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Fall 2017 Storytime Programs at Escondido Public Library 

07/19/2017 Categories: Children Families Storytime

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library offers storytime programs this fall designed for babies, toddlers, and pre-kindergarten children. Storytime programs are filled with songs, fingerplays, flannel board presentations, puppets and, of course, stories just right for the development of young minds. Library staff are happy to help families find books to check out after programs.

Escondido Public Library’s 2017 Fall Storytime Schedule begins September 4, 2017 and runs through November 16, 2017 and includes:

  • Rhymes and Reading on Mondays at 11:00 a.m. for children ages 3-5;
  • Toddler Tales, a bilingual program, on Thursdays in September and November at 10:30 a.m. for toddlers who are walking and up to 3 years-old;
  • Baby Lapsit on Thursdays in October at 10:30 a.m. for newborn babies to pre-walkers.

Escondido Public Library’s storytime programs address the development of early literacy skills that are important in preparing children for school. Each storytime program is planned and presented around the idea that parents are their child’s first and most important teacher. Storytimes facilitate bonding between parents and young children and provide a positive experience with books and play that leads to a life-long love of reading and learning.

Library programs are free, open to the public, and sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For more information on storytimes and other Library programs for children, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or contact Senior Librarian for Literacy and Youth Services, Dan Wood, at 760-839-4827 or dwood@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

 

Kids! San Diego Poetry Annual Summer Workshop at Escondido Public Library 

07/17/2017 Categories: Children

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will host Kids! the San Diego Poetry Annual Summer Workshop for children ages 7-12 years on Friday, August 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Terry Spohn, poet and Regional Editor of the San Diego Poetry Annual, will teach children how to write poetry. Their work will be published in the 2017 Kids! San Diego Poetry Annual. Writing materials will be provided. Registration is required at: www.ksdpa.com/workshops and is limited to 20 participants.

This workshop is sponsored by the San Diego Entertainment and Arts Guild (SDEAG) and commemorates its inaugural year by conducting over a dozen one-day workshops county-wide this summer. The Kids! San Diego Poetry Annual website states, “We believe that learning and writing poetry early in life leads to a greater ability of expression, self-confidence and empathy for others and the world around us, and promotes an active, life-long appreciation for The Arts. Plus – it can be a lot of fun!” Dan Wood, the Library’s Youth Services Senior Librarian added, “This is a fantastic opportunity to teach children in Escondido and the local area about poetry. It is exciting to be part of a county-wide effort to promote the arts and encourage children to explore and experience poetry.”

For more information on other 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. 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 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 Summer Reading Challenge: Design Your World June Events for Children and Families 

06/06/2017 Categories: Children Summer Reading Challenge

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s 2017 Summer Reading Challenge: Design Your World begins Monday, June 19, 2017 and runs through Monday, July 31, 2017. The program, which encourages reading for fun and life-long learning for all ages, also includes a variety of educational, recreational, and cultural events. Children log their progress online to earn prizes donated by the Friends of the Library and local businesses. Newborns may participate with their parents or caregivers by being read to, engaging in early literacy activities, and attending specialized storytime events.

June events for children and families include:

  • Summer Reading Challenge Kick-Off for all ages on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the Library’s front patio. Register for the Challenge and receive free samples from Chick-Fil-A and Rita’s Italian Ice.
  • Zip-Line Rocket Craft for children ages 4-12 years on Thursday, June 22, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Utilize Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM)-related skills to create a rocket using construction paper, a pulley, and string.
  • Baby Storytime for children ages 0-3 years on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 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.
  • Mad Science San Diego’s Fire & Ice Program for children ages 4-12 years on Thursday, June 29, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Discover how hot and cold science can be and take a journey through the world of fire and ice.

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 Hosts El Día de los Niños, El Día de los Libros (Children’s Day, Book Day)  

03/27/2017 Categories: Children Families

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will celebrate El Día de los Niños, El Día de los Libros (Children’s Day, Book Day) for children ages 5-12 on Thursday, April 27, 2017, from 3:30—4:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This program features bilingual stories from Mexico and around the world, songs, and crafts. El Día de los Niños, El Día de los Libros connects families and children to books, the joy of reading, and the diversity of cultures in our community.

El Día, as it is commonly known, is inspired by Mexico’s annual El Día del Niño (Day of the Child), and serves as an introduction to rich family traditions preserved in the community. It is also a nationally recognized day, especially celebrated by libraries to emphasize the importance of literacy for children of all backgrounds. Escondido Public Library’s program will feature story time beginning at 3:30 p.m., followed by craft stations for puppet-making and tissue paper flower bouquet creation. Participating children may receive a free book, provided by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library, program sponsors.

Registration is not required, but plan to arrive early as craft supplies and books may be limited.

Library programs are free and open to the public. For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or call Children’s Librarian Kristine Macalalad at 760-839-5456. 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.

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

12/27/2016 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, January 27th, 2017, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Participants will explore Laurel Snyder’s novel, Bigger than a Bread Box. 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.

Twelve-year old Rebecca’s life is upended when her parents separate and her mother decides to take her and her baby brother to live with their grandmother in another state. On top of the emotions she feels, Rebecca contends with being the new kid at school. Her luck changes when she finds a magical bread box that grants wishes, as long as whatever is wished for fits inside – which is as amazing as one might think, until things start to get very complicated.

Future R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club selections this spring include popular titles Death by Toilet Paper by Donna Gephart, and 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.

Winter and Spring Storytime Programs at Escondido Public Library 

12/12/2016 Categories: Children Storytime

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library offers a variety of storytime programs this winter and spring designed for babies, toddlers, and pre-kindergarten children. Storytime programs are filled with songs, fingerplays, flannel board presentations, puppets and, of course, stories just right for the development of young minds. Library staff are happy to help families find books to check out after program.

Escondido Public Library’s 2017 Winter and Spring Storytime Schedule begins January 5, 2017 and runs through May 15, 2017 and includes:

  • Rhymes and Reading on Mondays at 11:00 a.m. for children ages 3-5;
  • Toddler Tales, a bilingual program, on Thursdays in January and March at 10:30 a.m. for toddlers who are walking and up to 3 years-old;
  • Baby Lapsit on Thursdays in February and April at 10:30 a.m. for newborn babies to pre-walkers.

Note: Rhymes and Reading will not meet on April 17 and 24, 2017. 

Escondido Public Library’s storytime programs address the development of early literacy skills that are important in preparing children for school. Each storytime program is planned and presented around the idea that parents are their child’s first and most important teacher. Storytimes facilitate bonding between parents and young children and provide a positive experience with books and play that leads to a life-long love of reading and learning.

Library programs are free, open to the public, and sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For more information on storytimes and other Library programs for children, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or contact Senior Librarian for Literacy and Youth Services, 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 Hosts Annual Children’s Holiday Tree Trimming Party 

11/02/2016 Categories: Children Families

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will host its Children’s Holiday Tree Trimming Party  on Thursday, December 1, 2016, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Children celebrate this annual event by making an ornament for the Children’s Room holiday tree and one to take home. This festive event also celebrates the holiday spirit with a special visit from Santa Claus. Families are encouraged to arrive early, as supplies may be limited.

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Programs are sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. For information about this and other children’s programs, contact Kristine Macalalad, Children’s Librarian, at 760-839-5458 or at kmacalalad@escondido.org. Additional information about Library programs for children of all ages can be found at library.escondido.org.

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