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.


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


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


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