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Grand Opening of the Escondido Technology Center

The East Valley Branch Library will reopen as a Technology and Internet Center on Wednesday, January 30, 2013.    A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at noon at the Center, located at 2245 East Valley Parkway.

The Escondido Technology Center will be open Monday through Thursday from noon to 6:00 p.m.  The Center consists of 30 computers which may be accessed by residents in the same manner as those at Escondido Public Library at 239 S. Kalmia Street.  For more detailed information about how to use a computer at the library or Technology Center please visit  http://library.escondido.org/computers.aspx

Funding for the Technology Center was provided by Community Development Block Grant Funding ($60,000), Recreation Reserve Funding ($75,000) and a $25,000 grant from Cox Communication. 

Friends of the Escondido Public Library Half-Price Sale on January 19, 2013

The Friends of the Escondido Public Library will hold a 50% Off Everything Saleon Saturday, January 19, 2013.  The sale will take place at the Library, 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.  Hundreds of items will be available for sale upstairs in the Turrentine Room and in the Friends Book Shop on the main level from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Members of Friends of the Escondido Public Library will be allowed to shop for one hour (9 AM to 10 AM) at the Members-Only Preview. To become a member, pick up an application in the Book Shop or at the customer service desk or sign up on the day of the sale.

Favorite non-fiction subjects including history, biography, health, cooking, gardening, diet and exercise, travel, psychology, foreign languages, parenting, and more will be abundantly available.  Collectors, classics and children’s books will also be on sale. Hardcover and paperback fiction books, audio books, VHS tapes, CDs and DVDs will also be 50% off the marked price.

No admission fee, no preview for non-members, scanners allowed. Cash only, 25¢ minimum per item.

All proceeds from the Friends of the Library sale directly support the library’s circulating book and media collections and programs for children, teens, and adults.

Escondido Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets January 26th

Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner) meets on Saturday, January 26th from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the library’s Board Room. The Escondido Public Library is located in downtown Escondido at 239 South Kalmia Street.

Rincón Literario meets regularly, the last Saturday of each month, to explore literature published in English and Spanish. The discussions are a perfect way to discuss interesting books and converse in both languages.

The selected book is the inspirational memoir Deshonrada / In the Name of Honor by Mukhtar Mai.  In June 2002, Mukhtar Mai, a Pakistani woman from the impoverished village of Meerwala, was condemned by her village tribal council to be gang raped by a local clan known as the Mastoi – punishment for indiscretions allegedly committed by the woman’s 12 year old brother.  While certainly not the first account of a female’s body being negotiated for honor in a family, this time the survivor had bravely chosen to fight back.  She asserted humanity for herself and other women by suing the council before the supreme court of Pakistan and winning.

By July 2002, the Pakistani government awarded her the equivalent of $8500 in U.S. dollars and sentenced her attackers to death.  Mukhtar Mai went on to use the funds to open a school for girls so future generations would not suffer, as she had, from illiteracy. In this rousing account, Mai describes her experience and how she has since become an agent for change and  a beacon of hope for oppressed women around the world.

In February Rincon Literario readers will discuss Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. A list of future Rincón Literario selections is available on our website. For more information on the library’s book discussion groups and other programs, visit the library website or call 760.839.4601.

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.

 

Families for Literacy Winter Program: Playing It Strong!

Literacy and Lifelong Learning’s FFL program will be hosting their winter program, Playing It Strong! on Thursdays 3:00PM-5:00PM from January 24, 2013 to March 14, 2013. Playing It Strong! has been designed to help parents and their 3rd to 6th grade children understand and appreciate their uniqueness. Identifying the child’s natural talents and strengths as well as their academic development is the main focus of the program.

Parents and their children will be attending a total of eight weekly workshops. In these workshops, parents will receive training in strength-building concepts and strategies to provide leadership to their children. The program also consists of fun and interactive activities. Technology, such as Chrome book apps, will be used to make the academic part of the program more appealing and interesting for children. The rest of the activities will be fun and explorative for both parents and their children as they will establish a model of communication that supports Lifelong Learning and Family Literacy.

This program was funded in part by the Wisdom Foundation. It is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Turrentine Room, located on the second floor of Escondido Public Library, and presented by Literacy Staff. Please contact the Literacy and Lifelong Learning Department at (760) 839-5440 to RSVP, or for any further questions.

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information on this and other Literacy and Lifelong Learning programs or events, go to http://library.escondido.org or contact (760) 839-5440.

Escondido Public Library Presents the San Diego Symphony Performing a Linda and Shearn Platt Kinder Koncert

The Escondido Public Library invites grade school children to attend two Kinder Koncert performances by the San Diego Symphony,  Wednesday, February 14, 2013 at 10:00 AM and 11:15 AM in the Turrentine Room.

Conducted by Ken-David Masur, the Symphony will introduce children to the string instruments and  teach basic concepts such as melody, rhythm and harmony.  Linda and Shearn Platt Kinder Koncerts are designed to introduce the youngest listeners to classical music, instruments of the orchestra, and to the live concert experience. The San Diego Symphony samples some of music’s greatest composers including Benjamin Britten, Edward Elgar, Felix Mendelssohn, and more.

This program is made possible by the generous support from the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. All programs are free and open to the public.

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025. For more information phone the library at (760) 839-5456 or to learn more about library programs, visit the library website at: http://library.escondido.org

The Third Thursday Program presents Social Security and You

The Escondido Public Library’s Third Thursday Program presents Social Security and You with Yolanda York of the Social Security Administration. She will be here on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 3:00PM in the Turrentine Room of the Escondido Public Library. Join us for this information packed program on Social Security. Come and learn how to maximize your Social Security earning. Find out who is eligible to receive Social Security. Get to know what scams are out there involving your Social Security number and how to avoid them.

The Thursday Programs are free and open to the public. The Escondido Public Library is at 239 S. Kalmia Street, Escondido CA 92025. For more information, please call (760) 839-4839 or visit the library online at http://library.escondido.org to learn about other upcoming library programs.

Escondido Public Library now has Chromebooks

The Escondido Public Library has received 25 Chromebooks as part of a pilot project. Library card holders may check out a Chromebook for up to 90 minutes per day at the Adult or Children’s Information desks. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis for use in the library, and there is no fee for check out.

Chromebooks are fast, lightweight laptops based on Google’s Chrome web browser. They use cloud computing for storage, and users may log in with their Google account to access a world of apps or log in anonymously to simply access the web. Chromebooks do not require manual updating or antivirus software so they are considered simple-to-use alternatives to regular laptops.

Library card holders needing to use a computer in the library or who are just interested in exploring the difference between a Chromebook and a regular computer are invited to visit one of the Information desks. Borrowers must sign a User Loan Agreement before using a Chromebook.

The California State Library awarded a grant to the Califa Library Group, a non-profit library consortium, to distribute the Chromebooks to public libraries throughout the state. Escondido is thrilled to be one of the recipients of this technology grant. For more information, please call Digital Services Manager, Donna Feddern at 760-839-4624.

The 2nd Saturday Concert Series presents The Orvieto Piano Trio

The Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series proudly presents The Orvieto Piano Trio. They are scheduled to perform on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 3:00 pm in the Turrentine Room of the Escondido Public Library. The Orvieto Piano Trio, featuring Lauren Basney (violin), Daniel Frankhuizen (cello), and Byron Chow, MD (piano), will perform an educational and interactive concert. They will introduce the audience to composers such as Beethoven and Dvorak with commentary by the artists. The ensemble is unique in that its members not only come from different parts of the U.S. but are currently pursuing divergent career paths - a testament to the power of music to communicate and transcend individual differences.

The 2nd Saturday concerts are free and open to the public and are generously sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. The Escondido Public Library is at 239 S. Kalmia Street, Escondido CA 92025. For more information, please call (760) 839-4839 or visit the library online at http://library.escondido.org to learn about other upcoming library programs.

Holiday Open House on December 13th - Literacy and Lifelong Learning: “The Seven Gifts of Christmas”

The Literacy and Lifelong Learning Department will be hosting a Holiday Open House at the Escondido Public Library from 3:00PM - 5:00PM on Thursday, December 13th. This holiday themed open house will showcase the literacy department’s programs, which are free to the public, giving a warm holiday environment for both adults and children to enjoy. With Christmas music and holiday favors, refreshments will be provided for all guests. Literacy staff members, student ambassadors, volunteer tutors, and adult learners will all be present at this event. An expert literacy staff member or volunteer will be available at each station to provide detailed information and share personal experiences about each specific program. Each program will be individually displayed throughout the room to provide an interactive browsing environment for guests. Flyers and handouts will be available at each station for individuals to take home.

Featured literacy programs include: One-on-One Tutoring, Learning Communities, ESL classes, Bookmobile and Outreach, Families for Literacy, Lifelong Learning Workshops, and Special Events.

This event is free and open to the public. It will be held in the library, presented by the Literacy staff, taking place in the Turrentine Room, on the second floor. Please contact the Literacy and Lifelong Learning Department at (760) 839-5440 for any further questions.

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information on this and other Literacy and Lifelong events, go to http://library.escondido.org or contact (760) 839-5440.

“Glitter, Glam, and Glovettes” Workshop on December 4th At the Escondido Public Library

The Literacy and Lifelong Learning Department will be hosting a Glovette workshop at the Escondido Public Library from 6:00PM - 7:30 PM on Tuesday, December 4th. This workshop introduces Michele Aubuchon, the designer of “Glovettes”, who will bring in these fingerless gloves for people interested in wearing gloves to protect their hands from the sun or over a pair of traditional winter gloves just to glam them up. These gloves can be worn while still providing functionality to do most anything. They’re perfect as presents as the holidays are around the corner. School age children and adults are all welcome to attend. The creative fashion sense Michele has incorporated in her designs will attract many who are interested in expressing their creative sides and fashion styles and sharing them with others.

Glovettes was founded in 2011 with the goal of “providing wonderful products while raising money for the American Cancer Society”. This event is free to the public, but you must reserve your space by contacting Literacy Department Specialist, Natalie Mason at (760) 839-5450 or nmason@ci.escondido.ca.us. Learn more about Glovettes by visiting their website at www.glovettes.net.

This event will be held in the library, presented by Michele Aubuchon, designer of Glovettes, taking place in the Turrentine Room, on the second floor. Michele will display some of her own designer gloves as well as assisting others in glamming-up and decorating already-made gloves to take home.

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information on this and other Literacy and Lifelong Learning events, contact (760) 839-5440.

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