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    •    Beverly Engler
     •     Veterans Day Presentations
  
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Jazz Musician, Mark Hatch, donates personal CD collection

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  Rotary Club Purchases Book in Honor of
             S.P. Supt. of Schools
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 Donated Collection by Barbara Lois Simpson 
    •   "Great Books" donated by Petra Galindo
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   Autism Spectrum Disorders - NEW BOOKS
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"Self Growth Collection" - 200 new titles
•  Friends Newsletter
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Annual Report 2013
    updated 1-19-2015
 
 




  
 UP COMING EVENTS
            

 
 
  

2014 - 2015
RESTORATION CONCERT SERIES


February 1, 2015

New Hollywood String Quartet*


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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.
 
 

 
 
 
  
     
   
       COMING - January 29, 2015
 

 

  
South Pasadena actor/playwright Dean Ghaffari will appear in a virtuoso performance of "Rebel With a Cause: The Life and Times of Sal Mineo" on January 29, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the Library Community Room. The living history play focuses on the character of the actor Sal Mineo (1939-1976) as he looks back on his underappreciated career. Ghaffari directed and produced his one-man show about Mineo.

 
"I always wanted to be an actor and Al Pacino is my favorite," declared Ghaffari. "His love and passion for the work also inspired me to explore the theater. I always found it difficult to get the opportunities to play roles I wanted to play. So along the way I decided to create that opportunity for myself. I discovered Sal Mineo and wrote about him because he embodied the type of character I wanted to portray on stage."

Salvatore (Sal) Mineo, Jr. was born in the Bronx, New York City into an Italian-American immigrant household. By age eight he had been expelled from parochial school and was already a member of a tough street gang. His mother then enrolled him in dancing school and he stayed until he was arrested for robbery at age 10 and given a choice of incarceration or professional acting school. He made the obvious choice and began taking classes.

Dean Ghaffari
As a teenager he appeared on the TV quiz show "Jukebox Jury" before making his professional acting debut starring alongside Yul Brynner on Broadway in "The King and I." Sal soon followed with his screen debut in "Six Bridges to Cross," besting Clint Eastwood for the lead role. That led to his winning the role of John "Plato" Crawford, a sensitive teen who was smitten with Jim Stark (James Dean) in "Rebel Without a Cause." Mineo accompanied Natalie Wood, James Dean, and Dennis Hopper in the landmark film that helped give American teenagers in the Fifties more of an identity.

The talents of Mineo were brilliantly showcased in the most unforgettable scene of the film, the knife fight at Griffith Park Observatory. That scene gave the observatory immediate international recognition as a symbol of the City of Los Angeles and led to Mineo later earning his nickname, "The Switchblade Kid" for his role as a gang member in the movie "Crime in the Streets."

Sal Mineo was accorded with a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination in 1955 for his portrayal of Plato. Later in 1955, Mineo also became the first teenager nominated for an Emmy and an Oscar during the same year. Natalie Wood went on to become one of most popular actresses in the world for several decades and James Dean became a timeless cultural hero --even though he died tragically after only three films. "Rebel Without a Cause" had opened the door for youth- oriented films that has continually grown larger ever since. The film has truly attained iconic status and James Dean was recently honored with the installation of a bust on the west end of the Griffith Park Observatory.

Dean as Sal at the Ice House
in Pasadena in 2013-
Photo by Michael Schwartz
In 1955 Sal Mineo was an "overnight sensation" after his first Oscar nomination and was receiving more fan mail each day than Elvis Presley. Sal was mobbed by young female fans at public appearances and one writer said he was dating "the most beautiful women in Hollywood and New York." In "Giant" (1956), another film with James Dean, Mineo played a Latino youngster, in "Exodus" he portrayed a Jewish immigrant (for which he won a Golden Globe Award and another Academy Award nomination), and in the Disney adventure "Tonka" (1959) he starred as a young Sioux. Despite all of the accolades, most of his subsequent roles called for him to play a variation of Plato, the rebellious teenager.
 
In the late 1960s, Mineo became one of the first major actors in Hollywood to publicly acknowledge he was gay. His coming out was during a time when doing so was considered an absolute societal taboo. It was a groundbreaking step that other actors have followed, although afterwards he had difficulty getting quality roles. Mineo continued to work on stage and screen until his tragic murder in 1976 at the hands of a robber.
The book "Sal Mineo: A Biography" appeared in 2010 and actor James Franco, who played James Dean in a TV movie in 2001, purchased the film rights. The film was never shown in theaters and did little to enhance the reputation of Mineo, a highly accomplished actor who starred in more than 30 films during the Golden Age of Hollywood. Although he is often overlooked, Sal Mineo will always be regarded by some as one of the most talented and misunderstood actors from the heyday of American Cinema.
The free event is presented by the South Pasadena Public Library,
the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library, and
the Living History Centre Fund.
The Community Room is located at 1115 El Centro Street.
No tickets or reservations are needed. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
and refreshments will be served.
  
       COMING - February 13, 2015
   
A Celebration of Friday the 13th will be presented in the
South Pasadena Public Library Community Room on
Friday February 13th at 7 p.m.
It will showcase the amazing duo of Micah Cover as Micah the Magician and Duffy Hudson as Edgar Allan Poe. The free, fun event for all ages is presented by the South Pasadena Public Library and the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library.
Micah Cover is a teacher, lecturer, producer, writer, consultant and performer - all in the Art of Magic. Micah is a frequent headliner and tour guide at the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, which has called him "an innovative performer with mind-boggling talent."

Duffy Hudson is an actor, director, writer and filmmaker. He has performed on and off Broadway, in film and in more than 50 television commercials. Duffy has regularly traveled the country and performed thousands of in-demand living history shows as Edgar Allan Poe, Albert Einstein, Dr. Seuss, and George Burns. He also performs a one-man play as all of the characters in the classic "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. His portrayals of Edgar Allan Poe are legendary and have been performed to hundreds of standing ovations. Duffy is also the official Voice of Poe at the Poe House and Museum in New York City.
The Community Room is located at 1115 El Centro Street.
No tickets or reservations are necessary and refreshments will be served.
     
 


     
   
The South Pasadena Public Library and the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library have teamed up with Project White Coat and the California Health Professional Student Alliance (CaHPSA) to provide free, one-on-one sessions to help the public with the Covered California application process. Covered California is the state exchange marketplace where individuals can go to buy private health insurance plans.
Beginning 1/11/15 and concluding 2/15/15,
South Pasadena Public Library will host Project White Coat
on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 7-9 p.m.
in the Ray Bradbury Conference Room (upstairs in the Library at 1100 Oxley Street)
and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
(in the Library Community Room at 1115 El Centro Street).

Project White Coat workers have extensive knowledge of the healthcare system because they are health profession students. And with the closing date of open enrollment approaching, they are making the process of finding the best health care convenient and easy.

With 10 health insurance companies selling their products on Covered California, it’s easy for people to become overwhelmed. This is especially true for first time buyers. Project White Coat’s unique make-up of dedicated students from within the healthcare system provides an opportunity for consumers to enroll with a trustworthy individual in a comfortable, non-threatening environment. All Project White Coat workers are certified through Covered California, are trained in confidentiality and handling personal information, and bilingual in Spanish and English. Project White Coat Certified Enrollment Counselors (CEC’s) can assist anyone at any point of the application process-- whether it be entering income information or in choosing a health plan. They can also answer a wide variety of questions with an unbiased approach.

The California Health Professional Student Alliance (CaHPSA) received a Navigator grant from Covered California to fund Project White Coat. CaHPSA is a statewide student group that advocates for social justice in the healthcare field. The majority of CaHPSA students are currently pursuing secondary degrees in a healthcare professional field but also includes individuals in other fields.

 
     
   
          NEWS
   
   
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.
  

A memorial service will be held on
Saturday, January 24 from 4-6pm
in theLibrary's Community Room located at 1115 El Centro Street.

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



    
  
          NEWS
     
   


                                              Peter Collier, Jimmy Weldon, and Sam “The Sham” Samudio

Photo by Angie Marie                 

On Veterans Day evening, the Library Community Room hosted a special program honoring those who have served in the U.S. military. About 100 attended the event sponsored by the Library, the Friends of the Library, Poets & Writers, Inc., and the Woman’s Club of South Pasadena.
 
Presentations about patriotism and the sacrifices made by military personnel were made by (l to r) Peter Collier, National Book Award nominee and author of the bestselling “Medal of Honor”; Jimmy Weldon, television pioneer, motivational speaker, and author; and Sam “The Sham” Samudio, a Grammy-winning musician and proud veteran who shared his poems.

Since September 11, the Library has been endeavoring to engage the community in reading and discussing “What It Is Like to Go to War” by Karl Marlantes, a Vietnam War hero and award-winning author. The Veterans Day program was the fourth in the Library’s “War Comes Home” city-wide reading project that was conducted with grants from CalHumanities and The California Center for the Book.
Posted 11-18-2014

 
       NEWS
     
 
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
   
       NEWS
       
   

 
The South Pasadena Rotary Club and the South Pasadena Public Library continue to expand "The Golden State Collection." The project is a partnership to improve the Library's collection of checkout books on California-related subjects. The collection consists of a broad assortment of titles for all ages on California history, travel, geography, nature, food, fashion, gardening, sports and much more. Brochures listing many of the titles are available at the Library.

Many of the entertaining and informative Golden State Collection selections are on display in the Library in the unit across from the Reference Desk. Each title can be checked out for 3 weeks, just like most other library materials.

The Rotary Club's lunch meetings are usually held in the South Pasadena Oneonta Church Tower Room on Tuesdays at noon. After each week's meeting the guest speaker selects a Golden State Collection title and signs its custom bookplate featuring the Rotary logo and motto, "Service above self." Each book is then donated to the Library in his or her honor.
 
 

South Pasadena Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Geoff Yantz was the guest speaker at the
Rotary meeting on September 9.
The book donated on behalf of Dr. Yantz
to the Library is
“The Orange and the History of California”
 
Photo by David Boule.

 
 

Posted 9-9-2014
       
 
       NEWS
   
  
 
Barbara Lois Simpson passed away peacefully on June 22, 2014 after a short illness with her family by her side. An elegant, beautiful, and loving lady full of grace, courage, immense loyalties, deep friendships, and devotion to her family and community, she will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

Barbara Simpson was born to parents McIntyre and Lois Faries, who were long-time South Pasadena residents and later residents of San Marino. Judge Faries was Presiding Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court and former South Pasadena-San Marino Schools board president.

A 50-year resident of San Marino and, later, Pasadena, she is survived by her daughter Andrea L. Simpson and grandson Christopher R. Myrdal, and son Eric K. Simpson, his wife Barbara, and grandchildren Katherine L. Simpson and Alexander K. Simpson. She was a graduate of South Pasadena-San Marino High School, attended Occidental College for two years where she was a member of the Alpha Sorority, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of California at Berkeley. A devoted life-long reader with sparkling wit and intellectual curiosity, she also attended years of post-graduate courses at The Claremont Colleges. Her extensive book collection brought her great joy and she wanted to share it with her community.

Accordingly, a truckload of beautiful books from her personal collection has recently been donated to the South Pasadena Public Library. Barbara Simpson’s donation is especially strong in the areas of biography, mysteries, and book collecting culture. Many of the books will enhance the Friends of the South Pasadena Library’s Bookstore sales and its Holiday Book Sale coming up in the fourth weekend of November in the Community Room. Many more of her books will be added directly into the Library’s checkout collection with bookplates acknowledging her donation—a list of some of the titles is below.

Daughter Andrea Simpson and the
truckload of donated books
Barbara Simpson held a life-long, deep belief in the value of the arts and music for children and families, which is reflected in her over fifty years of community volunteer service, including being past president of the San Marino League, and the Huntington Middle School and Carver PTAs. She served on the boards of the San Marino Guild of the Huntington Hospital, and Pasadena Philharmonic Society, as well as being past chairman of the San Marino Celebrity Series and Art Walk. Her wide-ranging community volunteer activities included the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts, the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena Guild of the Children’s Hospital, the LA County Arboretum, and the Society of Fellows of the Huntington Library.
  
   A sampling of the books to be added to the South Pasadena Public Library collection:

    American Veda: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation-How Indian           Spirituality Changed the West by Philip Goldberg
    Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World by the Dalai Lama
    Books: A Memoir by Larry McMurtry
    Books to Die For: The World's Greatest Mystery Writers on The World's Greatest
          Mystery Novels

    The Churchills: In Love and War by Mary S. Lovell
    Editions & Impressions: Twenty Years on the Book Beat by Nicholas A. Basbanes
    Ideal Man, The: The Tragedy of Jim Thompson and the American Way of War by
          Joshua Kurlantzick
    Living With Books by Alan Powers
    Mass Flourishing: How Grassroots Innovation Created Jobs, Challenge, and Change by
          Edmund Phelps
    My Bookstore Ed. by Ronald Rice and Booksellers Across America
    Pablo Neruda: On the Blue Shore of Silence, Poems of the Sea
    Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures by Robert
          K. Wittman
    Script and Scribble: The Rise and Fall of Handwriting by Kitty Burns Florey
    A Splendor of Letters: The Permanence of Books in an Impermanent World by Nicholas
          A. Basbanes
    Stealing Rembrandts: The Untold Stories of Notorious Art Heists by Anthony M. Amore           and Tom Mashberg
    Stolen: The Gallery of Missing Masterpieces by Jonathan Webb
    Taste: Acquiring What Money Can't Buy by Letitia Baldrige
    Thieves of Book Row: New York's Most Notorious Rare Book Ring and the Man Who           Stopped It by Travis McDade
    When Red is Black by Qiu Xiaolong

  

Posted 8-20-2014
 
       NEWS
   
 

  

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  ....
       NEWS
   
 
 

It seems like Autism is almost everywhere these days, and that's because it is. The incidence of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) has exploded: increasing somewhere between 2000% and 4000% in only 25 years. Nationally, Autism now affects an estimated one in every 100 children across all racial and socioeconomic lines. The exact causes of ASD are unknown.
Locally, the South Pasadena Public Library and the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library started a partnership more than 4 years ago with the Institute for the Redesign of Learning (known as the Almansor Center) and the Kiwanis Club of South Pasadena, to present the 'Raising Abilities Collection,' more than 75 up-to-date books for various ages on Autism. A brochure listing most of the titles in the series is available at the Library.
The new titles recently ordered for the collection are:














Targeting Language Delays: IEP Goals & Activities for Students with Developmental Challenges
Lucky Dogs, Lost Hats, and Dating Don'ts
Solving Sleep Problems in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Guide for Frazzled Families
Essential First Steps for Parents of Children with Autism: Helping the Littlest Learners
Teaching Social Skills to People with Autism: Best Practices in Individualizing Intervention
A Picture's Worth: PECS and Other Visual Communication Strategies in Autism
Talking is Hard for Me!: Encouraging Communication in Children with Speech-Language Difficulties
Speaking of Apraxia: A Parent's Guide to Childhood Apraxia of Speech
Body Talk: Teaching Students with Disabilities about Body Language
Moving Out: A Family Guide to Residential Planning for Adults with Disabilities
Try Reading Again: How to Motivate and Teach Older Beginners, Age 10 and Up
The Boy's Guide to Growing Up: Choices & Changes during Puberty
The Girl's Guide to Growing Up: Choices & Changes in the Tween Years
When Down Syndrome and Autism Intersect: A Guide to DS-ASD for Parents and Professionals
Late, Lost, and Unprepared: A Parent's Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning

 
 
Posted 8-19-2014
 
 
   
       NEWS
     
   
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...
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  NEWS
      

 
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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