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Dear Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library,

Since March, so much has changed for all of us - including our beloved public library.

While the library's building is closed to the public, the staff is still working hard to serve our community. Here are just a few of the ways they have provided important services since the shutdown:

  • Launched the Library Take Out program, that has checked out more than 19,000 items since June 15

  • Reimagined the Summer Reading Program, and the virtual version had 1,095 participants who read 7,742 hours total

  • Provided materials about timely subjects, such as the popular “Explore the Black Lives Matter Movement” ebook/eaudiobook collection
    The Friends of the South Pasadena Library provides vital funds for library services like these and so much more. We are reaching out to you today because the pandemic has impacted the Friends of the Library Bookstore, which is our primary source of funds used to support the library. Closed since mid-March, we anticipate a $32,000 shortfall in revenue this year, which will have a major impact on the services and programs we are able to fund for our library.
    A gift in any amount will help protect the services our community depends on.
    Please visit our website to donate to Emergency Fund 2020 .
    Thank you for your support.
    Ellen Torres, President, The Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library
    The Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library is a non-profit, tax exempt 501(c)3 organization. Fed Tax ID 23-7292743 All donations are tax deductible. Contact us at
    Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library, Inc. 1100 Oxley Street, South Pasadena, CA 91030

News Blog--Your Donation Dollars at Work:

  • 2/23/20--The Tereza Stanislav’s Violin and Piano Recital offered by the Restoration Concert Series entertained 180 Sunday afternoon in the Community Room. Special thanks go to the San Marino teens of the National Charity League for providing baked cookies.

  • 2/2/20--In a subscribers own words: “We wanted to tell you what a great concert we heard this afternoon. It was wonderful! Adding the harp and the flute in with the strings was magical!”

  • 1/12/2020 Beethoven, Prokofiev, and Davorak brought 175 concert-goers to their knees in the Community Room of the Library!