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.


Library Remodel Public Forum

September 23, 2013

Palm Springs Library 1975

We would like to invite you to an Open House/Public Forum with Group 4 Architecture, Research + Planning, Thursday, September 26 at the Library. The Open House will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and then the Public Forum will occur from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. You do not have to attend both. Come see the proposed renovation floor plans, ask questions, provide input.
Jeannie Kays
Library Director


Mango Languages Goes Mobile

September 16, 2013

Mango LogoCome see the Library Staff on Thursday, September 19 as we celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day. We want to take this time to highlight our language learning program, Mango! You can even learn to speak like a pirate.

Talk Like a Pirate Day

In addition, Palm Springs Public Library patrons can now take advantage of Mango Languages’ latest innovations: mobile apps for Android and iPhone to allow patrons at participating libraries to learn a new language wherever they are. Now you can now take advantage of mobile access to Mango’s more than 47 foreign language learning courses and 16 English language learning options. Just log into http://www.palmspringslibrary.org to get started.
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

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


Community Organizations partner together to Present a Recycled Art Show, Awards Announced, Supporting Programs Also Presented

April 9, 2013

To draw the community’s attention to the ‘art of recycling’ and in honor of Earth Day the Palm Springs Public Library, partnering with the Palm Springs Public Arts Commission and sponsored by Palm Springs Disposal Services and the Palm Springs Sustainability Commission partnered together to present an art show titled Inspiration Waste Land – A Recycled Art Show. This artwork is currently on display in the Library until April 27th and showcases art created out of trash, found objects and works of art reworked into something new by local artists and area high school students.

The call for artists to participate went out in February to Coachella Valley and High-Desert artists and local high school students in 9th – 12th grade to submit new works of art created from existing materials. Two cash awards were offered, one (1) $500 for Best-In-Show adult and one (1) $500 for Best-In-Show youth/student. Louisa Castrodale was the adult artist winner for her piece titled Waste of Monet and David Gonzalez-Silva, a High School Senior, won the student award for his piece titled Almost Paradise. There were also four Honorable Mention selections chosen. All prizes were awarded at an unveiling reception and awards celebration on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at the Library.

Kids can also have the opportunity to get in on the fun by creating their own works of art out of recycled and found materials. Led by the S.C.R.A.P. Galley, youth in grades K – 5 can create art using ‘trash’ on Wednesday, April 17th at 3:30 p.m. in the Youth Story Room at the Library.

The inspiration for this art show was fueled by the film Waste Land. This movie was filmed over three years and documents artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographed an eclectic band of “catadores” — or self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was to “paint” the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreated photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives. The Library will screen the film on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.

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L-R: Adult Best-In-Show winner Louisa Castrodale, Honorable Mention Youth Tyler Tipton, Honorable Mention Youth Jake Williams, Honorable Mention Adult Ken Chase, Honorable Mention Adult Christine Hall, Youth Best-In-Show winner David Gonzalez-Silva

This recycled art show and supporting programs provided another point-of-view about recycling and how found objects and materials, otherwise thought of as trash, could be re-imagined.


CALLING FOR ARTIST SUBMISSIONS: 2013 Inspiration Waste Land – A Recycled Art Show

February 21, 2013

The Palm Springs Public Library in partnership with the Palm Springs Art Commission and sponsored by the Palm Springs Sustainability Commission and Palm Springs Disposal Services is presenting a juried art show inspired by the film Waste Land.

Coachella Valley and  High-Desert artists and Palm Springs area high school student artists are invited to submit new works of art created from existing materials. Artists can also re-use a previously created work and re-imagine it or use materials that would normally be headed for the landfill to create your piece. Use any medium, including sculpture, to showcase your interpretation of Inspiration Waste Land.

Two cash awards will be given, one (1) $500 for Best-In-Show adult and one (1) $500 for Best-In-Show youth/student. There will also be Honorable Mention ribbons presented to a select number of entries.

So, if you are an artist that resides in the Coachella Valley, High Desert or are a student artist enrolled and attending a Palm Springs area High School, please consider submitting for this exciting show.

Here are the details:

The inspiration for this art show was fueled by the film Waste Land. This movie was filmed over three years and documents artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores” — or self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was to “paint” the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives.

We invite you to respond to the theme and create new work and new ideas from existing materials. Re-use a previously created work and re-imagine it or use materials that would normally be headed for the landfill to create your piece. Use any medium, including sculpture, to showcase your interpretation of Inspiration Waste Land.

PRIZES

  • One (1) $500 Award to Best-In-Show Adult (18+ years or older, not currently enrolled in the PSUSD)
  • One (1) $500 Award to Best-In-Show Youth (Palm Springs Area High School students in grades 9–12)
  • Jurors will also award Honorable Mention Ribbons based on the quality and appropriateness of the artwork submitted.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Open to all Coachella Valley and High-Desert Artists 18+ years or older, not currently enrolled in the Palm Springs Unified School District (PSUSD)
  • Open to all students in 9th – 12th grade currently attending a Palm Springs area High School
  • Maximum ONE entry per artist
  • Artworks and digital images must be original and relevant to the theme
  • No artwork reproduced by any commercial process
  • Original oil, watercolor, gouache, acrylic, mixed media, ink or charcoal, pastels, photography, collage, monotypes, prints, digital and computer generated images, and sculpture, subject to size and weight limitations, are eligible.

NON-ELIGIBLE WORK

  • Artwork that has appeared in its current form in a previous Coachella Valley art show
  • Crafts, functional or decorative work

LIABILITY

  • Insurance protection is the responsibility of each artist
  • Neither the Palm Springs Public Library, the Public Arts Commission, the Palm Springs Sustainability Commission, the City of Palm Springs, or its directors, staff, or volunteers, nor anyone connected with the art show, will be responsible for loss or damage however caused.

RULES OF ENTRY

  • Hanging artwork may not exceed 24” H x 24” H x 6” D, 20 lbs. weight
  • Artwork may not be less than 9”H x 12”W framed.
  • Artwork must be dry and properly prepared for hanging with wire
  • Watercolors, pastels, charcoal, pencil/pen, ink, monoprints, works on paper and photography must be framed and covered with glass or Plexiglas
  • Wrap-around canvas paintings do not require framing
  • Pedestal sculpture must not exceed 18”H x 12”W x 12”D, 35 lbs. weight. No wall-mounted or floor standing sculpture will be accepted for this show

ENTRY PROCESS/DEADLINE/DELIVERY DATE

Artists will submit a digital submission entry form via email to: psplwasteland@gmail.com  with up to five (5) images of the art work attached for consideration; only one entry per artist. The deadline for digital submissions is: Saturday, March 23rd, 2013 by 5:00 p.m. PST. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS.

A panel comprised of local art experts and participating organizations will make the selections of those works to be included in the show. Artists will be notified by Thursday, March 28th, 2013 and MUST DELIVER their selected art works in-person to the Library on Tuesday, April 2nd between 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. NO EXCEPTIONS.

The Reception/Opening will be on Sat. April 6th, 2013 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. where two (2) prizes of $500 each will be awarded, one to an adult artist and the other to a youth artist.  All artists in the show are encouraged to attend the opening awards reception. The art show will be taken down by April 29th and artists will need to come to the Library to pick-up their art work on Tuesday, April 30th from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

JURORS

Award recipients will be selected by a panel comprised of local art experts and members of the sponsoring organizations. The panel will consist of a minimum of three but no more than seven people. The panel will review the quality and appropriateness of the artwork submitted and determines the award winners.

NOTIFICATION

Artists will be notified of non-accepted work by email when judging is completed by Thursday, March 28th. All artists must include a local telephone number and a valid email address on their entry form so they can be contacted.

SALES

Submitted artwork must remain on display for the duration of the show. Sales are not permitted at the Library; however, interested parties may leave their contact information with either Julie Warren at the Library or Jennifer Henning, Public Arts Coordinator, at City Hall.

CLOSE OF EXHIBITION

All displayed works must be picked up Tuesday, April 30th, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Palm Springs Public Library. The Library, nor the City of Palm Springs will not be responsible for artwork not picked up on April 30th, 2013, between 10:00 a.m.– 3:00 p.m.

DISCLAIMER

The City of Palm Springs, its officers, agents and employees, in connection with the Inspiration Waste Land Juried Art Show April 6 – 29, 2013, reserves the right to reject all submittals and decline artwork submitted for this exhibition.

OPENING RECEPTION AND AWARDS

The opening reception and presentation of awards will take place Saturday, April 6, 2013, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Palm Springs Public Library, 300 S. Sunrise Way. Award winners will be announced at 2:00 p.m.

INFORMATION?

Jennifer Henning, Public Arts Coordinator

760-778-8408

jennifer.henning@palmspringsca.gov

Julie Warren, Library Services & Public Relations Manger

760-416-6731

julie.warren@palmsprings-ca.gov

2013 Inspiration Waste Land – A Recycle Art Show

IMPORTANT DATES:

Digital Submission of artwork due:

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013 by 5:00 p.m. PST

psplwasteland@gmail.com

MUST include entry form information in email

Artist Notification: Thursday, March 28th

Art drop off: Tuesday, April, 2nd 10:00 a.m.– 6:00 p.m.

Opening reception & awards: Saturday, April, 6th 1:30 p.m.– 2:30 p.m. (awards will be announced at 2:00 p.m.)

Show will be on display in the Library April 6th – 27th

Daily, Tuesday – Saturday, during regular hours of library operation

Art pick up: Tuesday, April 30th 10:00 a.m.– 3:00 p.m.

ENTRY FORM (Please Include ALL the following in the email submission)

Name:

Address:

City Zip:

Local Phone:

Email:

Title of Artwork:

Explain how this piece adheres to the theme (ten words or less):

Date Artwork Completed:

Dimensions: Height Width Depth Weight

Medium:

* PLEASE NOTE: A Release of Liability must be signed when artwork is delivered.


New Automated Materials Handling System Ribbon Cutting!

January 16, 2013

New Automated Materials Handling System Ribbon Cutting!

Mayor Pougnet, City Council Members Chris Mills and Paul Lewin along with the Library Board of Trustees and City Staff celebrate by cutting the ribbon!


The Library Goes High-Tech, A Ribbon-Cutting to Celebrate!

January 15, 2013

The Palm Springs Public Library has a new Automated Materials Handling System! This system will be celebrated with a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, January 16th at 3:00 p.m. presented by the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce. Mayor Pougnet, City Council Members Chris Mills, Paul Lewin, and Ginny Foat as well as Library Board President David Gray and Trustees Lynne Bushore, Linda Futterer and Ron Willison will do the honors along with Jeannie Kays, the Director of Library Services, and City staff.

The new automated materials handling system allows items to be checked in immediately upon return and then automatically sorts the items into appropriate bins for shelving. With over 367,000 items checked out in the last fiscal year, this will make a major impact on service at the Library. “The Library Board of Trustees saw that making a commitment to this type of advanced technology was a leap forward and will assist both the staff and the public now, and in years to come,” said David Gray, President of the Library Board of Trustees.”

Faster time from check-in to availability on the shelf and easier check-outs is a win-win for both the public and the library staff!  “This new system makes checking items in and out of the library more efficient for users and staff”, said Jeannie Kays, Director of Library Services. “The Library is grateful that the Trust Fund/Endowment can support capital improvements at the Palm Springs Public Library.


Popular Music Performance Series Returns to the Library!

November 30, 2012

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The Palm Springs Public Library is excited to present the popular music series Notes in the Desert’ again this season. There will be two concerts this year; the first will be on Friday, December 7th featuring The Desert Strings Harp Ensemble.

This hour long concert, with no intermission, will consist of solo and ensemble selections, incorporating holiday music along with popular, classical and world music.

The ensemble also features harpist, Dr. Vanessa Sheldon, a favorite performer from the past.

The doors for this FREE concert will open at 6:00 p.m. and the concert will begin at 6:30 p.m., seating is limited, no reservations are available.

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The second concert of this series will be in late January and feature guitarist Robby Longley.


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