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.

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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


“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.”

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Librarian Dorothy Bear, March 13, 1957.


Chi Chi

Ad for Chi Chi Restaurant June 15, 1955


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Children’s Librarian Gerry Vanek June 6, 1973

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.

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Children’s Librarian, Nancy with Youth Grand Prize Winner

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

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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!


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Ellen Hart

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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.


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