Over fifty people attended the finale celebration of the Palm Springs Public Library’s Summer Reading Fun Fest 2011 on Saturday, July 30, 2011. Special guest performer Georgette Baker presented a program highlighting her travels around the world. The interactive program included singing, dancing and exploring other cultures through artifacts and treasures she brought back from her travels. Following her performance she assisted Library staff in awarding the grand prizes to those that completed their program.
Ms. Baker drew the winning entries for the pre-school Read-To-Me program from the completed entries; three year old Josecalixto Becerra was the lucky winner of the LeapFrog My Own LeapTop prize.
Then Ms. Baker drew the winning entries for the three 16 MB Wi-Fi iPad2s generously donated as the grand prizes from the Friends of the Palm Springs Library (FOPSL). The winners were, for Youth, Kaleese Smith, age seven, for the teens, Monica Seguna, age seventeen, and for the adults Laura Miller.
At the finale celebration, the winners for the Novel Destinations Adult Amateur Photography contest were also announced. The three winners were: Glen Noteboom, winning the $100–1st Place gift card, Sally Songy, winning the $50–2nd Place gift card and Joleene Wendell, winning the $25–3rd Place gift card. Their winning photos, along with all the other photos submitted are on display in the Library until next week.
Our panel of three judges for the photography contest had to decide from a selection of 29 photos. All judges are local residents and professionals in the art field; they were retired professional photographer Roy Hankey, Angela Valente Romeo who is a commissioner on the City of Palm Springs Public Art Commission and Dana Swanson Patel owner of Daytura Art Studios.
The Summer Reading Fun Fest began on June 7th and ended on July 30th with over 400 youth, teens and adults participating.