News provided by the City of South Pasadena
The South Pasadena Public Library’s 2022 Summer Reading Program concluded on Saturday, July 30 with more than 1,400 participants reading and recording their read minutes on Beanstack, an online reading challenge platform. Combined, South Pasadenans read 16,500 hours, up 7,700 hours from last year. The Library distributed over 3,000 books to participants and over 1,700 prizes. 46 teenage volunteers participated in the summer reading program, logging 1,384 hours of service.
The library hosted 45 programs with 2,235 people in attendance. Summer programming included weekly storytimes – Preschool Storytime, Toddler Storytime and Family Storytime – as well as new programs, such as the Newbery Book Club and the Cranes for a Change Origami Club. The library celebrated the in-person return of the Wonderful Wednesdays series, which highlighted magic, music, science and storytelling, as well as a crafts program celebrating the 4th of July. The library also hosted two adult programs; a show featuring graphic novelist Hazel Newlevant and a librarian-led book discussion The American Experience of David M. Rubenstein: Dialogues on a Dream. Additionally, the library hosted a Pride-themed book club for teens called Everybody Talks.