Magic Show Coming to South Pasadena Public Library

The second Wonderful Wednesday presentation at the South Pasadena Public Library features a magic show by Wayne Kawamoto, a.k.a. MagicWayne

PHOTO: Jolino Beserra | | A section of the Jolino Beserra mosaic at the entrance to the Children's Room at South Pasadena Library dedicated to the memory of Sally Swan

The second Wonderful Wednesday presentation at the South Pasadena Public Library features a magic show by Wayne Kawamoto, a.k.a. MagicWayne, on June 27th at 3:00 pm in the Library Community Room. MagicWayne will engage families with his dazzling prestidigitation and light-hearted humor. MagicWayne has honed his magic skills over the last 13 years by performing all over the San Gabriel Valley, at parties, restaurants, company events, libraries, and has also showcased his talents at the Magic Castle. This program, funded by the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library and the San Marino/South Pasadena Chapter of the National Charity League, is offered free to the public.

In addition to this Wonderful Wednesday presentation, the Library offers a variety of other engaging and entertaining events for children and their families, including storytimes, opportunities to read to a dog with Barks and Books, Tween Drama Camp, and so much more. All events are free, but some require registration. Visit the Summer Reading Program website ( for more information, or to register for events.

Other Summer Reading Program Events and Programs

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Storytimes: From June 18th to August 3rd, the Library will be host a series of storytimes for varying ages on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. Librarians will read age-appropriate stories, share songs, fingerplays, flannelboard stories, and book related films in a group setting.

Barks and Books: Samantha, a dog from the Pasadena Humane Society Companion Animal Program visits the Children’s Room on June 11th and July 9th at 3:30 p.m. for an hour of animal tales! Children registered for the event can read an animal-related short story to a furry friend. Reading aloud to the dog is a fun experience that helps children build confidence in their reading skills, builds empathy for animals, and promotes kindness to creatures. With Barks and Books, children learn that reading is fun and not so “ruff”! Registration required:

Festival of Balloons Fourth of July Parade: Show your super-reader pride in this year’s Fourth of July Parade. Children and their families are invited to march as participants of the Summer Reading Program. Families interested in marching with the Summer Reading Program group in the parade on July 4th should meet at 10:30 a.m. on the Diamond Avenue side of the Library. Children are encouraged to walk with the Library to help motivate others to read. They should bring water bottles, sunscreen, wagons, and strollers. Other wheeled vehicles are not permitted.

Tween Drama Camp: The fun kind of drama! Resident thespians Chris Mannal, Tom Detrinis, and Taylor Coffman will lead a series of hands-on theater workshops on Fridays, July 6th, 13th, and 21st at 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Tweens, ages 9-14, can participate by registering online at before the workshops begin. Tween Drama Camp is sponsored by the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library and by the South Pasadena Chinese-American Club.

Family Game Days: Leave the online gaming at home and come join our Family Game Days in the Children’s Room of the library. Challenge others to a children’s card game or enjoy some old school classics like Scrabble and Keva Planks. Drop in Saturdays, July 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th between 11am-1:00 pm; registration not required.

In addition to the special events and programs, the South Pasadena Public Library also offers the 2018 Summer Reading Program, Reading Takes You Everywhere.  Kids of all ages can read for fun and prizes as part of the South Pasadena Public Library Summer Reading Program. Participants are encouraged to sign up in person in the Library’s Children’s Room or online at  Those who sign up online should visit the Children’s Room to pick up their Summer Reading Program materials. Complete details about the 2018 Summer Reading Program can be found on the Library’s website:

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