Escondido Public Library Presents “An Evening with Doris Martin, Holocaust Survivor”


CONTACT: David Frazee, 760-839-4211

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library presents, “An Evening with Doris Martin, Holocaust Survivor,” on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Ms. Martin, author of the book Kiss Every Step, will recount her and her family’s story of extreme challenge and survival during Nazi occupation. She will discuss her life experience and share her message of tolerance and remembrance at this event. Ms. Martin will be available to sign her book immediately following her talk.

Born in Bedzin, Poland, Martin survived the Ludswigdorf Concentration Camp where she spent three-and-a-half years, forced to handle and measure explosive powder to build mines for the Nazi war effort. Doris Martin believes that her miraculous survival, and that of her family, is proof that there is still hope to make the world a better place.

She and her husband reside in Escondido, California part of the year, and have a home in Flagstaff, Arizona where they’ve established the Martin-Springer Institute at Northern Arizona University. The Institute’s mission is to apply the lessons of the Holocaust to promote moral courage, altruism, and tolerance. When in California, and as often as possible, Ms. Martin speaks and shares her story with groups, community members and students.

Copies of Kiss Every Step are available in the Library’s circulating collection for check-out and will be available for purchase for $15.00 at the speaking engagement.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required, but early arrival is encouraged as seating may be limited.  For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at or call Librarian David Frazee at 760-839-4211. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.


Escondido Public Library Teen Burritos & Book Club Discusses Butter by Erin Jade Lange


CONTACT: Cathy Janovitz, 760-839-4283


Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s Teen Burritos & Book Club, for ages 13 to 18 years, meets on Thursday, March 26, 2015, in the Turrentine Room from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. Butter, by Erin Jade Lange, will be discussed and complimentary burritos will be provided. A limited number of copies of Butter are currently available for checkout at the Library’s Information Desk.

Butter focuses on the life of a lonely and obese high school student, nicknamed “Butter.” Bullied by his fellow students, Butter struggles with his self-esteem and finds it difficult to deal with everyday life. Feeling he can’t face another day, Butter announces that he will eat himself to death and invites everyone to watch, live on the internet. This announcement gives Butter the type of attention he has never experienced and it makes his decision on whether to go through with his plan a daunting one. Lange’s moving portrayal of Butter allows a glimpse into the life of one teen on the verge of a life-changing decision.

In addition to discussing Butter, there will be time for teens to share their opinions and ideas about other books they have enjoyed and propose titles for the next meeting. Titles will be voted on by all participants and the selected book will be discussed at the Burritos and Book Club Meeting on Thursday, May 21, 2015.

All participants receive a free book or audiobook at the end of the program. Cathy Janovitz, Escondido Public Library’s Teen Librarian commented, “Burritos and Book Club encourages reading and provides a forum for teens to relate their opinions, feelings, and insights about the stories. It’s a casual environment where they can feel comfortable about sharing their views about any topic that interests them.”

This program is generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and Taco Bell located at 627 N. Escondido Boulevard in Escondido, CA. 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 Additional information about the Library can be found at


Download Free Magazines with Zinio at Escondido Public Library


CONTACT: Paul Crouthamel, 760-839-4814


Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library staff will demonstrate how to access and download free Library eMagazines to your smartphone, tablet, or computer. Download Free Magazines with Zinio will be held on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, from 6:00 — 7:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Seating will be limited to the first 20 people, so please come early and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) to get the most out of this hands-on learning experience.

Download Free Magazines with Zinio is a “how to” workshop that guides users through the one-time set up that allows access to 100 popular, full-color magazines digitally by using the Zinio platform. This program will take the mystery out of using the Library’s eMagazine collection and offers step-by-step assistance. Once a Zinio account is created, users can enjoy unlimited access to all titles in the eMagazine collection, and retain the magazines on their device.

Library programs are free and open to the public. Library patrons who can’t attend the workshop, but want to learn how to download eMagazines using Zinio, should contact Senior Librarian Paul Crouthamel at 760-839-4814 to set up an appointment.

For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.


Street Maintenance Award


Contact: Julie Procopio, 760-839-4001

The City of Escondido received the “2014 Scrub Seal Project of the Year” award from the California Chip Seal Association (CCSA) for the FY 13/14 Street Maintenance project.  The project was chosen by the Association for City staff’s teamwork with the contractor and material suppliers, and the quality of the finished product.

As part of the City’s on-going efforts to find treatments to cost-effectively extend pavement life and provide smooth, safe driving conditions for our residents, the City elected to use a Scrub Chip Seal to treat streets that were overdue for maintenance.  Scrub Chip Seal was chosen because of its value and ability to rejuvenate the surface of old streets, and filling of street cracks to help reduce pavement erosion and extend the life of treated streets.  The City also uses a rubberized chip seal (ARAM),  and other products in its Pavement Management Program to protect and seal streets.  


Escondido Public Library 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents the Danny Green Trio


CONTACT: Paul Crouthamel, 760-839-4814

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series presents the Danny Green Trio on Saturday, March 14, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Back by popular demand, the trio returns to perform classical and Latin-influenced jazz selections with group leader, Danny Green on piano, Justin Grinnell on bass, and Julien Cantelm on drums.

Praised as “One of the important up and comers on the jazz scene today,” by All That Jazz, Danny Green Trio’s first album, “With You in Mind,” won “Best Jazz Album” at the 2009 San Diego Music Awards. The group has performed at many important venues and festivals including KSDS Jazz 88.3’s Jazz Live, the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, and CSU Summer Arts Monterey.

The 2nd Saturday Concert Series runs through May 2015 and presents an array of musical styles. Upcoming concerts feature chamber music performances by The Kensington Trio in April, and Besos de Coco in May.

This year’s summer reading theme, “Read to the Rhythm,” will celebrate reading and music. Concert lovers will be pleased to know that organizer, Paul Crouthamel, has announced the special addition of two concerts, in July and August, extending the series to complement the adult summer reading club program.

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. For more information about future performances, visit, or contact Senior Librarian, Paul Crouthamel at 760-839-4814 or


2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud


CONTACT: Neva Robinson, 760-839-4214

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud.

Nora Eldridge is a reliable, but unremarkable, friend and neighbor, always on the fringe of other people’s achievements. But the arrival of the Shahid family—dashing Skandar, a Lebanese scholar, glamorous Sirena, an Italian artist, and their son, Reza—draws Nora into a complex and exciting new world. Nora’s happiness pushes her beyond her boundaries, until Sirena’s careless ambition leads to a shattering betrayal in The Woman Upstairs.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on April 14, 2015, with a discussion of a nonfiction title, Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman, by Robert K. Massie.  The selection for May 12, 2015, will be the classic Washington Square by Henry James.

April is National Library Month, and the 2nd Tuesday Book Club is just one of many programs offered as part of a month-long celebration. The month is highlighted by special programs, such as Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library—a new financial series on becoming debt free, managing your money wisely, and planning for retirement; the Second Saturday Concert Series featuring the Kensington Trio—classical music for a piano and strings; and always a host of fun and educational programs for teens and children.

All Library programs 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 and National Library Month events, visit or contact the Neva Robinson at 760-839-4214 or


Escondido Public Library Partners with KPBS for One Book, One San Diego Reading Program


CONTACT: Paul Crouthamel, 760-839-4814

Escondido, CA – The Escondido Public Library is proud to partner again with KPBS, San Diego Public Library, San Diego County Library, and other local libraries in the One Book, One San Diego reading program. For nearly a decade, KPBS’ One Book, One San Diego program has enriched the pleasure of reading by adding an element of meaningful community engagement. Each year, the community helps choose a book that becomes the featured “One Book”, shaping the local focus, outreach initiatives, and special events that comprise the One Book, One San Diego experience.

Community members are encouraged to nominate books that they have read and think would be a good title for the program. They can nominate either online through the Escondido Public Library’s website, or use the paper form available at the Library. The nomination submission period runs from February 4 to March 1, 2015.

The book criteria for One Book, One San Diego selections are:

1. Fiction or Non-fiction story of high literary quality with a strong, compelling narrative and well-developed characters.

2. Themes resonate with local and/or global communities, and people of all backgrounds.                                     

3. Inspires discussion, conversations, and action.

4. Available in paperback and hardcover.

5. Author is alive.

6. Should have professional reviews and the book must be currently in print and readily available in large quantities (not print-on-demand).

7. Suitable for high school study and up.


The 2015 One Book selection will be announced in May, and information about related programming and events will be provided as it becomes available. For more information about One Book, One San Diego, visit, or contact Senior Librarian, Paul Crouthamel, at 760-839-4814 or One Book, One San Diego events are free, open to the public, and generously sponsored by KPBS. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025 and at


Queen Califia Sculpture Garden Open this Saturday, Feb. 14

Contact: Kristina Owens

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, February 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Public Art Commissioners 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. Complete restoration of the exhibit is underway and will continue for the next several months. For more information and photos, visit





CONTACT: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

City of Escondido maintenance crews will replace badly deteriorated wooded trellises on the south side of City Hall beginning on February 17, 2015 and lasting until approximately the end of March. During that time, it will be necessary to close the eastern portion of the south City Hall lot which fronts Valley Parkway.

Every effort will be made to reopen sections of that lot as work is completed.  Parking will still be available in the circular driveway in front of City Hall, as well as in the parking lot between City Hall and the Conference Center of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido.


Rincón Literario, Bilingual Book Discussion Group, Meets at Escondido Public Library


CONTACT: Cecy Rayphole, 760-839-4271

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, February 28, 2015, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Has visto a Maria? / Have You Seen Marie? by Sandra Cisneros, is the selected book for February. Participants discuss books bilingually, in English and Spanish, enabling them to enjoy great literature in either language. Rincón Literario also provides an opportunity to improve either English or Spanish language skills.

Award-winning author, Sandra Cisneros, tells the story of her search for a runaway cat that parallels her journey through grief after the death of her mother. Warmly comforting, this story not only explores loss but also the journey back, creating a book that is unique and uplifting.

During her grieving process, Cisneros is visited by her friend Roz, who brings along her cat, Marie. The cat disappears the day they arrive, and she and Roz desperately take to the streets to search for Marie. As they search, we are introduced to the colorful experiences and the occupants of San Antonio.

This picture book for adults explores the ways in which grief lays us low, but also can bring us out to discover the strength of the communities we belong to and to remind us that there is life all around us.

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. On March 28, 2015, readers will discuss En el tiempo de las mariposas / In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez.

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 the Library’s website at or call Cecy Rayphole, Senior Library Associate at 760-839-4217.