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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
    • 
"Self Growth Collection" - 200 new titles
  
  •  Jane Cavenagh Retires from Bookstore
    •  Library's Public Art Restoration Project Is Also a Rescue Effort
    •  Jane Cavenagh Retires from Bookstore  
    •  Yvonne Voisin Remembered
    •  Sally Swan Memorial Fund
  
  •  Library Volunteers Honored
•  Friends Newsletter
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Annual Report 2013
    updated 10-25-2014
 




  
 UP COMING EVENTS
            

 
 
  

2014 - 2015
RESTORATION CONCERT SERIES

November 9, 2014

Tall and Small Jazz Quintet

Featuring
Pete Christlieb and Lina Small
     


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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 30, 2014
 
   

A Free Screening of A Romantic Dark Fantasy
Starring Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder
Directed by Time Burton

“Edward Scissorhands”
will be presented by the South Pasadena Public Library and the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library Community Room on
Thursday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m.,
the night before Halloween.”
 

Introduction and Q& A will be
provided by one of the film’s
co-stars, Kathy Baker.

“Edward Scissorhands” is a 1990 American romantic dark fantasy directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp. The film follows the story of an artificial man named Edward who, of course, has scissors for hands. Edward is taken in by a suburban family and falls in love with their teenage daughter Kim. The highly acclaimed and perennially popular film co-stars Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Anthony Michael Hall, Kathy Baker, Vincent Price, and Alan Arkin. Burton first conceived the idea for Edward Scissorhands from his childhood upbringing in suburban Burbank. Burton considers the film his favorite of those he has made.

Kathy Baker has won three Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and the Screen Actors’ Guild Award for her work on the CBS television series “Picket Fences.” She also received a 2003 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in the TNT feature “Door To Door,” which garnered multiple Emmy Awards and an AFI Creative Ensemble Award. Baker was also nominated for back-to-back Emmys for her guest performances on “Touched by an Angel” and “Boston Public.” She will be seen in several upcoming feature films including the Beach Boys’ biopic “Love & Mercy,” starring John Cusack, and “The Age of Adaline,” opposite Harrison Ford.

Kathy’s recent film credits include including “Boulevard,” in which she stars opposite Robin Williams, and “Saving Mr. Banks,” starring Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell and Emma Thompson, and “Big Miracle” starring Drew Barrymore, and the critically-acclaimed, award-winning “Take Shelter,” directed by Jeff Nichols, which won the Grand Prix Nespresso Award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival among other awards and nominations including five Independent Spirit Award nominations and one win for best producer. Baker made her film debut in “The Right Stuff.”

Baker’s television credits include recurring roles on “Those Who Kill”, “Medium,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Nip/Tuck,” the TNT series “Bull;” the Lifetime series “Against the Wall,” and guest stars on “Criminal Minds,” “Law & Order” and “Saving Grace” among others. Her TV movie credits include “Return to Zero,” starring Minnie Driver and Alfred Molina, and “The Trials of Cate McCall,”, and starring Kate Beckinsale, She will next be seen on Comedy Central’s upcoming series “Big Time in Hollywood, Florida.”


The Community Room is located at 1115 El Centro Street. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
No tickets or reservations are necessary and seating is limited. Refreshments will be served.
Special thanks to David Lyons/Comm Cinema.

   
       COMING - November 2014
      
 
Thursday, November 6 at 7:00 p.m.
"What It Is Like to Go to War" Book Discussion Program with actor, writer, and director Duffy Hudson..
Tuesday, November 11 at 7:00 p.m.
Concluding Event with GRAMMY winning musician and proud Navy veteran Same "The Sham" Samudio and N.Y. Times Bestselling Author and National Book Award nominated Peter Collier discussing his latest "Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty."
  

Marlantes portrait
Courtesy Devon Marlantes
  
The entire community is invited
to participate in the city-wide “War Comes Home’ reading-and-discussion project. The Library is working to engage the community in appreciating “What It Is Like to Go to War” by Karl Marlantes, a Yale educated Viet Nam veteran decorated with two Purple Hearts. Many copies of the book are available to be checked out from the Library. The “One Book, One City” reading project ends with a major Culminating Event on November 11 in the Community Room. Please note: The Library will be closed on November 11 for Veterans Day, but the Community Room will be open for the Culminating Event that will showcase GRAMMY winner and proud Navy veteran Sam “The Sham” Samudio and bestselling author Peter Collier who will be discussing his latest, “Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty.” Television pioneer and Motivational Speaker Jimmy Weldon will offer a rousing “Salute to the Flag.”
You practically had to have lived on another continent in the 60s and 70s not to have heard "Wooly Bully" and "Li'l Red Riding Hood," the two biggest hits by the classic rock group Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs. Considered one of the quintessential American rock bands of the 1960's, the grouped hailed from Dallas where Domingo Samudio, AKA Sam the Sham, was born and raised. Sam and his band were known for their hard-driving party sound. The members were also instantly recognizable for their stage costumes and the hearse they drove to concerts.

Although "Wooly Bully" vied with "Ticket to Ride" by The Beatles and "Help Me, Rhonda " by The Beach Boys for the Number 1 position on the national charts during 1965, it never quite reached the top, although it sold more than 3 million copies. It's interesting to note that its opening countdown, one of the most famous intros in rock music history, was only included on the record at the insistence of the record company. Sam asked for it to be removed -to no avail. The rest, as they say, is history. The group's biggest hit, "Li'l Red Riding Hood" hit Number 2 nationwide in 1966.

Sam went on to become a minister and even though he's been out of the national spotlight for many years "Wooly Bully" and "Li'l Red Riding Hood" still appear in countless Party Rock, Latino Rock, and Frat Rock CD compilations. The group's recording of "Haunted House" is also a perennial Halloween favorite. "Wooly Bully" has been featured in many movies, usually for dancing scenes. Many of Sam's fans might be unaware that he's a Navy veteran who was honorably discharged in 1959. Sam is a humanitarian and enlisted at 17 years-old.

Also showcased during the event will be a speaking appearance by Peter Collier, nationally renowned author most known for his bestselling biographies about the 'Great American Families.' His widely acclaimed books include The Rockefellers: An American Dynasty, The Roosevelts: An American Saga, The Fords: An American Epic, The Kennedys: An American Drama, and The Fondas: A Hollywood Dynasty. An article in The New York Times referred to him as "America's premier biographer of dynastic tragedy." Along with co-writer David Horowitz, he was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for The Kennedys. Peter's most recent book is Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty. The Medal of Honor, established during the Civil War, is America's highest award for military heroism at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty.

Jimmy Weldon is a television pioneer, veteran actor, comedian and motivational speaker. He is perhaps best known as the voice of Yakky Doodle in the popular and long-running Yogi Bear animated TV series and as Webster Webfoot, the friendly duck/puppet. As an actor, Jimmy has appeared in numerous movies and TV shows. As a motivational speaker, his clients range from AT&T to Westinghouse. "Go Get 'Em, Tiger!", Jimmy's inspirational book, has sold more than
30,000 copies.

Sam the Sham

Peter Collier

Medal of Honor

Please note:
The Library will be closed on Tuesday, November 11th for Veterans Day, but the Community Room will be open for the Concluding Event.


The free event is presented by South Pasadena Public Library,
the Friends of the South Pasadena Library, and
the Woman's Club of South Pasadena, and Poets & Writers, Inc.
with financial support from the James Irvine Foundation.
CalHumanities and the California Center for the Book are
co-sponsors of the entire "War Comes Home" series.
 
     
 


   
   
 


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

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.

Background

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 annou nced 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.
 

 
 
       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 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
     
   
       NEWS
   
 
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
     
     
   
       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.
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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.
 
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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.

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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


 

 

 

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