Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library announces the return of the Read, Eat, and Discuss (R.E.A.D.) Middle Grade Book Club, for children, ages 9-12 years old. The R.E.A.D. Book Club will meet on Friday, October 16, 2015, in the Library’s Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 PM. KPBS’ 2015 One Book, One San Diego teen selection, The Dumbest Idea Ever! by Jimmy Gownley, will be the featured book in anticipation of a special, after-hours visit to Escondido Public Library by the author. Copies of the The Dumbest Idea Ever! will be available for checkout at the Children’s Desk.

Free tickets to Jimmy Gownley’s author visit and book signing on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room will be will be available to the public at Escondido Public Library starting Monday, September 21, 2015.

In his comedic and sincere graphic memoir, Gownley focuses on his adolescence. Jimmy is a popular and smart basketball star at his school until he’s bedridden by a terrible case of chicken pox and pneumonia, forcing him to miss a month of school. While Jimmy recovers, he reconnects with his love of drawing and comics, eventually creating and publishing his own book.

The R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club provides young readers the opportunity to commune with others who share their excitement about books. Vibrant discussions, book-themed crafts, and socializing are perfect ways to engage all readers—especially reluctant readers. The next R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club meeting will be on November 20, 2015, from 3:30-4:30 PM in the Turrentine Room. Participants will discuss Doll Bones by Holly Black.

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Library programs are free and open to the public and generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For information about the R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club, please contact Senior Youth Services Librarian, Ricca Gaus, at 760-839-5456 or rgaus@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs for children can be found at library.escondido.org.