Summer Reading Program for All!

June 23, 2014

Summer ReadingThink Summer Reading Program is just for kids? Think again! The Summer Reading Program at the Palm Springs Public Library has something for everyone, including a chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Tablet courtesy of the Friends of the Palm Springs Library!  Adults play Book Bingo for an extra entry into the Grand Prize drawing.  We are giving away THREE Samsung Galaxy Tablets, one for children, one for teens, and one for adults.Samsung Galaxy We are also giving away a weekly prize bag for adults who attend our adult-focused programs.  Adults can enjoy Animal-Themed Movies on Tuesday afternoons. This week’s movie is “War Horse” and starts at 2:00 p.m., June 24 in The Learning Center.  We have a different movie each week.  We are also excited to have pet training expert, Kate Abbott, Tuesday, July 15 at 6:30 p.m. to teach us Pet First-Aid and CPR Basics.  No pets may attend but eager pet owners are encouraged to attend.

Kate Abbott

Of course we still have programs for children and teens.  Upcoming programs for children include SWAZZLE puppet show, “B.A.R.K. the Robot Dog,” Wednesday, June 25 at 3:30 p.m., Story Time, Thursdays at 10:00 a.m., Bilingual Story Time, Thursdays at 3:30 p.m., and Paws and Hearts Read to Dogs program Friday mornings at 10:30 a.m. SWAZZLE B.A.R.K.Teens can enjoy a Cartoon Draw Shop, Thursday, June 26 at 3:30 p.m. Check our website for a full listing of programs and activities.  Summer Reading is not only about getting, it’s about giving too.  During the month of June, we are accepting donations for the Palm Springs Animal Shelter.  Click HERE for a list of needed items.  During the month of July, we are accepting school supply donations for James O. Jessie Desert Highland Unity Center.  Their greatest need is backpacks and 3-ring binders but all school supplies are needed.  Come to the Library, sign up for Summer Reading Program, and give to our local organizations!  PAWS to READ!

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


PAWS to Read Summer Reading Program

June 2, 2014

Paws to Read

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.

Buster Balloon

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.

Pullin' Strings Puppet Productions

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.

Best in Show

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!  PowerBaseballLogo2007-Use-this-logo-for-everything-copy-1024x614

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!

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Jeannie Kays, Library Director

 


Palm Springs Public Library celebrates El día de los niños/El día de los libros

April 28, 2014

Dia diversity in actionThe 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

Wacko the Magician


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.


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