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La Quinta

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Classroom
Mon, Mar 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, Mar 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, Mar 28, 11:00AM - 11:30AM
"Book Babies Storytime" for 0-2 year-olds every Tuesday at 10:00am & a 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 28, 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 29, 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 30, 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 30, 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!

Thu, Mar 30, 4:00PM - 6:00PM

This program is held at the La Quinta Wellness Center at 78450 Avenida La Fonda La Quinta, CA 92253. (Next door to the Library)

Work on homework, watch a video, play a game - the lab is yours Thursdays from 4-6! Research assistance and tech help available from the Teen Librarian. Ages 13-17.

Click here for more La Quinta Library events!


Children's Area
Sat, Apr 01, 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, Apr 04, 10:00AM - 10:30AM
"Book Babies Storytime" for 0-2 year olds today 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, Apr 04, 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, Apr 04, 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Tweens ages 9-12 can join us at the Library for Trivia Night!

Adult Section
Wed, Apr 05, 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, Apr 05, 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Join us as we discuss "Lincoln in the Bardo" by George Saunders at this meeting and pick up the book we'll discuss in May. Bring your library cards!


Children's Area
Wed, Apr 05, 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, Apr 06, 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, Apr 06, 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!

Thu, Apr 06, 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.


Children's Area
Sat, Apr 08, 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, Apr 08, 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, Apr 11, 10:00AM - 10:30AM
"Book Babies Storytime" for 0-2 year olds today 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, Apr 11, 11:00AM - 12:00PM

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, Apr 11, 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, Apr 11, 4:00PM - 5:30PM
This month's book is Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee.

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

Book club runs through May 2017.

Adult Section
Wed, Apr 12, 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, Apr 12, 5:30PM - 6:30PM
Come dressed in your favorite pajamas and enjoy songs and stories with Ms. Sarah!


Children's Area
Thu, Apr 13, 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, Apr 13, 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!

Thu, Apr 13, 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, Apr 14, 10:30AM - 5:00PM
Stop Motion Academy: Watch movies, design a character, collavorate on a script, and create your own Stop Motion short! *Lunch provided*  For more information, check out our Teen Blog: laqlibraryteens.blogspot.com

Children's Area
Fri, Apr 14, 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, Apr 15, 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, Apr 18, 10:00AM - 10:30AM
"Book Babies Storytime" for 0-2 year olds today 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, Apr 18, 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, Apr 18, 4:00PM - 5:30PM

Check out our very first Creative Writing Workshop. Exclusive to 9-12 year olds.


Adult Section
Wed, Apr 19, 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, Apr 19, 11:00AM - 12:30PM
Your City, Your Story: Scanning Event-

Bring 10 old photos of yourself or your family in and around the city of La Quinta. We'll scan them to make a mural for the library. You'll get a FREE jump drive with the photos scanned to it. All contributors will receive noticeable credit. 


Children's Area
Wed, Apr 19, 5:30PM - 7:00PM

Our special guests, Animal Samaritans, will be here with a couple of furry friends!

Click here fore more La Quinta Library events!


Children's Area
Thu, Apr 20, 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, Apr 20, 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!

Multi-Purpose Room
Thu, Apr 20, 4:00PM - 5:30PM

Join in on the fun at our Fancy Nancy Party!

Please see Ms. Sarah for registration information. 

Intended only for 6-9 year old children.


Thu, Apr 20, 4:00PM - 6:30PM

Local Voices Series Presents:

On Thursday, April 20, 2017, from 4 to 6:30 pm, local La Quinta artists and writers will publicly display or read their work on the patio of the La Quinta Public Library. These creators will be on hand to show and talk about their works.

This event is open to ages 9 to 17 years old. Limited to 6 artists. Stop by the Library to pick up an application or apply online at http://goo.gl/rBOfEQ . 

Applications due Monday, April 3, 2017.


Thu, Apr 20, 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
Thu, Apr 20, 6:00PM - 6:45PM

We don't just read and discuss books for this club but also read articles or listen to podcast episodes (we promise they'll be short!).

See the Adult Reference Desk for each month's materials and if you have any questions or suggestions!


Children's Area
Sat, Apr 22, 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, Apr 22, 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


Classroom
Mon, Apr 24, 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, Apr 25, 10:00AM - 10:30AM
"Book Babies Storytime" for 0-2 year olds today 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, Apr 25, 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, Apr 25, 4:00PM - 5:30PM
This month's book is Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee.

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

Book club runs through May 2017.

Adult Section
Wed, Apr 26, 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, Apr 27, 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, Apr 27, 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!

Thu, Apr 27, 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
Thu, Apr 27, 4:30PM - 5:30PM
"Take Time to Unwind - Top 5 Anti-Stress Tips"
Dr. Joy will be sharing some functional medicine tips on things you can do to rest better, and have an improved sense of well-being. You will leave enlightened, happy, and relaxed! Now doesn't that sound great! Call (760) 423-4855 to reserve your spot or go online to emc.org/calendar.

Classroom
Fri, Apr 28, 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Join your friends for a head-to-head competition each month!

Children's Area
Fri, Apr 28, 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!


Sat, Apr 29, 2:00PM - 4:30PM

Celebrate literacy, children, and books at our annual event. Enjoy games, prizes, face painting, a craft, and cake! Special performance by "Rudy's Radical Science" and Valley View School Ballet Folklorico. Registration starts at 1:00 p.m. 

Free books & refreshments as supplies last for the first 150 children!


Children's Area
Tue, May 02, 10:00AM - 10:30AM
"Book Babies Storytime" for 0-2 year olds today 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, May 02, 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, May 03, 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, May 03, 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, May 04, 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, May 04, 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, May 06, 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, May 06, 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, May 09, 10:00AM - 10:30AM
"Book Babies Storytime" for 0-2 year olds today 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, May 09, 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, May 09, 4:00PM - 5:30PM
This month's book is Leaping Beauty by Gregory Maguire.

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

Book club runs through May 2017.

Adult Section
Wed, May 10, 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, May 10, 5:30PM - 6:30PM
Come dressed in your favorite pajamas and enjoy songs and stories with Ms. Sarah!


Children's Area
Thu, May 11, 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, May 11, 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, May 12, 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, May 12, 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, May 13, 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.


Adult Section
Wed, May 17, 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, May 17, 5:30PM - 7:00PM

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

Click here fore more La Quinta Library events!


Children's Area
Sat, May 20, 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, May 20, 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


Classroom
Mon, May 22, 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, May 23, 4:00PM - 5:30PM
This month's book is Leaping Beauty by Gregory Maguire.

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

Book club runs through May 2017.

Adult Section
Wed, May 24, 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.

Adult Section
Fri, May 26, 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

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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, Mar 27 10:00AM to 7:00PM
Tue, Mar 28 10:00AM to 7:00PM
Wed, Mar 29 10:00AM to 7:00PM
Thu, Mar 30 10:00AM to 7:00PM
Fri, Mar 31 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Sat, Apr 01 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Sun, Apr 02 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
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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