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BRANCH EVENTS

Classroom
Thu, Jul 18, 5:30PM - 6:45PM
Ages 18+ / Free / NO registration Required Bring a friend and compete against the clock in a series of challenges. What's the catch? You'll only have 60 seconds to dominate each challenge! Do you have what it takes?

Classroom
Sat, Jul 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

Classroom
Mon, Jul 22, 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Free  /  Ages 13-17Join author C.B. Lee for a writing workshop as she helps you craft the hero or villain of YOUR story.About CB Lee:CB Lee is a Lambda Literary Award nominated writer of young adult science fiction and fantasy. Her works include the Sidekick Squad series (Duet Books), Ben 10 (Boom!), and All Out Now (HarperTeen). CB loves to write about queer teens, magic, superheroes, and the power of friendship.For more programs & events, visit our Facebook Events page!

Classroom
Tue, Jul 23, 10:00AM - 10:45AM
Tuesdays only, June 18 through July 30 @ 10am - 10:45amThe Library will offer free, healthy lunches for children and teens 18 and under in partnership with DSUSD Nutrition Services. There is no sign-up, application, income verification, or identification needed. Meals are served to all children on a first come, first served basis.For more programs & events, visit our Facebook Events page!

Children's Area
Tue, Jul 23, 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Free  /  Ages 2 - 7Tuesdays, June 18-July 23 @ 11am (excluding July 2)Stories, songs, games, crafts, and other activities!For more programs & events, visit our Facebook Events page!

Classroom
Tue, Jul 23, 11:00AM - 11:45AM
Free  /  Ages 8-12  /  No registration required.Tuesdays, June 18-July 23 @ 11am (excluding July 2)Hang out, play a game, do a craft!For more programs & events, visit our Facebook Events page!

Children's Area
Wed, Jul 24, 10:00AM - 10:30AM
For ages 0-2*Introduce your littlest ones to the library with interactive rhymes, songs, and books geared towards promoting literacy at the youngest age in a gentle atmosphere with parental/guardian participation.*Ages listed for Story Times are a suggested guideline. All ages are welcome to visit and try every Story Time to determine which would be the best current fit for you and your child.

Classroom
Wed, Jul 24, 2:30PM - 3:45PM
Free  /  Ages 8 - 12Wednesdays, June 19-July 24 @ 2:30pm (excluding July 3)Join the show and participate in a different activity each week. Discover the magic of invisible ink, craft a camera obscura, rock out with an instrument made by you and more!For more programs & events, visit our Facebook Events page!

Children's Area
Fri, Jul 26, 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Free  /  All agesBring the family to our SRP Finale on Friday, July 26 @ 10:30am.Wacko combines his magic and comedy with spectacular balloon twisting. Wacko is not your ordinary event act. Wacko has always moved away from traditional magic shows and has developed original routines that will entertain any age. The audience is part of the show. That's right, Wacko's act is very audience participation-oriented. He makes everyone feel as if they are part of the show.For more programs & events, visit our Facebook Events page!

Classroom
Fri, Jul 26, 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Free  /  Ages 13 - 17Fluxx - the rules are never the same.Teen Game Night is a great way to try new games, meet new people, and have an overall great time. 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
Tue, Jul 30, 10:00AM - 10:45AM
Tuesdays only, June 18 through July 30 @ 10am - 10:45amThe Library will offer free, healthy lunches for children and teens 18 and under in partnership with DSUSD Nutrition Services. There is no sign-up, application, income verification, or identification needed. Meals are served to all children on a first come, first served basis.For more programs & events, visit our Facebook Events page!

Classroom
Sun, Aug 04, 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Ages 18+  /  Free  /  Registration RequiredLimited to 20 students.Having a hard time beating your Writer's Block? Join us as we learn how to polish and develop characters, dialogue, voice, and style through workshop-style critiques. Want more than fiction? This monthly workshop explores the literary art of fiction, non-fiction and poetry!For more programs, visit our Facebook Events page.

Library Holiday Closure

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

Tomorrow's hours

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

Mon, Jul 15 10:00AM to 7:00PM
Tue, Jul 16 10:00AM to 7:00PM
Wed, Jul 17 10:00AM to 7:00PM
Thu, Jul 18 10:00AM to 7:00PM
Fri, Jul 19 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Sat, Jul 20 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Sun, Jul 21 12:00PM to 4:00PM

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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