Tweens and teens tech up and read ‘Wonder’ at Escondido Public Library

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Take the Teen Tech Challenge at the Escondido Public Library

March may come in like a lion, but it goes out like a techie as in Teen Tech Month running through March 31.

“This is an annual celebration raising awareness about how libraries extend teens’ learning beyond the classroom by enabling their exploration and creation of content utilizing non-print resources,” Escondido Public Library teen librarian Cathy Janovitz said.

Teen Tech challenge continues.

Teen Tech challenge continues.

Teens and Tweens, ages 11 to 18, were invited to attend several tech events while taking the Teen Tech Challenge. Those completing the challenges could earn 1,500 points allowing them to be entered into a special prize drawing. Challenge sheets were available in the Teen Area or by downloads at

Esco Teens Create sessions allowed teens and Tweens to express creativity by learning how to create varying types of crafts for the community. Participants earn service hours while spending quality time with friends, according to Janovitz. All supplies are provided. Sessions take place 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday March 16, March 23 and March 30.

Friends of the Escondido Public Library sponsor these programs, which are free, at the Escondido Public Library, 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.  For more information about the Teen Tech Challenge visit http:// or contact Janovitz at (760) 839-4283

Kids read, eat and discuss ‘Wonder”

Wonder about “Wonder?”

Wonder about “Wonder?”

Meanwhile, back at the Escondido Turrentine Room, kids ages 9 to 12 get a chance to Read, Eat and Discuss (R.E.A.D.) R.J. Palacio’s award-winning novel, Wonder. a craft activity related to the book.

A limited number of copies of Wonder will be available for checkout with registration at the Children’s Desk, according to Escondido Public Library children’s librarian Kristine Macalalad.

“Called ‘frank, funny, astonishingly moving,’ this beautiful novel meditates on the enormous capacities for kindness and courage in us all,” Macalalad said.

The synopsis: August “Auggie” Pullman has been homeschooled all his life. Now, his fifth grade year, he’ll be attending real school for the first time. All children experience first-day-of-school jitters, but Auggie is special – born with a terrible facial deformity, all he wants is to be just like everyone else and not send the other children away screaming on the playground.

For more, visit the Library’s website at or contact Macalalad at (760) 839-5458 or email

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