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Technology Learning Center
- for Children Only
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- for Children Only (Homework Only)
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- for Mango Languages, LearnKey, GCFLearnFree, or the Foundation Directory Only
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- for Mango Languages, LearnKey, GCFLearnFree, Foundation Directory, and for work on resumes, job searches or job applications
La Pintoresca ("the picturesque") Branch Library, built in 1930, was named for the hotel which had previously occupied its northwest Pasadena site. Its parkland location centers La Pintoresca in the most highly populated service area of any Pasadena Branch. La Pintoresca Branch Library serves also as a community center, providing local residents with a welcoming, informal meeting place.
La Pintoresca Branch Library is “A Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center” and offers free availability of the Foundation Directory Online Professional database along with two other databases subscribed through the Center.
The La Pintoresca Branch Library neighborhood profile provides more details about where the branch is located.
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For special and holiday programs, call (626) 744-7268. Or, for more information about programs here and throughout the Pasadena Public Library, you can visit our Library Calendar.
The collection of approximately 56,000 volumes includes several special collections, including African-American history and literature, arts and music, and international and regional cookery. The branch has special section of career and small business books along with job listings from various sources, as well as an extensive Spanish language collection, both juvenile and adult, with an emphasis on browsing and casual reading material. Unique to this branch is a comic book collection, including the history and artwork of comics, cartooning and animation.
The meeting room with tables and chairs will accommodate up to 53 people. This room is free to groups who do not charge an admission fee or restrict admission on the basis of membership. It is available Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is handicap access through the north entrance. A meeting room reservation form must be submitted two weeks in advance.
La Pintoresca is the home of Pasadena READS, our adult literacy program.
La Pintoresca is pleased to offer free wireless Internet access to patrons with appropriately equipped wireless devices. For more information on this service, please visit our Wireless Internet Access page.
La Pintoresca is also the home of a computer lab, used for public training and used by the general public. The lab is open after school from 3 to 6 Monday through Thursday, with a homework-only hour from 4 to 5, and from 2 to 5 on Saturdays. The lab is open mornings from 10 to 2 for adults looking to use our career databases and FC Search grant writing software.
Our Nonprofit Resource Center is A Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center with more than 500 books about nonprofit management, fundraising, grant writing and other topics in our new Nonprofit Resource Center. Reservations are required to use the room for research on the computer for one hour, but browsing the books is always allowed when the branch is open.
La Pintoresca provides free wifi access to the following Foundation Center databases in the library building and on certain library computers:
In the 2008-2009 school year, La Pintoresca Branch provided 487 programs for children with 11,586 in attendance. Of these, 174 were class visits, with 3,824 total attendance. The branch also has public computer workstations and a homework reference collection.