Veganism and Healthy Eating at Escondido Public Library 

10/09/2013 Categories: Adults

Escondido, CA – Veganism and vegan cooking will be explained and demonstrated at Escondido Public Library on Saturday, November 16, 2013, at 2:00 PM in the Turrentine Room by Jia Xu, Ph.D., and chefs Sonia Loera and Lian Li of vegansandiego.com. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about this healthy lifestyle and its possible health benefits.

What do President Clinton and Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzales have in common? They are both vegans. The vegan lifestyle of not eating animal products has entered the mainstream of American life. Jia Xu, Ph.D., will explain what a vegan diet is and its possible health benefits for lowering the risk of heart attack, diabetes, arthritis, and more.  She will also discuss veganism as a sustainable, environmentally friendly alternative to a meat-based diet. 

Sonia Loera and Lian Li, chefs from vegansandiego.com, will prepare delicious vegan dishes to sample using a wide variety of plant-based ingredients. They will demonstrate that meatless does not mean tasteless. A selection of the library’s vegan cookbooks will be available for checkout.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at http://library.escondido.org  or call Adult Services at 760-839-4839. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

The FanFaire Foundation and Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series presents Harpist Alexandra Tibbitts 

10/09/2013 Categories: Adults Concerts Families

Escondido, CA - Harpist Alexandra Tibbitts will perform at Escondido Public Library on Saturday, November 9, 2013, at 3:00 PM in the Turrentine Room. Ms. Tibbitts began playing the harp when she was twelve years old and still has a passion for her music. She loves sharing that passion with audiences of all ages.

Ms. Tibbitts won the 2012 Soloist Competition at San Diego State University and in May 2013 she performed Debussy's Danses Sacre et Profane with the SDSU Symphony Orchestra. She serves as the Principal Harpist with the SDSU Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra. Her repertoire showcases the harp’s extraordinary range of sound and styles. Ms. Tibbitts will be performing works like Paganini’s Variations on a Theme, Lizotte’s Suite Galactique, Grandjany’s Rhapsodie, and Lecuona’s Malagueña. Flavia Pisco will join her on the violin in a duet of Saint-Saens’ Fantaise Opus. 124. Ms. Tibbitts will complement her performance with informative and entertaining commentaries on the harp and the music she is playing.

Concerts are free and open to the public and are generously sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library and the FanFaire Foundation.  Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street.  For more information, please call (760) 839-4839 or visit the library online at http://www.library.escondido.org/

Understanding Medicare and the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) at the Escondido Public Library 

10/07/2013 Categories: Adults

Escondido, CA – Need help understanding Medicare and the Affordable Care Act?  The public is invited to attend a free seminar on health care insurance presented by Chi-Fu Hsueh and Cari Keithley, California-licensed health and life insurance professionals, on Saturday, November 2nd, 2013, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the Turrentine Room at the Escondido Public Library.

Do you know want to know more about Medicare plans? How will you know if you need a Medicare supplement plan? How will the Affordable Care Act affect you and which new plan should you choose? This seminar will help answer these questions and many more. It will cover Medicare’s different plans and explain what Medicare supplement plan options are and why you might need them.  In addition, an overview of the Affordable Care Act and the many new health plans available in 2014 will also be presented. California’s health insurance exchange, Covered California, will be reviewed.

“People have spent a lifetime accumulating assets,” presenter Chi-Fu Hsueh says, “And these decisions on health care can affect their assets. My mission is to help people understand how it can affect their lifestyle and share my knowledge and ideas to help them eliminate concerns.”

This program is free and open to the public. For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at http://library.escondido.org  or call Adult Services at 760-839-4839. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

Take a Trip Down Memory Lane at the Escondido Public Library 

10/07/2013 Categories: Adults Families

Escondido, CA – The Pioneer Room of the Escondido Public Library will host a Local History Expo on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at 6:00 PM in the Turrentine Room in celebration of California and American Archives Month. Have you ever wondered who first built and owned your historic home?  Are you curious about your family’s genealogical history? Do you want to learn more about the original inhabitants of our Southern California region? If so, then be sure to attend this family-friendly Local History Expo.

This is an opportunity to meet local authors and learn about Rancho Santa Fe’s first female architect, the history of Escondido’s Grape Day Festivals, and Rancho Bernardo’s early days. Historic photos and calendars will be on display. A special computer station will play brief oral history recordings about the Look Rite Beauty Shop, Native American culture, telephone service first coming to Escondido, and more. Interactive displays from area museums, history centers, and ancestry organizations will provide a multidimensional experience in history.

Free and open to the public, this program is sponsored by Escondido Public Library’s Pioneer Room, a local history and genealogy archive that preserves and advances our rich local history.  For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at http://library.escondido.org or call Adult Services at 760-839-4839.  The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Library 

10/02/2013 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, will meet on Saturday, October 26th, from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the Library’s Board Room. Author and journalist, Miriam Ruvinskis, will lead the discussion in both English and Spanish. Inferno by Dan Brown is the selected book for October.

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon (of The Da Vinci Code) returns in another thriller that invokes history, architecture, science, and conspiracy.  Langdon wakes up in a hospital bed with no memory of the preceding 36 hours.  He’s surprised to find himself in Florence, Italy, and even more shocked to discover someone is out to kill him for something he knows.  The doctor treating him helps him to escape from an assassin, and the chase is on.  Can Langdon follow clues that tie in to Dante’s epic masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, and stop a plot destined to change the world forever?

Adult Services Librarian Paul Crouthamel states, “When you discuss a great book with others who have read it, you can share your perspectives and learn how other people might interpret the story differently.  The discussions are a perfect way to learn about interesting books and converse in both languages”.                     

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of each month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. In November, Rincon Literario readers will discuss El cuaderno de Maya / Maya’s Notebook  by Isabel Allende.

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from the 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 http://library.escondido.org  or call Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Librarian, at 760-839-4814.

2nd Tuesday Book Club to Discuss Toby’s Room by Pat Barker 

09/18/2013 Categories: Adults Book Club

The Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at 6:00 PM, in the Board Room. This month’s selection is Toby’s Room by Pat Barker.
 
This indelible portrait of a family torn apart by war focuses on Toby Brooke, a medical student, and his younger sister Elinor. Enmeshed in a web of complicated family relationships, Elinor and Toby are close: some might say too close. But when World War I begins, Toby is posted to the front as a medical officer while Elinor stays in London to continue her fine art studies. Toby’s Room is an eloquent literary narrative of hardship and resilience, love and betrayal, and anguish and redemption. In unflinching yet elegant prose, Pat Barker captures the enormity of the war’s impact—not only on soldiers at the front but on the loved ones they leave behind.
 
The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on November 12, 2013, with a discussion on the classic, Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens.  The selection for December 10th will be The Round House by Louise Erdrich.

All Library programs are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia 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.

Ghost Mountain's Rider South to Make Rare Appearance at Escondido Library 

09/14/2013 Categories: Adults

Escondido, CA – Rider South of Ghost Mountain fame will be at the Escondido Public Library on Monday, October 28th, 2013, at 6:00 PM in the Turrentine Room. He will be talking about his father, Marshal South, and his family’s 17-year experiment in primitive living. He wants to highlight his father’s accomplishments as a western novelist which he feels have been obscured by his father’s controversial life style choices.

Sixty-five years ago, Rider South came down from Anza-Borrego’s Ghost Mountain as a young teenager, and his life changed dramatically. Rider and his younger brother and sister had been part of their parents’ experiment in primitive living. This was chronicled as a monthly series by Marshal South in the pages of Desert Magazine, running for nine consecutive years until 1948.

Rider has vivid memories of his early life on Ghost Mountain. He was aware that his father’s writings and artistic creations were sources of income for the family and helped to provide some of the necessities they needed to survive on that waterless mountaintop. Yet today, Marshal South is hardly remembered as a very talented writer of western fiction. It is Rider’s hope that, with the republication of Marshal South Rides Again: His Anza-Borrego Novels, readers will discover a Marshal South separate from the sensationalism caused by his life choices.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at http://library.escondido.org  or call Adult Services at 760-839-4839. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Library 

08/13/2013 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, will meet on Saturday, August 31st from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the Library’s Board Room. Author and journalist, Miriam Ruvinskis, will lead the discussion in both English and Spanish. Un paseo para recordar / A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks is the selected book for August.

Sure to wring yet more tears from willing readers’ eyes, this forced coming–of-age story by bestselling author, Nicholas Sparks, is sure to do just that.  Every April when the wind smells of both the sea and lilacs, Landon Carter remembers 1958, his last year at Beaufort High.  Landon had dated a girl or two, and even once had sworn he’d been in love.  Certainly, the last person he thought he’d fall for was Jamie Sullivan, the shy, almost ethereal daughter of the town’s Baptist minister.  Against his best intentions, Landon finds himself falling for Jamie, this girl who is destined to show him the depths of the human heart – and the joy and pain of living.

Adult Services Librarian Paul Crouthamel said, “When you discuss a great book with others who have read it, you can share your perspectives and learn how other people might interpret the story differently.  The discussions are a perfect way to learn about interesting books and converse in both languages”.

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of each month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. In September, Rincon Literario readers will discuss La ladrona de libros / The Book Thief  by Markus Zusak. .

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from the 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 http://library.escondido.org  or call Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Librarian, at 760-839-4814.

Escondido Library Offers Summer Reading Club for Adults 

06/04/2013 Categories: Adults

Escondido, CA – Summer reading clubs are for all ages to enjoy. In addition to offering summer reading clubs for children and teens, the Escondido Public Library is hosting a Summer Reading Club especially for adults with the theme, Reading is So Delicious. The club runs from June 17 to August 3, 2013. Starting June 17th, adults can participate by visiting the Library in person or by registering via the Library’s web site http://library.escondido.org/adultSRC. Registration runs through July 20, 2013.

Adults who register are encouraged to share reading recommendations with others by submitting brief book reviews. Each week one review will be selected in a drawing for a prize. The Library’s web page will feature a number of selected reviews.

Kelley Aderholt, the 2012 Club’s Grand Prize Winner, looks forward to 2013: “It was fun.  I always get my kids to do the Summer Reading Club, and when they saw that there was one for adults, I knew I should join, too.  I never expected I’d be the Grand Prize Winner.”

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. Contact Reference Librarian, David Frazee at 760-839-4839 for more information on the Adult Summer Reading Club. To learn more about the Library’s Summer Reading Clubs for children and teens, or go to library.escondido.org.

Escondido Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets April 27th 

04/02/2013 Categories: Adults Book Club

Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, will meet on Saturday, April 27th from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the library’s Board Room. The Escondido Public Library is located in downtown Escondido at 239 South Kalmia Street.

“La breve y maravillosa vida de Oscar Wao” / “Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao” by Junot Diaz is the selected book for this month.  Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd who dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and of finding love.  But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the fuku – the curse that has haunted his family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love.  Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim. We are immersed in the tumultuous life of Oscar and his family history, rendered with genuine warmth and humor, and insight into the Dominican-American family experience.  It displays an endless human capacity to persevere in the face of heartbreak and loss, a true literary triumph.

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of each month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. The discussions are a perfect way to discuss interesting books and converse in both languages

In May Rincon Literario readers will discuss La cupula / Under the Dome by Stephen King.  A list of future Rincón Literario selections is available at http://library.escondido.org. For more information on the library’s book discussion groups and other programs, visit the library website or call 760.839.4814.

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public.

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