Rotary Club Continues Support for Library “Golden State Collection”

Rotary Club approves $700 grant in to purchase Library books on important California topics

PHOTO: Rotary Club | | After her Guest Speaker presentation on July 24, Laurie Wheeler, President of the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce is handed a copy of “Early Los Angeles County Attractions” by new Rotary President, Charles Wiggington so she can sign the bookplate. The book, authored by Cory and Sarah Stargel, contains a chapter on Cawston Awston Farm that once drew so many visitors to South Pasadena. The book also contains fascinating sections on Mount Lowe, Elysian Park, Exposition Park, Griffith Park, and many other popular destinations of the past and present

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.

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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

Early Hollywood

Gamble House

Gamble House: Building Paradise in California

Greetings from Los Angeles

Griffith Park

Los Angeles Residential Architecture

Memoirs of Henry and Ruth Greene Vol. 1

Memoirs of Henry and Ruth Greene Vol. 2

Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide

Missions of Los 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