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      Below are collected stories from around South Pasadena for the benefit of our readers.

      By News Desk

      South Pasadena Library Digital Storytimes

      Research shows that students who read at least 20 minutes daily have a clear literacy advantage over kids who read less or don’t read at all.

      The Library’s Summer Reading Program (SRP) stops the summer learning slide and strengthens kids’ literacy advantage. Library staff are hard at work planning this year’s program, which will be in an all-digital format. For the second year, participants will track their reading using the Beanstack app. If you are unfamiliar with Beanstack, we invite you to try it out now by joining Summer Reading Challenge (Safer at Home Edition), happening through the end of May.

      Every year approximately 50 youth volunteers help the Library carry out the SRP. Teens looking to complete volunteer hours this summer may now fill out the teen volunteer program online application.

      The 2020 SRP will feature digital storytimes and engaging craft programs that can be done from home, and staff are working with our beloved Wonderful Wednesday performers to transition from in-person entertainment to live-streamed content. While we have revamped our program to keep everyone safe, our focus remains the same: to celebrate the joy of reading for all ages. We can’t wait to launch our first-ever virtual Summer Reading Program!

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      South Pasadena Library Local History Puzzle Page

      The South Pasadena Public Library has launched a digital puzzle collection on Jigsaw Planet. Our first collection features 11 postcards from the Cawston Ostrich Farm, which was in business on the 100 block of Pasadena Avenue in South Pasadena between 1886 and 1935. Puzzle difficulty can be adjusted for all ages by selecting the number of pieces to play with. In its heyday, the farm was a premier tourist attraction that shipped its goods all over the world. Today the site is number 18 on the City’s list of designated historical landmarks (for an interactive map of the City’s landmarks here). The Library’s Cawston Ostrich Farm Collection includes a scrap book filled with newspaper clippings, an unpublished history of the farm, maps, physical objects, and promotional items created by the business. Check the Library’s Jigsaw Planet page often for new puzzles created from the historic images in the Library’s collection.

      Cathy Billings
      South Pasadena Library Director

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      Social Reassurance Calls to Senior Citizens

      The South Pasadena Senior Citizens Commission is made up of five residents who are volunteering their time to make phone calls to seniors during the COVID – 19 pandemic.

      Each Commissioner calls 80 seniors per week. The Commissioners have provided an additional link to seniors by informing them of essential services being offered by the Senior Center and volunteers and directs their requests to staff. The majority of seniors have friends and family to ensure their needs are met. But not all our seniors are so lucky. This phone call to the seniors is their connection and comfort knowing they are being checked on. Many of the seniors are eager to come back to the center as it is their main source of socialization. Most requests are for Dial a Ride and the meal program.

      Commissioner Julie Papadakis added “I’ve learned how resilient and appreciative the seniors are and they know that staff and the community cares about them”.  Commissioners will continue making calls until the Center re-opens.  Any senior citizen resident interested in being called can contact the Senior Center office at (626)403-7360 Monday through Friday 8 am to 2 pm.

      Community Services Director Sheila Pautsch would like to thank each of the Commissioners for their time and commitment to South Pasadena seniors.

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      More Good News

      Assisting the South Pasadena Care Center manage the COVID-19 outbreak has been a top priority for staff. One of the biggest challenges has been securing additional supplies of PPE’s for the facility. Few Fridays ago, Fire Department staff were informed that LA County Department of Health delivered 6,000 N-95 masks. In addition to the masks, gowns have been ordered and we are hopeful the facility will receive a shipment soon. The numbers as of today stand at 25 staff members and 51 residents that are COVID-19 positive, with 4 associated deaths.

      Paul Riddle
      South Pasadena Fire Chief

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      Climate Action Plan Update

      The development of the City’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) is moving forward into the next phase and the city wants your feedback! Join a virtual Zoom community meeting on May 28th at 6:00 pm to review the preliminary greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction strategies and actions.

      For anyone who cannot join in, the virtual meeting will be recorded and uploaded onto the CAP website where it can be viewed. Comments and questions can be submitted on the CAP website.

      RSVP by May 27th 6:00pm, by email to ‘EnvironmentalPrograms@SouthPasadenaCA.gov.’

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      Tennis Courts Are Open

      All tennis courts in the City of South Pasadena will are currently open. The courts at Garfield and Orange Grove Parks will be open for single play tennis only (doubles play is not permitted). The Arroyo Seco Racquet Club is also open.

      Rules for play are:

      1. Group lessons are not permitted.
      2. Players must remain six feet from each other.
      3. Each court has a maximum of one hour of play.
      4. Players must leave the vicinity immediately following play.
      5. Spectators and gatherings around the courts or near benches is not permitted.
      6. Players must wear masks when not playing and in the vicinity of other people.
      7. Each participant must bring their own can of balls with their initials on each ball.

      For more information on Arroyo Seco Racquet Club, call 323-258-4178 or visit i-tennis.com.


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