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Author Ernie Cowan Presents Anza-Borrego: a Photographic Journey at Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA – Author and photographer Ernie Cowan will speak at the Escondido Public Library on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, at 6:00 PM in the Turrentine Room. He will discuss the second edition of his book, Anza-Borrego: a Photographic Journey, and showcase his stunning photographs.

Ernie Cowan, also widely known as a former Escondido mayor, captures the essence of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in his photographs. The book’s beautiful images highlight the sheer scope of the size, moods, and seasonal variations found within this remarkable and sometimes mysterious California state park.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at http://library.escondido.org or call Adult Services at 760-839-4839. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

eReaders eXplained at Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA –On Tuesday, December 17, 2013, from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Escondido Public Library will offer “eReaders eXplained,” a free seminar on how to download eBooks to eReader devices or computers. The seminar will be held in the Turrentine Room.

“eReaders eXplained” will help take the mystery and confusion out of using eReader devices, including tablets. Librarians will explain how to use devices efficiently and demonstrate how to access and download free eBooks from the Library’s catalog, and other online sources. Attendees should bring their eReader or tablet to get the most out of hands-on learning and to follow along. Anyone thinking about buying an eReader for their own personal use or as a gift can learn about the features found in different models.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at http://library.escondido.org or call Adult Services at 760-839-4839. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Public Library Invites Children to Annual Holiday Tree Trimming Party

Escondido, CA – Escondido Library Youth Services invites children and their families to get in the holiday spirit and create holiday ornaments for the Children’s Room tree as well as an ornament to take home. This program will be held on December 5, 2013, at 3 PM in the Children’s Room. 

Children may choose from five designs: a Hanukkah star, a 3D star, a Kwanzaa chain, a kaleidoscope, and a bell. Cindi Bouvier, Senior Youth Services Librarian, states, “There will be plenty of stickers, paper, ribbon, sparkles, and glue to create these holiday ornaments.”  Please arrive early in the Children’s Room, as supplies and seats are limited. Registration is not required.  

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Please contact Senior Youth Services Librarian, Cindi Bouvier, for further information on this program at 760-839-5456 or at cbouvier@escondido.org. Other programs and events can be viewed on the Library’s monthly calendar or at http://library.escondido.org/kids

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

Escondido, CA - The Neave Trio, a piano and string trio, will be performing on Saturday, December 14, 2013, at 3:00 PM in the Turrentine Room of Escondido Public Library.  This young, classical music trio, consisting of violinist Anna Williams, cellist Mikhail Veselov, and pianist Toni James, has been hailed by critics as an “up-and-coming ensemble” (WQXR Radio, New York City) and praised for its “heart on-sleeve performances” (Classical New Jersey).

The Neave Trio has enjoyed international concert and competition success spanning four continents, with recent notable performances in Guatemala, Belgium, and Russia, as well as a recital appearance at the British Embassy in Oslo, Norway.  They have performed in some of the world’s finest concert halls including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Jordan Hall, and the Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. All rising young soloists, members of the Neave Trio have been recipients ofmajor classical music awards such as the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Prize, the Gartoff Foundation Prize, and Eastman Chamber Music Honors Prize.  They will be playing works by Ravel, Beethoven, Mozart, and others.

These concerts are free and generously sponsored by the Friends of Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.  For more information, please call (760) 839-4839 or visit the Library online at http://library.escondido.org/

Escondido Public Library's 2nd Tuesday Book Club to Discuss The Round House by Louise Erdich

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at 6:00 PM in the Board Room. This month’s selection is The Round House by Louise Erdrich.

One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened to the police, her husband, Bazil, or their thirteen-year-old son, Joe.  In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably transformed.  He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude.  Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.  While his father, who is a tribal judge, endeavors to wrest justice from a situation that defies his efforts, Joe becomes frustrated with the official investigation and sets out with his trusted friends, Cappy, Zack, and Angus, to get some answers of his own. Their quest takes them to the Round House, a sacred space and place of worship for the Ojibwe. The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on January 14, 2014, with a discussion on The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey.  The selection for February 11, 2014, will be The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier.

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 visit http://library.escondido.org  or contact the Library information desk at 760-839-4839.

Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Library

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, will meet on Saturday, November 30th, from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the Library’s Board Room. Author and journalist, Miriam Ruvinskis, will lead the discussion in both English and Spanish.  El cuaderno de Maya / Maya’s Notebook by Isabel Allende is the selected book for November.

This contemporary, coming-of-age story centers upon Maya Vidal, a remarkable teenager abandoned by her parents, who grows up in a rambling old house in Berkeley with her grandparents.  Her grandmother, Nini, is a force of nature – willful and outspoken, unconventionally wise, and fiercely protective – a woman whose formidable strength helped her build a new life after emigrating from Chile in 1973.  Popo, Maya’s grandfather, is an African-American astronomer and professor, a gentle, loving man who is Maya’s guiding light.  After the death of her beloved grandfather, Maya, along with a circle of girlfriends known as “the vampires,” turns to drugs, alcohol, and petty crime in a downward spiral that eventually leads to Las Vegas and a dangerous underworld.  She becomes trapped in a war between assassins, the police, the FBI, and Interpol.  Her one chance for survival is Nini, who helps her escape to a remote island off the coast of Chile.  In the care of her grandmother’s old friend, Manuel Arias, Maya begins to record her story in her notebook, as she tries to make sense of her past and unravel the mysteries of her family and her own life.

Adult Services Librarian Paul Crouthamel states, “When you discuss a great book with others who have read it, you can share your perspectives and learn how other people might interpret the story differently.  The discussions are a perfect way to learn about interesting books and converse in both languages.”                    

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month with the exception of the month of December.  The book group will meet again on January 25, 2014, when readers will discuss the classic novel Las uvas de la ira / The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. 

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from the 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 http://library.escondido.org  or call Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Librarian, at 760-839-4814.

2nd Tuesday Book Club to discuss Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at 6:00 PM in the Board Room. This month’s selection is the classic, Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens.

Following his father's death, John Harmon returns to London to claim his inheritance, but he finds he is eligible only if he marries Bella Wilfur. To observe her character, he assumes another identity and secures work with his father's foreman, Mr. Boffin, who is also Bella's guardian. Disguise and concealment play an important role in the novel and individual identity is examined within the wider setting of London life. In the 1860s, the city was aflame with spiralling financial speculation while thousands of homeless scratched a living from the detritus of the more fortunate. Indeed, John Harmon's father amassed his wealth by recycling waste.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on December 10, 2013, with a discussion on The Round House by Louise Erdrich. The selection for January 14, 2014, will be The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey. 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 visit library.escondido.org or contact the Library information desk at 760-839-4839.

Rancho Guejito Revisited at the Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA – The Pioneer Room Friends will host a talk by Bruce D. Coons, Executive Director of Save Our Heritage Organisation, on the historic Rancho Guejito on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, at 6:00 PM in the Turrentine Room of the Escondido Public Library. This massive 22,000 acre Rancho has been the subject of inquiry and controversy for years and Mr. Coons has studied and written about the Rancho many times. 

Rancho Guejito is based on an original 13,000 acre Mexican land grant from the 1840’s. It has since grown through acquisitions to its current 22,000 acres size. East of Escondido and north of Ramona, it is the last undeveloped Mexican land grant rancho in San Diego County and is famed for its native grasslands, oak covered hillsides, wildlife, and the modest Guejito Creek. Now owned by an eastern corporation, proposals to develop it have continued to stir controversy with local conservationists and preservationists.  

Free and open to the public, this program is part of an annual meeting sponsored by Escondido Public Library’s Pioneer Room Friends, a support group of the library’s local history and genealogy archive that preserves and advances our rich local history. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at http://library.escondido.org or call Adult Services at 760-839-4839. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

Wee-Wigglers Storytime Returns This Fall at Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA – Wee-Wigglers storytime for children, newborns – 2 years, runs from November 6 – December 11, 2013 at Escondido Public Library, on Wednesdays at 10:30 AM in the Children’s Room. Library staff share fun stories, fingerplays, and flannel-board tales to stimulate your littlest ones’ imaginations.

During this program, parents and caregivers learn about the necessary six early literacy skills needed to get children on the path to reading: engaging an interest in books; sounding out words; understanding the meaning of words and/or the story; developing the ability to share the details and/or ideas of a book; distinguishing between letters and pictures; and learning letters and their sounds.

Children’s Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, noted the importance of storytime, “Reading with your baby is valuable for building vital communication skills, strengthening memory, and sharing special bonding time. A child’s brain develops at an incredibly rapid rate during the first three years of life, so it’s never too early to start sharing a love of reading with your baby.”

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 the Friends of the Library. For information about Wee-Wigglers storytime, please contact Children’s Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, at 760-839-5456 or at lnataraj@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs for children is available on the Library website at http://library.escondido.org/kids.

Veganism and Healthy Eating at Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA – Veganism and vegan cooking will be explained and demonstrated at Escondido Public Library on Saturday, November 16, 2013, at 2:00 PM in the Turrentine Room by Jia Xu, Ph.D., and chefs Sonia Loera and Lian Li of vegansandiego.com. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about this healthy lifestyle and its possible health benefits.

What do President Clinton and Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzales have in common? They are both vegans. The vegan lifestyle of not eating animal products has entered the mainstream of American life. Jia Xu, Ph.D., will explain what a vegan diet is and its possible health benefits for lowering the risk of heart attack, diabetes, arthritis, and more.  She will also discuss veganism as a sustainable, environmentally friendly alternative to a meat-based diet. 

Sonia Loera and Lian Li, chefs from vegansandiego.com, will prepare delicious vegan dishes to sample using a wide variety of plant-based ingredients. They will demonstrate that meatless does not mean tasteless. A selection of the library’s vegan cookbooks will be available for checkout.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at http://library.escondido.org  or call Adult Services at 760-839-4839. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

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