Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library

Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library 
Winter/Spring 2014
In This Issue
Volunteer: Friends Bookstore
Silent Auction
Great Reads
Bas Relief Restored
Book Discussion Group
California Reads Grant
Cartooning for Kids
Children's Services
Memorials/In Honor Donations
Quick Links

Mon. - Weds. 11-5
Thurs. - Fri. 10-5
Sat. 12:30 - 4:30
Sun. 1-4

Free e books !

 Free audio books !

 Spring 2014

Feb. 23 
THE TALL & SMALL BAND featuring Pete Christlieb and Linda Small  
This swinging 11 piece band will
play selections from their CD "HIGH ON YOU" - Featuring Bill Holman Arrangements,  Pete Christlieb - tenor sax; Gary Foster, Terry Harrington, Kevin Garren & Gene Cipriano - saxes; Jeff Burnell & Ron Stout - trumpets; Linda Small Christlieb - trombone; Joe Bagg - piano; Jim Hughart - bass; Steve Schaeffer - drums
March 16 

LINDA WANG - Violin, & CINDY LAM - Piano


April 6 


Six Hands Piano

May 4
Quartet in Residence for the Restoration Concerts Series
South Pasadena Image Award 2013 Presented to  Kay Rosser and Kay Folsom

Incoming South Pasadena Mayor Marina Khubesrian, M.D., presents Kay Rosser and Kathy Folsom of the Friends of the  Library's Restoration Concert Committee with the 2013 Image Award, which is awarded each year to individuals or groups 

that enhance the image of the City beyond its borders.

Mayor Khubesrian said, "The Restoration Concert Series, now in its 18th year, brings wonderful classical music and jazz concerts to the community of South Pasadena and beyond, and the program is completely run by volunteers. Kay is one of the five original committee volunteers, and Kay and Kathy are current Co-Chairs." 

Please see South Pasadena Review for more details.

  Photo by Henk Friezer

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            Approximately 60 volunteers---most of them more than 65 years old---are involved in the operation of the Friends Bookstore. Most of them have also served for years.  But occasionally new volunteers replace those who have retired for a second time or have moved elsewhere.          

             Bookstore newcomers aiding in efforts to supplement the library budget granted by the City Council are Cyndra Gernet, Cathy Pierson, May Chiang, Carolyn McCartney, Shelley Jackson, Chiquita Sipos, Lucia Miranda, Sue Thompson, Peter Leung, Inge Sarosi, Phyllis McFarlane and Marchael Bayne.

            The majority of Bookstore volunteers work a regular shift as a cashier sitting behind a desk, usually the same day and hour on alternate weeks. Others may be on a substitutes' list on an on-call basis which they may decline, if inconvenient. 

            There are three shifts each day Monday through Friday, two on Saturdays and one on Sundays. Again, most of the shifts are two or two and a half hours long.

            In addition to working in the Bookstore there are volunteers who pick up large donations and  processors who sort donations, price them, and also decide which will be stored for a special sale. There also are those who do special tasks such as the Silent Auction and supervising the Asian languages shelves.

            Applications for volunteers are available in the Bookstore (ask the cashier to look in the time sheet binder) and in the library's administrative office, both on the second floor.  You will be welcomed!


by Dorothy Cohen 


Annual Holiday Book Sale Makes Everyone Happy

A pretty and shy young girl kneels protectively over books stashed under a table in the library's Community Room by her parents on the Preview Night that kicked off the Friends' annual holiday gift-quality book sale.
  The cache included some for herself, as well. The event was a huge success with proceeds raised that evening and in the days that followed earmarked for many services that support the library.          


                                  Our Towns Featured in Silent Auction


From January 18th to February 22 at 12:00 p.m., the following ten (10) auction items will be near the Library's entrance with numbered bidding cards nearby. Winning bidders will be notified by telephone. 


1.  Downtown Pasadena's Early Architecture, Ann Scheid, Arcadia Publishing, San Francisco,2006. Part of Images of America series.


2.  Arcadia, City of the Santa Anita, Gordon S. Eberly, Saunders Press, Claremont, California, 1953. 1st edition, only 2000 copies printed.


3.  L.J.Rose of Sunny Slope, L.J.Rose, Jr., Huntington Library, San Marino, California, c.1959, 2nd pr.1993.


4.  Around Pasadena, Sillo and Manion, Gallery Productions, Pasadena, California, 1976.


5.  Around Pasadena, 1994 Calendar, made up of photographs of the Pasadena of 100 years ago, taken by amateur photographer Adam Clark Vroman (1856 - 1916), founder of the bookstore in 1894. Last copy of this calendar in captivity.


6.  Front Page, A collection of Historical Headlines from the Los Angeles Times, 1881 - 1987, Otis Chandler (Introduction), Abrams, New York, Enlarged & Updated Edition, 1990. 
7.  Games of the XXIIIrd Olympiad Los Angeles 1984 Commemorative Book, International Sport Publications, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1984. 

8.  Los Angeles: City of Dreams, Harry Carr, Appleton-Century, New York, 1st Printing 1935. 

9.  Fabulous Boulevard, Ralph Hancock, Funk & Wagnalls, New York, 1949, signed by author.

10.  La Reina, Los Angeles in Three Centuries, Laurance L. Hill, Security Trust & Savings Bank, Los Angeles, California, 1929. 


                      New Book Trend:  NATURE in the Title


The hottest books at this time seem to have some nature element in the title.  From birds and wings to sea, sky and valley, these new books come highly recommended and favorably reviewed.  Due to the popularity of these titles, we have multiple copies of most of these books. 


The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Taken in by a wealthy family friend after surviving an accident that killed his mother, thirteen-year-old Theo Decker tries to adjust to life on Park Avenue in this new novel by the author of The Secret History.


The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

This book traces more than three decades in the lives of a wealthy Charleston debutante who longs to break free from the strictures of her household and pursue a meaningful life; and the urban slave, Handful, who is placed in her charge as a child before finding courage and a sense of self.


The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

Frequently mistaken for one another in spite of very different natures, brothers Subhash and Udayan Mitra pursue respective lives in rebellion-torn 1960s Calcutta until a shattering tragedy compels Subhash to return to India, where he endeavors to heal family wounds.


On Such a Full Sea by Chang-rae Lee

A tale set in a class-divided future America where urban neighborhoods function as labor colonies for elite charter villages, Fan, a female fish-tank diver, embarks on what becomes a legendary quest to find the man she loves in a region overcome by anarchic forces.


Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan

This story imagines the unconventional love affair of Scottish literary giant Robert Louis Stevenson and American divorcee Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne, who after meeting in late-19th-century rural France take refuge from their respective unhappy lives and embark on two shared decades of international turbulence.


The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan

Violet Minturn, a half-Chinese/half-American courtesan who deals in seduction and illusion in Shanghai, struggles to find her place in the world, while her mother, Lucia, tries to make sense of the choices she has made and the men who have shaped her.


by Paula Knop - Senior Librarian Adult Services

Title descriptions from Baker & Taylor.

Middle School substitute teacher Tatiana Messina takes a break on the new furniture at the library's front patio.  The furniture was donated to the library in honor of the late Linda and Ed Seltzer by South Pasadena Beautiful in recognition of their years of service with the organization.  In the background can be seen "The Children's Honor" bas relief  sculpture by famed artist Merrell Gage recently restored and hung on the library's front wall. 


 "The Children's Hour" - Restored Bas Relief by Merrell Gage


     Last November the Library received a Preservation Award from the Cultural Heritage Commission and the Preservation Foundation for its project to restore and install its "The Children's Hour" artwork by iconic 20th Century sculptor Merrell Gage. It is now in place.

    The sculpture was discovered about 5 years ago during a Library Exterior Beautification Project. Partially buried by the front door was a very large broken, chipped, and worn stone casting by Gage called "The Children's Hour". The artwork featured a fading image of a father reading to his three daughters and an excerpt from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem "The Children's Hour." The artwork had hung above the entrance to the Library's Children's Room from 1930 to about 1982 when it was apparently accidentally broken, pieced back together, buried in the ground, and mostly forgotten. 

      "The Children's Hour" was appraised and determined to have great local and national cultural importance. It was carefully dug up and moved to the City's Public Works Yard where it survived a devastating fire. Using all local funds from the City of South Pasadena, the Estate of Martin E. Mullen, Jr. and the Romine Family Trust, the artwork was restored after having 1600 lbs of concrete carefully removed from around it. It has now been installed on the wall above the brick patio near the main entrance. New patio furniture adjacent to the bas relief was donated by The Setzler Family and South Pasadena Beautiful.   
Book Discussion Group Titles:  January - November 2014

The 2014 Library Book Group selection list is available here!  Join the monthly book group on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. or read these titles on your own.  This mix of fiction and non-fiction titles is sure to get you talking! 

We also have audiobooks of these titles available.





January 28

Language of Flowers


Vanessa Diffenbaugh

February 25

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking


Susan Cain

March 25

Angle of Repose

Wallace Stegner

April 22

Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal and the Real Count of Monte Cristo


Tom Reiss

May 27

Death in Venice and Other Tales


Thomas Mann

June 24

Detroit: An American Autopsy

Charlie LeDuff

July 22

Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

Charles Duhigg

August  26

Kafka on the Shore

Haruki Murakami

Sept. 23

My Beloved World


Sonia Sotomayor

October 28

Valley of Amazement

Amy Tan

November 18

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity


Katherine Boo

Printable list 

      The South Pasadena Public Library and the Friends of the Library have received a prestigious California Reads public library grant award from Cal Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). 
Only 43 libraries in the Golden State received the award. 

During the fall of 2014 the Library and the Friends will be working to engage the community in reading and discussing WHAT IT IS LIKE TO GO TO WAR by Karl Marlantes as part of its 'War Comes Home' reading project. 

      After graduating from Yale University as a Rhodes Scholar, Marlantes served as a Marine in Viet Nam, where he was awarded the Navy Cross, the Bronze Star, two Navy Commendation medals for valor, two Purple Hearts, and ten air medals. 

      California Reads provides a springboard to think about and discuss ideas using thought-provoking books about issues that are of importance to residents of our state. Readers from all walks of South Pasadena life will be asked to read and discuss the book and attend free events at Library which will make available many copies of the book for checkout. 'War Comes Home' will focus on the veteran experience, aiming to increase public understanding and empathy for those who have served, as well as to spark a public conversation on how best we can support the process of reincorporating our veterans into the fabric of everyday civilian life.

      Announcements about the South Pasadena Library 'War Comes Home' events and activities will be widely publicized during the middle of 2014.

The Friends Sponsor Kids Reading !


Wonderful Children's Programs: Thank you Friends

sketches by Mark McDonnell


       Students interested in story-telling, drawing and being creative are welcome to step into a series on cartooning, hosted by SPPL and funded by the Friends. The classes are for students 9-14, and will be held from 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the Library Community Room. 


       The four classes, on Fridays, from Feb. 28 to March 21, will be taught by wizards in the art of cartooning, comics, and anime. The moderators include Mark McDonnell, who is currently instructing at the Walt Disney Company on the topic of gesture drawing. McDonnell has also worked at Pixar, Miramax, Fox, New Line and the Jim Henson Co. Bill Morrison is currently the Creative Director for the interactive branch of Bongo. Before that, he was the Creative Director and editor for Bongo Comics for over a decade. Jason Caffoe works for Bolt CityProductions to create great books for young readers. The studio features the work of KazuKibuishi, who is the writer and artist of the best selling Amulet graphic novel series and the creator of the new cover art for the Harry Potter paperbacks, published by Scholastic.


       Participants will be taught by experts how to blend writing, design and drawing to produce their own characters and cartoon stories. 


       Students interested in registering for the program should visit the Library website and click on the "Sign Up for Youth Programs" box.



The complete list of Childrens Resources 

The complete list of Children's Activities


Children's Services -  Ongoing Fun


ARBOR DAY March 8, 2014  10:00 a.m to 11:00 a.m

Families are encouraged to join a field trip to the Arroyo Seco - South Pasadena Woodland and Wildlife Park They will discover the secrets of native trees, plants and wildlife, as they explore the park with Barbara Eisenstein, founder of the Friends of the                             South Pasadena Nature Park. To participate, register online.


   From January 13th to April 14th, a variety of storytimes

will be offered.  Library staff will share stories, fingerplays, crafts, and music with children at Family Storytimes for all ages on Tuesdays from 7:15 p.m. - 7:45 p.m., Preschool Storytimes for 3 to 5 year-olds on Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and Toddler Storytimes for 1 to 2 year-olds on Fridays from 10:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. and for 2 to 3 year-olds on Fridays from 11:00 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.


        Barks and Books sessions will be held on the 1st Mondays of the month on January 13th, February 10th, March 10th and April 14th from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm in the Children's Room.  Children, ages 5 - 10, are invited to visit the Library to read animal-related short stories of their choice to Katie, the companion dog from the Pasadena Humane Society Companion Animal Program. This makes reading fun and it builds confidence in reading aloud.  Also, the selected books will help children realize that animals experience a range of emotions and have basic needs too. In turn, Barks and Books encourages them to treat all animals with respect and kindness.  

Register online. 


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 October 31, 2013 to December 31, 2014.

Therese Molina - Chair, Endowments and Memorials


                                          In Memory of Anne L. Brasio 

                                                   Robert L. Brasio


In Memory of Anne Eastwood

John & Barbara Vencil


Technology Endowment Fund Thanks You !
      Thanks to all our generous TEF donors. We have collected over $7,500.  

 We look forward to another successful campaign beginning this Spring.


Therese Molina


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      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. Or...donate online


                            Student/Senior $10             Family  $40            Gold         $100

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Board of Directors 2014


President: Ann Messana       

Vice President/Chief Financial Officer:  Ellen Torres       

Vice President/Financial Officer/Endowments: Judy Hartman       

Recording Secretary: Kristen Dube'       

Restoration Concerts/Financial Officer:Leanne O'Neill        

Membership Chair       

Endowments/Memorials: Therese Molina 

Bulk Mail/Printed Materials Chair: Connie Wardlow

Hospitality Co-Chair: Diane Larson                    
Hospitality Co-Chair:
Patty Lyons
Hospitality Co-Chair:
Adrienne Eggleston
Newsletter Chair:
Sharon Cockroft       

Program Chair: Scott Van Sant       

Bookstore Steering Committee Chair: Dorothy M. Cohen  



Computer Records-Barbara Sato
Assistant Finance Officer-
Kristen Dube'    



Restoration Concert Committee Chairpersons: Kay Rosser, Kathy Folsom        Restoration Treasurer: Shireen Chang       

Hospitality: Alice Fong, Donna Frescura, Carol LaBrie, Gail Maltun       

Library Trustees Representative: Andy Lippman       

Web Master: Roby Lawrence       

City Librarian - Steve Fjeldsted       

Bookkeeper: Rose Barron
Administrative Secretary:
Sean Faye 


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