Understanding Medicare and the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) at the Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA – Need help understanding Medicare and the Affordable Care Act?  The public is invited to attend a free seminar on health care insurance presented by Chi-Fu Hsueh and Cari Keithley, California-licensed health and life insurance professionals, on Saturday, November 2nd, 2013, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the Turrentine Room at the Escondido Public Library.

Do you know want to know more about Medicare plans? How will you know if you need a Medicare supplement plan? How will the Affordable Care Act affect you and which new plan should you choose? This seminar will help answer these questions and many more. It will cover Medicare’s different plans and explain what Medicare supplement plan options are and why you might need them.  In addition, an overview of the Affordable Care Act and the many new health plans available in 2014 will also be presented. California’s health insurance exchange, Covered California, will be reviewed.

“People have spent a lifetime accumulating assets,” presenter Chi-Fu Hsueh says, “And these decisions on health care can affect their assets. My mission is to help people understand how it can affect their lifestyle and share my knowledge and ideas to help them eliminate concerns.”

This program is free and open to the public. For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at http://library.escondido.org  or call Adult Services at 760-839-4839. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

Take a Trip Down Memory Lane at the Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA – The Pioneer Room of the Escondido Public Library will host a Local History Expo on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at 6:00 PM in the Turrentine Room in celebration of California and American Archives Month. Have you ever wondered who first built and owned your historic home?  Are you curious about your family’s genealogical history? Do you want to learn more about the original inhabitants of our Southern California region? If so, then be sure to attend this family-friendly Local History Expo.

This is an opportunity to meet local authors and learn about Rancho Santa Fe’s first female architect, the history of Escondido’s Grape Day Festivals, and Rancho Bernardo’s early days. Historic photos and calendars will be on display. A special computer station will play brief oral history recordings about the Look Rite Beauty Shop, Native American culture, telephone service first coming to Escondido, and more. Interactive displays from area museums, history centers, and ancestry organizations will provide a multidimensional experience in history.

Free and open to the public, this program is sponsored by Escondido Public Library’s Pioneer Room, a local history and genealogy archive that preserves and advances our rich local history.  For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at http://library.escondido.org or call Adult Services at 760-839-4839.  The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Library

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, will meet on Saturday, October 26th, 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. Inferno by Dan Brown is the selected book for October.

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon (of The Da Vinci Code) returns in another thriller that invokes history, architecture, science, and conspiracy.  Langdon wakes up in a hospital bed with no memory of the preceding 36 hours.  He’s surprised to find himself in Florence, Italy, and even more shocked to discover someone is out to kill him for something he knows.  The doctor treating him helps him to escape from an assassin, and the chase is on.  Can Langdon follow clues that tie in to Dante’s epic masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, and stop a plot destined to change the world forever?

Adult Services Librarian Paul Crouthamel states, “When you discuss a great book with others who have read it, you can share your perspectives and learn how other people might interpret the story differently.  The discussions are a perfect way to learn about 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 November, Rincon Literario readers will discuss El cuaderno de Maya / Maya’s Notebook  by Isabel Allende.

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.

Halloween Program, “Not So Spooky Stories,” at the Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA. - Children’s staff will present a special Halloween program for children, ages 3-12, in the Turrentine Room, October, 31, 2013, from 3:00-4:00 PM. -Children are invited to wear their Halloween costumes and join in the fun of hearing Halloween stories, playing games, creating special crafts, and receiving treats. Cindi Bouvier, Senior Children’s Librarian, states, “This is a fun and safe way for Escondido Public Library to offer a Halloween program for the young children of Escondido.”

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Please contact Senior Children’s Librarian, Cindi Bouvier, for further information on this and other Children’s programs at 760-839-5456 or at cbouvier@escondido.org. Other programs and events can be viewed on the Library’s monthly calendar or at http://library.escondido.org/kids.

Free San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum Membership Passes at the Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA – The Escondido Public Library is partnering with San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum (SDCDM) to offer membership passes for check out in the Children’s Room. The SDCDM pass will allow free entrance for one family (1-2 parents and their children) to the Museum for one week, discounts on birthday party packages, and discounts at the SDCDM Store. An Escondido Public Library card will be required for checkout – cards are free and available at the Customer Service Desk.

Cindi Bouvier, Senior Children’s Librarian, states, “I greatly appreciate the mission of the Museum to inspire children to learn about the world through exploration, imagination, and experimentation. Whether they are sailing a ship, building a robot, growing a garden, or creating a puppet show, children are encouraged to learn through creative experiences that increase their critical thinking skills. The San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum is the only hands-on museum for children in the San Diego North County area. It is located at 320 North Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025, and is open Monday-Sunday from 9:30 AM-4:30 PM.

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Please contact Senior Children’s Librarian, Cindi Bouvier, for further information on this and other Children’s programs at 760-839-5456 or at cbouvier@escondido.org.

Teen Boredom Busters at the Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA –Escondido Library Youth Services offers the following free monthly programs for teens and ‘tweens, ages 11+, to earn community service hours, meet new friends, and share reading fun.

“Crafty C.A.T.S.”, (Community Action Teen Service) is a creative, arts-based program providing teens with a venue for earning community service credit while developing artistic skills. Crafty C.A.T.S. meets on the first and third Wednesdays during September, October, and November in the Turrentine Room from 4:00-5:30 PM.

At “Teen Crafternoon” teens learn a new craft technique, make gifts for friends or family members, or just have fun. Teen Crafternoon meetings are on the second Wednesday of September, October, and November in the Teen Area of the Library from 4:00-5:00 PM.

Join the “Review Crew” and earn community service credits from the comfort of your home by writing book reviews of favorite books. In addition, Crew members will receive a free book after submitting their first 3 reviews and will be entered into monthly drawings to win fabulous freebies! Submit a Review Crew Participation Form to begin reviewing books

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Please contact Senior Youth Librarian, Cindi Bouvier, for further information on this and other Teen programs at 760-839-5456 or at cbouvier@escondido.org. Other programs and events can be viewed on the Library’s monthly calendar or at http://library.escondido.org/teens

2nd Tuesday Book Club to Discuss Toby’s Room by Pat Barker

The Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at 6:00 PM, in the Board Room. This month’s selection is Toby’s Room by Pat Barker.
 
This indelible portrait of a family torn apart by war focuses on Toby Brooke, a medical student, and his younger sister Elinor. Enmeshed in a web of complicated family relationships, Elinor and Toby are close: some might say too close. But when World War I begins, Toby is posted to the front as a medical officer while Elinor stays in London to continue her fine art studies. Toby’s Room is an eloquent literary narrative of hardship and resilience, love and betrayal, and anguish and redemption. In unflinching yet elegant prose, Pat Barker captures the enormity of the war’s impact—not only on soldiers at the front but on the loved ones they leave behind.
 
The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on November 12, 2013, with a discussion on the classic, Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens.  The selection for December 10th will be The Round House by Louise Erdrich.

All Library programs are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia 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.

Ghost Mountain's Rider South to Make Rare Appearance at Escondido Library

Escondido, CA – Rider South of Ghost Mountain fame will be at the Escondido Public Library on Monday, October 28th, 2013, at 6:00 PM in the Turrentine Room. He will be talking about his father, Marshal South, and his family’s 17-year experiment in primitive living. He wants to highlight his father’s accomplishments as a western novelist which he feels have been obscured by his father’s controversial life style choices.

Sixty-five years ago, Rider South came down from Anza-Borrego’s Ghost Mountain as a young teenager, and his life changed dramatically. Rider and his younger brother and sister had been part of their parents’ experiment in primitive living. This was chronicled as a monthly series by Marshal South in the pages of Desert Magazine, running for nine consecutive years until 1948.

Rider has vivid memories of his early life on Ghost Mountain. He was aware that his father’s writings and artistic creations were sources of income for the family and helped to provide some of the necessities they needed to survive on that waterless mountaintop. Yet today, Marshal South is hardly remembered as a very talented writer of western fiction. It is Rider’s hope that, with the republication of Marshal South Rides Again: His Anza-Borrego Novels, readers will discover a Marshal South separate from the sensationalism caused by his life choices.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at http://library.escondido.org  or call Adult Services at 760-839-4839. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

Friends of the Escondido Public Library Half-Price Sale Sept. 23-28, 2013

The Friends of the Escondido Public Library will hold a 50% Off Everything Sale starting on Wednesday, September 23 thru Saturday, September 28, 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 or call 760-839-4832.
 

Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, will meet on Saturday, September 28th, 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 ladrona de libros / The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is the selected book for September.

This bestseller is Markus Zusak’s unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.  The setting is Nazi Germany, 1939.  Death has never been busier – and will become busier still.  Death himself narrates the story of Liesel Meminger beginning at the time she is taken at age nine to live with a foster family in Molching, Germany.  When she arrives she has just stolen her first book – although she has not yet learned how to read.  Across the ensuing years into the 1940s, Liesel collects more stolen books as well as a peculiar set of friends.  With the help of her foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. 

Adult Services Librarian Paul Crouthamel states, “When you discuss a great book with others who have read it, you can share your perspectives and learn how other people might interpret the story differently.  The discussions are a perfect way to learn about 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 October, Rincon Literario readers will discuss Inferno by Dan Brown.

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.

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