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

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

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

Guest Readers from Jackie Robinson Center

Great news!  Chocolate Storytime will have guest readers from the Black History Celebration Planning Committee housed in the Jackie Robinson Center starting in September.  The Jackie Robinson Center is a multi-purpose social service delivery center that provides assistance to the culturally, economically, and socially diverse population of the northwest area of Pasadena. The 1974 dedication of this 17,800 square feet facility is of significant importance … Continue reading Guest Readers from Jackie Robinson Center

Chocolate Storytime June 2014

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer What a great audience we had for June’s Chocolate Storytime!  Along with our regular guests, the afternoon was filled with nearly fifty attentive Lions (ages 5-6) and Tigers (ages 7-8) from the City of Pasadena’s summer La Pintoresca Neighborhood Park Camp.  Thanks to Camp Facilitator Mr. Tyanta “Tigger” Snow who included the library’s storytime as part of their … Continue reading Chocolate Storytime June 2014

Chocolate Storytime May 2014

Honoring Dr. Maya Angelou at the May Chocolate Storytime At the May 2014 Chocolate Storytime at La Pintoresca Branch Library, we began our afternoon reading about the life of author and poet, Maya Angelou (pronounced “an-je-low”), who passed away May 28, 2014.  Our featured picture book was “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me at All,” named after a poem by the same name, authored by Maya Angelou.  … Continue reading Chocolate Storytime May 2014

Chocolate Storytime April 2014

Chocolate Storytime Brings Classical Piano and Poetry to La Pintoresca For our April Chocolate Storytime, we celebrated National Poetry Month with literature from Nikki Giovanni and Carole Boston Weatherford. Thanks to La Pintoresca’s branch manager, Ms. Pat Smith, we also had a colorful assortment of paper fortune cookies that each contained a sweet, short poem. The children, teens, and adults delighted in choosing their cookie … Continue reading Chocolate Storytime April 2014