Escondido Public Library Hosts Spring Events for Families

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library offers special programming for Children and their Families during the month of April. All events are free, open to the public, and scheduled to take place in the Library’s Turrentine Room.
 

  • P.J. Storytime- Hop into Spring for children ages 4-12 and their families on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wear your P.J.s and bring your favorite stuffed animal to an evening storytime at the library.
     
  • Composting for a Greener Planet for children ages 5-12 and their families on Thursday, April 19, 2018 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Learn how composting can be good for the environment with the City of Escondido Recycling Department, and take home your own seeds to grow!

 

  • Dia de los Niños, Dia de los Libros Celebration for children ages 5-12 and their families on Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Celebrate Children’s Day, Book Day and the joy of reading with bilingual stories and songs from Mexico and around the world. There will be traditional tissue paper flower bouquet and paper bag puppet crafts until 4:30 p.m. Participating children ages 5–12 may receive a free book (while supplies last).

All programs are generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information about Lunar New Year programs visit library.escondido.org or contact Senior Librarian for Youth Services, Dan Wood, at 760-839-4827 or dan.wood@escondidolibrary.org.

 

Escondido Public Library Celebrates Lunar New Year with Programs for All Ages

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will celebrate the Lunar New Year with special programs planned during the month of February. All events are free, open to the public, and scheduled to take place in the Library’s Turrentine Room.

  • Panda Express Pawsibilities Reading Program for children ages 4 to 12 starting Thursday, February 1, 2018 to Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Children read five books to earn a free meal! Pick up registration materials at the Children’s Desk.
  • 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents: Lunar New Year Bohua Youth Group for all ages on Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. An instrumental ensemble comprised of middle grade and high school students whose traditional performances inspire appreciation for Chinese art and culture.
  • Lunar New Year Meditation Storytime for children ages 4-12 years and their families on Thursday, February 8, 2018 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Learn Tai Chi, how to meditate through an interactive story, and create a meditation jar.
  • Stories to Celebrate the Lunar New Year for children ages 6-12 years and their families on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Escondido resident Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan is an author, presenter, and professor at San Diego State University. In her interactive program, she will read from two of her picture books, Popo’s Lucky Chinese New Year, and Paper Son: Lee’s Journey to America. Children will participate in fun activities that relate to the stories and that celebrate Asian culture and the Lunar New Year.
  • Lunar New Year Celebration: Lion Dancers for all ages on Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Learn about the history and cultural significance of lion dancing as the Legendary Lion Dance Association performs a traditional dance.

All programs are generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. The Pawsibilities Reading Program is sponsored by Panda Express. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information about Lunar New Year programs visit library.escondido.org or contact Senior Librarian for Youth Services, Dan Wood, at 760-839-4827 or dan.wood@escondidolibrary.org.

Escondido Public Library Announces the 2017-2018 2nd Saturday Concert Series Schedule

 

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library announces the complete season line-up for its popular 2nd Saturday Concert Series, opening December 9th, 2017 and running through June 2018. Except where noted, free musical performances will be held on the second Saturday of each month from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. All ages are welcome.

The 2017-2018 2nd Saturday Concert Series:

December 9, 2017               Byron Chow Trio – Classical/Holiday

January 13, 2018                 Louis Landon – Classical piano

February 3, 2018*                Lunar New Year Bohua Youth Group – Traditional Chinese

March 10, 2018                    Bayou Brothers – Cajun

April 14, 2018                       Opera Exposed! – Opera

May 12, 2018                        From Beethoven to Broadway – Chamber music/musical

June 9, 2018                         Courtly Noyse – Renaissance music

*1st Saturday

Fresh from a sabbatical spent studying piano in Vienna, Dr. Byron Chow brings his elegant Trio to the Turrentine Room on December 9th to open the 2nd Saturday Concert Series. Consisting of a violin, clarinet, and piano, the Trio will perform classical pieces and holiday selections. In addition to being the founding member of his Trio, Dr. Chow is also a violist in the La Jolla Symphony.

The 2nd Saturday Concert Series is free, open to the public, and generously sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information about the concert series visit  library.escondido.org/concerts or contact Librarian Madelyn Horton at mhorton@escondido.org or 760-839-4214.

Escondido Public Library Celebrates the Holidays with Programs for All Ages

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will celebrate the holidays with special programs planned during the month of December. All events are free, open to the public, and scheduled to take place in the Library’s Turrentine Room.

  • Adult Winter Crafts: Holiday Craft Making with Recycled Books for adults on Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Create a one-of-a-kind holiday craft using parts from recycled books.
  • Children’s Holiday Tree Trimming Party for children ages 4-12 years and their families on Thursday, December 7, 2017 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Children celebrate by making an ornament for the Children’s Room holiday tree and one to take home. This festive event also celebrates the holiday spirit with a special visit from Santa Claus. Families are encouraged to arrive early, as supplies may be limited.
  • 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents Byron Chow Trio for all ages on Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Consisting of a violin, clarinet, and piano, the elegant Trio will perform classical pieces and holiday selections. In addition to being the founding member of the Trio, Dr. Chow is also a violist with the La Jolla Symphony.

All holiday programs are free, open to the public, and generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information about December programs visit library.escondido.org or contact Librarian Madelyn Horton at mhorton@escondido.org or 760-839-4214.

Celebrate Kindness at Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will host Choose Kind: Celebrate Wonder for children ages 4-12 on Thursday, November 16, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Choose Kind: Celebrate Wonder takes place a day before the release of the film, Wonder, based on the best-selling novel of the same name by R.J. Palacio.  The event will explore the story’s central themes of kindness through a storytime with related books, songs, and crafts.

The novel and film center on the life of August “Auggie” Pullman, a fifth-grader who has a facial deformity. Auggie is attending mainstream school for the first time, and as he and his family deal with big changes, they must also confront issues of prejudice and bullying. In addition to enjoying storytime, participants of Choose Kind: Celebrate Wonder will have an opportunity to watch the movie’s preview and contribute their favorite or original, positive “Precept,” or “Rule to Live By,” to a community Choose Kind wall.

For more information on 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. Library programs are free, open to the public, and sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library.  Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Public Library Celebrates Día De Los Muertos

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library will host a Día de los Muertos celebration for children, ages 4-12 and their families on Thursday, November 2, 2017, from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead honors the memory of loved ones who have passed away, and the Library celebrates this tradition with cultural stories, music, and sugar skull decorating.

Participants are encouraged to bring in a photo, memento, or loved one’s favorite food to contribute to a temporary community exhibit with offerings to those who have passed. This community exhibit will last for the duration of the program and those who bring mementos can take them home after the program concludes. This event is part of the Library’s Dia de los Muertos celebration that also includes an all ages musical performance by Mexico City-based chamber music quartet Cuarteto Carlos Chávez on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room.

These Día de los Muertos celebrations are made possible through the generous support of Friends of the Escondido Public Library, and are free and open to the public. Registration is not required, but early arrival is encouraged as space and supplies may be limited. For more information on other Library programs for children, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or contact Senior Librarian for Literacy and Youth Services, Dan Wood, at 760-839-4827 or dwood@escondido.org.

Read for the Record: Quackers Storytime at Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will host Read for the Record: Quackers Storytime for children ages 4-8 on Thursday, October 19 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Be part of the world’s largest shared reading experience with stories, crafts, and songs featuring the 2017 Jumpstart Read for the Record title Quackers by Liz Wong. Presented in partnership with the Rincon del Diablo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Jumpstart’s Read for the Record is an annual nationwide campaign to have the world’s largest shared reading experience to highlight the importance of building early literacy and language skills. Throughout the year Rincon del Diablo chapter members support education and literacy in a variety of ways and in 2016 won a DAR award for literacy promotion. “Quackers is a delightful story of a kitten who thinks it is a duck. Families are in for a treat.” said Dan Wood, the Library’s Youth Services Senior Librarian.

For more information on other Library programs for children, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or contact Senior Librarian Dan Wood, at 760-839-4827 or dwood@escondido.org. Library programs are free, open to the public, and sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library.  Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Public Library Presents A Not-So-Spooky Halloween Storytime for Children

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library presents A Not-So-Spooky Halloween Storytime for children, ages 4-12, on Thursday, October 26, 2017, from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This family-oriented Halloween celebration begins with gentle, monster-themed stories and songs at 3:30 p.m., followed by craft time. Registration is not required, however early arrival is encouraged as space and supplies are limited to 100 children. One craft per child.

For more information on 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. Library programs are free, open to the public, and sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library.  Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

 

Escondido Public Library Celebrates the Freedom to Read During Banned Books Week, September 24 – 30, 2017

Escondido, CA – Celebrate your right to choose what you read during Banned Books Week, September 24 – 30, 2017, at Escondido Public Library. Banned Books Week is an annual national awareness campaign celebrating the freedom to read, and drawing attention to banned and challenged books, such as Catcher in the Rye, Harry Potter, and The Bible. During Banned Books Week the Library promotes the availability of works that represent a broad spectrum of viewpoints, even those that might be unorthodox or unpopular, to all who wish to read them, and the need to keep material publicly available so that people can develop their own conclusions and opinions.

Visit the Library and select a book of your choice, or one from a Banned Books Week display. Visit library.escondido.org/banned to take part in the celebration of one of the greatest driving forces in this country – the First Amendment.

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street Escondido, CA 92025. For more information about Banned Books Week, contact Principal Librarian, Joanna Axelrod, at 760-839-4330 or at jaxelrod@escondido.org. Additional information about Library programs and services can be found at library.escondido.org.

Read Local, Shop Local! Escondido Public Library Card Provides Discounts at Local Businesses

Escondido, CA – September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month. To celebrate, Escondido Public Library is promoting the advantages of owning a free Library card by launching Read Local, Shop Local!, a discount program that provides exclusive offers to customers who present their library card at participating businesses in Escondido. The program is a partnership with Visit Escondido!, Escondido’s visitors center, and runs from September 5, 2017 to August 31, 2018. Visit library.escondido.org/local to learn more about how the program works and find information on participating businesses and their offers.

Escondido Public Library card holders can show their cards at the following local businesses to receive these exclusive discounts:

  • ArtHatch Escape (Escape room) – 10% off
  • Baltimore Snowball (Shaved ice) – $2 off any small or regular combo
  • Burger Bench (Restaurant) – 10% off total order
  • Cindy’s Nails (Nail salon) – 10% off total bill
  • Clue Avenue (Escape room) – 30% discount for teams of 3 to 8 (online booking only)
  • Cute Cakes (Cupcake bakery) – 10% off total bill
  • EcoVivarium (Specialty school) – One free child ticket with paid adult admission
  • The Grand Tea Room (Tea room) – 10% off dining and gift shop
  • Kettle Coffee & Tea (Café) – 20% off total order
  • Patio Playhouse (Live theater) – Two complimentary items from concessions stand ($4 value)
  • Printing Solutions (Print service) – 15% off total order
  • Rita’s of Escondido (Italian ice) – Free Large upgrade when you buy any regular treat
  • Roynon Museum of Earth Science and Paleontology (Museum) – 10% discount on admission
  • Simply Grand (Shop) – Free greeting card with $10+ purchase ($5 value)
  • SIP Wine & Beer (Tasting room) – 10% off total order
  • Spiritivity (Paint & Sip) – $5 off a class (online booking only)
  • Stone and Glass (Studio & Gallery) – 10% off
  • Sunny Side Kitchen (Restaurant) – 15% off total order
  • Suzy Q's (Restaurant) – 10% off your check (with purchase of drink & entrée)
  • The Wooden Spoon (Restaurant) – 10% off total order

Library cards are free and can be obtained by filling out an application at Escondido Public Library. As an additional motivation to sign up for a card in September, new card holders will receive the following perks, starting Tuesday, September 5, 2017:

  • First 650 new Library card holders receive a $2 coupon to Jimbo’s…Naturally! and will be entered into a drawing for $25 gift cards from Jimbo’s…Naturally!.

“Escondido Public Library is the heart of our great community,” said Viktor Sjöberg, Adult Services Senior Librarian. “Having a free library card gives you access to a wealth of cultural and educational materials and activities that enrich your life, whether you are looking to teach your child how to read, pursue a college degree or to just have fun. Read Local, Shop Local! further establishes Escondido Public Library as a centrally located and vibrant community hub. We love to support the local economy by connecting patrons to the great businesses right here in Escondido.”

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 Read Local, Shop Local! visit library.escondido.org/local. To learn more about this program as well as other Library events and services, contact Senior Librarian, Viktor Sjöberg, at 760-839-4814 or at vsjoberg@escondido.org.

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