Dia de los Ninos, Dia de los libros, Day of the Children, Day of the Books 

Celebrate on Tuesday, April 22, 2014
04/21/2014 Categories: Dia de los Ninos

Every year the library celebrates the Day of the Children, Day of Books with a wonderful celebration filled with stories, music and crafts.


Families are encouraged to come celebrate this book festival on Tuesday, April 22, here in the library's Turrentine Room  from 3:30-4:30 pm. This program is geared for kids ages 5-12 years.

Make this a memoriable family event at the library and help turn kids into lovers of books and reading.


Youth Staff



National Library Week! Let's Celebrate!! 

April 13-19, 2014

Come Celebrate National Library Week with us April 13- April 19, 2014.

This year's theme is Lives Change @ your Library!

Lives Change


If you have a story you would like to share, please stop at the children's desk and let us know. We would like to feature your story this week with other library fans.

Thought Bubble

It could be  about when you got your first library card, or how attending one of our many children's programs has effected your family as well as  helped instill the joy of books and reading with your child.

Tell us how exciting it is to find your favorite book on the shelf just waiting to be checked out by you!!

We are  always happy to help you discover how the library can change your life, one book, one program, one day at a time!


Happy National Library Week from your Youth Services Staff!




New Picture Books! 

Ready for Checkout!!

Here are some great new titles waiting to be checked-out and read tonight!


Chick and Pug

Chick 'n' Pug Meet the Dude by Jennifer Sattler - JE Sattler

This fun picture book shares the story of Chick and Pug and their adventures with a new friend. Kids who have a pet dog  (or any pet for that matter) will see the fun as Chick tries to save the day.



Chupi: El Binky Que Regreso' A Su Hogar For Thalia illustrated by Ana Martinez Larranaga- SPAJE Thalia

This is an adorable book about baby's binky (pacifier) and the love a child has for their binky, while playing in the park, going shopping, even at bathtime. However, binky comes from Binkyland and must return to his loving parents who miss him so.. Will Binky return to Binkyland and be reunited with his family or will he stay as your child's best friend forever? Parents who are wanting to ease their child away from their binky (pacifier) will enjoy reading this with their child.This book is in Spanish, but the illustrations are adorable enough to get the interpretation of the story.

Elephants Story

Elephant's Story by Tracey Campbell Pearson - JE Pearson

"The day Gracie lost her favorite book, Elephant found it." so starts the first page to this delightfully, funny story of how Elephant gets the words all jumbled up inside his trunk and asks his friends for help only to discover they are not as enthusiastic about books and reading as he is. Follow along as Gracie comes back and helps Elephant see how words and reading can be fun.


Green is a Chile Pepper A Book of Colors by Roseanne Greenfield Thong- JE Thong

A beautiful picture book illustrated by John Parra, who's drawings take you through a journey of color through a Hispanic neighborhood. You are drawn to this story your child will love learning to see, say and learn about the colors around them.


Look What I Can Do. A First Concepts Book by McBratney - JE McBratney

Teach your child their concepts with this the author of Guess How Much I Love You. Your child will learn their colors, animals, weather, actions, shapes and sounds. A fun and easy read.


Pete the Cat, Old MacDonald Had a Farm by James Dean - JE Dean

Pete the Cat has been busy driving buses, wearing new shoes, now he is on Old MacDonald's Farm, E-I-E-I-O! Another fun story as told by Pete the Cat.


Run, Dog! by Cecile Boyer- JE Boyer

Pictures make up most of this mostly wordless adventure of one dog, and his red toy ball. Wordless books are a great way to interact with your child. Gets their little creative minds thinking and sharing the story with you. Check out more wordless books at the library.  


Splat Says Thank You! by Rob Scotton - JE Scotton

When Splat's friend Seymour is sick he shares a story to help make him feel better and smile. Instead he learns another valuable lesson of friendship, how to say Thank You.

A very sweet tale to share with your friends.


What's Your Favorite Animal? by Eric Carle -JE Carl

Beloved author Eric Carl created  another masterpiece with this book. He asks several famous authors, such as Nick Bruel, Lucy Cousins, Mo Willems and more this very important question, "What's your favorite animal?" you and your child will love the stories each author shares.. Hmm, now I'm curious "What's your favorite animal?" I love so many, its so hard to pick just one!


These were just a few of the great new picture books to share with you. Come on in and find these great new books or stop by our desk and ask tell us about a new one you discovered!


Happy Reading!


Youth Staff




California Center for the Arts Escondido Presents 

Center's Children's Chorus Free Concert!
04/02/2014 Categories: Kids Choir



The Center  Children's chorus in conjunction with the library's spring Cultural Series, will perform selections from their Multi-Cultural Repertoire at the library on two separate dates.

Monday, April 7th, 3:30 pm


Monday, May 5th, 3:30 pm

Both concerts are free and open to the public. They are an hour long and will feature students from our local community.

Come help support their efforts and show your community spirit.

More information can be found at their website: www.escondidochoralarts.com


Youth Services Staff


San Diego Symphony Presents 

Going for Baroque
04/02/2014 Categories: San Diego Symphony


Youth Services staff welcomes The San Diego Symphony, Thursday, April 3, 2014. 
They will perform 2 Kinder Koncerts, “Going for Baroque!” at
10:00-10:40 and 11:15-11:50 in the Turrentine Room.  Children from  two local elementary schools have been invited to attend this special school program.  Juniper's 2nd graders will attend the first performance and Central's Kindergarten classes will attend the second performance. 

Due to room capacity this is an invite only presentation. We regret that not everyone can attend.

According to San Diego Symphony regulations, no photography or recording devices are allowed.


Youth Services Staff



R.E.A.D Book Club 

For Ages 9-12












PICKLE by Kim Baker is the latest book selected for this months R.E.A.D

Book Club for kids ages 9-12 years.


Join us this Friday, April 4, 2014 at 3:30 pm in the Library's Turrentine Room as we enjoy a fun book discussion with snacks related to Kim Baker's book Pickle. The author wil be skyping live with attendees. Children are not required to read the book, although it is encouraged to read it prior to the club, so they can participate in the discourse. Books are available to checkout at the Children's Desk.

Come with questions to ask author, Kim Baker and her wonderfully funny tale of Ben Diaz and his gang of friends who make up the infamous pickle prankster's of Fountain Point Middle School.


Readers are encouraged to register with the staff at the Children's Desk if they will be attending.

Stop on in or call us at 760-839-5456.





Kinder Craft Time 

4th Thursday of the Month
02/25/2014 Categories: Crafts Kids Programs

Kinder Craft Time is scheduled on the 4th Thursday of each month at 10:30 am

Children ages 3-5 year old are invited to come have fun creating crafts especially designed with them in mind. Last month we created animals on the farm. What fun we had as we listened to stories, sang songs and created pigs or cows!

This month we will be creating monkeys!! The fun starts at 10:30 am, hope to see you here!

Craft Time

Children Around the World 

Children's Cultural Program
01/29/2014 Categories: 2014 Children and Culture Crafts Kids Reading

Children Around the World





Children Around the World

A unique program designed to teach children about other cultures here in our own community and throughout the world. We will use stories, history, foods, crafts, and languages to show the way children grow up the same and yet differently.

This program is designed for ages 7-12 years, since we have alot of hands on activites and book discussion.

The first of our five country stops will be on January 31st to China!

Come celebrate the Chinese New Year with us! 3 pm in the Turrentine Room

Our next stop will be February 13th to Ethiopia, wonder what exciting treats and stories we will discover.

Then we will continue our journey on March 13th to Ireland, the land of the Emerald Isle!!

We will then make our way on April 10th to India, this exotic country is filled with spices and dances that will sure to get you smiling!

Finally, our last country we will visit on May 15th will be to Afghanistan,  a country filled with wonder and  amazing creative kites children create for special games.

No registration is required, although supplies may be limited.

This program is free and sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library.

For more information contact the children's desk, 760-839-5456.

We look forward to this exciting new series of programs!


Martin Luther King Jr. Day 

Library Will Be Closed Monday, January 20, 2014
01/15/2014 Categories: Library Closed


The Library Will Be Closed In Observance of this National Holiday. Monday, January 20, 2014


Enjoy this day to give back to your community and reflect on the changes we have overcome.



Youth Services Staff

A New Year Begins 

Storytimes and Craft Programs for Kids
01/08/2014 Categories: 2014

2014 is here and the children's staff is excited to begin another year of  story times and childrens programs, designed to delight, stimulate, and entertain you and your family.


Mondays begins with Mrs. Cox and Rhymes and Reading for ages 4-5, and the caregiver at 11:00 AM

This Pre-K Storytime is aimed to help little ones get ready for their first preschool or daycare interaction. Mrs. Cox shares stories, songs, fingerplays with the aim at teaching your child the importance of listening and learning instructions in a fun and engaging setting.

Mondays is also our Knight's Realm Chess Club for Kids ages 6-12 years. Children who love to play chess or who have an interest in learning the skills of chess can come in every Monday from 3:30-5:00 PM in the children's room and get instruction from Chess Novices right here in your community! This is a great way to make new friends, learn proper sportsmanship and just have fun! Parents are asked to stay in the library, but to not disturb the paired matches.

Wednesdays in January thru February 12 at 10:30 AM, also start off with our Toddler Tales Storytime for ages 1-3 years and the caregiver.

Toddler Tales is designed to be fun and interactive with your toddler. These are the important years of your child's development and we want to help you as the parent/caregiver guide your child as they discover their first words, hear their first songs, learn a new fingerplay and interact with others in a safe and friendly environment. Your participation in the program is an added bonus as you learn the importance of early literacy while spending time with your toddler!


Our Wee-Wigglers Baby Storytime for ages birth to 2 years, will begin March 5 thru April 9 at 10:30 AM. Our children's librarian Ms. Lali will introduce the importance of the 6 steps of Early Literacy with your young ones. Stories, Songs, Fingerplays and popular picture books will be used to guide you as the parent/ caregiver learn these important steps!

  • Print Motivation
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Vocabulary Skills
  • Narrative Skills
  • Print Awareness Skills
  • Letter Knowledge


Cowboy Charlie is back every 1st, 2nd and 3rd Thursday of each month at 10:30 AM,to share songs and stories with children of all ages. Parents are encouraged to sing and clap along with Cowboy Charlie as he shares classic children's tunes!


On the 4th Thurdsay of every month we will present Kinder Craft Time for ages 3-5 and a caregiver at 10:30 AM.

This 1/2 hour craft time for kids was created by Ms. Eveleen, she knew Thursdays were a popular day for families who already come in for Cowboy Charlie's fun program. She has designed simple yet fun crafts to keep little hands busy. This craft time is also a great way to make new friends and discover your child's hidden artistic abilities!

Whether you child is a voracious reader or struggling, our PAWS, Love on A Leash program is just for them! This program incorporates our local Pet Therapy dogs and their handlers who have taking the time to get their pets certified to work with people in a one on one setting or group. PAWS meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 3:30-4:30 pm. Kids must register in advance with the children's staff to ensure they can read to Hank, Murphy, Samantha or Bosely!  


We are excited to annouce two new programs for our young ones.

Children Around the World, (See the calendar for select dates) as we visit countries around the world for ages 5-12 years. The children's staff will explore the wonders of China, Ethiopia, Ireland and Afghanistan. We will share the cultural differences of how families around the world are all the same through stories, food and crafts prepared to enlighten your community awareness.

R.E.A.D Book Club for Ages 9-12 years. A fun book discussion, craft and snacks related to the featured book. -First book to be discussed is Smile by Raina Telgemeier on February 7th at 3pm in the Turrentine Room. Kids are asked to pre-register at the children's desk where copies of Smile can be checked out to them. You are encouraged to read the book prior, however the book does not have to be read to enjoy this lively book club for kids!

All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise stipulated. Programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library.

Photo and Video Policy- Attendance at any library program constitutes granting persmission for any photo/video taken while present, to be used for library publicity and/or social media.

Stop on in the children room and ask staff for more details or give us a call at 760-839-5456.

We hope you are excited as we are, as we begin 2014!



Children's Staff



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