2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard 

11/17/2014 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s nonfiction selection is Destiny of the Republic: A tale of madness, medicine and the murder of a President by Candice Millard.

James Abram Garfield was one of the most extraordinary men ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, a renowned congressman, and a reluctant presidential candidate who took on the nation's corrupt political establishment. But four months after Garfield's inauguration in 1881, he was shot in the back by a deranged office-seeker named Charles Guiteau. Garfield survived the attack, but became the object of bitter, behind-the-scenes struggles for power—over his administration, over the nation's future, and, hauntingly, over his medical care. Meticulously researched, epic in scope, and pulsating with an intimate human focus and high-velocity narrative drive, The Destiny of the Republic brings alive a forgotten chapter of U.S. history.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on January 13, 2015, with a discussion on The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht.  The featured selection for February 10, 2015, will be March by Geraldine Brooks.

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 Neva Robinson at nrobinson@escondido.org or 760-839-4214.

eReaders eXplained at Escondido Public Library 

11/10/2014 Categories: Adults

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will offer “eReaders eXplained,” providing instruction and demonstrations on how to access and download free library eBooks and online magazines to your smartphone, tablet, eReader, or computer. eReaders eXplained, will be held on Monday, December 8, 2014, and again on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room.

eReaders eXplained takes the mystery out of how to use Library eBooks with eReaders, including iPads, iPhones, and other tablets, and will provide step-by-step guidance for the required one-time set-up. Anyone considering purchasing an eReader for their own personal use, or as a gift, can also learn different eReader product features. In addition, the program will also provide information on how to access, Zinio, the Library’s new, downloadable free magazine collection with over 100 popular magazines for use on computers, smart phones and tablets. Attendees should bring their own devices to get the most out of this hands-on learning experience.

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 Paul Crouthamel at 760-839-4814. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Public Library’s Holiday Food for Fines Program Begins 

11/07/2014 Categories: Adults Food for Fines

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library’s annual Holiday Food for Fines Program will begin on Monday, December 1, and run through Wednesday, December 31, 2014. The program provides Library patrons with the opportunity to clear up to $20.00 in fines from their records. Proceeds will benefit Interfaith Community Services in Escondido which distributes the food to needy families throughout the North County area.

Expensive items, such as infant formula, credit up to $5.00 worth of fines per item. Other nonperishable foods such as canned and packaged goods, pasta, sauces, and peanut butter credit up to $1.00 worth of fines per item. Customer Services Supervisor, Linda Weber, explains, “This event is a wonderful way for our 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 95 crates of food weighing an estimated 3,000 pounds. We hope to top that this year.”

Non-nutritious and perishable items such as candy and chips; damaged cans/containers; and food past its expiration date cannot be accepted. Food may only be used to clear fines - not for 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. The 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.

Lysley Tenorio, Author of One Book, One San Diego’s 2014 Selection Makes North County Appearance at Escondido Public Library 

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library will host Lysley Tenorio, author of Monstress, KPBS’ 2014 One Book, One San Diego selection, in his only North County appearance on Monday November 17, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. The author will discuss his book of short stories, Monstress, and how the Filipino culture and Filipino experience in America influence his works. KPBS is promoting this event as the official sponsor and reservations are required. RSVP by going to http://www.kpbs.org/one-book to secure a reservation.

Lysley Tenorio has written a brilliant collection of, vivid, heartbreaking, and gloriously unique short stories set amongst the Filipino-American communities of California and the Philippines. He will speak about his exploration of both the clash and blending of these two disparate cultures as his characters struggle to find connections, fight the melancholy of isolation, and escape the sometimes suffocating ties of family. Slate magazine calls Tenorio’s characters “zany, witty, and beautifully drawn.” The author’s visit is the highlight of Escondido Public Library’s partnership with KPBS’ 2014 One Book, One San Diego program.

  • Escondido Public Library also presents the following events in celebration of the 2014 One Book, One San Diego program:The Filipino-American Cultural Organization (FACO) Dance Group will perform on Saturday, October 25, 2014, from 3:00—4:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. The FACO Dance Group promotes an appreciation and celebration of Filipino culture by performing classic Filipino dances in colorful, traditional costumes.
     

  • Children around the World: the Philippines, will be held on Thursday, November 13, 2014, from 3:00—4:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Cora Cooks Pancit, by Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore, the 2014 One Book, One San Diego children’s selection, will be the featured book, along with a program that promotes Filipino history, culture, crafts, and music. This program is suitable for children ages 6 to 10 years old.

Programs for Escondido Public Library’s participation in 2014 One Book, One San Diego are supported by KPBS and the Friends of the 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 on 2014 One Book, One San Diego programs at Escondido Public Library, contact Paul Crouthamel at 760-839-4814. To learn more about Escondido Public Library’s events and services, visit library.escondido.org.

Escondido Public Library Announces 2014-2015 2nd Saturday Concert Series  

10/22/2014 Categories: Adults Concerts

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library announces the new 2014-15 2nd Saturday Concert Series with a full schedule of performances by professional musicians ranging from classical to bluegrass to jazz. The free concerts are held monthly at 3:00 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room and run from November 2014 through May 2015.

The schedule includes:

November 8, 2014         Peter Fletcher, Classical Guitarist

December 13, 2014       FanFaire Foundation’s Young Artists Concert

January 10, 2015          Opera Exposed!

February 14, 2015         Virtual Strangers Bluegrass Band

March 14, 2015             Danny Green Jazz Trio

April 11, 2015                Kensington Trio Chamber Music

May 9, 2015                  Besos de Coco Chamber Music

The series opens with renowned classical guitarist Peter Fletcher on November 8, 2014. The FanFaire Foundation’s Young Artist Concert in December presents piano and cello protégés, ages 9 to 15, with performances and talent will beyond their years.

Opera Exposed! returns by popular demand in January 2015. This program, just in time for opera season, features aspiring university singers with San Diego Opera Director of Education, Dr. Nicolas Reveles on piano. Dr. Reveles provides narration and insight surrounding the selections to reveal the incredible storytelling qualities of the great moments in opera.

The line-up of programs also features Virtual Strangers bluegrass concert and the return of favorite groups, Kensington Trio playing chamber music with piano, cello and violin, and the Danny Green Jazz Trio. Besos de Coco brings the season to a close with a unique chamber concert with classical guitar, double bass and tap.

The 2nd Saturday Concert Series is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. All concerts are fee and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.  For more information on upcoming 2nd Saturday Concerts and other programs and services, contact Senior Librarian Paul Crouthamel at 760-839-4814 or visit library.escondido.org.

Escondido Public Library Opens the 2014-15 2nd Saturday Concert Series with Peter Fletcher, Classical Guitarist  

10/22/2014 Categories: Adults Concerts

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library launches the 2014-15 2nd Saturday Concert Series with classical guitarist Peter Fletcher on Saturday, November 8, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Peter Fletcher is an internationally renowned guitar virtuoso with performances that carry on the tradition of guitar masters such as Segovia and Bream.

With a repertoire ranging from Bach to Edvard Grieg, Peter Fletcher, has performed nationally in prestigious venues, such as Carnegie Hall, the Chicago Cultural Center, and the Firehouse Arts Center in the San Francisco Bay Area. Fanfare Magazine says he has impressed these audiences with “unaffected musical poetry.” His critically acclaimed CDs include, The Art of Classical Guitar: A Peter Fletcher Recital, Federico Mompou: Guitar Works, and Peter Fletcher Plays Baroque Music for Guitar. His latest CD is Edvard Grieg for which he wrote the guitar transcriptions. According to Concert Presenter, “He performs the music with commitment, passion, and grace. Only the way a true artist can...”

The 2nd Saturday Concert Series runs from November 2014 through May 2015 and features an array of classical, jazz, and diverse musical styles. For more information about future performances, visit library.escondido.org, or contact Senior Librarian, Paul Crouthamel at 760-839-4814.

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.

Download Popular Magazines – Free with Your Escondido Public Library Card 

10/01/2014 Categories: Adults Families Online Resources Teens

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library is now offering free online access to over a 100 popular magazines through Zinio for Libraries. From Newsweek, to Runner’s World, Rolling Stone, to Forbes, get cover-to-cover popular magazines online at no cost using the library’s newest service. Zinio is convenient and easy to use, providing users access to magazines from any location by using their computer, tablet, mobile device, or eReader. Zinio magazines remain checked-out to users and can be accessed again and again. Zinio magazines do not have due dates, which means that magazines are available to all users any time, and can be kept indefinitely. The Zinio display allows users to organize their magazines, bookmark favorite articles and select back issues.

Anyone with an Escondido Public Library card, an email address, and a computer or mobile device with Internet access can sign up for Zinio through the Library website at http://library.escondido.org/zinio.  A step by step guide to signing up is available on the website.. For additional guidance on Zinio, call Digital Services Librarian, Viktor Sjöberg, at 760-839-4828.

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. For general questions, contact the library at 760-839-4684 or visit our website library.escondido.org.

Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

10/01/2014 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, October 25, 2014, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Attendees discuss the book in both English and Spanish, enabling them to enjoy great literature while polishin” both their English- and Spanish-language skills. El angel perdido/Lost Angel, by Javier Sierra, is the selected book for October.

In approximately seventy-two hours, a little-known Middle Eastern terrorist group plans to bring about the end of the world.  Convinced that they are the descendants of angels and on the verge of at last returning to heaven, they kidnap scientist Martin Faber, whose research has uncovered an extraordinary secret.  Martin’s only hope for survival is the rare psychic gift of his young wife. Julia Alvarez must find the courage to save her husband while running from religious extremists and clandestine government agencies. 

Javier Sierra takes readers on an exhilarating international adventure, from the summit of legendary Mount Ararat to the high desert of New Mexico, from the monuments of Washington, D.C., to the medieval city of Santiago de Compostela in Spain.  This is a spine-tingling apocalyptic thriller set in real-world locations and based on well-researched mythology and scientific facts. 

Book Club facilitator, Miriam Ruvinskis, commented, “Rincón Literario affords participants an opportunity to practice their English and Spanish language skills and pronunciation in a supportive environment, while they enjoy immersing themselves in great literature from around the world. They acquire language skills effortlessly as they share lively and engaging discussions on selected books with their fellow participants.”

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. On November, 29, 2014, readers will discuss Y las montanas hablaron/And the Mountains Echoed  by Khaled Hosseini.

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 library.escondido.org or call Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Librarian, at 760-839-4814.

Escondido Public Library Presents a Celebration of Filipino Dance  

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library presents the Filipino-American Cultural Organization (FACO) Dance Group on Saturday, October 25, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. The FACO Dance Group promotes an appreciation and celebration of Filipino culture by performing classic Filipino dances in colorful, traditional costumes.

This event is a highlight of Escondido Public Library’s partnership with KPBS to promote 2014’s One Book, One San Diego selection, Monstress, by author Lysley Tenorio, a San Diego native. Monstress describes the Filipino experience through a series of heartfelt short stories.

The FACO Dance Group shares their talent, serving as ambassadors for Filipino culture through dance. Their performance includes traditional Filipino dances such as "Bulaklakan" and “Tinikling.” The Bulaklakan is the dance of flowers, usually done during the month of May in the Philippines when flowers traditionally bloom. In the Tinikling, dancers imitate the tikling bird's legendary grace and speed as they dance between a pair of snapping bamboo poles.

Escondido Public Library also presents the following upcoming events in celebration of the 2014 One Book, One San Diego program:

 

  • Children around the World: the Philippines, Thursday, November 13, 2014, in the Turrentine Room from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Cora Cooks Pancit, by Dorina K Lazo Gilmore, the 2014 One Book, One San Diego children’s selection, will be the featured book, along with a program that promotes Filipino history, culture, crafts, and music. This program is targeted for children ages 6 to 10.
     
  • As a grand finale, Lysley Tenorio, author of Monstress, will make his only North County appearance at Escondido Public Library on Monday, November 17, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. KPBS is promoting this event and reservations will be required. More information on how to secure a reservation will be announced on KPBS.org in the near future.

Programs for Escondido Public Library’s participation in 2014 One Book, One San Diego are supported by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and KPBS. 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 on 2014 One Book, One San Diego programs at Escondido Public Library, contact Paul Crouthamel at 760-839-4814. To learn more about Escondido Public Library’s events and services, visit library.escondido.org.

Escondido Public Library Presents Free Genealogy Workshop 

09/23/2014 Categories: Adults Pioneer Room

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will host a free Genealogy Workshop on Saturday, October 25, 2014, from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. in the Library’s Pioneer Room—the City’s local history and genealogy archive. The Pioneer Room is located in the Mathes Community Center at 247 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, California 92025.

The Workshop will be taught by Ginger Kullman, a lifelong Escondido resident and genealogist. It is designed for beginning genealogy enthusiasts who want to discover their family history and learn about research resources and techniques. Registration is required as seating may be limited. Call 760-745-6633 to register.

Attendees will receive free information packets and an introduction to Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource. Escondido Public Library provides this popular genealogy database for public use in the Library and at the Pioneer Room.

This program is sponsored by the Pioneer Room Friends, a support group dedicated to preserving and promoting Escondido’s rich local history.

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. For information about Escondido Public Library’s Pioneer Room, contact Librarian and Archivist Helene Idels at 760-839-4315 or visit library.escondido.org.

 

 

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