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Posts From April, 2014

Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. Book Club Discusses Newbery Award-winner The One and Only Ivan

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. (Read, Eat, and Discuss) Middle Grade Book Club for children, ages 9-12, meets on Friday, May 30, 2014, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 PM. Katherine Applegate’s award-winning The One and Only Ivan will be discussed, followed by a craft activity. A limited number of copies of the bookare available for checkout at the Children’s Desk and books can be reserved by accessing the catalog on the Library’s website.

Winner of the 2013 Newbery Award Medal and a New York Times bestseller,Applegate’s novel is a story told from the perspective of a captive gorilla named Ivan, who has spent much of his life in a glass enclosure of a shopping mall.  For 27 years, Ivan has grown used to humans watching him and rarely reflects on his previous life in the jungle. When he encounters Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, Ivan’s life dramatically changes. Fans of classics such as Charlotte’s Web and A Cricket in Times Square will especially find The One and Only Ivan to be a satisfying read.

Senior Librarian for Youth Services, Cindi Bouvier commented, “We have had such a fantastic reception for the R.E.A.D book club. Our April Skype session with author Kim Baker brought many fascinating questions from eager readers; afterwards, children shared how personally meaningful it was to directly interact with a real-life writer!”

This is the last R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club meeting for the spring. Look for the program to resume in Fall 2014 by checking the Library’s website.

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 Friends of the Escondido Library. For information about the R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club, contact Youth Services Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, at 760-839-5456 or at Additional information about the Library’s programs for children can be found at

Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents the San Diego Chorus

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series presents the San Diego Chorus on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 3:00 PM in the Turrentine Room.

The San Diego Chorus has been entertaining audiences with their vocal excellence, energy, and dazzling show performances for over 60 years. The Chorus is made up of women from all over San Diego County, ranging in age from 14 to 80 years. They are part of Sweet Adelines International, a worldwide society of women who sing four-part, a capella harmony (barbershop style). Their repertoire is American music in many styles and from many eras. For over twenty years, they have been directed by Kim Bone Vaughn. Ms. Vaughn is a quartet champion in her own right, having won the coveted International Quartet Champion title three times.

2nd Saturday Concerts are free and generously sponsored by the Friends of Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA  92025.  For more information, please call (760) 839-4839 or visit Escondido Public Library online at

2nd Tuesday Book Club to Discuss The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at 6:00 PM in the Board Room. This month’s selection is The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin.

Set against the rugged beauty of Washington State at the turn of the twentieth century, Amanda Coplin’s debut novel, The Orchardist, introduces readers to William Talmadge and his lovingly cultivated apple and apricot orchards. Coplin’s characters are deeply rooted in the mystery of the American West. She brings them together, like the grafting of Talmadge’s trees, to form a unique family bound not by blood but by the shared experience of tragedy, the land, and ultimately fate.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on June 10, 2014, with discussion of a classic, The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger.  The selection for July 8, 2014, will be a short story collection, Damage Control, by Amber Dermont.

This program is sponsored by Friends of Escondido Public Library.  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 about the 2nd Tuesday Book Club visit or contact the Library information desk at 760-839-4839.


Free Genealogy Workshop – Saturday, May 3, 2014 Escondido Public Library Pioneer Room

Escondido, CA – The Escondido Public Library will host a free Genealogy Workshop on Saturday, May 3, 2014, from 2:30 – 4:00 PM.  The Workshop will be held in the Library’s Pioneer Room, the City’s local history archive. The Pioneer Room is located adjacent to the Library in the Mathes Community Center building at 247 South Kalmia Street. This Workshop is designed for adults who want to discover their family history and learn more about resources and techniques for genealogy research. Intermediate genealogy enthusiasts are also welcome to attend.

The Workshop will be taught by Ginger Kullman, a lifelong Escondido resident and genealogy aficionado. It will feature an overview of genealogy resources and tools.  Attendees will also receive free literature packets and an introduction to, the world’s largest online family history resource.  The Escondido Public Library subscribes to and makes this popular genealogy database available for free public use in the Main Library and at the Pioneer Room.

Reservations are required as seating may be limited.  Contact Ginger Kullman at 760-745-6633 to register.  This program is sponsored by the Pioneer Room Friends, Escondido Public Library’s archives support group, dedicated to preserving and advancing Escondido’s rich local history. To learn more about Escondido Public Library’s services, programs and events, contact the Library at 760-839-4684 or visit