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Escondido Public Library No Longer Charging Overdue Fines

Escondido, CA –Beginning September 1, 2021, Escondido Public Library is no longer charging daily fees for items returned late. All items, including DVDs and books on CD, will check out for 21 days with up to three automated renewals as long as no one is waiting for the item.

 

“We are excited to remove barriers to access for the patrons in our community,” said Dara Bradds, Library Director. “We hope this will encourage more people to come in and use the Library.”

 

While patrons will no longer be charged daily overdue fees, they are still responsible for paying for lost items. At 30 days overdue, checked out items will be marked as "lost" and the patron will be unable to check out or renew any additional physical items until they return the lost item, or pay for its replacement cost plus a $5 re-processing fee. Patrons with lost items on their account will still be able to check out eMaterials and use Library computers. Patrons are still responsible for overdue fines accrued prior to September 1, 2021.

 

For more information, visit www.escondidolibrary.org/fines, or contact Assistant Library Director Katy Duperry at 760-839-4601 or katy.duperry@escondidolibrary.org.

Friends of the Escondido Public Library Reopen Book Shop

Escondido, CA –The Friends of the Escondido Public Library Book Shop will re-open Tuesday, July 6.

 

“We are delighted to resume service to the Escondido community after a 15-month closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Linda Parker, Friends of the Library president.

 

The Friends Book Shop is located on the first floor of the Escondido Public Library on South Kalmia Street. Beginning July 6, the book shop will be open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. All items will be half price Tuesday, July 6 through Saturday, July 10.

 

The book shop will begin accepting donations on Monday, August 2. Donations can be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Due to space limitations, only two boxes per donor will be accepted at this time. For more information on what types of donations are accepted, visit www.escondidolibrary.org/donate.

 

The shop sells used books, DVDs, VHS tapes, books on CD, magazines, and music CDs. All proceeds from the shop fund Escondido Public Library programs and events. The Friends of the Escondido Public Library are a volunteer-led 501(c)3 organization. To learn more about the Friends of the Escondido Public Library, visit www.escondidolibrary.org/friends

 

For questions or assistance, please contact Assistant Library Director Katy Duperry at 760-839-4601 or katy.duperry@escondidolibrary.org.

Escondido Public Library Foundation Commissions Mural

Escondido, CA – The Escondido Public Library Foundation commissioned artist Julia Anthony to create a mural on the west exterior wall of the Kalmia Street Library building. Two mural design options are under consideration; the Foundation encourages community members to share their opinions at www.escondidolibrary.org. The opinion poll will be active May 26-June 7, 2021.

Julia Anthony created the Wild Beauty of the Savannahs mural in the Library’s upstairs Children’s area in May 2010, as well as a fresh and salt water ocean mural at Oceanside Public Library in April 2011. Anthony’s business, Creative Palette Interiors, is located in Escondido.

For questions or assistance, please contact Assistant Library Director Katy Duperry at 760-839-4601 or katy.duperry@escondidolibrary.org.

Escondido Public Library Hosts Virtual May Events for Children

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library offers special programming for children in the month of May. All events are virtual, free and open to the public.

  • Virtual Tea Time for Kids for children ages 5-12 years old on Friday, May 14, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. Enjoy English tea and snacks, learn about tea etiquette, do a craft, and listen to stories on Zoom with The Grand Tea Room. Registration is required online at www.escondidolibrary.org/register. Once participants receive confirmation, craft and snack kits can be picked up at The Grand Tea Room beginning Tuesday, May 11, 2021. The Grand Tea Room is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 145 West Grand Avenue in Escondido.
  • The San Diego Poetry Annual hosts its annual workshop, Kids! San Diego Poetry Annual for children ages 6-12 virtually on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Registration is required online at www.escondidolibrary.org/register. Francisco Bustos and Ying Wu will lead writing activities that stimulate creativity and self-expression. This workshop is free and open to young poets (ages 6 - 12) that reside in San Diego County. Children's poems and artwork can be submitted via email for consideration in the 2021 KSDPA anthology. Ying Wu is a poetry editor of Writers Resist and the Kids! San Diego Poetry Annual. More examples of her work can be found online at writersresist.com and poetryandartsd.com, as well as in the material world at the San Diego Airport (arts.san.org/portfolio-item/before). Francisco Bustos is poet, musician and member of the spoken work/music collective Frontera Drum Fusion. He is a professor of English composition at Southwestern College (SWC) and hosts SWC Guest Writers Series.

 

All programs are generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information about these programs visit www.escondidolibrary.org or contact Outreach Coordinator, Eveleen Crouthamel, at 760-839-5457 or eveleen.crouthamel@escondidolibrary.org.

Escondido Public Library Seeks Community Input for Library Future

Escondido, CA – Escondido residents and non-resident users of the Escondido Public Library are asked to share their opinions on the future of the Library by participating in an online survey available through April 30. To take the survey, visit www.escondidolibrary.org. The survey is available in English and Spanish.

Developments in technology and changes in the soon-to-be post-COVID world, have drastically changed the needs of library users. Survey data will help the library best meet these community needs.

For questions or assistance, please contact Assistant Library Director Katy Duperry at 760-839-4601 or katy.duperry@escondidolibrary.org.

Escondido Public Library Opening with Limited Services February 1

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library will reopen for limited in-person services on Monday, February 1, 2021.

Library hours will be 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Holds can be picked up on the self-service shelves during Library open hours. Additionally, curbside pickup service for holds will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., and Wednesdays from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. For information on how curbside pickup works, visit www.escondidolibrary.org/curbside. At this time, the Friends Book Shop, Literacy Learning Center and Pioneer Room remain closed. Donations are not being accepted at this time.

Limited services will include access to computers, printers and copiers, and WiFi. The Library now offers wireless printing, and payment for printing via credit card. Public access computers and Chromebooks will be limited to one hour of use per day. Furniture has been removed to allow for physical distancing.

Patrons will be able to browse the stacks and check out books, audio books, and DVDs. Time in the library will be limited to two hours maximum each day in order to adhere to the limited 20% capacity guidelines. All in-person programs have been suspended, but many regular programs such as book clubs and storytimes are being held online. Visit www.escondidolibrary.org/digital for a full schedule of virtual events.

To promote safety and health of patrons and staff, all persons inside the Library are required to wear a mask covering the nose and mouth, and maintain six feet of physical distance. Hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes will be available, and a professional cleaning crew will clean the Library twice per day.

All checked out materials can be returned 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week at the outdoor book drops, located in the Library parking lot. All returned materials are quarantined for at least five business days. No overdue fees will be charged at this time.

For assistance, call the Library at 760-839-4683 during open hours and select the menu option for the appropriate department. You can also text the Library at 442-777-3799 or email the at library@escondidolibrary.org. For up to date information, visit www.escondidolibrary.org.

Escondido Public Library Opening with Limited Services September 21

Escondido Public Library will reopen for limited in-person services on Monday, September 21, 2020.

 

Library hours will be 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Holds can be picked up on the self-service shelves during Library open hours. Additionally, curbside pickup service for holds will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., and Wednesdays from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. For information on how curbside pickup works, visit www.escondidolibrary.org/curbside. At this time, the Friends Book Shop, Literacy Learning Center and Pioneer Room remain closed. Donations are not being accepted at this time.

 

Limited services will include access to computers, printers and copiers, and WiFi. The Library now offers wireless printing, and payment for printing via credit card. Public access computers and Chromebooks will be limited to one hour of use per day. Furniture has been removed to allow for physical distancing.

 

Patrons will be able to browse the stacks and check out books, audio books, and DVDs. All in-person programs have been suspended, but many regular programs such as book clubs and storytimes are being held online. Visit www.escondidolibrary.org/digital for a full schedule of virtual events.

 

To promote safety and health of patrons and staff, all persons inside the Library are required to wear a mask covering the nose and mouth, and maintain six feet of physical distance. Hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes will be available, and a professional cleaning crew will clean the Library twice per day.

 

All checked out materials can be returned 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week at the outdoor book drops, located in the Library parking lot. All returned materials are quarantined for at least five business days. No overdue fees will be charged until January 1, 2021.

 

For assistance, call the Library at 760-839-4683 during open hours and select the menu option for the appropriate department. You can also text the Library at 442-777-3799 or email the at library@escondidolibrary.org. For up to date information, visit www.escondidolibrary.org.

 

Escondido Public Library Offers Curbside Pickup Service

Escondido, CA - During the pandemic closure, Escondido Public Library is offering Curbside Pickup Service for books, DVDs, and books on CD. Library patrons can log into the Library’s catalog at https://escondido.librarycatalog.info/polaris/ and place items on hold with their library card number and PIN. They can also place holds via phone or text at 442-777-3799, or email at library@escondidolibrary.org. Patrons are contacted once their holds are available and can pick up their items at the Library during Curbside Pickup hours. Patrons have ten days to pick up their items.

Curbside Pickup Service is available Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. When a patron arrives at the Library parking lot to pick up their items, they can call or text the Curbside Pickup line at 760-705-4602, or email escondidolibrarycurbside@gmail.com. Staff will check out the items and place them on the table in front of the Library for contactless curbside pickup. There are no checkout limits on items, and no overdue fees will be charged for the duration of the Library closure. Effective Monday, July 20, items will be automatically renewed (except when on hold for someone) up to three times. The book drops located in the Library parking lot are open to accept returns 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. All returned items are quarantined for 72 hours before being checked in.

The Library also offers eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming videos, and eComics. Visit www.escondidolibrary.org/digital to access these resources. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information about the library, visit www.escondidolibrary.org or contact Assistant Library Director, Katy Duperry, at 760-839-4601, or by e-mail at katy.duperry@escondidolibrary.org.

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Library Director
Dara Bradds
760-839-4329
dara.bradds@escondidolibrary.org

 

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