Josiah: Musical Storyteller and Artist Lecturer At Escondido Public Library

The Literacy and Lifelong Learning and Youth Services present the very talented Josiah and his Nature-Focus Program, targeted for school age children. In his Nature-Focus Program, Josiah demonstrates the beauty and wonders of nature with storytelling and interactive discussion and movements. Children are encouraged to actively participate in these rhythmic self-expressing exercises, while learning sounds and becoming educated in the changes of nature and the world around us. This family event will be held at the Escondido Public Library during National Library Week from 3:30PM – 4:30PM on Thursday, April 18th.

For the last 15 years, Josiah has been performing for schools, from pre-school to college level, at all types of organizations.He is a professional singer, songwriter and guitarist, and is accomplished on the piano, drum, native flute, and assorted percussion instruments.

This event is free to the public. For further information please contact Literacy Department Specialist, Natalie Mason at (760) 839-5450 or nmason@ci.escondido.ca.us. This event will be held in the library, taking place in the Turrentine Room, on the second floor. Learn more about Josiah by visiting his website at www.josiahsing.com.

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

The Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series presents Virtual Strangers

Virtual Strangers will be playing at the Escondido Public Library on Saturday April 13th, 2013 at 3:00 PM in the Turrentine Room of the Escondido Public Library. Virtual Strangers is a highly talented and energetic bluegrass band whose sound is a mixture of traditional bluegrass influenced by Ralph Stanley, Earl Monroe, and Flatt and Scruggs with more progressive material from Blue Highway, Lonesome River Band and some Del McCoury. A four piece band consisting of a banjo, a guitar, a mandolin, and a bass they still produce a nice three part harmony. They have played at many bluegrass festivals throughout California and the West taking top honors in several of them. Come join us in some foot-tapping music that lifts the spirit.

The concert is free and opened to the public, and generously sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library.  The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street.  For more information, please call (760) 839-4839 or visit the library online at http://www.library.escondido.org.

Escondido Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets March 30th

Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner) will meet on Saturday, March 30th 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.

The selected book for this month is the Pulitzer Prize winner La Carretera / The Road by Cormac McCarthy.  This apocalyptic vision is narrated by a nameless man who is one of the few survivors of an unspecified civilization-ending catastrophe.  He and his young son are trekking along a treacherous highway, starving and freezing, trying to avoid roving cannibal armies.  The tale, and their lives, is saved from teetering over the edge of bleakness thanks to the man’s fierce belief that they are “the good guys” who are preserving the light of humanity.  

The Road is the profoundly moving story of a journey. It boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, "each the other's world entire," are sustained by love. Awesome in the totality of its vision, it is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation.

In April Rincon Literario readers will discuss La breve y maravillosa vida de Oscar Wao / The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz.  A list of future Rincón Literario selections is available at our website. For more information on the library’s book discussion groups and other programs, visit the library website or call 760.839.4814

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.
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.

New Library Program: Book Club In A Bag

The Escondido Public Library is excited to announce our newest library program called Book Club in a Bag (BCIAB).  We say “just add people!” because everything else for a successful book club gathering is included in the bag.  The bag has 8 copies of one title, discussion questions about the book, information on the author, general tips on how to organize a book club, and much more to get your book club started.

The library currently has fifteen titles available for the Book Club in a Bag program, including Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson, Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Little Bee by Chris Cleave and eleven others.  We encourage you to call us or come into the library so we can tell you about this exciting new program.

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia in downtown Escondido.  For more information about Book Club in a Bag visit our website or contact the library Information desk at 760-839-4839.

Friends of the Escondido Public Library Hold Half-Price Book Sale February 22 through February 28, 2013

The Friends of the Escondido Public Library will hold a 50% Off Everything Sale Friday, February 22 through Thursday, February 28, 2013. The half-price sale will take place in the Friends Book Shop inside the Escondido Public Library located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.

The Friends Book Shop hours are 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 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.

The sale will be cash only, with a 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.

For more information on the Friends of the Escondido Public Library book shop and sale, visit the Friends of the Library web page or call 760-839-4832.

Escondido Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets February 23rd

Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner) meets on Saturday, February 23rd 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 classic Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.  After years of working as a fireman--one who burns books and enjoys his work--Guy Montag meets a young girl who makes him question his profession and the values of the society in which he lives.  In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.

Ray Bradbury’s internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of twentieth-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future.

In March Rincon Literario readers will discuss La carretera/The Road by Cormac McCarthy.  A list of future Rincón Literario selections is available on the library 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.

Free Genealogy Workshop – Saturday, March 16, 2013

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

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

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

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.

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