La Pintoresca (“the picturesque”) Branch Library, built in 1930, was named for the hotel which had previously occupied its northwest Pasadena site. Its parkland location centers La Pintoresca in the most highly populated service area of any Pasadena Branch. La Pintoresca Branch Library serves also as a community center, providing local residents with a welcoming, informal meeting place.
La Pintoresca Branch Library is “A Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center” and offers free availability of the Foundation Directory Online Professional database along with two other databases subscribed through the Center.
The Branch on Video
SERVICE AND PROGRAMS
- Pasadena Small Business Owners Networking Group
Increase your business knowledge, meet other local business people, and practice your 30-second “elevator speech.” Meets Thursdays from 12-2 pm.
- Foundation Center
Our Nonprofit Resource Center is a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center with more than 500 books about nonprofit management, fundraising, grant writing and other topics that deal with nonprofit organizations. Reservations are required to use the nonprofit database computer for one hour, but browsing the books is always allowed when the branch is open. We offer free seminars and workshops about using the Foundation Directory Online, as well as occasional workshops on related topics such as grant writing. One-on-one appointments can be made for training on the use of the database. For more information about our classes or to book an appointment, please call us at 626-744-7268.
- Basic Computer Assistance
Learn computer basics every other Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Stop by for a basic refresher on email, surfing the Internet, Word, and Social Media. You can also stop by for assistance on creating a resume.
- Courage to Write
If you have a story to tell but are afraid to tell it, learn how to put your thoughts and feelings down on paper in a supportive environment. Creative writing is not about grammar and spelling – creative writing is your way of communicating your story. Call (626) 744-7268 for more information.
- Teen Volunteers
Volunteer opportunities for 7th to 12th grade students include after school homework help for K to 4th graders, program assistance, and general library tasks. For more information, please contact the library volunteer coordinator, Rosa Cesaretti, at (626) 744-7268.
- Preschool Story Time
45 minutes of good picture books, singing and dancing, and ending with a craft. Every Thursday at 10:30 a.m.
- Leeme un cuento: Spanish-Language Story Time
We invite the entire family to join us for an hour of quality Spanish-language picture books read by a native speaker, learn traditional songs, and create fun crafts. Every Wednesday at 4 p.m.
- Chocolate Story Time
Led by Dr. Ayesha Lindsey Randall, this is a celebration of African American culture though books and crafts. Every last Friday of the month, 4 p.m.
- Barks and Books
Presented by the Pasadena Humane Society, children have the opportunity to read out-loud to Sami, a child and book friendly dog. Every fourth Monday at 3 p.m.
- LEGO® Club
Open to LEGO enthusiasts, ages 7 to 12 years old, our LEGO Club meets on Mondays at 4 p.m. during the school year. LEGOs are provided. Please call the library at (626) 744-7268, for information.
- Art Class
Provided by funding through the Armory Center for the Arts, on Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. two sessions during the school year. Please call the library at (626) 744-7268, for further information.
For special and holiday programs, call (626) 744-7268. Or, for more information about programs here and throughout the Pasadena Public Library, you can visit our Library Calendar.
LA PINTORESCA BRANCH LIBRARY COLLECTION
The collection of approximately 56,000 volumes includes several special collections, including African-American history and literature, arts and music, and international and regional cookery. The branch has special section of career and small business books along with job listings from various sources, as well as an extensive Spanish language collection, both juvenile and adult, with an emphasis on browsing and casual reading material.
The meeting room with tables and chairs will accommodate up to 53 people. This room is free to groups who do not charge an admission fee or restrict admission on the basis of membership. It is available Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. There is handicap access through the north entrance. A meeting room reservation form must be submitted two weeks in advance.
La Pintoresca is temporary home to “Leaders, Dreamers and Rebels,” a sculpture by artist Jena Priebe. La Pintoresca also has a display case that is available for the public to display art. For more information, please contact Rosa Cesaretti at (626) 744-7268.
La Pintoresca is pleased to offer free wireless Internet access to patrons with appropriately equipped wireless devices.
La Pintoresca also offers a computer lab, used for computer classes and available to the public at set hours. The lab is available for adults working on job applications, resumes, classwork, certificates, LearnKey, employment databases, and grant-writing/researching software from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m Mondays through Fridays. The lab is also open for children only after school—subject to staffing constraints—from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and some Saturdays. We also offer “Reading Horizon’s” literacy software.
In the 2013/2014 school year, La Pintoresca Branch provided 288 programs for children with 8567 in attendance. Of these, 102 were class visits, with 1,759 total attendance. The branch also has public computer workstations and a homework reference collection.
1355 North Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91103
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