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2nd Tuesday Book Club to discuss Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens 

10/21/2013 Categories: Book Club

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at 6:00 PM in the Board Room. This month’s selection is the classic, Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens.

Following his father's death, John Harmon returns to London to claim his inheritance, but he finds he is eligible only if he marries Bella Wilfur. To observe her character, he assumes another identity and secures work with his father's foreman, Mr. Boffin, who is also Bella's guardian. Disguise and concealment play an important role in the novel and individual identity is examined within the wider setting of London life. In the 1860s, the city was aflame with spiralling financial speculation while thousands of homeless scratched a living from the detritus of the more fortunate. Indeed, John Harmon's father amassed his wealth by recycling waste.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on December 10, 2013, with a discussion on The Round House by Louise Erdrich. The selection for January 14, 2014, will be The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey. 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.

Rancho Guejito Revisited at the Escondido Public Library 

10/11/2013 Categories: Adults Pioneer Room

Escondido, CA – The Pioneer Room Friends will host a talk by Bruce D. Coons, Executive Director of Save Our Heritage Organisation, on the historic Rancho Guejito on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, at 6:00 PM in the Turrentine Room of the Escondido Public Library. This massive 22,000 acre Rancho has been the subject of inquiry and controversy for years and Mr. Coons has studied and written about the Rancho many times. 

Rancho Guejito is based on an original 13,000 acre Mexican land grant from the 1840’s. It has since grown through acquisitions to its current 22,000 acres size. East of Escondido and north of Ramona, it is the last undeveloped Mexican land grant rancho in San Diego County and is famed for its native grasslands, oak covered hillsides, wildlife, and the modest Guejito Creek. Now owned by an eastern corporation, proposals to develop it have continued to stir controversy with local conservationists and preservationists.  

Free and open to the public, this program is part of an annual meeting sponsored by Escondido Public Library’s Pioneer Room Friends, a support group of the library’s local history and genealogy archive that preserves and advances our rich local history. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at http://library.escondido.org or call Adult Services at 760-839-4839. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

Wee-Wigglers Storytime Returns This Fall at Escondido Public Library 

10/09/2013 Categories: Children Storytime

Escondido, CA – Wee-Wigglers storytime for children, newborns – 2 years, runs from November 6 – December 11, 2013 at Escondido Public Library, on Wednesdays at 10:30 AM in the Children’s Room. Library staff share fun stories, fingerplays, and flannel-board tales to stimulate your littlest ones’ imaginations.

During this program, parents and caregivers learn about the necessary six early literacy skills needed to get children on the path to reading: engaging an interest in books; sounding out words; understanding the meaning of words and/or the story; developing the ability to share the details and/or ideas of a book; distinguishing between letters and pictures; and learning letters and their sounds.

Children’s Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, noted the importance of storytime, “Reading with your baby is valuable for building vital communication skills, strengthening memory, and sharing special bonding time. A child’s brain develops at an incredibly rapid rate during the first three years of life, so it’s never too early to start sharing a love of reading with your baby.”

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Library programs are free and open to the public and sponsored by the Friends of the Library. For information about Wee-Wigglers storytime, please contact Children’s Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, at 760-839-5456 or at lnataraj@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs for children is available on the Library website at http://library.escondido.org/kids.

Veganism and Healthy Eating at Escondido Public Library 

10/09/2013 Categories: Adults

Escondido, CA – Veganism and vegan cooking will be explained and demonstrated at Escondido Public Library on Saturday, November 16, 2013, at 2:00 PM in the Turrentine Room by Jia Xu, Ph.D., and chefs Sonia Loera and Lian Li of vegansandiego.com. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about this healthy lifestyle and its possible health benefits.

What do President Clinton and Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzales have in common? They are both vegans. The vegan lifestyle of not eating animal products has entered the mainstream of American life. Jia Xu, Ph.D., will explain what a vegan diet is and its possible health benefits for lowering the risk of heart attack, diabetes, arthritis, and more.  She will also discuss veganism as a sustainable, environmentally friendly alternative to a meat-based diet. 

Sonia Loera and Lian Li, chefs from vegansandiego.com, will prepare delicious vegan dishes to sample using a wide variety of plant-based ingredients. They will demonstrate that meatless does not mean tasteless. A selection of the library’s vegan cookbooks will be available for checkout.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at http://library.escondido.org  or call Adult Services at 760-839-4839. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

The FanFaire Foundation and Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series presents Harpist Alexandra Tibbitts 

10/09/2013 Categories: Adults Concerts Families

Escondido, CA - Harpist Alexandra Tibbitts will perform at Escondido Public Library on Saturday, November 9, 2013, at 3:00 PM in the Turrentine Room. Ms. Tibbitts began playing the harp when she was twelve years old and still has a passion for her music. She loves sharing that passion with audiences of all ages.

Ms. Tibbitts won the 2012 Soloist Competition at San Diego State University and in May 2013 she performed Debussy's Danses Sacre et Profane with the SDSU Symphony Orchestra. She serves as the Principal Harpist with the SDSU Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra. Her repertoire showcases the harp’s extraordinary range of sound and styles. Ms. Tibbitts will be performing works like Paganini’s Variations on a Theme, Lizotte’s Suite Galactique, Grandjany’s Rhapsodie, and Lecuona’s Malagueña. Flavia Pisco will join her on the violin in a duet of Saint-Saens’ Fantaise Opus. 124. Ms. Tibbitts will complement her performance with informative and entertaining commentaries on the harp and the music she is playing.

Concerts are free and open to the public and are generously sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library and the FanFaire Foundation.  Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street.  For more information, please call (760) 839-4839 or visit the library online at http://www.library.escondido.org/

Understanding Medicare and the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) at the Escondido Public Library 

10/07/2013 Categories: Adults

Escondido, CA – Need help understanding Medicare and the Affordable Care Act?  The public is invited to attend a free seminar on health care insurance presented by Chi-Fu Hsueh and Cari Keithley, California-licensed health and life insurance professionals, on Saturday, November 2nd, 2013, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the Turrentine Room at the Escondido Public Library.

Do you know want to know more about Medicare plans? How will you know if you need a Medicare supplement plan? How will the Affordable Care Act affect you and which new plan should you choose? This seminar will help answer these questions and many more. It will cover Medicare’s different plans and explain what Medicare supplement plan options are and why you might need them.  In addition, an overview of the Affordable Care Act and the many new health plans available in 2014 will also be presented. California’s health insurance exchange, Covered California, will be reviewed.

“People have spent a lifetime accumulating assets,” presenter Chi-Fu Hsueh says, “And these decisions on health care can affect their assets. My mission is to help people understand how it can affect their lifestyle and share my knowledge and ideas to help them eliminate concerns.”

This program is free and open to the public. For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at http://library.escondido.org  or call Adult Services at 760-839-4839. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

Take a Trip Down Memory Lane at the Escondido Public Library 

10/07/2013 Categories: Adults Families

Escondido, CA – The Pioneer Room of the Escondido Public Library will host a Local History Expo on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at 6:00 PM in the Turrentine Room in celebration of California and American Archives Month. Have you ever wondered who first built and owned your historic home?  Are you curious about your family’s genealogical history? Do you want to learn more about the original inhabitants of our Southern California region? If so, then be sure to attend this family-friendly Local History Expo.

This is an opportunity to meet local authors and learn about Rancho Santa Fe’s first female architect, the history of Escondido’s Grape Day Festivals, and Rancho Bernardo’s early days. Historic photos and calendars will be on display. A special computer station will play brief oral history recordings about the Look Rite Beauty Shop, Native American culture, telephone service first coming to Escondido, and more. Interactive displays from area museums, history centers, and ancestry organizations will provide a multidimensional experience in history.

Free and open to the public, this program is sponsored by Escondido Public Library’s Pioneer Room, a local history and genealogy archive that preserves and advances our rich local history.  For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at http://library.escondido.org or call Adult Services at 760-839-4839.  The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Library 

10/02/2013 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, will meet on Saturday, October 26th, from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the Library’s Board Room. Author and journalist, Miriam Ruvinskis, will lead the discussion in both English and Spanish. Inferno by Dan Brown is the selected book for October.

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon (of The Da Vinci Code) returns in another thriller that invokes history, architecture, science, and conspiracy.  Langdon wakes up in a hospital bed with no memory of the preceding 36 hours.  He’s surprised to find himself in Florence, Italy, and even more shocked to discover someone is out to kill him for something he knows.  The doctor treating him helps him to escape from an assassin, and the chase is on.  Can Langdon follow clues that tie in to Dante’s epic masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, and stop a plot destined to change the world forever?

Adult Services Librarian Paul Crouthamel states, “When you discuss a great book with others who have read it, you can share your perspectives and learn how other people might interpret the story differently.  The discussions are a perfect way to learn about interesting books and converse in both languages”.                     

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of each month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. In November, Rincon Literario readers will discuss El cuaderno de Maya / Maya’s Notebook  by Isabel Allende.

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. For more information about future Rincón Literario selections and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at http://library.escondido.org  or call Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Librarian, at 760-839-4814.

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