Family Fun Fest March 26, 2014

March 24, 2014

PAWS for Fun smaller

Wondering what to do this Spring Break? Come to the Palm Springs Public Library! We have four days of fun just for you. We kick off the fun Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. with our Family Fun Fest. You will ‘PAWS for Fun’ at the Palm Springs Stadium (next door) where several organizations will have activities, games, and FUN! Each organization will have a booth with a fun craft or game and there will also be a petting zoo, a bouncy house and other fun entertainment.  Courtesy of Scholastic, there will even be a special appearance by Clifford the Big Red Dog!  The Friends of the Palm Springs Library will be giving each child a FREE BOOK, while supplies last.  Stop by the Library booth to play games, pick up the schedule for Summer Reading Program and receive your free book.


Organizations scheduled to appear:

  • Agua Caliente Cultural Museum
  • Desert Kid’s Directory
  • Desert Water Agency
  • Mobile Zoo of the Desert
  • Palm Springs Animal Shelter
  • Palm Springs Police K-9 Unit and Mounted Patrol
  • Palm Springs Power Baseball
  • Palm Springs Public Arts Commission
  • Palm Springs Public Library
  • Palm Springs Sustainability Commission

The Family Fun Fest takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Parking is available at the Library or near the Palm Springs Pavilion just southeast of the stadium.



Two girls (10-11) in Alice in Wonderland costumes for Halloween

Thursday, March 27, 2014 we will have our regular story time at 10:00 a.m. Even more exciting will be our Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at 3:30 p.m. during our Bilingual Story Time.  Participants will make outrageous hats.


Paws and Hearts

We are going to the dogs Friday, March 28, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Paws and Hearts Society will bring therapy dogs so that beginning readers or those who need reading practice can read to the dogs.  A sign-up sheet will be available at the event to ensure that everyone gets an opportunity to read.  This program will return on Fridays during Summer Reading Program in June and July.



Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. will be our monthly Family Movie Matinee.  This month’s feature film is “Brave”, rated PG.  All adults must be accompanied by a child.

We hope that you enjoy your Spring Break and make the Library a part of your life.

Paws to Read

Jeannie Kays

Library Director

Sam Harris to perform at Library

March 3, 2014

Sam Harris author photo (Ray Garcia)

If you’re my age, or older, you might have watched “Star Search” in the 1980s with Ed McMahon as the host and young talent trying their hardest to get 4 stars, beat the challenger, and move on to perform on the next show. This was my generation’s American Idol. According to Wikipedia (yes, I’m citing Wikipedia), notable performers were Adam Sandler, Drew Carey, Sawyer Brown, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, and Tiffany. One of the most notable performers was Sam Harris, 13-week male vocalist winner and champion in the first season. Sam’s signature song was “Over the Rainbow.” I remember him dressed in tails and Converse sneakers and winning our hearts with his fabulous voice. When you didn’t think his voice could swell any more, it did and we swooned. If you would like to watch a 14-show compilation video of his performances, click HERE.

Sam went on to become a Tony award winning Broadway performer, actor, producer, director, and many things in-between.  Read his full biography HERE.

If you love the Library, love Sam Harris or just love a good performance, you will enjoy the program we have to offer you on Sunday, March 16, 2014. Sam Harris will read from his new book, “Ham: Slices of Life” and will sing a few songs. Each attendee will receive a copy of Sam’s book and will be able to have it autographed by Sam. This event is a Friends of the Palm Springs Library fundraiser.

Tickets to this exclusive event can be purchased online.

Click here:

VIP Admission
General Admission

HAM jacketVIP tickets are $60 and will include:
• Meet & Greet Reception with Sam from 1:30-2:30 PM with light refreshments generously provided by Dash and a Handful Catering.
• Seating in the first three rows of the main event which begins at 3:00 p.m.
• A copy of Sam’s book (one per person/ticket).

General Admission tickets are $45, they include:
• Admission to the main event, doors open at 2:30 p.m. the event begins at 3:00 p.m.
• A copy of Sam’s book (one per person/ticket).

Local resident, and Sam Harris Super Fan, Sara Burns contacted Sam to propose this event through which gives fans an opportunity to propose author events where they live. She brought this event to the Friends of the Palm Springs Library who saw it as a wonderful opportunity to host this event. In return, the Friends will receive a portion of the proceeds.

Additional copies of Sam’s book will be available for purchase at the event courtesy of QTrading. This event is expected to sell out, as seating is limited.

Tell your friends!
Jeannie Kays
Library Director

September: New Programs Just for You!

September 5, 2013

September begins our new series of lectures, story times, and other programs.  We have added new children’s programming including Pajamarama, a Wednesday evening family program and Bilingual Story Time on Thursday afternoons. Check our calendar for details:  Calendar of Events

For adults, we have a wonderful lineup in September.  We have partnered with Agua Caliente Cultural Museum to bring author Gordon Johnson to the Library.  He will speak about his book Fast cars and frybread, Tuesday, September 17 at 6:30 pm.  The first Saturday of the month is the Palm Springs Genealogical Society lectures at 10:00 a.m.  We have also partnered with the Palm Springs Historical Society to bring you “A Pictorial Journey into the Past.”

Our computer classes and book clubs continue this month.  We have computer basics classes in the mornings and afternoons to suit your schedule.  We also offer morning, afternoon, and evening book clubs each month.  The Wine Book Club, our evening club meets the last Wednesday of the month at its new home, Azul Tapas Lounge.

We hope that you find what you like at the Palm Springs Public Library.  Discover, enrich, enjoy, connect!  Make the Library a part of your life.

Jeannie Kays

Director of Library Services


August 13, 2013

SRP logoThe 2013 Summer Reading Program, “Reading is so Delicious: Eat, Move, Read!” was a tremendous success with 873 children, teens, and adults registering, and 2,957 attending 65 programs during the 8-week program.  Thank you to our numerous sponsors, especially the Friends of the Palm Springs Library, Palm Springs Sustainability Commission, and US Bank.  We are extremely proud of the work done by library staff and helpers from the Friends of the Palm Springs Library.  We are also extremely proud of those readers who signed up for Summer Reading, attended programs, and read books.  Thank you for making our program so much fun.  Next year’s theme is “Paws to Read” so we have a feeling that our Summer Reading Program will go to the dogs!


May 9, 2008

 The Journey—2nd Annual Altered Book Art Project

A Silent auction of original art works created for the recent collaboration between the Palm Springs Public Library and the Palm Springs Art Museum will occur this Sat. May 10th, at 3:00 p.m. at the Art Museum.  

Twenty-one locally and nationally known artists created original works of art from books, videos, DVDS and CDs  weeded out of the Library’s collection.  On Saturday all of the art works will be on display together and then auctioned off at a silent auction held at the Art Museum during its spring Art Party ’08 all-day art festival.  All proceeds from the silent auction will equally benefit the Library and the Art Museum.

The works were unveiled at a public reception and artist presentation on Sun. April 13th and have been on display at both the Library and the Art Museum.  The Altered Books Art creations include a diverse range of interesting and highly visual art works, including masks, sculptures, digital photographs, folded books and even a quilt made out of discarded books. 

The Palm Springs Art Museum is located at 101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs CA 92262.  The silent auction will take place in “Zone 101” in the Hoover Gallery on the main level beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Jumpstart Reading Day

October 9, 2007

On Sept. 20th the Palm Springs Library participated in the ‘Read For the Record’ Jumpstart Reading Day by having employees of the Hyatt Hotels and Resorts come in to the Library and read during story time.

This event was part of a nationwide effort to break the record for the largest shared reading experience ever, which was set by 150,000 people on August 24, 2006 during the inaugural year of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record campaign.

Hundreds of thousands of children and adults from across the country read the same book, The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf.

Jumpstart Reading


Jumpstart Reading Day


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