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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.


Free Sand and Bags 

02/26/14 Categories: City of Escondido


CONTACT: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

In anticipation of rain later this week, Escondido residents may obtain free sand and bags that have been stockpiled by the amphitheater at Kit Carson Park.  The park is located at 3333 Bear Valley Parkway and is open from sunrise to sunset.  Residents will need to bring their own shovels and be prepared to fill the sand bag themselves. The limit is 20 bags per resident.


Escondido Public Library Hosts Overdrive Digital Bookmobile National Tour Event 

02/12/14 Categories: Library


CONTACT: Paul Crouthamel, 760-839-4814

The Overdrive Digital Bookmobile National Tour (www.digitalbookmobile.com) will showcase Escondido Public Library’s free eBook download service on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM. The Digital Bookmobile is housed inside a high-tech, 18-wheel tractor-trailer which will be stationed in the Escondido Public Library parking lot (south lot). Readers of all ages can learn how to download eBooks from the Library through interactive demonstrations and high-definition instructional videos. A gadget gallery—featuring Kindle®, iPad®,  Android™ tablet, NOOK™, Sony® Reader™, BlackBerry®, Windows® Phone, and more—will help visitors experience and compare portable devices that are compatible with the Library’s eBook service.

Library card holders can check out and download digital titles anytime, anywhere by visiting http://library.escondido.org/ebooks. Patrons can take advantage of this download service 24/7 when they visit the Library’s website. From there, they can browse the growing collection of bestselling, new release, and classic titles, and check out a digital title with a valid library card. Once downloaded, digital titles can be enjoyed on a computer or transferred to supported mobile devices. At the end of the lending period, titles will automatically expire and are returned to the digital collection. The advantages of eBooks are that they are easy to download and enjoy, and they never incur late fees or damage charges.

“Escondido Public Library is pleased to offer eBooks in our catalog, and our collection is growing,” said City Librarian Loretta McKinney, “Every month we add new titles for adults, teens, and children. I hope people will drop by the Digital Bookmobile for a little “tech time” and learn how easy it is to download a book to their favorite device. Look for the big blue truck in our parking lot on March 12th, rain or shine. We’re happy to reach out to the community and share new digital reading options.”

This program is free and open to the public. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido CA 92025. For more information, please call (760) 839-4839 or visit the Library online at http://library.escondido.org to learn about other upcoming Library programs.



2nd Tuesday Book Club to Discuss The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman 

02/11/14 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, March 11, 2014, at 6:00 PM in the Board Room. This month’s selection is The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman. 

Tom Sherbourne is a lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, a tiny island a half day’s boat journey from the coast of Western Australia.  When a baby washes up in a rowboat, he and his young wife Isabel decide to raise the child as their own. The baby seems like a gift from God, and the couple’s reasoning for keeping her seduces the reader into entering the waters of treacherous morality even as Tom--whose moral code withstood the horrors of World War I--begins to waver. 

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on April 8, 2014, with a discussion on the nonfiction title, Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking by Susan Cain.  The selection for May 13, 2014, will be The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin.

This program is sponsored by the 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 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents Bunnell Strings 

02/10/14 Categories: Library


CONTACT: Paul Crouthamel, 760-839-4814

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series presents Bunnell Strings, a classical string quintet, on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at 3:00 PM in the Turrentine Room. Bunnell Strings features Keren, Kimberly, Corrie, Cara, and Ross Bunnell in a rare ensemble of double bass, cello, viola, and two violins.

Bunnell Strings is composed of an energetic and youthful string quintet of five siblings, ranging from 18-24 years in age. Their familial bond elicits tremendous audience response, both for the remarkable ensemble interaction and their compelling story. The music takes on a life of its own as Bunnell Strings dazzles audiences with fresh energy and sound. Their extensive repertoire of stringed instrument performance styles makes them accessible to young and old alike.

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


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