Thursday, October 6, 2011
Santa Catalina Branch Library
This is the Santa Catalina Branch, perched on a slope next door to Longfellow School on Washington Blvd. The website says it's closed for renovation and they're not kidding. Workers are in there scraping and painting right now.
Just like all of Pasadena's branch libraries, the Santa Catalina Branch reflects the needs of its neighbors. Here are a couple of paragraphs from the website:
"Home to the system's Armenian language collection, today's Santa Catalina Branch building was completed in December, 1930. The branch's staff can accommodate both English and Armenian speaking patrons.
Santa Catalina Branch is proud of its Preservation Corner. This collection of books and materials highlights the architectural Bungalow style evident in neighboring houses. Preservation Corner is sponsored by the Bungalow Heaven Neighborhood Association, Historic Highlands Neighborhood Association and the Pasadena Public Library."
While this branch is closed, never fear. Head straight west on Washington and in a couple of minutes you'll be at La Pintoresca branch. You're never far from a library in Pasadena.