“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 www.accessingthepast.org 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 www.accessingthepast.org. 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.”

Dorothy Bear

Librarian Dorothy Bear, March 13, 1957.


Chi Chi

Ad for Chi Chi Restaurant June 15, 1955


Gerry Vanek

Children’s Librarian Gerry Vanek June 6, 1973

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, www.palmspringslibrary.org 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

Freegal Music News

December 11, 2014

In the mood for some Holiday and New Years tunes while you work?  Or do you need some help with music for an upcoming party?  Freegal has the songs to get you through, and you can listen to them anywhere you can access the Internet.  Songs from Foo Fighters, Beyonce, Pharrell Williams, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Sia, One Direction, Bruce Springsteen, Bruce Hornsby, Elvis Presley, Celine Dion, Bing Crosby and many more.  Just click here and login at the top of the page with your library card.  Your PIN is typically the last four digits of your telephone number.  Don’t have a Palm Springs Public Library card?  Get one today!

Have a happy holiday!

Jeannie Kays

Jeannie Kays, Library Director

Downloadable eBook Improvements from Overdrive

August 4, 2014

OverdriveOverdrive, our vendor for downloadable eBooks and audiobooks has made some improvements to their site that should make your searching easier, and improve how you manage your account.

• Suspend a Hold
This feature will allow you to temporarily suspend a hold in the waiting list. Your position will continue to advance in the queue while your hold is suspended, but the hold will not be filled. After the suspension ends, the title will continue to advance until the hold becomes available. If you advance to the first position in the waiting list while the hold is suspended, the system will skip ahead to fill the next available hold.Overdrive 1

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• Hold Auto-Checkout
At the time you place a hold, the option to ‘auto-checkout’ the title when it becomes available can be set. If you elect this option, you will receive a notification when your title is available confirming that it has been checked out and can be found on your account bookshelf. If you do not select this option, you will proceed through the current hold notification process.Overdrive 4

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If you select this option but are unable to borrow the title at the time it becomes available (because you have already reached your maximum checkout limit, for example) you will be sent the current hold notification email and will have the full hold pickup period to make your checkout.

• Maturity Settings
Two options will be added to the Account Settings page that will allow you to customize your browsing and discovery experience based on content maturity level:

1. The ability to exclude certain content based on the maturity level (Juvenile, Young Adult, General, Adult). This will allow adult users to exclude titles for younger readers and young readers to exclude adult-only titles from their experience.Overdrive 6

2. The option to “mask” all adult cover images with a basic cover image. This option will be set to “No” by default. Overdrive 7

Example of basic cover:Overdrive 8

• “Recommended for you” collection
After you sign in, a collection of recommended titles will appear on the homepage. Recommended titles will be available for checkout and are suggested based on titles you currently have checked out or on hold. If you do not have any checkouts or holds, this collection will not appear.

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• “And” Boolean Searching
Based on partner feedback to improve search results, default search behavior will change from “OR” to “AND.” Following this change, the number of results returned for a search will likely be lower than with the current behavior, but this change will meaningfully improve the relevancy of the results.  For example, if you previously searched for “The Maze Runner,” you would get “The Maze Runner” but you would also get “The Kite Runner,” “The Ghost Runner,” and “The Maze of Bones.”  The “OR” Boolean operator tells the system to look for the word “Maze” OR “Runner.”  The “OR” Boolean operator does not specifically tell the system that you want both words.  The “OR” Boolean operator is telling the system you want either-or.  By switching to “AND,” both words have to be in the record.  If that information just blew your mind, do not worry.  Keep searching for titles or authors the same way you did before.  We’ll take care of making your search results more relevant to you.

Jeannie Kays, Library Director

Zinio for Libraries: Downloadable Magazines Are Here!

July 8, 2014


The Palm Springs Public Library has added a new service to our already terrific lineup of great things available at the Library, Zinio Downloadable Magazines. We have 51 magazine titles available for download, many with back issues available to check out.  You will find a variety of topics, such as architecture, food, finance, and fitness.  You can read the magazines on your computer, tablet, or other mobile device.  Signing up is a two-step process.  See the full instructions HERE.  The first time you access Zinio, you “Log In” and enter your Palm Springs Public Library card number to confirm that you are a valid user.  Then you “Create New Account.”  By creating the free account through our vendor, RB Digital, you are able to access and read your checked out magazines anywhere, any time.  If you have a Zinio account at another library, such as the Rancho Mirage Library, I recommend that you use the same email address and password you used at Rancho Mirage Library.  Then you can see all your magazines checked out from BOTH libraries.  Once your account is established, you simply visit our website’s Zinio page and Log In.

I have two favorite things about Zinio.  One, I can take multiple magazines anywhere on one device.  Once I read the issue, I simply delete it from my tablet.  I don’t have to worry about being overdue at the Library either.  I do not even have to return the magazines; they are mine to keep for as long as I want.  My second favorite thing about reading digital magazines is that I can zoom in on the text and make it large print, if necessary.  I’m not admitting that I need reading glasses or anything!

I guess I really have THREE favorite things about Zinio.  It’s FREE to Palm Springs Public Library cardholders.  We pay for it so you don’t have to.


For those of you who do not have electronic devices or would prefer a regular magazine, we have 139 “regular” magazine subscriptions available at the Library.  You can read the latest issue in the Library, but you can check out previous issues for two weeks, just like books or DVDs.

No matter how you prefer to read magazines, visit the Palm Springs Public Library, either in-person or online.  We look forward to serving you!

Food Network

Jeannie Kays

Library Director

“Summer Slide” isn’t as Fun as it Sounds

June 10, 2014

Paws to Read

From Reading is Fundamental:
Keeping Kids Off the Summer Slide

Something is waiting for many children each summer and their parents don’t even know it’s out there. It’s called the “summer slide,” and it describes what happens when young minds sit idle for three months.

As parents approach the summer break, many are thinking about the family vacation, trips to the pool, how to keep children engaged in activities at home, the abrupt changes to everyone’s schedule—and how to juggle it all. What they might not be focusing on is how much educational ground their children could lose during the three-month break from school, particularly when it comes to reading.

Experts agree that children who read during the summer gain reading skills, while those who do not often slide backward. According to the authors of a report from the National Summer Learning Association: “A conservative estimate of lost instructional time is approximately two months or roughly 22 percent of the school year…. It’s common for teachers to spend at least a month re-teaching material that students have forgotten over the summer. That month of re-teaching eliminates a month that could have been spent on teaching new information and skills.”

The report’s authors further note that family income plays a significant role in determining the magnitude of this summer slide. Students from low-income families “…experience an average summer learning loss in reading achievement of over two months.” Not only do these students suffer greater sliding during the summer, they also experience cumulative effects of greater learning loss each summer.

Sociologists Karl Alexander and Doris Entwisle have shown that the cumulative effect of summer learning differences is a primary cause of widening achievement gaps between students of lower and higher socioeconomic levels. Research demonstrates that while student achievement for both middle- and lower-income students improves at similar rates during the school year, low-income students experience cumulative summer learning losses throughout their elementary school years.

Summer slide affects millions of children each year in this country—but it doesn’t have to. Other articles in the “Motivating Kids to Read Section” offer tips for parents, caregivers, and members of community organizations to help keep learning fun throughout the summer break and the rest of the year.

Source: Reading Is Fundamental

Sign up for Summer Reading Program at the Library.  We have activities for all ages: children, teen, and adults!

Jeannie Kays, Library Director


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