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New York Times bestselling author Chris Bohjalian to speak at North County 2017 One Book, One San Diego Event

Escondido, CA – To kick off 2017 One Book, One San Diego in North County, New York Times best-selling author Chris Bohjalian will speak about his book The Sandcastle Girls, a multi-generational novel that explores the Armenian Genocide during World War I. The free event will be at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at the California Center for the Arts located at 340 N. Escondido Blvd. in Escondido, CA. In addition to Bohjalian’s talk, the event will feature complimentary refreshments and a book signing by the author. RSVP is required at www.kpbs.org/sandcastlenorth.

Now in its 11th year, One Book is composed of literacy partners around the county who encourage residents to read and discuss a single book. A volunteer committee reviewed 206 book titles submitted by the public before selecting Bohjalian as the 2017 author. Bohjalian said that programs like One Book, One San Diego are important because they bring communities together. “We still have a totemic relationship with books,” he said. “We still know what stories can mean to the soul. Programs like this bring us together by helping us to understand our commonalities and the myriad things we share as a people. I love it when books generate the same enthusiasm as music, movies, stage plays, and -- some years -- even the San Diego Padres.”

The upcoming event is hosted by several One Book, One San Diego partners including Escondido Public Library, Oceanside Public Library, and San Diego County Library.  For more information about One Book and a complete listing of events visit www.kpbs.org/one-book/. One Book, One San Diego is made possible by the Linden Root Dickinson Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the City of San Diego, the Dr. Seuss Fund at the San Diego Foundation, Lloyd Pest Control, Kaiser Permanente, the Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation, and the Payne Family Foundation.

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 Literacy Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, at 760-839-4219. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Monday, September 11, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Book Club members should note this one-time change of date. This month’s selection is The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney. Copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at library.escondido.org.

Sweeney’s widely celebrated debut novel covers the intricacies of relationships, events that jeopardize their existence, and the complex yet unbreakable ties we share with those we love. The book club will discuss the power of family, friendships, dependency, and the ways we let one another down.

The following day, September 12, 2017, author Chris Bohjalian will speak about his novel, The Sandcastle Girls, at 7:00 p.m. at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. RSVP is required for this free event at www.kpbs.org/sandcastlenorth

This book was selected for the county-wide One Book, One San Diego book club by KPBS and its partner libraries across San Diego county, including Escondido Public Library. For more information on One Book, One San Diego, visit http://www.kpbs.org/one-book/.  The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on October 10, 2017 for a group discussion of The Sandcastle Girls.

Library programs are generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and are free to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.  For more information about the 2nd Tuesday Book Club visit library.escondido.org or contact Adult Services Librarian, Monica Barrette, at mbarrette@escondido.org or 760-839-4836.

Community Praises Escondido Public Library’s 2017 Summer Reading Challenge

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s 2017 Summer Reading Challenge which ran from June 19-July 31, and was a resounding success. 1,262 members of the Escondido community completed 8,639 challenge activities, and participants ages 0-17 read for a total of 959,774 minutes. Readers were rewarded with prizes, many of them donated by local businesses who were enthusiastic to play a part in the community event as Kelly Hartford, Marketing Manager at Jimbo’s…Naturally explains. "Being socially responsible and actively involved in our community is very important to Jimbo's...Naturally! We have been supporting the Escondido Public Library for years, and we see benefits through the well documented goodwill of being associated with our local public library.” 

Community members of all ages had rave reviews for the Summer Reading Challenge. A mother of five participants stated, "We love Summer Reading! I appreciate how it keeps the whole family motivated to read. Definitely a worthwhile program where I see significant reading improvement with my kindergartner's reading skills. I love the prizes and the coupon packs!” Children enrolled in the Challenge agree. “I love to read, and the Summer Reading Challenge lets me do that while getting prizes so I could try out different food places in Escondido!” said Denise, age 11. Teen participant Tatiana, age 14, stated “The Summer Reading Challenge is a super easy way to track my reading and it was fun to work towards the goals!” Adult reader Michele was just as enthusiastic and said that “without these challenges, I never would have picked up an adult graphic novel, but I did and was surprised that I really enjoyed it. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell was a fantastic book and very thought provoking. It was fun to attend the 2nd Tuesday Book Club for the first time and hear other people's opinions of that particular book. Thanks for broadening my reading horizons this summer.” The impact this program has on the community would not have been possible without the generous support of the Friends of the Escondido Public Library, local business supporters, and the participation of our community members.

As summer activities wind down at the Library, a schedule of new programs and services begins and can be found on the Library’s website library.escondido.org. For more information, contact Librarian Monica Barrette at mbarrette@escondido.org, or call 760-839-4836. Library programs are generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and are free to the public.  Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

 

Escondido Writers Group Meets Monthly at Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA – Escondido Writers Group meets at Escondido Public Library on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Writers of all genres are invited to join the Escondido Writers Group for an opportunity to improve their writing by participating in monthly readings and group critiques. Meet other writers and published authors, and learn from one another in a supportive environment. Participants are encouraged to bring samples of their current writing projects to share and receive constructive feedback.

Escondido Writers Group is free and open to the public. For more information about future meetings and other Library programs, visit library.escondido.org or contact Cecy Rayphole, Senior Library Associate, at 760-839-4289 or at crayphole@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.

Join Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Club

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is Cuchillo de agua/The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi. Copies of the book are available for check-out in English and Spanish, and in a variety of formats, including print and eBook, and can be reserved at library.escondido.org.

What would happen if water became more valuable than gold? Acclaimed author Paolo Bacigalupi’s national bestseller The Water Knife is a dystopian story of corruption, control, and murder set in the American Southwest of the not-too-distant future. Considering Southern California’s constant fear of drought conditions, The Water Knife has the reader imagining their own reaction to the events in Bacigalupi’s thriller.

Rincón Literario will continue on Saturday, September 23, 2017, discussing La niña alemana/The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa.  Rincón Literario is made possible by the generous support from Friends of the Escondido Public Library. All Library programs are free and open to the public.

For more information about future Rincón Literario selections and other Library programs, visit library.escondido.org or contact Librarian Cecy Rayphole at 760-839-4289 or at crayphole@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido, California, 92025.

Explore Space @ Your Library: The Great Eclipse and Palomar Telescope

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites the community to attend two space-themed events for adults and families this August: The Great American Eclipse 2017, on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 and Palomar Telescope: Bridge to the Stars on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. Both events run from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room on the second floor of the Library.

On August 21, 2017, the continental United States will experience a total solar eclipse for the first time since 1979. Astronomy hobbyists and expert photographers Les and Mary Anderson, have been photographing eclipses for more than 38 years. They will present The Great American Eclipse 2017, on Tuesday, August 1 at 6:00 p.m. to explain how to safely view and photograph the event. Mr. Anderson is the President of the Southern California Association of Camera Clubs, which oversees the Photographic Arts Building in Balboa Park, and Mrs. Anderson is the Vice President of Programs.

In 1921 no one knew about galaxies, quasars, or nebulae. Twenty years and $6 million later, one man’s dream to build the world’s largest telescope was realized - the 200” Hale Telescope on Palomar Mountain. On Tuesday, August 22 at 6:00 p.m., author and lecturer Mark Carlson will share the history of the Hale Telescope and how it continues to influence our understanding of deep space today during Palomar Telescope: Bridge to the Stars.

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 about library programs and services visit library.escondido.org or contact Adult Services Senior Librarian, Viktor Sjöberg, at vsjoberg@escondido.org or 760-839-4814.

Escondido Writers Group Meets Monthly at Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA – Escondido Writers Group meets at Escondido Public Library on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Writers of all genres are invited to join the Escondido Writers Group for an opportunity to improve their writing by participating in monthly readings and group critiques. Meet other writers and published authors, and learn from one another in a supportive environment. Participants are encouraged to bring samples of their current writing projects to share and receive constructive feedback.

This month the group is joined by special guest Dana Elmendorf, author of the young adult novel South of Sunshine.  Ms. Elmendorf’s first published novel centers around Kaycee, a teenage girl in a small southern town. As Kaycee starts discovering her sexuality, she finds that she is attracted to other girls, and is forced to face the social pressures that surround her. Ms. Elmendorf was born and raised in a small town in Tennessee and currently resides in Southern California. She will be reading a passage from South of Sunshine, discussing her writing process, and sharing her sources of inspiration.  

Escondido Writers Group is free and open to the public. For more information about future meetings and other Library programs, visit library.escondido.org or contact Cecy Rayphole, Adult Services Librarian, at 760-839-4289 or at crayphole@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.

2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on August 8, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. Copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at library.escondido.org.

Surviving, resisting, and defying the injustices of war during Nazi-occupied France, the bond between sisters Vianne and Isabelle is tested. New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah skillfully develops this historical fiction drama showcasing a facet of World War II not often revealed – the stories of women in the French resistance.

2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on September 12, 2017 for a group discussion of The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. Library programs are generously sponsored by

Friends of the Escondido Public Library and are free to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.  For more information about the 2nd Tuesday Book Club visit library.escondido.org or contact Adult Services Librarian, Monica Barrette, at mbarrette@escondido.org or 760-839-4836.

Join Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Club

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, July 29, 2017 from 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. in the Turrentine Room as a part of the Library’s annual Summer Reading Challenge for kids, teens, and adults, which runs from June 19 to July 31. Attend events, read for enjoyment, and earn opportunities to win prizes by logging your activity at library.escondido.org/summer. This month’s selection is La luz que no puedes ver/All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Copies of the book are available for check-out in English and Spanish, and in a variety of formats, including print and eBook, and can be reserved at library.escondido.org.

Anthony Doerr elegantly interweaves the parallel stories of two children doing their best to survive World War II; Werner, a German orphan, and Marie-Laure, a blind girl. Marie-Laure’s father designs a miniature world for his daughter, a replica of their actual neighborhood that enables Marie-Laure to navigate the world. In Germany, Werner’s brilliant mind catches the attention of the Nazis and they use him to track the resistance.

This Pulitzer Prize winning novel is a beautiful tale of survival and morality in war-torn Europe and was selected for the Summer Reading Challenge theme, Design Your World.

Rincón Literario will continue on Saturday, August 26, 2017, discussing El cuchillo de agua/The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi.  Rincón Literario and the 2017 Summer Reading Challenge are made possible by the generous support from Friends of the Escondido Public Library. All Library programs are free and open to the public.

For more information about future Rincón Literario selections and other Library programs, visit library.escondido.org or contact Librarian Cecy Rayphole at 760-839-4289 or at crayphole@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido, California, 92025.

2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on July 11, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room as a part of the Library’s annual Summer Reading Challenge for kids, teens, and adults, which runs from June 19 to July 31. Attend events, read for enjoyment, and earn opportunities to win prizes by logging your activity at library.escondido.org/summer. This month’s selection is Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell. Copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at library.escondido.org.

Outliers: The Story of Success was selected for the Escondido Public Library’s Summer Reading Challenge theme, Design Your World. New York Times bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell explores the world of "outliers" who manage to design their own destiny through their persistence. They are the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. Gladwell’s examination of this elite world will inspire a rousing discussion.

2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on August 8, 2017 for a group discussion of The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. To learn more about the Summer Reading Challenge and our summer events, please visit library.escondido.org/summer.

Library programs are generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and are free to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.  For more information about the 2nd Tuesday Book Club visit library.escondido.org or contact Adult Services Librarian, Monica Barrette, at mbarrette@escondido.org or 760-839-4836.

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