2021

Banned Books Week, September 26 - October 2, 2021

Humans have always valued books and the stories and knowledge they embody. The high regard we have for them is rooted in the distant past when they were rare, expensive, […]

Graphic of colorful "tiles" with text: "Celebrate hispanic Heritage Month @ PPL! Celebre el mes de la Herencia Hispana @ PPL! September 15-October 15, 2021"

We are celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15-October 15 here in Pasadena and at PPL! We have lots going on, so check out our brochure full of happenings or […]

Anthony Bourdain June 25, 1956 - June 8, 2018

Today is June 25. It would have been Anthony Bourdain’s 65th birthday. We lost the celebrity chef, author and documentarian in 2018, just over 3 years ago. Bourdain was a […]

Photo of Stonehenge in silhouette, at sunset or sunrise, with sun shining through stones of the monument

Happy Summer! The Summer Solstice officially began, by NASA’s most scientific and accurate calculations, at 8:32 pm PDT on June 20 (Sunday night). This marks the longest day of the […]

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I ran into a former colleague of mine at a store not too long ago. We exchanged the usual pleasantries and asked each other what the other was reading. I […]

Title page of The Spanish Tragedy (1615)

April is Poetry Month, and specifically on the 23rd of this month is Shakespeare Day when we celebrate the life and works of the Bard whose poetry and plays have […]

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We celebrated our final “Monday Lit” for Black History Month on February 22nd with a read-aloud from bestseller The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. We shared some other books that […]

Information, Entertainment: A Reading List for the Week of January 4, 2021

We’ve had a challenging week with Wednesday’s turmoil in Washington, DC. You may be the kind of person who is glued to your favorite news source, bleary-eyed and breathless with […]