New York Times bestselling author Chris Bohjalian to speak at North County 2017 One Book, One San Diego Event

Escondido, CA – To kick off 2017 One Book, One San Diego in North County, New York Times best-selling author Chris Bohjalian will speak about his book The Sandcastle Girls, a multi-generational novel that explores the Armenian Genocide during World War I. The free event will be at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at the California Center for the Arts located at 340 N. Escondido Blvd. in Escondido, CA. In addition to Bohjalian’s talk, the event will feature complimentary refreshments and a book signing by the author. RSVP is required at www.kpbs.org/sandcastlenorth.

Now in its 11th year, One Book is composed of literacy partners around the county who encourage residents to read and discuss a single book. A volunteer committee reviewed 206 book titles submitted by the public before selecting Bohjalian as the 2017 author. Bohjalian said that programs like One Book, One San Diego are important because they bring communities together. “We still have a totemic relationship with books,” he said. “We still know what stories can mean to the soul. Programs like this bring us together by helping us to understand our commonalities and the myriad things we share as a people. I love it when books generate the same enthusiasm as music, movies, stage plays, and -- some years -- even the San Diego Padres.”

The upcoming event is hosted by several One Book, One San Diego partners including Escondido Public Library, Oceanside Public Library, and San Diego County Library.  For more information about One Book and a complete listing of events visit www.kpbs.org/one-book/. One Book, One San Diego is made possible by the Linden Root Dickinson Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the City of San Diego, the Dr. Seuss Fund at the San Diego Foundation, Lloyd Pest Control, Kaiser Permanente, the Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation, and the Payne Family Foundation.

Library programs are free and open to the public. For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or call Literacy Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, at 760-839-4219. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club Discusses Crenshaw

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s Read, Eat, and Discuss (R.E.A.D.) Middle Grade Book Club for children, ages 9-12, will meet on Friday, September 22, 2017, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Participants will explore Katherine Applegate’s novel, Crenshaw. Registration is required and now open at library.escondido.org/register. Circulating copies of the book are available for checkout and can be obtained at the Youth Services desk, while supplies last. To reserve a copy, visit the Library’s catalog at library.escondido.org.

Just as Jackson is about to enter the fifth grade, his family falls on hard times – again – and the last thing he needs is a visit from his old friend, Crenshaw, a very large and outspoken cat who may or may not be a figment of the young boy’s imagination. Like it or not Crenshaw is not going anywhere till he helps Jackson. In her singular voice, Katherine Applegate, Newbery-Medal-winning author of The One and Only Ivan, once again touches readers with her unique combination of humor and deeply felt emotion. 

For more information on other Library programs for children, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or contact Children’s Librarian Kristine Macalalad, at 760-839-5458 or kmacalalad@escondido.org. Library programs are free, open to the public, and sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library.  Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Monday, September 11, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Book Club members should note this one-time change of date. This month’s selection is The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney. Copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at library.escondido.org.

Sweeney’s widely celebrated debut novel covers the intricacies of relationships, events that jeopardize their existence, and the complex yet unbreakable ties we share with those we love. The book club will discuss the power of family, friendships, dependency, and the ways we let one another down.

The following day, September 12, 2017, author Chris Bohjalian will speak about his novel, The Sandcastle Girls, at 7:00 p.m. at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. RSVP is required for this free event at www.kpbs.org/sandcastlenorth

This book was selected for the county-wide One Book, One San Diego book club by KPBS and its partner libraries across San Diego county, including Escondido Public Library. For more information on One Book, One San Diego, visit http://www.kpbs.org/one-book/.  The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on October 10, 2017 for a group discussion of The Sandcastle Girls.

Library programs are generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and are free to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.  For more information about the 2nd Tuesday Book Club visit library.escondido.org or contact Adult Services Librarian, Monica Barrette, at mbarrette@escondido.org or 760-839-4836.

Community Praises Escondido Public Library’s 2017 Summer Reading Challenge

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s 2017 Summer Reading Challenge which ran from June 19-July 31, and was a resounding success. 1,262 members of the Escondido community completed 8,639 challenge activities, and participants ages 0-17 read for a total of 959,774 minutes. Readers were rewarded with prizes, many of them donated by local businesses who were enthusiastic to play a part in the community event as Kelly Hartford, Marketing Manager at Jimbo’s…Naturally explains. "Being socially responsible and actively involved in our community is very important to Jimbo's...Naturally! We have been supporting the Escondido Public Library for years, and we see benefits through the well documented goodwill of being associated with our local public library.” 

Community members of all ages had rave reviews for the Summer Reading Challenge. A mother of five participants stated, "We love Summer Reading! I appreciate how it keeps the whole family motivated to read. Definitely a worthwhile program where I see significant reading improvement with my kindergartner's reading skills. I love the prizes and the coupon packs!” Children enrolled in the Challenge agree. “I love to read, and the Summer Reading Challenge lets me do that while getting prizes so I could try out different food places in Escondido!” said Denise, age 11. Teen participant Tatiana, age 14, stated “The Summer Reading Challenge is a super easy way to track my reading and it was fun to work towards the goals!” Adult reader Michele was just as enthusiastic and said that “without these challenges, I never would have picked up an adult graphic novel, but I did and was surprised that I really enjoyed it. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell was a fantastic book and very thought provoking. It was fun to attend the 2nd Tuesday Book Club for the first time and hear other people's opinions of that particular book. Thanks for broadening my reading horizons this summer.” The impact this program has on the community would not have been possible without the generous support of the Friends of the Escondido Public Library, local business supporters, and the participation of our community members.

As summer activities wind down at the Library, a schedule of new programs and services begins and can be found on the Library’s website library.escondido.org. For more information, contact Librarian Monica Barrette at mbarrette@escondido.org, or call 760-839-4836. Library programs are generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and are free to the public.  Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

 

Literature Comes to Life at Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will host Literature Comes to Life, an interactive theatrical experience, for children ages 5-12 years on Thursday, September 14, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Through acting and storytelling, Leo Lionni’s beloved, Caldecott-Medal-winning story about a clever little fish, Swimmy, will come to life.

Literature Comes to Life’s Director, Stacey Wein, is excited to “provide children with an opportunity to participate in popular stories, become characters, and increase confidence in their speaking abilities.” Escondido’s Children’s Librarian Kristine Macalalad adds, “Stacey combines her background in education and enthusiasm for theater to introduce children to classic books from a new and refreshing perspective.”

For more information on other Library programs for children, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or contact Children’s Librarian Kristine Macalalad, at 760-839-5458 or kmacalalad@escondido.org. Library programs are free, open to the public, and sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library.  Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Writers Group Meets Monthly at Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA – Escondido Writers Group meets at Escondido Public Library on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Writers of all genres are invited to join the Escondido Writers Group for an opportunity to improve their writing by participating in monthly readings and group critiques. Meet other writers and published authors, and learn from one another in a supportive environment. Participants are encouraged to bring samples of their current writing projects to share and receive constructive feedback.

Escondido Writers Group is free and open to the public. For more information about future meetings and other Library programs, visit library.escondido.org or contact Cecy Rayphole, Senior Library Associate, at 760-839-4289 or at crayphole@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.

Join Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Club

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is Cuchillo de agua/The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi. Copies of the book are available for check-out in English and Spanish, and in a variety of formats, including print and eBook, and can be reserved at library.escondido.org.

What would happen if water became more valuable than gold? Acclaimed author Paolo Bacigalupi’s national bestseller The Water Knife is a dystopian story of corruption, control, and murder set in the American Southwest of the not-too-distant future. Considering Southern California’s constant fear of drought conditions, The Water Knife has the reader imagining their own reaction to the events in Bacigalupi’s thriller.

Rincón Literario will continue on Saturday, September 23, 2017, discussing La niña alemana/The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa.  Rincón Literario is made possible by the generous support from Friends of the Escondido Public Library. All Library programs are free and open to the public.

For more information about future Rincón Literario selections and other Library programs, visit library.escondido.org or contact Librarian Cecy Rayphole at 760-839-4289 or at crayphole@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido, California, 92025.

World of Reptiles at Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will host World of Reptiles for children ages 5-12 years on Thursday, August 24, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. The program features EcoVivarium of Escondido, a local non-profit organization that introduces children to the world of reptiles, their habitats, favorite foods, and the role humans play in their survival.

This program presents an opportunity for hands-on learning and interaction so that children can get up-close and personal with reptiles, such as bearded dragons, lizards, and snakes. Children’s Librarian Kristine Macalalad states, “EcoVivarium founder Susan Nowicke’s passion for our scaly friends and education is infectious. Children are in for a fascinating show.”

For more information on other Library programs for children, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or contact Children’s Librarian Kristine Macalalad, at 760-839-5458 or kmacalalad@escondido.org. Library programs are free, open to the public, and sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library.  Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

Fall 2017 Storytime Programs at Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library offers storytime programs this fall designed for babies, toddlers, and pre-kindergarten children. Storytime programs are filled with songs, fingerplays, flannel board presentations, puppets and, of course, stories just right for the development of young minds. Library staff are happy to help families find books to check out after programs.

Escondido Public Library’s 2017 Fall Storytime Schedule begins September 4, 2017 and runs through November 16, 2017 and includes:

  • Rhymes and Reading on Mondays at 11:00 a.m. for children ages 3-5;
  • Toddler Tales, a bilingual program, on Thursdays in September and November at 10:30 a.m. for toddlers who are walking and up to 3 years-old;
  • Baby Lapsit on Thursdays in October at 10:30 a.m. for newborn babies to pre-walkers.

Escondido Public Library’s storytime programs address the development of early literacy skills that are important in preparing children for school. Each storytime program is planned and presented around the idea that parents are their child’s first and most important teacher. Storytimes facilitate bonding between parents and young children and provide a positive experience with books and play that leads to a life-long love of reading and learning.

Library programs are free, open to the public, and sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For more information on storytimes and other Library programs for children, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or contact Senior Librarian for Literacy and Youth Services, Dan Wood, at 760-839-4827 or dwood@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

 

Explore Space @ Your Library: The Great Eclipse and Palomar Telescope

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites the community to attend two space-themed events for adults and families this August: The Great American Eclipse 2017, on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 and Palomar Telescope: Bridge to the Stars on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. Both events run from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room on the second floor of the Library.

On August 21, 2017, the continental United States will experience a total solar eclipse for the first time since 1979. Astronomy hobbyists and expert photographers Les and Mary Anderson, have been photographing eclipses for more than 38 years. They will present The Great American Eclipse 2017, on Tuesday, August 1 at 6:00 p.m. to explain how to safely view and photograph the event. Mr. Anderson is the President of the Southern California Association of Camera Clubs, which oversees the Photographic Arts Building in Balboa Park, and Mrs. Anderson is the Vice President of Programs.

In 1921 no one knew about galaxies, quasars, or nebulae. Twenty years and $6 million later, one man’s dream to build the world’s largest telescope was realized - the 200” Hale Telescope on Palomar Mountain. On Tuesday, August 22 at 6:00 p.m., author and lecturer Mark Carlson will share the history of the Hale Telescope and how it continues to influence our understanding of deep space today during Palomar Telescope: Bridge to the Stars.

Library programs are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information about library programs and services visit library.escondido.org or contact Adult Services Senior Librarian, Viktor Sjöberg, at vsjoberg@escondido.org or 760-839-4814.

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