Ray Bradbury (1920-2012) was a prolific and beloved author of novels, essays, plays and poems and a mentor to young writers and creators. He was a life-long user of libraries as well as an outspoken and articulate public library advocate. Bradbury lived in Southern California for more than 75 years and in his later years many of his plays were performed at South Pasadena’s own Fremont Center Theatre. Given Bradbury’s significant contributions to public libraries and the South Pasadena community, in 2013 the South Pasadena Public Library’s Conference Room was renamed the “Ray Bradbury Conference Room”. In 2016 Bradbury was inducted into the California Library Hall of Fame. To learn more about Ray Bradbury, visit the author's official website.
The Ray Bradbury Collection, hosted in the Conference Room and local history archive, contains ephemera, photos, first edition Bradbury books, and vintage paperbacks.
Proposed Ray Bradbury Fused Glass Public Artwork
The Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library are raising funds to enable the Library to commission a unique work of art designed by local artist Tim Carey Carey has designed a stunning triptych for the Library's Ray Bradbury Conference Room that pays tribute to the author's life and work. The fused glass artwork will be created at the world-renowned Judson Studios in South Pasadena. To learn more about Judson Studios, borrow a copy of the newly released Judson: Innovation in Stained Glass from the Library. To read Tim Carey's concept statement about the work, click here.
"Live Forever" concept sketch design copyright Tim Carey, Tim Carey Studio
Ray Bradbury Centennial
August 22, 2020 marks the centennial of Ray Bradbury's birth. Libraries and other organizations around the country are celebrating the author in a variety of ways. The South Pasadena Public Library will participate in the Ray Bradbury Read-a-Thon organized by the Bradbury Centennial. The Read-a-Thon will be streamed on a variety of platforms. For more information read our press release.
Ray Bradbury Archive
The Ray Bradbury Archive contains ephemera, photographs, newspaper articles, and press releases related to Bradbury’s influence on South Pasadena. A comprehensive list of materials in the collection can be found with our Finding Aids, listed under MC0016 (or “Ray Bradbury Archive”).
Please contact the Local History Librarian at email@example.com or (626) 403-7359 if you are interested in accessing this collection.
The Ray Bradbury Collection includes approximately 150 titles. These include autographed copies, first editions, pulp paperbacks, international editions, short story collections, and magazine features. All books in this collection are non-circulating and available exclusively for reference use. Click here to browse the collection in the Library catalog. Circulating materials by and about Bradbury can also be found in the catalog.