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BRANCH EVENTS

Classroom
Wed, Oct 16, 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Free / Ages 18+ / Registration required.October's theme is: Dark & Stormy Night MysteriesChoose from our list of mystery or thriller novels or discuss one of your own that you think fits the theme.

Children's Area
Wed, Oct 16, 5:00PM - 6:00PM
All ages  /  FreeFirefighters from our local fire department will be visiting to help us recognize Fire Safety Month. They will share tips on how to help keep your family safe, participate in a brief story time and bring Fire Engine 32 for a special show and tell!For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Children's Area
Thu, Oct 17, 10:15AM - 11:00AM
Free / Ages 3+* / No registration 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, Oct 17, 11:15AM - 12:00PM
Free / Ages 3+* / No registration 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
Sat, Oct 19, 10:30AM - 12:30PM
Ages 2-12  /  Free  /  Check-in starts @ 10:00amJoin us for fall festivities including a costume contest, spooky story times, craft, and other activities including a special Spook the Librarians game! For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Children's Area
Tue, Oct 22, 10:15AM - 10:45AM
Free / Ages 0 to 18 months* / No registration 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, Oct 22, 11:15AM - 11:45AM
Free / Ages 18 months to 3 years* / No registration Lots of wiggles, interactive rhymes, songs, and books that 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
Wed, Oct 23, 3:30PM - 4:30PM
Ages 8-12 / FreeThis month, come and make your very own fossil mold and cast. It's sure to be dino-mite! Each month we'll explore different scientific topics and conduct experiments.For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Children's Area
Thu, Oct 24, 10:15AM - 11:00AM
Free / Ages 3+* / No registration 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, Oct 24, 11:15AM - 12:00PM
Free / Ages 3+* / No registration 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
Thu, Oct 24, 5:00PM - 7:00PM
Ages 21+  /  Free  /  Sign-ups required, limited to 30 participants  /  IDs will be checked at the door!Join our first-ever Paint & Sip at the Library! We will be creating bookish canvas art while sipping on some vino!For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Classroom
Fri, Oct 25, 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Ages 13-17 / Free Play the Buffy the Vampire Slayer board game! 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.

Classroom
Mon, Oct 28, 11:30AM - 12:30PM
Ages 18+ / Free / Registration requiredEach 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."For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Children's Area
Tue, Oct 29, 10:15AM - 10:45AM
Free / Ages 0 to 18 months* / No registration 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, Oct 29, 11:15AM - 11:45AM
Free / Ages 18 months to 3 years* / No registration Lots of wiggles, interactive rhymes, songs, and books that 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, Oct 29, 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Ages 13-17 / FreeCome and watch The Sixth Sense - Mocked by Rifftrax!Bring your favorite stuffed animal or action figure to hide your tears (of laughter) and stay after the movie for mischief and mayhem photo ops. Leave them overnight for even more fun!

Children's Area
Thu, Oct 31, 10:15AM - 11:00AM
Free / Ages 3+* / No registration 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, Oct 31, 11:15AM - 12:00PM
Free / Ages 3+* / No registration 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
Sun, Nov 03, 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Ages 18+  /  Free  /  Registration RequiredLimited to 20 students.Having a hard time beating your Writer's Block? Join us as we learn how to polish and develop characters, dialogue, voice, and style through workshop-style critiques. Want more than fiction? This monthly workshop explores the literary art of fiction, non-fiction and poetry!For more programs, visit our Facebook Events page.

Children's Area
Tue, Nov 05, 10:15AM - 10:45AM
Free / Ages 0 to 18 months* / No registration 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, Nov 05, 11:15AM - 11:45AM
Free / Ages 18 months to 3 years* / No registration Lots of wiggles, interactive rhymes, songs, and books that 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
Wed, Nov 06, 3:30PM - 4:30PM
Free  /  Ages 8-12  /  No registrationWe are Root. Join Ms.Melissa and discover how things grow! Each month, we'll meet in the library and walk over to the Wellness Center where we have three raised beds for us to farm, from seed to harvest. In October, we'll discuss what sort of garden we should cultivate and what we need to do to get our dirt ready for plants. Limited gardening materials supplied, feel free to bring your own gloves! Mixtape not included.For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Children's Area
Thu, Nov 07, 10:15AM - 11:00AM
Free / Ages 3+* / No registration 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, Nov 07, 11:15AM - 12:00PM
Free / Ages 3+* / No registration 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
Tue, Nov 12, 10:15AM - 10:45AM
Free / Ages 0 to 18 months* / No registration 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, Nov 12, 11:15AM - 11:45AM
Free / Ages 18 months to 3 years* / No registration Lots of wiggles, interactive rhymes, songs, and books that 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
Thu, Nov 14, 10:15AM - 11:00AM
Free / Ages 3+* / No registration 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, Nov 14, 11:15AM - 12:00PM
Free / Ages 3+* / No registration 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
Tue, Nov 19, 10:15AM - 10:45AM
Free / Ages 0 to 18 months* / No registration 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, Nov 19, 11:15AM - 11:45AM
Free / Ages 18 months to 3 years* / No registration Lots of wiggles, interactive rhymes, songs, and books that 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
Thu, Nov 21, 10:15AM - 11:00AM
Free / Ages 3+* / No registration 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, Nov 21, 11:15AM - 12:00PM
Free / Ages 3+* / No registration 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
Sun, Dec 01, 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Ages 18+  /  Free  /  Registration RequiredLimited to 20 students.Having a hard time beating your Writer's Block? Join us as we learn how to polish and develop characters, dialogue, voice, and style through workshop-style critiques. Want more than fiction? This monthly workshop explores the literary art of fiction, non-fiction and poetry!For more programs, visit our Facebook Events page.

Children's Area
Tue, Dec 03, 10:15AM - 10:45AM
Free / Ages 0 to 18 months* / No registration 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, Dec 03, 11:15AM - 11:45AM
Free / Ages 18 months to 3 years* / No registration Lots of wiggles, interactive rhymes, songs, and books that 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
Wed, Dec 04, 3:30PM - 4:30PM
Free  /  Ages 8-12  /  No registrationWe are Root. Join Ms.Melissa and discover how things grow! Each month, we'll meet in the library and walk over to the Wellness Center where we have three raised beds for us to farm, from seed to harvest. In October, we'll discuss what sort of garden we should cultivate and what we need to do to get our dirt ready for plants. Limited gardening materials supplied, feel free to bring your own gloves! Mixtape not included.For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Children's Area
Thu, Dec 05, 10:15AM - 11:00AM
Free / Ages 3+* / No registration 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, Dec 05, 11:15AM - 12:00PM
Free / Ages 3+* / No registration 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
Tue, Dec 10, 10:15AM - 10:45AM
Free / Ages 0 to 18 months* / No registration 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, Dec 10, 11:15AM - 11:45AM
Free / Ages 18 months to 3 years* / No registration Lots of wiggles, interactive rhymes, songs, and books that 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
Thu, Dec 12, 10:15AM - 11:00AM
Free / Ages 3+* / No registration 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, Dec 12, 11:15AM - 12:00PM
Free / Ages 3+* / No registration 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 Renovations

Woodcrest Library
Closed beginning
August 7, 2019 til
December 16, 2019

Library Holiday Closure

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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Mon, Oct 14 10:00AM to 7:00PM
Tue, Oct 15 10:00AM to 7:00PM
Wed, Oct 16 10:00AM to 7:00PM
Thu, Oct 17 10:00AM to 7:00PM
Fri, Oct 18 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Sat, Oct 19 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Sun, Oct 20 12:00PM to 4:00PM

Branch manager
Melissa Lundell
Address
78-275 Calle Tampico
La Quinta
California 92253
Tel: (760) 564-4767
Fax: (760) 771-0237
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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