Trailblazing Photojournalist: Margaret Bourke-White

The Escondido Public Library will host a lecture, Trailblazing Photojournalist: Margaret Bourke-White, presented by Dr. Lynne Iglitzin, a recognized specialist in women’s studies and political science. The lecture will take place on Tuesday, April 24th at 6:30 PM in the Library’s Turrentine Room.

Dr. Iglitzin vividly tells the story of renowned photographer Margaret Bourke-White, who early in the 20th century pioneered new techniques in photojournalism and opened the door for women in photography. Drawing on Bourke-White’s autobiography, letters, and biographies, Dr. Iglitzin brings to life the photographer’s determination to fulfill her goals. Margaret Bourke-White brought the world striking black and white photography in the factories and steel mills of Cleveland--where no woman had gone before. Her sensitive pictures during the 1930s illustrate the impact of the Depression in American social history. As the pre-eminent photographer for LIFE Magazine, Margaret Bourke-White's powerful photographs from the 1940s brought images of World War II directly into the living rooms of Americans everywhere. Margaret Bourke-White became one of the most famous women of the 20th century. Her story shows a woman determined to realize her dreams--and is a compelling tale in the history of women and photojournalism.

Dr. Lynne Iglitzin is a member of the State of Washington Humanities Speakers Bureau and offers this presentation to the community as a special one-time engagement. Her presentation is engaging and educational. Dr. Iglitzin is a former Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington and author of several books, including Women in the World and Violent Conflict in American Society. She is also a founding board member of Youth in Focus, a program promoting photography as a tool for motivating youth. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College.

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. This event is free and open to the public. For more information on this program and other Library events, go to or contact 760-839-4601.

Dia de los Ninos / Day of the Child

In celebration of Dia de los Ninos, the Escondido Public Library will present a special program called "Many Children, Many Cultures, Many Books" on Thursday, April 26th from 4:00 – 5:00 PM in the Turrentine Room. Dia de los Ninos emphasizes the importance of literacy by celebrating a love of reading and linking children and families with books, honoring bilingualism and cultural diversity. Families will enjoy music, dancing, storytelling, crafts, refreshments and each child will receive their own book.

This event is free and open to everyone.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Library.

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.  All programs are free and open to the public and no registration is required.  For more information call the library at (760) 839-4837or visit the library website.

Local Author & Poet EXPO on April 21st

Local Author & Poet EXPONorth County Authors & Poets (NCAP) will host a Local Authors & Poets EXPO at the Escondido Public Library from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, April 21st. The EXPO showcases the works of the active writing community in San Diego’s North County. Local authors and poets will be on hand to share their fiction and nonfiction works covering many genres, with appeal for all ages. Poetry and short story readings and stories for children will also take place at the event. Books will be available for signing and purchase. The Local Authors & Poets EXPO is free and open to the public.

Participating authors include: Hal Flemings, Jennifer Kise, Isabel Camacho Diamond, Mary Lenore Quigley, Laura Kohl, Linda Pequegnat, Cathy Lubenski, Toni Noel, Antonio F. Vianna, John “Jack” Wolf, Marshall Lubin, Jannine Corti-Petska, Lewis Decker, Barbara Deming, Alexander DeVolpi, Josh Henry and Harrison Herz.

 North County Authors & Poets was founded in 2004 to encourage and assist local writers. True to their mission, EXPO author participation is free; however, table space must be reserved by contacting NCAP organizer, Mary Lenore Quigley at (760) 510-9587 or Learn more about NCAP by visiting their website.

The Escondido Public Library has partnered with NCAP’s local author showcase for the past several years. This year’s event will mainly be held outdoors in the front of the library with children’s stories and an Authors’ Panel moderated by Karla Olson, President of Read Local, taking place on the second floor. The panel will reveal publishing methods and promotion techniques.

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information on this and other Library events, visit the library website or contact 760-839-4601.

An Invitation to Casual Chess

Interested in learning how to play chess or want to find new partners or improve your playing?  Come join us in an afternoon of Casual Chess on Wednesday March 28, 2012 from 12:00 PM to 3:30 PM in the Turrentine Room of the Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St. Escondido, CA 92025.

All interested adults from beginners to experts are welcome to attend and meet other chess players and make new friends. Come have fun, exercise your brain and sharpen your skills. Chess sets will be provided.

Escondido Joslyn Senior Center Chess Club will be hosting the program.

Upcoming Computer Classes at the Escondido Public Library

The Escondido Public Library will be offering computer classes this April on using online video and podcasting. These classes are part of the LibraryYOU project which is collecting and sharing local knowledge through a new library 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. 

Introduction to Online Video
classes will take place Tuesday, April 3 at 2:00 p.m. and Tuesday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Computer Lab at the Pioneer Room.  Each class will cover the basics of using online video sites like Youtube to share and learn in addition to the cameras and software needed to record and edit videos.

Introduction to Podcasting
classes will take place Tuesday, April 10 at 2:00 p.m. and Tuesday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the Computer Lab at the Pioneer Room. Each class will cover how to find podcasts and download them to your computer or mp3 player as well as how to create podcasts with basic audio editing software.

These classes are free and open to the public. Registration is required. More information and online registration may be found at or by calling 760-839-4828.

Holocaust Survivor, Doris Martin, to Speak at Escondido Public Library

Kiss Every StepHolocaust survivor, Doris Martin, will speak Monday, April 9th at 6:30 PM in the Turrentine Room at the Escondido Public Library. Ms. Martin, author of the book Kiss Every Step, recounts her miraculous survival and that of her family in Nazi Germany. Born in Poland, she survived Auschwitz and spent three-and-a-half years in a labor camp handling and measuring explosive powder to build mines for the Nazi war effort. She writes, “The German army swept into Poland on September 1, 1939, and into my home town of Bendzin. The Nazis burned down our beautiful synagogue with 200 Jews inside. Most families in our town were wiped out by the Holocaust. Through many incredible strokes of luck or miracles, all seven of us survived. For an entire Jewish family in Poland to survive the Holocaust is amazing.”

Ms. Martin resides in Escondido and Flagstaff, Arizona. She believes that her miraculous survival, and that of her family, is proof that there is still hope to make the world a better place. She and her husband, Ralph Martin, have long been activists in teaching tolerance and she shares her message in schools and community engagements. They established the Martin-Springer Institute at Northern Arizona University in 2000. The mission of the Institute is to apply the lessons of the Holocaust to promote moral courage, altruism, and tolerance. Ralph and Doris Martin hope that through education, their Institute will help to reduce intolerance and hatred in order to prevent future outbreaks of these kinds of crimes.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required, but early arrival is encouraged as seating may be limited. Kiss Every Step will be available for purchase for $10.00 and Ms. Martin will sign books after the speaking engagement.

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information contact 760-839-4601

2nd Saturday Concerts presents Romeo Carrido and Eduardo Parra of Luna Llena

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Luna Llena founders, Romeo Carrido and Eduardo Parra are performing at the Escondido Library Public on Saturday March 10th, 2012 at 3:00 PM. They will be playing Afro-Mestizo Music, a blend of Spanish, Indian, and African musical influences. They will demonstrate on acoustic string instruments, congas, and other percussion instruments how these styles blend to create an indigenous American sound. They invite everyone to come join them for this unique performance.

These concerts are free and open to the public because of the generous sponsorship of the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. The Escondido Public Library is located downtown at 239 S. Kalmia Street. For more information, please call (760) 839-4839

Parking Lot Construction: February 14-24, 2012

Three book drops that formerly served the East Valley Branch Library will be relocated to our front parking lot. Construction work on the project will begin Monday morning, February 13th. The project is expected to take about 2 weeks. We apologize for any inconvenience you experience during this time.

Here's the information you need to know:

Monday, 2/13 – Saw cutting will be done around the work area from 7:30 to ~9:30 AM. This is in preparation for the major work that begins the following day. This work should be completed in time for the library to open, with little or no impact to the public.

Tuesday, 2/14 – Friday, 2/17 – Construction, concrete curb forms built; concrete curbs poured and cured.

Saturday, 2/18 – Monday, 20 – No work over the weekend and holiday.

Tuesday, 2/21 & Thursday, 2/23 –– Concrete pad formed, poured and cured; new directional signage installed. The parking lot arrows and curbs painted.

Friday, 2/24 - Book drops installed and operational by the end of the day.

Starting Tuesday, February 14th, the Library driveway entrance on 3rd Street (closest to the Mathes Center) will be closed. Parking spaces closest to the Mathes Center and other spaces around the work site may be inaccessible for safety reasons. The construction company will provide signage and restrict access to the work area and possibly some parking spaces.

Share the love of reading: Help Give Away One Million Books

World Book Night 2012

World Book Night (WBN) is a charity dedicated to the promotion of literacy and the celebration, sharing, and enjoyment of reading amongst teenagers and adults. More than 50,000 volunteers across the USA, the UK, and Ireland will be giving away free copies of 30 select titles on April 23, 2012 in order to share the joy and love of reading with millions of non-readers in their community.

The Escondido Public Library will be celebrating World Book Night 2012 by serving as a location for book givers to pick up their boxes of free books. Individual staff members will also be serving as book givers, and you should too!

This is your chance to be a part of something huge and change lives in the process. Volunteers are still needed to go out into their community on April 23, in search of those who don’t read much or don’t readily have access to books. Great places to find these non-readers include shelters, detention facilities, laundromats, bowling alleys, church, after-work parties, and boys & girls clubs among others.

If you’re a book lover, at least 16 years old, and know some tweens, teens, or adults who would benefit from a free book, apply to be a giver. The deadline to register is February 6, 2012. Full details, application forms, and a list of the 30 titles are available at

More information will follow about the WBN reception that the Escondido Public Library will be hosting for their book givers so stay tuned to and go sign up! If you have questions, please contact Joanna Axelrod at or by phone at 760-839-4283.

Learn to Download Library eBooks

The Escondido Public Library will hold a training session to teach the public how to download free library eBooks to their eReader device. The session will take place on Wednesday, January 18th from 11:00 a.m. until noon in the Turrentine Room. The Escondido Public Library is located in downtown Escondido at 239 South Kalmia Street.

The public is invited to bring in their eReader, such as a Sony Reader, Nook, Kindle, iPad, tablet or smartphone, and learn the basics of downloading library eBooks. All that is required of participants is basic familiarity with the use of their device. Library staff will provide step-by-step instructions for browsing the collection and downloading books from the library’s website

Escondido Public Library offers a wide selection of popular eBook titles, both fiction and non-fiction that can be “checked out” for up to three weeks. Library eBooks are free, can be conveniently accessed 24/7, and expire automatically which means no late fees.

This training is free and open to the public. Registration is not required, but early arrival is recommended. For more information on the library’s eBook downloads, see the eBook webpage or call 760.839.4839.


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