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Pasadena In Focus
July - August 2011

Hey, Kids and Teens – Read Around the Globe this Summer!

Readers ages 12 and younger can earn rewards and enjoy special shows, activities and story times during the Summer Reading Club featuring the theme “One World, Many Stories.”
Stop by your nearest library to pick up a reading log, stickers and book bag and, now through Aug. 14, log the minutes you’ve spent reading. Bring your record to the library to pick up your prize once you’ve read 200 minutes. Bring it in again at 500 minutes for another prize, then at 800 minutes to receive your very own book to keep. (To make it even easier to read, the library will forgive overdue fines on children’s materials or lost library cards all summer.)
In July, pick up a special library passport to join us on a Round the World Tour. Each library will offer a special program on a fascinating locale, from Europe to Mexico to Korea to the tropical rain forest. Every time you attend, have your passport stamped for a chance to win special prizes.
Children 6 and older can also enjoy hour-long shows Thursdays at 10 a.m. at Central Library, 285 E. Walnut St., with a repeat afternoon show at neighborhood branches. See folk storyteller Michael McCarty July 7 at 2 p.m. at Hill Avenue Library, 55 S. Hill Ave.; fanciful tales from China and Hawaii by Barbara Wong July 14 at 1:30 p.m. at Allendale Branch Library, 1130 S. Marengo Ave.; blues tunes by Brother Yusef July 21 at 3 p.m. at Villa-Parke Branch Library, 363 E. Villa St.; wacky magician Jeff the Great July 28, at 2 p.m. at Hastings Branch Library, 3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd.; and tales from around the world by Yvette Brandy Aug. 4 at 1:30 p.m. at San Rafael Branch Library, 1240 Nithsdale Rd.
Teens ages 13 to 18 can also get in on the fun by filling out a prize-entry slip every time they finish a book, magazine, graphic novel or audio book now through Aug. 20. Each branch will hold weekly prize drawings plus a grand prize drawing in August. Also watch for anime programs, a Go game festival, classes in candlemaking and handwriting analysis, movie night, a poetry workshop, Monopoly tournament and more.
Summer programs are sponsored annually by Friends of the Pasadena Public Library. Call 744-4066 or visit www.cityofpasadena.net/library for the full line-up.