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Escondido Library and San Diego Futures Foundation Host Future Codes Club Information Session

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CONTACT: Cathy Janovitz, 760-839-4283

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will host an Information Session about the upcoming Future Codes Club for students in grades 9-12 on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Students and parents are encouraged to attend and learn more about the Future Codes Club which provides free training on the fundamentals of computer coding and is a great introduction to careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

Participants in Future Codes Club will work together as a team and engage their communities to solve a real world problem as they develop a Community Impact Project utilizing coding concepts. Students who successfully complete the Community Impact Project will receive a free laptop. No computer or coding experience is necessary, and participation looks great on college applications. The Information Session will cover details about the application process and upcoming dates for the bi-weekly Future Codes Club meetings.

Future Codes Club is presented in partnership with the San Diego Futures Foundation sdfutures.org/ with grant funding from the Escondido Charitable Foundation. For more information about Future Codes Club, contact San Diego Futures Foundation Program Manager, Alemao Bravo at alemao@sdfutures.org or at 619-269-1684 x 230. 

Library programs are free and open to the public. For more information on the Future Codes Club Information Session and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or contact Teen Librarian, Cathy Janovitz at cjanovitz@escondido.org or at 760-839-4283. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

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New York Times bestselling author Chris Bohjalian to speak at North County 2017 One Book, One San Diego Event

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CONTACT: Lalitha Nataraj, 760-839-4219

ONE BOOK CONTACT: Clare Pister, 619-594-2487

Escondido, CA – To kick off 2017 One Book, One San Diego in North County, New York Times best-selling author Chris Bohjalian will speak about his book The Sandcastle Girls, a multi-generational novel that explores the Armenian Genocide during World War I. The free event will be at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at the California Center for the Arts located at 340 N. Escondido Blvd. in Escondido, CA. In addition to Bohjalian’s talk, the event will feature complimentary refreshments and a book signing by the author. RSVP is required at www.kpbs.org/sandcastlenorth.

Now in its 11th year, One Book is composed of literacy partners around the county who encourage residents to read and discuss a single book. A volunteer committee reviewed 206 book titles submitted by the public before selecting Bohjalian as the 2017 author. Bohjalian said that programs like One Book, One San Diego are important because they bring communities together. “We still have a totemic relationship with books,” he said. “We still know what stories can mean to the soul. Programs like this bring us together by helping us to understand our commonalities and the myriad things we share as a people. I love it when books generate the same enthusiasm as music, movies, stage plays, and -- some years -- even the San Diego Padres.”

The upcoming event is hosted by several One Book, One San Diego partners including Escondido Public Library, Oceanside Public Library, and San Diego County Library.  For more information about One Book and a complete listing of events visit www.kpbs.org/one-book/. One Book, One San Diego is made possible by the Linden Root Dickinson Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the City of San Diego, the Dr. Seuss Fund at the San Diego Foundation, Lloyd Pest Control, Kaiser Permanente, the Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation, and the Payne Family Foundation.

Library programs are free and open to the public. For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or call Literacy Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, at 760-839-4219. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

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Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club Discusses Crenshaw

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CONTACT: Kristine Macalalad, 760-83-5458

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s Read, Eat, and Discuss (R.E.A.D.) Middle Grade Book Club for children, ages 9-12, will meet on Friday, September 22, 2017, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Participants will explore Katherine Applegate’s novel, Crenshaw. Registration is required and now open at library.escondido.org/register. Circulating copies of the book are available for checkout and can be obtained at the Youth Services desk, while supplies last. To reserve a copy, visit the Library’s catalog at library.escondido.org.

Just as Jackson is about to enter the fifth grade, his family falls on hard times – again – and the last thing he needs is a visit from his old friend, Crenshaw, a very large and outspoken cat who may or may not be a figment of the young boy’s imagination. Like it or not Crenshaw is not going anywhere till he helps Jackson. In her singular voice, Katherine Applegate, Newbery-Medal-winning author of The One and Only Ivan, once again touches readers with her unique combination of humor and deeply felt emotion. 

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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2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

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CONTACT: Monica Barrette, 760-839-4836

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Monday, September 11, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Book Club members should note this one-time change of date. This month’s selection is The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney. Copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at library.escondido.org.

Sweeney’s widely celebrated debut novel covers the intricacies of relationships, events that jeopardize their existence, and the complex yet unbreakable ties we share with those we love. The book club will discuss the power of family, friendships, dependency, and the ways we let one another down.

The following day, September 12, 2017, author Chris Bohjalian will speak about his novel, The Sandcastle Girls, at 7:00 p.m. at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. RSVP is required for this free event at www.kpbs.org/sandcastlenorth

This book was selected for the county-wide One Book, One San Diego book club by KPBS and its partner libraries across San Diego county, including Escondido Public Library. For more information on One Book, One San Diego, visit http://www.kpbs.org/one-book/.  The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on October 10, 2017 for a group discussion of The Sandcastle Girls.

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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Community Praises Escondido Public Library’s 2017 Summer Reading Challenge

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CONTACT: Monica Barrett, 760-839-4836

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s 2017 Summer Reading Challenge which ran from June 19-July 31, and was a resounding success. 1,262 members of the Escondido community completed 8,639 challenge activities, and participants ages 0-17 read for a total of 959,774 minutes. Readers were rewarded with prizes, many of them donated by local businesses who were enthusiastic to play a part in the community event as Kelly Hartford, Marketing Manager at Jimbo’s…Naturally explains. "Being socially responsible and actively involved in our community is very important to Jimbo's...Naturally! We have been supporting the Escondido Public Library for years, and we see benefits through the well documented goodwill of being associated with our local public library.” 

Community members of all ages had rave reviews for the Summer Reading Challenge. A mother of five participants stated, "We love Summer Reading! I appreciate how it keeps the whole family motivated to read. Definitely a worthwhile program where I see significant reading improvement with my kindergartner's reading skills. I love the prizes and the coupon packs!” Children enrolled in the Challenge agree. “I love to read, and the Summer Reading Challenge lets me do that while getting prizes so I could try out different food places in Escondido!” said Denise, age 11. Teen participant Tatiana, age 14, stated “The Summer Reading Challenge is a super easy way to track my reading and it was fun to work towards the goals!” Adult reader Michele was just as enthusiastic and said that “without these challenges, I never would have picked up an adult graphic novel, but I did and was surprised that I really enjoyed it. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell was a fantastic book and very thought provoking. It was fun to attend the 2nd Tuesday Book Club for the first time and hear other people's opinions of that particular book. Thanks for broadening my reading horizons this summer.” The impact this program has on the community would not have been possible without the generous support of the Friends of the Escondido Public Library, local business supporters, and the participation of our community members.

As summer activities wind down 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, contact Librarian Monica Barrette at mbarrette@escondido.org, or call 760-839-4836. 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.

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Literature Comes to Life at Escondido Public Library

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CONTACT: Kristine Macalalad, 760-839-5458

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will host Literature Comes to Life, an interactive theatrical experience, for children ages 5-12 years on Thursday, September 14, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Through acting and storytelling, Leo Lionni’s beloved, Caldecott-Medal-winning story about a clever little fish, Swimmy, will come to life. 

Literature Comes to Life’s Director, Stacey Wein, is excited to “provide children with an opportunity to participate in popular stories, become characters, and increase confidence in their speaking abilities.” Escondido’s Children’s Librarian Kristine Macalalad adds, “Stacey combines her background in education and enthusiasm for theater to introduce children to classic books from a new and refreshing perspective.”

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 Writers Group Meets Monthly at Escondido Public Library

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CONTACT: Cecy Rayphole, 760-839-4289

Escondido, CA – Escondido Writers Group meets at Escondido Public Library on Tuesday, September 5, 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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Paving on Hamilton Lane

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CONTACT: Randy Manns, 760-839-6290, x7031

PAVING ON HAMILTON LANE – AS PART OF THE CONSTRUCTION FOR THE SOUTHWEST SEWER REALIGNMENT PROJECT

The Southwest Sewer Realignment Project is near completion. Please be advised that traffic delays should be anticipated within the Felicita Area. Paving activities are scheduled between August 28 to September 1, 2017, for the following streets: Hamilton Lane, Bernardo Ave, Park Drive, north end of Felicita Road at Monticello, and the south end of Felicita Road at Via Rancho Parkway. The paving activities and sequences will vary for different streets. Motorist should anticipate one lane of traffic which will be controlled by Flagmen to allow alternating patterns for traffic flow. This project is part of the City of Escondido’s Capital Improvements Program.

The paving activities will be from 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday thru Friday.

  • During Hamilton Lane paving, alternate routes could be used that include; Acker Way to Dexter to Bernardo Ave. to Park Dr. to Felicita. Eucalyptus Ave to Via Rancho Parkway. Bernardo Avenue to Felicita Lane to Via Rancho Parkway.
  • During Bernard Ave., routes could be used that include; Dexter to Acker Way to Hamilton. Bernardo Avenue to Felicita Lane to Via Rancho Parkway.
  • During Felicita Rd. (north end), routes could include Hamilton ln to Bernardo to Gamble Ln/Citracado Pkwy. Gamble Ln. to Bernardo Ave. to Park Dr.

It is highly encouraged that all motorists observe the warning signs –including No Parking signs - along the construction route and slow down while driving through the construction zone; including the detoured routes. Felicita Park should remain open during regularly scheduled times (unless the Park staff suggest otherwise).

Persons with questions or comments may contact Bill Janda, NV5 Construction Manager & Resident Engineer at (760) 650-6477, Mark Lewis, City of Escondido Field Engineering Inspector II, at 760-807-1121, Sam Lopez, City of Escondido Field Engineering Inspector II, at (442) 777-0937 or the construction contractor, CCL Contracting, Inc. (760) 743-2254.

Join Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Club

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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 26, 2017 from 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is Cuchillo de agua/The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi. 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.

What would happen if water became more valuable than gold? Acclaimed author Paolo Bacigalupi’s national bestseller The Water Knife is a dystopian story of corruption, control, and murder set in the American Southwest of the not-too-distant future. Considering Southern California’s constant fear of drought conditions, The Water Knife has the reader imagining their own reaction to the events in Bacigalupi’s thriller.

Rincón Literario will continue on Saturday, September 23, 2017, discussing La niña alemana/The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa.  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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World of Reptiles at Escondido Public Library

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CONTACT: Kristine Macalalad, 760-839-5458

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will host World of Reptiles for children ages 5-12 years on Thursday, August 24, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. The program features EcoVivarium of Escondido, a local non-profit organization that introduces children to the world of reptiles, their habitats, favorite foods, and the role humans play in their survival.

This program presents an opportunity for hands-on learning and interaction so that children can get up-close and personal with reptiles, such as bearded dragons, lizards, and snakes. Children’s Librarian Kristine Macalalad states, “EcoVivarium founder Susan Nowicke’s passion for our scaly friends and education is infectious. Children are in for a fascinating show.”

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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