Public Computers
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.

Teen Services

Teen Book Club
Middle school and high school students are invited to join the Teen Book Club!

Meet on Wednesday afternoons from 4-5 p.m. during the school year.
The next session starts on September 17, 2014.

  • Enjoy FREE books
  • Snacks
  • Board games
  • Meet other students
  • Share ideas
  • And make friends

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!
Teen Volunteers

Teen Docents
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

Click Here to sign-up for training!

Summer Volunteers
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.

Click Here to sign-up as a teen summer volunteer!

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.

Online Databases*

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.


Summer Reading Program: Monday June 9th through Saturday August 2nd, 2014. 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: Mae Rose the Labradoodle is takes an annual break in August, along with her person, Dorothy.

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.
      The 2014 Storytime Break will occur on:
      • Monday, August 4th
      • Wednesday, August 6th
      • Monday, August 11th
      • Wednesday, August 13th

Baby Rhyme Time: The next Baby Rhyme Time starts October 7, 2014, 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 Saturdays from 9:00-10:15 am on September 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, & October 4th, 2014. The interactive workshops include toys, crafts, books and play in addition to discussions of parenting issues and concerns.

    Registration begins August 1st - 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:
    • Emotional
    • Physical
    • Development
    • Health
    • Nutrition
    • Literacy
    • Music
    • Play

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 Lists

Caldecott Award Winners
Newbery Award Winners
ALA Notable Children's Books

Recommended Children's Websites

American Library Association - Great Websites for Kids
California State Website - Just for Kids
California State Websites - Grades K - 5
Discovery Kids
NASA Kids' Club
National Geographic Kids
National Public Radio - Book Club for Kids
PBS Kids
U.S. Government - Official Kids' Portal
U.S. Government Websites for Kids - Ben's Guide

Children's Collection

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, 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.

Programs at the Library


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.

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.

Reference & Research

If you need help finding information or materials please don't hesitate to ask Library staff at the service desks, by phone at 626-355-7186 or via our email reference service at

Our goal is to provide excellent services to the public; no question is too large, or too small. We have an excellent print reference collection and access to online reference resources.

Online Databases


ReferenceUSA- Database of 14 million U.S. businesses contains verified, accurate data and is updated monthly. Information includes company name, executive title, business type, sales volume, year established and more.


EBSCOhost eBooks- Online non-fiction eBooks

Online Reference Books- eBooks on the Environment, Medicine, Science & Social Science

Overdrive - Downloadable eBooks and audiobooks, fiction and non-fiction

General Research - The world’s largest online family history resource, with 7 billion genealogical records from across the globe and millions of family trees. Access limited to in Library use only.

MasterFILE Complete- Provides full text for more than 2,000 general reference publications. Covers virtually every subject area of general interest. Also, contains full text for more than 1,000 reference books and over 164,400 primary source documents, as well as an Image Collection of over 502,000 photos, maps & flags. Updated daily via EBSCOhost.

World Book Online- Encyclopedia covering a broad range of topics



ReferenceUSA – Find physicians and dentists

Kids & Teens

Novelist K-8- Comprehensive reading recommendations for fiction and nonfiction titles, includes award winners and lexile reading levels

World Book Online for Kids- Encyclopedia covering a broad range of topics

World Book Online Info Finder (for older kids)- Encyclopedia covering a broad range of topics

World Book Online Reference Center (Teen & Adult)- Encyclopedia covering a broad range of topics

World Book Online Spanish version- Encyclopedia covering a broad range of topics

Literature & Authors

Biography in Context- Over 600,000 online biographies

NoveList- Comprehensive reading recommendations for fiction and nonfiction titles, includes award winners and book discussion guides

Search Sierra Madre Library and Beyond- Global information sources from OCLC's Worldcat in all formats — books, full text, electronic books and journals, Web-based articles, and audio and video recordings — from the full range of recorded history.


Biography in Context- Over 600,000 online biographies

ReferenceUSA – US Standard White Pages

You will need a valid Sierra Madre Public Library card & PIN/password to access most of these databases if you are not within the Library. Once authenticated, you can browse between databases without further requests to log in.

Friends of the Sierra Madre Library Fund:, Biography In Context, NoveList, ReferenceUSA, and World Book Online databases.

My Library Account

My Library Account is a record of your personal information at the library, items currently checked out, requested items, overdue items, and any fines/fees you may have.

To log into your personal account you will first need to obtain a PIN (Personal Identification Number) created by you at the Library with a staff member.

Once you have established a PIN you may access your personal information from home via the Internet.

PIN/password may contain letters and/or numbers and should be at least 4 characters long.

ACCESS to My Library Account:

Click on My Library Account

At the prompt, enter your 14 digit library card number (omit spaces)

Type in your PIN and press enter or click the “Submit Button”

Once you are logged in to My LibraryAccount you can:

View items checked out

Renew items

Request checked out items ($1.00 fee)

Modify your PIN

Modify your email address

View your fines and fees

Search the Catalog

Set up preferred searches

Reset forgotten PIN


If you have forgotten your PIN you can reset it by email if you have a valid email address in your account.

On the account login page, click on the Forgot your PIN link.