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Pasadena Village to Unveil New Free Library

Published on Thursday, July 4, 2024 | 8:42 am
 

Pasadena Village, a nonprofit organization for adults over 55, will celebrate the opening of its new Little Free Library on Tuesday, July 9, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

The event will take place at the organization’s office located at 236 West Mountain Street, #104, in Pasadena. Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Pasadena Village member Suzie Hoge will give a presentation on Little Free Libraries.

The Little Free Library project is a collaboration between Pasadena Village and the Flintridge Center, whose Apprenticeship Preparation Program participants created and installed the library.

The initiative stems from a presentation by Josh McCurry, Executive Director of Flintridge Center, to Pasadena Village’s Educational Programs Team several months ago.

Villagers learned about Flintridge Center’s efforts to support formerly incarcerated individuals and interrupt cycles of poverty and incarceration. Jim Hendrick, a Pasadena Village member, worked with Flintridge representatives to have the free library installed in front of the organization’s office.

The new library reflects Pasadena Village members’ strong interest in literature and literacy, with many volunteering for local educational programs and participating in book clubs. These include the Wise Aging Book Club, the Thursday Book Club, the Cultural Exploration Group, and a new Poetry Gathering.

The Cultural Activities Team arranges author talks and outings, including a recent visit to Octavia’s Bookshelf and an upcoming tour of downtown Los Angeles’ Public Library.

Pasadena Village encourages the public to contribute books to the free library and to their lending library of books related to aging.

The organization’s lending library is available during business hours, while the free library will be accessible at all times.

Pasadena Village brings together over 200 active older adults in their 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s who live in the west San Gabriel Valley and adjacent areas.

The organization offers various programs and activities, including walking groups, support groups, discussion meetings, educational programs, and cultural activities aimed at fostering independent living and community engagement.

For more information, visit www.pasadenavillage.org or contact Katie Brandon at (626) 765-6037 or katie@pasadenavillage.org.

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