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.

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 […]

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 […]

Reading Great Books to Learn Writing Great Hooks

At our Kids’ Writing Workshop on Friday, June 16th, we learned about writing engaging beginnings. I combed through the upper middle grade books at our library and looked through all […]

Music and Movement with Dayita Datta

Earlier this year, Pasadena Unified School District surveyed parents about what their kids need and found a strong need for more music learning opportunities. Well, Pasadena Public Library has traditionally […]

Musical Fun With Angie Donkin

On June 6th, we had a delightful music performance by Angie Donkin for infants, toddlers and their families. She played guitar and ukulele and sang. She used puppets, props, even […]

Siblings: Preschool Storytime

At last Saturday’s Preschool Storytime, we read books about brothers and sisters! Books We Shared Our first story, Squid Kid the Magnificent by Lynne Berry and Luke daMarca, features a young […]