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.

Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club Discusses Crenshaw

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s Read, Eat, and Discuss (R.E.A.D.) Middle Grade Book Club for children, ages 9-12, will meet on Friday, September 22, 2017, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Participants will explore Katherine Applegate’s novel, Crenshaw. Registration is required and now open at library.escondido.org/register. Circulating copies of the book are available for checkout and can be obtained at the Youth Services desk, while supplies last. To reserve a copy, visit the Library’s catalog at library.escondido.org.

Just as Jackson is about to enter the fifth grade, his family falls on hard times – again – and the last thing he needs is a visit from his old friend, Crenshaw, a very large and outspoken cat who may or may not be a figment of the young boy’s imagination. Like it or not Crenshaw is not going anywhere till he helps Jackson. In her singular voice, Katherine Applegate, Newbery-Medal-winning author of The One and Only Ivan, once again touches readers with her unique combination of humor and deeply felt emotion. 

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.

Community Praises Escondido Public Library’s 2017 Summer Reading Challenge

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s 2017 Summer Reading Challenge which ran from June 19-July 31, and was a resounding success. 1,262 members of the Escondido community completed 8,639 challenge activities, and participants ages 0-17 read for a total of 959,774 minutes. Readers were rewarded with prizes, many of them donated by local businesses who were enthusiastic to play a part in the community event as Kelly Hartford, Marketing Manager at Jimbo’s…Naturally explains. "Being socially responsible and actively involved in our community is very important to Jimbo's...Naturally! We have been supporting the Escondido Public Library for years, and we see benefits through the well documented goodwill of being associated with our local public library.” 

Community members of all ages had rave reviews for the Summer Reading Challenge. A mother of five participants stated, "We love Summer Reading! I appreciate how it keeps the whole family motivated to read. Definitely a worthwhile program where I see significant reading improvement with my kindergartner's reading skills. I love the prizes and the coupon packs!” Children enrolled in the Challenge agree. “I love to read, and the Summer Reading Challenge lets me do that while getting prizes so I could try out different food places in Escondido!” said Denise, age 11. Teen participant Tatiana, age 14, stated “The Summer Reading Challenge is a super easy way to track my reading and it was fun to work towards the goals!” Adult reader Michele was just as enthusiastic and said that “without these challenges, I never would have picked up an adult graphic novel, but I did and was surprised that I really enjoyed it. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell was a fantastic book and very thought provoking. It was fun to attend the 2nd Tuesday Book Club for the first time and hear other people's opinions of that particular book. Thanks for broadening my reading horizons this summer.” The impact this program has on the community would not have been possible without the generous support of the Friends of the Escondido Public Library, local business supporters, and the participation of our community members.

As summer activities wind down at the Library, a schedule of new programs and services begins and can be found on the Library’s website library.escondido.org. For more information, contact Librarian Monica Barrette at mbarrette@escondido.org, or call 760-839-4836. Library programs are generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and are free to the public.  Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

 

Literature Comes to Life at Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will host Literature Comes to Life, an interactive theatrical experience, for children ages 5-12 years on Thursday, September 14, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Through acting and storytelling, Leo Lionni’s beloved, Caldecott-Medal-winning story about a clever little fish, Swimmy, will come to life.

Literature Comes to Life’s Director, Stacey Wein, is excited to “provide children with an opportunity to participate in popular stories, become characters, and increase confidence in their speaking abilities.” Escondido’s Children’s Librarian Kristine Macalalad adds, “Stacey combines her background in education and enthusiasm for theater to introduce children to classic books from a new and refreshing perspective.”

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.

World of Reptiles at Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will host World of Reptiles for children ages 5-12 years on Thursday, August 24, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. The program features EcoVivarium of Escondido, a local non-profit organization that introduces children to the world of reptiles, their habitats, favorite foods, and the role humans play in their survival.

This program presents an opportunity for hands-on learning and interaction so that children can get up-close and personal with reptiles, such as bearded dragons, lizards, and snakes. Children’s Librarian Kristine Macalalad states, “EcoVivarium founder Susan Nowicke’s passion for our scaly friends and education is infectious. Children are in for a fascinating show.”

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.

Fall 2017 Storytime Programs at Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library offers storytime programs this fall designed for babies, toddlers, and pre-kindergarten children. Storytime programs are filled with songs, fingerplays, flannel board presentations, puppets and, of course, stories just right for the development of young minds. Library staff are happy to help families find books to check out after programs.

Escondido Public Library’s 2017 Fall Storytime Schedule begins September 4, 2017 and runs through November 16, 2017 and includes:

  • Rhymes and Reading on Mondays at 11:00 a.m. for children ages 3-5;
  • Toddler Tales, a bilingual program, on Thursdays in September and November at 10:30 a.m. for toddlers who are walking and up to 3 years-old;
  • Baby Lapsit on Thursdays in October at 10:30 a.m. for newborn babies to pre-walkers.

Escondido Public Library’s storytime programs address the development of early literacy skills that are important in preparing children for school. Each storytime program is planned and presented around the idea that parents are their child’s first and most important teacher. Storytimes facilitate bonding between parents and young children and provide a positive experience with books and play that leads to a life-long love of reading and learning.

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

 

Kids! San Diego Poetry Annual Summer Workshop at Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will host Kids! the San Diego Poetry Annual Summer Workshop for children ages 7-12 years on Friday, August 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Terry Spohn, poet and Regional Editor of the San Diego Poetry Annual, will teach children how to write poetry. Their work will be published in the 2017 Kids! San Diego Poetry Annual. Writing materials will be provided. Registration is required at: www.ksdpa.com/workshops and is limited to 20 participants.

This workshop is sponsored by the San Diego Entertainment and Arts Guild (SDEAG) and commemorates its inaugural year by conducting over a dozen one-day workshops county-wide this summer. The Kids! San Diego Poetry Annual website states, “We believe that learning and writing poetry early in life leads to a greater ability of expression, self-confidence and empathy for others and the world around us, and promotes an active, life-long appreciation for The Arts. Plus – it can be a lot of fun!” Dan Wood, the Library’s Youth Services Senior Librarian added, “This is a fantastic opportunity to teach children in Escondido and the local area about poetry. It is exciting to be part of a county-wide effort to promote the arts and encourage children to explore and experience poetry.”

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 Summer Reading Challenge: Design Your World July Events for Children and Families

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s 2017 Summer Reading Challenge, an annual program designed to encourage reading for fun and life-long learning for all ages, runs through Monday, July 31, 2017. Children log their progress online to earn prizes donated by the Friends of the Library and local businesses. Register and begin logging by Monday, July 24, 2017 at library.escondido.org/summer.

This year’s theme is Design Your World. Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM)-themed events in July for children and families include:

  • Baby Storytime for children ages 0-3 years on Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Babies and their parents or caregivers enjoy interactive stories and action songs. Seating is limited to 30 children.
  • Marshmallow Structure Craft for children ages 4-12 years on Thursday, July 13, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Design a marshmallow structure to see how many pennies it can hold.
  • R.E.A.D. Book Club for children ages 9-12 years on Friday, July 14, 2017 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Explore Gene Luen Yang’s graphic novel, Secret Coders. Registration is required and open Wednesday, June 14, 2017 through Thursday, July 13, 2017 at library.escondido.org/register
  • John Abrams’ Animal Magic for children ages 4-12 years on Thursday, July 20, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Performer John Abrams employs a wacky blend of magic, comedy, music, and live exotic pets in a wildly entertaining show.
  • Popsicle Stick Catapult Craft for children ages 4-12 years on Thursday, July 27, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Children use engineering skills to build a popsicle stick catapult and see how far the pom poms fly.

For more information on all the 2017 Summer Reading Challenge: Design Your World events, including challenges for teens and adults, program dates and times, prizes, sponsors, and rules for participation, visit library.escondido.org/summer. Summer Reading events are free, open to the public, and generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and local businesses. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

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