Teachers and Homeschool Educators may apply for an Educator Card if they teach preschool – 8th grade and meet one of the following criteria:
- Teach at a school in Pasadena Unified School District or within the City of Pasadena
- Teach in another city but live in Pasadena
To apply for your card, visit any Pasadena Public Library branch and bring both:
- Proof of residency in Pasadena (if applicable)
- Proof of employment at a school OR official verification of your status as someone who homeschools
Card Benefits and Policies:
- Fines are waived for overdue materials.
- This card is in addition to your personal library card. It may be used to check out and reserve items at any Pasadena Public Library.
- 100 items may be checked out for 3 weeks and can be renewed 3 times.
- You may check out up to 20 DVDs for 1 week from the Juvenile collection.
- You can check out materials for classroom use only on this Educator Card.
- Glendale Public Library items cannot be checked out on this Educator Card.
- Educator borrowing privileges will be suspended if you have 5 or more items recorded as “lost” on your card.
- Fees for lost materials cannot be waived.
- Your Educator card will expire on July 31 each year, and must be renewed for the next school year.
Your class can visit the library to:
- Take a tour of the library.
- Hear a storytime.
- Learn about library resources and technology and how to use them.
- Gain assistance in finding information on special topics.
To schedule a visit:
- Call your local branch library at least 2 weeks in advance.
- Let the staff know:
- What grade/ages the visit is for.
- How many people will be attending.
- If you would like a specific topic addressed.
- If you would like books or materials pulled prior to your visit.
Resources for Educators
Here is a selection of the databases you may find useful for your students and classroom.
ABC Clio Suite: A social studies resource for students in junior high, high school and first year college. The seven databases (World Geography, World History Modern, American History, American Government, State Geography, World History Ancient/Medieval, United States at War) in the resource all include facts, images, primary source documents, timelines and paths for further research.
BookFLIX: An online literacy resource that pairs video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. BookFlix reinforces early reading skills and early learning. BookFLIX – Home Access
Children’s Book Suggestions: Created by our youth services staff, this lists book suggestions by genre, age, and topic. Need help finding great books for kids? Don’t know what to read next? Look here for help!
Cool Sites for Kids: Created by our youth services staff. Useful and fun websites for homework help, resources, crafts, art, educational games, and web tools for kids
Flipster (click on Flipster at the bottom): Read popular magazines in full color in your browser. Includes: Spider, Ranger Rick, Muse, Ask, Ladybug, Faces, Click, Cobblestone, Cricket, Babybug, New Moon Girls, Girls’ Life, National Wildlife, Mental Floss, and lots more.
Gale Virtual Reference Library: Research articles for middle and high school students. Great for brief biographies of world figures, info on alternative energy, American decades, and book summaries.
Mango Languages: Online language learning tool for more than 60 languages.
NoveList K-8 Plus: Book recommendations and read-a-likes.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context: Contains information on today’s hottest social issues from both sides of the story with articles, topic overviews, magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.
Pasadena Digital History: A collection of digitized archives and photographs of Pasadena. Great for local history assignments.
Science Fair Projects and Experiments guide: Have to do a science fair project? Use this helpful guide to find some places to start!
Science in Context: Information about science topics. Great for articles, experiments, multimedia, and background info.
Social Studies Fact Cards – California Edition: A research resource for students in grades 4 – 8. Social Studies Cards provides facts and figures about topics for California including Indians, Ranchos, Explorers, Missions, Counties, and Governors.
World Book Encyclopedia: The online, enhanced version of the class World Book Encyclopedia. Search for articles, get career help, and find primary resources in this comprehensive, all-in-one database.
Zinio: Check out a magazine and it stays on your device as long as you want! Includes: American Girl, Dig, Family Fun, Highlights, National Geographic, Popular Science, Publisher’s Weekly, New York Review of Books, Smithsonian Magazine, and lots more.
For a handout with more information about our databases that are good for children and teens, click here.
Additional Educator Services
We Come to You
The librarian can visit your class to:
- present a program on library services and resources
- instruct students on specific databases or other library resources
- talk about what the library offers
- talk about new books
- help in many other areas – just let us know your ideas!
Educator training such as:
- present a program on library services and materials
- demonstrate electronic resources to aid in homework or research
- booktalk books on any special topics
Pulling Books or Research Help
Pulling Books: Need some books for your lesson? We can help set them aside for you. Please give us a call at (626)744-8046 for the Central Library Children’s Room or find your local library branch.
Research Help: If you’re having trouble finding the information you are looking for, you can Book Us for personal assistance looking for that information in greater depth.
Services to Parents
The library is here to support parents in a wide variety of ways, including storytimes, special events, and help finding the right book for your child for fun or school. Don’t see what you need here? Come into any Pasadena Public Library branch – we’re here to help.
Storytimes : Pasadena Public Library offers more than 15 different storytimes. Learn more about the different types and when they are here.
Children’s Events (link to an Events calendar page with the calendar filtered for children’s events): Looking for something fun and free to do? Join us for one of the fun events that we have for kids. Find out what’s going on now here.
Library Cards: Did you know both you and your children can have their own library card? Find out more about what you need to get one here.
Book Suggestions: Looking for something to spark your child’s interest in reading? To discuss a difficult topic with your child? Use our Children’s Book Suggestions. Want a list that’s even more personalized? Try our Your Next Good Read service.
Homework Helper: Does your child need help answering homework questions? Come to the library during our homework help times!
Science Projects and Experiments: Need to do a Science Experiment? Not sure where to start? Try this guide.
Special Needs Resources for Families: Find out more information about the services the library offers to those with special needs, or resources for your family.
Teen Services: Find out about events, volunteer opportunities, and great reads for teens.
Birth To Five
The library is your partner in helping young children get ready to succeed in school and beyond!
There are five Early Literacy practices you can do to help your child be ready to learn. As your child’s first teacher, you are the best person to share these activities with your child.
Children learn language by listening to those around them talk. When you talk to your child you are teaching them:
- How individual words sound.
- What words mean.
- That words can be put together to communicate ideas and information.
When you talk to your child:
- Give your child a chance to “respond” even if they are too young. This teaches them their words matter, that they are valued, and how a conversation words
- Expand on what your child does or says. If your child points to a bear in a book, you can say, “Yes, that is a bear. Bears sometimes live in caves, and they like to sleep through the winter…” This helps your child’s vocabulary expand.
- Ask your child more than yes or no questions. This lets your child think about more words.
How the library can help:
- Books are a great conversation starter! Look at the pictures in books and talk about them with your child.
Singing is a great way to learn language. It helps children:
- Hear the smaller sounds that make up words.
- Learn about rhythm and rhyme.
- Learn new words.
When you sing with your child:
- Remember, no matter what your voice sounds like, your child loves it – because it is yours.
- Sing songs you remember from your childhood.
- Make up your own songs together about things that you do every day.
How the library can help:
- Stuck remembering some of those songs you learned? Want something new to sing? Check out the library’s children’s music collection to add to your song repertoire.
- Many of our storytimes include songs – come to a storytime to learn new tunes.
- The library has a wonderful collection of song books that you can use to sing to your child as you read to them.
No matter what your child’s age reading together is the single most important thing you can do to get your child ready to read. Reading with your child:
- Helps your child develop a love of reading and an appreciation of books and stories.
- Brings you both closer together by doing a shared activity.
- Increases your child’s vocabulary and knowledge.
- Helps children learn how books work and what written language looks like.
- Encourages their imagination.
When you read with your child:
- Read in the language you feel most comfortable.
- Pick a time of day that works best for you and your child.
- Remember it’s okay to put a book down if your child isn’t interested in it.
- It’s okay to read the same book over and over – your child gets something out of it with each reading.
- Ask your child open-ended questions about the book like, “What do you think is going to happen next?” “What would you do?”
How the library can help:
- Checking out books from the library is an easy – and free – way to explore new books .
- Feel like you need something new to read? Our staff loves suggesting new titles.
- Want to find good books from home? Look at our Children’s Book Suggestion page.
- Come to one of our many storytimes and let us share books with both you and your child.
For more information about the importance of reading to young children, download our It’s Never Too Early brochure in English or Spanish.
For tips and advice on reading with your very young child, download our Babies Love Books brochure in English or Spanish.
Writing and reading go hand in hand. Writing helps your child:
- Practice hand-eye coordination.
- Exercise the small muscles in their fingers and hands.
- Learn that letters and words stand for things.
You can help your child write by:
- Letting your child watch you write in your day to day life – lists, reminders, and more.
- Keeping lots of paper and markers around.
- Encouraging them to write their names and learn the letters in their name.
- Talking to your child about their drawings and writings.
How the library can help:
- Many of our craft events help develop small muscle movement that children need to develop to write. Find a program at a branch near you.
- We offer various writing programs for a wide range of ages.
Play is not a break from learning – it is how children learn. When your child plays they:
- Learn how one thing can stand for another (i.e.: a towel becomes a cape).
- Develop language skills by putting thoughts into words.
- Create narrative skills as they play through a story.
- Build feelings of confidence.
You can help your child play by:
- Playing and imagining with them throughout the day.
- Letting your child direct the play.
How the library can help:
- The library offers many different programs that involve play. Come to one of the events at our library branches.
- Find fingerplays and songs to play with your child on our Fingerplay at PPL
- Many branches have a play area for your child to enjoy.
For more information about playing with your child, download our Playing is Learning brochure in English or Spanish.
Pasadena Public Library offers over 60 storytimes each month! Looking to find a storytime near you? Want to see what storytimes are happening today? Use the Calendar below:
Please make sure to check the online events calendar to verify the time and date of a specific storytime before coming to the library.
Infant/Baby Storytime: 20 minutes of stories, songs and fun for the littlest of listeners.
- Pre-registration is required for this storytime • Tuesdays • 9:20 a.m. • Central
- Thursdays • 10:30 a.m. • Lamanda Park
Toddler Storytime: 30 minutes of stories, songs, and sometimes a video for toddlers.
- Pre-registration is required for these storytimes • Tuesdays • 10 & 11 a.m. • Central
- Thursdays • 10:30 a.m. • Lamanda Park
Preschool Storytime: 30 minutes of stories for entertainment and education for ages 3-5. All branches have a preschool storytime!
- Tuesdays • 10:30 a.m. • Hill Avenue
- Tuesdays • 10:30 a.m. • Lamanda Park
- Tuesdays • 10:30 a.m. • Villa Parke
- Wednesdays • 10:30 a.m. • Allendale
- Wednesdays • 10:30 a.m. • Santa Catalina
- Wednesdays • 10:45 a.m. • Hastings
- Wednesdays • 11 a.m. • San Rafael
- Thursdays • 10:30 a.m. • La Pintoresca
- Thursdays • 10:30 a.m. • Linda Vista
- Saturdays • 10 a.m. • Central Library
Family Storytime: Stories and more for the whole family to enjoy. Especially good for families with children up to second grade.
- Mondays • 7 p.m. • Hastings
- Thursdays • 3:30 p.m. • Lamanda Park
Léeme Un Cuento: Spanish Storytime for families.
- Wednesdays • 4 p.m. • La Pintoresca
Armenian Storytime: A once-a-month storytime in Armenian.
- Check calendar for date and time • Santa Catalina
Around the World Storytime: Once-a-month preschool storytime with a global feel.
- Check calendar for date and time • San Rafael
Chocolate Storytime: African-American focused storytime for children ages 0 to 8.
- Check calendar for date and time • La Pintoresca
Mandarin Storytime: Bilingual or Mandarin only storytimes held once-a-month with songs and stories.
- Check calendar for date and time • Hastings
Sensory Storytime: A storytime series developed especially for children with autism or other sensory processing challenges.
- Registration is required for this series.
- Check calendar for date and time • Lamanda Park
Storytime has benefits for children and their caregivers!
- It’s a wonderful way to bond with your child
- It exposes children to new words, concepts and ideas.
- It teaches children to pay attention in a group setting.
- It is a wonderful place to make new friends – for children and caregivers.
- Caregivers can learn new songs, rhymes and ways of telling stories
- It’s fun!
- Up, Up ~ Preschool StorytimeWe had lots of fun reading about things that float up in the sky – clouds, balloons, and even little
- Cats: Infant StorytimeIn our first storytime for Summer session, we celebrated cats. Books We Shared I had some puppet help while reading
- Cats: Toddler StorytimeIn our first storytime for Summer session, we celebrated cats. Books We Shared I had some puppet help while reading
- Balloons: Preschool StorytimeOfficially, our theme for the day was balloons. Unofficially, it was IMAGINATION. Books We Shared Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura
- Food! ~ Toddler StorytimeOur theme for the EIGHTH and final storytime of the spring session was FOOD! We read a story about a mouse who was hungry for lunch and we played