Thankful Accordions by Alicia Randall

Mother of a real-life rocket scientist, November brought us special storytime reader, Dr. Linda Cole, program director from Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. She read the book, “My Nana and Me” by Irene Smalls and illustrated by Cathy Ann Johnson and “The Colors of Us” by Karen Katz.  We read “Finn and the First Order,” from the Star Wars series and “Princess Tiana and the Royal Ball” … Continue reading Thankful Accordions by Alicia Randall

Chocolate Storytime Welcomes Author, Abrifi Sanyika

In October, we had a pair of special guest readers to Chocolate Storytime.  First was Martin Luther King Community Coalition’s annual MLK Essay and Art Contest, 2016 essay contest winner and 2017 essay contest finalist, middle schooler, Ian Sims, read the book, and kept the children very engaged. Our second guest was author, Abrafi S. Sanyika, who wrote the book, “Makeda, Queen of Sheeba” illustrated … Continue reading Chocolate Storytime Welcomes Author, Abrifi Sanyika

Autumn Change of Heart

Fall, also known as autumn, is a time of change.  The autumnal equinox occurs in the month of September when the sun slowly moves south.  Weather grows cooler and tree leaves change hues. Farmers work long hours to harvest crops grown through the spring and summer months.  Many mark this time of year with fall festivals and other celebrations. Consistent with theme of change, Chocolate Storytime guests … Continue reading Autumn Change of Heart

Alicia Reads Spanish Version of “Lola Loves Stories”

In August, demonstrating her bilingual skills, Alicia Randall read “A Lola Le Encantan los Cuentos,” the Spanish version of “Lola Loves Stories,” and explained the story in English. Other books read were, “Twenty Yawns” by Jane Smiley and illustrated by Lauren Castillo, “Hair Dance” by Dinah Johnson and illustrated by Kelly Johnson, and one of our all time favorites, “Black All Around” by Patricia Hubbell … Continue reading Alicia Reads Spanish Version of “Lola Loves Stories”

Fire Chief Washington Visits Chocolate Storytime

How honored we felt by the visit of Fire Chief Bertral Washington and the Pasadena firefighters!  The chief came to read some books, but also brought his team to show the elements of a good First Aid kit and share some fire safety tips.  Girl Scout Troop 4601 came to gain knowledge and take part in activities that would help them obtain their First Aid … Continue reading Fire Chief Washington Visits Chocolate Storytime

Butterflies, Hula Hoops, Poetry & Chocolate

La Pintoresca Library had a “pocket poem” writing contest for last month’s National Poetry Month, observed during the month of April, and our very own Alicia Randall won for the elementary school division!  For this month’s May 2016 Chocolate Storytime, Alicia recited her poem for the guests.  See Alicia’s winning poem, “When I Turned into a Dog,” below: I made friends with a hog But … Continue reading Butterflies, Hula Hoops, Poetry & Chocolate

Celebrating 2 Years with Zanaida Robles

Concert soprano soloist, conductor, composer, studio vocalist for film and television, and professional ensemble singer Zanaida Robles opened up the 2nd year anniversary of Chocolate Storytime leading guests in a stirring rendition of “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing”accompanied by Ms. Betty J. Ford on the piano.  Afterwards, she encouraged young people to follow their dreams and spoke of her relationship with Ms. Ford and the importance … Continue reading Celebrating 2 Years with Zanaida Robles

Chocolate Storytime Visits Jackson Elementary

This year, Chocolate Storytime visited Jackson STEM Dual Language Academy.  Parent volunteer Natasha Bowswer worked with Chocolate Storytime coordinator, Ayesha Randall to bring volunteers from the community to read to the students in a series of sessions.  Among the storytime readers were Tyron Hampton, Pasadena City Councilmember; Julianne Reynoso, Pasadena Unified School District Executive Director, Elementary Schools; Harlan Redmond, executive director of Harambee Ministries; Pat Smith, … Continue reading Chocolate Storytime Visits Jackson Elementary