Escondido Public Library's Latest News

Thursday, June 26, 2003

Teen movie @ the Branch
As part of the Teen Summer Reading Program, the East Valley Branch will be showing the movie Lord of the Flies tomorrow, Friday, June 27th, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Vineyard Room.

Will the politics of private filtering companies hurt the public's access to information?
The following articles examine how the politics of the private companies that develop Internet filtering software may prevent the public from accessing certain kinds of information on filtered library computers.
Library Group Targets Secrecy of Filters from Yahoo! News:
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20030624/ap_on_hi_te/online_porn_companies_2
Filters may affect Internet access gap from Excite News:
http://apnews.excite.com/article/20030625/D7RSSRI00.html

Fireworks illegal in San Diego County
The Escondido Fire Department will be accepting fireworks at any of their 5 locations beginning tomorrow, June 27th through July 7th. You may drop off any fireworks you may have, no questions asked. Please help prevent fires and burns and make this 4th of July safe for your family and community.

The right to know vs. the need for public safety
If you've tried to search for certain government information online recently, you'll notice it's no longer there. Albany, New York's Times Union newspaper writes about the struggle to identify the government information to provide to the public versus the information that is too sensitive to reveal for national security reasons:
http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=143282&category=STATE&BCCode=&newsdate=6/16/2003

Bilingual Reading Group @ East Valley Branch
Check out the North County Times article about the monthly bilingual reading group that is held at the East Vally Branch Library:
http://www.nctimes.net/news/2003/20030626/70116.html
For dates and times, make sure to check the East Valley Branch Calendar of Events:
http://www.ci.escondido.ca.us/library/calendar/julybranch.htm

Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Local libraries already filter children's Internet use
The Escondido Public Library as well as other area libraries already filter Internet use on some computers, including those in the children's areas. For more information, see today's North County Times article:
http://www.nctimes.net/news/2003/20030624/55058.html

Supreme Court rules that libraries must filter Internet
All libraries receiving federal funding must shield minors from viewing sexually explicit material on the web by using filters. For more information about this decision, read the Cnet article:
http://rss.com.com/2100-1028_3-1019952.html?type=pt&part=rss&tag=feed&subj=news

Lunchtime yoga at the Mathes Community Center
An 8-week yoga class is being offered at the Mathes Center (next to the Main Library) on Thursdays from 12:00 p.m. to 12:55 p.m. June 26th through August 21st. The fee is $60. If you would like to sign up please contact Linda Kelly at (760) 839-4355.

July 4th Community Fireworks at Grape Day Park
Celebrate the 4th of July in Escondido with a day of music, free children's activities and, of course, fireworks. Please note that you cannot barbeque at the event or bring alcohol or pets. Fireworks begin at 9pm.

Monday, June 23, 2003

Children's Summer Reading Program starts today
Parents - remember to bring your children to the library to sign up for the Summer Reading Program. For more information about rules and special events, see our web site:
http://www.ci.escondido.ca.us/library/children/summerread.htm

Consumer Reports Summer Vacation Guide
Consumer Reports online usually requires a fee for its services, but this guide is free. Find out how to get the best airline seat, how safe rollercoasters really are, or how to prep your car for a road trip.
Summer Vacation Guide link

Escondido Citizen Service Center to close Thursday
As part of the city's budget cuts, the Citizen Service Center, which has been open for 7 years, will be shut down this Thursday. Read more in the North County Times article:
http://www.nctimes.net/news/2003/20030620/64617.html