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Escondido Public Library Teen Burritos & Book Club Discusses Butter by Erin Jade Lange 

02/24/2015 Categories: Book Club Teens

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library’s Teen Burritos & Book Club, for ages 13 to 18 years, meets on Thursday, March 26, 2015, in the Turrentine Room from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. Butter, by Erin Jade Lange, will be discussed and complimentary burritos will be provided. A limited number of copies of Butter are currently available for checkout at the Library’s Information Desk.

Butter focuses on the life of a lonely and obese high school student, nicknamed “Butter.” Bullied by his fellow students, Butter struggles with his self-esteem and finds it difficult to deal with everyday life. Feeling he can’t face another day, Butter announces that he will eat himself to death and invites everyone to watch, live on the internet. This announcement gives Butter the type of attention he has never experienced and it makes his decision on whether to go through with his plan a daunting one. Lange’s moving portrayal of Butter allows a glimpse into the life of one teen on the verge of a life-changing decision.

In addition to discussing Butter, there will be time for teens to share their opinions and ideas about other books they have enjoyed and propose titles for the next meeting. Titles will be voted on by all participants and the selected book will be discussed at the Burritos and Book Club Meeting on Thursday, May 21, 2015.

All participants receive a free book or audiobook at the end of the program. Cathy Janovitz, Escondido Public Library’s Teen Librarian commented, “Burritos and Book Club encourages reading and provides a forum for teens to relate their opinions, feelings, and insights about the stories. It’s a casual environment where they can feel comfortable about sharing their views about any topic that interests them.”

This program is generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and Taco Bell located at 627 N. Escondido Boulevard in Escondido, CA. 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

Download Free Magazines with Zinio at Escondido Public Library 

02/23/2015 Categories: Adults Online Resources Teens

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library staff will demonstrate how to access and download free Library eMagazines to your smartphone, tablet, or computer. Download Free Magazines with Zinio will be held on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, from 6:00 — 7:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Seating will be limited to the first 20 people, so please come early and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) to get the most out of this hands-on learning experience.

Download Free Magazines with Zinio is a “how to” workshop that guides users through the one-time set up that allows access to 100 popular, full-color magazines digitally by using the Zinio platform. This program will take the mystery out of using the Library’s eMagazine collection and offers step-by-step assistance. Once a Zinio account is created, users can enjoy unlimited access to all titles in the eMagazine collection, and retain the magazines on their device.

Library programs are free and open to the public. Library patrons who can’t attend the workshop, but want to learn how to download eMagazines using Zinio, should contact Senior Librarian Paul Crouthamel at 760-839-4814 to set up an appointment.

For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Public Library 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents the Danny Green Trio 

02/17/2015 Categories: Adults Concerts Families

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series presents the Danny Green Trio on Saturday, March 14, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Back by popular demand, the trio returns to perform classical and Latin-influenced jazz selections with group leader, Danny Green on piano, Justin Grinnell on bass, and Julien Cantelm on drums.

Praised as “One of the important up and comers on the jazz scene today,” by All That Jazz, Danny Green Trio’s first album, “With You in Mind,” won “Best Jazz Album” at the 2009 San Diego Music Awards. The group has performed at many important venues and festivals including KSDS Jazz 88.3’s Jazz Live, the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, and CSU Summer Arts Monterey.

The 2nd Saturday Concert Series runs through May 2015 and presents an array of musical styles. Upcoming concerts feature chamber music performances by The Kensington Trio in April, and Besos de Coco in May.

This year’s summer reading theme, “Read to the Rhythm,” will celebrate reading and music. Concert lovers will be pleased to know that organizer, Paul Crouthamel, has announced the special addition of two concerts, in July and August, extending the series to complement the adult summer reading club program.

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 about future performances, visit, or contact Senior Librarian, Paul Crouthamel at 760-839-4814 or


2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud 

02/17/2015 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud.

Nora Eldridge is a reliable, but unremarkable, friend and neighbor, always on the fringe of other people’s achievements. But the arrival of the Shahid family—dashing Skandar, a Lebanese scholar, glamorous Sirena, an Italian artist, and their son, Reza—draws Nora into a complex and exciting new world. Nora’s happiness pushes her beyond her boundaries, until Sirena’s careless ambition leads to a shattering betrayal in The Woman Upstairs.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on April 14, 2015, with a discussion of a nonfiction title, Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman, by Robert K. Massie.  The selection for May 12, 2015, will be the classic Washington Square by Henry James.

April is National Library Month, and the 2nd Tuesday Book Club is just one of many programs offered as part of a month-long celebration. The month is highlighted by special programs, such as Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library—a new financial series on becoming debt free, managing your money wisely, and planning for retirement; the Second Saturday Concert Series featuring the Kensington Trio—classical music for a piano and strings; and always a host of fun and educational programs for teens and children.

All Library programs 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 and National Library Month events, visit or contact the Neva Robinson at 760-839-4214 or

Escondido Public Library Partners with KPBS for One Book, One San Diego Reading Program 

02/10/2015 Categories: Adults One Book One San Diego Teens

Escondido, CA – The Escondido Public Library is proud to partner again with KPBS, San Diego Public Library, San Diego County Library, and other local libraries in the One Book, One San Diego reading program. For nearly a decade, KPBS’ One Book, One San Diego program has enriched the pleasure of reading by adding an element of meaningful community engagement. Each year, the community helps choose a book that becomes the featured “One Book”, shaping the local focus, outreach initiatives, and special events that comprise the One Book, One San Diego experience.

Community members are encouraged to nominate books that they have read and think would be a good title for the program. They can nominate either online through the Escondido Public Library’s website, or use the paper form available at the Library. The nomination submission period runs from February 4 to March 1, 2015.

The book criteria for One Book, One San Diego selections are:

1. Fiction or Non-fiction story of high literary quality with a strong, compelling narrative and well-developed characters.

2. Themes resonate with local and/or global communities, and people of all backgrounds.                                     

3. Inspires discussion, conversations, and action.

4. Available in paperback and hardcover.

5. Author is alive.

6. Should have professional reviews and the book must be currently in print and readily available in large quantities (not print-on-demand).

7. Suitable for high school study and up.


The 2015 One Book selection will be announced in May, and information about related programming and events will be provided as it becomes available. For more information about One Book, One San Diego, visit, or contact Senior Librarian, Paul Crouthamel, at 760-839-4814 or One Book, One San Diego events are free, open to the public, and generously sponsored by KPBS. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025 and at

Rincón Literario, Bilingual Book Discussion Group, Meets at Escondido Public Library 

02/04/2015 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, February 28, 2015, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Has visto a Maria? / Have You Seen Marie? by Sandra Cisneros, is the selected book for February. Participants discuss books bilingually, in English and Spanish, enabling them to enjoy great literature in either language. Rincón Literario also provides an opportunity to improve either English or Spanish language skills.

Award-winning author, Sandra Cisneros, tells the story of her search for a runaway cat that parallels her journey through grief after the death of her mother. Warmly comforting, this story not only explores loss but also the journey back, creating a book that is unique and uplifting.

During her grieving process, Cisneros is visited by her friend Roz, who brings along her cat, Marie. The cat disappears the day they arrive, and she and Roz desperately take to the streets to search for Marie. As they search, we are introduced to the colorful experiences and the occupants of San Antonio.

This picture book for adults explores the ways in which grief lays us low, but also can bring us out to discover the strength of the communities we belong to and to remind us that there is life all around us.

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. On March 28, 2015, readers will discuss En el tiempo de las mariposas / In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez.

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public. For more information about future Rincón Literario selections and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at or call Cecy Rayphole, Senior Library Associate at 760-839-4217.

Become Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library Social Security and You 

01/26/2015 Categories: Adults

Escondido, CA—Maximize your Social Security benefits and learn how to set up an online Social Security account that is easy to access. Yolanda York, Social Security Public Affairs Director for San Diego County, will host Social Security and You at Escondido Public Library on Thursday, February 26, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room.

In the near future, the Social Security Administration will phase out paper account statements in favor of online accounts. Yolanda York will demonstrate how to set up an online Social Security account to track and verify earnings; get an estimate of future benefits; or get proof of your benefits, if you currently receive them. You can learn how to change your address and start or change direct deposit instructions. Ms. York will also answer audience questions on the ins- and- outs of Social Security.

All Library programs are free and open to the public. For more information, visit, or contact Senior Librarian, Paul Crouthamel at 760-839-4814. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

Spring 2015 Storytime Programs at the Escondido Public Library 

01/26/2015 Categories: Children Storytime

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library offers storytime programs this spring designed for all pre-K age groups: babies, toddlers and pre-kindergarten children. Storytime programs are fun for kids and filled with songs, stories, fingerplays, flannel board presentations, puppets, and craft activities that encourage the development of early literacy and reading skills. Escondido Library’s spring storytime schedule includes:

Rhymes and Reading with Mrs. Cox
Mondays, 11:00 a.m.
Turrentine Room
Ages 4-5
Mrs. Cox tells stories and leads activities to help preschoolers get ready for kindergarten.

Toddler Tales Storytime 
Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.
January 6 – April 28
Turrentine Room
Ages 1-3
Favorite rhymes, songs, books, fingerplays, and craft activities build early literacy skills for toddlers.

Wee Wigglers Storytime 
Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
January 7 – April 29
Turrentine Room
Ages 0-24 months
A Lapsit, high-energy, storytime stimulates learning and language development through rhymes, use of books, and music.

Cowboy Charlie
4th Thursday of the month, 10:30 a.m.
Children’s Room
Ages 3-5
A fun-filled, sing-and-clap-along with cowboy tunes and favorite children's classic songs.

Library storytimes reflect research that shows that critical language and literacy development occurs in the first three years of life. The Library’s storytime programs address early literacy skills that are important in preparing children for school and helping them learn to read and write. While the programs are fun for children, parents will appreciate that storytimes help children recognize names and sounds of letters, enjoy books, and hear and play with sounds and words that develop speech, and build vocabulary. Participating in storytime has the added benefit of developing comprehension and critical thinking skills.

Youth Services Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, plans each storytime with the following in mind: parents are their child’s first and most important teacher; and storytime facilitates bonding between parents and young children. It’s a positive experience with books and play that leads to a love of reading.

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Library programs are free and open to the public and sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For information about storytimes, contact Youth Services Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, at 760-839-4219 or at Additional information about the Library’s programs for children can be found at

Love Music @ Escondido Public Library Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents Virtual Strangers 

01/26/2015 Categories: Adults Concerts Families

Escondido, CA — Virtual Strangers, a local, award-winning bluegrass band, bring high-energy music to Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series on Saturday, February 14, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Celebrate Valentine’s Day by enjoying Virtual Strangers’ three-part harmonies and a driving, bluegrass beat that is guaranteed to lift spirits and get feet tapping.

Virtual Strangers have performed at many bluegrass festivals throughout the West, winning top honors in several of them. Their signature sound is a mixture of traditional bluegrass, influenced by Ralph Stanley, Earl Monroe, and Flatt and Scruggs, with more progressive material from Blue Highway, Lonesome River Band, and Del McCoury.

Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series runs from November 2014 through May 2015 and features an array of diverse musical styles. For more information about future performances, visit, or contact Senior Librarian, Paul Crouthamel, at 760-839-4814. 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.

Escondido Public Library Hosts 11th Annual Scrabble-Thon Tournament & Fundraiser 

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library and the Friends of Literacy Services will host the 11th Annual Scrabble-Thon Tournament & Fundraiser on Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event will be held in the Social Hall at the First United Methodist Church of Escondido, located at 341 S. Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025. Doors open for player check-in at 8:00 a.m. Tournament play begins at 9:00 a.m.

The Scrabble® tournament consists of five 30-minute games and is open to adults and high school students. Players sign-up to play in one of three divisions: Novice, Intermediate, or Advanced. Participants can compete individually or as a part of a four-player team. Team play requires that all four teammates compete within the same division. Players compete for prizes at the end of each game as well as the final winners’ trophies for highest individual, team and high school scores. High school players compete for a trophy for their school.

Players must pre-register by March 10, 2015. The registration fee for adults is $30.00; registration for high school students is $15.00.

Register online now at, by mail, or in person at the Literacy Services office. Visit the Library’s Scrabble-Thon Tournament & Fundraiser website for complete information on registration, payment options and tournament rules.

Scrabble-Thon raises funds to benefit the Library’s Literacy Services program. Sponsored by the Friends of Literacy Services, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit Library support group, 100% of the proceeds will be used to provide literacy materials and resources. There will be opportunity drawings, a Pick-a-Tile drawing, and silent auction items throughout Scrabble-Thon. Opportunity drawing tickets will be on sale at the Library prior to March 14 and at the event. Donations are tax-deductible.

Deputy City Librarian, Cynthia Smith, commented, “Scrabble-Thon is the premier annual event for local Scrabble® enthusiasts who love to play competitively. We’re in our 11th year now and welcome local players from all around the Southland. You don’t have to be a Scrabble® expert to compete. It is loads of fun for adults and high school players who enjoy the challenge of the game. High school students compete to win the coveted trophy for their school. The mix of new and returning players makes Scrabble-thon exciting entertainment and it benefits a very good cause, the Escondido Public Library’s Literacy Services program.”

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. For more information on Scrabble-Thon and library services, contact Cynthia Smith, Deputy City Librarian at 760-839-4329 or visit the website

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