Attend Share Your Vision Community Meetings for Escondido Public Library’s Future Building 

07/03/2013

Escondido, CA - The Escondido Public Library invites the public to learn more and to provide input about the development of a new dynamic Library by attending Share Your Vision Community Meetings on July 23 and July 24, 2013 at two locations. Hear what the community has been saying about the Library’s vision and values and learn about the emerging design concepts for an expanded library facility. Community feedback on conceptual design options for a new wing for the existing Library is important and attendance at the meetings is encouraged.

The meetings will take place on: Tuesday, July 23 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM Escondido Public Library (Turrentine Room) 239 South Kalmia Street Escondido, CA  92025

Wednesday, July 24 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM Escondido Police & Fire Headquarters (Community Meeting Room) 1163 North Centre City Parkway Escondido, CA 92016

Share Your Vision Community Meetings are free and open to the public and the agenda will be the same for both meetings. -  more  -  Escondido Public Library has been a vital part of the community’s educational, cultural, and economic development for more than a century. The current library building, located downtown, can no longer accommodate the materials, services, and technology to support the community’s 21st century needs. Studies over the past five years have confirmed the need for an expanded library and City Council approved the initiation of the conceptual design study to reorganize the current building and add a new state-of-the-art wing. Broad-based community input and ideas are essential to making the project a success.

This is the second and final round of community meetings to provide a project update and forum for community input. A conceptual design plan will be presented to City Council in the fall.

The Escondido Library Foundation has been actively involved in addressing the need for an expanded Library. Jack Anderson, Foundation President and member of the steering team for the Library’s expansion, is looking forward to receiving ideas from the public. He said, “We encourage your participation in this important community process. The Library is an integral part of our community life, and the design process will bring about a specific plan that will improve and strengthen the Library’s capacity and user-friendly capabilities.”

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. Learn more about the Library expansion project at http://library.escondido.org/expansion or contact Cynthia Smith, Deputy City Librarian at 760-839-4329.

Escondido Library Literacy Services Presents Playing It Strong! Literature Alive 

06/19/2013 Categories: Adult Literacy

Escondido, CA- Literacy and Lifelong Learning’s Families for Literacy (FFL) will host a summer program, Playing It Strong! Literature Alive, for families enrolled in Literacy Services. Parents and their 3rd to 6th graders will attend a total of eight meetings. In these meetings families will expand their knowledge about theater and playwriting, as they learn about scripts, skits, and plays. Brenda Townsend, from The Patio Playhouse, will facilitate the scriptwriting process including fun and interactive theater activities with the families. This program will take place every Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM from July 9, 2013 to August 1, 2013. It will be held in the Turrentine Room, located on the second floor of Escondido Public Library, and presented by Literacy Services. Literature Alive is a continuation of FFL’s Playing It Strong! program.

This program was funded in part by the New Wisdom Foundation. Please contact Literacy Department Specialist, Veronica Botello, at (760) 747-1221 or vbotello@escondido.org to register or for additional Information. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Contact the library at 760-839-4684 or go to library.escondido.org to learn more about Library programs.

 

Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Library 

06/05/2013 Categories: Book Club

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, will meet on Saturday, June 29th 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.

In La distancia entre nosotros / The Distance Between Us the author, Reyna Grande, skillfully depicts another side of the immigrant experience—the hardships and heartbreaks of the children who are left behind.  Through her brutally honest firsthand account of growing up in Mexico without her parents, Grande sheds light on the often overlooked consequence of immigration—the disintegration of a family. 

“I encourage you to read this poignant memoir” said Adult Services Librarian Paul Crouthamel. “When you discuss a great book with others who have read it, you can share your perspectives and learn how other people might have interpreted the story differently.  The discussions are a perfect way to discuss interesting books and converse in both languages”.

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of each month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. In July, Rincon Literario readers will discuss La Laguna / The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver.   

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 http://library.escondido.org  or call Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Librarian, at 760-839-4814.

Escondido Library Offers Summer Reading Club for Adults 

06/04/2013 Categories: Adults

Escondido, CA – Summer reading clubs are for all ages to enjoy. In addition to offering summer reading clubs for children and teens, the Escondido Public Library is hosting a Summer Reading Club especially for adults with the theme, Reading is So Delicious. The club runs from June 17 to August 3, 2013. Starting June 17th, adults can participate by visiting the Library in person or by registering via the Library’s web site http://library.escondido.org/adultSRC. Registration runs through July 20, 2013.

Adults who register are encouraged to share reading recommendations with others by submitting brief book reviews. Each week one review will be selected in a drawing for a prize. The Library’s web page will feature a number of selected reviews.

Kelley Aderholt, the 2012 Club’s Grand Prize Winner, looks forward to 2013: “It was fun.  I always get my kids to do the Summer Reading Club, and when they saw that there was one for adults, I knew I should join, too.  I never expected I’d be the Grand Prize Winner.”

Library programs, events and services are free and open to the public. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Contact Reference Librarian, David Frazee at 760-839-4839 for more information on the Adult Summer Reading Club. To learn more about the Library’s Summer Reading Clubs for children and teens, or go to library.escondido.org.

Escondido Public Library’s Summer Reading Club 

05/20/2013 Categories: Children

Escondido, CA – This summer, prepare to savor some tasty reads with your little one at Escondido Public Library’s Baby Summer Reading Club. This year’s Summer Reading Club theme is Reading is So Delicious, and runs from June 17 – August 3, 2013. Parents and caregivers of children, ages 0-2, may sign up to participate by registering in person at the Children’s Room Information Desk starting Monday, June 17th. The last day to register for the Baby Summer Reading Club is Saturday, July 20th.

Throughout the summer, parents and caregivers are encouraged to participate in activities with their child that include reading books, singing songs, and, attending story time events at the Library. Beginning June 19th, weekly baby story times will be held on Wednesdays at 11:00 A.M. in the Children’s Room. Suggested activities and more are listed on the Reading Log provided at sign-up. Completing at least 7 out of 10 activities earns a free book. The Baby Summer Reading Club fosters the six early literacy skills necessary to prepare children for reading and writing:

  • Getting your child interested in books. (Print Motivation)
  • Sounding out words. (Phonological Awareness)
  • Understanding the meaning of words and/or the story. (Vocabulary Skills)
  • Developing the ability to share the details and/or ideas of a book. (Narrative Skills)
  • Distinguishing between letters and pictures. (Print Awareness)
  • Learning letters and their sounds. (Letter Knowledge)

Children’s Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj reflected on the importance of reading to babies and sharing stories, “It’s never too early to begin reading to your baby, especially since the brain develops at an incredibly rapid rate during the first three years of life. Sharing books with your child helps them build vital language skills and strengthens memory.  Developing reading abilities at an early age plays a significant role in boosting academic performance in later years. Joining the Library’s Reading is So Delicious Baby Summer Reading Club is a great way to bond with your baby and get them on the path to reading success.”

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St in Escondido. Library programs are free and open to the public and sponsored by the Friends of the Library. For information about the Baby Summer Reading Club contact Children’s Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, at 760-839-5458 or at lnataraj@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s Summer Reading Clubs for children, teens and adults is available on the Library web site at http://library.escondido.org.

Bite Into a Good Book @ Escondido Public Library  

05/20/2013 Categories: Children

The Escondido Public Library is offering its annual Kids’ Summer Reading Club from June 17 to August 3, 2013. This year’s theme is “Reading is So Delicious” for all children who are Pre-Kindergarten to those entering 6th grade in the fall are eligible to join the Club by visiting the Library web site to sign up starting on June 17. The last day to register is July 20, 2013.

The following free weekly events will be held in the Library’s Turrentine Room with crafts on Tuesday and kids programs on Thursday.

Craft Events at 2 PM Every Tuesday

  • June 18     Paleontology Pasta
  • June  25    Spaghetti Painting 
  • July 9        Bean Mandala
  • July 16       Candy Sushi
  • July 23       Pancake Toy
  • July 30       Food Groups Mobile


Special Events Every Thursday

  • June 20 at 2 PM Animal Magic with John Abrams
  • June 27at 1:30 PM Magic for Life with Dana Law
  • July 11 at 2 PM Book Time with Ronald McDonald
  • July 18at 2 PM Safari Cartoon Class with Dave Boatman
  • July 25 at 2 PM Escondido Kids Move with the Recreation Department
  • August 1 at 2 PM Feed Your Imagination with Annie Banannie


Cindi Bouvier, Senior Librarian for Youth Services “Reminds all parents and children that school will be out for summer which means there will be plenty of free time for reading. So get ready for a fun-filled summer of yummy reads and join the Summer Reading Club at the Escondido Public Library and earn prizes for reading.”

Library programs, events and services are free and open to the public and no registration is required. Programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Contact the Library at 760-839-4837 or go to library.escondido.org.

Friends of the Escondido Public Library Half-Price Sale May 28 – June 1, 2013 

05/20/2013 Categories: Book Sale

The Friends of the Escondido Public Library will hold a 50% Off Everything Salestarting on Tuesday, May 28 thru Saturday, June 1, 2013. The sale will take place in the Friends Book Shop inside the Escondido Public Library, 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.

Friends Book Shop hours are 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and 10 AM – 6 PM on Tuesday and Thursday.

Favorite non-fiction subjects including history, biography, health, cooking, gardening, diet and exercise, travel, psychology, foreign languages, parenting, and more will be abundantly available.  Collectors, classics and children’s books will also be on sale. Hardcover and paperback fiction books, audio books, VHS tapes, CDs and DVDs will also be 50% off the marked price.

Cash only, 25¢ minimum.

All proceeds from the Friends of the Library sale directly support the library’s circulating book and media collections and programs for children, teens, and adults.

For more information on the Friends of the Escondido Public Library Book Shop and sale, visit: http://library.escondido.org/friends.aspx

Bilingual Book Discussion Group at Escondido Library 

05/09/2013 Categories: Book Club

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, will meet on Saturday, May 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.

La cupula / Under the Dome, a thriller by Stephen King is the selected book for May’s discussion.  On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Maine, a small town is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field.  Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage and cars explode on impact.  Families are separated and panic mounts.  No one can fathom what the barrier is, where it came from, and when – or if – it will go away.

“I encourage you to read this exciting book” said Adult Services Librarian Paul Crouthamel. “When you discuss a great book with others who have read it, you can share your perspectives and learn how other people might have interpreted the story differently.  The discussions are a perfect way to discuss interesting books and converse in both languages”

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of each month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. In June Rincon Literario readers will discuss La distancia entre nosotros  / The Distance Between Us  by Reyna Grande.

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 http://library.escondido.org or call 760.839.4814.

Share your vision of the Escondido Public Library's Future 

04/15/2013

The Escondido Public Library invites the community to help develop a dynamic new vision for the Library’s future by attending public meetings on April 27, 30, and May 1.

Escondido Public Library has been a vital part of the community’s educational, cultural, and economic development for more than a century. The current library building, located downtown, can no longer accommodate the materials, services, and technology to support the community’s 21st century needs. Studies over the past five years have confirmed the need for an expanded library and City Council recently approved the initiation of a conceptual design study to reorganize the current building and add a new state-of-the-art wing.

Broad-based community input and ideas will be essential to making the project a success. Community members are invited to participate in any or all of the following opportunities to learn about the library conceptual design project and provide input. Community Meetings will be held on the following dates:

  • Saturday, April 27
    At the Escondido Public Library’s booth at the Día de los Niños festival in Grape Day Park, 321 North Broadway in Escondido, from 11:00 A.M to 4:00 P.M.
         
  • Tuesday, April 30
    At a public meeting at the Escondido Public Library (Turrentine Room), 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido, from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.
          
  • Wednesday, May 1
    At a public meeting at Oak Hill School (Multipurpose Room), 1820 Oak Hill Drive in Escondido, from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. This meeting’s agenda will be the same as the      April 30 public meeting. Community members are welcome to attend both meetings.

The Escondido Library Foundation has been actively involved in addressing the need for an expanded Library. Jack Anderson, Foundation President and member of the steering team for the Library’s expansion, is looking forward to receiving ideas from the public. He said, “We encourage your participation in this important community process. The Library is an integral part of our community life, and the design process will bring about a specific plan that will improve and strengthen the Library’s capacity and user-friendly capabilities.”

As part of the process, plans to seek input also include a survey that will be available on the Escondido Public Library’s website. Updates and additional events on the conceptual design for an expanded Library will be posted on the Escondido Public Library’s website as the project progresses.

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information on this event, contact 760-839-4601. 

Literacy and Lifelong Learning’s Families for Literacy (FFL) Spring Program: Playing It Strong! Goes Into The Wild! 

04/04/2013 Categories: Adult Literacy Families

Literacy and Lifelong Learning’s FFL will host a spring program, Playing It Strong! Goes Into the Wild! This program is from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM on Thursdays, April 25th, May 2nd; and 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM on Saturday, May 4, 2013. Playing It Strong! Goes into the Wild!  is a continuation of FFL’s winter program, where families and their children in grades 3rd to 6th identified  their talents and strengths. Now, children will be connecting their knowledge from the 1st module of Playing It Strong!, while learning about animals.

Parents and their 3rd to 6th graders will attend three meetings. In the first two meetings they will learn about animal traits and characteristics. Through interactive activities they will learn that like humans, animals have traits and characteristics that make them unique. Children will also do a special project on an animal they think most resembles their own personality and talents. The third meeting will be a field trip to the Safari Park for the families that participated in the last two sessions.

This program was funded in part by the Wisdom Foundation. It is free and open to families in need of literacy services. It will be held in the Turrentine Room, located on the second floor of Escondido Public Library, and presented by Literacy Services. Please contact Literacy Department Specialist, Veronica Botello, at (760)747-1221 to register or for additional Information.

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information on this and other Literacy and Lifelong Learning programs or events, go to http://library.escondido.org or contact (760) 839-5440.

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