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2nd Tuesday Book Club to Discuss Damage Control: Stories by Amber Dermont

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at 6:00 PM in the Board Room. This month’s selection is Damage Control: Stories by Amber Dermont.

A luminous collection of short stories focusing on privilege and entitlement, Damage Control displays Amber Dermont's remarkable gift for portraying characters at crossroads. In “Lyndon,” a daughter visits presidential landmarks following the death of her father. In “Damage Control,” a young man works at an etiquette school while his girlfriend is indicted for embezzlement. A widow rents herself to elderly women and vacations with them as a “professional grandchild” in “Stella at the Winter Palace.”

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on August 12, 2014, with a discussion on The Wandering Falcon by Jamil Ahmad. The selection for September 9, 2014, will be Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan.

This program is sponsored by the 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.


Escondido Public Library’s Hosts eReader Training Classes

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will offer two tutorials on how to use eReaders to download free library eBooks. On Monday, June 30, 2014 “A Kindle Safari” will teach Amazon Kindle owners how to access eBooks online from the Library’s catalog. On Tuesday, July 15, 2014, “Train your Tablet for eBooks” is designed for iPad, Android, or Windows tablet owners who want to set-up their device to download eBooks from the Library. Both programs are free and begin at 6:00 PM in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Registration is not required. Participants should bring their Kindle or tablet eReader device. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido, CA 92025.

Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Supervisor, commented, “Most eReaders, like Kindles, are given as presents to avid readers. Readers who love print books and browsing the shelves of well-stocked libraries may not be sure how to browse the library’s eBook collection and download them. These programs take the mystery out of how to perform the one-time set up for their eReader. The classes will demonstrate how eReader devices whether a Kindle or tablet, are very easy to use once set-up and can be a convenient tool for the bibliophile and book lover.”

Both programs are part of the Library’s 2014 Adult Summer Reading Club, Paws to Read. The Summer Reading Club runs from June 23 to August 2, 2014. Starting June 23, adults can enroll by visiting the Library in-person or by registering via the Library’s website at Registration runs through July 19, 2014.

Escondido Public Library offers Summer Reading Clubs for all ages and events are sponsored by the Friends of Escondido Public Library. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information on Library programs for adults, contact the Library at 760-839-4839 or go to  

Escondido Public Library Offers a Summer Reading Club for Adults

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s Summer Reading Clubs begin Monday, June 23, 2014 and run through August 2, 2014. This year’s theme is “Paws to Read,” encouraging book and animal-lovers of all ages to “pause,” read, and discuss what they’ve read with others. The Library’s Adult Summer Reading Club offers the opportunity to record books read and share recommendations and reviews with others. Beginning June 23, 2014, adults can join by registering in-person at the Library Information Desk or online at Participants who submit book reviews will be eligible for prizes.

On Monday, June 23, 2014, the Adult Summer Reading Club kicks-off with a free movie, “We Bought a Zoo,” showing at 5:00 PM in the Turrentine Room. “We Bought a Zoo,” is about Benjamin Mee, a widower who buys a home that includes a dilapidated zoo and renovates it for a grand reopening to the public. Matt Damon, who plays Benjamin Mee says, “Sometimes all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage. Just, literally, 20 seconds… and I promise you, something great will come of it.”’ Summer Reading Club coordinator, David Frazee, agrees saying, “It takes just 20 seconds to sign up for the Summer Reading Club and something great will come of it!”

In addition to the movie, adult summer readers will enjoy a line-up of free programs:

  • A Kindle Safari: Learn How to Download Library eBooks – Monday, June 30, 2014 at 6:00 PM. Kindle owners learn how to set up their device to accept free library eBooks.
  • 2nd Tuesday Book Club – Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 6:00 PM. The selected book is Amber Dermount’s Damage Control.
  • Train Your Tablet for eBooks – Monday, July 15, 2014 at 6:00 PM. Android, Windows, Nook, and iPad owners can learn how to set up their tablet or smart phone to download free library eBooks.
  •  Rincón Literario, Bilingual Book Club – Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 3:30 PM. The selected book is Julia Alvarez’s A Wedding in Haiti/Un Boda en Haiti.

All programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. For more information, contact librarian David Frazee at 760-839-4211 or visit the Library’s website at 

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, June 28, 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 llave de Sarah / Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay is the selected book for June.

The setting is Paris, July 1942.  Ten-year-old Sarah and her family are brutally arrested by the French police in the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup. She just has time to lock her younger brother in a cupboard in the family’s apartment, thinking she will be back within a few hours.  In the summer of 1942, the French police arrested thousands of Jewish families and held them outside of Paris before shipping them to Auschwitz.

Fast forward to Paris, May 2002, it is the 60th anniversary of the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup, a black day In France’s past.  Julie, an American journalist, stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. She is compelled to retrace Sarah’s ordeal to discover what happened to Sarah, the only member of her family to survive.  The author offers a brilliantly subtle, compelling portrait of France under occupation and reveals the taboos and silence that surround this painful episode.

Miriam Ruvinskis, Rincón Literario’s facilitator states, “Book discussions are a perfect way of nostalgically revisiting Latino culture and language while also making new friends and opening windows and paths to future experiences and other cultures.”

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. On July 26, from 3:30 – 4:45 PM, readers will discuss Una boda en Haiti / Wedding in Haiti  by Julia Alvarez.

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, Senior Adult Services Librarian, at 760-839-4814.