Escondido Public Library Presents a Celebration of Filipino Dance  

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library presents the Filipino-American Cultural Organization (FACO) Dance Group on Saturday, October 25, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. The FACO Dance Group promotes an appreciation and celebration of Filipino culture by performing classic Filipino dances in colorful, traditional costumes.

This event is a highlight of Escondido Public Library’s partnership with KPBS to promote 2014’s One Book, One San Diego selection, Monstress, by author Lysley Tenorio, a San Diego native. Monstress describes the Filipino experience through a series of heartfelt short stories.

The FACO Dance Group shares their talent, serving as ambassadors for Filipino culture through dance. Their performance includes traditional Filipino dances such as "Bulaklakan" and “Tinikling.” The Bulaklakan is the dance of flowers, usually done during the month of May in the Philippines when flowers traditionally bloom. In the Tinikling, dancers imitate the tikling bird's legendary grace and speed as they dance between a pair of snapping bamboo poles.

Escondido Public Library also presents the following upcoming events in celebration of the 2014 One Book, One San Diego program:

 

  • Children around the World: the Philippines, Thursday, November 13, 2014, in the Turrentine Room from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Cora Cooks Pancit, by Dorina K Lazo Gilmore, the 2014 One Book, One San Diego children’s selection, will be the featured book, along with a program that promotes Filipino history, culture, crafts, and music. This program is targeted for children ages 6 to 10.
     
  • As a grand finale, Lysley Tenorio, author of Monstress, will make his only North County appearance at Escondido Public Library on Monday, November 17, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. KPBS is promoting this event and reservations will be required. More information on how to secure a reservation will be announced on KPBS.org in the near future.

Programs for Escondido Public Library’s participation in 2014 One Book, One San Diego are supported by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and KPBS. 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 on 2014 One Book, One San Diego programs at Escondido Public Library, contact Paul Crouthamel at 760-839-4814. To learn more about Escondido Public Library’s events and services, visit library.escondido.org.

Escondido Public Library Presents Free Genealogy Workshop 

09/23/2014 Categories: Adults Pioneer Room

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will host a free Genealogy Workshop on Saturday, October 25, 2014, from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. in the Library’s Pioneer Room—the City’s local history and genealogy archive. The Pioneer Room is located in the Mathes Community Center at 247 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, California 92025.

The Workshop will be taught by Ginger Kullman, a lifelong Escondido resident and genealogist. It is designed for beginning genealogy enthusiasts who want to discover their family history and learn about research resources and techniques. Registration is required as seating may be limited. Call 760-745-6633 to register.

Attendees will receive free information packets and an introduction to Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource. Escondido Public Library provides this popular genealogy database for public use in the Library and at the Pioneer Room.

This program is sponsored by the Pioneer Room Friends, a support group dedicated to preserving and promoting Escondido’s rich local history.

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. For information about Escondido Public Library’s Pioneer Room, contact Librarian and Archivist Helene Idels at 760-839-4315 or visit library.escondido.org.

 

 

Escondido Public Library Presents Escondido’s Surprising Connection to Balboa Park’s 1915 Panama-California Exposition 

09/16/2014 Categories: Adults Pioneer Room

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will host Escondido’s Surprising Connection to Balboa Park’s 1915 Panama-California Exposition, presented by Dr. Michael Kelly on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room.

Dr. Kelly will share his expertise on San Diego’s first major international fair which celebrated the building of the Panama Canal and recognized San Diego as a major port of call. He is widely recognized as President of the Committee of One Hundred, dedicated to preserving Balboa Park’s historic architecture, gardens and public spaces, and is editor of Balboa Park and the 1915 Exposition. Dr. Kelly will also reveal the surprisingly significant and historic role the City of Escondido played in the planning of the 1915 Exposition. Escondido city officials were instrumental in the Expo’s local success by encouraging County road development in preparation for the Exposition. City officials also collaborated with the Chamber of Commerce, Exposition organizers, and the Grape Day Association by featuring an “Escondido Day” at the 1915 Expo to help promote Escondido’s own Grape Day Festival.

The 1915 Panama-California Exposition was pivotal and historic for the greater San Diego area as the scenic parkland mesa location became “Balboa Park” and central buildings and gardens were created. Balboa Park quickly became the center of history, architecture, gardens, arts and culture for the City of San Diego. Escondido’s role in encouraging a north-south connection proved to be timely and forward thinking.

This program is sponsored by Escondido Public Library’s Pioneer Room Friends, a support group dedicated to preserving and promoting Escondido Public Library’s local history and genealogy archive. Escondido’s Surprising Connection to Balboa Park’s 1915 Panama-California Exposition is the program highlight of the group’s annual meeting and will appeal to all local history enthusiasts.

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, California 92025. For information on this program and the Pioneer Room, contact Librarian and Archivist, Helene Idels at 760-839-4315 For more information on Escondido Public Library programs and services, visit library.escondido.org.

2nd Tuesday Book Club to discuss Monstress by Lysley Tenorio 

09/10/2014 Categories: Adults Book Club One Book One San Diego

Escondido, CA -  Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at 6:00 PM in the Turrentine Room. This month’s title is the 2014 One Book, One San Diego selection, Monstress by Lysley Tenorio.

Monstress is a luminous collection of heartbreaking, vivid, startling, and gloriously unique stories set amongst the Filipino-American communities of California and the Philippines.  Author Tenorio, a San Diego native, brilliantly explores the need to find connections, the melancholy of isolation, and the sometimes suffocating ties of family in tales that range from a California army base to a steamy movie house in Manila, to the dangerous false glitter of Hollywood.

This program is supported by KPBS and Escondido Public Library is pleased to be affiliated with this year’s One Book, One San Diego program. The Library has multiple copies of the book in its collection, available for check-out. Readers are encouraged to join in and participate in the 2nd Tuesday Book Club discussion.

In observance of Veterans Day, the 2nd Tuesday Book Club will not meet on November 11, 2014.  The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on December 9, 2014, with a discussion on the nonfiction title, Destiny of the Republic: a tale of madness, medicine and the murder of a president by Candice Millard.

All library programs 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 library.escondido.org or contact the Library information desk at 760-839-4839.

Escondido Public Library Hosts Super Smash Bros. Tournaments for Teens 

09/04/2014 Categories: Teens

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library will host a series of three monthly Super Smash Bros. Tournaments for Teens, ages 13 – 18 years.

  • Saturday, October 4, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    (Register September 19, 2014  – October 3, 2014)
  • Saturday, November 1, 2014, from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
    (Register October 17  – October 31, 2014)
  • Saturday, December 6, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    (Register November 21, 2014 – December 5, 2014)

The tournaments will take place in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Participation is free but space may be limited and requires confirmed pre-registration for each event. Registration for each event begins two weeks prior to each tournament and ends the day before the tournament. To register, call 760-839-4283. Contestants are required to bring their own controller.

Each event includes both single and team competitions. The tournaments are double elimination with each match-up following a best two-out-of-three victory to advance to the next round. Extra stations will be provided so those eliminated early in the tournament can continue to play. The grand finals will be accompanied by live gameplay commentary.

Cathy Janovitz, Teen Librarian, commented, “We are especially fortunate to have Christian Martinez, a local Super Smash Bros. player and enthusiast, lend his expertise to conduct the tournaments. The tournaments bring teens together to promote interaction, healthy competition and they also provide an opportunity to showcase Library services available for this age group.”

Library programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Library and are free and open to the public. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. For information about the Super Smash Bros. Tournament for Teens, contact Teen Librarian Cathy Janovitz at 760-839-4283 or cjanovitz@escondido.org. Additional information about Escondido Public Library programs and services can be found at library.escondido.org,

Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

09/04/2014 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, September 27, 2014, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Don Quijote de la Mancha/Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes, is the selected book for September.

Widely regarded as one of the funniest and most tragic books ever written, Don Quixote de la Mancha chronicles the adventures of the self-created knight-errant, Don Quixote of La Mancha, and his faithful Squire, Sancho Panza, as they travel through sixteenth-century Spain.  Don Quixote believes only what he chooses to believe and sees the world very differently from most people.  Honest, dignified, proud, and idealistic, he wants to save the world.  As intelligent as he is mad, Don Quixote starts out as an absurd and isolated figure and ends up as a pitiable and lovable old man whose strength and wisdom have failed him. In the end, beaten and battered, he dies from a fever, and with his death, knights-errant become extinct instigating the demise of chivalry. 

Long-time participant, Araceli Capilla, commented,   “I’m a regular attendee at  Rincón Literario and I really enjoy it. I have been able to experience works of great writers from many different backgrounds, such as Markus Zusak, Maria Duenas, and Stephen King.   It is exciting to discover new writers, new perspectives, and new cultures, and share them with other book club members.”

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. On October, 25, 2014, readers will discuss the classic, El angel perdido /Lost Angel  by Javier Sierra.

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 call Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Librarian, at 760-839-4814.