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) for children ages 5-12 on Thursday, April 27, 2017, from 3:30—4:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This program features bilingual stories from Mexico and around the world, songs, and crafts. El Día de los Niños, El Día de los Libros connects families and children to books, the joy of reading, and 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 rich family traditions preserved in the community. It is also a nationally recognized day, especially celebrated by libraries to emphasize the importance of literacy for children of all backgrounds. Escondido Public Library’s program will feature story time beginning at 3:30 p.m., followed by craft stations for puppet-making and tissue paper flower bouquet creation. Participating children may receive a free book, provided by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library, program sponsors.

Registration is not required, but plan to arrive early as craft supplies and books may be limited.

Library programs are free and open to the public. For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or call Children’s Librarian Kristine Macalalad at 760-839-5456. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Public Library Presents For the Love of Music, a Violin Concert by and for Kids

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library presents “For the Love of Music,” a violin concert performed by children, ages 7 to 12 years, who are in the California Center for the Arts, Escondido’s (the Center) Jean Will Strings musical program. This special concert is by and for children, however, all ages are welcome to attend. For the Love of Music will be held on Friday, February 10, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Conducted by Kim Stephens-Doll, the children will perform a medley of American classics. Following the performance, attendees will have an opportunity to meet and greet the young musicians.

Named after its benefactor, Jean Will of Escondido, the Jean Will Strings Program at the Center provides children with a violin and free classical music instruction. Sherehe Hollins, the Center’s Education Program Manager, explained, “Children in the Jean Will Strings Program also participate in master classes with internationally renowned musicians, experience live concerts at the Center, and perform on stage throughout the year.” Dan Wood, the Library’s Youth Services Senior Librarian added, “Partnering with the California Center for the Arts, Escondido brings a special violin performance to the community. Children who attend the concert will enjoy the music and may be inspired by the young musicians to want to play as well.” For more information about the Jean Will Strings Program please visit http://artcenter.org/education/school-outreach-programs/.

Library programs are free and open to the public. Additional support for the Jean Will Strings Program musical performance is generously provided by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For more information on 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. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Public Library Offers Kids Book Club in a Bag

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library now offers Kids Book Club in a Bag for children ages 9-12. Each bag is an all-in-one kit that includes multiple copies of one juvenile title, discussion questions, author information, and tips for conducting a book club meeting.

Kids Book Club in a Bag kits are designed to make starting a book club easy – just add friends. Award-winning titles, suitable for middle grade students, include The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, Pickle by Kim Baker, El Deafo by Cece Bell, Wonder by R.J. Palacio, and more. Bags can be checked out for six weeks at the Customer Service Desk with a Library card and a Book Club in a Bag borrowing agreement, signed by an adult or legal guardian. The Library also offers Book Club in a Bag kits for adult readers and book club enthusiasts.

Book Club in a Bag kits are generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Library programs and resources are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025. For more information on this and 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.

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

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, January 27th, 2017, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Participants will explore Laurel Snyder’s novel, Bigger than a Bread Box. 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.

Twelve-year old Rebecca’s life is upended when her parents separate and her mother decides to take her and her baby brother to live with their grandmother in another state. On top of the emotions she feels, Rebecca contends with being the new kid at school. Her luck changes when she finds a magical bread box that grants wishes, as long as whatever is wished for fits inside – which is as amazing as one might think, until things start to get very complicated.

Future R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club selections this spring include popular titles Death by Toilet Paper by Donna Gephart, and The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm.

Library programs are free and open to the public. The R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club is generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For more information on this and 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. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

Winter and Spring Storytime Programs at Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library offers a variety of storytime programs this winter and spring 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 program.

Escondido Public Library’s 2017 Winter and Spring Storytime Schedule begins January 5, 2017 and runs through May 15, 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 January and March at 10:30 a.m. for toddlers who are walking and up to 3 years-old;
  • Baby Lapsit on Thursdays in February and April at 10:30 a.m. for newborn babies to pre-walkers.

Note: Rhymes and Reading will not meet on April 17 and 24, 2017. 

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.

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’s R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club Discusses Inside Out & Back Again

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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, December 2nd, 2016, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Participants will explore Thanhha Lai’s novel, Inside Out & Back Again. 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.

Ten-year-old Hà narrates the pivotal year in her life when she and her family flee the war in Vietnam and make the long journey to America. Once there, Hà copes with learning English and the taunts of cruel children, and she also witnesses her brothers’ and mother’s struggle to find their own places in the community. Drawing on each other’s support, as well as the help of a few kind neighbors and classmates, Hà and her family eventually find their way.

The Vietnam War and refugee crisis are not easy subjects but Hà is brave and funny, and her singular voice illuminates her and her family’s struggle to navigate a strange land and maintain hope.

Inside Out and Back Again, a New York Times bestseller, Newbery Honor Book, and a winner of the National Book Award, is inspired by the author’s personal experience as a young immigrant.

Library programs are free and open to the public. The R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club is generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For more information on this and 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. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., 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 Public Library’s R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club Discusses Ghosts

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, October 14, 2016, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Participants will explore Ghosts, the new graphic novel from Raina Telgemeier, award-winning author of Smile, Drama, and Sisters. Registration is required and now open. Participants can sign up online at library.escondido.org/register. Copies of Ghosts can be obtained at the Youth Services desk, while supplies last. To reserve a copy, visit the Library’s catalog at library.escondido.org.

Once again, drawing on her gift for mining the humorous and heartfelt emotions of familial relationships, Telgemeier weaves the story of Cat and little sister Maya, who move with their family to the town of Bahía de la Luna on the northern California coast. Maya has cystic fibrosis, and can benefit from the climate’s cool, salty air. Though Cat cares deeply for her sister, she is less than thrilled to leave behind friends, and even less so when she discovers the little town’s enthusiasm for its ghostly Inhabitants.

As the days draw nearer to the annual Día de los Muertos celebration, Cat must overcome her fears for Maya’s sake. With a light yet deeply moving touch, Telgemeier artfully illustrates in words and pictures the sisters’ personality differences, their mutual affection, and what it means to truly live and love in the face of uncertainty.

Library programs are free and open to the public. The R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club is generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For more information on this and 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. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

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