Escondido Public Library’s Holiday Food for Fines Program Begins 

11/03/2015 Categories: Adults Food for Fines

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s annual Holiday Food for Fines Program runs Monday, November 30 through Thursday, December 31, 2015. The program provides Library patrons with the opportunity to clear up to $20.00 in fines from their account. Proceeds benefit Interfaith Community Services in Escondido which distributes the food to families in need throughout the North County area.

Non-perishable, nutritious, pre-packaged items such as canned goods, pasta, sauces, and peanut butter credit up to $1.00 worth of fines per item. Non-nutritious, perishable, expired, or damaged items cannot be accepted. Customer Services Supervisor, Linda Weber, explains, “This event is a wonderful way for Library patrons to not only clear some of their fines, but to also give back to their community by helping those in need. Last year we collected more than 90 crates of food weighing an estimated 2,340 pounds. We hope to top that this year.”

Food may only be used to clear fines, and may not be used to clear fees associated with lost or damaged books and materials, or City Attorney fees.

The Library is happy to accept any donations whether or not they are fine-related and welcomes donations from patrons who bring in food just to help those in need. For further information, contact Linda Weber, Customer Services Supervisor, at 760-839-4613. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Contact the Library at 760-839-4684 or visit our website library.escondido.org.

Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents the Gilbert Castellanos Trio 

10/26/2015 Categories: Adults Concerts Families

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series presents the fiery Latin jazz of the Gilbert Castellanos Trio on Saturday, November 14, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room.

Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos leads the trio of notable and accomplished musicians. He has won San Diego Music Awards (SDMAs) for Best Jazz three years in a row and has performed with such stars as Charles McPherson, Dizzy Gillespie, George Benson, Diana Krall, Al Jarreau, Wynton Marsalis, and Dr. John. Emmy-winning pianist and composer Irving Flores has performed with Abraham Laboriel, Alex AcunaAlex Acuña, and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra. Percussionist Tommy Aros has performed with Freddie Hubbard, Charo, and is a member of the popular band Fattburger.

On December, 12, 2015, celebrate the holidays with the 2nd Saturday Concert Series presentation of Courtly Noyse at 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Courtly Noyse features Renaissance music and instruments, and lively stories.

The 2nd Saturday Concert Series is sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA  92025.  For more information, call (760) 839-4839 or visit Escondido Public Library online at library.escondido.org.

Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library Real Estate: Rent or Buy/First Time Buyers 

10/20/2015 Categories: Adults

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library, in partnership with the San Diego Financial Literacy Center, will offer Real Estate: Rent or Buy/First Time Buyers, on November 17, 2015, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This free workshop is designed to help adults gain a more complete understanding of the real estate market—when it is advantageous to rent, or when buying is the best option.

First time home buyers will benefit from financial tips that will make the home-buying experience more understandable. Experts from the San Diego Financial Literacy Center, sdflc.org, will lead the workshop. The San Diego Financial Literacy Center’s mission is to educate and empower individuals and families to make sound financial decisions as they develop positive personal finance habits for life.

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 this workshop and the Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library series, call 760-839-4839 or contact Adult Services Librarian Neva Robinson at nrobinson@escondido.org.

2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter 

10/14/2015 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on November 10, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. 

Beautiful Ruins is award-winning author Jess Walter’s most romantic and enjoyable novel to date. A young Italian innkeeper is drawn into a glittering world filled with unforgettable characters through his almost love affair with a beautiful American starlet. This novel moves back and forth in time, telling the stories of five separate characters, while exploring the many ways in which one seemingly insignificant person can unwittingly impact the lives of many others.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will meet on December 8, 2015, to discuss Off Course by Michelle Huneven. The selection for January 12, 2016, is The Liar’s Wife by Mary Gordon.

All Library programs are generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and 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.

 

Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

10/05/2015 Categories: Adults Book Club One Book One San Diego

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, October 31, 2015, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is La sombra del viento/Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. This book was specially selected by KPBS and its partners as the 2015 One Book, One San Diego adult community read title. Copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at library.escondido.org.

Ruiz Zafón’s international bestseller takes place in Barcelona in 1945. As the city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son mourning the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by Julián Carax. When he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last Carax book in existence. Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets—an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love. Rincón Literario will meet next month, on Saturday, November 21, 2015, to discuss Misión olvido/The Heart Has Its Reasons by María Dueñas.

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public. Find out more about the Escondido Public Library’s 2015 One Book, One San Diego events throughout the month of October at library.escondido.org/onebook. For more information about future Rincón Literario selections and other Library programs, visit library.escondido.org or contact Cecy Rayphole, Senior Library Associate, at 760-839-4289 or at crayphole@escondido.org.

Escondido Public Library Announces 2015-2016 2nd Saturday Concert Series Schedule 

09/28/2015 Categories: Adults Concerts Families

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library is pleased to announce the scheduled performers for its 2015–2016 2nd Saturday Concert Series. These free concerts will be held on the second Saturday of each month from October 2015 through May 2016 in the Library’s Turrentine Room from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

 

The 2015—2016  2nd Saturday Concert Series:

October 10, 2015                  Flamenco Artists - Flamenco dance and music highlighting the Spanish culture depicted in KPBS’ 2015 One Book, One San Diego adult selection, The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón.

November 14, 2015             The Gilbert Castellanos Trio – Latin jazz

December 12, 2015             Courtly Noyse – Renaissance era instruments and music

January 9, 2016                   Opera Exposed! with Dr. Nicolas Reveles, San Diego Opera’s Director of Education and  Community Engagement

February 13, 2016               Mohavi Soul – Bluegrass

 

In November, The Gilbert Castellanos Trio will play jazz standards as well as contemporary and original songs. They will be followed in December by Courtly Noyse whose Holiday concert draws inspiration from Renaissance music. 

The 2nd Saturday Concert Series is free, open to the public, and generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025. For more information, visit library.escondido.org, or contact Librarian David Frazee at 760-839-4839 or dfrazee@escondido.org.

Escondido Public Library and Pioneer Room Friends Present the Story of Hollandia Dairy 

09/28/2015 Categories: Adults Pioneer Room

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library, and the Pioneer Room Friends, will host The Story of Hollandia Dairy, presented by second-generation owner, Arie de Jong, on Tuesday October 20, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room.

Local dairyman, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Arie de Jong tells the story of North San Diego County's Hollandia Dairy, founded by Arie's father in 1950. It is the story of an immigrant family of 12 leaving the Netherlands and risking everything to create a new life for themselves in Escondido. Arie De Jong’s story will appeal to all local history enthusiasts interested in Escondido - then and now.

The Story of Hollandia Dairy is sponsored by the Pioneer Room Friends, a support group dedicated to preserving and promoting Escondido Public Library’s local history and genealogy archive. This presentation is the highlight of their annual meeting.

Library programs are free and open to the public. For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or call Senior Librarian, Viktor Sjöberg at 760-839-4814. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses Life after Life by Kate Atkinson 

09/10/2015 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on October 13, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is Life after Life by Kate Atkinson.  

On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born, the third child of a wealthy English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. Author Atkinson resurrects Ursula, whose serial and parallel existences take her through two brutal world wars and well into the 1960s. Each turn in Ursula’s story is, like the ends of her life, subject to revision. What power can one woman exert over the fate of civilization—if only she has the chance?

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will meet on November 10, 2015, with Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter, and on December 8, 2015, to discuss Off Course by Michelle Huneven.

All Library programs are free and generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. 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.

 

Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library Identity Theft: What to Look Out For! 

09/08/2015 Categories: Adults

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library, in partnership with the San Diego Financial Literacy Center, sdflc.org, will offer Identity Theft: What to Look Out For! on Tuesday, October 6, 2015, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Identity theft occurs when someone intercepts or steals your personal information. SDFLC will demonstrate how to protect personal information and how to monitor financial accounts for problems. This free workshop is part of an ongoing financial series, Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library.

San Diego Financial Literacy Center’s mission is to educate and empower individuals and families to make sound financial decisions as they develop positive personal finance habits for life. On Tuesday, November 17, 2015, Escondido Public Library will continue this series as SDFLC presents Real Estate—Rent or Buy/First Time Buyers from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. SDFLC will present the pros and cons of buying vs. renting and provide information for patrons thinking of buying a house for the first time.

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 this workshop and the Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library series, contact 760-839-4839 or nrobinson@escondido.org.

Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

09/03/2015 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, September 26, 2015, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Esperanza renace/Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan, is the selected title for September. Multiple copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at library.escondido.org.

Esperanza renace/Esperanza Rising is a best-selling, Newbery Award winning novel about Esperanza, the daughter of a wealthy landowner in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Esperanza believed that she would always live a fortunate life with new dresses, a beautiful home, and servants. A sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and her Mama to flee to California during the Great Depression, where they settle in a camp for Mexican farm workers. Esperanza is unprepared for the hard labor, financial struggle, or lack of acceptance she and her mother now face. When their lives are threatened, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances.

Rincón Literario will meet next month, on Saturday, October 31, 2015, to discuss KPBS’ 2015 One Book, One San Diego selection, La sombra del viento/The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. This book was specially selected by KPBS, and its partners, as the 2015 One Book, One San Diego community read title. Copies of the book are available for check-out in print or eBook format and can be reserved at library.escondido.org. For more information on KPBS’ 2015 One Book, One San Diego, and a list of community events surrounding the county-wide reading of The Shadow of the Wind, go to www.kpbs.org/one-book

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public. To access books in the Library catalog, and for more information about future Rincón Literario selections and other Library programs, visit library.escondido.org or contact Cecy Rayphole, Senior Library Associate, at 760-839-4289 or at crayphole@escondido.org.

 

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