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  • Villa Parke Community Center Library and Neighborhood History

    Villa Parke Library Neighborhood Profile The Villa Parke Community Center Library is located at 363 E. Villa Street in the heart of District 5 and inside the Villa Parke Recreation and Community Center. It is Pasadena Public Library's newest information outlet.

    The library opened its doors on July 12, 1992, after a long-awaited restoration of the recreation facility. It was designed to accommodate the inexperienced library user, as well as to respond to the needs of a diverse population. It serves a predominantly walk-in clientele in which 8 out of 10 clients belong to a protected class.

    Due to its unique location, the Villa Parke Community Center Library supports and sponsors many activities in conjunction with other city service agencies, i.e. Health and Human Services, Recreation and Parks and federal programs like Women, Infant and Children (WIC), and Pasadena Headstart. The library strengthens the activities of the El Centro de Accion Social and the Catholic Big Brothers program by involving the youngsters and their families in library outreach and facilitating access to the collection for their after school homework program. Seniors Meals and the Huntington Senior Care Program offer the opportunity to show Spanish and English feature films at lunch time with additional optional activities.

    The area Elementary School children are bussed to schools outside the walking area, such as Linda Vista, Loma Alta, San Rafael and Burbank. Madison Elementary School which is situated just two blocks away from the library is filled to capacity.

    The Community Center Library collection supports the general reader's needs with a strong selection of the best Hispanic fiction writers and also features a very strong selection of self-help materials in Spanish and English. This site also offers a substantial student reference collection, supporting the Pasadena Unified School curriculum.

    Within a few blocks distance, a variety of agencies support social and learning skills for the area residents and the Community Center Library serves as their link to information and library services. Mother's Club is one of the learning places catering to young mothers in the neighborhood. The "Friendship Corner" is a church dedicated to the welfare of immigrants and indigents in the community, offering among many other services, English as a Second Language classes.

    Within the walls of the Villa Parke building, the Human Services and Neighborhood Department provides services for immigration and naturalization, housing, social security assistance, AFDC, Medi-Cal, food stamps, case complaints and advocacy, legal services, restraining orders, unpaid wages, workmen's compensation, Internal Revenue, unemployment, and disability.

    Neighborhood Characteristics

    Villa Parke's service area is a subset of the Central Library service area and is represented by tracts 4619 and 4622. Based on the 2000 Census, this area includes 11,920 people, of whom approximately 25% are age 17 and under.

    Political Districts

    City Council 5th District
    Victor Gordo
    County District 5th District
    Michael Antonovich
    State Assembly 44th District
    Anthony Portantino
    State Senate District 21
    Jack Scott
    U.S Congress Congressional District 29
    Adam Schiff

    U.S. Senate
    Barbara Boxer
    Dianne Feinstein

    School Services

    Villa Parke Community Center Library has a Learning Enrichment Center computer workstation and homework reference collection.

    Villa Parke School ServicesPublic Schools
    Rose City Continuation High School

    Preschools
    Pasadena Headstart

    Neighborhood Associations

    Villa Marengo Neighbors Association
    Villa Parke Neighborhood Association
    Friendship Corner
    Huntington Senior Care Program
    Mother's Club
    Seniors Meals
    United Way