Honoring Women’s Right to Vote, Lifting as We Climb

Today, the kids took part in selecting and voting for the stories we read.  The consensus was Hair, It’s a Family Affair by Mylo Freeman and Look Up by Nathan Bryon and illustrated by Dapa Adeola.  Our book of the day was The Day You Begin by National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson and two-time Pura Belpre Illustrator Award winner, Rafael Lopez.  The book is … Continue reading Honoring Women’s Right to Vote, Lifting as We Climb

Laura Farber Visits Chocolate Storytime

The 2020 Tournament of Roses president, Laura Farber was our special guest at Chocolate Storytime. She is the first Latina and third woman president of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Foundation. Farber shared the Rose Parade theme, “The Power of Hope” and brought a poster to spoke about all of the special meanings behind each letter’s graphic in the word, hope. She shared about her story of … Continue reading Laura Farber Visits Chocolate Storytime

JPL’s Tracy Drain Talks About Jupiter For Women’s History Month

On Friday, March 29, 2019 at 4pm, Tracy Drain was the special guest reader at Chocolate Storytime.  She is a Flight Systems Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labs, and the Deputy Chief Engineer for the JUNO mission, which arrived at Jupiter in June 2016. In her 18 years at JPL, she has participated in the development and operation of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (a science/relay … Continue reading JPL’s Tracy Drain Talks About Jupiter For Women’s History Month

Ms. Ford’s Winter Wonderland

Eccentric, talented, witty, and charismatic, Ms. Betty J. Ford is the Program Coordinator for Chocolate Storytime here at our home base, La Pintoresca Branch Library.  She schedules and books special talent, speakers, and guests for our story time.  This past January 11th, she turned 80 years old.  And while some may associate this milestone season of life with slowing down, Ms. Ford considers these years as … Continue reading Ms. Ford’s Winter Wonderland

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

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