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.

Construction: Preschool Storytime

In today’s storytime we read all about the machines and tools that construction workers use! Machines, trucks and tools are fascinating to children and there are a lot of great […]

Kids' Coding Club: Hour of Code with Star Wars

Last week was Computer Science Education Week, and to celebrate, Pasadena Public Library hosted our first meeting of the Kids’ Coding Club, a monthly afterschool program for kids 8-12 years […]

Penguins: Preschool Storytime

Today we shared stories about penguins, and learned which animals also live at the South Pole (and which animals DON’T). Books We Shared Our first story, Penguin’s Big Adventure by Salina […]

Monsters: Preschool Storytime

Today we shared stories about monsters to get ready for Halloween! Books We Shared Our first story, Quit Calling Me a Monster! by Jory John and Bob Shea, is about a […]

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 […]