Steve Fjeldsted Director of Library, Arts & Culture from 2006-2019 Some Accomplishments

Retiring City Librarian Steve Fjeldsted views the total solar eclipse at a free event he organized for the public Aug. 21, 2017 at the Library Community Room. He recruited Dr. Bonnie Buratti from JPL to speak at the event and answer questions. Photo courtesy of Rick Thomas

• Recognized by San Jose State University Library School as one of its Top 40 graduates

  Honoree at the Fourth Annual South Pasadena Arts Benefit in 2008

• Recipient of the City’s Image Award in 2010 as selected by Mayor Mike Ten

• Presented with a Creative Community Award in 2017 by the Eclectic Friends of the Arts

• Raised funds/in-kind donations for Library Exterior Beautification Project, which included a Merrell Gage “Children’s Hour” artwork restoration

• Wrote and oversaw numerous successful grant projects, including those from the Living History Centre, the Kiwanis Club of South Pasadena and the Rotary Club of South Pasadena

• Obtained California State Library grants, which brought high-speed broadband computer connectivity and improved Wi-Fi, and made possible the production of digital stories from the “No on 710” Freeway Fighters

• During tenure as library director, renewal of a Library Special Tax was approved by voters three times

• Served on City’s 125th Anniversary Committee and coordinated four Library celebrations

• Launched Special Collections on autism, Ray Bradbury, mental health, physical fitness and California culture and history with donated funds

• Coordinated five city-wide reading projects with such partners as the California Council for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts

• Organized effort to update and republish the city’s long out-of-print authoritative centennial history book by Jane Apostol

• Member of Eclectic Music Festival Committee for more than a decade and coordinated 10 “Carnegie Stage” concerts during the festivals

• Hosted Author Nights showcasing such luminaries as Nikki Giovanni, Barney Frank, David Mas Masumoto, Gerald Haslam, Father Gregory Boyle, John Dean and Lisa See

• Organized fundraising concerts for the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library showcasing Van Dyke Parks, Rumer, Yukiko, Tribute to Gene Clark and the Byrds. Arranged free concerts presenting P.F. Sloan and the Grass Roots, Carla Olson, John York and many others

• Organized Ray Bradbury’s 90th Birthday Celebration,as well as preliminary planning forhis 100thBirthday Anniversary, and events honoring Jackie Robinson and William Holden

• Obtained grants to present Living History performances on such figures as Isadora Duncan, Albert Einstein, Sal Mineo, Houdini, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Edgar Allan Poe

• Published articles in local media on such South Pasadena topics and important figures as Judson Studios, the Library Tree, Lawrence Clark Powell, Greg Sestero and “The Disaster Artist,” Leo Politi, the original “Halloween” and its Director John Carpenter, Nelbert Chouinard, Route 66, the Arroyo Seco, Margaret Collier Graham, William Holden and the town’s wild parrots

• Submitted the nomination form approved by Governor Jerry Brown naming South Pasadena resident Dana Gioia as the 2015 California Poet Laureate

• Spearheaded Dodgers Baseball Nights with Joe Davis, Ned Colletti, Jay Johnstone, Roger Owens, and Mark Langill. Presented other Baseball Nights with George Genovese, Paul Dickson and Josh Wilker

• Secured exclusive rights to screen the Beatles “Help!” for its 50th Anniversary, and later screened “Hard Day’s Night.”

• Managed public viewing event of live NASA coverage of the solar eclipse in 2018 and presented commentary by astronomer Dr. Bonnie Buratti from Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

– Sally Kilby, Prepared with the assistance of Steve Fjeldsted