2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses The Martian by Andy Weir 

08/31/2016 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on September 13, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is The Martian by Andy Weir. Copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at library.escondido.org.

Discuss the edge-of-your-seat thriller that inspired the Oscar nominated film! Novice astronaut and botanist Mark Watney is left behind on Mars after a storm causes his crew to presume him dead. Once Watney manages to make contact with NASA, his fellow astronauts must race against time to save him. Filled with suspense, humor and actual science, the discussion of this best-selling novel is not to be missed.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on October 11, 2016 for a group discussion of Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy by Carlos Eire. This book was specially selected by KPBS and its partners as the 2016 One Book, One San Diego community read title. For more information on One Book, One San Diego, visit http://www.kpbs.org/one-book/.

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 Escondido, CA 92025.  For more information about the 2nd Tuesday Book Club visit library.escondido.org or contact Adult Services Librarian Monica Barrette at 760-839-4836.

Escondido Public Library Hosts Create It @ Your Library for Teens 

08/31/2016 Categories: Teens

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library announces a new craft-based monthly program, Create It @ Your Library, for teens and tweens ages 12 to 18 years old.  Create It @ Your Library will take place on the third Wednesday of the month and the first meeting will be on September 21, 2016 in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

A variety of craft projects and techniques will be introduced at the following hands-on sessions:

  • September 21, 2016 – The Art of Decoupage: Use an assortment of paper and Mod Podge to decorate a magazine file box.
  • October 19, 2016 – The Art of Screen Printing: Create a basic design and use screen printing tools to print onto a t-shirt. (Participants need to bring their own, plain t-shirt.)
  • November 16, 2016 – The Art of Beadwork: Use various types of beads to create a bracelet or earrings.

This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. All crafting supplies will be provided, except for t-shirts. Registration is not required; however, early arrival is recommended as supplies may be limited. For more information about teen programs, contact Teen Librarian Cathy Janovitz at 760-839-4283 or cjanovitz@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library can be found at library.escondido.org

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Escondido

Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido, California 92025.

Escondido Writers Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

08/30/2016 Categories: Adults

Escondido, CA – Escondido Writers Group meets at the Escondido Public Library on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Writers of fiction, non-fiction, and memoirs are all invited to join the Escondido Writers Group for an opportunity to improve their writing by participating in monthly readings and group critiques. Participants are encouraged to bring samples of their current writing projects to share and receive constructive feedback. Pre-registration is required, please register at library.escondido.org/register.

Escondido Writers Group is free and open to the public. For more information about future Escondido Writers Group meetings and other Library programs, visit library.escondido.org or contact Cecy Rayphole, Senior Library Associate, at 760-839-4289 or at crayphole@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.

Escondido Library Celebrates Library Card Sign-Up Month in September 

08/29/2016 Categories: Adults Children Families Online Resources Teens

Escondido, CA – September is Library Card Sign-Up Month and Escondido Public Library encourages everyone, especially students, to own a card. Library cards are free and easy to obtain in-person at the Library or online at library.escondido.org/librarycard.

Owning a library card opens the door to a world of free resources and services, making a library card the most valuable card in your wallet. Use your card to download eBooks, eAudiobooks, or eMagazines; borrow the latest bestseller or popular DVD; or use a public computer or laptop. A host of online electronic resources can be accessed on the Library’s website by simply inputting your Library account number. Use your card to explore family history on Ancestry.com, access an online encyclopedia, do research, or learn about an automotive repair for your vehicle. To see just how valuable your Library card is, visit library.escondido.org/value and enter your usage into the value calculator.

This September, Escondido Public Library introduces Read Local, Shop Local! offering Library cardholders even greater value. Show your Escondido Public Library card at participating Escondido businesses and receive a special merchant discount or offer. Visit library.escondido.org/local for complete details on this program and a list of participating businesses. Share your experience about the endless possibilities that your Library card provides using #LocalEsco.

All Library programs and services are free to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido, California, 92025. For more information about Library programs and services visit library.escondido.org or contact Principal Librarian Joanna Axelrod at 760-839-4330 or jaxelrod@escondido.org.

Read Local, Shop Local! Escondido Public Library Card Provides Discounts to Local Businesses  

08/24/2016 Categories: Adults

Escondido, CA – September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month and Escondido Public Library is promoting the advantages of owning a free Library card. The Library is introducing Read Local, Shop Local!, a brand new discount program that provides exclusive offers to customers who present their Escondido Public Library card at participating businesses in Escondido during the month of September. Visit library.escondido.org/local to learn more about how the program works and find information on participating businesses and their offers.

Throughout September 2016, Escondido Public Library card holders will enjoy exclusive offers by showing their library card at the following businesses:

  • A Delight of France (Bakery & Bistro) - 20% off total order
  • BK Cellars (Winery & Tasting Room) - 2 for 1 wine tastings
  • Burger Bench (Restaurant) - 10% off total order
  • Cindy’s Nails (Nail Salon) – 10% total bill
  • Clue Avenue (Escape Room) - 40% discount off booking for teams of 3 - 8
  • CrossFit Escondido (Gym) - 10% off new memberships and "Foundations" program (CrossFit intro classes) reduced from $75 to $50
  • Kettle Coffee & Tea (Café) - 10% off total order
  • Sunny Side Kitchen (Restaurant) - 15% off total order
  • The Wooden Spoon (Restaurant) - 10% off total order
  • Vesper Vineyards (Winery & Tasting Room) - 50% off wine tasting flight

Library cards are free and can be obtained by visiting Escondido Public Library and filling out an application. As an additional motivation to sign up for an Escondido Public Library card during National Library Card Sign-Up Month, new card holders will receive  the following perks, starting Thursday, September 1, 2016:

  • First 650 new Library card holders receive a $2 coupon to Jimbo’s Naturally! and will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card from Jimbo’s Naturally!.
  • First 50 new Library card holders receive a free gelato from EscoGelato.

“Escondido Public Library is the heart of our great community,” said Viktor Sjöberg, Adult Services Senior Librarian. “Having a  free library card gives you access to a wealth of cultural and educational materials and activities that enrich your life, whether you are looking to teach your child how to read, pursue a college degree or to just have fun. Read Local, Shop Local! is a way to further establish Escondido Public Library as a community hub and connect patrons to the great businesses right here in Escondido.”

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Library programs are free and open to the public and sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For more information about Read Local, Shop Local! visit library.escondido.org/local. For information about this program as well as other Library events and services, contact Senior Librarian, Viktor Sjöberg, at 760-839-4814 or at vsjoberg@escondido.org.

 

Escondido Public Library Celebrates 2016 Summer Reading Challenge Success 

Escondido, CA –Exercise Your Mind,” Escondido Public Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Challenge, concluded on July 31, 2016 as the Library’s most successful summer program on record. 1,430 children, teens, and adults registered to accept this year’s challenge, designed to promote reading for fun, pleasure, and stimulation for all ages over a seven week period. Children and teens logged more than 14,436 hours of reading enjoyment, and 85 adults completed more than 320 reading entries.

In addition to promoting reading over the summer months, the Library offered weekly programs, activities and events for every age. More than 4,389 people attended 54 programs over the seven weeks. Summer reading provides fun and enjoyment during vacation time, but also plays an important role in helping students maintain learning and reading abilities. Studies prove that students who read actively avert the “summer slide,” a loss of reading ability during the extended school break, and they are better prepared to begin the new school year.

According to Assistant Library Director Cynthia Smith, “Summer Reading Challenge participants recorded their reading progress, earning chances to win incentives and prizes. We are grateful to the Friends of the Library and dozens of local businesses whose donations made this program so successful for the Escondido community.”

As summer activities end at the Library, a schedule of new programs and services begins and can be found on the Library’s website: library.escondido.org. For more information about Library programs, contact Senior Librarian Viktor Sjöberg at vsjöberg@escondido.org, or call 760-839-4814. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

08/10/2016 Categories: Book Club

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, August 27, 2016, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is Colm Tolbin’s New York Times bestselling novel, Brooklyn. Copies of the book are available for check-out in English and Spanish, and may be reserved in the Library catalog at library.escondido.org.

The acclaimed 2015 film, starring Saoirse Ronan, nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, is based on Brooklyn. It is the charming coming of age story of Eilis Lacey, a young woman from a small town in Ireland in the hard years following World War II. When an Irish priest from Brooklyn offers Eilis the opportunity to live and work in America, she decides she must go, even though it means leaving her fragile mother and charismatic sister behind. After a hard adjustment to American life, Eilis finds work and love in Brooklyn, but devastating news from Ireland threatens her chances of a happy future.

Senior Library Associate Cecy Rayphole will lead the discussion in both English and Spanish, and new members are always welcome. Rincón Literario will meet next month, on Saturday, September 24, 2016, to discuss Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

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 other Library programs, visit library.escondido.org or contact Cecy Rayphole at 760-839-4289 or at crayphole@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido, California, 92025.

Escondido Public Library Teen Book Club Discusses Powerless by Tera Lynn Childs 

08/09/2016 Categories: Book Club Teens

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library’s Burritos & Book Club for teens, ages 13 to 18, meets on Saturday, September 10, 2016, in the Turrentine Room from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Powerless, by Tera Lynn Childs, is the selected title and copies are available for checkout at the Library’s Information Desk or can be reserved using the Library’s online catalog at library.escondido.org.  Students at Escondido High School, San Pasqual High School, and Orange Glen High School can also check out copies at their school library.

In Powerless, Kenna, an ordinary teen, lives in a world full of heroes and villains with super-powers. Kenna is the daughter of heroes. Her mom is a genius who works at a super-secret facility to help develop powers to aid the good guys. When villains break into the lab to rescue a relative they believe is held captive by the heroes, Kenna holds her own, even without powers. But she isn't exactly powerless. Thanks to her mother’s work; she is immune to other people's powers. Kenna stops seeing heroes and villains as good and bad or black and white. Instead she sees the grey area in between and learns that the “villains’’ break -in provides an unexpected plot twist that changes everything she's ever known.

In addition to discussing Powerless, teens can share their opinions and ideas about other books they have enjoyed and propose titles for the next Burritos & Book Club meeting to be held on Saturday, November 12, 2016. Complimentary burritos will be provided, and all participants receive a free book or audiobook at the end of the program.

This program is generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and Taco Bell located at 1944 E. Valley Parkway in Escondido. Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido, California. For more information about teen programs, contact Teen Librarian Cathy Janovitz at 760-839-4283 or cjanovitz@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library can be found at library.escondido.org.

Escondido Public Library Begins Teen Advisory Board 

08/09/2016 Categories: Teens Volunteering

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library announces the formation of a new Teen Advisory Board, “TAB,” for teens ages 12 – 18 years old. The first meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

TAB provides teens the opportunity to connect with their community and gives them a voice in creating and sustaining services for their age group. As an added benefit, TAB provides teens with opportunities to develop leadership and advisory skills.

All teens are invited to attend Escondido Public Library’s first TAB meeting. Following this first meeting, participants will meet monthly with Teen Librarian Cathy Janovitz to define projects they would like to focus on and determine how to accomplish their goals. TAB members should plan to volunteer around 8 hours per month by assisting with programs, projects, displays, crafts, and writing book reviews. Participants will receive community service hours for attending meetings and project participation. These community service hours will be beneficial when applying for employment or admission to college or university.

This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library.

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Escondido

Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido, California 92025. For more information about teen programs, contact Teen Librarian Cathy Janovitz at 760-839-4283 or cjanovitz@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library can be found at library.escondido.org.