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Library Kicks Off Summer Reading Program

First published in the June 16 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.

The annual summer reading program is synonymous with summer for the Pasadena community. Since 1921, Pasadena Public Library has held its summer reading program helping children retain knowledge and skills learned in school, furthering social-emotional development, discovering the joy of stories and the importance of lifelong learning.
Through programming and activities, the program enriches academic engagement, fosters an opportunity for community connection through shared experiences and inspires children to read for enjoyment. Parents and teachers agree summer reading matters.
This year’s theme, “Read Beyond the Beaten Path,” encourages participants to explore ideas that are new or unknown to them and forge their own path in life. Children, teens and adults are invited to sign up online at or stop by the Allendale, Hastings, Hill Avenue, Lamanda Park, La Pintoresca, Linda Vista, San Rafael, Santa Catalina or Villa Parke branch libraries to sign up in person.
The 2022 summer reading program will be held through Saturday, July 30.
Pasadena Public Library’s summer reading program is sponsored by The Friends of the Pasadena Public Library. For more information, visit or contact Catherine Hany,
As a part of the summer reading program, the Pasadena Public Library will host an array of performances, programs, story times and workshops. For a full list of programs visit the library’s events calendar at

• Performance — Magic with Justin Rivera
Join performer Justin Rivera for the perfect pairing of comedy and magic on Wednesday, June 22, 11 a.m., San Rafael Branch Library, 1240 Nithsdale Road.

• Program — Bubble-Ology 101
Learn about the science of bubbles and discover the real-life applications of bubbles and bubble technology. Presented by Full Spectrum Educational Services on Thursday, June 23, 2 p.m., Santa Catalina Branch Library, 999 E. Washington Blvd.

• Performance — The Arty Loon Show
Balloons, magic, juggling and puppetry are packed into one show with magician Arty Loon. Audience participation is encouraged in this family-friendly performance on Saturday, June 25, 3 p.m., Hastings Branch Library, 3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd. and Wednesday, July 27, 10:30 a.m., Allendale Branch Library 1130 S. Marengo Ave.

• Performance — Drumming with Chazz Ross
Experience the rhythm of the djembe drum with this high-energy and interactive performance from renowned percussionist Chazz Ross. The performance will be presented on Wednesday, June 29, 4 p.m., La Pintoresca Branch Library, 1355 N. Raymond Ave.

• Performance — Juggler Michael Rayner
Come, see and be amazed by the wacky juggling of Michael Rayner. You never know what Michael will juggle or balance next in this show of tricks and stunts on Wednesday, July 13, 4 p.m., La Pintoresca Branch Library, 1355 N. Raymond Ave.

• Program — Preschool Fun with Ken Frawley
Meet a host of puppet friends and sing along with them in this presentation perfect for preschoolers. For ages 3-5 and their caregivers. The performance will be presented on Thursday, July 14, 10:30 a.m., Lamanda Park Branch Library, 140 S. Altadena Drive.

• Performance — Magic with Zany Zoe
Zany Zoe will perform fantastic feats of magic with lots of audience participation on Saturday, July 23, 2 p.m., Santa Catalina Branch Library, 999 E. Washington Blvd.

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