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

Chocolate Storytime March 2014

What an amazing time we had at this month’s storytime! We read five books that all kept the attention of the children and parents. Afterwards, the kids used sparkles, stickers, glitter, and jewels to decorate their frames. At the suggestion of one of our Chocolate Storytime mom, Ms. Sabrina, we took pictures of the kids faces inside of their frames. Visit the Photo Albums to see … Continue reading Chocolate Storytime March 2014

Three More Dates Added!

Three more dates have been added to LaPintoresca Library’s Chocolate Storytime! They will be on the last Friday of each month:  March 28, 2014, April 25, 2014, and May 30, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.  There will be special guests from the community and exciting arts and crafts activities. So continue to join us and bring friends with you.  There will also be short optional surveys … Continue reading Three More Dates Added!

Chocolate Storytime February 2014

It was a cold, rainy day, but parents still came out to our very first Chocolate Storytime. After taking off their rain boots and coats, they cozied up on the rugs for storytime.  Inspired by the vibrant and sparkling beauty that the color black helps to illuminate in Patricia Hubbell’s “Black All Around,” kids and parents used pastels on black construction paper to produce amazing … Continue reading Chocolate Storytime February 2014