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1100 Oxley St.
South Pasadena
California, 91030



 Special Sale -

 A word about the  Silent Auction

 South Pasadena:  A Centennial History  
   ( gift price) now available for $10
 SP History & Landmarks GUIDEBOOK for sale
  Bookstore's 30th Anniversary

       Update 01-02-2017
NEW LIBRARY HOURS for Mondays and Thursdays
starting on October 31, 2016 - see bottom of page.

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 But please, no outdated law, medical or textbooks.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


                             February and March sales will be held on the main floor of the library.
February 17 Children's Books, February 17, $.50
Gently used and greatly loved children's books, ages infants to young adults.
March 17 People Magazines, March 17, $.50
For the People magazine collector, many issues of People magazines from the early 1970s to 1990s, individually presented in sleeves and in wonderful condition.
March 31 Gardening, March 31, 2017
individually priced. Beautifully illustrated and photographed how to garden books, just in time for spring.

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.




The brand new 28-page color booklet with descriptions and photographs covering all of South Pasadena’s 53 Historic Landmarks, is now available
in the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library’s Bookstore, open 7 days a week upstairs in the Library.

The beautiful, full-sized booklet is only $5 per copy and $1 from each sale goes to the Friends to help them continue their outstanding year-round support of Library projects, programs, and resources.
The guidebook replaces the previous multifold brochure and includes a centerfold map pinpointing the locations of the landmarks. It also depicts the 5 locally designated South Pasadena Historic Districts and Potential Historic Districts, along with brief historical information about each of them. Developed by the South Pasadena Preservation Foundation, the guidebook belongs in every South Pasadena home. It also makes a fine, inexpensive gift and supports two great non-profit South Pasadena community organizations.



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".




Because the holiday gift giving season is upon us, the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library have dropped the price of their hardback, coffee table-sized book South Pasadena: A Centennial History 1888-1988, Second Edition with Chronology, 1988-2008 by Jane Apostol to only $10, a huge savings of $34.95 off the original price. An award-winning reference work, engagingly written, the book is handsomely illustrated with a wealth 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. The book is 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. 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 an excellent gift too.

Click on each photo to enjoy a larger version

Automobile -scorcher
around 1910
Wynyate Home
SPHS Baseball Team

Because it’s holiday time, the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library want those still desperately checking off their gift lists to know that they are selling copies of the beautiful, coffee table-sized book “Jane Apostol: Collected Works” for only $25.

About half their very limited supply of the hardback book has already been sold. One customer bought six copies and another was sold to a mail order customer in Central California. The book was never available in any stores and is only available in the Friends of the Library Bookstore, on the second floor of the South Pasadena.
“Jane Apostol: Collected Works” contains over 100 beautifully-reproduced California historical photos and illustrations, as well as every single article Jane ever wrote for a California history journal over her storied career. The book makes a unique gift for any history buff or book collector and will be enjoyed for years to come. Most of the articles focus on important Southern Californians, including Henry Huntington, William Lees Judson, Helen Hunt Jackson, Charles Lummis, and South Pasadena’s first Mayor Donald Graham and his wife, literary stylist Margaret Collier Graham.

All of Jane’s articles are reproduced in this very special compilation that was published as a 90th Birthday surprise for her by her husband, Tom Apostol, who was a professor emeritus at Caltech. “Jane Apostol: Collected Works” has beautifully reproduced photos, a striking cover adorned with many eye-catching photos, and a luxurious binding with a blue ribbon bookmark. But its chief value is the diligent research and wonderful writing it contains. The lovely book can be purchased now because the last of the family’s copies were donated to the Friends by Stephen Goddard, the son of Jane and Tom Apostol.

Jane Apostol, who passed away in 2016, remains one of California’s most respected historians. South Pasadena: A Centennial History 1888 to 1988, was her first book and Jane updated it in 2008 with its Second Edition with Chronology, 1988-2008. Both were done by Jane as donations to support the South Pasadena Public Library and the Friends. Jane went on to write 11 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”.

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, South Pasadena, CA 91030


* NEW HOURS for Mondays and Thursdays
Approved by the South Pasadena Public Library
Board of Trustees will be in effect
starting on:
Monday, October 31, 2016
  Monday 11:00 a.m.
9:00 p.m.
NEW HOURS * Monday 10:00 a.m.
6:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m.
9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m.
9:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m.
6:00 p.m.
NEW HOURS * Thursday 11:00 a.m.
9:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m.
6:00 p.m.
weekend hours
10:00 a.m.
5:00 p.m.
  1:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m.

Posted 9-29-2016

Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library • 1100 Oxley Street - South Pasadena, CA 91030

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