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.

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

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

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

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.

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