Escondido Library Foundation Donates NEW AWE Early Learning Stations and AWE Early Learning Tablets

CONTACT: Eveleen Crouthamel, 760-839-5457

Escondido, CA - The Escondido Library Foundation has generously donated six new AWE Early Learning Stations and six new AWE Early Learning Tablets to the Escondido Public Library!

The stand-alone stations have the latest educational software, a touchscreen interface and are bilingual in English and Spanish. These AWE Early Learning Stations and Tablets support school readiness and literacy in the community. The tablets are useful for a more hands-on learning experience for families when they visit the library. The tablets are for use inside the library with a valid library card.

The six tabletop stations are now available for use in the Youth Services Department and the six tablets are expected to be available at the Youth Services desk by the new year. The gift of the 12 devices doubles the Library’s inventory of these valuable literacy tools for children.

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information about our library events and programs visit or contact Outreach Coordinator, Eveleen Crouthamel at 760-839-5457, or by e-mail at


Library Foundation Donates AWE Stations
Escondido Library Foundation displays AWEstations and tablets with Escondido Public Library Youth Services Staff.
Left to right: Jack Anderson, Eveleen Crouthamel, Marta Palmerton, Shirlie Downey, and Cristina Coleman.


SANDAG "5 Big Moves" Presentation June 24


FOR  IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                       

CONTACT: Zack Beck, City Clerk, 760-839-4617


The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) will be providing a regional transportation presentation on June 24, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at Escondido City Hall in the Mitchell Room located at 201 N. Broadway, Escondido 92025.


SANDAG staff will discuss the new vision being developed for the 2021 Regional Plan which will be delivered through 5 Big Moves - key strategies that will outline a path forward that builds upon existing infrastructure, enhances connectivity, increases safety and sustainability, and improves quality of life. The meeting is open to the public.


Read, Act, Play at Escondido Public Library's 2019 Summer Reading Challenge for All Ages!

CONTACT: Dan Wood, 760-839-4827

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library's 2019 Summer Reading Challenge invites children, teens, and adults to "Read, Act, Play." The Challenge encourages reading for fun and life-long learning for all ages and runs from June 8, 2019 to July 27, 2019.

Educational, recreational, and cultural events are offered throughout the Challenge. Anyone can take part in the program from home, on a mobile device, or by using Library computers. Participants of all ages log reading and event participation online at earn prizes donated by the Friends of the Library and local businesses.

Summer Reading Challenge festivities kick off-on Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the Library's front patio. Sign-up for the Challenge and receive free samples from Baltimore Snowball.

Summer Reading Challenge programs for children, babies, and families include special storytimes; Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM)-themed craft events; a visit from reptiles, and Rick Huddles' Scary Squirrel's Retro Reboot Dance Party.

Teen events include a chance to explore table top and virtual reality games, attend art-based events such as Crescent Moon Henna, and Ink Floating Art, and attend Cosplay 101, where you can learn all about costume design and creation! Adult programs include concerts, book discussions, a career fair, and a special open mic event for local writers!

For more information on the 2019 Read, Act, Play Summer Reading Challenge, including program dates and times, prizes, sponsors, and rules for participation, visit Summer Reading events are free, open to the public, and generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and local businesses. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.


Escondido Public Library Offers Free Family Museum Passes

CONTACT: Dan Wood, 760-839-4827

Escondido, CA- Escondido Public Library will be offering free family museum passes for checkout starting June 3.

  • Back by Popular Demand! San Diego Children's Discovery Museum family pass Checks out for 7 days. The pass is good for free general admission for two parents and their children.
  • San Diego Museum of Art family passes check out for 7 days. The pass is good for free museum admission for two adults. Youth ages 17 and under are always admitted free. San Diego Museum of Art is located in Balboa Park at 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92102.
  • San Diego Museum of Man family passes check out for 7 days. The pass is good for free general museum admission for two adults and up to four kids. San Diego Museum of Man is located in Balboa Park at 1350 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101.
  • The New Children's Museum family pass checks out for 10 days. The pass is good for free museum admission for up to four people. The New Children's Museum is located at 200 W Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101.

Passes cannot be renewed and must be returned to the Escondido Public Library. Passes can be checked out from the Youth Services Desk with a valid Library card. For more information, contact the Youth Services Department, 760-838-5456.


Vacancy on the City of Escondido Building Advisory and Appeals Board


CONTACT: Zack Beck, City Clerk, (760) 839-4617

The Building Advisory and Appeals Board hears appeals and makes determinations relative to alternate methods of construction and alternate materials pertaining to the Building, Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical, Dangerous Buildings, and Housing Codes of the City of Escondido. This includes:

.    Considering proposed use of alternate construction materials
.    Hearing appeals regarding refusal of building official to issue a permit
.    Considering appeals of notice to abate a public nuisance
.    Interpreting various city codes

Members must reside within the geographic boundaries of Escondido's General Plan.
Please contact the City Clerk's office at 760-839-4617 for further information and an application form.  Applications can also be downloaded from the City's website at  

Please submit your application to the City Clerk's Office no later than Friday, May 24, 2019 by 5:00 p.m.   

Escondido to Host Neighborhood Services Community Meeting


CONTACT: Belinda Rojas, 760-839-6265

Beginning in March, Housing and Neighborhood Services staff will begin preparing a FY 2019-2020 One-Year Action Plan for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This Action Plan will determine how Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Emergency Solution Grant (ESG) funds are spent in Escondido over the next year.

On March 7, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., staff will hold a Community Meeting in the Mitchell Room, City Hall, 201 N Broadway. This meeting is open to the public, and no pre-registration is required. Staff will share information about the process and history of the Action Plan, the City's current priorities, and collect public comments regarding community needs. Staff will also discuss the process for determining CDBG projects, public services, and neighborhood revitalization initiatives.

Public participation is highly encouraged. The information from this meeting will assist staff in preparing for the Escondido City Council's Public Hearing on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, Escondido City Hall, 201 North Broadway where Council will review and reaffirm, or make changes to, the community development priorities adopted in the FY 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan.

Additional information about Housing and Neighborhood Services activities will be posted on the City's website at

Escondido Tendra Una Junta Comunitaria de Servicios al Vecindario 


CONTACTO: Belinda Rojas, 760-839-6265

A principios de marzo, personal de vivienda y servicios al vecindario comenzará a preparar un Plan de acción para el año fiscal 2019-2020 para el Departamento de vivienda y desarrollo urbano (HUD). Este Plan de acción va a determinar cómo se gastan fondos de subvención de desarrollo comunitario (CDBG) y beca de solución de emergencia (ESG) en Escondido durante el próximo año.

El 7 de marzo, de 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., el personal tendrá una junta de la comunidad en el Mitchell Room, Ayuntamiento, 201 N Broadway. La junta está abierta al público, y registracion previa no es necesario. El personal compartara información sobre el proceso y la historia del Plan de acción, las prioridades actuales de la ciudad y juntara comentarios públicos acerca de necesidades de la comunidad. Personal también discutirá el proceso para determinar proyectos CDBG, servicios públicos y las iniciativas de revitalización de vecindario.

Participación del público es muy animado. La información de esta reunión ayudará a personal en la preparación de la audiencia pública del Consejo de la ciudad de Escondido el miércoles, 20 de marzo de 2019, a las 4:30 p.m. en la sala de audiencias del Ayuntamiento, Ayuntamiento Escondido, 201 North Broadway donde el Consejo examinará y reafirmará, o realizará cambios en las prioridades de desarrollo de la comunidad adoptadas en el Plan consolidado año fiscal 2015-2019.

Información adicional sobre las actividades de vivienda y servicios al vecindario se publicarán en el sitio web de la ciudad en

2019 State of the City Address

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     

CONTACT: Teresa Collins, 760-270-4707

Escondido Mayor Paul McNamara will hold the 2019 State of the City address in partnership with the Escondido Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, at 8:00 a.m. at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd.

Mayor McNamara will be sharing the City's accomplishments from the past year and his vision for the future of Escondido, and the City Council will be presenting the 2019 Escondido City Council Awards. The program will be led by Irv Erdos from the San Diego Union-Tribune. The event is free to attend or $20 with breakfast that begins at 7:30 a.m. Breakfast tickets and sponsorships can be purchased through the Escondido Chamber of Commerce:

The meeting will be videotaped and rebroadcast the following Sunday and Monday evening at 6:00 p.m. on Cox. Ch. 19 and AT&T U-Verse Ch. 99.

Escondido to Hold Monthly "Meet the Mayor" Community Meetings


*Edited 4/4/2019                                                  

CONTACT: Michelle Geller, 760-839-4587

Beginning this month, Escondido's new mayor, Paul "Mac" McNamara, will hold a series of monthly community meetings in different locations throughout Escondido. The meetings are an opportunity for residents, business owners and other members of the Escondido community to meet the new mayor in an informal setting. "I really look forward to meeting the residents of the city and hearing their ideas on how we can move forward as a community," said Mayor McNamara.

The meetings are open to the public, and no pre-registration is required. Following is a schedule of upcoming meetings:

  • February 20, 10 - 11 a.m., Cute Cakes, 345 W. Grand Ave.
  • March 20, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Interfaith Community Services - 550 W. Washington
  • April 24, 2019 (rescheduled from original date of April 17) 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., East Valley Community Center - 2245 E. Valley Pkwy
  • June 19, 2019, 10 - 11 a.m. Jack Powell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram - 1625 Auto Park Way

Additional dates will be posted on the City's website at



Escondido Public Library Hosts 15th Annual Scrabble-Thon Tournament & Fundraiser

CONTACT: Dan Wood, 760-839-4827

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library and the Friends of Literacy Services will host the 15th Annual Scrabble-Thon Tournament & Fundraiser on Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event will be held in the Auditorium of the Park Avenue Community Center, located at 210 Park Ave, Escondido, CA 92025. Doors open for player check-in at 8:00 a.m. and tournament play begins at 9:00 a.m. Players must pre-register by March 5, 2019 online at, by mail, or in person at the Literacy Services office, located on the 2nd floor of the Library. The registration fee for adults is $25.00; registration for high school students is $15.00.

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 awards for highest individual and team scores.

Scrabble-Thon raises funds to benefit the Library's Literacy Services program. Sponsored by the Friends of Literacy Services, 100% of the proceeds will be used to provide literacy materials and resources. There will be opportunity drawings, a Pick-a-Tile game, and silent auction items throughout Scrabble-Thon. Donations are tax-deductible.

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information on Scrabble-Thon and library services visit or contact Senior Librarian for Literacy Services, Dan Wood, at 760-839-4827 or


Annual Recruitment for City Boards and Commissions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                         

CONTACT: Zack Beck, City Clerk, 760-839-4617

The City of Escondido is seeking volunteers to serve on the Library Board of Trustees. Interested citizens who would like to apply may file an application with the City Clerk's Office no later than February 15, 2019.

Applications are being accepted for:


  • Library Board of Trustees

Volunteers for the Library Board serve a three-year term.  Meeting times and subject matters are outlined in a Handbook available at the City Clerk's Office or on the City's website.  For further information concerning qualifications and an application form, please contact the City Clerk's Office at City Hall, 201 North Broadway, Escondido, or call 760-839-4617.  You may access the website application form and handbook at