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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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Audiobooks

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  • The Red Planet in Fiction
    Join us on Monday, November 26 at Central Library for a live viewing of the InSight Mars Landing by NASA-JPL. We’ll have NASA-JPL’s Todd Barber hosting, and he can lend […]
  • Political Thrillers
    Today is Election Day so make your way to the polls before 8 p.m. to vote! After you’ve voted, you can stop by the library and pick up one of […]
  • Horrible Reads: Spine-Tingling, Bone-Chilling Fiction to Thoroughly Spook You
    Happy Halloween! Here are some truly terrifying tales to set the mood and haunt your dreams…   The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s The […]
  • Wonder Valley by Ivy Pochoda
    Author Ivy Pochoda will be at Pasadena Central Library next Thursday, October 25, at 7:00 pm to talk about (and sign copies of) her novel, Wonder Valley.  We’re inspred by her visit, […]
  • 2019 One City One Story Nominees
    Tomorrow, September 27 is the big reveal of our 2019 One City, One Story selection! Come by the Central Library at 5:30 pm to be the first to know what […]

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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.