Well, Well, Welwood Murray Memorial Library

July 21, 2014

05-06-14 Construction KickOff.4aAfter being closed for too many years to count, the Welwood Murray Memorial Library (WMML,) located at 100 S. Palm Canyon Dr. is on its way to being reopened. With partial funding from Measure J Tax dollars, the $1.3 million project is expected to take six months, with the move-in expected to take one to two months after that. The Library will be a branch of the Palm Springs Public Library, with access to computers, free WiFi, and a collection of magazines and newspapers. No library card will be needed to use the resources at Welwood Murrary Memorial Library. To access subscription-based content such as the library’s databases, downloadable music, eBooks, or magazines, one must obtain a Palm Springs Public Library card from the Main Library at 300 S. Sunrise Way.  Traditional library activities, such as checking out books or DVDs will only happen at the Sunrise location.
Also moving into Welwood Murray Memorial Library will be staff from the Palm Springs Historical Society and the Bureau of Tourism. All of their existing facilities will remain open; this will just be an additional location for them. It is expected that the Palm Springs Historical Society will relocate their archive to WMML, allowing them some breathing room in their tight quarters on the Village Green.
This new location of the Palm Springs Public Library will be a little bit of something for everyone. It will be a place to do historical research with the Palm Springs Historical Society. It will be a place to get tourism recommendations for dinner or an excursion around the area. It will be a place where anyone can come use a computer, charge a mobile device or tablet at our charging table, or just sit and read the newspaper while enjoying a cup of coffee from one of the many nearby coffee shops.
We can’t wait to show you our newly renovated Welwood Murray Memorial Library. Follow the progress on our special WMML Renovation web page.  We will update the web page with pictures of the renovation as it happens. 07-02-14 Construction.b

Jeannie Kays

Library Director


Animals as Artists? YES!

June 30, 2014

Catscanpaint          The celebration of the summer reading theme PAWS to READ continues with the Palm Springs Public Library partnering with the Palm Springs Animal Shelter and the Palm Springs Public Arts Commission to present a special art display in the Library.

The photographs and paintings on display were created by local artists, photographers and volunteers of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter. The animal subjects were either past shelter residents who have found their forever homes or are animals currently at the shelter that are available for adoption.

The unique pastel, abstract paintings were “painted” by actual cats and dogs at the shelter. Paint was applied to the paper canvases and then clear plastic sheeting covered the paper and the animals walked on the canvas to paint their unique art.

This special exhibit is available to view in the Library during regular Library hours and will be on display through the end of July. The Library is also conducting a pet supplies drive for the Palm Springs Animal Shelter during the month of June. Everyone is encouraged to bring in items to donate; a wish list of needed items can be found on the Library’s web site or posted in the Library.

With over 100,000 individual items, the Palm Springs Public Library offers a varied and comprehensive collection to the community. The Library is located at 300 S. Sunrise Way, on the corner of Sunrise Way and Baristo Road. For more information call 760-322-READ or log on to www.palmspringslibrary.org. Download our Palm Springs Library mobile app, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.


Summer Reading Program for All!

June 23, 2014

Summer ReadingThink Summer Reading Program is just for kids? Think again! The Summer Reading Program at the Palm Springs Public Library has something for everyone, including a chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Tablet courtesy of the Friends of the Palm Springs Library!  Adults play Book Bingo for an extra entry into the Grand Prize drawing.  We are giving away THREE Samsung Galaxy Tablets, one for children, one for teens, and one for adults.Samsung Galaxy We are also giving away a weekly prize bag for adults who attend our adult-focused programs.  Adults can enjoy Animal-Themed Movies on Tuesday afternoons. This week’s movie is “War Horse” and starts at 2:00 p.m., June 24 in The Learning Center.  We have a different movie each week.  We are also excited to have pet training expert, Kate Abbott, Tuesday, July 15 at 6:30 p.m. to teach us Pet First-Aid and CPR Basics.  No pets may attend but eager pet owners are encouraged to attend.

Kate Abbott

Of course we still have programs for children and teens.  Upcoming programs for children include SWAZZLE puppet show, “B.A.R.K. the Robot Dog,” Wednesday, June 25 at 3:30 p.m., Story Time, Thursdays at 10:00 a.m., Bilingual Story Time, Thursdays at 3:30 p.m., and Paws and Hearts Read to Dogs program Friday mornings at 10:30 a.m. SWAZZLE B.A.R.K.Teens can enjoy a Cartoon Draw Shop, Thursday, June 26 at 3:30 p.m. Check our website for a full listing of programs and activities.  Summer Reading is not only about getting, it’s about giving too.  During the month of June, we are accepting donations for the Palm Springs Animal Shelter.  Click HERE for a list of needed items.  During the month of July, we are accepting school supply donations for James O. Jessie Desert Highland Unity Center.  Their greatest need is backpacks and 3-ring binders but all school supplies are needed.  Come to the Library, sign up for Summer Reading Program, and give to our local organizations!  PAWS to READ!

Jeannie Kays, Library Director


“Summer Slide” isn’t as Fun as it Sounds

June 10, 2014

Paws to Read

From Reading is Fundamental:
Keeping Kids Off the Summer Slide

Something is waiting for many children each summer and their parents don’t even know it’s out there. It’s called the “summer slide,” and it describes what happens when young minds sit idle for three months.

As parents approach the summer break, many are thinking about the family vacation, trips to the pool, how to keep children engaged in activities at home, the abrupt changes to everyone’s schedule—and how to juggle it all. What they might not be focusing on is how much educational ground their children could lose during the three-month break from school, particularly when it comes to reading.

Experts agree that children who read during the summer gain reading skills, while those who do not often slide backward. According to the authors of a report from the National Summer Learning Association: “A conservative estimate of lost instructional time is approximately two months or roughly 22 percent of the school year…. It’s common for teachers to spend at least a month re-teaching material that students have forgotten over the summer. That month of re-teaching eliminates a month that could have been spent on teaching new information and skills.”

The report’s authors further note that family income plays a significant role in determining the magnitude of this summer slide. Students from low-income families “…experience an average summer learning loss in reading achievement of over two months.” Not only do these students suffer greater sliding during the summer, they also experience cumulative effects of greater learning loss each summer.

Sociologists Karl Alexander and Doris Entwisle have shown that the cumulative effect of summer learning differences is a primary cause of widening achievement gaps between students of lower and higher socioeconomic levels. Research demonstrates that while student achievement for both middle- and lower-income students improves at similar rates during the school year, low-income students experience cumulative summer learning losses throughout their elementary school years.

Summer slide affects millions of children each year in this country—but it doesn’t have to. Other articles in the “Motivating Kids to Read Section” offer tips for parents, caregivers, and members of community organizations to help keep learning fun throughout the summer break and the rest of the year.

Source: Reading Is Fundamental

Sign up for Summer Reading Program at the Library.  We have activities for all ages: children, teen, and adults!

Jeannie Kays, Library Director


PAWS to Read Summer Reading Program

June 2, 2014

Paws to Read

It’s that time of year again, time for Summer Reading Program. We have a fabulous lineup of events scheduled for all ages during June and July.  For a full listing of activities, visit our Library website calendar of events.  All events are FREE!  Once again, the Friends of the Palm Springs Library are sponsoring a portion of the festivities. Among other things, they are providing free book giveaways and our three grand prizes, Samsung Galaxy Tablets! A tablet will be awarded in each age group: children, teen, and adults. Signups begin June 9 with teens getting a preview of things to come at their June 5 kickoff event featuring Buster Balloon.  The Buster Balloon show will take place in The Learning Center, Thursday, June 5 at 3:30 p.m. and all ages are welcome to attend, though only teens get to sign up for Summer Reading early.

Buster Balloon

Our Children’s program kicks off Wednesday, June 11 at 3:30 p.m. with Pullin’ Strings Puppet Productions.  Come early for best seating.  This program will take place in the Youth Room.

Pullin' Strings Puppet Productions

Adults start the season Tuesday, June 10 at 2:00 p.m. with an animal themed movie, “Best in Show.”  Adult programs take place in The Learning Center.

Best in Show

Besides the weekly shows and activities, we will continue preschool story time Thursdays at 10:00 a.m., bilingual story time Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. and our monthly movie matinee the last Saturday of the month at 2:00 p.m. We will have a visit from the Palm Springs Power Baseball Team on Thursday, June 19 at 3:30 p.m.  Bring your camera!  PowerBaseballLogo2007-Use-this-logo-for-everything-copy-1024x614

We will also be helping our local community by having collection boxes in the lobby of the Library.  In June we will have a collection for Palm Springs Animal Shelter (download wish list here) and in July we will have a school supply drive for James O. Jessie Desert Highland Unity Center (their biggest needs are backpacks, 3-ring binders, and notebook paper.)

One special series of programs will take place Fridays at 10:30 a.m. during the summer. Paws and Hearts Society will be here so that kids can read to dogs.  These dogs are specially trained therapy dogs, are bathed with hypoallergenic soaps, and are AVID readers. If your child wants to read to the dogs to improve his or her reading skills, or just for fun, come to the Library Friday mornings and sign up. Talk about PAWS to Read!

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Jeannie Kays, Library Director

 


Palm Springs Public Library celebrates El día de los niños/El día de los libros

April 28, 2014

Dia diversity in actionThe Palm Springs Public Library will join libraries across the country in celebration of El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day). The library will showcase Wacko the Magician, a fun event for children and families on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. Every child will receive a free book, while supplies last, courtesy of the Friends of the Palm Springs Library.
El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), known as Día, is a celebration EVERY DAY of children, families, and reading that culminates every year on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
“Libraries are part of the American Dream, places that support family, education, self-help and lifelong learning,” said Jeannie Kays, Library Director. “Through literacy events and programs like Día, libraries are working with parents and caregivers to raise avid readers.” Last year, over 225,000 people visited the Palm Springs Public Library.
Día is an enhancement of Children’s Day, which began in 1925. Children’s Day was designated as a day to bring attention to the importance and well-being of children. In 1996, nationally acclaimed children’s book author Pat Mora proposed linking the celebration of childhood and children with literacy to found El día de los niños/El día de los libros.
For more information on Palm Springs Public Library’s Día events please call 760-322-READ, or visit http://www.palmspringslibrary.org.

Wacko

Wacko the Magician


Family Fun Fest March 26, 2014

March 24, 2014

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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.

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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.

 

MAD HATTER’S TEA PARTY

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 TO READ

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.

FAMILY MOVIE MATINEE

Brave

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 Togather.com 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


SUMMER READING PROGRAM A HUGE SUCCESS

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!


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