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 

04/25/2016 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, 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.

 

Escondido Public Library Hosts “Star Wars: May the 4th Be With You” Celebration 

04/04/2016 Categories: Adults Children Families Middle-Graders Teens

Escondido, CA  Escondido Public Library will host a Star Wars May the 4th Be With You program on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. This interactive event for all ages celebrates the Star Wars culture in books and cinema.

Children and adults are encouraged to wear Star Wars themed costumes and participate in a contest which will begin at 5:00 p.m. Special guests from the international Star Wars costume enthusiasts’ organization, the 501st Legion, will be dressed in authentic Star Wars regalia to provide character meet-and-greets. Bring your camera for this unique photo opportunity! Additional activities include craft stations, an interactive lightsaber workshop, and a costume parade through the Library led by the 501st Legion.

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. All Library programs are free and open to the public. 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 Star Wars May the 4th Be With You program, 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.

Escondido Public Library Hosts El Día de los Niños, El Día de los Libros (Children’s Day, Book Day)  

04/04/2016 Categories: Children Families

Escondido, CA  Escondido Public Library will celebrate El Día de los Niños, El Día de los Libros (Children’s Day, Book Day) on Thursday, April 28, 2016, from 3:30—5:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This interactive program with storytelling and crafts connects families and children of all ages to books and reading, and celebrates 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 the rich family traditions preserved in the Latin community. It is also a nationally recognized initiative, especially celebrated by libraries, that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgroundsThe program encourages parents to celebrate their children by making a daily commitment to promoting reading at home. Escondido Public Library’s program will feature storytime beginning at 3:30 p.m., followed by a variety of craft stations for puppet-making, tissue paper flower creation, water color painting, and chalk art.

Cecy Rayphole, Senior Library Associate, is organizing the festivities and commented, “The Día event is a perfect way to celebrate all children and highlight the importance of books, individual reading, and family reading time. It also encourages the community to visit the Library, check out books, utilize our many resources, and learn about our programs.”

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 craft supplies may be limited. For more information about the El Día de los Niños, El Día de los Libros program, contact Senior Library Associate, Cecy Rayphole, at 760-839-4289 or at crayphole@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs can be found at library.escondido.org.

Celebrate National Library Month in April Unlimited Possibilities @ Escondido Public Library 

03/21/2016 Categories: Adults Children Families Teens

Escondido, CA – National Library Week is celebrated April 10 to 16, 2016, to raise awareness of the resources, programs, and services offered by libraries everywhere. Escondido Public Library extends this celebration throughout April with its own National Library Month, showcasing special programs and services offered to the community. The Library offers endless opportunities to access information and technology that enhance learning, nurture the love of reading, and enrich lives.

In addition to weekly children’s programs and monthly adult book clubs, a host of special events are offered during National Library Month. Highlights include:

  • April 2, 2016, 9:00 a.m. - April Pools Day - Join Library and Recreation staff at James A. Stone Pool (131 Woodward Ave, Escondido) for a free water safety expo.
  • April 5, 2016, 1:00 p.m. - Escondido Writers Group - Aspiring writers share samples of their work and receive constructive feedback at this new monthly workshop.
  • April 9, 2016, 3:00 p.m. - 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents: Quartetto Sorrento, a classical string quartet.
  • April 13, 2016, 10 a.m. - National Bookmobile Day - participate in pop-up programs for all ages throughout the day in the Library's parking lot.
  • April 28, 2016, 3:30 p.m. - Día de los Ninos, Día de los Libros (Children’s Day, Book Day) Celebration with music, storytelling, and crafts honoring children families, books, and reading.

“Service to the community has always been the focus of the Library,” said Cynthia Smith, Assistant Library Director. “Libraries level the playing field for people of any age who are seeking information and access to technologies that will improve their quality of life. Escondido Public Library invites everyone in our community to discover the treasure chest of learning and cultural opportunities during National Library Month. I hope you’ll come visit!”

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Library programs are free, open to the public, and sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For more information about Library programming celebrating National Library Month, contact Principal Librarian Joanna Axelrod at 760-839-4330 or at jaxelrod@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs can be found at library.escondido.org.

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

03/14/2016 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, meets on Friday, April 15, 2016, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Author R.J. Palacio’s award-winning novel, Wonder, will be discussed and followed by a craft activity related to the book. A limited number of copies of Wonder will be available for checkout with registration at the Children’s Desk.

August "Auggie" Pullman has been homeschooled all his life. Now, his fifth grade year, he'll be attending real school for the first time. All children experience first-day-of-school jitters, but Auggie is special - born with a terrible facial deformity, all he wants is to be just like everyone else and not send the other children away screaming on the playground. Called "frank, funny, [and] astonishingly moving," this beautiful novel meditates on the enormous capacities for kindness and courage in us all.

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’s R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club Discusses One Crazy Summer 

02/05/2016 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, meets on Friday, March 4, 2016, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Author Rita Williams-Garcia’s book, One Crazy Summer, will be discussed, followed by a craft activity related to the story. A limited number of copies of One Crazy Summer will be available for checkout at the Children’s Desk.

Eleven-year-old Delphine has always looked out for her two little sisters since their mother, Cecile, left seven years ago. When their father sends the girls on a plane to Oakland, California to meet their mother, they have no idea what to expect and find themselves in a kind of urban summer camp in the middle of the 1968 Civil Rights movement. Delphine makes it her mission not only to care for her siblings, no matter how crazy they make her, but also to negotiate the tricky relationship with their mother who has started a new life.

One Crazy Summer captures the excitement and changes of the 1960s for African Americans and all cultures. This thought-provoking book explores the resilience of children in a less-than-perfect world crafted by adults. Delphine shares her coming-of-age story as she deals with the realities of life, love of family, and cultural experiences. One Crazy Summer’s awards include: National Book Award Finalist, Coretta Scott King Award (Author), ALA Notable Children's Book, Newbery Honor Book, Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, and ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults.

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 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’s R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club Discusses Doll Bones 

12/15/2015 Categories: Book Club Children

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, January 22, 2015, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Author Holly Black’s Doll Bones, a Newbery Honor winner, will be discussed, and followed by a craft activity related to the book. Beginning December 22, 2015, a limited number of copies of Doll Bones will be available for checkout at the Children’s Desk.

For almost as long as they’ve been friends, Zach, Poppy, and Alice have been playing one continuous, ever-changing game of pirates and thieves, mermaids and warriors, all ruled by the Great Queen, a bone-china doll who curses those who displease her. Now in middle school, Zach is pushed to give up make-believe by his father. Poppy, however, declares she's been having dreams about the Queen and the ghost of a girl who wants the doll buried. The friends set off on one last journey in this award-winning New York Times favorite.

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 & Spring 2016 Storytime Programs at Escondido Public Library 

12/14/2015 Categories: Children Families Storytime

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library offers a variety of storytime programs in winter and spring 2016, designed for babies, toddlers, and pre-kindergarten children. Storytime programs are filled with fun songs, fingerplays, flannel board presentations, puppets and, of course, stories just right for the development of young minds in these age groups. Library staff are happy to help families find books to check out after storytime.

Escondido Public Library’s 2016 winter and spring storytime schedule begins January 4, 2016 and runs through April 28, 2016 and includes:

  • Rhymes and Reading on Mondays at 11:00 a.m. for children ages 3-5;
  • Baby Lapsit on Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. for newborn babies to pre-walkers;
  • Toddler Tales on Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. for toddlers who are walking up to 3 years-old. Toddler Tales is a bilingual program.

Note: Storytime programs will not be offered March 23-24 or 30-31.

The 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 often leads to a life-long love of reading and learning.

Library programs are free, open to the public, and sponsored by 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 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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