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BRANCH EVENTS

Children's Area
Tue, Oct 16, 10:00AM - 10:30AM
Join us for our traditional baby storytime with stories and songs.For ages 0-3. Limited to 30 participants.

Children's Area
Tue, Oct 16, 10:30AM - 11:00AM
A less structured, more interactive story time, this program will include a book nook, a sensory station, and hands-on play area. For ages 0-3. Limited to 30 participants.

Children's Area
Tue, Oct 16, 11:00AM - 11:30AM
A less structured, more interactive story time, this program will include a book nook, a sensory station, and hands-on play area. For ages 0-3. Limited to 30 participants.

Children's Area
Tue, Oct 16, 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Join our tween creative writing club!For ages 8-12. Registration required.

Children's Area
Wed, Oct 17, 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Build your creation based on the theme of the day.For grades 2-8. Registration required.

Children's Area
Wed, Oct 17, 5:00PM - 6:00PM
Join us for Family Fun Night for some stories and to learn about fire safety and emergency preparedness! Meet your local firefighters and safety officer! 

Children's Area
Thu, Oct 18, 10:00AM - 10:30AM
Join our traditional storytime for songs, stories, puppets, and a craft! For ages 4-5. Limited to 30 participants.

Children's Area
Thu, Oct 18, 10:30AM - 11:00AM
Join our traditional storytime for songs, stories, puppets, and a craft! For ages 4-5. Limited to 30 participants.

Children's Area
Thu, Oct 18, 11:00AM - 11:30AM
A less-structured story time that will include stories, but will focus on body movement through basic yoga poses, music, and dancing. For ages 4-5. Limited to 30 participants.

Thu, Oct 18, 4:00PM - 5:00PM
IIn this 4-week class, participants will develop their research skills. Open computer lab use for teens from 5pm to 6pm.For ages 11-17. Limited to 9 participants. Registration required.

Classroom
Thu, Oct 18, 5:30PM - 6:45PM
Ever wondered how to brew your own beer? The Coachella Valley Homebrew Club will give you the info to get you started! Stick around for beer tasting! IDs will be checked at the door. Ages 21+ only. Call the Library to sign up.For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Classroom
Sat, Oct 20, 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Want to be able to read and comprehend books better? This book club will explore how to do just that with Mortimer J. Adler's "How to Read a Book." This book club will meet twice a month in October and November. For ages 18+. Registration required.For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Classroom
Sat, Oct 20, 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Share what you're psyched about this month! Grab a free book just for joining in! For ages 13-17.For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Mon, Oct 22, 10:00AM - 11:00AM
In this 3-week series, participants will learn the basics of Facebook, create an account, upload and share pictures and learn to navigate your newsfeed!For computer users with basic keyboard and mouse skills. For ages 18+. Limited to 6, registration required.

Classroom
Mon, Oct 22, 11:30AM - 12:30PM
Join our informal book club!Each month we have a list of books you can choose from to read and talk about or you can just talk about whatever you've been reading. Think of it like a bookish "show and tell."See the Adult Reference Desk if you're interested and want to sign up. Or just join us on the day of! For age 18 and up.For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Children's Area
Tue, Oct 23, 10:00AM - 10:30AM
Join us for our traditional baby storytime with stories and songs.For ages 0-3. Limited to 30 participants.

Children's Area
Tue, Oct 23, 10:30AM - 11:00AM
A less structured, more interactive story time, this program will include a book nook, a sensory station, and hands-on play area. For ages 0-3. Limited to 30 participants.

Children's Area
Tue, Oct 23, 11:00AM - 11:30AM
A less structured, more interactive story time, this program will include a book nook, a sensory station, and hands-on play area. For ages 0-3. Limited to 30 participants.

Multi-Purpose Room
Tue, Oct 23, 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Growing your own vegetables at home is enjoyable, satisfying, and thrifty, not to mention tasty. Come, bring your questions, and learn how to begin, or, perhaps, share your own experiences in this rewarding venture. Presented by UCCE Master Gardeners of Riverside County Bob and Susanne Adamson. For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Children's Area
Tue, Oct 23, 4:00PM - 5:00PM
This month's book is "Land of Stories" by Chris Colfer. The first 5 tweens to register will receive a free copy of the book.For ages 8-12. Sign up at the Children's desk.For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Children's Area
Wed, Oct 24, 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Learn the basics of calligraphy, formatting a letter, and sending mail the old fashioned way.For grades 2-8. Registration required.

Classroom
Wed, Oct 24, 4:30PM - 6:00PM
Survival Spanish Class will cover basic topics including but not limited to: the alphabet, numbers, greetings, everyday vocabulary, forming simple sentences, and other grammar. Some instruction will be in English. Registration required, limited to 20 adults per session. You do not have to sign up for all 6 classes.For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Thu, Oct 25, 11:00AM - 11:40AM
Ms. Sarah will have a special story time to celebrate "Read for the Record," a campaign which gathers over 2 million people together around the world to read the same book on the same day. This year's book is Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell and illustrated by Rafael Lpez.For ages 4-5

Thu, Oct 25, 4:00PM - 5:00PM
IIn this 4-week class, participants will develop their research skills. Open computer lab use for teens from 5pm to 6pm.For ages 11-17. Limited to 9 participants. Registration required.

Thu, Oct 25, 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Come and hear some spooky tales read by our librarians at the Old Town Tap Room. It's sure to be a fright!For ages 21+ only.This event is free, though drinks are not.For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Classroom
Fri, Oct 26, 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Enjoy coffee, a craft, and conversation.For ages 18+. Registration required.For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Classroom
Fri, Oct 26, 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Go head-to-head in a different competition each month!For ages 13-17.For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Classroom
Sat, Oct 27, 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!

Sat, Oct 27, 2:00PM - 4:30PM
Join us for our 5th Annual Pumpkin Day!Enjoy spooky stories, games, a craft*, a costume contest & more! Kids, bring your own bag for candy stations*! For ages 12 and under.*As supplies last for the first 150 kids!

Children's Area
Sun, Oct 28, 1:30PM - 2:30PM
Join us for a fall-themed DIY project!Registration required.For all ages.For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Mon, Oct 29, 10:00AM - 11:00AM
In this 3-week series, participants will learn the basics of Facebook, create an account, upload and share pictures and learn to navigate your newsfeed!For computer users with basic keyboard and mouse skills. For ages 18+. Limited to 6, registration required.

Children's Area
Tue, Oct 30, 10:00AM - 10:30AM
Join us for our traditional baby storytime with stories and songs.For ages 0-3. Limited to 30 participants.

Children's Area
Tue, Oct 30, 10:30AM - 11:00AM
A less structured, more interactive story time, this program will include a book nook, a sensory station, and hands-on play area. For ages 0-3. Limited to 30 participants.

Children's Area
Tue, Oct 30, 11:00AM - 11:30AM
A less structured, more interactive story time, this program will include a book nook, a sensory station, and hands-on play area. For ages 0-3. Limited to 30 participants.

Tue, Oct 30, 6:30PM - 7:30PM
We will discuss "Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge" by Paul Krueger.For ages 21+: Sign up at the library and pick up a copy!We will meet at Red Robin in La Quinta.**This event is free to attend, though food/drinks are not.For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Children's Area
Wed, Oct 31, 10:00AM - 10:30AM
Think of this story time like a book club for your little one! Check off all those classic picture books and join our newest story time!For ages 4-6.For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Children's Area
Thu, Nov 01, 10:00AM - 10:30AM
Join our traditional storytime for songs, stories, puppets, and a craft! For ages 4-5. Limited to 30 participants.

Children's Area
Thu, Nov 01, 10:30AM - 11:00AM
Join our traditional storytime for songs, stories, puppets, and a craft! For ages 4-5. Limited to 30 participants.

Children's Area
Thu, Nov 01, 11:00AM - 11:30AM
A less-structured story time that will include stories, but will focus on body movement through basic yoga poses, music, and dancing. For ages 4-5. Limited to 30 participants.

Fri, Nov 02, 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Every first Friday, join us at various coffee/tea shops to chat about what you're reading, what you'd like to see happen at the library, or whatever else you'd like to talk about! Our first location will be Panera Bread in La Quinta!

Classroom
Sat, Nov 03, 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Want to be able to read and comprehend books better? This book club will explore how to do just that with Mortimer J. Adler's "How to Read a Book." This book club will meet twice a month in October and November. For ages 18+. Registration required.For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Classroom
Sat, Nov 03, 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Hang out with friends, watch anime, and do an activity.For ages 13-17.For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Children's Area
Tue, Nov 06, 10:00AM - 10:30AM
Join us for our traditional baby storytime with stories and songs.For ages 0-3. Limited to 30 participants.

Children's Area
Tue, Nov 06, 10:30AM - 11:00AM
A less structured, more interactive story time, this program will include a book nook, a sensory station, and hands-on play area. For ages 0-3. Limited to 30 participants.

Children's Area
Tue, Nov 06, 11:00AM - 11:30AM
A less structured, more interactive story time, this program will include a book nook, a sensory station, and hands-on play area. For ages 0-3. Limited to 30 participants.

Children's Area
Wed, Nov 07, 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Based on the best-selling etiquette books for almost 100 years (Emily Post Good Manners), Ms. Sarah will adapt old school manners and lessons for the digital age, plus a refresher on forgotten manners. For grades 2-8. Registration required.

Children's Area
Thu, Nov 08, 10:00AM - 10:30AM
Join our traditional storytime for songs, stories, puppets, and a craft! For ages 4-5. Limited to 30 participants.

Children's Area
Thu, Nov 08, 10:30AM - 11:00AM
Join our traditional storytime for songs, stories, puppets, and a craft! For ages 4-5. Limited to 30 participants.

Children's Area
Thu, Nov 08, 11:00AM - 11:30AM
A less-structured story time that will include stories, but will focus on body movement through basic yoga poses, music, and dancing. For ages 4-5. Limited to 30 participants.

Classroom
Fri, Nov 09, 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Play a fun game for a chance to win prizes! For ages 55+. Registration required.For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Classroom
Fri, Nov 09, 4:00PM - 5:00PM
STEAM-based activities/crafts/experiments/etc. Different each month!For ages 13-17.For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Children's Area
Tue, Nov 13, 10:00AM - 10:30AM
Join us for our traditional baby storytime with stories and songs.For ages 0-3. Limited to 30 participants.

Children's Area
Tue, Nov 13, 10:30AM - 11:00AM
A less structured, more interactive story time, this program will include a book nook, a sensory station, and hands-on play area. For ages 0-3. Limited to 30 participants.

Children's Area
Tue, Nov 13, 11:00AM - 11:30AM
A less structured, more interactive story time, this program will include a book nook, a sensory station, and hands-on play area. For ages 0-3. Limited to 30 participants.

Children's Area
Tue, Nov 13, 4:00PM - 5:00PM
This month's book is "Alice in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll. The first 5 tweens to register will receive a free copy of the book.For ages 8-12. Sign up at the Children's desk.For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Children's Area
Wed, Nov 14, 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Discover your inner artist and enjoy an afternoon of creating different types of artwork.For grades 2-8. Registration required.

Classroom
Wed, Nov 14, 4:30PM - 6:00PM
Survival Spanish Class will cover basic topics including but not limited to: the alphabet, numbers, greetings, everyday vocabulary, forming simple sentences, and other grammar. Some instruction will be in English. Registration required, limited to 20 adults per session. You do not have to sign up for all 6 classes.For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Children's Area
Thu, Nov 15, 10:00AM - 10:30AM
Join our traditional storytime for songs, stories, puppets, and a craft! For ages 4-5. Limited to 30 participants.

Children's Area
Thu, Nov 15, 10:30AM - 11:00AM
Join our traditional storytime for songs, stories, puppets, and a craft! For ages 4-5. Limited to 30 participants.

Children's Area
Thu, Nov 15, 11:00AM - 11:30AM
A less-structured story time that will include stories, but will focus on body movement through basic yoga poses, music, and dancing. For ages 4-5. Limited to 30 participants.

Classroom
Sat, Nov 17, 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Want to be able to read and comprehend books better? This book club will explore how to do just that with Mortimer J. Adler's "How to Read a Book." This book club will meet twice a month in October and November. For ages 18+. Registration required.For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Classroom
Sat, Nov 17, 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Share what you're psyched about this month! Grab a free book just for joining in! For ages 13-17.For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Children's Area
Tue, Nov 20, 10:00AM - 10:30AM
Join us for our traditional baby storytime with stories and songs.For ages 0-3. Limited to 30 participants.

Children's Area
Tue, Nov 20, 10:30AM - 11:00AM
A less structured, more interactive story time, this program will include a book nook, a sensory station, and hands-on play area. For ages 0-3. Limited to 30 participants.

Children's Area
Tue, Nov 20, 11:00AM - 11:30AM
A less structured, more interactive story time, this program will include a book nook, a sensory station, and hands-on play area. For ages 0-3. Limited to 30 participants.

Children's Area
Tue, Nov 20, 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Join our tween creative writing club!For ages 8-12. Registration required.

Children's Area
Wed, Nov 21, 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Build your creation based on the theme of the day.For grades 2-8. Registration required.

Classroom
Fri, Nov 23, 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Go head-to-head in a different competition each month!For ages 13-17.For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Classroom
Mon, Nov 26, 11:30AM - 12:30PM
Join our informal book club!Each month we have a list of books you can choose from to read and talk about or you can just talk about whatever you've been reading. Think of it like a bookish "show and tell."See the Adult Reference Desk if you're interested and want to sign up. Or just join us on the day of! For age 18 and up.For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Children's Area
Tue, Nov 27, 10:00AM - 10:30AM
Join us for our traditional baby storytime with stories and songs.For ages 0-3. Limited to 30 participants.

Children's Area
Tue, Nov 27, 10:30AM - 11:00AM
A less structured, more interactive story time, this program will include a book nook, a sensory station, and hands-on play area. For ages 0-3. Limited to 30 participants.

Children's Area
Tue, Nov 27, 11:00AM - 11:30AM
A less structured, more interactive story time, this program will include a book nook, a sensory station, and hands-on play area. For ages 0-3. Limited to 30 participants.

Children's Area
Tue, Nov 27, 4:00PM - 5:00PM
This month's book is "Alice in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll. The first 5 tweens to register will receive a free copy of the book.For ages 8-12. Sign up at the Children's desk.For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Children's Area
Wed, Nov 28, 10:00AM - 10:30AM
Think of this story time like a book club for your little one! Check off all those classic picture books and join our newest story time!For ages 4-6.For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Children's Area
Wed, Nov 28, 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Learn the basics of calligraphy, formatting a letter, and sending mail the old fashioned way.For grades 2-8. Registration required.

Classroom
Wed, Nov 28, 4:30PM - 6:00PM
Survival Spanish Class will cover basic topics including but not limited to: the alphabet, numbers, greetings, everyday vocabulary, forming simple sentences, and other grammar. Some instruction will be in English. Registration required, limited to 20 adults per session. You do not have to sign up for all 6 classes.For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Children's Area
Thu, Nov 29, 10:00AM - 10:30AM
Join our traditional storytime for songs, stories, puppets, and a craft! For ages 4-5. Limited to 30 participants.

Children's Area
Thu, Nov 29, 10:30AM - 11:00AM
Join our traditional storytime for songs, stories, puppets, and a craft! For ages 4-5. Limited to 30 participants.

Classroom
Sat, Dec 01, 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Hang out with friends, watch anime, and do an activity.For ages 13-17.For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Children's Area
Tue, Dec 04, 10:00AM - 10:30AM
Join us for our traditional baby storytime with stories and songs.For ages 0-3. Limited to 30 participants.

Children's Area
Tue, Dec 04, 10:30AM - 11:00AM
A less structured, more interactive story time, this program will include a book nook, a sensory station, and hands-on play area. For ages 0-3. Limited to 30 participants.

Children's Area
Tue, Dec 04, 11:00AM - 11:30AM
A less structured, more interactive story time, this program will include a book nook, a sensory station, and hands-on play area. For ages 0-3. Limited to 30 participants.

Children's Area
Wed, Dec 05, 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Based on the best-selling etiquette books for almost 100 years (Emily Post Good Manners), Ms. Sarah will adapt old school manners and lessons for the digital age, plus a refresher on forgotten manners. For grades 2-8. Registration required.

Children's Area
Thu, Dec 06, 10:00AM - 10:30AM
Join our traditional storytime for songs, stories, puppets, and a craft! For ages 4-5. Limited to 30 participants.

Children's Area
Thu, Dec 06, 10:30AM - 11:00AM
Join our traditional storytime for songs, stories, puppets, and a craft! For ages 4-5. Limited to 30 participants.

Fri, Dec 07, 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Every first Friday, join us at various coffee/tea shops to chat about what you're reading, what you'd like to see happen at the library, or whatever else you'd like to talk about! Our first location will be Panera Bread in La Quinta!

Classroom
Fri, Dec 07, 4:00PM - 5:00PM
STEAM-based activities/crafts/experiments/etc. Different each month!For ages 13-17.For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Classroom
Mon, Dec 10, 11:30AM - 12:30PM
Join our informal book club!Each month we have a list of books you can choose from to read and talk about or you can just talk about whatever you've been reading. Think of it like a bookish "show and tell."See the Adult Reference Desk if you're interested and want to sign up. Or just join us on the day of! For age 18 and up.For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Children's Area
Tue, Dec 11, 10:00AM - 10:30AM
Join us for our traditional baby storytime with stories and songs.For ages 0-3. Limited to 30 participants.

Children's Area
Tue, Dec 11, 10:30AM - 11:00AM
A less structured, more interactive story time, this program will include a book nook, a sensory station, and hands-on play area. For ages 0-3. Limited to 30 participants.

Children's Area
Tue, Dec 11, 11:00AM - 11:30AM
A less structured, more interactive story time, this program will include a book nook, a sensory station, and hands-on play area. For ages 0-3. Limited to 30 participants.

Children's Area
Wed, Dec 12, 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Discover your inner artist and enjoy an afternoon of creating different types of artwork.For grades 2-8. Registration required.

Classroom
Wed, Dec 12, 4:30PM - 6:00PM
Survival Spanish Class will cover basic topics including but not limited to: the alphabet, numbers, greetings, everyday vocabulary, forming simple sentences, and other grammar. Some instruction will be in English. Registration required, limited to 20 adults per session. You do not have to sign up for all 6 classes.For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Children's Area
Thu, Dec 13, 10:00AM - 10:30AM
Join our traditional storytime for songs, stories, puppets, and a craft! For ages 4-5. Limited to 30 participants.

Children's Area
Thu, Dec 13, 10:30AM - 11:00AM
Join our traditional storytime for songs, stories, puppets, and a craft! For ages 4-5. Limited to 30 participants.

Classroom
Fri, Dec 14, 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Play a fun game for a chance to win prizes! For ages 55+. Registration required.For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Library Move Closure

Coachella Library
Closed as of August 29, 2018
Grand Opening in October 6, 2018
1500 Main Street, Coachella

Library Remodel Closure

Nuview Library
February 2, 2018 through
Early 2020

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

Tomorrow's hours

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

Mon, Oct 15 10:00AM to 7:00PM
Tue, Oct 16 10:00AM to 7:00PM
Wed, Oct 17 10:00AM to 7:00PM
Thu, Oct 18 10:00AM to 7:00PM
Fri, Oct 19 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Sat, Oct 20 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Sun, Oct 21 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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Ancestry
Ancestry Library Edition
Ancestry Library Edition
Search your family heritage online.
Can only be used within the library
Authors and Biography
Biography in Context
Biography in Context
A biographical reference database that covers the areas of literature, science, multicultural studies, business, entertainment, politics, sports, government, history, arts and news.
Literature Resource Center
Literature Resource Center
Contains thousands of entries from Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Authors New Revision series, the Dictionary of Literary Biography and Contemporary Literary Criticism Select. Includes plot summaries and critical essays from sources such as Novels for Students as well as resources for criticism of modern and classic poetry.
Business and Legal
California State Bar Publications
California State Bar Publications
California State Bar Publications provides practical legal facts in a handy Consumer Education Pamphlet.
Reference USA
Reference USA
The premier source of business and residential information for reference and research. ReferenceUSA is used by top libraries throughout the US for research, small business marketing, job searching and more.
Careers, Tuition and Learning
ABCmouse
ABCmouse
Early Learning Academy online education program for children ages 2 - 7. Access only available within the library.
Brainfuse
Brainfuse
Brainfuse Learning Site offers easy to connect one-to-one online tutoring free. (Please have your library card available to use this link)
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 GoEngaging 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!
Overdrive
Overdrive
A growing collection of eAudiobooks and eBooks that can be downloaded directly to your home computer.
RB Digital
RB Digital
RB Digital (Recorded Books) is now your home for over 11,000 eAudioBooks and 130 eMagazines. No more waiting for your turn. All books are available to every patron who wants to listen. Get the app now.
Scholastic Countries Collection
Scholastic Countries CollectionCountries Collection for Ages 9 - 13. Explore a destination today.
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.

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.
RB Digital Magazines
RB Digital Magazines
Download digital magazines with rb digital

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