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Escondido Public Library Presents A Not-So-Spooky Halloween Storytime for Children 

09/26/17 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                              

CONTACT: Kristine Macalalad, 760-839-5458

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library presents A Not-So-Spooky Halloween Storytime for children, ages 4-12, on Thursday, October 26, 2017, from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This family-oriented Halloween celebration begins with gentle, monster-themed stories and songs at 3:30 p.m., followed by craft time. Registration is not required, however early arrival is encouraged as space and supplies are limited to 100 children. One craft per child.

For more information on 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. Library programs are free, open to the public, and sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library.  Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

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Escondido Public Library Celebrates the Freedom to Read During Banned Books Week, September 24 – 30, 2017 

09/23/17 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 

CONTACT: Joanna Axelrod, 760-839-4330

Escondido, CA – Celebrate your right to choose what you read during Banned Books Week, September 24 – 30, 2017, at Escondido Public Library. Banned Books Week is an annual national awareness campaign celebrating the freedom to read, and drawing attention to banned and challenged books, such as Catcher in the Rye, Harry Potter, and The Bible. During Banned Books Week the Library promotes the availability of works that represent a broad spectrum of viewpoints, even those that might be unorthodox or unpopular, to all who wish to read them, and the need to keep material publicly available so that people can develop their own conclusions and opinions.

Visit the Library and select a book of your choice, or one from a Banned Books Week display. Visit library.escondido.org/banned to take part in the celebration of one of the greatest driving forces in this country – the First Amendment.

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street Escondido, CA 92025. For more information about Banned Books Week, contact Principal Librarian, Joanna Axelrod, at 760-839-4330 or at jaxelrod@escondido.org. Additional information about Library programs and services can be found at library.escondido.org.

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Explore The Haunted History of the Queen Mary at Escondido Public Library 

09/19/17 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CONTACT: Viktor Sjöberg, 760-839-4814

 

Escondido, CA – Just in time for Halloween, Escondido Public Library presents The Haunted History of the Queen Mary on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. The San Diego Paranormal Research Society (SDPRS) will give a spine-tingling presentation highlighting recent and historical hauntings at retired ocean liner Queen Mary.

 

Paranormal researcher and author Nicole Strickland returns to Escondido Public Library following last year’s popular Haunted Escondido program, which included a paranormal investigation of the library building. Nicole has conducted extensive research and written two books on the Queen Mary. Docked in nearby Long Beach, CA, the ship is known as one of America’s most haunted locations. Nicole will present an account of the ship’s history and the paranormal encounters that lie within the liner. To learn more about the Queen Mary and Nicole’s research, visit http://www.spiritedqueenmary.com.

 

Library programs are free and open to the public. For more information on this and other

Library events, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or call Adult Services Senior Librarian, Viktor Sjöberg, at 760-839-4814. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

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2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian 

09/18/17 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 

CONTACT: Monica Barrette, 760-839-4836

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on October 10, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room for a group discussion of the 2017 One Book, One San Diego title The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian. The book was selected by KPBS and its partner libraries across San Diego county, including Escondido Public Library. Copies of the book are available for check-out in print or eBook format and can be reserved at library.escondido.org. For more information on One Book, One San Diego, and a list of county-wide community events surrounding the reading of The Sandcastle Girls, visit kpbs.org/one-book.

Recent college graduate Elizabeth Endicott travels to Aleppo, Syria to bring aid to the Armenian deportees. She soon finds herself involved with Armen, an Armenian engineer who has lost everything. The Sandcastle Girls is told through the modern eyes of Elizabeth’s great-granddaughter, who makes profound discoveries about both herself and the seldom discussed Armenian genocide of WWI.

2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on November 14, 2017 for a group discussion of In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware.

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 Adult Services Librarian, Monica Barrette, at mbarrette@escondido.org or 760-839-4836.

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South Centre City Area Plan Released for Public Review 

09/14/17 Categories: City of Escondido

Contact: Mike Strong, 760-839-4556

NEW PLAN COULD BRING NEW RESULTS AND AMENITES TO ESCONDIDO

Envision South Centre City is a City-sponsored visioning process that invites residents, businesses, and other community members to work together to create a new vision for land use regulation, mobility connections, and quality of life improvements along the South Escondido Boulevard and Centre City Parkway in Escondido.

In 2015, the City of Escondido embarked on a process to create a specific plan for the more established sections of the southwest portion of the city. After a far-reaching public outreach effort in 2015 and 2016, significant progress has been made to develop the South Centre Center Specific Plan. The draft specific plan has been released for public review and the project remains on schedule to be considered by the Planning Commission and City Council in 2017. Up to this point, public outreach has been heavily emphasized in the planning process to ensure that the specific plan reflects the community’s vision for the future. This input was utilized to develop the draft Specific Plan.

The planning area, as it currently exists, is a function of past decisions and policies. If approved, the new Specific Plan would change how new homes and businesses and related structures are built in the area. We need the community’s help to ensure that Envision South Centre City includes community-supported solutions so that new development can fit into the existing community. Over the next few months, the City is providing community members with a variety of opportunities to participate and help finalize the draft specific plan’s vision to reflect the community’s most important values and commonly-shared priorities. By focusing on the issues and opportunities, we can create new ways to evaluate land use decisions to improve community health, safety, sustainability, and economic prosperity.

The draft Specific Plan was released for public review and comment on September 12, 2017. For more information about the project and to see what the City is doing in terms of outreach, please refer to the link below:

https://www.escondido.org/south-centre-city-area-plan.aspx

 

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Escondido Writers Group Meets Monthly at Escondido Public Library 

09/13/17 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 

CONTACT: Cecy Rayphole, 760-839-4289

Escondido, CA – Escondido Writers Group meets at Escondido Public Library on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Writers of all genres are invited to join the Escondido Writers Group for an opportunity to improve their writing by participating in monthly readings and group critiques. Meet other writers and published authors, and learn from one another in a supportive environment. Participants are encouraged to bring samples of their current writing projects to share and receive constructive feedback.

Escondido Writers Group is free and open to the public. For more information about future 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.

 

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Join Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Club 

09/06/17 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, September 23, 2017 from 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is La niña alemana/The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa. Copies of the book are available for check-out in English and Spanish, and in a variety of formats, including print and eBook, and can be reserved at library.escondido.org.

Journalist Armando Lucas Correa’s debut novel is a beautiful and poignant story about Hannah Rosenthal, a twelve-year-old girl living in Nazi Germany. Hannah is forced to flee her once so comfortable life by boarding a transatlantic ocean liner. What initially seems like a pleasant cruise turns dark as the safety of the Jewish refugees is threatened once again.

Rincón Literario will continue on Saturday, October 21, 2017, discussing Un monstruo viene a verme/A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. Rincón Literario is made possible by the generous support from Friends of the Escondido Public Library.

All Library programs are free and open to the public. For more information about future Rincón Literario selections and other Library programs, visit library.escondido.org or contact Librarian 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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Queen Califia's Magical Circle Open on Saturday 

09/05/17 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     

CONTACT: Kristina Owens

DATE: September 5, 2017                                                          

PHONE: 760-839-4519

Weather permitting, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park (3333 Bear Valley Parkway) will be open to the public this Saturday, September 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Queen Califia docents will be on site to answer questions.

Queen Califia's Magical Circle is the only American sculpture garden and the last major international project created by French artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002). Inspired by California's mythic, historic, and cultural roots, the garden consists of nine large-scale sculptures, a circular "snake wall" and maze entryway, sculpturally integrated bench seating and native shrubs and trees planted within the interior plaza and along the outer perimeter. The garden bears the brilliant, unique mosaic ornamentation that is an unmistakable part of de Saint Phalle's later work.

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

08/30/17 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Viktor Sjöberg, 760-839-4814

Escondido, CA – September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month. To celebrate, Escondido Public Library is promoting the advantages of owning a free Library card by launching Read Local, Shop Local!, a discount program that provides exclusive offers to customers who present their library card at participating businesses in Escondido. The program is a partnership with Visit Escondido!, Escondido’s visitors center, and runs from September 5, 2017 to August 31, 2018. Visit library.escondido.org/local to learn more about how the program works and find information on participating businesses and their offers.

Escondido Public Library card holders can show their cards at the following local businesses to receive these exclusive discounts:

  • ArtHatch Escape (Escape room) – 10% off
  • Baltimore Snowball (Shaved ice) – $2 off any small or regular combo
  • Burger Bench (Restaurant) – 10% off total order
  • Cindy’s Nails (Nail salon) – 10% off total bill
  • Clue Avenue (Escape room) – 30% discount for teams of 3 to 8 (online booking only)
  • Cute Cakes (Cupcake bakery) – 10% off total bill
  • EcoVivarium (Specialty school) – One free child ticket with paid adult admission
  • The Grand Tea Room (Tea room) – 10% off dining and gift shop
  • Kettle Coffee & Tea (Café) – 20% off total order
  • Patio Playhouse (Live theater) – Two complimentary items from concessions stand ($4 value)
  • Printing Solutions (Print service) – 15% off total order
  • Rita’s of Escondido (Italian ice) – Free Large upgrade when you buy any regular treat
  • Roynon Museum of Earth Science and Paleontology (Museum) – 10% discount on admission
  • Simply Grand (Shop) – Free greeting card with $10+ purchase ($5 value)
  • SIP Wine & Beer (Tasting room) – 10% off total order
  • Spiritivity (Paint & Sip) – $5 off a class (online booking only)
  • Stone and Glass (Studio & Gallery) – 10% off
  • Sunny Side Kitchen (Restaurant) – 15% off total order
  • Suzy Q's (Restaurant) – 10% off your check (with purchase of drink & entrée)
  • The Wooden Spoon (Restaurant) – 10% off total order

Library cards are free and can be obtained by filling out an application at Escondido Public Library. As an additional motivation to sign up for a card in September, new card holders will receive the following perks, starting Tuesday, September 5, 2017:

  • First 650 new Library card holders receive a $2 coupon to Jimbo’s…Naturally! and will be entered into a drawing for $25 gift cards from Jimbo’s…Naturally!.

“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! further establishes Escondido Public Library as a centrally located and vibrant community hub. We love to support the local economy by connecting 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. To learn more 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.

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Escondido Public Library Hosts Create It @ Your Library for Teens 

08/28/17 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Cathy Janovitz, 760-839-4283

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library announces the next series of the 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 in September, October, and November, on the third Wednesday of each month from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The first meeting will be on September 20, 2017 in the Library’s Turrentine Room. 

A variety of craft projects and techniques will be introduced at the following hands-on sessions:
•    Broken Record Art on September 20, 2017 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Use fragments of old records to create a colorful and vibrant piece of art.
•    Screen Printing on October 18, 2017 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Create a basic design and use screen printing tools to print onto a t-shirt. (Participants must bring their own t-shirt.)
•    String Nail Art on November 15, 2017 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wrap string around a series of nails to create a distinctive pattern.

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