Free Genealogy Workshop – Saturday, May 3, 2014 Escondido Public Library Pioneer Room


CONTACT: Helene Idels, 760-839-4315

Escondido, CA – The Escondido Public Library will host a free Genealogy Workshop on Saturday, May 3, 2014, from 2:30 – 4:00 PM.  The Workshop will be held in the Library’s Pioneer Room, the City’s local history archive. The Pioneer Room is located adjacent to the Library in the Mathes Community Center building at 247 South Kalmia Street. This Workshop is designed for adults who want to discover their family history and learn more about resources and techniques for genealogy research. Intermediate genealogy enthusiasts are also welcome to attend.

The Workshop will be taught by Ginger Kullman, a lifelong Escondido resident and genealogy aficionado. It will feature an overview of genealogy resources and tools.  Attendees will also receive free literature packets and an introduction to, the world’s largest online family history resource.  The Escondido Public Library subscribes to and makes this popular genealogy database available for free public use in the Main Library and at the Pioneer Room.

Reservations are required as seating may be limited.  Contact Ginger Kullman at 760-745-6633 to register.  This program is sponsored by the Pioneer Room Friends, Escondido Public Library’s archives support group, dedicated to preserving and advancing Escondido’s rich local history. To learn more about Escondido Public Library’s services, programs and events, contact the Library at 760-839-4684 or visit


Tree Trimming


CONTACT: Bud Oliveira, 760-839-4665

The City of Escondido will have tree maintenance crews raising the canopies of the street trees in the area bounded by Kalmia and Centre City Parkway and 2nd and 13th streets starting Tuesday, April 1st. Crews will trim trees to provide a minimum of seven and one half feet of pedestrian clearance in the sidewalk areas and in the street area trees will be trimmed to provide a minimum of fourteen and one half feet for vehicle clearance. This work is being done to improve pedestrian safety and increase visibility for motorists. 

The work is expected to take several months. Questions and comments regarding this work can be directed to Bud Oliveira, Deputy Director of Public Works/Operations at 760-839-4665.


Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library


CONTACT: Paul Crouthamel, 760-839-4814

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, will meet on Saturday, April 26, from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the Library’s Board Room. Author and journalist, Miriam Ruvinskis, will lead the discussion in both English and Spanish.  The suspense thriller Perdida / Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is the selected book for April.

Nick’s wife Amy disappears on the day of their fifth wedding anniversary.  With signs of a struggle in the house, Nick quickly becomes the prime suspect.  As Amy’s case drags on, evidence mounts against Nick, though he maintains his innocence.  Under pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—Nick, the town golden boy, engages in an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior.  Nick is oddly evasive, but is he really a killer?  As the cops close in on Nick, every couple in town begins to wonder how well they know their loved ones.  And, if Nick didn’t do it, where is his beautiful wife? 

Adult Services Librarian Paul Crouthamel states, “When you discuss a great book with others who have read it, you share your perspectives and learn how other people might interpret the story differently. Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner) discussions are a perfect way to learn about interesting books and converse in both languages.”

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. In May, readers will discuss El castillo de cristal / The Glass Castle  by Jeannette Walls. 

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from the 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 Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Librarian, at 760-839-4814.


Downtown Parking Survey Available Online


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

At the request of the Escondido City Council Downtown Parking Subcommittee, an online survey has been developed to solicit feedback from residents and visitors about their experiences with downtown parking.  Persons wishing to participate in the survey may do so by visiting and clicking on "Downtown Parking Survey" at the bottom of  the box marked "Current Issues".

The survey will remain online until April 28, 2014.


Celebrate National Library Week April 13-19, 2014 with Escondido Public Library


CONTACT: Cynthia Smith, 760-839-4329

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library joins libraries nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, April 13 – 19, 2014. National Library Week highlights the value of libraries and their contribution to the world of learning.

On Wednesday, April 9, 2014, Escondido Mayor Sam Abed will issue a National Library Week Proclamation at the City Council Meeting. The public is invited to attend the brief ceremony at 4:30 PM in Council Chambers located at 201 North Broadway in downtown Escondido.

Escondido Public Library is at the heart of the community, enriching quality of life as a place where people can gain knowledge and enjoy cultural experiences. Everyone is encouraged to visit the Library, either on-site or online, and discover services and programs for all ages. Library patrons can come in and checkout a book, or visit the Library website to download an eBook. The Library is a place to study, explore the City’s archive, improve literacy skills, access Wi-Fi, or use a computer. Free programs such as book clubs, career readiness workshops, concerts, author visits, and a monthly calendar of events for children and teens are continually offered.

Escondido Public Library is also pleased to announce its participation in the 2014 community reading project, “One Book, One San Diego,” sponsored by KPBS. The selected title for this year’s program will be announced in mid-May and program details will follow.

“Service to Escondido’s community and access to information have always been our focus.” said Cynthia Smith, Deputy City Librarian. “Our Library is continually evolving to keep up with how people access information and use technology. In a sometimes overwhelming, information-rich age, Escondido’s librarians offer patrons expert help to reach accurate information quickly. Librarians are a valuable resource and National Library Week highlights their service.”

Visit the Escondido Public Library at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information on hours, locations and coming events, call 760-839-4684, or access the Escondido Public Library website at



Escondido Public Library Celebrates Día de los Niños; Día de los Libros/ Day of the Child; Day of the Book


CONTACT: Cindi Bouvier, 760-839-5456

Escondido, CA – Escondido Library Youth Services invites children and their families to celebrate Día De Los Niños; Día de los Libros / Day of the Child; Day of the Book. This program will be held on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, from 3:30 - 4:30 PM in the Turrentine Room, for children, ages 5-12, and their families.

This year’s Día de los Niño’s celebration will transport children around the world as they “travel” from France to Mexico, and to Japan. Children will hear stories from foreign lands, explore book displays, and participate in crafts.  Cindi Bouvier, Senior Youth Services Librarian, states, “This program emphasizes the importance of reading while introducing children to cultures around the world in a fun and engaging way.”

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Please contact Senior Youth Services Librarian, Cindi Bouvier, for further information on this program at 760-839-5456 or at Additional Library programs and events can be viewed on the Library’s monthly calendar or at


Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents the Jaime Valle Trio


CONTACT: Paul Crouthamel, 760-839-4814

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series presents the Jaime Valle Trio’s high energy Latin jazz on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at 3:00 PM in the Turrentine Room. The Jaime Valle Trio features Jaime Valle on guitar, Gunnar Biggs on bass, and Richard Sellers on drums.

Award-winning jazz guitarist Jaime Valle has performed in jazz festivals worldwide with such luminaries as Steve Allen, Frankie Laine, and Sammy Davis Jr. Valle has won 14 San Diego Music Awards (SDMAs), including awards for “Musician of the Year,” “Best Latin Jazz,” and “Best Jazz Album.” Valle is the single biggest winner in the SDMA’s history and his virtuoso jazz guitar work has earned him a loyal, local following. He is known nationally as one of the guiding lights of Latin jazz.

2nd Saturday Concerts are free and generously sponsored by the Friends of Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA  92025.  For more information, please call (760) 839-4839 or visit Escondido Public Library online at


2nd Tuesday Book Club to Discuss Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain


CONTACT: Neva Robinson, 760-839-4839

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at 6:00 PM in the Board Room. This month’s selection is Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. 

In Quiet, Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. She charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal throughout the twentieth century and explores how deeply it has come to permeate our culture. She also introduces us to successful introverts—from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions. Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how they see themselves.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on May 13, 2014, with a discussion on The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin.  The selection for June 10, 2014, will be a classic, The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger. 

This program is sponsored by Friends of Escondido Public Library.  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 the 2nd Tuesday Book Club visit or contact the Library information desk at 760-839-4839.


Escondido Public Library’s Children’s Book Club Meets and Skypes with Author, Kim Baker


CONTACT: Lalitha Nataraj, 760-839-5456

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. (Read, Eat, and Discuss) Middle Grade Book Club for children, ages 9-12, meets on Friday, April 4, 2014, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 PM. Kim Baker’s Pickle will be discussed, followed by an interactive Skype visit with the author. Participants will have a firsthand opportunity to ask the author questions about the book. A number of copies of Pickle will be available for checkout at the Children’s Desk one month before the meeting.

In this humorous novel, Baker captures the zany antics of Ben Diaz, a sixth-grader with a gift for pranking. Hoping to make new friends, Ben forms the League of Pickle Makers, a secret invite-only school club for fellow pranksters. There’s an immediate problem: he can’t include his best friend, Hector, whose grandmother is the school principal. Ben’s activities jeopardize his friendship with Hector, and it is a matter of time before the Pickle Makers are caught. Pickle will find an eager audience of readers among devoted fans of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

Youth Services Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj said, “At the February R.E.A.D. Book Club meeting, kids kept asking, ‘When is the next meeting?’ It’s wonderful to see children excited about reading and discussing a book. Given the fantastic insights shared last time, I cannot wait to have the children interact directly with Ms. Baker through Skype – It will be a real treat for all of us."

The next R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club meeting will be on Friday, May 30, 2014, from 3:30-4:30 PM in the Turrentine Room. Readers will discuss The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.

The 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 Library. For information about the R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club, contact Youth Services Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, at 760-839-5456 or at Additional information about the Library’s programs for children can be found at


Escondido Public Library Presents High Tech = High Pay for Women


CONTACT: Josephine Jones, 760-839-4219

Escondido, CA  –  Escondido Public Library’s Literacy and Lifelong Learning Services will host “High Tech = High Pay for Women,” a workshop presented by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) of San Diego. The workshop, open to the general public, is particularly targeted for high school and college students, as well as women interested in transitioning into careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics). This workshop will be held in the Library’s Turrentine Room from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

Participants will learn about high tech trends in San Diego, high tech skills to improve career prospects, and STEM educational opportunities. They will also have the opportunity to hear high-performing women share testimonials about their career paths, receive a free resume review, and an executive summary of “Why so Few? Women in STEM.”

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. For more information on this event please visit the library website at, or contact Josephine Jones in Literacy Services at (760) 839-4219. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido.