Escondido Public Library Hosts 16th Annual Scrabble-Thon Tournament & Fundraiser Sponsored by the Pala Band of Mission Indians

Escondido Public Library and the Friends of Literacy Services will host the 16th Annual Scrabble-Thon Tournament & Fundraiser on Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event will be held in the Auditorium of the Park Avenue Community Center, located at 210 Park Ave, Escondido, CA 92025. Doors open for player check-in at 8:00 a.m. and tournament play begins at 9:00 a.m. Players must pre-register by March 4, 2020 online at escondidolibrary.org/scrabblethon, by mail, or in person at the Literacy Services office, located on the 2nd floor of the Library. The registration fee for adults is $25.00; registration for high school students is $15.00.

The Scrabble® tournament consists of five 30-minute games and is open to adults and high school students. Players sign-up to play in one of three divisions: Novice, Intermediate, or Advanced. Participants can compete individually or as a part of a group affiliation. Players can participate as special groups that will be recognized for their participation during the tournament. Players compete for prizes at the end of each game as well as the final awards for highest individual and team scores.

Scrabble-Thon raises funds to benefit the Library’s Literacy Services program. Sponsored by the Friends of Literacy Services, 100% of the proceeds will be used to provide literacy materials and resources. There will be opportunity drawings, a Pick-a-Tile game, and silent auction items throughout Scrabble-Thon. Donations are tax-deductible.

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information on Scrabble-Thon and library services visit escondidolibrary.org or contact Principal Librarian for Literacy Services, Dan Wood, at 760-839-4827 or dan.wood@escondidolibrary.org.

Escondido Public Library Offers Free 3D Printing to the Public

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library now offers free 3D printing to anyone with a valid Escondido Public Library card! Library users may submit a 3D object for printing online via a web form at www.escondidolibrary.org/3Dprinting. The prints will be processed by Library staff to ensure they meet the criteria laid out in the 3D Printing Policy and will be available within two weeks of submission (subject to change based on length of print queue). 3D objects must take four hours or less to print, be submitted as an.stl file, and are printed in a single color. Current colors available are gray, white, black, purple, and red. This service is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library.

The Library will host free public classes on a monthly basis for creating 3D printed objects using a free, web based platform called TinkerCAD. The first TinkerCAD class will be on Friday, February 28th at 4 p.m. While the class is free, space is limited and registration is required at www.escondidolibrary.org/register.

Escondido Public Library’s Lulzbot Taz 6 3D printer has been used by Library staff at STEAM/STEM outreach events at local Escondido schools and the San Diego Children's Discovery Museum, as well as for Library events such as Star Wars Day, Dads & Donuts, Digital Petting Zoo, and many others.

The Library staff affectionately named the public printer “Taz” and put it on display in the lobby, so that patrons could watch it work. Small giveaway items made by this printer were available for patrons to receive by entering weekly online raffle drawings. This printer is now available to create printed objects submitted by patrons and will be used to educate the community on how to design 3D printed objects.

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information about our library events and programs visit www.escondidolibrary.org or contact Assistant Library Director, Katy Duperry, at 760-839-4601, or by e-mail at katy.duperry@escondidolibrary.org.

Read, Act, Play at Escondido Public Library's 2019 Summer Reading Challenge for All Ages!

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library's 2019 Summer Reading Challenge invites children, teens, and adults to "Read, Act, Play." The Challenge encourages reading for fun and life-long learning for all ages and runs from June 8, 2019 to July 27, 2019.

Educational, recreational, and cultural events are offered throughout the Challenge. Anyone can take part in the program from home, on a mobile device, or by using Library computers. Participants of all ages log reading and event participation online at http://www.escondidolibrary.org/summerto earn prizes donated by the Friends of the Library and local businesses.

Summer Reading Challenge festivities kick off-on Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the Library's front patio. Sign-up for the Challenge and receive free samples from Baltimore Snowball.

Summer Reading Challenge programs for children, babies, and families include special storytimes; Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM)-themed craft events; a visit from reptiles, and Rick Huddles' Scary Squirrel's Retro Reboot Dance Party.

Teen events include a chance to explore table top and virtual reality games, attend art-based events such as Crescent Moon Henna, and Ink Floating Art, and attend Cosplay 101, where you can learn all about costume design and creation! Adult programs include concerts, book discussions, a career fair, and a special open mic event for local writers!

For more information on the 2019 Read, Act, Play Summer Reading Challenge, including program dates and times, prizes, sponsors, and rules for participation, visit www.escondidolibrary.org/summer Summer Reading events are free, open to the public, and generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and local businesses. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Public Library Kick Starts 2019 with Community-Wide Wellness Fair

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library will host the first-ever Wellness Fair. This all-ages event is free and will be held on Saturday, January 26, from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. More than twenty Escondido businesses are partnering with the Library to share their resources to help start the New Year with good health.

Participating partners include IHOT, St. Paul's Pace, AMCR Institute Inc., Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, Interfaith Community Services, Neighborhood HealthCare, Seniors Helping Seniors, Southern Caregiver Resource Center, United Healthcare community plan, San Diego Children's Discovery Museum, and more!

This program is sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Library programs are free and open to the public. For more information on this and other programs, visit the Library's website at www.escondidolibrary.org or contact Adult Services Librarian Azar Katouzian at azar.katouzian@escondidolibrary.org or 760-839-4814. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

 

Escondido Public Library Invites You to Endless Exploration, 2018 Summer Reading Challenge for All-Ages!

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library's 2018 Summer Reading Challenge invites children, teens, and adults to "Endless Exploration." The Challenge, which runs from June 9, 2018 to July 28, 2018, includes special events and celebrates reading for all ages. Participants log reading online at http://www.escondidolibrary.org/summer. Anyone can take part in the program from home, on a mobile device, or by using Library computers. Summer readers of all ages earn prizes donated by the Friends of the Library and local businesses.

This year has seen record breaking numbers for the Challenge! At week four, we have 131 babies (ages birth-3), 948 kids (ages 4-11), 244 teens (ages 12-18), and 343 adults enrolled, for a total of 1,666 people! Kids and teens have read over 5,000 hours already and over 3,000 books have been read!

Summer Reading Challenge programs for children, babies, and families include special storytimes, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM)-themed craft events, and Annie Banannie's Big Balloon Adventure.

Teen events include a screen printing t-shirt craft event, a Burritos and Book Club chat discussing books by authors who explored far off worlds or those close to our own, and Esco Sings!, an annual talent show with cash prizes! Adult programs include book discussions, a special summer movie screening of Plan 9 From Outer Space, and Virtual Reality drop in sessions on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

For more information on the 2018 Endless Explorations Summer Reading Challenge, including program dates and times, prizes, sponsors, and rules for participation, visit www.escondidolibrary.org/summer.Summer Reading events are free, open to the public, and generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and local businesses. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

A Highlight of June Events at Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library offers special events for adults during the month of June. All events are free, open to the public, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, and held in the Library’s Turrentine Room unless otherwise noted. 

  • Death Café North County on Saturday, June 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Death Café provides a safe and agenda-free place to discuss death, dying, and end of life concerns, over coffee, tea, and tasty treats. Registration is encouraged at www.escondidolibrary.org/register
  • Summer Reading Challenge All-Ages Kickoff —Outside Portico. Saturday, June 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Register for the Challenge and receive free samples from Chick-Fil-A and Baltimore Snowball. Participants who complete the Summer Reading Challenge earn chances to win gift cards and the grand prize, a Kindle Fire!
  • Escondido Writers Group Open Mic on Saturday, June 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Writers of all genres are invited to participate in this special open mic event. Read your work to the audience and receive friendly critiques. Please arrive by 10:00 a.m. to secure a spot.

For more information about Library events, visit the website at www.escondidolibrary.org or contact Monica Barrette at 760-839-4836 or monica.barrette@escondidolibrary.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Public Library Presents Endless Exploration 2018 Summer Reading Challenge for All-Ages!

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library's 2018 Summer Reading Challenge invites children, teens, and adults to "Endless Exploration." The Challenge, which runs from June 9, 2018 to July 28, 2018, includes special events and celebrates reading for all ages. Participants log reading online at http://www.escondidolibrary.org/summer. Anyone can take part in the program from home, on a mobile device, or by using Library computers. Summer readers of all ages earn prizes donated by the Friends of the Library and local businesses.

Summer Reading Challenge festivities kick off-on Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the Library's front patio. Sign-up for the Challenge and receive free samples from Chick-Fil-A and Baltimore Snowball.

 

Summer Reading Challenge programs for children, babies, and families include special storytimes; Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM)-themed craft events; a visit from reptiles; and a John Abrams Animal Magic Show.

 

Teen events include a chance to explore table top games, VR, and 3D Printing; Clue in Space; and a Burritos and Book Club chat discussing books by authors who explored far off worlds or those close to our own. Adult programs include concerts, book discussions, and a special summer movie screening of Plan 9 From Outer Space.

 

For more information on the 2018 Endless Explorations Summer Reading Challenge, including program dates and times, prizes, sponsors, and rules for participation, visit www.escondidolibrary.org/summer.Summer Reading events are free, open to the public, and generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and local businesses. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

 

Free Dads & Donuts All-Ages Event at Escondido Public Library!

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will host the first ever Dads & Donuts on Saturday, May 5, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. This interactive, all-ages event includes free giveaways and will celebrate Free Comic Book Day, Star Wars culture, and promote family bonding.

Dads (and male caregivers), bring your kids to the library to mingle with fellow dads, enjoy free donuts and coffee, pick out a free comic book (while supplies last), play a virtual reality game, and watch a 3D printer demonstration. Kids may come dressed as Star Wars characters and be entertained with educational, age appropriate activities.

This program is sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Library programs are free and open to the public. Registration is not required, but early arrival is encouraged.  For more information on this and other programs, visit the Library’s website at www.escondidolibrary.org or contact Monica Barrette at monica.barrette@escondidolibrary.org or 760-839-4836. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Public Library Hosts Strategic Plan Meeting

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites the community to attend a Strategic Planning meeting. This will be held in the Turrentine Room, upstairs at Escondido Public Library on Tuesday, May 1, from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

By participating, you will have the opportunity to identify current conditions, create a vision of the library for the future, as well as develop the steps needed to achieve these goals. We want to hear your thoughts, comments, and suggestions. Please join us! RSVP by email: library@escondidolibrary.org or by phone: (760) 839-4601. Visit our website at library.escondido.org/strategicplan for the most up to date information, and to leave comments and suggestions.

The Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information, visit library.escondido.org, email library@escondidolibrary.org or call 760-839-4601.  

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