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Posts From July, 2015

Escondido Public Library Presents “It’s Book Time with Ronald McDonald!” and Children’s Summer Reading Awards

Escondido, CA — Escondido Public Library presents "It’s Book Time with Ronald McDonald!” on Thursday, August 6, 2015 from  2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Ronald McDonald makes a special appearance to share his love for books with children in an interactive show that includes an opportunity to meet him. Ronald McDonald teaches children that reading is fun and introduces kids to the important concept of "book time," the time we set aside each day for reading. He will also award prizes earned in a special drawing for Escondido Library’s Summer Reading Club readers.

As Escondido Public Library’s Summer Reading program draws to a close, Ronald McDonald congratulates summer readers and encourages everyone, especially children, to continue to read for pleasure and join the Summer Reading Club next year. Reading during the summer helps prevent the “summer slide” that can occur when students who don’t read could lose up two months of reading achievement from the previous school year.

Escondido Public Library encourages book time through its early literacy programs and full schedule of summer and year-round programs for school-age children and teens. For more information on Library events, visit or contact Ricca Gaus, Senior Youth Services Librarian, at, 760-839-4827.

This program is free to the public and registration is not required: however, space may be limited and early arrival is recommended. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido, CA 92025.

2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on August 11, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin.

When Anne Morrow, a shy college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family, she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Enthralled by Charles’s assurance and fame, Anne is certain the aviator has scarcely noticed her. But she is wrong. Charles sees in Anne a kindred spirit, a fellow adventurer, and her world will be changed forever. The two marry in a headline-making wedding. In the years that follow, Anne becomes the first licensed female glider pilot in the United States. But despite this, she is viewed merely as the aviator’s wife. The fairy-tale life she once longed for will bring heartbreak and hardships, ultimately pushing her to reconcile her need for love and her desire for independence, and to embrace, at last, life’s infinite possibilities for change and happiness.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on September 8, 2015 with KPBS’ 2015 One Book, One San Diego winning selection for adults, The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. For nearly a decade, KPBS’ One Book, One San Diego program has enriched the pleasure of reading by adding an element of meaningful community engagement. Each year, the community helps choose a book that becomes the featured “One Book”, shaping community discussions; shared experiences; and special events that comprise the One Book, One San Diego experience. Escondido Public Library is proud to partner with KPBS, and other local libraries, in this endeavor.

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 and One Book, One San Diego visit or contact the Library information desk at 760-839-4839.


Join a Summer Reading Club and Read to the Rhythm at Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s Summer Reading Clubs offer reading fun for all ages and special programs for children, teens, and adults through August 1, 2015. Join a Read to the Rhythm! Summer Reading Club by July 25, 2015 and read for enjoyment and incentive prizes. Register at the Library or online at

Children’s Summer Reading events include craft programs every Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. and Read to the Rhythm! Music-themed programs every Thursday at 2:00 p.m.:

  • July 16, 2015 - Ken Frawley Animal Tales and Musical Scales!
  • July 23, 2015 – Craig Newton’s Music
  • July 30, 2015 – John Abrams’ Animal Magic!

Read to the Rhythm! events for teens also include crafts and music-themed programs on Wednesdays and Saturdays, including Hula Basics, Escondido’s Got (Teen) Talent,  and a Live Concert! with Nicole Burns & Katya Brown, and Triceratropical.

Adult Summer Book Clubs and family-friendly concerts are also scheduled on Tuesdays and Saturdays. 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.

Library programs are free to the public and generously supported by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.

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, July 25, 2015, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Me llamo Bud, No Buddy/Bud, Not Buddy, a Newbery Award winner by Christopher Paul Curtis, is the selected book for July. Copies of the book are available through the Escondido Public Library catalog and can be reserved.

Me llamo Bud, No Buddy/Bud, Not Buddyis the story of 10-year-old, orphaned African-American, Bud Caldwell, who lives in Flint, Michigan. It takes place in 1936 during the Great Depression. The few items Bud has left of his mother, who has passed away, include: a blanket, a bag of rocks, a photograph of his mother as a child, and fliers that show Herman E. Calloway and his jazz band. Feeling unwanted, unloved, and alone, Bud sets out on a most remarkable quest—to find Calloway, the man he thinks is his father. This is a touching story for all ages.

The musical motif throughout Me llamo Bud, No Buddy/Bud, Not Buddy complements Escondido Public Library’s 2015 Summer Reading theme, Read to the Rhythm!, In addition to participating in Rincón Literario, readers can sign-up online at or at a Library Information Desk through July 25, 2015 to read for prizes, and enjoy special musical and programs.

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

Rincón Literario will meet next month, on Saturday, August 29, 2015, to discuss the bittersweet Bajo la misma estrella/The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public. For more information about future Rincón Literario selections and the Library’s Summer Reading Clubs, visit or contact Cecy Rayphole, Senior Library Associate, at 760-839-4289 or at