close
Font size options
Increase or decrease the font size for this website by clicking on the 'A's.
Contrast options
Choose a colour combintion to give he most comfortable contrast.

Palm Desert

Latest Releases

CLICK HERE to send prints to your library via the web

YOU MUST USE THE WEB PORTAL LINK ABOVE TO REGISTER
BEFORE USING THE APP TO PRINT ON YOUR MOBILE DEVICE

Download the app for your device:

  1. SmartALEC for Android users
  2. SmartAlec for Apple iOS users

 Instructions for setup and printing:

  1. SmartALEC Guide for Android
  2. SmartALEC Guide for Apple

BRANCH EVENTS

Sun, Jan 19, 2:00PM - 3:00PM
"Smooth Jazz" by Michael Gagliardi. Sunday Sounds has drawn thousands to its concerts over more than a decade. The popular series takes place at the Palm Desert Community Recreation Center, 43-900 San Pablo Avenue, Palm Desert, CA 92260 (NOTE at the Palm Desert Library). No reservations needed; come early for a good seat.

Mon, Jan 20, 10:00AM - 8:00PM
The library is closed on Martin Luther King Day. It will re-open on Tuesday, January 21 at 10 a.m.

Story room
Tue, Jan 21, 10:30AM - 11:00AM
Delight and stimulate your baby's senses with books, rhymes and music. Ages 0 - 2. (NOW on TUESDAYS)

Community room
Tue, Jan 21, 3:30PM - 5:30PM
Supervised after-school program, when school is in session. Video and board games, help with homework, refreshments. For teens in grades 6-12.

Community room
Wed, Jan 22, 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Word Basics.

Community room
Wed, Jan 22, 1:00PM - 3:30PM
Expert crafter Randy Gallagher helps you design and make elegant Valentine's cards in this 2-1/2-hour session! Limited to 10 people RSVP is a must Call 760-346-6552, ext. 4212 and leave your name and phone number. After the cut-off, people will be wait-listed for the next workshop.

Story room
Thu, Jan 23, 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Come and have fun with stories, puppets, songs, finger plays and simple crafts. For ages 3 to 5.

Community room
Thu, Jan 23, 12:00PM - 2:00PM
Mike Mannis leads a string ensemble for both beginners and more advanced players. Bring your ukulele (or other stringed instrument) and play along with the group on simple songs. More advanced players/singers are encouraged to perform solos during the second hour. 

Thu, Jan 23, 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Jan Boydstun, owner of Kitchen Kitchen in Palm Desert (and "The Gadget Girl") presents an informative program, with tastings. This program takes place at the Palm Desert Community Recreation Center, 43-900 San Pablo Avenue, Palm Desert, CA (NOT at the Palm Desert Library!).

Sun, Jan 26, 2:00PM - 3:00PM
"Barry & Me" (a tribute to the music of Barry Manilow). Presented by Phillip Moore. Sunday Sounds has drawn thousands to its concerts over more than a decade. The popular series takes place at the Palm Desert Community Recreation Center, 43-900 San Pablo Avenue, Palm Desert, CA 92260 (NOTE at the Palm Desert Library). No reservations needed; come early for a good seat.

Community room
Mon, Jan 27, 2:00PM - 4:00PM
"A Streetcar Named Desire" (1951) Elia Kazan's haunting film adaptation of Tennessee Williams' play features Marlon Brando and Vivian Leigh. Winner of four Oscars, this version contains three minutes that the Legion of Decency censors cut out just as the film was being released. Warner Bros. Running time: 2 hours & 2 minutes. "Stella!"

Story room
Tue, Jan 28, 10:30AM - 11:00AM
Delight and stimulate your baby's senses with books, rhymes and music. Ages 0 - 2. (NOW on TUESDAYS)

Seminar room
Tue, Jan 28, 3:30PM - 5:00PM
This is the table-top version of the popular role-playing game for adults (age 18 and over).

Community room
Tue, Jan 28, 3:30PM - 5:30PM
Supervised after-school program, when school is in session. Video and board games, help with homework, refreshments. For teens in grades 6-12.

Community room
Wed, Jan 29, 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Richard Lutringer, mediation attorney practicing in both Los Angeles and New York, presents "Who's Got the Will? Mediating Among Adult Siblings," in which he shares advice on avoiding family ruptures when it comes to dividing a parent's or other relative's estate. Successful mediation can be the key!

Story room
Thu, Jan 30, 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Come and have fun with stories, puppets, songs, finger plays and simple crafts. For ages 3 to 5.

Community room
Thu, Jan 30, 12:00PM - 2:00PM
Mike Mannis leads a ukulele ensemble for both beginners and more advanced players. Bring your uke (or other stringed instrument) and play along with the group on simple songs. More advanced players/singers are encouraged to perform solos during the second hour. 

Thu, Jan 30, 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Popular chef and teacher Dipika Patel presents "Aphrodisiac Food for Valentine's Day." This program takes place at the Palm Desert Community Recreation Center, 43-900 San Pablo Avenue, Palm Desert, CA (NOT at the Palm Desert Library!).

Community room
Mon, Feb 03, 3:00PM - 5:00PM
Marguerite Taxner, artist, returns to instruct both beginners and advanced students in painting a still-life using acrylics. You'll take home the work you complete during this 2-1/2-hour session. All materials provided at no charge. Reservation required: Call 760-346-6552, ext 4212 and leave your name and phone number. Enrollment is limited.

Story room
Tue, Feb 04, 10:30AM - 11:00AM
Delight and stimulate your baby's senses with books, rhymes and music. Ages 0 - 2. (NOW on TUESDAYS)

Community room
Tue, Feb 04, 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Today's book discussion: "Bitcoin Billionaires" by Ben Mayrich. Join Jiggs Gallagher for a free-wheeling discussion! A limited number of copies of the book are available for check-out from the library several weeks before the discussion date.

Community room
Tue, Feb 04, 3:30PM - 5:30PM
Supervised after-school program, when school is in session. video and board games, help with homework, and refreshments. Most Tuesdays.

Community room
Wed, Feb 05, 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Tech training in Microsoft Word, at the intermediate level, for adults (18-plus).

Community room
Wed, Feb 05, 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Celebrate the start of Black History Month with author Laurin Nile, discussing her book, "Race: My Story and Humanity's Bottom Line.

Story room
Thu, Feb 06, 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Miss Stephanie invites your toddlers to come have fun with stories, puppets, songs, finger plays and easy crafts. For ages 3 to 5.

Community room
Thu, Feb 06, 12:00PM - 2:00PM
Mike Mannis leads a string ensemble for both beginners and more advanced players. Bring your ukulele (or other stringed instrument) and play along with the group on simple songs. More advanced players/singers are encouraged to perform solos during the second hour.

Thu, Feb 06, 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Chef and owner of "Sammy's Place" in Cathedral City, Sam Pace will serve up an Italian specialty for tasting, along with some good stories. The series takes place at the Palm Desert Community recreation Center, 43-900 San Pablo Avenue, Palm Desert, CA 92260 (NOT at the library!). The center is behind the city hall, and about two blocks from the library. No reservations required--first-come, first seated!

Community room
Thu, Feb 06, 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Alan Schultz, of the American Jazz Institute and KAJI-FM 95.3 radio station in Palm Desert, presents "Billie Holiday: Lady Sings the Blues," on the life and career of the classic blues singer of the 1940s.

Sun, Feb 09, 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Popular cabaret favorite singer Rose Mallett brings her magic to the Great American Songbook. The series takes place at the Palm Desert Community recreation Center, 43-900 San Pablo Avenue, Palm Desert, CA 92260 (NOT at the library!). The center is behind the city hall, and about two blocks from the library. No reservations required--first-come, first seated!

Community room
Mon, Feb 10, 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Get the latest information on the new Real ID license, soon to be required for travel by all Californians. Presented by staff from the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Story room
Tue, Feb 11, 10:30AM - 11:00AM
Delight and stimulate your baby's senses with books, rhymes and music. Ages 0 - 2. (NOW on TUESDAYS)

Community room
Tue, Feb 11, 3:30PM - 5:30PM
Supervised after-school program, when school is in session. video and board games, help with homework, and refreshments. Most Tuesdays.

Seminar room
Tue, Feb 11, 3:30PM - 5:00PM
This is the table-top version of the popular role-playing game for adults (age 18 and over).

Wed, Feb 12, 10:00AM - 8:00PM
The library is closed in observance of Lincoln's Birthday. It will re-open at 10 a.m. on Thursday, February 13.

Story room
Thu, Feb 13, 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Miss Stephanie invites your toddlers to come have fun with stories, puppets, songs, finger plays and easy crafts. For ages 3 to 5.

Community room
Thu, Feb 13, 12:00PM - 2:00PM
Mike Mannis leads a string ensemble for both beginners and more advanced players. Bring your ukulele (or other stringed instrument) and play along with the group on simple songs. More advanced players/singers are encouraged to perform solos during the second hour.

Thu, Feb 13, 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Chef Daniel Villanueva, owner of Daniel's Table in Cathedral City, demonstrates locally sourced, fresh food as served in his restaurant. The series takes place at the Palm Desert Community recreation Center, 43-900 San Pablo Avenue, Palm Desert, CA 92260 (NOT at the library!). The center is behind the city hall, and about two blocks from the library. No reservations required--first-come, first seated! 

Sun, Feb 16, 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Popular local singer and radio personality Bonnie Gilgallon presents "Torch Songs." The series takes place at the Palm Desert Community recreation Center, 43-900 San Pablo Avenue, Palm Desert, CA 92260 (NOT at the library!). The center is behind the city hall, and about two blocks from the library. No reservations required--first-come, first seated!

Story room
Tue, Feb 18, 10:30AM - 11:00AM
Delight and stimulate your baby's senses with books, rhymes and music. Ages 0 - 2. (NOW on TUESDAYS)

Community room
Tue, Feb 18, 3:30PM - 5:30PM
Enjoy watching some Anime while you create your own candy sushi! All supplies provided. For teens in grades 6 to 12.

Seminar room
Tue, Feb 18, 3:30PM - 5:00PM
This is the table-top version of the popular role-playing game for adults (age 18 and over).

Community room
Wed, Feb 19, 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Tech training: Mastering social media and video calling (chat) for adults.

Story room
Wed, Feb 19, 3:30PM - 5:00PM
Listen to the story of Humpty Dumpty, then create a wall from building blocks that will keep him from falling again! The program helps children create new ways to help characters from literature with their dilemmas. For kids up to age 12.

Community room
Wed, Feb 19, 6:30PM - 7:30PM
Join us to learn fun and easy literacy ideas to support your young learners, ages 1 to 12.

Story room
Thu, Feb 20, 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Miss Stephanie invites your toddlers to come have fun with stories, puppets, songs, finger plays and easy crafts. For ages 3 to 5.

Community room
Thu, Feb 20, 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Today's case: Emmett Till. Have you ever had the chance to decide the fate of another person? What would you do? In the real-life cases presented, you will be the judge and the jury--making the ultimate decision. At the end of the case you will find out what really happened. Must be 18 or older to participate. This program will be repeated at 6:00 p.m. with a different host.

Community room
Thu, Feb 20, 12:00PM - 2:00PM
Mike Mannis leads a string ensemble for both beginners and more advanced players. Bring your ukulele (or other stringed instrument) and play along with the group on simple songs. More advanced players/singers are encouraged to perform solos during the second hour.

Thu, Feb 20, 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Longtime Coachella Valley Chef Jeffrey Cooper, now in charge of the kitchens at "Horizons" in Cathedral City, presents samples of entrees for tasting. The series takes place at the Palm Desert Community recreation Center, 43-900 San Pablo Avenue, Palm Desert, CA 92260 (NOT at the library!). The center is behind the city hall, and about two blocks from the library. No reservations required--first-come, first seated!

Community room
Thu, Feb 20, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Today's case: Emmett Till. Have you ever had the chance to decide the fate of another person? What would you do? In the real-life cases presented, you will be the judge and the jury--making the ultimate decision. At the end of the case you will find out what really happened. Must be 18 or older to participate. This is a repeat of the program earlier on the same day, with a different host.

Sun, Feb 23, 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Chanteuse Sylvia Browning applies her smooth mezzo-soprano voice to "Songs that Last." The series takes place at the Palm Desert Community recreation Center, 43-900 San Pablo Avenue, Palm Desert, CA 92260 (NOT at the library!). The center is behind the city hall, and about two blocks from the library. No reservations required--first-come, first seated!

Community room
Mon, Feb 24, 2:00PM - 3:30PM
"Stormy Weather" (1943) tells the story of an entertainer's life in memorable songs and dances by a cavalcade of stars! Lena Horne, Bill Robinson, Cab Calloway and his band, Katherine Dunham and her troupe, Fats Waller, the Nicholas Brothers, Ada Brown and Dooley Wilson--all in one film. Directed by Andrew Stone. 20th Century Fox. Running time: 1 hour & 17 minutes.

Story room
Tue, Feb 25, 10:30AM - 11:00AM
Delight and stimulate your baby's senses with books, rhymes and music. Ages 0 - 2. (NOW on TUESDAYS)

Seminar room
Tue, Feb 25, 3:30PM - 5:00PM
This is the table-top version of the popular role-playing game for adults (age 18 and over).

Story room
Thu, Feb 27, 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Miss Stephanie invites your toddlers to come have fun with stories, puppets, songs, finger plays and easy crafts. For ages 3 to 5.

Community room
Thu, Feb 27, 12:00PM - 2:00PM
Mike Mannis leads a string ensemble for both beginners and more advanced players. Bring your ukulele (or other stringed instrument) and play along with the group on simple songs. More advanced players/singers are encouraged to perform solos during the second hour.

Thu, Feb 27, 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Party caterer Regina Lopez Ramos brings tasty dessert samples to serve as she demonstrates cake decorating ideas and other party specialties. The series takes place at the Palm Desert Community recreation Center, 43-900 San Pablo Avenue, Palm Desert, CA 92260 (NOT at the library!). The center is behind the city hall, and about two blocks from the library. No reservations required--first-come, first seated! This is the last in the 2019-2020 season of Chef's Table programs.

Story room
Tue, Mar 03, 10:30AM - 11:00AM
Delight and stimulate your baby's senses with books, rhymes and music. Ages 0 - 2. (NOW on TUESDAYS)

Story room
Tue, Mar 10, 10:30AM - 11:00AM
Delight and stimulate your baby's senses with books, rhymes and music. Ages 0 - 2. (NOW on TUESDAYS)

Story room
Tue, Mar 17, 10:30AM - 11:00AM
Delight and stimulate your baby's senses with books, rhymes and music. Ages 0 - 2. (NOW on TUESDAYS)

Library Renovations

Woodcrest Library
Closed beginning
August 7, 2019 til
Spring 2020

Library Holiday Closure

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 20, 2020

Presidents' Day
February 12, 2020
February 17, 2020

Search the Catalog

Today's hours

We're open 1:00PM to 5:00PM

Tomorrow's hours

We're open 10:00AM to 8:00PM

Mon, Jan 13 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Tue, Jan 14 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Wed, Jan 15 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Thu, Jan 16 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Fri, Jan 17 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Sat, Jan 18 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Sun, Jan 19 1:00PM to 5:00PM

Branch manager
Julia Schumacher
Address
73-300 Fred Waring Drive
Palm Desert
, California 92260
Tel: (760) 346-6552

Featured Resources

eResources Databases

Genealogy
Ancestry Library Edition
Ancestry Library Edition
Search your family heritage online.
Can only be used within the library
Indigenous Mexico
Indigenous MexicoA One-Stop Resource for Information on Mexico's Indigenous People
Authors and Biography
Biography in Context
Biography in Context
A biographical reference database that covers the areas of literature, science, multicultural studies, business, entertainment, politics, sports, government, history, arts and news.
Literature Resource Center
Literature Resource Center
Contains thousands of entries from Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Authors New Revision series, the Dictionary of Literary Biography and Contemporary Literary Criticism Select. Includes plot summaries and critical essays from sources such as Novels for Students as well as resources for criticism of modern and classic poetry.
Business and Legal
California State Bar Publications
California State Bar Publications
California State Bar Publications provides practical legal facts in a handy Consumer Education Pamphlet.
Reference USA
Reference USA
The premier source of business and residential information for reference and research. ReferenceUSA is used by top libraries throughout the US for research, small business marketing, job searching and more.
Careers, Tuition and Learning
ABCmouse
ABCmouseEarly Learning Academy online education program for children ages 2 - 7. Access only available within the library.
Brainfuse
BrainfuseBrainfuse Learning Site offers easy to connect one-to-one online tutoring free. (Please have your library card available to use this link)
Britannica Escolar
Britannica EscolarAquí usted encontrará diversos documentos y enlaces útiles sobre la educación y su evolución constante en la era digital.
Lo invitamos a visitar esta página frecuentemente y a descubrir los nuevos documentos, videos, actividades y otros recursos que Britannica le ofrece.
Britannica School
Britannica SchoolThe search is on with the go-to site for research. With every search topic producing a wide variety of trusted, multi-media sources, use Britannica School to build essential information literacy skills.
Career Transitions
Career Transitions Career Transitions provides a practical and personalized experience for users of all backgrounds and technology comfort levels. Users can easily discover and target fast-growing careers and industries in their immediate locations -- and locations across the United States. Career Transitions also features quick assessments to help people identify new opportunities based on their current skills, occupational knowledge, and interests.
Scholastic Go
Scholastic GoEngaging online age-appropriate reference resource to help build a love of research through reading and learning!
Teaching Books
Teaching BooksTeachingBooks.net is an easy-to-use website that adds a multimedia dimension to the reading experiences of children's and young adult books. Our online database is developed and maintained to include thousands of resources about fiction and nonfiction books used in the K–12 environment, with every resource selected to encourage the integration of multimedia author and book materials into reading and library activities.
Tuition Funding Sources
Tuition Funding Sources
Tuition Funding Sources is a private website designed to help students find scholarships, college and career information. TFS offers students the largest scholarship database in the world with over $41 Billion in scholarship awards along with a career personality test and detailed college and career information. Pepsi-Cola sponsors the TFS program nationwide. Pepsi-Cola and TFS have been helping students find scholarships and other sources of financial aid for more than 20 years
Culture and Religion
King James Bible
King James BibleThe King James Bible is an English translation of the Christian Bible for the Church of England, begun in 1604 and completed as well as published in 1611
eAudiobooks, eBooks, eMagazines, Other Library Services
Braille Institute
Braille Institute
Free library service for the blind, visually impaired or have reading or other physical disabilities.
Enki
Enki
Thousands of New eBooks are Available to You!
Overdrive
Overdrive
A growing collection of eAudiobooks and eBooks that can be downloaded directly to your home computer.
RB Digital
RB Digital
RB Digital (Recorded Books) is now your home for over 11,000 eAudioBooks and 130 eMagazines. No more waiting for your turn. All books are available to every patron who wants to listen. Get the app now.
Health and Fitness
Health & Wellness Resource Center
Health & Wellness Resource Center
Periodical and journal articles as well as videos on a wide range of health topics from ADD&ADHD to Alternative Medicine, HIV, and various surgical procedures.
Health Reference Center
Health Reference CenterHealth Reference Center is a one-stop, full service resource for health-related research. It combines indexing of approximately 195 periodicals, eight reference books, and over 700 pamphlets; more than 1,800 overviews from Clinical Reference Systems; selective indexing for articles in approximately 1500 additional general interest titles; and full text for more than 185 periodicals, all reference books, overviews, and pamphlets.
Languages
Pronunciator
PronunciatorWorld's largest language learning service. Free at your library.

News and Magazines
InfoTrac Newstand
InfoTrac Newstand
This newspaper database contains a collection of more than 140 cover-to-cover newspapers from around the world plus an additional 300 sources of selected news and business coverage.
InfoTrac General Reference Center Gold
InfoTrac General Reference Center Gold
Periodical, newspaper and reference articles from over 5,000 publications on such diverse topics as humanities, art, current events, technology and general interest topics. Full-text articles from over 3,000 periodicals.
Informe!
Informe!
Magazine articles from a variety of Spanish language publications on health, science, economics, politics and art.
RB Digital Magazines
RB Digital Magazines
Download digital magazines with rb digital
New York Times
New York Times
Enjoy complimentary unlimited access to the world’s finest journalism.

JOIN THE CONVERSATION

 Latest tweets