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  • 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

  • Cold Treats for Hot Days

    Hot days call for cold treats. After school-at-home, post-dinner dessert, or a weekend cool down to accompany a run through the sprinklers? Try a recipe from one of the following

  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow: Songs of Hope and Perseverance

    Inspired in part by our One City One Story Summer Selection, Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts, and its story around The Wizard of Oz  and in part by the struggles we share

  • Race and Social Justice in America

        Big topics, on all of our minds. There are some excellent resources available, as a place to start, or a way to continue listening and learning. The following

  • Local and family history research – six online resources you can use from home

    Do you like local history or learning about your family’s history? Research of this kind often requires a visit to the library to browse through city directories, photos, genealogical records,

 

 

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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 Club 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.

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BookBrowse

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