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    La Pintoresca Branch

    1355 North Raymond Avenue Pasadena, CA 91103
    (626) 744-7268 | Map | Public Transportation 

    Branch Hours

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    Technology Learning Center

    - for Children Only

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    - for Children Only (Homework Only)

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    - for Mango Languages, LearnKey, GCFLearnFree, or the Foundation Directory Only

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    - for Mango Languages, LearnKey, GCFLearnFree, Foundation Directory, and for work on resumes, job searches or job applications

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  • La Pintoresca Branch Library

    Branch Calendar

    Branch Brief

    La Pintoresca ("the picturesque") Branch Library, built in 1930, was named for the hotel which had previously occupied its northwest Pasadena site. Its parkland location centers La Pintoresca in the most highly populated service area of any Pasadena Branch. La Pintoresca Branch Library serves also as a community center, providing local residents with a welcoming, informal meeting place.

    La Pintoresca Branch Library is “A Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center” and offers free availability of the Foundation Directory Online Professional database along with two other databases subscribed through the Center.

    The La Pintoresca Branch Library neighborhood profile provides more details about where the branch is located.

    The Branch on Video

    Service and Programs

    Book Groups 

    See book groups at all branches.

    Adult Programs 

    • Foundation Center
      As A Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center we offer free monthly seminars and workshops about using the Foundation Directory Online, as well as occasional workshops on other topics such as grant writing. In addition, if you need further assistance doing research on grants and grantmakers, you can Book Us for an appointment. For more information about our classes or to book an appointment, please call us at 626-744-7268.
    • Pasadena READS
      Based on community needs and changing customer expectations Pasadena READS, Pasadena Public Library’s adult literacy program, is transitioning from a one-on-one live tutoring format to self-paced online tutorial programs featuring new CD and DVD formats and skill-driven workshops. These programs will provide access to self-paced learning software and skills-based instructional classes taught in partnership with other literacy agencies. The software will cover basic reading, writing, computer technology, foreign languages and English as a Second Language. The new software programs are:
      • Pasadena READS Literacy Guide – an online reference database with links and information regarding the City of Pasadena literacy programs and events.
      • Reading Horizons – self-paced software that includes lessons, assessments, exercises, and audio and video features.
      • WYNN – software that reads and enlarges documents and websites.
      • SARA – a machine that allows the user to read in large print or listen to any printed material placed on the device.
      • GCF Learn Free – a free online tutorial source for information on literacy as well as math and computer skills lessons.
      • Mango Languages – a language database, including English as a Second Language.
      • Literacy Collection – a new reference section, a SmartReader series on CD.
      • Morning Coffee & Basic English Conversation meets two Fridays a month at 10 a.m. Practice English with other adults who are learning English just like you!
       
    • H.O.T. (Hands on Technology)
      WWant to learn to use the computer? Learn how every other Saturday from 10 AM to 12 noon. No experience necessary. Start whenever you want and come whenever you can. Depending on how many classes you take, you can learn to search the internet, write and send email, and learn the basics of computer use.
    • Courage to Write
      Do you have a story to tell? Are you afraid to tell it? Don’t worry, it’s just a story. Put your thoughts and feelings down on paper in a supportive environment. Creative writing isn’t about grammar and spelling – it’s all about you. Call (626) 744-7268 for more information.
    • Career Programs
      La Pintoresca Branch Library provides career assistance to job seekers on a regular basis through their partnership with Women at Work. Fresh Start Tuesdays provides job seekers with one-on-one professional career counseling, resumé writing, interview skills, and job applications. Job Club meets every last Wednesday of the month from 10:30 – 11:30 am and is sponsored by Women at Work. Get the latest job announcements and pick up job search tips. Offered in English and Spanish.
    • Pasadena Small Business Owners Networking Group meets Thursdays from 12-2 pm. Increase your business knowledge, meet other local business people, and practice your 30-second “elevator speech.”

    For special and holiday programs, call (626) 744-7268. Or, for more information about programs here and throughout the Pasadena Public Library, you can visit our Library Calendar.

    La Pintoresca Branch Library Collection

    The collection of approximately 56,000 volumes includes several special collections, including African-American history and literature, arts and music, and international and regional cookery. The branch has special section of career and small business books along with job listings from various sources, as well as an extensive Spanish language collection, both juvenile and adult, with an emphasis on browsing and casual reading material. Unique to this branch is a comic book collection, including the history and artwork of comics, cartooning and animation.

    Meeting Room

    The meeting room with tables and chairs will accommodate up to 53 people. This room is free to groups who do not charge an admission fee or restrict admission on the basis of membership. It is available Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is handicap access through the north entrance. A meeting room reservation form must be submitted two weeks in advance.

    Special Features

    La Pintoresca is the home of Pasadena READS, our adult literacy program.

    La Pintoresca is pleased to offer free wireless Internet access to patrons with appropriately equipped wireless devices. For more information on this service, please visit our Wireless Internet Access page.

    La Pintoresca is also the home of a computer lab, used for public training and used by the general public. The lab is open after school from 3 to 6 Monday through Thursday, with a homework-only hour from 4 to 5, and from 2 to 5 on Saturdays. The lab is open mornings from 10 to 2 for adults looking to use our career databases and FC Search grant writing software.

    Our Nonprofit Resource Center is A Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center with more than 500 books about nonprofit management, fundraising, grant writing and other topics in our new Nonprofit Resource Center.  Reservations are required to use the room for research on the computer for one hour, but browsing the books is always allowed when the branch is open.

    La Pintoresca provides free wifi access to the following Foundation Center databases in the library building and on certain library computers:

    School Services

    In the 2008-2009 school year, La Pintoresca Branch provided 487 programs for children with 11,586 in attendance. Of these, 174 were class visits, with 3,824 total attendance. The branch also has public computer workstations and a homework reference collection.

    Branch Characteristics

    Opened/Expanded 1930
    Building Size (Sq. Ft.) 6,225
    Meeting Room Seats 50
    Parking Spaces 8
    Collection 56,861

    Branch Use Statistics

    Fiscal Year  Circulation  Total Visitors 
    2004/2005 84,460 77,434
    2005/2006 88,863 78,287
    2006/2007 92,218 71,061
    2007/2008 104,725 72,557
    2008/2009 64,558 74,710
    2009/2010 68,177 91,303