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Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

03/04/2014 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Spanish/English bilingual book discussion group, will meet on Saturday, March 29, from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the Library’s Board Room. Author and journalist, Miriam Ruvinskis, will lead the discussion.  Mas alla de mi / Reaching Out by Francisco Jimenez is the selected book for March.

As a child, Francisco Jimenez and his family emigrated to California where he labored doing backbreaking, agricultural work.  From his perspective as a young adult, Francisco describes the challenges he faced in order to continue his education after high school.  During his college years, his family’s solidarity was severely challenged when he left his family behind to go to Santa Clara University. While he was gone, his father abandoned the family and returned to Mexico. Though he suffered from self-doubt and guilt, Francisco eventually graduated from Santa Clara University and went on to get both his master’s degree and his Ph.D. from Columbia University.  His honest and inspiring story emphasizes strong familial bonds and the continuing struggle to succeed in America, for both immigrant children and children from poor families. 

Adult Services Librarian Paul Crouthamel states, “When you discuss a great book with others who have read it, you share your perspectives and learn how other people might interpret the story differently. Rincón Literario discussions are a perfect way to learn about interesting books and converse in Spanish and English.”

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. In April, readers will discuss Perdida / Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. 

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from Friends of 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 to Discuss The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman 

02/11/2014 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at 6:00 PM in the Board Room. This month’s selection is The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman. 

Tom Sherbourne is a lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, a tiny island a half day’s boat journey from the coast of Western Australia.  When a baby washes up in a rowboat, he and his young wife Isabel decide to raise the child as their own. The baby seems like a gift from God, and the couple’s reasoning for keeping her seduces the reader into entering the waters of treacherous morality even as Tom--whose moral code withstood the horrors of World War I--begins to waver. 

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on April 8, 2014, with a discussion on the nonfiction title, Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking by Susan Cain.  The selection for May 13, 2014, will be The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of 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 about the 2nd Tuesday Book Club visit library.escondido.org or contact the Library information desk at 760-839-4839.

2nd Tuesday Book Club to Discuss The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier 

01/15/2014 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at 6:00 PM in the Board Room. This month’s selection is The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier. 

Ohio 1850. For a modest English Quaker stranded far from home, life is a trial. Untethered from the moment she leaves England, fleeing personal disappointment, Honor Bright is forced by family tragedy to rely on strangers in an alien, untamed landscape. Drawn into the clandestine activities of the Underground Railroad, a network helping runaway slaves escape to freedom, Honor befriends two exceptional people who embody the startling power of defiance. Eventually she must decide if she too can act on what she believes in, whatever the personal cost.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on March 8, 2014, with a discussion on The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman.  The selection for April 8, 2014, will be Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking by Susan Cain. 

This program is sponsored by the Friends of 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 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 

01/08/2014 Categories: Book Club

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, will meet on Saturday, January 25th, from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the Library’s Board Room. Author and journalist, Miriam Ruvinskis, will lead the discussion in both English and Spanish.  Las uvas de la ira/The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck is the selected book for January.

First published in 1939, Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s. It tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who were driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. A drama that is intensely human, yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, evolves out of their trials and tribulations.  This novel captures the horrors of the Great Depression and examines the very nature of equality and justice in America.

Adult Services Librarian Paul Crouthamel states, “When you discuss a great book with others who have read it, you share your perspectives and learn how other people might interpret the story differently. Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner) discussions are a perfect way to learn about interesting books and converse in both languages.”

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. In February, readers will discuss El prisionero del cielo / Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. 

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from the 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 R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club 

12/30/2013 Categories: Book Club Middle-Graders

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library announces a new book club for kids in elementary school, called the Read, Eat, and Discuss (R.E.A.D.) Middle Grade Book Club, designed for children, ages 9-12 years old. The first meeting will be on Friday, February 7, 2014, in the Library’s Turrentine Room from 3:00 – 4:00 PM. The program, hosted by Youth Services Librarian Lalitha Nataraj, will meet in February, April, and May, and offer riveting book discussions, tasty snacks, and crafts for attendees. The first discussion will be on Smile by award-winning cartoonist, Raina Telgemeier. Copies of the book will be available for checkout at the Children’s Desk.

Telgemeier’s autobiographical graphic novel chronicles her intense experience with dental surgeries and orthodontics, as well as the complexities of adolescence. During a Girl Scout trip, sixth-grader Raina trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth. For the next five years, she undergoes numerous surgeries and wears braces on- and off-again in order to correct the damage. Her dental traumas magnify her teenage experiences, as she navigates romantic crushes, friendship drama, and a major earthquake. Regardless of whether they wear braces, readers will wholeheartedly relate to this touching coming-of-age story.

Nataraj noted that, “Book clubs provide a wonderful space for young readers to commune with others who share the same excitement about books. Vibrant discussions, book-themed crafts, and socializing with others are a perfect way to engage reluctant readers.” The next R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club meetings will be on April 4, and May 30, 2014, from 3-4 PM in the Turrentine Room, where readers will discuss Pickle by Kim Baker, and The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Library programs are free and open to the public and sponsored by the Friends of the Library. For information about the R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club, please contact Youth Services Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, at 760-839-5456 or at lnataraj@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs for children can be found at library.escondido.org/kids.

2nd Tuesday Book Club to Discuss The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey 

12/19/2013 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA -- Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, at 6:00 PM in the Board Room.  This month’s selection is The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey.

Inspector Alan Grant of Scotland Yard, recuperating from a broken leg, becomes fascinated with a contemporary portrait of Richard III that bears no resemblance to the Wicked Uncle of history.  Could such a sensitive, noble face actually belong to one of the world's most heinous villains—a venomous hunchback who may have killed his brother's children to make his crown secure?  Or could Richard have been the victim, turned into a monster by the usurpers of England's throne?  Grant determines to find out once and for all, with the help of the British Museum and an American scholar, what kind of man Richard Plantagenet really was and who killed the Little Princes in the Tower.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on February 11, 2014, with a discussion on The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier.  The selection for March 11, 2014, will be The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of 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 about the 2nd Tuesday Book Club visit library.escondido.org or contact the Library information desk at 760-839-4839.

Escondido Public Library's 2nd Tuesday Book Club to Discuss The Round House by Louise Erdich 

11/13/2013 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at 6:00 PM in the Board Room. This month’s selection is The Round House by Louise Erdrich.

One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened to the police, her husband, Bazil, or their thirteen-year-old son, Joe.  In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably transformed.  He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude.  Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.  While his father, who is a tribal judge, endeavors to wrest justice from a situation that defies his efforts, Joe becomes frustrated with the official investigation and sets out with his trusted friends, Cappy, Zack, and Angus, to get some answers of his own. Their quest takes them to the Round House, a sacred space and place of worship for the Ojibwe. The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on January 14, 2014, with a discussion on The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey.  The selection for February 11, 2014, will be The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier.

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 http://library.escondido.org  or contact the Library information desk at 760-839-4839.

Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Library 

11/05/2013 Categories: Book Club

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, will meet on Saturday, November 30th, from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the Library’s Board Room. Author and journalist, Miriam Ruvinskis, will lead the discussion in both English and Spanish.  El cuaderno de Maya / Maya’s Notebook by Isabel Allende is the selected book for November.

This contemporary, coming-of-age story centers upon Maya Vidal, a remarkable teenager abandoned by her parents, who grows up in a rambling old house in Berkeley with her grandparents.  Her grandmother, Nini, is a force of nature – willful and outspoken, unconventionally wise, and fiercely protective – a woman whose formidable strength helped her build a new life after emigrating from Chile in 1973.  Popo, Maya’s grandfather, is an African-American astronomer and professor, a gentle, loving man who is Maya’s guiding light.  After the death of her beloved grandfather, Maya, along with a circle of girlfriends known as “the vampires,” turns to drugs, alcohol, and petty crime in a downward spiral that eventually leads to Las Vegas and a dangerous underworld.  She becomes trapped in a war between assassins, the police, the FBI, and Interpol.  Her one chance for survival is Nini, who helps her escape to a remote island off the coast of Chile.  In the care of her grandmother’s old friend, Manuel Arias, Maya begins to record her story in her notebook, as she tries to make sense of her past and unravel the mysteries of her family and her own life.

Adult Services Librarian Paul Crouthamel states, “When you discuss a great book with others who have read it, you can share your perspectives and learn how other people might interpret the story differently.  The discussions are a perfect way to learn about interesting books and converse in both languages.”                    

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month with the exception of the month of December.  The book group will meet again on January 25, 2014, when readers will discuss the classic novel Las uvas de la ira / The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. 

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from the 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 http://library.escondido.org  or call Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Librarian, at 760-839-4814.

2nd Tuesday Book Club to discuss Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens 

10/21/2013 Categories: Book Club

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at 6:00 PM in the Board Room. This month’s selection is the classic, Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens.

Following his father's death, John Harmon returns to London to claim his inheritance, but he finds he is eligible only if he marries Bella Wilfur. To observe her character, he assumes another identity and secures work with his father's foreman, Mr. Boffin, who is also Bella's guardian. Disguise and concealment play an important role in the novel and individual identity is examined within the wider setting of London life. In the 1860s, the city was aflame with spiralling financial speculation while thousands of homeless scratched a living from the detritus of the more fortunate. Indeed, John Harmon's father amassed his wealth by recycling waste.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on December 10, 2013, with a discussion on The Round House by Louise Erdrich. The selection for January 14, 2014, will be The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey. 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 Library 

10/02/2013 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, will meet on Saturday, October 26th, from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the Library’s Board Room. Author and journalist, Miriam Ruvinskis, will lead the discussion in both English and Spanish. Inferno by Dan Brown is the selected book for October.

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon (of The Da Vinci Code) returns in another thriller that invokes history, architecture, science, and conspiracy.  Langdon wakes up in a hospital bed with no memory of the preceding 36 hours.  He’s surprised to find himself in Florence, Italy, and even more shocked to discover someone is out to kill him for something he knows.  The doctor treating him helps him to escape from an assassin, and the chase is on.  Can Langdon follow clues that tie in to Dante’s epic masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, and stop a plot destined to change the world forever?

Adult Services Librarian Paul Crouthamel states, “When you discuss a great book with others who have read it, you can share your perspectives and learn how other people might interpret the story differently.  The discussions are a perfect way to learn about interesting books and converse in both languages”.                     

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of each month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. In November, Rincon Literario readers will discuss El cuaderno de Maya / Maya’s Notebook  by Isabel Allende.

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from the 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 http://library.escondido.org  or call Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Librarian, at 760-839-4814.

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