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

Giving Thanks 2015

The featured book for November 2015 was “Sweet Potato Pie” by Kathleen D. Lindsey.  Special guest, community volunteer extraordinaire, Ms. Betty J. Ford, shared a song with the kids. Afterwards, eight-year old Alicia Leilani led the students in creating miniature accordion thankful books. In addition to chocolate goodies, sweet potato pie from 27th Street Bakery were all donated by retired school teacher, Barbara Lindsey of Inglewood. Mrs. Abby … Continue reading Giving Thanks 2015

Chocolate Storytime Celebrates 1-year Anniversary with Jarvis Emerson

What a great way to celebrate Chocolate Storytime’s one year anniversary!  The culmination of Black History Month 2015 was an exceptional Chocolate Storytime lineup of artists, musicians, and special guest, Mr. Jarvis Emerson, Community Services Supervisor of the City of Pasadena’s Jackie Robinson Community Center. Mr. Emerson made himself comfortable on the rug and read Whose Knees are These?, Grandpa’s Face, and a beautiful poem, … Continue reading Chocolate Storytime Celebrates 1-year Anniversary with Jarvis Emerson

Celebrating a New Year

La Pintoresca (which means, “the picturesque” in Spanish) library is one of the most beautiful structures in Northwest Pasadena.  It was built in 1930 and was named for the hotel which previously occupied the site.Outside was such a beautiful setting–the trees’ falling leaves and the crispiness of the air.  It provided the perfect backdrop for the rug coziness for storytime.  Children from ages 1 to … Continue reading Celebrating a New Year

November Guest Reader – Staci Mitchell

Our November Chocolate Storytime guest reader was Staci Mitchell, a native Pasadenian and former member of the John Muir High School 1989 All Star Track and Field Championship team.  Staci currently lives in Altadena with her husband and 3 children, volunteers extensively in the community and is the Vice Chair of the San Rafael African American Parent Council (AAPC) and a team mom of the … Continue reading November Guest Reader – Staci Mitchell