South Pasadena Public Library: Parable Of The Sower Announced As Book Selection For 2021 One City One Story Citywide Reading Program –

Press release from the South Pasadena Public Library:
September 28, 2021
SOUTH PASADENA, (Calif.) – In early September members of the public voted to choose this year’s One City One Story (OCOS) Citywide reading program title. Voters were asked to choose between five environmentally themed books that were selected by staff because they reflected this year’s OCOS theme, “Navigating Nature”. Nominees included Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake, The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben, Dune by Frank Herbert, Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler, and Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward.
Based on popular vote, the winning title for the 2021 Citywide reading program is Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower (1993). This award-winning novel takes place in a time when global climate change and economic crises have lead to social chaos. California becomes full of dangers, from pervasive water shortages to masses of vagabonds who will do anything to live to see another day. Its protagonist, fifteen-year-old Lauren, lives inside a gated community, sheltered from the surrounding anarchy. In a society where any vulnerability is a risk, she suffers from hyperempathy, a debilitating sensitivity to others’ emotions. As it follows Lauren’s journey on a quest for freedom, the novel explores themes of climate change and social inequality that will resonate with the modern reader.
Borrow the book, ebook, eaudiobook, or graphic novel adaptation from the South Pasadena Public Library and participate in a One City One Story librarian-led book discussion or one of the planned special events that compliment the Navigating Nature theme. All OCOS programs are intended for adults and teens. Registration is required for all events. For more information and links to register visit
Sunday, October 10, 2021, 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.: Gardening 101: A South Pasadena Community Garden Talk and Herb Demonstration – South Pasadena Community Garden talks herbs and basics to get you started on your planting and growing journey, followed by a tour of the Garden and a hands-on activity. The talk will take place in the Library Community Room (1115 El Centro Street, South Pasadena, CA 91030). Participants can walk with Library staff to the South Pasadena Community Garden (1028 Magnolia Street, South Pasadena, CA 91030) or utilize their own modes of transportation. To participate in the activity at the Community Garden, attendees must complete a waiver form available on the Library’s website ( For parents/guardians planning to attend with a minor, completed parental consent waiver form is required. Completed waivers may be emailed to [email protected], turned in at the Reference Desk or brought to the event.
Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.: Native Plant Gardening with Barbara Eisenstein – Barbara Eisenstein, author of Wild Suburbia: Learning to Garden with Native Plants, will join the Library for a virtual discussion and Q&A on sustainability and the benefits of gardening with California native plants. Visit for the link to register.
Thursday, October 21, 2021, 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.: In-Person Book Discussion – Join the South Pasadena Public Library for a lively, librarian-led discussion of Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler. Discussion will be held in the Library Community Room. Visit for the link to register.
Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.: Virtual Book Discussion. Join the South Pasadena Public Library for a lively, librarian-led discussion of Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler. Discussion will be held over Zoom. Visit for the link to register.
The South Pasadena Public Library is located at 1100 Oxley Street in South Pasadena. Library hours are Monday-Thursday, 1:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; closed Sunday. To be notified about service or hours changes, sign up to receive informational emails from the library at
The Library is operating in compliance with the current County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health (DPH) Order, issued August 23, 2021. All persons, regardless of vaccination status (except for children under 2), must cover their nose and mouth at all times when attending Library events. In-person events are subject to format change or cancellation based on DPH directives. The Library is also observing the best practices recommended by the County to lower the risk of the spread of COVID-19 at large events. Individuals are encouraged not to attend if they are not vaccinated, and anyone experiencing the symptoms of COVID-19 should not attend. Guests should sanitize hands frequently and stay with members of their own households as much as possible. Those planning to attend with unvaccinated children should be aware that the physical distancing required in youth settings is not in effect at OCOS events.
Upon request made no later than four (4) business days before the event, the City will provide a reasonable accommodation for a qualified person with a disability to have equal access to the event. Please contact ADA Coordinator and Interim Human Resources Manager, Tara Schultz, at (626) 403-7312 or fill out the City’s request form available at and email the form to Human Resources at [email protected].
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