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Infant & Toddler Summer Reading Club

This summer, the Escondido Public Library is kicking off its first-ever infant and toddler summer reading event, which runs from June 11th–August 4th! Parents of children, ages 0-2, may sign up at the Children’s Desk for the Dream Big, READ! Infant & Toddler Summer Reading Club (SRC). The last day to register for this program is Monday, July 30th.

Parents may pick up an Infant & Toddler SRC reading log at the Children’s Desk. Throughout the summer, parents are encouraged to participate in activities that include reading books, singing songs, and of course, attending story time events at the Library. These activities and more are listed on the reading log, and completing at least 7 out of 10 earns your little one a fabulous, age-appropriate prize!

The Infant & Toddler SRC fosters the six early literacy skills necessary to prepare children for reading and writing:

· Print Motivation – Getting your child interested in books.

· Phonological Awareness – Sounding out words.

· Vocabulary Skills – Understanding the meaning of words and/or the story.

· Narrative Skills – Developing the ability to share the details and/or ideas of a book with you.

· Print Awareness – Distinguishing between letters and pictures.

· Letter Knowledge – Learning letters and their sounds.

This program is made possible by generous support from the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Registration is required to participate in the Summer Reading Club, but events are free and open to the public. Seating is limited, so come early. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For additional information call the Children’s Department at 760-839-4837.


Kids’ Summer Reading Club at Escondido Public Library

The Escondido Public Library’s annual Summer Reading Club begins Monday, June 11th and runs through Saturday, August 4th. This year’s theme is Dream Big, READ! Children from Pre-Kindergarten to 6th grade may sign-up for the Summer Reading Club (SRC) at the Escondido Public Library in the Children’s Room.
To participate, each child can read books, magazines, graphic novels, listen to audiobooks, or read to their younger siblings. Reading for 4 hours, 8 hours, and 12 hours will earn children prizes and allow them to complete the club. Time spent reading can be tracked on the reading log or on the Summer Reading Website. When children reach a reading goal, they simply come to the library to claim their prize. The last day to register is Monday, July 30th.

Special events will take place weekly throughout the program. On June 14th Annie Banannie and The Really Big Balloon at 2 PM will kick-off the Summer Reading Club and the grand finale will take place on August 2nd with John Abrams’, Animal Magic at 2 PM. Summer reading clubs encourage children to spend time with books and develop a love of reading for pleasure. They also increase retention of skills learned throughout the school year and engage parents in playing a greater role in their child's literacy development.

This program is made possible by the generous support from the Friends of the Escondido Public Library.  All programs are free and open to the public, and registration is not required to attend weekly weekly performances and crafts.   Come early as seating is limited.

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For information about this and other Library events, visit our website or phone 760-839-4837.
May all your dreams come true!                


Kids' Summer Reading Club Events in June

The Escondido Public Library Kids’ Summer Reading Club (SRC) will offer three special events in June for children and families to attend in the Turrentine Room;

Annie Banannie on June 14th, Craft Time on June 21st, and Charles Johnson on June 28th.


Annie Banannie performs What’s your Dream on Thursday, June 14th at 2 PM. The sky’s the limit when Annie Banannie provides all kinds of entertainment with balloons!  Definitely fun, possibly absurd, and positively awesome!  Don’t miss the finale – the Giant Balloon!  The audience will also be able to participate in Annie’s balloon theatre, “What’s Your Dream.”


Craft Time on Thursday, June 21st at 2 PM. Create your own Dream Catcher to make all your dreams come true.


Charles Johnson Les Voyages Fantastique June 28th at 2 PM. Dream with Charles Johnson, as he tells five tales of adventure to far-away places traveling in a great flying ship.  Hear the stories of his fantastic companions, Baron Munchausen, the Blue Fairy, Sinbad, and a Noble Whale.


Kids’ Summer Reading Club programs are made possible by generous support from the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. The programs are free and open to the public. Come early as seating is limited.

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.  For more information call the library at (760) 839-4837 or visit the library website.

Our Bilingual Book Discussion Group, Rincón Literario, Meets May 26th

Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner) meets on Saturday, May 26th 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 is J.K. Rowling’s remarkable literary sensation Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal / Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.  This is the first book in the Harry Potter series.

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.

Dive into the sensational world of Harry Potter and see that he has no idea how famous he is. That's because he's being raised by his miserable aunt and uncle who are terrified Harry will learn that he's really a wizard, just as his parents were. But everything changes when Harry is summoned to attend an infamous school for wizards, and he begins to discover some clues about his illustrious birthright. From the surprising way he is greeted by a lovable giant, to the unique curriculum and colorful faculty at his unusual school, Harry finds himself drawn deep inside a mystical world he never knew existed and closer to his own noble destiny.

In June, Rincón Literario readers will discuss El tiempo entre costuras / The Time in Between by Maria Duenas. A list of future Rincón Literario selections is available on the library website.