Free Genealogy Workshop – Saturday, March 16, 2013 

01/31/2013 Categories: Pioneer Room

Are you ready to discover your family’s history?  Escondido Public Library will host a free Genealogy Workshop on Saturday, March 16, 2013 from 2:30 – 4:00 PM.  The workshop will be held in the Pioneer Room, the city’s archive for local history and genealogy resources, which is located adjacent to the Library in the Mathes Community Center building at 247 South Kalmia Street (92025).  This workshop is designed for adults who want to discover their family history and learn about research resources and techniques.  Intermediate genealogy enthusiasts are also welcome to attend. 

The workshop, taught by Ginger Kullman, a lifelong Escondido resident and genealogy aficionado, features an introduction to genealogy resources and free handouts.  Workshop attendees will also receive an introduction to Ancenstry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource.  The Escondido Public Library subscribes to Ancestry.com and makes this popular genealogy database available for free public use in the library and at the Pioneer Room.

Reservations are required as seating may be limited.  Contact Ginger Kullman at 760-745-6633 to RSVP.  This program is sponsored by the Pioneer Room Friends, Escondido Library’s archives support group interested in preserving and advancing Escondido’s rich local history.

The 2nd Saturday Concert Series presents Adrienne Nims and Spirit Wind 

01/29/2013

The Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series proudly presents Adrienne Nims and Spirit Wind. They are scheduled to perform on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 3:00 pm in the Turrentine Room of the Escondido Public Library. Adrienne and her band play contemporary and world jazz with passionate energy and dazzling musicianship, creating an inspiring and unforgettable entertainment experience.  They present a dynamic, program of jazz using saxophones, flutes and many more global indigenous instruments that express not only a vast array of musical culture and style, but the magic and mystery of life.

The 2nd Saturday concerts are free and open to the public and are generously sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. The Escondido Public Library is at 239 S. 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.

“College Transitioning Series” Workshops at the Escondido Public Library 

01/24/2013 Categories: Adult Literacy

The Literacy and Lifelong Learning Department will host a three-part series of workshops beginning the month of February at the Escondido Public Library. “Your Career is Calling”, the first in the three part series, will be held Tuesday, February 19th from 6:00PM – 7:30PM presented by Director of Literacy and Lifelong Learning, Josephine Jones. This workshop will teach future graduates a three step process to better understand how to pursue a path that integrates talents, skills, and passions into a career that speaks to their calling.

The second workshop in the series, “Unleash Your Success” will be held Tuesday, March 12th from 6:00PM - 7:30PM presented by Ramdas Menon, a certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and Master Hypnotist. This hands-on workshop targets fresh college graduates, identifying key factors preventing them from achieving success and removing (through a light hypnosis session) the false beliefs ingrained in the subconscious, which holds them back from achieving their full potential.

The last of the workshop series, “Dealing with Challenges of Transition: From College to Career”, will be held Tuesday, March 26th by Motivational Speaker and Trainer Mirek Gorney. This final workshop, developed for recent college graduates provides information and strategies on how to transition smoothly into a career after college.

Literacy and Lifelong Learning workshops are free to the public, but you must reserve your space by contacting Literacy Department Specialist, Natalie Mason at (760) 839-5450 or nmason@ci.escondido.ca.us. These workshops will be held in the library, taking place in the Turrentine Room, on the second floor.

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information on these workshops and other Literacy and Lifelong Learning events, visit our website http://library.escondio.org or contact (760) 839-5440.

Laura Kohl, Jonestown survivor, will be speaking at the Escondido Public Library 

01/23/2013

Laura Kohl, a Jonestown survivor, will tell of her experiences in the Turrentine Room of the Escondido Public Library on Monday February 25th, 2013 at 6:00PM. She joined People’s Temple in 1970 and spent the next nine years working for the Temple in California and Guyana.  She was away from Jonestown on November 18, 1978 when 913 of her friends and family died.  The next twenty years were spent recovering, and rebuilding her life after that tragedy. She will tell about her personal experiences with Jim Jones and The People’s Temple and how she survived the tragedy of Jonestown. Her story of survival and recovery will be compelling to all.

The program is free and open to the public. The Escondido Public Library is at 239 S. 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.

Slang expert Grant Barrett will be speaking at the Escondido Public Library 

01/22/2013

Know what a “noob” is and how he can be “pwnt” by an “ill” guy? Want to find out?  Slangmeister Grant Barrett will give you the beta how new slang words become part of the language in the Turrentine room of the Escondido Public Library on Saturday February 16th, 2013 at 2:00PM. As editor of The Official Dictionary of Unofficial English and co-host of the radio program “A Way with Words,” Barrett is no noob to slang and will use his expertise to explanificate how slang develops and infiltrates the language.

The program is free and open to the public. The Escondido Public Library is at 239 S. 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.

Grand Opening of the Escondido Technology Center 

01/14/2013

The East Valley Branch Library will reopen as a Technology and Internet Center on Wednesday, January 30, 2013.    A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at noon at the Center, located at 2245 East Valley Parkway.

The Escondido Technology Center will be open Monday through Thursday from noon to 6:00 p.m.  The Center consists of 30 computers which may be accessed by residents in the same manner as those at Escondido Public Library at 239 S. Kalmia Street.  For more detailed information about how to use a computer at the library or Technology Center please visit  http://library.escondido.org/computers.aspx

Funding for the Technology Center was provided by Community Development Block Grant Funding ($60,000), Recreation Reserve Funding ($75,000) and a $25,000 grant from Cox Communication. 

Friends of the Escondido Public Library Half-Price Sale on January 19, 2013 

01/08/2013 Categories: Book Sale

The Friends of the Escondido Public Library will hold a 50% Off Everything Saleon Saturday, January 19, 2013.  The sale will take place at the Library, 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.  Hundreds of items will be available for sale upstairs in the Turrentine Room and in the Friends Book Shop on the main level from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Members of Friends of the Escondido Public Library will be allowed to shop for one hour (9 AM to 10 AM) at the Members-Only Preview. To become a member, pick up an application in the Book Shop or at the customer service desk or sign up on the day of the sale.

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.

No admission fee, no preview for non-members, scanners allowed. Cash only, 25¢ minimum per item.

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.

Escondido Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets January 26th 

01/07/2013 Categories: Book Club

Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner) meets on Saturday, January 26th from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the library’s Board Room. The Escondido Public Library is located in downtown Escondido at 239 South Kalmia Street.

Rincón Literario meets regularly, the last Saturday of each month, to explore literature published in English and Spanish. The discussions are a perfect way to discuss interesting books and converse in both languages.

The selected book is the inspirational memoir Deshonrada / In the Name of Honor by Mukhtar Mai.  In June 2002, Mukhtar Mai, a Pakistani woman from the impoverished village of Meerwala, was condemned by her village tribal council to be gang raped by a local clan known as the Mastoi – punishment for indiscretions allegedly committed by the woman’s 12 year old brother.  While certainly not the first account of a female’s body being negotiated for honor in a family, this time the survivor had bravely chosen to fight back.  She asserted humanity for herself and other women by suing the council before the supreme court of Pakistan and winning.

By July 2002, the Pakistani government awarded her the equivalent of $8500 in U.S. dollars and sentenced her attackers to death.  Mukhtar Mai went on to use the funds to open a school for girls so future generations would not suffer, as she had, from illiteracy. In this rousing account, Mai describes her experience and how she has since become an agent for change and  a beacon of hope for oppressed women around the world.

In February Rincon Literario readers will discuss Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. A list of future Rincón Literario selections is available on our website. For more information on the library’s book discussion groups and other programs, visit the library website or call 760.839.4601.

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.

 

Families for Literacy Winter Program: Playing It Strong! 

01/03/2013 Categories: Adult Literacy Families

Literacy and Lifelong Learning’s FFL program will be hosting their winter program, Playing It Strong! on Thursdays 3:00PM-5:00PM from January 24, 2013 to March 14, 2013. Playing It Strong! has been designed to help parents and their 3rd to 6th grade children understand and appreciate their uniqueness. Identifying the child’s natural talents and strengths as well as their academic development is the main focus of the program.

Parents and their children will be attending a total of eight weekly workshops. In these workshops, parents will receive training in strength-building concepts and strategies to provide leadership to their children. The program also consists of fun and interactive activities. Technology, such as Chrome book apps, will be used to make the academic part of the program more appealing and interesting for children. The rest of the activities will be fun and explorative for both parents and their children as they will establish a model of communication that supports Lifelong Learning and Family Literacy.

This program was funded in part by the Wisdom Foundation. It is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Turrentine Room, located on the second floor of Escondido Public Library, and presented by Literacy Staff. Please contact the Literacy and Lifelong Learning Department at (760) 839-5440 to RSVP, or for any further questions.

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.

Escondido Public Library Presents the San Diego Symphony Performing a Linda and Shearn Platt Kinder Koncert 

12/29/2012 Categories: Children Concerts

The Escondido Public Library invites grade school children to attend two Kinder Koncert performances by the San Diego Symphony,  Wednesday, February 14, 2013 at 10:00 AM and 11:15 AM in the Turrentine Room.

Conducted by Ken-David Masur, the Symphony will introduce children to the string instruments and  teach basic concepts such as melody, rhythm and harmony.  Linda and Shearn Platt Kinder Koncerts are designed to introduce the youngest listeners to classical music, instruments of the orchestra, and to the live concert experience. The San Diego Symphony samples some of music’s greatest composers including Benjamin Britten, Edward Elgar, Felix Mendelssohn, and more.

This program is made possible by the generous support from the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. All programs are free and open to the public.

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025. For more information phone the library at (760) 839-5456 or to learn more about library programs, visit the library website at: http://library.escondido.org

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