The South Pasadena Public Library offers a variety of free children’s programs planned for the fall. These include Storytimes, Barks and Books, In-N-Out Burger Cover to Cover Reading Program, Tween Art Appreciation Series, and Lego Mania.
From September 12th to November 18th several age-appropriate storytimes will be offered. Children’s librarians will share stories, finger plays, crafts, and music with children at Family Storytimes for all ages on Tuesdays from 7:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Preschool Storytimes for 3 to 5 year-olds will be held on Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Toddler Storytimes for 1 to 2 year-olds will be presented Fridays from 10:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. and for 2 to 3 year-olds on Fridays from 11 a.m – 11:20 a.m.
Barks and Books
Barks and Books sessions will be held the 2nd Monday of the month on September 12th, November 14th, and December 12th from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. in the Children’s Room. Children ages 5 to 10 years-old are invited to visit the Library to read animal-related short stories of their choice to Katie, a dog from the Pasadena Humane Society Companion Animal Program. This makes reading fun and builds confidence in reading aloud. In turn, the Barks and Books program encourages children to treat all animals with respect and kindness. Registration is required. Sign-ups are available online at http://southpasadena.evanced.info/signup/eventcalendar.aspx.
For children ages 4 – 12, the In-N-Out Burger Cover to Cover Reading Program will be offered from October 1st to November 12. Participants who read 5 books, or have 5 books read to them, can visit the Children’s Room at the South Pasadena Public Library for their achievement award certificate, redeemable at In-N-Out Burger restaurants for one free hamburger or cheeseburger. Sign-ups begin on October 1in the Children’s Room.
Tween Art Appreciation Series
A Tween Art Appreciation Series will be held on Friday, October 7, 14, and 21st from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the South Pasadena Public Library Community Room.
The program offers a unique art exploration opportunity for tweens, ages 10-15 years old. Mentors from the Norton Simon Museum, SPACE, and the Huntington Library and Gardens will share their knowledge and expertise about art in this hands-on workshop series, investigating art in different ways. The Norton Simon expert will talk and help students practice some of the same techniques used by the artist Van Gogh. The Huntington Library and Gardens staff will look at art found in the patterns formed in succulents, and guide students through a project which involves the concepts they have learned in nature. Representing SPACE, artist Naomi Fox will guide the students in printmaking techniques. This series includes an optional field trip to the Norton Simon Museum on October 15th at 11:30 a.m. Students will be required to provide their own transportation to and from the museum. Sign-ups are required. To register, go to http://southpasadena.evanced.info/signup/eventcalendar.aspx.
Once again the Library will host a Lego Mania event on Saturday, December 17, from 11a.m. – 12 a.m. in the South Pasadena Public Library Community Room.
Children of all ages and their families are invited for this Lego free play event. This program encourages children to use their imaginations and apply science, math, and engineering to create and build with Lego blocks. Children 3 years old and younger will learn through play with the larger Duplo blocks.
For more information about other upcoming free library children’s programs, visit the Library at 1100 Oxley Street in South Pasadena or call Children’s Services at (626) 403-7358. Information is also available on the Library website at www.southpasadenaca.gov/library. The South Pasadena Public Library is open on Sundays 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Mondays through Wednesdays 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.