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Pasadena Public Library is celebrating 102 years of Summer Reading!
By News Desk
Since 1921, Pasadena Public Library has held its Summer Reading and Activity Program to foster community, aid children in knowledge and skill retention, and encourage the importance of lifelong learning. Developing reading habits throughout the summer is a critical step in combatting summer learning loss and reducing the achievement gap between high-low socioeconomic statuses.
Find Your Voice
This summer’s theme, “Find Your Voice,” encourages participants to explore the power of their voice to share stories, express themselves, and ignite change. Children, teens, and adults are invited to sign up online at pasadena.beanstack.com/reader365 or stop by a branch library to sign up in person. The Summer Reading and Activity Program runs from Saturday, June 3, through Saturday, July 29 and is sponsored by The Friends of the Pasadena Public Library.
As a part of the Summer Reading Program, the Pasadena Public Library offers several performances, programs, storytimes, and workshops. For a complete list of programs, visit the events calendar at cityofpasadena.net/library/calendar/.
Special Summer Performances and Programs
Performance – Arty Loon Magic Show
Magician and more, Arty Loon will include tons of audience participation! Balloons, magic, juggling, and puppetry are packed into one show. The whole family will enjoy this fun, participatory show.
Saturday, June 3, 11:00 am, San Rafael Branch Library, 1240 Nithsdale Rd.
Saturday, July 8, 3:00 pm, Hastings Branch Library, 3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd.
Program – Bubble-Ology 101
Learn about the science of bubbles in a fun and foamy way! Discover the real-life applications of bubbles and bubble technology. Presented by Full Spectrum Educational Services.
Saturday, June 3, 3:00 pm, Hastings Branch Library, 3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd.
Wednesday, July 12, 10:30 am, Allendale Branch Library, 1130 S. Marengo Ave.
Performance – Buster’s Back!
Psychic Buster: The Eccentric Mentalist is a human cartoon character with a contagious smile and a silly sense of humor. His performances are a wild and wacky mix of side-splitting comedy, mind-boggling magic and, of course, the most amazing, twisted balloon creations you have ever seen.
Monday, June 5, 3:30 pm, Hill Avenue Branch Library, 55 S. Hill Ave.
Thursday, July 20, 11:00 am, Lamanda Park Branch Library, 140 S. Altadena Dr.
Performance – Wild Wonders
Wildlife biologist and animal trainer Jackie Navarro, a San Diego’s Wild Animal Park veteran, will bring her interactive safari to Pasadena Public Library, where you will meet wildlife face-to-face, from the African savanna to the Amazon rainforest.
Thursday, June 8, 11:00 am, Lamanda Park Branch Library, 140 S. Altadena Dr.
Thursday, July 13, 2:00 pm, Santa Catalina Branch Library, 999 E. Washington Blvd
Performance – Illusions with Allen
Straight from the world-famous Magic Castle, Allen Oshiro presents an outstanding, well-polished act with astonishing sleight of hand, the amazing floating table, and plenty of audience participation.
Wednesday, June 14, 4:00 pm, La Pintoresca Branch Library, 1355 N. Raymond Ave.
Friday, July 21, 11:00 am, Linda Vista Branch Library, 1281 Bryant St.
Performance – Mad Science of Los Angeles
Mad Science Los Angeles brings the Marvels of Motion. Come and experience sensational experiments, many of them involving cool chemical reactions, fire, and smoke! This interactive science show encourages children to learn by taking part in engaging experiments.
Thursday, June 22, 2:00 pm, Santa Catalina Branch Library, 999 E. Washington Blvd.
Performance – Juggler David Cousin
World-class juggler David Cousin will be coming to the library to amaze kids with his tricks! Get ready to be astonished and to laugh out loud during this show.
Thursday, June 29, 4:00 pm, Villa Parke Branch Library, 363 E. Villa St.
Wednesday, July 19, 11:00 am, San Rafael Branch Library, 1240 Nithsdale Rd.
Performance – Wild Things Animals of Prey with Full Spectrum
Feel the magic of the rain forest and the desert when Full Spectrum brings a variety of animals, from a 10’ python, a 5’ iguana, spiders, scorpions, and more. Ask questions and interact with the animals. Learn how animals behave and how they differ from each other.
Saturday, July 22, 3:00 pm, Jefferson Branch Library, 1500 E. Villa St.
Program – Find Your Voice Open Mic Poetry Night
Share your own unique voice with our community! Read a poem of your own creation or perform a piece near and dear to your heart. Light refreshments provided. All ages are welcome to attend and present!
Tuesday, June 27, 5:30 pm, Hastings Branch Library, 3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd.
Pasadena Public Library’s Summer Reading program is sponsored by The Friends of the Pasadena Public Library. For more information, visit pasadenapubliclibrary.net or contact Catherine Hany, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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