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

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

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.

 

 

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

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, March 4, 2016, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Author Rita Williams-Garcia’s book, One Crazy Summer, will be discussed, followed by a craft activity related to the story. A limited number of copies of One Crazy Summer will be available for checkout at the Children’s Desk.

Eleven-year-old Delphine has always looked out for her two little sisters since their mother, Cecile, left seven years ago. When their father sends the girls on a plane to Oakland, California to meet their mother, they have no idea what to expect and find themselves in a kind of urban summer camp in the middle of the 1968 Civil Rights movement. Delphine makes it her mission not only to care for her siblings, no matter how crazy they make her, but also to negotiate the tricky relationship with their mother who has started a new life.

One Crazy Summer captures the excitement and changes of the 1960s for African Americans and all cultures. This thought-provoking book explores the resilience of children in a less-than-perfect world crafted by adults. Delphine shares her coming-of-age story as she deals with the realities of life, love of family, and cultural experiences. One Crazy Summer’s awards include: National Book Award Finalist, Coretta Scott King Award (Author), ALA Notable Children's Book, Newbery Honor Book, Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, and ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults.

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 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 Annual Children’s Holiday Tree Trimming Party

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will host its Children’s Holiday Tree Trimming Party  on Thursday, December 3, 2015, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Children celebrate this annual event by making an ornament and decorating the Children’s Room tree. They can also make an ornament to take home. This festive event celebrates the holiday spirit with a special visit from Santa Claus.

Kristine Macalalad, Children’s Librarian, encourages families to “Join the fun and make an ornament to hang on the Children’s Room tree. Be sure to arrive early, as craft supplies may be limited, and to also allow enough time to make one to take home.”

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 this and other children’s programs, contact Kristine Macalalad, Children’s Librarian, at 760-839-5458 or at kmacalalad@escondido.org. Additional information about Library programs for children of all ages can be found at library.escondido.org.

Escondido Public Library Celebrates Halloween Carnival & Día De Los Muertos

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library will host Halloween Carnival & Día de los Muertos, on Friday, October 30, 2015, from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This family-oriented celebration includes stations with “spook-tacular” crafts, face-painting, and sugar skull decorating. As a special feature, two Día de los Muertos storytimes will be held, one at 3:45 p.m., and the second at 4:30 p.m.

Halloween Carnival & Día de los Muertos is made possible by the generous support from Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Halloween Carnival & Dia de los Muertos is free and open to the public. Registration is not required, but early arrival is encouraged as space and supplies may be limited. To access books in the Library catalog, and for more information about this event and other Library programs, visit library.escondido.org or contact Cecy Rayphole, Senior Library Associate, at 760-839-4289 or at crayphole@escondido.org.

Escondido Public Library Presents “An Evening with Jimmy Gownley,” Author of One Book, One San Diego’s 2015 Teen Selection

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library and KPBS will host “An Evening with Jimmy Gownley, on Wednesday, October 21, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Jimmy Gownley is the author of The Dumbest Idea Ever!, selected as the 2015 One Book, One San Diego teen read. Gownley will talk about his graphic novel, as well as the comic art form, and influences that helped shape his success. A book signing will follow his talk and copies of The Dumbest Idea Ever! will be available for purchase at a price of $10 with cash or credit card.

This event is open to the public, but attendees must pre-register online at www.kpbs.org/one-book/teens. The Turrentine Room will open at 5:15 p.m. and early arrival and seating before 6:00 PM are highly encouraged. Remaining seats may be available on the day of the event, but due to limited seating, attendees are encouraged to pre-register in advance.

Gownley is known for his keen emotional sensitivity and engaging storytelling, and ‘tweens and teens will readily identify with his comedic and heartwarming memoir. In The Dumbest Idea Ever!, Gownley focuses on his adolescence as a popular and smart basketball star who was forced to miss a month of classes due to a terrible case of chicken pox and pneumonia. While recovering from his illness, Gownley reconnected with his love of drawing and comics, ultimately creating and publishing his own book.

KPBS is a founding partner of the One Book, One San Diego community reading program www.kpbs.org/one-book and programs such as “An Evening with Jimmy Gownley” are made possible by the Linden Root Dickinson Foundation with additional funding provided by the Dr. Seuss Fund at the San Diego Foundation, SDG&E, Lloyd Pest Control, and Jerome’s Furniture. “An Evening with Jimmy Gownley” is also supported by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library.

All Library programs are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information on 2015 One Book, One San Diego programs at Escondido Public Library, please contact Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj at 760-839-4219. To learn more about Escondido Public Library’s events and services, visit library.escondido.org.

Escondido Public Library Presents Artist Dave Boatman’s Basic Cartoon Workshop

Escondido, CA — Escondido Public Library presents artist Dave Boatman’s Basic Cartoon Workshop on Tuesday, October 13, 2015, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Dave Boatman, a professional cartoonist and caricaturist, teaches creative, educational, and interactive cartoon drawing and instruction for children, ages 10 to 15 years. In this hands-on workshop, participants learn cartoon drawing basics, while improving their drawing techniques and skills. Registration is not required; however, space may be limited and early arrival is recommended.

This program is offered as a complement to an upcoming, after-hours visit to Escondido Public Library by graphic novel author, Jimmy Gownley. Gownley’s book, The Dumbest Idea Ever! is KPBS’ 2015 One Book, One San Diego teen selection. Free tickets to Jimmy Gownley’s author visit and book signing on Wednesday, October 21, 2015, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room, will be available to the public at Escondido Public Library beginning Monday, September 21, 2015.

Library programs 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 in Escondido, CA 92025. For more information on general Library events and Escondido Public Library’s special KPBS 2015 One Book, One San Diego programming for children, teens, and adults visit library.escondido.org or contact Ricca Gaus, Senior Youth Services Librarian, at rgaus@escondido.org, 760-839-4827.

Escondido Library’s R.E.A.D. Book Club Discusses KPBS’ 2015 One Book, One San Diego Selection, The Dumbest Idea Ever! by Jimmy Gownley

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library announces the return of the Read, Eat, and Discuss (R.E.A.D.) Middle Grade Book Club, for children, ages 9-12 years old. The R.E.A.D. Book Club will meet on Friday, October 16, 2015, in the Library’s Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 PM. KPBS’ 2015 One Book, One San Diego teen selection, The Dumbest Idea Ever! by Jimmy Gownley, will be the featured book in anticipation of a special, after-hours visit to Escondido Public Library by the author. Copies of the The Dumbest Idea Ever! will be available for checkout at the Children’s Desk.

Free tickets to Jimmy Gownley’s author visit and book signing on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room will be will be available to the public at Escondido Public Library starting Monday, September 21, 2015.

In his comedic and sincere graphic memoir, Gownley focuses on his adolescence. Jimmy is a popular and smart basketball star at his school until he’s bedridden by a terrible case of chicken pox and pneumonia, forcing him to miss a month of school. While Jimmy recovers, he reconnects with his love of drawing and comics, eventually creating and publishing his own book.

The R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club provides young readers the opportunity to commune with others who share their excitement about books. Vibrant discussions, book-themed crafts, and socializing are perfect ways to engage all readers—especially reluctant readers. The next R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club meeting will be on November 20, 2015, from 3:30-4:30 PM in the Turrentine Room. Participants will discuss Doll Bones by Holly Black.

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, please contact Senior Youth Services Librarian, Ricca Gaus, at 760-839-5456 or rgaus@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs for children can be found at library.escondido.org.

 

Join a Summer Reading Club and Read to the Rhythm at Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s Summer Reading Clubs offer reading fun for all ages and special programs for children, teens, and adults through August 1, 2015. Join a Read to the Rhythm! Summer Reading Club by July 25, 2015 and read for enjoyment and incentive prizes. Register at the Library or online at library.escondido.org/SRC.

Children’s Summer Reading events include craft programs every Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. and Read to the Rhythm! Music-themed programs every Thursday at 2:00 p.m.:

  • July 16, 2015 - Ken Frawley Animal Tales and Musical Scales!
  • July 23, 2015 – Craig Newton’s Music
  • July 30, 2015 – John Abrams’ Animal Magic!

Read to the Rhythm! events for teens also include crafts and music-themed programs on Wednesdays and Saturdays, including Hula Basics, Escondido’s Got (Teen) Talent,  and a Live Concert! with Nicole Burns & Katya Brown, and Triceratropical.

Adult Summer Book Clubs and family-friendly concerts are also scheduled on Tuesdays and Saturdays. For more information about the 2015 Summer Reading Clubs and scheduled performers, visit library.escondido.org/SRC or contact Ricca Gaus, Senior Youth Services Librarian, at rgaus@escondido.org, 760-839-4827, or David Frazee, Adult Services Librarian, at Dfrazee@escondido.org, 760-839-4211.

Library programs are free to the public and generously supported by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.

Escondido Public Library Offers Summer Reading Clubs For All Ages and Interests

Read to the Rhythm! is the music-related theme of Escondido Public Library’s 2015 Summer Reading Clubs for children, teens, and adults. The Clubs offer reading fun for all ages and a wide variety of programs from June 15 – August 1, 2015. The Library invites all community members to join a Summer Reading Club and read for enjoyment and incentive prizes beginning June 15, 2015. Register at the Library or online at library.escondido.org/SRC. In addition, Escondido Library patrons who register become part of the California Summer Reading Challenge, a state-wide public libraries’ drive to achieve one million summer reading sign-ups in 2015, #onemillionreaders.


Summer Reading festivities kick off on Monday, June 15, 2015 from 1:00—4:00 p.m. under the Library arcade with a delicious, free sample from Rita’s Ices—one of Escondido Library’s 2015 Summer Reading Club sponsors.

Summer reading is especially important to help prevent the summer reading slide that can occur when students who don’t read during the summer lose up two months of reading skills from the previous school year. The Library encourages reading advancement and retention with a full schedule of programs and performances that feature music, dance, magic, crafts, and stories to tie-in to Read to the Rhythm!

Craft programs for children are offered every Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. Exciting performances are offered every Thursday at 2:00 p.m., beginning on June 18, 2015, with Clint Perry & the Boo Hoo Crew, a high energy kid’s rock band. Children’s programs end on July 30, 2015, with John Abrams’ Animal Magic, a comedy, magic, and music show with lots of audience participation. A number of other new and exciting performers are scheduled throughout. Don’t miss an opportunity for children to read to (Komodo) dragons when the ever-popular Ecovivarium group educates children about reptiles (snakes and lizards), amphibians (frogs, toads, and salamanders), and arthropods (insects, spiders, and crustaceans).

Teen crafts and programs, such as Ballet Folklorico, Hula dancing, and a Teen Talent Show, are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Adult Book Clubs and family friendly concerts are scheduled throughout the summer on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Library programs are free to the public and generously supported by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Registration for events is not required; however, space and/or supplies may be limited. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information about the 2015 Summer Reading Clubs and scheduled performers, visit library.escondido.org/SRC or contact Ricca Gaus, Senior Youth Services Librarian, at rgaus@escondido.org, 760-839-4827, or David Frazee, Adult Services Librarian, at Dfrazee@escondido.org, 760-839-4211.

 

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