history

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 […]

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 […]

Christmas Tree Lighting

It’s already December and for many people that means the celebration of Christmas in whatever form that takes for them. One of the things we do to celebrate the holiday […]

Matteson Examination of a Witch (1853)

Tomorrow, July 19, 2017 marks the 325th anniversary of the first mass execution of people accused of witchcraft during the infamous Salem Witch Trials. To commemorate the occasion and honor […]

Reading by Design

Our Pasadena Public Library Summer Reading Program started this past Saturday, June 3 so if you haven’t signed up yet, head on over to our Summer Reading Guide to learn […]

Flapper smoking illustration

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 […]

Folders labeled "Top Secret"

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 […]

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 […]

Crowd on the National Mall at the 1963 March on Washington.

This past Saturday the Women’s March marked large, non-violent protests all over the United States. Whether you agree with the protesters or not, this is a good occasion to revisit some […]

Map of the USA as depicted in the Main in the High Castle TV series.

We’re on the brink of the new year, which makes it a good time to reflect on the changes that the future might bring and the way that those changes are […]