The Agua Caliente Cultural Museum and the Palm Springs Public Library join together to celebrate Native American Day and the Cahuilla People during the month of September.

To extend the celebration of California’s Native American Day (Sept. 25th) and to acknowledge the contribution of the Cahuilla people to our area, all month long, the Palm Springs Public Library and the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum  are joining together to present various programs during the month of September.

Beginning on Tuesday, September 1st a special exhibition called Since Time Immemorial” will be on display in the main atrium of the Library.  This exhibition is an introduction to Cahuilla history in the form of a timeline. The exhibition utilizes photos, illustrations, and archival documents from the Museum’s archives and will be on display for the entire month.

In recognition of the great story tellers and stories of Native Americans, especially the Cahuilla people, the Library’s weekly story times on Thursday mornings during the month of September will host special guest readers selected by the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum.  These special guest readers will read children’s stories highlighting different aspects of Native American culture and life.  There will be a different story each week, September 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th, read to both the Read-To-Me (toddlers up to age 3) and Busy Fingers (children ages 3-5) story times at 10:00-11:00 a.m. and 11:00-11:50 a.m. respectively.  The story will be followed by a special craft that will correlate with the story read.

On Tuesday, September 22nd the Library will host Michael Hammond, Ph. D., Executive Director of the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, as he presents “Aspects of Native America…Things You Never Knew About the Food, History, and Language of Native Americans”. This lecture will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be in the Learning Center at the Library.

Finally, to close out this month long celebration, one of the story readers will also read a story at the Library’s weekly Family Fun Night on Tuesday, September 29th at 6:00 p.m. This is a time when families come together and read stories, do crafts and have fun.

“The Library is excited to partner with the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum to present these programs to the public, said Barbara Roberts, Director of Library Services. “They demonstrate the importance of Native American contributions to our community, from the past to present day.”

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