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November Greetings

What an exciting season for us here at the library!  Not only are we excited about all the traditional holidays, but we are gearing up to announce the One City, One Story title VERY SOON!  Watch our Facebook page for date and time.  In response to some of your comments, the committee tried very hard this year to find something a little lighter with a more up-beat theme.  I think you will be pleased—and many of you pleasantly surprised!

November is the time for California Library Association’s annual meeting, and we have lots of staff attending and/or presenting.  I’m always happy and proud when our staff can step up and share with the larger community some of the wonderful things we’re doing here. This year, we’re also excited to have three library commissioners travel to Long Beach along with us. They will be involved with workshops on advocacy, legislative issues, and literacy.  Good commissioners are informed commissioners, and I’m pleased that we have this troop of interested and dedicated participants.  Thank you!

Fall programming is in full swing with plenty of choices for adults, teens, and children. The Hill Avenue Branch is working on some “green” programs to highlight a new “seed exchange” library, the conversation groups in English, Italian, and Spanish continue, there’s a special author conversation with former local resident Chuck Greaves, another free practice course for the SAT, and the whole month is focusing on the “tellebration” festival for children to celebrate Children’s Book Month.

I also want you to be aware of a wonderful project that is being headed up by Shauna Redmond, formerly Branch Manager for Allendale and Linda Vista, now Virtual Services Librarian.  In the library’s continuing effort to capture the wonder and history that is Pasadena, Shauna is recording individual stories into our history database with a project called “We the PPL” (We the People).  She is linking up with as many citizens as she can in an effort to capture our wonderfully diverse community.  If your club, organization, faith community or personal family would like to “tell your story,” let us know.  Go to www.pasadenapubliclibrary.net or via a link on our Facebook page for more details or call Shauna directly at (626) 744-4210. It’s a great opportunity to be sure your particular voice is heard and preserved.

Remember to stop by the library as you prepare for the upcoming holidays.  We have special children’s books and stories, cookbooks, traditional tales collections, holiday videos to enjoy and a whole lot more!

Thanks for being a loyal PPL customer!

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