June 2, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Jeannie Kays, Library Director
April 28, 2014
The 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 the Magician
April 17, 2014
Did 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!
April 7, 2014
On 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.”
April 7, 2014
Want 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.
March 24, 2014
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.
MAD HATTER’S TEA PARTY
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 TO READ
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.
FAMILY MOVIE MATINEE
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.