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Teen Summer Reading Club @ Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s Teen Summer Reading Club, for teens entering grades 7 – 12, is in full swing through August 1, 2015. Teens join the club by registering online at and logging reading and program participation hours to earn prizes. The last day to register is July 20, 2015.

Participants can earn prizes by reaching each of three reading levels (10, 15, and 20 hours). Attendance at program events counts toward reading hours as well. The Teen Summer Reading Club highlights this year’s theme, Read to the Rhythm with a full schedule of music and art programs that include:

  • Board Game Afternoon – Every Friday, June 19 – July 24, 2015, from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Challenge friends to a variety of board games.
  • Folklorico (Mexican Folk Dance) – June 27, 2015, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Learn about the art of Mexican Folklorico dancing in this cultural and musical experience.
  • Rock ‘n’ Craft – July 8, 2015, from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Make a craft from a vinyl record.
  • Burritos & Book Club – July 15, 2015, from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Read one of the Read to the Rhythm book picks and come ready to chat about it and other favorite books while enjoying free burritos.
  • Triceratropical in a Live Concert! – July 18, 2015, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Two acoustic performances followed by the alternative rock band, Triceratropical.
  • Esco Teens Create – July 22, 2015, from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Teens earn community service credit while making produce bags.
  • Hula Basics – July 25, 2015, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Learn basic Hula steps and enjoy the “aloha attitude” with traditional and modern Hawaiian music.
  • Escondido’s Got Talent – July 29, 2015, from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Sign up to perform in our talent show and compete against fellow teens to win a cash prize.
  • Read to the Rhythm After-Hours Party – Teens who log 25 or more hours by July 26, 2015, will be invited to the After-Hours Party, featuring games, food, contests, prizes, and more.

Library programs are generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Burritos and Books is sponsored by Taco Bell located at 627 N. Escondido Boulevard in Escondido, CA. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information on the Teen Summer Reading Club and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at or call Teen Librarian Cathy Janovitz at 760-839-4283. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall by Kazuo Ishiguro

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on July 14, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall by Kazuo Ishiguro. This book was specially selected to fit the 2015 Adult Summer Reading Club theme, Read to the Rhythm.

Escondido Public Library’s 2015 Adult Summer Reading Club promotes reading for enjoyment and pleasure, and provides Summer Reading Club members a chance to read and earn prizes in weekly drawings. Join the Adult Summer Reading Club, which runs through August 1, 2015. Sign up online beginning June 15 at or in the Library at the Information Desk. Throughout the program, special musical events will be offered to tie-in with the theme.

With the clarity and precision that have become his trademarks, Kazuo Ishiguro interlocks five short pieces of fiction to create a world that resonates with emotion, heart break, and humor. Here is a fragile, once famous singer, turning his back on the one thing he loves; a music junky with little else to offer his friends but opinion; a songwriter who inadvertently breaks up a marriage; a jazz musician who thinks the answer to his career lies in changing his physical appearance; and a young cellist whose tutor has devised a remarkable way to foster his talent. For each, music is a central part of their lives and, in one way or another, delivers them to an epiphany.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on August 11, 2015, with The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin.  The selection for September 8, 2015, will be The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, the 2015 One Book One San Diego title.

All Library programs are generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and are free 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 Offers Summer Reading Clubs For All Ages and Interests

Read to the Rhythm! is the music-related theme of Escondido Public Library’s 2015 Summer Reading Clubs for children, teens, and adults. The Clubs offer reading fun for all ages and a wide variety of programs from June 15 – August 1, 2015. The Library invites all community members to join a Summer Reading Club and read for enjoyment and incentive prizes beginning June 15, 2015. Register at the Library or online at In addition, Escondido Library patrons who register become part of the California Summer Reading Challenge, a state-wide public libraries’ drive to achieve one million summer reading sign-ups in 2015, #onemillionreaders.

Summer Reading festivities kick off on Monday, June 15, 2015 from 1:00—4:00 p.m. under the Library arcade with a delicious, free sample from Rita’s Ices—one of Escondido Library’s 2015 Summer Reading Club sponsors.

Summer reading is especially important to help prevent the summer reading slide that can occur when students who don’t read during the summer lose up two months of reading skills from the previous school year. The Library encourages reading advancement and retention with a full schedule of programs and performances that feature music, dance, magic, crafts, and stories to tie-in to Read to the Rhythm!

Craft programs for children are offered every Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. Exciting performances are offered every Thursday at 2:00 p.m., beginning on June 18, 2015, with Clint Perry & the Boo Hoo Crew, a high energy kid’s rock band. Children’s programs end on July 30, 2015, with John Abrams’ Animal Magic, a comedy, magic, and music show with lots of audience participation. A number of other new and exciting performers are scheduled throughout. Don’t miss an opportunity for children to read to (Komodo) dragons when the ever-popular Ecovivarium group educates children about reptiles (snakes and lizards), amphibians (frogs, toads, and salamanders), and arthropods (insects, spiders, and crustaceans).

Teen crafts and programs, such as Ballet Folklorico, Hula dancing, and a Teen Talent Show, are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Adult Book Clubs and family friendly concerts are scheduled throughout the summer on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Library programs are free to the public and generously supported by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Registration for events is not required; however, space and/or supplies may be limited. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information about the 2015 Summer Reading Clubs and scheduled performers, visit or contact Ricca Gaus, Senior Youth Services Librarian, at, 760-839-4827, or David Frazee, Adult Services Librarian, at, 760-839-4211.


Escondido Public Library Presents Gold Hill: The Story of Julian’s 1870’s Gold Rush - An Interactive Musical Event

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library and the Pioneer Room Friends present Celia Lawley, “Fiddlegirl,” performing Gold Hill: The Story of Julian’s 1870’s Gold Rush on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Lawley packs 12 original songs based on Julian's 1870's gold rush history into this one hour show. An accomplished musician and performer, she sings, acts, and dances while playing fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and tin flute. Lawley invites audience participation and interaction to add to the fun and enjoyment.

Gold Hill is one of many programs offered throughout the Library’s 2015 Summer Reading program line-up. Librarian David Frazee commented “Read to the Rhythm! is this year’s Summer Reading theme, and Gold Hill is the perfect family-friendly program to celebrate reading, music, and local history. Lawley is a native San Diegan and she combines her knowledge of San Diego’s rich history in an entertaining and unique musical performance that everyone will enjoy.”

Escondido Public Library’s 2015 Summer Reading program for adults includes two additional summer concerts as part of the extended 2nd Saturday Concert Series. On Saturday, July 11, 2015, Yale Strom and Hot Pstromi combine klezmer music with Hasidic melodies, Romanian, jazz, classical, and Balkan influences into a new form of Jewish music. On August 8, 2015, the Neave Trio returns to perform classical chamber music.

For more information about Escondido Public Library’s Summer Reading programs and programs for adults, children and teens, visit, or contact David Frazee at 760-839-4839 or All Library events are free and open to the public. Gold Hill is generously sponsored by the Escondido Library Pioneer Room Friends. The 2nd Saturday Concert Series and many other Summer Reading Club events are sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

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 27, 2015, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. The classic, Cumbres borrascosas/Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, is the selected title for June. Multiple copies of the book are available for check-out or can be reserved in the Library catalog at

Cumbres borrascosas/Wuthering Heights follows the life of the mysterious Heathcliff from childhood to his death in his late thirties. Heathcliff rises in stature within his adopted family and then is suddenly reduced to the status of a servant. He runs away when the young woman he loves decides to marry another. Heathcliff returns later, rich and educated, and sets about gaining revenge on the two families he believes ruined his life.

Cecy Rayphole, Rincón Literario’s facilitator, commented, “Book discussions bring people together to share their views, experience different perspectives and cultures, and to discover what they have in common. Rincón Literario is an excellent forum for this exchange and also provides a great opportunity to practice or improve reading or speaking in either English or Spanish in a comfortable, supportive setting.”

Rincón Literario will meet next month, on Saturday, July 25, 2015, to discuss the delightful Me llamo Bud, No Buddy/Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis.

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public. To access the book in the Library catalog, and for more information about future Rincón Literario selections and other Library programs, visit or contact Cecy Rayphole, Senior Library Associate, at 760-839-4271 or at