Deborah Fallows


Amid pandemic gloom, The Friends of the Pasadena Public Library found a fine way to honor the organization’s 45th anniversary . . . virtually. Deborah Fallows, the engaging author and speaker, joined members via Zoom to describe her public library adventures as she and her husband, James Fallows, crisscrossed the country to research their best-selling book, Our Towns: A 100,000 Mile Journey Into the Heart of America. The HBO documentary “Our Towns,” premiering on April 23, 2021, is based on the Fallows’ book.

Fallows, speaking from her Washington, D.C. home on Dec. 5, was introduced by The Friends’ president Andrea Williams and interviewed by Jon Thurber, board member and former book editor of The Los Angeles Times. The audience had an opportunity to submit questions. Fallows shared anecdotes about the inventive ways some libraries are serving their communities.

Did you miss the event? Click the link below for a video that will lift your spirits. A password is required: simply type “friends.” We hope to offer more such events in coming months. Let us know what you think!
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Girl with Book


Now you can buy a book at Vroman’s Bookstore to be donated immediately to the Pasadena Public Library. You can help two beloved institutions with a single purchase. Simply select a title from the 150-plus books listed here and follow instructions below as you fill out your order form.

To make certain your gift joins the Pasadena Public Library collection, you’ll need the help of The Friends of the Pasadena Public Library, which first proposed the Vroman’s project and agreed to facilitate it.

Just follow the ABCs (and D) below!

  1. Visit to select a title.
  2. In the checkout process, select the “curbside pick-up option.”
  3. In the comments box at bottom of order form, write “To be picked up by The Friends of the Pasadena Public Library.
  4. Upon receiving your pick-up notice from Vroman’s, forward notice to


The Friends’ Bookstore is temporarily closed, and patio book sales are suspended. We also are not accepting donations at present. Please do not leave materials outside Central Library.

Thank you for your patience during this challenging time. The Friends extend heartfelt wishes for your health and safety!