January 16, 2014
Library Staff (l-r): Yrene, Linda, Anna, Scott, Shelly, Tam, Jeff, Nancy, Sharon, Mary, Sue, Jean, Sheryl, Zach, Krystle, Jeannie, Julie. Not pictured: Judy.
This is a time of year when we set new goals and aspire to better ourselves. Some people want to lose weight, read more, clean out that dreaded closet, or get their financial house in order. Not surprisingly, the Library can help you in all these areas. We have fitness DVDs and a significant collection of healthy eating cookbooks and diet books. Want to read more? Pick up one of the books on our Staff Picks display or visit our Overdrive page to download free eBooks. In December, over 700 eBooks were checked out from our collection. Want to clean out that closet? If it is full of books you no longer need, donate them to the Friends and get a tax deduction. Speaking of tax deductions, did you know donations to the Friends are tax-deductible? When you work to get your financial house in order, consider leaving a portion of your estate to the Friends of the Palm Springs Library.
No matter what you do, from donating books to the Friends or buying books at the book sale, every quarter counts! You make a difference and we thank you for supporting the Palm Springs Library.
What Jeannie is Reading:
I’m nearly finished with “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn. I have heard people say, “You either love it or hate it.” I am leaning on the “loving it” side. It’s a suspenseful tale of a wife who disappears and a husband who looks guiltier the more he says.
Using the website, www.goodreads.com, I compiled a list of books I read during 2013. Goodreads is a great way to remember what books you want to read or track what you have read in the past. My two favorite books read last year are “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak and an advanced copy of “Runner” by Patrick Lee. “Runner” is being released February 18, 2014 so mark your calendars and GET THIS BOOK! The Library will have copies on the Hot off the Press table. Both books are fantastic. “The Book Thief” is set in 1939 Nazi Germany. Many book clubs have read this book for good reason. “Runner” has been recommended by author Lee Child and this book can be compared to Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series. If you like Jack Reacher, you’ll love “Runner.”
September 5, 2013
September is Library Card Sign-Up Month. During this month, we encourage you to visit the library either in-person or virtually through our website, www.palmspringslibrary.org. Your library card has powers like no other card in your wallet. You can get help with your homework, read journal articles, and get an e-book, e-audiobook, or song online. In person, you can check out DVDs, books, music CDs, and magazines for the entire family. Attend a program, read a book, learn a language online. The possibilities are endless at the Palm Springs Public Library!
In conjunction with Library Card Sign-up Month, we are offering Fine Forgiveness Month. During September, if you have old overdue charges on your account, we will waive up to $50. Fees for lost or damaged items are not applicable, overdue charges accrued in September 2013 are also not applicable. If you have had difficulty with your account in the past, we want to welcome you back with a clean slate. You must come to the library to request a waiver. Others cannot request a waiver for you and you cannot request a waiver over the phone. Come into the library; rediscover the great place that is the Palm Springs Public Library.
Director of Library Services
August 29, 2013
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:
Director of Library Services
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.