Escondido Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets September 29th 

09/04/2012 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner) meets on Saturday, September 29th 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 El jardin olvidado / The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton.  A tiny girl is abandoned on a ship headed for Australia in 1913. She arrives completely alone with nothing but a small suitcase containing a few clothes and a single book -- a beautiful volume of fairy tales. She is taken in by the dock master and his wife and raised as their own. On her twenty-first birthday they tell her the truth, and with her sense of self shattered and with very little to go on, "Nell" sets out on a journey to England to try to trace her story, to find her real identity. Her quest leads her to Blackhurst Manor on the Cornish coast and the secrets of the doomed Mountrachet family. But it is not until her granddaughter, Cassandra, takes up the search after Nell's

death that all the pieces of the puzzle are assembled.  At Cliff Cottage, on the grounds of Blackhurst Manor, Cassandra discovers the forgotten garden of the book's title and is able to unlock the secrets of the beautiful book of fairy tales

In October, Rincón Literario readers will discuss El cementerio de Praga / The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco.  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 760.839.4601.

 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.

WW II Veteran Shares D-Day Experiences at the Escondido Public Library 

08/31/2012 Categories: Adults

World War II Veteran Robert L. Watson will be sharing his D-Day experiences on Tuesday, September 18th, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room at the Escondido Public Library.

Eighteen year old Watson landed with the first wave of the U.S. forces to hit Omaha Beach in Normandy, France at 7:27 am on June 6, 1944. He survived being blown up and wounded when his landing craft was destroyed by a mine that killed 50 of the 75 men onboard. In spite of his wounds, he served for 28 days as a U.S. Navy Beach Master.

Now 87 years old, Watson said that as long as he is able, he will continue to tell the story of the men who didn’t make it back. "What keeps me going are the 9,336 fine young American boys buried in that cemetery over there. The story of Omaha Beach needs to be told to honor all of the men who did not survive the invasion or the war."

Now living in San Marcos, Watson makes about 60 presentations a year throughout North County, at various military organizations, libraries and local school and community groups. This program is free to the public. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA.. For more information, please call (760) 839-4839.

Escondido Public Library Sponsors “Healthy Family Expo” 

08/27/2012 Categories: Families

The Escondido Public Library Youth Services Division is sponsoring the Healthy Family Expo, Thursday, September 27, 2012, from 3:30-5:30 PM in the Turrentine Room.

Representatives from local health agencies and city departments will provide information on free vision and hearing testing, dental care, nutrition, preparation of healthy snacks, exercise, fun fitness activities and affordable health insurance for children.

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.  For more information call the library at (760) 839-4837.

Escondido Public Library presents John Abrams’ Animal Magic! 

07/18/2012 Categories: Children Families

The Escondido Public Library is excited to present the Summer Reading Club finale , John AbramsAnimal Magic on August 2, 2pm in the Turrentine Room.  Families will be treated to an action packed magic show including live animals!

This program is made possible by generous support from the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Registration is required to participate in the Summer Reading Club, but events are free and open to the public. Seating is limited, so come early. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For additional information, go to http://library.escondido.org or phone 760-839-4837.

Our Bilingual Book Discussion Group, Rincón Literario, Meets July 28th 

07/02/2012 Categories: Adults Book Club

Sonar en CubanoEscondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner) meets on Saturday, July 28th 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, Soñar en Cubano/Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina Garcia, is a rich and haunting narrative by an excellent new voice in contemporary fiction. Here is the dreamy and bittersweet story of a family divided by politics and geography by the Cuban revolution. It is the family story of Celia del Pino, and her husband, daughter and grandchildren, from the mid-1930s to 1980. Celia's story mirrors the magical realism of Cuba itself, a country of beauty and poverty, idealism and corruption. Dreaming In Cuban presents a unique vision and a haunting lamentation for a past that might have been.

In August, Rincón Literario readers will discuss Captiva by Clara Rojas. 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 760.839.4601.

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.

Record & Edit Your Own Podcast 

06/28/2012 Categories: LibraryYOU

podcastingThe Escondido Public Library will be offering computer classes on recording and editing your own podcast. These classes are part of the LibraryYOU project which is collecting and sharing local knowledge through the new LibraryYOU website. LibraryYOU is supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. Its goal is to teach the community about communicating through new media formats and to supplement the library's collection with digital media created by the local community. 

Record & Edit Your Own Podcast classes will take place Monday, July 23 and Tuesday, July 31 at 6:00 p.m. in the Board Room of the Main Library. Each class will explore the basics of sound recording, editing, and podcasting. Attendees will learn about using portable recorders, microphones, and sound editing software. 

These classes are free and open to the public. Class sizes will be small to provide more assistance to each student. Registration is required. More information and online registration may be found at: http://libraryyou.escondido.org/classes.aspx or by calling 760-839-4828.

Escondido Public Library Chess Club Volunteer Opportunity 

06/13/2012 Categories: Adults Volunteering

The Escondido Public Library is seeking adult volunteers to help run the Knight’s Realm Chess Club for Kids. Volunteers provide instruction and monitor chess games for children ages 6-12. The chess club meets in the Children’s Room weekly, in the afternoon from 3:30-5:30. The Knight’s Realm Chess Club is a popular children’s program and runs throughout the year.

Chess Club Volunteer qualifications include: 

  • Knowledge of how to play chess
  • Chess rules, terminology and strategy
  • Ability to work well with children and parents
  • Willingness to commit to a regular schedule, usually for 9 to12 months
  • Ability to work independently
  • Dependability
     

Volunteers must be interviewed and Live Scan fingerprinted. For more information, contact the Escondido Public Library’s Volunteer Coordinator, Cookie Allen at 760-839-4819.

Secrets of the Pacific Crest Trail Revealed 

06/06/2012 Categories: Families

Dana Law will tell his secrets of success on the Pacific Crest Trail at the Escondido Public Library on Tuesday June 26th, 2012 at 6:00 PM. Dana has hiked 1700 miles of the trail over eight years in 26 separate journeys. He will tell you of his journey on this magnificent national scenic trail. He will share its secrets, regale you with stories, and show pictures and videos of this amazing pathway that spans the entire mountain spine of California, Oregon, and Washington.
Learn about what it takes to travel long distances self-contained. Never an easy walk but worth the effort the Pacific Crest Trail story is something you will want to hear.

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street.  This Program is free and open to the public, and generously sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library.  For more information, please call (760) 839-4839 or visit the library online.

Infant & Toddler Summer Reading Club 

05/23/2012 Categories: Book Club Children

This summer, the Escondido Public Library is kicking off its first-ever infant and toddler summer reading event, which runs from June 11th–August 4th! Parents of children, ages 0-2, may sign up at the Children’s Desk for the Dream Big, READ! Infant & Toddler Summer Reading Club (SRC). The last day to register for this program is Monday, July 30th.

Parents may pick up an Infant & Toddler SRC reading log at the Children’s Desk. Throughout the summer, parents are encouraged to participate in activities that include reading books, singing songs, and of course, attending story time events at the Library. These activities and more are listed on the reading log, and completing at least 7 out of 10 earns your little one a fabulous, age-appropriate prize!

The Infant & Toddler SRC fosters the six early literacy skills necessary to prepare children for reading and writing:

· Print Motivation – Getting your child interested in books.

· Phonological Awareness – Sounding out words.

· Vocabulary Skills – Understanding the meaning of words and/or the story.

· Narrative Skills – Developing the ability to share the details and/or ideas of a book with you.

· Print Awareness – Distinguishing between letters and pictures.

· Letter Knowledge – Learning letters and their sounds.

This program is made possible by generous support from the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Registration is required to participate in the Summer Reading Club, but events are free and open to the public. Seating is limited, so come early. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For additional information call the Children’s Department at 760-839-4837.

 

Kids’ Summer Reading Club at Escondido Public Library 

05/21/2012 Categories: Book Club Children

The Escondido Public Library’s annual Summer Reading Club begins Monday, June 11th and runs through Saturday, August 4th. This year’s theme is Dream Big, READ! Children from Pre-Kindergarten to 6th grade may sign-up for the Summer Reading Club (SRC) at the Escondido Public Library in the Children’s Room.
To participate, each child can read books, magazines, graphic novels, listen to audiobooks, or read to their younger siblings. Reading for 4 hours, 8 hours, and 12 hours will earn children prizes and allow them to complete the club. Time spent reading can be tracked on the reading log or on the Summer Reading Website. When children reach a reading goal, they simply come to the library to claim their prize. The last day to register is Monday, July 30th.

Special events will take place weekly throughout the program. On June 14th Annie Banannie and The Really Big Balloon at 2 PM will kick-off the Summer Reading Club and the grand finale will take place on August 2nd with John Abrams’, Animal Magic at 2 PM. Summer reading clubs encourage children to spend time with books and develop a love of reading for pleasure. They also increase retention of skills learned throughout the school year and engage parents in playing a greater role in their child's literacy development.

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, and registration is not required to attend weekly weekly performances and crafts.   Come early as seating is limited.

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For information about this and other Library events, visit our website or phone 760-839-4837.
                                   
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