school age

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 […]

Sensory Art & Craft Making

Last Saturday’s Sensory Art & Craft Making  program at Lamanda Park Branch Library made a BIG SPLASH (pun intended).  Over 20 young artists and their families set out to make “sandpaper” starfish, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tablets and Tech for Kids

Coming up on Tuesday, June 13th from 2-3:30 pm, we have our next Tablets and Tech program at the Pasadena Central Library on our 4th floor. This is a fun, […]

The Lucha Libros Class of 2017--and a new Champion!

Last night thirty-six 2nd and 3rd graders and their families came to the Donald R. Wright Auditorium to answer questions about the book Fantastic Mr. Fox / El Superzorro by […]

Lucha Libros: Big Nate Goes for Broke

Last night kids answered questions about the book Big Nate Goes for Broke / Nate el grande invencíble by Lincoln Peirce. The questions were much harder this time and fewer […]

Poetry about our moments in history -- Kids' Writing Workshop

Book Inspiration Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson We read the poem “second daughter’s second day on earth” which contains many references to the various events going on around the […]

Creative Writing with Word Baskets

Yesterday, our Creative Writing for Beginning Readers Workshop was inspired by the picture book Little Red Writing, written by Joan Holub and illustrated by Melissa Sweet. In the story, Little […]