For the 12th consecutive year, the Rotary Club of South Pasadena has approved a $700 grant in its just-approved annual budget to purchase Library books on a variety of important California topics, including the arts, history, politics, ethnic groups, food, fashion, legends, geography, travel, and nature. The project partnership between the Library and Rotary has resulted in more than 500 new titles for the “Golden State Collection.”
Each Tuesday for its noon meeting in the Oneonta Church Tower Room, the Rotary Club honors its guest speaker by donating a Golden State title selected by the Library for the collection. Each book is affixed with a custom “Golden State Collection” bookplate that the particular guest speaker signs. After the meeting the already-cataloged book goes straight into the library collection.
The Rotary Club’s lunch meetings are usually held in the South Pasadena Oneonta Church Tower Room on Tuesdays at noon. After each week’s meeting the guest speaker selects a Golden State Collection title and signs its custom bookplate featuring the Rotary logo and motto, “Service above self.” Each book is then donated to the Library in his or her honor.
Many of the entertaining and informative Golden State Collection selections are on display in the Library in the middle of the first floor. Each title can be checked out for 3 weeks.
With the new grant check, the Library has placed an order with the Gamble House Bookstore in Pasadena and is purchasing a new assortment of titles on local hiking, historical sites, restaurants, architecture, missions, bungalows, and many other popular subjects.
The following is a sampling of the titles to be added to the collection in the coming year:
•Counter Intelligence: Where to Eat in the Real Los Angeles
•Day Hiking in Los Angeles
•Downtown in Detail: Close Up on the Historic Buildings of Los Angeles
•Gamble House: Building Paradise in California
•Greetings from Los Angeles
•Los Angeles Residential Architecture
•Memoirs of Henry and Ruth Greene Vol. 1
•Memoirs of Henry and Ruth Greene Vol.
•Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide
•Missions of Los Angeles Angeles
•Most Beautiful Villages and Towns of California
•New and Native Beauty
•Pasadena in Vintage Postcards
•Pasadena’s Bungalow Heaven
•Piecing Together Los Angeles: An Esther McCoy Reader
•The Rose Bowl
•Southern California: a Guide for the Eyes
•Southern California Eats
•Southern California: Out and About
•Victorian Los Angeles