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.

Escondido Public Library Presents "An Evening with Doris Martin, Holocaust Survivor” 

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library presents, “An Evening with Doris Martin, Holocaust Survivor,” on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Ms. Martin, author of the book Kiss Every Step, will recount her and her family’s story of extreme challenge and survival during Nazi occupation. She will discuss her life experience and share her message of tolerance and remembrance at this event. Ms. Martin will be available to sign her book immediately following her talk.

Born in Bedzin, Poland, Martin survived the Ludswigdorf Concentration Camp where she spent three-and-a-half years, forced to handle and measure explosive powder to build mines for the Nazi war effort. Doris Martin believes that her miraculous survival, and that of her family, is proof that there is still hope to make the world a better place.

She and her husband reside in Escondido, California part of the year, and have a home in Flagstaff, Arizona where they’ve established the Martin-Springer Institute at Northern Arizona University. The Institute’s mission is to apply the lessons of the Holocaust to promote moral courage, altruism, and tolerance. When in California, and as often as possible, Ms. Martin speaks and shares her story with groups, community members and students.

Copies of Kiss Every Step are available in the Library’s circulating collection for check-out and will be available for purchase for $15.00 at the speaking engagement.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required, but early arrival is encouraged as seating may be limited.  For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or call Librarian David Frazee at 760-839-4211. 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 Zita the Spacegirl 

01/13/2015 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, February 6, 2015, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Ben Hatke’s Zita the Spacegirl will be discussed, followed by a craft activity. Beginning January 14, 2015, a limited number of copies of Zita the Spacegirl will be available for checkout at the Children’s Desk.

In Ben Hatke’s whimsical graphic novel, a young girl finds herself immersed in an intergalactic adventure. While exploring a meteoroid crater with her friend, Joseph, Zita discovers an unusual device with a red button. She presses it and summons an alien creature that kidnaps Joseph. Fearless Zita makes a plan to rescue him, and along the way, she encounters a motley bunch of beings that assist in her pursuit, including a giant mouse, a blob-like creature named Strong Strong, and a mobile battle orb named One. Fans of quest stories such as The Wizard of Oz will appreciate Hatke’s modern take on a beloved classic.

Youth Services Librarian Lalitha Nataraj said, “Much of the success of the R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club has to do with offering a wide range of books, craft activities, and meaningful interactions with writers to engage children. We aim to promote reading in a fun, engaging way.”

The next R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club meeting will be on Friday, May 29, 2015, from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room, where readers will discuss A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd.

The 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 Youth Services Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, at 760-839-5458 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 Hosts Board Game Afternoon for Teens 

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library introduces Board Game Afternoon, a new weekly program especially for teens and tweens beginning January 16, 2015. Board Game Afternoon takes place in the Library’s Turrentine Room every Friday from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., where teens can engage in friendly competition playing a variety of new and classic board games.

A collection of games is provided for players, such as Apples to Apples, Monopoly, Operation, Cranium, and Scrabble. This is the perfect opportunity for teens to start the weekend and unwind after school. It’s also a great way for high school teens to sharpen their skills to compete in the Library’s annual Scrabble-Thon Tournament which will be held on March 14, 2015. Cathy Janovitz, Teen Librarian, commented, “Board Game Afternoon is a way for high school teens interested in competing in Scrabble-Thon to practice, sharpen their skills and form teams to compete for the coveted trophy for their school.”

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Contact Teen Librarian, Cathy Janovitz, at 760-839-4283 or visit our website library.escondido.org for information on Library programs.

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

08/26/2014 Categories: Book Club 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 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.

Escondido Public Library Offers Summer Reading Clubs for All Ages 

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will offer Summer Reading Clubs for all ages, beginning on Monday, June 23, 2014. This year’s theme, “Paws to Read,” provides reading clubs, programs, activities, and events for every age group, from babies, preschoolers, and elementary school age children, to teens and adults. Registration opens on Monday, June 23, 2014 and participants can sign-up by visiting the Library or registering online through the Library’s website: library.escondido.org. Summer readers track their progress toward reading goals throughout the program. Children and teens read for prizes which are generously funded by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Registration will continue through July 21, 2014 and the Summer Reading Club ends on August 2, 2014.

The Library’s Children’s Services Department urges families to gallop, crawl, or fly to the Library to attend weekly events for children, ages 4 to 12. Children’s Crafts will be held on Tuesdays at 2:00 PM on June 24, July 8, 15, 22, & 29, 2014. Special programs and events for children will be held on Thursdays at 2:00 PM.

The Children’s summer program schedule includes:

  • June 26         Reptile Show presented by EcoVivarium
  • July 10          Book Time with Ronald McDonald
  • July 17          Escondido Humane Society
  • July 24          Wildlife Company
  • July 31          Summer Reading Club Finale with author, Clint Perry

For the very youngest, the Library will hold “(p)awesome” weekly storytimes for babies.

Cindi Bouvier, Senior Librarian for Youth Services said, “With school out for summer, there will be plenty of free time for reading for fun. Summer reading is also important because it helps students retain their reading level achieved during the school year.”

‘Tweens and teens can also dig into good books, earn prizes, and attend special programs, such as, Burritos and Books, Games and Grub, Movie Night, and Craft Events! Teens that reach their reading goals will be invited to a special finale party.

Adults can join in the summer reading fun by participating in the 2nd Tuesday Book Club or Rincón Literario Bilingual Book Club. In addition, Adults Services has planned eBook safaris to help readers download library eBooks on to their favorite device. We Bought a Zoo (rated PG) will be featured on Movie night.

A full schedule of Summer Reading Club programs and events is available online at library.escondido.org. All Library programs are free, open to the public, and sponsored by Friends of the Library. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. For further information on Summer Reading Clubs, contact Youth Services Senior Librarian, Cindi Bouvier at 760-839-5456.

Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. Book Club Discusses Newbery Award-winner The One and Only Ivan 

04/30/2014 Categories: Book Club Children Middle-Graders

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. (Read, Eat, and Discuss) Middle Grade Book Club for children, ages 9-12, meets on Friday, May 30, 2014, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 PM. Katherine Applegate’s award-winning The One and Only Ivan will be discussed, followed by a craft activity. A limited number of copies of the bookare available for checkout at the Children’s Desk and books can be reserved by accessing the catalog on the Library’s website.

Winner of the 2013 Newbery Award Medal and a New York Times bestseller,Applegate’s novel is a story told from the perspective of a captive gorilla named Ivan, who has spent much of his life in a glass enclosure of a shopping mall.  For 27 years, Ivan has grown used to humans watching him and rarely reflects on his previous life in the jungle. When he encounters Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, Ivan’s life dramatically changes. Fans of classics such as Charlotte’s Web and A Cricket in Times Square will especially find The One and Only Ivan to be a satisfying read.

Senior Librarian for Youth Services, Cindi Bouvier commented, “We have had such a fantastic reception for the R.E.A.D book club. Our April Skype session with author Kim Baker brought many fascinating questions from eager readers; afterwards, children shared how personally meaningful it was to directly interact with a real-life writer!”

This is the last R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club meeting for the spring. Look for the program to resume in Fall 2014 by checking the Library’s website.

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 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.

Escondido Public Library Celebrates Día de los Niños; Día de los Libros/ Day of the Child; Day of the Book 

03/18/2014 Categories: Children Families Middle-Graders

Escondido, CA – Escondido Library Youth Services invites children and their families to celebrate Día De Los Niños; Día de los Libros / Day of the Child; Day of the Book. This program will be held on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, from 3:30 - 4:30 PM in the Turrentine Room, for children, ages 5-12, and their families.

This year’s Día de los Niño’s celebration will transport children around the world as they “travel” from France to Mexico, and to Japan. Children will hear stories from foreign lands, explore book displays, and participate in crafts.  Cindi Bouvier, Senior Youth Services Librarian, states, “This program emphasizes the importance of reading while introducing children to cultures around the world in a fun and engaging way.”

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Please contact Senior Youth Services Librarian, Cindi Bouvier, for further information on this program at 760-839-5456 or at cbouvier@escondido.org. Additional Library programs and events can be viewed on the Library’s monthly calendar or at http://library.escondido.org/kids.

Escondido Public Library’s Children’s Book Club Meets and Skypes with Author, Kim Baker 

03/11/2014 Categories: Book Club Children Middle-Graders

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. (Read, Eat, and Discuss) Middle Grade Book Club for children, ages 9-12, meets on Friday, April 4, 2014, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 PM. Kim Baker’s Pickle will be discussed, followed by an interactive Skype visit with the author. Participants will have a firsthand opportunity to ask the author questions about the book. A number of copies of Pickle will be available for checkout at the Children’s Desk one month before the meeting.

In this humorous novel, Baker captures the zany antics of Ben Diaz, a sixth-grader with a gift for pranking. Hoping to make new friends, Ben forms the League of Pickle Makers, a secret invite-only school club for fellow pranksters. There’s an immediate problem: he can’t include his best friend, Hector, whose grandmother is the school principal. Ben’s activities jeopardize his friendship with Hector, and it is a matter of time before the Pickle Makers are caught. Pickle will find an eager audience of readers among devoted fans of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

Youth Services Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj said, “At the February R.E.A.D. Book Club meeting, kids kept asking, ‘When is the next meeting?’ It’s wonderful to see children excited about reading and discussing a book. Given the fantastic insights shared last time, I cannot wait to have the children interact directly with Ms. Baker through Skype – It will be a real treat for all of us.”

The next R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club meeting will be on Friday, May 30, 2014, from 3:30-4:30 PM in the Turrentine Room. Readers will discuss The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.

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 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.

Escondido Public Library Hosts Overdrive Digital Bookmobile National Tour Event 

The Overdrive Digital Bookmobile National Tour (www.digitalbookmobile.com) will showcase Escondido Public Library’s free eBook download service on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM. The Digital Bookmobile is housed inside a high-tech, 18-wheel tractor-trailer which will be stationed in the Escondido Public Library parking lot (south lot). Readers of all ages can learn how to download eBooks from the Library through interactive demonstrations and high-definition instructional videos. A gadget gallery—featuring Kindle®, iPad®,  Android™ tablet, NOOK™, Sony® Reader™, BlackBerry®, Windows® Phone, and more—will help visitors experience and compare portable devices that are compatible with the Library’s eBook service.

Library card holders can check out and download digital titles anytime, anywhere by visiting http://library.escondido.org/ebooks. Patrons can take advantage of this download service 24/7 when they visit the Library’s website. From there, they can browse the growing collection of bestselling, new release, and classic titles, and check out a digital title with a valid library card. Once downloaded, digital titles can be enjoyed on a computer or transferred to supported mobile devices. At the end of the lending period, titles will automatically expire and are returned to the digital collection. The advantages of eBooks are that they are easy to download and enjoy, and they never incur late fees or damage charges.

“Escondido Public Library is pleased to offer eBooks in our catalog, and our collection is growing,” said City Librarian Loretta McKinney, “Every month we add new titles for adults, teens, and children. I hope people will drop by the Digital Bookmobile for a little “tech time” and learn how easy it is to download a book to their favorite device. Look for the big blue truck in our parking lot on March 12th, rain or shine. We’re happy to reach out to the community and share new digital reading options.”

This program is free and open to the public. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido CA 92025. For more information, please call (760) 839-4839 or visit the Library online at http://library.escondido.org to learn about other upcoming Library programs.

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