Monday–Friday, June 3 – Aug. 9 (except July 4) • noon – 2 p.m.
Jefferson Branch Library, 1500 E. Villa St. 

Free lunches and activities for ages 0-18. Available on a first come, first served basis, as supplies last. Activities provided during the lunch period include STEAM projects, crafts, homestead, nutrition, wellness, movies, games, music, or play activities.

Special activities during lunch at Jefferson Branch Library: 

  • Mindful Mondays: family yoga, breathing or relaxation exercises, mindful arts & crafts 
  • Pop-Up Tuesdays: special guided programs such as music, LED circuit cards, painting book clocks, t-shirt decorating 
  • STEAM Wednesdays: preschool STEAM for the little ones and Innovation Lab activities for ages 10+ such as 3D printing, wood or plastic carving, coding, or robotics 
  • Homestead Thursdays: gardening and sustainability 
  • Freestyle Fridays: movies and popcorn, free take-home activities and meals for the whole family 

Some workshops may have age recommendations. For a full list of activities, please return to this page for updates! The first day of Lunch at the Library is Monday, June 3, 2024.


This is the fourth year Pasadena Public Library is participating in Lunch at the Library. To address food insecurity over the summer months while promoting literacy, Pasadena Public Library will offer children and teens craft activities and books to add to their home libraries at various locations throughout the City where free lunch is served. By pairing reading and libraries with food access, we can provide the youth of our community with two major ingredients they need to succeed in school and beyond – healthy food and literacy. In addition to visiting lunch sites throughout the City, lunch will be served at Jefferson Branch Library from June 3 to August 9. 









This institution is an equal opportunity provider. The Summer Food Service Program is a program of the U. S. Department of Agriculture, administered in California by the California Department of Education. Lunch at the Library is a project of the California State Library, supported with funds from the State of California.