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BRANCH EVENTS

Sun, Dec 08, 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Sunday Sounds returns for the 2019-20 season, with a popular Los Angeles singer of standards. With a smooth baritone, Kurt Reichenbach brings his special interpretation of holiday tunes to kick off the season. This program takes place at the Palm Desert Community Recreation Center, 43-900 San Pablo Avenue, Palm Desert, CA 92260 (NOT at the Palm Desert Library!).

Story room
Mon, Dec 09, 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Delight and stimulate your baby's senses with books, rhymes and music. Ages 0 - 2.

Seminar room
Tue, Dec 10, 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, Dec 10, 3:30PM - 5:30PM
Supervised after-school program for teens, grades 6-12, when school is in session. Video and board games, help with homework, and refreshments/snacks.

Story room
Thu, Dec 12, 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Come and have fun with stories, puppets, songs, finger plays and simple crafts. For ages 3 to 5.

Thu, Dec 12, 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Chef Lana Ferdman prepares "borscht." Tastings for everyone who attends. Chef's Table takes place at the Palm Desert Community Recreation Center, 43-900 San Pablo Avenue, Palm Desert, CA 92260 (NOT at the Palm Desert Library!). The center is behind the Palm Desert City Hall, and about two blocks from the library. No reservations required--first-come, first seated!

Community room
Sat, Dec 14, 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Fairy Tale STEM Gingerbread House Decorating. Sign up via www.eventbrite.com/e/palm-desert-library-fairy-tale-stem-gingerbread-house-decorating-ages-2-12-tickets-81641569131 - Hansel and Gretel are building a Gingerbread House to keep out the evil witch, you can build one too!  All supplies provided. Registration required for each child age 2-12, adult helpers do not need ticket. 

Community room
Sat, Dec 14, 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Fairy Tale STEM Gingerbread House Decorating. Sign up via www.eventbrite.com/e/palm-desert-library-fairy-tale-stem-gingerbread-house-decorating-ages-2-12-tickets-81641569131 - Hansel and Gretel are building a Gingerbread House to keep out the evil witch, you can build one too!  All supplies provided. Registration required for each child age 2-12, adult helpers do not need ticket. 

Sun, Dec 15, 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Local singer Francesca Amari presents "Holiday Songs."  Sunday Sounds takes place at the Palm Desert Community Recreation Center, 43-900 San Pablo Avenue, Palm Desert, CA 92260 (NOT at the Palm Desert Library!). The center is behind the Palm Desert City Hall, and about two blocks from the library. No reservations required--first-come, first seated!

Story room
Mon, Dec 16, 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Delight and stimulate your baby's senses with books, rhymes and music. Ages 0 - 2.

Seminar room
Tue, Dec 17, 3:30AM - 5:00PM
This is the table-top version of the popular role-playing game for adults (age 18 and over).

Community room
Tue, Dec 17, 4:00PM - 5:30PM
The Great Hall is decorated this holiday season for all the wizards out there! Come and create your own wand and test your Harry Potter knowledge. Beat the Quizmas-master and win a prize.

Story room
Thu, Dec 19, 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Come and have fun with stories, puppets, songs, finger plays and simple crafts. For ages 3 to 5.

Thu, Dec 19, 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Chef Dipika Patel prepares "Christmas somosas." Tastings for everyone who attends. Chef's Table takes place at the Palm Desert Community Recreation Center, 43-900 San Pablo Avenue, Palm Desert, CA 92260 (NOT at the Palm Desert Library!). The center is behind the Palm Desert City Hall, and about two blocks from the library. No reservations required--first-come, first seated!

Community room
Thu, Dec 19, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Today's case: Lizzie Borden. 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 the same content on the same day as the 11 a.m. program.

Community room
Mon, Dec 23, 2:00PM - 4:00PM
"Home Alone" (1990) Accidentally left behind when his parents rush off for Christmas vacation, eight-year-old Kevin defends the family home when two bumbling burglars try to break in. Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern star. Directed by Chris Columbus. 20th Century Fox. Running time: 1 hour & 43 minutes.

Wed, Dec 25, 10:00AM - 8:00PM
The library is closed in observance of Christmas Day. It will re-open on Thursday, December 26 at 10 a.m.

Wed, Jan 01, 10:00AM - 8:00PM
The library is closed for New Year's Day. It will re-open on Thursday, January 2 at 10 a.m.

Story room
Thu, Jan 02, 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 02, 12:00PM - 2:00PM
This popular group returns for "the season" (through May 2020). 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. 

Sun, Jan 05, 2:00PM - 3:00PM
"Encore! Encore!" Jazz singer Yvonne Demery takes you back for classics from decades passed. 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 06, 4:00PM - 5:00PM
JoAnn Petrie Carr, author of "Keeper of the Flame," will discuss her novel and sign copies. What is it like being married to an astronaut? The auhor was  NASA "Apollo wife" in the 1960s, which gives her a unique perspective to write a view of the space race from a woman's angle.

Story room
Tue, Jan 07, 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 07, 2:00PM - 3:15PM
Today's book: "The Other Einstein," by Marie Benedict. A novel concerning Albert Einstein's wife. Join Jiggs Gallagher for a free-wheeling discussion! A limited number of books are available for check-out from the library several weeks be the discussion date.

Seminar room
Tue, Jan 07, 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 07, 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 08, 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Internet basics.

Story room
Thu, Jan 09, 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 09, 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 09, 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Today's presenter is Mary Cardas, owner of Savory Spice Shop on El Centro in Palm Desert. Tastings by Rio Azul Restaurant chef in Palm Springs served all who attend. 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
Thu, Jan 09, 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Alan Schultz of the American Jazz Institute and KAJI-FM 95.3 (Palm Desert), presents "Miles Davis: A Man and His Music."

Sun, Jan 12, 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Singer and guitarist Ken Green presents "Headslap Music," songs that make you slap your forehead and say, "I remember that!" 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.

Story room
Tue, Jan 14, 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 14, 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 14, 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.

Seminar room
Wed, Jan 15, 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Author Nadine Gross presents a talk on the history and practical aspects of astrology.

Community room
Wed, Jan 15, 3:30PM - 5:00PM
We will read "Rapunzel," the classic fairy tale. Then children will built a tower for Repunzel from building blocks.

Story room
Thu, Jan 16, 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 16, 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Today's case: Leopold & Loeb (murder of Bobby Franks). 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.

Thu, Jan 16, 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Chef and teacher Lana Ferdman returns with a tasty sampling. 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
Thu, Jan 16, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Today's Case: "Leopold & Loeb" (murder of Bobby Franks). Have you ever had the chance to decide the fate of another person? What would you do? In real life cases, you will be the judge and the jury--making the ultimate decision. After rendering your verdict, you will find out what really happened. Must be 18 or older to participate. This is a repeat of the 11 a.m. presentation on the same day.

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 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 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!).

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)

Library Renovations

Woodcrest Library
Closed beginning
August 7, 2019 til
Spring 2020

Library Holiday Closure

Christmas Day
December 25, 2019

New Years Day
January 1, 2020

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Palm Desert
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