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Annual Report 2014                                                                  updated 10-5-2015





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October 11, 2015

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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 - October 15, 2015

Father Serra has been called "The Apostle of California" and "Father of the Missions" because he started the first civilized settlements in what is now called the Golden State. He was born in 1713 as Miguel Jose Serra in Majorca, an island off the coast of Spain. After graduating from a convent, he became a lauded preacher and was invited to travel and speak in other Majorcan towns. In 1730 he joined the Franciscan order and took the name 'Junipero' from that of the companion of St. Francis of Assisi. At age 36 he joined a group of missionaries setting out for Mexico. He arrived in Mexico City in December 1749 and for 8 years served as a missionary and teacher in northeastern Mexico, building several churches which are still in use today. From 1758 to 1767 he preached throughout Mexico.

Father Serra
In 1767, Serra was appointed President of the former Jesuit missions in Baja California. Upon arrival in 1768, he started improving and enlarging the missions there. Volunteering to go to Alta California, he established the first missions there. While walking northward he endured painful sores on his feet and legs, but refused to turn around. Father Serra arrived in San Diego in 1769 and soon began the construction project for its mission. He was 56 years old and had asthma and a crippling sore on his leg that caused him problems for the rest of his life.

For the next 15 years Serra devoted all of his time and energy to the Franciscan establishment of California. He persevered despite legions of doubters and naysayers. By 1782 he had founded nine missions, including San Gabriel, San Luis Obispo, San Francisco, San Juan Capistrano, and Santa Clara. Incrementally, he was able to convert the once hostile natives to Christianity while also introducing domestic animals, new agricultural practices, and trades to help improve their lifestyle. With his care the California Missions became prosperous and successful. Father Serra is deservedly credited for much of the growth and development of early California. Father Junipero Serra died in 1784 and was buried in the Mission San Carlos Borromeo in present-day Carmel which has a shrine devoted to him. On January 15, 2015, Pope Francis announced that on September 23 he plans to canonize Father Serra in Washington D.C. as part of his first visit to the United States.

A native of Southern California, Bruce Buonauro has been active in the Los Angeles Theatre community for over seventeen years. He also holds other stage and screen credits. He earned a Bachelor Degree in theatre and history from Cal Poly, Pomona. Bruce performs in local educational programs including: "Living Legends," whose purpose is to promote and preserve American History through the medium of live performance. Bruce began the development of "The Stories of Bernardo de Galvez" in 2004 as an extension of his "Bring Early California to Life," featuring Father Junipero Serra, involving Forest Lawn and Gardens of the World educational programs.
Mr. Buonauro has visited most of the California Missions, and studied at length in their libraries. He has been entrusted with documents and manuscripts unavailable to the general public by the Brothers of the Missions. He appears regularly as Father Serra at historical presentations at San Gabriel, San Diego, San Francisco, and Santa Barbara Missions, both San Francisco and Santa Barbara presidios, as well as Father Serra's burial site. He has also performed as a part of the educational programs for Mission San Juan Capistrano, and thousands of school age children each year through the venue of the Adventures in Education Program at Knott's Berry Farm. Mr. Buonauro also authors screenplays, documentaries, and stage productions.

The South Pasadena Library Community Room is located at 1115 El Centro Street.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.and no tickets or reservations are necessary.
Refreshments will be served.
Free parking is available after 6:00 p.m. at the Mission-Meridian Parking Garage
located adjacent to the Gold Line Station at 805 Meridian Avenue.
        COMING - October 22, 2015
Tracey Cleantis' bestselling book, "The Next Happy: Let Go of the Life You Planned and Find a New Way Forward" (Foreword by Lee Woodruff), has offered revolutionary insight and advice that is helping people the world over to let go of their unrealized dreams, move through grief, and find their 'next happy'. Tracey, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LFMT), will be speaking in the Community Room on October 22, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Tracey will elaborate on the potent themes of "The Next Happy," which received a starred review from Publisher's Weekly, Tracey's interviews and advice have also been featured in Redbook, Psychologies Magazine, The Daily Mail, NPR, iHeart Radio, Recovery 2.0, and many more. Tracey's second book, "Self-Care is Not a Stupid Candle: How to Give Yourself What You Really Want and Need in Every Area of Your Life", will be published by Hazelden in 2016.

The free program is presented by the
South Pasadena Public Library and
the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and no tickets or reservations are necessary. Refreshments will be served.
Autographed copies of the book will be available for purchase.
The Community Room is located at 1115 El Centro Street.
        COMING - October 29, 2015
On Thursday, October 29 at 7 p.m. a very special Film and Author Night for all ages will present a screening of Ray Bradbury's "Halloween Tree," in the Library Community Room. It will also showcase Gris Grimly, a "mad creator" who illustrated the newest edition of the Ray Bradbury "Halloween Tree" book, and T.E. Grau, a local author whose new book of spooky stories, "The Nameless Dark" was recently published. Refreshments will be provided and autographed books will be available for purchase. The free program is presented by the South Pasadena Public Library and the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library.

"Halloween Tree" is an animated feature by Hanna Barbera Productions that won an Emmy Award in 1994. The film features Bradbury as the narrator and Leonard Nimoy as the children's guide, the mysterious Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud. Bradbury also wrote the screenplay. It is based on the 1972 Bradbury fantasy novel tracing the history of Halloween, which was his favorite holiday. In 2007 Ray Bradbury (1920-2012) attended a presentation of a Halloween Tree at Disneyland that is part of its Halloween decorations each year.

The plot centers on a group of eight boys who go trick-or-treating, only to find out that a ninth friend has been carried away on a life-or-death journey through time and space, assisted by Moundshroud. Along the way they travel through Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome and encounter Celtic Druids, Medieval Paris, and Dia de los Muertos in Mexico. They learn the origins of the holiday they celebrate and the beneficial aspects the fear of ghosts, witches, and haunting play in people's lives.

Gris Grimly is an artist and storyteller widely known for his darkly whimsical children's books. Grimly was first drawn to the exciting and scary world of monsters by classic horror films and comics, and writers such as Edgar Allan Poe, and H.P. Lovecraft. He has written and illustrated five books, including "Where Madness Reigns: The Art of Gris Grimly", and illustrated "Shelley's "Frankenstein," "A Study in Scarlet" by Arthur Conan Doyle, and "Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Madness." He has also ventured into film and music videos.
T.E. Grau is an author of dark fiction whose work has been featured in dozens of anthologies, magazines, literary journals, and audio platforms. "The Nameless Dark," his debut collection of short fiction, was released in July of 2015 by Lethe Press. Grau lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.

The Community Room is located at 1115 El Centro Street.
No tickets or reservations are necessary and refreshments will be served.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Special thanks to Friends of the Rialto Theatre, and ProOutdoorMovies.com.

Free parking is available after 6:00 p.m. at the Mission-Meridian Parking Garage located adjacent to the Gold Line Station at 805 Meridian Avenue.


The Friends of the Library
are having a
Special Sale of 4,000 books
donated from the estate of Stephen Rice. There are some real treasures here; Mr. Rice was an avid
book collector.

The Friends can no longer store the collection, so the books are being offered to book lovers for the ridiculously low price of $1 each.

There are plenty of great books
left to discover.

Click here for details on Bookstore web page.
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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