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BRANCH EVENTS

Community room
Thu, Sep 19, 1:00PM - 3:00PM
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 between right and wrong. At the end of each case, after rendering your own verdict, you will find out what really happened. Must be 18 or older to participate.

Thu, Sep 19, 2:00PM - 4:00PM
One-on-One Tech training sessions on Thursday afternoons this fall! Bring your own computer, tablet, phone, etc., or use a library laptop. You'll have a 30-minute session with a Reference librarian. Call 760-346-6552, ext. 4206 for an appointment (required).

Story room
Mon, Sep 23, 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Delight and stimulate your baby's senses with books, rhymes and music. Ages 0 - 2.

Community room
Mon, Sep 23, 2:00PM - 4:30PM
"All the President's Men" (1976) The story of relentless journalism in pursuit of the truth about Nixon's Watergate is beautifully told under Alan J. Pakula's direction. Starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as the Washington Post's Woodward and Bernstein, and Jason Robards as Executive Editor Ben Bradlee. Warner Bros. Running time: 2 hours and 18 minutes.

Story room
Tue, Sep 24, 3:30PM - 5:30PM
This is the analog (NOT computer!) table-top version of the popular role-playing game for adults (age 18 and over).

Seminar room
Tue, Sep 24, 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Three great men--all giants in their fields--intersected in unusual ways at the beginning of the 20th Century. Guglielmo Marconi, the inventor of wireless/radio; David Sarnoff, a founder of the National Broadcasting Company (NBCP); and Arturo Toscanini, conductor of the NBC Symphony Orchestra. What happened among them will surprise and delight you! Michael Scofield presents the story, with illustration.

Story room
Thu, Sep 26, 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Come and have fun with stories, puppets, songs, finger plays and simple crafts. For ages 3 to 5.

Thu, Sep 26, 2:00PM - 4:00PM
One-on-One Tech training sessions on Thursday afternoons this fall! Bring your own computer, tablet, phone, etc., or use a library laptop. You'll have a 30-minute session with a Reference librarian. Call 760-346-6552, ext. 4206 for an appointment (required).

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

Community room
Tue, Oct 01, 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Today's topic: How to use the online catalog. Learn about the latest technology available in the library. This hour-long instruction class takes place the first Tuesday of every month.

Community room
Tue, Oct 01, 2:00PM - 3:15PM
Join Jiggs Gallagher for a free-wheeling discussion! A limited number of books of the month are available for check-out from the library several weeks before the discussion date. Today's volume: "The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain.

Community room
Tue, Oct 01, 3:30PM - 5:30PM
Supervised after-school program, when school is in session. For teens in grades 6 - 12. Video and board games, help with homework, refreshments.  

Community room
Thu, Oct 03, 3:00PM - 5:00PM
October 3, 3 p.m. "American Creed" PBS Film   This outstanding documentary film, produced by Citizen Film of San Francisco, together with the Public Broadcasting System (PBS), concerns the political divide in America today and how to bridge it, as we move toward the 2020 election cycle. The showing will be followed by a discussion, moderated by Fred Jandt, Ph.D., a communications professional with a specialty in mediation. He is a trustee of the College of the Desert, and the retired dean of the California State University Palm Desert Campus.

Community room
Mon, Oct 07, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Guided meditation with Vib Verma.

Community room
Tue, Oct 08, 3:30PM - 5:30PM
Carve your own pumpkin and share the scariest book you've ever read! Create a fun crafts while you share what you're reading.  For teens in grades 6 - 12.

Community room
Thu, Oct 10, 3:00PM - 5:00PM
Author Nadine Gross speaks about the ancient Chinese art, which involves much more than just the arrangement of furniture. Choice of colors and other factors can actually change your life! Her book is "Feng Shui for College Students," but the principles will apply to everyone. This is a two-hour program.

Mon, Oct 14, 10:00AM - 8:00PM
The library is closed in observance of Columbus Day. It will re-open on Tuesday, October 15 at 10 a.m.

Community room
Tue, Oct 22, 5:00PM - 7:30PM
A relative of Ichabod Crane has been murdered and it's up to YOU and your friends to bring the killer to justice! Every teen who attends is highly encouraged to wear costumes. Coming in costume will give us the fun of unmasking the killer in our midst! First 50 teens to arrive will receive a door prize. Please R.S.V.P at (760)-346-6552 space is limited. Program lasts from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Ages 12 and up!

Community room
Mon, Oct 28, 10:30AM - 12:30PM
Representatives from the California Southland Chapter of Alzheimer's Association will present an informative two-hour program for those facing this disease and those who are caregivers. Bring your curiosity and your questions! This is the first of a two-part series.

Community room
Mon, Oct 28, 2:00PM - 3:30PM
"His Girl Friday" (1940) A newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying. Screwball comedy starring Gregory Peck and Rosalind Russell. Directed by Howard Hawks. Adapted by Ben Hecht from his book and previous film, "The Front Page." Columbia Pictures. Running time: 1 hour & 32 minutes.

Community room
Sat, Nov 02, 1:00PM - 4:30PM
November is National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo! The goal of "Come Write-In" is to help you finish or seriously start writing a novel. We provide the space, you provide the creativity. Join other aspiring novelists in writing! Bring your laptop, pen & paper or quill & parchment. Refreshments are OK. No registration required; just drop-in and join the fun. Must be 13 or older to participate. The program will run November 2, 9, 16 and 23.

Community room
Mon, Nov 04, 3:00PM - 5:30PM
Beginners or advanced-adults will paint under instruction by Artist Marguerite Taxner, with acrylics! You'll take home the work you complete during this 2-1/2-hour session! RESERVATION required! Call 760-346-6552, ext. 4212, or sign up at the library's Circulation or Reference desk. This is a very popular program. Enrollment is limited to 10 people.

Community room
Sat, Nov 09, 1:00PM - 4:30PM
November is National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo! The goal of "Come Write-In" is to help you finish or seriously start writing a novel. We provide the space, you provide the creativity. Join other aspiring novelists in writing! Bring your laptop, pen & paper or quill & parchment. Refreshments are OK. No registration required; just drop-in and join the fun. Must be 13 or older to participate. The program will run November 2, 9, 16 and 23.

Mon, Nov 11, 10:00AM - 8:00PM
The library is closed in observance of Veterans Day. It will re-open on Tuesday, November 12 at 10 a.m.

Community room
Sat, Nov 16, 1:00PM - 4:30PM
November is National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo! The goal of "Come Write-In" is to help you finish or seriously start writing a novel. We provide the space, you provide the creativity. Join other aspiring novelists in writing! Bring your laptop, pen & paper or quill & parchment. Refreshments are OK. No registration required; just drop-in and join the fun. Must be 13 or older to participate. The program will run November 2, 9, 16 and 23.

Community room
Mon, Nov 18, 10:30AM - 12:30PM
Second in a two-part series, representatives of the California Southland Chapter of Alzheimer's Association will present a two-hour program on preventive strategies against Alzheimer's, for both those facing the disease and their caregivers.

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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Branch manager
Julia Schumacher
Address
73-300 Fred Waring Drive
Palm Desert
California 92260
Tel: (760) 346-6552
Fax: (760) 341-7862

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Literature Resource Center
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Career Transitions
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Scholastic Go
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Teaching Books
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Tuition Funding Sources
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King James Bible
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Braille Institute
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Health and Fitness
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Health Reference Center
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