Pasadena Tournament of Roses Debuts an Impressive Replica Little Free Library

By Margret Aldrich

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses® unveiled an official Little Free Library® in celebration of Read Across America Day. The replica of Tournament House, the headquarters to the Rose Parade® and Rose Bowl Game®, is filled with books for the community to enjoy and provides a space for book-sharing. 

“Little Free Library’s mission is to be a catalyst for building community, inspiring readers, and expanding book access for all. We do that through a network of volunteers across the globe,” said Greig Metzger, Little Free Library Executive Director.  “We are excited to work with the Pasadena Tournament of Roses volunteers as they help share books and are thrilled by the custom Tournament House replica Little Free Library that will be an impactful addition to our network.”

The Tournament House served as the model for the Little Free Library.
The finished Tournament House replica Little Free Library.

In addition to the impressive new Little Free Library, volunteer members of the Tournament of Roses “book bombed” other little libraries throughout the Pasadena area, stocking them with books donated by Literati, a subscription book club company that curates books for all ages. Last month, the Tournament of Roses was able to get 10,000 books into the hands of local children (ages 5-12) thanks to the generous donation by Literati. 

“Literati is passionate about increasing early childhood literacy. Thanks to partners like The Pasadena Tournament of Roses and Little Free Library, so many families in Pasadena will have access to vibrant kids books,” said Vanessa Castañeda, Director of Philanthropy at Literati.  “When a child learns how to read, they unlock their potential to learn how to do anything.”

Tournament of Roses volunteers “book bomb” Little Free Libraries with books provided by Literati.

In another way to honor Read Across America Day, a handful of the Tournament of Roses’ 935 volunteer members will serve as virtual guest readers to students across the Pasadena Unified School District and community organizations. For the past several years, members have taken time to encourage a love for reading with area students. 

Known for the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game, the famed Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association may entertain the world once a year, but the organization prides itself in giving back to the community all year long.

From Tournament of Roses President Bob Miller: “As our country and community emerge from this pandemic, perhaps on the minds of many is the recognition of the importance of literacy and reading. The Association’s Little Free Library—carefully, skillfully, and lovingly built by Kevin Sommerfield, the husband of Executive Committee Vice President, Terry Madigan—is a small but mighty reminder of the importance of reading to learn, have fun, and enjoy daily peace of mind.”

Watch a video of the Little Free Library creation here!

March 2, 2021. Source: Tournament of Roses

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