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Visit the South Pasadena Public Library
1100 Oxley St.
South Pasadena
California, 91030



 Special Sale

 A word about the  Silent Auction

 South Pasadena:  A Centennial History  
   now available for $20
  Bookstore's 30th Anniversary
 Update 9-26-2014
Three 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 But please, no outdated law, medical or textbooks.
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 an appointment.

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!

Book Store Hours



Monday through Wednesday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 12:30 pm to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Friends' Bookstore is located on the second floor of the library, accessible
by elevator and stairs. For further information call the bookstore at 626-441-5294.


Since its beginning in 1982, the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library, Inc. have served the informational, educational, recreational, and cultural needs of the patrons of the Library and the community at large. The Friends (approximate 60 men and women volunteers who staff the bookstore) contribute their time, effort, and resources and seek to engage the widest possible community participation in this effort.


Alice Fong, Dorothy Cohen
front row
Shireen Chang, Kristen Dubé, Jane Schirmeister, Kay Rosser, Rose Barron, Diane Larson
back row

See more celebration photos on the "Bookstore's 30th Anniversary" page.
Click here.


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 Auction".


The City of South Pasadena is celebrating its 125th Anniversary (Quasquicentennial) in 2013. Because of the City's historic milestone, and also because the holiday gift giving season is upon us, the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library are selling their beautifully designed hardback, coffee table-sized book South Pasadena: A Centennial History 1888-1988, Second Edition with Chronology, 1988-2008 by Jane Apostol for only $20, a sizeable savings from the $44.95 original price.
An award-winning reference work, engagingly written for all, the book is handsomely illustrated with specially drawn maps and an abundance of fascinating photos. It can be purchased in the Friends Bookstore, open 7-days per week on the 2nd floor of the South Pasadena Library.


Jane Apostol is one of California's most respected historians. She's written 13 other acclaimed books including Painting with Light: A Centennial History of the Judson Studio, Museums Along the Arroyo, and Vroman's of Pasadena: A Century of Books. South Pasadena: A Centennial History 1888 to 1988, Second Edition with Chronology, 1988-2008 appeared in 2008 and quickly sold about 1,000 copies at $44.95. It's an expanded and updated edition of the first and only comprehensive history of the city. It remains unparalleled for its ability to communicate to a broad audience --and it will never be offered for a lower price. South Pasadena: A Centennial History 1888-1988, Second Edition with Chronology, 1988-2008 is a must for any South Pasadena household and will certainly be unsurpassed for many years to come. All of the proceeds go to the Friends' efforts to support the Library --and it makes a great holiday gift too. According to Rick Thomas who's penned 4 excellent books on South Pasadena history, "Jane Apostol's "South Pasadena" is the definitive history book on our city's colorful past. It's a real gem. Every South Pas home should have one."

Jane's very first book was "South Pasadena: A Centennial History 1888-1988" in 1987. It was the first book-length history of the city and remains unrivaled for its level of research and ability to engage a broad readership. The first edition, designed by internationally-recognized South Pasadena book designer Ward Ritchie, sold out and is now a collector's item. Even with all its authoritative details, it's still a compelling, enjoyable read. The book catapulted Jane to an top-notch writing career that now includes 14 more titles including "Painting with Light: A Centennial History of the Judson Studio," "Museums Along the Arroyo," and "Vroman's of Pasadena: A Century of Books." The South Pasadena Public Library has all of Jane's titles in its collection. Jane has also written dozens of articles on historical subjects from around the Golden State, mostly on the Los Angeles and Pasadena areas. Jane published 33 research articles between 1974 and 2008 in publications ranging from The Book Club of California, The Historical Society of California, and The Pacific Historian, among others.
All of Jane's articles have been reproduced in a very special compilation published as a surprise for her by her husband, Tom Apostol, a famous mathematician in his own right. "Jane Apostol: Collected Works" is obviously a labor of love. It has beautifully reproduced photos, a striking cover adorned with many photos of historical figures, and a luxurious binding with a blue ribbon book mark. But its chief value is the diligent research and wonderful writing it contains. The book boasts five impressive essays, including a very touching memorial tribute to Ward Ritchie delivered at the South Pasadena Public Library, a few nimble poems, and even a couple of spirited limericks., including one about a certain lady named Jane. Although the tome weighs in at more than 10 lbs, it's not "heavy reading" at all because all of the pieces are short and lively, including the one-page biography of Jane that Tom has written. In it he reveals that he prepared the book as a gift to honor his wife's 90th birthday and he wanted to share it with friends and admirers. The unique book is not available in any store, but Tom donated 3 copies to the South Pasadena Public Library, and one of them can be checked out. The call number used for locating the book on the nonfiction shelves is "979 Apostol." A hold can be placed on it if it's checked out.

All 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 exception.

Donations 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.

        Guided 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.
The 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
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