Escondido Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets September 29th

Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner) meets on Saturday, September 29th 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.

Rincón Literario meets regularly, 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.

The selected book is El jardin olvidado / The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton.  A tiny girl is abandoned on a ship headed for Australia in 1913. She arrives completely alone with nothing but a small suitcase containing a few clothes and a single book -- a beautiful volume of fairy tales. She is taken in by the dock master and his wife and raised as their own. On her twenty-first birthday they tell her the truth, and with her sense of self shattered and with very little to go on, "Nell" sets out on a journey to England to try to trace her story, to find her real identity. Her quest leads her to Blackhurst Manor on the Cornish coast and the secrets of the doomed Mountrachet family. But it is not until her granddaughter, Cassandra, takes up the search after Nell's

death that all the pieces of the puzzle are assembled.  At Cliff Cottage, on the grounds of Blackhurst Manor, Cassandra discovers the forgotten garden of the book's title and is able to unlock the secrets of the beautiful book of fairy tales

In October, Rincón Literario readers will discuss El cementerio de Praga / The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco.  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 760.839.4601.

 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.

WW II Veteran Shares D-Day Experiences at the Escondido Public Library

World War II Veteran Robert L. Watson will be sharing his D-Day experiences on Tuesday, September 18th, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room at the Escondido Public Library.

Eighteen year old Watson landed with the first wave of the U.S. forces to hit Omaha Beach in Normandy, France at 7:27 am on June 6, 1944. He survived being blown up and wounded when his landing craft was destroyed by a mine that killed 50 of the 75 men onboard. In spite of his wounds, he served for 28 days as a U.S. Navy Beach Master.

Now 87 years old, Watson said that as long as he is able, he will continue to tell the story of the men who didn’t make it back. "What keeps me going are the 9,336 fine young American boys buried in that cemetery over there. The story of Omaha Beach needs to be told to honor all of the men who did not survive the invasion or the war."

Now living in San Marcos, Watson makes about 60 presentations a year throughout North County, at various military organizations, libraries and local school and community groups. This program is free to the public. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA.. For more information, please call (760) 839-4839.

Our Bilingual Book Discussion Group, Rincón Literario, Meets July 28th

Sonar en CubanoEscondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner) meets on Saturday, July 28th 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.

Rincón Literario meets regularly, 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.

The selected book, Soñar en Cubano/Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina Garcia, is a rich and haunting narrative by an excellent new voice in contemporary fiction. Here is the dreamy and bittersweet story of a family divided by politics and geography by the Cuban revolution. It is the family story of Celia del Pino, and her husband, daughter and grandchildren, from the mid-1930s to 1980. Celia's story mirrors the magical realism of Cuba itself, a country of beauty and poverty, idealism and corruption. Dreaming In Cuban presents a unique vision and a haunting lamentation for a past that might have been.

In August, Rincón Literario readers will discuss Captiva by Clara Rojas. 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 760.839.4601.

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.

Escondido Public Library Chess Club Volunteer Opportunity

The Escondido Public Library is seeking adult volunteers to help run the Knight’s Realm Chess Club for Kids. Volunteers provide instruction and monitor chess games for children ages 6-12. The chess club meets in the Children’s Room weekly, in the afternoon from 3:30-5:30. The Knight’s Realm Chess Club is a popular children’s program and runs throughout the year.

Chess Club Volunteer qualifications include: 

  • Knowledge of how to play chess
  • Chess rules, terminology and strategy
  • Ability to work well with children and parents
  • Willingness to commit to a regular schedule, usually for 9 to12 months
  • Ability to work independently
  • Dependability
     

Volunteers must be interviewed and Live Scan fingerprinted. For more information, contact the Escondido Public Library’s Volunteer Coordinator, Cookie Allen at 760-839-4819.

Our Bilingual Book Discussion Group, Rincón Literario, Meets May 26th

Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner) meets on Saturday, May 26th 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. The selected book is J.K. Rowling’s remarkable literary sensation Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal / Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.  This is the first book in the Harry Potter series.

Rincón Literario meets regularly, 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.

Dive into the sensational world of Harry Potter and see that he has no idea how famous he is. That's because he's being raised by his miserable aunt and uncle who are terrified Harry will learn that he's really a wizard, just as his parents were. But everything changes when Harry is summoned to attend an infamous school for wizards, and he begins to discover some clues about his illustrious birthright. From the surprising way he is greeted by a lovable giant, to the unique curriculum and colorful faculty at his unusual school, Harry finds himself drawn deep inside a mystical world he never knew existed and closer to his own noble destiny.

In June, Rincón Literario readers will discuss El tiempo entre costuras / The Time in Between by Maria Duenas. A list of future Rincón Literario selections is available on the library website.

High Adventure in Uganda by Bill Williams

Local Professional photographer and traveler, Bill Williams, will be sharing his latest adventure in Uganda and his encounters with its silverback mountain gorillas at the Escondido Public Library on Tuesday, May 15th at 6:30 PM. On his recent safari he explored Uganda’s culture, people and diverse wildlife including one trek that took him within twenty feet of the endangered silverback mountain   His photography captures the beauty and grace of the mountain gorillas of Uganda and provides a compelling portrait of Uganda's people and culture. Mr. Williams has photographed the beauty of over 148 countries in his travels throughout the world.

This program is free and open to the public. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information on this and other Library events, go to http://library.escondido.org or contact 760-839-4601.

Escondido Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets April 28th

Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner) meets on Saturday, April 28th 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. The selected book is Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel, Nunca me abandones/Never Let Me Go.

Rincón Literario meets regularly, 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.

From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day comes a devastating novel of innocence, knowledge, and loss. As children Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules where teachers were constantly reminding their charges of how special they were.

Years later, Kathy is a young woman. Ruth and Tommy have reentered her life. And for the first time she is beginning to look back at their shared past and understand just what it is that makes them special–and how that shapes the rest of their time together. Suspenseful, moving, beautifully atmospheric, Nunca me abandones/Never Let Me Go is a classic that examines a perplexing modern social and moral dilemma.

In May, Rincón Literario readers will discuss Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal/Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. A list of future Rincón Literario selections is available at the library website. For more information on the library’s book discussion groups and other programs, visit the library website or call 760.839.4601.

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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