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Children's Area
Thu, Apr 25, 10:15AM - 10:45AM
Ages 3+*Story time that includes stories, rhymes, songs, activities and a craft.*Ages listed for Story Times are a suggested guideline. All ages are welcome to visit and try every Story Time to determine which would be the best current fit for you and your child.

Children's Area
Thu, Apr 25, 11:15AM - 12:00PM
Ages 3+*Story time that includes stories, rhymes, songs, activities and a craft.*Ages listed for Story Times are a suggested guideline. All ages are welcome to visit and try every Story Time to determine which would be the best current fit for you and your child.

Classroom
Fri, Apr 26, 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Teens Choice: Star Fluxx, Apples to Apples, Man Bites DogTeen Game Night is a great way to try new games, meet new people, and have an overall great time. Anyone ages 13 to 17 is encouraged to attend. Bring yourself, bring your friends, and have a blast trying new games and fun favorites.For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Sat, Apr 27, 1:30PM - 3:30PM
Come celebrate Día de los Niños and the importance of literacy for children from all cultural and linguistic backgrounds. This event will showcase three different cultural backgrounds with story times in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language. We'll also have crafts*, snacks*, a goody bag* including a free bilingual book and finger puppets, and door prizes!*Goody bags/craft/snack as supplies last for the first 200 childrenEach year, we will showcase different languages and cultures so be sure to come this year so you don't miss out on these unique story time experiences. Come join in the fun as we read, read, read!

Classroom
Mon, Apr 29, 11:30AM - 12:30PM
Join our informal book club!Each month we have a list of books you can choose from to read and talk about or you can just talk about whatever you've been reading. Think of it like a bookish "show and tell."See the Adult Reference Desk if you're interested and want to sign up. Or just join us on the day of! For age 18 and up.For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Children's Area
Tue, Apr 30, 10:15AM - 10:45AM
For ages 0-2*Introduce your littlest ones to the library with interactive rhymes, songs, and books geared towards promoting literacy at the youngest age in a gentle atmosphere with parental/guardian participation.*Ages listed for Story Times are a suggested guideline. All ages are welcome to visit and try every Story Time to determine which would be the best current fit for you and your child.

Children's Area
Tue, Apr 30, 11:00AM - 11:30AM
For ages 18 months and older*Lots of wiggles, interactive rhymes, songs, and books. Ends with a sensory playtime.*Ages listed for Story Times are a suggested guideline. All ages are welcome to visit and try every Story Time to determine which would be the best current fit for you and your child.

Children's Area
Tue, Apr 30, 4:00PM - 5:00PM
This month's book is "Bob" by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead. Sign up at the Reference Desk and bring your library card to check out a copy of the book!For ages 8-12.For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Classroom
Wed, May 01, 10:30AM - 11:30AM
May's discussion will be about The Last Flight of Poxl West by Daniel Torday. Bring your library cards to check out the book we'll discuss in June.See the Adult Reference Desk to sign up and get a copy or for more information. And if you've already read the book, we invite you to join us!

Children's Area
Wed, May 01, 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Make new friends and enjoy some friendly competition at this drop-in program for grades 2-8!

Children's Area
Wed, May 01, 5:00PM - 6:00PM
Everyone is welcome to our Bilingual Storytime. Listen to stories, watch a puppet show and do some crafts!

Children's Area
Thu, May 02, 10:15AM - 10:45AM
Ages 3+*Story time that includes stories, rhymes, songs, activities and a craft.*Ages listed for Story Times are a suggested guideline. All ages are welcome to visit and try every Story Time to determine which would be the best current fit for you and your child.

Children's Area
Thu, May 02, 11:15AM - 12:00PM
Ages 3+*Story time that includes stories, rhymes, songs, activities and a craft.*Ages listed for Story Times are a suggested guideline. All ages are welcome to visit and try every Story Time to determine which would be the best current fit for you and your child.

Classroom
Sat, May 04, 3:30PM - 5:30PM
Rebel spies are attempting to gain Top Secret information!Can the Imperial Forces stop them?Celebrate one of your favorite fandoms at our event for ages 11 to 17. Bring your problem solving skills!For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Classroom
Sun, May 05, 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Join our graphic novel book club to discuss "Upgrade Soul" by Ezra Claytan Daniels.Registration is required! For ages 18+For more programs, visit our Facebook Events page.

Children's Area
Tue, May 07, 10:15AM - 10:45AM
For ages 0-2*Introduce your littlest ones to the library with interactive rhymes, songs, and books geared towards promoting literacy at the youngest age in a gentle atmosphere with parental/guardian participation.*Ages listed for Story Times are a suggested guideline. All ages are welcome to visit and try every Story Time to determine which would be the best current fit for you and your child.

Children's Area
Tue, May 07, 11:00AM - 11:30AM
For ages 18 months and older*Lots of wiggles, interactive rhymes, songs, and books. Ends with a sensory playtime.*Ages listed for Story Times are a suggested guideline. All ages are welcome to visit and try every Story Time to determine which would be the best current fit for you and your child.

Children's Area
Tue, May 07, 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Bring whatever graphic novel you're reading right now or your favorite one to discuss!For ages 8-12. Registration is not required. Program is limited to 12 tweens.For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Classroom
Wed, May 08, 2:30PM - 3:30PM
Breastfeeding is natural but that doesn't mean it's easy...at least not at first. Join Dr. Jenna Grindle to learn about some of the most common breast feeding challenges as well as some helpful tips for mom and baby to find their own rhythm. Children are welcome to attend with parents.Please register by calling 760-423-4855.This presentation is part of our Healthy Family Lecture Series in collaboration with Eisenhower Health.

Children's Area
Wed, May 08, 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Build your creation based on the theme of the day.For grades 2-8. Registration required.

Children's Area
Thu, May 09, 10:15AM - 10:45AM
Ages 3+*Story time that includes stories, rhymes, songs, activities and a craft.*Ages listed for Story Times are a suggested guideline. All ages are welcome to visit and try every Story Time to determine which would be the best current fit for you and your child.

Children's Area
Thu, May 09, 11:15AM - 12:00PM
Ages 3+*Story time that includes stories, rhymes, songs, activities and a craft.*Ages listed for Story Times are a suggested guideline. All ages are welcome to visit and try every Story Time to determine which would be the best current fit for you and your child.

Classroom
Fri, May 10, 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Story Song - Listen to lyrics and write a story for our Summer Short Story Contest For ages 13-17.For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Classroom
Sat, May 11, 10:30AM - 11:30AM
We will be discussing Amy Tan's "The Joy Luck Club." See the Adult Reference Desk to check out a copy or for more info. Here's a little bit about the book: In 1949, four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, begin meeting to eat dim sum, play mahjong, and talk. United in shared loss and hope, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club. With wit and wisdom, Amy Tan examines the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between these four women and their American-born daughters. As each reveals her secrets, trying to unravel the truth about her life, the strings become more tangled, more entwined... Trigger warnings: Emotional content regarding suicide, spousal abuse, sexual assault, family conflict, child abandonment, and parental death

Children's Area
Tue, May 14, 10:15AM - 10:45AM
For ages 0-2*Introduce your littlest ones to the library with interactive rhymes, songs, and books geared towards promoting literacy at the youngest age in a gentle atmosphere with parental/guardian participation.*Ages listed for Story Times are a suggested guideline. All ages are welcome to visit and try every Story Time to determine which would be the best current fit for you and your child.

Children's Area
Tue, May 14, 11:00AM - 11:30AM
For ages 18 months and older*Lots of wiggles, interactive rhymes, songs, and books. Ends with a sensory playtime.*Ages listed for Story Times are a suggested guideline. All ages are welcome to visit and try every Story Time to determine which would be the best current fit for you and your child.

Tue, May 14, 6:30PM - 7:30PM
Join us as we discuss "A Thousand Beginnings and Endings," a collection of short stories. We'll meet next door at the La Quinta Wellness Center. Sign up at the Adult Reference Desk!Here's a quick preview:Sixteen bestselling and acclaimed authors reimagine the folklore and mythology of East and South Asia in short stories that are by turns enchanting, heartbreaking, romantic, and passionate.The authors included in this exquisite collection are: Renée Ahdieh, Sona Charaipotra, Preeti Chhibber, Roshani Chokshi, Aliette de Bodard, Melissa de la Cruz, Julie Kagawa, Rahul Kanakia, Lori M. Lee, E. C. Myers, Cindy Pon, Aisha Saeed, Shveta Thakrar, and Alyssa Wong.A mountain loses her heart. Two sisters transform into birds to escape captivity. A young man learns the true meaning of sacrifice. A young woman takes up her mother's mantle and leads the dead to their final resting place.From fantasy to science fiction to contemporary, from romance to tales of revenge, these stories will beguile readers from start to finish. For fans of Neil Gaiman's Unnatural Creatures and Ameriie's New York Times-bestselling Because You Love to Hate Me.

Classroom
Wed, May 15, 10:30AM - 11:30AM
May's theme is: A book written by an Asian or Asian-American author Choose from our list of mystery or thriller novels or discuss one of your own that you think fits the theme. For ages 18+. Sign up by visiting or calling the library!

Children's Area
Wed, May 15, 5:00PM - 6:00PM
Get a jumpstart on our 2019 Summer Reading Program, It's Showtime at the Library! Kids, tweens, teens, AND adults can pick up their reading log and get a sneak peek at the variety of activities we will have from June 17- July 25. If that's not enough music for your ears, we'll also be teaching you how to craft a paper rose out of sheet music!

Children's Area
Thu, May 16, 10:15AM - 10:45AM
Ages 3+*Story time that includes stories, rhymes, songs, activities and a craft.*Ages listed for Story Times are a suggested guideline. All ages are welcome to visit and try every Story Time to determine which would be the best current fit for you and your child.

Children's Area
Thu, May 16, 11:15AM - 12:00PM
Ages 3+*Story time that includes stories, rhymes, songs, activities and a craft.*Ages listed for Story Times are a suggested guideline. All ages are welcome to visit and try every Story Time to determine which would be the best current fit for you and your child.

Classroom
Sat, May 18, 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Share what you're psyched about this month! Grab a free book just for joining in! For ages 13-17.For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Classroom
Mon, May 20, 11:30AM - 12:30PM
Join our informal book club!Each month we have a list of books you can choose from to read and talk about or you can just talk about whatever you've been reading. Think of it like a bookish "show and tell."See the Adult Reference Desk if you're interested and want to sign up. Or just join us on the day of! For age 18 and up.For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Children's Area
Tue, May 21, 10:15AM - 10:45AM
For ages 0-2*Introduce your littlest ones to the library with interactive rhymes, songs, and books geared towards promoting literacy at the youngest age in a gentle atmosphere with parental/guardian participation.*Ages listed for Story Times are a suggested guideline. All ages are welcome to visit and try every Story Time to determine which would be the best current fit for you and your child.

Children's Area
Tue, May 21, 11:00AM - 11:30AM
For ages 18 months and older*Lots of wiggles, interactive rhymes, songs, and books. Ends with a sensory playtime.*Ages listed for Story Times are a suggested guideline. All ages are welcome to visit and try every Story Time to determine which would be the best current fit for you and your child.

Classroom
Tue, May 21, 3:30PM - 4:30PM
Registration is required and limited to 24 participants. Ages 8-11.A unique art experience for tweens!Children ages 8 to 11 will participate in an educational and artistic session led by local artists from the La Quinta Art Association followed by an art activity. Each month is a different theme.Past themes:CollageStill Life/SunflowersTrick-or-Treat bagsHummingbirdsBisonFamous Artists

Children's Area
Thu, May 23, 10:15AM - 10:45AM
Ages 3+*Story time that includes stories, rhymes, songs, activities and a craft.*Ages listed for Story Times are a suggested guideline. All ages are welcome to visit and try every Story Time to determine which would be the best current fit for you and your child.

Children's Area
Thu, May 23, 11:15AM - 12:00PM
Ages 3+*Story time that includes stories, rhymes, songs, activities and a craft.*Ages listed for Story Times are a suggested guideline. All ages are welcome to visit and try every Story Time to determine which would be the best current fit for you and your child.

Classroom
Fri, May 24, 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Play Live-Action Candy Land!Teen Game Night is a great way to try new games, meet new people, and have an overall great time. Anyone ages 13 to 17 is encouraged to attend. Bring yourself, bring your friends, and have a blast trying new games and fun favorites.For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Children's Area
Tue, May 28, 10:15AM - 10:45AM
For ages 0-2*Introduce your littlest ones to the library with interactive rhymes, songs, and books geared towards promoting literacy at the youngest age in a gentle atmosphere with parental/guardian participation.*Ages listed for Story Times are a suggested guideline. All ages are welcome to visit and try every Story Time to determine which would be the best current fit for you and your child.

Classroom
Tue, May 28, 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Drip irrigation is a type of micro-irrigation system that has the potential to save water and nutrients by allowing water to drip slowly to the roots of plants, either from above the soil surface or buried below the surface. The goal is to place water directly into the root zone and minimize evaporation.Presented by Linda Lane of the UCCE Master Gardener Speakers BureauFor more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Children's Area
Tue, May 28, 11:00AM - 11:30AM
For ages 18 months and older*Lots of wiggles, interactive rhymes, songs, and books. Ends with a sensory playtime.*Ages listed for Story Times are a suggested guideline. All ages are welcome to visit and try every Story Time to determine which would be the best current fit for you and your child.

Children's Area
Tue, May 28, 4:00PM - 5:00PM
This month's book is "The Collectors" by Jacqueline West. Sign up at the Reference Desk and bring your library card to check out a copy of the book!For ages 8-12.For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Children's Area
Thu, May 30, 10:15AM - 10:45AM
Ages 3+*Story time that includes stories, rhymes, songs, activities and a craft.*Ages listed for Story Times are a suggested guideline. All ages are welcome to visit and try every Story Time to determine which would be the best current fit for you and your child.

Children's Area
Thu, May 30, 11:15AM - 12:00PM
Ages 3+*Story time that includes stories, rhymes, songs, activities and a craft.*Ages listed for Story Times are a suggested guideline. All ages are welcome to visit and try every Story Time to determine which would be the best current fit for you and your child.

Library Holiday Closure

Memorial Day
May 27, 2019

Independence Day
July 4, 2019

Labor Day
September 2, 2019

All Staff Day
September 13, 2019

Columbus Day
October 14, 2019

Veterans Day 
November 11, 2019

Thanksgiving Day
November 28 & 29, 2019

Christmas Day
December 25, 2019

New Years Day
January 1, 2020

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La Quinta
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Library service to the La Quinta community began in March 1976 with a bookmobile stop each morning in the community’s “Village” (now known as “Old Town”). The bookmobile would then park next to the Village Park’s playground area and a large quilt would be spread on the lawn. The children would sit on the quilt and listen to the manager of the bookmobile for an open-air preschool story time.

In 1986, funding was approved by Riverside County and the City of La Quinta for a library. In the summer of 1988, the La Quinta Branch Library opened in the newly constructed 2,000 square foot commercial building directly across from what was the old La Quinta City Hall. The library was open only 20 hours a week and had a collection of 8,900 items.

By the late 1990’s, La Quinta was one of the fastest growing cities in California. The City Council strongly suggested to the County that a bigger library was needed in order to serve the increasing population. A “Site Selection Committee” began searching for a new location. The library’s building had been purchased by a civic-minded developer, and since two suites remained empty, it was decided to renovate the ground floor into a bigger library instead. All the items were placed in two storage containers in the parking lot while the floor was expanded to 4,130 square feet. This new library was reopened in 1999, with 40 hours of service and a collection of 28,000 items. Eventually, a 20,000 square foot “stand-alone” library would be built on the City’s new Civic Center Campus.

The present building opened in 2005, with the library only occupying the space currently known as the Children’s Area. By 2008, the library expanded into the Adult Area, and a storytime room was built as well as a teen room. Many programs from then continue to this day: preschool story time, children, teen, adult, as well as other informative presentations by community partners.

The current collection is over 71,000 items, and includes books, DVDs, audio and MP3 books, CDs and newspapers and magazines. It is open 7 days a week for 56 hours. There are 17 library staff personnel, including Circulation Supervisor, Programming Coordinator, Head of Reference, Youth Services Coordinator, and Branch Manager. Circulation for the 2013-2014 fiscal year was 329,157 items (including self-check), making La Quinta Public Library 3rd in circulation County wide.

The Library has become a viable community collaborator, sharing programs and resources with local La Quinta businesses and City-run entities. It continues to grow and expand its outreach not only to the surrounding communities, but well into its future.  

Library service to the La Quinta community began in March 1976 with a bookmobile stop each morning in the community’s “Village” (now known as “Old Town”). The bookmobile would then park next to the Village Park’s playground area and a large quilt would be spread on the lawn. The children would sit on the quilt and listen to the manager of the bookmobile for an open-air preschool story time.

In 1986, funding was approved by Riverside County and the City of La Quinta for a library. In the summer of 1988, the La Quinta Branch Library opened in the newly constructed 2,000 square foot commercial building directly across from what was the old La Quinta City Hall. The library was open only 20 hours a week and had a collection of 8,900 items.

By the late 1990’s, La Quinta was one of the fastest growing cities in California. The City Council strongly suggested to the County that a bigger library was needed in order to serve the increasing population. A “Site Selection Committee” began searching for a new location. The library’s building had been purchased by a civic-minded developer, and since two suites remained empty, it was decided to renovate the ground floor into a bigger library instead. All the items were placed in two storage containers in the parking lot while the floor was expanded to 4,130 square feet. This new library was reopened in 1999, with 40 hours of service and a collection of 28,000 items. Eventually, a 20,000 square foot “stand-alone” library would be built on the City’s new Civic Center Campus.

The present building opened in 2005, with the library only occupying the space currently known as the Children’s Area. By 2008, the library expanded into the Adult Area, and a storytime room was built as well as a teen room. Many programs from then continue to this day: preschool story time, children, teen, adult, as well as other informative presentations by community partners.

The current collection is over 71,000 items, and includes books, DVDs, audio and MP3 books, CDs and newspapers and magazines. It is open 7 days a week for 56 hours. There are 17 library staff personnel, including Circulation Supervisor, Programming Coordinator, Head of Reference, Youth Services Coordinator, and Branch Manager. Circulation for the 2013-2014 fiscal year was 329,157 items (including self-check), making La Quinta Public Library 3rd in circulation County wide.

The Library has become a viable community collaborator, sharing programs and resources with local La Quinta businesses and City-run entities. It continues to grow and expand its outreach not only to the surrounding communities, but well into its future.

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