The annual Summer Reading Program is synonymous with summer for the Pasadena community. Since 1921, Pasadena Public Library has held its Summer Reading Program helping children retain knowledge and skills learned in school throughout the summer, furthering social-emotional development, discovering the joy of stories, and the importance of lifelong learning. Through programming and activities, the program enriches academic engagement, fosters an opportunity for community connection through shared experiences and inspires children to read for enjoyment. Parents and teachers agree summer reading matters.
This year’s theme, “Read Beyond the Beaten Path,” encourages participants to explore ideas that are new or unknown to them and forge their own path in life. Children, teens, and adults are invited to sign up online at https://pasadena.beanstack.com/reader365 or stop by the Allendale, Hastings, Hill Avenue, Lamanda Park, La Pintoresca, Linda Vista, San Rafael, Santa Catalina or Villa Parke branch libraries to sign up in person. The 2022 Summer Reading Program will be held Saturday, June 4 through Saturday, July 30.
As a part of the Summer Reading program the Pasadena Public Library will host an array of performances, programs, storytimes, workshops, and more. For a full list of programs visit our events calendar at https://www.cityofpasadena.net/library/calendar/.
SPECIAL SUMMER PERFORMANCES AND PROGRAMS
• Performance – Christopher Yates presents Dr. Rusty’s Dinosaur Safari Follow “Ty,” a Tyrannosaurus who doesn’t know if he’s an herbivore or a carnivore, as he meets dinosaur friends and discovers just what a Tyrannosaurus can do. This show features puppetry, role-play, music, and crowd participation. For ages 3-12. Saturday, June 4, 2:30 p.m., Linda Vista Branch Library, 1281 Bryant St.
• Performance – Craig Woodson’s World Orchestra Educator, musician and musical instrument maker Dr. Craig Woodson will lead you on an exploration of instruments from around the world in this fun-filled performance with audience participation. For ages 3-12. This program is presented in partnership with the Music Center of Los Angeles County. Saturday, June 11, 3 p.m., Hastings Branch Library, 3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd.
• Performance – Bob Barker Marionette Theater presents “The Circus” Join us via Zoom for “the greatest show on strings.” This show features a talented bunch including a seal, baboons, ostriches, and a clown performing a high energy spectacle celebrating the world of a classic traveling circus. To attend the Bob Baker Marionette Theater Puppet Show, sign up at https://pasadena.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=6037. Monday, June 13, 7 p.m., Zoom
• Performance – Baila Bilingual Concert Enjoy an energy filled interactive show with the Baila Band. Dance along to the music with your little ones and learn Spanish while having fun. For ages 18 months-5 years and their caregivers. Tuesday, June 14, 10:30 a.m., Lamanda Park Branch Library, 140 S. Altadena Dr.
• Performance – Magic with Justin Rivera Join nationally recognized performer Justin Rivera for the perfect pairing of comedy and magic. Wednesday, June 22, 11 a.m., San Rafael Branch Library, 1240 Nithsdale Rd.
• Program – Bubble-Ology 101 Learn about the science of bubbles and discover the real-life applications of bubbles and bubble technology. Presented by Full Spectrum Educational Services. Thursday, June 23, 2 p.m., Santa Catalina Branch Library, 999 E. Washington Blvd.
The Pasadena Public Library is an information center for the Pasadena community in order to preserve and encourage the free expression of ideas essential to an informed citizenry. A variety of highly vetted programs are presented for children and adults and they represent the research and opinions of the presenter and do not reflect an endorsement by the City of Pasadena nor the Pasadena Public Library.
Pasadena Public Library’s Summer Reading program is sponsored by The Friends of the Pasadena Public Library. For more information, visit www.pasadenapubliclibrary.net or contact Catherine Hany, firstname.lastname@example.org.