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List of Accomplishments for 2011



None of this could have been achieved without our dedicated staff and the support of our volunteers, friends and partners.  Our supporters include:  the Friends of the Escondido Library;  Friends of Literacy Services; Pioneer Room Friends, Escondido Library Endowment Foundation, the Library Board of Trustees, CalVets, Workforce Partnership, and North County Health Services.

Second Saturday Concert Series: Courtly Noyse

Courtly Noyse

Courtly Noyse, a Renaissance music group, will celebrate the holidays at the Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concerts. They will be playing in the Turrentine Room of the Escondido Public Library on Saturday December 10th, 2011 at 3:00 PM. They will be performing Renaissance music on a wide variety of ancient instruments such as the recorder, the viola da gamba, the mandolin, and the vielle to a name a few. Sometimes they will cast their instruments aside and perform in six-part vocal harmony. They combine their music with storytelling and jokes to make a delightful afternoon of amusement for their audience.

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

Author and Hall of Fame Sports Announcer Jerry Coleman

Jerry ColemanLongtime sports announcer, Jerry Coleman, will be discussing his book, American Journey: My Life on the Field, in the Air, and on the Air at the Escondido Public Library Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. in the library Turrentine Room. Coleman collaborated on his autobiography with longtime Village Voice writer Richard Goldstein.

"There are only two important things in life: the people who you love and who love you, and your country." These words have shaped every moment of Jerry Coleman's life. The result is a man who is beloved by his family, friends, former teammates, fellow veterans, and millions of baseball fans around the world.
 Born in San Jose, California, and raised in San Francisco, Gerald Francis “Jerry” Coleman endured a childhood marred by family turmoil and violence, but that environment failed to dampen an optimistic spirit that would later endear him to fans across the nation.

Traveling across the country to play for the legendary New York Yankees in the days of DiMaggio and Mantle, Coleman twice put a halt to his promising career and traveled across the globe to serve his country during World War II and the Korean War, the only Major League Baseball player to ever do so. Nicknamed "The Colonel", due to being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel,  Coleman was also a Marine aviator who flew 120 combat missions, receiving numerous honors and medals including two Distinguished Flying Crosses. He has been honored in recent years, including being inducted into the USMC Sports Hall of Fame, for his call to duty.

After retiring as one of the most decorated players in team history, Coleman began his second career as a baseball broadcaster for CBS, the Yankees, and eventually the San Diego Padres, where he has become the voice of the team to an entire generation of fans.  In the fall of 2007 Jerry was inducted to the National Radio Hall of Fame as a Sports Broadcaster for his years as the voice of the San Diego Padres.  Coleman is famous for his pet phrases "Oh Doctor!", "You can hang a star on that baby!", "And the beat goes on", and "The natives are getting restless”.   
Even a detour to the dugout, where he managed the 1980 Padres to a losing record, did little to shake Coleman's love for the game, or the fans' love for him. In An American Journey, Coleman's own words paint a portrait of a man too humble to acknowledge a fact those around him have always accepted: Jerry Coleman is one of the most admirable and popular men in the history of baseball.

This event is free and open to the public. Signed books will be available for purchase.   For information, contact Escondido Public Library.

2nd Saturday concert kicks off with the Folk Collection

Folk CollectionThe Folk Collection is back after four years to kick off the start of the second season of 2nd Saturday Concerts at the Escondido Public Library. The Folk Collection will be playing in the Turrentine Room of the Escondido Public Library on Saturday November 12th, 2011 at 3:30 PM. They will be performing the classic folk tunes of the ‘60s in their unique style blend music and humor. Playing songs like “This Land is Your Land,” “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Where Have all the Flowers Gone?,” and John Denver tunes, they have their  audience singing along and leaving their concerts with a smile. Join us for an afternoon of good music and good humor with the Folk Collection.
These concerts are free and open to the public, and generously sponsored by 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

Stress Reduction Through Hypnotherapy Seminar

A stress reduction seminar will be led by Ramdas Menon, certified hypnotherapist, at the Escondido Public Library Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 6:00 PM in the Turrentine Room.

In this seminar you will:

•    Learn the mysteries of hypnosis
•    Understand how hypnosis works to reduce Stress and Anxiety
•    Personally experience the relaxing effects of hypnosis
•    Receive a stress reduction tool that you can use immediately

Ramdas Menon has studied and practiced hypnotism for years and is an intuitive healer.  With his soothing voice, keen intellect and kind, gentle demeanor, Ramdas will smoothly guide you to focus on stress and anxiety reduction.

Additionally, Ramdas is a certified NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Master Practioner and Life Coach and uses the power of hypnosis and NLP to swiftly remove mental blocks and self-imposed limitations that stand in the way of your success.

Ramdas is an active, long time member of NGH (National Guild of Hypnotists), AHA (American Hypnosis Association), Richard Bandler’s Society of NLP, MENSA and of Toastmasters International.  He has extensive expertise in public speaking and his entertaining speaking style has won him several awards for motivational and humorous speeches.

Ramdas constantly updates his practice by acquiring the very latest techniques and procedures that have proved to be effective.  He is now certified to help children and adults who have ADD and ADHD as well as in the management of chronic and severe pain.

For further information, contact Escondido Public Library at 760.839.4601

Watch a video of Ramdas Menon discussing hypnotherapy:

Escondido Library launches eBook downloads

download ebooksEscondido Public Library launched its eBook download program to eagerly awaiting library patrons on Monday, July 18th. Patrons can now browse the library's collection online from the comfort of their own home 24/7. The service is free with a valid library card. Go to the library's eBook web page to download to a computer or a variety of mobile devices such as the I Pad, E-reader or to a smart phone. Amazon Kindle will work with the service as well later this year.

To read eBooks, you will need to download Adobe Digital Editions, free special software which you will also find on the library's website.

With hundreds of popular fiction and non-fiction titles to choose from, the new collection is guaranteed to have something for everyone. You can download best-selling novels, well-known classics, self-improvement guides, and much more. And best of all-titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees!

One new reader exclaimed "Just managed to download it ALL and I have a book on my phone now! Awesome!"

eBook downloads were made possible by a grant from Serra Libraries. Libraries in San Diego County have organized to use grant money so that we could afford to provide eBooks to our patrons. This could mean you will have to wait a little longer to check out an eBook. The library will be monitoring this and looking for ways to continue improving our eBook offerings and services.

East Valley Branch Library to close

Notice of Intent to Close East Valley Branch Library:

The Branch Library is scheduled to close on June 16, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. by majority vote of the Escondido City Council.

Outside book return units will remain open until July 15, 2011; after that date, please return books and other materials to the Main Library, 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido.

Escondido Library launches new website

The Escondido Public Library’s new website makes it easy for patrons to get information about the library and connect to free, online research tools 24 hours a day. The clean, welcoming design was created with the user in mind. Improved navigation makes finding answers a cinch and users are invited to interact through blogs and the library’s social networking pages.

Patrons can check their account information, discover new titles, and place holds from the comfort of their own homes. Here are a few more ways to use the site:

The redesigned site was created by Technology Services Librarian, Donna Feddern using the mojoPortal content management system and will soon feature downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks (Summer 2011).

The website can be accessed by visiting

Career Cruising - our latest career resource

The online resource, Career Cruising, is now available on our website in our Career and Education page.  This premium website is great for job seekers and those looking for a new career.


  • Sign up for a free Portfolio to track your work on the site.
  • Discover your learning style, career interests, and skills through assessment tests.
  • Explore different careers and find out which one may be a fit for you.
  • Find out where to get the education & training to start a career.
  • Strengthen your job search skills.

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