If you would like to receive monthly email reminders of our teen events, please email Jane Gov: email@example.com
What’s happening in our community? We need your opinions. Just show up, discuss topics of interest to youth in the community and/or participate in the training. Great for anyone who wants to gain leadership skills, public speaking, and cares about the community. To sign up, email Jane Gov at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wednesday, February 7 • 4-6 p.m. • Central Library/Studio on 4th
- Wednesday, March 7 • 4-6 p.m. • Central Library/Studio on 4th
Nothing this month. Check back later for more contests and competitions!
Pasadena Mental Health Day – author panel
Power of Fiction: Join authors Brandy Colbert (Little & Lion), Kerry Kletter (The First Time She Drowned), Lauren Miller (All Things New), and Marisa Reichardt (Underwater), with moderator Jenny Driscoll of Peace From Panic, as they discuss how reading fiction can positively impact our mental and emotional health, and can help people–especially youth–cope with mental health challenges.
- Saturday, May 19, 2018 – More info to be announced soon
Pasadena Loves YA
September 2018 – authors to be announced in Spring. For more info, visit pasadenateenbookfestival.com
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.
- Warcross by Marie Lu: Monday, February 5 • 6 p.m. • Central Library/Teen Central
- The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis: Monday, March 5 • 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 Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye: Saturday, February 24 • 3 p.m. • Linda Vista
- Nemesis by Brenden Reichs: Saturday, March 24 • 3 p.m. • Linda Vista
Need help with your homework? Drop by and one of our volunteers can help you.
- General Homework Help – up to 8th grade: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-6pm • Central Library/Children’s Story Room
- Math Homework Help – up to 12th grade: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-5:30 • La Pintoresca Branch Library
HARVARD, BERKELEY OR BUST? What does it take to get admitted to the most selective schools in the country? Insights into Highly Selective College Admissions
Stanford admitted just 4.8% of all freshmen applicants in the fall of 2016. Harvard admitted 5.3%. Columbia, 6.1%. Learn how students who are accepted to the nation’s most selective colleges set themselves apart from other highly impressive applicants. Gain a unique perspectives from people who’ve seen thousands of applications – and hopefully improve your chances of admission to these colleges. While we don’t believe that prestigious colleges are necessarily better, we want students interested in these schools to have straight answers about what it will really take to have a shot at getting in. Sponsored by Collegewise. For students ages 12-19 and their parents. To sign up for a reminder, email email@example.com.
- Tuesday, Feb. 20 • 6:30 p.m. • Central Library/Children’s Story Room
OPPORTUNITIES FOR LEARNING: Free Summer School for High School Students
Come learn about this free opportunity for high school students. This summer school program offers you the chance to retake a class for a better grade, get caught up on credits, or take a fun elective. OFL’s guided independent study model allows you to work at a 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 for OFL is easy and returning to your home school in the fall is totally seamless. For high school students and parents; no sign up necessary to attend. For more info, contact Jane Gov: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tuesday, Apr. 3 • 6:30 p.m. • Central Library/Children’s Story Room
HOW TO WRITE GREAT COLLEGE ESSAYS
Many great students write average (even bad) college essays—epistles about “life lessons learned from football” or “how my trip to Europe broadened my cultural horizons.” Better tales are there for the writing! This workshop will offer suggestions for finding and sharing your best stories and yes, we’ll tell you the three over-used topics. Presented by Collegewise counselor Kailey Hockridge. For students and parents. Sign up for a reminder: email@example.com
- Tuesday, Apr. 17 • 6:30 p.m. • Central Library/Children’s Story Room
teen brunch club: pet-o-meter
How smart is what you’re wearing? You can hack it to be much smarter with E-Textiles. Using conductive thread you’ll stitch soft circuits into costumes and everyday wear. You will even use sensors to make your creations respond to you!! For teen 12-19 years old.
- Saturday, February 10 • 11 a.m. • Linda Vista Branch
How smart is what you’re wearing? You can be much smarter with E-Textiles using conductive thread to stitch soft circuits into costumes and everyday wear. You can even use sensors to make your creations respond to you! Learn to sew a stuffed animal with a recordable voice chip. For ages 10-18. To sign up, email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wednesdays, February 14 & 21 • 5-7 p.m. • Central Library/Studio on 4th
Discover what the staff at Allendale has in store for you! Build something, make something and learn something! A fun adventure awaits – don’t miss it! For teens only.
- Thursday, February 13 • 3 p.m. • Allendale Branch
- Thursday, March 13 • 3 p.m. • Allendale Branch
INVENT WITH MAKEY MAKEY
Ever played Mario on Play-Doh or Piano on Bananas? Turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet with Makey Makey. It’s a simple invention kit for beginners and experts incorporating art, engineering and everything in between. For ages 8-14. To sign up, email email@example.com.
- Wednesday, February 28 • 5-7 p.m. • Central Library/Studio on 4th
Explore the world of robotics by making a talking toy! For ages 12+. To sign up, call (626) 744-7272.
- Tuesday, March 27 • 4 p.m. • Santa Catalina Branch
The FanFilm Awards is a celebration of fan made films, independently produced, based upon the theme(s) of original fictional stories or character(s). FanFilm Awards hosts films online and locally – in Los Angeles, CA – to support creative talents and a community of film lovers. Join us for live script readings, screenings of fanfilms, and awards ceremonies. Free. No registration required.
- Tuesday, February 6 • 5-9 p.m. • Central Library/Story Room
- Wednesday, February 7 • 5-9 p.m. • Central Library/Story Room
- Thursday, February 8 • 5-9 p.m. • Central Library/Story Room
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.
- Saturday, February 10 • 2-4 p.m. • Central Library/Story Room
- Saturday, March 10 • 2-4 p.m. • Central Library/Story Room
at Santa Catalina Branch: Teens, go crazy over the latest anime and Japanese treats! Join us for a special screening.
- Saturday, March 10 • 1 p.m. • Santa Catalina
- Saturday, April 14 • 1 p.m. • Santa Catalina
- Saturday, May 12 • 1 p.m. • Santa Catalina
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 February 12 & February 19) • 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+.
- Saturday, March 3 • 1 p.m. • Santa Catalina Branch
- Saturday, April 7 • 1 p.m. • Santa Catalina Branch
- Saturday, May 5 • 1 p.m. • Santa Catalina Branch
teen GAME NIGHT
Join us for board games, video games and pizza. We have Nintendo Switch and Xbox One. For ages 12-19. To sign up, email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wednesday, March 14 • 6-8 p.m. • Central Library/Teen Central
Book into Film Movie Night
Join us for a screening and discussion of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children based on the book by Ransom Riggs. Popcorn and pizza provided. For ages 14+
- Wednesday, April 18 • 5-7:30 p.m. • Central Library/Teen Central
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, February 22 • 6-7:30 p.m. • Central Library/Teen Central
- Thursday, March 29 • 6-7:30 p.m. • Central Library/Teen Central
Teen Events Calendar
The Pasadena Public Library accepts volunteers ages 13-17.
Central Library: Accepting applicants for Event Help and Special Projects. Homework Help application period will open in August 2017. Teen Zine application period will open in December 2017. Book Reviewers application period is closed. Teen Advisory Board recruitment period is closed.
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 email@example.com. Email is preferable. All volunteer opportunities are by appointment only.
Allendale Branch: Not currently accepting teen volunteers.
Hastings Branch: Accepting applicants for Homework Helpers and general help. To apply: Turn in your application at Hastings Branch Library, Attn: Tara Smith. For info: (626) 744-7262 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hill Avenue Branch: Not currently accepting teen volunteers.
Lamanda Park Branch: Not currently accepting teen volunteers.
La Pintoresca Branch: Accepting applicants for Homework Helpers and general help. To apply: Turn in your application at La Pintoresca Branch Library, Attn: Rosa Cesaretti. For info: (626) 744-7268 or email email@example.com
Linda Vista Branch: Not currently accepting teen volunteers.
San Rafael Branch: Not currently accepting teen volunteers.
Santa Catalina Branch: Not currently accepting teen volunteers.
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.
**Stay tuned to your emails. These are updated monthly.**
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.
Thu. Feb 1st, 4-8pm @ Central. Educator Night: food set up, cleanup, checkin table; good customer service, professional appearance. In Studio on 4th floor. Indicate 4-6 AND/OR 6-8.
Sat. Feb 3rd, 11-5 @ Central. Big Read 1: directional, checking in people, cleanup. In Auditorium and around library. I will be working this day, but I will not be running this event, so I cannot tell you exactly what you’ll be expected to do. You will check in with another designated staff member and get instructions from them. You may volunteer the entire shift, or from 11-2, or 2-5.
Mon. Feb 5th, 6-7pm @ Central. YA Book Club: read Warcross by Marie Lu 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 meeting room.
Tue. Feb 6th, 4:30-8:30pm (4:30-6:30 OR 6:30-8:30) @ Central. FanFilm Festival: set up, clean up, popcorn, ushering. In Children’s Room.
Wed. Feb 7th, 4-6pm @ Central. Youth Network: we need your opinions. Just show up, discuss topics of interest to youth in the community and/or participate in the training. Great for anyone who wants to gain leadership skills, public speaking, and cares about the community. In Studio on 4th floor
Wed. Feb 7th, 4:30-8:30pm (4:30-6:30 OR 6:30-8:30) @ Central. FanFilm Festival: set up, clean up, popcorn, ushering. In Children’s Room.
Thu. Feb 8th, 4:30-8:30pm (4:30-6:30 OR 6:30-8:30) @ Central. FanFilm Festival: set up, clean up, popcorn, ushering. In Children’s Room.
Fri. Feb 9th, 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. In Coffee Patio. Check in with Friends of the Library volunteers.
Sat. Feb 10th, 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. In Coffee Patio. Check in with Friends of the Library volunteers.
Wed. Feb 14th, 5-7pm @ Central. E-Textiles-session 1: an educational opportunity. Learn about electronic textiles, conductive sewing, and create a talking and light up doll. The skills will be useful for some of our summer STEAM events. In Studio on 4th floor
Tue. Feb 20th, 6:30-7:30pm @ Central. Harvard, Berkeley or Bust? Highly Selective College Admissions: an educational opportunity. Interested in attending a highly selective college? Attend this presentation. In Story Room.
Wed. Feb 21st, 5-7pm @ Central. E-Textiles-session 2: building on the previous week’s workshop, an educational opportunity. Learn about electronic textiles, conductive sewing, and create a talking and light up doll. The skills will be useful for some of our summer STEAM events. In Studio on 4th floor
Thu. Feb 22nd, 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. In Teen Central meeting room.
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!
Click on the Teen Zine cover to view the latest issue of the Teen Zine:
Teen Zine Archive
- Midnight at the Electric — Teen Reviewreview by John Chon, age 15 Midnight at the Electric was an electrifying book. It took me through three different timelines as the main character explores them all through a series of letters she receives. Adri, our protagonist, is chosen to live on Mars with others already there. She is an emotionless person who lacks […]
- How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child — Teen Reviewreview by Nina Dinan, age 14 How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child by Sandra Uwiringiyimana with Abigail Pesta This is a story of loss and discovery, of grief and triumph, and of unflagging resilience in the face of tragedy and hardship. Sandra Uwiringiyimana lives with her family in a yellow house in Uvira, […]
- Dear Martin — Teen Reviewreview by Jacob Chon, age 15 Dear Martin by Nic Stone Justyce McAllister is a normal, African American high-school student who lives in the lower income part of town. Although his financial standing is disadvantageous, he has a scholarship to a prestigious private school. Justyce is a rising star in the debate team and has his circle […]
- Teen Advisory Board — January 2018Pasadena Public Library, Teen Advisory Board, 1/22/2018 Present: Brittany, Chris, Denisse, Enrique, Faith, John, Jonathan G, Kristina, Maya, Sophie, Thomas Focus of January meeting: STEAM, succession plan, SRC graphics Agenda Discussion (45 minutes) STEAM Makey Makey for kids Feb 28 (starts 5pm) – Chris, Jonathan G, Denisse Gamemaker for teens Apr […]
- Black Swan Green –Teen Reviewreview by Kristina Yin, age 17 Black Swan Green by David Mitchell Black Swan Green is the spiritual descendant of coming-of-age books like Catcher in the Rye and Great Expectations, but because of its modernity and realism, it is far more interesting and relatable than its ancestors. Although it is not a page-turner or has a particularly interesting […]
- The Sandcastle Empire — Teen Reviewreview by John Chon, age 15 The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson Summary: When all hope is gone, how do you survive? Before the war, Eden’s life was easy—air conditioning, ice cream, long days at the beach. Then the revolution happened, and everything changed. Now a powerful group called the Wolfpack controls the earth and its resources. Eden has […]
- Generation One — Teen Reviewreview by Jacob Chon, age 15 Generation One by Pittacus Lore Generation One follows Taylor, a teenage girl living in a sleepy Midwest town. She enjoys the monotony of life and plans to take over the family farm when she grows old enough. Having survived an alien invasion with minimal consequences, Taylor’s life seems normal. However, she begins […]