One City One Story

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Our One City, One Story month is winding down, but there are still some great films and book discussions coming up to help you delve deeper into Viet Thanh Nguyen’s […]

Vietnamese people in a market

This Saturday, March 18 from 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Central Library is our One City, One Story Cultural Afternoon where we will celebrate and learn about Vietnamese culture through […]

One City, One Story Author Visit

Tomorrow is March 1st and that means it is the official start of our month-long One City, One Story program, a great way for our whole community to come together […]

Refugee Stories

The author of our 2017 One City, One Story pick The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen, will be in conversation with Library Director, Michelle Perera at our author talk event at […]

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This week in African-American History Month, we honor a local hero in Octavia Butler (1947-2006). This Pasadena native, graduate of John Muir High School (Class of ’65) and frequenter of […]

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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 […]

Orphan Train cover and staff blurb

On the fence about reading our One City, One Story pick for 2016, Orphan Train? Let us convince you that it’s worth cracking open! You still have plenty of time […]

Painting of a woman adopting an orphan boy off a train.

Our One City, One Story book Orphan Train is not for children, but the historical events Christina Baker Kline writes about, orphaned children being sent on trains to the Midwest to find families, […]

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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. […]