You probably know that Memorial Day was established to honor and remember the U.S. service members who lost their lives in war. Did you know that the holiday was first […]

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Here are a few “May” titles, including a political history of May Day, a couple of mysteries (including one Young Adult title), a movie, a short story collection, and historical fiction […]


Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer and Los Angeles Times food critic Jonathan Gold will be here at Pasadena Central Library on Saturday, May 14. In honor of his visit, here are some titles […]

Listen Up!: Audiobook Narrators

  If you listen to audiobooks very much, you’ll probably agree that the right narrator can add a lot to the story. Great audiobook narrators enhance the “read” and can make […]

Rhythm and Rhyme

“I am waiting for my case to come up and I am waiting for a rebirth of wonder and I am waiting for someone to really discover America and wail…” […]

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Christina Baker Kline, author of our 2016 One City, One Story selection, Orphan Train, will visit Central Library tomorrow, March 31st, to discuss the book in conversation with Director Jan Sanders. […]

One City, One Story: Trains

The 2016 title selection, Orphan Train, in part tells the story of Vivian’s journey westward on an Orphan Train in the 1920s. So, let’s talk about trains: from the mechanics and […]

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  One of the two main characters of Orphan Train, Molly Ayer, is a 17-year-old Penobscot Indian woman, who has spent her life in and out of foster care in Maine. […]