Escondido Library Celebrates Library Card Sign-Up Month 

08/27/2014 Categories: Adults Children Families Teens

Escondido, CA – September is Library Card Sign-Up Month! Escondido Public Library encourages community members of all ages, especially students, to stop by the Library and sign-up for a library card. Library cards are always free and easy to get. Simply fill out an application in-person at the Library’s Customer Service Desk or complete an online application at escon.iii.com/selfreg.

A library card is the most important tool everyone can have that leads to a lifetime of success. Use your card to download an eBook or eAudiobook; check out the latest bestselling novel or a DVD featuring your favorite actor; and sign-up to use a public computer to access the Internet or do homework. There are a host of online electronic resources on the Escondido Public Library website that can be accessed from a computer or in the Library with a Library card. Learn a new language, get homework help 24/7, or access online encyclopedias and magazines using these online resources.

During September, have some fun with your Library card when you visit Escondido Public Library. Take a selfie and tell how you use your Library card. Selfies will be shared on social media using #GetCarded to spread the word about all the endless possibilities that a Library card provides.

The Escondido Public Library will also celebrate Banned Books Week September 21-27, 2014 to raise awareness of intellectual freedom and the right as citizens to read. Visit library.escondido.org/banned for more information and a full list of Banned Books.

All Library programs and services are free to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information about Library programs and services visit library.escondido.org or contact Deputy City Librarian, Cynthia Smith at 760-839-4329.

Mad Science Saturdays at Escondido Public Library 

08/26/2014 Categories: Children

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library invites children ages 8 to 11 to attend “Mad Science Saturday” this fall. This is new series of three monthly programs designed to help children learn about scientific topics through exploration and fun experimentation. Mad Science Saturday will be held in the Library’s Turrentine Room from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.:

  • Saturday, September 20, 2014 - Salt Painting Ice Sculptures
  • Saturday, October 18, 2014 - Fossils for Kids
  • Saturday, November 15, 2014 - Bridging the Gap—Why do Bridges Fall Down?

The sessions include hands-on experiments and projects. Related books and website information will be presented to help children pursue their scientific interests or provide homework help.

Senior Youth Services Librarian, Cindi Bouvier, said, “Children need to engage and learn to problem solve while having fun. Mad Science Saturday is ideal in that it offers children the opportunity to learn and have fun at the same time, and it introduces them to print and web reference sources.”

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. This program is funded by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Registration is not required.

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025. Contact Senior Librarian Cindi Bouvier for further information at 760-839-4827 or at cbouvier@escondido.org. Visit the Library’s website at http://library.escondido.org to learn about more programs, events and services.

Escondido Public Library Offers Summer Reading Clubs for All Ages 

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will offer Summer Reading Clubs for all ages, beginning on Monday, June 23, 2014. This year’s theme, “Paws to Read,” provides reading clubs, programs, activities, and events for every age group, from babies, preschoolers, and elementary school age children, to teens and adults. Registration opens on Monday, June 23, 2014 and participants can sign-up by visiting the Library or registering online through the Library’s website: library.escondido.org. Summer readers track their progress toward reading goals throughout the program. Children and teens read for prizes which are generously funded by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Registration will continue through July 21, 2014 and the Summer Reading Club ends on August 2, 2014.

The Library’s Children’s Services Department urges families to gallop, crawl, or fly to the Library to attend weekly events for children, ages 4 to 12. Children’s Crafts will be held on Tuesdays at 2:00 PM on June 24, July 8, 15, 22, & 29, 2014. Special programs and events for children will be held on Thursdays at 2:00 PM.

The Children’s summer program schedule includes:

  • June 26         Reptile Show presented by EcoVivarium
  • July 10          Book Time with Ronald McDonald
  • July 17          Escondido Humane Society
  • July 24          Wildlife Company
  • July 31          Summer Reading Club Finale with author, Clint Perry

For the very youngest, the Library will hold “(p)awesome” weekly storytimes for babies.

Cindi Bouvier, Senior Librarian for Youth Services said, “With school out for summer, there will be plenty of free time for reading for fun. Summer reading is also important because it helps students retain their reading level achieved during the school year.”

‘Tweens and teens can also dig into good books, earn prizes, and attend special programs, such as, Burritos and Books, Games and Grub, Movie Night, and Craft Events! Teens that reach their reading goals will be invited to a special finale party.

Adults can join in the summer reading fun by participating in the 2nd Tuesday Book Club or Rincón Literario Bilingual Book Club. In addition, Adults Services has planned eBook safaris to help readers download library eBooks on to their favorite device. We Bought a Zoo (rated PG) will be featured on Movie night.

A full schedule of Summer Reading Club programs and events is available online at library.escondido.org. All Library programs are free, open to the public, and sponsored by Friends of the Library. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. For further information on Summer Reading Clubs, contact Youth Services Senior Librarian, Cindi Bouvier at 760-839-5456.

Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. Book Club Discusses Newbery Award-winner The One and Only Ivan 

04/30/2014 Categories: Book Club Children Middle-Graders

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. (Read, Eat, and Discuss) Middle Grade Book Club for children, ages 9-12, meets on Friday, May 30, 2014, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 PM. Katherine Applegate’s award-winning The One and Only Ivan will be discussed, followed by a craft activity. A limited number of copies of the bookare available for checkout at the Children’s Desk and books can be reserved by accessing the catalog on the Library’s website.

Winner of the 2013 Newbery Award Medal and a New York Times bestseller,Applegate’s novel is a story told from the perspective of a captive gorilla named Ivan, who has spent much of his life in a glass enclosure of a shopping mall.  For 27 years, Ivan has grown used to humans watching him and rarely reflects on his previous life in the jungle. When he encounters Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, Ivan’s life dramatically changes. Fans of classics such as Charlotte’s Web and A Cricket in Times Square will especially find The One and Only Ivan to be a satisfying read.

Senior Librarian for Youth Services, Cindi Bouvier commented, “We have had such a fantastic reception for the R.E.A.D book club. Our April Skype session with author Kim Baker brought many fascinating questions from eager readers; afterwards, children shared how personally meaningful it was to directly interact with a real-life writer!”

This is the last R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club meeting for the spring. Look for the program to resume in Fall 2014 by checking the Library’s website.

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 Library. For information about the R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club, contact Youth Services Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, at 760-839-5456 or at lnataraj@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs for children can be found at library.escondido.org/kids.

Celebrate National Library Week April 13-19, 2014 with Escondido Public Library 

03/26/2014 Categories: Adults Children Teens

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library joins libraries nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, April 13 – 19, 2014. National Library Week highlights the value of libraries and their contribution to the world of learning.

On Wednesday, April 9, 2014, Escondido Mayor Sam Abed will issue a National Library Week Proclamation at the City Council Meeting. The public is invited to attend the brief ceremony at 4:30 PM in Council Chambers located at 201 North Broadway in downtown Escondido.

Escondido Public Library is at the heart of the community, enriching quality of life as a place where people can gain knowledge and enjoy cultural experiences. Everyone is encouraged to visit the Library, either on-site or online, and discover services and programs for all ages. Library patrons can come in and checkout a book, or visit the Library website to download an eBook. The Library is a place to study, explore the City’s archive, improve literacy skills, access Wi-Fi, or use a computer. Free programs such as book clubs, career readiness workshops, concerts, author visits, and a monthly calendar of events for children and teens are continually offered.

Escondido Public Library is also pleased to announce its participation in the 2014 community reading project, “One Book, One San Diego,” sponsored by KPBS. The selected title for this year’s program will be announced in mid-May and program details will follow.

“Service to Escondido’s community and access to information have always been our focus.” said Cynthia Smith, Deputy City Librarian. “Our Library is continually evolving to keep up with how people access information and use technology. In a sometimes overwhelming, information-rich age, Escondido’s librarians offer patrons expert help to reach accurate information quickly. Librarians are a valuable resource and National Library Week highlights their service.”

Visit the Escondido Public Library at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information on hours, locations and coming events, call 760-839-4684, or access the Escondido Public Library website at library.escondido.org

 

Escondido Public Library Celebrates Día de los Niños; Día de los Libros/ Day of the Child; Day of the Book 

03/18/2014 Categories: Children Families Middle-Graders

Escondido, CA – Escondido Library Youth Services invites children and their families to celebrate Día De Los Niños; Día de los Libros / Day of the Child; Day of the Book. This program will be held on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, from 3:30 - 4:30 PM in the Turrentine Room, for children, ages 5-12, and their families.

This year’s Día de los Niño’s celebration will transport children around the world as they “travel” from France to Mexico, and to Japan. Children will hear stories from foreign lands, explore book displays, and participate in crafts.  Cindi Bouvier, Senior Youth Services Librarian, states, “This program emphasizes the importance of reading while introducing children to cultures around the world in a fun and engaging way.”

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Please contact Senior Youth Services Librarian, Cindi Bouvier, for further information on this program at 760-839-5456 or at cbouvier@escondido.org. Additional Library programs and events can be viewed on the Library’s monthly calendar or at http://library.escondido.org/kids.

Escondido Public Library’s Children’s Book Club Meets and Skypes with Author, Kim Baker 

03/11/2014 Categories: Book Club Children Middle-Graders

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. (Read, Eat, and Discuss) Middle Grade Book Club for children, ages 9-12, meets on Friday, April 4, 2014, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 PM. Kim Baker’s Pickle will be discussed, followed by an interactive Skype visit with the author. Participants will have a firsthand opportunity to ask the author questions about the book. A number of copies of Pickle will be available for checkout at the Children’s Desk one month before the meeting.

In this humorous novel, Baker captures the zany antics of Ben Diaz, a sixth-grader with a gift for pranking. Hoping to make new friends, Ben forms the League of Pickle Makers, a secret invite-only school club for fellow pranksters. There’s an immediate problem: he can’t include his best friend, Hector, whose grandmother is the school principal. Ben’s activities jeopardize his friendship with Hector, and it is a matter of time before the Pickle Makers are caught. Pickle will find an eager audience of readers among devoted fans of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

Youth Services Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj said, “At the February R.E.A.D. Book Club meeting, kids kept asking, ‘When is the next meeting?’ It’s wonderful to see children excited about reading and discussing a book. Given the fantastic insights shared last time, I cannot wait to have the children interact directly with Ms. Baker through Skype – It will be a real treat for all of us.”

The next R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club meeting will be on Friday, May 30, 2014, from 3:30-4:30 PM in the Turrentine Room. Readers will discuss The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.

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 Library. For information about the R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club, contact Youth Services Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, at 760-839-5456 or at lnataraj@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs for children can be found at library.escondido.org/kids.

Escondido Public Library Presents Cultural Program “Children Around the World” 

12/30/2013 Categories: Children

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library invites children, ages 7-12, to attend Children Around the World, a new series of five programs designed to introduce children to other cultures and provide perspectives on our world and its interconnections. A different country will be presented each month. The meetings will be held in the Library’s Turrentine Room from 3:00 – 4:00 PM. The Children Around the World series includes the following countries and dates:

  • China – Friday, January 31, 2014
  • Ethiopia – Thursday, February 13, 2014
  • Ireland – Thursday, March 13, 2014
  • India – Thursday, April 10,  2014
  • Afghanistan – Thursday, May 15, 2014

Each program explores a specific culture and introduces aspects of its society through stories, books, history, crafts, foods, and language.

Cindi Bouvier, Youth Services Senior Librarian, will lead the sessions. She said, “Cultural programs reinforce the Library’s mission to enrich and educate readers by promoting awareness, satisfying curiosity, and encouraging reading through shared experiences and knowledge.”

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Registration is not required; however, early arrival is recommended.

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Please contact Youth Services Senior Librarian, Cindi Bouvier, for further information on this program at 760-839-5456 or at cbouvier@escondido.org. Children Around the World is sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Library. Other Children’s programs and events can be viewed on the Library’s monthly calendar at library.escondido.org/kids.  

Escondido Public Library Presents a Kwanzaa Celebration by Musical Storyteller and Artist Lecturer, Josiah 

12/10/2013 Categories: Adult Literacy Children Families

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s Literacy and Lifelong Learning Services presents the talented Josiah and his performance of the Kwanzaa celebration, targeted for children in grades K – 6th and their families. This event will be held at the Escondido Public Library in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM on Tuesday, January 7, 2014.

In this Kwanzaa presentation, Josiah demonstrates through songs, stories, poetry, and narration, the significance of this cultural and social holiday celebration. Josiah encourages families to engage themselves in this cultural experience, celebrating the seven values of Kwanzaa such as unity, responsibility, building self-esteem, and creativity.

For the last 15 years, Josiah has been performing for schools, from pre-school to college level, at all types of organizations. He is a professional singer, songwriter and guitarist, and is accomplished on the piano, drum, native flute, and assorted percussion instruments.

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. For more information on this event please visit the library website or contact Natalie Mason in Literacy Services at (760) 839-5450. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Contact the library at 760-839-4684 or go to http://library.escondido.org.

Escondido Public Library Invites Children to Annual Holiday Tree Trimming Party 

11/13/2013 Categories: Children Families

Escondido, CA – Escondido Library Youth Services invites children and their families to get in the holiday spirit and create holiday ornaments for the Children’s Room tree as well as an ornament to take home. This program will be held on December 5, 2013, at 3 PM in the Children’s Room. 

Children may choose from five designs: a Hanukkah star, a 3D star, a Kwanzaa chain, a kaleidoscope, and a bell. Cindi Bouvier, Senior Youth Services Librarian, states, “There will be plenty of stickers, paper, ribbon, sparkles, and glue to create these holiday ornaments.”  Please arrive early in the Children’s Room, as supplies and seats are limited. Registration is not required.  

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Please contact Senior Youth Services Librarian, Cindi Bouvier, for further information on this program at 760-839-5456 or at cbouvier@escondido.org. Other programs and events can be viewed on the Library’s monthly calendar or at http://library.escondido.org/kids

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