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

12/27/2016 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, 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’s R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club Discusses Inside Out & Back Again 

11/01/2016 Categories: Book Club Children Middle-Graders

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CONTACT: Kristine Macalalad, 760-839-5458

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, December 2nd, 2016, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Participants will explore Thanhha Lai’s novel, Inside Out & Back Again. 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.

Ten-year-old Hà narrates the pivotal year in her life when she and her family flee the war in Vietnam and make the long journey to America. Once there, Hà copes with learning English and the taunts of cruel children, and she also witnesses her brothers’ and mother’s struggle to find their own places in the community. Drawing on each other’s support, as well as the help of a few kind neighbors and classmates, Hà and her family eventually find their way.

The Vietnam War and refugee crisis are not easy subjects but Hà is brave and funny, and her singular voice illuminates her and her family’s struggle to navigate a strange land and maintain hope.

Inside Out and Back Again, a New York Times bestseller, Newbery Honor Book, and a winner of the National Book Award, is inspired by the author’s personal experience as a young immigrant.

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 and The Old Globe Present Shakespeare Saturdays in November 

10/10/2016 Categories: Adults Middle-Graders Teens

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library and San Diego’s Old Globe present Shakespeare Saturdays, bringing theater to the local community through their arts engagement program, Globe for All. Shakespeare Saturdays pairs an introductory workshop that will demystify Shakespeare and Measure for Measure in the first session and present the live play in the second session.

The first Shakespeare Saturday event takes place on Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Old Globe teaching artists will lead a Bard Basics Workshop introducing participants to Shakespeare’s language, themes, characters, and stories though theater-based activities. Registration is required at library.escondido.org/register.

Shakespeare’s play Measure for Measure will be performed live and “in the round” with professional Globe actors on Saturday, November 19, 2016, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. This production is appropriate for ages 12 and older. Registration is required at library.escondido.org/register to accommodate the audience.

The searing comedy, Measure for Measure, is set in a decadent Vienna, where strict Angelo wants to rid the city of moral decay. When he meets a young nun pleading for the life of her brother, things get complicated. Justice, lust, hypocrisy, and redemption take center stage along with a wild cast of characters in a bold staging of this timely classic. Acclaimed director Patricia McGregor makes her Globe debut.

Over the past two years Globe for All has performed for nearly 2,200 audience members. Joanna Axelrod, Principal Librarian said, “Escondido Public Library is so excited to partner with San Diego’s very own Old Globe to bring Shakespeare’s “theater in the round” to our community for everyone to enjoy. While both the Bard Basics Workshop and the live performance of Measure for Measure each stand alone, those who attend both will get the most out of the experience. We are thrilled to help introduce a new audience to Shakespeare’s world and plays in partnership with Globe for All.”

Library programs are free to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street Escondido, CA 92025.  For more information about Library programs and services visit library.escondido.org or contact Principal Librarian Joanna Axelrod at 760-839-4330.

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

09/19/2016 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, will meet on Friday, October 14, 2016, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Participants will explore Ghosts, the new graphic novel from Raina Telgemeier, award-winning author of Smile, Drama, and Sisters. Registration is required and now open. Participants can sign up online at library.escondido.org/register. Copies of Ghosts can be obtained at the Youth Services desk, while supplies last. To reserve a copy, visit the Library’s catalog at library.escondido.org.

Once again, drawing on her gift for mining the humorous and heartfelt emotions of familial relationships, Telgemeier weaves the story of Cat and little sister Maya, who move with their family to the town of Bahía de la Luna on the northern California coast. Maya has cystic fibrosis, and can benefit from the climate’s cool, salty air. Though Cat cares deeply for her sister, she is less than thrilled to leave behind friends, and even less so when she discovers the little town’s enthusiasm for its ghostly Inhabitants.

As the days draw nearer to the annual Día de los Muertos celebration, Cat must overcome her fears for Maya’s sake. With a light yet deeply moving touch, Telgemeier artfully illustrates in words and pictures the sisters’ personality differences, their mutual affection, and what it means to truly live and love in the face of uncertainty.

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.

There’s Still Time to Join the Escondido Public Library’s Summer Reading Challenge 

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Challenge offers reading fun for all ages and special programs meant to Exercise Your Mind for babies, children, teens, and adults. The Challenge runs through July 31, 2016, and the last day to register at the Library or online at library.escondido.org/summer is July 23, 2016. Prizes must be claimed by August 6, 2016. Free Summer Reading Challenge events for the weeks of July 18, 2016 and July 25, 2016 include:
 

  • Children’s Events:
    • Crafts every Tuesday @ 2:00 p.m.
      • July 19: Hand Puppet – Craft a puppet to play in our Puppet Stage!
      • July 26: Sandpaper Art – Create art using sandpaper as the canvas – then cut it into your very own puzzle!
         
    • Baby Storytime (Infants & Toddlers) every Wednesday @ 10:30 a.m.
       
    • Children’s Performers every Thursday @ 2:00 p.m.
      • July 21: Marcus Miller – Fascinating history of drums with hands-on fun!
      • July 28: John Abram’s Animal Magic – Music, Magic, and Animals

 

  • Adult Events:
    • July 19 @ 6:00 p.m.: Building Artificial Intelligence – How does the human brain influence the creation of Artificial Intelligence? Professor Garrison Cottrell from UCSD’s Computer Science & Engineering Department shares the latest developments in AI research.
                                                
    • July 26 @ 6:00 p.m.: An Evening with Neal Griffin – Police Lieutenant turned crime thriller author, Escondido’s own Neal Griffin has been celebrated by critics and readers for his realistic and action packed novels Benefit of the Doubt and A Voice from the Field.
       
    • July 30 @ 3:30 p.m.: Rincón Literario: Bilingual Book Club – Left behind on planet Mars, astronaut Mark Watney faces the challenge of a lifetime in El Marciano/The Martian by Andy Weir.

 

  • Teen Events:
    • July 20 @ 3:30 p.m.: Create It @ Your Library – Deconstruct old relics of technology & use the parts to create something new. Supplies & tools provided.
       
    • July 13 @ 3:30 p.m.: Escondido’s Got Talent – Do you sing? Dance? Perform tricks with a yo-yo? Compete & you could go home a winner! Pre-registration is required by July 13 at library.escondido.org/register
       

The 2016 Summer Reading Challenge is generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. 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 the 2016 Summer Reading Challenge and scheduled performers, visit library.escondido.org/summer or call 760-839-4839.

Join the Summer Reading Challenge to Exercise Your Mind at Escondido Public Library 

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Challenge offers reading fun for all ages and special programs for babies, children, teens, and adults through July 31, 2016. Join the Summer Reading Challenge at the Library or online at library.escondido.org/summer by July 23, 2016 and Exercise Your Mind by reading for enjoyment and incentive prizes. Free Summer Reading Challenge events for the month of June include:

  • Children’s Events:
    • Crafts every Tuesday @ 2:00 p.m.
      • June 21: Marshmallow Tower Craft
      • June 28: Puzzle Piece Picture Frame Craft
         
    • Baby Storytime (Infants & Toddlers) every Wednesday @ 10:30 a.m.
       
    • Performers every Thursday @ 2:00 p.m.
      • June 16: Naathan Phan: Magic Asian Man!
      • June 23: One World Rhythm – An interactive celebration of motion and sound.
      • June 30: The Amazing Science of Bubbles – Learn about bubbles and watch them do what you never thought possible.
         
  • Adult Events:
    • June 18 @ 10:30 a.m.: Adult Summer Crafts: Collage – Bring recycled cards, photos, & calendars to create a collage portrait. Registration is required at library.escondido.org/register
       
    • June 18 @ 3:30 p.m.: Rincón Literario: Bilingual Book Club – Exercise your mind by joining detective Amala Salazar as she attempts to track down a serial killer in El guardian invisible/The Invisible Guardian by Dolores Redondo.
       
    • July 2 @ 10:30 a.m.: Adult Summer Crafts: Watercolor Painting – Learn basic watercolor techniques through step-by-step instruction. Registration required at http://library.escondido.org/registerz
       
  • Teen Events:
    • June 18, @ 1:00 p.m.: Screen Printing Saturday – Create & print your own design. Supplies are provided but quantities are limited.
       
    • June 22 @ 3:30 p.m. Esco Teens Create - Make hats for newborn babies & earn community service hours. Supplies are limited.
       
    • June 29 @ 3:30 p.m. Game On! Challenge your friends to mind bending and brain teasing games.

The 2016 Summer Reading Challenge is generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. 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 the 2016 Summer Reading Challenge and scheduled performers, visit library.escondido.org/summer or call 760-839-4839.

Escondido Public Library Invites Summer Readers of All Ages to Exercise Their Minds 

Escondido, CA – Exercise Your Mind is the theme of Escondido Public Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Challenge for children, teens, and adults. The Challenge offers reading fun for all ages and a wide variety of educational, recreational, and cultural events from June 13 – July 31, 2016. Participants log their reading online at library.escondido.org/summer for a chance to earn prizes donated by dozens of local businesses. 

Summer Reading festivities kick off on Monday, June 13, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on the Library’s front patio. Sign up for the 2016 Summer Reading Challenge and receive a delicious, free sample from Rita’s Italian Iceone of the many 2016 Summer Reading Challenge sponsors.

Throughout the summer, children and their families are invited to learn about the science of bubbles, get friendly with reptiles and amphibians, and participate in interactive musical performances, as well as special storytimes and craft events.

Teens will learn to create their own comics from Javier Hernandez, the creator of El Muerto: The Aztec Zombie, participate in screen printing workshops, and enjoy burritos while chatting about books guaranteed to exercise their minds.  Adults will learn collage and watercolor techniques, join book discussions, and hear about how scientists are studying the human brain in order to create artificial intelligence. Neal Griffin, local police Lieutenant turned celebrated crime action thriller author, will close out the Adult Summer Reading Challenge on July 26, 2016 with a discussion and book signing.  

For more information on the 2016 Summer Reading Challenge, including program dates and times, prizes, sponsors, and rules, visit library.escondido.org/summer. Summer Reading events are free, open to the public, and generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.
 

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

04/25/2016 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 27, 2016, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Author Cece Bell’s award-winning, graphic novel memoir, El Deafo, will be discussed followed by a craft activity related to the book. A limited number of copies of El Deafo will be available for checkout with registration at the Children’s Desk.

Going to school and making new friends can be scary, let alone doing so while learning to live with hearing loss. Bell wittily recounts her childhood, from contracting meningitis at an early age and her subsequent hearing loss, through loneliness and isolation from her classmates, to her triumphant emergence as "El Deafo, Listener for All." At turns honest and bittersweet, empowering and fantastically funny, this 2015 Newbery Honor title is a treat - illuminating and yet, at its core, a tale about something to which we all can relate: the search for friendship despite our differences.

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 Hosts “Star Wars: May the 4th Be With You” Celebration 

04/04/2016 Categories: Adults Children Families Middle-Graders Teens

Escondido, CA  Escondido Public Library will host a Star Wars May the 4th Be With You program on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. This interactive event for all ages celebrates the Star Wars culture in books and cinema.

Children and adults are encouraged to wear Star Wars themed costumes and participate in a contest which will begin at 5:00 p.m. Special guests from the international Star Wars costume enthusiasts’ organization, the 501st Legion, will be dressed in authentic Star Wars regalia to provide character meet-and-greets. Bring your camera for this unique photo opportunity! Additional activities include craft stations, an interactive lightsaber workshop, and a costume parade through the Library led by the 501st Legion.

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. All Library programs are free and open to the public. This program is sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library.Registration is not required, but early arrival is encouraged as space and supplies may be limited. For more information about the Star Wars May the 4th Be With You program, contact Adult Services Librarian, Monica Barrette, at 760-839-4836 or at mbarrette@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs can be found at library.escondido.org.

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

03/14/2016 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, April 15, 2016, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Author R.J. Palacio’s award-winning novel, Wonder, will be discussed and followed by a craft activity related to the book. A limited number of copies of Wonder will be available for checkout with registration at the Children’s Desk.

August "Auggie" Pullman has been homeschooled all his life. Now, his fifth grade year, he'll be attending real school for the first time. All children experience first-day-of-school jitters, but Auggie is special - born with a terrible facial deformity, all he wants is to be just like everyone else and not send the other children away screaming on the playground. Called "frank, funny, [and] astonishingly moving," this beautiful novel meditates on the enormous capacities for kindness and courage in us all.

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.

 

 

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