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South Pasadena News and Updates from City Manager Stephanie DeWolfe

August 22nd would have been the 100th birthday of famed writer and public library advocate Ray Bradbury. In celebration of the Bradbury Centennial, South Pasadena’s Poet Laureate Ron Koertge has recorded a poem written in remembrance of Bradbury, and the Library is participating in the national Ray Bradbury Read-A-Thon. From August 22 through September 5, 2020, …

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The Library’s first ever all virtual Summer Reading Program (SRP) was a great success. A total of 1,095 readers registered on the Beanstack reading tracking app and together they read for 7,742 hours! Teens read the most hours overall, with 3rd through 5th graders right behind them. Pre-readers had the largest number of participants, at …

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Since Takeout service launched on June 15th, the Library has filled 7,347 holds on items and completed 105 Materials Matchmaker requests for customers who don’t know exactly what they want and need some help with selection. Placing holds in the catalog is easy, and Library staff created a short video tutorial that walks customers through …

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OverDrive, the South Pasadena Public Library’s ebook and eaudiobook lending platform, is making simultaneous access available for a limited time to important titles on social justice and anti-racism. This means no waiting for the following titles! Available through the dates listed. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander …

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The Library is once again partnering with the American Red Cross to give our residents an opportunity to contribute to the much needed blood supply, with a blood drive in the Library Community Room on Wednesday, July 29. Appointments are available between 1:00 and 7:00 p.m. To schedule, visit www.RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code SOPASLIB.  A …

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Juneteenth, or June 19th, is the perfect opportunity to familiarize yourself with the holiday established to commemorate the ending of slavery in America. On June 19th, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger led troops into Galveston, Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation, issued by President Lincoln two and a half years prior. Many theories have circulated …

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Starting Monday, June 15, the South Pasadena Public Library is offering Library Takeout, a no-contact materials check-out and pick-up service. While customers are not allowed to enter the building, the Library seeks to help our community members engage their minds and access library materials through Library Takeout. Customers will be able to request materials which …

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