Escondido Public Library - News releases - press releases

Posts From May, 2013

Escondido Public Library’s Summer Reading Club

Escondido, CA – This summer, prepare to savor some tasty reads with your little one at Escondido Public Library’s Baby Summer Reading Club. This year’s Summer Reading Club theme is Reading is So Delicious, and runs from June 17 – August 3, 2013. Parents and caregivers of children, ages 0-2, may sign up to participate by registering in person at the Children’s Room Information Desk starting Monday, June 17th. The last day to register for the Baby Summer Reading Club is Saturday, July 20th.

Throughout the summer, parents and caregivers are encouraged to participate in activities with their child that include reading books, singing songs, and, attending story time events at the Library. Beginning June 19th, weekly baby story times will be held on Wednesdays at 11:00 A.M. in the Children’s Room. Suggested activities and more are listed on the Reading Log provided at sign-up. Completing at least 7 out of 10 activities earns a free book. The Baby Summer Reading Club fosters the six early literacy skills necessary to prepare children for reading and writing:

  • Getting your child interested in books. (Print Motivation)
  • Sounding out words. (Phonological Awareness)
  • Understanding the meaning of words and/or the story. (Vocabulary Skills)
  • Developing the ability to share the details and/or ideas of a book. (Narrative Skills)
  • Distinguishing between letters and pictures. (Print Awareness)
  • Learning letters and their sounds. (Letter Knowledge)

Children’s Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj reflected on the importance of reading to babies and sharing stories, “It’s never too early to begin reading to your baby, especially since the brain develops at an incredibly rapid rate during the first three years of life. Sharing books with your child helps them build vital language skills and strengthens memory.  Developing reading abilities at an early age plays a significant role in boosting academic performance in later years. Joining the Library’s Reading is So Delicious Baby Summer Reading Club is a great way to bond with your baby and get them on the path to reading success.”

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St in Escondido. Library programs are free and open to the public and sponsored by the Friends of the Library. For information about the Baby Summer Reading Club contact Children’s Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, at 760-839-5458 or at Additional information about the Library’s Summer Reading Clubs for children, teens and adults is available on the Library web site at

Bite Into a Good Book @ Escondido Public Library

The Escondido Public Library is offering its annual Kids’ Summer Reading Club from June 17 to August 3, 2013. This year’s theme is “Reading is So Delicious” for all children who are Pre-Kindergarten to those entering 6th grade in the fall are eligible to join the Club by visiting the Library web site to sign up starting on June 17. The last day to register is July 20, 2013.

The following free weekly events will be held in the Library’s Turrentine Room with crafts on Tuesday and kids programs on Thursday.

Craft Events at 2 PM Every Tuesday

  • June 18     Paleontology Pasta
  • June  25    Spaghetti Painting 
  • July 9        Bean Mandala
  • July 16       Candy Sushi
  • July 23       Pancake Toy
  • July 30       Food Groups Mobile

Special Events Every Thursday

  • June 20 at 2 PM Animal Magic with John Abrams
  • June 27at 1:30 PM Magic for Life with Dana Law
  • July 11 at 2 PM Book Time with Ronald McDonald
  • July 18at 2 PM Safari Cartoon Class with Dave Boatman
  • July 25 at 2 PM Escondido Kids Move with the Recreation Department
  • August 1 at 2 PM Feed Your Imagination with Annie Banannie

Cindi Bouvier, Senior Librarian for Youth Services “Reminds all parents and children that school will be out for summer which means there will be plenty of free time for reading. So get ready for a fun-filled summer of yummy reads and join the Summer Reading Club at the Escondido Public Library and earn prizes for reading.”

Library programs, events and services are free and open to the public and no registration is required. Programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Contact the Library at 760-839-4837 or go to

Friends of the Escondido Public Library Half-Price Sale May 28 – June 1, 2013

The Friends of the Escondido Public Library will hold a 50% Off Everything Salestarting on Tuesday, May 28 thru Saturday, June 1, 2013. The sale will take place in the Friends Book Shop inside the Escondido Public Library, 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.

Friends Book Shop hours are 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and 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.

Cash only, 25¢ minimum.

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:

Bilingual Book Discussion Group at Escondido Library

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, will meet on Saturday, May 25th from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the Library’s Board Room. Author and journalist, Miriam Ruvinskis, will lead the discussion in both English and Spanish.

La cupula / Under the Dome, a thriller by Stephen King is the selected book for May’s discussion.  On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Maine, a small town is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field.  Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage and cars explode on impact.  Families are separated and panic mounts.  No one can fathom what the barrier is, where it came from, and when – or if – it will go away.

“I encourage you to read this exciting book” said Adult Services Librarian Paul Crouthamel. “When you discuss a great book with others who have read it, you can share your perspectives and learn how other people might have interpreted the story differently.  The discussions are a perfect way to discuss interesting books and converse in both languages”

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of each month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. In June Rincon Literario readers will discuss La distancia entre nosotros  / The Distance Between Us  by Reyna Grande.

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. For more information about future Rincón Literario selections and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at or call 760.839.4814.