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Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club Discusses Serafina and the Black Cloak 

10/16/17 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Kristine Macalalad, 760-839-5458

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, November 17, 2017, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Participants will explore Robert Beatty’s novel, Serafina and the Black Cloak. 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.

Serafina lives with her Pa in the basement of the Biltmore Estate, staying out of sight during the day and only venturing out at night to go about her work of evicting rats. The rich people upstairs don’t know she exists, and her Pa wishes to keep it that way. Serafina, though, is about to be drawn into an adventure. One night, she witnesses a terrifying man in a black cloak prowling the halls. She escapes, but in the days that follow, the children at the estate begin disappearing, and Serafina will have to work with Braeden Vanderbilt, nephew of the Biltmore’s owners, to put a stop to it.

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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Celebrate Kindness at Escondido Public Library 

10/16/17 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Kristine Macalalad, 760-839-5458

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will host Choose Kind: Celebrate Wonder for children ages 4-12 on Thursday, November 16, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Choose Kind: Celebrate Wonder takes place a day before the release of the film, Wonder, based on the best-selling novel of the same name by R.J. Palacio.  The event will explore the story’s central themes of kindness through a storytime with related books, songs, and crafts.

The novel and film center on the life of August “Auggie” Pullman, a fifth-grader who has a facial deformity. Auggie is attending mainstream school for the first time, and as he and his family deal with big changes, they must also confront issues of prejudice and bullying. In addition to enjoying storytime, participants of Choose Kind: Celebrate Wonder will have an opportunity to watch the movie’s preview and contribute their favorite or original, positive “Precept,” or “Rule to Live By,” to a community Choose Kind wall.

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 In A Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware 

10/16/17 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 November 14, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is In A Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware, which is currently being developed into a major motion picture. Copies of the book are available for check-out in print or eBook format and can be reserved at library.escondido.org/.

As a group of friends gather for a celebration in a remote cabin in the woods, they are forced to question whether they can really trust each other. Join the discussion to explore obsession, complicated pasts, a murder, and the tension of total isolation as Ruth Ware ultimately has the reader questioning whether or not we can even trust ourselves.

2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on December 12, 2017 for a group discussion of A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.

2nd Tuesday Book Club is 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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Sewage Spill in South Escondido 

10/15/17 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Helen Davies, 760-839-4290

 

Just before 11:00 a.m. this morning (10/15/17) there was a sewer spill in the Westfield Mall Parking lot adjacent to Interstate 15 in south Escondido. City of Escondido staff responded and secured the broken line and a nearby pump station. The spill condition ended just before 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. The County of San Diego Department of Environmental Health, Regional Water Quality Control Board, and State Office of Emergency Services were notified and mobilized to the scene. With the help of City of San Diego wastewater collection crews, the City of Escondido wastewater collection crew was able to clean the area by 4:00 p.m.

 

The spilled water reached the storm drain system that goes to Lake Hodges. Based on preliminary estimates the spill volume was up to 60,000 gallons. City of Escondido staff did not observe flow entering the lake from the storm drain system. However staff will continue to collect samples in the vicinity over the next few days to verify whether there has been a discharge to the lake. There is no concern at this time for residential or commercial water users.

 

For further inquiries please call Helen Davies, Deputy Director of Utilities/Wastewater (Interim) at 760-839-4290.

 

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Cuarteto Carlos Chávez Concert at Escondido Public Library Cancelled 

10/10/17 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 

CONTACT: Viktor Sjöberg, 760-839-4814

Escondido, CA – The previously announced performance by Mexico City-based Cuarteto Carlos Chávez has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances connected to the recent earthquake in Mexico City.

The 2017-18 season of the Library’s popular 2nd Saturday Concert Series will start on December 9, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. with Byron Chow Trio performing classical music, including holiday-themed selections. The 2nd Saturday Concert Series will run until May 2018. A complete season lineup will be announced shortly at library.econdido.org/concerts.

For more information on Library concerts or other programs and services, please visit library.escondido.org, or contact Senior Librarian Viktor Sjöberg at 760-839-4814 for details. Library programs are 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.

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Escondido Public Library Hosts Living Archive Exhibition 

10/10/17 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Viktor Sjöberg, 760-839-4814
 

Escondido, CA – The Pioneer Room, Escondido Public Library’s local history archive, is pleased to host “Home: A Living Archive”, a group exhibition of photographic works featuring learners from the Escondido Public Library’s Read. Succeed. Adult Literacy program. The exhibition opening will be held on Thursday, November 2, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Pioneer Room. Light refreshments will be served. Attendees must RSVP to Myrna Montano at 760-839-4831 by October 27, 2017.

Escondido’s Home: A Living Archive series highlights the experiences and activities of contemporary Escondido society. Deeply personal, introspective, and at times nostalgic, this exhibition explores the many interpretations of “home” represented through word and image. This inaugural installment aims to start conversations about origins, self-identity, and what it means to belong. Home: A Living Archive will be on view at the Pioneer Room from November 2, 2017 through February 1, 2018.

The exhibition is sponsored by the Friends of Literacy Services and the Pioneer Room Friends. 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 contact Adult Services Senior Librarian Viktor Sjöberg at 760-839-4814 or vsjoberg@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library’s Pioneer Room is located at 247 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

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Community Meeting Planned for Downtown Vision 

10/09/17

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Julie Procopio, 760-839-4001

As part of working with local Escondido businesses to formulate a vision for Grand Avenue in our downtown, the City has applied for funding through SANDAG's Smart Growth Incentive Program. The visioning process is designed to gain input on various ideas for improvements that will benefit the economic vitality of our downtown. From the visioning process City staff will develop a concept plan to support the funding application.

In an effort to gain input from the community, City staff and consultants from Kimley-Horn will be hosting the first Community Café Meeting in the Mitchell Room at City Hall (201 N. Broadway) on Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The meeting will be a café, designed as an open community dialogue. There will be an interactive orientation that will feature boards with design concepts, a quick presentation on complete street elements, and a group exercise at the end to develop a future vision of Grand Avenue.

The participation of the community is vital to the success of this process. The City of Escondido wants the vision for our downtown to be exciting and beneficial to our entire community.

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Escondido Public Library Celebrates Día De Los Muertos 

10/04/17 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Dan Wood, 760-839-4837

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library will host a Día de los Muertos celebration for children, ages 4-12 and their families on Thursday, November 2, 2017, from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead honors the memory of loved ones who have passed away, and the Library celebrates this tradition with cultural stories, music, and sugar skull decorating.

Participants are encouraged to bring in a photo, memento, or loved one’s favorite food to contribute to a temporary community exhibit with offerings to those who have passed. This community exhibit will last for the duration of the program and those who bring mementos can take them home after the program concludes. This event is part of the Library’s Dia de los Muertos celebration that also includes an all ages musical performance by Mexico City-based chamber music quartet Cuarteto Carlos Chávez on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room.

These Día de los Muertos celebrations are made possible through the generous support of Friends of the Escondido Public Library, and are free and open to the public. Registration is not required, but early arrival is encouraged as space and supplies may be limited. For more information on other Library programs for children, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or contact Senior Librarian for Literacy and Youth Services, Dan Wood, at 760-839-4827 or  dwood@escondido.org.

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Read for the Record: Quackers Storytime at Escondido Public Library 

10/04/17 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Dan Wood, 760-839-4827

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will host Read for the Record: Quackers Storytime for children ages 4-8 on Thursday, October 19 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Be part of the world’s largest shared reading experience with stories, crafts, and songs featuring the 2017 Jumpstart Read for the Record title Quackers by Liz Wong. Presented in partnership with the Rincon del Diablo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Jumpstart’s Read for the Record is an annual nationwide campaign to have the world’s largest shared reading experience to highlight the importance of building early literacy and language skills. Throughout the year Rincon del Diablo chapter members support education and literacy in a variety of ways and in 2016 won a DAR award for literacy promotion. “Quackers is a delightful story of a kitten who thinks it is a duck. Families are in for a treat.” said Dan Wood, the Library’s Youth Services Senior Librarian.

For more information on other Library programs for children, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or contact Senior Librarian Dan Wood, at 760-839-4827 or dwood@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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Explore Virtual Reality at Escondido Public Library 

10/02/17 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 

CONTACT: Viktor Sjöberg, 760-839-4814

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library is proud to offer the Escondido community the opportunity to experience virtual reality (VR) by trying out the Library’s new Oculus Rift VR headset and VR-enabled software. The first set of sessions will take place on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. – 7 p.m. in the Collaboration Corner on the first floor of the Library (next to the Teen Area).

Step into virtual worlds using the Library’s new Oculus Rift Virtual Reality equipment! Interact with unusual creatures and explore familiar and otherworldly landscapes by reserving your spot at library.escondido.org/register. Each session is 20 minutes long. Please note that the Oculus Rift equipment is intended solely for users who are 13 or older.

For more information on Library programs and services, please visit library.escondido.org, or contact Senior Librarian Viktor Sjöberg at 760-839-4814 or vsjoberg@escondido.org for details. Library programs are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library's Virtual Reality programming has been made possible through a grant from the California State Library’s Virtual Reality Experience Project. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

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