Take the Teen Tech Challenge at the Escondido Public Library 

02/09/2016 Categories: Teens

 

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 

01/19/2016 Categories: Adults Scrabble-thon Tournament Teens

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 

12/28/2015 Categories: Adults Concerts Families Teens

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 

12/16/2015 Categories: Book Club Teens

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.

eReaders eXplained at Escondido Public Library 

11/03/2015 Categories: Adults Teens

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library offers “eReaders eXplained,” providing instruction and demonstrations on how to access and download free Library eBooks and eAudiobooks to your smartphone, tablet, eReader, or computer. eReaders eXplained, will be held on Tuesday, November 24, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Seating will be limited to the first 20 people, so please come early.

eReaders eXplained takes the mystery out of how to use Library eBooks with eReaders, including iPads, iPhones, and other tablets, and will provide step-by-step guidance for the required one-time set-up. Attendees should bring their own devices to get the most out of this hands-on learning experience.

Library programs are free and open to the public. For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or call Reference Librarian, David Frazee at 760-839-4839. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Public Library Teen Book Club Discusses The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski 

10/12/2015 Categories: Book Club Teens

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library’s Burritos & Book Club for teens, ages 13 to 18, meets on Saturday, November 7, 2015, in the Turrentine Room from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Winner’s Curse, by Marie Rutkoski, is the selected title. Copies of The Winner’s Curse 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 Winner’s Curse is the first book in a fantasy series about seventeen-year-old Kestrel and a society consumed by slavery and class warfare. Kestrel’s father is a powerful Valorian general and she is beginning to understand and test the limits of being raised in a position of privilege. Arin enters Kestrel’s life when she purchases him as a slave at a local market in a moment of guilt, not realizing that he is a spy for rebels plotting to overthrow her father’s government. As feelings of trust and love begin to develop between them, an uprising turns Kestrel and Arin’s world upside down. They are torn between loyalty to their people and traditions and a love that can never be realized.

In addition to discussing The Winner’s Curse, 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, January 16, 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 Presents “An Evening with Jimmy Gownley,” Author of One Book, One San Diego’s 2015 Teen Selection 

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library and KPBS will host “An Evening with Jimmy Gownley, on Wednesday, October 21, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Jimmy Gownley is the author of The Dumbest Idea Ever!, selected as the 2015 One Book, One San Diego teen read. Gownley will talk about his graphic novel, as well as the comic art form, and influences that helped shape his success. A book signing will follow his talk and copies of The Dumbest Idea Ever! will be available for purchase at a price of $10 with cash or credit card.

This event is open to the public, but attendees must pre-register online at www.kpbs.org/one-book/teens. The Turrentine Room will open at 5:15 p.m. and early arrival and seating before 6:00 PM are highly encouraged. Remaining seats may be available on the day of the event, but due to limited seating, attendees are encouraged to pre-register in advance.

Gownley is known for his keen emotional sensitivity and engaging storytelling, and ‘tweens and teens will readily identify with his comedic and heartwarming memoir. In The Dumbest Idea Ever!, Gownley focuses on his adolescence as a popular and smart basketball star who was forced to miss a month of classes due to a terrible case of chicken pox and pneumonia. While recovering from his illness, Gownley reconnected with his love of drawing and comics, ultimately creating and publishing his own book.

KPBS is a founding partner of the One Book, One San Diego community reading program www.kpbs.org/one-book and programs such as “An Evening with Jimmy Gownley” are made possible by the Linden Root Dickinson Foundation with additional funding provided by the Dr. Seuss Fund at the San Diego Foundation, SDG&E, Lloyd Pest Control, and Jerome’s Furniture. “An Evening with Jimmy Gownley” is also supported by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library.

All Library programs are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information on 2015 One Book, One San Diego programs at Escondido Public Library, please contact Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj at 760-839-4219. To learn more about Escondido Public Library’s events and services, visit library.escondido.org.

Escondido Public Library Presents Artist Dave Boatman’s Basic Cartoon Workshop 

Escondido, CA — Escondido Public Library presents artist Dave Boatman’s Basic Cartoon Workshop on Tuesday, October 13, 2015, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Dave Boatman, a professional cartoonist and caricaturist, teaches creative, educational, and interactive cartoon drawing and instruction for children, ages 10 to 15 years. In this hands-on workshop, participants learn cartoon drawing basics, while improving their drawing techniques and skills. Registration is not required; however, space may be limited and early arrival is recommended.

This program is offered as a complement to an upcoming, after-hours visit to Escondido Public Library by graphic novel author, Jimmy Gownley. Gownley’s book, The Dumbest Idea Ever! is KPBS’ 2015 One Book, One San Diego teen selection. Free tickets to Jimmy Gownley’s author visit and book signing on Wednesday, October 21, 2015, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room, will be available to the public at Escondido Public Library beginning Monday, September 21, 2015.

Library programs 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 in Escondido, CA 92025. For more information on general Library events and Escondido Public Library’s special KPBS 2015 One Book, One San Diego programming for children, teens, and adults visit library.escondido.org or contact Ricca Gaus, Senior Youth Services Librarian, at rgaus@escondido.org, 760-839-4827.

Escondido Library’s R.E.A.D. Book Club Discusses KPBS’ 2015 One Book, One San Diego Selection, The Dumbest Idea Ever! by Jimmy Gownley 

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library announces the return of the Read, Eat, and Discuss (R.E.A.D.) Middle Grade Book Club, for children, ages 9-12 years old. The R.E.A.D. Book Club will meet on Friday, October 16, 2015, in the Library’s Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 PM. KPBS’ 2015 One Book, One San Diego teen selection, The Dumbest Idea Ever! by Jimmy Gownley, will be the featured book in anticipation of a special, after-hours visit to Escondido Public Library by the author. Copies of the The Dumbest Idea Ever! will be available for checkout at the Children’s Desk.

Free tickets to Jimmy Gownley’s author visit and book signing on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room will be will be available to the public at Escondido Public Library starting Monday, September 21, 2015.

In his comedic and sincere graphic memoir, Gownley focuses on his adolescence. Jimmy is a popular and smart basketball star at his school until he’s bedridden by a terrible case of chicken pox and pneumonia, forcing him to miss a month of school. While Jimmy recovers, he reconnects with his love of drawing and comics, eventually creating and publishing his own book.

The R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club provides young readers the opportunity to commune with others who share their excitement about books. Vibrant discussions, book-themed crafts, and socializing are perfect ways to engage all readers—especially reluctant readers. The next R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club meeting will be on November 20, 2015, from 3:30-4:30 PM in the Turrentine Room. Participants will discuss Doll Bones by Holly Black.

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, please contact Senior Youth Services Librarian, Ricca Gaus, at 760-839-5456 or rgaus@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs for children can be found at library.escondido.org.

 

Escondido Public Library Teen Book Club Discusses Conversion by Katherine Howe 

08/24/2015 Categories: Book Club Teens

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library’s Burritos & Book Club for teens, ages 13 to 18, meets on Saturday, September 12, 2015, in the Turrentine Room from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Conversion, by Katherine Howe, is the selected title. Copies of Conversion 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.

Conversion is a mystery that has a dual historical focus on the Salem Witch Trials and modern day life at St. Joan’s High School in Danvers, Massachusetts. Many of the girls at St. Joan’s exhibit a series of medical symptoms that cannot be explained. As Colleen Rowley begins research on the Salem Witch Trials, she begins to notice similarities between what happened in 1706 and what is happening now. In 1706, Ann confesses to the part she played in the Salem Witch Trials twelve years earlier. The interweaving of these two teen’s stories creates an intense tale that will keep readers guessing until the final reveal.\

In addition to discussing Conversion, 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, November 7, 2015. 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 627 N. Escondido Boulevard 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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