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Posts From April, 2013

Share your vision of the Escondido Public Library's Future

The Escondido Public Library invites the community to help develop a dynamic new vision for the Library’s future by attending public meetings on April 27, 30, and May 1.

Escondido Public Library has been a vital part of the community’s educational, cultural, and economic development for more than a century. The current library building, located downtown, can no longer accommodate the materials, services, and technology to support the community’s 21st century needs. Studies over the past five years have confirmed the need for an expanded library and City Council recently approved the initiation of a conceptual design study to reorganize the current building and add a new state-of-the-art wing.

Broad-based community input and ideas will be essential to making the project a success. Community members are invited to participate in any or all of the following opportunities to learn about the library conceptual design project and provide input. Community Meetings will be held on the following dates:

  • Saturday, April 27
    At the Escondido Public Library’s booth at the Día de los Niños festival in Grape Day Park, 321 North Broadway in Escondido, from 11:00 A.M to 4:00 P.M.
  • Tuesday, April 30
    At a public meeting at the Escondido Public Library (Turrentine Room), 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido, from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.
  • Wednesday, May 1
    At a public meeting at Oak Hill School (Multipurpose Room), 1820 Oak Hill Drive in Escondido, from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. This meeting’s agenda will be the same as the      April 30 public meeting. Community members are welcome to attend both meetings.

The Escondido Library Foundation has been actively involved in addressing the need for an expanded Library. Jack Anderson, Foundation President and member of the steering team for the Library’s expansion, is looking forward to receiving ideas from the public. He said, “We encourage your participation in this important community process. The Library is an integral part of our community life, and the design process will bring about a specific plan that will improve and strengthen the Library’s capacity and user-friendly capabilities.”

As part of the process, plans to seek input also include a survey that will be available on the Escondido Public Library’s website. Updates and additional events on the conceptual design for an expanded Library will be posted on the Escondido Public Library’s website as the project progresses.

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information on this event, contact 760-839-4601. 

Literacy and Lifelong Learning’s Families for Literacy (FFL) Spring Program: Playing It Strong! Goes Into The Wild!

Literacy and Lifelong Learning’s FFL will host a spring program, Playing It Strong! Goes Into the Wild! This program is from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM on Thursdays, April 25th, May 2nd; and 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM on Saturday, May 4, 2013. Playing It Strong! Goes into the Wild!  is a continuation of FFL’s winter program, where families and their children in grades 3rd to 6th identified  their talents and strengths. Now, children will be connecting their knowledge from the 1st module of Playing It Strong!, while learning about animals.

Parents and their 3rd to 6th graders will attend three meetings. In the first two meetings they will learn about animal traits and characteristics. Through interactive activities they will learn that like humans, animals have traits and characteristics that make them unique. Children will also do a special project on an animal they think most resembles their own personality and talents. The third meeting will be a field trip to the Safari Park for the families that participated in the last two sessions.

This program was funded in part by the Wisdom Foundation. It is free and open to families in need of literacy services. It will be held in the Turrentine Room, located on the second floor of Escondido Public Library, and presented by Literacy Services. Please contact Literacy Department Specialist, Veronica Botello, at (760)747-1221 to register or for additional Information.

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

Escondido Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets April 27th

Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, will meet on Saturday, April 27th 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.

“La breve y maravillosa vida de Oscar Wao” / “Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao” by Junot Diaz is the selected book for this month.  Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd who dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and of finding love.  But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the fuku – the curse that has haunted his family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love.  Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim. We are immersed in the tumultuous life of Oscar and his family history, rendered with genuine warmth and humor, and insight into the Dominican-American family experience.  It displays an endless human capacity to persevere in the face of heartbreak and loss, a true literary triumph.

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

In May Rincon Literario readers will discuss La cupula / Under the Dome by Stephen King.  A list of future Rincón Literario selections is available at For more information on the library’s book discussion groups and other programs, visit the library website or call 760.839.4814.

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.