Escondido Public Library Summer Reading Challenge: Design Your World June Events for Children and Families

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s 2017 Summer Reading Challenge: Design Your World begins Monday, June 19, 2017 and runs through Monday, July 31, 2017. The program, which encourages reading for fun and life-long learning for all ages, also includes a variety of educational, recreational, and cultural events. Children log their progress online to earn prizes donated by the Friends of the Library and local businesses. Newborns may participate with their parents or caregivers by being read to, engaging in early literacy activities, and attending specialized storytime events.

June events for children and families include:

  • Summer Reading Challenge Kick-Off for all ages on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the Library’s front patio. Register for the Challenge and receive free samples from Chick-Fil-A and Rita’s Italian Ice.
  • Zip-Line Rocket Craft for children ages 4-12 years on Thursday, June 22, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Utilize Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM)-related skills to create a rocket using construction paper, a pulley, and string.
  • Baby Storytime for children ages 0-3 years on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Babies and their parents or caregivers enjoy interactive stories and action songs. Seating is limited to 30 children.
  • Mad Science San Diego’s Fire & Ice Program for children ages 4-12 years on Thursday, June 29, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Discover how hot and cold science can be and take a journey through the world of fire and ice.

For more information on all the 2017 Summer Reading Challenge: Design Your World events, including challenges for teens and adults, program dates and times, prizes, sponsors, and rules for participation, visit library.escondido.org/summer. Summer Reading events are free, open to the public, and generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and local businesses. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

Free Adult Summer Reading Events at Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s 2017 Summer Reading Challenge: Design Your World offers reading fun and special events for all ages from June 19 – July 31, 2017. Participants log reading and event attendance online at library.escondido.org/summer enabling anyone to take part in the program from home, on a mobile device, or by using computers at the Library. Summer readers have the opportunity to earn prizes donated by dozens of local businesses. The following free Summer Reading Challenge programs will be offered for Adults (ages 18+):

  • June 24 @ 10:30 a.m.: Design Your World: Floral Arranging Demonstration. Learn floral arranging techniques from a San Diego Floral Association professional designer. Finished arrangements used for the demonstration will be raffled off. Register at library.escondido.org/register.
  • July 11 @ 6:00 p.m.: 2nd Tuesday Book Club- Outliers: The Story of Success. Author Malcolm Gladwell explores the world of "outliers" who manage to design their own destiny through persistence, timing, opportunity, and luck.
  • July 18 @ 6:00 p.m.: Designing Escondido: The Past, Present and Future of Our City. How did Escondido evolve into the city it is today, and what does the future look like? Using resources and photographs from the Pioneer Room, archival staff will explain the evolution of the city. City of Escondido’s Planning department staff will discuss the present day and future Escondido.
  • July 29 @ 3:30 p.m.: Rincón Literario: Bilingual Book Club – All the Light We Cannot See. Author Anthony Doerr elegantly weaves a beautiful tale of survival and morality in war-torn Europe into this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

The 2017 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 2017 Summer Reading Challenge and scheduled performers, visit library.escondido.org/summer or call 760-839-4839.

Escondido Public Library Summer Reading Challenge Theme: “Design Their World” is for All Ages

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s 2017 Summer Reading Challenge invites children, teens, and adults to “Design Your World”. The Challenge, which runs from June 19, 2017 to July 31, 2017, includes a variety of educational, recreational, and cultural events and encourages reading for fun and life-long learning for all ages. Participants log reading and event participation online at library.escondido.org/summer. Summer readers of all ages record their progress to earn prizes donated by the Friends of the Library and local businesses. Anyone can take part in the program from home, on a mobile device, or by using Library computers. Family registration has been added as a new feature this year, offering a convenient, streamlined, user-friendly process for the entire family to log their progress.

Summer Reading Challenge festivities kick off-on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the Library’s front patio. Sign-up for the Challenge and receive free samples from Chick-Fil-A and Rita’s Italian Icetwo of the many 2017 Summer Reading Challenge sponsors.

Summer Reading Challenge programs for children, babies, and families include special storytimes, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM)-themed craft events, a Mad Science show, a tween book club discussion, and John Abrams Animal Magic Show.

Teen events include a screen printing workshop, talent show, and Burritos and Book Club chat exploring books by authors who designed their own special worlds.  Adult programs include flower arranging techniques, book discussions, and a special local history lecture that explores the past, present, and future of Escondido.

For more information on the 2017 Summer Reading Challenge: Design Your World, including program dates and times, prizes, sponsors, and rules for participation, visit library.escondido.org/summer. Summer Reading events are free, open to the public, and generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and local businesses. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Public Library Celebrates 2016 Summer Reading Challenge Success

Escondido, CA –Exercise Your Mind,” Escondido Public Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Challenge, concluded on July 31, 2016 as the Library’s most successful summer program on record. 1,430 children, teens, and adults registered to accept this year’s challenge, designed to promote reading for fun, pleasure, and stimulation for all ages over a seven week period. Children and teens logged more than 14,436 hours of reading enjoyment, and 85 adults completed more than 320 reading entries.

In addition to promoting reading over the summer months, the Library offered weekly programs, activities and events for every age. More than 4,389 people attended 54 programs over the seven weeks. Summer reading provides fun and enjoyment during vacation time, but also plays an important role in helping students maintain learning and reading abilities. Studies prove that students who read actively avert the “summer slide,” a loss of reading ability during the extended school break, and they are better prepared to begin the new school year.

According to Assistant Library Director Cynthia Smith, “Summer Reading Challenge participants recorded their reading progress, earning chances to win incentives and prizes. We are grateful to the Friends of the Library and dozens of local businesses whose donations made this program so successful for the Escondido community.”

As summer activities end at the Library, a schedule of new programs and services begins and can be found on the Library’s website: library.escondido.org. For more information about Library programs, contact Senior Librarian Viktor Sjöberg at vsjöberg@escondido.org, or call 760-839-4814. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, July 30, 2016, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room as a part of the Library’s annual Summer Reading Challenge for kids, teens, and adults, which runs from June 13 to July 31. Exercise Your Mind by reading for enjoyment and log your reading for opportunities to win prizes at library.escondido.org/summer. This month’s selection is El Marciano/The Martian by Andy Weir. Copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at library.escondido.org.

Left behind on planet Mars, astronaut Mark Watney faces the challenge of a lifetime in Andy Weir’s El Marciano/The Martian. Rincón Literario will meet next month, on Saturday, August 27, 2016, to discuss the bittersweet Brooklyn by Colm Toibin.

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, visit library.escondido.org or contact Cecy Rayphole, Senior Library Associate, at 760-839-4289 or at crayphole@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.

 

 

Escondido Public Library Presents an Evening with Author Neal Griffin

Escondido, CA – As part of its Summer Reading Challenge, Escondido Public Library presents An Evening with Author Neal Griffin on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM in the Library’s Turrentine Room.  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.

Hear Neal Griffin speak about what inspired him to join the police force as a young man, his literary influences, and his recent success as an author. Griffin’s speaking engagement will be followed by a book signing. Benefit of the Doubt will be available for purchase for $9.99 in paperback and $25.99 in hardcover.  A Voice from the Field will be available for purchase for $25.99 in hardcover.

Library programs are generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and are free to the public.  To learn more about the Summer Reading Challenge and our summer events, please visit library.escondido.org/summer or contact Adult Services Librarian Oscar Lujan at 760-839-4214.  Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. 

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.

2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on July 12, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown. Copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at library.escondido.org.

Exercise Your Mind during the Escondido Public Library’s Summer Reading Challenge with this exciting bestseller! Author Daniel James Brown used the journals of a rowing crew of working class American boys to chronicle their amazing journey to victory. Told mainly from the perspective of orphaned teenager Joe Rantz, this real-life story reads like an epic novel, leading to the defeat of Adolf Hitler’s German rowing crew in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on August 9, 2016 with There’s Something I Want You to Do by Charles Baxter. Library programs are generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and free to the public. To learn more about the Summer Reading Challenge and our summer events, please visit library.escondido.org/summer.

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 Hosts Adult Summer Crafts: Watercolor Painting

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adults to Adult Summer Crafts: Watercolor Painting on July 2, at 10:30 a.m. in the Turrentine Room. Easy crafts for adults are a fun way to relieve stress and rediscover the creative spark. Learn basic watercolor techniques through step-by-step instruction. Participants will take home their own original watercolor creation! Supplies are limited and registration is required, please register at http://library.escondido.org/register.

Adult Summer Crafts: Watercolor Painting is free and open to the public. For more information about future summer events 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 is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.

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

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CONTACT: Shawn Townsend, 760-839-4827

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. Start logging your Summer Reading online at library.escondido.org/summer by July 23, 2016 and Exercise Your Mind by reading for enjoyment and opportunities to win prizes. Free Summer Reading Challenge events for the week of July 4, 2016 and July 11, 2016 are as follows:
 

  • Children’s Events:
    • Children’s Crafts every Tuesday @ 2:00 p.m.
      • July 5: Upcycled Sail Boat – Will it sink or will it float? Make a sail boat from recyclable items and test if it sails!
      • July 12: Design Your Own Pinwheel
    • Baby Storytime (Infants & Toddlers) every Wednesday @ 10:30 a.m.
    • Children’s Performers every Thursday @ 2:00 p.m.
      • July 14: Reptiles! with Ecovivarium
  • Adult Events:
    • July 12 @ 6:00 p.m.: 2nd Tuesday Book Club –Investigate the tale of nine Americans who sacrificed everything for Olympic glory in the epic true story The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown.

 

  • Teen Events:
    • July 6 @ 3:30 p.m.: Burritos & Book Club – Select a title from the Exercise Your Mind Book Picks bookmark (available in the Library) to chat about while enjoying tasty burritos … leave with a free book!
       
    • July 13 @ 3:30 p.m.: Esco Teen Create! Make hats for newborn babies & earn community service hours. Supplies are limited.
       
    • July 16 @ 1:00 p.m.: Screen Printing Saturday – Create and screen print your own design. Supplies provided but quantities are limited.

 

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.

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