Image of painting "The Reader" (1910) by Harold Knight, and text: "1900-1914"

The following books were published between the dawn of the new century –the Progressive Era–and the outbreak of World War I. The list of bestsellers for each year comes from […]

Blog Graphic: Painting of Woman Reading ("A Study for Paradise Lost" by Mihaly Munkacsy, 1899, public domain) with Art Nouveau-style scrolls and text: "1884-1899"

We thought we’d kick off our Pasadena Public Library 140th Anniversary celebration with titles published during the Library’s first decade and a half. The classic titles below are all still […]

New Year resolution – read more books!

It’s 2024, a new beginning, and it seems like everyone wants to know what your New Year resolution is. Ah, you almost feel the pressure to come up with something […]

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In Iceland, the tradition of Jólabókaflóðið/jolabokaflod, or “Christmas Book Flood,” is a wonderful ritual of cuddling up to read books gifted to one another on Christmas Eve. It is prominent […]

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Thanksgiving is Thursday, November 23. We hope you have plans to eat well in the company of friends and loved ones, and that you have plenty of both food and […]

Guilty pleasures

When it comes to reading or music, many of us have a book or band that we secretly like. Or maybe it’s not so much a secret but something we […]

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You may be waiting for the second season of the drama series The Gilded Age, which premieres (Max) on Sunday, October 29. If you have not yet seen the first season, […]

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You may have already been to see the movies released a few weeks ago; you may be waiting for entertainment industry issues to resolve before you buy tickets. If you […]

April is National Poetry Month

In 1996, the Academy of American Poets dubbed April National Poetry Month, which celebrates the art of poetry and the important role that poets have in our culture and society. […]

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We celebrate Black History Month in February. It’s a short month to recognize and wrestle with a complex history so long it predates the United States as a nation (Nicole […]