Escondido Public Library Reaches Out at the Farmers’ Market Throughout September

Escondido, CA – Stop by and meet Escondido Public Library’s information experts at Escondido's Certified Farmers’ Market on September 1, 8, 15 & 22, 2015. The Farmers' Market is open Tuesdays, from 2:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Grand Avenue, between Kalmia & Juniper Streets.

Each week, from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m., Library staff will be on hand to meet the public and learn more about the community’s information needs. They will also share information on how to obtain a Library card, as well as access free resources such as Chilton’s Auto Repair, eBooks and eMagazines. Weekly themes include:

  • September 1 – Tell Us What You Want, What You Really, Really Want! Share what you want for your community.
     
  • September 8 – How to: Prevent fires. Experts from the Escondido Fire Department team up with Library staff to share tips on fire prevention and answer questions.
     
  • September 15 – How to: Save water. City of Escondido Utilities Department experts team up with Librarians and share information about water conservation and what you can do to help.
     
  • September 22 – Creative Community. Meet Library staff and learn by doing; stop by for a collaborative craft for all ages.

Library programs and services are free and open to the public. For more information on this and other events, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or call Viktor Sjöberg, at 760-839-4814. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Public Library Presents “It’s Book Time with Ronald McDonald!” and Children’s Summer Reading Awards

Escondido, CA — Escondido Public Library presents "It’s Book Time with Ronald McDonald!” on Thursday, August 6, 2015 from  2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Ronald McDonald makes a special appearance to share his love for books with children in an interactive show that includes an opportunity to meet him. Ronald McDonald teaches children that reading is fun and introduces kids to the important concept of "book time," the time we set aside each day for reading. He will also award prizes earned in a special drawing for Escondido Library’s Summer Reading Club readers.

As Escondido Public Library’s Summer Reading program draws to a close, Ronald McDonald congratulates summer readers and encourages everyone, especially children, to continue to read for pleasure and join the Summer Reading Club next year. Reading during the summer helps prevent the “summer slide” that can occur when students who don’t read could lose up two months of reading achievement from the previous school year.

Escondido Public Library encourages book time through its early literacy programs and full schedule of summer and year-round programs for school-age children and teens. For more information on Library events, visit library.escondido.org or contact Ricca Gaus, Senior Youth Services Librarian, at rgaus@escondido.org, 760-839-4827.

This program is free to the public and registration is not required: however, space may be limited and early arrival is recommended. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido, CA 92025.

Join a Summer Reading Club and Read to the Rhythm at Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s Summer Reading Clubs offer reading fun for all ages and special programs for children, teens, and adults through August 1, 2015. Join a Read to the Rhythm! Summer Reading Club by July 25, 2015 and read for enjoyment and incentive prizes. Register at the Library or online at library.escondido.org/SRC.

Children’s Summer Reading events include craft programs every Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. and Read to the Rhythm! Music-themed programs every Thursday at 2:00 p.m.:

  • July 16, 2015 - Ken Frawley Animal Tales and Musical Scales!
  • July 23, 2015 – Craig Newton’s Music
  • July 30, 2015 – John Abrams’ Animal Magic!

Read to the Rhythm! events for teens also include crafts and music-themed programs on Wednesdays and Saturdays, including Hula Basics, Escondido’s Got (Teen) Talent,  and a Live Concert! with Nicole Burns & Katya Brown, and Triceratropical.

Adult Summer Book Clubs and family-friendly concerts are also scheduled on Tuesdays and Saturdays. For more information about the 2015 Summer Reading Clubs and scheduled performers, visit library.escondido.org/SRC or contact Ricca Gaus, Senior Youth Services Librarian, at rgaus@escondido.org, 760-839-4827, or David Frazee, Adult Services Librarian, at Dfrazee@escondido.org, 760-839-4211.

Library programs are free to the public and generously supported by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.

Escondido Public Library Offers Summer Reading Clubs For All Ages and Interests

Read to the Rhythm! is the music-related theme of Escondido Public Library’s 2015 Summer Reading Clubs for children, teens, and adults. The Clubs offer reading fun for all ages and a wide variety of programs from June 15 – August 1, 2015. The Library invites all community members to join a Summer Reading Club and read for enjoyment and incentive prizes beginning June 15, 2015. Register at the Library or online at library.escondido.org/SRC. In addition, Escondido Library patrons who register become part of the California Summer Reading Challenge, a state-wide public libraries’ drive to achieve one million summer reading sign-ups in 2015, #onemillionreaders.


Summer Reading festivities kick off on Monday, June 15, 2015 from 1:00—4:00 p.m. under the Library arcade with a delicious, free sample from Rita’s Ices—one of Escondido Library’s 2015 Summer Reading Club sponsors.

Summer reading is especially important to help prevent the summer reading slide that can occur when students who don’t read during the summer lose up two months of reading skills from the previous school year. The Library encourages reading advancement and retention with a full schedule of programs and performances that feature music, dance, magic, crafts, and stories to tie-in to Read to the Rhythm!

Craft programs for children are offered every Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. Exciting performances are offered every Thursday at 2:00 p.m., beginning on June 18, 2015, with Clint Perry & the Boo Hoo Crew, a high energy kid’s rock band. Children’s programs end on July 30, 2015, with John Abrams’ Animal Magic, a comedy, magic, and music show with lots of audience participation. A number of other new and exciting performers are scheduled throughout. Don’t miss an opportunity for children to read to (Komodo) dragons when the ever-popular Ecovivarium group educates children about reptiles (snakes and lizards), amphibians (frogs, toads, and salamanders), and arthropods (insects, spiders, and crustaceans).

Teen crafts and programs, such as Ballet Folklorico, Hula dancing, and a Teen Talent Show, are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Adult Book Clubs and family friendly concerts are scheduled throughout the summer on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Library programs are free to the public and generously supported by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Registration for events is not required; however, space and/or supplies may be limited. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information about the 2015 Summer Reading Clubs and scheduled performers, visit library.escondido.org/SRC or contact Ricca Gaus, Senior Youth Services Librarian, at rgaus@escondido.org, 760-839-4827, or David Frazee, Adult Services Librarian, at Dfrazee@escondido.org, 760-839-4211.

 

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

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 29, 2015, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Natalie Lloyd’s A Snicker of Magic will be discussed, followed by a craft activity related to the book. Beginning May 1, 2015, a limited number of copies of A Snicker of Magic will be available for checkout at the Children’s Desk.

12-year-old Felicity Pickle has spent her life flitting from place to place with her nomadic mother, a woman cursed with a wandering heart. When they arrive in the town where Mama grew up, the tween feels right at home. Midnight Gulch once had magic coursing through its streets, a quirky place where people conjured up thunderstorms through song. Felicity also possesses a bit of her own magic—she’s a word collector who sees words shimmering and sparkling all around her.

With the help of the local townspeople, including Jonah, a mysterious, spikey-haired do-gooder, Felicity determines to bring magic back to Midnight Gulch. Fans of Ingrid Law’s Savvy and Louis Sachar’s Holes will treasure A Snicker of Magic, which is filled to the brim with folklore and legends, family secrets, and lots of heart.

Librarian Lalitha Nataraj said, “It’s been very gratifying to see young readers so captivated by the R.E.A.D. selections. Most importantly, R.E.A.D. fosters a social connection and friendships develop among the participating children.”

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Library programs are free and open to the public and generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For information about the R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club, contact Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, at 760-839-4219 or at lnataraj@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs for all ages 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)

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 30, 2015, 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 a variety of stations with a storytelling corner and special craft areas for puppet-making, paper tissue and flower creation, necklace beading, 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 requited, 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 760-839-4271 or at crayphole@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs for children can be found at library.escondido.org.

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

Escondido, CA – National Library Week is April 12 – 18, 2015, celebrating the wealth of unlimited resources, programs, and services offered by libraries everywhere. Escondido Public Library extends this celebration throughout April with its own National Library Month, showcasing the variety of programs and services offered to the community. This encompasses more than the traditional provision of print books and materials and offers the community endless possibilities for information access and lifelong learning.

A host of special events and programs will be offered by Escondido Public Library leading into April and during National Library Month. Highlights include:

  • March 31, 2015, 6:30 p.m. - An Evening with Doris MartinAuthor and Holocaust Survivor.
  • April 11, 2015, 3:00 p.m. - 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents the Kensington Trio, performing classical music with virtuoso skill on piano, violin, and cello.
  • April 14, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - 2nd Tuesday Book Club discusses Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie.
  • April 21, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library – Managing Your Debt/Credit Cards presenting strategies to gain financial freedom and savvy credit card use.
  • April 28, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - eReaders eXplained: Download free eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines, showing Library users how to use their smart devices to access free Library eMaterials.
  • April 30, 2015, 3:00 p.m. - Día de los Ninos, Día de los Libros (Children’s Day, Book Day) celebrating children and promoting a love of reading through storytelling and crafts.

“Escondido Public Library has always represented unlimited possibilities,” said Loretta McKinney, Director of Library and Community Services. “The Library is a multi-dimensional purveyor of cultural and educational materials and activities that enlighten and entertain. It is also a community hub, providing a forum for community engagement. Escondido Public Library’s National Library Month shines a spotlight on these programs and services. I invite the public to take advantage of all that we offer.”

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Library programs are free and open to the public and sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For more information about Library events and programming celebrating National Library Month events, contact Senior Librarian, Paul Crouthamel, at 760-839-4814 or at pcrouthamel@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs can be found at library.escondido.org.

Spring 2015 Storytime Programs at the Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library offers storytime programs this spring designed for all pre-K age groups: babies, toddlers and pre-kindergarten children. Storytime programs are fun for kids and filled with songs, stories, fingerplays, flannel board presentations, puppets, and craft activities that encourage the development of early literacy and reading skills. Escondido Library’s spring storytime schedule includes:

Rhymes and Reading with Mrs. Cox
Mondays, 11:00 a.m.
Turrentine Room
Ages 4-5
Mrs. Cox tells stories and leads activities to help preschoolers get ready for kindergarten.

Toddler Tales Storytime 
Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.
January 6 – April 28
Turrentine Room
Ages 1-3
Favorite rhymes, songs, books, fingerplays, and craft activities build early literacy skills for toddlers.

Wee Wigglers Storytime 
Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
January 7 – April 29
Turrentine Room
Ages 0-24 months
A Lapsit, high-energy, storytime stimulates learning and language development through rhymes, use of books, and music.

Cowboy Charlie
4th Thursday of the month, 10:30 a.m.
Children’s Room
Ages 3-5
A fun-filled, sing-and-clap-along with cowboy tunes and favorite children's classic songs.

Library storytimes reflect research that shows that critical language and literacy development occurs in the first three years of life. The Library’s storytime programs address early literacy skills that are important in preparing children for school and helping them learn to read and write. While the programs are fun for children, parents will appreciate that storytimes help children recognize names and sounds of letters, enjoy books, and hear and play with sounds and words that develop speech, and build vocabulary. Participating in storytime has the added benefit of developing comprehension and critical thinking skills.

Youth Services Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, plans each storytime with the following in mind: parents are their child’s first and most important teacher; and storytime facilitates bonding between parents and young children. It’s a positive experience with books and play that leads to a love of reading.

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Library programs are free and open to the public and sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For information about storytimes, contact Youth Services Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, at 760-839-4219 or at lnataraj@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs for children can be found at library.escondido.org.

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

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, February 6, 2015, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Ben Hatke’s Zita the Spacegirl will be discussed, followed by a craft activity. Beginning January 14, 2015, a limited number of copies of Zita the Spacegirl will be available for checkout at the Children’s Desk.

In Ben Hatke’s whimsical graphic novel, a young girl finds herself immersed in an intergalactic adventure. While exploring a meteoroid crater with her friend, Joseph, Zita discovers an unusual device with a red button. She presses it and summons an alien creature that kidnaps Joseph. Fearless Zita makes a plan to rescue him, and along the way, she encounters a motley bunch of beings that assist in her pursuit, including a giant mouse, a blob-like creature named Strong Strong, and a mobile battle orb named One. Fans of quest stories such as The Wizard of Oz will appreciate Hatke’s modern take on a beloved classic.

Youth Services Librarian Lalitha Nataraj said, “Much of the success of the R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club has to do with offering a wide range of books, craft activities, and meaningful interactions with writers to engage children. We aim to promote reading in a fun, engaging way.”

The next R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club meeting will be on Friday, May 29, 2015, from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room, where readers will discuss A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd.

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Library programs are free and open to the public and generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For information about the R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club, contact Youth Services Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, at 760-839-5458 or at lnataraj@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs for all ages can be found at library.escondido.org.

Escondido Public Library 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents FanFaire Foundation’s Young Artist Concert

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library 2nd Saturday Concert Series presents FanFaire Foundation’s Young Artist Concert on Saturday, December 13, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Talented young artists, ages 7 to 16 years, will perform classical selections on piano and cello in styles ranging from the Baroque to the Romantic.

FanFaire Foundation’s mission is to nurture musically-gifted children who also love science and math in order to utilize and benefit from the creative link between music and science. These young artists’ performances illustrate how well this mission has been accomplished and serve as an example to spark an interest in classical music among young people.

The 2nd Saturday Concert Series runs through May 2015 and features an array of classical, jazz, and other diverse musical styles. January’s concert presents Opera Exposed! back by popular demand. The program provides a primer on opera appreciation with commentary by San Diego Opera’s Dr. Nicolas Reveles as he accompanies young, aspiring singers who perform selections from opera classics.

The 2nd Saturday Concert Series is 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. For more information about future performances in this series, visit library.escondido.org, or contact Senior Librarian, Paul Crouthamel at 760-839-4814.

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