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Read Local, Shop Local! Escondido Public Library Card Provides Discounts to Local Businesses  

08/24/16 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Viktor Sjöberg, 760-839-4814

Escondido, CA – September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month and Escondido Public Library is promoting the advantages of owning a free Library card. The Library is introducing Read Local, Shop Local!, a brand new discount program that provides exclusive offers to customers who present their Escondido Public Library card at participating businesses in Escondido during the month of September. Visit library.escondido.org/local to learn more about how the program works and find information on participating businesses and their offers.

Throughout September 2016, Escondido Public Library card holders will enjoy exclusive offers by showing their library card at the following businesses:

  • A Delight of France (Bakery & Bistro) - 20% off total order
  • BK Cellars (Winery & Tasting Room) - 2 for 1 wine tastings
  • Burger Bench (Restaurant) - 10% off total order
  • Cindy’s Nails (Nail Salon) – 10% total bill
  • Clue Avenue (Escape Room) - 40% discount off booking for teams of 3 - 8
  • CrossFit Escondido (Gym) - 10% off new memberships and "Foundations" program (CrossFit intro classes) reduced from $75 to $50
  • Kettle Coffee & Tea (Café) - 10% off total order
  • Sunny Side Kitchen (Restaurant) - 15% off total order
  • The Wooden Spoon (Restaurant) - 10% off total order
  • Vesper Vineyards (Winery & Tasting Room) - 50% off wine tasting flight

Library cards are free and can be obtained by visiting Escondido Public Library and filling out an application. As an additional motivation to sign up for an Escondido Public Library card during National Library Card Sign-Up Month, new card holders will receive  the following perks, starting Thursday, September 1, 2016:

  • First 650 new Library card holders receive a $2 coupon to Jimbo’s Naturally! and will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card from Jimbo’s Naturally!.
  • First 50 new Library card holders receive a free gelato from EscoGelato.

“Escondido Public Library is the heart of our great community,” said Viktor Sjöberg, Adult Services Senior Librarian. “Having a  free library card gives you access to a wealth of cultural and educational materials and activities that enrich your life, whether you are looking to teach your child how to read, pursue a college degree or to just have fun. Read Local, Shop Local! is a way to further establish Escondido Public Library as a community hub and connect patrons to the great businesses right here in Escondido.”

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Library programs are free and open to the public and sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For more information about Read Local, Shop Local! visit library.escondido.org/local. For information about this program as well as other Library events and services, contact Senior Librarian, Viktor Sjöberg, at 760-839-4814 or at vsjoberg@escondido.org.

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Escondido Public Library Celebrates 2016 Summer Reading Challenge Success 

08/15/16 Categories: Library

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CONTACT: Monica Barrette, 760-839-4836

Escondido, CA –Exercise Your Mind,” Escondido Public Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Challenge, concluded on July 31, 2016 as the Library’s most successful summer program on record. 1,430 children, teens, and adults registered to accept this year’s challenge, designed to promote reading for fun, pleasure, and stimulation for all ages over a seven week period. Children and teens logged more than 14,436 hours of reading enjoyment, and 85 adults completed more than 320 reading entries.

In addition to promoting reading over the summer months, the Library offered weekly programs, activities and events for every age. More than 4,389 people attended 54 programs over the seven weeks. Summer reading provides fun and enjoyment during vacation time, but also plays an important role in helping students maintain learning and reading abilities. Studies prove that students who read actively avert the “summer slide,” a loss of reading ability during the extended school break, and they are better prepared to begin the new school year.

According to Assistant Library Director Cynthia Smith, “Summer Reading Challenge participants recorded their reading progress, earning chances to win incentives and prizes. We are grateful to the Friends of the Library and dozens of local businesses whose donations made this program so successful for the Escondido community.”

As summer activities end at the Library, a schedule of new programs and services begins and can be found on the Library’s website: library.escondido.org. For more information about Library programs, contact Senior Librarian Viktor Sjöberg at vsjöberg@escondido.org, or call 760-839-4814. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

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Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

08/10/16 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Cecy Rayphole, 760-839-4289

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, August 27, 2016, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is Colm Tolbin’s New York Times bestselling novel, Brooklyn. Copies of the book are available for check-out in English and Spanish, and may be reserved in the Library catalog at library.escondido.org.

The acclaimed 2015 film, starring Saoirse Ronan, nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, is based on Brooklyn. It is the charming coming of age story of Eilis Lacey, a young woman from a small town in Ireland in the hard years following World War II. When an Irish priest from Brooklyn offers Eilis the opportunity to live and work in America, she decides she must go, even though it means leaving her fragile mother and charismatic sister behind. After a hard adjustment to American life, Eilis finds work and love in Brooklyn, but devastating news from Ireland threatens her chances of a happy future.

Senior Library Associate Cecy Rayphole will lead the discussion in both English and Spanish, and new members are always welcome. Rincón Literario will meet next month, on Saturday, September 24, 2016, to discuss Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public. For more information about future Rincón Literario selections and other Library programs, visit library.escondido.org or contact Cecy Rayphole at 760-839-4289 or at crayphole@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido, California, 92025.

Escondido Public Library Teen Book Club Discusses Powerless by Tera Lynn Childs 

08/09/16 Categories: Library

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CONTACT: Cathy Janovitz, 760-839-4283

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library’s Burritos & Book Club for teens, ages 13 to 18, meets on Saturday, September 10, 2016, in the Turrentine Room from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Powerless, by Tera Lynn Childs, is the selected title and copies are available for checkout at the Library’s Information Desk or can be reserved using the Library’s online catalog at library.escondido.org.  Students at Escondido High School, San Pasqual High School, and Orange Glen High School can also check out copies at their school library.

In Powerless, Kenna, an ordinary teen, lives in a world full of heroes and villains with super-powers. Kenna is the daughter of heroes. Her mom is a genius who works at a super-secret facility to help develop powers to aid the good guys. When villains break into the lab to rescue a relative they believe is held captive by the heroes, Kenna holds her own, even without powers. But she isn't exactly powerless. Thanks to her mother’s work; she is immune to other people's powers. Kenna stops seeing heroes and villains as good and bad or black and white. Instead she sees the grey area in between and learns that the “villains’’ break -in provides an unexpected plot twist that changes everything she's ever known.

In addition to discussing Powerless, teens can share their opinions and ideas about other books they have enjoyed and propose titles for the next Burritos & Book Club meeting to be held on Saturday, November 12, 2016. Complimentary burritos will be provided, and all participants receive a free book or audiobook at the end of the program.

This program is generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Pubic Library and Taco Bell located at 1944 E. Valley Parkway in Escondido. Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido, California. For more information about teen programs, contact Teen Librarian Cathy Janovitz at 760-839-4283 or cjanovitz@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library can be found at library.escondido.org.

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Escondido Public Library Begins Teen Advisory Board 

08/09/16 Categories: Library

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CONTACT: Cathy Janovitz, 760-839-4283

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library announces the formation of a new Teen Advisory Board, “TAB,” for teens ages 12 – 18 years old. The first meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

TAB provides teens the opportunity to connect with their community and gives them a voice in creating and sustaining services for their age group. As an added benefit, TAB provides teens with opportunities to develop leadership and advisory skills.

All teens are invited to attend Escondido Public Library’s first TAB meeting. Following this first meeting, participants will meet monthly with Teen Librarian Cathy Janovitz to define projects they would like to focus on and determine how to accomplish their goals. TAB members should plan to volunteer around 8 hours per month by assisting with programs, projects, displays, crafts, and writing book reviews. Participants will receive community service hours for attending meetings and project participation. These community service hours will be beneficial when applying for employment or admission to college or university.

This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Pubic Library.

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Escondido

Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido, California 92025. For more information about teen programs, contact Teen Librarian Cathy Janovitz at 760-839-4283 or cjanovitz@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library can be found at library.escondido.org.

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Fall 2016 Storytime Programs at Escondido Public Library 

08/01/16 Categories: Library

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CONTACT: Shawn Townsend, 760-839-4827

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library offers a variety of storytime programs in Fall 2016 designed for babies, toddlers, and pre-kindergarten children. Storytime programs are filled with fun songs, fingerplays, flannel board presentations, puppets and, of course, stories just right for the development of young minds in these age groups. Library staff are happy to help families find books to check out after storytime.

Escondido Public Library’s 2016 Fall storytime schedule begins August 22, 2016 and runs through December 12, 2016 and includes:

  • Rhymes and Reading on Mondays at 11:00 a.m. for children ages 3-5;
  • Baby Lapsit on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. for newborn babies to pre-walkers beginning September 21;
  • Toddler Tales on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. for toddlers who are walking up to 3 years-old beginning September 22. Toddler Tales is a bilingual program.

Note: Storytime programs will not be offered November 21-24, 2016.

The Library’s storytime programs address the development of early literacy skills that are important in preparing children for school. Each storytime program is planned and presented around the idea that parents are their child’s first and most important teacher. Storytimes facilitate bonding between parents and young children and provide a positive experience with books and play that often leads to a life-long love of reading and learning.

Library programs are free, open to the public, and sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For more information and specific dates for storytimes and other Library programs for children, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or contact Senior Librarian for Youth & Literacy Services, Shawn Townsend at 760-839-4827 or stownsend@escondido.org.  Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

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Improved Technology at Escondido Public Library 

07/25/16 Categories: Library

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CONTACT: Joanna Axelrod, 760-839-4330

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library provides high-speed broadband Internet access via public desktop computers as well as improved wireless (Wi-Fi) service. Take advantage of this wireless on a personal device or borrow a Chrome Book laptop for use in the Library. This improvement in bandwidth provides a high-quality online experience for users enabling them to fully participate in recreational, educational, and occupational opportunities through increased upload/download speeds, shorter wait times, and greater availability of computer access.  

Escondido Public Library is also a designated “cool zone” providing an air-conditioned setting for community members to gather in comfort while conserving energy use for the whole community.

For more information about programs and services offered at Escondido Public Library, contact Joanna Axelrod, Principal Librarian, at 760-839-4330 or jaxelrod@escondido.org or visit our website library.escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido.


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2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses There’s Something I Want You to Do by Charles Baxter 

07/25/16 Categories: Library

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CONTACT: Monica Barrette, 760-839-4836

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on August 9, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is There’s Something I Want You to Do by Charles Baxter. Copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at library.escondido.org.

There’s something I want you to do...” What appears to be a simple request turns increasingly intricate as Charles Baxter crafts ten interrelated stories around virtues (bravery, chastity, loyalty) and pits them against vices (lust, vanity, sloth), with each tale centered around this very sentence. Stories of love affairs, murders, betrayals, and explorations of all walks of life along the mighty Mississippi River make this an engaging read for every interest. Join the discussion as we explore the question of how far one would go to satisfy someone’s deceptively harmless request. 

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on September 13, 2016 with The Martian by Andy Weir.

Library programs are generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and are free to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.  For more information about the 2nd Tuesday Book Club visit library.escondido.org or contact Adult Services Librarian Monica Barrette at 760-839-4836.

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eReaders eXplained at Escondido Public Library 

07/12/16 Categories: Library

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CONTACT: David Frazee, 760-839-4839

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library offers eReaders eXplained, providing instruction and demonstrations on how to access and download free Library eBooks and eAudiobooks to your smartphone, tablet, eReader, or computer. eReaders eXplained will be held on the first Wednesdays of the month, August 3, September 7, and October 5, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room.

eReaders eXplained takes the mystery out of how to use Library eBooks and eAudiobooks with eReaders, including iPads, iPhones, and other tablets, and will provide step-by-step guidance for the required one-time set-up. Attendees should bring their own devices and any necessary login information such as Apple ID or Amazon accounts. Pre-registration is required at library.escondido.org/register.

Library programs are free and open to the public. For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org, call Librarian David Frazee at 760-839-4839, or email dfrazee@escondido.org.  Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

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Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

07/12/16 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Cecy Rayphole, 760-839-4289

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, July 30, 2016, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room as a part of the Library’s annual Summer Reading Challenge for kids, teens, and adults, which runs from June 13 to July 31. Exercise Your Mind by reading for enjoyment and log your reading for opportunities to win prizes at library.escondido.org/summer. This month’s selection is El Marciano/The Martian by Andy Weir. Copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at library.escondido.org.

Left behind on planet Mars, astronaut Mark Watney faces the challenge of a lifetime in Andy Weir’s El Marciano/The Martian. Rincón Literario will meet next month, on Saturday, August 27, 2016, to discuss the bittersweet Brooklyn by Colm Toibin.

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, visit library.escondido.org or contact Cecy Rayphole, Senior Library Associate, at 760-839-4289 or at crayphole@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.

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