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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Jeannie Kays, Library Director