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.

Bite Into a Good Book @ Escondido Public Library

The Escondido Public Library is offering its annual Kids’ Summer Reading Club from June 17 to August 3, 2013. This year’s theme is “Reading is So Delicious” for all children who are Pre-Kindergarten to those entering 6th grade in the fall are eligible to join the Club by visiting the Library web site to sign up starting on June 17. The last day to register is July 20, 2013.

The following free weekly events will be held in the Library’s Turrentine Room with crafts on Tuesday and kids programs on Thursday.

Craft Events at 2 PM Every Tuesday

  • June 18     Paleontology Pasta
  • June  25    Spaghetti Painting 
  • July 9        Bean Mandala
  • July 16       Candy Sushi
  • July 23       Pancake Toy
  • July 30       Food Groups Mobile


Special Events Every Thursday

  • June 20 at 2 PM Animal Magic with John Abrams
  • June 27at 1:30 PM Magic for Life with Dana Law
  • July 11 at 2 PM Book Time with Ronald McDonald
  • July 18at 2 PM Safari Cartoon Class with Dave Boatman
  • July 25 at 2 PM Escondido Kids Move with the Recreation Department
  • August 1 at 2 PM Feed Your Imagination with Annie Banannie


Cindi Bouvier, Senior Librarian for Youth Services “Reminds all parents and children that school will be out for summer which means there will be plenty of free time for reading. So get ready for a fun-filled summer of yummy reads and join the Summer Reading Club at the Escondido Public Library and earn prizes for reading.”

Library programs, events and services are free and open to the public and no registration is required. Programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Contact the Library at 760-839-4837 or go to library.escondido.org.

Josiah: Musical Storyteller and Artist Lecturer At Escondido Public Library

The Literacy and Lifelong Learning and Youth Services present the very talented Josiah and his Nature-Focus Program, targeted for school age children. In his Nature-Focus Program, Josiah demonstrates the beauty and wonders of nature with storytelling and interactive discussion and movements. Children are encouraged to actively participate in these rhythmic self-expressing exercises, while learning sounds and becoming educated in the changes of nature and the world around us. This family event will be held at the Escondido Public Library during National Library Week from 3:30PM – 4:30PM on Thursday, April 18th.

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.

This event is free to the public. For further information please contact Literacy Department Specialist, Natalie Mason at (760) 839-5450 or nmason@ci.escondido.ca.us. This event will be held in the library, taking place in the Turrentine Room, on the second floor. Learn more about Josiah by visiting his website at www.josiahsing.com.

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information on this or other Literacy and Lifelong Learning events, go to http://library.escondido.org or contact (760) 839-5440.

Escondido Public Library Presents the San Diego Symphony Performing a Linda and Shearn Platt Kinder Koncert

The Escondido Public Library invites grade school children to attend two Kinder Koncert performances by the San Diego Symphony,  Wednesday, February 14, 2013 at 10:00 AM and 11:15 AM in the Turrentine Room.

Conducted by Ken-David Masur, the Symphony will introduce children to the string instruments and  teach basic concepts such as melody, rhythm and harmony.  Linda and Shearn Platt Kinder Koncerts are designed to introduce the youngest listeners to classical music, instruments of the orchestra, and to the live concert experience. The San Diego Symphony samples some of music’s greatest composers including Benjamin Britten, Edward Elgar, Felix Mendelssohn, and more.

This program is made possible by the generous support from the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. All programs are free and open to the public.

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025. For more information phone the library at (760) 839-5456 or to learn more about library programs, visit the library website at: http://library.escondido.org

Escondido Public Library Invites All Children to the Annual Holiday Tree Trimming Party

The Escondido Public Library invites children and their families to get into the holiday cheer by decorating an ornament for the Children’s Room tree, as well as one to take home on December 6, 2012, from 3:30-5:30PM.  Children may choose from three fabulous designs: holiday wreath, pom-pom snowman, or a reindeer.

Please arrive early in the Children’s Room, as supplies and seats are limited. Programs are free and open to the public and no registration is required. 

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025. For more information phone the library at (760) 839-5456 or to learn more about library programs, visit the library website at:  http://library.escondido.org

Escondido Public Library’s “Wall of Stars” Honors Veterans

The Escondido Public Library invites the public to honor and celebrate family members and friends who are veterans or who are currently serving in the military. Each year, we take a moment to remember the brave soldiers currently defending our freedom, as well as those heroic veterans who have courageously served.

As a way of never forgetting, the Library’s Youth Services Department encourages the community to honor these dedicated servicemen and women by creating a star with their name and branch of service; these stars will be displayed on the “Wall of Stars” in the Children’s Room, from November 1, 2012 through November 30, 2012.

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025. Programs are free and open to the public and no registration is required. 

For more information phone the library at (760) 839-5456 or to learn more about library programs visit the library website at http://library.escondido.org

 

Escondido Public Library presents Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Celebration

The Escondido Public Library presents a Dia de los Muertos/ Day of the Dead celebration on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 3:30 PM in the Children’s Room.  Learn about the history, the stories, and the crafts of Mexico in honoring our loved ones who have passed.

Children ages 4-12 years of age will create and decorate sugar skulls and follow the Mexican traditions of placing flowers, mementos and pan dulce on an altar.  Please bring photos or mementos of your loved ones to share in celebrating Dia de los Muertos.

This program is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This event is free and open to the public.  Please come early, as supplies and seating are limited. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information phone the library at (760) 839-5456 or to learn more about library programs visit the library website at: http://library.escondido.org

Escondido Public Library presents “Not-So-Scary Stories” with Charles Johnson

The Escondido Public Library is thrilled to present a “spook-tacular” Halloween program, “Not-So-Scary Stories”, with storyteller Charles Johnson on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 from 3:30 to 4:30 PM in the Turrentine Room.
 
This family-friendly program will get you in the haunted Halloween spirit with stories and corny songs, guaranteed to make everyone laugh and have a great time on Halloween Night! Costumes can be worn and this program is appropriate for children ages 3 to 8 years old. Children will be able to also create a Halloween craft.
 
This program is made possible by the generous support from the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. The program is free and open to the public. Please come early, as seating and supplies may be limited.
The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.  For more information call the library at (760) 839-5456 or visit the library website at: http://library.escondido.org

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