things are always welcomed
by the Friends Bookstore:
donations, patrons and volunteers.
You can bring donations to the library at any time
and leave them at the reference desk or use the
driveway off Fairview Avenue and drop them off
at the library's back door. Or, for really, really
big donations-say 10 boxes worth---we can help arrange
a pick-up: call (626) 441-5294. Video and audio
recordings, CD's and DVD's, and some magazines are
also accepted. But please, no outdated law, medical
You can browse or buy seven days a week in our second
floor bookstore (accessible by elevator or stairs),
select from our least expensive book shelves on
the main floor or, if a special sale is in progress,
choose from the tables in front of the shelves.
You might want to check out the offerings in our
monthly Silent Auction. They'll be in the glass
display case to your right as you enter the library.
You can volunteer to work in the bookstore by asking
for an application in the library's administrative
office on the second floor or leave your name and
telephone number with a staffer in the bookstore
and the chairperson of the steering committee which
operates the bookstore will call you to arrange
Some of the approximate 60 men and women who staff
the bookstore have served in it since its beginning
in 1982, helping to earn more than $900,000 which
has been used to benefit the library in myriad ways.
Join them-you'll like them!
special sales are presented by The Friends'
Bookstore, which is administered and staffed
entirely by volunteers and provides considerable
support for the library's many programs and
services to the community.
Kristen Dubé, Jane Schirmeister,
Kay Rosser, Rose Barron, Diane Larson
more celebration photos on the "Bookstore's
30th Anniversary" page.
UP FOR BID
Several times a year, a number of collectible,
sometimes rare, books are offered for silent
auction. The items are displayed in a case on
the library's main floor, with bidding cards
nearby. Many patrons make a stop at the silent
Auction display a "must-do" during
their library visits. You never know what you'll
find there! For information about the current
items up for bid, go to "Silent
SOUTH PASADENA HISTORY
book can also be ordered by mail for only
$26.00 (includes $6 postage and handling)
by sending a check made out to the Friends
of the South Pasadena Public Library.
Please write history book
in the memo portion of the check and mail
the check to History Book, South
Pasadena Public Library, 1100 Oxley Street.
South Pasadena, CA 91030. Also be sure
to indicate who the book will be mailed
the persons address.
Jane Apostol's writing and research
prowess can be described as extraordinary.
Her ability to exhume the smallest,
yet still significant historical
detail is inspiring. Clearly she
shows great dedication to her
craft and passion the reveal oft-overlooked
nuggets of local history. She
has made significant contributions
to the local history record, none
more astounding than the expanded
second edition of her first book,
"South Pasadena: A Centennial
the original, Mrs. Apostol gave
us answers to questions such as,
"What did the Monterey Hills
look like when they were just
hills?" And, "What business
stood in Buster's location long
before it served ice cream?"
This new edition, "South
Pasadena: A Centennial History:
1888-1988; Second Edition with
Chronology: 1988-2008" picks
up where the last one left off,
answering the question, "What
has happened in the community
the last twenty years?" And
oh, what answers they are.
native of Maryland, Jane Apostol
graduated from Goucher College with
a major in English literature. She
began her life as a Californian
in 1949, and here she wrote write
her thirteen books, in addition
to dozens of journal articles. Her
writing has been honored with numerous
awards. Mrs. Apostol has the enviable
ability to engage her readers while
educating them. She informs us while
eliciting a large dose of history
and pride in what is essentially
a small town.
talents are particularly evident
in "South Pasadena: A Centennial
History: 1888-1988; Second Edition
with Chronology: 1988-2008".
It paints vivid pictures, allowing
readers to visualize the first
brick of adobe being laid and
the last slab of cement drying
on the freeway. The chronology
of each decade's important events
makes her pearls of information
Apostol lyrically recounts the
history of all that comprises
South Pasadena-the schools, the
Library, the churches, the society,
and so many of the people and
places that form the backbone
of the community. Doyce B. Nunis,
Jr., Editor of the "Southern
California Quarterly" said
that "the highly readable
text, the splendid organization,
[and] the solid research...warrant
the highest praise."
As the new Local History Librarian
for the South Pasadena Public
Library, I turn to the book daily.
It is frequently the first place
I look for answers to research
requests from the public. Often
I need look no further. The new
edition of the coffee table book
is the best present I could have
as I seek more local history knowledge.
Jane's work is so appealing because
it is written for each and every
one of us.
what, you might ask, are the answers
to those questions you've been
asking yourselves all these years?
You won't be getting them from
me. I wouldn't dare presume to
share what Mrs. Apostol can tell
you in a more authoritative manner
and more charming style. You'll
have to read for yourself.
hardback "South Pasadena:
A Centennial History: 1888-1988;
Second Edition with Chronology:
1988-2008" can be purchased
in the Friends Bookstore in the
South Pasadena Public Library
or by mail order for $26.00
(includes $6 per book for shipping
and handling). Please write history
book in the memo portion
of the check and mail the check
to History Book, South Pasadena
Public Library, 1100 Oxley Street.
South Pasadena, CA 91030. Also
be sure to indicate who the book
will be mailed to and the persons
further questions, call the Friends
Bookstore at (626) 441-5294.
of the bookstore merchandise is donated. Hardcover
and paperback books in saleable condition, video and
audio recordings and some magazines are acceptable.
Outdated technical, reference and textbooks are the
may be left at the library's reference desk or brought
to the library's back door, accessible via the driveway
off Fairview Avenue behind the Senior Center. Arrangements
can be made to pick up very large donations by telephoning
the Bookstore at 626-441-5294.
COMMITTEE & STAFFING
by a steering committee, some 60 volunteers work in
the Bookstore. Continuous processing, pricing and review
keeps the store well stocked with an ever-changing supply
of books, magazines, maps and recordings.
South Pasadena Public Library
is located at 1100 Oxley Street
Monday through Wednesday from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
Thursday and Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library 1100
Oxley Street - South Pasadena, CA 91030