Escondido Public Library Hosts 13th Annual Scrabble-Thon Tournament & Fundraiser 

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library and the Friends of Literacy Services will host the 13th Annual Scrabble-Thon Tournament & Fundraiser on Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event will be held in the Auditorium of the Park Avenue Community Center, located at 210 Park Ave, Escondido, CA 92025. Doors open for player check-in at 8:30 a.m. and tournament play begins at 9:00 a.m. Players must pre-register by March 6, 2017 online at http://library.escondido.org/scrabblethon, by mail, or in person at the Literacy Services office, located on the 2nd floor of the Library. The registration fee for adults is $25.00; registration for high school students is $15.00.

The Scrabble® tournament consists of five 30-minute games and is open to adults and high school students. Players sign-up to play in one of three divisions: Novice, Intermediate, or Advanced. Participants can compete individually or as a part of a four-player team. Team play requires that all four teammates compete within the same division. Players compete for prizes at the end of each game as well as the final awards for highest individual, team, and high school scores.

Scrabble-Thon raises funds to benefit the Library’s Literacy Services program. Sponsored by the Friends of Literacy Services, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit Library support group, 100% of the proceeds will be used to provide literacy materials and resources. There will be opportunity drawings, a Pick-a-Tile game, and silent auction items throughout Scrabble-Thon. Opportunity drawing tickets will be on sale at the Library prior to March 11th and at the event. Donations are tax-deductible.

Literacy Services Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, noted, “Scrabble-Thon is a great, intergenerational activity that’s fun and also aids vital literacy efforts in the community. You definitely don’t have to be an expert to play, and we welcome local players from all around Southern California.”

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. For more information on Scrabble-Thon and library services, contact Lalitha Nataraj, Literacy Services Librarian at 760-839-4219 or visit the website library.escondido.org.

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.

 

Escondido Public Library Offers Job Search Techniques: Find the Job You Want 

04/22/2015 Categories: Adult Literacy Adults

Escondido, CA  Escondido Public Library will offer Job Search TechniquesFind the Job You Want, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., from May 5 through May 14, 2015. This two -week course will be held at the Escondido Technology Center located at 2245 East Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA 92027.

Job Search Techniques: Find the Job You Want will teach participants effective Internet techniques to search for jobs, cover the online application process, and discuss the importance of professional networking. By the end of course, students will know how to create and maintain an up-to-date, professional online profile. Sheila Rodriguez, Career Readiness Specialist, offered insight into the program, saying, “This course provides hands-on training that is vital because job applications are processed online today. The course also helps participants learn how to put their best foot forward in the job search process.”

Registration is required by April 28, 2015. To enroll, contact Sheila Rodriguez by phone at (760) 839-5440 or by email at srodriguez@escondido.org. All Escondido Public Library programs and services are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA. 92025. For more information on literacy services and Library programs, visit library.escondido.org

Escondido Public Library Hosts El Día de los Niños, El Día de los Libros (Children’s Day, Book Day) 

03/31/2015 Categories: Adult Literacy Children Families

Escondido, CA  Escondido Public Library will celebrate El Día de los Niños, El Día de los Libros (Children’s Day, Book Day) on Thursday, April 30, 2015, from 3:30—5:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This interactive program with storytelling and crafts connects families and children of all ages to books and reading, and celebrates the diversity of cultures in our community.

El Día, as it is commonly known, is inspired by Mexico’s annual El Día del Niño (Day of the Child) and serves as an introduction to the rich family traditions preserved in the Latin community. It is also a nationally recognized initiative, especially celebrated by libraries, that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgroundsThe program encourages parents to celebrate their children by making a daily commitment to promoting reading at home. Escondido Public Library’s program will feature a variety of stations with a storytelling corner and special craft areas for puppet-making, paper tissue and flower creation, necklace beading, and chalk art.

Cecy Rayphole, Senior Library Associate, is organizing the festivities and commented, “The Día event is a perfect way to celebrate all children and highlight the importance of books, individual reading, and family reading time. It also encourages the community to visit the Library, check out books, utilize our many resources, and learn about our programs.”

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. All Library programs are free and open to the public and this program is sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Registration is not requited, but early arrival is encouraged as space and craft supplies may be limited. For more information about the El Día de los Niños, El Día de los Libros program, contact Senior Library Associate, Cecy Rayphole, at 760-839-4271 or at crayphole@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs for children can be found at library.escondido.org.

Escondido Public Library Offers Successful Interviewing: Tips for Job Seekers 

03/10/2015 Categories: Adult Literacy Adults

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library will offer Successful Interviewing: Tips for Job Seekers, beginning April 7, 2015. This 3-week course meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and will run through April 21, 2015. The course will be held at the Escondido Technology Center located at 2245 East Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA 92027. Registration is required and enrollment is currently open through April 1, 2015.

Successful Interviewing Tips for Job Seekers will provide essential components and confidence-building techniques that will lead to a more successful interview experience. The course will cover how to highlight skills that match a job posting and create an elevator pitch to promote skills and experience. The importance of appearance and how to dress appropriately for an interview will also be covered. Later in the course, participants will practice their elevator pitch along with newly acquired techniques.

Sheila Rodriguez, Career Readiness Specialist, commented, “This course is practical and provides opportunities to practice an elevator pitch, try new interviewing techniques, and receive useful feedback. When it comes to interviewing, you have to be ready in order to be successful.”

Registration is required as space may be limited. To enroll in Successful Interviewing Tips for Job Seekers, contact Sheila Rodriguez at Escondido Public Library at (760) 839-5440 or srodriguez@escondido.org by April 1, 2015.

All Escondido Public Library programs and services are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA. 92025. For more information on literacy services and Library programs, visit library.escondido.org

Escondido Public Library Hosts 11th Annual Scrabble-Thon Tournament & Fundraiser 

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library and the Friends of Literacy Services will host the 11th Annual Scrabble-Thon Tournament & Fundraiser on Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event will be held in the Social Hall at the First United Methodist Church of Escondido, located at 341 S. Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025. Doors open for player check-in at 8:00 a.m. Tournament play begins at 9:00 a.m.

The Scrabble® tournament consists of five 30-minute games and is open to adults and high school students. Players sign-up to play in one of three divisions: Novice, Intermediate, or Advanced. Participants can compete individually or as a part of a four-player team. Team play requires that all four teammates compete within the same division. Players compete for prizes at the end of each game as well as the final winners’ trophies for highest individual, team and high school scores. High school players compete for a trophy for their school.

Players must pre-register by March 10, 2015. The registration fee for adults is $30.00; registration for high school students is $15.00.

Register online now at library.escondido.org/scrabblethon, by mail, or in person at the Literacy Services office. Visit the Library’s Scrabble-Thon Tournament & Fundraiser website for complete information on registration, payment options and tournament rules.

Scrabble-Thon raises funds to benefit the Library’s Literacy Services program. Sponsored by the Friends of Literacy Services, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit Library support group, 100% of the proceeds will be used to provide literacy materials and resources. There will be opportunity drawings, a Pick-a-Tile drawing, and silent auction items throughout Scrabble-Thon. Opportunity drawing tickets will be on sale at the Library prior to March 14 and at the event. Donations are tax-deductible.

Deputy City Librarian, Cynthia Smith, commented, “Scrabble-Thon is the premier annual event for local Scrabble® enthusiasts who love to play competitively. We’re in our 11th year now and welcome local players from all around the Southland. You don’t have to be a Scrabble® expert to compete. It is loads of fun for adults and high school players who enjoy the challenge of the game. High school students compete to win the coveted trophy for their school. The mix of new and returning players makes Scrabble-thon exciting entertainment and it benefits a very good cause, the Escondido Public Library’s Literacy Services program.”

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. For more information on Scrabble-Thon and library services, contact Cynthia Smith, Deputy City Librarian at 760-839-4329 or visit the website library.escondido.org.

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 Presents “How to Create a Successful Micro-Business” 

05/15/2014 Categories: Adult Literacy Adults

Escondido, CA  –  Escondido Public Library’s Literacy and Lifelong Learning Division will present “How to Create a Successful Micro-Business.” In partnership with Helping Women Help Themselves (HWHT). This workshop will be held on Saturday, June 14, 2014, from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

The workshop is open to the public and will provide a basic overview of the key aspects of owning and operating a business. Participants will have access to HWHT’s ongoing business support and receive “A Business Manual for Micro-Business”. Helping Women Help Themselves was created to provide education and continual business support to individuals who are currently operating, or thinking about starting, their own micro-business. Learn more about HWHT by visiting their website at www.hwht.org.

Registration is requested by contacting Josephine Jones at (760) 839-5440. All Escondido Public Library programs and services are free and open to the public. For more information on Literacy Services and Library programs, visit library.escondido.org.

Escondido Public Library Hosts Job Fair 

05/05/2014 Categories: Adult Literacy Adults Teens

Escondido, CA  –  Escondido Public Library’s Literacy and Lifelong Learning Division is partnering with Goodwill Industries to host a Job Fair on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

The Job Fair is open to the general public and job seekers will have the opportunity to meet more than two dozen potential employers with open positions that range from entry through professional levels. Participating employers will represent an array of industries and fields including: hospitality, healthcare, education, government, law enforcement, high tech, retail, and manufacturing. Job seekers are encouraged to bring their resume and may be invited to participate in on-site interviews.

Escondido Library’s Literacy and Lifelong Learning Division provides adults with one-on-one tutoring and courses to improve their reading and writing skills. The program’s career readiness component builds on the development of these skills to help prepare participants for employment and career advancement.

Escondido Public Library programs, services, and events are free and open to the public. For information on Literacy Services and other Library programs, visit library.escondido.org, or contact Josephine Jones at (760) 839-4219.

Escondido Public Library Presents High Tech = High Pay for Women 

03/05/2014 Categories: Adult Literacy Adults Teens

Escondido, CA  –  Escondido Public Library’s Literacy and Lifelong Learning Services will host “High Tech = High Pay for Women,” a workshop presented by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) of San Diego. The workshop, open to the general public, is particularly targeted for high school and college students, as well as women interested in transitioning into careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics). This workshop will be held in the Library’s Turrentine Room from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

Participants will learn about high tech trends in San Diego, high tech skills to improve career prospects, and STEM educational opportunities. They will also have the opportunity to hear high-performing women share testimonials about their career paths, receive a free resume review, and an executive summary of “Why so Few? Women in STEM.”

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. For more information on this event please visit the library website at http://library.escondido.org, or contact Josephine Jones in Literacy Services at (760) 839-4219. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido.

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