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Become Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library Social Security and You 

01/26/15 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Paul Crouthamel, 760-839-4814

Escondido, CA—Maximize your Social Security benefits and learn how to set up an online Social Security account that is easy to access. Yolanda York, Social Security Public Affairs Director for San Diego County, will host Social Security and You at Escondido Public Library on Thursday, February 26, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room.

In the near future, the Social Security Administration will phase out paper account statements in favor of online accounts. Yolanda York will demonstrate how to set up an online Social Security account to track and verify earnings; get an estimate of future benefits; or get proof of your benefits, if you currently receive them. You can learn how to change your address and start or change direct deposit instructions. Ms. York will also answer audience questions on the ins- and- outs of Social Security.

All Library programs are free and open to the public. For more information, visit library.escondido.org, or contact Senior Librarian, Paul Crouthamel at 760-839-4814. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

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Spring 2015 Storytime Programs at the Escondido Public Library 

01/26/15 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Lalitha Nataraj, 760-839-4219

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library offers storytime programs this spring designed for all pre-K age groups: babies, toddlers and pre-kindergarten children. Storytime programs are fun for kids and filled with songs, stories, fingerplays, flannel board presentations, puppets, and craft activities that encourage the development of early literacy and reading skills. Escondido Library’s spring storytime schedule includes:

Rhymes and Reading with Mrs. Cox
Mondays, 11:00 a.m.
Turrentine Room
Ages 4-5
Mrs. Cox tells stories and leads activities to help preschoolers get ready for kindergarten.

Toddler Tales Storytime
Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.
January 6 – April 28
Turrentine Room
Ages 1-3
Favorite rhymes, songs, books, fingerplays, and craft activities build early literacy skills for toddlers.

Wee Wigglers Storytime
Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
January 7 – April 29
Turrentine Room
Ages 0-24 months
A Lapsit, high-energy, storytime stimulates learning and language development through rhymes, use of books, and music.

Cowboy Charlie
4th Thursday of the month, 10:30 a.m.
Children’s Room
Ages 3-5
A fun-filled, sing-and-clap-along with cowboy tunes and favorite children's classic songs.

Library storytimes reflect research that shows that critical language and literacy development occurs in the first three years of life. The Library’s storytime programs address early literacy skills that are important in preparing children for school and helping them learn to read and write. While the programs are fun for children, parents will appreciate that storytimes help children recognize names and sounds of letters, enjoy books, and hear and play with sounds and words that develop speech, and build vocabulary. Participating in storytime has the added benefit of developing comprehension and critical thinking skills.

Youth Services Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, plans each storytime with the following in mind: parents are their child’s first and most important teacher; and storytime facilitates bonding between parents and young children. It’s a positive experience with books and play that leads to a love of reading.

The 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 information about storytimes, contact Youth Services Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, at 760-839-4219 or at lnataraj@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs for children can be found at library.escondido.org.

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Love Music @ Escondido Public Library Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents Virtual Strangers 

01/26/15 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Paul Crouthamel, 760-839-4814

 

Escondido, CA — Virtual Strangers, a local, award-winning bluegrass band, bring high-energy music to Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series on Saturday, February 14, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Celebrate Valentine’s Day by enjoying Virtual Strangers’ three-part harmonies and a driving, bluegrass beat that is guaranteed to lift spirits and get feet tapping.

Virtual Strangers have performed at many bluegrass festivals throughout the West, winning top honors in several of them. Their signature sound is a mixture of traditional bluegrass, influenced by Ralph Stanley, Earl Monroe, and Flatt and Scruggs, with more progressive material from Blue Highway, Lonesome River Band, and Del McCoury.

Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series runs from November 2014 through May 2015 and features an array of diverse musical styles. For more information about future performances, visit library.escondido.org, or contact Senior Librarian, Paul Crouthamel, at 760-839-4814. The 2nd Saturday Concert Series is free, open to the public, and generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

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Escondido Public Library Hosts 11th Annual Scrabble-Thon Tournament & Fundraiser 

01/14/15 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    

CONTACT: Cynthia Smith, 760-839-4329

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library and the Friends of Literacy Services will host the 11th Annual Scrabble-Thon Tournament & Fundraiser on Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event will be held in the Social Hall at the First United Methodist Church of Escondido, located at 341 S. Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025. Doors open for player check-in at 8:00 a.m. Tournament play begins at 9:00 a.m.

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 four-player team. Team play requires that all four teammates compete within the same division. Players compete for prizes at the end of each game as well as the final winners’ trophies for highest individual, team and high school scores. High school players compete for a trophy for their school.

Players must pre-register by March 10, 2015. The registration fee for adults is $30.00; registration for high school students is $15.00.

Register online now at library.escondido.org/scrabblethon, by mail, or in person at the Literacy Services office. Visit the Library’s Scrabble-Thon Tournament & Fundraiser website for complete information on registration, payment options and tournament rules.

Scrabble-Thon raises funds to benefit the Library’s Literacy Services program. Sponsored by the Friends of Literacy Services, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit Library support group, 100% of the proceeds will be used to provide literacy materials and resources. There will be opportunity drawings, a Pick-a-Tile drawing, and silent auction items throughout Scrabble-Thon. Opportunity drawing tickets will be on sale at the Library prior to March 14 and at the event. Donations are tax-deductible.

Deputy City Librarian, Cynthia Smith, commented, “Scrabble-Thon is the premier annual event for local Scrabble® enthusiasts who love to play competitively. We’re in our 11th year now and welcome local players from all around the Southland. You don’t have to be a Scrabble® expert to compete. It is loads of fun for adults and high school players who enjoy the challenge of the game. High school students compete to win the coveted trophy for their school. The mix of new and returning players makes Scrabble-thon exciting entertainment and it benefits a very good cause, the Escondido Public Library’s Literacy Services program.”

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. For more information on Scrabble-Thon and library services, contact Cynthia Smith, Deputy City Librarian at 760-839-4329 or visit the website library.escondido.org.

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2nd Tuesday Book Club to Discuss March by Geraldine Brooks 

01/14/15 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Neva Robinson, 760-839-4214

 

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s title is March by Geraldine Brooks.

From Louisa May Alcott’s beloved classic Little Women, Geraldine Brooks has animated the character of the absent father, March.   Brooks follows March as he leaves behind his family to aid the Union cause in the Civil War. His experiences will utterly change his marriage and challenge his most ardently held beliefs. A lushly written, wholly original tale steeped in the details of another time,   Brooks turns her talents to exploring the devastation and moral complexities of the Civil War through her brilliantly imagined tale of Mr. March.  With Mr. March, Brooks has created a conflicted and deeply sensitive man, a father who is struggling to reconcile duty to his fellow man with duty to his family against the backdrop of one of the grimmest periods in American history.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on March 10, 2015, with a discussion on The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud. The title for April 14, 2015 will be Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie.

All Library programs are free and open 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 Neva Robinson at nrobinson@escondido.org or 760-839-4214.

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Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club Discusses Zita the Spacegirl 

01/13/15 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ONLY

CONTACT: Lalitha Nataraj, 760-839-5458

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s Read, Eat, and Discuss (R.E.A.D.) Middle Grade Book Club for children, ages 9-12, meets on Friday, February 6, 2015, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Ben Hatke’s Zita the Spacegirl will be discussed, followed by a craft activity. Beginning January 14, 2015, a limited number of copies of Zita the Spacegirl will be available for checkout at the Children’s Desk.

In Ben Hatke’s whimsical graphic novel, a young girl finds herself immersed in an intergalactic adventure. While exploring a meteoroid crater with her friend, Joseph, Zita discovers an unusual device with a red button. She presses it and summons an alien creature that kidnaps Joseph. Fearless Zita makes a plan to rescue him, and along the way, she encounters a motley bunch of beings that assist in her pursuit, including a giant mouse, a blob-like creature named Strong Strong, and a mobile battle orb named One. Fans of quest stories such as The Wizard of Oz will appreciate Hatke’s modern take on a beloved classic.

Youth Services Librarian Lalitha Nataraj said, “Much of the success of the R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club has to do with offering a wide range of books, craft activities, and meaningful interactions with writers to engage children. We aim to promote reading in a fun, engaging way.”

The next R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club meeting will be on Friday, May 29, 2015, from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room, where readers will discuss A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd.

The 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, contact Youth Services Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, at 760-839-5458 or at lnataraj@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs for all ages can be found at library.escondido.org.

 

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Escondido Public Library Offers Resume Writing: Tips & Tricks Course for Job Seekers 

01/12/15 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Sheila Rodriguez, 760-839-5440

 

Escondido, CA  Escondido Public Library will offer Resume Writing: Tips & Tricks, a course to assist job seekers beginning February 17, 2015. This 4-week course meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and will run through March 12, 2015. The class meets at the Escondido Technology Center, located at 2245 East Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA 92027.

Resume Writing: Tips & Tricks will provide a basic overview of the key elements required to prepare an effective resume. Participants will learn how to create a new resume or improve an existing one. The course covers how to format a resume, provides constructive feedback, and teaches participants about Library print and online resources that assist in resume preparation. Later in the course, participants will learn how to tailor a basic resume to fit specific job requirements.

The Library plans to offer several future career readiness classes later this spring on interviewing skills and how to prepare job seekers for employment and career success.

Sheila Rodriguez, Career Readiness Specialist in the Library’s Literacy Services Division, commented, “This class helps Library patrons and the general public become better prepared as they seek new career opportunities. Participants will receive feedback on their resume, which is always a good idea before applying for a job.”

Registration is required to enroll in Resume Writing: Tips & Tricks and space may be limited. Participants must have basic computer skills and will need to bring a USB flash drive for uploading and storing documents. Register by calling Sheila Rodriguez in the Literacy Services Division at (760) 839-5440 by February 10, 2015.

All Escondido Public Library programs and services are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.  For more information on Library programs, visit library.escondido.org.

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Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

01/06/15 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Paul Crouthamel, 760-839-4814

 

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, January 31, 2015, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Yo antes de ti/Me Before You, by JoJo Moyes, is the selected book for January. Participants discuss books bilingually, in English and Spanish, enabling them to enjoy great literature in either language. Rincón Literario also provides an opportunity to improve either English or Spanish language skills. 

Yo antes de ti/Me Before You is a best-selling novel, with wide critical acclaim. Moyes introduces Will Traynor, a formerly high-flying, thrill-seeking executive now confined to a wheelchair as a quadriplegic. Louisa Clark, a 26-year-old working-class girl, is hired by Will’s mother to boost his morale. After the accident, the only power Will believes he has is the power to end his life. Louisa has never fully lived—before meeting Will her plans didn’t extend beyond their tiny English town. In Lou, he discovers an unexpected outlet for his thwarted energies—teaching her how to exert her own autonomy. Deciding that the only chance she has of getting Will to take an interest in his own future is to make him take an interest in hers, Louisa devises character-building adventures they can undertake together for her benefit, hoping it will give him a reason to live. All signs point to romance and a happy ending for the pair, but Moyes has something more heartbreakingly truthful in mind; sometimes love isn’t enough.  

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. In February, readers will discuss Has visto a Maria? / Have You Seen Marie? by Sandra Cisneros.

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 the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or call Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Librarian, at 760-839-4814.

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Escondido Public Library Hosts Burritos & Book Club for Teens 

12/29/14 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 

CONTACT: Cathy Janovitz, 760-839-4283

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library will host a new program for teens, ages 13 to 18 years, called Burritos & Book Club. At Burritos & Book Club, teens get together every other month to discuss a selected title and exchange ideas and opinions while enjoying complimentary burritos. The first Burritos & Book Club will take place on Thursday, January 29, 2015, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. All subsequent meetings will be held bi-monthly at the same time and location.

The introductory meeting will provide teens with information about the book club and there will be a general discussion about what the group should read in the future. Teens are encouraged to bring their favorite book(s) to the meeting. Teens will also take part in selecting the title for the next meeting which will take place on Thursday, March 26, 2015. All participants will receive a free book or audiobook at the end of the first program.

Registration for the first meeting is not required, but registration will be required for future meetings. Beginning Thursday, February 5, 2015, teens can register for the next meeting and check-out a copy of the selected title at the Adult Information Desk, located on the first floor.

Cathy Janovitz, Escondido Public Library’s Teen Librarian commented, “We’ve had a lot of teens asking for a teen book club so we’re introducing Burritos & Book Club to welcome the New Year. Burritos & Book Club takes place in a relaxed and social setting, tailored just for teens. You could say Burritos & Book Club is good for body and mind. How can you miss with complimentary burritos and free Library books?”

This program is generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Pubic Library and Taco Bell located at 627 N. Escondido Boulevard 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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eReaders eXplained at Escondido Public Library 

12/29/14 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                         

CONTACT: Paul Crouthamel, 760-839-4814                                                                             

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will offer “eReaders eXplained,” providing instruction and demonstrations on how to access and download free Library eBooks and online magazines to your smartphone, tablet, eReader, or computer. eReaders eXplained, will be held on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Seating will be limited to the first 20 people, so please come early.

eReaders eXplained takes the mystery out of how to use Library eBooks with eReaders, including iPads, iPhones, and other tablets, and will provide step-by-step guidance for the required one-time set-up. Anyone considering purchasing or having received an eReader as a gift can learn about the features of different types of eReaders. In addition, the program will also provide information on how to access Zinio, the Library’s new, downloadable magazine collection with over 100 popular magazines for use on computers, smartphones, and tablets.

Attendees should bring their own devices to get the most out of this hands-on learning experience.

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 or call Paul Crouthamel at 760-839-4814. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

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