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This week marks 20 years since The Truman Show was released. In June 1998, we first sat down in theaters to watch a somewhat surreal story of a man (played by […]

Time Travel

Our 2018 Summer Reading starts this Saturday, June 2nd! Sign up to participate at pasadena.beanstack.org. The theme this year: “Reading Takes You Everywhere!”… including through time! To get you started, […]

Mental Health in Fiction and Memoir

Saturday, May 19 is our second annual Pasadena Mental Health Day. Please join us at Central Library to learn more and find out about quality mental health services and resources […]

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This year we are celebrating STEAM at PPL, and across the City of Pasadena. We’ve got lots of great STEAMy things planned to get you immersed in science, technology, engineering, […]

(Nothing) Lost in Translation

  April is a month when we celebrate poetry. Consider the difficulty of translating anything between two languages, and then add the nuance and complexity of poetic language-song lyrics, for […]

"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 […]

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, […]

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  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 […]

Image of meteor shower by Heath Cajandig

Late tonight, after midnight and before dawn, you may have a chance to catch a “shooting star” or twenty; the Geminid meteor showers will be visible all over the country, […]