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Escondido Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets January 26th 

01/07/2013 Categories: Book Club

Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner) meets on Saturday, January 26th from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the library’s Board Room. The Escondido Public Library is located in downtown Escondido at 239 South Kalmia Street.

Rincón Literario meets regularly, the last Saturday of each month, to explore literature published in English and Spanish. The discussions are a perfect way to discuss interesting books and converse in both languages.

The selected book is the inspirational memoir Deshonrada / In the Name of Honor by Mukhtar Mai.  In June 2002, Mukhtar Mai, a Pakistani woman from the impoverished village of Meerwala, was condemned by her village tribal council to be gang raped by a local clan known as the Mastoi – punishment for indiscretions allegedly committed by the woman’s 12 year old brother.  While certainly not the first account of a female’s body being negotiated for honor in a family, this time the survivor had bravely chosen to fight back.  She asserted humanity for herself and other women by suing the council before the supreme court of Pakistan and winning.

By July 2002, the Pakistani government awarded her the equivalent of $8500 in U.S. dollars and sentenced her attackers to death.  Mukhtar Mai went on to use the funds to open a school for girls so future generations would not suffer, as she had, from illiteracy. In this rousing account, Mai describes her experience and how she has since become an agent for change and  a beacon of hope for oppressed women around the world.

In February Rincon Literario readers will discuss Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. A list of future Rincón Literario selections is available on our website. For more information on the library’s book discussion groups and other programs, visit the library website or call 760.839.4601.

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.

 

Escondido Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets November 24th 

11/05/2012 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner) meets on Saturday, November 24th from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the library’s Board Room. The Escondido Public Library is located in downtown Escondido at 239 South Kalmia Street.

Rincón Literario meets regularly, the last Saturday of each month, to explore literature published in English and Spanish. The discussions are a perfect way to discuss interesting books and converse in both languages.

The selected book is the bestselling classic memoir La Vida Loca /Always Running by Luis Rodriguez.  It is the searing true story of one man’s life in a Chicano gang—and his heroic struggle to free himself from its grip. By age twelve, Luis was a veteran of East Los Angeles gang warfare.  Lured by seemingly invincible gang culture, he witnessed countless shootings, beatings and arrests, and then watched with increasing fear as gang life claimed friends and family members.  Before long, Rodriquez saw a way out of the barrio through education and the power of words and successfully broke free from years of violence and desperation. At times heartbreakingly sad and brutal, it is ultimately a true story filled with hope, insight and a hard-earned lesson for the next generation.  

Rincon Literario will not meet in December but will meet again in January when readers will discuss Deshonrada/In the Name of Honor   by Mukhtar Mai.  A list of future Rincón Literario selections is available at http://library.escondido.org. For more information on the library’s book discussion groups and other programs, visit the library website or call 760.839.4601.

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.

Escondido Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets October 27th 

10/04/2012 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner) meets on Saturday, October 27th from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the library’s Board Room. The Escondido Public Library is located in downtown Escondido at 239 South Kalmia Street.

Rincón Literario meets regularly, the last Saturday of each month, to explore literature published in English and Spanish. The discussions are a perfect way to discuss interesting books and converse in both languages.

The selected book is the thriller Cementerio de Praga /The Prague Cemetery by Umberto EcoA whirlwind tour of conspiracy and political intrigue, this dark tale is delightfully embellished with sophisticated and playful commentary on, among other things, Freud, metafiction, and the challenges of historiography.  Eco takes his readers on an unforgettable journey in nineteenth-century Europe which abounds with the ghastly and the mysterious.  From the unification of Italy to the Paris Commune to the Dreyfus Affair to The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Europe is in tumult and everyone needs a scapegoat. But what if, behind all of these conspiracies, both real and imagined, lay one lone man?

According to Eco “the characters of this novel are not imaginary.  Except the main character, they all lived in reality, including his grandfather, author of the mysterious letter which gave rise to all modern anti-Semitism”.

In November, Rincón Literario readers will discuss La vida loca / Always Running by Luis J. Rodriguez. For more information on the library’s book discussion groups and other programs, visit the library website or call 760.839.4601.

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.

Escondido Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets September 29th 

09/04/2012 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner) meets on Saturday, September 29th from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the library’s Board Room. The Escondido Public Library is located in downtown Escondido at 239 South Kalmia Street.

Rincón Literario meets regularly, the last Saturday of each month, to explore literature published in English and Spanish. The discussions are a perfect way to discuss interesting books and converse in both languages.

The selected book is El jardin olvidado / The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton.  A tiny girl is abandoned on a ship headed for Australia in 1913. She arrives completely alone with nothing but a small suitcase containing a few clothes and a single book -- a beautiful volume of fairy tales. She is taken in by the dock master and his wife and raised as their own. On her twenty-first birthday they tell her the truth, and with her sense of self shattered and with very little to go on, "Nell" sets out on a journey to England to try to trace her story, to find her real identity. Her quest leads her to Blackhurst Manor on the Cornish coast and the secrets of the doomed Mountrachet family. But it is not until her granddaughter, Cassandra, takes up the search after Nell's

death that all the pieces of the puzzle are assembled.  At Cliff Cottage, on the grounds of Blackhurst Manor, Cassandra discovers the forgotten garden of the book's title and is able to unlock the secrets of the beautiful book of fairy tales

In October, Rincón Literario readers will discuss El cementerio de Praga / The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco.  A list of future Rincón Literario selections is available at http://library.escondido.org. For more information on the library’s book discussion groups and other programs, visit the library website or call 760.839.4601.

 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.

Our Bilingual Book Discussion Group, Rincón Literario, Meets July 28th 

07/02/2012 Categories: Adults Book Club

Sonar en CubanoEscondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner) meets on Saturday, July 28th from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the library’s Board Room. The Escondido Public Library is located in downtown Escondido at 239 South Kalmia Street.

Rincón Literario meets regularly, the last Saturday of each month, to explore literature published in English and Spanish. The discussions are a perfect way to discuss interesting books and converse in both languages.

The selected book, Soñar en Cubano/Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina Garcia, is a rich and haunting narrative by an excellent new voice in contemporary fiction. Here is the dreamy and bittersweet story of a family divided by politics and geography by the Cuban revolution. It is the family story of Celia del Pino, and her husband, daughter and grandchildren, from the mid-1930s to 1980. Celia's story mirrors the magical realism of Cuba itself, a country of beauty and poverty, idealism and corruption. Dreaming In Cuban presents a unique vision and a haunting lamentation for a past that might have been.

In August, Rincón Literario readers will discuss Captiva by Clara Rojas. A list of future Rincón Literario selections is available at http://library.escondido.org. For more information on the library’s book discussion groups and other programs, visit the library website or call 760.839.4601.

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.

Infant & Toddler Summer Reading Club 

05/23/2012 Categories: Book Club Children

This summer, the Escondido Public Library is kicking off its first-ever infant and toddler summer reading event, which runs from June 11th–August 4th! Parents of children, ages 0-2, may sign up at the Children’s Desk for the Dream Big, READ! Infant & Toddler Summer Reading Club (SRC). The last day to register for this program is Monday, July 30th.

Parents may pick up an Infant & Toddler SRC reading log at the Children’s Desk. Throughout the summer, parents are encouraged to participate in activities that include reading books, singing songs, and of course, attending story time events at the Library. These activities and more are listed on the reading log, and completing at least 7 out of 10 earns your little one a fabulous, age-appropriate prize!

The Infant & Toddler SRC fosters the six early literacy skills necessary to prepare children for reading and writing:

· Print Motivation – Getting your child interested in books.

· Phonological Awareness – Sounding out words.

· Vocabulary Skills – Understanding the meaning of words and/or the story.

· Narrative Skills – Developing the ability to share the details and/or ideas of a book with you.

· Print Awareness – Distinguishing between letters and pictures.

· Letter Knowledge – Learning letters and their sounds.

This program is made possible by generous support from the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Registration is required to participate in the Summer Reading Club, but events are free and open to the public. Seating is limited, so come early. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For additional information call the Children’s Department at 760-839-4837.

 

Kids’ Summer Reading Club at Escondido Public Library 

05/21/2012 Categories: Book Club Children

The Escondido Public Library’s annual Summer Reading Club begins Monday, June 11th and runs through Saturday, August 4th. This year’s theme is Dream Big, READ! Children from Pre-Kindergarten to 6th grade may sign-up for the Summer Reading Club (SRC) at the Escondido Public Library in the Children’s Room.
To participate, each child can read books, magazines, graphic novels, listen to audiobooks, or read to their younger siblings. Reading for 4 hours, 8 hours, and 12 hours will earn children prizes and allow them to complete the club. Time spent reading can be tracked on the reading log or on the Summer Reading Website. When children reach a reading goal, they simply come to the library to claim their prize. The last day to register is Monday, July 30th.

Special events will take place weekly throughout the program. On June 14th Annie Banannie and The Really Big Balloon at 2 PM will kick-off the Summer Reading Club and the grand finale will take place on August 2nd with John Abrams’, Animal Magic at 2 PM. Summer reading clubs encourage children to spend time with books and develop a love of reading for pleasure. They also increase retention of skills learned throughout the school year and engage parents in playing a greater role in their child's literacy development.

This program is made possible by the generous support from the Friends of the Escondido Public Library.  All programs are free and open to the public, and registration is not required to attend weekly weekly performances and crafts.   Come early as seating is limited.

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For information about this and other Library events, visit our website or phone 760-839-4837.
                                   
May all your dreams come true!                

    

Kids' Summer Reading Club Events in June 

05/17/2012 Categories: Book Club Children

The Escondido Public Library Kids’ Summer Reading Club (SRC) will offer three special events in June for children and families to attend in the Turrentine Room;

Annie Banannie on June 14th, Craft Time on June 21st, and Charles Johnson on June 28th.

 

Annie Banannie performs What’s your Dream on Thursday, June 14th at 2 PM. The sky’s the limit when Annie Banannie provides all kinds of entertainment with balloons!  Definitely fun, possibly absurd, and positively awesome!  Don’t miss the finale – the Giant Balloon!  The audience will also be able to participate in Annie’s balloon theatre, “What’s Your Dream.”

 

Craft Time on Thursday, June 21st at 2 PM. Create your own Dream Catcher to make all your dreams come true.

 

Charles Johnson Les Voyages Fantastique June 28th at 2 PM. Dream with Charles Johnson, as he tells five tales of adventure to far-away places traveling in a great flying ship.  Hear the stories of his fantastic companions, Baron Munchausen, the Blue Fairy, Sinbad, and a Noble Whale.

 

Kids’ Summer Reading Club programs are made possible by generous support from the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. The programs are free and open to the public. Come early as seating is limited.


The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.  For more information call the library at (760) 839-4837 or visit the library website.

Our Bilingual Book Discussion Group, Rincón Literario, Meets May 26th 

05/02/2012 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner) meets on Saturday, May 26th from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the library’s Board Room. The Escondido Public Library is located in downtown Escondido at 239 South Kalmia Street. The selected book is J.K. Rowling’s remarkable literary sensation Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal / Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.  This is the first book in the Harry Potter series.

Rincón Literario meets regularly, the last Saturday of each month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. The discussions are a perfect way to discuss interesting books and converse in both languages.

Dive into the sensational world of Harry Potter and see that he has no idea how famous he is. That's because he's being raised by his miserable aunt and uncle who are terrified Harry will learn that he's really a wizard, just as his parents were. But everything changes when Harry is summoned to attend an infamous school for wizards, and he begins to discover some clues about his illustrious birthright. From the surprising way he is greeted by a lovable giant, to the unique curriculum and colorful faculty at his unusual school, Harry finds himself drawn deep inside a mystical world he never knew existed and closer to his own noble destiny.

In June, Rincón Literario readers will discuss El tiempo entre costuras / The Time in Between by Maria Duenas. A list of future Rincón Literario selections is available on the library website.

Escondido Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets April 28th 

04/04/2012 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner) meets on Saturday, April 28th from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the library’s Board Room. The Escondido Public Library is located in downtown Escondido at 239 South Kalmia Street. The selected book is Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel, Nunca me abandones/Never Let Me Go.

Rincón Literario meets regularly, the last Saturday of each month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. The discussions are a perfect way to discuss interesting books and converse in both languages.

From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day comes a devastating novel of innocence, knowledge, and loss. As children Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules where teachers were constantly reminding their charges of how special they were.

Years later, Kathy is a young woman. Ruth and Tommy have reentered her life. And for the first time she is beginning to look back at their shared past and understand just what it is that makes them special–and how that shapes the rest of their time together. Suspenseful, moving, beautifully atmospheric, Nunca me abandones/Never Let Me Go is a classic that examines a perplexing modern social and moral dilemma.

In May, Rincón Literario readers will discuss Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal/Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. A list of future Rincón Literario selections is available at the library website. For more information on the library’s book discussion groups and other programs, visit the library website or call 760.839.4601.

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.

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