Escondido Public Library Presents Gold Hill: The Story of Julian’s 1870’s Gold Rush - An Interactive Musical Event

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library and the Pioneer Room Friends present Celia Lawley, “Fiddlegirl,” performing Gold Hill: The Story of Julian’s 1870’s Gold Rush on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Lawley packs 12 original songs based on Julian's 1870's gold rush history into this one hour show. An accomplished musician and performer, she sings, acts, and dances while playing fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and tin flute. Lawley invites audience participation and interaction to add to the fun and enjoyment.

Gold Hill is one of many programs offered throughout the Library’s 2015 Summer Reading program line-up. Librarian David Frazee commented “Read to the Rhythm! is this year’s Summer Reading theme, and Gold Hill is the perfect family-friendly program to celebrate reading, music, and local history. Lawley is a native San Diegan and she combines her knowledge of San Diego’s rich history in an entertaining and unique musical performance that everyone will enjoy.”

Escondido Public Library’s 2015 Summer Reading program for adults includes two additional summer concerts as part of the extended 2nd Saturday Concert Series. On Saturday, July 11, 2015, Yale Strom and Hot Pstromi combine klezmer music with Hasidic melodies, Romanian, jazz, classical, and Balkan influences into a new form of Jewish music. On August 8, 2015, the Neave Trio returns to perform classical chamber music.

For more information about Escondido Public Library’s Summer Reading programs and programs for adults, children and teens, visit library.escondido.org/SRC, or contact David Frazee at 760-839-4839 or Dfrazee@escondido.org. All Library events are free and open to the public. Gold Hill is generously sponsored by the Escondido Library Pioneer Room Friends. The 2nd Saturday Concert Series and many other Summer Reading Club events are sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents Latin-Jazz Chamber Music by Besos de Coco

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series proudly presents Besos De Coco on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Besos de Coco is an innovative and eclectic chamber group that generates a great deal of excitement with groundbreaking performances.

Tap-dancer Claudia Gomez Voce, double-bassist Evona Wascinski, and classical guitarist/vocalist Lorraine Castellanos form the group. They blend their talents and influences into a fresh and unique sound rooted in old-world Mediterranean, Latin American, and Jazz traditions. Besos de Coco commands the attention of their audiences with stage presence and intensity while establishing an intimate connection through lyrical, soul-searching Afro-Brazilian numbers, pulsating Spanish rhumbas, and sensual tangos.

The 2nd Saturday Concert Series will be extended to include two summer concerts as part of Escondido Public Library’s Summer Reading program that carries the musical theme, Read to the Rhythm. On Saturday, July 11, 2015, Yale Strom and Hot Pstromi will perform a fusion of traditional klezmer, New Jewish, Gypsy, World Beat, and Balkan music. On August 8, 2015, the Neave Trio will perform classical chamber music. For more information about Escondido Public Library’s Summer Reading Clubs and programs, visit library.escondido.org/SRC, or contact Librarian, David Frazee at 760-839-4839 or Dfrazee@escondido.org.

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

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.

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

Escondido, CA – National Library Week is April 12 – 18, 2015, celebrating the wealth of unlimited resources, programs, and services offered by libraries everywhere. Escondido Public Library extends this celebration throughout April with its own National Library Month, showcasing the variety of programs and services offered to the community. This encompasses more than the traditional provision of print books and materials and offers the community endless possibilities for information access and lifelong learning.

A host of special events and programs will be offered by Escondido Public Library leading into April and during National Library Month. Highlights include:

  • March 31, 2015, 6:30 p.m. - An Evening with Doris MartinAuthor and Holocaust Survivor.
  • April 11, 2015, 3:00 p.m. - 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents the Kensington Trio, performing classical music with virtuoso skill on piano, violin, and cello.
  • April 14, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - 2nd Tuesday Book Club discusses Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie.
  • April 21, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library – Managing Your Debt/Credit Cards presenting strategies to gain financial freedom and savvy credit card use.
  • April 28, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - eReaders eXplained: Download free eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines, showing Library users how to use their smart devices to access free Library eMaterials.
  • April 30, 2015, 3:00 p.m. - Día de los Ninos, Día de los Libros (Children’s Day, Book Day) celebrating children and promoting a love of reading through storytelling and crafts.

“Escondido Public Library has always represented unlimited possibilities,” said Loretta McKinney, Director of Library and Community Services. “The Library is a multi-dimensional purveyor of cultural and educational materials and activities that enlighten and entertain. It is also a community hub, providing a forum for community engagement. Escondido Public Library’s National Library Month shines a spotlight on these programs and services. I invite the public to take advantage of all that we offer.”

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 Library events and programming celebrating National Library Month events, contact Senior Librarian, Paul Crouthamel, at 760-839-4814 or at pcrouthamel@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs can be found at library.escondido.org.

Escondido Public Library 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents the Danny Green Trio

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series presents the Danny Green Trio on Saturday, March 14, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Back by popular demand, the trio returns to perform classical and Latin-influenced jazz selections with group leader, Danny Green on piano, Justin Grinnell on bass, and Julien Cantelm on drums.

Praised as “One of the important up and comers on the jazz scene today,” by All That Jazz, Danny Green Trio’s first album, “With You in Mind,” won “Best Jazz Album” at the 2009 San Diego Music Awards. The group has performed at many important venues and festivals including KSDS Jazz 88.3’s Jazz Live, the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, and CSU Summer Arts Monterey.

The 2nd Saturday Concert Series runs through May 2015 and presents an array of musical styles. Upcoming concerts feature chamber music performances by The Kensington Trio in April, and Besos de Coco in May.

This year’s summer reading theme, “Read to the Rhythm,” will celebrate reading and music. Concert lovers will be pleased to know that organizer, Paul Crouthamel, has announced the special addition of two concerts, in July and August, extending the series to complement the adult summer reading club program.

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 future performances, visit library.escondido.org, or contact Senior Librarian, Paul Crouthamel at 760-839-4814 or pcrouthamel@escondido.org.

 

Love Music @ Escondido Public Library Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents Virtual Strangers

Escondido, CA — Virtual Strangers, a local, award-winning bluegrass band, bring high-energy music to Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series on Saturday, February 14, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Celebrate Valentine’s Day by enjoying Virtual Strangers’ three-part harmonies and a driving, bluegrass beat that is guaranteed to lift spirits and get feet tapping.

Virtual Strangers have performed at many bluegrass festivals throughout the West, winning top honors in several of them. Their signature sound is a mixture of traditional bluegrass, influenced by Ralph Stanley, Earl Monroe, and Flatt and Scruggs, with more progressive material from Blue Highway, Lonesome River Band, and Del McCoury.

Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series runs from November 2014 through May 2015 and features an array of diverse musical styles. For more information about future performances, visit library.escondido.org, or contact Senior Librarian, Paul Crouthamel, at 760-839-4814. 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’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents Opera Exposed! with San Diego Opera’s Dr. Nicolas Reveles

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series presents Opera Exposed! on January 10, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Back by popular demand, this special program features pianist and lecturer Dr. Nicolas Reveles, San Diego Opera’s Director of Education and Outreach, along with aspiring opera singers from local universities performing arias and selections from favorite operas. Early arrival is highly recommended for this popular event. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis and may be limited.

Opera Exposed! is presented through the San Diego Opera’s University Partners Program to promote understanding and appreciation of opera. “Opera selections are provided by an ensemble of undergraduate voice students from the University of San Diego, Point Loma Nazarene University, and San Diego State University, enthusiastically spreading the knowledge and joy of opera!” said Dr. Reveles. “They will be performing selected works from Mozart, Puccini, Gounod, Donizetti, and others.” Dr. Reveles accompanies the singers on piano and provides commentary that reveals the great stories behind the operas. This program provides an engaging and entertaining afternoon of music featuring the human voice as the main instrument.

The Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series runs through May, 2015, and features an array of diverse musical styles from classical to jazz. February’s

2nd Saturday Concert presents Virtual Strangers, a highly talented and energetic bluegrass band whose sound is a mixture of traditional and progressive bluegrass.

The 2nd Saturday Concert Series is free and open to the public and generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street, Escondido, California 92025. For more information, please call Senior Librarian Paul Crouthamel at 760-839-4814 or visit the Library online at library.escondido.org.

Escondido Public Library 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents FanFaire Foundation’s Young Artist Concert

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library 2nd Saturday Concert Series presents FanFaire Foundation’s Young Artist Concert on Saturday, December 13, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Talented young artists, ages 7 to 16 years, will perform classical selections on piano and cello in styles ranging from the Baroque to the Romantic.

FanFaire Foundation’s mission is to nurture musically-gifted children who also love science and math in order to utilize and benefit from the creative link between music and science. These young artists’ performances illustrate how well this mission has been accomplished and serve as an example to spark an interest in classical music among young people.

The 2nd Saturday Concert Series runs through May 2015 and features an array of classical, jazz, and other diverse musical styles. January’s concert presents Opera Exposed! back by popular demand. The program provides a primer on opera appreciation with commentary by San Diego Opera’s Dr. Nicolas Reveles as he accompanies young, aspiring singers who perform selections from opera classics.

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 future performances in this series, visit library.escondido.org, or contact Senior Librarian, Paul Crouthamel at 760-839-4814.

Escondido Public Library Invites Children to Decorate the Holiday Tree

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library invites children and their families to celebrate the holidays by helping to decorate the Children’s Room Holiday Tree on Thursday, December 4, 2014, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Children’s Room. Children can meet Santa, make an ornament for the tree and make one to take home as they enjoy holiday music.

Cindi Bouvier, Senior Youth Services Librarian, commented, “Tree decorating is one of the oldest traditional activities that families share during the holiday season. Join the fun and make an ornament to hang on the Children’s Room tree and be sure to allow time to make one to take home for your own tree. Craft supplies will be provided.”

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 Cindi Bouvier, Senior Youth Services Librarian, at 760-839-4827 or at cbouvier@escondido.org. Additional information about Library programs for children of all ages can be found at library.escondido.org.

Lysley Tenorio, Author of One Book, One San Diego’s 2014 Selection Makes North County Appearance at Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library will host Lysley Tenorio, author of Monstress, KPBS’ 2014 One Book, One San Diego selection, in his only North County appearance on Monday November 17, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. The author will discuss his book of short stories, Monstress, and how the Filipino culture and Filipino experience in America influence his works. KPBS is promoting this event as the official sponsor and reservations are required. RSVP by going to http://www.kpbs.org/one-book to secure a reservation.

Lysley Tenorio has written a brilliant collection of, vivid, heartbreaking, and gloriously unique short stories set amongst the Filipino-American communities of California and the Philippines. He will speak about his exploration of both the clash and blending of these two disparate cultures as his characters struggle to find connections, fight the melancholy of isolation, and escape the sometimes suffocating ties of family. Slate magazine calls Tenorio’s characters “zany, witty, and beautifully drawn.” The author’s visit is the highlight of Escondido Public Library’s partnership with KPBS’ 2014 One Book, One San Diego program.

  • Escondido Public Library also presents the following events in celebration of the 2014 One Book, One San Diego program:The Filipino-American Cultural Organization (FACO) Dance Group will perform on Saturday, October 25, 2014, from 3:00—4:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. The FACO Dance Group promotes an appreciation and celebration of Filipino culture by performing classic Filipino dances in colorful, traditional costumes.
     

  • Children around the World: the Philippines, will be held on Thursday, November 13, 2014, from 3:00—4:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Cora Cooks Pancit, by Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore, the 2014 One Book, One San Diego children’s selection, will be the featured book, along with a program that promotes Filipino history, culture, crafts, and music. This program is suitable for children ages 6 to 10 years old.

Programs for Escondido Public Library’s participation in 2014 One Book, One San Diego are supported by KPBS and the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. All Library programs are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information on 2014 One Book, One San Diego programs at Escondido Public Library, contact Paul Crouthamel at 760-839-4814. To learn more about Escondido Public Library’s events and services, visit library.escondido.org.

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