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Escondido Public Library Teen Burritos & Book Club Discusses Butter by Erin Jade Lange 

02/24/2015 Categories: Book Club Teens

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library’s Teen Burritos & Book Club, for ages 13 to 18 years, meets on Thursday, March 26, 2015, in the Turrentine Room from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. Butter, by Erin Jade Lange, will be discussed and complimentary burritos will be provided. A limited number of copies of Butter are currently available for checkout at the Library’s Information Desk.

Butter focuses on the life of a lonely and obese high school student, nicknamed “Butter.” Bullied by his fellow students, Butter struggles with his self-esteem and finds it difficult to deal with everyday life. Feeling he can’t face another day, Butter announces that he will eat himself to death and invites everyone to watch, live on the internet. This announcement gives Butter the type of attention he has never experienced and it makes his decision on whether to go through with his plan a daunting one. Lange’s moving portrayal of Butter allows a glimpse into the life of one teen on the verge of a life-changing decision.

In addition to discussing Butter, there will be time for teens to share their opinions and ideas about other books they have enjoyed and propose titles for the next meeting. Titles will be voted on by all participants and the selected book will be discussed at the Burritos and Book Club Meeting on Thursday, May 21, 2015.

All participants receive a free book or audiobook at the end of the program. Cathy Janovitz, Escondido Public Library’s Teen Librarian commented, “Burritos and Book Club encourages reading and provides a forum for teens to relate their opinions, feelings, and insights about the stories. It’s a casual environment where they can feel comfortable about sharing their views about any topic that interests them.”

This program is generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and Taco Bell located at 627 N. Escondido Boulevard in Escondido, CA. 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.

2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud 

02/17/2015 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud.

Nora Eldridge is a reliable, but unremarkable, friend and neighbor, always on the fringe of other people’s achievements. But the arrival of the Shahid family—dashing Skandar, a Lebanese scholar, glamorous Sirena, an Italian artist, and their son, Reza—draws Nora into a complex and exciting new world. Nora’s happiness pushes her beyond her boundaries, until Sirena’s careless ambition leads to a shattering betrayal in The Woman Upstairs.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on April 14, 2015, with a discussion of a nonfiction title, Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman, by Robert K. Massie.  The selection for May 12, 2015, will be the classic Washington Square by Henry James.

April is National Library Month, and the 2nd Tuesday Book Club is just one of many programs offered as part of a month-long celebration. The month is highlighted by special programs, such as Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library—a new financial series on becoming debt free, managing your money wisely, and planning for retirement; the Second Saturday Concert Series featuring the Kensington Trio—classical music for a piano and strings; and always a host of fun and educational programs for teens and children.

All Library programs 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 and National Library Month events, visit library.escondido.org or contact the Neva Robinson at 760-839-4214 or nrobinson@escondido.org.

Rincón Literario, Bilingual Book Discussion Group, Meets at Escondido Public Library 

02/04/2015 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, February 28, 2015, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Has visto a Maria? / Have You Seen Marie? by Sandra Cisneros, is the selected book for February. Participants discuss books bilingually, in English and Spanish, enabling them to enjoy great literature in either language. Rincón Literario also provides an opportunity to improve either English or Spanish language skills.

Award-winning author, Sandra Cisneros, tells the story of her search for a runaway cat that parallels her journey through grief after the death of her mother. Warmly comforting, this story not only explores loss but also the journey back, creating a book that is unique and uplifting.

During her grieving process, Cisneros is visited by her friend Roz, who brings along her cat, Marie. The cat disappears the day they arrive, and she and Roz desperately take to the streets to search for Marie. As they search, we are introduced to the colorful experiences and the occupants of San Antonio.

This picture book for adults explores the ways in which grief lays us low, but also can bring us out to discover the strength of the communities we belong to and to remind us that there is life all around us.

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. On March 28, 2015, readers will discuss En el tiempo de las mariposas / In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez.

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public. For more information about future Rincón Literario selections and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or call Cecy Rayphole, Senior Library Associate at 760-839-4217.

2nd Tuesday Book Club to Discuss March by Geraldine Brooks 

01/14/2015 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s title is March by Geraldine Brooks.

From Louisa May Alcott’s beloved classic Little Women, Geraldine Brooks has animated the character of the absent father, March.   Brooks follows March as he leaves behind his family to aid the Union cause in the Civil War. His experiences will utterly change his marriage and challenge his most ardently held beliefs. A lushly written, wholly original tale steeped in the details of another time,   Brooks turns her talents to exploring the devastation and moral complexities of the Civil War through her brilliantly imagined tale of Mr. March.  With Mr. March, Brooks has created a conflicted and deeply sensitive man, a father who is struggling to reconcile duty to his fellow man with duty to his family against the backdrop of one of the grimmest periods in American history.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on March 10, 2015, with a discussion on The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud.  The title for April 14, 2015 will be Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie.

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 about the 2nd Tuesday Book Club visit library.escondido.org or contact Neva Robinson at nrobinson@escondido.org or 760-839-4214.

Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club Discusses Zita the Spacegirl 

01/13/2015 Categories: Book Club Children Middle-Graders

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s Read, Eat, and Discuss (R.E.A.D.) Middle Grade Book Club for children, ages 9-12, meets on Friday, February 6, 2015, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Ben Hatke’s Zita the Spacegirl will be discussed, followed by a craft activity. Beginning January 14, 2015, a limited number of copies of Zita the Spacegirl will be available for checkout at the Children’s Desk.

In Ben Hatke’s whimsical graphic novel, a young girl finds herself immersed in an intergalactic adventure. While exploring a meteoroid crater with her friend, Joseph, Zita discovers an unusual device with a red button. She presses it and summons an alien creature that kidnaps Joseph. Fearless Zita makes a plan to rescue him, and along the way, she encounters a motley bunch of beings that assist in her pursuit, including a giant mouse, a blob-like creature named Strong Strong, and a mobile battle orb named One. Fans of quest stories such as The Wizard of Oz will appreciate Hatke’s modern take on a beloved classic.

Youth Services Librarian Lalitha Nataraj said, “Much of the success of the R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club has to do with offering a wide range of books, craft activities, and meaningful interactions with writers to engage children. We aim to promote reading in a fun, engaging way.”

The next R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club meeting will be on Friday, May 29, 2015, from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room, where readers will discuss A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd.

The 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, contact Youth Services Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, at 760-839-5458 or at lnataraj@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs for all ages can be found at library.escondido.org.

Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

01/06/2015 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, January 31, 2015, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Yo antes de ti/Me Before You, by JoJo Moyes, is the selected book for January. Participants discuss books bilingually, in English and Spanish, enabling them to enjoy great literature in either language. Rincón Literario also provides an opportunity to improve either English or Spanish language skills. 

Yo antes de ti/Me Before You is a best-selling novel, with wide critical acclaim. Moyes introduces Will Traynor, a formerly high-flying, thrill-seeking executive now confined to a wheelchair as a quadriplegic. Louisa Clark, a 26-year-old working-class girl, is hired by Will’s mother to boost his morale. After the accident, the only power Will believes he has is the power to end his life. Louisa has never fully lived—before meeting Will her plans didn’t extend beyond their tiny English town. In Lou, he discovers an unexpected outlet for his thwarted energies—teaching her how to exert her own autonomy. Deciding that the only chance she has of getting Will to take an interest in his own future is to make him take an interest in hers, Louisa devises character-building adventures they can undertake together for her benefit, hoping it will give him a reason to live. All signs point to romance and a happy ending for the pair, but Moyes has something more heartbreakingly truthful in mind; sometimes love isn’t enough.  

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. In February, readers will discuss Has visto a Maria? / Have You Seen Marie? by Sandra Cisneros.

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public. For more information about future Rincón Literario selections and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or call Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Librarian, at 760-839-4814.

Escondido Public Library Hosts Burritos & Book Club for Teens 

12/29/2014 Categories: Book Club Teens

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library will host a new program for teens, ages 13 to 18 years, called Burritos & Book Club. At Burritos & Book Club, teens get together every other month to discuss a selected title and exchange ideas and opinions while enjoying complimentary burritos. The first Burritos & Book Club will take place on Thursday, January 29, 2015, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. All subsequent meetings will be held bi-monthly at the same time and location.

The introductory meeting will provide teens with information about the book club and there will be a general discussion about what the group should read in the future. Teens are encouraged to bring their favorite book(s) to the meeting. Teens will also take part in selecting the title for the next meeting which will take place on Thursday, March 26, 2015. All participants will receive a free book or audiobook at the end of the first program.

Registration for the first meeting is not required, but registration will be required for future meetings. Beginning Thursday, February 5, 2015, teens can register for the next meeting and check-out a copy of the selected title at the Adult Information Desk, located on the first floor.

Cathy Janovitz, Escondido Public Library’s Teen Librarian commented, “We’ve had a lot of teens asking for a teen book club so we’re introducing Burritos & Book Club to welcome the New Year. Burritos & Book Club takes place in a relaxed and social setting, tailored just for teens. You could say Burritos & Book Club is good for body and mind. How can you miss with complimentary burritos and free Library books?”

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.

2nd Tuesday Book Club to discuss The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht 

12/11/2014 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA -  Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s title is The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht.

In a Balkan country mending from war, Natalia, a young doctor, is compelled to unravel the mysterious circumstances surrounding her beloved grandfather’s recent death. Searching for clues, she turns to his worn copy of The Jungle Book and the stories he told her of his encounters over the years with “the deathless man.” But most extraordinary of all is the story her grandfather never told her—the legend of the tiger’s wife.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on February 10, 2015, with a discussion on March by Geraldine Brooks.  The title for March 10, 2015 will be The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud.

All library programs 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 the Library information desk at 760-839-4839.

Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

12/03/2014 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, January 31, 2015, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Yo antes de ti/Me Before You, by JoJo Moyes, is the selected book for January. Participants discuss books bilingually, in English and Spanish, enabling them to enjoy great literature in either language. Rincón Literario also provides an opportunity to improve either English or Spanish language skills. 

Yo antes de ti/Me Before You is a best-selling novel, with wide critical acclaim. Moyes introduces Will Traynor, a formerly high-flying, thrill-seeking executive now confined to a wheelchair as a quadriplegic. Louisa Clark, a 26-year-old working-class girl, is hired by Will’s mother to boost his morale. After the accident, the only power Will believes he has is the power to end his life. Louisa has never fully lived—before meeting Will her plans didn’t extend beyond their tiny English town. In Lou, he discovers an unexpected outlet for his thwarted energies—teaching her how to exert her own autonomy. Deciding that the only chance she has of getting Will to take an interest in his own future is to make him take an interest in hers, Louisa devises character-building adventures they can undertake together for her benefit, hoping it will give him a reason to live. All signs point to romance and a happy ending for the pair, but Moyes has something more heartbreakingly truthful in mind; sometimes love isn’t enough.  

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. In February, readers will discuss Has visto a Maria? / Have You Seen Marie? by Sandra Cisneros.

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public. For more information about future Rincón Literario selections and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or call Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Librarian, at 760-839-4814.

2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard 

11/17/2014 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s nonfiction selection is Destiny of the Republic: A tale of madness, medicine and the murder of a President by Candice Millard.

James Abram Garfield was one of the most extraordinary men ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, a renowned congressman, and a reluctant presidential candidate who took on the nation's corrupt political establishment. But four months after Garfield's inauguration in 1881, he was shot in the back by a deranged office-seeker named Charles Guiteau. Garfield survived the attack, but became the object of bitter, behind-the-scenes struggles for power—over his administration, over the nation's future, and, hauntingly, over his medical care. Meticulously researched, epic in scope, and pulsating with an intimate human focus and high-velocity narrative drive, The Destiny of the Republic brings alive a forgotten chapter of U.S. history.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on January 13, 2015, with a discussion on The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht.  The featured selection for February 10, 2015, will be March by Geraldine Brooks.

All Library programs are free and generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. 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 Neva Robinson at nrobinson@escondido.org or 760-839-4214.

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