Volunteer Recognition Day | April 12, 2019

Volunteers will be recognized for the work they've done at South Pasadena Public Library

PHOTO: Bill Glazier | SouthPasadenan.com News | Declaring April 12 as Library Volunteer Recognition Day in the City of South Pasadena. From left are Mayor Dr. Marina Khubesrian, David Uwins, president of the Library Board of Trustees; Bianca Richards, Library Board of Trustee, and Steve Fjeldsted, the director of the library.

South Pasadena Library Board of Trustees value the enormous contributions made by volunteers each year.

The library, founded on September 10, 1895, is governed by the Library Board of Trustees whose members are appointed by the City Council.

Representatives of the local library, including David Uwins, president of the board, and Bianca Richard, a library trustee, will tell you many of the programs run inside the city’s history structure wouldn’t take place without those who give so much of their time.

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Activities of note include the summer reading program, the Restoration Concert Series, the Friends of the Bookstore, Author Nights, the Eclectic Music Festival ‘Carnegie Stage’ concert, film screenings, art exhibitions, living history presentations and more.

During the March 20 City Council meeting, South Pasadena Mayor Dr. Marina Khubesrian declared April 12, 2019 as “Library Volunteer Recognition Day” in South Pasadena. The library will host a luncheon and honor many who have dedicated their time to making South Pasadena’s library a special place for so many over the years.

Steve Fjeldsted, the library director, says more than 185 volunteers donated more than 9,450 hours in 2018, assisting and augmenting library staff with an abundance of programs and activities.

“The hours that volunteers contribute to the library not only help provide services that could not otherwise be offered, they also support the staff behind-the-scenes, freeing library staff to devote more time to directly serving the public and performing duties and presenting programs that would not otherwise be possible,” reads the proclamation.

The first South Pasadena Library building was constructed in 1907 and was expanded on the current site in 1930.

Open 57 hours per week, it can be found at 1100 Oxley Street. For more information, call (626) 403-7340.