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Monday, May 8, 2017

Altadena Library District Invites Community to Celebration of the Year

2017 is the year of Altadena Library District. One of Altadena’s longest standing institutions, the district is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of its main building, launching its renowned Summer Reading Program, and debuting its refreshed facilities with a Grand Reopening, Summer Reading Program Kick-Off, and 50th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, June 10th from 10:00 am to 8:30 pm.

The day will begin at 10:00 am with a live performance by the John Muir High School Drum Corps, followed by the official Summer Reading Program Kick-Off and a performance by educational entertainment group Mad Science for kids. Master of Ceremonies Jodi Taffel, the nationally-renowned, award-winning chef and television personality known as the “Bacon Babe,” will guide guests through a variety of acts and well-known figures in Altadena to be featured on the main stage in the Altadena Library parking lot throughout the day, including a musical adventure with CHROMA, a hip-hop dance and spoken word poetry performance by Antics, and speeches from Senator Anthony Portantino, Supervisor Kathryn Barger and Assemblymember Christopher Holden.

Between presentations on the main stage, people are invited to tour the newly renovated library and to explore the key updates made inside. Lunch, sponsored by Altadena Rotary Club, will be offered at 1960s prices out in the parking lot, and local teens are invited to a special teen lunch gathering inside the Library’s Community Room.

The second half of the event is sure to thrill lovers of live music. There will be a special live appearance by Andy Vargas, vocalist for Santana and Souleros. Andy has been on nearly 20 world tours with Santana, selling out packed arenas around the globe. Altadena Library is thrilled to welcome him and his band Souleros to their main stage at 3:30pm. The event will come to an end with the Library’s beloved monthly Second Saturday concert at 6:30pm, featuring the unique musical style of The Satisfaction Band. Altadena Ale & Wine House will offer a selection of fine wine and beers, and local vendors will offer delicious, savory dinner options and Sweeter Than Honey will have delectable desserts available for sale.

Library Director Mindy Kittay says of the celebration, “With the support of a committee of dedicated volunteers and our excellent staff, we are confident that this multifaceted event will be a day that Altadena remembers for years! This celebration will combine the joys of reading, live music, food and drink, and all-around family fun to make an experience that can appeal to all.”

In addition to the fun in the sun, Altadena Town Council will host its elections on the main library campus, giving Altadena residents in attendance the opportunity to participate in its local election for Altadena Town Council representatives.

About Altadena Library District

The Altadena Library District has been providing free and equal access to information, ideas, technology, and the joy of reading to educate and empower the diverse community of Altadena for over 90 years. More information about Altadena Library District is available at









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