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Enjoy Endless Exploration in Library’s Summer Reading Challenge!

Escondido Public Library’s 2018 Summer Reading Challenge invites children, teens, and adults to enjoy “Endless Exploration.” The Challenge encourages reading for fun and life-long learning for all ages and runs from June 9-July 2. Educational, recreational, and cultural events are offered throughout the Challenge. Participants log reading and event participation online at www.escondidolibrary.org/summer.

Summer readers of all ages record their progress to earn prizes donated by the Friends of the Library and local businesses. Anyone can take part in the program from home, on a mobile device, or by using Library computers. 

Summer Reading Challenge programs for children, babies, and families include special storytimes; Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM)-themed craft events; a visit from reptiles; and a John Abrams Animal Magic Show.

Teen events include a chance to explore table top games, VR, and 3D Printing; Clue in Space; and a Burritos and Book Club chat discussing books by authors who explored far off worlds or those close to our own. Adult programs include concerts, book discussions, and a special summer movie screening of Plan 9 From Outer Space.

Toddler Tales Storytime

Tuesdays, July 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Ages Walkers-3 years

Read, sing, talk, and play together. Complete a challenge to win a fabulous prize.

 

Baby Lapsit Storytime

Wednesdays, July 11, 18, & 25

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Ages Pre-walkers

Read, sing, talk, and play together. Complete a challenge to win a fabulous prize.

Kids Summer Reading Challenge Events

Thursdays, July 5, 12, 19, & 26

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Ages 4-12 

Create-ure Feature July 5. Build a Create-ure from your imagination. Design where it lives, what it eats, and so much more! These Create-ures will be part of a “Create-ure Feature” on Library social media!

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John Abrams’ Animal Magic:

Music, Magic, & Animals July 12. 

A wacky blend of magic, comedy, music and live exotic pets in an audience participation extravaganza guaranteed to amaze and amuse!

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SLIME! July 19. Discover the endless slimy possibilities you can create with this awesome and squishy liquid!

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Annie Banannie’s Big Balloon Adventure July 26. Join Annie Banannie as she shares a storytelling adventure of endless wonder with the use of balloons!

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Teen Summer Reading Challenge Events

Wednesdays, July 11, 18, & 25

Tuesday, July 31

Ages 12-17

 Screen Printing July 11, 3 – 6 p.m. Learn how to transfer a basic design onto a t-shirt using paint and a screen. All supplies provided.

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Burritos & Book Club July 18, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Choose from the list of Teen SRC Reads and drop by to chat about what you read. Enjoy yummy burritos and leave with a free book. 

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Esco Sings! July 25, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Use the gift of song and perform in our talent show for a cash prize. Pre-registration is required by July 15 at www.escondidolibrary.org/register

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Teen Summer Bash Tuesday July 31, 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Participate in the Teen Summer Reading Challenge by reading at least 10 hours and get invited to the hottest party of the summer!

Adult Summer Reading Challenge Events

Escondido Writers Group Tuesday, July 10, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Writers of all genres are invited to read their work and receive group critiques in a friendly and comfortable environment.

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2nd Tuesday Book Club Tuesday, July 10, 5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. The Wanderers by Meg Howery. Reserve a copy from the Library’s catalog.

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Plan 9 From Outer Space! Saturday, July, 14, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Residents of California’s San Fernando Valley are under attack by flying saucers from outer space! Adults (18+), join the for this special showing of Plan 9 From Outer Space. Free snacks will be available on a first come, first served basis.

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Rincón Literario Bilingual Book Club Saturday, July 28, 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Bilingual book discussion in English and Spanish will discuss The Great Alone/ Volverás a Alaska by Kristin Hannah.

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