and to supplement the library's collection with digital media created by the local community. 

Introduction to Online Video
classes will take place Tuesday, April 3 at 2:00 p.m. and Tuesday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Computer Lab at the Pioneer Room.  Each class will cover the basics of using online video sites like Youtube to share and learn in addition to the cameras and software needed to record and edit videos.

Introduction to Podcasting
classes will take place Tuesday, April 10 at 2:00 p.m. and Tuesday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the Computer Lab at the Pioneer Room. Each class will cover how to find podcasts and download them to your computer or mp3 player as well as how to create podcasts with basic audio editing software.

These classes are free and open to the public. Registration is required. More information and online registration may be found at or by calling 760-839-4828.

Holocaust Survivor, Doris Martin, to Speak at Escondido Public Library

Kiss Every StepHolocaust survivor, Doris Martin, will speak Monday, April 9th at 6:30 PM in the Turrentine Room at the Escondido Public Library. Ms. Martin, author of the book Kiss Every Step, recounts her miraculous survival and that of her family in Nazi Germany. Born in Poland, she survived Auschwitz and spent three-and-a-half years in a labor camp handling and measuring explosive powder to build mines for the Nazi war effort. She writes, “The German army swept into Poland on September 1, 1939, and into my home town of Bendzin. The Nazis burned down our beautiful synagogue with 200 Jews inside. Most families in our town were wiped out by the Holocaust. Through many incredible strokes of luck or miracles, all seven of us survived. For an entire Jewish family in Poland to survive the Holocaust is amazing.”

Ms. Martin resides in Escondido and Flagstaff, Arizona. She believes that her miraculous survival, and that of her family, is proof that there is still hope to make the world a better place. She and her husband, Ralph Martin, have long been activists in teaching tolerance and she shares her message in schools and community engagements. They established the Martin-Springer Institute at Northern Arizona University in 2000. The mission of the Institute is to apply the lessons of the Holocaust to promote moral courage, altruism, and tolerance. Ralph and Doris Martin hope that through education, their Institute will help to reduce intolerance and hatred in order to prevent future outbreaks of these kinds of crimes.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required, but early arrival is encouraged as seating may be limited. Kiss Every Step will be available for purchase for $10.00 and Ms. Martin will sign books after the speaking engagement.

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information contact 760-839-4601