If you would like to receive monthly email reminders of our teen events, please email Jane Gov: email@example.com
Teen Line is a nonprofit, community-based organization that helps troubled teenagers address their problems. Their mission is to provide personal teen-to-teen education and support before problems accelerate to a crisis, using a national hotline, current technologies and community outreach. Learn more about what Teen Line does and how you can take action to help your peers.
- Wednesday, June 7 • 4-6 p.m. • Central Library/Studio on 4th
WOLVES AT BAY RESOURCE FAIR & WORKSHOPS
Find out how you can volunteer or make a difference against bullying in our community. Wolves at Bay is an anti-bullying campaign working to create sustainable community programs against bullying. Will have workshops about suicide prevention and bystander intervention. All ages are welcome; no sign up necessary. For more information, contact Jane Gov at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Wednesday, July 12 • 6-8 p.m. • Central Library/South Lawn (Walnut St. side)
FIRST AID 101
Learn basic first aid to use in an emergency. Recommended for teens who babysit or care for their younger siblings. Sponsored by the Huntington Hospital.
- Saturday, July 29 • 11 a.m. • Linda Vista Branch
Nothing this month. Check back later for more Contest and Competitions!
Nothing this month. Check back later for more author visits!
YA Book Club
Join us for a book discussion for teens and adults. Having trouble getting a book? Call (626) 744-4246 or email Jane Gov at email@example.com to request a copy or receive a reminder. For ages 14+. This meeting is facilitated by a Teen Advisory Board member.
- Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton: Monday, June 5 • 6 p.m. • Central Library/Teen Central
- Pasadena by Sherri Smith: Monday, July 3 • 6 p.m. • Central Library/Teen Central
Linda Vista Teen Book Club
Do you love alternate realities, epic battles for planet earth, suspense, and ridiculous comedy? If so, then the Linda Vista Teen Book Club is looking for members of all abilities who are excited to read and talk about all kinds of books! For ages 13+. To learn more, please contact Deborah Takahashi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness: Saturday, June 24 • 3 p.m. • Linda Vista Branch
- 47 Ronin by Mike Richardson: Saturday, July 29 • 3 p.m. • Linda Vista Branch
Opportunities for Learning: Free Summer School for High School Students
Here’s an opportunity to retake a class for a better grade, get caught up on credits or take a fun elective. Opportunities for Learning’s guided independent study model allows you to work at the pace that best matches your preferred learning style, spend more one-on-one time with your teacher on difficult concepts, and move quickly through subjects in which you excel. Signing up is easy and returning to your home school in the fall is totally seamless. To sign up, call (626) 744-4246.
- Tuesday, June 13 • 6:30 p.m. • Central Library’s Children’s Story Room
SAT® Practice Tests
Get an early start on the SAT® by taking a practice test proctored and scored by Revolution Prep. Test scores will be available the following week. Please bring pencils, a calculator, water and a snack. Test is approximately four hours.
- Saturday, July 8 • 10:30 a.m. • Hastings Branch: Register by calling (626) 744-7262.
- Thursday, July 27 • 1 p.m. • Central Library/Donald Wright Auditorium: Register by calling (626) 744-4246.
ACT® Practice Tests
Get ready for the official ACT® by taking a practice test proctored and scored by Revolution Prep. Test scores will be available the following week. Please bring pencils, a calculator, water and a snack. Test is approximately four hours.
- Thursday, July 13 • 1 p.m. • Central Library/Donald Wright Auditorium: Register by calling (626) 744-4246.
- Saturday, Aug. 26 • 10:30 a.m. • Hastings Branch: Register by calling (626) 744-7262.
A great college essay communicates all the necessary information about you as a person. Learn what college admissions committees look for in a candidate. Get help writing an essay that best showcases your strengths. Presented by College Access Plan (CAP). To sign up, call (626) 744-7278.
- Saturday, July 15 • 11 a.m. • Linda Vista Branch
Helping First-Generation Parents Navigate College Admissions
Learning to navigate the road to college admissions with your high school student can be difficult but even more so when English is not your first language. Many first-generation families feel lost and do not understand where to go to access free resources because most instructions are in English only. Find the tools you need in the language you speak to better support and assist your child during the college admissions process. Translations will be provided in Spanish and Chinese. Presented by FLEX. To sign up, call (626) 744-4246.
- Tuesday, Aug. 29 • 6:30 p.m. • Central Library/Children’s Story Room
Green Screen Fun
How would you like to picture yourself in situations you never imagined? Create amazing photo and video scenarios using the green screen and photo editing software. To sign up, call (626) 744-7262.
- Tuesday, June 13 • 4 p.m. • Hastings Branch
Teen DIY Clothespin Lamp
Have fun creating your very own unique clothespin lamp. All materials provided. To sign up, call (626) 744-7272.
- Tuesday, June 13 • 4 p.m. • Santa Catalina Branch
Learn the process of filmmaking and get started on a short film. Learn the main phases of film production: screenwriting, pre-production, post-production and distribution. To sign up, call (626) 744-4246 or email Jane Gov at email@example.com.
- Wednesday, June 14 • 4-6 p.m. • Central Library/Teen Central
Teen Brunch Club: Mixed Media Art Workshop
Teens of all abilities are welcome to create a work of art using a variety of mediums in the library!
- Saturday, July 8 • 11 a.m. • Linda Vista Branch
Design & Paint a T-shirt
Paint a T-shirt by making your own stencil. Guides, supplies and some designs provided, but you can bring in your own ideas, too. To sign up, call (626) 744-4246 or email Jane Gov at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate the T-shirt size and color you would like to paint. For teens only.
- Saturday, July 8 • 3-5 p.m. • Central Library/Studio on 4th
Learn tips and tricks to take beautiful photographs. Presented by photographer Diana Keeler. To sign up, call (626) 744-7278.
- Wednesday, July 19 • 3:30 p.m. • Linda Vista Branch
Design a Storyboard
Storyboards are visual stories of a film sequence, illustrated panel by panel, like a comic book. Learn about storyboards and design your own commercial. To sign up, call (626) 744-4246 or email Jane Gov at email@example.com.
- Wednesday, July 26 • 4:30-6 p.m. • Central Library/Teen Central
at Central Library: Enjoy this month’s special edition of the Anime Club, with Japanese snacks and the newest manga in the library’s collection. 2 hours.
- Monday, June 12 • 5-7 p.m.
- Monday, July 10 • 5-7 p.m.
at Santa Catalina Branch: Teens, go crazy over the latest anime and Japanese treats! Join us for a special screening.
- Tuesday, May 30 • 4 p.m.
- Tuesday, June 27 • 4 p.m.
- Saturday, July 8 • 1 p.m.
Smash Bros Club
Settle it at the Library! Super Smash Bros for WiiU has arrived and the battles are heating up! Every Monday you can challenge your friends, make new rivals and learn new tricks! Pick up a GameCube remote and prepare to send foes flying! For ages 13 +.
- Mondays (except May 29) • 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. • Hastings Branch
Super Smash Bros Tournament
Stop by for an afternoon of epic battles and a whole lot of fun with the Super Smash Bros for WiiU. The winner will earn an awesome prize! For ages 12+.
- Tuesday, June 6 • 4 p.m. • Santa Catalina Branch
- Saturday, July 1 • 1 p.m. • Santa Catalina Branch
Teen Screenwriting Workshop
Are you interested in writing and making movies? Join us for a hands-on scriptwriting workshop. Learn scriptwriting basics, including plot, characters, scenes, dialogue and more. To sign up, call (626) 744-7262.
- Tuesday, July 18 • 4 p.m. • Hastings Branch
Are you a novelist or poet, or do you just simply love writing? Want to meet or write with others who share this same passion? Join us for an informal session where you can meet other teens, do a few writing exercises, talk about writing, bounce ideas around and share your work. Stories and poems produced during these sessions will also be considered for our Teen Zine.
- Thursday, June 29 • 6 p.m. • Central Library/Teen Central
- Thursday, July 27 • 6 p.m. • Central Library/Teen Central
Teen Events Calendar
The Pasadena Public Library accepts volunteers ages 13-17.
Central Library: Accepting applicants for Book Reviewers, Event Help and Special Projects. Teen Advisory Board will open recruitment in May 2017. Homework Help application period will open in July 2017. Teen Zine application period will open in August 2017.
To apply, (1) Turn in your application at the Central Library, Children’s Desk, and (2) If you do not receive an email or phone call within seven days, please contact Jane Gov at (626) 744-4246 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Email is preferable. All volunteer opportunities are by appointment only.
Allendale Branch: For info, contact Ruzanna Margaryan at (626) 744-7260.
Hastings Branch: Accepting applicants for Homework Helpers. To apply: Turn in your application at Hastings Branch Library, Attn: Tara Smith. For info: (626) 744-7262 or email email@example.com
Hill Avenue Branch: Seeking volunteer to help with the Seed Library. Requirements: legible handwriting, work independently, crafts, other tasks as assigned. To apply: To apply: Turn in your application at Hill Avenue Branch Library, Attn: Jean Penn. For info: (626) 744-7264.
Lamanda Park Branch: Limited opportunities. Contact Cherie Johnston at (626) 744-7266
La Pintoresca Branch: Accepting applicants for Homework Helpers. To apply: Turn in your application at La Pintoresca Branch Library, Attn: Rosa Cesaretti. For info: (626) 744-7268 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda Vista Branch: Not currently accepting teen volunteers.
San Rafael Branch: Not currently accepting teen volunteers.
Santa Catalina Branch: Limited opportunities. To apply: Turn in your application at the Santa Catalina Branch Library, Attn: Tanya Franchini. For info call (626) 744-7272.
Villa Parke Branch: Not currently accepting teen volunteers.
For teen volunteers who love to read and have good writing skills. Earn 2 hours for each approved review. Reviews will be credited with the reviewers’ full name and grade. They will be published in our Teen Zine and on our Teens Blog. Review guidelines and how to get started at: http://pasadena-library.net/teens/book-reviewers/
Central, Hastings Branch, and La Pintoresca Branch are seeking after school homework helpers.
La Pintoresca Branch requirements: (1) Ages 12-17 years of age, (2) enjoys working with children, (3) ability to help kids in grades K-5 with math, language arts, and reading, (4) reliable and patient, (5) shifts are Monday-Friday from 2:30-5:30 ~ schedule negotiable with volunteer supervisor.
Hastings Branch requirements: (1) Ages 15-18, (2) commit to at least one weekly shift for twelve weeks, (3) ability to help kids in grades K-5, (4) reliable and good with kids, (5) shifts are Monday and/or Wednesday from 3:30-5:30.
Central Library requirements: (1) Ages 15-18, (2) commit to at least one weekly shift for twelve weeks, (3) ability to help kids in grades K-8, (4) very reliable and good with kids, (5) recommendation letter signed by a supervising adult (such as a teacher, coach, tutor, employer, or club advisor), (6) shifts are Tuesday-Thursday from 4-6pm.
Teen Advisory Board
Looking to be more involved in your community? You might be a good fit for the Teen Advisory Board (TAB). This is perfect for those seeking to gain leadership and work experience. Meetings take place at Central Library. Please apply by submitting a volunteer application.
What does TAB do?
- Implement change in our community and library
- Promote library services
- Advocate for teen and youth services
What is TAB currently up to? (updated 5/2017)
- Sustain and implement the Teen Mental Health Initiative
- Facilitate the monthly YA Book Club
- Facilitate the monthly Teen Writers Meetup
- Design the annual Murder Mystery and Summer Reading programs
- Recommend events and programs—and whenever possible, execute ideas
- Lead key events
- Select books for the library
- Contribute to the library Teens Blog and Teen Zine
- Maintain the online reading lists and online resources
- Advise the library staff on any teen-related issues and programs
- Establish and design new teen-related initiatives and projects
- At least 1 mandatory monthly meeting ~ meetings are currently on the third Monday evening of each month at 6pm, 90 minutes
- Participation in online discussions, committee work, and pre-meeting assignments
- Year round commitment
- Possible additional individual project/responsibility
- Wants to be a leader or gain skills to become a good leader
- Cares about our library and the wellness of teens in our community
- Excellent communication skills and highly dedicated
- Ability to work well independently and with the rest of TAB
- TAB Participation Rules listed at the bottom of this page
TAB members are selected and tasks assigned on the discretion of the TAB supervisor. Members invited to the official roster are based on a variety of observations–demonstrated dedication, skills, behavior, and abilities stated above.
Learn more about TAB: http://pasadena-library.net/teens/teen-advisory-board/
To review past TAB agendas: http://pasadena-library.net/teens/tag/teen-advisory-board/
TEEN ZINE TEAM
Design, write, edit, assemble the Pasadena Public Library Teen Zine. Please indicate whether you have strengths in: writing (you’ll be asked to write event recaps, compiling annotated lists, or sometimes opinion pieces), editing stories or articles, graphic design (preferably intermediate or advanced skills in MS Word or MS Publisher). I am seeking teens to write event recaps and take photos, however this can only be done if volunteers attend events at the library. I am especially seeking teens to attend teen events at our branch libraries and write about them.
- Shifts for writing and editing are year round. This can be done independently.
- Shifts for designing and assembling the zine are as needed, but will probably be Mon, Wed, OR Fri 4-6pm OR a Tue after 6pm or Thu after 5pm. Usually we work for about 2-3 months at a time, then take a 2-3 month break.
If interested, please indicated your usual availability during the school year and strengths/what you want to work with.
To volunteer for any shifts, you must be signed up as a teen volunteer for Pasadena Public Library, and sign up for shifts with the supervising librarian.
Seeking very neat crafters and artists to make children’s flannel boards (example in link below). Schedule will be worked out with Jane Gov, Librarian, at Central Library.
**Stay tuned to your emails. These are updated monthly.**
July event help and special projects volunteer opportunities are below. As always, you must sign up for a shift if you’re interested. And please read the descriptions carefully.
Mon. July 3rd, 6-7pm @ Central. YA Book Club: read Pasadena by Sherri Smith before attending the book club, and be prepared to discuss the book. (3 hours awarded if you read the book and participate in the discussion) In Teen Central office.
Thu. July 6th, 2-4 pm OR 6-8pm @ Central. Project: make buttons, origami, and crafts. Must be good with crafts and folding.
Sat. July 8th, 2:30-5:30pm @ Central. Tshirt Painting: setup, cleanup; paint a tshirt. In Studio on 4th.
Mon. July 10th, 2-4pm @ Central. Project: make buttons, origami, and crafts. Must be good with crafts and folding.
Mon. July 10th, 5-7pm @ Central. Anime Afternoon: watch the movie and fill out a short review card afterwards, help clean up. In Studio on 4th.
Wed. July 12, 5:30-8:30pm @ Central. Wolves at Bay – anti-bullying event: attend workshops about bystander intervention and suicide prevention. Setup. Cleanup. In Story Room.
Thu. July 13th, 2-4 pm OR 6-8pm @ Central. Project: make buttons, origami, and crafts. Must be good with crafts and folding.
Thu. July 13th, 1-5pm @ Central. Practice ACT test: if you’re taking the ACT this year, you can take this practice ACT test. In Auditorium.
Fri. July 14th, 2:30-4pm @ Central. Book Sale: set up. In Friends book shop. If they do not need help this day, we’ll assign another project.
Sat. July 15th, 11am-12:30 @ Central. Book Sale: clean up. In Friends book shop. If they do not need help this day, we’ll assign another project.
Sat. July 15th, 2-4pm @ Central. Project: make buttons, origami, and crafts. Must be good with crafts and folding.
Mon. July 17th, 2-4pm @ Central. Project: make buttons, origami, and crafts. Must be good with crafts and folding.
Thu. July 20th, 2-4 pm OR 6-8pm @ Central. Project: make buttons, origami, and crafts. Must be good with crafts and folding.
Sat. July 22th, 2-4pm @ Central. Project: make buttons, origami, and crafts. Must be good with crafts and folding.
Wed. July 26th, 4-6pm @ Central. Storyboarding: come learn about how to design a storyboard for a commercial or film. In Studio on 4th.
Thu. July 27th, 1-5pm @ Central. Practice SAT test: if you’re taking the SAT this year, you can take this practice SAT test. In Auditorium.
Thu. July 27th, 6-7:30pm @ Central. Teen Writers: Join us for an informal session where you can meet with other teens, do a few writing exercises, talk about writing, bounce ideas, and share your work. Stories and poems produced during these sessions will also be considered for our Teen Zine. In Teen Central.
Sat. July 29th, 2:30-4:30pm @ Central. Avengers Adventure: setup, cleanup, help with party stuff. In Studio on 4th.
The Teen Zine is a bi-annual publication that features writing, photos, book lists, and articles by or about teens at the library. Pick up a copy at the library or view it online. See if you or someone you know is featured!
To see more about how we make the Teen Zine click HERE for a poster on the Teen Zine process.
Click on the Teen Zine cover to view the latest issue of the Teen Zine:
Teen Zine Archive
- Filmmaker 101 — Event Recaprecap by Brittany Romero, age 16 On June 14, “Filmmaker 101” kicked off the summer teen design programs at the
- Rebel of the SandsRebel of The Sands By Alwyn Hamilton Summary: “Amani is desperate to leave the dead-end town of Dustwalk, and she’s
- Teen Advisory Board — June 2017Pasadena Public Library, Teen Advisory Board, 6/19/2017 Present: Angel, Brittany, Chris, Genevieve, Isabella, Jonathan, Julia, Kara, KC, Lauren, Liliana, Lucy,
- Teen Line — Eventrecap by Nina Dinan, age 13 On June 7, the Pasadena Central Library hosted a presentation by Teen Line, a
- The Princess Bride — teen reviewreview by Kara Eng, age 18 The Princess Bride by William Goldman Summary: What happens when the most beautiful girl in
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower — Movie Discussionrecap by Genevieve Harvey, age 13 Many people feel uncomfortable talking about the issue of mental illness, and thinking about
- The Stranger Game — teen reviewReview by Alaina Joby, age 14 The Stranger Game by Cylin Busby Summary: When Nico Walker’s older sister mysteriously disappears, her