Animals as Artists? YES!

June 30, 2014

Catscanpaint          The celebration of the summer reading theme PAWS to READ continues with the Palm Springs Public Library partnering with the Palm Springs Animal Shelter and the Palm Springs Public Arts Commission to present a special art display in the Library.

The photographs and paintings on display were created by local artists, photographers and volunteers of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter. The animal subjects were either past shelter residents who have found their forever homes or are animals currently at the shelter that are available for adoption.

The unique pastel, abstract paintings were “painted” by actual cats and dogs at the shelter. Paint was applied to the paper canvases and then clear plastic sheeting covered the paper and the animals walked on the canvas to paint their unique art.

This special exhibit is available to view in the Library during regular Library hours and will be on display through the end of July. The Library is also conducting a pet supplies drive for the Palm Springs Animal Shelter during the month of June. Everyone is encouraged to bring in items to donate; a wish list of needed items can be found on the Library’s web site or posted in the Library.

With over 100,000 individual items, the Palm Springs Public Library offers a varied and comprehensive collection to the community. The Library is located at 300 S. Sunrise Way, on the corner of Sunrise Way and Baristo Road. For more information call 760-322-READ or log on to www.palmspringslibrary.org. Download our Palm Springs Library mobile app, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.


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.”


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