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Image of painting "Compartment C Car" (1938) by Edward Hopper with text: "1940-1959"

PosT   The Iceman Cometh [play] by Eugene O’Neill, 1946 The play is set in New York City in 1912 and chronicles the lives of a group of lonely denizens […]

Image of Painting: "Quentin Bell, Reading" by vanessa Bell, with text: "1930-1945"

From 1930-1945, the world saw a great deal of suffering and conflict. The Great Depression, which began with the Wall Street crash in October 1929, and the Dust Bowl, only […]

Portrait of Pierre Olin Reading, 1887 - Theo van Rysselberghe (painting of young man holding reading a book wearing a monocle) and art deco style graphics around text: "1915-1929"

Many big changes came along in the next 15 years in the US, and the world. The Great War, to be redubbed World War I after we survived a second […]

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 […]

image of woman's hand holding a filled mug, with book open on blanket covered lap

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 […]

image of gravy boat full of gravy on wooden table

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 […]

image of striped (19th-century style) wallpaper with three paintings by John Singer Sargent in gilded frames hanging on the wall

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, […]

Hot pink cursive "B" with stars, and chemical element symbol for Plutonium

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 […]

Black silhouette and white silhouette facing in opposite directions, with graphic of woman in between

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 […]