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- 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
- Book Face Friday – Halloween Edition
Our staff and Library friends are putting the “Boo!” in Book Face Friday this week, with some suggested spooky reads to send you into the Halloween weekend. All of these
- ‘Tis the season to be scared – library staff pick their favorite scary book to read for Halloween!
Halloween is fast approaching, a day when the world of the living converges with the world of the dead and when our imagination merges fantasy with reality. It’s a holiday
- Banned Books Week, September 26 – October 2, 2021
Humans have always valued books and the stories and knowledge they embody. The high regard we have for them is rooted in the distant past when they were rare, expensive,
- Latinx Authors and Hispanic Heritage Month
We are celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15-October 15 here in Pasadena and at PPL! We have lots going on, so check out our brochure full of happenings or
- 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
Explore lists of new library books grouped by genre. You can also sign up to receive these lists in your email each month.
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.
- 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 Heritage Month 2021 (September 15-October 15)
- Hispanic Heritage Month 2020
- Native American Heritage Month 2021 (November 1-30)
- Native American Heritage Month 2020
- Social Justice & Anti Racism
Find great reads for teens recommended by staff and organized into themed booklists.
Find great reads for kids recommended by staff and organized into themed booklists.
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