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Children's Area
Thu, Jan 17, 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, Jan 17, 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, Jan 18, 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Like to cross-stitch, knit, crochet, or do any other craft? Bring and work on your own project while enjoying the company of others. NO registration required! For adults ages 18+

Classroom
Sat, Jan 19, 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

Classroom
Tue, Jan 22, 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Add extra warmth, personality, and year-round beauty to your home with house plants. Learn tips for selecting the right plant for your home environment and how to care for it. Presented by UCCE Master Gardener Suzanne Breshears.For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Classroom
Tue, Jan 22, 3:30PM - 4:30PM
Registration is required and limited to 24 participants. Ages 8-11.A unique art experience for tweens! Children ages 8 to 11 will participate in an educational and artistic session lead by local artists from the La Quinta Art Association followed by an art activity. Each month is a different theme.Past themes: Collage, Still Life/Sunflowers, Trick-or-Treat bags, Hummingbirds, Bison, Famous Artists

Children's Area
Wed, Jan 23, 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Join us for Young Writers Club to work on fun writing exercises, discuss what you're writing (and reading), and be inspired to make writing a daily habit.

Children's Area
Thu, Jan 24, 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, Jan 24, 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, Jan 25, 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Enjoy coffee, a craft, and conversation.Bagels & coffee provided by Panera.For ages 18+. Registration required.For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Classroom
Fri, Jan 25, 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Teen Game Night is a great way to try new games, meet new people, and have an overall great time. Anyone ages 13 to 17 is encouraged to attend. Bring yourself, bring your friends, and have a blast trying new games and fun favorites.For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Classroom
Mon, Jan 28, 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
Wed, Jan 30, 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, Jan 31, 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, Jan 31, 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, Feb 01, 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Like to cross-stitch, knit, crochet, or do any other craft? Bring and work on your own project while enjoying the company of others. NO registration required! For adults ages 18+

Sat, Feb 02, 10:00AM - 4:00PM
The inaugural La Quinta Book Fest is for all book lovers, and will include author talks, book signings, story times, and family-friendly fun in Civic Center Park.Visit LQBookFest.blogspot.com for more info and updates.Authors coming to LQ Book Fest:Boychick & BearTessa DareHelenKay DimonMaggie DownsTod GoldbergSarah KuhnC.B. LeeNilah MagruderIvy PochodaPanel Session Information:*Registration is free but REQUIRED for the panel sessions.Call or see the Adult Reference Desk to register.11:00AM - 12:00PM - PANEL SESSION #1Women in LiteratureCheck out this panel as the authors explore what is "women's literature," and why female-centric stories matter in our world today. They'll discuss the "unlikable" female character, women's roles in literature, and the female authors that have inspired them the most.ORThrilling ReadsWhy do we love true crime/murder mysteries/thrillers? Join this panel as the authors discuss their thoughts on why people love reading mysteries, thrillers, and/or true crime books, what books have kept them up at night, and their favorite crime dramas.1:00PM - 2:00PM - PANEL SESSION #2It's OK to read RomanceDo you read romance? Or are you one of those people who scoffs at the term "romance novel?" Enjoy this discussion on why it's perfectly fine to read romance novels and hear the authors' thoughts on whether or not a "happy ever after" is always needed.ORDiversity in LiteratureJoin this panel for a discussion on why positive representation is so important to have in literature today. The authors will explore how diverse fiction helps us understand the complexities of communities other than our own and give examples of some great diverse fiction and nonfiction. 2:30PM - 4:00PM - Book sales & author book signingCellar Door Books will be here to sell books by the authors that you can then have signed by the authors themselves!

Classroom
Sun, Feb 03, 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Join our graphic novel book club to discuss "Kill My Mother" by Jules Feiffer. Registration is required! For ages 18+For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Children's Area
Sun, Feb 03, 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Sign up for our DIY Sunday program where we'll be making lanterns! Registration is required, so call or visit the library to sign up! For all ages.

Children's Area
Tue, Feb 05, 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Bring whatever graphic novel you're reading right now or your favorite one to discuss!For ages 8-12. Registration is not required. Program is limited to 12 tweens.For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Classroom
Wed, Feb 06, 10:30AM - 11:30AM
February's discussion will be about "Kindred" by Octavia Butler. Bring your library cards to check out the book we'll discuss in March.See the Adult Reference Desk to sign up and get a copy or for more information. And if you've already read the book, we invite you to join us!

Children's Area
Wed, Feb 06, 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Make new friends and enjoy some friendly competition at this drop-in program for grades 2-8!

Children's Area
Thu, Feb 07, 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, Feb 07, 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, Feb 08, 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
Sat, Feb 09, 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Join our new Classics Book Club! We'll discuss a classic title each month. We will be discussing Zora Neale Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God". See the Adult Reference Desk to check out a copy now or for more info. Here's a little bit about the book: One of the most important and enduring books of the twentieth century, Their Eyes Were Watching God brings to life a Southern love story with the wit and pathos found only in the writing of Zora Neale Hurston. Out of print for almost thirty years-due largely to initial audiences' rejection of its strong black female protagonist-Hurston's classic has since its 1978 reissue become perhaps the most widely read and highly acclaimed novel in the canon of African-American literature.Be sure to bring your library card to the meeting so you can check out March's pick!

Children's Area
Wed, Feb 13, 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Build your creation based on the theme of the day.For grades 2-8. Registration required.

Children's Area
Thu, Feb 14, 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, Feb 14, 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, Feb 15, 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Like to cross-stitch, knit, crochet, or do any other craft? Bring and work on your own project while enjoying the company of others. NO registration required! For adults ages 18+

Classroom
Tue, Feb 19, 3:30PM - 4:30PM
Registration is required and limited to 24 participants. Ages 8-11.A unique art experience for tweens! Children ages 8 to 11 will participate in an educational and artistic session lead by local artists from the La Quinta Art Association followed by an art activity. Each month is a different theme.Past themes: Collage, Still Life/Sunflowers, Trick-or-Treat bags, Hummingbirds, Bison, Famous Artists

Tue, Feb 19, 6:30PM - 7:30PM
Join us as we discuss "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng. We'll meet next door at the La Quinta Wellness Center. Sign up at the Adult Reference Desk!Here's a quick preview:Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down.

Classroom
Wed, Feb 20, 10:30AM - 11:30AM
February's theme is: First in a SeriesOur new Mystery Book Club will have a different theme each month with a list of mystery or thriller novels you can pick to read and talk about. Or feel free to discuss one of your own that you think fits the theme.For ages 18+. Sign up by visiting or calling the library!

Children's Area
Thu, Feb 21, 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, Feb 21, 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, Feb 22, 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Enjoy coffee, a craft, and conversation.Bagels & coffee provided by Panera.For ages 18+. Registration required.For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Classroom
Fri, Feb 22, 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Teen Game Night is a great way to try new games, meet new people, and have an overall great time. Anyone ages 13 to 17 is encouraged to attend. Bring yourself, bring your friends, and have a blast trying new games and fun favorites.For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Classroom
Mon, Feb 25, 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

Classroom
Tue, Feb 26, 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Join us for a talk about pollinators in the Coachella Valley, why they are important, and how to attract them to your garden. Presented by UCCE Master Gardener Tracy Merrigan.For more programs and events, visit our Facebook Events Page

Children's Area
Wed, Feb 27, 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, Feb 27, 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Join us for Young Writers Club to work on fun writing exercises, discuss what you're writing (and reading), and be inspired to make writing a daily habit.

Children's Area
Thu, Feb 28, 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, Feb 28, 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, Feb 28, 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Participants will learn to create, format, and save documents in Microsoft Word. For computer users with intermediate keyboard and mouse skills.For ages 18+. Limited to 9, registration required. This class will be held next door at the La Quinta Wellness Center.

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February 2, 2018 through
Spring 2019 for remodeling. 

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Tomorrow's hours

We're open 10:00AM to 6:00PM

We're closed Monday January 21
Mon, Jan 14 10:00AM to 7:00PM
Tue, Jan 15 10:00AM to 7:00PM
Wed, Jan 16 10:00AM to 7:00PM
Thu, Jan 17 10:00AM to 7:00PM
Fri, Jan 18 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Sat, Jan 19 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Sun, Jan 20 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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