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For National Poetry Month we’re sharing some of our favorite poems and poets with you. When we asked Pasadena Public Library staff what their favorite poems were, there were some […]

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The Jazz Age. The Roaring Twenties. Whatever you call them, the 1920s were a fascinating time of social and historical change. As April is Jazz Appreciation Month, we’ll take a […]

California Art

“Discover California Art” this Saturday, April 1st, at 3:00 pm at the Linda Vista Branch Library. Panelists from the Pasadena Museum of California Art  will discuss the museum’s current exhibits […]

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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 […]

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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 […]


  This Saturday, March 11, marks the centennial of Will Eisner, the man who popularized the term and concept of “graphic novel.” Join us at 2:00 pm at Central Library’s […]

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 […]


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 […]

The Negro Leagues and the Integration of Major League Baseball

February is Black History Month, a time to recognize and learn more about African-American history and the remarkable achievements of many African Americans. It’s also a great reminder to explore and learn […]