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Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club Discusses Inside Out & Back Again 

11/01/16 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Kristine Macalalad, 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, will meet on Friday, December 2nd, 2016, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Participants will explore Thanhha Lai’s novel, Inside Out & Back Again. Registration is required and now open at library.escondido.org/register. Circulating copies of the book are available for checkout and can be obtained at the Youth Services desk, while supplies last. To reserve a copy, visit the Library’s catalog at library.escondido.org.

Ten-year-old Hà narrates the pivotal year in her life when she and her family flee the war in Vietnam and make the long journey to America. Once there, Hà copes with learning English and the taunts of cruel children, and she also witnesses her brothers’ and mother’s struggle to find their own places in the community. Drawing on each other’s support, as well as the help of a few kind neighbors and classmates, Hà and her family eventually find their way.

The Vietnam War and refugee crisis are not easy subjects but Hà is brave and funny, and her singular voice illuminates her and her family’s struggle to navigate a strange land and maintain hope.

Inside Out and Back Again, a New York Times bestseller, Newbery Honor Book, and a winner of the National Book Award, is inspired by the author’s personal experience as a young immigrant.

Library programs are free and open to the public. The R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club is generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For more information on this and other Library programs for children, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org  or contact Children’s Librarian Kristine Macalalad at 760-839-5458 or kmacalalad@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 

11/01/16 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, November 19, 2016, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo/El libro secreto de Frida Kahlo by F.G. Haghenbeck. 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.

When several notebooks were recently discovered among Frida Kahlo’s belongings at her home in Mexico City, acclaimed Mexican novelist F.G Haghenbeck was inspired to write this fictional account of Kahlo’s life. Haghenbeck takes the readers on a mystic journey through Frida’s passionate life: her tumultuous marriage to Diego Rivera, her artistic development, and her relationships with famous friends such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Ernest Hemingway, and Salvador Dalí. The book also features Frida’s famous recipes for everyone to enjoy this holiday season; pumpkin tamales, pan de muertos (Day of the Dead bread), and salsa borracha (drunken salsa), to name a few.

Senior Library Associate Cecy Rayphole will lead the discussion in both English and Spanish, and new members are always welcome. Rincón Literario will meet again on Saturday, January 28, 2017, to discuss Story of a Sociopath/Historia de un canalla by Julia Navarro.

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.

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Escondido Police Chief Named Law Enforcement Official of the Year 

10/24/16 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido Police Chief Craig Carter has been named “Law Enforcement Official of the Year” by the San Diego Crime Commission.  The award was presented on October 14, 2016 at the Commission’s 31st annual Blue Knight Award ceremony.

Chief Carter was recognized for his commitment to making San Diego County a model example for the country. Chief Carter has served as the President of the San Diego County Police Chief’s and Sheriff Association for the past two years. Chief Carter also received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Congressman Duncan Hunter, as well as a proclamation from Assembly Member Marie Waldron and  a certificate of recognition from District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis.

Chief Carter was honored to receive the award and credited all of the county’s law enforcement officials for their outstanding leadership and for keeping San Diego County on the cutting edge of innovative policing.

The annual award ceremony gives every law enforcement agency in the county the opportunity to honor their agencies’ men and women for their outstanding service. Additionally, the Crime Commission honors one Law Enforcement Leader in the county for outstanding dedication to their community as well as the entire law enforcement community.

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City Manager Announces Resignation 

10/21/16 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido City Manager Graham Mitchell informed the City Council today of his plans to resign no later than December 31, 2016 due to personal reasons.

Mr. Mitchell has been the City Manager in Escondido since December 2015 following the retirement of Clay Phillips.  Prior to that he was Assistant City Manager from June to December 2015.  He previously was City Manager in Lemon Grove for twelve years, as well as City Manager for three years in Farmersville, CA. 

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Escondido Public Library Announces the 2016-2017 2nd Saturday Concert Series Schedule 

10/20/16 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: David Frazee, 760-839-4211

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library announces the scheduled performers for the 2016 –2017 2nd Saturday Concert Series season, opening on November 12, 2016. Free musical performances will be held on the second Saturday of each month from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. from November 2016 through May 2017. All performances take place in the Library’s Turrentine Room.

The 2016—2017 2nd Saturday Concert Series:

November 12, 2016             Q-Ban Street Band – Cuban dance music

December 10, 2016            San Diego Chamber Music Society Brass Quartet

January 14, 2017                Peter Sprague Trio – Brazilian-style jazz

February 11, 2017              Opera Exposed! With San Diego Opera’s Dr. Nicolas Reveles

March 11, 2017                   Virtual Strangers – Bluegrass music

April 8, 2107                         Adrienne Nims and Spirit Wind - Contemporary jazz

May 13, 2017                       Minna Han and Joo-In Lee – Classical piano and violin virtuosos

 

The Q-Ban Street Band opens the season with pulsing Cuban Salsa, Bachata, and Timba music on, November 12, 2016. Bachata is a popular guitar-based, dance music that originated in the Dominican Republic; Timba, is based on classic Cuban music, along with salsa, American funk/R&B, and the strong influence of Afro-Cuban folkloric music. Maritza Baida, special guest and director of Baila Cubano San Diego, will show interested audience members some Cuban dances while her dance group demonstrates moves to the beat of the Q-Ban Street Band.

For more information about the 2nd Saturday Concert Series visit library.escondido.org/concerts or contact Librarian David Frazee at 760-839-4211. 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’s 2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant 

10/18/16 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Viktor Sjöberg, 760-839-4814

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on November 8, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is the The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant. Copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at library.escondido.org.

Anita Diamant, New York Times bestselling author of The Red Tent, delivers a gripping portrait of Jewish immigrant life in the early 20th century. Elderly grandmother Addie Baum relays her life-story of early poverty, family-strife and her rise as a career woman who stood by her beliefs at all costs. Join the book club and examine how life choices make up who we will become.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on December 13, 2016 with a group discussion of Being Mortal: Medicine and What Happens in the End by Atul Gawande.

Library programs are generously sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library and are free to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street Escondido, CA 92025.  For more information about the 2nd Tuesday Book Club visit library.escondido.org or contact Senior Librarian of Adult Services, Viktor Sjöberg, at 760-839-4814.

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Escondido Public Library Teen Book Club Discusses The Devil You Know by Trish Doller 

10/12/16 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Cathy Janovitz, 760-839-4283

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library’s Burritos & Book Club for teens ages 14- 18, meets on Saturday, November 12, 2016, in the Turrentine Room from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Devil You Know, by Trish Doller, 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 The Devil You Know, 18-year old Cadie’s life revolves around the staid routine of school, work, and taking care of her family's needs before her own. Her longing for adventure gets the better of her when she attends a summer beach party. She impulsively jumps at the chance to go on a camping road trip with an old friend and two boys that she meets. Her rebellious quest for carefree adventure finds romance, but takes a deadly turn when she discovers that one her traveling companions is not who he claims to be. Cadie is a naïve, but resourceful protagonist in this suspenseful thriller.

After discussing The Devil You Know, teens can share other books they have enjoyed and select the next Burritos & Book Club title. Complimentary burritos will be provided, and all participants receive a free book or audiobook at the end of the program. This will be the final Burritos & Book Club meeting in 2016. The next meeting will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017.

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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eReaders eXplained at Escondido Public Library 

10/12/16 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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, November 2, December 7 and January 4, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room.

This is a popular time of year to buy an eReader or a tablet as a gift and a great time to learn how to use Library eBooks and eAudiobooks on Kindles, iPads, or other eReaders and tablets. eReaders eXplained will provide step-by-step guidance for the required one-time set-up. Attendees should bring their charged devices and login information for Apple ID or Amazon accounts. 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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Escondido Public Library Celebrates Veterans Day  

10/11/16 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Oscar Lujan, 760-839-4214

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will host two events to celebrate and honor Veterans Day this November. The first event is Defeating Stress, an iRest Yoga Nidra meditation workshop on Saturday November 5, 2016, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Mathes Center. The second program is USS Midway and the Fall of Saigon, presented by USS Midway Museum Speaker’s Bureau docent, Joe Ciokon, on Monday November 7, 2016, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room.

Defeating Stress is a Veterans Day-themed meditation workshop presented by Melissa Wise, Certified iRest Yoga Nidra teacher. This class is designed for anyone suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or for anyone feeling overwhelmed and seeking relaxation techniques. The class is open to anyone that wishes to heal unresolved issues, traumas, and wounds in the body and mind. To attend Defeating Stress, register at library.escondido.org/register since space is limited. To learn more about iRest Yoga Nidra, visit http://www.irest.us and find materials on a number of meditation techniques in the Library catalog at library.escondido.org.

Attend the lecture USS Midway and the Fall of Saigon and discover the crucial role played by the USS Midway during “Operation Frequent Wind” in 1975. As the People’s Army of Vietnam surrounded Saigon, thousands of South Vietnamese fled for their lives to the safety of the United States fleet just off-shore. The USS Midway received more than 3,000 refugees, many of them one step ahead of certain death, or long terms in re-education camps under the Liberation Armies. This is a story of fear, hope, and sanctuary for those South Vietnamese fortunate enough to escape Saigon during the final days of the Vietnam War.

The USS Midway aircraft carrier of the United States Navy was commissioned one week after the end of World War II and was the largest ship in the world until 1955. It operated for 47 years and is retired today as a museum and memorial ship in San Diego. USS Midway and the Fall of Saigon is an important story, among the many missions in this ship’s proud history.

Library programs are free and open to the public. For more information on these and other Library events, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or call Adult Services Librarian, Oscar Lujan at 760-839-4214 or at olujan@escondido.org. City of Escondido Mathes Center is located at 247. S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

 

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Escondido Public Library and The Old Globe Present Shakespeare Saturdays in November 

10/10/16 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Joanna Axelrod, 760-839-4330

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library and San Diego’s Old Globe present Shakespeare Saturdays, bringing theater to the local community through their arts engagement program, Globe for All. Shakespeare Saturdays pairs an introductory workshop that will demystify Shakespeare and Measure for Measure in the first session and present the live play in the second session.

The first Shakespeare Saturday event takes place on Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Old Globe teaching artists will lead a Bard Basics Workshop introducing participants to Shakespeare’s language, themes, characters, and stories though theater-based activities. Registration is required at library.escondido.org/register.

Shakespeare’s play Measure for Measure will be performed live and “in the round” with professional Globe actors on Saturday, November 19, 2016, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. This production is appropriate for ages 12 and older. Registration is required at library.escondido.org/register to accommodate the audience.

The searing comedy, Measure for Measure, is set in a decadent Vienna, where strict Angelo wants to rid the city of moral decay. When he meets a young nun pleading for the life of her brother, things get complicated. Justice, lust, hypocrisy, and redemption take center stage along with a wild cast of characters in a bold staging of this timely classic. Acclaimed director Patricia McGregor makes her Globe debut.

Over the past two years Globe for All has performed for nearly 2,200 audience members. Joanna Axelrod, Principal Librarian said, “Escondido Public Library is so excited to partner with San Diego’s very own Old Globe to bring Shakespeare’s “theater in the round” to our community for everyone to enjoy. While both the Bard Basics Workshop and the live performance of Measure for Measure each stand alone, those who attend both will get the most out of the experience. We are thrilled to help introduce a new audience to Shakespeare’s world and plays in partnership with Globe for All.”

Library programs are free to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street Escondido, CA 92025.  For more information about Library programs and services visit library.escondido.org or contact Principal Librarian Joanna Axelrod at 760-839-4330.

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