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Community Celebration of the Summer Reading Program

Categorized as: Kids & Family
Event tags: Kids, Free, Food, Palm Springs, Library, Reading, Children, Books


The eight-week Summer Reading Program at the Palm Springs Public Library will be coming to an end on Saturday, July 27th with a free community celebration! Everyone is invited to attend this party from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. that will include airbrush face painting, special giveaways and tasty treats courtesy of Over the Rainbow Desserts. This celebration will also be a time for the community to give back; every one that attends is asked to bring a school supply item, like pencils, crayons, back packs or pens to donate. All school supplies donated will then be given to the James O. Jessie Desert Highland Unity Center to distribute to students. And, anyone who brings in a school supply donation will earn an extra entry ticket for the Grand Prize giveaway!

At 11:00 a.m. special music performer Bob Harrison will present “Feed Your Ears a Plateful of Music!” It is a program that everyone in the family will enjoy!

At the conclusion of his show, we will draw the winning entry tickets to give away the six bicycles to two lucky youth, teen and adult Summer Reading participants. These bikes were purchased with funds from the Palm Springs Sustainability Commission and also include a bike lock. These grand prizes are meant to inspire and be a reminder to our winners to EAT.MOVE. READ.

Finally, the program would not have been a success without the help and support of our many sponsors that donated money, time and gift certificates to our Summer Reading Program. Our program would not have been possible without their generous contributions. These include: The Friends of the Palm Springs Library, The Palm Springs Sustainability Commission, US Bank, The Desert Entertainer, Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films, Over the Rainbow Desserts, Shakey’s Pizza Parlor, Palm Springs Power Baseball, Rick’s Restaurant & Rick’s Desert Grill, Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, Trio Restaurant, Round Table Pizza, The Tropicale Dining & Lounge, Camelot Theaters, Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert, Johannes Restaurant, Spencer’s Restaurant, LULU California Bistro, Jake’s Ready to Eat, Espresso Cielo, McDonald’s, Wang’s in the Desert, Kaiser Grille, Desert Ice Castle, Cheeky’s/Birba/Jiao Restaurants, Guacamoles, and Togo’s Sandwiches.

The Library had over 700 people sign-up and participate in the Reading Is So Delicious Summer Reading Program this year. Weekly programs--many with special performers for youth, teens and adults, prize drawings and the 5-Book Challenge as well as Book BINGO were just some of the activities this summer. “Summer Reading is so important for students to help prevent summer learning loss,” said Jeannie Kays, Director of Library Services, “and it’s a great time for families to interact and get to know the library and all we have to offer!”

The City of Palm Springs has a wonderful history of valuing library services. With over 100,000 individual items, the Palm Springs Public Library offers a varied and comprehensive collection to the community. The Library is located at 300 S. Sunrise Way, on the corner of Sunrise Way and Baristo Road. For more information call 760-322-READ or log on to

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