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 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents the Jazz Duo MandoBasso

Escondido, CA – Jazz duo MandoBasso will perform at Escondido Public Library on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. The duo features Emmy award-winning composer Bill Bradbury on mandolin and Gunnar Biggs on bass. Their performances include original compositions, classical music, jazz, and ragtime. For more information on MandoBasso, visit their website: http://www.williambradburymusic.com.

Following the May concert, the 2nd Saturday Concert Series will take a hiatus until next fall. The annual Summer Reading Challenge for kids, teens, and adults runs from June 13 to July 31, 2016 and provides ample opportunities for community members of all ages to Exercise Your Mind through free educational, recreational, and cultural programs. Log reading online for a chance to earn prizes. For more information about the Summer Reading Challenge visit library.escondido.org/summer or contact Librarian David Frazee at 760-839-4839. 

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.
 

Escondido Public Library Teen Book Club Discusses A Girl Called Fearless with author Catherine Linka

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library’s Burritos & Book Club for teens, ages 13 to 18, meets on Saturday, May 7, 2016, in the Turrentine Room from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. A Girl Called Fearless, by Catherine Linka, is the selected title and copies are available for checkout at the Library’s Information Desk or can be reserved using the Library’s online catalog at library.escondido.org.  Students can also check out copies from the school libraries at Escondido High School, San Pasqual High School, and Orange Glen High School. The highlight of this month’s Book Club is a guest appearance by author Catherine Linka, who will discuss her book and answer questions.

A romantic, thought-provoking, and frighteningly real story, A Girl Called Fearless takes place ten years after a synthetic hormone in beef has killed fifty million American women. Avie is living the normal life of a privileged teen, dreaming about her future and what she’ll make of her life. Her father, in a desperate effort to save his struggling company, has contracted Avie in marriage to a much older and very powerful man. Now her only two choices are to either be trapped in a marriage with a controlling politician or run across the border to Canada, leaving behind her best friend Yates. As her feelings for Yates develop into something more than friendship, the decision to leave becomes more difficult, but staying could cost her life.

In addition to discussing A Girl Called Fearless, teens can share their opinions and ideas about other books they have enjoyed and propose titles for the next Burritos & Book Club meeting. The selected book will be discussed at the next meeting on Wednesday, July 6, 2016. Complimentary burritos will be provided, and all participants receive a free book or audiobook at the end of the program.

This program is generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and Taco Bell located at 1944 E. Valley Parkway in Escondido. 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 teen programs, contact Teen Librarian Cathy Janovitz at 760-839-4283 or cjanovitz@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library can be found at library.escondido.org.

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

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.

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

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 Teen Book Club Discusses The Story of Owen: Dragon slayer of Trondheim by E. K. Johnston

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library’s Burritos & Book Club for teens, ages 13 to 18, meets on Saturday, March 12, 2016, in the Turrentine Room from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim, by E. K. Johnston, is the selected title and copies are available for checkout at the Library’s Information Desk or can be reserved using the Library’s online catalog at library.escondido.org.

Set in modern-day Canada within an alternate world where dragons and humans coexist, but not in harmony, The Story of Owen, is a tale of friendship, courage, community, and social commentary. Owen Thorskard, the last in a long line of legendary dragon slayers and his trusty sidekick and storyteller, Siobhan, are determined to restore dragon-slaying traditions of yore and in the process save their town from the carbon-eating dragons who terrorize it. At sixteen, with dragons advancing, Owen faces impossible odds with Siobhan by his side, telling his story… the story that changes their lives forever.

In addition to discussing The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim, teens can share their opinions and ideas about other books they have enjoyed and propose titles for the next Burritos & Book Club meeting. The selected book will be discussed at the next meeting on Saturday, May 7, 2016. Complimentary burritos will be provided, and all participants receive a free book or audiobook at the end of the program.

This program is generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and Taco Bell located at 1944 E. Valley Parkway in Escondido. 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 teen programs, contact Teen Librarian Cathy Janovitz at 760-839-4283 or cjanovitz@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library can be found at library.escondido.org.

Take the Teen Tech Challenge at the Escondido Public Library

 

Escondido, CA – Teen Tech Month, March 1 – 31, 2016, is an annual celebration raising awareness about how libraries extend teens’ learning beyond the classroom by enabling their exploration and creation of content utilizing non-print resources. Tweens and teens, ages 11 – 18, are encouraged to Create It @ Your Library during the following events.

  • March 1 – 31, 2016
    Teen Tech Challenge!
    Complete activities on the Teen Tech Challenge Sheet to earn 1500 points and be entered in the prize drawing. Completed entries due by March 31. Pick up a Challenge Sheet in the Teen Area or download it at library.escondido.org/teens starting March 1, 2016.
     
  • March 2, 16, 23, & 30, 2016
    3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
    Esco Teens Create
    Esco Teens Create is a program that provides a place for tweens and teens to express their creativity by learning how to create varying types of crafts for the community. Participants earn service hours while spending quality time with friends. All supplies provided.
     
  • March 9, 2016
    3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
    Create It @ Your Library
    Celebrate Teen Tech Month! Deconstruct relics of old technology and use the parts to create something new. Supplies and tools provided. Ages 11 – 18.

 

Library programs are generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and free to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.  For more information about the Teen Tech Challenge visit library.escondido.org/teens or contact Teen Librarian Cathy Janovitz at 760-839-4283.

Escondido Public Library Hosts 12th Annual Scrabble-Thon Tournament & Fundraiser

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library and the Friends of Literacy Services will host the 12th Annual Scrabble-Thon Tournament & Fundraiser on Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event will be held in the Auditorium of the Park Avenue Community Center, located at 210 Park Ave, Escondido, CA 92025. Doors open for player check-in at 8:30 a.m. and tournament play begins at 9:00 a.m. Players must pre-register by March 7, 2016 online at http://library.escondido.org/scrabblethon, by mail, or in person at the Literacy Services office, located on the 2nd floor of the Library. The registration fee for adults is $25.00; registration for high school students is $15.00.

The Scrabble® tournament consists of five 30-minute games and is open to adults and high school students. Players sign-up to play in one of three divisions: Novice, Intermediate, or Advanced. Participants can compete individually or as a part of a four-player team. Team play requires that all four teammates compete within the same division. Players compete for prizes at the end of each game as well as the final awards for highest individual, team, and high school scores.

Scrabble-Thon raises funds to benefit the Library’s Literacy Services program. Sponsored by the Friends of Literacy Services, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit Library support group, 100% of the proceeds will be used to provide literacy materials and resources. There will be opportunity drawings, a Pick-a-Tile game, and silent auction items throughout Scrabble-Thon. Opportunity drawing tickets will be on sale at the Library prior to March 12 and at the event. Donations are tax-deductible.

Literacy Services Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, commented, “Our 12th annual Scrabble-Thon promises to be a fun-filled event for avid Scrabble® enthusiasts and novice players. You definitely don’t have to be an expert to play, and we welcome local players from all around Southern California. Participants will be thrilled to know that all proceeds go towards helping adults improve their reading and writing skills to better their quality of life.”

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. For more information on Scrabble-Thon and library services, contact Lalitha Nataraj, Literacy Services Librarian at 760-839-4219 or visit the website library.escondido.org.

Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents Opera Exposed! with Dr. Nicolas Reveles

Escondido, CA - Opera Exposed!, a program of operatic selections, will be performed at Escondido Public Library on Saturday, January 9th, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Emerging vocalists perform selections from familiar operas to entertain and educate, as well as to promote the San Diego Opera’s 2016 season.

San Diego Opera’s Opera Exposed! program is made up of undergraduate singers from the University of San Diego, Point Loma Nazarene University, and San Diego State University enthusiastically spreading knowledge and the joy of opera!” said Dr. Nicholas Reveles, the San Diego Opera Company’s Director of Education and Community Engagement. Dr. Reveles will accompany the singers on piano and provide commentary on the great stories behind operas such as ToscaMadame Butterfly, and Great Scott.

The 2nd Saturday Concert Series runs through May 2016 and features an array of classical, jazz, and other diverse musical styles. February’s concert presents Mohavi Soul, performing traditional bluegrass and original music by guitarist Mark Miller and mandolinist Randy Hanson.

For more information about this and future performances, visit library.escondido.org/concerts, or contact Librarian David Frazee at 760-839-4839. 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 other Library programs and services visit library.escondido.org

Escondido Public Library Teen Book Club Discusses The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s Burritos & Book Club for teens, ages 13 to 18, meets on Saturday, January 16, 2016, in the Turrentine Room from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Kiss of Deception, by Mary E. Pearson, is the selected title. Copies of The Kiss of Deception are currently available for checkout at the Library’s Information Desk or can be reserved using the Library’s online catalog at library.escondido.org.

The Kiss of Deception is the first book in a fantasy series about Princess Lia, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan. Strong and determined, Lia flees on the morning of her marriage, which is no more than a political alliance to a prince she has never met. As she settles into her new life, she becomes intrigued when two male strangers arrive in the village she now calls home. What Lia does not know, is that one of them is the prince that she jilted and the other is an assassin sent by her own father. As she becomes involved with both gentlemen, Lia also tries to determine what mysteries are hidden within the ancient documents she stole from the Chancellor’s secret collection. These documents take Lia on a quest; a journey where she uncovers deception upon deception and unlocks perilous secrets that could lead to the unraveling of her world.

In addition to discussing The Kiss of Deception, teens can share their opinions and ideas about other books they have enjoyed and propose titles for the next Burritos & Book Club meeting. The selected book will be discussed at the next meeting on Saturday, March 12, 2016. Complimentary burritos will be provided, and all participants receive a free book or audiobook at the end of the program.

This program is generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and Taco Bell located at 1944 E. Valley Parkway in Escondido. 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 teen programs, contact Teen Librarian Cathy Janovitz at 760-839-4283 or cjanovitz@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library can be found at library.escondido.org.

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