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Celebrate National Library Month in April Unlimited Possibilities @ Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA – National Library Week is celebrated April 10 to 16, 2016, to raise awareness of the resources, programs, and services offered by libraries everywhere. Escondido Public Library extends this celebration throughout April with its own National Library Month, showcasing special programs and services offered to the community. The Library offers endless opportunities to access information and technology that enhance learning, nurture the love of reading, and enrich lives.

In addition to weekly children’s programs and monthly adult book clubs, a host of special events are offered during National Library Month. Highlights include:

  • April 2, 2016, 9:00 a.m. - April Pools Day - Join Library and Recreation staff at James A. Stone Pool (131 Woodward Ave, Escondido) for a free water safety expo.
  • April 5, 2016, 1:00 p.m. - Escondido Writers Group - Aspiring writers share samples of their work and receive constructive feedback at this new monthly workshop.
  • April 9, 2016, 3:00 p.m. - 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents: Quartetto Sorrento, a classical string quartet.
  • April 13, 2016, 10 a.m. - National Bookmobile Day - participate in pop-up programs for all ages throughout the day in the Library's parking lot.
  • April 28, 2016, 3:30 p.m. - Día de los Ninos, Día de los Libros (Children’s Day, Book Day) Celebration with music, storytelling, and crafts honoring children families, books, and reading.

“Service to the community has always been the focus of the Library,” said Cynthia Smith, Assistant Library Director. “Libraries level the playing field for people of any age who are seeking information and access to technologies that will improve their quality of life. Escondido Public Library invites everyone in our community to discover the treasure chest of learning and cultural opportunities during National Library Month. I hope you’ll come visit!”

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Library programs are free, open to the public, and sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For more information about Library programming celebrating National Library Month, contact Principal Librarian Joanna Axelrod at 760-839-4330 or at jaxelrod@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs can be found at library.escondido.org.

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

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s Read, Eat, and Discuss (R.E.A.D.) Middle Grade Book Club for children, ages 9-12, meets on Friday, April 15, 2016, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Author R.J. Palacio’s award-winning novel, Wonder, will be discussed and followed by a craft activity related to the book. A limited number of copies of Wonder will be available for checkout with registration at the Children’s Desk.

August "Auggie" Pullman has been homeschooled all his life. Now, his fifth grade year, he'll be attending real school for the first time. All children experience first-day-of-school jitters, but Auggie is special - born with a terrible facial deformity, all he wants is to be just like everyone else and not send the other children away screaming on the playground. Called "frank, funny, [and] astonishingly moving," this beautiful novel meditates on the enormous capacities for kindness and courage in us all.

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 One Crazy Summer

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s Read, Eat, and Discuss (R.E.A.D.) Middle Grade Book Club for children, ages 9-12, meets on Friday, March 4, 2016, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Author Rita Williams-Garcia’s book, One Crazy Summer, will be discussed, followed by a craft activity related to the story. A limited number of copies of One Crazy Summer will be available for checkout at the Children’s Desk.

Eleven-year-old Delphine has always looked out for her two little sisters since their mother, Cecile, left seven years ago. When their father sends the girls on a plane to Oakland, California to meet their mother, they have no idea what to expect and find themselves in a kind of urban summer camp in the middle of the 1968 Civil Rights movement. Delphine makes it her mission not only to care for her siblings, no matter how crazy they make her, but also to negotiate the tricky relationship with their mother who has started a new life.

One Crazy Summer captures the excitement and changes of the 1960s for African Americans and all cultures. This thought-provoking book explores the resilience of children in a less-than-perfect world crafted by adults. Delphine shares her coming-of-age story as she deals with the realities of life, love of family, and cultural experiences. One Crazy Summer’s awards include: National Book Award Finalist, Coretta Scott King Award (Author), ALA Notable Children's Book, Newbery Honor Book, Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, and ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults.

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 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 Doll Bones

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s Read, Eat, and Discuss (R.E.A.D.) Middle Grade Book Club for children, ages 9-12, meets on Friday, January 22, 2015, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Author Holly Black’s Doll Bones, a Newbery Honor winner, will be discussed, and followed by a craft activity related to the book. Beginning December 22, 2015, a limited number of copies of Doll Bones will be available for checkout at the Children’s Desk.

For almost as long as they’ve been friends, Zach, Poppy, and Alice have been playing one continuous, ever-changing game of pirates and thieves, mermaids and warriors, all ruled by the Great Queen, a bone-china doll who curses those who displease her. Now in middle school, Zach is pushed to give up make-believe by his father. Poppy, however, declares she's been having dreams about the Queen and the ghost of a girl who wants the doll buried. The friends set off on one last journey in this award-winning New York Times favorite.

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 & Spring 2016 Storytime Programs at Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library offers a variety of storytime programs in winter and spring 2016, designed for babies, toddlers, and pre-kindergarten children. Storytime programs are filled with fun songs, fingerplays, flannel board presentations, puppets and, of course, stories just right for the development of young minds in these age groups. Library staff are happy to help families find books to check out after storytime.

Escondido Public Library’s 2016 winter and spring storytime schedule begins January 4, 2016 and runs through April 28, 2016 and includes:

  • Rhymes and Reading on Mondays at 11:00 a.m. for children ages 3-5;
  • Baby Lapsit on Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. for newborn babies to pre-walkers;
  • Toddler Tales on Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. for toddlers who are walking up to 3 years-old. Toddler Tales is a bilingual program.

Note: Storytime programs will not be offered March 23-24 or 30-31.

The 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 often leads to a life-long love of reading and learning.

Library programs are free, open to the public, and sponsored by 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 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 Celebrates Halloween Carnival & Día De Los Muertos

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library will host Halloween Carnival & Día de los Muertos, on Friday, October 30, 2015, from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This family-oriented celebration includes stations with “spook-tacular” crafts, face-painting, and sugar skull decorating. As a special feature, two Día de los Muertos storytimes will be held, one at 3:45 p.m., and the second at 4:30 p.m.

Halloween Carnival & Día de los Muertos is made possible by the generous support from Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Halloween Carnival & Dia de los Muertos is free and open to the public. Registration is not required, but early arrival is encouraged as space and supplies may be limited. To access books in the Library catalog, and for more information about this event 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 Presents Artist Dave Boatman’s Basic Cartoon Workshop

Escondido, CA — Escondido Public Library presents artist Dave Boatman’s Basic Cartoon Workshop on Tuesday, October 13, 2015, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Dave Boatman, a professional cartoonist and caricaturist, teaches creative, educational, and interactive cartoon drawing and instruction for children, ages 10 to 15 years. In this hands-on workshop, participants learn cartoon drawing basics, while improving their drawing techniques and skills. Registration is not required; however, space may be limited and early arrival is recommended.

This program is offered as a complement to an upcoming, after-hours visit to Escondido Public Library by graphic novel author, Jimmy Gownley. Gownley’s book, The Dumbest Idea Ever! is KPBS’ 2015 One Book, One San Diego teen selection. 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 available to the public at Escondido Public Library beginning Monday, September 21, 2015.

Library programs are free, open to the public, and generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido, CA 92025. For more information on general Library events and Escondido Public Library’s special KPBS 2015 One Book, One San Diego programming for children, teens, and adults visit library.escondido.org or contact Ricca Gaus, Senior Youth Services Librarian, at rgaus@escondido.org, 760-839-4827.

Fall 2015 Storytime Programs at Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library offers a number of storytime programs this fall, designed for babies, toddlers, and pre-kindergarten children. Storytime programs are filled with fun songs, stories, fingerplays, flannel board presentations, puppets, and craft activities that encourage the development of early literacy and reading skills.

Escondido Public Library’s 2015 fall storytime schedule includes:

  • Rhymes and Reading on Mondays at 11:00 a.m., for children, ages 4-5;
  • Baby Lapsit on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, September 1 — November 18, 2015, at 10:30 a.m., for newborn babies to pre-walkers;
  • Toddler Tales on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, September 1—November 18, 2015 at 11:00 a.m., for toddlers who are walking, up to 3 years-old;
  • Kinder Crafts on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Thursdays of each month at 10:30 a.m., for children ages 3-5 years; and
  • Cowboy Charlie on the 4th Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m., for children ages 3-5 years.

The Library’s storytime programs address early literacy skills that are important in preparing children for school. Each storytime program is planned and presented with the following in mind: parents are their child’s first and most important teacher;

storytime facilitates bonding between parents and young children. Storytimes provide a positive experience with books and play that often leads to a life-long love of reading and learning.

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 Public Library. For information about storytimes, contact Senior Youth Services Librarian, Ricca Gaus, at 760-839-4827 or rgaus@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs for children can be found at library.escondido.org.

Young Readers Enjoy Animal Antics at Escondido Public Library With Reptile Round-Up and Love on a Leash

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library introduces Reptile Round-Up, a new reading program for children that nurtures their natural love of reading. Reptile Round-Up, for readers ages 5-12, will be held in the Children’s Room on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. beginning September 2, 2015. Children who pre-register for a 15-minute appointment read a book of their choice aloud to a friendly reptile, such as a bearded dragon. The children practice reading for fun or to improve skills in a friendly environment with a non-critical audience.

Reptile Round-Up is made possible thanks to a partnership between the Library and EcoVivarium, a local nonprofit Living Natural History Museum and educational outreach organization. Trained animal educators from EcoVivarium are on hand to introduce the animals, ensure safe animal handling, and share lizard lore. Library staff members  share related books and website information to promote children’s knowledge of these fascinating animals.

Reptile Round-Up is a companion to Escondido Public Library’s long-established popular program, Love on a Leash, Paws for Reading where children, ages 5-12, read aloud to pet therapy dogs. Love on a Leash, Paws for Reading takes place on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., beginning in September. The Library partners with the local Love on a Leash chapter and the addition of several new dogs expands the program and opportunities for readers to book appointments.

To participate in either program, children must be pre-registered, able to read independently, and accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver. Children should come prepared with a book of their choosing to read. To schedule a 15-minute session for Reptile Round-Up or Love on a Leash, Paws for Reading, call 760-839-5456. Early registration is encouraged as the number of reservations in the programs may be limited and the appointment schedules fill up fast.

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Library programs are free and open to the public. For information about Reptile Round-Up or Love on a Leash, contact Senior Youth Services Librarian, Ricca Gaus, at 760-839-4827 or rgaus@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs for children can be found at library.escondido.org.

Escondido Public Library Reaches Out at the Farmers’ Market Throughout September

Escondido, CA – Stop by and meet Escondido Public Library’s information experts at Escondido's Certified Farmers’ Market on September 1, 8, 15 & 22, 2015. The Farmers' Market is open Tuesdays, from 2:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Grand Avenue, between Kalmia & Juniper Streets.

Each week, from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m., Library staff will be on hand to meet the public and learn more about the community’s information needs. They will also share information on how to obtain a Library card, as well as access free resources such as Chilton’s Auto Repair, eBooks and eMagazines. Weekly themes include:

  • September 1 – Tell Us What You Want, What You Really, Really Want! Share what you want for your community.
     
  • September 8 – How to: Prevent fires. Experts from the Escondido Fire Department team up with Library staff to share tips on fire prevention and answer questions.
     
  • September 15 – How to: Save water. City of Escondido Utilities Department experts team up with Librarians and share information about water conservation and what you can do to help.
     
  • September 22 – Creative Community. Meet Library staff and learn by doing; stop by for a collaborative craft for all ages.

Library programs and services are free and open to the public. For more information on this and other events, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or call Viktor Sjöberg, at 760-839-4814. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

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