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Posts From September, 2012

Escondido Public Library presents “Not So Scary Halloween Stories” with Charles Johnson

The Escondido Public Library is thrilled to present a “spook-tacular” Halloween program with Charles Johnson on Thursday, October 31st, 2012 at 3:00 PM in the Turrentine Room.  Families will be treated to Halloween songs and stories, and costumes are encouraged.

This program is made possible by the generous support from the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. The programs are free and open to the public. Please come early, as seating is limited.

Friends of the Library All Week 50% off Book Sale

The Friends of the Escondido Public Library are holding a Half-Price Sale September 24 through September 29, 2012 in the Friends Book Shop.

Book Shop hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 10am – 4pm;  Tuesday and Thursday 10am – 6pm

Every item in the Friends Book Shop is 50% of the marked price (25 cent minimum). Inventory includes fiction and non-fiction, collectors, classics and children's books, as well as VHS tapes, audio books, CDs, DVDs, and vinyl records.

This sale is free and open to the public.

Funds raised by the Friends of the Library help support the following activities of the Escondido Public Library:  purchase books, sponsor free music concerts, programs for teens and children, Second Tuesday Book Club and Rincon Literario Book Club.

The Friends Book Shop is located inside the Escondido Public Library, 239 S Kalmia St, Escondido CA 92025.

For more information please call 760-839-4832 or email

Economic Outlook 2013

To learn more about College & Career Connections Month 2012, go to
Register by October 16th

Economist Kelly Cunningham, Senior Fellow with the National University System Institute for Policy Research, will present “Economic Outlook 2013: The New Normal for Small Business” on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 as a featured event in Escondido’s College & Career Connections Month. This free lunchtime presentation will take place in the Turrentine Room at the Escondido Public Library from 11:30 – 1:00 PM. The library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. This event is free and open to the public but registration is required and lunch will be provided.  Register online by Tuesday, October 16, 2012. For more information contact 760-839-4587 

Cunningham’s presentation will provide a post-recession outlook for the San Diego region and the North County in particular. As the former chief economist and research director for the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, he has an established reputation and expertise in understanding San Diego’s regional economy. Cunningham is currently with The National University System Institute for Policy Research, a think tank that promotes high quality economic, policy, and public-opinion research to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of local governments in the San Diego area. As a Senior Fellow at the Institute, Cunningham conducts in-depth research on regional economic issues which he will be sharing.

College & Career Connections Month sponsors include the Escondido Chamber of Commerce, City of Escondido, Escondido Union School District, Escondido Union High School District, Escondido Adult School & ROP, Escondido Community Child Development Center, Escondido Education COMPACT, Escondido Charter High School, Escondido Public Library, Mission Federal Credit Union, Palomar College GEAR UP, the Classical Academies, North County Career Centers, San Diego Workforce Partnership, and National University System Institute for Policy Research. To learn more about College & Career Connections Month 2012, go to

Escondido Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets September 29th

Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner) meets on Saturday, September 29th from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the library’s Board Room. The Escondido Public Library is located in downtown Escondido at 239 South Kalmia Street.

Rincón Literario meets regularly, the last Saturday of each month, to explore literature published in English and Spanish. The discussions are a perfect way to discuss interesting books and converse in both languages.

The selected book is El jardin olvidado / The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton.  A tiny girl is abandoned on a ship headed for Australia in 1913. She arrives completely alone with nothing but a small suitcase containing a few clothes and a single book -- a beautiful volume of fairy tales. She is taken in by the dock master and his wife and raised as their own. On her twenty-first birthday they tell her the truth, and with her sense of self shattered and with very little to go on, "Nell" sets out on a journey to England to try to trace her story, to find her real identity. Her quest leads her to Blackhurst Manor on the Cornish coast and the secrets of the doomed Mountrachet family. But it is not until her granddaughter, Cassandra, takes up the search after Nell's

death that all the pieces of the puzzle are assembled.  At Cliff Cottage, on the grounds of Blackhurst Manor, Cassandra discovers the forgotten garden of the book's title and is able to unlock the secrets of the beautiful book of fairy tales

In October, Rincón Literario readers will discuss El cementerio de Praga / The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco.  A list of future Rincón Literario selections is available at For more information on the library’s book discussion groups and other programs, visit the library website or call 760.839.4601.

 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.