Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses Life after Life by Kate Atkinson 

09/10/2015 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on October 13, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is Life after Life by Kate Atkinson.  

On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born, the third child of a wealthy English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. Author Atkinson resurrects Ursula, whose serial and parallel existences take her through two brutal world wars and well into the 1960s. Each turn in Ursula’s story is, like the ends of her life, subject to revision. What power can one woman exert over the fate of civilization—if only she has the chance?

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will meet on November 10, 2015, with Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter, and on December 8, 2015, to discuss Off Course by Michelle Huneven.

All Library programs are free and generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. 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 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.

Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library Identity Theft: What to Look Out For! 

09/08/2015 Categories: Adults

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library, in partnership with the San Diego Financial Literacy Center, sdflc.org, will offer Identity Theft: What to Look Out For! on Tuesday, October 6, 2015, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Identity theft occurs when someone intercepts or steals your personal information. SDFLC will demonstrate how to protect personal information and how to monitor financial accounts for problems. This free workshop is part of an ongoing financial series, Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library.

San Diego Financial Literacy Center’s mission is to educate and empower individuals and families to make sound financial decisions as they develop positive personal finance habits for life. On Tuesday, November 17, 2015, Escondido Public Library will continue this series as SDFLC presents Real Estate—Rent or Buy/First Time Buyers from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. SDFLC will present the pros and cons of buying vs. renting and provide information for patrons thinking of buying a house for the first time.

All Library programs are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.  For more information about this workshop and the Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library series, contact 760-839-4839 or nrobinson@escondido.org.

Escondido Library’s R.E.A.D. Book Club Discusses KPBS’ 2015 One Book, One San Diego Selection, The Dumbest Idea Ever! by Jimmy Gownley 

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library announces the return of the Read, Eat, and Discuss (R.E.A.D.) Middle Grade Book Club, for children, ages 9-12 years old. The R.E.A.D. Book Club will meet on Friday, October 16, 2015, in the Library’s Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 PM. KPBS’ 2015 One Book, One San Diego teen selection, The Dumbest Idea Ever! by Jimmy Gownley, will be the featured book in anticipation of a special, after-hours visit to Escondido Public Library by the author. Copies of the The Dumbest Idea Ever! will be available for checkout at the Children’s Desk.

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 will be available to the public at Escondido Public Library starting Monday, September 21, 2015.

In his comedic and sincere graphic memoir, Gownley focuses on his adolescence. Jimmy is a popular and smart basketball star at his school until he’s bedridden by a terrible case of chicken pox and pneumonia, forcing him to miss a month of school. While Jimmy recovers, he reconnects with his love of drawing and comics, eventually creating and publishing his own book.

The R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club provides young readers the opportunity to commune with others who share their excitement about books. Vibrant discussions, book-themed crafts, and socializing are perfect ways to engage all readers—especially reluctant readers. The next R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club meeting will be on November 20, 2015, from 3:30-4:30 PM in the Turrentine Room. Participants will discuss Doll Bones by Holly Black.

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Library programs are free and open to the public and generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For information about the R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club, please contact Senior Youth Services Librarian, Ricca Gaus, at 760-839-5456 or rgaus@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs for children can be found at library.escondido.org.

 

Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

09/03/2015 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, September 26, 2015, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Esperanza renace/Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan, is the selected title for September. Multiple copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at library.escondido.org.

Esperanza renace/Esperanza Rising is a best-selling, Newbery Award winning novel about Esperanza, the daughter of a wealthy landowner in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Esperanza believed that she would always live a fortunate life with new dresses, a beautiful home, and servants. A sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and her Mama to flee to California during the Great Depression, where they settle in a camp for Mexican farm workers. Esperanza is unprepared for the hard labor, financial struggle, or lack of acceptance she and her mother now face. When their lives are threatened, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances.

Rincón Literario will meet next month, on Saturday, October 31, 2015, to discuss KPBS’ 2015 One Book, One San Diego selection, La sombra del viento/The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. This book was specially selected by KPBS, and its partners, as the 2015 One Book, One San Diego community read title. Copies of the book are available for check-out in print or eBook format and can be reserved at library.escondido.org. For more information on KPBS’ 2015 One Book, One San Diego, and a list of community events surrounding the county-wide reading of The Shadow of the Wind, go to www.kpbs.org/one-book

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public. To access books in the Library catalog, and 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.

 

Drought Solutions at Escondido Public Library 

09/03/2015 Categories: Adults

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will offer H2O(h) No! – Drought Solutions, a series of three consecutive programs providing insight into California’s current water situation and possible solutions. H2O(h) No! – Drought Solutions sessions will be held on Tuesdays, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., in the Turrentine Room on September 22, 2015; October 27, 2015; and November 3, 2015.

H2O(h) No! – Drought Solutions covers practical strategies for water conservation presented by leading experts from the City of Escondido’s Utilities Department and Scripps Institute for Oceanography, gray water consultants, and local home owners who have converted their yards to water-wise gardens. Find out what you can do to conserve water and save money.
 

  • September 22, 2015: Examine our current water situation and the technology that is being used to address this situation locally.
  • October 27, 2015: Get practical tips and learn about money-saving resources for conserving water at home.
  • November 3, 2015: Turn your lawn into a drought resistant oasis!

 

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 Senior Librarian of Adult Services, Viktor Sjöberg, at 760-839-4814. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

 

Fall 2015 Storytime Programs at Escondido Public Library 

08/31/2015 Categories: Children Storytime

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  

08/24/2015 Categories: Children

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 Teen Book Club Discusses Conversion by Katherine Howe 

08/24/2015 Categories: Book Club Teens

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library’s Burritos & Book Club for teens, ages 13 to 18, meets on Saturday, September 12, 2015, in the Turrentine Room from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Conversion, by Katherine Howe, is the selected title. Copies of Conversion are currently available for checkout at the Library’s Information Desk or can be reserved using the Library’s online catalog at library.escondido.org.

Conversion is a mystery that has a dual historical focus on the Salem Witch Trials and modern day life at St. Joan’s High School in Danvers, Massachusetts. Many of the girls at St. Joan’s exhibit a series of medical symptoms that cannot be explained. As Colleen Rowley begins research on the Salem Witch Trials, she begins to notice similarities between what happened in 1706 and what is happening now. In 1706, Ann confesses to the part she played in the Salem Witch Trials twelve years earlier. The interweaving of these two teen’s stories creates an intense tale that will keep readers guessing until the final reveal.\

In addition to discussing Conversion, teens can share their opinions and ideas about other books they have enjoyed and propose titles for the next Burritos & Book Club meeting. The selected book will be discussed at the next meeting on Saturday, November 7, 2015. Complimentary burritos will be provided and all participants receive a free book or audiobook at the end of the program.

This program is generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and Taco Bell located at 627 N. Escondido Boulevard in Escondido. Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido, California. For more information about teen programs, contact Teen Librarian, Cathy Janovitz, at 760-839-4283 or cjanovitz@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library can be found at library.escondido.org.

 

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

08/20/2015 Categories: Adults Children Teens

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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