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Celebrate National Library Week April 13-19, 2014 with Escondido Public Library 

03/26/14 Categories: Library


CONTACT: Cynthia Smith, 760-839-4329

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library joins libraries nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, April 13 – 19, 2014. National Library Week highlights the value of libraries and their contribution to the world of learning.

On Wednesday, April 9, 2014, Escondido Mayor Sam Abed will issue a National Library Week Proclamation at the City Council Meeting. The public is invited to attend the brief ceremony at 4:30 PM in Council Chambers located at 201 North Broadway in downtown Escondido.

Escondido Public Library is at the heart of the community, enriching quality of life as a place where people can gain knowledge and enjoy cultural experiences. Everyone is encouraged to visit the Library, either on-site or online, and discover services and programs for all ages. Library patrons can come in and checkout a book, or visit the Library website to download an eBook. The Library is a place to study, explore the City’s archive, improve literacy skills, access Wi-Fi, or use a computer. Free programs such as book clubs, career readiness workshops, concerts, author visits, and a monthly calendar of events for children and teens are continually offered.

Escondido Public Library is also pleased to announce its participation in the 2014 community reading project, “One Book, One San Diego,” sponsored by KPBS. The selected title for this year’s program will be announced in mid-May and program details will follow.

“Service to Escondido’s community and access to information have always been our focus.” said Cynthia Smith, Deputy City Librarian. “Our Library is continually evolving to keep up with how people access information and use technology. In a sometimes overwhelming, information-rich age, Escondido’s librarians offer patrons expert help to reach accurate information quickly. Librarians are a valuable resource and National Library Week highlights their service.”

Visit the Escondido Public Library at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information on hours, locations and coming events, call 760-839-4684, or access the Escondido Public Library website at library.escondido.org



Escondido Public Library Celebrates Día de los Niños; Día de los Libros/ Day of the Child; Day of the Book 

03/18/14 Categories: Library


CONTACT: Cindi Bouvier, 760-839-5456

Escondido, CA – Escondido Library Youth Services invites children and their families to celebrate Día De Los Niños; Día de los Libros / Day of the Child; Day of the Book. This program will be held on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, from 3:30 - 4:30 PM in the Turrentine Room, for children, ages 5-12, and their families.

This year’s Día de los Niño’s celebration will transport children around the world as they “travel” from France to Mexico, and to Japan. Children will hear stories from foreign lands, explore book displays, and participate in crafts.  Cindi Bouvier, Senior Youth Services Librarian, states, “This program emphasizes the importance of reading while introducing children to cultures around the world in a fun and engaging way.”

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Please contact Senior Youth Services Librarian, Cindi Bouvier, for further information on this program at 760-839-5456 or at cbouvier@escondido.org. Additional Library programs and events can be viewed on the Library’s monthly calendar or at http://library.escondido.org/kids.


Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents the Jaime Valle Trio 

03/12/14 Categories: Library


CONTACT: Paul Crouthamel, 760-839-4814

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series presents the Jaime Valle Trio’s high energy Latin jazz on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at 3:00 PM in the Turrentine Room. The Jaime Valle Trio features Jaime Valle on guitar, Gunnar Biggs on bass, and Richard Sellers on drums.

Award-winning jazz guitarist Jaime Valle has performed in jazz festivals worldwide with such luminaries as Steve Allen, Frankie Laine, and Sammy Davis Jr. Valle has won 14 San Diego Music Awards (SDMAs), including awards for “Musician of the Year,” “Best Latin Jazz,” and “Best Jazz Album.” Valle is the single biggest winner in the SDMA’s history and his virtuoso jazz guitar work has earned him a loyal, local following. He is known nationally as one of the guiding lights of Latin jazz.

2nd Saturday Concerts are free and generously sponsored by the Friends of Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA  92025.  For more information, please call (760) 839-4839 or visit Escondido Public Library online at library.escondido.org


2nd Tuesday Book Club to Discuss Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain 

03/11/14 Categories: Library


CONTACT: Neva Robinson, 760-839-4839

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at 6:00 PM in the Board Room. This month’s selection is Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. 

In Quiet, Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. She charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal throughout the twentieth century and explores how deeply it has come to permeate our culture. She also introduces us to successful introverts—from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions. Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how they see themselves.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on May 13, 2014, with a discussion on The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin.  The selection for June 10, 2014, will be a classic, The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger. 

This program is sponsored by Friends of Escondido Public Library.  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 the Library information desk at 760-839-4839.


Escondido Public Library’s Children’s Book Club Meets and Skypes with Author, Kim Baker 

03/11/14 Categories: Library


CONTACT: Lalitha Nataraj, 760-839-5456

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. (Read, Eat, and Discuss) Middle Grade Book Club for children, ages 9-12, meets on Friday, April 4, 2014, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 PM. Kim Baker’s Pickle will be discussed, followed by an interactive Skype visit with the author. Participants will have a firsthand opportunity to ask the author questions about the book. A number of copies of Pickle will be available for checkout at the Children’s Desk one month before the meeting.

In this humorous novel, Baker captures the zany antics of Ben Diaz, a sixth-grader with a gift for pranking. Hoping to make new friends, Ben forms the League of Pickle Makers, a secret invite-only school club for fellow pranksters. There’s an immediate problem: he can’t include his best friend, Hector, whose grandmother is the school principal. Ben’s activities jeopardize his friendship with Hector, and it is a matter of time before the Pickle Makers are caught. Pickle will find an eager audience of readers among devoted fans of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

Youth Services Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj said, “At the February R.E.A.D. Book Club meeting, kids kept asking, ‘When is the next meeting?’ It’s wonderful to see children excited about reading and discussing a book. Given the fantastic insights shared last time, I cannot wait to have the children interact directly with Ms. Baker through Skype – It will be a real treat for all of us."

The next R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club meeting will be on Friday, May 30, 2014, from 3:30-4:30 PM in the Turrentine Room. Readers will discuss The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.

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 Library. For information about the R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club, contact Youth Services Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, at 760-839-5456 or at lnataraj@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs for children can be found at library.escondido.org/kids.


Escondido Public Library Presents High Tech = High Pay for Women 

03/05/14 Categories: Library


CONTACT: Josephine Jones, 760-839-4219

Escondido, CA  –  Escondido Public Library’s Literacy and Lifelong Learning Services will host “High Tech = High Pay for Women,” a workshop presented by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) of San Diego. The workshop, open to the general public, is particularly targeted for high school and college students, as well as women interested in transitioning into careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics). This workshop will be held in the Library’s Turrentine Room from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

Participants will learn about high tech trends in San Diego, high tech skills to improve career prospects, and STEM educational opportunities. They will also have the opportunity to hear high-performing women share testimonials about their career paths, receive a free resume review, and an executive summary of “Why so Few? Women in STEM.”

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. For more information on this event please visit the library website at http://library.escondido.org, or contact Josephine Jones in Literacy Services at (760) 839-4219. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido.


Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

03/04/14 Categories: Library


CONTACT: Paul Crouthamel, 760-839-4814

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Spanish/English bilingual book discussion group, will meet on Saturday, March 29, from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the Library’s Board Room. Author and journalist, Miriam Ruvinskis, will lead the discussion.  Mas alla de mi / Reaching Out by Francisco Jimenez is the selected book for March.

As a child, Francisco Jimenez and his family emigrated to California where he labored doing backbreaking, agricultural work.  From his perspective as a young adult, Francisco describes the challenges he faced in order to continue his education after high school.  During his college years, his family’s solidarity was severely challenged when he left his family behind to go to Santa Clara University. While he was gone, his father abandoned the family and returned to Mexico. Though he suffered from self-doubt and guilt, Francisco eventually graduated from Santa Clara University and went on to get both his master’s degree and his Ph.D. from Columbia University.  His honest and inspiring story emphasizes strong familial bonds and the continuing struggle to succeed in America, for both immigrant children and children from poor families. 

Adult Services Librarian Paul Crouthamel states, “When you discuss a great book with others who have read it, you share your perspectives and learn how other people might interpret the story differently. Rincón Literario discussions are a perfect way to learn about interesting books and converse in Spanish and English.”

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. In April, readers will discuss Perdida / Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. 

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from Friends of 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.


Rainy Weather Brings Potholes 

03/04/14 Categories: City of Escondido


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Potholes happen year-round, but they especially tend to occur in the wintertime after rainy weather.  Potholes can result when water adn moisture slips into and under asphalt.

City maintenance crews have been busy making pavement repairs but are now reaching out to the public for help finding additional potholes. You can let them know of any problem spots by reporting it either online at  http://www.escondido.org/e-services.aspx or by calling the Maintenance and Operations phone line at 760-839-4668.


City Seeks Feedback on Closure of Maple Street Plaza 

03/03/14 Categories: City of Escondido


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

The City of Escondido is considering closing Maple Street Plaza to motor vehicles at Grand Avenue and Maple Street, in addition to the existing closure at Maple and Valley Parkway. An informational meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the Mitchell Room at City Hall, 201 N. Broadway, to solicit feedback from the public about this issue.

Currently vehicles may enter Maple Street Plaza from Grand Avenue as well as from the alleyway between Grand Avenue and Valley Parkway. The city is considering closing the street at Grand Avenue, but may allow delivery trucks to continue to access businesses from the alleyways.  The closure is intended to enhance pedestrian safety as well as to encourage more special events on the plaza.

If you are not able to attend the meeting but wish to send in comments, please send them to Joyce Masterson, Director of Economic Development and Community Relations at jmasterson@escondido.org or by calling 760-839-4621.


Lighting up the Creek – Ribbon Cutting Celebration 

02/27/14 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 

CONTACT: Danielle Lopez PHONE: (760) 839-4517 


On March 8, 2014 at 6 p.m. the City of Escondido invites the community to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new lighting on the Escondido Creek trail. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at the entrance of the creek off Broadway (next to Evans Tire.) This event will feature remarks for the Mayor and City Council, resource tables, snacks and the official lighting of the Creek Trail at dusk. All are invited to run, walk or bike the trail after the ceremony.

The City of Escondido receives annual formula allocations of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This project was funded with CDBG allocations, $10,000 of Utilities Department funds, as well as a grant received from SANDAG in the amount of $156,000. 

Council awarded the bid to Pro Tech Engineering Corp. on June 19, 2013 and the project was completed on Jan. 29, 2014 with a total cost of $576,023.33.The Escondido Creek Trail Lighting Project consisted of furnishing and installing approximately 88 direct burial street lights along the Escondido Creek Trail between Broadway and Ash Street. Work included trenching, pedestals and service points, furnishing and installing future camera system substructure, and providing the City with four additional light poles and fixtures. This project provides adjacent neighbors with safer, more attractive bicycle and pedestrian access.


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