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  • One City, One Story: Modern Western Stories

    March is here which means the 2019 One City, One Story program is upon us! This Thursday, March 7 Hernan Diaz, the author of our 2019 One City, One Story […]

  • All About the NFL

    This Sunday is Super Bowl LIII where the Los Angeles Rams will take on the New England Patriots. It’s LA’s first shot at the NFL championship in over 30 years! […]

  • The Big One: Earthquakes in Fiction

    It has been a quarter century since the Northridge earthquake struck at 4:30 am on January 17, 1994. It has been 30 years since the Loma Prieta quake hit Northern […]

  • Poetry

    We shared this clever (and visual) poem by Brian Bilston yesterday on Facebook, and the response by followers indicates that lots of other people were delighted by it, too. Brian […]

  • Author Talk with Nova Jacobs

    Don’t miss a very special author talk where Nova Jacobs joins Anne Louise Bannon, president of Mystery Writers of America, Southern California. in conversation as they discuss her book, The […]

  • Rave Reviews – November 2018

    On the 4th Monday of every month, a small group gathers at Lamanda Park Branch Library to hear about a selection of new(ish) books that are receiving great reviews.  It’s […]

  • The Red Planet in Fiction

    Join us on Monday, November 26 at Central Library for a live viewing of the InSight Mars Landing by NASA-JPL. We’ll have NASA-JPL’s Todd Barber hosting, and he can lend […]

  • Political Thrillers

    Today is Election Day so make your way to the polls before 8 p.m. to vote! After you’ve voted, you can stop by the library and pick up one of […]

  • Horrible Reads: Spine-Tingling, Bone-Chilling Fiction to Thoroughly Spook You

    Happy Halloween! Here are some truly terrifying tales to set the mood and haunt your dreams…   The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s The […]

  • Wonder Valley by Ivy Pochoda

    Author Ivy Pochoda will be at Pasadena Central Library next Thursday, October 25, at 7:00 pm to talk about (and sign copies of) her novel, Wonder Valley.  We’re inspred by her visit, […]

 

 

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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.

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.

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.

Online Book Clubs

Sign up for an online book club in the genre of your choice and you’ll receive a five-minute selection from the book of the week in your email each morning. It’s a great way to try new book titles from the comfort of your own home before checking out the full title from the library if it catches your eye.

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 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.