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- Black History Month: Books About Passing
We celebrate Black History Month in February. It’s a short month to recognize and wrestle with a complex history so long it predates the United States as a nation (Nicole
- Kwanzaa Celebration 2022
Pasadena Public Library and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Pasadena Alumnae Chapter Presents: Virtual Kwanzaa Celebration 2022 Tuesday, December 27, 2022 Here are images and this year’s program. Introduction and Library Greetings:
- Books we’re thankful for
‘Tis the season for reflection and giving thanks, and there are many things to be thankful for—family, friends, experiences that have enriched our lives, challenges that have changed our lives,
- 6 books to read for National Hispanic Heritage Month
From September 15 to October 15 we observe National Hispanic Heritage Month, which celebrates the histories and cultures of Americans whose ancestry can be traced back to Spain, Mexico, Central
- Celebrate Pride!
We are celebrating Pride this month! There are plenty of events and happenings all around the City. Here are a few more recent titles to check out, by LGBTQIA+ authors
- 7 Autobiographies and memoirs by AAPI authors
I never really cared much for reality TV shows and watching semi- or rather pseudo-celebrities acting out their day-to-day lives in front of a camera and thinking that their emotional
- Reading about Ukraine
Russia’s aggression against its neighbor Ukraine has dominated world news for the past couple of months. As images and videos of explosions, tanks, ruined buildings, dead bodies, soldiers, and refugees
- “Green” books to read in March
March is unofficially a green month. Just like how February is a red month, October an orange month, and November a brown month. March is green mostly because of St.
- Romance and Romanticism: 5 English Romantic poets to read on Valentine’s Day!
Poetry has always been associated with love and courtship, and nothing is more romantic than sharing a poem with that special someone on the most romantic of days, which is
- Write here, write now!
If you’re a writer or just someone who loves to write, then you probably have heard all about National Novel Writing Month by now. In fact, you might already be
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One City, One Story
Learn more about Pasadena Public Library’s annual shared reading celebration. Our guide has plenty of good reads to suggest, among the annual selections and short-list nominees.
PPL Book Lists
We honor cultural heritage months annually with events and programs; we also create and update book lists around those and other topics These lists are by no means comprehensive, but contain some suggested reads you can find in the Pasadena Public Library colletions.
- Black History Month 2022 (February 1-28)
- Black History Month Authors (February 1-28)
- Women's History Month 2022 (March 1-31)
- Women's History Month 2021 (March 1-31)
- Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month (May 1-31)
- Pride Month (June 1-30)
- Hispanic Heritage Month 2021 (September 15-October 15)
- Hispanic Heritage Month 2020
- Native American Heritage Month 2022
- Native American Heritage Month 2021
- Native American Heritage Month 2020
- Social Justice & Anti Racism
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