South Pasadena Public Library | One City One Story Events

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In early September, members of the public voted to choose this year’s One City One Story (OCOS) Citywide reading program title. Voters were asked to choose between The Final Revival of Opal and Nev by Dawnie Walton and The Queens of Animation: The Untold Story of the Women Who Transformed the World of Disney and Made Cinematic History by Nathalia Holt. These titles were selected by the Library’s OCOS Selection Committee, because they reflect the theme “Life in Art.”

Based on popular vote, the winning title of the 2022 OCOS reading program is The Queens of Animation by Nathalia Holt! From Snow White to Moana, from Pinocchio to Frozen, the animated films of Walt Disney Studios have moved and entertained millions. But few fans know that behind these groundbreaking features was an incredibly influential group of women who fought for respect in an often ruthless, male-dominated industry and who have slipped under the radar for decades. Borrow the book, ebook, or eaudiobook from the South Pasadena Public Library and participate in one of the Library’s many OCOS events! For more information visit


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JANNA IRELAND AUTHOR TALK on October 4 at 7:00p.m.

DATE: Wednesday, October 12th
TIME: Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Event will run from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Library Community Room, 1115 El Centro Street, South Pasadena, CA 91030

REGISTRATION: Registration is required. Visit to register or call us at 626-403-7350.

In partnership with the South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC), the Library is pleased to present the first event in a new author talk series: Coffee Table Books Live. On Wednesday, October 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the Library Community Room musician Leland Sklar will discuss his book Everybody Loves Me (2020) and share stories about his remarkable career as a bassist and session musician. Sklar was a member of the Los Angeles-based instrumental group The Section, and has contributed to over 2,000 albums and has recorded or toured with the likes of James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Carole King, and Lyle Lovett. A book signing will follow the talk. Copies will be available for purchase. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

DATE: Sunday, October 16th
TIME: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Library Patio, 1100 Oxley Street, South Pasadena, CA 91030 REGISTRATION: Registration is not required and attendance is free. Supplies are limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The South Pasadena Public Library, joined by the South Pasadena Community Garden, will explore the art of tie-dyeing with indigo! Participants will get the opportunity to create their very own beautiful tie-dye dish towel.

Note: This will be an outdoor activity involving dye, and participants should dress accordingly. Gloves will be provided, but staining may still occur on skin from the indigo dye.

DATE: Wednesday, October 26th
TIME: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Virtual [Zoom]
REGISTRATION: Registration is required. Visit to register or call us at 626-403-7350.

Join the South Pasadena Public Library for a lively, virtual discussion of The Queens of Animation by Nathalia Holt. The discussion will be held over Zoom.

The South Pasadena Public Library is located at 1100 Oxley Street in South Pasadena. The Library Community Room is located at 1115 El Centro Street. Visit the Library website at for information about services and programs. The Library is open Monday, Friday, Saturday 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Upon request made no later than four (4) business days before the event, the City will provide a reasonable accommodation for a qualified person with disability to have equal access to the event. Please call (626) 403-7312 or fill out the City’s request form available at and email the form to Human Resources at