AnnMarie Hurtado

I’m a youth services librarian working in the Children’s Room at the Pasadena Central Library. I purchase juvenile nonfiction books for all sites, juvenile Spanish books for all sites, and juvenile DVDs for the Central Library. I do a lot of programs with school-age kids, including Lucha Libros, Mother Daughter Book Club, writing workshops and science programs. I am also in the Infant Toddler Storytimes rotation along with Miss Marie and Miss Jennifer. I love what I do and I love working with kids of all ages to inspire them to learn and use their curiosity and imaginations.

Writing Parties September and October

Every month on the 2nd Tuesday, kids between the ages of 5 and 8 come to the library to hear a story and engage with a creative writing prompt inspired […]

Lucha Libros: Starting Year 4!

For the past few years, 2nd and 3rd graders have come to the library every first Wednesday of the month to answer questions about a book they read and earn […]

Epidemiologists: Saving Our Species with Science! (STEAM Careers in Pasadena series)

On Monday Oct. 2nd we had a visit from Pasadena’s very own dedicated epidemiologist, Matthew Feaster of the Pasadena Public Health Department. He showed us what he does on a […]

Learning the Art of Writing Plots, with Author Kristen Kittscher

Last Friday, kids came to Pasadena Central Library for a free writing workshop with middle grade author Kristen Kittscher, who writes the Young and Yang mysteries! She shared some of […]

The Moon: Preschool Storytime

At today’s storytime we talked about the moon, one of the key players in Monday’s solar eclipse! Books We Shared Our first story, Mae and the Moon by Jami Gigot, is […]

Writing Dialogue for Wordless Picture Books

Yesterday, after reading the book Du Iz Tak by Carson Ellis, kids in primary grades did an activity making up a new language. Then they created new written dialogue for […]

STEAM Careers in Pasadena: Forensic Specialists Fighting Crime with Science

On Wednesday, August 2nd, we had some special visitors at the library. Two forensic specialists from the Pasadena Police Department, Noel Herrera and Alex Padilla, came to meet kids between […]

Make a Penny Battery

On August 8th, we had a packed story room full of kids 7-12 years old who were here to learn about how electricity works, what kinds of materials conduct electricity, […]

Silly Split-Panel Books - Writing Parties for Primary Grade Kids

At our most recent Writing Party for Primary Grade Kids (previously named “Creative Writing for Beginning Readers”), we made split-panel books inspired by A Cheese and Tomato Spider by Nick […]

Bears: Preschool Storytime

I recently saw a live bear in the wild, while on a hike up at Lassen Volcanic National Park. It was scary! You have to be very careful and keep […]