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Annual Report 2014                                                               
       updated 11-24-2015





January 31, 2016
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                                   The following youth programs have been funded in full or in part by the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library



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

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

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

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The South Pasadena Public Library and the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library have teamed up with Project White Coat and the California Health Professional Student Alliance (CaHPSA) to provide free, one-on-one sessions to help the public with the Covered California application process. Covered California is the state exchange marketplace where individuals can go to buy private health insurance plans.

From 11/23/15 and concluding 1/26/15 shortly before the application period closes, South Pasadena Public Library will host Project White Coat workers at various times as noted below in the Ray Bradbury Conference Room (upstairs in the Library at 1100 Oxley Street) and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (in the Library Community Room at 1115 El Centro Street). Project White Coat workers have extensive knowledge of the healthcare system because they are health profession students. And with the closing date of open enrollment approaching, they are making the process of finding the best health care convenient and easy.

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

The California Health Professional Student Alliance (CaHPSA) received a Navigator grant from Covered California to fund Project White Coat. CaHPSA is a statewide student group that advocates for social justice in the healthcare field. The majority of CaHPSA students are currently pursuing secondary degrees in a healthcare professional field but also includes individuals in other fields.
          NOVEMBER 2015
· Library Ray Bradbury Conference Room--— Monday, 11/23, 7 pm to 9 pm

· Library Ray Bradbury Conference Room--— Tuesday, 11/24, 7 pm to 9 pm

· Library Ray Bradbury Conference Room--— Sunday, 11/29, Noon to 3 pm

· Library Ray Bradbury Conference Room--— Tuesday, 11/30, 7 pm to 9 pm

          DECEMBER 2015
· Library Community Room
Sunday, 12/6, 4 pm to 6 pm

· Library Community Room
Monday, 12/7, 7 pm to 9 pm

· Library Community Room
Tuesday, 12/15, 7 pm to 9 pm

· Library Community Room
Monday, 12/21, 7 pm to 9 pm

· Library Community Room
Tuesday, 12/22, 7 pm to 9 pm

          JANUARY 2016
· Library Community Room
Sunday, 1/3, 1 pm to 4 pm

· Library Community Room
Monday, 1/4, 7 pm to 9 pm

· Library Community Room
Tuesday, 1/5, 7 pm to 9 pm

· Library Community Room
Tuesday, 1/19, 7 pm to 9 pm

· Library Community Room
Monday, 1/19, 7 pm to 9 pm

· Library Community Room
Tuesday, 1/26, 7 pm to 9 pm

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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