Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library

Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library 
Spring 2013
In This Issue
Friends Bookstore
Sally Swan Memorial Books
Technology Endowment Fund
Restoration Concerts
Eclectic Music Festival
Volunteers of the Year
Memorials/In Honor Donations
Author Night: Louise Su Tang
Children's Services
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Join the South Pasadena Library Book Group reading fiction and non-fiction titles. The fourth Tuesday of each month. Click for a complete reading list with dates for 2013. 

Remembering Yvonne Voisin 
Yvonne Voisin

     Yvonne Voisin, a former president of the Friends of the Library and active in the Friends Bookstore for more than 20 years, died March 17 while convalescing after a short hospitalization. Yvonne, who had been honored as a Volunteer of the Year by the Library Board of Trustees, also served as publicity chair for both the Restoration Concert Series Committee and the Friends Board of Directors and had been very active in other civic organizations. 

     A resident of South Pasadena since 1969, she was born in Poole, England in 1930.  She married Geoffrey Voisin, a native of the Channel Island of Jersey in 1952.  Their son Michael was born in 1953. Geoff's sales career with British European Airways took them to Chicago and Los Angeles where twin daughters Laura and Samantha were born in 1962. Yvonne was divorced in 1974.

     From 1974-1989 she served as Public Relations Director for the American Cancer Society's greater Los Angeles region. In 1989 she formed her own consulting company, Voisin Communications. Yvonne was active in many service organizations; in 1979 she joined ALTRUSA, serving as local president six times, at one point producing their local newsletter and was currently serving as local treasurer. While serving as president of  PIRATES (Print Interactive Radio and Television Educational Society) from 1994-1996,Yvonne was integral in keeping the organization solvent and focused.

     In 2000 she received their highest accolade, "The Golden Buccaneer Award" for outstanding service within PIRATES and through Voisin Communications to the public service community in Los Angeles. For over a quarter of a century she has been at the center of preparation and booking for their every program and event.   

     Since 2007 she has worked with the Oneonta Club Foundation on their Scholarship program and with the Language Institute in Pasadena finding lodging for foreign students. Since Oct 2012 she has worked as proofreader for the South Pasadena Review. Yvonne is survived by her three children and grandson Joshua.

 Friends Bookstore Open Seven Days a Week 
      The Friends Bookstore is celebrating its 31st successful year.  It is a cozy, well-organized shop with an array of modestly-priced books, records and audio-visual materials. It is open seven days a week with the help of a staff of more than 60 volunteers. 
       But, like any charitable enterprise, it needs ongoing help.  In this case, donations   from you and visits by you. Donations may be brought to the library and left at the     reference desk. Pick-ups of really large donations can be arranged by telephoning the bookstore at 626-441-5294.


Sally Swan Memorial Funds buys Children's Books


     Sally Swan was a long-time South Pasadena resident and stalwart community volunteer.  Together with Dorothy Cohen, Bev Engler and Margaret Wallace, she was one of the founding members of the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library Bookstore.  She served on the Friends Board for many years.  Sally and her husband Philip Swan sponsored the publication of an illustrated booklet celebrating the new Library building when it opened in 1982.  She also served as a member of the Library's Centennial Committee and in 1993, after 23 years as a Library volunteer, she was honored by the California Association of Library Trustees and Commissioners (CALTAC) as Volunteer of the Year.


     Sally was passionate about gardening, reading, travel and art. She was an accomplished watercolor painter, calligrapher and accumulated a prized collection of illustrated children's books. Traditionally, in December, she would display her collection of antique children's Christmas books.  She was devoted to her family, and each January for many years, she donated the funds for the newest Newbery Award winner in honor of her grandchildren, Emily, Audrey and Madeleine Steen.


     Since Sally Swan's passing in March 2011, the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library have received generous memorial donations to honor their beloved family member, friend and colleague.  To date, the Friends have purchased 239 titles for a total of $4,400 from the Sally Swan Memorial Funds.  All of these books will include a bookplate identifying them as books purchased in memory of Sally Swan.  Specifically, the funds were used to replace aging Caldecott Award winners and to purchase notable picture or fiction books, along with titles related to art and gardening.  All of these subjects were particularly special to Sally Swan.
     The remaining Sally Swan Memorial Funds, combined with funding from the Estate of Keith L. Stiles and dedicated to the Children's Services Department, will be used for the construction of a Children's Room Entry Mosaic.  This architectural mosaic will be designed and constructed by artist Jolino Becerra who recently completed the whimsical and thoughtful mosaic sculpture featured next to the information desk in the Children's Services Department.  The Children's Room Entry Mosaic should be completed by the end of 2013.
Sally Swan
Thank You TEF 


Like those downloadable audio and e-books? 
How about the math help your kids may get from
Thank the Technology Endowment Fund (TEF). 
      The Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library Technology Endowment Fund (TEF) was inaugurated in May, 2007 for the purchase of digital resources.  Today that fund has grown to more than $80,000. Although the principal is invested and cannot be used, the interest generated has allowed the Friends to provide funding for many of the library's most popular technological services. In 2012, the Friends provided funding for, a live online homework help program serving hundreds of our library's student patrons, and OverDrive, an online service allowing patrons to download audio and e-book titles directly to their electronic devices. 

     The 2013 TEF campaign will begin in May with a letter to all Friends of the Library. Please take a moment to invest in TEF and support the library's ongoing commitment to technology. Your support is appreciated and will make a difference. Encourage your friends and fellow library aficionados to contribute as well.



Final Restoration Concert for the 2012-2013 Season
May 26th

 New Hollywood String Quartet: Quartet in Residence
Franz Schubert Quartettsatz in c minor and 
Beethoven op.132
New Hollywood String Quartet


     Restoration Concert season ticket holders are looking forward to a Springtime treat, another amazing performance by the always appreciated New Hollywood String Quartet, the Restoration Concert's Quartet in Residence, now in its 6th year.

       Each season, two concerts are presented by the quartet. Musicians include the highly acclaimed Robert Cani and Rafael Rishik, violins, Robert Brophy, viola and Andrew Shulman, cello. For this concert Tereza Stanislav will be replacing Robert Cani.

        Doors will open at 3:45 for the 4:00 pm program and tickets will be available at the door if space allows. 

        Attendees will have an opportunity to sign up for the 2013-2014 season.  Or call concert committee co-chair Kay Rosser at 626-799-6333 if you have questions.


 As always, refreshments will be provided by The Friends.                                                 

May 4th - Eclectic Music Festival - Library's Carnegie Stage Line-Up



GRAMMY® Winner Dave Alvin to Headline Free Concert at Library 'Carnegie Stage' on May 4thfor South Pasadena Eclectic Music Festival


     On Saturday, May 4th the Community Room will serve as 'The Carnegie Stage,' one of the premier showcases of the 5th Annual South Pasadena Eclectic Music Festival. The Festival will present dozens of musical acts at venues all around town, all free.

Five musical performances will be presented in the South Pasadena Public Library's beautiful, historic Community Room. Styles offered will range from Classical to Jazz, and World Music all the way to Folk, Blues, and Country.

  • 5:15 PM John Proulx, composer, pianist and singer. Jazz
  • 8:30 PM Headliner, Dave Alvin will play an acoustic set. Dave is a Grammy® winning singer/instrumentalist. Traditional Folk 

Friends of the Library Volunteers of the Year
Linda Long
     Linda Long arrived in South Pasadena in 2004 and rushed to get a library card. Her library volunteer career began in the bookstore followed by stints on the Friends Board as Hospitality Co-Chair, Secretary, Restoration Concerts Financial Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Memorial & Endowments Financial Officer. Linda has volunteered countless hours to the Friends while also working as a Senior Vice President at WNC Insurance Services in South Pasadena and serving as Chairman of the Board of Managers for the YMCA.

Scott Van Sant
     Scott Van Sant has been a Library volunteer for 10 years. When he first started he picked up large donations of books for the Friends Bookstore. He works as more than muscle, however, combining brawn with brains he's also a valuable member of the Friends Bookstore staff. Scott serves on the Friends of the Library Board of Directors as Programs Chair. He likes to collect clocks, match strikers, corkscrews and inkwells.



     Michael Burr works three to four hours every Tuesday morning for the

Michael Burr

Friends Bookstore sorting donated books and preparing them for special sales. He also transports unsalable books to various local charities. Michael serves on the Bookstore Steering Committee and is Vice Chair of Special Sales. Although plenty busy with library volunteer work as a retired architect/designer/space planner he manages to squeeze in a little time for free reading. It comes as no surprise that Michael loves books and enjoys reading. 


Memorial & In Honor Donations 


     The South Pasadena Public Library is honored to acknowledge donations received in memory of family and friends, as well as donations received in honor of individuals and organizations.  Donations have been received from the following individuals between January 1, 2013 and April 15, 2013.

Therese Molina - Chair, Endowments and Memorials


In Memory of Mr. Girouard

Marie Logan


In Memory of Cherry Manderbach

Helen Pekny


In Memory of Mary Ida Phair

Madalynne J. Wardlow


In Memory of Yvonne Voisin

Dorothy M. Cohen

Bart Lynn & Beverley Auerbach

Victor & Gretchen Robinette


In Memory of Jan Wetzel

Madalynne J. Wardlow


Author Night:  Louise Su Tang  -  Cantonese Yankee                     
     Ms.Tang will appear for an Author Night at the South Pasadena Public Library on Thursday, April 25th at 7 p.m. The free program is presented by the South Pasadena Public Library, the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library, and the South Pasadena Chinese American Club. Details here...





Membership Drive Update...

     We are so grateful for your membership dues. Your support assists the Friends in providing special programs and materials for the Library. 

     To date our membership drive has 316 members.

     Tell a friend! 

     Memberships are accepted throughout the calendar year.



Children's Services: Winter Programs
     For the full schedule of Storytimes, Barks and Books, Lego Mania, click Evanced to see the calendar and to sign up electronically. A more complete description of each activity is available in pdf format as well.
     Coming this registration for the Summer Reading Program which will run from June 10th to August 3rd. Be sure to check the sppl website for further details and for the weblink.

Members Make it Happen !

     Membership dollars to Friends of the Library are the backbone for all the special programs offered at the library:

  • Author Nights, Film Screenings and more
    Thursday evening Author Nights, Film Screenings, Plays, and Concerts continue to draw hundreds of patrons to the library. In 2011, the Friends supported 138 adult programs and 359 children's programs. Among California's 182 public libraries, South Pasadena received the highest marks for checkouts, visits, and program attendance per capita! . 
  • Children's and Teen Services
    2,700 children ages 5-17 participated in the 2012 Summer Reading Program and read more than 41,000 titles for a total of 1,318,173 minutes of reading! Fifty teen volunteers helped to administer the program and assisted the librarians with a variety of activities including a Stuffed Animal Sleepover, Wonderful Wednesdays, Grandparents and Books, and the always popular Storytimes. 
  • Books, DVDs, and CD Music Collections The Friends provide critical annual funding for hundreds of books, DVDs, and CD music. In 2011, the Friends contributed to the purchase of 6,000 new book titles and hundreds of new DVDs and CDs.  

Without your help these programs would not be possible. If you have not renewed your membership or joined Friends of the Library, please do so now. Membership envelopes are at the library by the reference desk and upstairs outside the bookstore. 


                            Student/Senior $10             Family  $40            Gold         $100

                            Individual         $20             Bronze  $50            Platinum  $500

                            Sustaining        $30             Silver    $75            Life         $1000


Board of Directors 2013


     President: Kristen Dube'             
     Vice President/Chief Financial Oficer:  Ann Messana
     Vice President/Financial Officer/Endowments: Linda      Long

     Restoration Concerts/Financial Officer: Leanne O'Neill 

     Recording Secretary: Ellen Torres
     Membership Chair: Susie Berry
     Endowments Funds/Development Chair: Therese Molina
     Bulk Mail/Printed Materials Chair: Jane Schirmeister
     Hospitality Co-Chair: Alice Fong                                 
     Hospitality Co-Chair: Diane Larson
     Hospitality Co-Chair: Adrienne Eggleston         
     Newsletter Chair: Sharon Cockroft
     Programs Chair: Scott Van Sant
     Bookstore/Steering Committee Chair: Dorothy M. Cohen


     Publicity- Nancy Lem
     Computer Records-Barbara Sato
     Assistant Finance Officer-Kristen Dube'

     Library Trustee/Representative: Ann Penn 

     City Librarian: Steve Fjeldsted

     Web Master: Roby Lawrence

     Restoration Concert Co-Chair:  Kay Rosser, Kathy Folsom

     Restoration Concert Treasurer: Shireen Chang

     Bookkeeper: Rose Barron

     Administrative Secretary: Sean Faye        


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