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Preschool Stories and Me

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Rancho Mirage Public Library
Storytime Room
Engaging stories, songs, and active rhymes captivate the imagination of children ages three to five. Coloring sheets and simple crafts round out the themed storytime experience. This 30-minute storytime begins promptly at 10am. Since space is limited to the first 25 people, we suggest families arrive early. 
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Giraffes on Horseback Salad - Author Talk with Josh Frank featuring Bill Marx

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Rancho Mirage Public Library
Community Room
Join author Josh Frank and local musician and entertainer Bill Marx for a special program celebrating the release of Giraffes on Horseback Salad, a fascinating new book that brings to life the “cult film that never was.” In 1937, the famed Surrealist artist Salvador Dalí, in collaboration with his friend and admirer, comedian Harpo Marx (Bill’s father), came up with an idea for a film that would merge Dalí’s imaginative art with the fast-paced comedy of the Marx Brothers. Rejected by MGM, the film never made it to the silver screen, disappearing into the annals of history, a footnote in the otherwise prolific careers of two artistic greats.

Giraffes on Horseback Salad brings the never-made movie to the printed page as a fully realized, dazzlingly illustrated graphic novel, based on Dalí’s own notes and sketches. A comment on the Surrealists’ desire to challenge the mundane woes of everyday life, the book follows Jimmy, a businessman whose life is turned upside down when he encounters the Surrealist Woman, a magical shape-shifting beauty who is turning his upper-class social scene on its head. Part captivating graphic novel, part historical document, this is a must-read for fans of art, comedy, cinematic history, and innovative storytelling.

Josh Frank is a writer, producer, director and composer. He’s the author of Fool the World: The Oral History of a Band Called Pixies; In Heaven Everything is Fine; and co-author of the illustrated novel The Good Inn. He built, owns, and operates the Blue Starlite Mini-Urban Drive-In Movie Theatre in Austin, Texas.

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Jim Borax's California Cabaret

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Rancho Mirage Public Library
Community Room
Join an enthusiastic audience for a memorable performance by Jim Borax's California Cabaret, a Rancho Mirage-based entertainment group with a large following. These outstanding professional singers and dancers (several with Broadway experience) will perform unforgettable standards from the Great American Songbook. The ensemble has been featured on both CBS and CNN. The Cabaret has also performed their music and dance routines throughout the Coachella Valley. For an hour of great entertainment, come to the California Cabaret!
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Stargazing

8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Observatory
Each program is slightly different depending on what opportunities present themselves in the night sky, but generally the program consists of an introduction to the Observatory and it’s capabilities, a “tour of the night’s sky” on the Observatory deck with City Astronomer Eric McLaughlin or a trained docent, the opportunity to look at several objects in space through telescopes on the deck, and the opportunity to view one or more objects through the large telescope in the Observatory dome. Guests are provided information throughout the experience, and also have a chance to ask questions.
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Tiny Tots Tales

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Rancho Mirage Public Library
Storytime Room
Lively songs, fingerplays, action rhymes, and stories followed by a coloring activity, all delight the little ones ages one to three. Younger siblings are welcome.  Each session begins promptly. We suggest that participants arrive early so that all can benefit from the total experience and minimize disruptions.
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Tiny Tot Tales

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Rancho Mirage Public Library
Storytime Room
Lively songs, fingerplays, action rhymes, and stories followed by a coloring activity, all delight the little ones ages one to three. Younger siblings are welcome.  Each session begins promptly. We suggest that participants arrive early so that all can benefit from the total experience and minimize disruptions.
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Registration is closed

Stargazing

8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Observatory
Each program is slightly different depending on what opportunities present themselves in the night sky, but generally the program consists of an introduction to the Observatory and it’s capabilities, a “tour of the night’s sky” on the Observatory deck with City Astronomer Eric McLaughlin or a trained docent, the opportunity to look at several objects in space through telescopes on the deck, and the opportunity to view one or more objects through the large telescope in the Observatory dome. Guests are provided information throughout the experience, and also have a chance to ask questions.
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Spring Book Sale

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Rancho Mirage Public Library
Community Room
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Tiny Tot Tales

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Rancho Mirage Public Library
Storytime Room
Lively songs, fingerplays, action rhymes, and stories followed by a coloring activity, all delight the little ones ages one to three. Younger siblings are welcome.  Each session begins promptly. We suggest that participants arrive early so that all can benefit from the total experience and minimize disruptions.
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Poetry Workshop

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Rancho Mirage Public Library
Conference Room
This popular workshop group is for advanced poets and is now in its 22nd year under the leadership of Dorthea Bisbas, City of Rancho Mirage Poet Laureate. The goal of these sessions is to encourage poetry based on personal experiences, language, and insights. The workshop group is currently filled to capacity.
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Family Night: Mythology God/Goddess Night

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Rancho Mirage Public Library
Community Room
 Interested in mythology? We will be learning about all thing's mythological. Games, crafts and activities for all - costumes are options. 
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Stargazing

8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Observatory
Each program is slightly different depending on what opportunities present themselves in the night sky, but generally the program consists of an introduction to the Observatory and it’s capabilities, a “tour of the night’s sky” on the Observatory deck with City Astronomer Eric McLaughlin or a trained docent, the opportunity to look at several objects in space through telescopes on the deck, and the opportunity to view one or more objects through the large telescope in the Observatory dome. Guests are provided information throughout the experience, and also have a chance to ask questions.
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Spring Book Sale

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Rancho Mirage Public Library
Community Room
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Preschool Stories and Me

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Rancho Mirage Public Library
Storytime Room
Engaging stories, songs, and active rhymes captivate the imagination of children ages three to five. Coloring sheets and simple crafts round out the themed storytime experience. This 30-minute storytime begins promptly at 10am. Since space is limited to the first 25 people, we suggest families arrive early. 
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Registration is closed

Stargazing

8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Observatory
Each program is slightly different depending on what opportunities present themselves in the night sky, but generally the program consists of an introduction to the Observatory and it’s capabilities, a “tour of the night’s sky” on the Observatory deck with City Astronomer Eric McLaughlin or a trained docent, the opportunity to look at several objects in space through telescopes on the deck, and the opportunity to view one or more objects through the large telescope in the Observatory dome. Guests are provided information throughout the experience, and also have a chance to ask questions.
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Spring Book Sale

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Rancho Mirage Public Library
Community Room
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Registration is closed

Stargazing

8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Observatory
Each program is slightly different depending on what opportunities present themselves in the night sky, but generally the program consists of an introduction to the Observatory and it’s capabilities, a “tour of the night’s sky” on the Observatory deck with City Astronomer Eric McLaughlin or a trained docent, the opportunity to look at several objects in space through telescopes on the deck, and the opportunity to view one or more objects through the large telescope in the Observatory dome. Guests are provided information throughout the experience, and also have a chance to ask questions.
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Palm Springs Writers Guild

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Rancho Mirage Public Library
Community Room
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Stargazing

8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Observatory
Each program is slightly different depending on what opportunities present themselves in the night sky, but generally the program consists of an introduction to the Observatory and it’s capabilities, a “tour of the night’s sky” on the Observatory deck with City Astronomer Eric McLaughlin or a trained docent, the opportunity to look at several objects in space through telescopes on the deck, and the opportunity to view one or more objects through the large telescope in the Observatory dome. Guests are provided information throughout the experience, and also have a chance to ask questions.
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Douglas Brinkley on American Moonshot

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Rancho Mirage Public Library
Community Room
**THIS IS A GOLD CARD PROGRAM (see below for details)** 

Join us for this free lecture made possible by a generous gift from the Rancho Mirage Writers Festival Foundation. On May 25, 1961 JFK made an astonishing announcement: his goal of putting a man on the moon by the end of the decade. In this engrossing, fast-paced epic, Douglas Brinkley returns to the 1960s to recreate one of the most exciting and ambitious achievements in the history of humankind. American Moonshot brings together the extraordinary political cultural, and scientific factors that fueled the birth and development of NASA and the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo projects, which shot the Untied States to victory in the space race against the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War.

Drawing on new primary source material and major interviews with many of the surviving figures who were key to America's success, Brinkley brings this fascinating history to life as never before. American Moonshot is a portrait of the brilliant men and women who made this giant leap possible, the technology that enabled us to propel men beyond earth's orbit to the moon and return them safely, and the geopolitical tensions that spurred Kennedy to commit himself fully to this audacious dream.

Brinkley is the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Chair in Humanities and Professor of History at Rice University, the CNN Presidential Historian, and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. The Chicago Tribune dubbed him "America's New Past Master." The New York Historical Society has chosen Brinkley their official U.S Presidential Historian. His recent book Cronkite won the Sperber Prize while The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast received the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. 

The first 400 people at this event will receive a FREE copy of American Moonshot 

**All residents of Rancho Mirage and donors who contribute $100 or more annually to the Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory Foundation are eligible to receive a Gold Card. Gold Card holders can take advantage of priority seating for designated Gold Card events by arriving early. If you meet the qualifications and do not already have your card, simply visit the Library's circulation desk during open hours to pick it up.**
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Tiny Tots Tales

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Rancho Mirage Public Library
Storytime Room
Lively songs, fingerplays, action rhymes, and stories followed by a coloring activity, all delight the little ones ages one to three. Younger siblings are welcome.  Each session begins promptly. We suggest that participants arrive early so that all can benefit from the total experience and minimize disruptions.
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Tiny Tot Tales

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Rancho Mirage Public Library
Storytime Room
Lively songs, fingerplays, action rhymes, and stories followed by a coloring activity, all delight the little ones ages one to three. Younger siblings are welcome.  Each session begins promptly. We suggest that participants arrive early so that all can benefit from the total experience and minimize disruptions.
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Registration is closed

Stargazing

8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Observatory
Each program is slightly different depending on what opportunities present themselves in the night sky, but generally the program consists of an introduction to the Observatory and it’s capabilities, a “tour of the night’s sky” on the Observatory deck with City Astronomer Eric McLaughlin or a trained docent, the opportunity to look at several objects in space through telescopes on the deck, and the opportunity to view one or more objects through the large telescope in the Observatory dome. Guests are provided information throughout the experience, and also have a chance to ask questions.
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Tiny Tot Tales

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Rancho Mirage Public Library
Storytime Room
Lively songs, fingerplays, action rhymes, and stories followed by a coloring activity, all delight the little ones ages one to three. Younger siblings are welcome.  Each session begins promptly. We suggest that participants arrive early so that all can benefit from the total experience and minimize disruptions.
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Poetry Workshop

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Rancho Mirage Public Library
Conference Room
This popular workshop group is for advanced poets and is now in its 22nd year under the leadership of Dorthea Bisbas, City of Rancho Mirage Poet Laureate. The goal of these sessions is to encourage poetry based on personal experiences, language, and insights. The workshop group is currently filled to capacity.
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