The Pasadena Public Library Foundation (PPLF) was founded in 1983 to raise funds to refurbish and restore the beautiful Central Library building. Through the hard work of volunteer Board members and generous public support, the Foundation raised $2 million over a six year period toward major restoration. Following some significant work to this end, the Foundation established an endowment and has continued to raise funds to support significant projects at the Central branch. These include renovations of the Children's room and the Donald Wright Auditorium, replacement of the cork flooring in the Great Hall, significant upgrades to technology (including creating elevator access to the lower level computer center), restoration of the outdoor fountain, and landscaping.
In 2011 the Foundation partnered with the Pasadena Community Foundation to handle its investments and administration. The mission of the PPLF continued through this affiliation and recent projects funded include a creation of Teen Central on the fourth floor and renovations needed to receive the Law library collection from the Pasadena Court House.
2014 marked the 130th anniversary of the Pasadena Public Library. To celebrate this milestone, the Pasadena Public Library Foundation joined with the Friends of the Pasadena Public Library to raise funds to restore the once-beautiful façade of the main Library to its former glory in 2015. The City of Pasadena also provided a generous match of funds to help make this project a reality. The façade was originally designed by Myron Hunt in 1927, and was in critical need of attention following decades of sun exposure and general weathering since its last restoration in the 1980s.
The Central Library building continues to be one of Pasadena's civic treasures, housing a library collection of nearly 800,000 items (books, eBooks, CDs, audio books, etc.), state of the art information technologies and 85 computers for use by patrons. Since 1984, the PPLF has raised nearly $4 million for the preservation of the building and to support the increasing technology needs of a modern library.
For more information contact the Pasadena Community Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.pasadenacf.org.
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