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.

Family Fun Fest March 26, 2014

March 24, 2014

PAWS for Fun smaller

Wondering what to do this Spring Break? Come to the Palm Springs Public Library! We have four days of fun just for you. We kick off the fun Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. with our Family Fun Fest. You will ‘PAWS for Fun’ at the Palm Springs Stadium (next door) where several organizations will have activities, games, and FUN! Each organization will have a booth with a fun craft or game and there will also be a petting zoo, a bouncy house and other fun entertainment.  Courtesy of Scholastic, there will even be a special appearance by Clifford the Big Red Dog!  The Friends of the Palm Springs Library will be giving each child a FREE BOOK, while supplies last.  Stop by the Library booth to play games, pick up the schedule for Summer Reading Program and receive your free book.


Organizations scheduled to appear:

  • Agua Caliente Cultural Museum
  • Desert Kid’s Directory
  • Desert Water Agency
  • Mobile Zoo of the Desert
  • Palm Springs Animal Shelter
  • Palm Springs Police K-9 Unit and Mounted Patrol
  • Palm Springs Power Baseball
  • Palm Springs Public Arts Commission
  • Palm Springs Public Library
  • Palm Springs Sustainability Commission

The Family Fun Fest takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Parking is available at the Library or near the Palm Springs Pavilion just southeast of the stadium.



Two girls (10-11) in Alice in Wonderland costumes for Halloween

Thursday, March 27, 2014 we will have our regular story time at 10:00 a.m. Even more exciting will be our Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at 3:30 p.m. during our Bilingual Story Time.  Participants will make outrageous hats.


Paws and Hearts

We are going to the dogs Friday, March 28, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Paws and Hearts Society will bring therapy dogs so that beginning readers or those who need reading practice can read to the dogs.  A sign-up sheet will be available at the event to ensure that everyone gets an opportunity to read.  This program will return on Fridays during Summer Reading Program in June and July.



Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. will be our monthly Family Movie Matinee.  This month’s feature film is “Brave”, rated PG.  All adults must be accompanied by a child.

We hope that you enjoy your Spring Break and make the Library a part of your life.

Paws to Read

Jeannie Kays

Library Director

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 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

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,, 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.”

Book ThiefRunner

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.


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