It was a day to say thanks and pay tribute to those who have contributed heavily to the South Pasadena Public Library over the past year.
Library Volunteer Recognition Day last Friday at the South Pasadena Library Community Room recognized Ed Pearson, Jane Rosen and Marcia Sainer as co-volunteers of the year. In addition, guests heard from keynote speaker Kitty Felde, an award-winning journalist, who talked about her illustrious career.
Nearly 9,000 hours of dedication and service were contributed by volunteers during 2016 to help the library continue its growth and reaching out to the community.
Co-Volunteer of the
Year: Ed Pearson
Ed Pearson is a partner in the law firm of Overton, Lyman, & Prince LLP in downtown Los Angeles, practicing in the area of trusts and estate law. Born in San Diego, Ed has been a resident of South Pasadena since 1975, and can often be seen walking his dogs, Reese and George, around his neighborhood. Ed is a graduate of USC, where he also got his law and business degrees.
Ed is proud to have served on the Library Board of Trustees for two terms and as its President for 2015 and 2016. A voracious reader, Ed is a good source of information about US history, sports (especially baseball), word and phrase origins, and miscellaneous trivia. Ed has been a volunteer with the Pasadena Tournament of Roses for over 35 years, plays bridge once every week, and enjoys events at the Library, the Huntington Library & Gardens, and the Civil War Roundtable. He has two daughters, Cynthia and Melissa, who bring constant joy to his life.
Co-Volunteer of the
Year: Jane Rosen
Born in a small town in Oklahoma, Jane attended public schools there and in Houston before graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a BS degree in Special Education. She signed a contract to teach for LAUSD and moved to Los Angeles, where she met her husband Larry; they were married in 1971. Jane taught for many years at Banneker School in the inner city. Larry’s YMCA career took them to other cities and Jane had teaching positions in San Jose and several cities in Santa Barbara County.
Always an avid reader, Jane’s passion for history blossomed first through her interest in antiques, then grew as she and Larry restored their 100 year-old Craftsman house in South Pasadena. The combination of her love of books and things historical made her involvement with the South Pasadena Public Library a perfect fit.
Jane and Larry have lived in South Pasadena for 23 years, and are in the process of moving back to Santa Barbara.
Co-Volunteer of the
Year: Marcia Sainer
Marcia was born in upstate New York and at the age of one, the family moved back to New York City. Growing up in Brooklyn and Queens, she enjoyed typical city games such as stoop ball and PONY, and riding her bike endlessly around the block. A Saturday morning treat was going to the library with her father and sister to check out that week’s trove of books.
After college, Marcia got a job as a production assistant at Oxford University Press. She progressed to become Production Manager at Holt, Reinhart and Winston, helping to produce textbooks in the high school division. Her love of reading and appreciation for books had become one of her life’s patterns.
Through the years she volunteered at the public schools, synagogue and finally was tapped to join the Friends of the Library Board about 15 years ago. She served as hospitality, membership and book endowment fund chair. After terming out, Marcia wanted to stay active as a library volunteer and joined the Bookstore staff. Beverly Engler was her tutor when she first started and Bev’s love and enthusiasm for the bookstore was contagious. Years later, Marcia is happy to continue playing an active role in the bookstore’s operations.
Marcia loves to read, travel, play the often frustrating game of golf, and spend time with her husband, children, and three grandsons.
Keynote Speaker Kitty Felde
Kitty Felde spent most of her career as an award-winning public radio-journalist, with more than a dozen Golden Mike Awards for her work covering baseball, politics, high profile trials, riots, earthquakes, and immigration. She was named “Journalist of the Year” three times in three years by the LA Press Club and Society of Professional Journalists. Felde hosted Southern California Public Radio KPCC’s after-noon talk show “Talk of the City” for nearly a decade. She covered Capitol Hill for half a dozen years. She is now host and executive producer of the Book Club for Kids podcast, winner of the Literacy in Media Award and a grant from the DC Arts & Humanities Commission.
Felde is also an award-winning playwright. Her courtroom drama “A Patch of Earth,” is based on her reporting at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal. It’s been produced worldwide, won the Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition, and is included in a collection of plays published by the University of Wisconsin Press. She writes often about the “Roosevelt Family” her one-woman show “Alice” was “Critic’s Pick” of the Washington Post at the Capital Fringe Festival. A commission, “Quentin,” is currently running as a tour of the White House neighborhood. Felde co-founded LA’s Theatre of NOTE and led the playwriting program at the HOLA Youth Theatre in Los Angeles.