November 2013



The MovieBox is almost operational at the Main Library, and we expect that it will be operational at Fairmont very soon. Please check it out the next time you visit us. For your enjoyment, we have purchased over 5,000 new DVDs many of them in Blu-Ray. We pledge to buy the newest releases of box office hits, as soon as they are available in the stores so that you can watch them when they are "hot." Remember you will need your valid Library card, and your PIN to use the MovieBox.  


The best way to use the MovieBox system is to search for your DVD from your home computer or smart phone, reserve it, and then just pick it up when you visit the Library. You can also select your movie from the computers inside the Library when the Library is open. At the Central Library there is also a movie selector to the right of the front door which is on 24/7 just like the MovieBox. An outdoor selector for the Fairmont Branch will be arriving later this year. The MovieBox operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can borrow up to three movies at a time, for up to three days. The cost is zero dollars. ($0.00). Remember to return them within your three day period or you will be charged a One Dollar ($1.00) per day, per disk, fine if they are late.


The app for smart phones and tablets will be out by the time you read this. You can get it free at the Apple Store, the Android stores and other online app stores for your smart phones and tablets. Just search for the Pasadena Library. It will also be linked to our web page, so you can find it there as well. This makes using your public library so much easier and more efficient in your busy world.  


Book reads this month? A small-well written book of poems by Mary Oliver entitled Dog Songs. The poems, accompanied by illustrations, in this little book, portray the companions who have accompanied the author throughout her life. As one reviewer said, "Dog Songs is a testament to the power and depth of the human-animal exchange, from an observer of extraordinary vision." I could not agree more. If you are a lover of animals, and particularly dogs, you will enjoy this book of poems by Mary Oliver. Dog Songs currently ranks number two in Amazon's Literature/Fiction/Poetry list of sales. I read it this week, and you can too at the Pasadena Library.


Many members have been asking us about the book-drop at the Main Library. As you know, we had to close the old drive up book return because of security problems. We have a new drive up book return box which has arrived at the library and will be installed as soon as we can get a concrete pad in place. We know this has been an inconvenience for many of you, and we very much appreciate your patience. We should have the new book return operational in a very short time.


As always, our staff is glad to help you with your information needs and problems large and small. Just ask us and we will be glad to help you.


Thomas C. Simiele

Director, Pasadena Libraries 

In This Issue

Monday, November 11

Both library locations will re-open
Tuesday, November 12 @ 10 a.m.

Thursday, November 28 through
Sunday, December 1

Both library locations will re-open
Monday, December 2 @ 10 a.m.

Youth Programs

  • Miss Lily's Art Studio
  • Kids Flick
  • Youth Gaming
  • PreK Gaming
  • Elementary Gaming  
  • Elementary and Middle School Book Clubs
  • Story Times
  • Saturday Cinema
  • Native American Powwow 

See Central Calendar    

See Branch Calendar 

Teen Programs
  • Gaming
  • Gear Up
  • Teen's Voice  


See Central Calendar   

See Branch Calendar   

Adult Programs

  • Book Clubs 
  • Computer Classes
  • Movie Mania
  • Health and Finance
  • How To's and much more 


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Staff's Favorite Recipes

Thanksgiving is a time for family, reflection and expressing gratitude. And of course...food! Everyone has their favorite recipe, and we have collected a couple from the library staff. Treat yourself this year as you celebrate the season of Thanksgiving! 


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Book Club Banter
book club banter




"You can't get a cup of tea large enough

or a book long enough to suit me."

-C.S. Lewis-



November brings thoughts of cooler weather, football and lots of fine family feasting (and shopping) to come with the Thanksgiving holidays. Don't forget to come by the closest branch of your Pasadena Public Library to check out those holiday cookbooks and look at the newest magazines for fashion, food, decorating and even hunting inspirations!  


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Staff Spotlight: Lily Alonzo 

Name: Lily Alonzo


Title: PT Clerical Assistant 2


Responsibilities at the Library:

I generally shelve books, but lately, I think I have become the unofficial artist of the Library. I have made displays for various departments, and I have also designed the new library cards, the icons for the upcoming library app and the logo for the new MovieBox.


What you don't know about me: I am a big fan of James Dean.


Favorite author/s or Genres: 

Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors. He wrote one of my favorite comics. The Sandman, and a few awesome kids books. As for genre, I like comic books/ graphic novels.


Last Book/s Read:

The last book I finished was Psycho, which I was very excited to read since I absolutely love the movie (the 1960 Hitchcock original). Currently, I am reading Fables vol. 9 by Bill Willingham and the Biography of Kurt Cobain.


Why I Love the Pasadena Public Library:

I love the library because it offers a lot of resources to its patrons I enjoy working here and am grateful for the job.
Author Glimpse: Eric Carle
Friends of the Library: Children's Book Sale  
  of the Library PRE-SALE 
Saturday, November 16 
10:00 - 11:00 AM
(Central Library's Cafe Area)

Saturday, November 16
General Public 
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM 
(Central Library's Cafe Area) 
                                                     Join the Friends and get in on early deals!
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