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Posts From March, 2013

World Book Night Celebration at Escondido Public Library

25,000 volunteers from Berkeley to Boston and Sitka to Sarasota will give away half a million free books in more than 6,000 towns and cities across the country through the World Book Night U.S. program. The Escondido Public Library will once again serve as a location for registered givers to pick up their book orders during the World Book Night Celebration on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 from 6:30 – 7:30 PM in the Turrentine Room. Those interested in participating in the future are encouraged to attend this celebration to learn more about the program and how to sign up for updates on World Book Night 2014.

World Book Night U.S. is an ambitious campaign to give thousands of free, specially printed paperbacks to light or nonreaders across America on one day. Volunteer book lovers help promote reading by going out into their communities and sharing free copies of books they love. The mission of World Book Night is to seek out those without the means or access to printed books. For more information about World Book Night, please go to

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

Escondido Public Library teams up with Foli to offer digital magazines

Foli digital magazine app

The Escondido Public Library is offering iPad users the ability to read a collection of digital magazines for free when they use the Foli app. Foli uses patented geolocation technology to deliver digital content to consumers in specific locations and the Escondido Public Library is proud to be the first location in San Diego County to sign up for this exciting new service.

Owners of iPads can download the free app on their next visit to the library. Foli is currently working with top magazine publishers and is available at a growing number of locations in the U.S., including airports, hotels, coffee shops, salons, and spas.

For more information, see the Foli website: or contact the library’s Digital Services Librarian, Viktor Sjöberg at: or 760-839-4828.

Celebrate National Library Week April 13-20, 2013 with Escondido Public Library

Escondido Public Library & Technology Center celebrates National Library Week, April 13-20, inviting all ages to use and enjoy free programs and services available on-site and online. The library supports lifelong learning through books, media, downloadable E-Books, and online resources as well as in-library computer access, Wi-Fi, and a business center. Escondido Public Library offers free programs for children, teens, and adults ranging from cultural and literary events to vital educational opportunities. The Library continues to be a place for study, research, and improve literacy. Known traditionally for helping students and researchers, Escondido Library is widely recognized as an innovator - promoting entrepreneurship, career development and public content creation. Escondido Public Library serves as a community hub, helping individuals and families connect and discover their world.

Festivities begin with a National Library Week proclamation by Mayor Sam Abed at the City Council Meeting on Wednesday, April 10th. The public is invited to attend the brief ceremony at 4:30 PM in the Council Chambers located at 201 North Broadway. A full week of free programs and events follows:

Saturday, 4/13      
2:00 PM              
2nd Saturday Concert: Virtual Strangers Perform Bluegrass

Monday, 4/15      
11:00 AM            
Rhymes & Reading (Preschool Story Time)
3:30 PM             
Knights Realm Chess Club (Kids 6-12 years)

Tuesday, 4/16      
6:30 PM              
World Book Night Celebration
Wednesday, 4/17      
10:00 AM            
Project All Ready! North County Health Services Hearing
& Vision Screening (Children 18 months – 5 years old)
10:15 AM            
Bilingual Story Time (Preschool/Grade School)
4:00 PM               
Crafty CATS Community Service for Teens
Thursday, 4/18      
10:30 AM            
Cowboy Charlie’s Sing-along (Preschool)
3:30 PM             
JosiahSings Celebrating the Wonder of Nature

Library Friends and Foundation supporters invite the public to participate in two special events during National Library Week:

The Friends of the Escondido Public Library will hold a 50% Off Everything Sale Monday, April 15 through Saturday, April 20th in the Friends Book Shop (inside the Library). Book Shop hours are 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Monday, Wednesday, Friday, & Saturday; and 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Tuesday & Thursday. A preview sale for Friends of the Library members will be held on Saturday, April 13 from 10 AM – 4 PM.

Favorite fiction & non-fiction, collectors, classics, hardcovers, paperbacks, audio books, CDs, and DVDs will be marked 50% off. Terms are cash only, 25¢ minimum. 100% of the proceeds from the sale directly support the Library’s circulating book and media collections and programs for children, teens, and adults.


The Escondido Library Foundation, in partnershipwith participating Escondido and San Marcos McDonald’s restaurants, will hold a fundraiser on Wednesday, April 17th, to benefit the Library. Visit participating McDonald’s at 340 West Mission Avenue in Escondido and two locations at 701 Center Drive in San Marcos (one restaurant is inside the Walmart store). A portion of the sales between 4:00 - 8:00 PM will go to the Library.

The Main Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. To learn more about the Escondido Public Library’s hours, locations, services, and programs visit or call 760-839-4684.

Josiah: Musical Storyteller and Artist Lecturer At Escondido Public Library

The Literacy and Lifelong Learning and Youth Services present the very talented Josiah and his Nature-Focus Program, targeted for school age children. In his Nature-Focus Program, Josiah demonstrates the beauty and wonders of nature with storytelling and interactive discussion and movements. Children are encouraged to actively participate in these rhythmic self-expressing exercises, while learning sounds and becoming educated in the changes of nature and the world around us. This family event will be held at the Escondido Public Library during National Library Week from 3:30PM – 4:30PM on Thursday, April 18th.

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.

This event is free to the public. For further information please contact Literacy Department Specialist, Natalie Mason at (760) 839-5450 or This event will be held in the library, taking place in the Turrentine Room, on the second floor. Learn more about Josiah by visiting his website at

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information on this or other Literacy and Lifelong Learning events, go to or contact (760) 839-5440.

The Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series presents Virtual Strangers

Virtual Strangers will be playing at the Escondido Public Library on Saturday April 13th, 2013 at 3:00 PM in the Turrentine Room of the Escondido Public Library. Virtual Strangers is a highly talented and energetic bluegrass band whose sound is a mixture of traditional bluegrass influenced by Ralph Stanley, Earl Monroe, and Flatt and Scruggs with more progressive material from Blue Highway, Lonesome River Band and some Del McCoury. A four piece band consisting of a banjo, a guitar, a mandolin, and a bass they still produce a nice three part harmony. They have played at many bluegrass festivals throughout California and the West taking top honors in several of them. Come join us in some foot-tapping music that lifts the spirit.

The concert is free and opened to the public, and generously sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library.  The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street.  For more information, please call (760) 839-4839 or visit the library online at

Escondido Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets March 30th

Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner) will meet on Saturday, March 30th 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.

The selected book for this month is the Pulitzer Prize winner La Carretera / The Road by Cormac McCarthy.  This apocalyptic vision is narrated by a nameless man who is one of the few survivors of an unspecified civilization-ending catastrophe.  He and his young son are trekking along a treacherous highway, starving and freezing, trying to avoid roving cannibal armies.  The tale, and their lives, is saved from teetering over the edge of bleakness thanks to the man’s fierce belief that they are “the good guys” who are preserving the light of humanity.  

The Road is the profoundly moving story of a journey. It boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, "each the other's world entire," are sustained by love. Awesome in the totality of its vision, it is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation.

In April Rincon Literario readers will discuss La breve y maravillosa vida de Oscar Wao / The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz.  A list of future Rincón Literario selections is available at our website. For more information on the library’s book discussion groups and other programs, visit the library website or call 760.839.4814

Rincón Literario meets regularly on 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.
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.