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Escondido Library Literacy Services Presents Playing It Strong! Literature Alive

Escondido, CA- Literacy and Lifelong Learning’s Families for Literacy (FFL) will host a summer program, Playing It Strong! Literature Alive, for families enrolled in Literacy Services. Parents and their 3rd to 6th graders will attend a total of eight meetings. In these meetings families will expand their knowledge about theater and playwriting, as they learn about scripts, skits, and plays. Brenda Townsend, from The Patio Playhouse, will facilitate the scriptwriting process including fun and interactive theater activities with the families. This program will take place every Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM from July 9, 2013 to August 1, 2013. It will be held in the Turrentine Room, located on the second floor of Escondido Public Library, and presented by Literacy Services. Literature Alive is a continuation of FFL’s Playing It Strong! program.

This program was funded in part by the New Wisdom Foundation. Please contact Literacy Department Specialist, Veronica Botello, at (760) 747-1221 or to register or for additional Information. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Contact the library at 760-839-4684 or go to to learn more about Library programs.


Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Library

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, will meet on Saturday, June 29th 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.

In La distancia entre nosotros / The Distance Between Us the author, Reyna Grande, skillfully depicts another side of the immigrant experience—the hardships and heartbreaks of the children who are left behind.  Through her brutally honest firsthand account of growing up in Mexico without her parents, Grande sheds light on the often overlooked consequence of immigration—the disintegration of a family. 

“I encourage you to read this poignant memoir” 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 July, Rincon Literario readers will discuss La Laguna / The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver.   

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 Library Offers Summer Reading Club for Adults

Escondido, CA – Summer reading clubs are for all ages to enjoy. In addition to offering summer reading clubs for children and teens, the Escondido Public Library is hosting a Summer Reading Club especially for adults with the theme, Reading is So Delicious. The club runs from June 17 to August 3, 2013. Starting June 17th, adults can participate by visiting the Library in person or by registering via the Library’s web site Registration runs through July 20, 2013.

Adults who register are encouraged to share reading recommendations with others by submitting brief book reviews. Each week one review will be selected in a drawing for a prize. The Library’s web page will feature a number of selected reviews.

Kelley Aderholt, the 2012 Club’s Grand Prize Winner, looks forward to 2013: “It was fun.  I always get my kids to do the Summer Reading Club, and when they saw that there was one for adults, I knew I should join, too.  I never expected I’d be the Grand Prize Winner.”

Library programs, events and services are free and open to the public. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Contact Reference Librarian, David Frazee at 760-839-4839 for more information on the Adult Summer Reading Club. To learn more about the Library’s Summer Reading Clubs for children and teens, or go to