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  • PPL140: 1900-1914

    The following books were published between the dawn of the new century –the Progressive Era–and the outbreak of World War I. The list of bestsellers for each year comes from

  • PPL140: 1884-1899

    We thought we’d kick off our Pasadena Public Library 140th Anniversary celebration with titles published during the Library’s first decade and a half. The classic titles below are all still

  • New Year resolution – read more books!

    It’s 2024, a new beginning, and it seems like everyone wants to know what your New Year resolution is. Ah, you almost feel the pressure to come up with something

  • Cozy Content for a Long Winter Night

    In Iceland, the tradition of Jólabókaflóðið/jolabokaflod, or “Christmas Book Flood,” is a wonderful ritual of cuddling up to read books gifted to one another on Christmas Eve. It is prominent

  • From Our Tables to Yours… 2023

    Thanksgiving is Thursday, November 23. We hope you have plans to eat well in the company of friends and loved ones, and that you have plenty of both food and

  • Guilty pleasures

    When it comes to reading or music, many of us have a book or band that we secretly like. Or maybe it’s not so much a secret but something we

  • The Gilded Age

    You may be waiting for the second season of the drama series The Gilded Age, which premieres (Max) on Sunday, October 29. If you have not yet seen the first season,

  • Barbenheimer @ Your Library

    You may have already been to see the movies released a few weeks ago; you may be waiting for entertainment industry issues to resolve before you buy tickets. If you

  • April is National Poetry Month

    In 1996, the Academy of American Poets dubbed April National Poetry Month, which celebrates the art of poetry and the important role that poets have in our culture and society.

  • 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

 

 

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Additional Resources

Book Groups
Learn more about the book groups offered through the Pasadena Public Library system. Find meeting times and contact information. Have your own book group? Learn about the Book Group Kits that the library has available for check out.

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.

1884-2024: 140 Years of the Pasadena Public Library

Visit our page celebrating the 140th Anniversary of the Library, and find a book challenge and reading recommendations covering 14 decades!

 

Teen Book Suggestions

Find great reads for teens recommended by staff and organized into themed booklists.

Children’s Book Suggestions

Find great reads for kids recommended by staff and organized into themed booklists.

NoveList Plus

Search this online resource for information about book titles and series; reviews from professional journals; reading suggestions based on title, author, or series; recommended reading lists and more. Make sure to have your library card number handy to sign in to use this resource.

NoveList K-8 Plus

Search this online resource for information about book titles and series; reviews from professional journals; reading suggestions based on title, author, or series; recommended reading lists and more, all tailored specifically to readers grades K-8. Make sure to have your library card number handy to sign in to use this resource.

BookBrowse

Look through this online resource that has in-depth book reviews; handpicked “if you like this, try these” recommendations; browsing by genre, time period, geographical setting and theme; advice on starting and running a book club, and much more. Make sure to have your library card handy to sign in to use this resource.