Summer Reading Program Comes to a Close

August 10, 2016

Palm Springs Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, READ for the WIN was a huge success with 662 children, teens, and adults participating in the 8-week program. Thank you to the City of Palm Springs Sustainability Commission for sponsoring the purchase of SEVEN bicycles which were given away as some of our grand prizes. Besides winning an awesome bike, each winner was provided with a bike lock and helmet. Children, teens, and adults earned entry tickets by attending programs for their age group.  Congratulations to all the winners!

Sustainability bike drawing

Shown doing the bicycle drawings with Library Director Jeannie Kays are Sustainability Commissioners Roy Clark and David Freedman.

Here are the winners of each bike:

Sustainability bike drawing


Sustainability bike drawing


Sustainability bike drawing


Sustainability bike drawing


Sustainability bike drawing


Sustainability bike drawing

Brothers Xavier and Justin happened to win two of our bikes. What a lucky family!
































Family Fun Fest 2016: Connecting with our Community

March 29, 2016

Family Fun Fest 2016 proved to be a huge success. We had a lot of fun creating games and decorations for our event. Many organizations participated–THANK YOU! Families from near and far attended–THANK YOU TOO! We hope you had a fun time. This year’s theme was “Read for the Win,” a play on the upcoming summer Olympics. We are using this theme for our Summer Reading Program, taking place in June and July.
Family Fun Fest (FFF,) held the first Wednesday morning of Palm Springs Unified School District’s spring break, is a way for the Palm Springs Public Library to share information about the Library, including services and programs we offer. FFF is a way for us to show children that the Library is a fun place too. Through the generosity of our Friends of the Palm Springs Library, every child or teen who attends FFF receives a free book. Didn’t make it to this year’s Family Fun Fest? We will see you next year!
Thank you participants:
After School Magazine
Agua Caliente Cultural Museum
Art of Focus Taekwondo
CERT: Community Emergency Response Team
Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert
Desert Entertainer
Desert Water Agency
FIND Food Bank
Life Stream
MIX 100.5
Mizell Senior Center
Mobile Zoo of SoCal
Palm Springs Power Baseball
Public Arts Commission
SCRAP Gallery
Sustainability Commission
The Center
Palm Springs Public Library Staff and Volunteers

Here are some photos from the day:


Jeannie Kays





Jeannie Kays, Library Director

Happy Holidays!

December 21, 2015

As 2015 winds down, we can look back on the year with pride. We are very proud of our accomplishments, of the programs and services we were able to offer, and we look forward with a sense of anticipation for the great activities and services to come in 2016. Thank you for being a part of our library family. Thank you for utilizing our services. We are always here to help wherever we can.
Happy Holidays!

Staff photo

Staff (l-r): Lisa, Yrene, Arun, Anna, Mary, Julie, Nancy, Scott, Laura, Linda, Sheryl, Zach, Shelly, Jeannie, and Sharon. Not pictured: Tam, Krystle

Jeannie Kays and Staff
Palm Springs Public Library

November is Food for Fines Month

November 2, 2015

It’s time to clean out your closets, look under the car seat and return all those long-overdue items and clear your account!

NOVEMBER 2nd – 30th
• The Library will forgive outstanding fines up to $50 (if not in collection process) in exchange for nonperishable food items.
• Each nonperishable food item donated qualifies for $1.00 off your fines.
• Must come into the Library in-person to have any fines or fees forgiven.
• Customer Service staff will forgive fines in exchange for a food donation.
• The fines must have been accumulated PRIOR to November 2015; new fines accumulated in November 2015 are not eligible.
• Any lost items must still be returned or the replacement fee still applies.
All food donations will be given to:

Community Food Bank at the Center

Join us on Instagram

October 7, 2015

We at the Palm Springs Public Library are reaching out in more ways than ever. We are on Facebook and Twitter but have just recently joined Instagram. We hope that you will follow us there. During the month of October, we have accepted the 31 Days of Instagram Challenge from 5 Minute Librarian. Check in with us every day to learn something new or just see what we are up to.  Our Instagram handle is “pslibrary,”

Here are some photos from our Instagram feed:

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Teen Librarian Shelly encourages you to get a library card during Library Card Sign-up Month.

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Librarian Sharon shows off a book from our Local Interest collection.

Book face

Book Face

If you use Instagram, tag us in your post using #pslibrary or #psisforreaders.  We look forward to seeing you at Palm Springs Public Library.

Jeannie Kays





Jeannie Kays, Library Director


Summer Reading Program a Success

August 5, 2015

MercerMayer_Little Critter_EnglishThanks to children, parents, grandparents, caregivers, and basically anyone who visited the library this summer, our 2015 Summer Reading program was a success! This year’s theme was “Read to the Rhythm.” We enjoyed musical performances, a puppet show, magic show, and over 200 little Elsas and Olafs singing their hearts out at our Frozen movie sing along, among many other activities.  Registrations totaled 952 and 2,650 people attended our 51 programs during the 8-week session.  Registrations were up 28% over last year.  We at the library love to see the children’s faces week after week and gush about their accomplishments.  Our silliness and gushing builds a child’s self-esteem and makes him or her feel comfortable visiting the library.  If you want to make a difference in a child’s life, bring him or her to the library!

Every year we are fortunate to have fabulous sponsors for Summer Reading.  The Friends of the Palm Springs Library are to be commended for their contribution of $5,000 for Summer Reading.  US Bank donated an outstanding $2,500 toward our program.  Thank you to ALL our sponsors, big and small.  When you visit contributing merchants be sure to thank them for supporting the Palm Springs Public Library’s Summer Reading Program.

Next summer, I hope that our registrations top 1,000.  We were only 48 shy of that goal this year so it should be a snap next year.  Summer Reading is open to children, teens, and adults and it is completely FREE.  No excuses!  Mark your calendar for next June’s Summer Reading program which has a sports and Summer Olympics theme, “Read for the Win!”  Who knows?  You might just win a prize.

Thank you sponsors!

Thank you sponsors!


Thanks for making 2015 Summer Reading so much fun!

Jeannie Kays




Jeannie Kays

Library Director



“Accessing the Past” Adds Desert Sun Content

April 21, 2015

Accessing the Past logoHave you ever wanted to look back at old Desert Sun newspapers and see what happened on a certain day? Previously, you had to know exactly what date you wanted to search and make an appointment here at the Palm Springs Public Library to view our microfilm. If you have ever looked at a newspaper on microfilm, you might remember that carsick feeling you got when you advanced the reel. Want to print? Good luck getting a clear copy. With the Library’s new project, “Accessing the Past,” those days are over!
Simply by visiting you can click on our featured Desert Sun collection and start your search. We currently have 1944-1973 available but are expanding content and filling in the gaps soon. Once our project is complete we will have full-text versions of The Desert Sun from 1934-1999 that are completely keyword searchable. You can download an article, the full page, or the full newspaper issue.
This project was made possible in part by the Institute for Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. The Palm Springs Public Library has received two grants from the California State Library totaling $120,000. It is hopeful that the library will receive grant funding for a 3rd year to continue the project. To further enhance “Accessing the Past,” the Library Board of Trustees has provided $50,000 to purchase a high-quality, archival-level scanner. Additionally, the Webb Foundation has given a gift of $2,500 to help with the purchase of the scanner and related equipment. We hope to have the scanner soon and start offering demonstrations.
For a full list of community partners, visit We hope that once the scanner is ready, our community partners can start adding content online too. Jeannie Kays, Julie Warren, Scott Biegen or any of the Librarians can answer questions you might have about the project. We will be looking for volunteers to help scan our archive when the scanner arrives and will gladly train you!
Someday the Library plans to schedule “shoebox days” where people can bring in their old photos of the Coachella Valley and allow us to scan the images. Anyone who gives us permission to scan their photos will leave with their items, plus a CD or a memory stick with their scanned photos. We would then add the historically significant photos to our online archive. Stay tuned for upcoming events. We hope that you get as excited about this project as we are and we look forward to you “Accessing the Past.”

Dorothy Bear

Librarian Dorothy Bear, March 13, 1957.


Chi Chi

Ad for Chi Chi Restaurant June 15, 1955


Gerry Vanek

Children’s Librarian Gerry Vanek June 6, 1973

Jeannie Kays, Library Director