Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents The Art of Voice: an Introduction to Opera

Escondido, CA - The Art of Voice: an Introduction to Opera, a program of operatic selections, will be performed at Escondido Public Library on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at 3:00 PM in the Turrentine Room. Dr. Nicholas Reveles, Geisel Director of Education and Outreach for the San Diego Opera, will accompany four of Southern California's top young artists, Michelle Law (soprano), Anthony Whitson-Martini (baritone), Alexis Alfaro (tenor), and Chelsea Seener (soprano) as they perform selections from favorite operas.

Dr. Reveles will host this exciting program, accompany the vocalists and provide background information on the arias they perform. The arias included are by Mozart, Puccini, Massenet, and Donizetti.  Some of the favorite selections performed will be Mozart’s Papagena! Papagena! Papagena!” from the Magic Flute, and Dove sono” from Le Nozze de Figaro; and La donna e mobile” from Rigoletto.

All concerts are free and open to the public and are generously sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library.  Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street.  For more information, please call (760) 839-4839 or visit the library online at http://library.escondido.org/.

Escondido Public Library Presents a Kwanzaa Celebration by Musical Storyteller and Artist Lecturer, Josiah

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s Literacy and Lifelong Learning Services presents the talented Josiah and his performance of the Kwanzaa celebration, targeted for children in grades K – 6th and their families. This event will be held at the Escondido Public Library in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM on Tuesday, January 7, 2014.

In this Kwanzaa presentation, Josiah demonstrates through songs, stories, poetry, and narration, the significance of this cultural and social holiday celebration. Josiah encourages families to engage themselves in this cultural experience, celebrating the seven values of Kwanzaa such as unity, responsibility, building self-esteem, and creativity.

For the last 15 years, Josiah has been performing for schools, from pre-school to college level, at all types of organizations. He is a professional singer, songwriter and guitarist, and is accomplished on the piano, drum, native flute, and assorted percussion instruments.

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. For more information on this event please visit the library website or contact Natalie Mason in Literacy Services at (760) 839-5450. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Contact the library at 760-839-4684 or go to http://library.escondido.org.

Escondido Public Library Invites Children to Annual Holiday Tree Trimming Party

Escondido, CA – Escondido Library Youth Services invites children and their families to get in the holiday spirit and create holiday ornaments for the Children’s Room tree as well as an ornament to take home. This program will be held on December 5, 2013, at 3 PM in the Children’s Room. 

Children may choose from five designs: a Hanukkah star, a 3D star, a Kwanzaa chain, a kaleidoscope, and a bell. Cindi Bouvier, Senior Youth Services Librarian, states, “There will be plenty of stickers, paper, ribbon, sparkles, and glue to create these holiday ornaments.”  Please arrive early in the Children’s Room, as supplies and seats are limited. Registration is not required.  

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Please contact Senior Youth Services Librarian, Cindi Bouvier, for further information on this program at 760-839-5456 or at cbouvier@escondido.org. Other programs and events can be viewed on the Library’s monthly calendar or at http://library.escondido.org/kids

The FanFaire Foundation and Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series presents Harpist Alexandra Tibbitts

Escondido, CA - Harpist Alexandra Tibbitts will perform at Escondido Public Library on Saturday, November 9, 2013, at 3:00 PM in the Turrentine Room. Ms. Tibbitts began playing the harp when she was twelve years old and still has a passion for her music. She loves sharing that passion with audiences of all ages.

Ms. Tibbitts won the 2012 Soloist Competition at San Diego State University and in May 2013 she performed Debussy's Danses Sacre et Profane with the SDSU Symphony Orchestra. She serves as the Principal Harpist with the SDSU Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra. Her repertoire showcases the harp’s extraordinary range of sound and styles. Ms. Tibbitts will be performing works like Paganini’s Variations on a Theme, Lizotte’s Suite Galactique, Grandjany’s Rhapsodie, and Lecuona’s Malagueña. Flavia Pisco will join her on the violin in a duet of Saint-Saens’ Fantaise Opus. 124. Ms. Tibbitts will complement her performance with informative and entertaining commentaries on the harp and the music she is playing.

Concerts are free and open to the public and are generously sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library and the FanFaire Foundation.  Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street.  For more information, please call (760) 839-4839 or visit the library online at http://www.library.escondido.org/

Take a Trip Down Memory Lane at the Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA – The Pioneer Room of the Escondido Public Library will host a Local History Expo on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at 6:00 PM in the Turrentine Room in celebration of California and American Archives Month. Have you ever wondered who first built and owned your historic home?  Are you curious about your family’s genealogical history? Do you want to learn more about the original inhabitants of our Southern California region? If so, then be sure to attend this family-friendly Local History Expo.

This is an opportunity to meet local authors and learn about Rancho Santa Fe’s first female architect, the history of Escondido’s Grape Day Festivals, and Rancho Bernardo’s early days. Historic photos and calendars will be on display. A special computer station will play brief oral history recordings about the Look Rite Beauty Shop, Native American culture, telephone service first coming to Escondido, and more. Interactive displays from area museums, history centers, and ancestry organizations will provide a multidimensional experience in history.

Free and open to the public, this program is sponsored by Escondido Public Library’s Pioneer Room, a local history and genealogy archive that preserves and advances our rich local history.  For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at http://library.escondido.org or call Adult Services at 760-839-4839.  The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

Halloween Program, “Not So Spooky Stories,” at the Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA. - Children’s staff will present a special Halloween program for children, ages 3-12, in the Turrentine Room, October, 31, 2013, from 3:00-4:00 PM. -Children are invited to wear their Halloween costumes and join in the fun of hearing Halloween stories, playing games, creating special crafts, and receiving treats. Cindi Bouvier, Senior Children’s Librarian, states, “This is a fun and safe way for Escondido Public Library to offer a Halloween program for the young children of Escondido.”

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Please contact Senior Children’s Librarian, Cindi Bouvier, for further information on this and other Children’s programs at 760-839-5456 or at cbouvier@escondido.org. Other programs and events can be viewed on the Library’s monthly calendar or at http://library.escondido.org/kids.

Free San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum Membership Passes at the Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA – The Escondido Public Library is partnering with San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum (SDCDM) to offer membership passes for check out in the Children’s Room. The SDCDM pass will allow free entrance for one family (1-2 parents and their children) to the Museum for one week, discounts on birthday party packages, and discounts at the SDCDM Store. An Escondido Public Library card will be required for checkout – cards are free and available at the Customer Service Desk.

Cindi Bouvier, Senior Children’s Librarian, states, “I greatly appreciate the mission of the Museum to inspire children to learn about the world through exploration, imagination, and experimentation. Whether they are sailing a ship, building a robot, growing a garden, or creating a puppet show, children are encouraged to learn through creative experiences that increase their critical thinking skills. The San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum is the only hands-on museum for children in the San Diego North County area. It is located at 320 North Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025, and is open Monday-Sunday from 9:30 AM-4:30 PM.

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Please contact Senior Children’s Librarian, Cindi Bouvier, for further information on this and other Children’s programs at 760-839-5456 or at cbouvier@escondido.org.

Literacy and Lifelong Learning’s Families for Literacy (FFL) Spring Program: Playing It Strong! Goes Into The Wild!

Literacy and Lifelong Learning’s FFL will host a spring program, Playing It Strong! Goes Into the Wild! This program is from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM on Thursdays, April 25th, May 2nd; and 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM on Saturday, May 4, 2013. Playing It Strong! Goes into the Wild!  is a continuation of FFL’s winter program, where families and their children in grades 3rd to 6th identified  their talents and strengths. Now, children will be connecting their knowledge from the 1st module of Playing It Strong!, while learning about animals.

Parents and their 3rd to 6th graders will attend three meetings. In the first two meetings they will learn about animal traits and characteristics. Through interactive activities they will learn that like humans, animals have traits and characteristics that make them unique. Children will also do a special project on an animal they think most resembles their own personality and talents. The third meeting will be a field trip to the Safari Park for the families that participated in the last two sessions.

This program was funded in part by the Wisdom Foundation. It is free and open to families in need of literacy services. It will be held in the Turrentine Room, located on the second floor of Escondido Public Library, and presented by Literacy Services. Please contact Literacy Department Specialist, Veronica Botello, at (760)747-1221 to register or for additional Information.

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information on this and other Literacy and Lifelong Learning programs or events, go to http://library.escondido.org or contact (760) 839-5440.

Families for Literacy Winter Program: Playing It Strong!

Literacy and Lifelong Learning’s FFL program will be hosting their winter program, Playing It Strong! on Thursdays 3:00PM-5:00PM from January 24, 2013 to March 14, 2013. Playing It Strong! has been designed to help parents and their 3rd to 6th grade children understand and appreciate their uniqueness. Identifying the child’s natural talents and strengths as well as their academic development is the main focus of the program.

Parents and their children will be attending a total of eight weekly workshops. In these workshops, parents will receive training in strength-building concepts and strategies to provide leadership to their children. The program also consists of fun and interactive activities. Technology, such as Chrome book apps, will be used to make the academic part of the program more appealing and interesting for children. The rest of the activities will be fun and explorative for both parents and their children as they will establish a model of communication that supports Lifelong Learning and Family Literacy.

This program was funded in part by the Wisdom Foundation. It is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Turrentine Room, located on the second floor of Escondido Public Library, and presented by Literacy Staff. Please contact the Literacy and Lifelong Learning Department at (760) 839-5440 to RSVP, or for any further questions.

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information on this and other Literacy and Lifelong Learning programs or events, go to http://library.escondido.org or contact (760) 839-5440.

Escondido Public Library Invites All Children to the Annual Holiday Tree Trimming Party

The Escondido Public Library invites children and their families to get into the holiday cheer by decorating an ornament for the Children’s Room tree, as well as one to take home on December 6, 2012, from 3:30-5:30PM.  Children may choose from three fabulous designs: holiday wreath, pom-pom snowman, or a reindeer.

Please arrive early in the Children’s Room, as supplies and seats are limited. Programs are free and open to the public and no registration is required. 

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025. For more information phone the library at (760) 839-5456 or to learn more about library programs, visit the library website at:  http://library.escondido.org

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