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Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club Discusses Serafina and the Black Cloak 

10/16/2017 Categories: Book Club 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, will meet on Friday, November 17, 2017, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Participants will explore Robert Beatty’s novel, Serafina and the Black Cloak. Registration is required and now open at library.escondido.org/register. Circulating copies of the book are available for checkout and can be obtained at the Youth Services desk, while supplies last. To reserve a copy, visit the Library’s catalog at library.escondido.org.

Serafina lives with her Pa in the basement of the Biltmore Estate, staying out of sight during the day and only venturing out at night to go about her work of evicting rats. The rich people upstairs don’t know she exists, and her Pa wishes to keep it that way. Serafina, though, is about to be drawn into an adventure. One night, she witnesses a terrifying man in a black cloak prowling the halls. She escapes, but in the days that follow, the children at the estate begin disappearing, and Serafina will have to work with Braeden Vanderbilt, nephew of the Biltmore’s owners, to put a stop to it.

For more information on other Library programs for children, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or contact Children’s Librarian Kristine Macalalad, at 760-839-5458 or kmacalalad@escondido.org. Library programs are free, open to the public, and sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library.  Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

Celebrate Kindness at Escondido Public Library 

10/16/2017 Categories: Children Families Middle-Graders Storytime

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will host Choose Kind: Celebrate Wonder for children ages 4-12 on Thursday, November 16, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Choose Kind: Celebrate Wonder takes place a day before the release of the film, Wonder, based on the best-selling novel of the same name by R.J. Palacio.  The event will explore the story’s central themes of kindness through a storytime with related books, songs, and crafts.

The novel and film center on the life of August “Auggie” Pullman, a fifth-grader who has a facial deformity. Auggie is attending mainstream school for the first time, and as he and his family deal with big changes, they must also confront issues of prejudice and bullying. In addition to enjoying storytime, participants of Choose Kind: Celebrate Wonder will have an opportunity to watch the movie’s preview and contribute their favorite or original, positive “Precept,” or “Rule to Live By,” to a community Choose Kind wall.

For more information on other Library programs for children, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or contact Children’s Librarian Kristine Macalalad, at 760-839-5458 or kmacalalad@escondido.org. Library programs are free, open to the public, and sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library.  Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club Discusses Crenshaw 

08/23/2017 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, will meet on Friday, September 22, 2017, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Participants will explore Katherine Applegate’s novel, Crenshaw. Registration is required and now open at library.escondido.org/register. Circulating copies of the book are available for checkout and can be obtained at the Youth Services desk, while supplies last. To reserve a copy, visit the Library’s catalog at library.escondido.org.

Just as Jackson is about to enter the fifth grade, his family falls on hard times – again – and the last thing he needs is a visit from his old friend, Crenshaw, a very large and outspoken cat who may or may not be a figment of the young boy’s imagination. Like it or not Crenshaw is not going anywhere till he helps Jackson. In her singular voice, Katherine Applegate, Newbery-Medal-winning author of The One and Only Ivan, once again touches readers with her unique combination of humor and deeply felt emotion. 

For more information on other Library programs for children, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or contact Children’s Librarian Kristine Macalalad, at 760-839-5458 or kmacalalad@escondido.org. Library programs are free, open to the public, and sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library.  Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

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 Public Library Summer Reading Challenge: Design Your World July Events for Children and Families 

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s 2017 Summer Reading Challenge, an annual program designed to encourage reading for fun and life-long learning for all ages, runs through Monday, July 31, 2017. Children log their progress online to earn prizes donated by the Friends of the Library and local businesses. Register and begin logging by Monday, July 24, 2017 at library.escondido.org/summer.

This year’s theme is Design Your World. Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM)-themed events in July for children and families include:

  • Baby Storytime for children ages 0-3 years on Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Babies and their parents or caregivers enjoy interactive stories and action songs. Seating is limited to 30 children.
  • Marshmallow Structure Craft for children ages 4-12 years on Thursday, July 13, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Design a marshmallow structure to see how many pennies it can hold.
  • R.E.A.D. Book Club for children ages 9-12 years on Friday, July 14, 2017 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Explore Gene Luen Yang’s graphic novel, Secret Coders. Registration is required and open Wednesday, June 14, 2017 through Thursday, July 13, 2017 at library.escondido.org/register
  • John Abrams’ Animal Magic for children ages 4-12 years on Thursday, July 20, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Performer John Abrams employs a wacky blend of magic, comedy, music, and live exotic pets in a wildly entertaining show.
  • Popsicle Stick Catapult Craft for children ages 4-12 years on Thursday, July 27, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Children use engineering skills to build a popsicle stick catapult and see how far the pom poms fly.

For more information on all the 2017 Summer Reading Challenge: Design Your World events, including challenges for teens and adults, program dates and times, prizes, sponsors, and rules for participation, visit library.escondido.org/summer. Summer Reading events are free, open to the public, and generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and local businesses. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club Discusses Secret Coders 

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s Read, Eat, and Discuss (R.E.A.D.) Middle Grade Book Club for children, ages 9-12, will meet on Friday, July 14, 2017, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Participants will explore Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes’ graphic novel, Secret Coders. Registration is required and now open at library.escondido.org/register. Circulating copies of the book are available for checkout and can be obtained at the Youth Services desk, while supplies last. To reserve a copy, visit the Library’s catalog at library.escondido.org.

The July meeting of the R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club is part of the Escondido Public Library’s 2017 Kids Summer Reading Challenge: Design Your World, an annual program meant to encourage reading for fun and life-long learning for all ages. With the accessibility of coding programs for kids, and the increasing community interest in engaging Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) activities for children, this book selection is a perfect bridge to introduce middle graders to the mysteries and excitement of computer coding.

Twelve-year-old Hopper has no interest in starting at her new school, Stately Academy. She starts off on the wrong foot with the other students, she doesn’t enjoy her classes, and there is something very strange about the building, with its padlocked doors and walls inscribed with the number 9. When she and new friend Eni notice that the birds might be robots, the duo find themselves peeling back the layers of a computer programming mystery. Coding may not seem like the most obvious choice for a graphic novel, but Yang and Holmes bring a sense of exhilaration and excitement to the topic. Perhaps more importantly, through the enjoyable writing and illustrations, the authors also make the subject accessible – anyone can learn to code.

For more information on all the 2017 Summer Reading Challenge: Design Your World events, including challenges for teens and adults, program dates and times, prizes, sponsors, and rules for participation, visit library.escondido.org/summer. Programming, including the R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club and the 2017 Summer Reading Challenge: Design Your World are free, open to the public, and generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and local businesses. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club Discusses The Fourteenth Goldfish 

04/19/2017 Categories: Book Club 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, will meet on Friday, May 19, 2017, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Participants will explore Jennifer L Holm’s novel, The Fourteenth Goldfish. Registration is required and now open at library.escondido.org/register. Circulating copies of the book are available for checkout and can be obtained at the Youth Services desk, while supplies last. To reserve a copy, visit the Library’s catalog at library.escondido.org.

Holm, author of the popular Baby Mouse and Squish series, gives readers the quirky tale of fifth-grader Ellie, whose life takes a strange and mysterious turn when her mother brings home an unusual guest. Oddly enough, the guest, a teenage boy, looks, dresses, and speaks exactly like her grandfather Melvin, who has vanished while conducting scientific research on age-reversal. When Ellie’s grandfather needs to break a specimen out of his lab so he can publish his work, high jinks ensue. With humor, a delightful cast of characters, and snippets of the history of scientific discovery sprinkled throughout, Holm inspires children to view science as fun and filled with possibility.

Library programs are free and open to the public. The R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club is generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For more information on this and other Library programs for children, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or contact Children’s Librarian Kristine Macalalad at 760-839-5458 or kmacalalad@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club Discusses Death by Toilet Paper 

02/27/2017 Categories: Book Club 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, will meet on Friday, March 24th, 2017, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Participants will explore Donna Gephart’s novel, Death by Toilet Paper. Registration is required and now open at library.escondido.org/register. Circulating copies of the book are available for checkout and can be obtained at the Youth Services desk, while supplies last. To reserve a copy, visit the Library’s catalog at library.escondido.org.

Seventh-grader Benjamin Epstein has had a lot on his mind lately. After losing his father to illness, what he wants most is to help his mother continue with her night classes and avoid eviction from their home. Luckily, Benjamin likes to enter sweepstakes contests.  His knack for thinking up catchy jingles has already helped him win coupons and a year's supply of instant oatmeal. Now he has set his sights on the Royal-T Bathroom Tissue slogan contest's $10,000 grand prize. When their landlord gives them four days to come up with the rent, it's a race to win the cash. Gephart treats a difficult subject with just the right amount of levity, and young readers will root for this determined, likable cast of characters.

The R.E.A.D. Book Club continues on May 19th, 2017, with The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm.

Library programs are free and open to the public. The R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club is generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For more information on this and other Library programs for children, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org  or contact Children’s Librarian Kristine Macalalad at 760-839-5458 or kmacalalad@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Public Library Presents For the Love of Music, a Violin Concert by and for Kids 

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library presents “For the Love of Music,” a violin concert performed by children, ages 7 to 12 years, who are in the California Center for the Arts, Escondido’s (the Center) Jean Will Strings musical program. This special concert is by and for children, however, all ages are welcome to attend. For the Love of Music will be held on Friday, February 10, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Conducted by Kim Stephens-Doll, the children will perform a medley of American classics. Following the performance, attendees will have an opportunity to meet and greet the young musicians.

Named after its benefactor, Jean Will of Escondido, the Jean Will Strings Program at the Center provides children with a violin and free classical music instruction. Sherehe Hollins, the Center’s Education Program Manager, explained, “Children in the Jean Will Strings Program also participate in master classes with internationally renowned musicians, experience live concerts at the Center, and perform on stage throughout the year.” Dan Wood, the Library’s Youth Services Senior Librarian added, “Partnering with the California Center for the Arts, Escondido brings a special violin performance to the community. Children who attend the concert will enjoy the music and may be inspired by the young musicians to want to play as well.” For more information about the Jean Will Strings Program please visit http://artcenter.org/education/school-outreach-programs/.

Library programs are free and open to the public. Additional support for the Jean Will Strings Program musical performance is generously provided by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For more information on Library programs for children, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org  or contact Senior Librarian Dan Wood at 760-839-4827 or dwood@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Public Library Offers Kids Book Club in a Bag 

01/10/2017 Categories: Book Club Children Middle-Graders

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library now offers Kids Book Club in a Bag for children ages 9-12. Each bag is an all-in-one kit that includes multiple copies of one juvenile title, discussion questions, author information, and tips for conducting a book club meeting.

Kids Book Club in a Bag kits are designed to make starting a book club easy – just add friends. Award-winning titles, suitable for middle grade students, include The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, Pickle by Kim Baker, El Deafo by Cece Bell, Wonder by R.J. Palacio, and more. Bags can be checked out for six weeks at the Customer Service Desk with a Library card and a Book Club in a Bag borrowing agreement, signed by an adult or legal guardian. The Library also offers Book Club in a Bag kits for adult readers and book club enthusiasts.

Book Club in a Bag kits are generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Library programs and resources are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025. For more information on this and other Library programs for children, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or contact Children’s Librarian Kristine Macalalad at 760-839-5458 or kmacalalad@escondido.org.

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