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Tiny Tot Tales Storytime

11:00 AM - 11:30 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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Library and Observatory Foundation "Special Meeting"

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Rancho Mirage Public Library
Conference Room
Call & Notice of "Special Meeting." Otherwise, the Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory Foundation meets every third Tuesday of January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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Dolphin Politics in Shark Bay

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Rancho Mirage Public Library
Community Room
The bottlenose dolphins in Shark Bay, Western Australia, live in the most complex non-human society known. Dr. Richard Connor, who has been described as “the Jane Goodall of dolphins” will describe over 30 years of dolphin discoveries and ‘politics’ from this remarkable marine habitat, which boasts the largest seagrass beds in the world. He will describe an exciting future of dolphin research in Shark Bay, The Dolphin Decade, driven by new technology, which promises to reveal the secrets of dolphin intelligence in the wild. This program is presented in partnership with The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
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Girls Who Code: Information Session for Girls and Parents

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Rancho Mirage Public Library
Annenberg Room
Girls Who Code Clubs are FREE after-school programs that let girls use computer science to impact their community and join a sisterhood of supportive peers and role models. Girls Who Code is a nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology. Tech jobs are among the fastest growing in the country, but less than a quarter of computing jobs are held by women. Girls Who Code aims to change that! Learn more and sign up for the ten-week series of club meetings by attending our information session for girls and their parents.
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Planet Cole Porter

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Rancho Mirage Public Library
Community Room
Guitarist Peter Sprague takes Cole Porter’s classic songs and presents them in a new color of samba, funk, salsa, and jazz. Come hear fresh and inventive arrangements such as Just One of Those Things, which swings fast. Morphing over to funk, Love for Sale takes a trip to Cuba, while Night and Day arcs with a Brazilian moon. Meanwhile, I Get a Kick Out of You is heavily influenced by Eddie Harris’ Freedom Jazz Dance, and Every Time We Say Goodbye is as nice and gentle as Cole intended it to be. Sprague has won numerous awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award at the San Diego Music Awards (2015). His band features Rebecca Jade on vocals, Tripp Sprague on sax and flute, Gunnar Biggs on bass, and Duncan Moore on drums.
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Venus: Earth's (Evil) Twin?

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Rancho Mirage Public Library
Community Room
Named for the Roman goddess of love, Earth’s nearest planetary neighbor was long thought to be much like the Earth. Venus is similar in size and density to the earth, and for many years we had hoped that life could call it home. However, beneath its calm, sweeping cloud tops, its true nature is concealed. At its surface, the pressure is crushing, and the air is hot enough to melt lead. Perhaps this hostile world is better described as Earth’s evil twin, or perhaps it has more in common with other worlds.
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Reach for the Sky: Tradition + Inspiration

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Rancho Mirage Public Library
Community Room
How did Sunnylands connect Herb Alpert, one of America’s most famous musicians, with Canada’s foremost family of First Nations’ woodcarvers? Through art. Anne Rowe, director of collections and exhibitions at Sunnylands, details the backstory of how she produced the exhibition, Reach for the Sky: Tradition + Inspiration, which features the artworks of Alpert and Kwakiutl carvers Henry, Stanley, and Jason Hunt. For Rowe, it all started in 2009, when she encountered a monumental, 30-foot totem pole on the fifth hole of the Sunnylands golf course and thought, “Who could have carved this?" This program is presented in partnership with Sunnylands Center and Gardens
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Design It, Make It! - Snowflake Salt Painting

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Rancho Mirage Public Library
Children's Room
Make your own snowflake design. Then transform it with an afternoon of snowflake salt painting.
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International Classical Concerts of the Desert: Jon Nakamatsu, Van Cliburn Gold Medal Winner

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Rancho Mirage Public Library
Community Room
The Library is proud to once again be home to the International Classical Concerts of the Desert series. These ticketed events provide the opportunity to see world-class music right here in Rancho Mirage. For tickets and information call 760-459-0650 or visit the International Classical Concert Series of the Desert website.
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Holiday, Library Closed

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Tiny Tot Tales Storytime

11:00 AM - 11:30 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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From Lincoln vs. Douglas to Trump vs. Clinton; What Happened?!? The Age of Republican Dominance, 1860-1930

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Rancho Mirage Public Library
Community Room
Premier Event!

American history professor and Library favorite Dr. William Gudelunas returns to present a three-part lecture series. He’ll use his humorous and entertaining style to trace the development of our country’s major political parties. Dr. Gudelunas' annual visit and lectures are made possible by a generous gift from Roberta Peters Jones.
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Family Stargazing

6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Observatory
These special programs are family-friendly, a bit shorter, and wrap up well before bedtime! All are welcome.
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 its capabilities, a “tour of the night’s sky” on the Observatory deck with City Astronomer Eric McLaughlin, Observatory Coordinator Lauren Zuckerberg, 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. In favorable viewing conditions, this event is entirely outdoors.

Stargazing Bad Weather Policy: In the event of unsuitable weather conditions that prohibit the use of telescopes for this event, we will tour the Universe with the Observatory’s Integrated Space Theater under a closed dome. Unsuitable weather conditions include but are not limited to: cloud cover, precipitation, high winds, ash, and force majeure. The Integrated Space Theater tour entails a simulated journey to the astronomical objects originally planned to be viewed with telescopes, a constellation tour, and other fascinating corners of the Universe, as viewed from inside the Observatory, projected onto the inside of the dome.
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Stargazing

7:30 PM - 9:00 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 its capabilities, a “tour of the night’s sky” on the Observatory deck with City Astronomer Eric McLaughlin, Observatory Coordinator Lauren Zuckerberg, 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. In favorable viewing conditions, this event is entirely outdoors.
Stargazing Bad Weather Policy: In the event of unsuitable weather conditions that prohibit the use of telescopes for this event, we will tour the Universe with the Observatory’s Integrated Space Theater under a closed dome. Unsuitable weather conditions include but are not limited to: cloud cover, precipitation, high winds, ash, and force majeure. The Integrated Space Theater tour entails a simulated journey to the astronomical objects originally planned to be viewed with telescopes, a constellation tour, and other fascinating corners of the Universe, as viewed from inside the Observatory, projected onto the inside of the dome.
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From Lincoln vs. Douglas to Trump vs. Clinton; What Happened?!? FDR and Democratic Dominance, 1930-1970s

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Rancho Mirage Public Library
Community Room
Premier Event!

American history professor and Library favorite Dr. William Gudelunas returns to present a three-part lecture series. He’ll use his humorous and entertaining style to trace the development of our country’s major political parties. Dr. Gudelunas' annual visit and lectures are made possible by a generous gift from Roberta Peters Jones.
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Lego Club - City Life

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Rancho Mirage Public Library
Children's Room
Build with us! Each month has a theme. Creations will be displayed until the following month (recommended for ages 5+).
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Registration is closed

Family Stargazing

6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Observatory
These special programs are family-friendly, a bit shorter, and wrap up well before bedtime! All are welcome.
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 its capabilities, a “tour of the night’s sky” on the Observatory deck with City Astronomer Eric McLaughlin, Observatory Coordinator Lauren Zuckerberg, 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. In favorable viewing conditions, this event is entirely outdoors.

Stargazing Bad Weather Policy: In the event of unsuitable weather conditions that prohibit the use of telescopes for this event, we will tour the Universe with the Observatory’s Integrated Space Theater under a closed dome. Unsuitable weather conditions include but are not limited to: cloud cover, precipitation, high winds, ash, and force majeure. The Integrated Space Theater tour entails a simulated journey to the astronomical objects originally planned to be viewed with telescopes, a constellation tour, and other fascinating corners of the Universe, as viewed from inside the Observatory, projected onto the inside of the dome.
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Registration is closed

Stargazing

7:30 PM - 9:00 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 its capabilities, a “tour of the night’s sky” on the Observatory deck with City Astronomer Eric McLaughlin, Observatory Coordinator Lauren Zuckerberg, 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. In favorable viewing conditions, this event is entirely outdoors.
Stargazing Bad Weather Policy: In the event of unsuitable weather conditions that prohibit the use of telescopes for this event, we will tour the Universe with the Observatory’s Integrated Space Theater under a closed dome. Unsuitable weather conditions include but are not limited to: cloud cover, precipitation, high winds, ash, and force majeure. The Integrated Space Theater tour entails a simulated journey to the astronomical objects originally planned to be viewed with telescopes, a constellation tour, and other fascinating corners of the Universe, as viewed from inside the Observatory, projected onto the inside of the dome.
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From Lincoln vs. Douglas to Trump vs. Clinton; What Happened?!? The Age of Two Party Parity (?), 1980-2019 and Third Party Challengers

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Rancho Mirage Public Library
Community Room
Premier Event!

American history professor and Library favorite Dr. William Gudelunas returns to present a three-part lecture series. He’ll use his humorous and entertaining style to trace the development of our country’s major political parties. Dr. Gudelunas' annual visit and lectures are made possible by a generous gift from Roberta Peters Jones.
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Registration is closed

Family Stargazing

6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Observatory
These special programs are family-friendly, a bit shorter, and wrap up well before bedtime! All are welcome.
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 its capabilities, a “tour of the night’s sky” on the Observatory deck with City Astronomer Eric McLaughlin, Observatory Coordinator Lauren Zuckerberg, 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. In favorable viewing conditions, this event is entirely outdoors.

Stargazing Bad Weather Policy: In the event of unsuitable weather conditions that prohibit the use of telescopes for this event, we will tour the Universe with the Observatory’s Integrated Space Theater under a closed dome. Unsuitable weather conditions include but are not limited to: cloud cover, precipitation, high winds, ash, and force majeure. The Integrated Space Theater tour entails a simulated journey to the astronomical objects originally planned to be viewed with telescopes, a constellation tour, and other fascinating corners of the Universe, as viewed from inside the Observatory, projected onto the inside of the dome.
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Registration is closed

Stargazing

7:30 PM - 9:00 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 its capabilities, a “tour of the night’s sky” on the Observatory deck with City Astronomer Eric McLaughlin, Observatory Coordinator Lauren Zuckerberg, 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. In favorable viewing conditions, this event is entirely outdoors.

Stargazing Bad Weather Policy: In the event of unsuitable weather conditions that prohibit the use of telescopes for this event, we will tour the Universe with the Observatory’s Integrated Space Theater under a closed dome. Unsuitable weather conditions include but are not limited to: cloud cover, precipitation, high winds, ash, and force majeure. The Integrated Space Theater tour entails a simulated journey to the astronomical objects originally planned to be viewed with telescopes, a constellation tour, and other fascinating corners of the Universe, as viewed from inside the Observatory, projected onto the inside of the dome.
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Registration is closed

Family Stargazing

6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Observatory
These special programs are family-friendly, a bit shorter, and wrap up well before bedtime! All are welcome.
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 its capabilities, a “tour of the night’s sky” on the Observatory deck with City Astronomer Eric McLaughlin, Observatory Coordinator Lauren Zuckerberg, 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. In favorable viewing conditions, this event is entirely outdoors.

Stargazing Bad Weather Policy: In the event of unsuitable weather conditions that prohibit the use of telescopes for this event, we will tour the Universe with the Observatory’s Integrated Space Theater under a closed dome. Unsuitable weather conditions include but are not limited to: cloud cover, precipitation, high winds, ash, and force majeure. The Integrated Space Theater tour entails a simulated journey to the astronomical objects originally planned to be viewed with telescopes, a constellation tour, and other fascinating corners of the Universe, as viewed from inside the Observatory, projected onto the inside of the dome.
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Registration is closed

Stargazing

7:30 PM - 9:00 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 its capabilities, a “tour of the night’s sky” on the Observatory deck with City Astronomer Eric McLaughlin, Observatory Coordinator Lauren Zuckerberg, 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. In favorable viewing conditions, this event is entirely outdoors.
Stargazing Bad Weather Policy: In the event of unsuitable weather conditions that prohibit the use of telescopes for this event, we will tour the Universe with the Observatory’s Integrated Space Theater under a closed dome. Unsuitable weather conditions include but are not limited to: cloud cover, precipitation, high winds, ash, and force majeure. The Integrated Space Theater tour entails a simulated journey to the astronomical objects originally planned to be viewed with telescopes, a constellation tour, and other fascinating corners of the Universe, as viewed from inside the Observatory, projected onto the inside of the dome.
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Registration is closed

Family Stargazing

6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Observatory
PLEASE NOTE: The Library will be closed January 27 through February 1 to host the Seventh Annual Rancho Mirage Writers Festival. However, the Observatory will be open in the evenings for Stargazing. Resources will remain available on our website, and other libraries in the Valley will be ready to serve you in person.

These special programs are family-friendly, a bit shorter, and wrap up well before bedtime! All are welcome.

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 its capabilities, a “tour of the night’s sky” on the Observatory deck with City Astronomer Eric McLaughlin, Observatory Coordinator Lauren Zuckerberg, 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. In favorable viewing conditions, this event is entirely outdoors.

Stargazing Bad Weather Policy: In the event of unsuitable weather conditions that prohibit the use of telescopes for this event, we will tour the Universe with the Observatory’s Integrated Space Theater under a closed dome. Unsuitable weather conditions include but are not limited to: cloud cover, precipitation, high winds, ash, and force majeure. The Integrated Space Theater tour entails a simulated journey to the astronomical objects originally planned to be viewed with telescopes, a constellation tour, and other fascinating corners of the Universe, as viewed from inside the Observatory, projected onto the inside of the dome.
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