Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

06/03/2015 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, June 27, 2015, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. The classic, Cumbres borrascosas/Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, is the selected title for June. Multiple copies of the book are available for check-out or can be reserved in the Library catalog at library.escondido.org.

Cumbres borrascosas/Wuthering Heights follows the life of the mysterious Heathcliff from childhood to his death in his late thirties. Heathcliff rises in stature within his adopted family and then is suddenly reduced to the status of a servant. He runs away when the young woman he loves decides to marry another. Heathcliff returns later, rich and educated, and sets about gaining revenge on the two families he believes ruined his life.

Cecy Rayphole, Rincón Literario’s facilitator, commented, “Book discussions bring people together to share their views, experience different perspectives and cultures, and to discover what they have in common. Rincón Literario is an excellent forum for this exchange and also provides a great opportunity to practice or improve reading or speaking in either English or Spanish in a comfortable, supportive setting.”

Rincón Literario will meet next month, on Saturday, July 25, 2015, to discuss the delightful Me llamo Bud, No Buddy/Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis.

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 the book 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 760-839-4271 or at crayphole@escondido.org.

 

2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses Me Before You by Jojo Moyes 

05/12/2015 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s title is Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life with a steady boyfriend and a close knit family. She has never been farther afield than her tiny village. Then, Louisa takes a badly-needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe, Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel, but now he’s pretty sure he doesn’t want to continue living.  Though Will is acerbic, moody, and bossy, Louisa refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, Louisa sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on July 14, 2015, with Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall by Kazuo Ishiguro.  This selection coordinates with the 2015 Adult Summer Reading Club musical theme “Read to the Rhythm.” Join Escondido Public Library’s Adult Summer Reading Club, which runs from June 15—August 1, 2015. Sign up online at library.escondido.org/SRC or in the Library at the Information Desk. Summer reading programming includes special musical events and weekly prize drawings for Club participants.

All Library programs are generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and 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, or the “Read to the Rhythm” 2015 Adult Summer Reading Club, visit library.escondido.org or contact the Library information desk at 760-839-4839.

Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

05/04/2015 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, May 30, 2015, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Una y otra vez/Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, is the selected book for May. Participants discuss books bilingually, in English and Spanish. Multiple copies of the selected title are available and can be reserved in the Escondido Public Library catalog.

Una y otra vez/Life After Life is the captivating story of Ursula Todd, a woman who dies repeatedly in a variety of ways.  Ursula Todd first dies when she is just being born to Hugh and Sylvie Todd at their home in Fox Corner, England, on a bitterly cold, snowy night in February 1910.  However, Ursula’s death is not an ending but the beginning of a series of reincarnations and the chance to experience several different lives and destinies. 

Cecy Rayphole, Rincón Literario facilitator, commented, “Book discussions bring people together to share their views, but also to experience different perspectives and cultures, and to discover what they have in common. Rincón Literario is an excellent forum for this exchange and also provides a great opportunity to practice or improve reading or speaking in either English or Spanish in a comfortable setting.” Rincón Literario will meet next month, on Saturday, June 27, 2015, to discuss the classic, Cumbres borrascosas/Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte.

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 the book 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 760-839-4271 or at crayphole@escondido.org.

Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club Discusses A Snicker of Magic 

04/27/2015 Categories: Book Club Children Middle-Graders

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s Read, Eat, and Discuss (R.E.A.D.) Middle Grade Book Club for children, ages 9-12, meets on Friday, May 29, 2015, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Natalie Lloyd’s A Snicker of Magic will be discussed, followed by a craft activity related to the book. Beginning May 1, 2015, a limited number of copies of A Snicker of Magic will be available for checkout at the Children’s Desk.

12-year-old Felicity Pickle has spent her life flitting from place to place with her nomadic mother, a woman cursed with a wandering heart. When they arrive in the town where Mama grew up, the tween feels right at home. Midnight Gulch once had magic coursing through its streets, a quirky place where people conjured up thunderstorms through song. Felicity also possesses a bit of her own magic—she’s a word collector who sees words shimmering and sparkling all around her.

With the help of the local townspeople, including Jonah, a mysterious, spikey-haired do-gooder, Felicity determines to bring magic back to Midnight Gulch. Fans of Ingrid Law’s Savvy and Louis Sachar’s Holes will treasure A Snicker of Magic, which is filled to the brim with folklore and legends, family secrets, and lots of heart.

Librarian Lalitha Nataraj said, “It’s been very gratifying to see young readers so captivated by the R.E.A.D. selections. Most importantly, R.E.A.D. fosters a social connection and friendships develop among the participating children.”

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Library programs are free and open to the public and generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For information about the R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club, contact Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, at 760-839-4219 or at lnataraj@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs for all ages can be found at library.escondido.org.

Escondido Public Library Teen Burritos & Book Club Discusses Insomnia by J.R. Johansson 

04/21/2015 Categories: Book Club Teens

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s Burritos & Book Club, for teensfor ages 13 to 18 years, meets on Thursday, May 21, 2015, in the Turrentine Room from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. Insomnia, by J.R. Johansson, is the selected title for the discussion and complimentary burritos will be provided. Copies of Insomnia are currently available for checkout at the Library’s Information Desk or can be reserved using the Library’s catalog on the website at library.escondido.org.

Insomnia introduces Parker Chipp, a high school junior who hasn’t slept in four years. Instead of sleeping every night, Parker enters the dreams of the person he last made eye contact with, preventing him from sleeping peacefully. If something doesn’t change soon, Parker could be facing death. Change comes in the form of Mia, whose dreams are so calm that Parker is able to get much needed sleep. But when someone begins terrorizing Mia, Parker’s memory blackouts leave him doubting his own innocence.

In addition to discussing Insomnia, time will be set aside to share opinions and ideas about other books participants have enjoyed and propose titles for the next meeting. The selected book will be discussed at the Teen Summer Reading Club edition of Burritos & Book Club, on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Participants receive a free book or audiobook at the end of the program.

Cathy Janovitz, Escondido Public Library’s Teen Librarian commented, “Burritos & Book Club provides a forum for teens to share opinions, feelings, and insights in a casual and comfortable environment about any book that interests them.”

This program is generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and Taco Bell located at 627 N. Escondido Boulevard in Escondido, CA. Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido, California. For more information about teen programs, contact Teen Librarian, Cathy Janovitz, at 760-839-4283 or cjanovitz@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library can be found at library.escondido.org.

Escondido Library’s 2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses Washington Square by Henry James 

04/16/2015 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s title is the classic Washington Square by Henry James.

One of the most instantly appealing of James's early masterpieces, Washington Square is the tale of a trapped daughter and a domineering father. Catherine Sloper, heiress to a fortune, attracts the attention of a good-looking but penniless young man, Morris Townsend. Her father is convinced that his motives are merely mercenary and he will not consent to the marriage, regardless of the cost to his daughter. Out of this classic confrontation, Henry James fashioned a tale with great depth of meaning and an understanding of the human condition. First published in 1880, but set some forty years earlier in a pre-Civil War New York, this novel reflects the restricted world in which its heroine is marooned.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on June 9, 2015, with a discussion on Me Before You by Jojo MoyesThe selection for July 14, 2015, Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall by Kazuo Ishiguro, is in keeping with this year’s Summer Reading theme, Read to the Rhythm. Join Escondido Public Library’s Summer Reading Club and take part in the California Library Association’s goal of signing up 1 Million Summer Readers this year. In addition, Escondido Public Library’s Summer Reading program includes special events such as 2nd Saturday Concerts and the Be Money Smart series, as well as a chance to earn weekly prizes.

All Library programs are free to the public 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 or Escondido Public Library’s Summer Reading Clubs visit library.escondido.org or contact the Library information desk at 760-839-4839.

Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

03/30/2015 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, April 25, 2015, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Cien años de soledad/One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, is the selected book for April. Participants discuss books bilingually, in English and Spanish, enabling them to enjoy great literature while improving their English and Spanish language skills.

In Macondo, a metaphoric Colombia, visits from ghosts representing the past, a magical-realist style, and European influence, all combine in the extraordinary literary journey of Cien años de soledad/One Hundred Years of Solitude, written by Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez.  This novel tells the multi-generational story of the Buendía family, whose patriarch, Jose Arcadio Buendía, founds the town of Macondo.  Soon after Macondo is founded, it becomes a town frequented by unusual and extraordinary events involving generations of the Buendia family, who are either incapable or reluctant to escape their episodic misfortunes.

This novel was an instant success, winning many awards and being translated into dozens of languages. In 1982, the novel’s author, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, received the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. On Saturday, In May, readers will discuss Una y otra vez/Life After Life by Kate Atkinson.

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 call Cecy Rayphole, Senior Library Associate, at 760-839-4271.

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.

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.

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