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La Quinta

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Children's Area
Tue, Jan 24, 10:00AM - 10:30AM
"Book Babies Storytime" for 0-2 year olds every Tuesday at 10:00am & repeat storytime at 11:00am. Join Ms. Sarah for a fun children's program for babies, toddlers, & their caregivers! Enjoy stories and songs.

Children's Area
Tue, Jan 24, 11:00AM - 11:30AM
"Book Babies Storytime" for 0-2 year olds every Tuesday at 10:00am & repeat storytime at 11:00am. Join Ms. Sarah for a fun children's program for babies, toddlers, & their caregivers! Enjoy stories and songs.

Classroom
Tue, Jan 24, 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Mason jars aren't just for canning anymore! Over the past couple years, combining colorful, healthy ingredients in Mason jars for quick, easy, on-the-go meals has exploded in popularity. Join Barbara Sassower to learn how to prepare simple, portable Mason jar meals to help you achieve your dietary goals. Call (760) 423-4855 to reserve your spot or go online to emc.org/calendar.

Adult Section
Wed, Jan 25, All day
Book-A-Librarian Tech Help Wednesdays at 10:30am & 4:00pm (except Holidays/Holiday weeks) Do you need help with a Smartphone, Tablet, or Laptop? Meet with a staff member for a 30 minute consultation to learn more about the devices you already own. *Registration required, see the Adult Reference Desk or call the Library.

Children's Area
Thu, Jan 26, 10:00AM - 10:45AM
Preschool Storytime Every Thursday at 10am & 11am (Every Thursday-Except Holidays) Ages 2-5 Join Ms. Sarah for a fun children's program for babies, toddlers, & their caregivers! Enjoy stories, songs, and craft!

Children's Area
Thu, Jan 26, 11:00AM - 11:45AM
Preschool Storytime Every Thursday at 10am & 11am (Every Thursday-Except Holidays) Ages 2-5 Join Ms. Sarah for a fun children's program for babies, toddlers, & their caregivers! Enjoy stories, songs, and craft!

Classroom
Fri, Jan 27, 11:00AM - 12:30PM
Sound and Color (Fiction Club) Select Fridays at 11:00am Adults 18 years & older Join us for this fictional podcast club! Color while you listen to some great stories or feel free to bring any other craft you are working on, like a knitting or crochet project. See the Adult Reference Desk for more information.

Adult Section
Fri, Jan 27, 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Teen Advisory Board Meeting (ages 13-17) Fridays at 4:00pm Meet with friends and discuss what YOU want to see going on in your library! For more information, check out our Teen Blog: laqlibraryteens.blogspot.com

Classroom
Fri, Jan 27, 4:30PM - 6:00PM
Family Game Night on select Fridays at 4:30 p.m. Join us for fun board games and more! Bring the whole family and enjoy popular board games like Candyland, Apples to Apples, Operation, Twister, & more!

Children's Area
Sat, Jan 28, 3:30PM - 4:00PM
"Something on Saturday" Saturdays at 3:30pm in the Children's Area Enjoy half an hour of crafts, games, stories, and fun! For ages 2 to 12 years old.

Children's Area
Tue, Jan 31, 10:00AM - 10:30AM
"Book Babies Storytime" for 0-2 year olds every Tuesday at 10:00am & repeat storytime at 11:00am. Join Ms. Sarah for a fun children's program for babies, toddlers, & their caregivers! Enjoy stories and songs.

Children's Area
Tue, Jan 31, 11:00AM - 11:30AM
"Book Babies Storytime" for 0-2 year olds every Tuesday at 10:00am & repeat storytime at 11:00am. Join Ms. Sarah for a fun children's program for babies, toddlers, & their caregivers! Enjoy stories and songs.

Classroom
Wed, Feb 01, 10:30AM - 12:00PM

Join us as we discuss "The Other Einstein" by Marie Benedict at this meeting and pick up the book we'll discuss in March. Bring your library cards!


Adult Section
Wed, Feb 01, All day
Book-A-Librarian Tech Help Wednesdays at 10:30am & 4:00pm (except Holidays/Holiday weeks) Do you need help with a Smartphone, Tablet, or Laptop? Meet with a staff member for a 30 minute consultation to learn more about the devices you already own. *Registration required, see the Adult Reference Desk or call the Library.

Children's Area
Wed, Feb 01, 5:30PM - 6:30PM
Everyone is welcome to our Bilingual Storytime. Join us and listen to stories, watch a puppet show and do some crafts!

Children's Area
Thu, Feb 02, 10:00AM - 10:45AM
Preschool Storytime Every Thursday at 10am & 11am (Every Thursday-Except Holidays) Ages 2-5 Join Ms. Sarah for a fun children's program for babies, toddlers, & their caregivers! Enjoy stories, songs, and craft!

Children's Area
Thu, Feb 02, 11:00AM - 11:45AM
Preschool Storytime Every Thursday at 10am & 11am (Every Thursday-Except Holidays) Ages 2-5 Join Ms. Sarah for a fun children's program for babies, toddlers, & their caregivers! Enjoy stories, songs, and craft!

Children's Area
Sat, Feb 04, 3:30PM - 4:00PM
"Something on Saturday" Saturdays at 3:30pm in the Children's Area Enjoy half an hour of crafts, games, stories, and fun! For ages 2 to 12 years old.

Classroom
Sat, Feb 04, 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Discuss, watch and create with other teens who share your passion for animation. Different activities each month. For more information, check out our Teen Blog: laqlibraryteens.blogspot.com

Children's Area
Tue, Feb 07, 10:00AM - 10:30AM
"Book Babies Storytime" for 0-2 year olds every Tuesday at 10:00am & repeat storytime at 11:00am. Join Ms. Sarah for a fun children's program for babies, toddlers, & their caregivers! Enjoy stories and songs.

Children's Area
Tue, Feb 07, 11:00AM - 11:30AM
"Book Babies Storytime" for 0-2 year olds every Tuesday at 10:00am & repeat storytime at 11:00am. Join Ms. Sarah for a fun children's program for babies, toddlers, & their caregivers! Enjoy stories and songs.

Children's Area
Tue, Feb 07, 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Tween Makerspace: This month the we will be painting bookends! Ages 9-12.

Adult Section
Wed, Feb 08, All day
Book-A-Librarian Tech Help Wednesdays at 10:30am & 4:00pm (except Holidays/Holiday weeks) Do you need help with a Smartphone, Tablet, or Laptop? Meet with a staff member for a 30 minute consultation to learn more about the devices you already own. *Registration required, see the Adult Reference Desk or call the Library.

Children's Area
Wed, Feb 08, 5:30PM - 6:30PM
Come dressed in your favorite pajamas and enjoy songs and stories with Ms. Sarah!

Children's Area
Thu, Feb 09, 10:00AM - 10:45AM
Preschool Storytime Every Thursday at 10am & 11am (Every Thursday-Except Holidays) Ages 2-5 Join Ms. Sarah for a fun children's program for babies, toddlers, & their caregivers! Enjoy stories, songs, and craft!

Children's Area
Thu, Feb 09, 11:00AM - 11:45AM
Preschool Storytime Every Thursday at 10am & 11am (Every Thursday-Except Holidays) Ages 2-5 Join Ms. Sarah for a fun children's program for babies, toddlers, & their caregivers! Enjoy stories, songs, and craft!

Classroom
Fri, Feb 10, 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Teen Think (ages 13-17) Fridays at 4:00pm Meet up with friends and discover new ways to see the world. Different activities every month. For more information, check out our Teen Blog: laqlibraryteens.blogspot.com

Children's Area
Fri, Feb 10, 4:30PM - 6:30PM
Family Game Night on select Fridays at 4:30 p.m. Join us for fun board games and more! Bring the whole family and enjoy popular board games like Candyland, Apples to Apples, Operation, Twister, & more!

Classroom
Sat, Feb 11, 3:30PM - 5:30PM
In celebration of the new LEGO® Batman Movie, we will be showing the LEGO® movie (2014). All ages welcome!

Children's Area
Tue, Feb 14, 10:00AM - 10:30AM
"Book Babies Storytime" for 0-2 year olds every Tuesday at 10:00am & repeat storytime at 11:00am. Join Ms. Sarah for a fun children's program for babies, toddlers, & their caregivers! Enjoy stories and songs.

Children's Area
Tue, Feb 14, 11:00AM - 11:30AM
"Book Babies Storytime" for 0-2 year olds every Tuesday at 10:00am & repeat storytime at 11:00am. Join Ms. Sarah for a fun children's program for babies, toddlers, & their caregivers! Enjoy stories and songs.

Children's Area
Tue, Feb 14, 4:00PM - 5:30PM
This month's book is Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein. 

The first 10 kids to register will get a FREE copy of the book!

Book club runs through May 2017.

Adult Section
Wed, Feb 15, All day
Book-A-Librarian Tech Help Wednesdays at 10:30am & 4:00pm (except Holidays/Holiday weeks) Do you need help with a Smartphone, Tablet, or Laptop? Meet with a staff member for a 30 minute consultation to learn more about the devices you already own. *Registration required, see the Adult Reference Desk or call the Library.

Classroom
Wed, Feb 15, 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Join the Library's newest club for ages 55+! Brainstorm and create your own programming!

Children's Area
Wed, Feb 15, 5:30PM - 7:00PM

Enjoy a fun interactive evening with Old Town Artisan & Miss Sarah. All ages are welcome!


Children's Area
Thu, Feb 16, 10:00AM - 10:45AM
Preschool Storytime Every Thursday at 10am & 11am (Every Thursday-Except Holidays) Ages 2-5 Join Ms. Sarah for a fun children's program for babies, toddlers, & their caregivers! Enjoy stories, songs, and craft!

Children's Area
Thu, Feb 16, 11:00AM - 11:45AM
Preschool Storytime Every Thursday at 10am & 11am (Every Thursday-Except Holidays) Ages 2-5 Join Ms. Sarah for a fun children's program for babies, toddlers, & their caregivers! Enjoy stories, songs, and craft!

Classroom
Thu, Feb 16, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Stranger than Fiction (Nonfiction Club) for Adults 18 years & older. Join our Librarians, Sarah & Jade for this Nonfiction Club! We'll have interesting conversations over podcasts, books, articles and more. See the Adult Reference Desk for more information.

Children's Area
Sat, Feb 18, 3:30PM - 4:00PM
"Something on Saturday" Saturdays at 3:30pm in the Children's Area Enjoy half an hour of crafts, games, stories, and fun! For ages 2 to 12 years old.

Classroom
Sat, Feb 18, 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Teen Book Club (ages 13-17) Saturdays at 4:00pm Come in to talk about life, love and the meaning of everything . or at least about what you're reading. Sign up in advance and get a free book based on this month's theme! For more information, check out our Teen Blog: laqlibraryteens.blogspot.com

Children's Area
Tue, Feb 21, 10:00AM - 10:30AM
"Book Babies Storytime" for 0-2 year olds every Tuesday at 10:00am & repeat storytime at 11:00am. Join Ms. Sarah for a fun children's program for babies, toddlers, & their caregivers! Enjoy stories and songs.

Children's Area
Tue, Feb 21, 11:00AM - 11:30AM
"Book Babies Storytime" for 0-2 year olds every Tuesday at 10:00am & repeat storytime at 11:00am. Join Ms. Sarah for a fun children's program for babies, toddlers, & their caregivers! Enjoy stories and songs.

Classroom
Tue, Feb 21, 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Over the past 30 years, Carine has been teaching poetry and writing workshops to children and adults. Carine will be reading from her award-winning collection of poems from "Tattooed", written in the voices of the perpetrators, victims, and survivors of the Holocaust. 

There will be an opportunity to meet with her and/or purchase her materials after the presentation. Arrive early for the best seats!

Adult Section
Wed, Feb 22, All day
Book-A-Librarian Tech Help Wednesdays at 10:30am & 4:00pm (except Holidays/Holiday weeks) Do you need help with a Smartphone, Tablet, or Laptop? Meet with a staff member for a 30 minute consultation to learn more about the devices you already own. *Registration required, see the Adult Reference Desk or call the Library.

Children's Area
Thu, Feb 23, 10:00AM - 10:45AM
Preschool Storytime Every Thursday at 10am & 11am (Every Thursday-Except Holidays) Ages 2-5 Join Ms. Sarah for a fun children's program for babies, toddlers, & their caregivers! Enjoy stories, songs, and craft!

Children's Area
Thu, Feb 23, 11:00AM - 11:45AM
Preschool Storytime Every Thursday at 10am & 11am (Every Thursday-Except Holidays) Ages 2-5 Join Ms. Sarah for a fun children's program for babies, toddlers, & their caregivers! Enjoy stories, songs, and craft!

Classroom
Thu, Feb 23, 4:30PM - 5:30PM

Bring the kids and enjoy a demonstration of healthy and fun snacks the whole family will enjoy! Felix Santiago will show you how being creative with food might be the secret to getting your kids to make healthy choices. 

Call (760) 423-4855 to reserve your spot or go online to emc.org/calendar.


Adult Section
Fri, Feb 24, 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Teen Advisory Board Meeting (ages 13-17) Fridays at 4:00pm Meet with friends and discuss what YOU want to see going on in your library! For more information, check out our Teen Blog: laqlibraryteens.blogspot.com

Children's Area
Fri, Feb 24, 4:30PM - 6:30PM
Family Game Night on select Fridays at 4:30 p.m. Join us for fun board games and more! Bring the whole family and enjoy popular board games like Candyland, Apples to Apples, Operation, Twister, & more!

Children's Area
Sat, Feb 25, 3:30PM - 4:00PM
"Something on Saturday" Saturdays at 3:30pm in the Children's Area Enjoy half an hour of crafts, games, stories, and fun! For ages 2 to 12 years old.

Classroom
Mon, Feb 27, 11:30AM - 1:00PM
La Quinta Reads Book Club (Adults) Select Mondays at 11:30am Join us for a lively book talk! Register at the Adult Reference Desk to sign up and view the book list or call the Library.

Children's Area
Tue, Feb 28, 10:00AM - 10:30AM
"Book Babies Storytime" for 0-2 year olds every Tuesday at 10:00am & repeat storytime at 11:00am. Join Ms. Sarah for a fun children's program for babies, toddlers, & their caregivers! Enjoy stories and songs.

Children's Area
Tue, Feb 28, 11:00AM - 11:30AM
"Book Babies Storytime" for 0-2 year olds every Tuesday at 10:00am & repeat storytime at 11:00am. Join Ms. Sarah for a fun children's program for babies, toddlers, & their caregivers! Enjoy stories and songs.

Classroom
Tue, Feb 28, 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Join us at the library for an informative lecture. 

Call 800-491-4990 to reserve your spot and for more information.

Children's Area
Tue, Feb 28, 4:00PM - 5:30PM
This month's book is Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein. 

The first 10 kids to register will get a FREE copy of the book!

Book club runs through May 2017.

Adult Section
Wed, Mar 01, All day
Book-A-Librarian Tech Help Wednesdays at 10:30am & 4:00pm (except Holidays/Holiday weeks) Do you need help with a Smartphone, Tablet, or Laptop? Meet with a staff member for a 30 minute consultation to learn more about the devices you already own. *Registration required, see the Adult Reference Desk or call the Library.

Children's Area
Wed, Mar 01, 5:30PM - 6:30PM
Everyone is welcome to our Bilingual Storytime. Join us and listen to stories, watch a puppet show and do some crafts!

Children's Area
Thu, Mar 02, 11:00AM - 11:45AM
This Preschool Storytime will celebrate the wonderful world of Dr. Seuss! There will only be one story time at 11am! Join Ms. Sarah stories, songs, and a craft! Ages 2-5.

Children's Area
Sat, Mar 04, 3:30PM - 4:00PM
"Something on Saturday" Saturdays at 3:30pm in the Children's Area Enjoy half an hour of crafts, games, stories, and fun! For ages 2 to 12 years old.

Classroom
Sat, Mar 04, 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Discuss, watch and create with other teens who share your passion for animation. Different activities each month. For more information, check out our Teen Blog: laqlibraryteens.blogspot.com

Children's Area
Tue, Mar 07, 10:00AM - 10:30AM
"Book Babies Storytime" for 0-2 year olds every Tuesday at 10:00am & repeat storytime at 11:00am. Join Ms. Sarah for a fun children's program for babies, toddlers, & their caregivers! Enjoy stories and songs.

Children's Area
Tue, Mar 07, 11:00AM - 11:30AM
"Book Babies Storytime" for 0-2 year olds every Tuesday at 10:00am & repeat storytime at 11:00am. Join Ms. Sarah for a fun children's program for babies, toddlers, & their caregivers! Enjoy stories and songs.

Adult Section
Wed, Mar 08, All day
Book-A-Librarian Tech Help Wednesdays at 10:30am & 4:00pm (except Holidays/Holiday weeks) Do you need help with a Smartphone, Tablet, or Laptop? Meet with a staff member for a 30 minute consultation to learn more about the devices you already own. *Registration required, see the Adult Reference Desk or call the Library.

Children's Area
Wed, Mar 08, 5:30PM - 6:30PM
Come dressed in your favorite pajamas and enjoy songs and stories with Ms. Sarah!

Children's Area
Thu, Mar 09, 10:00AM - 10:45AM
Preschool Storytime Every Thursday at 10am & 11am (Every Thursday-Except Holidays) Ages 2-5 Join Ms. Sarah for a fun children's program for babies, toddlers, & their caregivers! Enjoy stories, songs, and craft!

Children's Area
Thu, Mar 09, 11:00AM - 11:45AM
Preschool Storytime Every Thursday at 10am & 11am (Every Thursday-Except Holidays) Ages 2-5 Join Ms. Sarah for a fun children's program for babies, toddlers, & their caregivers! Enjoy stories, songs, and craft!

Classroom
Fri, Mar 10, 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Teen Think (ages 13-17) Fridays at 4:00pm Meet up with friends and discover new ways to see the world. Different activities every month. For more information, check out our Teen Blog: laqlibraryteens.blogspot.com

Children's Area
Fri, Mar 10, 4:30PM - 6:30PM
Family Game Night on select Fridays at 4:30 p.m. Join us for fun board games and more! Bring the whole family and enjoy popular board games like Candyland, Apples to Apples, Operation, Twister, & more!

Children's Area
Sat, Mar 11, 3:30PM - 4:00PM
"Something on Saturday" Saturdays at 3:30pm in the Children's Area Enjoy half an hour of crafts, games, stories, and fun! For ages 2 to 12 years old.

Children's Area
Tue, Mar 14, 10:00AM - 10:30AM
"Book Babies Storytime" for 0-2 year olds every Tuesday at 10:00am & repeat storytime at 11:00am. Join Ms. Sarah for a fun children's program for babies, toddlers, & their caregivers! Enjoy stories and songs.

Children's Area
Tue, Mar 14, 11:00AM - 11:30AM
"Book Babies Storytime" for 0-2 year olds every Tuesday at 10:00am & repeat storytime at 11:00am. Join Ms. Sarah for a fun children's program for babies, toddlers, & their caregivers! Enjoy stories and songs.

Children's Area
Tue, Mar 14, 4:00PM - 5:30PM
This month's book is A Cricket in Times Square by George Seldon.

The first 10 kids to register will get a FREE copy of the book!

Book club runs through May 2017.

Adult Section
Wed, Mar 15, All day
Book-A-Librarian Tech Help Wednesdays at 10:30am & 4:00pm (except Holidays/Holiday weeks) Do you need help with a Smartphone, Tablet, or Laptop? Meet with a staff member for a 30 minute consultation to learn more about the devices you already own. *Registration required, see the Adult Reference Desk or call the Library.

Children's Area
Wed, Mar 15, 5:30PM - 7:00PM
Every third Wednesday, enjoy an interactive evening with Ms. Sarah with crafts and experiments. All ages are welcome!

Children's Area
Thu, Mar 16, 10:00AM - 10:45AM
Preschool Storytime Every Thursday at 10am & 11am (Every Thursday-Except Holidays) Ages 2-5 Join Ms. Sarah for a fun children's program for babies, toddlers, & their caregivers! Enjoy stories, songs, and craft!

Children's Area
Thu, Mar 16, 11:00AM - 11:45AM
Preschool Storytime Every Thursday at 10am & 11am (Every Thursday-Except Holidays) Ages 2-5 Join Ms. Sarah for a fun children's program for babies, toddlers, & their caregivers! Enjoy stories, songs, and craft!

Classroom
Sat, Mar 18, 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Teen Book Club (ages 13-17) Saturdays at 4:00pm Come in to talk about life, love and the meaning of everything . or at least about what you're reading. Sign up in advance and get a free book based on this month's theme! For more information, check out our Teen Blog: laqlibraryteens.blogspot.com

Children's Area
Tue, Mar 21, 10:00AM - 10:30AM
"Book Babies Storytime" for 0-2 year olds every Tuesday at 10:00am & repeat storytime at 11:00am. Join Ms. Sarah for a fun children's program for babies, toddlers, & their caregivers! Enjoy stories and songs.

Children's Area
Tue, Mar 21, 11:00AM - 11:30AM
"Book Babies Storytime" for 0-2 year olds every Tuesday at 10:00am & repeat storytime at 11:00am. Join Ms. Sarah for a fun children's program for babies, toddlers, & their caregivers! Enjoy stories and songs.

Adult Section
Wed, Mar 22, All day
Book-A-Librarian Tech Help Wednesdays at 10:30am & 4:00pm (except Holidays/Holiday weeks) Do you need help with a Smartphone, Tablet, or Laptop? Meet with a staff member for a 30 minute consultation to learn more about the devices you already own. *Registration required, see the Adult Reference Desk or call the Library.

Children's Area
Thu, Mar 23, 10:00AM - 10:45AM
Preschool Storytime Every Thursday at 10am & 11am (Every Thursday-Except Holidays) Ages 2-5 Join Ms. Sarah for a fun children's program for babies, toddlers, & their caregivers! Enjoy stories, songs, and craft!

Children's Area
Thu, Mar 23, 11:00AM - 11:45AM
Preschool Storytime Every Thursday at 10am & 11am (Every Thursday-Except Holidays) Ages 2-5 Join Ms. Sarah for a fun children's program for babies, toddlers, & their caregivers! Enjoy stories, songs, and craft!

Adult Section
Fri, Mar 24, 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Teen Advisory Board Meeting (ages 13-17) Fridays at 4:00pm Meet with friends and discuss what YOU want to see going on in your library! For more information, check out our Teen Blog: laqlibraryteens.blogspot.com

Children's Area
Fri, Mar 24, 4:30PM - 6:30PM
Family Game Night on select Fridays at 4:30 p.m. Join us for fun board games and more! Bring the whole family and enjoy popular board games like Candyland, Apples to Apples, Operation, Twister, & more!

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Today's hours

We're open 10:00AM to 7:00PM

Tomorrow's hours

We're open 10:00AM to 7:00PM

Mon, Jan 23 10:00AM to 7:00PM
Tue, Jan 24 10:00AM to 7:00PM
Wed, Jan 25 10:00AM to 7:00PM
Thu, Jan 26 10:00AM to 7:00PM
Fri, Jan 27 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Sat, Jan 28 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Sun, Jan 29 12:00PM to 4:00PM

Branch manager
Sue Duran
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.

Programming & Outreach Coordinator: Christine Teran 

Tel: (760)-771-0395


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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 Go
Engaging online age-appropriate reference resource to help build a love of research through reading and learning!
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
Cultures and Religion
Oxford Islamic Studies Online
Oxford Islamic Studies Online
This authoritative, dynamic resource brings together the best current scholarship in the field for students, scholars, government officials, community groups, and librarians to foster a more accurate and informed understanding of the Islamic world.
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!
One Click Digital
One Click Digital
A growing collection of over 1,500 eAudiobooks that can be downloaded directly to your home computer.
Overdrive
Overdrive
A growing collection of over eAudiobooks and eBooks that can be downloaded directly to your home computer.
Zinio
Zinio
The world's largest newsstand is now on your library's website!
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.

Music
Freegal
Freegal
"Freegal® Music is a free music service from your library. All you need is your library card number and some libraries utilize a PIN. Freegal offers access to about 8 million songs, including Sony Music's catalog of legendary artists. In total the collection is comprised of music from over 28,000+ labels with music that originates in over 80 countries. There is no software to download, and there are no digital rights management (DRM) restrictions. Access to Freegal is limited to patrons of subscribing libraries."
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.

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