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Summer Aquatics Program


CONTACT; Nicole White, 760-839-4204

The City of Escondido Recreation Department is offering a wide array of aquatics programs and open swim hours this summer at James Stone and Washington Park pools. Learn-to-Swim classes are available for children as young as 6 months old through adult.  Classes are offered in group or one-on-one settings. Splash Ball will teach children 5-9 years water polo fundamentals and prepare them for competitive play through our ACE Riptides Water Polo Club. Swim Club and Summer Swim League embrace both the novice and elite swimmers and are excellent ways to improve swimming techniques, get fit, and make new friends. SCUBA classes for ages 8 through adult will prepare you for underwater exploration!  Kids will enjoy Bubblemaker and Seal Team and adults can earn their PADI Open Water Diver Certification.


Extended open swim hours are available at both pools this summer from now through August 16, 2014. Washington Pool open swim hours are Monday through Thursday 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.; Friday 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.; Saturday 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.; and Sunday 12:00 to 4 p.m.  James Stone Pool open swim hours are Friday 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. “Keeping our community water-safe is a high priority for Escondido Recreation. We are happy to offer many learn-to-swim classes and more sessions and extended hours for open swim this summer including, Friday evening at James Stone,” said Loretta McKinney Director of Library and Community Services.


For more information on Escondido aquatics program and all recreation activities, please call 760-839-4204 or 760-839-4382 or check out the website at


2nd Tuesday Book Club to Discuss Damage Control: Stories by Amber Dermont


CONTACT: Neva Robinson, 760-839-4839

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at 6:00 PM in the Board Room. This month’s selection is Damage Control: Stories by Amber Dermont.

A luminous collection of short stories focusing on privilege and entitlement, Damage Control displays Amber Dermont's remarkable gift for portraying characters at crossroads. In “Lyndon,” a daughter visits presidential landmarks following the death of her father. In “Damage Control,” a young man works at an etiquette school while his girlfriend is indicted for embezzlement. A widow rents herself to elderly women and vacations with them as a “professional grandchild” in “Stella at the Winter Palace.”

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on August 12, 2014, with a discussion on The Wandering Falcon by Jamil Ahmad. The selection for September 9, 2014, will be Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan.

This program is sponsored by the 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 Hosts eReader Training Classes


CONTACT: David Frazee, 760-839-4839

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will offer two tutorials on how to use eReaders to download free library eBooks. On Monday, June 30, 2014 “A Kindle Safari” will teach Amazon Kindle owners how to access eBooks online from the Library’s catalog. On Tuesday, July 15, 2014, “Train your Tablet for eBooks” is designed for iPad, Android, or Windows tablet owners who want to set-up their device to download eBooks from the Library. Both programs are free and begin at 6:00 PM in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Registration is not required. Participants should bring their Kindle or tablet eReader device. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido, CA 92025.

Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Supervisor, commented, “Most eReaders, like Kindles, are given as presents to avid readers. Readers who love print books and browsing the shelves of well-stocked libraries may not be sure how to browse the library’s eBook collection and download them. These programs take the mystery out of how to perform the one-time set up for their eReader. The classes will demonstrate how eReader devices, whether a Kindle or tablet, are very easy to use once set-up and can be a convenient tool for the bibliophile and book lover.”

Both programs are part of the Library’s 2014 Adult Summer Reading Club, Paws to Read. The Summer Reading Club runs from June 23 to August 2, 2014. Starting June 23, adults can enroll by visiting the Library in-person or by registering via the Library’s website at Registration runs through July 19, 2014.

Escondido Public Library offers Summer Reading Clubs for all ages and events are sponsored by the Friends of Escondido Public Library. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information on Library programs for adults, contact the Library at 760-839-4839 or go to  


Escondido Public Library Offers a Summer Reading Club for Adults


CONTACT: David Frazee, 760-839-4211

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s Summer Reading Clubs begin Monday, June 23, 2014 and run through August 2, 2014. This year’s theme is “Paws to Read,” encouraging book and animal-lovers of all ages to “pause,” read, and discuss what they’ve read with others. The Library’s Adult Summer Reading Club offers the opportunity to record books read and share recommendations and reviews with others. Beginning June 23, 2014, adults can join by registering in-person at the Library Information Desk or online at Participants who submit book reviews will be eligible for prizes.

On Monday, June 23, 2014, the Adult Summer Reading Club kicks-off with a free movie, “We Bought a Zoo,” showing at 5:00 PM in the Turrentine Room. “We Bought a Zoo,” is about Benjamin Mee, a widower who buys a home that includes a dilapidated zoo and renovates it for a grand reopening to the public. Matt Damon, who plays Benjamin Mee says, “Sometimes all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage. Just, literally, 20 seconds… and I promise you, something great will come of it.”’ Summer Reading Club coordinator, David Frazee, agrees saying, “It takes just 20 seconds to sign up for the Summer Reading Club and something great will come of it!”

In addition to the movie, adult summer readers will enjoy a line-up of free programs:

  • A Kindle Safari: Learn How to Download Library eBooks – Monday, June 30, 2014 at 6:00 PM. Kindle owners learn how to set up their device to accept free library eBooks.
  • 2nd Tuesday Book Club – Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 6:00 PM. The selected book is Amber Dermount’s Damage Control.
  • Train Your Tablet for eBooks – Monday, July 15, 2014 at 6:00 PM. Android, Windows, Nook, and iPad owners can learn how to set up their tablet or smart phone to download free library eBooks.
  •  Rincón Literario, Bilingual Book Club – Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 3:30 PM. The selected book is Julia Alvarez’s A Wedding in Haiti/Un Boda en Haiti.

All programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. For more information, contact librarian David Frazee at 760-839-4211 or visit the Library’s website at


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, June 28, 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.  La llave de Sarah / Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay is the selected book for June.

The setting is Paris, July 1942.  Ten-year-old Sarah and her family are brutally arrested by the French police in the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup. She just has time to lock her younger brother in a cupboard in the family’s apartment, thinking she will be back within a few hours.  In the summer of 1942, the French police arrested thousands of Jewish families and held them outside of Paris before shipping them to Auschwitz.

Fast forward to Paris, May 2002, it is the 60th anniversary of the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup, a black day In France’s past.  Julie, an American journalist, stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. She is compelled to retrace Sarah’s ordeal to discover what happened to Sarah, the only member of her family to survive.  The author offers a brilliantly subtle, compelling portrait of France under occupation and reveals the taboos and silence that surround this painful episode.

Miriam Ruvinskis, Rincón Literario’s facilitator states, “Book discussions are a perfect way of nostalgically revisiting Latino culture and language while also making new friends and opening windows and paths to future experiences and other cultures.”

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. On July 26, from 3:30 – 4:45 PM, readers will discuss Una boda en Haiti / Wedding in Haiti  by Julia Alvarez.

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, Senior Adult Services Librarian, at 760-839-4814.


Town Hall Meeting Rescheduled to June 4


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

The Town Hall meeting originally scheduled for May 14, 2014, but cancelled due to the Cocos Fire, has been rescheduled.  Escondido Mayor Sam Abed will hold a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 201 N. Broadway. Following a brief update by the Mayor, residents will be welcome to ask questions or share their thoughts on any topic relating to city government.  The event is free and no reservations are required.

The meeting will be videotaped and rebroadcast the following Sunday and Monday evening at 6:00 p.m. on Cox. Ch. 19 and AT&T U-Verse Ch. 99

This is the seventh town hall meeting Mayor Abed has held since his election as Mayor.


Kit Carson Park Reopens


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                                                                                    CONTACT: Loretta McKinney        PHONE: 760-839-4871


Kit Carson Park Reopens To The Community


The City of Escondido is pleased to reopen Kit Carson Park for the public’s use.  The Recreation Department is resuming all regularly scheduled programs and activities, including youth league practices and tournaments at Kit Carson Park, effective Thursday, May 22, 2014.

With last week’s fire event and subsequent evacuations, CalFire requested the use of Kit Carson Park as a base camp to provide emergency services to the areas affected by the fires. Since the fires are now contained and all evacuations have been lifted, the CalFire base camp has been disassembled. “The collaboration between the City and CalFire proved to be an excellent service to the community.” Director of Library and Community Services Loretta McKinney said. “People have been patient and understanding during last week’s park closures and the Recreation Department is happy to announce that Kit Carson Park is once again open for the community’s enjoyment!”

For questions about specific programs and activities, call the Community Services Department at 760-839-4691 or the Escondido Sports Center at 760-839-5425.


Recognition for Cocos Fire Responders


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

The City of Escondido will recognize Police, Fire and other personnel for their excellent efforts during last week’s Cocos Fire.   A special ceremony will be held in conjunction with Cruisin’ Grand, this Friday, May 23, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at the Maple Street Plaza located on Maple Street between Grand Avenue and Valley Parkway.  Escondido residents are encouraged to come to show their support for those who worked so hard to protect lives and property.

Speakers will include Mayor Abed, Fire Chief Mike Lowry and Police Chief Craig Carter.  There also will be a display of various fire vehicles, including Ol’ Betsey, a 1926 American La France fire truck.


Escondido Public Library Closed on June 18 for Software System Upgrade


CONTACT: Cynthia Smith, 760-839-4329

Escondido, CA – All Escondido Public Library facilities will be closed to the public for the installation of a new library catalog software system on Wednesday, June 18, 2014. The closure will be for one day only and includes the following locations:

  • Main Library at 239 South Kalmia Street.
  • Pioneer Room, the Library’s local history archive, located in the Mathes Community Center at 247 South Kalmia Street.
  • Escondido Library Literacy Services Annex at 200 South Broadway.
  • Escondido Technology Center, located in the East Valley Community Center, at 2245 East Valley Parkway.

During the closure, Library users can visit, to access eBooks, use online research tools, and view the calendar of events. Library users will be able to return materials to the Main Library during the closure, and fines will not be charged for items due on June 18, 2014.

The Library will reopen for business as usual at 10:00 AM on Thursday, June 19, 2014.

Loretta McKinney, Director of Library and Community Services said, “When the Library reopens, technology upgrades, such as text and email notifications, will be available and users will immediately notice and appreciate the fresh look and ease of use of the new catalog.”

For more information, please contact Cynthia Smith, Deputy City Librarian, at 760-839-4329.


Escondido Public Library Offers Summer Reading Clubs for All Ages


CONTACT: Cindi Bouvier, 760-839-5456

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will offer Summer Reading Clubs for all ages, beginning on Monday, June 23, 2014. This year’s theme, “Paws to Read,” provides reading clubs, programs, activities, and events for every age group, from babies, preschoolers, and elementary school age children, to teens and adults. Registration opens on Monday, June 23, 2014 and participants can sign-up by visiting the Library or registering online through the Library’s website: Summer readers track their progress toward reading goals throughout the program. Children and teens read for prizes which are generously funded by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Registration will continue through July 21, 2014, and the Summer Reading Club ends on August 2, 2014.

The Library’s Children’s Services Department urges families to gallop, crawl, or fly to the Library to attend weekly events for children, ages 4 to 12. Children’s Crafts will be held on Tuesdays at 2:00 PM on June 24, July 8, 15, 22, & 29, 2014. Special programs and events for children will be held on Thursdays at 2:00 PM.

The Children’s summer program schedule includes:

  • June 26         Reptile Show presented by EcoVivarium
  • July 10          Book Time with Ronald McDonald
  • July 17          Escondido Humane Society
  • July 24          Wildlife Company
  • July 31          Summer Reading Club Finale with author, Clint Perry

For the very youngest, the Library will hold “(p)awesome” weekly storytimes for babies.

Cindi Bouvier, Senior Librarian for Youth Services said, “With school out for summer, there will be plenty of free time for reading for fun. Summer reading is also important because it helps students retain their reading level achieved during the school year.”

‘Tweens and teens can also dig into good books, earn prizes, and attend special programs, such as, Burritos and Books, Games and Grub, Movie Night, and Craft Events! Teens that reach their 25 hour reading goal will be invited to a special finale party.

Adults can join in the summer reading fun by participating in the 2nd Tuesday Book Club or Rincón Literario Bilingual Book Club. In addition, Adults Services has planned eBook safaris to help readers download library eBooks onto their favorite device. We Bought a Zoo (rated PG) will be featured on Movie night.

A full schedule of Summer Reading Club programs and events is available online at . All Library programs are free, open to the public, and sponsored by Friends of the Library. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. For further information on Summer Reading Clubs, contact Youth Services Senior Librarian, Cindi Bouvier at 760-839-5456.


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