Zinio for Libraries: Downloadable Magazines Are Here!

July 8, 2014

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The Palm Springs Public Library has added a new service to our already terrific lineup of great things available at the Library, Zinio Downloadable Magazines. We have 51 magazine titles available for download, many with back issues available to check out.  You will find a variety of topics, such as architecture, food, finance, and fitness.  You can read the magazines on your computer, tablet, or other mobile device.  Signing up is a two-step process.  See the full instructions HERE.  The first time you access Zinio, you “Log In” and enter your Palm Springs Public Library card number to confirm that you are a valid user.  Then you “Create New Account.”  By creating the free account through our vendor, RB Digital, you are able to access and read your checked out magazines anywhere, any time.  If you have a Zinio account at another library, such as the Rancho Mirage Library, I recommend that you use the same email address and password you used at Rancho Mirage Library.  Then you can see all your magazines checked out from BOTH libraries.  Once your account is established, you simply visit our website’s Zinio page and Log In.

I have two favorite things about Zinio.  One, I can take multiple magazines anywhere on one device.  Once I read the issue, I simply delete it from my tablet.  I don’t have to worry about being overdue at the Library either.  I do not even have to return the magazines; they are mine to keep for as long as I want.  My second favorite thing about reading digital magazines is that I can zoom in on the text and make it large print, if necessary.  I’m not admitting that I need reading glasses or anything!

I guess I really have THREE favorite things about Zinio.  It’s FREE to Palm Springs Public Library cardholders.  We pay for it so you don’t have to.

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For those of you who do not have electronic devices or would prefer a regular magazine, we have 139 “regular” magazine subscriptions available at the Library.  You can read the latest issue in the Library, but you can check out previous issues for two weeks, just like books or DVDs.

No matter how you prefer to read magazines, visit the Palm Springs Public Library, either in-person or online.  We look forward to serving you!

Food Network

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


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.


Happy New Year!

January 16, 2014
PSPL Staff

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:
Gone GirlI’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.”

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Jeannie Kays

Library Director


SEPTEMBER IS LIBRARY CARD SIGN-UP MONTH

September 5, 2013

Library Card Sign up

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.

Jeannie Kays
Director of Library Services

Library card sign up image Luol Deng


FREEGAL=FREE AND LEGAL MUSIC

August 29, 2013

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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


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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