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



Happy New Year from Palm Springs Public Library

December 30, 2014

Happy New Year 2015The staff of the Palm Springs Public Library would like to wish you a new year filled with many great books, DVDs, and music downloads. Visit our website, for the many things you can download on the spot. You can download hundreds of current magazines, thousands of eBooks, and MILLIONS of songs…Oh My!
If you’re determined to try something new in 2015, attend one of our free classes.

PSGSlogoSaturday, January 3 at 10:00 a.m., the Palm Springs Genealogical Society teaches you how to get started in Genealogy.

PS History Lecture 2-JanWednesday, January 14 at 6:30 p.m., Nicolette Wenzell of the Palm Springs Historical Society will give a talk on photographer Paul Pospesil. Nicolette’s lectures are super popular; get here early for parking AND seating. You will be glad you waited in line for a seat.
ACCESSING the Past-(RGB)LOGOWednesday, January 28 at 6:30 p.m., hear more about our Accessing the Past project from Librarian Scott Biegen and Library Director Jeannie Kays. Scott will teach you more about digitizing and organizing your own photos.


Tizer Trio

notesLOGO.inddFriday, January 23 at 6:30 p.m. is our second Notes on the Desert concert.  This FREE concert will feature jazz group, Tizer Trio.  This program is generously sponsored by Friends of the Palm Springs Library.  Your $20 membership helps bring programs such as Notes in the Desert and Summer Reading Program to the Palm Springs Library.

Star WarsFinally, Wednesday, January 28 at 6:00 p.m. will be our Family Fun Night STAR WARS COSTUME PARTY! Come to the Star Wars Cantina, AKA the Library Youth Room, dressed as your favorite Star Wars character. Enjoy light refreshments and make a craft. Prizes for best costume.


We have many more programs, films, and book discussion groups. Visit our website for more details.
Again, Happy New Year! May 2015 be a healthy, prosperous, and educational year.

Jeannie Kays





Jeannie Kays, Library Director

Thank you Summer Reading Program Sponsors!

August 4, 2014

Paws to Read

Summer Reading Program was a time for library lovers to come together and do what we do best, have fun!  On behalf of the Library Board of Trustees and all the employees at the Palm Springs Public Library, I would like to say a heart-felt thank you to everyone who participated as well as the organizations and businesses who helped sponsor our Summer Reading Program.

First of all, I would like to say a huge thank you to the Friends of the Palm Springs Library for their large contribution for Summer Reading Program.  They contributed $5,000 to pay for our grand prizes, three Samsung Galaxy Tablets, as well as free giveaway books, and professional performers.    See below for a full list of sponsors who donated merchandise, admission tickets, or gift cards.

SRP Grand Prize Youth

Children’s Librarian, Nancy with Youth Grand Prize Winner

SRP Grand Prize Teen

Teen Grand Prize Winner with Teen Librarian, Shelly and Library Director, Jeannie Kays

SRP Grand Prize Adult

Adult Grand Prize Winner. His kids were screaming and jumping when they learned their dad won a tablet!

Summer Reading Program is not just about getting cool prizes and free books; it is about giving back to our community. In June we collected supplies for the Palm Springs Animal Shelter.  During the month of July, we collected school supplies for the kids who attend camp at James O. Jessie Desert Highland Unity Center.  Thank you to everyone who donated!

Animal Shelter 2014                                                                                               School supply drive 2014

Just because Summer Reading Program is over doesn’t mean you can’t have fun at the Library.  We have a full lineup of programming scheduled to begin in September.  We already have Rudy’s Radical Science scheduled for Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.

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We expect to see the Paws and Hearts Therapy dogs in the library this fall.  Check our calendar of events for details as they become available.  Teens are getting a NEW weekly program, Teen Time on Thursdays, from 3-5 p.m.  October brings THREE author events, Mackenzie Phillips on the 5th, Ellen Hart on the 11th, and William Mann on the 18th.  Stay tuned for more details!


Mackenzie Phillips

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Ellen Hart

William Mann

William Mann


Again, thank you for making our Summer Reading Program so fun.  We love to see you at the Library!BB SRP 2014



Thank you Sponsors!

Azul   CarlJrs   CDMOD Cheekys       DesertIce       DestinationPS       ErnestCoffee FOPSL   Guacamoles   Jiao Legoland   LuLu   McD OfficeDepot       PetesHideaway       PSAir PSPower                                PurpleRm                   Regal             Ricks                                          RoundTable
Jeannie Kays, Library Director


Well, Well, Welwood Murray Memorial Library

July 21, 2014

05-06-14 Construction KickOff.4aAfter being closed for too many years to count, the Welwood Murray Memorial Library (WMML,) located at 100 S. Palm Canyon Dr. is on its way to being reopened. With partial funding from Measure J Tax dollars, the $1.3 million project is expected to take six months, with the move-in expected to take one to two months after that. The Library will be a branch of the Palm Springs Public Library, with access to computers, free WiFi, and a collection of magazines and newspapers. No library card will be needed to use the resources at Welwood Murrary Memorial Library. To access subscription-based content such as the library’s databases, downloadable music, eBooks, or magazines, one must obtain a Palm Springs Public Library card from the Main Library at 300 S. Sunrise Way.  Traditional library activities, such as checking out books or DVDs will only happen at the Sunrise location.
Also moving into Welwood Murray Memorial Library will be staff from the Palm Springs Historical Society and the Bureau of Tourism. All of their existing facilities will remain open; this will just be an additional location for them. It is expected that the Palm Springs Historical Society will relocate their archive to WMML, allowing them some breathing room in their tight quarters on the Village Green.
This new location of the Palm Springs Public Library will be a little bit of something for everyone. It will be a place to do historical research with the Palm Springs Historical Society. It will be a place to get tourism recommendations for dinner or an excursion around the area. It will be a place where anyone can come use a computer, charge a mobile device or tablet at our charging table, or just sit and read the newspaper while enjoying a cup of coffee from one of the many nearby coffee shops.
We can’t wait to show you our newly renovated Welwood Murray Memorial Library. Follow the progress on our special WMML Renovation web page.  We will update the web page with pictures of the renovation as it happens. 07-02-14 Construction.b

Jeannie Kays

Library Director

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 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


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