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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, September 28th, 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. La ladrona de libros / The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is the selected book for September.

This bestseller is Markus Zusak’s unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.  The setting is Nazi Germany, 1939.  Death has never been busier – and will become busier still.  Death himself narrates the story of Liesel Meminger beginning at the time she is taken at age nine to live with a foster family in Molching, Germany.  When she arrives she has just stolen her first book – although she has not yet learned how to read.  Across the ensuing years into the 1940s, Liesel collects more stolen books as well as a peculiar set of friends.  With the help of her foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. 

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 each month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. In October, Rincon Literario readers will discuss Inferno by Dan Brown.

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.

Fall 2013 Children's Programs at the Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA – This fall, the Escondido Public Library Children’s Department will be offering a selection of fun, interactive, and educational programs for children, age birth-12, and their families. Many of these programs encourage early literacy and the development of a life-long love of reading. Programs are offered almost every day of the week to accommodate parents’ busy schedules. The following free events will be held in the Children’s Room, unless otherwise noted:


YOUNG CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

Rhymes & Reading meets Mondays in September, October, and November at 11:00 AM in the Turrentine Room. Ms. Merrily Cox shares new songs, fingerplays, and books with preschoolers, ages 4-5, and a caregiver.

Toddler Tales meets every Wednesday in September and October at 10:30 AM. Ms. Teresa Garcia shares songs, fingerplays, and stories with children, ages 1-3, and a caregiver. This is a new program in response to community requests for a program that addresses the needs of very young children.

Cowboy Charlie meets the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Thursday in September, October, and November at 10:30 AM. Children, ages 3-5, sing and clap along with Cowboy Charlie as he shares cowboy songs, sea chanteys, and railroad tunes.

Kinder Craft meets on the 4th Thursday in September, October, and November at 10:30 AM. This is a craft program for children, ages 3-5. Large playgroups and clubs are welcome, but we request that you call ahead as craft supplies may be limited.

ELEMENTARY STUDENTS’ PROGRAMS

Love on a Leash, Paws for Reading is held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 3:30—4:30 PM. Children, ages 5-12, can read to Murphy, Hank, or Samantha, our certified pet therapy dogs. Their non-judgmental support helps children improve their reading skills. Pre-registration is required, please call 760-839-4837 to reserve a spot.

Knights Realm Chess Club meets every Monday from 3:30—5:00 PM. Children, ages 6-12, enjoy a hands-on learning experience with the goal of having fun, gaining knowledge, and developing sportsmanship.


FAMILY PROGRAMS

Second Saturday Storytime and Craft will meet on the 2nd Saturday of September, 2013, through the second Saturday of May, 2014, from 11:00 AM—12 PM. Children, ages 3-12, and their families will join Children’s staff for fun with stories and an accompanying craft.

Please check Escondido Public Library’s monthly calendar and website http://library.escondido.org/kids as additional programs will be offered throughout the Fall for special events such as Not So Spooky Stories and Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead.

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. For further information on

Children’s programs, contact Cindi Bouvier, Senior Children’s Librarian at 760-839-4837 or at cbouvier@escondido.org.

Second Saturday Storytime and Crafts at Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA – Second Saturday Storytime and Crafts is a new program for children, ages 3-12, and their families. It will begin on September 14, 2013 and continue through the second Saturday of May, 2014, from 11 AM—12:00 PM in the Children’s Room.

Each monthly program consists of a structured storytime where children learn early literacy skills and parents gain tips to assist their children with developing reading skills at home. In addition, an unstructured craft time encourages creativity, self-expression, and the development of fine motor skills.

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 Children’s Librarian, Cindi Bouvier, for further information on this and other Children’s programs at 760-839-4837 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 Presents Toddler Tales

Escondido, CA – In response to community demand, Escondido Public Library will offer a new storytime for toddlers, ages 1-3, and their favorite adult this Fall. Toddler Tales will meet every Wednesday from September 4th to October 9th at 10:30 AM in the Children’s Room.

Young parents have asked the Children’s Department to develop fun, educational programs for their youngest children, ages 1-3. Teresa Garcia will share songs, stories, letters, sounds, and new words to help toddlers master early literacy skills and encourage kindergarten readiness.

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 Children’s Librarian, Cindi Bouvier, for further information on this and other Children’s programs at 760-839-4837 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

2nd Tuesday Book Club to discuss Sky of Red Poppies by Zahreh Ghahremani

The Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday September 20, 2013 at 6:00 PM, in the Board Room. This month’s selection is Sky of Red Poppies by Zahreh Ghahremani.

Sky of Red Poppies begins with a casual friendship between two schoolgirls coming of age in a politically divided 1960's Iran under rule of the Shah. Roya, the daughter of a prominent family, is envious of the fierce independence of her religious classmate Shireen. But Shireen has secrets of her own. Together, Roya and Shireen contend with becoming the women they want to be, and in doing so, make decisions that will cause their tragic undoing.   Set against the backdrop of a nation forced to mute its profound identity, Sky of Red Poppies is a novel about culture, politics and the redeeming power of friendships.  

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on October 8, 2013 with a discussion on Toby’s Room by Pat Barker.  The selection for November 12th will be Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens.

All library programs are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia in downtown Escondido. For more information about the 2nd Tuesday Book Club visit www.library.escondido.org or contact the library reference 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, August 31st 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. Un paseo para recordar / A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks is the selected book for August.

Sure to wring yet more tears from willing readers’ eyes, this forced coming–of-age story by bestselling author, Nicholas Sparks, is sure to do just that.  Every April when the wind smells of both the sea and lilacs, Landon Carter remembers 1958, his last year at Beaufort High.  Landon had dated a girl or two, and even once had sworn he’d been in love.  Certainly, the last person he thought he’d fall for was Jamie Sullivan, the shy, almost ethereal daughter of the town’s Baptist minister.  Against his best intentions, Landon finds himself falling for Jamie, this girl who is destined to show him the depths of the human heart – and the joy and pain of living.

Adult Services Librarian Paul Crouthamel said, “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 each month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. In September, Rincon Literario readers will discuss La ladrona de libros / The Book Thief  by Markus Zusak. .

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.

Attend Share Your Vision Community Meetings for Escondido Public Library’s Future Building

Escondido, CA - The Escondido Public Library invites the public to learn more and to provide input about the development of a new dynamic Library by attending Share Your Vision Community Meetings on July 23 and July 24, 2013 at two locations. Hear what the community has been saying about the Library’s vision and values and learn about the emerging design concepts for an expanded library facility. Community feedback on conceptual design options for a new wing for the existing Library is important and attendance at the meetings is encouraged.

The meetings will take place on: Tuesday, July 23 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM Escondido Public Library (Turrentine Room) 239 South Kalmia Street Escondido, CA  92025

Wednesday, July 24 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM Escondido Police & Fire Headquarters (Community Meeting Room) 1163 North Centre City Parkway Escondido, CA 92016

Share Your Vision Community Meetings are free and open to the public and the agenda will be the same for both meetings. -  more  -  Escondido Public Library has been a vital part of the community’s educational, cultural, and economic development for more than a century. The current library building, located downtown, can no longer accommodate the materials, services, and technology to support the community’s 21st century needs. Studies over the past five years have confirmed the need for an expanded library and City Council approved the initiation of the conceptual design study to reorganize the current building and add a new state-of-the-art wing. Broad-based community input and ideas are essential to making the project a success.

This is the second and final round of community meetings to provide a project update and forum for community input. A conceptual design plan will be presented to City Council in the fall.

The Escondido Library Foundation has been actively involved in addressing the need for an expanded Library. Jack Anderson, Foundation President and member of the steering team for the Library’s expansion, is looking forward to receiving ideas from the public. He said, “We encourage your participation in this important community process. The Library is an integral part of our community life, and the design process will bring about a specific plan that will improve and strengthen the Library’s capacity and user-friendly capabilities.”

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. Learn more about the Library expansion project at http://library.escondido.org/expansion or contact Cynthia Smith, Deputy City Librarian at 760-839-4329.

Escondido Library Literacy Services Presents Playing It Strong! Literature Alive

Escondido, CA- Literacy and Lifelong Learning’s Families for Literacy (FFL) will host a summer program, Playing It Strong! Literature Alive, for families enrolled in Literacy Services. Parents and their 3rd to 6th graders will attend a total of eight meetings. In these meetings families will expand their knowledge about theater and playwriting, as they learn about scripts, skits, and plays. Brenda Townsend, from The Patio Playhouse, will facilitate the scriptwriting process including fun and interactive theater activities with the families. This program will take place every Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM from July 9, 2013 to August 1, 2013. It will be held in the Turrentine Room, located on the second floor of Escondido Public Library, and presented by Literacy Services. Literature Alive is a continuation of FFL’s Playing It Strong! program.

This program was funded in part by the New Wisdom Foundation. Please contact Literacy Department Specialist, Veronica Botello, at (760) 747-1221 or vbotello@escondido.org to register or for additional Information. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Contact the library at 760-839-4684 or go to library.escondido.org to learn more about Library programs.

 

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, June 29th 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.

In La distancia entre nosotros / The Distance Between Us the author, Reyna Grande, skillfully depicts another side of the immigrant experience—the hardships and heartbreaks of the children who are left behind.  Through her brutally honest firsthand account of growing up in Mexico without her parents, Grande sheds light on the often overlooked consequence of immigration—the disintegration of a family. 

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

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of each month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. In July, Rincon Literario readers will discuss La Laguna / The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver.   

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.

Escondido Library Offers Summer Reading Club for Adults

Escondido, CA – Summer reading clubs are for all ages to enjoy. In addition to offering summer reading clubs for children and teens, the Escondido Public Library is hosting a Summer Reading Club especially for adults with the theme, Reading is So Delicious. The club runs from June 17 to August 3, 2013. Starting June 17th, adults can participate by visiting the Library in person or by registering via the Library’s web site http://library.escondido.org/adultSRC. Registration runs through July 20, 2013.

Adults who register are encouraged to share reading recommendations with others by submitting brief book reviews. Each week one review will be selected in a drawing for a prize. The Library’s web page will feature a number of selected reviews.

Kelley Aderholt, the 2012 Club’s Grand Prize Winner, looks forward to 2013: “It was fun.  I always get my kids to do the Summer Reading Club, and when they saw that there was one for adults, I knew I should join, too.  I never expected I’d be the Grand Prize Winner.”

Library programs, events and services are free and open to the public. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Contact Reference Librarian, David Frazee at 760-839-4839 for more information on the Adult Summer Reading Club. To learn more about the Library’s Summer Reading Clubs for children and teens, or go to library.escondido.org.

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