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

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

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

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

Wee-Wigglers Storytime Returns This Fall at Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA – Wee-Wigglers storytime for children, newborns – 2 years, runs from November 6 – December 11, 2013 at Escondido Public Library, on Wednesdays at 10:30 AM in the Children’s Room. Library staff share fun stories, fingerplays, and flannel-board tales to stimulate your littlest ones’ imaginations.

During this program, parents and caregivers learn about the necessary six early literacy skills needed to get children on the path to reading: engaging an interest in books; sounding out words; understanding the meaning of words and/or the story; developing the ability to share the details and/or ideas of a book; distinguishing between letters and pictures; and learning letters and their sounds.

Children’s Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, noted the importance of storytime, “Reading with your baby is valuable for building vital communication skills, strengthening memory, and sharing special bonding time. A child’s brain develops at an incredibly rapid rate during the first three years of life, so it’s never too early to start sharing a love of reading with your baby.”

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 the Friends of the Library. For information about Wee-Wigglers storytime, please contact Children’s Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, at 760-839-5456 or at lnataraj@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs for children is available on the Library website at http://library.escondido.org/kids.

Halloween Program, “Not So Spooky Stories,” at the Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA. - Children’s staff will present a special Halloween program for children, ages 3-12, in the Turrentine Room, October, 31, 2013, from 3:00-4:00 PM. -Children are invited to wear their Halloween costumes and join in the fun of hearing Halloween stories, playing games, creating special crafts, and receiving treats. Cindi Bouvier, Senior Children’s Librarian, states, “This is a fun and safe way for Escondido Public Library to offer a Halloween program for the young children of Escondido.”

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 Children’s Librarian, Cindi Bouvier, for further information on this and other Children’s programs 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.

Free San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum Membership Passes at the Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA – The Escondido Public Library is partnering with San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum (SDCDM) to offer membership passes for check out in the Children’s Room. The SDCDM pass will allow free entrance for one family (1-2 parents and their children) to the Museum for one week, discounts on birthday party packages, and discounts at the SDCDM Store. An Escondido Public Library card will be required for checkout – cards are free and available at the Customer Service Desk.

Cindi Bouvier, Senior Children’s Librarian, states, “I greatly appreciate the mission of the Museum to inspire children to learn about the world through exploration, imagination, and experimentation. Whether they are sailing a ship, building a robot, growing a garden, or creating a puppet show, children are encouraged to learn through creative experiences that increase their critical thinking skills. The San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum is the only hands-on museum for children in the San Diego North County area. It is located at 320 North Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025, and is open Monday-Sunday from 9:30 AM-4:30 PM.

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 Children’s Librarian, Cindi Bouvier, for further information on this and other Children’s programs at 760-839-5456 or at cbouvier@escondido.org.

Fall 2013 Children's Programs at the Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA – This fall, the Escondido Public Library Children’s Department will be offering a selection of fun, interactive, and educational programs for children, age birth-12, and their families. Many of these programs encourage early literacy and the development of a life-long love of reading. Programs are offered almost every day of the week to accommodate parents’ busy schedules. The following free events will be held in the Children’s Room, unless otherwise noted:


YOUNG CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

Rhymes & Reading meets Mondays in September, October, and November at 11:00 AM in the Turrentine Room. Ms. Merrily Cox shares new songs, fingerplays, and books with preschoolers, ages 4-5, and a caregiver.

Toddler Tales meets every Wednesday in September and October at 10:30 AM. Ms. Teresa Garcia shares songs, fingerplays, and stories with children, ages 1-3, and a caregiver. This is a new program in response to community requests for a program that addresses the needs of very young children.

Cowboy Charlie meets the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Thursday in September, October, and November at 10:30 AM. Children, ages 3-5, sing and clap along with Cowboy Charlie as he shares cowboy songs, sea chanteys, and railroad tunes.

Kinder Craft meets on the 4th Thursday in September, October, and November at 10:30 AM. This is a craft program for children, ages 3-5. Large playgroups and clubs are welcome, but we request that you call ahead as craft supplies may be limited.

ELEMENTARY STUDENTS’ PROGRAMS

Love on a Leash, Paws for Reading is held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 3:30—4:30 PM. Children, ages 5-12, can read to Murphy, Hank, or Samantha, our certified pet therapy dogs. Their non-judgmental support helps children improve their reading skills. Pre-registration is required, please call 760-839-4837 to reserve a spot.

Knights Realm Chess Club meets every Monday from 3:30—5:00 PM. Children, ages 6-12, enjoy a hands-on learning experience with the goal of having fun, gaining knowledge, and developing sportsmanship.


FAMILY PROGRAMS

Second Saturday Storytime and Craft will meet on the 2nd Saturday of September, 2013, through the second Saturday of May, 2014, from 11:00 AM—12 PM. Children, ages 3-12, and their families will join Children’s staff for fun with stories and an accompanying craft.

Please check Escondido Public Library’s monthly calendar and website http://library.escondido.org/kids as additional programs will be offered throughout the Fall for special events such as Not So Spooky Stories and Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead.

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. For further information on

Children’s programs, contact Cindi Bouvier, Senior Children’s Librarian at 760-839-4837 or at cbouvier@escondido.org.

Second Saturday Storytime and Crafts at Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA – Second Saturday Storytime and Crafts is a new program for children, ages 3-12, and their families. It will begin on September 14, 2013 and continue through the second Saturday of May, 2014, from 11 AM—12:00 PM in the Children’s Room.

Each monthly program consists of a structured storytime where children learn early literacy skills and parents gain tips to assist their children with developing reading skills at home. In addition, an unstructured craft time encourages creativity, self-expression, and the development of fine motor skills.

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 Children’s Librarian, Cindi Bouvier, for further information on this and other Children’s programs at 760-839-4837 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

Escondido Public Library Presents Toddler Tales

Escondido, CA – In response to community demand, Escondido Public Library will offer a new storytime for toddlers, ages 1-3, and their favorite adult this Fall. Toddler Tales will meet every Wednesday from September 4th to October 9th at 10:30 AM in the Children’s Room.

Young parents have asked the Children’s Department to develop fun, educational programs for their youngest children, ages 1-3. Teresa Garcia will share songs, stories, letters, sounds, and new words to help toddlers master early literacy skills and encourage kindergarten readiness.

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 Children’s Librarian, Cindi Bouvier, for further information on this and other Children’s programs at 760-839-4837 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

Escondido Public Library’s Summer Reading Club

Escondido, CA – This summer, prepare to savor some tasty reads with your little one at Escondido Public Library’s Baby Summer Reading Club. This year’s Summer Reading Club theme is Reading is So Delicious, and runs from June 17 – August 3, 2013. Parents and caregivers of children, ages 0-2, may sign up to participate by registering in person at the Children’s Room Information Desk starting Monday, June 17th. The last day to register for the Baby Summer Reading Club is Saturday, July 20th.

Throughout the summer, parents and caregivers are encouraged to participate in activities with their child that include reading books, singing songs, and, attending story time events at the Library. Beginning June 19th, weekly baby story times will be held on Wednesdays at 11:00 A.M. in the Children’s Room. Suggested activities and more are listed on the Reading Log provided at sign-up. Completing at least 7 out of 10 activities earns a free book. The Baby Summer Reading Club fosters the six early literacy skills necessary to prepare children for reading and writing:

  • Getting your child interested in books. (Print Motivation)
  • Sounding out words. (Phonological Awareness)
  • Understanding the meaning of words and/or the story. (Vocabulary Skills)
  • Developing the ability to share the details and/or ideas of a book. (Narrative Skills)
  • Distinguishing between letters and pictures. (Print Awareness)
  • Learning letters and their sounds. (Letter Knowledge)

Children’s Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj reflected on the importance of reading to babies and sharing stories, “It’s never too early to begin reading to your baby, especially since the brain develops at an incredibly rapid rate during the first three years of life. Sharing books with your child helps them build vital language skills and strengthens memory.  Developing reading abilities at an early age plays a significant role in boosting academic performance in later years. Joining the Library’s Reading is So Delicious Baby Summer Reading Club is a great way to bond with your baby and get them on the path to reading success.”

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St in Escondido. Library programs are free and open to the public and sponsored by the Friends of the Library. For information about the Baby Summer Reading Club contact Children’s Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, at 760-839-5458 or at lnataraj@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s Summer Reading Clubs for children, teens and adults is available on the Library web site at http://library.escondido.org.

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