Escondido Public Library Hosts Burritos & Book Club for Teens

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library will host a new program for teens, ages 13 to 18 years, called Burritos & Book Club. At Burritos & Book Club, teens get together every other month to discuss a selected title and exchange ideas and opinions while enjoying complimentary burritos. The first Burritos & Book Club will take place on Thursday, January 29, 2015, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. All subsequent meetings will be held bi-monthly at the same time and location.

The introductory meeting will provide teens with information about the book club and there will be a general discussion about what the group should read in the future. Teens are encouraged to bring their favorite book(s) to the meeting. Teens will also take part in selecting the title for the next meeting which will take place on Thursday, March 26, 2015. All participants will receive a free book or audiobook at the end of the first program.

Registration for the first meeting is not required, but registration will be required for future meetings. Beginning Thursday, February 5, 2015, teens can register for the next meeting and check-out a copy of the selected title at the Adult Information Desk, located on the first floor.

Cathy Janovitz, Escondido Public Library’s Teen Librarian commented, “We’ve had a lot of teens asking for a teen book club so we’re introducing Burritos & Book Club to welcome the New Year. Burritos & Book Club takes place in a relaxed and social setting, tailored just for teens. You could say Burritos & Book Club is good for body and mind. How can you miss with complimentary burritos and free Library books?”

This program is generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and Taco Bell located at 627 N. Escondido Boulevard in Escondido. 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.

2nd Tuesday Book Club to discuss The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht

Escondido, CA -  Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s title is The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht.

In a Balkan country mending from war, Natalia, a young doctor, is compelled to unravel the mysterious circumstances surrounding her beloved grandfather’s recent death. Searching for clues, she turns to his worn copy of The Jungle Book and the stories he told her of his encounters over the years with “the deathless man.” But most extraordinary of all is the story her grandfather never told her—the legend of the tiger’s wife.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on February 10, 2015, with a discussion on March by Geraldine Brooks.  The title for March 10, 2015 will be The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud.

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 visit library.escondido.org or contact the Library information desk at 760-839-4839.

Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, January 31, 2015, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Yo antes de ti/Me Before You, by JoJo Moyes, is the selected book for January. Participants discuss books bilingually, in English and Spanish, enabling them to enjoy great literature in either language. Rincón Literario also provides an opportunity to improve either English or Spanish language skills. 

Yo antes de ti/Me Before You is a best-selling novel, with wide critical acclaim. Moyes introduces Will Traynor, a formerly high-flying, thrill-seeking executive now confined to a wheelchair as a quadriplegic. Louisa Clark, a 26-year-old working-class girl, is hired by Will’s mother to boost his morale. After the accident, the only power Will believes he has is the power to end his life. Louisa has never fully lived—before meeting Will her plans didn’t extend beyond their tiny English town. In Lou, he discovers an unexpected outlet for his thwarted energies—teaching her how to exert her own autonomy. Deciding that the only chance she has of getting Will to take an interest in his own future is to make him take an interest in hers, Louisa devises character-building adventures they can undertake together for her benefit, hoping it will give him a reason to live. All signs point to romance and a happy ending for the pair, but Moyes has something more heartbreakingly truthful in mind; sometimes love isn’t enough.  

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. In February, readers will discuss Has visto a Maria? / Have You Seen Marie? by Sandra Cisneros.

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 Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Librarian, at 760-839-4814.

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

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.

Escondido Public Library’s Middle Grade Book Club Hosts Author Erin Fry

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s Read, Eat, and Discuss (R.E.A.D.) Middle Grade Book Club for children, ages 9-12, will meet on Friday, November 7, 2014, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Participants will discuss Secrets of the Book. The novel’s author, Erin Fry, will be present at the event to answer questions about her book and writing process. A limited number of copies of Secrets of the Book will be available for checkout at the Children’s Desk beginning on Monday, October 13, 2014.

Spencer’s mother forces him to visit a nursing home each week, where he befriends Ed, an elderly resident. Soon after entrusting Spencer with Pandora’s Book, Ed mysteriously disappears. In this vivid fantasy novel, sixth-grader Spencer Lemon, a young boy with rapidly failing eyesight, finds himself the unwitting guardian of Pandora’s Book, a magical tome that brings famous historical figures back to life. It’s up to the tween and his friends to figure out how to properly use the book and keep it out of the hands of evil doers. Fans of The 39 Clues series and Dan Gutman’s Genius Files will eagerly swoop up Fry’s fast-paced tale.Youth Services Librarian Lalitha Nataraj said, “The Youth Services’ Department is thrilled to have Ms. Fry come to the Library and directly engage children on the topics of books and reading—this is a wonderful opportunity that underscores the uniqueness and fun of the R.E.A.D Book Club program.”

The next R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club meeting will be on Friday, February 6, 2015, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Readers will discuss Zita the Space Girl by Ben Hatke.

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Programs are sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. For information about the R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club, contact Youth Services Librarian Lalitha Nataraj at 760-839-5458 or at lnataraj@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs for children of all ages can be found at library.escondido.org.

Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library

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.

2nd Tuesday Book Club to discuss Monstress by Lysley Tenorio

Escondido, CA -  Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at 6:00 PM in the Turrentine Room. This month’s title is the 2014 One Book, One San Diego selection, Monstress by Lysley Tenorio.

Monstress is a luminous collection of heartbreaking, vivid, startling, and gloriously unique stories set amongst the Filipino-American communities of California and the Philippines.  Author Tenorio, a San Diego native, brilliantly explores the need to find connections, the melancholy of isolation, and the sometimes suffocating ties of family in tales that range from a California army base to a steamy movie house in Manila, to the dangerous false glitter of Hollywood.

This program is supported by KPBS and Escondido Public Library is pleased to be affiliated with this year’s One Book, One San Diego program. The Library has multiple copies of the book in its collection, available for check-out. Readers are encouraged to join in and participate in the 2nd Tuesday Book Club discussion.

In observance of Veterans Day, the 2nd Tuesday Book Club will not meet on November 11, 2014.  The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on December 9, 2014, with a discussion on the nonfiction title, Destiny of the Republic: a tale of madness, medicine and the murder of a president by Candice Millard.

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 visit library.escondido.org or contact the Library information desk at 760-839-4839.

Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, September 27, 2014, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Don Quijote de la Mancha/Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes, is the selected book for September.

Widely regarded as one of the funniest and most tragic books ever written, Don Quixote de la Mancha chronicles the adventures of the self-created knight-errant, Don Quixote of La Mancha, and his faithful Squire, Sancho Panza, as they travel through sixteenth-century Spain.  Don Quixote believes only what he chooses to believe and sees the world very differently from most people.  Honest, dignified, proud, and idealistic, he wants to save the world.  As intelligent as he is mad, Don Quixote starts out as an absurd and isolated figure and ends up as a pitiable and lovable old man whose strength and wisdom have failed him. In the end, beaten and battered, he dies from a fever, and with his death, knights-errant become extinct instigating the demise of chivalry. 

Long-time participant, Araceli Capilla, commented,   “I’m a regular attendee at  Rincón Literario and I really enjoy it. I have been able to experience works of great writers from many different backgrounds, such as Markus Zusak, Maria Duenas, and Stephen King.   It is exciting to discover new writers, new perspectives, and new cultures, and share them with other book club members.”

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. On October, 25, 2014, readers will discuss the classic, El angel perdido /Lost Angel  by Javier Sierra.

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’s R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club Discusses Raina Telgemeier’s Sisters

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s Read, Eat, and Discuss (R.E.A.D.) Middle Grade Book Club for children, ages 9-12 years old, kicks off this fall with a discussion of Raina Telgemeier’s Sisters, the highly anticipated companion novel to Smile.  The Book Club meets Friday, September 26, 2014 in the Library’s Turrentine Room from 3:30-4:30 PM.  A limited number of copies of the book are available for checkout at the Children’s Desk.

In the autobiographical Sisters, Telgemeier adroitly covers sensitive territory – her tense, but also tender relationship with her sister, Amara. Raina dreams of being a big sister, but when Amara is born, things don’t turn out the way she hoped. Amara is an adorable baby, but she can also be grouchy and shows little interest in playing with her big sister. As the years go on, the sisters’ relationship doesn’t significantly improve. Telgemeier focuses the novel on the drama that unfolds between the sisters during a road trip from their home in San Francisco to a family reunion in Colorado. This endearing installment will thrill devoted Telgemeier readers, and gain new fans.Youth Services Librarian Lalitha Nataraj leads the R.E.A.D Book Club and noted, “Our spring discussion of Smile was enthusiastic. ‘Tweens shared personal insights, sparking conversation about the joyful, but often difficult experience of becoming a teenager. I expect Sisters will receive a similarly passionate reception.”

The next R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club meeting will be on Friday, November 7, 2014, from 3:30-4:30 PM in the Turrentine Room, where readers will discuss The Secrets of the Book with special guest author, Erin Fry. Ms. Fry will answer questions about her book and share details about her writing process.

The 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 information about the R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club, contact Youth Services Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, at 760-839-5456 or at lnataraj@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs for children can be found at library.escondido.org/kids.

2nd Tuesday Book Club to discuss Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan

Escondido, CA -  Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at 6:00 PM in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan.

Cambridge student Serena Frome's beauty and intelligence make her the ideal recruit for M15. The year is 1972. The Cold War is far from over. England's legendary intelligence agency is determined to manipulate the cultural conversation by funding writers whose politics align with those of the government. The operation is code named "Sweet Tooth." Serena, a compulsive reader of novels, is the perfect candidate to infiltrate the literary circle of a promising young writer named Tom Haley. At first, she loves the stories. Then she begins to love the man. How long can she conceal her undercover life? To answer that question, Serena must abandon the first rule of espionage: trust no one.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on October 14, 2014, with a discussion on the 2014 One Book, One San Diego title, Monstress by Lysley Tenorio.   In observance of Veterans Day, the 2nd Tuesday Book Club will not meet on November 11, 2014.   The selection for December 9, 2014 will be nonfiction title, Destiny of the Republic: a tale of madness, medicine and the murder of a president by Candice Millard. 

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 visit library.escondido.org or contact the Library information desk at 760-839-4839.

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