This library does not retain any of its original 1907 domed, classical-revival design, but it’s handsome 1930 Mediterranean Revival facade by original architect Norman Marsh faces El Centro Street, while a more modern facade dating from a 1982 addition by Howard Morgridge welcomes patrons to the Oxley Street entrance. With its well-kept lawns and towering shade trees, the South Pas Library welcomes all, including the peripatetic green parrot flock that favors the surrounding trees for more-than-occasional, distinctly non-library-voiced gab sessions.
Being a responsive community resource is at the heart of the library’s activities, from the in-library bookstore to the Restoration Concert Series, both sponsored by Friends of the South Pasadena Library. There are workshops for adults (including website development and business marketing), career counseling and online college-prep support for teens, and cozy storytelling events for the little ones. The pajama storytime is an evening must—be there or be squarepants!
1100 Oxley St., South Pasadena