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Posts From May, 2014

Escondido Public Library Closed on June 18 for Software System Upgrade

Escondido, CA – All Escondido Public Library facilities will be closed to the public for the installation of a new library catalog software system on Wednesday, June 18, 2014. The closure will be for one day only and includes the following locations:

  • Main Library at 239 South Kalmia Street.
  • Pioneer Room, the Library’s local history archive, located in the Mathes Community Center at 247 South Kalmia Street.
  • Escondido Library Literacy Services Annex at 200 South Broadway.
  • Escondido Technology Center, located in the East Valley Community Center, at 2245 East Valley Parkway.

During the closure, Library users can visit, to access eBooks, use online research tools, and view the calendar of events. Library users will be able to return materials to the Main Library during the closure, and fines will not be charged for items due on June 18, 2014.

The Library will reopen for business as usual at 10:00 AM on Thursday, June 19, 2014.

Loretta McKinney, Director of Library and Community Services said, “When the Library reopens, technology upgrades, such as text and email notifications, will be available and users will immediately notice and appreciate the fresh look and ease of use of the new catalog.”

For more information, please contact Cynthia Smith, Deputy City Librarian, at 760-839-4329.

Escondido Public Library Offers Summer Reading Clubs for All Ages

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will offer Summer Reading Clubs for all ages, beginning on Monday, June 23, 2014. This year’s theme, “Paws to Read,” provides reading clubs, programs, activities, and events for every age group, from babies, preschoolers, and elementary school age children, to teens and adults. Registration opens on Monday, June 23, 2014 and participants can sign-up by visiting the Library or registering online through the Library’s website: Summer readers track their progress toward reading goals throughout the program. Children and teens read for prizes which are generously funded by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Registration will continue through July 21, 2014 and the Summer Reading Club ends on August 2, 2014.

The Library’s Children’s Services Department urges families to gallop, crawl, or fly to the Library to attend weekly events for children, ages 4 to 12. Children’s Crafts will be held on Tuesdays at 2:00 PM on June 24, July 8, 15, 22, & 29, 2014. Special programs and events for children will be held on Thursdays at 2:00 PM.

The Children’s summer program schedule includes:

  • June 26         Reptile Show presented by EcoVivarium
  • July 10          Book Time with Ronald McDonald
  • July 17          Escondido Humane Society
  • July 24          Wildlife Company
  • July 31          Summer Reading Club Finale with author, Clint Perry

For the very youngest, the Library will hold “(p)awesome” weekly storytimes for babies.

Cindi Bouvier, Senior Librarian for Youth Services said, “With school out for summer, there will be plenty of free time for reading for fun. Summer reading is also important because it helps students retain their reading level achieved during the school year.”

‘Tweens and teens can also dig into good books, earn prizes, and attend special programs, such as, Burritos and Books, Games and Grub, Movie Night, and Craft Events! Teens that reach their reading goals will be invited to a special finale party.

Adults can join in the summer reading fun by participating in the 2nd Tuesday Book Club or Rincón Literario Bilingual Book Club. In addition, Adults Services has planned eBook safaris to help readers download library eBooks on to their favorite device. We Bought a Zoo (rated PG) will be featured on Movie night.

A full schedule of Summer Reading Club programs and events is available online at All Library programs are free, open to the public, and sponsored by Friends of the Library. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. For further information on Summer Reading Clubs, contact Youth Services Senior Librarian, Cindi Bouvier at 760-839-5456.

Escondido Public Library Presents “How to Create a Successful Micro-Business”

Escondido, CA  –  Escondido Public Library’s Literacy and Lifelong Learning Division will present “How to Create a Successful Micro-Business.” In partnership with Helping Women Help Themselves (HWHT). This workshop will be held on Saturday, June 14, 2014, from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

The workshop is open to the public and will provide a basic overview of the key aspects of owning and operating a business. Participants will have access to HWHT’s ongoing business support and receive “A Business Manual for Micro-Business”. Helping Women Help Themselves was created to provide education and continual business support to individuals who are currently operating, or thinking about starting, their own micro-business. Learn more about HWHT by visiting their website at

Registration is requested by contacting Josephine Jones at (760) 839-5440. All Escondido Public Library programs and services are free and open to the public. For more information on Literacy Services and Library programs, visit

2nd Tuesday Book Club to Discuss The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at 6:00 PM in the Board Room. This month’s selection is a classic, The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D.  Salinger.

Published in 1951, the influential and widely-acclaimed story details two days in the life of 16-year-old Holden Caulfield, after he has been expelled from prep school. Confused and disillusioned, he searches for truth and rails against the "phoniness" of the adult world. He ends up exhausted and emotionally ill, in a psychiatrist's office.  After he recovers from his breakdown, Holden relates his experiences to the reader.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on July 8, 2014, with a discussion on the short story collection, Damage Control, by Amber Dermont.  The selection for August 12, 2014, will be The Wandering Falcon by Jamil Ahmad.

This program is sponsored by Friends of Escondido Public Library.  All Library programs are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information about the 2nd Tuesday Book Club visit or contact the Library information desk at 760-839-4839.

Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, will meet on Saturday, May 31, 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.  El castillo de cristal / The Glass Castle by Jeannette Wallsis the selected book for May.

Rex and Rose Mary Walls and their four children lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns or camping in the mountains.  When sober, Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who captured his children’s imagination and taught them how to embrace life fearlessly.  Rose Mary painted and wrote but couldn’t bear the responsibility of a family. 

When their money ran out, the Walls returned to the dismal West Virginia mining town and family that Rex Wall had done everything he could to escape.  As the dysfunction of her family escalated, Jeannette and the other Wall children had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they weathered their parents’ repeated betrayals. Until, finally, Jeannette found the resources and will to leave home. Hers is a story of triumph against all odds. Yet, it’s also a tender tale of unconditional love in a family that, despite its profound flaws, gave her the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.  

Araceli Capilla, a long-time Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner) member commented, “I have had the enjoyable experience of reading a great diversity of writers from different cultural backgrounds. In addition, Miriam Ruvinsky, the discussion facilitator, always provides thorough background information about both the author and subject matter to further enrich our discussions. This is a great way to discover new authors and improve your bilingual communication skills.”

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. In June, readers will discuss La llave de Sarah / Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay.

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 Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Librarian, at 760-839-4814.

Escondido Public Library Hosts Job Fair

Escondido, CA  –  Escondido Public Library’s Literacy and Lifelong Learning Division is partnering with Goodwill Industries to host a Job Fair on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

The Job Fair is open to the general public and job seekers will have the opportunity to meet more than two dozen potential employers with open positions that range from entry through professional levels. Participating employers will represent an array of industries and fields including: hospitality, healthcare, education, government, law enforcement, high tech, retail, and manufacturing. Job seekers are encouraged to bring their resume and may be invited to participate in on-site interviews.

Escondido Library’s Literacy and Lifelong Learning Division provides adults with one-on-one tutoring and courses to improve their reading and writing skills. The program’s career readiness component builds on the development of these skills to help prepare participants for employment and career advancement.

Escondido Public Library programs, services, and events are free and open to the public. For information on Literacy Services and other Library programs, visit, or contact Josephine Jones at (760) 839-4219.