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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.

 

Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

09/03/2015 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, September 26, 2015, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Esperanza renace/Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan, is the selected title for September. Multiple copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at library.escondido.org.

Esperanza renace/Esperanza Rising is a best-selling, Newbery Award winning novel about Esperanza, the daughter of a wealthy landowner in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Esperanza believed that she would always live a fortunate life with new dresses, a beautiful home, and servants. A sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and her Mama to flee to California during the Great Depression, where they settle in a camp for Mexican farm workers. Esperanza is unprepared for the hard labor, financial struggle, or lack of acceptance she and her mother now face. When their lives are threatened, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances.

Rincón Literario will meet next month, on Saturday, October 31, 2015, to discuss KPBS’ 2015 One Book, One San Diego selection, La sombra del viento/The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. This book was specially selected by KPBS, and its partners, as the 2015 One Book, One San Diego community read title. Copies of the book are available for check-out in print or eBook format and can be reserved at library.escondido.org. For more information on KPBS’ 2015 One Book, One San Diego, and a list of community events surrounding the county-wide reading of The Shadow of the Wind, go to www.kpbs.org/one-book

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public. To access books in the Library catalog, and for more information about future Rincón Literario selections 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 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.

 

2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón 

08/14/2015 Categories: Adults Book Club One Book One San Diego

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on September 8, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. This book was specially selected by KPBS, and its partners, as the 2015 One Book, One San Diego community read title. Copies of the book are available for check-out in print or eBook format and can be reserved at library.escondido.org. For more information on One Book, One San Diego, and a list of community events surrounding the countywide reading of The Shadow of the Wind, go to www.kpbs.org/one-book.

Author Ruiz Zafón’s novel is an international bestseller, with over 15 million copies sold worldwide. The story takes place in Barcelona after the Spanish Civil War and centers on a young boy who sets out to protect a mysterious book with his life. It is a story about mystery, fantasy and love.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on October 13, 2015, with Life after Life by Kate Atkinson.  The selection for November 10, 2015, will be Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter.

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

Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

08/06/2015 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, August 29, 2015, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Bajo la misma estrella/The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, is the selected title for August. Multiple copies of the book are available for check out or can be reserved in the Library catalog.

Bajo la misma estrella/The Fault in Our Starsis a best-selling novel and also a recent movie starring Shailene Woodley as Hazel Grace Lancaster. She is a young cancer patient trying to live a normal life while struggling with what it will be like for her parents after she dies. Hazel meets and falls in love with Augustus Waters, a participant in a support group. Their friendship develops as they courageously face their disease, while dealing with youthful aspirations and unexpected twists of fate.

Cecy Rayphole, Rincón Literario’s facilitator, commented, “Rincón Literatio brings readers together to share their views, experience different perspectives and discover what they have in common. Rincón Literario also provides a supportive setting where participants can practice or improve reading and speaking in either English or Spanish.”

Rincón Literario will meet next month, on Saturday, September 26, 2015, to discuss the delightful Esperanza renace/Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan.

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public. To access books in the Library catalog, and for more information about future Rincón Literario selections and other Library programs, visit library.escondido.org or contact Cecy Rayphole, Senior Library Associate, at 760-839-4289 or at crayphole@escondido.org.

2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin 

07/15/2015 Categories: Adults Book Club One Book One San Diego

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on August 11, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin.

When Anne Morrow, a shy college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family, she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Enthralled by Charles’s assurance and fame, Anne is certain the aviator has scarcely noticed her. But she is wrong. Charles sees in Anne a kindred spirit, a fellow adventurer, and her world will be changed forever. The two marry in a headline-making wedding. In the years that follow, Anne becomes the first licensed female glider pilot in the United States. But despite this, she is viewed merely as the aviator’s wife. The fairy-tale life she once longed for will bring heartbreak and hardships, ultimately pushing her to reconcile her need for love and her desire for independence, and to embrace, at last, life’s infinite possibilities for change and happiness.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on September 8, 2015 with KPBS’ 2015 One Book, One San Diego winning selection for adults, The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. For nearly a decade, KPBS’ One Book, One San Diego program has enriched the pleasure of reading by adding an element of meaningful community engagement. Each year, the community helps choose a book that becomes the featured “One Book”, shaping community discussions; shared experiences; and special events that comprise the One Book, One San Diego experience. Escondido Public Library is proud to partner with KPBS, and other local libraries, in this endeavor.

All 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 and One Book, One San Diego visit library.escondido.org or contact the Library information desk at 760-839-4839.

 

Join a Summer Reading Club and Read to the Rhythm at Escondido Public Library 

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s Summer Reading Clubs offer reading fun for all ages and special programs for children, teens, and adults through August 1, 2015. Join a Read to the Rhythm! Summer Reading Club by July 25, 2015 and read for enjoyment and incentive prizes. Register at the Library or online at library.escondido.org/SRC.

Children’s Summer Reading events include craft programs every Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. and Read to the Rhythm! Music-themed programs every Thursday at 2:00 p.m.:

  • July 16, 2015 - Ken Frawley Animal Tales and Musical Scales!
  • July 23, 2015 – Craig Newton’s Music
  • July 30, 2015 – John Abrams’ Animal Magic!

Read to the Rhythm! events for teens also include crafts and music-themed programs on Wednesdays and Saturdays, including Hula Basics, Escondido’s Got (Teen) Talent,  and a Live Concert! with Nicole Burns & Katya Brown, and Triceratropical.

Adult Summer Book Clubs and family-friendly concerts are also scheduled on Tuesdays and Saturdays. For more information about the 2015 Summer Reading Clubs and scheduled performers, visit library.escondido.org/SRC or contact Ricca Gaus, Senior Youth Services Librarian, at rgaus@escondido.org, 760-839-4827, or David Frazee, Adult Services Librarian, at Dfrazee@escondido.org, 760-839-4211.

Library programs are free to the public and generously supported by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.

Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

07/07/2015 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, July 25, 2015, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Me llamo Bud, No Buddy/Bud, Not Buddy, a Newbery Award winner by Christopher Paul Curtis, is the selected book for July. Copies of the book are available through the Escondido Public Library catalog and can be reserved.

Me llamo Bud, No Buddy/Bud, Not Buddyis the story of 10-year-old, orphaned African-American, Bud Caldwell, who lives in Flint, Michigan. It takes place in 1936 during the Great Depression. The few items Bud has left of his mother, who has passed away, include: a blanket, a bag of rocks, a photograph of his mother as a child, and fliers that show Herman E. Calloway and his jazz band. Feeling unwanted, unloved, and alone, Bud sets out on a most remarkable quest—to find Calloway, the man he thinks is his father. This is a touching story for all ages.

The musical motif throughout Me llamo Bud, No Buddy/Bud, Not Buddy complements Escondido Public Library’s 2015 Summer Reading theme, Read to the Rhythm!, In addition to participating in Rincón Literario, readers can sign-up online at library.escondido.org/SRC or at a Library Information Desk through July 25, 2015 to read for prizes, and enjoy special musical and programs.

Cecy Rayphole, Rincón Literario facilitator, commented, “Book discussions bring people together to share their views, experience different perspectives and cultures, and discover what they have in common. Rincón Literario is an excellent forum for this exchange and also provides an opportunity to practice or improve reading or speaking in either English or Spanish in a supportive setting.”

Rincón Literario will meet next month, on Saturday, August 29, 2015, to discuss the bittersweet Bajo la misma estrella/The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

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 the Library’s Summer Reading Clubs, visit library.escondido.org or contact Cecy Rayphole, Senior Library Associate, at 760-839-4289 or at crayphole@escondido.org.

2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall by Kazuo Ishiguro 

06/10/2015 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on July 14, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall by Kazuo Ishiguro. This book was specially selected to fit the 2015 Adult Summer Reading Club theme, Read to the Rhythm.

Escondido Public Library’s 2015 Adult Summer Reading Club promotes reading for enjoyment and pleasure, and provides Summer Reading Club members a chance to read and earn prizes in weekly drawings. Join the Adult Summer Reading Club, which runs through August 1, 2015. Sign up online beginning June 15 at library.escondido.org/SRC or in the Library at the Information Desk. Throughout the program, special musical events will be offered to tie-in with the theme.

With the clarity and precision that have become his trademarks, Kazuo Ishiguro interlocks five short pieces of fiction to create a world that resonates with emotion, heart break, and humor. Here is a fragile, once famous singer, turning his back on the one thing he loves; a music junky with little else to offer his friends but opinion; a songwriter who inadvertently breaks up a marriage; a jazz musician who thinks the answer to his career lies in changing his physical appearance; and a young cellist whose tutor has devised a remarkable way to foster his talent. For each, music is a central part of their lives and, in one way or another, delivers them to an epiphany.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on August 11, 2015, with The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin.  The selection for September 8, 2015, will be The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, the 2015 One Book One San Diego title.

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

Escondido Public Library Offers Summer Reading Clubs For All Ages and Interests 

Read to the Rhythm! is the music-related theme of Escondido Public Library’s 2015 Summer Reading Clubs for children, teens, and adults. The Clubs offer reading fun for all ages and a wide variety of programs from June 15 – August 1, 2015. The Library invites all community members to join a Summer Reading Club and read for enjoyment and incentive prizes beginning June 15, 2015. Register at the Library or online at library.escondido.org/SRC. In addition, Escondido Library patrons who register become part of the California Summer Reading Challenge, a state-wide public libraries’ drive to achieve one million summer reading sign-ups in 2015, #onemillionreaders.


Summer Reading festivities kick off on Monday, June 15, 2015 from 1:00—4:00 p.m. under the Library arcade with a delicious, free sample from Rita’s Ices—one of Escondido Library’s 2015 Summer Reading Club sponsors.

Summer reading is especially important to help prevent the summer reading slide that can occur when students who don’t read during the summer lose up two months of reading skills from the previous school year. The Library encourages reading advancement and retention with a full schedule of programs and performances that feature music, dance, magic, crafts, and stories to tie-in to Read to the Rhythm!

Craft programs for children are offered every Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. Exciting performances are offered every Thursday at 2:00 p.m., beginning on June 18, 2015, with Clint Perry & the Boo Hoo Crew, a high energy kid’s rock band. Children’s programs end on July 30, 2015, with John Abrams’ Animal Magic, a comedy, magic, and music show with lots of audience participation. A number of other new and exciting performers are scheduled throughout. Don’t miss an opportunity for children to read to (Komodo) dragons when the ever-popular Ecovivarium group educates children about reptiles (snakes and lizards), amphibians (frogs, toads, and salamanders), and arthropods (insects, spiders, and crustaceans).

Teen crafts and programs, such as Ballet Folklorico, Hula dancing, and a Teen Talent Show, are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Adult Book Clubs and family friendly concerts are scheduled throughout the summer on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Library programs are free to the public and generously supported by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Registration for events is not required; however, space and/or supplies may be limited. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information about the 2015 Summer Reading Clubs and scheduled performers, visit library.escondido.org/SRC or contact Ricca Gaus, Senior Youth Services Librarian, at rgaus@escondido.org, 760-839-4827, or David Frazee, Adult Services Librarian, at Dfrazee@escondido.org, 760-839-4211.

 

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