Escondido Public Library’s Holiday Food for Fines Benefits Locals in Need

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s annual Holiday Food for Fines program proved once again to be very successful. This popular program provides Library patrons with the opportunity to clear up to $20.00 in fines from their account.  During the collection drive, which ran from Monday, November 30 through Thursday, December 31, 2015, the Library accumulated 50 crates of food weighing an estimated 1,500 pounds. The Library gladly accepted both fine and non-fine related food donations. Proceeds from the drive were donated to Interfaith Community Services www.interfaithservices.org/ in Escondido which will distribute the food to families in need throughout the North County area.

Interfaith’s Communications Coordinator Lauren Holt commented, “Interfaith Community Services is continually thankful to receive support from a diverse array of community groups in North County, such as the Escondido Public Library. Thanks to the incredible donations resulting from their Food for Fines program, the Escondido Public Library will help feed the nearly 16,000 low-income community members in need that Interfaith serves each year.  With 1 in 4 children in San Diego County at-risk for hunger, along with an estimated 9,000 homeless residents living without permanent shelter, the basic human need for food has never been greater. Interfaith Community Services thanks the Escondido Public Library for their commitment to our local community and hopes to continue our partnership for the benefit of those in need of a hand up.”

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. For more information about Food for Fines, contact Principal Librarian Joanna Axelrod at jaxelrod@escondido.org or 760-839-4330. Information about other events and services can be found at library.escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido.

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

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, January 30, 2016 from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Senior Library Associate Cecy Rayphole will lead the discussion of this month’s selection, La chica del tren/The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, in both English and Spanish. Copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at library.escondido.org.

Every morning Rachel takes the same commuter train, passes the same suburban homes, and stops at a signal that allows her to see the same couple routinely having breakfast on their deck. Then one day, during her trip, she sees something shocking.  Suddenly, her life takes a turn from the mundane to the thrilling, yet horrifying. Rachel alerts the police and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Was it a mistake to get involved?

Rincón Literario will meet next month, on Saturday, February 27, 2016 to discuss Isabel Allende’s new novel, El amante japonés/The Japanese Lover.

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from Friends of the 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. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.

New Year, New You at Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library offers opportunities to experience something new in 2016 through the New Year, New You series of events. Throughout January and February, adults can start their next adventure - for free - at the Library.

New Year, New You includes the following events:

  • Saturday, January 9
    12 - 1:30 p.m.
    Travel Adventures With Road Scholar

    Learn about Elderhostel’s Road Scholar Program, the world’s leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing learning opportunities for adults across the globe. Learn from inspiring instructors, and make lifelong friends. Drawing for a $50 gift certificate.
     
  • Fridays January 22, 29 & February 5, 12
    11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Feldenkrais: Discover Natural Pain Relief 

    After a Feldenkrais lesson, you may feel taller, lighter, breathe more easily and begin to feel a sense of grace and elegance in your movements. Instructed by Anita Noone, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner. Bring a mat, towel, or blanket. Pre-registration encouraged, call 760-839-4814 to register.
     
  • Tuesday, February 2
    6 – 7 p.m.
    POUND Rock Out Workout

    POUND is a full-body cardio jam session combining light resistance with constant drumming. Instructed by Cynthia Demorest. Pre-registration required, call 760-839-4814 to register. This class is presented in partnership with Escondido Recreation.
     

For more information about the New Year, New You seriesplease visit library.escondido.org or contact Senior Adult Services Librarian Viktor Sjöberg at vsjoberg@escondido.org or by calling 760-839-4814. Library programs are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.

Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents Opera Exposed! with Dr. Nicolas Reveles

Escondido, CA - Opera Exposed!, a program of operatic selections, will be performed at Escondido Public Library on Saturday, January 9th, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Emerging vocalists perform selections from familiar operas to entertain and educate, as well as to promote the San Diego Opera’s 2016 season.

San Diego Opera’s Opera Exposed! program is made up of undergraduate singers from the University of San Diego, Point Loma Nazarene University, and San Diego State University enthusiastically spreading knowledge and the joy of opera!” said Dr. Nicholas Reveles, the San Diego Opera Company’s Director of Education and Community Engagement. Dr. Reveles will accompany the singers on piano and provide commentary on the great stories behind operas such as ToscaMadame Butterfly, and Great Scott.

The 2nd Saturday Concert Series runs through May 2016 and features an array of classical, jazz, and other diverse musical styles. February’s concert presents Mohavi Soul, performing traditional bluegrass and original music by guitarist Mark Miller and mandolinist Randy Hanson.

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. For more information about other Library programs and services visit library.escondido.org

Escondido Public Library Holiday Closure

Escondido, CA – In observance of the holidays, all Escondido Public Library facilities will be closed on Friday, December 25, 2015 and Friday, January 1, 2016. Library facilities will close at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 24, 2015 (Christmas Eve) and Thursday, December 31, 2015 (New Year’s Eve). Library services will resume regularly scheduled hours of operation on Saturday, December 26, 2015 and Saturday, January 2, 2016.

In addition, the Escondido Technology Center, located in the East Valley Community Center at 2245 East Valley Parkway, will be closed for annual maintenance on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 and Thursday, December 31, 2015.

Although the facilities may not be open, the Library’s website is available 24/7 with a plethora of resources and access to library card accounts. For more information, call 760-839-4684 or visit the website at library.escondido.org.

Escondido Public Library Teen Book Club Discusses The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s Burritos & Book Club for teens, ages 13 to 18, meets on Saturday, January 16, 2016, in the Turrentine Room from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Kiss of Deception, by Mary E. Pearson, is the selected title. Copies of The Kiss of Deception 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.

The Kiss of Deception is the first book in a fantasy series about Princess Lia, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan. Strong and determined, Lia flees on the morning of her marriage, which is no more than a political alliance to a prince she has never met. As she settles into her new life, she becomes intrigued when two male strangers arrive in the village she now calls home. What Lia does not know, is that one of them is the prince that she jilted and the other is an assassin sent by her own father. As she becomes involved with both gentlemen, Lia also tries to determine what mysteries are hidden within the ancient documents she stole from the Chancellor’s secret collection. These documents take Lia on a quest; a journey where she uncovers deception upon deception and unlocks perilous secrets that could lead to the unraveling of her world.

In addition to discussing The Kiss of Deception, 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, March 12, 2016. 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 1944 E. Valley Parkway 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’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.

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

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

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.

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