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Escondido Public Library’s Holiday Food for Fines Program Begins

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s annual Holiday Food for Fines Program runs Monday, November 30 through Thursday, December 31, 2015. The program provides Library patrons with the opportunity to clear up to $20.00 in fines from their account. Proceeds benefit Interfaith Community Services in Escondido which distributes the food to families in need throughout the North County area.

Non-perishable, nutritious, pre-packaged items such as canned goods, pasta, sauces, and peanut butter credit up to $1.00 worth of fines per item. Non-nutritious, perishable, expired, or damaged items cannot be accepted. Customer Services Supervisor, Linda Weber, explains, “This event is a wonderful way for Library patrons to not only clear some of their fines, but to also give back to their community by helping those in need. Last year we collected more than 90 crates of food weighing an estimated 2,340 pounds. We hope to top that this year.”

Food may only be used to clear fines, and may not be used to clear fees associated with lost or damaged books and materials, or City Attorney fees.

The Library is happy to accept any donations whether or not they are fine-related and welcomes donations from patrons who bring in food just to help those in need. For further information, contact Linda Weber, Customer Services Supervisor, at 760-839-4613. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Contact the Library at 760-839-4684 or visit our website

Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents the Gilbert Castellanos Trio

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series presents the fiery Latin jazz of the Gilbert Castellanos Trio on Saturday, November 14, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room.

Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos leads the trio of notable and accomplished musicians. He has won San Diego Music Awards (SDMAs) for Best Jazz three years in a row and has performed with such stars as Charles McPherson, Dizzy Gillespie, George Benson, Diana Krall, Al Jarreau, Wynton Marsalis, and Dr. John. Emmy-winning pianist and composer Irving Flores has performed with Abraham Laboriel, Alex AcunaAlex Acuña, and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra. Percussionist Tommy Aros has performed with Freddie Hubbard, Charo, and is a member of the popular band Fattburger.

On December, 12, 2015, celebrate the holidays with the 2nd Saturday Concert Series presentation of Courtly Noyse at 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Courtly Noyse features Renaissance music and instruments, and lively stories.

The 2nd Saturday Concert Series is sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA  92025.  For more information, call (760) 839-4839 or visit Escondido Public Library online at

Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library Real Estate: Rent or Buy/First Time Buyers

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library, in partnership with the San Diego Financial Literacy Center, will offer Real Estate: Rent or Buy/First Time Buyers, on November 17, 2015, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This free workshop is designed to help adults gain a more complete understanding of the real estate market—when it is advantageous to rent, or when buying is the best option.

First time home buyers will benefit from financial tips that will make the home-buying experience more understandable. Experts from the San Diego Financial Literacy Center,, will lead the workshop. The San Diego Financial Literacy Center’s mission is to educate and empower individuals and families to make sound financial decisions as they develop positive personal finance habits for life.

All 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 this workshop and the Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library series, call 760-839-4839 or contact Adult Services Librarian Neva Robinson at

2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on November 10, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. 

Beautiful Ruins is award-winning author Jess Walter’s most romantic and enjoyable novel to date. A young Italian innkeeper is drawn into a glittering world filled with unforgettable characters through his almost love affair with a beautiful American starlet. This novel moves back and forth in time, telling the stories of five separate characters, while exploring the many ways in which one seemingly insignificant person can unwittingly impact the lives of many others.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will meet on December 8, 2015, to discuss Off Course by Michelle Huneven. The selection for January 12, 2016, is The Liar’s Wife by Mary Gordon.

All 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 or contact the Library information desk at 760-839-4839.


Escondido Public Library Teen Book Club Discusses The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library’s Burritos & Book Club for teens, ages 13 to 18, meets on Saturday, November 7, 2015, in the Turrentine Room from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Winner’s Curse, by Marie Rutkoski, is the selected title. Copies of The Winner’s Curse are currently available for checkout at the Library’s Information Desk or can be reserved using the Library’s online catalog at

The Winner’s Curse is the first book in a fantasy series about seventeen-year-old Kestrel and a society consumed by slavery and class warfare. Kestrel’s father is a powerful Valorian general and she is beginning to understand and test the limits of being raised in a position of privilege. Arin enters Kestrel’s life when she purchases him as a slave at a local market in a moment of guilt, not realizing that he is a spy for rebels plotting to overthrow her father’s government. As feelings of trust and love begin to develop between them, an uprising turns Kestrel and Arin’s world upside down. They are torn between loyalty to their people and traditions and a love that can never be realized.

In addition to discussing The Winner’s Curse, teens can share their opinions and ideas about other books they have enjoyed and propose titles for the next Burritos & Book Club meeting. The selected book will be discussed at the next meeting on Saturday, January 16, 2016. Complimentary burritos will be provided and all participants receive a free book or audiobook at the end of the program.

This program is generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and Taco Bell located at 1944 E. Valley Parkway in Escondido. Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido, California. For more information about teen programs, contact Teen Librarian, Cathy Janovitz, at 760-839-4283 or Additional information about the Library can be found at


Escondido Public Library Celebrates Halloween Carnival & Día De Los Muertos

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library will host Halloween Carnival & Día de los Muertos, on Friday, October 30, 2015, from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This family-oriented celebration includes stations with “spook-tacular” crafts, face-painting, and sugar skull decorating. As a special feature, two Día de los Muertos storytimes will be held, one at 3:45 p.m., and the second at 4:30 p.m.

Halloween Carnival & Día de los Muertos is made possible by the generous support from Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Halloween Carnival & Dia de los Muertos is free and open to the public. Registration is not required, but early arrival is encouraged as space and supplies may be limited. To access books in the Library catalog, and for more information about this event and other Library programs, visit or contact Cecy Rayphole, Senior Library Associate, at 760-839-4289 or at

Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, October 31, 2015, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is La sombra del viento/Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. This book was specially selected by KPBS and its partners as the 2015 One Book, One San Diego adult community read title. Copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at

Ruiz Zafón’s international bestseller takes place in Barcelona in 1945. As the city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son mourning the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by Julián Carax. When he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last Carax book in existence. Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets—an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love. Rincón Literario will meet next month, on Saturday, November 21, 2015, to discuss Misión olvido/The Heart Has Its Reasons by María Dueñas.

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public. Find out more about the Escondido Public Library’s 2015 One Book, One San Diego events throughout the month of October at For more information about future Rincón Literario selections and other Library programs, visit or contact Cecy Rayphole, Senior Library Associate, at 760-839-4289 or at

Escondido Public Library Presents “An Evening with Jimmy Gownley,” Author of One Book, One San Diego’s 2015 Teen Selection

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library and KPBS will host “An Evening with Jimmy Gownley, on Wednesday, October 21, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Jimmy Gownley is the author of The Dumbest Idea Ever!, selected as the 2015 One Book, One San Diego teen read. Gownley will talk about his graphic novel, as well as the comic art form, and influences that helped shape his success. A book signing will follow his talk and copies of The Dumbest Idea Ever! will be available for purchase at a price of $10 with cash or credit card.

This event is open to the public, but attendees must pre-register online at The Turrentine Room will open at 5:15 p.m. and early arrival and seating before 6:00 PM are highly encouraged. Remaining seats may be available on the day of the event, but due to limited seating, attendees are encouraged to pre-register in advance.

Gownley is known for his keen emotional sensitivity and engaging storytelling, and ‘tweens and teens will readily identify with his comedic and heartwarming memoir. In The Dumbest Idea Ever!, Gownley focuses on his adolescence as a popular and smart basketball star who was forced to miss a month of classes due to a terrible case of chicken pox and pneumonia. While recovering from his illness, Gownley reconnected with his love of drawing and comics, ultimately creating and publishing his own book.

KPBS is a founding partner of the One Book, One San Diego community reading program and programs such as “An Evening with Jimmy Gownley” are made possible by the Linden Root Dickinson Foundation with additional funding provided by the Dr. Seuss Fund at the San Diego Foundation, SDG&E, Lloyd Pest Control, and Jerome’s Furniture. “An Evening with Jimmy Gownley” is also supported by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library.

All 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 on 2015 One Book, One San Diego programs at Escondido Public Library, please contact Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj at 760-839-4219. To learn more about Escondido Public Library’s events and services, visit

Escondido Public Library Announces 2015-2016 2nd Saturday Concert Series Schedule

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library is pleased to announce the scheduled performers for its 2015–2016 2nd Saturday Concert Series. These free concerts will be held on the second Saturday of each month from October 2015 through May 2016 in the Library’s Turrentine Room from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.


The 2015—2016  2nd Saturday Concert Series:

October 10, 2015                  Flamenco Artists - Flamenco dance and music highlighting the Spanish culture depicted in KPBS’ 2015 One Book, One San Diego adult selection, The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón.

November 14, 2015             The Gilbert Castellanos Trio – Latin jazz

December 12, 2015             Courtly Noyse – Renaissance era instruments and music

January 9, 2016                   Opera Exposed! with Dr. Nicolas Reveles, San Diego Opera’s Director of Education and  Community Engagement

February 13, 2016               Mohavi Soul – Bluegrass


In November, The Gilbert Castellanos Trio will play jazz standards as well as contemporary and original songs. They will be followed in December by Courtly Noyse whose Holiday concert draws inspiration from Renaissance music. 

The 2nd Saturday Concert Series is free, open to the public, and generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025. For more information, visit, or contact Librarian David Frazee at 760-839-4839 or

Escondido Public Library and Pioneer Room Friends Present the Story of Hollandia Dairy

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library, and the Pioneer Room Friends, will host The Story of Hollandia Dairy, presented by second-generation owner, Arie de Jong, on Tuesday October 20, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room.

Local dairyman, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Arie de Jong tells the story of North San Diego County's Hollandia Dairy, founded by Arie's father in 1950. It is the story of an immigrant family of 12 leaving the Netherlands and risking everything to create a new life for themselves in Escondido. Arie De Jong’s story will appeal to all local history enthusiasts interested in Escondido - then and now.

The Story of Hollandia Dairy is sponsored by the Pioneer Room Friends, a support group dedicated to preserving and promoting Escondido Public Library’s local history and genealogy archive. This presentation is the highlight of their annual meeting.

Library programs are free and open to the public. For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at or call Senior Librarian, Viktor Sjöberg at 760-839-4814. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

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