Celebrate National Library Month in April Unlimited Possibilities @ Escondido Public Library 

Escondido, CA – National Library Week is April 12 – 18, 2015, celebrating the wealth of unlimited resources, programs, and services offered by libraries everywhere. Escondido Public Library extends this celebration throughout April with its own National Library Month, showcasing the variety of programs and services offered to the community. This encompasses more than the traditional provision of print books and materials and offers the community endless possibilities for information access and lifelong learning.

A host of special events and programs will be offered by Escondido Public Library leading into April and during National Library Month. Highlights include:

  • March 31, 2015, 6:30 p.m. - An Evening with Doris MartinAuthor and Holocaust Survivor.
  • April 11, 2015, 3:00 p.m. - 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents the Kensington Trio, performing classical music with virtuoso skill on piano, violin, and cello.
  • April 14, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - 2nd Tuesday Book Club discusses Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie.
  • April 21, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library – Managing Your Debt/Credit Cards presenting strategies to gain financial freedom and savvy credit card use.
  • April 28, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - eReaders eXplained: Download free eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines, showing Library users how to use their smart devices to access free Library eMaterials.
  • April 30, 2015, 3:00 p.m. - Día de los Ninos, Día de los Libros (Children’s Day, Book Day) celebrating children and promoting a love of reading through storytelling and crafts.

“Escondido Public Library has always represented unlimited possibilities,” said Loretta McKinney, Director of Library and Community Services. “The Library is a multi-dimensional purveyor of cultural and educational materials and activities that enlighten and entertain. It is also a community hub, providing a forum for community engagement. Escondido Public Library’s National Library Month shines a spotlight on these programs and services. I invite the public to take advantage of all that we offer.”

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 Public Library. For more information about Library events and programming celebrating National Library Month events, contact Senior Librarian, Paul Crouthamel, at 760-839-4814 or at pcrouthamel@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs can be found at library.escondido.org.

2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie 

03/11/2015 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s nonfiction selection is Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie.

Massie relates the life of a minor German princess, Sophia of Anhalt-Zerbst, who became Empress Catherine II of Russia (1729–1796). She was related through her ambitious mother to notable European royalty; her husband-to-be, the Russian grand duke Peter, was the only living grandson of Peter the Great. As Massie relates, during her disastrous marriage to Peter, Catherine bore three children by three different lovers, and she and Peter were controlled by Peter’s all-powerful aunt, Empress Elizabeth.  Six months into her husband’s incompetent reign as Peter III, Catherine, 33, who had always believed herself superior to her husband, dethroned him. Confident, cultured, and witty, Catherine avoided excesses of personal power and ruled as a benevolent despot. Magnifying the towering achievements of Peter the Great, she imported European culture into Russia, from philosophy to medicine, education, architecture, and art. Effectively utilizing Catherine’s own memoirs, Massie once again delivers a masterful, intimate, and tantalizing portrait of a majestic monarch.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on May 12, 2015, with a discussion on the Henry James classic Washington Square.  The selection for June 9, 2015, will be Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.

April is National Library Month, and the 2nd Tuesday Book Club is just one of many programs highlighted during the month-long celebration. There will be special programs such as Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library—a new financial series on becoming debt free, managing your money wisely, and planning for retirement; the Second Saturday Concert Series featuring the Kensington Trio—classical music for a piano and strings; and a host of programs for teens and children.

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 and National Library Month events, visit library.escondido.org or contact Neva Robinson at 760-839-4214 or nrobinson@escondido.org.

Escondido Public Library Offers Successful Interviewing: Tips for Job Seekers 

03/10/2015 Categories: Adult Literacy Adults

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library will offer Successful Interviewing: Tips for Job Seekers, beginning April 7, 2015. This 3-week course meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and will run through April 21, 2015. The course will be held at the Escondido Technology Center located at 2245 East Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA 92027. Registration is required and enrollment is currently open through April 1, 2015.

Successful Interviewing Tips for Job Seekers will provide essential components and confidence-building techniques that will lead to a more successful interview experience. The course will cover how to highlight skills that match a job posting and create an elevator pitch to promote skills and experience. The importance of appearance and how to dress appropriately for an interview will also be covered. Later in the course, participants will practice their elevator pitch along with newly acquired techniques.

Sheila Rodriguez, Career Readiness Specialist, commented, “This course is practical and provides opportunities to practice an elevator pitch, try new interviewing techniques, and receive useful feedback. When it comes to interviewing, you have to be ready in order to be successful.”

Registration is required as space may be limited. To enroll in Successful Interviewing Tips for Job Seekers, contact Sheila Rodriguez at Escondido Public Library at (760) 839-5440 or srodriguez@escondido.org by April 1, 2015.

All Escondido Public Library programs and services are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA. 92025. For more information on literacy services and Library programs, visit library.escondido.org

Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

03/03/2015 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, March 28, 2015, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. En el tiempo de las mariposas / In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez, is the selected book for March. Participants will discuss books bilingually, in English and Spanish, enabling them to enjoy great literature in either language. Rincón Literario also provides an opportunity to practice either English or Spanish language skills. 

It is November 23, 1960, and the bodies of three beautiful, convent-educated sisters have been found near their wrecked Jeep at the bottom of a 150-foot cliff on the north coast of the Dominican Republic.  The local newspaper reports their deaths as an accident.  It does not mention that a fourth sister lives.  Nor does it explain that the sisters were among the leading opponents of General Raphael Leonidas Trujillo’s dictatorship.  It doesn’t have to, everyone knows of Las Mariposas – “The Butterflies.” 

Now, three decades later, Julia Alvarez immerses us in a tangled and dangerous moment in Caribbean history to tell their story in a brilliantly characterized novel, through the voices of all four sisters.  The Butterflies were extraordinary women.  Through the art and the magic of Julia Alvarez’s imagination, the martyred Butterflies live again in this novel of courage and love, and the human cost of political oppression. 

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. In April, readers will discuss the classis work, Cien anos de soledad / One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel García Márquez.

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 the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or contact Cecy Rayphole at 760-839-4271 or crayphole@escondido.org.

Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library: Financial Planning for Retirement 

02/25/2015 Categories: Adults Teens

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library continues the series, Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library with this month’s topic, Financial Planning for Retirement, on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. The Library is proud to partner with the San Diego Financial Literacy Center to present an overview of important steps that should be completed before retirement. The program will also provide an in-depth look at the A-B-C’s of investing to assist with achieving retirement goals.

The San Diego Financial Literacy Center, sdflc.org, provides expertise for this ongoing series. The Center enhances the financial IQ of San Diego County residents by providing information, education, and training to manage finances, create strong credit profiles, borrow wisely, and plan for retirement.

Librarian Neva Robinson, program coordinator, commented, Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library is a new series to help community members receive information about financial topics that affect their every day lives. As an introductory series, we zeroed in on planning for social security, retirement, college and managing debt. The San Diego Financial Literacy Center’s expertise is complemented by the many financial planning resources and books available in the Library’s collection.”

Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library will continue on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, with Managing Your Debt/Credit Cards. On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, Planning for College Expenses will be presented as the final program in this series.

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 Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library series, contact Neva Robinson at 760-839-4214 or nrobinson@escondido.org.

Escondido Public Library Presents "An Evening with Doris Martin, Holocaust Survivor” 

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library presents, “An Evening with Doris Martin, Holocaust Survivor,” on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Ms. Martin, author of the book Kiss Every Step, will recount her and her family’s story of extreme challenge and survival during Nazi occupation. She will discuss her life experience and share her message of tolerance and remembrance at this event. Ms. Martin will be available to sign her book immediately following her talk.

Born in Bedzin, Poland, Martin survived the Ludswigdorf Concentration Camp where she spent three-and-a-half years, forced to handle and measure explosive powder to build mines for the Nazi war effort. Doris Martin believes that her miraculous survival, and that of her family, is proof that there is still hope to make the world a better place.

She and her husband reside in Escondido, California part of the year, and have a home in Flagstaff, Arizona where they’ve established the Martin-Springer Institute at Northern Arizona University. The Institute’s mission is to apply the lessons of the Holocaust to promote moral courage, altruism, and tolerance. When in California, and as often as possible, Ms. Martin speaks and shares her story with groups, community members and students.

Copies of Kiss Every Step are available in the Library’s circulating collection for check-out and will be available for purchase for $15.00 at the speaking engagement.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required, but early arrival is encouraged as seating may be limited.  For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or call Librarian David Frazee at 760-839-4211. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

Download Free Magazines with Zinio at Escondido Public Library 

02/23/2015 Categories: Adults Online Resources Teens

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library staff will demonstrate how to access and download free Library eMagazines to your smartphone, tablet, or computer. Download Free Magazines with Zinio will be held on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, from 6:00 — 7:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Seating will be limited to the first 20 people, so please come early and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) to get the most out of this hands-on learning experience.

Download Free Magazines with Zinio is a “how to” workshop that guides users through the one-time set up that allows access to 100 popular, full-color magazines digitally by using the Zinio platform. This program will take the mystery out of using the Library’s eMagazine collection and offers step-by-step assistance. Once a Zinio account is created, users can enjoy unlimited access to all titles in the eMagazine collection, and retain the magazines on their device.

Library programs are free and open to the public. Library patrons who can’t attend the workshop, but want to learn how to download eMagazines using Zinio, should contact Senior Librarian Paul Crouthamel at 760-839-4814 to set up an appointment.

For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Public Library 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents the Danny Green Trio 

02/17/2015 Categories: Adults Concerts Families

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series presents the Danny Green Trio on Saturday, March 14, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Back by popular demand, the trio returns to perform classical and Latin-influenced jazz selections with group leader, Danny Green on piano, Justin Grinnell on bass, and Julien Cantelm on drums.

Praised as “One of the important up and comers on the jazz scene today,” by All That Jazz, Danny Green Trio’s first album, “With You in Mind,” won “Best Jazz Album” at the 2009 San Diego Music Awards. The group has performed at many important venues and festivals including KSDS Jazz 88.3’s Jazz Live, the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, and CSU Summer Arts Monterey.

The 2nd Saturday Concert Series runs through May 2015 and presents an array of musical styles. Upcoming concerts feature chamber music performances by The Kensington Trio in April, and Besos de Coco in May.

This year’s summer reading theme, “Read to the Rhythm,” will celebrate reading and music. Concert lovers will be pleased to know that organizer, Paul Crouthamel, has announced the special addition of two concerts, in July and August, extending the series to complement the adult summer reading club program.

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 about future performances, visit library.escondido.org, or contact Senior Librarian, Paul Crouthamel at 760-839-4814 or pcrouthamel@escondido.org.

 

2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud 

02/17/2015 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud.

Nora Eldridge is a reliable, but unremarkable, friend and neighbor, always on the fringe of other people’s achievements. But the arrival of the Shahid family—dashing Skandar, a Lebanese scholar, glamorous Sirena, an Italian artist, and their son, Reza—draws Nora into a complex and exciting new world. Nora’s happiness pushes her beyond her boundaries, until Sirena’s careless ambition leads to a shattering betrayal in The Woman Upstairs.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on April 14, 2015, with a discussion of a nonfiction title, Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman, by Robert K. Massie.  The selection for May 12, 2015, will be the classic Washington Square by Henry James.

April is National Library Month, and the 2nd Tuesday Book Club is just one of many programs offered as part of a month-long celebration. The month is highlighted by special programs, such as Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library—a new financial series on becoming debt free, managing your money wisely, and planning for retirement; the Second Saturday Concert Series featuring the Kensington Trio—classical music for a piano and strings; and always a host of fun and educational programs for teens and children.

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 and National Library Month events, visit library.escondido.org or contact the Neva Robinson at 760-839-4214 or nrobinson@escondido.org.

Escondido Public Library Partners with KPBS for One Book, One San Diego Reading Program 

02/10/2015 Categories: Adults One Book One San Diego Teens

Escondido, CA – The Escondido Public Library is proud to partner again with KPBS, San Diego Public Library, San Diego County Library, and other local libraries in the One Book, One San Diego reading program. For nearly a decade, KPBS’ One Book, One San Diego program has enriched the pleasure of reading by adding an element of meaningful community engagement. Each year, the community helps choose a book that becomes the featured “One Book”, shaping the local focus, outreach initiatives, and special events that comprise the One Book, One San Diego experience.

Community members are encouraged to nominate books that they have read and think would be a good title for the program. They can nominate either online through the Escondido Public Library’s website, library.escondido.org or use the paper form available at the Library. The nomination submission period runs from February 4 to March 1, 2015.

The book criteria for One Book, One San Diego selections are:

1. Fiction or Non-fiction story of high literary quality with a strong, compelling narrative and well-developed characters.

2. Themes resonate with local and/or global communities, and people of all backgrounds.                                     

3. Inspires discussion, conversations, and action.

4. Available in paperback and hardcover.

5. Author is alive.

6. Should have professional reviews and the book must be currently in print and readily available in large quantities (not print-on-demand).

7. Suitable for high school study and up.

 

The 2015 One Book selection will be announced in May, and information about related programming and events will be provided as it becomes available. For more information about One Book, One San Diego, visit www.kpbs.org/one-book/, or contact Senior Librarian, Paul Crouthamel, at 760-839-4814 or pcrouthamel@escondido.org. One Book, One San Diego events are free, open to the public, and generously sponsored by KPBS. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025 and at library.escondido.org.

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