Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

03/04/2014 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Spanish/English bilingual book discussion group, will meet on Saturday, March 29, from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the Library’s Board Room. Author and journalist, Miriam Ruvinskis, will lead the discussion.  Mas alla de mi / Reaching Out by Francisco Jimenez is the selected book for March.

As a child, Francisco Jimenez and his family emigrated to California where he labored doing backbreaking, agricultural work.  From his perspective as a young adult, Francisco describes the challenges he faced in order to continue his education after high school.  During his college years, his family’s solidarity was severely challenged when he left his family behind to go to Santa Clara University. While he was gone, his father abandoned the family and returned to Mexico. Though he suffered from self-doubt and guilt, Francisco eventually graduated from Santa Clara University and went on to get both his master’s degree and his Ph.D. from Columbia University.  His honest and inspiring story emphasizes strong familial bonds and the continuing struggle to succeed in America, for both immigrant children and children from poor families. 

Adult Services Librarian Paul Crouthamel states, “When you discuss a great book with others who have read it, you share your perspectives and learn how other people might interpret the story differently. Rincón Literario discussions are a perfect way to learn about interesting books and converse in Spanish and English.”

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. In April, readers will discuss Perdida / Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. 

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 the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or call Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Librarian, at 760-839-4814.

Escondido Public Library Hosts Overdrive Digital Bookmobile National Tour Event 

The Overdrive Digital Bookmobile National Tour (www.digitalbookmobile.com) will showcase Escondido Public Library’s free eBook download service on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM. The Digital Bookmobile is housed inside a high-tech, 18-wheel tractor-trailer which will be stationed in the Escondido Public Library parking lot (south lot). Readers of all ages can learn how to download eBooks from the Library through interactive demonstrations and high-definition instructional videos. A gadget gallery—featuring Kindle®, iPad®,  Android™ tablet, NOOK™, Sony® Reader™, BlackBerry®, Windows® Phone, and more—will help visitors experience and compare portable devices that are compatible with the Library’s eBook service.

Library card holders can check out and download digital titles anytime, anywhere by visiting http://library.escondido.org/ebooks. Patrons can take advantage of this download service 24/7 when they visit the Library’s website. From there, they can browse the growing collection of bestselling, new release, and classic titles, and check out a digital title with a valid library card. Once downloaded, digital titles can be enjoyed on a computer or transferred to supported mobile devices. At the end of the lending period, titles will automatically expire and are returned to the digital collection. The advantages of eBooks are that they are easy to download and enjoy, and they never incur late fees or damage charges.

“Escondido Public Library is pleased to offer eBooks in our catalog, and our collection is growing,” said City Librarian Loretta McKinney, “Every month we add new titles for adults, teens, and children. I hope people will drop by the Digital Bookmobile for a little “tech time” and learn how easy it is to download a book to their favorite device. Look for the big blue truck in our parking lot on March 12th, rain or shine. We’re happy to reach out to the community and share new digital reading options.”

This program is free and open to the public. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido CA 92025. For more information, please call (760) 839-4839 or visit the Library online at http://library.escondido.org to learn about other upcoming Library programs.

2nd Tuesday Book Club to Discuss The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman 

02/11/2014 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at 6:00 PM in the Board Room. This month’s selection is The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman. 

Tom Sherbourne is a lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, a tiny island a half day’s boat journey from the coast of Western Australia.  When a baby washes up in a rowboat, he and his young wife Isabel decide to raise the child as their own. The baby seems like a gift from God, and the couple’s reasoning for keeping her seduces the reader into entering the waters of treacherous morality even as Tom--whose moral code withstood the horrors of World War I--begins to waver. 

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on April 8, 2014, with a discussion on the nonfiction title, Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking by Susan Cain.  The selection for May 13, 2014, will be The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of Escondido Public Library. 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 the 2nd Tuesday Book Club visit library.escondido.org or contact the Library information desk at 760-839-4839.

Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents Bunnell Strings 

02/10/2014 Categories: Adults Concerts Families Teens

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series presents Bunnell Strings, a classical string quintet, on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at 3:00 PM in the Turrentine Room. Bunnell Strings features Keren, Kimberly, Corrie, Cara, and Ross Bunnell in a rare ensemble of double bass, cello, viola, and two violins.

Bunnell Strings is composed of an energetic and youthful string quintet of five siblings, ranging from 18-24 years in age. Their familial bond elicits tremendous audience response, both for the remarkable ensemble interaction and their compelling story. The music takes on a life of its own as Bunnell Strings dazzles audiences with fresh energy and sound. Their extensive repertoire of stringed instrument performance styles makes them accessible to young and old alike.

2nd Saturday Concerts are free and generously sponsored by the Friends of Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA  92025.  For more information, please call (760) 839-4839 or visit Escondido Public Library online at library.escondido.org

Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents Hawaiian Music Duo Nalukai 

01/15/2014 Categories: Adults Concerts Teens

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series presents, Nalukai, a Hawaiian music duo, on Saturday, February 8, 2014, at 3:00 PM in the Turrentine Room. Nalukai features Desi Relator on guitar and vocals and David Babcock on congas, performing favorite contemporary and classic tropical tunes.

Born and raised on Oahu, Hawaii, Nalukai’s Relator and partner, Babcock, have been performing Hawaiian-style music for the past 12 years. Their repertoire consists of popular music from Sinatra and Jack Johnson to Israel Kamakawiwoʻole. “Listening to them will make you feel as though you are riding the waves back in Hawaii,” says Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Librarian.  

2nd Saturday Concerts are free and generously sponsored by the Friends of Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA  92025.  For more information, please call (760) 839-4839 or visit Escondido Public Library online at library.escondido.org

2nd Tuesday Book Club to Discuss The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier 

01/15/2014 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at 6:00 PM in the Board Room. This month’s selection is The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier. 

Ohio 1850. For a modest English Quaker stranded far from home, life is a trial. Untethered from the moment she leaves England, fleeing personal disappointment, Honor Bright is forced by family tragedy to rely on strangers in an alien, untamed landscape. Drawn into the clandestine activities of the Underground Railroad, a network helping runaway slaves escape to freedom, Honor befriends two exceptional people who embody the startling power of defiance. Eventually she must decide if she too can act on what she believes in, whatever the personal cost.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on March 8, 2014, with a discussion on The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman.  The selection for April 8, 2014, will be Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking by Susan Cain. 

This program is sponsored by the Friends of Escondido Public Library. 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 the 2nd Tuesday Book Club visit library.escondido.org or contact the Library information desk at 760-839-4839.

Escondido Public Library Hosts 10th Annual Scrabble-Thon Fundraiser 

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library and the Friends of Literacy Services will host the 10th Annual Scrabble-Thon tournament on Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM. The event will be held in the Social Hall at the First United Methodist Church of Escondido, located at 341 S. Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA. Doors open for player check-in at 8:00 AM. Tournament play begins at 9:00 AM.

The tournament is open to adults and high school students. Players elect to play in one of three divisions: Advanced, Intermediate, or Novice. Teams of four are encouraged, and teammates must compete within the same division. For more information about the tournament, official rules, and registration options, go to: library.escondido.org/scrabblethon2014.

Pre-registration is required and is now open. The early registration fee for adults is $25.00 and the deadline is February 20, 2014. The registration fee for adults will be $30.00 after that date. The registration fee for high school students is $15.00.

Registration and payment options include:

  • Online – Register through PayPal with a credit card at library.escondido.org/scrabblethon2014.
  • By Mail – Send a completed registration form with a check payable to “EPL Friends of Literacy Services” to:
    EPL Friends of Literacy Services, Escondido  Public Library, 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA  92025
  • In Person – Bring a completed registration form and cash or check to the Escondido Public Library Literacy Services office located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

In addition to tournament play, there will be opportunity drawings for prizes and a silent auction at the event.

Sponsored by the Escondido Public Library Friends of Literacy Services, proceeds from the tournament will fund basic literacy services and career readiness. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Contact Literacy Services at 760-839-5440 or visit the Library’s website library.escondido.org

Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

01/08/2014 Categories: Book Club

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, will meet on Saturday, January 25th, from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the Library’s Board Room. Author and journalist, Miriam Ruvinskis, will lead the discussion in both English and Spanish.  Las uvas de la ira/The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck is the selected book for January.

First published in 1939, Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s. It tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who were driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. A drama that is intensely human, yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, evolves out of their trials and tribulations.  This novel captures the horrors of the Great Depression and examines the very nature of equality and justice in America.

Adult Services Librarian Paul Crouthamel states, “When you discuss a great book with others who have read it, you share your perspectives and learn how other people might interpret the story differently. Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner) discussions are a perfect way to learn about interesting books and converse in both languages.”

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. In February, readers will discuss El prisionero del cielo / Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. 

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from the 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 the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or call Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Librarian, at 760-839-4814.

Escondido Public Library Hosts R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club 

12/30/2013 Categories: Book Club Middle-Graders

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library announces a new book club for kids in elementary school, called the Read, Eat, and Discuss (R.E.A.D.) Middle Grade Book Club, designed for children, ages 9-12 years old. The first meeting will be on Friday, February 7, 2014, in the Library’s Turrentine Room from 3:00 – 4:00 PM. The program, hosted by Youth Services Librarian Lalitha Nataraj, will meet in February, April, and May, and offer riveting book discussions, tasty snacks, and crafts for attendees. The first discussion will be on Smile by award-winning cartoonist, Raina Telgemeier. Copies of the book will be available for checkout at the Children’s Desk.

Telgemeier’s autobiographical graphic novel chronicles her intense experience with dental surgeries and orthodontics, as well as the complexities of adolescence. During a Girl Scout trip, sixth-grader Raina trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth. For the next five years, she undergoes numerous surgeries and wears braces on- and off-again in order to correct the damage. Her dental traumas magnify her teenage experiences, as she navigates romantic crushes, friendship drama, and a major earthquake. Regardless of whether they wear braces, readers will wholeheartedly relate to this touching coming-of-age story.

Nataraj noted that, “Book clubs provide a wonderful space for young readers to commune with others who share the same excitement about books. Vibrant discussions, book-themed crafts, and socializing with others are a perfect way to engage reluctant readers.” The next R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club meetings will be on April 4, and May 30, 2014, from 3-4 PM in the Turrentine Room, where readers will discuss Pickle by Kim Baker, and The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.

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 the Friends of the Library. For information about the R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club, please contact Youth Services Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, at 760-839-5456 or at lnataraj@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs for children can be found at library.escondido.org/kids.

Escondido Public Library Presents Cultural Program “Children Around the World” 

12/30/2013 Categories: Children

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library invites children, ages 7-12, to attend Children Around the World, a new series of five programs designed to introduce children to other cultures and provide perspectives on our world and its interconnections. A different country will be presented each month. The meetings will be held in the Library’s Turrentine Room from 3:00 – 4:00 PM. The Children Around the World series includes the following countries and dates:

  • China – Friday, January 31, 2014
  • Ethiopia – Thursday, February 13, 2014
  • Ireland – Thursday, March 13, 2014
  • India – Thursday, April 10,  2014
  • Afghanistan – Thursday, May 15, 2014

Each program explores a specific culture and introduces aspects of its society through stories, books, history, crafts, foods, and language.

Cindi Bouvier, Youth Services Senior Librarian, will lead the sessions. She said, “Cultural programs reinforce the Library’s mission to enrich and educate readers by promoting awareness, satisfying curiosity, and encouraging reading through shared experiences and knowledge.”

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Registration is not required; however, early arrival is recommended.

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Please contact Youth Services Senior Librarian, Cindi Bouvier, for further information on this program at 760-839-5456 or at cbouvier@escondido.org. Children Around the World is sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Library. Other Children’s programs and events can be viewed on the Library’s monthly calendar at library.escondido.org/kids.  

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