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

11/01/2016 Categories: Book Club Children Middle-Graders

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Kristine Macalalad, 760-839-5458

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 

09/28/2016 Categories: Children Families

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 

09/26/2016 Categories: Children Families

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 

09/19/2016 Categories: Book Club Children Middle-Graders

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.

Escondido Public Library Provides Essentials for Learning for Children, Grades K-5 

09/14/2016 Categories: Children Online Resources

Escondido, CA – With school back in session, Escondido Public Library helps provide essential homework resources to support academic success, as well as extracurricular interests. For children in grades K-5, the Library offers access to reliable online magazines and newspaper articles, as well books for biography, state, and country reports, science projects, and more. The Children’s collection of materials is designed to encourage the development of reading skills with early readers, chapter books, graphic novels, and popular books in series. Parents and caregivers will find accelerated reader (AR) titles and can identify Lexile ratings for many books in the Library’s catalog.

Escondido Public Library’s Children’s Room is a place to study and look for materials that can be borrowed with a Library card. Young patrons can access free Wi-Fi and use computers for homework equipped with high-speed Internet, the Microsoft Office Suite, and printing capabilities. Visit Escondido Public Library and receive expert assistance from knowledgeable and friendly Library staff for all kinds of homework assignments.

The Library also welcomes teachers and offers tours for classes, upon request. Contact the Youth Services Division at 760-839-5456 to discuss support for specific assignments and available resource options.

Library programs and services are free and open to the public. For more information on Library programs, resources, and class tours, visit library.escondido.org/homework 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., in Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Library Celebrates Library Card Sign-Up Month in September 

08/29/2016 Categories: Adults Children Families Online Resources Teens

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 Celebrates 2016 Summer Reading Challenge Success 

Escondido, CA –Exercise Your Mind,” Escondido Public Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Challenge, concluded on July 31, 2016 as the Library’s most successful summer program on record. 1,430 children, teens, and adults registered to accept this year’s challenge, designed to promote reading for fun, pleasure, and stimulation for all ages over a seven week period. Children and teens logged more than 14,436 hours of reading enjoyment, and 85 adults completed more than 320 reading entries.

In addition to promoting reading over the summer months, the Library offered weekly programs, activities and events for every age. More than 4,389 people attended 54 programs over the seven weeks. Summer reading provides fun and enjoyment during vacation time, but also plays an important role in helping students maintain learning and reading abilities. Studies prove that students who read actively avert the “summer slide,” a loss of reading ability during the extended school break, and they are better prepared to begin the new school year.

According to Assistant Library Director Cynthia Smith, “Summer Reading Challenge participants recorded their reading progress, earning chances to win incentives and prizes. We are grateful to the Friends of the Library and dozens of local businesses whose donations made this program so successful for the Escondido community.”

As summer activities end 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 about Library programs, contact Senior Librarian Viktor Sjöberg at vsjöberg@escondido.org, or call 760-839-4814. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Public Library Hosts Magical Harry Potter Party! 

07/11/2016 Categories: Children Families

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.

There’s Still Time to Join the Escondido Public Library’s Summer Reading Challenge 

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Challenge offers reading fun for all ages and special programs meant to Exercise Your Mind for babies, children, teens, and adults. The Challenge runs through July 31, 2016, and the last day to register at the Library or online at library.escondido.org/summer is July 23, 2016. Prizes must be claimed by August 6, 2016. Free Summer Reading Challenge events for the weeks of July 18, 2016 and July 25, 2016 include:
 

  • Children’s Events:
    • Crafts every Tuesday @ 2:00 p.m.
      • July 19: Hand Puppet – Craft a puppet to play in our Puppet Stage!
      • July 26: Sandpaper Art – Create art using sandpaper as the canvas – then cut it into your very own puzzle!
         
    • Baby Storytime (Infants & Toddlers) every Wednesday @ 10:30 a.m.
       
    • Children’s Performers every Thursday @ 2:00 p.m.
      • July 21: Marcus Miller – Fascinating history of drums with hands-on fun!
      • July 28: John Abram’s Animal Magic – Music, Magic, and Animals

 

  • Adult Events:
    • July 19 @ 6:00 p.m.: Building Artificial Intelligence – How does the human brain influence the creation of Artificial Intelligence? Professor Garrison Cottrell from UCSD’s Computer Science & Engineering Department shares the latest developments in AI research.
                                                
    • July 26 @ 6:00 p.m.: An Evening with Neal Griffin – Police Lieutenant turned crime thriller author, Escondido’s own Neal Griffin has been celebrated by critics and readers for his realistic and action packed novels Benefit of the Doubt and A Voice from the Field.
       
    • July 30 @ 3:30 p.m.: Rincón Literario: Bilingual Book Club – Left behind on planet Mars, astronaut Mark Watney faces the challenge of a lifetime in El Marciano/The Martian by Andy Weir.

 

  • Teen Events:
    • July 20 @ 3:30 p.m.: Create It @ Your Library – Deconstruct old relics of technology & use the parts to create something new. Supplies & tools provided.
       
    • July 13 @ 3:30 p.m.: Escondido’s Got Talent – Do you sing? Dance? Perform tricks with a yo-yo? Compete & you could go home a winner! Pre-registration is required by July 13 at library.escondido.org/register
       

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.

Join the Summer Reading Challenge to Exercise Your Mind at Escondido Public Library 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Shawn Townsend, 760-839-4827

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. Start logging your Summer Reading online at library.escondido.org/summer by July 23, 2016 and Exercise Your Mind by reading for enjoyment and opportunities to win prizes. Free Summer Reading Challenge events for the week of July 4, 2016 and July 11, 2016 are as follows:
 

  • Children’s Events:
    • Children’s Crafts every Tuesday @ 2:00 p.m.
      • July 5: Upcycled Sail Boat – Will it sink or will it float? Make a sail boat from recyclable items and test if it sails!
      • July 12: Design Your Own Pinwheel
    • Baby Storytime (Infants & Toddlers) every Wednesday @ 10:30 a.m.
    • Children’s Performers every Thursday @ 2:00 p.m.
      • July 14: Reptiles! with Ecovivarium
  • Adult Events:
    • July 12 @ 6:00 p.m.: 2nd Tuesday Book Club –Investigate the tale of nine Americans who sacrificed everything for Olympic glory in the epic true story The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown.

 

  • Teen Events:
    • July 6 @ 3:30 p.m.: Burritos & Book Club – Select a title from the Exercise Your Mind Book Picks bookmark (available in the Library) to chat about while enjoying tasty burritos … leave with a free book!
       
    • July 13 @ 3:30 p.m.: Esco Teen Create! Make hats for newborn babies & earn community service hours. Supplies are limited.
       
    • July 16 @ 1:00 p.m.: Screen Printing Saturday – Create and screen print your own design. Supplies provided but quantities are limited.

 

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.

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