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Here's To Mom!

Well, it's May. That can only mean one thing: Mother's day, that wonderful Sunday notorious for wonky homemade ceramics, construction paper handprint cards, and burnt-toast breakfast in bed, is here. Now, there is no mom around who doesn't have a drawer stuffed full of handmade Mother's Day treasures. But let's get real. Mom may cherish each and every handmade gesture, but what she really wants is a quiet hour all to herself, possibly involving a spa treatment of some sort. 

So go ahead, give mom the gift of relaxation this year. Pamper her with the full experience at a locally-owned spa, like Burke Williams or Cote d'Azur in Pasadena. Or, give her tired tootsies a treat: a relaxing foot massage at HM Warm Spa, also in Pasadena.    

If handmade gifts are more your speed, you can get the best of both worlds by giving mom some sweet-smelling, homemade spa treatments. They're a snap to whip up, they use ingredients you may have around the house, and the kids will love having some kitchen time. Present your luscious treatments to mom with a cup of hot coffee, some flowers from the garden, and a handmade coupon for a little at-home spa time. Then, bug out with the kids for the park or for a breakfast of sticky pancakes while mom enjoys a quiet start to her special day. 

First, you'll need a clean glass jar with a tight lid. Have the kids make a customized label for each scrub you make. 

Moisturizing Lemon Sugar Scrub

You'll need:

Sugar (regular granulated sugar works great!)

One lemon

Extra Virgin Olive Oil



Fill your jar with sugar, then pour it into a bowl. Add small amounts of olive oil until the sugar is no longer lumpy. (The general rule is one part oil to two parts sugar.) Mix well. Mix in the juice and zest of one lemon and a few drops of vanilla. Put the mixture back into the jar, attach the lid and attach your homemade label.

Mom can use this as an all-over body scrub or a hand scrub in the kitchen. You can mix in other ingredients such as coffee grounds, cocoa powder, spices like cinnamon or nutmeg, or essential oil (easy to find at places like Whole Foods) for scent. You can also substitute olive oil with different oils, such as almond oil or coconut oil. Brown sugar makes a sweeter, slightly coarser base.  


Rosemary Sea Salt Scrub

You'll need:

Sea Salt

Rosemary infused olive oil


To make rosemary-infused olive oil:

  1. Put ½ cup olive oil into a small saucepan.
  2. Add a sprig of fresh rosemary.
  3. Heat on low for one hour.
  4. Remove from heat, let it cool.
  5. Take out the rosemary sprig and discard.


Fill your jar with sea salt. Pour it into a bowl. Slowly mix in olive oil until the salt is no longer crumbly. Pour it back into the jar. You can top your scrub with a sprig of fresh rosemary and a pretty, handmade label. Save any leftover oil for your next batch.


Lavender Infused Foot Bath

You'll need:

Epsom Salts

Lavender scented essential oil

Dried lavender blossoms


Fill your jar with Epsom salt, then pour it into a bowl. Add a few drops of essential oil and mix well. You should be able to smell the lavender reasonably strongly. Crumble the dried lavender blossoms and mix them n. Pour salts back into the jar, cap it and attach your label.

For a relaxing foot bath, mom can use ½ cup of lavender foot soak in a basin of warm water. She can also add two cups of sweet-smelling salts to a warm bath for the complete relaxation experience. You can also experiment with other essential oils and dried herbs, such as rosemary, lemon verbena, lemon thyme, mint, sage, or rose. 

Happy Mother's Day!



Japanese Carp Windsock

Join Pasadena Library's Instagram channel for Crafts with Tiff and Tosh on Monday, May 10, from 3:00 PM till 3:30 PM. You and your kid will learn how to make a Japanese carp windsock in honor of Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Children's Day in Japan.

Funtime Science Lab! Now with Non-Newtonian Fluid!

Dr. Mr. Science Man and Dr. Tibia will teach a fun lesson on non-Newtonian fluids by guiding your kid in making a stress ball. How cool is that? The lesson happens on the Library's YouTube channel. The Santa Catalina Branch is providing kits to make the stress ball while supplies last. Registration for the kits opens on Monday, May 10, at 9:30 AM.

Poetry Workshop with Get Lit - Words Ignite

Your teen poet is invited to join Get Lit - Words Ignite on Wednesday, May 12, at 4:00 PM for an interactive writing workshop. The Get Lit Players, the award-winning, professional youth troupe, will also perform. Registration required.

Food Label Detectives

Kids in grades K-5 can learn to find the hidden ingredients in the foods you buy at the store. This fun exercise in detective work is great for helping them learn to be smart consumers, aware of what's in their food and their bodies. The sleuthing happens on Thursday, May 13, at 3:00 PM for English (registration) and 4:00 PM for Spanish (inscribase).


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TAIKOPROJECT: A Music Center Special Event

Join the LA County Library for a special musical treat featuring authentic taiko drums. Performers will weave traditional and modern forms of taiko together while sharing elements of their Japanese and Japanese-American culture. It all happens on Monday, May 10, at 4:00 PM over zoom. Registration required.

USC Pacific Asia Museum @ the Library: Storytime and Art

Celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month with educators from the USC Pacific Asia Museum. On Tuesday, May 18, from 4:00 PM till 5:00 PM, the fun begins with reading "Dim Sum for Everyone!" by Grace Lin, followed by exploring the museum's collection, and creating a food collage using paper and household items. Crafts kits are available for pickup from the library branch of your choice while supplies last. Registration required.

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Mighty Chondria: Science for Tweens

Kids ages 9 - 12 can learn to become scientists in the home on Monday, May 10, from 4:00 PM till 5:00 PM. Using household items (see the registration page for the supply list), your kid will explore chemistry, earth science, and biology.


Ukulele Orchestra Fun: Part Deux

On Monday, May 10, from 6:00 PM till 7:00 PM, the ukulele fun continues by learning what it's like to be a part of an orchestra. Newcomers are absolutely welcome! And all skill levels from beginner and up, ages 9 and up, can take part. A limited number of ukuleles are available for those who need to borrow an instrument on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you need to borrow a ukulele, please contact Marie Plug for assistance. Registration required.


Mindfulness Is Not Necessarily Meditation: A Parent Plus Family Art Session

Join this family learning session on Tuesday, May 11, from 4:00 PM till 5:00 PM to learn how to be mindful (pay attention, on purpose, without judgment, to avoid reacting). Then, with some markers and paper, you'll have a simple art project for the whole family. Registration required.


Homemade Calming Putty

The Pasadena Library's Take & Make crafting series recognizes Mental Health Month with an all-ages project to make squishy - and calming - putty. Project kits are available while supplies last. Registration for a kit opens on Monday, May 17, at 8:00 AM. Kits will be available from all library branch locations.


Writing Workshop for Teens

Local author and poet Angie Aguirre leads teens (ages 12-18) through a guiding writing workshop focused on self-healing through poetry on Monday, May 17, from 4:00 PM till 5:00 PM. Registration required.


Sketches & More: Art @ Home for Teens

On Wednesday, May 19, from 4:00 PM till 5:00 PM, the Armory staff leads teens (ages 12-18) through a virtual guided art session learning to carve a linoleum block for printmaking. Supplies available if needed at the Hill Avenue Branch Library. Check the event page for the contents of the supply kit. Registration required.


Preschool Storytime: All About Emotions

Join the library staff as they present stories and more about feelings and emotions for preschoolers and their caregivers. It all happens on Thursday, May 20, from 10:30 AM till 11:00 AM. Registration required.


Zine Workshop

Managing editor of punk fanzine Razorcake!, Daryl Gussin joins the Altadena Zine Library virtual workshop on Instagram. Tweens to adults of all skill levels can attend the workshop on Saturday, May 15, from 3:00 PM till 4:00 PM, to learn what goes into creating a long-standing zine.


Science at Home

The Monrovia librarians host regular STEM-related content on the Monrovia Library YouTube channel for kids ages five and up. Themes range from 3d printing to microscope explorations. Check them out every other Wednesday from April 28 through May 12, at 11:00 AM.


Real Craft, Virtual Corner

Monrovia Library's Virtual Craft Corner lets your whole family explore crafts that can be made in your home using minimal or recycled materials. Activities are suitable for pre-school through school-aged children and their families. A whole world of fun can be made from what's lying around the house! Videos are posted to the Monrovia Library YouTube channel bi-weekly on Wednesdays, May 5 and May 19, from 11:30 AM till 11:45 AM.


Butterfly Celebration at Kidspace

Kidspace is back! And it's just in time for their 25th Annual Butterfly Season. This all-outdoor celebration of springtime will give you and your little ones a chance to enjoy some creative, color, and active outdoor adventure across the 3.5-acre outdoor campus. As always, your family can adopt a Painted Lady caterpillar and watch it transform into a majestic butterfly. For details on hours and butterfly adoption, check out the site.


NOTE: Story times are subject to change. Please check the sites. Recorded story times are generally available on library YouTube channels.

Storytime Snippets

Altadena Libraries YouTube page is updated every Tuesday morning with a new song, rhyme, or finger play that you can use to create a storytime at home. New videos are available through April 26, 2021.

Teen Inspiration

Check out Altadena Library's Teen Instagram account for BTWN TiTLES, their biweekly posts of book reviews, creativity experiments, and more.

Pasadena Public Library regular storytimes:

Social Media Storytime: Preschool on Mondays at 10:30 - 10:50 AM on Facebook Live and Thursday at 3:00 - 3:20 PM on Instagram Live


Social Media Storytime: Toddler on Tuesdays at 10:30 - 10:50 AM on Instagram Live


Chinese Mandarin Storytime on Wednesdays at 3:00 PM on Instagram Live


Social Media Storytime: Hora de Cuento en Español on Wednesdays at 4:00 - 4:20 PM on Facebook Live


Social Media Storytime: ASL (American Sign Language) on Friday at 4:00 - 4:20 PM on Instagram Live

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