Posts in Category: Library

Escondido Public Library Launches 1 GBPS Broadband Internet

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CONTACT: Cynthia Smith, 760-839-4329

 

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library has upgraded bandwidth for its public computers to run at 1 gbps (gigabit per second) thanks to a statewide initiative aimed at connecting public libraries to the California Research and Education Network (CalREN), a 3,800 mile fiber-based high-speed broadband network.

This advancement in broadband access was made possible with the award of a $30,000 grant from the California State Library, and connection through The Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC). Support was also received from the Califa Library Group, the Southern California Library Cooperative (SCLC) as project aggregators, and Escondido Public Library’s Board of Trustees. This funding enabled Escondido Public Library to procure the necessary equipment to upgrade its infrastructure for public internet bandwidth to make the significant leap from 50 mbps to 1 gbps.

As State Librarian of California, Greg Lucas, commented “Better bandwidth allows public libraries to truly be community information hubs, connecting the more than 21 million Californians with library cards to the essential online resources necessary for 21st Century digital citizenship.” This improvement in bandwidth allows Escondido Public Library to provide a high-quality online experience for users, enabling them to fully participate in recreational, educational, and occupational opportunities.

For further information on the statewide public library broadband initiative, visit http://cenic.org/network/BroadbandLibraries or contact Cynthia Smith, Deputy City Librarian, at 760-839-4329 or csmith@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Contact the Library at 760-839-4684 or visit our website library.escondido.org.


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2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses Off Course by Michelle Huneven

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CONTACT: Neva Robinson, 760-839-4214

 

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on December 8, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is Off Course by Michelle Huneven.  

The year is 1981, Reagan is in the White House, and the country is stalled in a recession. Cressida Hartley, a gifted Ph.D. student in economics, moves into her parents' shabby A-frame cabin in the Sierras to write her dissertation. Off Course is Michelle Huneven’s most intimate and emotionally compelling novel to date, telling the story of Cressida as she delves into life in a mountain community to escape the trip wires of her life. The book features Huneven’s signature mix of fine-grained storytelling, unforgettable characters, and moral complexity.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on January 12, 2016 with The Liar’s Wife by Mary Gordon.  The selection for February 9, 2016 is the non-fiction title Isaac’s Storm: a man, a time, and the deadliest hurricane in history by Erik Larson.

All 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 the Library information desk at 760-839-4839.

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Escondido Public Library Hosts Annual Children’s Holiday Tree Trimming Party

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CONTACT: Kristine Macalalad, 760-839-5458

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will host its Children’s Holiday Tree Trimming Party  on Thursday, December 3, 2015, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Children celebrate this annual event by making an ornament and decorating the Children’s Room tree. They can also make an ornament to take home. This festive event celebrates the holiday spirit with a special visit from Santa Claus.

Kristine Macalalad, Children’s Librarian, encourages families to “Join the fun and make an ornament to hang on the Children’s Room tree. Be sure to arrive early, as craft supplies may be limited, and to also allow enough time to make one to take home.”

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Programs are sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. For information about this and other children’s programs, contact Kristine Macalalad, Children’s Librarian, at 760-839-5458 or at kmacalalad@escondido.org. Additional information about Library programs for children of all ages can be found at library.escondido.org.

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Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets in November

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CONTACT: Cecy Rayphole, 

 

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, November 21, 2015, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is Misión Olvido /The Heart Has Its Reasons by María Dueñas. Copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at library.escondido.org.

A talented college professor in Madrid, Blanca Perea, seems to have it all. Her world is suddenly shattered when her husband of twenty years leaves her for another woman. Questioning the life she once had and whether she truly knows herself, Blanca resolves to change her surroundings. She accepts what looks like a boring research grant in California involving an exiled Spanish writer who died decades ago. Anxious to leave her own troubled life behind, she is gradually drawn into his haunted world, with its poignant loves and unfulfilled ambitions. In delving into the past, Blanca finds herself awakened to the present by a charismatic professor with crucial knowledge about the dead writer that he has never before revealed. Blanca becomes involved in a web of passion, conflict, and hidden feelings as she discovers her new life.

Rincón Literario will meet next month, on Saturday, January 30, 2016, to discuss the bestseller, La chica del tren /The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.

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 library.escondido.org or contact Cecy Rayphole, Senior Library Associate, at 760-839-4289 or at crayphole@escondido.org.

 

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eReaders eXplained at Escondido Public 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 Tuesday, November 24, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 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. 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 Reference Librarian, David Frazee at 760-839-4839. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

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Escondido Public Library’s Holiday Food for Fines Program Begins

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CONTACT: Linda Weber, 760-839-4613

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s annual Holiday Food for Fines Program runs Monday, November 30 through Thursday, December 31, 2015. The program provides Library patrons with the opportunity to clear up to $20.00 in fines from their account. Proceeds benefit Interfaith Community Services in Escondido which distributes the food to families in need throughout the North County area.

Non-perishable, nutritious, pre-packaged items such as canned goods, pasta, sauces, and peanut butter credit up to $1.00 worth of fines per item. Non-nutritious, perishable, expired, or damaged items cannot be accepted. Customer Services Supervisor, Linda Weber, explains, “This event is a wonderful way for Library patrons to not only clear some of their fines, but to also give back to their community by helping those in need. Last year we collected more than 90 crates of food weighing an estimated 2,340 pounds. We hope to top that this year.”

Food may only be used to clear fines, and may not be used to clear fees associated with lost or damaged books and materials, or City Attorney fees.

The Library is happy to accept any donations whether or not they are fine-related and welcomes donations from patrons who bring in food just to help those in need. For further information, contact Linda Weber, Customer Services Supervisor, at 760-839-4613. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Contact the Library at 760-839-4684 or visit our website library.escondido.org.


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Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents the Gilbert Castellanos Trio

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CONTACT: David Frazee, 760-839-4839

 

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series presents the fiery Latin jazz of the Gilbert Castellanos Trio on Saturday, November 14, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room.

Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos leads the trio of notable and accomplished musicians. He has won San Diego Music Awards (SDMAs) for Best Jazz three years in a row and has performed with such stars as Charles McPherson, Dizzy Gillespie, George Benson, Diana Krall, Al Jarreau, Wynton Marsalis, and Dr. John. Emmy-winning pianist and composer Irving Flores has performed with Abraham Laboriel, Alex AcunaAlex Acuña, and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra. Percussionist Tommy Aros has performed with Freddie Hubbard, Charo, and is a member of the popular band Fattburger.

On December, 12, 2015, celebrate the holidays with the 2nd Saturday Concert Series presentation of Courtly Noyse at 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Courtly Noyse features Renaissance music and instruments, and lively stories.

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

 

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Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library Real Estate: Rent or Buy/First Time Buyers

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CONTACT: Neva Robinson, 760-839-4214

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library, in partnership with the San Diego Financial Literacy Center, will offer Real Estate: Rent or Buy/First Time Buyers, on November 17, 2015, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This free workshop is designed to help adults gain a more complete understanding of the real estate market—when it is advantageous to rent, or when buying is the best option.

First time home buyers will benefit from financial tips that will make the home-buying experience more understandable. Experts from the San Diego Financial Literacy Center, sdflc.org, will lead the workshop. The San Diego Financial Literacy Center’s mission is to educate and empower individuals and families to make sound financial decisions as they develop positive personal finance habits for life.

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 this workshop and the Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library series, call 760-839-4839 or contact Adult Services Librarian Neva Robinson at nrobinson@escondido.org.

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2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

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CONTACT: Neva Robinson, 760-839-4214

 

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on November 10, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. 

Beautiful Ruins is award-winning author Jess Walter’s most romantic and enjoyable novel to date. A young Italian innkeeper is drawn into a glittering world filled with unforgettable characters through his almost love affair with a beautiful American starlet. This novel moves back and forth in time, telling the stories of five separate characters, while exploring the many ways in which one seemingly insignificant person can unwittingly impact the lives of many others.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will meet on December 8, 2015, to discuss Off Course by Michelle Huneven. The selection for January 12, 2016, is The Liar’s Wife by Mary Gordon.

All 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 the Library information desk at 760-839-4839.

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Escondido Public Library Teen Book Club Discusses The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

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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, November 7, 2015, in the Turrentine Room from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Winner’s Curse, by Marie Rutkoski, is the selected title. Copies of The Winner’s Curse are currently available for checkout at the Library’s Information Desk or can be reserved using the Library’s online catalog at library.escondido.org.

The Winner’s Curse is the first book in a fantasy series about seventeen-year-old Kestrel and a society consumed by slavery and class warfare. Kestrel’s father is a powerful Valorian general and she is beginning to understand and test the limits of being raised in a position of privilege. Arin enters Kestrel’s life when she purchases him as a slave at a local market in a moment of guilt, not realizing that he is a spy for rebels plotting to overthrow her father’s government. As feelings of trust and love begin to develop between them, an uprising turns Kestrel and Arin’s world upside down. They are torn between loyalty to their people and traditions and a love that can never be realized.

In addition to discussing The Winner’s Curse, teens can share their opinions and ideas about other books they have enjoyed and propose titles for the next Burritos & Book Club meeting. The selected book will be discussed at the next meeting on Saturday, January 16, 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 Public 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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