Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents The Peter Sprague Trio

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series welcomes the New Year with the Peter Sprague Trio performing Brazilian-style jazz on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. The trio features virtuoso guitarist Peter Sprague, singer and percussionist Leonard Patton, and accomplished saxophonist Tripp Sprague. Influenced by Latin jazz pioneers such as Chick Corea and Sergio Mendes, the group has combined their deep love of Brazilian music, American pop, and jazz to create a sound and style uniquely their own.

The February 11, 2017 concert will present the return of San Diego Opera’s “Opera Exposed!” with Dr. Nicholas Reveles and a talented group of soloists. For more information about this and future performances that run through May 2017, visit library.escondido.org/concerts, or contact Librarian David Frazee at 760-839-4211.

The 2nd Saturday Concert Series is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. The program is free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Public Celebrates the Holidays with the San Diego Chamber Music Society Brass Quartet

Escondido, CA – The San Diego Chamber Music Society Brass Quartet will perform holiday music at Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert on December 10, 2016 at 3:00 PM in the Turrentine Room. To celebrate the season, the program will feature traditional carols and favorites, such as “Let it Snow”, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, and “Winter Wonderland.” The quartet is comprised of two trumpets, a French horn and a trombone, featuring members who are also associated with the La Jolla Symphony Orchestra, Cabrillo Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Baja California.

The 2nd Saturday Concert Series runs through May 2016 with a line-up of diverse musical styles from classical to jazz. The January 14, 2017 concert presents the Peter Sprague Trio, performing Brazilian-style jazz combined with American pop and jazz for a unique and exciting sound. For more information about this and future performances, visit library.escondido.org/concerts, or contact Librarian David Frazee at 760-839- 4211. 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.

Escondido Public Library Hosts Annual Children’s Holiday Tree Trimming Party

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will host its Children’s Holiday Tree Trimming Party  on Thursday, December 1, 2016, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Children celebrate this annual event 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.

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Programs are sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. For information about this and other children’s programs, contact Kristine Macalalad, Children’s Librarian, at 760-839-5458 or at kmacalalad@escondido.org. Additional information about Library programs for children of all ages can be found at library.escondido.org.

Escondido Public Library Announces the 2016-2017 2nd Saturday Concert Series Schedule

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library announces the scheduled performers for the 2016 –2017 2nd Saturday Concert Series season, opening on November 12, 2016. Free musical performances will be held on the second Saturday of each month from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. from November 2016 through May 2017. All performances take place in the Library’s Turrentine Room.

The 2016—2017 2nd Saturday Concert Series:

November 12, 2016             Q-Ban Street Band – Cuban dance music

December 10, 2016            San Diego Chamber Music Society Brass Quartet

January 14, 2017                Peter Sprague Trio – Brazilian-style jazz

February 11, 2017              Opera Exposed! With San Diego Opera’s Dr. Nicolas Reveles

March 11, 2017                   Virtual Strangers – Bluegrass music

April 8, 2107                         Adrienne Nims and Spirit Wind - Contemporary jazz

May 13, 2017                       Minna Han and Joo-In Lee – Classical piano and violin virtuosos

 

The Q-Ban Street Band opens the season with pulsing Cuban Salsa, Bachata, and Timba music on, November 12, 2016. Bachata is a popular guitar-based, dance music that originated in the Dominican Republic; Timba, is based on classic Cuban music, along with salsa, American funk/R&B, and the strong influence of Afro-Cuban folkloric music. Maritza Baida, special guest and director of Baila Cubano San Diego, will show interested audience members some Cuban dances while her dance group demonstrates moves to the beat of the Q-Ban Street Band.

For more information about the 2nd Saturday Concert Series visit library.escondido.org/concerts or contact Librarian David Frazee at 760-839-4211. 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.

Escondido Public Library Celebrates Día De Los Muertos

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

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

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!

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.
 

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