Looking to de-stress? Check out a movie from our feature films collection. The Escondido Center library has hundreds of feature films in addition to educational films. Films can be checked out for one week at a time, at no cost. Make sure to return them on time to avoid a fine of .50 a day for films returned late.
The library has purchased many new materials for our English as a Second Language (ESL) students. These include readers — books at progressive reading levels — which are located in the circular display near the center of the library. These books can be checked out for three weeks at a time and renewed two more times. We also have a guide especially created for ESL learning. To access it, click on ESL Resources in the left column of the library’s home page. The guide includes tips on finding books and articles and using the library. It also includes a list of eBooks and Apps for Children and Listening & Viewing sites to practice English.
Do your research from anywhere, using this handy app for the library’s EBSCO research databases. EBSCOhost has apps for both iPhone and Android. You can use them to search any of the library’s EBSCO databases such as Academic Search Premier, Psychology & Behavioral Sciences, Health Source: Nursing, Newspaper Source Plus, Religion and Philosophy Collection and more.
After installing the app on your device, it must be authenticated from an EBSCO database. Open one of the EBSCO databases, such as Academic Search Premier, and at the bottom of the page, click on the link iPhone and Android apps, where you will be prompted to enter your email address to receive instructions and a key. For more information on installing the app, click here.
“Finding the Best Font for the Job”, EJA’s new display on typography, covers a few of the high points in the progression of typeface design and usage since the printing of the first book with movable metal type. Typeface design has a nearly 600 year old history going back to Johannes Guttenberg’s famous bible ca. 1450. Over the centuries, typefaces have evolved as their uses have grown from printing books and newspapers to advertising, signage for fast moving vehicles, do-it-yourself desktop publishing and the current explosion of digital devices. The display was created by Mary Kira.
“Less is More vs. Less is a Bore” traces the evolution of architectural styles in the 20th to 21st century – modernism, postmodernism and deconstructivism. Modernism, as exemplified by the works of Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Gropius and Mies Van Der Rohe, eschews ornamentation and is distinguished by simple geometric forms. Postmodernism was a midcentury reaction to the modernist style, with a return to surface ornament, historical reference and a conscious awareness of the surrounding buildings in a neighborhood. Architects in the postmodern style include Phillip Johnson, Robert Venturi and Robert A.M. Stern. Deconstructivism, considered an offshoot of postmodernism, tries to “disassemble” architecture. It rejects postmodern references to architectural history as well as the idea of ornament as mere decoration. Buildings in this style, such as those by Frank Gehry, often feature fragmented or intersecting curves and planes. The display was created by Mary Kira and was inspired by the recent remodel of the Escondido Center.
The library now has access to the Vogue Archive online, featuring the current issue of Vogue magazine and archives back to the first issue in 1892, reproduced in high-resolution color page images. The Vogue archive is searchable by garment type, designer and brand names. Access Vogue through the library catalog by typing in Vogue Archive and clicking on title. Or, you can access Vogue from within any ProQuest database, such as GenderWatch or Ethnic NewsWatch, by clicking on the database link at the top of the screen. The Vogue Archive is a nice complement to the library’s other fashion databases, FashionSnoops and the Berg Fashion Library.