I consider myself truly lucky to live so close to one of the most fantastic institutions in the Palm Springs Valley, the Rancho Mirage Public Library. Most of my visits there are solo, but now and then, I get to share my love of all things literary with children. Not my own, of course. A traditional family has eluded me. It’s my friends’ and relatives’ collections of really cool kids and great grandchildren that frequently allow me to play Mary Poppins and whisk them off on a wonderful adventure that can only be described as bookish.
With reading materials and activities that cater to all—from newborn to super seniors—there is never a shortage of things to do or people with whom to do them at the library. For example, “Book Babies” allows infants (up to a year old) and their caregivers the opportunity to bond over picture books, do a few stretches, and recite a few rhymes. What a wonderful way to introduce babies to books! “Tiny Tots” and “Preschool Storytime” both offer attention-grabbing, age-appropriate learning and book-reading playtime. And a variety of book discussion groups allow youngsters to express their opinions about pre-specified reading material. There are even family night events that offer a combo of words and simple craft projects.
With a vast array of computer research available, the library is also a remarkable resource for homework help for students of all ages. Staff will even help with science fair projects. I love that I can relieve my relatives and friends for an often much-needed respite from childrearing, and that I can share with their youngsters a remarkable local resource like the Rancho Mirage Public Library.