WASPs on the runway

Our 2018 One City, One Story book, Rise of the Rocket Girls, is the riveting true story of the women who launched America into space. While Rise of the Rocket […]

"Shadows from the Walls of Death" wallpaper sample book by Dr. Robert M. Kedzie

We’re inspired by an article on Atlas Obscura about preservation issues for Shadows from the Walls of Death, a sample-book of wallpaper with deadly properties, owing to the use of a wildly […]

Jesse Owens on the medal stand, Berlin Olympics 1936

The 2018 Winter Olympics are over, but to say farewell and celebrate Black History Month, here are some books that examine the lives of some ground-breaking African-American Olympians from previous […]

Mae Jemison

  It’s Black History Month and since the library is focusing on STEAM initiatives this year, we’re celebrating both by taking a closer look at some of the amazing African […]

The Alienist: A Book List

  We’re inspired by the series premiere of “The Alienist” on TNT, adapted from Caleb Carr’s novel about grisly serial murder in gritty, corrupt turn-of-the-century Manhattan; and a trio:  police reporter, […]

Japanese Americans standing in front of an internment order.

In February we’ll be hosting a Big Read program focusing on the novel When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka and the experience of Japanese Americans who were placed […]

imager of teacher and students in classroom

  Pasadena Central Library’s 2018 Educator Night takes place on Thursday, February 1st at 5:00 pm. If you are an educator (ETK-12th grade) who teaches in Pasadena, or who lives […]

image of fireplace, coffee cup and book by daBinsi

  Inspired by an old NPR story about the charming and cozy Icelandic custom of jolabokaflod (“Christmas book flood”), and by today’s chilly, wet weather–an atmosphere prime for curling up with a […]

Woman on a cell phone

Series 4 of Black Mirror, the cult hit anthology series will be released this Friday, December 29 on Netflix. If you already have the weekend booked for binging the too […]

Snowy forest

Temperatures in Pasadena may hit the 30s some nights this week, which is about as cold as it gets here, so let’s revel in this chill by reading some winter-y […]