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    •  Library Volunteers Honored - March 21, 2014
Library's Public Art Restoration Project Is Also a Rescue Effort
    •  "Self Growth Collection" - 200 new titles
    •  "California Reads" Grant Awarded to SPPL & FOL
    •  SP City Image Award presented to FOL Restoration Concert   

    •  Jane Cavenagh Retires from Bookstore
    •  SPPL Circulation TOPS 450,000
    •  Ray Bradbury Confrence Room Inaugurated
    •  Yvonne Voisin Remembered
    •  Sally Swan Memorial Fund
 Austin Ichinose Memorial Music Collection
•  Friends Newsletter
Annual Report 2013
    updated 7-12-2014



2014 - 2015 Concert Schedule is now available
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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 - Saturday, July 19, 2014

On Saturday, July 19 at 7 p.m. a free screening of "the great lost episode" of Huell Howser's acclaimed California's Gold TV series will be shown in the Library Community Room as part of the South Pasadena Arts Crawl which will also present many other arts events around town. For more information search "Arts Crawl South Pasadena" on Facebook.
Back in 2010, the late, great television personality Huell Howser telephoned South Pasadena filmmaker John McDonald and made an unprecedented request. He had seen McDonald's documentary The Ghost Mountain Experiment, a story about a family who had lived off the grid for 17 years in the California desert, and wanted to include it in his California's Gold series.
"He just called me out of the blue," McDonald said. "He told me that he loved my doc, would like to interview me for his show and include the film in an episode of his TV series."
About his series, Howser would say, "For over 20 years now we've been traveling all over our state in search of its history, its natural wonders, its diversity and most importantly its rich human stories - all the things that make California such a special place to live." He found the story of the South family to be a quintessential California story. But the episode was never broadcast when California's Gold became the victim of restructuring within PBS and Howser decided to retire. Not long before his untimely death, Howser gave his unedited video master of the episode to McDonald in a kind gesture of appreciation.
Just like the rediscovery of lost gold, the intriguing episode is ready to be released. A Q&A with South Pasadenans McDonald and the film's cinematographer, Stuart Asbjornsen, as well as Marshal South special guest experts Diana Lindsay and Bill Worden, will follow the screening.
The Ghost Mountain Experiment tells the true story of the "original hippie family." Obsessed with the dream of living a simple back-to-nature lifestyle, the eccentric artist, environmentalist and author Marshal South flees civilization in 1930 with his wife Tanya. For 17 years, they raise a family on a remote, waterless mountaintop, but isolation and betrayal take their toll and ultimately destroy a desert paradise and a marriage.

Told through archived family photos, interviews with two of the South children, local historians and South's own writings, McDonald's film examines how Marshal South's idealistic pursuit of the simple life made life for his family anything but. Shot over a 15-month period, Asbjornsen's footage brings Ghost Mountain's history to life with breathtaking imagery of the desert throughout the seasons.

McDonald, an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, first became fascinated with Marshal South in the 1970s, during which he visited the crumbling Ghost Mountain homestead on a camping trip. In 2004, after meeting South biographer Diana Lindsay, McDonald was inspired to document South's story. The film premiered in 2007 at San Jose's Cinequest Film Festival.

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 pm.
The event will also feature a gallery of artwork
by renowned artist Scott Gandell, co-owner of South Pasadena Mercantile.


City of South Pasadena • South Pasadena Public Library
Cooling Center Policy, September 9, 2013

The purpose of this policy is to raise public awareness of the City’s offerings of cool temperature environments that can be beneficial to the public during heat waves. This policy is not intended to override any policy set by the State of California, County of Los Angeles, or our local fire department. The Library’s intention is to help safeguard members of the community from the dangers of excessive heat.


Heat waves have claimed more lives in California over the last 20 years than all other declared disasters combined. Heat waves do not always strike victims immediately, but can also slowly take their toll on vulnerable populations.

The National Weather Service initiates its Heat Index Program Alert procedures when the high is expected to exceed 105° - 110° (depending on local climate) for at least two consecutive days.

On July 27, 2013 the Library Board of Trustees approved the Library as an official City of South Pasadena Cooling Center during its regular hours of operation. The Library joins the Senior Center as an official Cooling Center. The two facilities are next door to each other but have different hours. The Senior Center is for older residents while the Library is designed for residents of all ages.

City Guidelines for Cooling Center Operations

1. Staff will check the week’s weather forecast and post notices to notify the public if the Cooling Center Policy is to be deployed.

2. The National Weather Service, www.wrh.noaa.gov will be monitored to determine the forecasted temperatures.

3. The Cooling Centers will be announced to the public when temperatures reach 96° or higher. Notices will be placed at the Senior Center, and the South Pasadena Public Library entrances, and sent via an email blast.

4. The Center and the Library shall provide cold water and comfortable seating to the public. The Library, of course, also offers a broad array of education and entertainment options, including books, magazines, newspapers and computers.

5. Regular programming or services will not be canceled or changed due to the Cooling Center Policy being activated.

6. Throughout the summer, the Cooling Center policy will be placed on the Library website, in the Friends of the Library newsletter, and on the City’s Facebook page in order to notify the public.

The Library Board of Trustees conducted their annual
Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on March 21
to honor the 200+ supporters who so generously donated
their time, skills, and energy to advance the institution during 2013.
Together they contributed more than 10,000 hours.
Mayor Marina Khubesrian, M.D. presented the City Council Proclamation declaring the date 'Library Volunteer Day in South Pasadena.' Mayor Pro Tem Robert Joe, and Councilmembers Diana Mahmud, Michael Cacciotti, and Richard Schneider, M.D. joined City Manager Sergio Gonzalez in the front row. Congresswoman Judy Chu; Brendan Durrett, President of the Library Board of Trustees, and City Librarian Steve Fjeldsted presented Certificates of Recognition to Co-Volunteers of the Year, Kristen Dubé and Donna Potts as Trustees' Vice-President, Ed Pearson; Secretary, Constance Lue and Trustees Ann Penn, and Andy Lippman, who helped organize the event, looked on with the large, appreciative audience.

Congresswoman Judy Chu Greets All of the
Volunteers and Guests

Mayor Marina Khubesrian, M.D. Presents the Proclamation"

Charles Fleming inscribes his book for newfound fans”
Charles Fleming, author of Secret Stairs, delivered a riveting Keynote Address that charmingly revealed some of the reasons the staircases of Los Angeles have been so magical for him and so many others. Published in April, 2010, the book hit #5 on the Los Angeles Times paperback bestseller list. Charles has reported on the entertainment industry since 1987, as staff writer and columnist for Newsweek, Variety, LA Weekly and The Los Angeles Herald Examiner, and as a freelancer for Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, Time, New York Magazine, US, McCalls, Los Angeles, California, and many other publications in the U.S., the U.K. and Japan.

Kristen Dubé (l), Donna Potts (m), are honored by Congresswoman Chu

Both Volunteers of the Year come from the leadership ranks of the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library. Kristen Dubé is a lifelong resident of South Pasadena and the past two-time President of the Friends. She started working behind the scenes as bookkeeper for the Friends Bookstore 15 years ago, a position she still enjoys. Currently in her final year on the Friends Board, Kristen has also served as Secretary, Vice President Financial Officer-Endowments, Membership Chair, and President. In 2009 she was Treasurer for the successful Yes on Measure L- Library Special Tax campaign.

Donna Potts was raised in La Canada, but has lived in South Pasadena for 50 years. Donna taught Biological Sciences at San Gabriel High School for 34 years, was Science Department Chair for 14 years, and was honored as Alhambra District Teacher of the Year in 1991. She retired in 2005, and began a new phase of life. In 2005, Donna began volunteering in the Friends Bookstore as a substitute, and also worked one shift per month. In addition, in 2006, she began working as a Processor of books for the Bookstore, and soon became the Vice Chair of Schedules/Minutes on the Bookstore Steering Committee. She records and distributes minutes of the meetings, updates the staffing schedule and, with other members of the Steering Committee, makes Bookstore policy and procedural decisions, and helps to plan and work at special book sales throughout the year.

The colorful 20 page Volunteer Recognition booklet was distributed to all in attendance. It featured original artwork by South Pasadena artist Scott Gandell and was designed by his partner Anneline De Croos. It contained a special memorial tribute to dearly departed longtime volunteer Yvonne Voisin.

posted 3-28-2014
The Official Unveiling for the restored bas relief masterpiece "The Children's Hour",
on March 21 was certainly a long time coming.
The celebration on the Library Patio was also one that would have
been completely unnecessary until about 6 years ago.

Congresswoman Judy Chu (l) and Mayor Marina Khubesrian, M.D. Pull the Curtain
About 50 residents gathered to watch and applaud last Friday as Congresswoman Judy Chu and Mayor Marina Khubesrian, MD tugged on the curtain to reveal the recently restored 1930 stone casting by celebrated sculptor Merrell Gage that features an image of a father reading to his three daughters. The image is bordered with the words "Comes a Pause in the Day's Occupation That is Known as The Children's Hour," an excerpt from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's classic American poem, "The Children's Hour." Mayor Pro Tem Robert Joe and Councilmembers Diana Mahmud, Michael Cacciotti, and Richard Schneider, MD smiled with approval along with City Manager Sergio Gonzalez, as several photographers snapped pictures of the 600 lb. artwork.
In 2008 the Library launched Phase I of its Exterior Beautification Project, bringing wrought iron park benches to the entryway area of the Library, while removing sago palms, waste receptacles, and the bookdrop from the front door. Phase I also brought a new sculpture, urns, landscaping, and the brick patio. Phase II is now complete and the patio area is further equipped with ADA-compliant tables and benches, provided by the Setzler Family "In Memory of Linda and Eddie Setzler." It also showcases the restored "The Children's Hour" created by the Kansas-born sculptor shortly after he arrived in Southern California. Merrell Gage also created many other artworks which surround the South Pasadena Library, all of which were paid for with local funding.

The value of the artwork has increased through the years because Merrell Gage went on to become one of the top American sculptors of the 20th Century, while creating many other masterful artworks around Los Angeles and beyond. Gage served on the 1932 Olympic Sculpture Committee, headed the USC Fine Arts Department, and was the recipient of an Academy Award for "Best Documentary Short" in 1955. His personal papers now reside in the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

Gage's most magnificent creation for the South Pasadena Library, "The Children's Hour," once hung above the Library Children's Room, but was apparently broken around 1981 during the Library's expansion and renovation. It was then encased in concrete, buried by the front door, and almost completely forgotten. As the Library began its planning of Phase I in 2008, devoted Library user Andy Castellano, who's no longer with us, was the first to point out that the piece was by Merrell Gage. By then it was worn, chipped, and gouged.
An appraiser confirmed that the piece not only possessed local historical and cultural significance, but national importance as well. The South Pasadena City Council provided the first $25,000 for the ambitious project. That covered the majority of the costs of the restoration, the structural engineering calculations, the crafting of the giant brackets, and the installation of the piece itself. A portion of a bequest by the Estate of Martin E. Mullen, Jr. was also used to cover some of the costs.

Even with South Pasadena's strong cultural traditions of preservation and fine arts, residents haven't had that much of their own public art to enjoy. But with the City's rescue of the Gage piece de resistance, locals have a classic artistic marvel to savor. The "Children's Hour" was nearly lost forever, but its timeless artistic themes of the power of family, reading, and togetherness can now inspire countless generations to come.
posted 3-29-2014

Merrell Gage, Southern California’s Iconic 20th Century Sculptor
article by
- Steve Fjeldsted, City Librarian -
click here for article
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...
The South Pasadena Public Library and the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library have received a prestigious California Reads public library grant award from Cal Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Only 43 libraries in the Golden State received the award. 

During the fall of 2014 the Library and the Friends will be working to engage the community in reading and discussing WHAT IT IS LIKE TO GO TO WAR by Karl Marlantes as part of its ‘War Comes Home’ reading project. After graduating from Yale University and being a Rhodes Scholar, Marlantes served as a Marine in Viet Nam, where he was awarded the Navy Cross, the Bronze Star, two Navy Commendation medals for valor, two Purple Hearts, and ten air medals. WHAT IT IS LIKE TO GO TO WAR, a New York Times Bestseller, was #3 on Amazon.com’s 10 Best Books of 2011.
California Reads provides a springboard to think about and discuss ideas using thought-provoking books about issues that are of importance to residents of our state. Readers from all walks of South Pasadena life will be asked to read and discuss the book and attend free events at Library which will make available many copies of the book for checkout. ‘War Comes Home’ will focus on the veteran experience, aiming to increase public understanding and empathy for those who have served, as well as to spark a public conversation on how best we can support the process of reincorporating our veterans into the fabric of everyday civilian life.

California Reads is a program of Cal Humanities in partnership with the California Center for the Book. It is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Announcements about the South Pasadena Library ‘War Comes Home’ events and activities will be widely publicized during the middle of 2014.
posted 1-2014


Incoming South Pasadena Mayor Marina Khubesrian, M.D., presented Kathy Folsom and Kay Rosser of the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library's Restoration Concert Committee with the 2013 Image Award, awarded each year to individuals or groups that enhance the image of the City beyond its borders.
Mayor Khubesrian, who presented the award to the Committee Co-Chairs at the December 29, 2013 Crunch Time party, said, "The Restoration Concert Series, now in its 18th year, brings wonderful classical and jazz concerts to the community of South Pasadena and beyond, and the program is completely run by volunteers. Kay is one of the five original committee volunteers, and Kay and Kathy are current Co-Chairs."

The Series consists of eight concerts held in the Library Community Room on Sunday afternoons at 4:00 p.m. The concerts frequently feature internationally known and award-winning musicians and attract music lovers from throughout the Los Angeles area and beyond. Requests are regularly received from performers who wish to participate in the Series.

The next concert will be held on February 2, 2014, and will be performed by the New Hollywood String Quartet, which is in its sixth season as "Quartet in Residence." Season tickets are $96 for eight concerts or $20 per concert at the door when space permits (for additional information, call 626-799-6333).

In addition to the two Co-Chairs, Committee Members consist of Laurie Astle, David Battin, Shireen Chang, Ann Erler, Janet Ervin, Connie Flanders, John Flanders, Ronald Folsom, Neil Rosser, and Gloria Weinberg.

The Series began when the South Pasadena Public Library celebrated its 100th year in 1995. Volunteer Cindy Line was asked to plan a chamber music event in the historic Library Community Room. The event was so well received that she was asked by the City Librarian to form a music series. It was the Committee's original intent that all proceeds would be dedicated to continued enhancements of the Community Room or the Library, thus the name "Restoration Concert Series." The group also accepts donations, with four categories of donors: patrons, sponsors, friends, and supporters. A nine-foot Steinway grand piano was acquired for the Community Room with the funds.

The South Pasadena Image Award has been presented since 2004, when former Mayor Mike Ten initiated the annual award.
posted 12-31-2013


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.
The Friends of the Library Bookstore is open 7 days a week, upstairs in the Library. Their hours are Mon., Tues., Wed., from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thurs., Fri. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat. Noon to 4 p.m.; and Sun. from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Yvonne Voisin, a former president of the Friends of the Library and active in the Friends Bookstore for more than 20 years, died March 17 while convalescing after a short hospitalization. Yvonne, who had been honored as a Volunteer of the Year by the Library Board of Trustees, also served as publicity chair for both the Concert Restoration Series Committee and the Friends Board of Directors and had been very active in other civic organizations.

A resident of South Pasadena since 1969, she was born in Poole, England in 1930 and married Geoffrey Voisin, a native of the Channel Island of Jersey-in 1952. Their son Michael was born in 1953. Geoff's sales career with British European Airways took them to Chicago and Los Angeles where twin daughters Laura and Samantha were born in 1962. Yvonne was divorced in 1974.

From 1974-1989 she served as Public Relations Director for the American Cancer Society's greater Los Angeles region. In 1989 she formed her own consulting company, Voisin Communications. Yvonne was active in many Service Organizations; in 1979 she joined ALTRUSA, serving as local president six times, at one point producing their local newsletter and was currently serving as local treasurer. While serving as president of PIRATES (Print Interactive Radio and Television Educational Society)from 1994-1996, Yvonne was integral in keeping the organization solvent and focused.

In 2000 she received their highest accolade, "The Golden Buccaneer Award" for outstanding service within PIRATES and through Voisin Communications to the public service community in Los Angeles.
For over a quarter of a century she has been at the center of preparation and booking for their every program and event.

Since 2007 she has worked with the Oneonta Club Foundation on their Scholarship program and with
the Language Institute in Pasadena finding lodging for foreign students. Since Oct 2012 she has worked as proofreader for the South Pasadena Review. Yvonne is survived by her three children and grandson Joshua.

Sally Swan was a long-time South Pasadena resident and stalwart community volunteer. Together with Dorothy Cohen, Bev Engler and Margaret Wallace, she was one of the founding members of the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library Bookstore. She served on the Friends Board for many years. Sally and her husband Philip Swan sponsored the publication of an illustrated booklet celebrating the new Library building when it opened in 1982. She also served as a member of the Library's Centennial Committee and in 1993, after 23 years as a Library volunteer, she was honored by the California Association of Library Trustees and Commissioners (CALTAC) as Volunteer of the Year.

Sally was passionate about gardening, reading, travel and art. She was an accomplished watercolor painter, calligrapher and accumulated a prized collection of illustrated children's books. Traditionally, in December, she would display her collection of antique children's Christmas books. She was devoted to her family, and each January for many years, she donated the funds for the newest Newbery Award winner in honor of her grandchildren, Emily, Audrey and Madeleine Steen.

Since Sally Swan's passing in March 2011, the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library have received generous memorial donations to honor their beloved family member, friend and colleague. To date, the Friends have purchased 239 titles for a total of $4,400 from the Sally Swan Memorial Funds. All of these books will include a bookplate identifying them as books purchased in memory of Sally Swan. Specifically, the funds were used to replace aging Caldecott Award winners and to purchase notable picture or fiction books, along with titles related to art and gardening. All of these subjects were particularly special to Sally Swan.

The remaining Sally Swan Memorial Funds, combined with funding from the Estate of Keith L. Stiles and dedicated to the Children's Services Department, will be used for the construction of a Children's Room Entry Mosaic. This architectural mosaic will be designed and constructed by artist Jolino Becerra who recently completed the whimsical and thoughtful mosaic sculpture featured next to the information desk
in the Children's Services Department. The Children's Room Entry Mosaic should be completed by the end
of 2013.


Shown below - random samples from the 239 titles purchased




Earlier in April 2013, the California State Library released its California Library Statistics 2012, the latest of its annual reports on library statistical performance measures, covering the previous fiscal year. The report covers the period of July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011 and 182 public library jurisdictions are profiled. Of these, there are 46 county libraries, 117 city, 12 district, and 6 Joint Power Authority public libraries.
Out of the 182 library jurisdictions, South Pasadena Public Library is in the top 15% in California in per capita checkouts, program attendance, and library visits.

South Pasadena Public Library, with its service area of a mere 3.44 square miles and a population of 25,693, enjoyed the very healthy number of 307,058 visitors during the 12 month stretch. That averages out to approximately 875 visitors for every day that the Library is open --or more than 11 and a half visits per year for every man, woman, and child in the city. These are impressive figures no matter what, but especially because the Library has no dedicated parking spaces of its own. Fortunately, the Library is located in an area where many residents walk, ride bikes, and take public transportation.

The South Pasadena Public Library’s total annual circulation for all materials: books, magazines, DVDs, CDs, etc. is also noteworthy, having exceeded 450,000 for the very first time in 2010-2011. That’s more than 17 annual checkouts per capita. With its circulation at 452,945 items, it rose from 431,573, an impressive increase of about 5% over the previous year.

California Library Statistics 2012 also shows that the South Pasadena Library has 33,862 registered borrowers. That total constitutes about 8,000 more cardholders than South Pasadena has residents. It’s a figure that speaks volumes about local residents’ interests in reading, music, films, cultural events, and lifelong learning. The total is especially remarkable given the fact that the neighboring communities of Alhambra, Monterey Park, and San Marino all have new, very sizeable library buildings, and Pasadena Public Library has 10 facilities.

During 2010-2011, South Pasadena presented 425 programs that drew audiences totaling more than 20,000. The vast majority of the programs, 291 in fact, were for children, although the Library still offered 134 programs for adults. Some of them, it should come as no surprise, were presented for audiences of all ages.

A ceremony and reception for ‘The Ray Bradbury Conference Room’ was conducted upstairs in the South Pasadena Public Library on Thursday, May 9. The meeting space overlooking the Library’s Moreton Bay Fig Tree formerly known merely as the Conference Room, was recently renamed by the Library Board of Trustees in honor of the renowned author who passed away on June 5, 2012 after a request from members of the public.
The ceremony featured remarks by Mayor Richard D. Schneider, M.D.; Brendan Durrett, President, South Pasadena Public Library Board of Trustees; and Lissa Reynolds, Co-Owner and Artistic Director of the Fremont Centre Theatre, who read Bradbury’s last written work, “The Book and the Butterfly” which appears in THE BEST AMERICAN NONREQUIRED READDING, 2012 and on the Huffington Post website. Robert Kerr, from Ray Bradbury’s Pandemonium Theatre Company, who was wearing one of Bradbury’s neckties and his pair of suspenders, cut the custom cake provided by the Friends of the Library.

Also in attendance were Councilmember Bob Joe who, like Bradbury, attended Los Angeles High School; Sally Kilby, City Clerk; Gary Pia, City Treasurer, and Library Trustees Ed Pearson, Constance Lue, and Andy Lippman. The new bronze doorplate purchased by the Friends was unveiled, as was a framed reproduction of a painting of the author by Zofia Kostyrko, an Altadena-based artist. Also, in attendance were longtime Bradbury associate John Tarpinian and other close friends, fans, and admirers, including Reference Librarian Michael Toman and City Librarian Steve Fjeldsted.

"The cake is cut. L to R Mayor Richard Schneider, M.D.', Constance Lue; Robert Kerr, Steve Fjeldsted, Andrew Lippmann, Brendan Durrett, and Ed Pearson."
Photo Credit: Bill Glazier, South Pasadena Review.
Bradbury had a very close relationship with South Pasadena which he said reminded him of his hometown of Waukegan, Illinois which like South Pasadena also possessed a Carnegie Library. The relationship began when a long string of Ray's plays was first presented by his theatrical company at the Fremont Centre Theatre. Ray also appeared for two Author Nights for the South Pasadena Public Library, including one for his 90th birthday, and later autographed books, bottles of dandelion wine and movie posters for Friends' fundraisers. In 2010 Bradbury actually spent a couple of hours in the Conference Room that would bear his name, although he never set foot on the asteroid, the lunar landing strip, or some of the other locations that have been posthumously named after him. The City of South Pasadena declared an official "Ray Bradbury Day in South Pasadena" in both 2008 and 2010. Special thanks are due to the Bradbury Family, Maple River Winery, and Mission Framing.

Cake Provided by the Friends, and Reproduction of Her Painting Donated by Zofia Kostyrko."
Photo Credit: Bill Glazier, South Pasadena Review.
Austin Ichinose
Memorial Music Collection
Offered by Library
The Craig K. Ichinose Family recently made an extremely generous memorial donation to honor Austin Ichinose (1981-2011), their beloved family member and the Library’s dearly departed colleague. The Ichinose Family gave $5,050 to the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library for musical CDs for the Library collection.
With the approval of the Friends, the Ichinose Family donation will be used to buy $2,550 worth of musical CDs in 2012 and another $2,500 worth in 2013. A memorial plate acknowledging Austin and the Ichinose Family donation will be affixed to each CD. The display of CDs is by the Reference Desk.

The Library Staff and the Ichinose Family are participating in the selection of the CDs.

Austin Ichinose, who started working for the Library in 2007, was known for his wit, intelligence and quirky humor, as well as his inner strength and love of life. He was also an avid music collector who liked to recommend his favorite CDs to others. His favorites included Nick Cave, Brian Eno, and The Flaming Lips, to name just a few. The Austin A. Ichinose Memorial Music Collection is offered by the Library and the Friends to honor Austin and to touch others with his passion and memory.



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