Escondido Public Library Celebrates Día De Los Muertos 

09/28/2016 Categories: Children Families

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library will host a Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead celebration, on Tuesday, November 1, 2016, from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. The Day of the Dead honors the memory of loved ones who have passed away, and the Library celebrates this tradition with cultural stories, music, sugar skull decorating, and offerings.

Día de los Muertos is made possible by the generous support from Friends of the Escondido Public Library, and 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 youth programs at the Library, visit library.escondido.org or contact Lalitha Nataraj, Interim Senior Librarian for Youth and Literacy Services, at 760-839-4219 or lnataraj@escondido.org.

Escondido Public Library Presents Spooktacular Stories and Creepy Crafts for Children 

09/26/2016 Categories: Children Families

Escondido, CA –Escondido Public Library presents Spooktacular Stories and Creepy Crafts on Thursday, October 27, 2016, from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This family-oriented Halloween celebration begins with a monster-themed story at 3:30 p.m., followed by craft time where children decorate a treat bag to take on their Halloween hauntings. Supplies are limited to 100 children, ages 3-12. One craft per child.

Spooktacular Stories and Creepy Crafts is made possible by the generous support from Friends of the Escondido Public Library and is free and open to the public. Registration is not required, however early arrival is encouraged as space and supplies are limited. To access books, videos, and music in the Library catalog, and for more information about this event and other Library programs, visit library.escondido.org or contact Lalitha Nataraj, Interim Senior Librarian for Youth & Literacy Services, at 760-839-4219 or lnataraj@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Library Celebrates Library Card Sign-Up Month in September 

08/29/2016 Categories: Adults Children Families Online Resources Teens

Escondido, CA – September is Library Card Sign-Up Month and Escondido Public Library encourages everyone, especially students, to own a card. Library cards are free and easy to obtain in-person at the Library or online at library.escondido.org/librarycard.

Owning a library card opens the door to a world of free resources and services, making a library card the most valuable card in your wallet. Use your card to download eBooks, eAudiobooks, or eMagazines; borrow the latest bestseller or popular DVD; or use a public computer or laptop. A host of online electronic resources can be accessed on the Library’s website by simply inputting your Library account number. Use your card to explore family history on Ancestry.com, access an online encyclopedia, do research, or learn about an automotive repair for your vehicle. To see just how valuable your Library card is, visit library.escondido.org/value and enter your usage into the value calculator.

This September, Escondido Public Library introduces Read Local, Shop Local! offering Library cardholders even greater value. Show your Escondido Public Library card at participating Escondido businesses and receive a special merchant discount or offer. Visit library.escondido.org/local for complete details on this program and a list of participating businesses. Share your experience about the endless possibilities that your Library card provides using #LocalEsco.

All Library programs and services are free to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido, California, 92025. For more information about Library programs and services visit library.escondido.org or contact Principal Librarian Joanna Axelrod at 760-839-4330 or jaxelrod@escondido.org.

Escondido Public Library Hosts Magical Harry Potter Party! 

07/11/2016 Categories: Children Families

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library invites muggles, witches, and wizards of all-ages to a Magical Harry Potter Party on Thursday, August 11, 2016 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. This event welcomes children and families to celebrate the world of Harry Potter and the release of the new book, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

The public is encouraged to come dressed as their favorite Harry Potter character to be wowed during a magic show performed by The Amazing Dana. After the show, attendees may participate in crafts including making snitches and edible wands. There will also be thematic games, such as “Pin the Sock on Dobby,” and a very special photo booth where wizards and witches can create their own picture-perfect posters.

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 required, but early arrival is encouraged as space and supplies may be limited. For more information about the Magical Harry Potter Party 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.

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

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. Join the Summer Reading Challenge at the Library or online at library.escondido.org/summer by July 23, 2016 and Exercise Your Mind by reading for enjoyment and incentive prizes. Free Summer Reading Challenge events for the month of June include:

  • Children’s Events:
    • Crafts every Tuesday @ 2:00 p.m.
      • June 21: Marshmallow Tower Craft
      • June 28: Puzzle Piece Picture Frame Craft
         
    • Baby Storytime (Infants & Toddlers) every Wednesday @ 10:30 a.m.
       
    • Performers every Thursday @ 2:00 p.m.
      • June 16: Naathan Phan: Magic Asian Man!
      • June 23: One World Rhythm – An interactive celebration of motion and sound.
      • June 30: The Amazing Science of Bubbles – Learn about bubbles and watch them do what you never thought possible.
         
  • Adult Events:
    • June 18 @ 10:30 a.m.: Adult Summer Crafts: Collage – Bring recycled cards, photos, & calendars to create a collage portrait. Registration is required at library.escondido.org/register
       
    • June 18 @ 3:30 p.m.: Rincón Literario: Bilingual Book Club – Exercise your mind by joining detective Amala Salazar as she attempts to track down a serial killer in El guardian invisible/The Invisible Guardian by Dolores Redondo.
       
    • July 2 @ 10:30 a.m.: Adult Summer Crafts: Watercolor Painting – Learn basic watercolor techniques through step-by-step instruction. Registration required at http://library.escondido.org/registerz
       
  • Teen Events:
    • June 18, @ 1:00 p.m.: Screen Printing Saturday – Create & print your own design. Supplies are provided but quantities are limited.
       
    • June 22 @ 3:30 p.m. Esco Teens Create - Make hats for newborn babies & earn community service hours. Supplies are limited.
       
    • June 29 @ 3:30 p.m. Game On! Challenge your friends to mind bending and brain teasing games.

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.

Escondido Public Library Invites Summer Readers of All Ages to Exercise Their Minds 

Escondido, CA – Exercise Your Mind is the theme of Escondido Public Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Challenge for children, teens, and adults. The Challenge offers reading fun for all ages and a wide variety of educational, recreational, and cultural events from June 13 – July 31, 2016. Participants log their reading online at library.escondido.org/summer for a chance to earn prizes donated by dozens of local businesses. 

Summer Reading festivities kick off on Monday, June 13, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on the Library’s front patio. Sign up for the 2016 Summer Reading Challenge and receive a delicious, free sample from Rita’s Italian Iceone of the many 2016 Summer Reading Challenge sponsors.

Throughout the summer, children and their families are invited to learn about the science of bubbles, get friendly with reptiles and amphibians, and participate in interactive musical performances, as well as special storytimes and craft events.

Teens will learn to create their own comics from Javier Hernandez, the creator of El Muerto: The Aztec Zombie, participate in screen printing workshops, and enjoy burritos while chatting about books guaranteed to exercise their minds.  Adults will learn collage and watercolor techniques, join book discussions, and hear about how scientists are studying the human brain in order to create artificial intelligence. Neal Griffin, local police Lieutenant turned celebrated crime action thriller author, will close out the Adult Summer Reading Challenge on July 26, 2016 with a discussion and book signing.  

For more information on the 2016 Summer Reading Challenge, including program dates and times, prizes, sponsors, and rules, visit library.escondido.org/summer. Summer Reading events 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, Escondido, CA 92025.
 

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

04/04/2016 Categories: Adults Children Families Middle-Graders Teens

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

04/04/2016 Categories: 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 28, 2016, 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 storytime beginning at 3:30 p.m., followed by a variety of craft stations for puppet-making, tissue paper flower creation, water color painting, 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 required, 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 760-839-4289 or at crayphole@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs can be found at library.escondido.org.

Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents String Quartet Quartetto Sorrento 

03/28/2016 Categories: Adults Concerts Families

Escondido, CA - String quartet Quartetto Sorrento will perform at the Escondido Public Library on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Violinists Paula Simmons, Ondrei Lewitt, Michael Dvoskin and cellist Gordon Grubbs perform classical music by composers ranging from Haydn and Mozart to Shostakovich, Debussy, and Thompson. Learn more about Quartetto Sorrento at http://theviolinshopsandiego.com/quartetto-sorrento/. The 2nd Saturday Concert Series runs through May 2016 and features an array of classical, jazz, and other diverse musical styles. May’s concert presents bass and mandolin duo MandoBasso.

For more information about this and future performances, visit library.escondido.org/concerts, or contact Librarian David Frazee at 760-839-4839. The 2nd Saturday Concert Series is 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, Escondido, CA 92025. For more information about other Library programs and services visit library.escondido.org.

 

Celebrate National Library Month in April Unlimited Possibilities @ Escondido Public Library 

03/21/2016 Categories: Adults Children Families Teens

Escondido, CA – National Library Week is celebrated April 10 to 16, 2016, to raise awareness of the resources, programs, and services offered by libraries everywhere. Escondido Public Library extends this celebration throughout April with its own National Library Month, showcasing special programs and services offered to the community. The Library offers endless opportunities to access information and technology that enhance learning, nurture the love of reading, and enrich lives.

In addition to weekly children’s programs and monthly adult book clubs, a host of special events are offered during National Library Month. Highlights include:

  • April 2, 2016, 9:00 a.m. - April Pools Day - Join Library and Recreation staff at James A. Stone Pool (131 Woodward Ave, Escondido) for a free water safety expo.
  • April 5, 2016, 1:00 p.m. - Escondido Writers Group - Aspiring writers share samples of their work and receive constructive feedback at this new monthly workshop.
  • April 9, 2016, 3:00 p.m. - 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents: Quartetto Sorrento, a classical string quartet.
  • April 13, 2016, 10 a.m. - National Bookmobile Day - participate in pop-up programs for all ages throughout the day in the Library's parking lot.
  • April 28, 2016, 3:30 p.m. - Día de los Ninos, Día de los Libros (Children’s Day, Book Day) Celebration with music, storytelling, and crafts honoring children families, books, and reading.

“Service to the community has always been the focus of the Library,” said Cynthia Smith, Assistant Library Director. “Libraries level the playing field for people of any age who are seeking information and access to technologies that will improve their quality of life. Escondido Public Library invites everyone in our community to discover the treasure chest of learning and cultural opportunities during National Library Month. I hope you’ll come visit!”

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Library programs are free, open to the public, and sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For more information about Library programming celebrating National Library Month, contact Principal Librarian Joanna Axelrod at 760-839-4330 or at jaxelrod@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs can be found at library.escondido.org.

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