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Escondido Public Library’s Children’s Book Club Meets and Skypes with Author, Kim Baker

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. (Read, Eat, and Discuss) Middle Grade Book Club for children, ages 9-12, meets on Friday, April 4, 2014, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 PM. Kim Baker’s Pickle will be discussed, followed by an interactive Skype visit with the author. Participants will have a firsthand opportunity to ask the author questions about the book. A number of copies of Pickle will be available for checkout at the Children’s Desk one month before the meeting.

In this humorous novel, Baker captures the zany antics of Ben Diaz, a sixth-grader with a gift for pranking. Hoping to make new friends, Ben forms the League of Pickle Makers, a secret invite-only school club for fellow pranksters. There’s an immediate problem: he can’t include his best friend, Hector, whose grandmother is the school principal. Ben’s activities jeopardize his friendship with Hector, and it is a matter of time before the Pickle Makers are caught. Pickle will find an eager audience of readers among devoted fans of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

Youth Services Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj said, “At the February R.E.A.D. Book Club meeting, kids kept asking, ‘When is the next meeting?’ It’s wonderful to see children excited about reading and discussing a book. Given the fantastic insights shared last time, I cannot wait to have the children interact directly with Ms. Baker through Skype – It will be a real treat for all of us.”

The next R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club meeting will be on Friday, May 30, 2014, from 3:30-4:30 PM in the Turrentine Room. Readers will discuss 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 Friends of the Escondido Library. For information about the R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club, 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.

Escondido Public Library Hosts Overdrive Digital Bookmobile National Tour Event

The Overdrive Digital Bookmobile National Tour (www.digitalbookmobile.com) will showcase Escondido Public Library’s free eBook download service on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM. The Digital Bookmobile is housed inside a high-tech, 18-wheel tractor-trailer which will be stationed in the Escondido Public Library parking lot (south lot). Readers of all ages can learn how to download eBooks from the Library through interactive demonstrations and high-definition instructional videos. A gadget gallery—featuring Kindle®, iPad®,  Android™ tablet, NOOK™, Sony® Reader™, BlackBerry®, Windows® Phone, and more—will help visitors experience and compare portable devices that are compatible with the Library’s eBook service.

Library card holders can check out and download digital titles anytime, anywhere by visiting http://library.escondido.org/ebooks. Patrons can take advantage of this download service 24/7 when they visit the Library’s website. From there, they can browse the growing collection of bestselling, new release, and classic titles, and check out a digital title with a valid library card. Once downloaded, digital titles can be enjoyed on a computer or transferred to supported mobile devices. At the end of the lending period, titles will automatically expire and are returned to the digital collection. The advantages of eBooks are that they are easy to download and enjoy, and they never incur late fees or damage charges.

“Escondido Public Library is pleased to offer eBooks in our catalog, and our collection is growing,” said City Librarian Loretta McKinney, “Every month we add new titles for adults, teens, and children. I hope people will drop by the Digital Bookmobile for a little “tech time” and learn how easy it is to download a book to their favorite device. Look for the big blue truck in our parking lot on March 12th, rain or shine. We’re happy to reach out to the community and share new digital reading options.”

This program is free and open to the public. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido CA 92025. For more information, please call (760) 839-4839 or visit the Library online at http://library.escondido.org to learn about other upcoming Library programs.

Escondido Public Library Hosts R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club

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.

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