Escondido Public Library Teen Book Club Discusses Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library’s Burritos & Book Club for teens ages 13-18, meets on Saturday, March 18, 2017, in the Turrentine Room from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, by Becky Albertalli, is the selected title and copies are available for checkout at the Library’s Information Desk or can be reserved using the Library’s online catalog at library.escondido.org.  Students at Escondido High School, San Pasqual High School, and Orange Glen High School can also check out copies at their school library.

Sixteen-year old Simon is not one to step out of his comfort zone or be in the spotlight, unless he is starring in the school musical. When his personal email falls into the wrong hands, Simon is blackmailed by another student and must comply or else his secrets will become public knowledge. He must find the courage to be who he is, no matter what the cost. “Rife with realistic, high school relationships and drama, with a laugh or two at every turn, this is a coming-of-age, coming-out, and defying-the-odds story with which many teens will identify.” – School Library Journal.

After discussing Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, teens can share other books they have enjoyed and select the next Burritos & Book Club title. Complimentary burritos will be provided, and all participants receive a free book or audiobook at the end of the program. The next meeting will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library and Taco Bell located at 1944 E. Valley Parkway 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 Discusses Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on March 14, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova. Copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at library.escondido.org.

When family patriarch Joe O’Brien is diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease, a fatal disorder with no cure, his family is stunned. Joe eventually is stripped of his police badge as his symptoms worsen. His adult children must decide whether to be tested for Huntington’s and face their sentence, or live with the anxiety of not knowing. Throughout this struggle, Inside the O’Briens beautifully examines the resilience of the human spirit. The 2nd Tuesday Book Club is facilitated by Library staff and is an opportunity to discover new perspectives and share impressions with other dedicated readers. New and returning participants are always welcomed.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on April 11, 2017 for a group discussion of Circling the Sun by Paula McLain. Library programs are generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and are free to the public. For more information about the 2nd Tuesday Book Club visit library.escondido.org or contact Adult Services Librarian, Monica Barrette at 760-839-4836. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. 

Escondido Public Library’s Rincón Literario Book Club Meets in February

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room to discuss this month’s selection, Uno más uno/One Plus One by Jojo Moyes in both English and Spanish. Copies of the book are available for check-out in English and Spanish, and in a variety of formats, including print and eBook. Copies can be reserved at library.escondido.org.

One single mom and her chaotic family plus one quirky knight in shining armor equals an irresistible, opposites-attract love story. Jojo Moyes, author of the New York Times bestseller Me Before You, returns with a heartwarming story of family dysfunction, devotion, and love found in the unlikeliest of places. A perfect tale to celebrate February, which is Love Your Library month.

Rincón Literario’s book discussion is facilitated in both English and Spanish, and both new and returning members are welcome. Rincón Literario will continue on Saturday, March 25, 2017, discussing El ruiseñor/The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from Friends of the Escondido

Public Library. All programs are free and open to the public.

For more information about future Rincón Literario selections and other Library programs, visit library.escondido.org or contact Senior Library Associate Cecy Rayphole at 760-839-4289 or at crayphole@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido, California, 92025.

2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on February 14, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner. Copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at library.escondido.org.

This American literary classic by 1949 Nobel Prize winner William Faulkner explores the mysterious and contradictory nature of human motives and endeavors. Is this work a tragedy or comedy, genuine or ironic, noble or ludicrous? Join the facilitated discussion to discover perspectives and share impressions with other dedicated readers. The 2nd Tuesday Book Club always welcomes new and returning participants.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on March 14, 2017 for a group discussion of The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. Library programs are generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and 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 Adult Services Librarian, Monica Barrette, at 760-839-4836.

Escondido Public Library Offers Kids Book Club in a Bag

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library now offers Kids Book Club in a Bag for children ages 9-12. Each bag is an all-in-one kit that includes multiple copies of one juvenile title, discussion questions, author information, and tips for conducting a book club meeting.

Kids Book Club in a Bag kits are designed to make starting a book club easy – just add friends. Award-winning titles, suitable for middle grade students, include The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, Pickle by Kim Baker, El Deafo by Cece Bell, Wonder by R.J. Palacio, and more. Bags can be checked out for six weeks at the Customer Service Desk with a Library card and a Book Club in a Bag borrowing agreement, signed by an adult or legal guardian. The Library also offers Book Club in a Bag kits for adult readers and book club enthusiasts.

Book Club in a Bag kits are generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Library programs and resources are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025. For more information on this and other Library programs for children, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or contact Children’s Librarian Kristine Macalalad at 760-839-5458 or kmacalalad@escondido.org.

Escondido Public Library’s Rincón Literario Book Club Meets in January

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Club will start the New Year with a bang! Explore the nature of power through the mind of a master manipulator in Historia de un canalla/Story of a Sociopath, a psychological thriller by Julia Navarro.  Rincón Literario will meet on January 28, 2017, at 3:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Copies of the book are available for check-out in English and Spanish, and in a variety of formats, including print and eBook. Copies can be reserved at library.escondido.org.

Internationally best-selling Spanish author, Julia Navarro, takes a walk on the dark side with this psychological portrait. Self-avowed sociopath, Thomas Spencer, has led a despicable life – terrorizing his family from an early age, and engaging in blackmail and coercion as an adult. He will stop at nothing to get what he wants, and what he wants is to shatter the happiness of everyone around him.

Rincón Literario’s book discussion is facilitated in both English and Spanish, and both new and returning members are welcome. Rincón Literario will continue on Saturday,February 25, 2017, discussing Uno más uno/One Plus One by Jo Jo Moyes, 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 contact Senior Library Associate Cecy Rayphole at 760-839-4289 or at crayphole@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido, California, 92025.

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

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, January 27th, 2017, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Participants will explore Laurel Snyder’s novel, Bigger than a Bread Box. Registration is required and now open at library.escondido.org/register. Circulating copies of the book are available for checkout and can be obtained at the Youth Services desk, while supplies last. To reserve a copy, visit the Library’s catalog at library.escondido.org.

Twelve-year old Rebecca’s life is upended when her parents separate and her mother decides to take her and her baby brother to live with their grandmother in another state. On top of the emotions she feels, Rebecca contends with being the new kid at school. Her luck changes when she finds a magical bread box that grants wishes, as long as whatever is wished for fits inside – which is as amazing as one might think, until things start to get very complicated.

Future R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club selections this spring include popular titles Death by Toilet Paper by Donna Gephart, and The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm.

Library programs are free and open to the public. The R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club is generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For more information on this and other Library programs for children, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org  or contact Children’s Librarian Kristine Macalalad at 760-839-5458 or kmacalalad@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Public Library Teen Book Club Discusses Feed by M. T. Anderson

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library’s Burritos & Book Club for teens ages 13- 18, meets on Saturday, January 21, 2017, in the Turrentine Room from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feed, by M. T. Anderson, is the selected title and copies are available for checkout at the Library’s Information Desk or can be reserved using the Library’s online catalog at library.escondido.org.  Students at Escondido High School, San Pasqual High School, and Orange Glen High School can also check out copies at their school library.

Set in a dystopian future, this teen novel takes place in a time when the population has a constant stream of games, shows, chats, and ads, fed directly into their brain. It’s spring break, and Titus and his friends are partying on the moon when a hacker disrupts their feeds—leaving them stuck with nothing but their own thoughts. Soon afterward, Titus meets Violet, a girl rebelling against the feed, thinking for herself. Now that Titus knows there is another way to live, he must decide whether to join the fight or accept a mind-controlling existence. Find out the path Titus and Violet pursue in this cautionary tale.

After discussing Feed, teens can share other books they have enjoyed and select the next Burritos & Book Club title. Complimentary burritos will be provided, and all participants receive a free book or audiobook at the end of the program. This will be the first Burritos & Book Club meeting in 2017. The next meeting will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2017.

This program is generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and Taco Bell located at 1944 E. Valley Parkway 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.

Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty by Vida Vendela

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on January 10, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty by Vida Vendela. Copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at library.escondido.org.

What remains when you are stripped of your name, possessions, family and country? Where does the truth of a person lie, and once lost, can it be relocated? The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will discuss The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty, and how this psychological thriller, told with wicked humor, explores the facets of identity, past, present, and future.

2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on February 14, 2016 for a group discussion of As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner.

Library programs are generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and 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 Adult Services Librarian, Monica Barrette, at 760-839-4836.

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Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses Being Mortal: Medicine and What Happens in the End by Atul Gawande

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on December 13, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is the Being Mortal: Medicine and What Happens in the End by Atul Gawande. Copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at library.escondido.org.

Drawing from his own experience as a prominent surgeon, Harvard medical professor and best-selling author Atul Gawande explores aging and death in modern American medicine. Having assisted many terminally ill patients and their families, Gawande asks: At what cost do we value prolonging quantity of life over quality of the remaining time? Gawande uses both storytelling and research to explore these ideas, and book club attendees will have much to discuss.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on January 10, 2016 with a group discussion of The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty by Vendela Vida.

Library programs are generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and are free to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street Escondido, CA 92025.  For more information about the 2nd Tuesday Book Club visit library.escondido.org or contact Senior Librarian of Adult Services, Viktor Sjöberg, at 760-839-4814.

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