Sign ups start JUNE 13, 2015! The Summer Reading Challenge is a self-directed summer activity. Pick up a game board, complete activities, and earn prizes. Pick up your starter kit at any Pasadena Public Library between June 13-August 8.
Clap to the rhythm as the library joins in the annual citywide Make Music Pasadena Festival. Enjoy a day of outstanding songwriters and musicians. For teens and adults.
Saturday, June 6 • 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. • Central Library/Donald Wright Auditorium
It’s the first day of our Summer Reading Challenge! Drop in and create musical instruments like a box guitar, drums or a recorder, or challenge others to a dance off on the Wii Just Dance! For all ages!
Saturday, June 13 • 2 - 4 p.m. • Central Library/Studio on 4th
Are you concerned about your child’s future? Amalia Starr, author and mother of a 40-year-old autistic son, shares the importance of “letting go” as you encourage your child to one day live independently in her books, Raising Brandon and I Have Autism … What’ll I Do Without You, Mom. A Q & A session and book signing will follow. Copies will be available for purchase.
Thursday, June 25 • 7 p.m. • Central Library/Donald Wright Auditorium
Explore your musical side as you experience the magic of drumming and making music. For all ages!
You’ll be astounded and amazed by the incredible magical feats of Allen the Magician.
Tuesday, June 16 • 4 p.m. • La Pintoresca
Enjoy a unique and creative puppet musical from Noteworthy Puppets.
Prepare to be dazzled as Cory Hills takes storytelling to a new level -- with percussive instruments.
Jose Luis Orozco performs children’s favorites in Spanish and English.
Tuesday, June 23 • 10:30 a.m. • Villa Parke
Half the appeal of playing guitar is looking awesome while doing it, and nothing is more awesome than playing a cardstock guitar you decorated yourself.
Thursday, June 25 • 4 p.m. • Hastings
Singing is fun, but making music with instruments you create is even better. Drop in for some musical fun!
Thursday, July 23 • 4 p.m. • Hastings
Discover and learn exciting dances from Brazil, West Africa and more!
Tuesday, July 7 • 10:30 a.m. • La Pintoresca
You'll laugh and scream with John Abram’s zany blend of magic, comedy, music and live exotic pets in an entertainment experience guaranteed to amaze the entire family!
Bilingual musician Sara Quintanar will have you singing and dancing to traditional children’s songs.
Monday, July 13 • 3 p.m. • Hill Avenue
Sing songs, listen to stories and play instruments while journeying on the Music Boat with Angie.
Thursday • July 16 • 10 a.m. • Central Library/Donald Wright Auditorium
Pasadena’s Bungalow Heaven was the first historic landmark district in Pasadena, and the United States! Joaquin Montalvan’s documentary reveals the hard-fought struggle that took place to preserve this unique and highly coveted neighborhood. Following the screening, Tina Miller, President of Bungalow Heaven Neighborhood Association, will talk about the organization’s efforts.
Saturday, July 18 • 11 a.m. • Santa Catalina
Join us for a musical introduction to all the voices of the orchestra: the strings, brass, woodwind and percussion instruments. Learn how to play various instruments.
Tuesday, July 21 • 3:30 p.m. • Central Library/Donald Wright Auditorium
Interactive, bilingual, musical fun! Play instruments and sing songs in English and Spanish.
Thursday • July 23 • 10 a.m. • Central Library/Donald Wright Auditorium
Enjoy an old fashion sing-a-long with Theatre Americana. We’ll sing Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, A Pirates Life For Me, High Hopes, Swinging on a Star and Happy along with some old favorites. Song sheets and kazoo’s provided.
Saturday, July 25 • 3 – 4:45 p.m. • Central Library/Donald Wright Auditorium
Have fun playing percussion instruments and making music.
Thursday • July 30 • 10 a.m. • Central Library/Donald Wright Auditorium
Craig Newton plays an incredible variety of instruments, ranging from guitars to wind instruments. Come and celebrate songs about following your dreams by clapping, tapping and singing in a big way.
Let’s dance! Join us as we shake, shimmy and move to children’s music.
Friday, August 7 • 4 p.m. • Central Library/Children’s Story Room
Wizards, witches, squibs and muggles, join us for an afternoon filled with a magic show, potions class, wand making, trivia, scavenger hunt, costume contest and more! For all ages.
Saturday, August 8 • 3 – 5 p.m. • Central Library/Studio on 4th & Donald Wright Auditorium
Flights of Fantasy Story Theatre will delight you with a comic spin on folk tales, fables, rhymes and even an operetta. Join the fun, share the laughter and enjoy literature in a wonderfully new way.
Wednesday, August 19 • 3:30 p.m. • Santa Catalina
Thursday, August 20 • 10:30 a.m. • Linda Vista
Learn techniques to help children relax and focus through stretching and movement, presented by Yoga instructor Merry Everest. For preschoolers (18 months-5 year old).
Wednesday, June 17 • 10:45 a.m. • Santa Catalina
Spend an hour playing with your child at the library! Meet other parents and have fun with baby. We’ll have different activities set up to stimulate motor, visual and language skills. For infants and toddlers (up to 24 months old).
Mondays, June 1, July 6 & August 3 • 10 a.m. • Central Library/ Studio on 4th
Children read a book to a gentle, well-trained dog. Presented by Pasadena Humane Society volunteers.
Bring your imagination and we’ll help you create some new characters and stories using fun and easy writing exercises based on popular children’s books. To sign up, call (626) 744-4066 option 4.
Wednesdays, July 1 & August 5 • 5 p.m. • Central Library/Children’s Story Room
Calling all cool cats. The one-and-only Pete the Cat will be at the library. Join us for stories, songs and a craft. Be ready to have a groovy time, 'cuz it’s all good! Parents, bring your cameras.
Thursday, July 23 • 3:30 p.m. • Lamanda Park
Stay out of the heat and join us as we create fun summer crafts.
Come and play with Osmo game systems and Wonder Workshop robots, toys that extend the two-dimensional iPad to the world of three-dimensional play! To sign up, call (626) 744-4066 option 4.
Thursday, June 4 • 3:30 p.m. • Central Library/Studio on 4th
Join us this summer for BubbleMania and learn all about the science of creating giant soapy bubbles.
Wednesday, July 15 • 11 a.m. • San Rafael
Our programs and events are extremely popular. Space is limited; registration may be required. Check listings for details.
Join us as we discuss books that inspire compassion, self-esteem and courage in the face of social pressure and explore what it means to be a strong, confident young woman! For girls 11+, their mothers or an adult guest of their choice. July’s selection is A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd and August’s selection is The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson. To sign up, call (626) 744-4066, option 4.
Are you a dreamer? Do you love to write? It’s never too early to start writing your own stories. You don’t have to be an expert – you just have to love stories and have a great imagination. For grades 3 - 5. To sign up, call (626) 744-4066 option 4.
Fridays, June 19, July 31 & August 28 • 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. • Central Library/Children’s Story Room
Join us as we discuss Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos. For grades 3 – 5. To sign up, call (626) 744-4066 option 4. Then stop in at the Central Library Children’s Desk to pick up your book.
Wednesday, July 29 • 4:30 p.m. • Central Library/Children’s Story Room
Join us as we read and discuss some great graphic novels that are NOT about superheroes. A list of suggestions will be available beginning June 13. Pick up your book at the Central Library Children’s Desk. For grades 3 - 5. To sign up, call (626) 744-4066 option 4.
Thursday, August 6 • 3 p.m. • Central Library/Children’s Story Room
Join educator, musician, storyteller and artist Onochie Chukwurah for a three-week class in beginning drumming for all ages. Drums are provided. To sign up, call (626) 744-7268.
Mondays, July 6, 13 & 20 • 3 p.m. • La Pintoresca
Enjoy dancing? Join us and compete for points until we have a head to head competition with the top 1st – 4th place dancers. Song selections will be drawn randomly.
Tuesday, July 7 • 4 p.m. • Hastings
Join us for a fun-filled afternoon of Bingo, with prizes and treats for all. For ages 10+.
Thursday, July 16 • 4 p.m. • Hastings
Do you like to drum? Learn how the steel drum was developed then enjoy some hands-on drumming lessons from professional drummer Joseph Peck.
Tuesday, July 21 • 3 p.m. • Allendale
Use your iPad and GarageBand to create and edit your own music. Limited number of iPads available; if you have an iPad, please bring it. To sign up, call (626) 744-7262.
Tuesday, July 28 • 4 p.m. • Hastings
Do you have what it takes to “sync” the competition? Just mouth the words and perform with all you’ve got at our Lip Sync Battle.
Tuesday, August 4 • 4 p.m. • Hastings
Learn how to use Word and the Internet for homework and other projects this summer.
Saturdays, June 6 & 20, July 18, August 1, 15 & 29 • 10 – 11:30 a.m. • La Pintoresca
Learn about the science and math behind musical instruments – then, make some! To sign up, call (626) 744-4066 option 4. For ages 8+.
Monday, June 8 • 2 p.m. • Central Library/Children’s Story Room
Explore the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) concepts through creative, innovative projects based on fun STEAM-related challenges. For grades 3 – 6. To sign up, call (626) 744-7262.
Wednesdays, June 10 & July 8 • 4 p.m. • Hastings
Does your teen or tween spend too much time playing computer games? Then sign them up for our workshop where they will learn to create and design simple computer and videogame programs. Presented by digital artist Ean Moore. For ages 11+. To sign up, call (626) 744-7268.
Saturday, June 20 • 10 a.m. • La Pintoresca
Learn computer code while enjoying video games. Explore the unique and innovative technology known as “Code Combat,” as we learn the Python language together. Presented by Ean Moore. For ages 10+.
Tuesday, June 23 • 3:30 p.m. • La Pintoresca
Board games serve as a method of teaching kids how to program computers. Ean Moore will teach kids how to play “Robot Turtles” and help them gain a stronger foundation in computer logic and programming. For ages 8+.
Thursday, June 25 • 3:30 p.m. • La Pintoresca
Learn to make a cool video game or animation using Scratch! Some Scratch experience recommended. Try it at http://scratch.mit.edu/. For ages 9+. To sign up, call (626) 744-4066 option 4.
Friday, August 14 • 2 p.m. • Central Library/Technology Learning Center
Learn about the science behind inventions that let us record and replay great music. Then make your own phonograph and use it to play records. To sign up, call (626) 744-4066 option 4. For ages 8+.
Monday, August 10 • 2 p.m. • Central Library/Children’s Story Room
Presented by the Friends of the Pasadena Public Library. The film will be cancelled if The Friends of the Library volunteers are unable to show the movie.
Wednesdays • 1 p.m. • Central Library/Donald Wright Auditorium
Movies the whole family can enjoy! For film titles, call (626) 744-6510.
Thursdays in July and August • 3 p.m. • Villa Parke Branch Library
For film titles, call (626) 744-7272
Fridays • June 12, 19, 26, July 10, 17, 24, 31 & August 7 • 3 p.m. • Santa Catalina Branch Library
For film titles, call (626) 744-7262.
Fridays • June 26, July 24 & August 7 • 4 p.m. • Hastings Branch Library
Enjoy movies all summer long! For film titles, call (626) 744-7268.
Mondays • June 15, 22 & 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27 & August 3 • 1 p.m. • La Pintoresca Branch Library
Click here for a list of Storytimes