Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Teen Events for April 2010

New Moon Movie Party
Thursday, April 1
Come watch New Moon on our 16-foot movie screen. Trivia contest, prizes, and cupcakes!

Pre-Teen/Teen Writing Club
Friday, April 9
A new creative writing group, by teens, for teens. Sign up in advance at the library reference desk.

Beatniks & Berets: Teen Poetry Cafe
Monday, April 12
Beatnik-themed event where you can read and listen to poetry with your friends. Dress the part, sign up at the reference desk, enjoy free coffee and pastries.

Game On!
Tuesday, April 13
Play video games on a 16-ft movie screen. Super Mario Bros Wii, Super Smash Bros Brawl, Rock Band 2, Street Fighter IV, Mario Kart and more.

Pizzamania Book Club
Thursday, April 15
Eat some pizza and chat about great books! Registration required. Sign up and check out a copy of the current book at the reference desk. This month's book is Stoneheart by Charlie Fletcher.

"Lowering the Cost of College" seminar
Saturday, April 17
Learn strategies to lower your out-of-pocket cost for college. Includes presentation and question-and-answer session. For you and your parents.

Other Events You Might Enjoy

Family Chess Club
Tuesdays, April 6 & 20
Play and learn with chess enthusiast Oscar Afsahi. All levels and ages welcome! Chess sets will be available or bring your own.

Concert: Marie Haddad & Charlie Imes
Thursday, April 8
Marie is a true San Diego favorite whose music has been described as "somewhere between Kate Bush and Leonard Cohen." ( Charlie Imes, a San Diego Music Award 2009 nominee for best Americana/County album, is as comfortable as your favorite T-shirt and shorts. More information at

Concert: "Three Blind Knights"
Saturday, April 10
The Hutchins Consort string octet will play this new composition by Frederick Charlton. More information at

The Poetry Bomb Couch Surfing Across America Tour of Words 2010
Saturday, April 10
Poet and actor S. A. Griffin will launch "the poetry bomb" as part of a National Poetry Month celebration. The library will be the first stop on a national tour featuring a former U.S. military practice bomb, now converted into a beautiful object filled with poetry from around the world.

Each audience member will be invited to read one poem of their own creation, two minutes or less, and to contribute their poem to the Poetry Bomb. Mr. Griffin will also be reading some of his work. A question-and-answer session will follow. More information on Facebook here.

Concert: Singchronicity
Sunday, April 11
One of San Diego’s premier a cappella vocal groups. More information at

Words Aloud: Open Mic at the Library
Tuesday, April 20
New monthly open mic night program for writers. Bring up to four minutes of your best prose: fiction, memoir, personal narrative, creative nonfiction, fragments and snippets, and join this friendly and diverse group of writers and readers. All ages and genres of prose are welcome. Sign ups start at 5:30 and we turn off the mic by 7:45; readers are chosen at random. The event is cosponsored by The Encinitas Library and San Diego Writers, Ink.

Lecture: Cooking with All Things Trader Joe's
Thursday, April 21
Author Deana Gunn shares quick recipes anyone can do. More information at

Encinitas Fresh- Open Mic
Thursday, April 22
Another new open mic night program, for performers to gain exposure and to showcase their talent. If you're a musical artist, stand-up comedian, or poet, then you must be heard. Email to sign up at and show Encinitas what you got.

Concert: Folk Inspirations
Sunday, April 25
Take a journey to distant lands with a concert inspired by folk music from Europe and Asia. Returning from a trip to Italy, composer-in-residence Matthew Tommasini brings us a new work flavored with a wild folk dance called the pizzica. Part of the Connections Chamber Music Series.

Family Loteria
Wednesday, April 28
Play Mexican bingo in celebration of Dia de los Niños / Día de los Libros (Day of the Child / Day of the Book). Prizes and free refreshments; books will be given away!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Teen Events for March 2010

Pre-Teen/Teen Writing Club
Friday, March 12
New monthly club, for teens by teens. For anyone ages 11-14 who is interested in creative writing. Must sign up in advance, call the library to register.

Pizzamania Book Club
Thursday, March 18
Eat some pizza and chat about great books! Sign up and check out a copy of the current book at the library reference desk. This month's book is "The Secret of Zoom" by Lynne Jonell.

Teen Jeopardy
Monday, March 22
Test your wits by playing the library’s version of the popular T.V. game show "Jeopardy". Prizes and snacks! (Note: the real Jeopardy game show is having online tryouts for the Teen edition on March 2. Click here for details).

Other Events You Might Enjoy

Family Chess Club
Tuesdays, March 2 & 16
Play and learn with chess enthusiast Oscar Afsahi. All levels and ages welcome! Chess sets will be available or bring your own.

Party Like It's 1939!
Saturday, March 6
In honor of the Big Read, the library is holding many events relating to the 1930s and the Great Depression era. At this event, we'll have an afternoon of old-fashioned entertainment such as families might have enjoyed during the 1930’s. Several board games, including Monopoly (introduced by Parker Bros. in 1935) and jigsaw puzzles will be available to play, plus prizes, free refreshments and a Three Stooges mini movie marathon!

Concert: Damaru
Sunday, March 7
Free concert from local band Damaru, that mixes African and middle-eastern rhythms with an incredibly energetic and danceable groove.

Concert: Veronica May
Thursday, March 11
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! A scratch-and-slap acoustic virtuoso who needs to be seen to be believed, Veronica May astonishes audiences with what she can do with a guitar all the while with soulful and heartfelt songs and a killer voice.

Concert: Hutchins Consort's "Musica de los Californios Part II"
Saturday, March 13
This month's show by the Hutchins Consort focuses on California's heritage, through the eyes of its composers and cultural traditions. Consuela Velazquez’ enduring lullaby, Besame Mucho; Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite; a Mingus composition’ Surfer Music; and a whole lot more!

Words Aloud- Open Mic at the Encinitas Library
Tuesday, March 16
Bring up to four minutes of your best prose: fiction, memoir, personal narrative, creative nonfiction, fragments and snippets, and join this friendly and diverse group of writers and readers. All ages and genres of prose are welcome so be mindful that children might be present when making your selection of what to read. Sign ups start at 5:30 and we turn off the mic by 7:45; readers are chosen at random. The event is cosponsored by The Encinitas Library and San Diego Writers, Ink.

Monday, January 25, 2010

February 2010 Events for Teens

Pizzamania Book Club
Thursday, February 18

Eat some pizza and chat about great books! Sign up and check out a copy of the current book at the reference desk. This month's book is The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart.

Monday, February 22
February is National Chocolate Lovers' Month, and we're going to celebrate in style. Chocolate games, chocolate contests, chocolate snacks, chocolate chocolate. Oreo stacking, Hershey Kiss unwrapping, chocolate banana splits, and more.

Other Library Events You Might Enjoy

The Big Read Film Festival
February 2, 13, 16, & 27
Times vary- Call the Library
For this year's Big Read, the library has selected John Steinbeck's classic tale of poverty, fear and struggle The Grapes of Wrath. During the month of February, the library will be showing a series of films on similar themes, or with stories set in the same, Depression Era time period. Call the library for titles.

Family Chess Club
Tuesdays, February 2 and 16

Come alone, or with friends and family to play and learn chess. Chess sets will be provided, or bring your own.

Concert: Bishop John W. Haynes & Change
Sunday, February 7
Bishop John W. Haynes & Change is group of powerful musicians and singers from the Reformation Church Inc., of San Diego. This San Diego based family gospel group (three sisters, niece and spouses) seeks to bring a distinct yet traditional sound with a hint of rhythm and soul that rocks any house and raises the roof.

Concert: Michael Tiernan
Thursday, February 11
A unique brand of acoustic guitar-centric blending of folk, rock, pop, soul, and bluegrass, makes you think while he entertains you. More info at and

Concert: Strings in the Mornin'
Saturday, February 13
Hear the Hutchins Consort play an amazing Bach concerto on violin.

Lecture: The Only Thing Worth Dying For
Wednesday, February 17
Author and journalist Eric Blehm talks about his new book, The Only Thing Worth Dying For, which tells the harrowing true story of eleven Green Berets who fought alongside the future leader of Afghanistan to topple the Taliban and bring hope to a nation during the first campaign of the War on Terror.

Concert: Michael Ganey and the Songs of the Dust Bowl Era
Wednesday, February 24
In honor of the library's Big Read selection, The Grapes of Wrath, local musician Michael Ganey will perform a number of songs by folk musicians of the Dust Bowl era.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Teen Events for January 2010

Pizzamania Book Club
January 21, 2010

Eat some pizza and chat about great books! Sign up and check out a copy of the current book at the reference desk. This month's book is "The Princess and the Bear" by Mette Ivie Harrison.

Game On!
January 25, 2010

Video games on a 16 foot screen, snacks, prizes. Rock Band 2, Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros Brawl, Wii Sports, Guitar Hero, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2, and more.

Other Events You Might Enjoy

En Fuego
Sunday, January 3
Free concert by this local band that mixes Flamenco, jazz, salsa, Middle Eastern, and Celtic styles. More info and music at

Family Chess Club
Tuesdays, Januar 5 & 19
Play and learn with chess enthusiast Oscar Afsahi. All ages and skill levels welcome.

Hutchins Consort: Musica de los Californios
Saturday, January 9
Free string concert of traditional and popular Mexican and Spanish songs by the Hutchins Consort. More info at

Encinitas Concerts at the Library: Christopher Dale
Thursday, January 14
Award-winning singer/songwriter Christopher Dale will play an acoustic set. Described as "James Taylor meets Tom Petty at a Jimmy Buffet Concert". More info at his website and at

The Silver Screen in Concert
Sunday, January 17
Matthew Tommasini and the California Quartet will play music from some of the greatest film composers of all time. More info at

Monday, December 21, 2009

Rock Band Tournament: Winners!

We held our first ever Rock Band video game tournament on December 7, and it was a great success. 9 different "bands" battled for dominance, and filled us all with the true meaning of rock/Christmas. If you missed it, don't worry, we'll have another video game tournament in a few months (Rock Band? Mario Kart? We just don't know).

Every band got to choose and perform their own song, and the top three bands went on to the finals to play a song chosen by the judges ("Any Way You Want It" by Journey)

Third Place: Anna's Car, performing "You Oughta Know" by Alanis Morrisette

Second Place: The Tates performing "That's What You Get" by Paramore

First Place: Slow performing "The Trees" by Rush

Third Place won t-shirts from Lou's Records, Second Place won eight passes to the Museum of Making Music, and First Place won $100 in GameStop gift cards!

We also held a costume contest, encouraging our performers to dress in either a Xmas or Crazy Rock style.

Best Dressed Team: Survivor 2.0

Best Indvidual Costume: Vanessa of The Acid Rain Experiment

(in the middle, invoking the Beastie Boys)

All costume contest winners received gift cards to Lou's Records.

And we'll close out with some more pics.

Barrel of Monkeys

The Cools



Audience shots

Monday, November 23, 2009

Jingle Bell Rock: The Details

Jingle Bell Rock!
All ages "Rock Band 2" video game tournament!
Monday, December 7
Encinitas Library

This December, the Encinitas Library will have “Rock Band 2” video game tournament, where groups of four people, of any age, can sign up and compete against other "bands" for fun and prizes! Grand prize will be a $25 gift card to Gamestop for each member of the band! Second prize will be free passes to the Museum of Making Music.

To get you into the Holiday Spirit AND the Spirit of Rock, we’re encouraging everyone to dress up like a rock star, or to dress up in the theme of the winter holidays (or both! Maybe we’ll see some punk rock reindeer). Our judges will choose the Best Dressed Band, and for the Best Individual Costume. Prizes will be $25 gift certificates to Lou’s Records.

And we want spectators! We're playing this thing on a full-size movie screen, so everyone can see. Bring your friends and family, bring people to cheer you on and sing along! This should be a fun event of music, food (did we mention the free pizza?), competition and prizes.

The tournament is for people of all ages, so put little Sally on vocals, put Grandpa on drums, and ROCK.

A few important things here:

  • You have to sign up in advance. Call us, or come down to the library, and give us the names of the four people on your team. We’ve only got room for 15 13 "bands" in the tournament, so hurry up and register. If you sign up after we’re full, we’ll put your name on a waiting list and contact you if space opens up.

  • For time reasons, you can only pick a song that is five minutes or under. A list of those songs will be at the end of this post. You’ll need to have your song picked out when you sign in at the tournament

  • We expect you to know how the game works. You get more points for playing on higher difficulty levels, you get more points for using Overdrive, complicated songs are more points than simple songs, but we’re not going to hold your hand through the contest and explain everything to you. But if you want to go in blind and just have a good time, that’s fine too.

  • The official rules and song list follow (although we may tweak the rules slightly if necessary).

Official Encinitas Library Rock Band 2 Tournament Rules

    Check in is at 5:00 PM. Anyone not checked in before 5:30 risks losing their spot in the tournament.
  • Each band is comprised of as many members as they want (up to four) and they may play at any difficulty they desire.
  • Bands are allowed to have a band member sing and play an instrument at the same time.
  • Each band plays one (1) song of the band’s choice. If band fails out, they can retry the song one (1) time.
  • At the end of the song the band’s in-game score will be recorded. When the song is over do not play any more notes. Do not skip past the scoring screen before the judges can record your score.
  • After all bands are ranked, the top three (3) bands enter the final round.
  • If a band member chooses to sing and play an instrument during the qualifying round, they must also sing and play the instrument during the final round.
  • There is no age limit (young or old) to band members
  • Contestants must use the controllers provided by the tournament, not controllers brought in from home.
  • All decisions made by the judges are final.
  • Photos may be taken and used for library publicity. If you do not want your photo taken, please let a staff member know.


  • Top three (3) bands will play the same song, one chosen by the judges. Highest score wins. If a band fails out during the Finals, they will not be allowed to retry the song.
  • In the event of a tie, the tied bands will participate in a tie breaker round.
  • During the tie breaker round, each band will play one (1) song of the judge’s choice. At the end of the tie breaker round, the band with the highest overall score will be named the Champion.

Costume Contest Rules

  • All contestants in the tournament are encouraged to dress up in the night’s theme: either dressing up as “rock stars” or in a winter holiday theme (or a combination of both).
  • Costumes will be judged on creativity and style. All decisions will be made by the judges, judges’ decisions are final.
  • Awards will be given for the Best Dressed Band, and for Best Individual Costume.

Code of Conduct

  • Anyone competing in an unsportsmanlike manner or in a manner that is not in compliance with these rules may be immediately disqualified from this tournament. Unsportsmanlike conduct includes, but is not limited to, the following:

    • Swearing or threats
    • Screaming harassment
    • Lewdness
    • Any other type of conduct deemed inappropriate
    • Any attempts to disrupt other contestants during their songs
    • Cheating of any sort through various means including devices to aid gameplay
    • Any other known or unknown way of tampering with gameplay.

Official Tournament Song List

This is a list of songs under five minutes that you can choose from for the tournament. You must have your song picked out when you arrive to check in.

  • AFI “Girl’s Not Grey”
  • Alanis Morissette “You Oughta Know”
  • Alice in Chains “Man in the Box”
  • Allman Brothers “Ramblin’ Man”
  • Avenged Sevenfold “Almost Easy”
  • Beastie Boys – “Sabotage”
  • Beastie Boys “So Whatcha Want”
  • Beck “E-Pro”
  • Bikini Kill “Rebel Girl”
  • Billy Idol “White Wedding Pt I”
  • Blondie “One Way or Another”
  • Bon Jovi “Livin’ on a Prayer”
  • Cheap Trick “Hello There”
  • David Bowie - Suffragette City
  • Devo “Uncontrollable Urge”
  • Dinosaur Jr “Feel the Pain”
  • Disturbed “Down with the Sickness”
  • Duran Duran “Hungry Like the Wolf”
  • Elvis Costello “Pump It Up”
  • Faith No More – “Epic”
  • Fallout Boy – “Dead on Arrival”
  • Fleetwood Mac “Go Your Own Way”
  • Foo Fighters – “Learn to Fly”
  • Foo Fighters “Everlong”
  • Garbage – “I Think I'm Paranoid”
  • Guns N’ Roses “Shackler’s Revenge”
  • Hole – “Celebrity Skin”
  • Interpol “PDA”
  • Jane’s Addiction “Mountain Song”
  • Jet – “Are You Gonna Be My Girl”
  • Jimmy Eat World “The Middle”
  • Joan Jett “Bad Reputation”
  • Journey “Anyway You Want It”
  • L7 “Pretend We’re Dead”
  • Lacuna Coil “Our Truth”
  • Linkin Park “One Step Closer”
  • Lit “My Own Worst Enemy”
  • Lush “De-Luxe”
  • Mastodon “Colony of Birchmen”
  • Megadeth “Peace Sells”
  • Mighty Mighty Bosstones “Where’d You Go”
  • Modest Mouse “Float On”
  • Molly Hatchet – “Flirtin' With Disaster”
  • Motorhead “Ace of Spades”
  • Nine Inch Nails – “The Hand That Feeds”
  • Nirvana – “In Bloom”
  • Nirvana “Drain You”
  • Norman Greenbaum “Spirit in the Sky”
  • OK Go – “Here It Goes Again”
  • Panic at the Disco “Nine in the Afternoon”
  • Paramore “That’s What You Get”
  • Presidents of the USA “Lump”
  • Queens of the Stone Age – “Go With the Flow”
  • R.E.M. – “Orange Crush”
  • Radiohead – “Creep”
  • Rage Against the Machine “Testify”
  • Ratt “Round & Round”
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Dani California”
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers “Give it Away”
  • Rise Against “Give it All”
  • Rush – “Tom Sawyer”
  • Rush “The Trees”
  • Smashing Pumpkins – “Cherub Rock”
  • Smashing Pumpkins “Today”
  • Social Distortion “I Was Wrong”
  • Soundgarden “Spoonman”
  • Squeeze “Cool for Cats”
  • Steve Miller Band “Rock’n Me”
  • Stone Temple Pilots – “Vasoline”
  • Survivor “Eye of the Tiger”
  • Sweet – “Ballroom Blitz”
  • System of a Down “Chop Suey”
  • Talking Heads “Psycho Killer”
  • Tenacious D “Master Exploder”
  • Testament “Souls of Black”
  • The Clash – “Should I Stay or Should I Go”
  • The Donnas “New Kid in School”
  • The Go-Go’s “We Got the Beat”
  • The Grateful Dead “Alabama Getaway”
  • The Guess Who “American Woman”
  • The Hives – “Main Offender”
  • The Killers – “When You Were Young”
  • The Muffs “Kids in America”
  • The New Pornographers – “Electric Version”
  • The Offspring “Come Out & Play (Keep ‘em Separated)”
  • The Pixies – “Wave of Mutilation”
  • The Police – “Next To You”
  • The Ramones – “Blitzkrieg Bop”
  • The Replacements “Alex Chilton”
  • The Rolling Stones – “Gimme Shelter”
  • The Strokes – “Reptilia”
  • The Who “Pinball Wizard”
  • Weezer – “Say It Ain't So”
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Maps”

Teen Events for December

Jingle Bell Rock Band
Monday, December 7

All ages Rock Band 2 video game tournament. Form your band, compete, and win prizes. Free food plus a costume contest. Must sign up in advance with the library.

Pizzamania Book Club
Thursday, December 10

Eat some pizza and chat about great books! Sign up and check out a copy of the current book at the reference desk. This month's book is "Bloody Jack" by L.A. Meyer.

Teen Movie Matinee: Star Trek
Thursday, December 31
In this prequel, meet James T. Kirk, Spock, Bones, Sulu, Uhura and the rest of group who will become the famed crew of the Enterprise. See this sci-fi adventure on our 16 ft. screen; free snacks!

Other events you might enjoy

Spuds Davenport
Wednesday, December 2
Free concert from this singer-songwriter of melodic and quirky songs. More info at

Moonlight Serenaders
Sunday, December 6
Holiday ukelele concert to get you in the spirit of the season.

Hutchins Consort Family Concert Series
Saturday, December 12
The string octet will play a series of holiday classics, followed by a carol sing-along.