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  • Friends of the Library

    The mission of the Friends of the Pasadena Public Library is to support the library’s programs, special services and cultural events. Priority is given to projects that instill the excitement of discovery and the love of reading in library patrons of all ages

    Become a Friend of the Pasadena Public Library

    The Friends support and provide funds for: Children's and Teens' Summer Reading Programs, Try It @ Your Library summer activity program for teens, Children's and Teen's Book Weeks which run for an entire month in October and November, free books for Preschool Children's Book Week, Peek-A-Book kiosks and software, Poetry Month, poetry reading event co-sponsored with PEN and the Poetry Society of America, Book Discussion Kits for Branch Libraries, ArtNight, One City, One Story, Friends' quarterly newsletter The Library Insider, Friends' monthly Used Books Sales, Friends' Book Store at Central, Enrichment Centers and software updates in the Branch Libraries and the Jack Smith Friend of Libraries Award.

    Funding is raised through membership fees and donations as well as the book sales on the second Saturday of each month, from 9:00 a.m. to noon at Central Library. Donations of books may be left at the Circulation Desk or at the loading dock on the north side of Central Library.

    The Library Insider is published quarterly and is mailed to Friends' members. This newsletter features news of Friend's activities and programs, our volunteers, and articles and book reviews of special interest.

    To become a member of the Friends of the Pasadena Public Library, please fill out an online membership form. The Friends will contact you to complete the application.

    Address: 285 E. Walnut Street Pasadena, CA 91101
    Telephone: (626) 744-4680
    Email: friendsppl@yahoo.com
    Website: http://friendsppl.org/
    Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=52940987671 

    Branch Associates Groups

    Hastings Associates

    The Hastings Library Associates is a support organization for the Hastings Branch that works with the branch staff to determine programming, materials or branch improvements that are desired by the branch patrons and then raise funds to provide these services. Dues are $25.

    If you would like to support the Hastings Library Associates, please contact Greg Jones at (626) 744-7262 or visit hastingsassociates.org.

    La Pintoresca Associates

    The La Pintoresca Associates was formed in 2003 to support the La Pintoresca Branch. The association supports fund raising, community events, and community ideas. This branch also wants to expand its multicultural aspects regarding periodicals, books, and other resources.

    Your involvement is strongly encouraged. If you would like to support the La Pintoresca Associates, please call Starla Echols at 626-798-9400.

    Linda Vista Associates

    The Linda Vista Associates have supported the Linda Vista Branch for over twenty years. Each year funds are raised and donated for a variety of purposes. In the last few years, the Associates have purchased reading chairs, carpets, shelving for audio-visual materials, and a wide variety of books. The Associates also provide special subscription material such as Value Line and Architectural Digest.

    If you would like to support the Linda Vista Associates, please inquire at the Linda Vista Branch at 1281 Bryant Street, or call (626) 744-7278.

    San Rafael Associates

    The San Rafael Associates formed in 2002 to support the San Rafael Branch. In addition to fundraising to support the branch, the Associates have sponsored author talks and are exploring new landscaping for the branch.

    If you would like to support the San Rafael Branch through the San Rafael Associates, please inquire at San Rafael Branch, 1240 Nithsdale Road, or call (626) 744-7270.

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