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Lake Tamarisk

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BRANCH EVENTS

Tue, Jun 18, 10:30AM - 11:00AM
Storytime with friends is a group of little readers just learnign how to read where staff can read to them and engae with their friends about the story as well as comprehending books 

Tue, Jun 18, 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Teen and youth only activities. Where they can come hang out and Enjoy books, movies, games, crafts, and more, with different selections each week.

Thu, Jun 20, 12:00PM - 3:00PM
Summer fun for the community to come to the library and interact with one another while reading or playing games 

Sat, Jun 22, 10:30AM - 12:00PM
Using ones creativity to create Crafts such as coloring, drawing, cutting which all require a child to use both of their hands together.This skill is important in other areas including writing, tying shoes, typing and much more!

Sat, Jun 22, 12:00PM - 2:00PM
Movie time in the library to have a place to come and relax with family while watching a movie

Tue, Jun 25, 10:30AM - 11:00AM
Storytime with friends is a group of little readers just learnign how to read where staff can read to them and engae with their friends about the story as well as comprehending books 

Tue, Jun 25, 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Teen and youth only activities. Where they can come hang out and Enjoy books, movies, games, crafts, and more, with different selections each week.

Thu, Jun 27, 12:00PM - 3:00PM
Summer fun for the community to come to the library and interact with one another while reading or playing games 

Sat, Jun 29, 10:30AM - 12:00PM
Using ones creativity to create Crafts such as coloring, drawing, cutting which all require a child to use both of their hands together.This skill is important in other areas including writing, tying shoes, typing and much more!

Tue, Jul 02, 10:30AM - 11:00AM
Storytime with friends is a group of little readers just learnign how to read where staff can read to them and engae with their friends about the story as well as comprehending books 

Tue, Jul 02, 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Teen and youth only activities. Where they can come hang out and Enjoy books, movies, games, crafts, and more, with different selections each week.

Thu, Jul 04, 12:00PM - 3:00PM
Summer fun for the community to come to the library and interact with one another while reading or playing games 

Sat, Jul 06, 10:30AM - 12:00PM
Using ones creativity to create Crafts such as coloring, drawing, cutting which all require a child to use both of their hands together.This skill is important in other areas including writing, tying shoes, typing and much more!

Tue, Jul 09, 10:30AM - 11:00AM
Storytime with friends is a group of little readers just learnign how to read where staff can read to them and engae with their friends about the story as well as comprehending books 

Tue, Jul 09, 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Teen and youth only activities. Where they can come hang out and Enjoy books, movies, games, crafts, and more, with different selections each week.

Thu, Jul 11, 12:00PM - 3:00PM
Summer fun for the community to come to the library and interact with one another while reading or playing games 

Sat, Jul 13, 10:30AM - 12:00PM
Using ones creativity to create Crafts such as coloring, drawing, cutting which all require a child to use both of their hands together.This skill is important in other areas including writing, tying shoes, typing and much more!

Tue, Jul 16, 10:30AM - 11:00AM
Storytime with friends is a group of little readers just learnign how to read where staff can read to them and engae with their friends about the story as well as comprehending books 

Tue, Jul 16, 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Teen and youth only activities. Where they can come hang out and Enjoy books, movies, games, crafts, and more, with different selections each week.

Thu, Jul 18, 12:00PM - 3:00PM
Summer fun for the community to come to the library and interact with one another while reading or playing games 

Sat, Jul 20, 10:30AM - 12:00PM
Using ones creativity to create Crafts such as coloring, drawing, cutting which all require a child to use both of their hands together.This skill is important in other areas including writing, tying shoes, typing and much more!

Tue, Jul 23, 10:30AM - 11:00AM
Storytime with friends is a group of little readers just learnign how to read where staff can read to them and engae with their friends about the story as well as comprehending books 

Sat, Jul 27, 10:00AM - 11:00AM
Drive In In your cardboard car made by patrons on crafty saturday and watch a movie with family

Sat, Jul 27, 10:30AM - 12:00PM
Using ones creativity to create Crafts such as coloring, drawing, cutting which all require a child to use both of their hands together.This skill is important in other areas including writing, tying shoes, typing and much more!

Sat, Aug 03, 10:30AM - 12:00PM
Using ones creativity to create Crafts such as coloring, drawing, cutting which all require a child to use both of their hands together.This skill is important in other areas including writing, tying shoes, typing and much more!

Sat, Aug 10, 10:30AM - 12:00PM
Using ones creativity to create Crafts such as coloring, drawing, cutting which all require a child to use both of their hands together.This skill is important in other areas including writing, tying shoes, typing and much more!

Library Holiday Closure

Memorial Day
May 27, 2019

Independence Day
July 4, 2019

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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Today's hours

Closed

Tomorrow's hours

We're open 9:00AM to 5:00PM

Mon, Jun 17 Closed
Tue, Jun 18 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Wed, Jun 19 Closed
Thu, Jun 20 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Fri, Jun 21 Closed
Sat, Jun 22 10:00AM to 2:00PM
Sun, Jun 23 Closed

Address
43-880 Tamarisk Drive
P.O. Box 260
Desert Center
California 92239
Tel: (760) 227-3273
Fax: (760) 227-0043

Lake Tamarisk Branch Library, located in Desert Center, is the eastern most library in the Riverside Library System.  It services a small community of 150 full time residents with the addition of approximately 300 winter visitors.  As such it is a much treasured resource in our

remote community as it is the only amenity available to our residents.

 

In the beginning our library started with a box of books in the Desert Center Café.  After the Kaiser mine opened a small library was formed in one of the buildings.  In 1970 the present Riverside County building used jointly by the fire department and our library was constructed. 

Upon the closing of Kaiser mine in the early 1980s leading to the departure of most of the area residents the plan to close the Lake Tamarisk developed.  A letter writing campaign instigated by the Friends of the Lake Tamarisk Library prevented the potential sad end to our treasured community asset.


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