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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 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 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 For up to date information, visit


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 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 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 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 to access these resources. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information about the library, visit or contact Assistant Library Director, Katy Duperry, at 760-839-4601, or by e-mail at

Escondido Public Library Programs and Events Postponed or Cancelled Due to County Health Order

Escondido, CA – The Escondido Public Library takes the health and safety of our community very seriously. We are following the guidance of the Governor and the County Public Health Office and therefore all Library sponsored and co-sponsored events, programs, and classes are cancelled March 14 through March 31.


The Library will remain open providing essential services such as computers, WI-FI, and materials checkout.


The Pioneer Room will remain open with limited hours.


The Library will not be accepting donations at this time. The Friends of the Library Book Store will be closed.


Please visit the City of Escondido’s website for more information at

Escondido Public Library Hosts 16th Annual Scrabble-Thon Tournament & Fundraiser Sponsored by the Pala Band of Mission Indians

Escondido Public Library and the Friends of Literacy Services will host the 16th Annual Scrabble-Thon Tournament & Fundraiser on Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event will be held in the Auditorium of the Park Avenue Community Center, located at 210 Park Ave, Escondido, CA 92025. Doors open for player check-in at 8:00 a.m. and tournament play begins at 9:00 a.m. Players must pre-register by March 4, 2020 online at, by mail, or in person at the Literacy Services office, located on the 2nd floor of the Library. The registration fee for adults is $25.00; registration for high school students is $15.00.

The Scrabble® tournament consists of five 30-minute games and is open to adults and high school students. Players sign-up to play in one of three divisions: Novice, Intermediate, or Advanced. Participants can compete individually or as a part of a group affiliation. Players can participate as special groups that will be recognized for their participation during the tournament. Players compete for prizes at the end of each game as well as the final awards for highest individual and team scores.

Scrabble-Thon raises funds to benefit the Library’s Literacy Services program. Sponsored by the Friends of Literacy Services, 100% of the proceeds will be used to provide literacy materials and resources. There will be opportunity drawings, a Pick-a-Tile game, and silent auction items throughout Scrabble-Thon. Donations are tax-deductible.

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information on Scrabble-Thon and library services visit or contact Principal Librarian for Literacy Services, Dan Wood, at 760-839-4827 or

Escondido Public Library Offers Free 3D Printing to the Public

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library now offers free 3D printing to anyone with a valid Escondido Public Library card! Library users may submit a 3D object for printing online via a web form at The prints will be processed by Library staff to ensure they meet the criteria laid out in the 3D Printing Policy and will be available within two weeks of submission (subject to change based on length of print queue). 3D objects must take four hours or less to print, be submitted as an.stl file, and are printed in a single color. Current colors available are gray, white, black, purple, and red. This service is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library.

The Library will host free public classes on a monthly basis for creating 3D printed objects using a free, web based platform called TinkerCAD. The first TinkerCAD class will be on Friday, February 28th at 4 p.m. While the class is free, space is limited and registration is required at

Escondido Public Library’s Lulzbot Taz 6 3D printer has been used by Library staff at STEAM/STEM outreach events at local Escondido schools and the San Diego Children's Discovery Museum, as well as for Library events such as Star Wars Day, Dads & Donuts, Digital Petting Zoo, and many others.

The Library staff affectionately named the public printer “Taz” and put it on display in the lobby, so that patrons could watch it work. Small giveaway items made by this printer were available for patrons to receive by entering weekly online raffle drawings. This printer is now available to create printed objects submitted by patrons and will be used to educate the community on how to design 3D printed objects.

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information about our library events and programs visit or contact Assistant Library Director, Katy Duperry, at 760-839-4601, or by e-mail at

Escondido Library Foundation Donates NEW AWE Early Learning Stations and AWE Early Learning Tablets

Escondido, CA - The Escondido Library Foundation has generously donated six new AWE Early Learning Stations and six new AWE Early Learning Tablets to the Escondido Public Library!

The stand-alone stations have the latest educational software, a touchscreen interface and are bilingual in English and Spanish. These AWE Early Learning Stations and Tablets support school readiness and literacy in the community. The tablets are useful for a more hands-on learning experience for families when they visit the library. The tablets are for use inside the library with a valid library card.

The six tabletop stations are now available for use in the Youth Services Department and the six tablets are expected to be available at the Youth Services desk by the new year. The gift of the 12 devices doubles the Library’s inventory of these valuable literacy tools for children.

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information about our library events and programs visit or contact Outreach Coordinator, Eveleen Crouthamel at 760-839-5457, or by e-mail at


AWE Stations ELF
Escondido Library Foundation displays AWEstations and tablets with Escondido Public Library Youth Services Staff.
Left to right: Jack Anderson, Eveleen Crouthamel, Marta Palmerton, Shirlie Downey, and Cristina Coleman.


Read, Act, Play at Escondido Public Library's 2019 Summer Reading Challenge for All Ages!

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library's 2019 Summer Reading Challenge invites children, teens, and adults to "Read, Act, Play." The Challenge encourages reading for fun and life-long learning for all ages and runs from June 8, 2019 to July 27, 2019.

Educational, recreational, and cultural events are offered throughout the Challenge. Anyone can take part in the program from home, on a mobile device, or by using Library computers. Participants of all ages log reading and event participation online at earn prizes donated by the Friends of the Library and local businesses.

Summer Reading Challenge festivities kick off-on Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the Library's front patio. Sign-up for the Challenge and receive free samples from Baltimore Snowball.

Summer Reading Challenge programs for children, babies, and families include special storytimes; Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM)-themed craft events; a visit from reptiles, and Rick Huddles' Scary Squirrel's Retro Reboot Dance Party.

Teen events include a chance to explore table top and virtual reality games, attend art-based events such as Crescent Moon Henna, and Ink Floating Art, and attend Cosplay 101, where you can learn all about costume design and creation! Adult programs include concerts, book discussions, a career fair, and a special open mic event for local writers!

For more information on the 2019 Read, Act, Play Summer Reading Challenge, including program dates and times, prizes, sponsors, and rules for participation, visit Summer Reading events are free, open to the public, and generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and local businesses. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Public Library Offers Free Family Museum Passes

Escondido, CA- Escondido Public Library will be offering free family museum passes for checkout starting June 3.

  • Back by Popular Demand! San Diego Children's Discovery Museum family pass Checks out for 7 days. The pass is good for free general admission for two parents and their children.
  • San Diego Museum of Art family passes check out for 7 days. The pass is good for free museum admission for two adults. Youth ages 17 and under are always admitted free. San Diego Museum of Art is located in Balboa Park at 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92102.
  • San Diego Museum of Man family passes check out for 7 days. The pass is good for free general museum admission for two adults and up to four kids. San Diego Museum of Man is located in Balboa Park at 1350 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101.
  • The New Children's Museum family pass checks out for 10 days. The pass is good for free museum admission for up to four people. The New Children's Museum is located at 200 W Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101.

Passes cannot be renewed and must be returned to the Escondido Public Library. Passes can be checked out from the Youth Services Desk with a valid Library card. For more information, contact the Youth Services Department, 760-838-5456.


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