4th Anniversary of Chocolate Storytime

February is Black History Month and Chocolate Storytime’s 4th anniversary.  So this time of year is very special.  During this special month, Chocolate Storytime partners with the City of Pasadena Community Services Department supervisor, Jarvis Emerson, who recommends the special guest from the Black History Celebration Planning Committee. It was a multigenerational storytime at La Pintoresca Branch Library.  Chocolate Storytime opened up with “Lift Ev’ry … Continue reading 4th Anniversary of Chocolate Storytime

Oobleck Slime at Chocolate Storytime

Five minutes before Chocolate Storytime begins, the leader usually goes around giving a final call to the library patrons and to kids and parents outside in the park.  This time, a nice family who was in the park with their little children were invited to come. Surprisingly, the whole family agreed to visit, including 3 adults and several middle school boys. Once inside, the kids … Continue reading Oobleck Slime at Chocolate Storytime

Ice Cream on a Hot June Afternoon

It was an ordinary hot afternoon, so it was very nice to come into the library, where it was cool, quiet, and relaxing. Ms. Ayesha went out to the La Pintoresca Day Camp leader to ask if the younger kids could come in for a while to enjoy stories.  Usually, we read around 3 books, but because we were not going to do a craft, … Continue reading Ice Cream on a Hot June Afternoon

Read Aloud with Your Child Challenge

For the month of April, our Girl Scout Juniors (some of whom have attended and/or volunteered at Chocolate Storytime) went to San Francisco, California for the weekend to participate in the Golden Gate Bridging.  So our wonderful librarian, Rosa Cesaretti, led the reading for Chocolate Storytime!  Rosa has been at La Pintoresca Branch Library for 4 years, and we are fortunate to have her.  She has … Continue reading Read Aloud with Your Child Challenge

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s ASCEND Visits Chocolate Storytime

Pasadena’s Black Greeks hold a considerable position in the social and cultural fabric of the San Gabriel Valley.  We are very fortunate to have such active organizations that are so totally committed to community service. Toni Jones, from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., brought high school students, Taylor Holmes and Nadira Johnson, from their ASCEND program, to read and assist with crafts at Chocolate Storytime. … Continue reading Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s ASCEND Visits Chocolate Storytime

Wintertime Stories & S’mores

The scouts in Girl Scout Troop 4601 periodically attend and/or volunteer at Chocolate Storytime.  But during January’s Chocolate Storytime, the troop went away to a winter snow camp, creating stories that will last a lifetime. Many of them also say that one of their fondest memories was making s’mores.  But this was a different type of s’more; it’s more for those who are “glamping” (glamorous … Continue reading Wintertime Stories & S’mores

Raequel London Teaches About Kwanzaa

After celebrating the Christmas holiday, Chocolate Storytime guests were treated to an exciting afternoon learning about Kwanzaa.  A celebration of family, community, and culture, Kwanzaa begins a day after Christmas and ends on January 1st. Pasadena resident and community advocate, Raequel London, read our featured book, “It’s Kwanzaa Time” by Synthia Saint James.  London, a former preschool teacher, guided the guests through the 7 days … Continue reading Raequel London Teaches About Kwanzaa