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.

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

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

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!

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

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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.

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

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. Join the Summer Reading Challenge at the Library or online at library.escondido.org/summer by July 23, 2016 and Exercise Your Mind by reading for enjoyment and incentive prizes. Free Summer Reading Challenge events for the month of June include:

  • Children’s Events:
    • Crafts every Tuesday @ 2:00 p.m.
      • June 21: Marshmallow Tower Craft
      • June 28: Puzzle Piece Picture Frame Craft
         
    • Baby Storytime (Infants & Toddlers) every Wednesday @ 10:30 a.m.
       
    • Performers every Thursday @ 2:00 p.m.
      • June 16: Naathan Phan: Magic Asian Man!
      • June 23: One World Rhythm – An interactive celebration of motion and sound.
      • June 30: The Amazing Science of Bubbles – Learn about bubbles and watch them do what you never thought possible.
         
  • Adult Events:
    • June 18 @ 10:30 a.m.: Adult Summer Crafts: Collage – Bring recycled cards, photos, & calendars to create a collage portrait. Registration is required at library.escondido.org/register
       
    • June 18 @ 3:30 p.m.: Rincón Literario: Bilingual Book Club – Exercise your mind by joining detective Amala Salazar as she attempts to track down a serial killer in El guardian invisible/The Invisible Guardian by Dolores Redondo.
       
    • July 2 @ 10:30 a.m.: Adult Summer Crafts: Watercolor Painting – Learn basic watercolor techniques through step-by-step instruction. Registration required at http://library.escondido.org/registerz
       
  • Teen Events:
    • June 18, @ 1:00 p.m.: Screen Printing Saturday – Create & print your own design. Supplies are provided but quantities are limited.
       
    • June 22 @ 3:30 p.m. Esco Teens Create - Make hats for newborn babies & earn community service hours. Supplies are limited.
       
    • June 29 @ 3:30 p.m. Game On! Challenge your friends to mind bending and brain teasing games.

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.

Escondido Public Library Invites Summer Readers of All Ages to Exercise Their Minds

Escondido, CA – Exercise Your Mind is the theme of Escondido Public Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Challenge for children, teens, and adults. The Challenge offers reading fun for all ages and a wide variety of educational, recreational, and cultural events from June 13 – July 31, 2016. Participants log their reading online at library.escondido.org/summer for a chance to earn prizes donated by dozens of local businesses. 

Summer Reading festivities kick off on Monday, June 13, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on the Library’s front patio. Sign up for the 2016 Summer Reading Challenge and receive a delicious, free sample from Rita’s Italian Iceone of the many 2016 Summer Reading Challenge sponsors.

Throughout the summer, children and their families are invited to learn about the science of bubbles, get friendly with reptiles and amphibians, and participate in interactive musical performances, as well as special storytimes and craft events.

Teens will learn to create their own comics from Javier Hernandez, the creator of El Muerto: The Aztec Zombie, participate in screen printing workshops, and enjoy burritos while chatting about books guaranteed to exercise their minds.  Adults will learn collage and watercolor techniques, join book discussions, and hear about how scientists are studying the human brain in order to create artificial intelligence. Neal Griffin, local police Lieutenant turned celebrated crime action thriller author, will close out the Adult Summer Reading Challenge on July 26, 2016 with a discussion and book signing.  

For more information on the 2016 Summer Reading Challenge, including program dates and times, prizes, sponsors, and rules, visit library.escondido.org/summer. Summer Reading events are 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 R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club Discusses El Deafo

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s Read, Eat, and Discuss (R.E.A.D.) Middle Grade Book Club for children, ages 9-12, meets on Friday, May 27, 2016, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Author Cece Bell’s award-winning, graphic novel memoir, El Deafo, will be discussed followed by a craft activity related to the book. A limited number of copies of El Deafo will be available for checkout with registration at the Children’s Desk.

Going to school and making new friends can be scary, let alone doing so while learning to live with hearing loss. Bell wittily recounts her childhood, from contracting meningitis at an early age and her subsequent hearing loss, through loneliness and isolation from her classmates, to her triumphant emergence as "El Deafo, Listener for All." At turns honest and bittersweet, empowering and fantastically funny, this 2015 Newbery Honor title is a treat - illuminating and yet, at its core, a tale about something to which we all can relate: the search for friendship despite our differences.

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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