2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses The Martian by Andy Weir


CONTACT: Monica Barrette, 760-839-4836


Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on September 13, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is The Martian by Andy Weir. Copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at library.escondido.org.

Discuss the edge-of-your-seat thriller that inspired the Oscar nominated film! Novice astronaut and botanist Mark Watney is left behind on Mars after a storm causes his crew to presume him dead. Once Watney manages to make contact with NASA, his fellow astronauts must race against time to save him. Filled with suspense, humor and actual science, the discussion of this best-selling novel is not to be missed.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on October 11, 2016 for a group discussion of Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy by Carlos Eire. This book was specially selected by KPBS and its partners as the 2016 One Book, One San Diego community read title. For more information on One Book, One San Diego, visit http://www.kpbs.org/one-book/.

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 Escondido, CA 92025.  For more information about the 2nd Tuesday Book Club visit library.escondido.org or contact Adult Services Librarian Monica Barrette at 760-839-4836.



Escondido Public Library Hosts Create It @ Your Library for Teens


CONTACT: Cathy Janovitz, 760-839-4283

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library announces a new craft-based monthly program, Create It @ Your Library, for teens and tweens ages 12 to 18 years old.  Create It @ Your Library will take place on the third Wednesday of the month and the first meeting will be on September 21, 2016 in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

A variety of craft projects and techniques will be introduced at the following hands-on sessions:

  • September 21, 2016 – The Art of Decoupage: Use an assortment of paper and Mod Podge to decorate a magazine file box.
  • October 19, 2016 – The Art of Screen Printing: Create a basic design and use screen printing tools to print onto a t-shirt. (Participants need to bring their own, plain t-shirt.)
  • November 16, 2016 – The Art of Beadwork: Use various types of beads to create a bracelet or earrings.

This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. All crafting supplies will be provided, except for t-shirts. Registration is not required; however, early arrival is recommended as supplies may be limited. 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

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 92025.


Escondido Writers Group Meets at Escondido Public Library


CONTACT: Cecy Rayphole, 760-839-4289

Escondido, CA – Escondido Writers Group meets at the Escondido Public Library on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Writers of fiction, non-fiction, and memoirs are all invited to join the Escondido Writers Group for an opportunity to improve their writing by participating in monthly readings and group critiques. Participants are encouraged to bring samples of their current writing projects to share and receive constructive feedback. Pre-registration is required, please register at library.escondido.org/register.

Escondido Writers Group is free and open to the public. For more information about future Escondido Writers Group meetings and other Library programs, visit library.escondido.org or contact Cecy Rayphole, Senior Library Associate, at 760-839-4289 or at crayphole@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.


Escondido Library Celebrates Library Card Sign-Up Month in September


CONTACT: Joanna Axelrod, 760-839-4330

Escondido, CA – September is Library Card Sign-Up Month and Escondido Public Library encourages everyone, especially students, to own a card. Library cards are free and easy to obtain in-person at the Library or online at library.escondido.org/librarycard.

Owning a library card opens the door to a world of free resources and services, making a library card the most valuable card in your wallet. Use your card to download eBooks, eAudiobooks, or eMagazines; borrow the latest bestseller or popular DVD; or use a public computer or laptop. A host of online electronic resources can be accessed on the Library’s website by simply inputting your Library account number. Use your card to explore family history on Ancestry.com, access an online encyclopedia, do research, or learn about an automotive repair for your vehicle. To see just how valuable your Library card is, visit library.escondido.org/value and enter your usage into the value calculator.

This September, Escondido Public Library introduces Read Local, Shop Local! offering Library cardholders even greater value. Show your Escondido Public Library card at participating Escondido businesses and receive a special merchant discount or offer. Visit library.escondido.org/local for complete details on this program and a list of participating businesses. Share your experience about the endless possibilities that your Library card provides using #LocalEsco.

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


Read Local, Shop Local! Escondido Public Library Card Provides Discounts to Local Businesses


CONTACT: Viktor Sjöberg, 760-839-4814

Escondido, CA – September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month and Escondido Public Library is promoting the advantages of owning a free Library card. The Library is introducing Read Local, Shop Local!, a brand new discount program that provides exclusive offers to customers who present their Escondido Public Library card at participating businesses in Escondido during the month of September. Visit library.escondido.org/local to learn more about how the program works and find information on participating businesses and their offers.

Throughout September 2016, Escondido Public Library card holders will enjoy exclusive offers by showing their library card at the following businesses:

  • A Delight of France (Bakery & Bistro) - 20% off total order
  • BK Cellars (Winery & Tasting Room) - 2 for 1 wine tastings
  • Burger Bench (Restaurant) - 10% off total order
  • Cindy’s Nails (Nail Salon) – 10% total bill
  • Clue Avenue (Escape Room) - 40% discount off booking for teams of 3 - 8
  • CrossFit Escondido (Gym) - 10% off new memberships and "Foundations" program (CrossFit intro classes) reduced from $75 to $50
  • Kettle Coffee & Tea (Café) - 10% off total order
  • Sunny Side Kitchen (Restaurant) - 15% off total order
  • The Wooden Spoon (Restaurant) - 10% off total order
  • Vesper Vineyards (Winery & Tasting Room) - 50% off wine tasting flight

Library cards are free and can be obtained by visiting Escondido Public Library and filling out an application. As an additional motivation to sign up for an Escondido Public Library card during National Library Card Sign-Up Month, new card holders will receive  the following perks, starting Thursday, September 1, 2016:

  • First 650 new Library card holders receive a $2 coupon to Jimbo’s Naturally! and will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card from Jimbo’s Naturally!.
  • First 50 new Library card holders receive a free gelato from EscoGelato.

“Escondido Public Library is the heart of our great community,” said Viktor Sjöberg, Adult Services Senior Librarian. “Having a  free library card gives you access to a wealth of cultural and educational materials and activities that enrich your life, whether you are looking to teach your child how to read, pursue a college degree or to just have fun. Read Local, Shop Local! is a way to further establish Escondido Public Library as a community hub and connect patrons to the great businesses right here in Escondido.”

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 Public Library. For more information about Read Local, Shop Local! visit library.escondido.org/local. For information about this program as well as other Library events and services, contact Senior Librarian, Viktor Sjöberg, at 760-839-4814 or at vsjoberg@escondido.org.


Escondido Eases Water Restrictions


CONTACT: Elisa Marrone, 760-8394075


On August 17, 2016, the Escondido City Council voted to ease water restrictions from a Response Level 2 to a Response Level 1- Water Shortage Watch Condition. The approval removes the three days per week, seven minutes per station outdoor watering restrictions that had been in place since June 2015.  Recent changes to state mandates now allow for a flexible approach to conservation after Escondido and the San Diego region showed sufficient supplies are available for the coming years. Customers still are encouraged to use water wisely.  As a reminder, the following restrictions are enforced at all times regardless of which Response Level the city is in:


  • Leaks and line breaks must be repaired as soon as they are discovered.
  • Eliminate excessive runoff from over watering.
  • Irrigate landscapes between the hours of 6 p.m. and 10 a.m.
  • Fountains must re-circulate the water.
  • Washing any vehicle with a hose not having a water shut-off nozzle is prohibited.
  • Washing hardscape with a hose or other pressurized source is prohibited.
  • Watering or irrigating outdoor landscaping with potable water during rainfall or within 48 hours if rainfall is prohibited.
  • Hotel or motel must provide guests with the option not to have towels and/or linens laundered daily.
  • Restaurants or other places where food is served will not serve drinking water to customers unless requested by the customer.
    From Escondido Municipal Code, Article 5, including Section 31-230 and Section 31-232


Visit the Water Conservation page on the City of Escondido’s website for more information: https://www.escondido.org/water-conservation.aspx.




CONTACT: Randy Manns, 760-839-6290 X7031

Construction will soon being on the Vista Verde Reservoir replacement project. The Notice to Proceed was given on August 10, 2016 and construction is anticipated to be completed by August 10, 2018 (730 Calendar Days).


This project is part of the City of Escondido’s Capital Improvements Program. Two new reservoirs will be constructed northwest of the Vista Verde Way cul-de-sac. The existing steel reservoir located at the top of the hill off of Firethorn Glen in the gated community east of Vista Verde Way will be removed. The work includes new piping and electrical on the east side of Vista Verde Way between the City water pump station - which is located on the same street - and the cul-de-sac at the north end of the street.


Motorists and cyclists should expect some delays along Vista Verde Way. Residents of the neighborhood should also anticipate construction noise during the work hours, Monday thru Friday, 7a.m. to 4p.m. Motorists should observe warning signs, including No Parking signs, along the construction route and slow down while driving through the construction zone.

Persons with questions or comments may contact Jason Kraus, (760) 505-0500 Butier Construction Management, Dave Powers, (951) 830-7310 Pacific Hydrotec Construction Contractor or Ron Bosch, (760) 807-1103 City of Escondido Field Engineering Inspector II



Escondido Public Library Celebrates 2016 Summer Reading Challenge Success


CONTACT: Monica Barrette, 760-839-4836

Escondido, CA –Exercise Your Mind,” Escondido Public Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Challenge, concluded on July 31, 2016 as the Library’s most successful summer program on record. 1,430 children, teens, and adults registered to accept this year’s challenge, designed to promote reading for fun, pleasure, and stimulation for all ages over a seven week period. Children and teens logged more than 14,436 hours of reading enjoyment, and 85 adults completed more than 320 reading entries.

In addition to promoting reading over the summer months, the Library offered weekly programs, activities and events for every age. More than 4,389 people attended 54 programs over the seven weeks. Summer reading provides fun and enjoyment during vacation time, but also plays an important role in helping students maintain learning and reading abilities. Studies prove that students who read actively avert the “summer slide,” a loss of reading ability during the extended school break, and they are better prepared to begin the new school year.

According to Assistant Library Director Cynthia Smith, “Summer Reading Challenge participants recorded their reading progress, earning chances to win incentives and prizes. We are grateful to the Friends of the Library and dozens of local businesses whose donations made this program so successful for the Escondido community.”

As summer activities end at the Library, a schedule of new programs and services begins and can be found on the Library’s website: library.escondido.org. For more information about Library programs, contact Senior Librarian Viktor Sjöberg at vsjöberg@escondido.org, or call 760-839-4814. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.




CONTACT: Diane Halverson, 760-839-4617


The Nomination Period for Escondido’s Municipal Elections began on Monday, July 18, 2016 and ended on Friday, August 12, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.  According to the CA Elections Code, if the incumbent does not file by the deadline, the nomination period for that office is extended for five calendar days.  Registered voters in Escondido now have until Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. to nominate candidates other than the incumbent for the office of City Treasurer.  During this period prospective candidates need to schedule a meeting with the City Clerk to obtain nomination papers and other election-related materials.  You must be a registered voter in Escondido at the time nomination papers are issued.


For more information, please call the City Clerk’s Office at 760-839-4617 or visit the Clerk’s Office at 201 N. Broadway, Escondido 92025.  City Hall is open Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library


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, August 27, 2016, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is Colm Tolbin’s New York Times bestselling novel, Brooklyn. 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.

The acclaimed 2015 film, starring Saoirse Ronan, nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, is based on Brooklyn. It is the charming coming of age story of Eilis Lacey, a young woman from a small town in Ireland in the hard years following World War II. When an Irish priest from Brooklyn offers Eilis the opportunity to live and work in America, she decides she must go, even though it means leaving her fragile mother and charismatic sister behind. After a hard adjustment to American life, Eilis finds work and love in Brooklyn, but devastating news from Ireland threatens her chances of a happy future.

Senior Library Associate Cecy Rayphole will lead the discussion in both English and Spanish, and new members are always welcome. Rincón Literario will meet next month, on Saturday, September 24, 2016, to discuss Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

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.