Sierra Madre, CA – After an extensive recruitment process, the City of Sierra Madre is honored to announce that Carolyn Thomas has been selected as the City's new Director of Library Services.
Sierra Madre Public Library is a Universal Borrowing Library, serving residents from anywhere in California.
Library Card Applications
Patrons must complete and sign a registration form and be present to receive their cards.
A yearly city-wide read of a selected book to encourage members of the community to share in the reading experience and to participate in programs relating to the book. Events are planned for February of each year.
One Book One City 2015 Selection Announced: Raymond Chandler’s classic, The Long Goodbye, has been chosen as Sierra Madre’s One Book One City selection for 2015. A month-long series of free events, open to the public, is being planned for February 2015.
Previous selections are Maisie Dobbs, by Jacqueline Winspear, Unbroken: a World War II Airman's Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, by Laura Hillenbrand, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Zorro by Isabel Allende, and On Gold Mountain by Lisa See.
Teen Book Club
Middle school students are invited to join the Teen Book Club!
Meet on Wednesday afternoons from 4-5 p.m. during the school year.
ALL ARE WELCOME!
Teen Summer Reading Program
Get prizes to complete your assigned or extra-curricular summer reading with the Sierra Madre Teen Reading Club! A prize is given for every two books you read (up to 4 prizes).
Every book you read will enter you to win a Grand Prize!
Hone your public speaking skills and learn interesting Sierra Madre history by becoming a Docent at the Sierra Madre Public Library! Once trained, volunteers give history tours using our Digital Storyboard at the Library’s Local History Room and at the Richardson House Museum. Contact the Yourth Services Librarian, Christine Smart, for more information at 626-355-7186.
We couldn’t survive without our amazing teen summer volunteers. Each year, teen volunteers work 2 hours a week to help with the Summer Reading Program and other helpful things around the library. At the end of the summer, there is a PIZZA PARTY just for you… to say thank you for all the amazing work you do for the library.
Reference and Research
Young Adult (grades 6 and up)
The Young Adult collection includes fiction, graphic novels and manga for teens. Our collection includes popular books, classics and required reading.
Click here to access a full list of our online databases.
*Remote access requires a library card and a PIN.
For more information about programs and services for teens or to make a book recomendation, please contact Christine Smart, Youth Services Librarian or by phone at 626-355-7186.
The Sierra Madre Public Library, begun in 1887, is the fourth oldest city library in Los Angeles County and the tenth oldest in Southern California. The current building of 8,762 square feet houses a collection of about 70,000 cataloged items and a historical archives collection. The Library Services Department is one of seven departments of the City of Sierra Madre and offers a wide range of library services to adults, teens and children. Services are expanded through participation in the Southern California Library Cooperative, a network of 45 area libraries.
We welcome financial support as well as donations of books, your time or expertise. In addition we encourage you to join our support group, The Friends of the Sierra Madre Library.
The Library has 7 computer workstations with:
- Internet access
- Microsoft Office 2010 (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access & Publisher)
- Microsoft Visio 2010
A scanner for documents, photos and slides is also available.
Computer time is limited to two 1 hour sessions per day.
To use the computers, a current library card is required. Visitors without library cards may purchase a computer-use only card for $1.00 per day for 2 one-hour sessions. Minors must have parental approval before using the internet. All users must agree to abide by the Library's Computer & Internet Policy.
Reservations can be made online or from any computer in the Library.
ProgramsSummer Reading Program: We sponsor a very popular eight-week Summer Reading Club. Children register at the library for this free activity and enter one of three reading divisions:
- "Beginner" for our very youngest patrons, who are not yet able to read on their own
- "Reader" for our school-age readers in grades 1 – 6
- "Challenger" for children in grades 2 – 6
Barks & Books: Children are invited to read to a gentle and friendly dog visitor on the second Thursday of each month between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. Please note: Barks & Books takes an annual break in August.
Preschool Storytimes: This very popular program brings babies, toddlers, pre-school children, parents and caregivers together for stories, songs, puppets and crafts. Days and times are:
- Monday mornings: at 10:00 a.m.
- Wednesday evenings: at 7:00 p.m.
- Please Note: Preschool Storytime takes a “nap” during the first two weeks of August as everyone gets ready for the beginning of the school year.
Baby Rhyme Time: Baby Rhyme Time is Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. and runs every Tuesday. Sessions last 30 minutes and are divided into 3 separate parts: Lap Time, Reading Together, and Free Play. There is no pre-registration for this free program.
1-2-3 Play with Me: A Parent/Child Workshop Series: Families with children ages three and younger are invited to register for the Library’s popular five-week Parent/Child Workshop featuring noted resource professionals on Tuesdays from 10:00-11:15 am on March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, & 31st, 2015. The interactive workshops include toys, crafts, books and play in addition to discussions of parenting issues and concerns.
Registration begins February 2, 2015 -
Enrollment is free, but in-person pre-registration for all classes is required, so sign up with your friends & family soon.
- Family Place topics will include:
Reference & Research
Personal reference assistance: Library staff is always ready and able to assist our young members of the public in finding information, both print and electronic.
Study space: Children use our library after school as a place to study, do homework and research topics for schoolwork.
In-Library Class Visits: Teachers and leaders of youth organizations bring children to the library to listen to stories, do research and find books.
Children's Book ListsCaldecott Award Winners
Newbery Award Winners
ALA Notable Children's Books
Recommended Children's WebsitesAmerican Library Association - Great Websites for Kids
California State Website - Just for Kids
California State Websites - Grades K - 5
NASA Kids' Club
National Geographic Kids
National Public Radio - Book Club for Kids
U.S. Government - Official Kids' Portal
U.S. Government Websites for Kids - Ben's Guide
The Children's Collection includes board books, picture books, beginning readers, fiction, non-fiction audio books and DVDs. Our fiction collection includes popular books and classics for both leisure reading and academic support.
Children's Online Databases
In addition to print materials, our online databases support both recreational and educational inquiry. Databases include: Biographies, MasterFILE Complete, NoveList, ReferenceUSA, and World Book Online. You can access these excellent resources in the library and remotely at home and school. Remote access requires a library card and a PIN.
For more information about children's programs and services or to make a suggestion, please contact Christine Smart, Youth Services Librarian or by phone at 626-355-4672.
Library Services for Adults
- Circulating collection of books, audiobooks, music cds, movies, magazines
- Interlibrary Loan for items beyond our collection
- Readers advisory
- Reference collection, online resources, databases and reference staff
- Downloadable ebooks and audiobooks at the Southern California Digital Library
- Spanish collection
- Local History Collection
- "Titles to Go" homebound delivery service
- Summer Reading Program for Adults
- Book clubs and programs
- Computers with Internet access and Microsoft Office
- Printing, photocopying, scanning
- Pleasant environment and outside patio
- Wi-Fi Internet Access
Services by Interest
Seniors particularly enjoy the large print collection, Playaways and books on tape.
Homebound patrons will benefit from the "Titles to Go" program which will deliver books to the door.
Volunteers help either in the Library or through the Friends organization.
Teachers may apply for a teacher card that can be used to check out items to supplement their classrooms.
Families enjoy many of our services and programs together, but check out the Children's and Teen's pages for age-specific services.
Travelers & Commuters use Audio Books and Playaways for long journeys.
Job Seekers benefit from how-to books on resumes, and online resources. Many people use the public computers to create resumes and apply online for jobs.
Readers can browse our online Catalog, or search for items around the world in Worldcat. Online databases such as NoveList, and the Thursday Book Club and Adult summer reading program encourage discussion on literary matters.
Life-long learners access how-to books on a variety of subjects, online reference resources that cover many disciplines and reference staff to help answer your questions. Books on specialized topics can be borrowed through our Interlibrary Loan service.