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February 21, 2016
4:00 p.m.

Cindy Lam - Piano
Radu Pieptea - Violin
Rebecca Merblum - Cello

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                                   The following youth programs have been funded in full or in part by the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library



If fractions have you flummoxed, algebra makes you allergic, history has you hysterical, or long division leaves you dazzled, the South Pasadena Public Library can help you with its online tutoring service.

From any Web-enabled computer in the library or at home, a student can click on the Live Homework Help link on the library's Web site at www.cityofsouthpasadena.us/library and engage in controlled online chat with a math, English, science or social studies expert. Students and tutors can also work on an interactive white board, share educational Web sites and send files back and forth for a rewarding learning exchange

Funded by grants from the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library and the Library Services and Technology Act, the Live Homework Help from Tutor.com has assisted nearly 4,000 South Pasadena students over the past few years.

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        COMING - February Art Exhibit, 2016



by Steve Fjeldsted, Director of Library, Arts, and Culture, City of South Pasadena

February 9, 2016 marks the third “Nelbert Chouinard Day” in South Pasadena as approved
by the City Council at their February 3, 2016 meeting. Nelbertina (Nelbert) Chouinard (1879-1969) was a legendary arts educator who moved to South Pasadena after her husband was killed in World War I. In 1921 she started and ran the Chouinard Art School which grew into the Chouinard Arts Institute in downtown L.A. which eventually became the most important art school on the West Coast. Its reputation continued to grow and by the 50s and 60s the school was known as one of the top art schools in the world. Its open, progressive education principles inspired and empowered more than 50,000 students, many of whom went on to become leaders in a wide variety of artistic fields.

In the early 1950s Nelbert Chouinard suffered a stroke and could no longer run the school. In gratitude for Chouinard Art Institute serving as a breeding ground for the artists for “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves”, Disney’s first full-length motion picture in 1937, Walt Disney agreed to support the school financially. When Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles closed after 60 years, it was sold by Mrs. Chouinard to Walt Disney and it became CalArts.

A list of celebrated Chouinard artists almost reads like a chapter of 'Who's Who of Contemporary American Artists of the 20th Century.' They include Larry Bell, one of only two living individuals on The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Arts Club Band” album cover; John Van Hammersveld, well-known for the iconic “Endless Summer” movie poster, and record album covers for the Grateful Dead and the Jefferson Airplane; and Rick Griffin who designed dozens of famous, extraordinary San Francisco rock concert posters. Another famed Chouinard grad is Ed Ruscha, an early leading light of Pop Art who was named one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2013. Many other ‘Chouinardian’ artworks and imagery are instantly recognizable for their inclusion in a succession of Walt Disney films and even at Disneyland itself.

The South Pasadena Public Library and the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library partnered with the Chouinard Foundation of South Pasadena the last two years for major public events. In 2014 the organizations partnered to present a screening of ‘Curly,’ a 2012 documentary film about an inner city youth who found inspiration through accessible art classes provided by the Chouinard Foundation. In addition, a never-to-be-duplicated Chouinardian All Star panel discussed the school’s lasting impression on the Art World. In 2015 the groups presented “Llyn Foulkes-One Man Band” an award-winning documentary about the artist who became well-known in the 60s and 70s for his paintings that used the iconography of postcards, vintage photos, and road signs signs, and by ’79 he also became dedicated to playing as a one-man band.

During the entire month of February this year, paintings from a series called “Palms Blvd. Venice Beach,” by L.A. artist Nancy Armitage, a volunteer for the Chouinard Foundation of South Pasadena, can be viewed at the South Pasadena Public Library. The abstract paintings are housed in the display case by the front door --along with some of Nancy’s notebooks-- and on the opposite wall by the clock. Nancy Armitage is well-versed in an array of painting styles, abstract, figurative, and plein air. She has shown her artwork in galleries throughout Southern California, as well as Mexico and Italy. Armitage’s journey to the abstract style stems from her annual Paint-Out in Venice Beach, CA. There she was surrounded by works by Diebenkorn, Lichenstein, and Rothko. The modern master paintings spoke to something inside Nancy and she began focusing on two primary elements of design: composition and color. Using Turner painting techniques and the lovely muted color style of Diebenkorn, the abstracts within her began to emerge freely. Armitage encourages each viewer to see what he or she wants in her abstract paintings, and to relax and simply look, letting her painterly brushstrokes and color free their minds from the worries of the day.

March 5, 2016

Nancy Armitage will be exhibiting paintings in the Library Community Room from 6 p.m.to 8 p.m. as part of the South Pasadena Arts Crawl which draws hundreds of art lovers to town. For the free event, which will include a reception with refreshments, Nancy will be joined by accomplished artist Sam Clayberger and his landscapes, and Chouinard artist, Doris Kouyias, who will be exhibiting her “Kiss Me” eggroll sculptures.

The Community Room is located at 1115 El Centro Street. Free parking is available after 6:00 p.m. and on weekends at the Mission-Meridian Parking Garage located at 805 Meridian Avenue, adjacent to the Metro Gold Line Station.

        COMING - February 18, 2016
An acclaimed, award-winning documentary "Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound" will be screened in the beautiful, historic South Pasadena Public Library Community Room on Thursday, February 18 at 7:00 p.m. The director, William J. Saunders, will be in attendance to introduce the film and field questions afterwards. Brad Colerick, South Pasadena's own "Wine & Song" Troubadour and Jake Kelly of the Podunk Poets will open the show with a set of live music.


Hollywood Reporter: "…an intimate and well-researched homage that explores the mysterious alchemy of stardom
and the choices and happenstance that can make or break it.'
New York Times: "[Billy Mize] will be recalled for what he really was - a superstar who was only fully recognized by his fellow stars.
Los Angeles Daily News: "…a damn fine piece of filmmaking. Treasure troves of rare footage and recordings
tell the exuberant Mize's sometimes tragic story…"

Nashville's dominance in Country music wasn't always certain. This ?lm explains how the powerful Country Music scene in 1950s Bakers?eld and Los Angeles tried to shift the industry westward. Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and the lesser-known Billy Mize were among those responsible for the rebellion. While Mize never achieved lasting stardom, his charm and golden voice are legendary among Country music elite. A performer on the brink of fame, his is a spectacular tale about identity and sacrifice amidst a California Country music revolution.

Featuring interviews with MERLE HAGGARD, WILLIE NELSON, RAY PRICE, DAVE ALVIN, GERALD HASLAM, and BILLY MIZE himself, the film delves into the tragic personal history of a truly exceptional performer, while exploring the music scene he helped to build. The little-known story of Billy Mize is brought to life with exquisite archival footage, rare photos, and a soundtrack highlighting the exhilarating Bakersfield Sound that forever changed the music industry. The ?lm is directed by Billy's grandson, William J. Saunders, an EMMY award-winning ?lmmaker and member of the Directors Guild of America with an MFA in directing from Columbia University.

No Depression magazine called Brad Colerick's Tucson CD "easily one of the best independent Americana albums released in 2014." The Associated Press said "Colerick's stories are worth hearing in part because he makes singing sound so easy. His warm, sunny, homey tenor brings alive the characters, places and relationships in these 11 songs." The Podunk Poets have opened for Merle Haggard and Tim McGraw and performed at the House of Blues.
Photos coming soon.
The Community Room is located at 1115 El Centro Street. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and no tickets or reservations are necessary. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. The event is presented by the Library and the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library with Special Thanks to Deepmix Entertainment of South Pasadena and David Lyons/ProOutdoorMovies.com. Free parking is available after 6:00 p.m. and on weekends at the Mission-Meridian Parking Garage located at 805 Meridian Avenue, adjacent to the Metro Gold Line Station.

        COMING - February 25, 2016
Artist Mike Saijo and Author Naomi Hirahara to Celebrate Legacy of Japanese American Gardeners at Library on Thursday, February 25

“An “Evening with Mike Saijo and Naomi Hirahara” will be presented on Thursday, February 25 at 7 p.m. in the Library Community Room at 1115 El Centro Street. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for the stimulating Presentation/Conversation focusing on the Japanese American gardener experience. The free event is presented by SPARC, South Pasadena Public Library, and The Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library and refreshments will be served.

More information and photos coming soon.

South Pasadena is an official Tree City U.S.A. and is nicknamed “The City of Trees.” During the Summer of 2014, author and educator Dr. Matt Ritter of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo conducted a very fascinating, well-attended Author Event in the Community Room based on his book “A Californian’s Guide to the Trees Among Us.” Afterwards he led the audience on a Tree Walk In the Library Park during which he described all 17 tree species that can be found there. The walk concluded at the Library’s magnificent Moreton Bay Fig Tree that is known as “The Library Tree.” The gigantic tree was planted by Bill Kloezeman, Sr. while South Pasadena’s Carnegie Library was being moved to the center of Library Park from its previous location nearer to Diamond Street.

A Memorial Bench honoring Beverly Engler, Friends Bookstore Co-Founder, was also recently installed overlooking The Library Tree, a spot favored by readers of all ages, children at play, teens hanging out, meditation practitioners, musicians, and many others. The beautiful bench was donated by the Engler Family. So that others can enjoy the Tree Walk and learn more about the trees in the Library Park, 17 small, descriptive signs containing both the botanical and popular names of each tree have just been installed. They were donated by the Huntington Library, Art Gallery, and Botanical Gardens and use Dr. Ritter’s tree identifications. Dr. Ritter’s Library Park Tree Walk Map will soon be posted on the South Pasadena Public Library and Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library websites.

          For a view of the "The Mighty Library Tree" please click here.
          For a PDF copy of the "Trees of the South Pasadena Library" please click here.
Posted 4-29-2015...................
Longtime South Pasadena resident Beverly Engler passed away on December 27, with her family nearby, after a long battle with cancer.

Bev and her husband Mark married 57 years ago, beginning their lives together in San Francisco. They moved to South Pasadena with their children Mark, Suzanne, and Marcy in 1966.

Bev was a tireless and enthusiastic volunteer in the community, including serving as President of the Monterey Hills School PTA, a frequent PTA committee member, an active SPEF fundraiser, a Little League concession manager, and a leader within her children's Scout troops.

Bev also co-founded the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library Bookstore, where she devoted thousands of volunteer hours over nearly 30 years. The fundraising auctions and book sales Bev helped establish and manage attracted book collectors throughout the state. She was honored for her service with a Volunteer of the Year award by the California Association of Library Trustees and Commissioners.

Bev was an avid reader, an accomplished baker, and an award winning quilter. She also enjoyed playing golf with family and friends at Oakmont Country Club. She discovered a love for travel early in life, visiting Cuba in the 1950s, and traveled to many parts of Europe and Asia with her husband and family. However, she most enjoyed the beach, and it was her annual trips to Kauai with her husband, children, and grandchildren that brought her the greatest joy.

In addition to her husband and children, Bev is survived by her daughter in law Mary, son in laws Hunter and Michael, and grandchildren Jaime, Peter, Kelly, Logan, Shelby, Haley and Whitney.

Donations may be made in her memory to the
Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library/Beverly Engler Memorial Fund.

Professional jazz musician, Mark Hatch, a longtime South Pasadena resident, is in the midst of donating his entire personal CD collection, about 1500 discs in all, to the South Pasadena Public Library. Mark recently brought by the first giant batch –about 900 titles the Library doesn’t already own-- which will greatly enhance the Library’s already expansive collection. The CDs will be added to the Library collection in incremental amounts over the next two years or so and will help give the South Pasadena Library one of the most impressive checkout CD collections in the Greater Los Angeles area. In 2015 Mark will also be donating about 400 to 500 CDs of titles already in the Library’s collection to the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library to be used for a fundraiser.
For many years Mark Hatch has been active as a performer, composer, and arranger and for playing the Flugelhorn, a trumpet-like instrument. Mark toured and recorded with the Ray Charles Orchestra, and then served as musical director for Chaka Khan, as well as performing and recording with Rufus, Aretha Franklin, Flora Purim, Louie Bellson, and many others. On September 11 Mark and vocalist Charles Frichtel performed at the City of South Pasadena’s 9/11 Ceremony at the Library.

“This music collection represents my over 30 years of collecting, exploring, and discovering music, both as a musician and as just a listener,” explained Mark. “My hope is that this collection will be a great resource for further musical discoveries and exploration.” “Many of us can look back and remember what a huge part libraries have played in our discovery of the world around us...the fun of one work of art capturing one’s imagination, and then leading to another. It's like a trail that leads from one discovery to the next. I also wanted to donate this collection to the library for all the present and future budding musicians out there. There is a whole world of great music in this collection, just waiting to be discovered and enjoyed.”

Posted 11-25-2014


Petra Galindo with her “Great Books”
and her photo of Dr. Mortimer Adler

Recently, a surprise arrived at the Library when Petra Galindo, a South Pasadena resident of almost 20 years, dropped in and stated she wanted to donate her set of the “Great Books.” She was moving and packing her books while prioritizing what to keep. She realized that her “Great Books” set needed to be where more people would have access to them.
She also discovered that the South Pasadena Public Library no longer possessed a set and wanted others to have access to them and find inspiration from them as she had. Her entire ‘near mint’ set is being added to the library collection. Three boxes of her other book donations have gone to the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library for their bookstore and special sales.

Ms. Galindo said she felt like the South Pasadena Public Library had been “her library” since she first moved to the city in 1995. The South Pasadena Library was also where she first encountered the writings of Dr. Mortimer Adler, one of the co-editors of the “Great Books,” published in a 50+ volume set by Encyclopaedia Britannica. Its individual writings were compiled by the co-editors, Dr. Mortimer Adler and Robert Hutchins, to encompass the works of the great thinkers of Western culture. The “Great Books” collect writings by authors from Greek antiquity to the turn of the 20th century. The set opens with Homer and Plato and continues through Shakespeare, Twain, Dickens, and Kafka.

Ms. Galindo recalled when she first came upon Dr. Adler’s classic, “How to Read a Book” at the Library in 1996. After being profoundly moved, she sought more of his books from the Library, including “The Time of Our Lives--The Ethics of Common Sense.” That led her to contact Dr. Adler, who was still alive and teaching at 95 ½ years old. After meeting Dr. Adler in 1998, she participated in his Executive Seminar of the Aspen Institute in 1998, as well as several other seminars with him prior to his death in 2001.
One of the many reasons Petra still admires Dr. Adler so much is because of his Syntopicon, an outline of the 102 “Great Ideas” contained in the “Great Books.” Adler spent 2 years at a manual typewriter writing an essay for each one of the “Great Ideas,” beginning with “Angel” and ending with “World”. The Syntopican, part of the set donated to the Library, provides links showing where readers can find the “Great Ideas” threaded throughout the set.

Petra said she “bought the set after Dr. Adler died in June, 2001 because by then I realized the value of having these books, as well as the Syntopicon, as reference materials at home. They really belong in a library and I can still come and use them where my journey to learning really began with Dr. Adler as my guide and teacher. I can't think of a better home for these books. I know Mortimer would be pleased!”

Petra Galindo, L.C.S.W., is a Psychiatric Social Worker with the School Mental Health Unit in Los Angeles Unified School District. Currently, she is the Mental Health Consultant with Education Support Center (ESC) East, one of 5 administrative areas in the district. Petra provides mental health consultation and education services for school administrators and their staffs, as well as crisis response services. Petra has her Master of Social Work degree from University of Southern California. Prior to her working for LAUSD, she worked for several years in the Psycho-Social Program in Hematology-Oncology at Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles. She has a large extended family, including 2 sons and 5 grandchildren. Petra adds, “They all love the South Pasadena Library too.”

Posted 9-2-2014  ....
The Rotary Club of South Pasadena and the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library have provided funding for the Library to launch the "Self Growth" project, an up-to-date collection of books on popular psychology and personal development. The Friends and the Rotary Club previously partnered for the "Fitness for Life" project, which brought a fresh supply of books and DVDs on exercise, fitness, and athletics into the collection.

The "Self Growth Collection" offers practical materials to help readers further develop their talents and potential and improve the quality of their lives. The 200 new titles showcase the thoughts of many of the top-notch self- help writers to support human development on an individual level. The collection will help local residents to address many of the personal challenges that face us all, to solve problems and, sometimes, to prevent them from occurring in the first place.

· Co-Dependency
· Addictions
· Mental health
· Anxiety
· Ethics
· Depression
· Shyness
· Schizophrenia
· Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
· Behavior Modification
· Self-Esteem

  · Bipolar Disorder
· Memory Improvement
· Eating Disorders
· Obesity
· Suicide
· Therapy
· Hypnosis
· Relationships
· Self-Hypnosis
· Parenting
· Child Psychology
· Learning styles
  · Death & Dying
· Anger Management
· Aging Issues
· Bullying
· Stress Reduction
· Interpersonal Dynamics
· Leadership Building
· Phobias
· Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
· Motivation
· Identity Crises
All of the "Self Growth Collection" materials are affixed with a custom bookplate acknowledging all three project partners. Many of them are in a display bin near the New Books on the first floor of the Library. All of the books can be looked up in the Library's online catalog by searching "Self-Growth" as a "Series." They can also be looked up by author, title, and subject. A brochure containing listings of selected titles is available at the bin and throughout the Library.
  posted 3-29-2014...

Jane T. Cavenagh is a very spry 98 year-old who recently retired from the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library's all-volunteer Bookstore after more than 20 years. Jane was on the Library Board of Trustees and served as President for four terms between 1993 and 1998. Jane previously taught for many years at South Pasadena Middle School, South Pasadena High School, Riverside Junior College, and UCLA. She later worked as an administrator for seven junior colleges.

Another great milestone in Jane's remarkable life occurred in 1929 when she was a 14 year- old schoolgirl. She saved a 5 year-old boy from drowning in Pirate's Cove at Laguna Beach. He was walking on the base of a steep cliff that jutted out to the ocean. After he fell, Jane picked him up and a large wave knocked them down, carrying the boy out to sea. Jane rose to her feet, waded 30 feet toward the boy, and was swept off her feet once again by choppy waves which carried the boy even farther out.

Jane at 98 with her medal


Jane at 14 with her heroism medal...
Jane swam to the youngster once again, and grasped him and swam them both back to the base of the cliff, only to have a large wave separate them again. Jane was carried out 25 feet and she saw the boy in the waves 35 feet from her. She swam to him again and carried him to the shore where his mother had fainted. The boy was unconscious, but he recovered. During her act of bravery Jane injured her back and sustained severe cuts. Soon afterwards she was awarded a medal by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission and the funds enabled her to later attend college. Jane went on to earn a B.A. and an M.A. at UCLA and was the first woman admitted to Stanford Medical School although she didn't enroll.


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