Natural Holiday Hair for Kids

Coming this November 17, 2017 we will read stories all about hair!  The holidays are coming and we want kids to embrace and value their naturally kinky, curly, and coily tresses. Join us at LaPintoresca Branch Library at 4pm.  Master stylist and owner of Pasadena’€™s Strandz Hair Studio, Tonya Fairley, also known as the “Hair Whisperer”, will demonstrate natural hair care techniques, plus products, tips … Continue reading Natural Holiday Hair for Kids

Chocolate Storytime’s 3rd Anniversary

Thankfully, we have made it to our third year!  With the help of the fantastic staff at La Pintoresca Park and the wonderful volunteers, Chocolate Storytime is at 3 years strong.  We’ve read dozens of books to hundreds of children and families, and it has definitely been a rewarding experience for all who have participated.  Our desire is to keep up the momentum and continue … Continue reading Chocolate Storytime’s 3rd Anniversary

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

2017 Black History Month Theme

This Black History Month theme from Carter G. Woodson’s Association for the Study of African American Life and History is “The Crisis in Black Education.”  The Executive Summary follows: The problem of educational inequality has a long history in America.  The crisis in black education first began in the days of slavery when it was unlawful for slaves to learn to read and write. In … Continue reading 2017 Black History Month Theme

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

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