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- Anthony Bourdain June 25, 1956 – June 8, 2018
Today is June 25. It would have been Anthony Bourdain’s 65th birthday. We lost the celebrity chef, author and documentarian in 2018, just over 3 years ago. Bourdain was a
- Summer Solstice and Big Histories
Happy Summer! The Summer Solstice officially began, by NASA’s most scientific and accurate calculations, at 8:32 pm PDT on June 20 (Sunday night). This marks the longest day of the
- The love of reading
I ran into a former colleague of mine at a store not too long ago. We exchanged the usual pleasantries and asked each other what the other was reading. I
- Shakespeare’s contemporaries
April is Poetry Month, and specifically on the 23rd of this month is Shakespeare Day when we celebrate the life and works of the Bard whose poetry and plays have
- The Vanishing Half
We celebrated our final “Monday Lit” for Black History Month on February 22nd with a read-aloud from bestseller The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. We shared some other books that
- Information, Entertainment: A Reading List for the Week of January 4, 2021
We’ve had a challenging week with Wednesday’s turmoil in Washington, DC. You may be the kind of person who is glued to your favorite news source, bleary-eyed and breathless with
- Hey, we got oranges in the dead of winter!
It was sometime in 1889 during a meeting of the Valley Hunt Club that a distinguished professor by the name of Dr. Charles F. Holder shared an idea he had
- Native American Heritage Month- Books By and About Native Americans
We are celebrating National Native American Heritage Month in November. Please check out our November Newsletter (page 40 or events calendar for our programs for all ages. Following are
- Eddie Van Halen
Eddie Van Halen was born in Amsterdam in 1955; his family left the Netherlands in 1962 and settled in Pasadena. Eddie grew up here, attended Pasadena High School and Pasadena
- Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month
The US celebrates the culture and contributions of Hispanic and Latinx Americans annually from September 15-October 15. Special events and exhibitions commemorate and honor Hispanic and Latinx Americans. Visit
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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 Authors (February 1-28)
- Women's History Month (March 1-31)
- Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month (May 1-31)
- Pride Month (June 1-30)
- Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month (September 15-October 15)
- Native American Heritage Month (November 1-30)
- Social Justice & Anti Racism
Find great reads for teens recommended by staff and organized into themed booklists.
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