Tuition Funding Sources Available FREE at Palm Springs Public Library

April 17, 2014

TFSDid you know that your Library card gives you access to so many more things than just books? One of the amazing things we have to offer is access to Tuition Funding Sources or TFS. TFS is a private service that helps students search for scholarships and other forms of financial aid to help pay for college. Just set up a free account, answer a few questions and TFS will search for scholarships that match your profile. On average, over 5,000 scholarships are added each MONTH. The site does not sell your information, nor do they advertise on their site.
Besides scholarship, financial aid, and student loan information, TFS provides information about various careers. If you have not decided what you want to be when you grow up, explore the list of careers. I can recommend “Librarian” as a wonderful career. I know I love my job!
Jeannie Kays
Library Director


New Bike Rack

April 7, 2014

Bike Rack dedicationOn Wednesday, April 2, 2014, the Library had an official “Ribbon Pulling” ceremony to unveil our new bike rack. The rack was generously donated by the Palm Springs Public Arts Commission and was designed and created by high school students in Steve Fabian’s Welding Class at Palm Springs High School. We are very grateful to have such a lovely, functional bike rack. It’s very attractive and holds many more bikes than our previous bike rack.  Stop by soon and take a look.  It really is both “art” and “bike rack.”


Library Goes Mobile with a new App

April 7, 2014

BoopsieWant to renew a book or place one on hold? There’s an app for that. Library hours or locations? There’s an app for that. Download an eBook? Find information fast? There’s an app for that, too.
The Palm Springs Public Library has recently launched a mobile app to put the library at your fingertips. From any smart phone or tablet connected to the internet you can instantly tap into library resources, anytime, anywhere. You can search the library catalog, check your account, find events and more.
To access the library’s mobile app, search Palm Springs Public Library in your smart phone, web-enabled mobile device or tablet’s market and download the app.
“Everyone lives on their mobile phones these days, so it’s important for the library to be easily accessible whenever and wherever people need access to our resources,” says Jeannie Kays, Director of Library Services. “Our mobile app puts library information just one click away with much faster access than going through a browser. We encourage everyone to take advantage of this new way to use the library by downloading our app.”
Searching the catalog with the mobile app is especially easy. Just type the first few letters of two or three words and search results will begin to appear. For example, if you’re looking up Mark Twain in the catalog, just type “ma twa.” Once you find the title you’re looking for, you can place it on hold right from your phone.
Other features include BookLook Mobile that lets you scan an ISBN barcode anywhere you are to see if the library owns the title. “This is an amazing feature,” says Jeannie Kays. “If you’re at a bookstore you can just scan the ISBN, see if we own it and—if we do—place a hold on it right from your phone.”
The library’s mobile app was developed by Boopsie Inc. More than 250 libraries and universities use Boopsie to increase campus and community visibility.


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


Library Future Renovation Information on Website

October 15, 2013

For those of you who were unable to attend our Public Forum on September 26, 2013, or for those who would like to see more detailed information from the presentations, we have created a new tab on our Library’s website called “Library Future Renovation.” This will be where we keep you up-to-date on all things Library Remodel. At this time the architects are taking our valuable feedback and working to create a more detailed floor plan and cost analysis. Once we have that information, we will present it to the Library Board of Trustees on Thursday, November 14 at 3:00 p.m.  You are welcome to attend this public meeting. Following the Library Board of Trustees approval, final presentation of this phase goes to City Council in December.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to provide input on how to make the Library a wonderful place!

Jeannie Kays, Library Director

Public Forum

Folks participating in the Open House portion of the Public Forum.

Participants were asked to put four green dots on their top four values for a renovated library.

Participants were asked to put four green dots on their top four values for a renovated library.

Teens providing input

About 35 teens attended a special meeting just for them. They provided insightful ideas and asked good questions.


FREEGAL=FREE AND LEGAL MUSIC

August 29, 2013

Freegal

There are two words you don’t often hear when discussing downloading music, free and legal. Our new music downloading service is both: FREEGAL! Palm Springs Public Library has joined Library Ideas™ network of Public Library websites that offer access to over 7 million songs including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists. If you don’t have a Palm Springs Public Library card, now is the perfect time to get one.

The Freegal™ Music Service will allow us to increase the size and diversity of our collection by offering access to over 28,000 music labels from 85 different countries. Under the terms of the agreement, registered card holders of the Palm Springs Public Library can download three Freegal Music tracks in MP3 format each week at no direct cost via http://www.palmspringslibrary.org. The library will underwrite the purchase of the music. Starting in August, the Freegal Music Service will also have popular music videos for download. Videos will count as two downloads.

The Freegal Music Service has free mobile apps for registered cardholders of subscribing libraries. The Freegal Music apps are available in the Apple® App Store and Google Play®. From your home computer, you can create wish lists of songs you would like to download in future weeks and can also transfer downloaded songs to your iTunes account.

“Sony Music has an incredibly expansive and popular catalog and we are really excited to partner with them on this, a very important product for libraries,” said Brian Downing, co-founder of Library Ideas. “The participation of so many leading independent labels will also help the library reach as many patron groups as possible.”

For more Freegal Music news and a list of this week’s chart toppers click here:

http://www.icontact-archive.com/rRNQRindhS7dymwqjcvUTaqRun0__hKt?w=3

Enjoy!

Jeannie Kays
Director of Library Services


Inland Library System Presents FREE Career Vision Workshops

April 16, 2013

Attend one of these FREE Career Vision workshops at a Library near you!

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Need FREE Homework help, want to learn a foreign language or need help on your resume? The Palm Springs Public Library launches three new online tools to help you!

June 29, 2010

On Thursday, July 1st the Palm Springs Public Library will be launching three new online tools to assist our community, all for FREE with your Library card.

HelpNow, from Brainfuse, Inc., is our new Live Homework Help tool.  This online tool will put students of all ages and grade levels in touch with a live tutor that will assist the student one-on-one. Together, while online, the student and tutor can use a virtual whiteboard to work through math or science problems and term papers can be uploaded to receive critique comments and grammar suggestions.  There are also skill building exercises based on grade level and subjects that allow students to work on improving their skills over the summer or during the school year in areas that they are trying to improve.  There is also a testing lab which provides practice tests and study sessions for preparing for national tests like the SAT.  This tool also provides continuing learning tools for adults seeking their GED or studying for their citizenship test. Tutors are available in English and Spanish seven days a week from 1:00 – 10:00 P.M., just go to the Library’s web site at http://www.palmspringslibrary.org and click on the HelpNow icon, you will be prompted to enter your Library Card number, all for FREE!

The Library is also pleased to announce that we will also now offer every patron with a library card online access to free expert job coaching through the JobNow program from Brainfuse, Inc. JobNow provides access from the Library’s public computers or from home, to a trained job coach for assistance in your job search process.  The JobNow service offers personality assessments for those just beginning their job search as well as resume and cover letter templates and examples, live interview practice, online resources, local job search websites, and more.

And finally, the Library will also be launching the Mango Languages online language-learning system. Mango offers a fast and convenient solution for our community’s increasing language-learning needs. Each online lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application that integrates components of vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture. Users learn actual conversation, breaking down complex conversational elements within an audio-visual framework that allows the user to draw important connections between pieces of information they have already learned.  This tool is FREE and is only available for use outside of the Library, with your library card.


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