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La Quinta

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BRANCH EVENTS

Children's Area
Sun, Jun 24, 1:30PM - 2:30PM
Join us for a Treasure Hunt in the Library! Read the clues, follow the map, and remember X marks the spot. All ages welcome!

Mon, Jun 25, 11:30AM - 12:30PM
Sign up to read one of the books on our list or just come and tell us about whatever you've been reading! Register at the Adult Reference Desk to sign up and view the book list or call the Library.

Classroom
Mon, Jun 25, 4:00PM - 5:30PM
For ages 13-17. Build with Little Bits, code Ozobot's, and draw circuits with Circuit Scribe.

Classroom
Tue, Jun 26, 11:00AM - 12:15PM
For ages 8-12.Hang out, play games, or do a craft!

Children's Area
Tue, Jun 26, 11:00AM - 12:30PM
For ages 2-7. Join Ms. Sarah for stories, games, crafts, and other activities!

Tue, Jun 26, 4:00PM - 5:00PM
This month's read is "The Inquisitor's Tale" by Adam Gidwitz. Register at the Children's desk.Click here for more library events!

Classroom
Tue, Jun 26, 5:00PM - 6:00PM
Join us for an informative presentation given by Burrtec, our local waste management service.

Classroom
Wed, Jun 27, 3:00PM - 5:30PM
For ages 8-12 Join Ms. Sarah for a different activity each week!

Wed, Jun 27, 6:30PM - 7:30PM
Listen to podcast episodes and discuss articles on global waste and its impact on the earth. See the Adult Reference Desk for materials. We'll meet next door at the La Quinta Wellness Center! For ages 18 and older.

Children's Area
Thu, Jun 28, 10:30AM - 12:00PM
Create yarn art inspired by the yarn paintings of the Huichol people of Mexico.The Huichol are famous for their "yarn paintings"- small tablets covered with a mixture of beeswax and pine resin into which threads of yarn are pressed. These paintings are brilliantly colored designs and include likenesses of animals, birds, plants and people. Materials are provided while supplies last.

Thu, Jun 28, 4:00PM - 6:00PM
This program is held at the La Quinta Wellness Center located next door to the Library at  78450 Avenida La Fonda, La Quinta, CA 92253.Teens ages 13-17 can work on homework, watch a video, or play a game. Research assistance and tech help available from the Teen Librarian.

Classroom
Tue, Jul 03, 11:00AM - 12:30PM
A world of adventure awaits! Come and watch the original 1995 movie starring Robin Williams. Rated PG.

Children's Area
Tue, Jul 03, 4:00PM - 5:00PM
This month's graphic novel is "Anne of Green Bagels" by Jon Buller. Registration is limited to 10 kids. For ages 8-12.

Thu, Jul 05, 4:00PM - 6:00PM
This program is held at the La Quinta Wellness Center located next door to the Library at  78450 Avenida La Fonda, La Quinta, CA 92253.Teens ages 13-17 can work on homework, watch a video, or play a game. Research assistance and tech help available from the Teen Librarian.

Classroom
Sat, Jul 07, 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Play Anime Twister! For ages 13-17.For more information, check out our Teen Blog: laqlibraryteens.blogspot.com

Classroom
Sun, Jul 08, 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Join our new Graphic Novel Book Club for adults! Our next pick is "The Harlem Hellfighters" by Max Brooks. See the Adult Reference Desk to sign up and get a copy and if you've already read it, stop by for the discussion!

Children's Area
Sun, Jul 08, 1:30PM - 3:00PM
For all ages. Play over-sized indoor games like Twister, Tic Tac Toe, Ring Toss, and lots more!

Classroom
Mon, Jul 09, 4:00PM - 5:30PM
For ages 13-17.Build a vehicle and make it move!

Children's Area
Tue, Jul 10, 11:00AM - 12:30PM
For ages 2-7. Join Ms. Sarah for stories, games, crafts, and other activities!

Classroom
Tue, Jul 10, 11:00AM - 12:15PM
For ages 8-12.Hang out, play games, or do a craft!

Tue, Jul 10, 4:00PM - 5:00PM
For ages 8-12.This month's read is "Abel's Island" by William Steig.First 5 tweens to register get a free copy of the book!Register at the Children's desk.Click here for more library events!

Tue, Jul 10, 6:30PM - 7:30PM
Join us as we discuss "The Art of Secrets" by James Klise. We'll meet next door at the La Quinta Wellness Center! Sign up at the Adult Reference Desk!

Classroom
Wed, Jul 11, 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Join us as we discuss "Tropic of Kansas" by Christopher Brown and then pick up the book we'll discuss in August! Bring your library cards! 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!

Classroom
Wed, Jul 11, 3:00PM - 5:30PM
For ages 8-12 Join Ms. Sarah for a different activity each week!

Classroom
Thu, Jul 12, 10:30AM - 12:30PM
Beat the heat and join us for a movie!

Thu, Jul 12, 4:00PM - 6:00PM
This program is held at the La Quinta Wellness Center located next door to the Library at  78450 Avenida La Fonda, La Quinta, CA 92253.Teens ages 13-17 can work on homework, watch a video, or play a game. Research assistance and tech help available from the Teen Librarian.

Classroom
Fri, Jul 13, 4:00PM - 5:30PM
For ages 13-17.DIY Video Games, create a game and share it!

Classroom
Sun, Jul 15, 2:00PM - 3:00PM
For adults ages 18 and older. Call the library at 760-564-4767 to sign up!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!Click here for more library events!

Classroom
Mon, Jul 16, 4:00PM - 5:30PM
For ages 13-17. Create a hanging jar lamp to add ambiance to your space.

Children's Area
Tue, Jul 17, 11:00AM - 12:30PM
For ages 2-7. Join Ms. Sarah for stories, games, crafts, and other activities!

Classroom
Tue, Jul 17, 11:00AM - 12:15PM
For ages 8-12.Hang out, play games, or do a craft!

Children's Area
Tue, Jul 17, 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Join our tween creative writing club! Registration required. Exclusive to 8-12 year olds.Click here for more library events!

Classroom
Wed, Jul 18, 3:00PM - 5:30PM
For ages 8-12 Join Ms. Sarah for a different activity each week!

Classroom
Wed, Jul 18, 5:30PM - 6:45PM
Interesado en leer y discutir en español? Venga y participe en nuestro club de leer en español este verano. Para inscribirse pase por el escritorio de referencia. Será el miércoles, 18 de Julio, de 5:30 pm hasta las 6:30 pm. Para edades 13+.

Thu, Jul 19, 10:30AM - 12:30PM
Design a container using recycled materials provided by the library to keep an egg from breaking when dropped from a great height. Materials and eggs provided while supplies last.

Classroom
Thu, Jul 19, 3:30PM - 4:30PM
Join our 3rd session! Children ages 8 to 11 will participate in an educational and artistic session lead by local artists from the La Quinta Art Association followed by a scheduled art activity. Registration is required and limited to 24 participants. Sign up at the Children's Desk.

Thu, Jul 19, 4:00PM - 6:00PM
This program is held at the La Quinta Wellness Center located next door to the Library at  78450 Avenida La Fonda, La Quinta, CA 92253.Teens ages 13-17 can work on homework, watch a video, or play a game. Research assistance and tech help available from the Teen Librarian.

Classroom
Sat, Jul 21, 10:30AM - 12:00PM
For ages 18+ Bring your own journal and learn how to design your own bullet journal to track your reading! Pens, markers, and rulers will be provided. Registration is required so sign up at the Adult Reference Desk. Space is limited!

Multi-Purpose Room
Sat, Jul 21, 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.comClick here fore more La Quinta Library events!

Mon, Jul 23, 11:30AM - 12:30PM
Sign up to read one of the books on our list or just come and tell us about whatever you've been reading! Register at the Adult Reference Desk to sign up and view the book list or call the Library.

Classroom
Mon, Jul 23, 4:00PM - 5:30PM
For ages 13-17. Escape Room - Teen Edition!

Children's Area
Tue, Jul 24, 11:00AM - 12:30PM
For ages 2-7. Join Ms. Sarah for stories, games, crafts, and other activities!

Classroom
Tue, Jul 24, 11:00AM - 12:15PM
For ages 8-12.Hang out, play games, or do a craft!

Tue, Jul 24, 4:00PM - 5:00PM
For ages 8-12.This month's read is "Abel's Island" by William Steig.First 5 tweens to register get a free copy of the book!Register at the Children's desk.Click here for more library events!

Classroom
Wed, Jul 25, 3:00PM - 5:30PM
For ages 8-12 Join Ms. Sarah for a different activity each week!

Thu, Jul 26, 4:00PM - 6:00PM
This program is held at the La Quinta Wellness Center located next door to the Library at  78450 Avenida La Fonda, La Quinta, CA 92253.Teens ages 13-17 can work on homework, watch a video, or play a game. Research assistance and tech help available from the Teen Librarian.

Classroom
Fri, Jul 27, 10:30AM - 12:30PM
Have a Dino Encounter!Meet Rocky, a 6 year-old T-Rex! Step back in time to learn about Prehistoric Earth and early life as it developed.

Classroom
Fri, Jul 27, 1:00PM - 6:00PM
For ages 13-17.SUMMER SPECIAL - ALL DAY GAME DAY!Take over the world in this game of strategy conquest.The goal is simple: Conquer your enemies' territories by building an army, moving your troops in, and engaging in battle.

Classroom
Sat, Jul 28, 10:30AM - 12:00PM
Harry Potter fans!!!!We're hosting a Harry Potter Book Club leading up to and during Harry Potter Month in November! For the next 6 months, starting in June, we'll discuss books 1 - 6 and then have a special final meeting in November with book 7. Limited copies will be available at the Reference Desk for checkout. ***PLEASE NOTE: We'll have two discussion groups at the same time! One for ages 7 - 12 and another for ages 13 and up. Registration is REQUIRED ONLY for the 7 - 12 group but encouraged for the 13 and up group. Stop by or call the Adult Reference Desk at 760-564-4767 to sign up.Each discussion will be held the 4th Saturday of the month at 10:30AM. Here are the dates for each discussion:June 23rd - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone AND the Chamber of SecretsJuly 28th - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanAugust 25th - Harry Potter and the Goblet of FireSeptember 22nd - Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixOctober 27th - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceNovember TBD - Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsWe hope you'll join us for this magical book club!

Children's Area
Sun, Jul 29, 1:30PM - 3:00PM
For all ages. Make paper airplanes and sees whose flies the furthest in a flight competition!

Thu, Aug 02, 4:00PM - 6:00PM
This program is held at the La Quinta Wellness Center located next door to the Library at  78450 Avenida La Fonda, La Quinta, CA 92253.Teens ages 13-17 can work on homework, watch a video, or play a game. Research assistance and tech help available from the Teen Librarian.

Thu, Aug 09, 4:00PM - 6:00PM
This program is held at the La Quinta Wellness Center located next door to the Library at  78450 Avenida La Fonda, La Quinta, CA 92253.Teens ages 13-17 can work on homework, watch a video, or play a game. Research assistance and tech help available from the Teen Librarian.

Thu, Aug 16, 4:00PM - 6:00PM
This program is held at the La Quinta Wellness Center located next door to the Library at  78450 Avenida La Fonda, La Quinta, CA 92253.Teens ages 13-17 can work on homework, watch a video, or play a game. Research assistance and tech help available from the Teen Librarian.

Multi-Purpose Room
Sat, Aug 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.comClick here fore more La Quinta Library events!

Classroom
Sun, Aug 19, 2:00PM - 3:00PM
For adults ages 18 and older. Call the library at 760-564-4767 to sign up!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!Click here for more library events!

Children's Area
Tue, Aug 21, 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Join our tween creative writing club! Registration required. Exclusive to 8-12 year olds.Click here for more library events!

Thu, Aug 23, 4:00PM - 6:00PM
This program is held at the La Quinta Wellness Center located next door to the Library at  78450 Avenida La Fonda, La Quinta, CA 92253.Teens ages 13-17 can work on homework, watch a video, or play a game. Research assistance and tech help available from the Teen Librarian.

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We're open 12:00PM to 4:00PM

Tomorrow's hours

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

Mon, Jun 18 10:00AM to 7:00PM
Tue, Jun 19 10:00AM to 7:00PM
Wed, Jun 20 10:00AM to 7:00PM
Thu, Jun 21 10:00AM to 7:00PM
Fri, Jun 22 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Sat, Jun 23 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Sun, Jun 24 12:00PM to 4:00PM

Branch manager
Elizabeth Baiz
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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