Location: Pasadena, CA 91101, United States

Little Libraries

There are 65 "Little Libraries" within 25 miles.

Local venues

46 North Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101
135 North Oakland Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91182
Vroman's Bookstore (0.2 miles)
695 East Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101
509 E Walnut St., Pasadena, CA 91104
CALTECH Bookstore (0.3 miles)
MC 1-51, Pasadena, CA 91125
285 E. Walnut Street, Pasadena, CA 91101
170 S. Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101
363 East Villa Street, Pasadena, CA 91101
San Marino Gallery (0.6 miles)
70 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena, California 91103
420 S. Madison Ave, # 215, Pasadena, CA 91101
56 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105
Century Books (0.6 miles)
1039 East Green Street, Pasadena, CA 91106
Book Alley (0.8 miles)
1252 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91106
55 Eureka Street, Pasadena, CA 91103
569 S. Marengo Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101
210 North Mudd, Pasadena, CA 91125
55 South Hill Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91106
Caltech Archives, Pasadena, CA 91125
Dabney Library, Pasadena, CA 91125
Cahill Library, Pasadena, CA 91125
Millikan Library, Pasadena, CA 91125
Sherman Fairchild Library, Pasadena, CA 91125
1570 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106
411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105
100 W. California Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91109

Local events

Crowell Library: Historic Alexandria Comes Alive
Crowell Public Library, Wednesday, May 4 at 7pm
In 92 AD, Alexandria, Egypt was the height of civilization at that time. It included the famous Library, Museum, and Lighthouse. While lesser known than Rome, it was the unchallenged pinnacle of Western intellectual achievement. A melting pot of Egyptians, Greeks, Jews, and Romans, it frequently boiled over into violence. Alexander’s Lighthouse is the story of a team of young engineers who invent the most powerful weapon in the world for the Romans who rule Egypt. When rebels steal the weapon, the team is caught between the Romans and the rebel forces who threaten to overthrow the hated Roman occupiers. The Friends of Crowell Public Library’s popular Meet the Authors series continues with the appearance of Don Westenhaver, author of this captivating historical novel on Wednesday, May 4th at 7:00 p.m.

Midway through the writing of Alexander’s Lighthouse, Westenhaver and his wife decided to visit Egypt to gather research, with a few days scheduled in Alexandria. They were due to leave on February 11, but the Arab Spring erupted at the end of January. They were glued to their TV watching demonstrators filling Cairo’s Tahrir Square and the streets of Alexandria. The Egyptian revolution Don was writing about in 92 AD was actually happening before his eyes.

Don Westenhaver lives in Southern California and is halfway through a fifth novel, another story that makes history come alive. He combines well-known historical people, fictional characters, an intense plot, and vivid sensory descriptions to insert readers into a different time and place and make them feel at home there. He has found people display the same faults and virtues no matter what part of the earth and which century they inhabit. Don is a member of the Southern California Writers Association and the Military Writers Society of America.
Come to Crowell Library and learn more about this author on Wednesday, May 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the Library’s Barth Community. Thanks to the Friends of the Library, the authors keep coming to Crowell Public Library! (notparoo)
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The Importance of Planning Ahead: What to Do When a Loved One Passes
Crowell Public Library, Thursday, May 5 at 7pm
. Life is a cycle with a beginning and an end. Most people prepare for many months when anticipating a birth, but not the same care is given to the other end of the spectrum, death. In this one hour program, attendees will learn about the responsibilities of the survivor when a passing occurs. These are pertinent responsibilities dealing directly with the passing and the necessary, immediate actions. SOPHIA CHAN will walk through a helpful check list for a part of life that is not easy for anyone, but real. In a passing there are some one hundred decisions to be made, and pertinent ones will be specifically addressed in this program. Just like preparing for the beginning of life, there are responsibilities and tasks that can be taken care of ahead of time, reducing the stress and sense of being overwhelmed at an emotional time. The attendees will learn how to eliminate the hassles of paperwork and finding missing information, how to make sure the deceased’s wishes will be carried out, how to lessen the financial burden, minimize disputes between well-meaning relatives, and win the family’s appreciation. There will be an open forum for the audience to ask questions.

A certified Chinese-English translator, Sophia Chan has been helping families to properly plan for the final life event for nearly a decade. As the Regional Manager for the non-profit organization Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Sophia helps families understand advance planning at various speaking engagements, in-house seminars, and family consultations. Sophia has an added perspective as a minister, and helps families to cope with life after a loved one has passed. Her passion is helping people, and she is happiest when educating families about the “61 Responsibilities of the Survivor.”

Come to Crowell Public Library on Thursday, May 5th at 7:00 p.m. and learn how to prepare for the inevitable. (notparoo)
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Super 8 Day Sale - Sports and Do-It-Yourself Books
Friends Plaza Book Loft, Friday, May 6 at 10am
Books in the categories of SPORTS and DO-IT-YOURSELF will be on sale downstairs in the main library from May 6-14, 2016. All books will be $0.50 each and all proceeds benefit the library. (lwbooklover)
Event location: Glendora Public Library, 140 S Glendora Ave, 1st Floor, Glendora CA 91741-3416
Viet Thanh Nguyen, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War
Skylight Books, Saturday, May 7 at 5pm
Viet Thanh Nguyen, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War

In conversation with Tom Hayden (signing to follow), Skylight Books (added from Harvard University Press)
Viet Thanh Nguyen, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War
Skylight Books, Saturday, May 7 at unknown time
Viet Thanh Nguyen, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War

Book launch event, Skylight Books (added from Harvard University Press)
Film Screening: To Climb a Gold Mountain
Crowell Public Library, Wednesday, May 11 at 6:30pm
Crowell Public Library is very fortunate to present a special screening of To Climb a Gold Mountain, a new cultural and educational film that tells the stories of four women of Asian descent who lived in America from the 1850s to the present day. The women came from different backgrounds and lived dramatically different lives. Some of the women featured in the film, such as Anna May Wong, have reached success and fame. Still others, like Sing Ye, a prostitute who lived in the 1800s and fought for freedom, are all but forgotten. Each woman’s story represents a distinct theme of struggle and triumph, and ushers in the succeeding story leading up to the present time. Through these stories, the film tracks the progression, evolution and legacy of the immigrants in America as they integrate into the fabric of America.

In the 1800s, the Chinese called America Gam Saan. It meant “Gold Mountain” and bespoke a myth of treasures waiting for any poor immigrant willing to sweat blood and tears. But for the poor women and men arriving on these shores, it was anything but. To Climb a Gold Mountain relates this 160-year narrative through the stories and voices of a set of particularly iconic women, representing distinct stages and themes in a compelling and dramatic tale. The film’s producers have received a Certificate of Congressional Recognition related to the film, a Golden Award from The World Film Festival, and Best Feature Documentary from the LA Film Festival of Hollywood. In addition PBS has picked the TV version of the film for broadcasting.

The film has a running time of 73 minutes and will be presented by the executive producer and director, Alex Azmi who will discuss the making of the film and answer questions. Dr. Azmi is a filmmaker who is interested in documentaries that deal with social and cultural issues. His most current project is called “Man and Machine,” and is about the impact of technologies on the lives of ordinary people.

Come to Crowell Public Library on Wednesday, May 11th at 6:30 p.m. for a fascinating look into Asian cultural history. (notparoo)
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Christian Cruz, Classical Guitar
Crowell Public Library, Thursday, May 12 at 7pm
Patrons of Crowell Public Library will greatly appreciate the generosity of the Friends of Crowell Library and the San Marino Music Center when classical guitarist Christian Cruz presents a free program on Thursday, May 12 in the Library’s Barth Community Room. Christian received his Bachelor's Degree in Music at California State University, Northridge where he received numerous awards. He is now pursuing his Master’s Degree under William Kanengiser at USC’s Thornton School of Music.

A native of Los Angeles, Christian appreciated the cultural diversity of L.A. and grew fond of the rock and hip hop scene while simultaneously being influenced by the Latin American music of his own heritage. This would translate into his career as a guitarist, where he began playing renowned venues in Hollywood such as the Whiskey A Go Go and the Roxy, as well as performing the music of Ástor Piazzolla in concert halls. He has performed a number of chamber pieces at regional symposia held by the Guitar Foundation of America and has been featured on KUSCs Sundays Live broadcast at the Los Angeles County Museum of Arts.

The Crowell Library concert program will include Sonata Romantica by Manuel Ponce who is regarded as one of the most influential classical composers of Mexico. This sonata is an homage to Robert Shubert and borrows thematic material from the keyboard works of Shubert. Cinco Piezas is written by composer and performer Astor Piazzolla and these are the only pieces he wrote for solo guitar. Balkan Miniatures is by Serbian born Dusan Bogdanovic, one of the most prolific guitar composers in modern day. He has written music for guitar in virtually every variation, from solo to concerto. In 1991, he wrote this set of short pieces for William Kanengiser. The set is dedicated to world peace, as it was created during the separation of the former Yugoslavia.

Don’t miss this special night of free classical guitar music at Crowell Public Library. Seating is limited. (notparoo)
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Forbidden City USA - Chinese American Nights Clubs 1936-1970
Crowell Public Library, Thursday, May 19 at 7pm
Join us for a fascinating look at San Francisco’s internationally celebrated Chinese American nightclub scene and its performers with filmmaker and writer Arthur Dong on Thursday, May 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the Barth Community Room. A recipient of an Oscar nomination, a Peabody Award and an NEH grant, Dong will discuss his research on Chinese American nightclubs in San Francisco during the years 1936 to 1970, the focus of his book, Forbidden City, USA. In 1985 Author Dong began the research for his award-winning documentary on this little-known chapter of entertainment history, and has since then become arguably the foremost aficionado on the topic. Forbidden City U.S.A.: Chinese American Nightclubs, 1936-1970 received a 2015 American Book Award and the Independent Publisher’s IPPY Award.

San Francisco native Arthur Dong's film career began with Public, an animated Super-8 film shot on his bedroom floor. The five-minute film earned first prize at the California High School Film Festival and was the young filmmaker's introduction to the power of film as a tool for progressive change. Since then, Dong has continued to combine the art of the visual medium with an investigation of social issues. His documentaries include Hollywood Chinese, Sewing Woman, Forbidden City, USA, Coming Out Under Fire, Family Fundamentals, and Licensed to Kill. His latest production is The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor.

Besides his Oscar nomination and Peabody awards, Mr. Dong has received three Sundance Film Festival awards, the Berlin Film Festival's Teddy Award, Taipei's Golden Horse Award, and five Emmy nominations. He has served on the boards of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Film Independent, OutFest, and the National Film Preservation Board at the Library of Congress. A two-time Rockefeller Media Arts Fellow as well as a Guggenheim Fellow in Film, Dong is currently Distinguished Professor in Film at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
Learn all about this dazzling chapter in entertainment and Chinese American history when Arthur Dong visits Crowell Public Library, Thursday, May 19th at 7:00 p.m. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. (notparoo)
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Viet Thanh Nguyen, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War
Viet Thanh Nguyen, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War

In conversation with Maxine Hong Kingston, Library Foundation of Los Angeles (added from Harvard University Press)
Super 8 Day Sale - Travel and Paperback Fiction Books
Friends Plaza Book Loft, Friday, June 3 at 10am
Books in the categories of TRAVEL and PAPERBACK (FICTION) BOOKS will be on sale downstairs in the main library from June 3-11, 2016. All books will be $0.50 each and all proceeds benefit the library. (lwbooklover)
Event location: Glendora Public Library, 140 S Glendora Ave, 1st Floor, Glendora CA 91741-3416
Brando Skyhorse
Vroman's Bookstore, Sunday, June 26 at unknown time
Brando Skyhorse’s debut novel, The Madonnas of Echo Park, received the 2011 PEN/Hemingway Award and the Sue Kaufman Award for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The book was also a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick. He has been awarded fellowships at Ucross and Can Serrat, Spain. Skyhorse is a graduate of Stanford University and the MFA Writers’ Workshop program at UC Irvine. He is the 2014 Jenny McKean Moore Writer-In-Washington at George Washington University. (added from Simon & Schuster)… (more)
Daniel Miyares
Once Upon a Time, Tuesday, June 28 at 10:30am
Daniel Miyares has illustrated books such as Bambino and Mr. Twain and Waking Up is Hard to Do, and Pardon Me! is his first adventure as an author/illustrator. He earned a BFA in illustration from Ringling College of Art and Design in 2002 and has since worked for Hallmark Cards Inc. Daniel currently lives near Kansas City with his lovely wife, their two small children, and a large brown dog. (added from Simon & Schuster)… (more)
Taylor Jenkins Reid
Vroman's Bookstore, Friday, July 1 at 6:30pm
Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author and essayist from Acton, Massachusetts. She graduated from Emerson College with a degree in Media Studies. Her first novel, Forever, Interrupted, was named one of the “11 Debuts We Love” by Kirkus Reviews. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alex, and her dog, Rabbit. You can follow her on Twitter @TJenkinsReid. (added from Simon & Schuster)
Kim Stolz
Book Soup, Sunday, July 10 at 7pm
Kim Stolz is a former contestant on America’s Next Top Model, MTV news anchor, restaurateur, and current Vice President of Equity Derivatives at Citigroup. She is a graduate of The Brearley School and Wesleyan University. In 2012 she was named one of the 100 Most Compelling People of the Year by Out magazine. She lives in New York City. (added from Simon & Schuster)
Victoria Christopher Murray
Victoria Christopher Murray is the Essence bestselling author of more than twenty novels including: The Ex Files, Lady Jasmine, and The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil. Winner of the African American Literary Award for Fiction and Author of the Year (Female), Murray is also a two-time NAACP Image Award Nominee for Outstanding Fiction. She splits her time between Los Angeles and Washington, DC. Visit her website at VictoriaChristopherMurray.com. (added from Simon & Schuster)… (more)
ReShonda Tate Billingsley
ReShonda Tate Billingsley is the #1 national bestselling author of numerous novels for adults, as well as the Good Girlz teen series. She recently won the NAACP Award for Outstanding Literary Work for Say Amen Again. She is also the author of the nonfiction book The Motherhood Diaries. Visit her website at ReShondaTateBillingsley.com. (added from Simon & Schuster)
Andrew Meredith
Skylight Books, Saturday, July 30 at 7:30pm
Andrew Meredith has been awarded fellowships from Yaddo and from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He received an MFA in Fiction from UNC-Greensboro. The Removers is his first book. (added from Simon & Schuster)
Spencer Quinn
Vroman's Bookstore, Sunday, August 7 at 7pm
Spencer Quinn is the author of six previous Chet and Bernie mystery novels: Dog on It, Thereby Hangs a Tail, To Fetch a Thief, The Dog Who Knew Too Much, A Fistful of Collars, and The Sound and the Furry. He lives on Cape Cod with his dogs Audrey and Pearl. When not keeping them out of mischief, he is hard at work on the next Chet and Bernie mystery. Keep up with him—and with Chet and Bernie—by visiting ChetTheDog.com. (added from Simon & Schuster)… (more)
Isla Morley
Covina Public Library, Tuesday, September 6 at 2pm
Isla Morley grew up in South Africa during apartheid, the child of a British father and fourth-generation South African mother. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband (a minister) and daughter and an assortment of animals. Her debut novel, Come Sunday, was awarded the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Fiction in 2009 and was a finalist for the Commonwealth Prize. It has been translated into seven languages. (added from Simon & Schuster)… (more)
Danielle Fishel
Danielle Fishel is an actress and TV host best known as America’s first television crush, Topanga Lawrence, from the hit 1990s sitcom Boy Meets World the eagerly anticipated spin-off, Girl Meets World. (added from Simon & Schuster)
Jeff Hobbs
American Girl Place Los Angeles, Thursday, September 22 at 7pm
Jeff Hobbs graduated with a BA in English language and literature from Yale in 2002, where he was awarded the Willets and Meeker prizes for his writing. Hobbs spent three years in New York and Tanzania while working with the African Rainforest Conservancy. He now lives in Los Angeles with his wife. (added from Simon & Schuster)
Viet Thanh Nguyen, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War
Viet Thanh Nguyen, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War

Speaking and signing, Santa Monica College (sponsored by the Santa Monica College Associates and the English Department) Event Poster (added from Harvard University Press)
Viet Thanh Nguyen, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books 2016, Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 12pm
Viet Thanh Nguyen, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War

Panelist, “Fiction: The Underbelly” (with Bill Beverly and Tod Goldberg, moderated by Stephen Cha), Los Angeles Times Festival of Books (added from Harvard University Press)
Viet Thanh Nguyen, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books 2016, Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 4:30pm
Viet Thanh Nguyen, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War

Panelist, “Past to Present: The Echoes of War” (with Rita Gabis and Dawn MacKeen, moderated by Jim Newton), Los Angeles Times Festival of Books (added from Harvard University Press)
Nathan Perl-Rosenthal, Citizen Sailors: Becoming American in the Age of Revolution
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books 2016, Monday, April 10, 2017 at 11:30am
Nathan Perl-Rosenthal, Citizen Sailors: Becoming American in the Age of Revolution

Panelist, “Crossing Borders: Migration, Integration, and Communities in Transition,” (signing to follow), Los Angeles Times Festival of Books (added from Harvard University Press)
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