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

12/15/2015 Categories: Book Club Children

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 

12/14/2015 Categories: Children Families Storytime

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.

2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses The Liar’s Wife: Four Novellas by Mary Gordon 

12/09/2015 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on January 12, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is The Liar’s Wife: Four Novellas by Mary Gordon.  

In these elegantly written novellas of relationships at home and abroad, we meet the ferocious Simone Weil during her final days as a transplant to New York City; a vulnerable American grad student who escapes to Italy after her first, compromising love affair; the charming Irish liar of the title novella, who gets more out of life than most of us; and Thomas Mann, who opens the heart of a high-school kid in America.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on February 9, 2016 with the non-fiction title Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande. The selection for March 8, 2016 is The Red Lily Crown: A Novel of Medici Florence by Elizabeth Loupas.

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 Adult Services Librarian Monica Barrette at 760-839-4836.

 

 

Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents Courtly Noyse 

11/30/2015 Categories: Adults Concerts Families

Escondido, CA —Celebrate the holidays Renaissance-style at the Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert featuring Courtly Noyse on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Courtly Noyse members are skilled Renaissance musicians who play a wide variety of unique instruments such as the recorder, viola da gamba, mandolin, and vielle. For a sampling of their musical stylings, visit www.courtlynoyse.com/.

The 2016 2nd Saturday Concert Series runs from January through May 2016 and features an array of diverse musical styles. The January 9, 2016 concert will highlight emerging vocalists from the San Diego Opera with their program Opera Exposed! For more information about this and future performances, visit library.escondido.org/concerts, or contact Librarian, David Frazee, at 760-839-4839. The 2nd Saturday Concert Series is 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, Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Public Library Launches 1 GBPS Broadband Internet  

11/13/2015

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library has upgraded bandwidth for its public computers to run at 1 gbps (gigabit per second) thanks to a statewide initiative aimed at connecting public libraries to the California Research and Education Network (CalREN), a 3,800 mile fiber-based high-speed broadband network.
 

This advancement in broadband access was made possible with the award of a $30,000 grant from the California State Library, and connection through The Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC). Support was also received from the Califa Library Group, the Southern California Library Cooperative (SCLC) as project aggregators, and Escondido Public Library’s Board of Trustees. This funding enabled Escondido Public Library to procure the necessary equipment to upgrade its infrastructure for public internet bandwidth to make the significant leap from 50 mbps to 1 gbps.


As State Librarian of California, Greg Lucas, commented “Better bandwidth allows public libraries to truly be community information hubs, connecting the more than 21 million Californians with library cards to the essential online resources necessary for 21st Century digital citizenship.” This improvement in bandwidth allows Escondido Public Library to provide a high-quality online experience for users, enabling them to fully participate in recreational, educational, and occupational opportunities.


For further information on the statewide public library broadband initiative, visit http://cenic.org/network/BroadbandLibraries or contact Cynthia Smith, Deputy City Librarian, at 760-839-4329 or csmith@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Contact the Library at 760-839-4684 or visit our website library.escondido.org.

2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses Off Course by Michelle Huneven 

11/12/2015 Categories: Adults Book Club

 

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on December 8, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is Off Course by Michelle Huneven.  

The year is 1981, Reagan is in the White House, and the country is stalled in a recession. Cressida Hartley, a gifted Ph.D. student in economics, moves into her parents' shabby A-frame cabin in the Sierras to write her dissertation. Off Course is Michelle Huneven’s most intimate and emotionally compelling novel to date, telling the story of Cressida as she delves into life in a mountain community to escape the trip wires of her life. The book features Huneven’s signature mix of fine-grained storytelling, unforgettable characters, and moral complexity.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on January 12, 2016 with The Liar’s Wife by Mary Gordon.  The selection for February 9, 2016 is the non-fiction title Isaac’s Storm: a man, a time, and the deadliest hurricane in history by Erik Larson.

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 Hosts Annual Children’s Holiday Tree Trimming Party 

11/09/2015 Categories: Families Middle-Graders

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will host its Children’s Holiday Tree Trimming Party  on Thursday, December 3, 2015, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Children celebrate this annual event by making an ornament and decorating the Children’s Room tree. They can also make an ornament to take home. This festive event celebrates the holiday spirit with a special visit from Santa Claus.

Kristine Macalalad, Children’s Librarian, encourages families to “Join the fun and make an ornament to hang on the Children’s Room tree. Be sure to arrive early, as craft supplies may be limited, and to also allow enough time to make one to take home.”

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.

Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets in November 

11/03/2015 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, November 21, 2015, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is Misión Olvido /The Heart Has Its Reasons by María Dueñas. Copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at library.escondido.org.

A talented college professor in Madrid, Blanca Perea, seems to have it all. Her world is suddenly shattered when her husband of twenty years leaves her for another woman. Questioning the life she once had and whether she truly knows herself, Blanca resolves to change her surroundings. She accepts what looks like a boring research grant in California involving an exiled Spanish writer who died decades ago. Anxious to leave her own troubled life behind, she is gradually drawn into his haunted world, with its poignant loves and unfulfilled ambitions. In delving into the past, Blanca finds herself awakened to the present by a charismatic professor with crucial knowledge about the dead writer that he has never before revealed. Blanca becomes involved in a web of passion, conflict, and hidden feelings as she discovers her new life.

Rincón Literario will meet next month, on Saturday, January 30, 2016, to discuss the bestseller, La chica del tren /The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from Friends of Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public. 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.

eReaders eXplained at Escondido Public Library 

11/03/2015 Categories: Adults Teens

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library offers “eReaders eXplained,” providing instruction and demonstrations on how to access and download free Library eBooks and eAudiobooks to your smartphone, tablet, eReader, or computer. eReaders eXplained, will be held on Tuesday, November 24, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Seating will be limited to the first 20 people, so please come early.

eReaders eXplained takes the mystery out of how to use Library eBooks with eReaders, including iPads, iPhones, and other tablets, and will provide step-by-step guidance for the required one-time set-up. Attendees should bring their own devices to get the most out of this hands-on learning experience.

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 Reference Librarian, David Frazee at 760-839-4839. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Public Library’s Holiday Food for Fines Program Begins 

11/03/2015 Categories: Adults Food for Fines

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s annual Holiday Food for Fines Program runs Monday, November 30 through Thursday, December 31, 2015. The program provides Library patrons with the opportunity to clear up to $20.00 in fines from their account. Proceeds benefit Interfaith Community Services in Escondido which distributes the food to families in need throughout the North County area.

Non-perishable, nutritious, pre-packaged items such as canned goods, pasta, sauces, and peanut butter credit up to $1.00 worth of fines per item. Non-nutritious, perishable, expired, or damaged items cannot be accepted. Customer Services Supervisor, Linda Weber, explains, “This event is a wonderful way for Library patrons to not only clear some of their fines, but to also give back to their community by helping those in need. Last year we collected more than 90 crates of food weighing an estimated 2,340 pounds. We hope to top that this year.”

Food may only be used to clear fines, and may not be used to clear fees associated with lost or damaged books and materials, or City Attorney fees.

The Library is happy to accept any donations whether or not they are fine-related and welcomes donations from patrons who bring in food just to help those in need. For further information, contact Linda Weber, Customer Services Supervisor, at 760-839-4613. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Contact the Library at 760-839-4684 or visit our website library.escondido.org.

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