August 10, 2016
Palm Springs Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, READ for the WIN was a huge success with 662 children, teens, and adults participating in the 8-week program. Thank you to the City of Palm Springs Sustainability Commission for sponsoring the purchase of SEVEN bicycles which were given away as some of our grand prizes. Besides winning an awesome bike, each winner was provided with a bike lock and helmet. Children, teens, and adults earned entry tickets by attending programs for their age group. Congratulations to all the winners!
Shown doing the bicycle drawings with Library Director Jeannie Kays are Sustainability Commissioners Roy Clark and David Freedman.
Here are the winners of each bike:
Brothers Xavier and Justin happened to win two of our bikes. What a lucky family!
December 21, 2015
As 2015 winds down, we can look back on the year with pride. We are very proud of our accomplishments, of the programs and services we were able to offer, and we look forward with a sense of anticipation for the great activities and services to come in 2016. Thank you for being a part of our library family. Thank you for utilizing our services. We are always here to help wherever we can.
Staff (l-r): Lisa, Yrene, Arun, Anna, Mary, Julie, Nancy, Scott, Laura, Linda, Sheryl, Zach, Shelly, Jeannie, and Sharon. Not pictured: Tam, Krystle
Jeannie Kays and Staff
Palm Springs Public Library
August 5, 2015
Thanks 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!
Thanks for making 2015 Summer Reading so much fun!
April 21, 2015
Have 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.”
Librarian Dorothy Bear, March 13, 1957.
Ad for Chi Chi Restaurant June 15, 1955
Children’s Librarian Gerry Vanek June 6, 1973
Jeannie Kays, Library Director
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!
June 30, 2014
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 www.palmspringslibrary.org. Download our Palm Springs Library mobile app, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.
June 23, 2014
Think 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. 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.
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. 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