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Explore lists of new library books grouped by genre. You can also sign up to receive these lists in your email each month.

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RSS On the Shelf

  • Syd Mead: Visual Futurist
    On Thursday, October 19th, there will be a screening of the new documentary Visual Futurist: The Art & Life of Syd Mead in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at the Pasadena Central […]
  • Consider the Evidence: Crime and Forensics
      The titles below, on crime and forensics, are inspired by a story on Atlas Obscura about the detailed “Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Deaths” created by Frances Glessner Lee, the […]
  • EAT!
    This week’s post is presented by our guest host, Peg, a reference librarian at Central Library. My book group recently read M.F.K. Fisher’s How to Cook a Wolf, a title […]
  • Band Books Week
      We’re feeling a bit punny this week, September 24-30. Maybe you’re not up for banned books… how about a band book? You can always find plenty of controversy, challenge, […]
  • Banned Books Week
    It’s Banned Books Week! An annual celebration of the power of the written word, Banned Books Week honors the idea that certain books can be difficult, thought-provoking, or offensive for […]

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additional resources

Book Groups
Learn more about the book groups offered through the Pasadena Public Library system. Find meeting times and contact information. Have your own book group? Learn about the Book Club Kits that the library has available for check out.

One City, One Story
Learn more about Pasadena Public Library’s annual shared reading celebration. Our guide has plenty of good reads to suggest, among the annual selections and short-list nominees.

NoveList Plus

Search this online resource for information about book titles and series; reviews from professional journals; reading suggestions based on title, author, or series; recommended reading lists and more. Make sure to have your library card number handy to sign in to use this resource.

BookBrowse

Look through this online resource that has in-depth book reviews; handpicked “if you like this, try these” recommendations; browsing by genre, time period, geographical setting and theme; advice on starting and running a book club, and much more. Make sure to have your library card handy to sign in to use this resource.

Online Book Clubs

Sign up for an online book club in the genre of your choice and you’ll receive a five-minute selection from the book of the week in your email each morning. It’s a great way to try new book titles from the comfort of your own home before checking out the full title from the library if it catches your eye.

Teen Book Suggestions

Find great reads for teens recommended by staff and organized into themed booklists.

Children’s Book Suggestions

Find great reads for kids recommended by staff and organized into themed booklists.

NoveList K-8 Plus

Search this online resource for information about book titles and series; reviews from professional journals; reading suggestions based on title, author, or series; recommended reading lists and more, all tailored specifically to readers grades K-8. Make sure to have your library card number handy to sign in to use this resource.