Escondido Public Library’s Summer Reading Club

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

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

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

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

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!

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.

Escondido Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets April 27th

Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, will meet on Saturday, April 27th 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.

“La breve y maravillosa vida de Oscar Wao” / “Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao” by Junot Diaz is the selected book for this month.  Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd who dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and of finding love.  But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the fuku – the curse that has haunted his family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love.  Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim. We are immersed in the tumultuous life of Oscar and his family history, rendered with genuine warmth and humor, and insight into the Dominican-American family experience.  It displays an endless human capacity to persevere in the face of heartbreak and loss, a true literary triumph.

Rincón Literario meets regularly on 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

In May Rincon Literario readers will discuss La cupula / Under the Dome by Stephen King.  A list of future Rincón Literario selections is available at http://library.escondido.org. For more information on the library’s book discussion groups and other programs, visit the library website or call 760.839.4814.

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.

World Book Night Celebration at Escondido Public Library

25,000 volunteers from Berkeley to Boston and Sitka to Sarasota will give away half a million free books in more than 6,000 towns and cities across the country through the World Book Night U.S. program. The Escondido Public Library will once again serve as a location for registered givers to pick up their book orders during the World Book Night Celebration on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 from 6:30 – 7:30 PM in the Turrentine Room. Those interested in participating in the future are encouraged to attend this celebration to learn more about the program and how to sign up for updates on World Book Night 2014.

World Book Night U.S. is an ambitious campaign to give thousands of free, specially printed paperbacks to light or nonreaders across America on one day. Volunteer book lovers help promote reading by going out into their communities and sharing free copies of books they love. The mission of World Book Night is to seek out those without the means or access to printed books. For more information about World Book Night, please go to www.WorldBookNight.org.

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information on this and other Library events, go to http://library.escondido.org or contact 760-839-4601.

Escondido Public Library teams up with Foli to offer digital magazines

Foli digital magazine app

The Escondido Public Library is offering iPad users the ability to read a collection of digital magazines for free when they use the Foli app. Foli uses patented geolocation technology to deliver digital content to consumers in specific locations and the Escondido Public Library is proud to be the first location in San Diego County to sign up for this exciting new service.

Owners of iPads can download the free app on their next visit to the library. Foli is currently working with top magazine publishers and is available at a growing number of locations in the U.S., including airports, hotels, coffee shops, salons, and spas.

For more information, see the Foli website: http://getfoli.com or contact the library’s Digital Services Librarian, Viktor Sjöberg at: vsjoberg@escondido.org or 760-839-4828.

Celebrate National Library Week April 13-20, 2013 with Escondido Public Library

Escondido Public Library & Technology Center celebrates National Library Week, April 13-20, inviting all ages to use and enjoy free programs and services available on-site and online. The library supports lifelong learning through books, media, downloadable E-Books, and online resources as well as in-library computer access, Wi-Fi, and a business center. Escondido Public Library offers free programs for children, teens, and adults ranging from cultural and literary events to vital educational opportunities. The Library continues to be a place for study, research, and improve literacy. Known traditionally for helping students and researchers, Escondido Library is widely recognized as an innovator - promoting entrepreneurship, career development and public content creation. Escondido Public Library serves as a community hub, helping individuals and families connect and discover their world.

Festivities begin with a National Library Week proclamation by Mayor Sam Abed at the City Council Meeting on Wednesday, April 10th. The public is invited to attend the brief ceremony at 4:30 PM in the Council Chambers located at 201 North Broadway. A full week of free programs and events follows:

Saturday, 4/13      
2:00 PM              
2nd Saturday Concert: Virtual Strangers Perform Bluegrass

Monday, 4/15      
11:00 AM            
Rhymes & Reading (Preschool Story Time)
3:30 PM             
Knights Realm Chess Club (Kids 6-12 years)

Tuesday, 4/16      
6:30 PM              
World Book Night Celebration
 
Wednesday, 4/17      
10:00 AM            
Project All Ready! North County Health Services Hearing
& Vision Screening (Children 18 months – 5 years old)
10:15 AM            
Bilingual Story Time (Preschool/Grade School)
4:00 PM               
Crafty CATS Community Service for Teens
 
Thursday, 4/18      
10:30 AM            
Cowboy Charlie’s Sing-along (Preschool)
3:30 PM             
JosiahSings Celebrating the Wonder of Nature

Library Friends and Foundation supporters invite the public to participate in two special events during National Library Week:

The Friends of the Escondido Public Library will hold a 50% Off Everything Sale Monday, April 15 through Saturday, April 20th in the Friends Book Shop (inside the Library). Book Shop hours are 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Monday, Wednesday, Friday, & Saturday; and 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Tuesday & Thursday. A preview sale for Friends of the Library members will be held on Saturday, April 13 from 10 AM – 4 PM.


Favorite fiction & non-fiction, collectors, classics, hardcovers, paperbacks, audio books, CDs, and DVDs will be marked 50% off. Terms are cash only, 25¢ minimum. 100% of the proceeds from the sale directly support the Library’s circulating book and media collections and programs for children, teens, and adults.

 

The Escondido Library Foundation, in partnershipwith participating Escondido and San Marcos McDonald’s restaurants, will hold a fundraiser on Wednesday, April 17th, to benefit the Library. Visit participating McDonald’s at 340 West Mission Avenue in Escondido and two locations at 701 Center Drive in San Marcos (one restaurant is inside the Walmart store). A portion of the sales between 4:00 - 8:00 PM will go to the Library.

The Main Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. To learn more about the Escondido Public Library’s hours, locations, services, and programs visit http://library.escondido.org or call 760-839-4684.

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