If you would like to receive monthly email reminders of our teen events, please email Jane Gov: email@example.com
PASADENA LOVES YA
Visit pasadenateenbookfestival.com online for a full author listing and information.
- Saturday, September 15 • noon-4 p.m. • Central Library
Teens: we need your opinions. Show up and discuss topics of interest to youth in the community and/or participate in the training. Great for those who want to gain leadership skills and public speaking experience and are interested in civic engagement. For ages 12-18. To sign up, email Jane Gov at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wednesday, September 5 • 4-5:30 p.m. • Central Library/Studio on 4th
Nothing this month. Check back later for more contests and competitions!
Pasadena Loves YA
Saturday September, 15 from 12-4pm at the Central Library.
For more info and full listing of authors, 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.
- Check back later for upcoming dates and titles.
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.
- Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman: Saturday, August 25 • 3 p.m. • Linda Vista
- Girl on a Plane by Miriam Moss: Saturday, September 22 • 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
Try the innovation lab
Our new Innovation Lab is open! The Innovation Lab allows you to explore and create using the labs 3D printers, computers with software for 3D
printing design, a sewing machine, an embroidery machine, a laser cutter and a Carvey. Users must have a valid Pasadena Public Library card in good
standing to use the lab during open hours. Users must also complete and sign the Innovation Lab User Agreement and attend an orientation before using the lab. For more information about equipment and upcoming orientations and workshops, visit pasadenapubliclibrary.net/steam.
Get Real! Virtual Reality @ PPL
Come on in and give Virtual Reality a try! We have Oculus Rift Touch–a Virtual Reality visor and handsets for the full VR experience. Walk on Mars,
visit the International Space Station, do some guided meditation, or try any of our many other available VR experiences. We’ve got something for everyone!
(Each session will be at least 15 minutes in length, depending on attendance). A signed waiver is required to use the equipment. For ages 13+.
- Monday, September 10 • 6-8 p.m. • Central Library/4th Floor Conference Room
sew it begins
Have a sewing machine but wondering how to get started? Join us for this beginner’s class and learn how to thread your machine, wind the bobbin,
choose stitches and adjust tension. Bring your own sewing machine, including all cords, needles and thread. Make and take home a small drawstring bag!
- Saturday, September 29 • 2-4 p.m. • Hastings Branch
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, September 20 • 3 p.m. • Allendale Branch
teen GAME Days
Join us for board games and video games on the Nintendo Switch and/or Xbox. Must play well with others. For ages 12-19. To sign up, call (626) 744-4246.
- Friday, September 7 • 4-5:30 p.m. • Central Library/4th Floor Conference Room
- Friday, September 21 • 4-5:30 p.m. • Central Library/4th Floor Conference 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, September 8 • 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.
- Tuesday, September 11 • 4 p.m. • Santa Catalina
Video Game Club
Intense competition and new rivals take center stage in this exclusive teen club! Join the 8-player madness on the big screen or ask for a 1v1 with the best players in Pasadena! Looking for something a bit friendlier? We have an additional GameCube and Wii setup with a huge selection of the best games! But that’s not all! The Switch is here! Drop by every Monday and try out all the new games as they release! For ages 14+.
- Mondays (except September 3) • 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. • Hastings Branch
Switch Hour at Santa Catalina
Stop by for an afternoon of gaming with the Nintendo Switch. For ages 12+.
- Tuesday, September 4 • 4 – 5 p.m. • Santa Catalina 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.
- Thursday, August 30 • 6-7:30 p.m. • Central Library/4th Floor Conference Room
- Thursday, September 27 • 6-7:30 p.m. • Central Library/4th Floor Conference Room
Teen Events Calendar
The Pasadena Public Library accepts volunteers ages 13-17.
Central Library: We accept applications year round for general library and events help volunteers. Any additional roles or opportunities are shared sporadically via the monthly volunteer opportunities email, which teen volunteers are automatically subscribed to when we receive your application.
We accept applications year round for Book Reviewers, Homework Helpers, Teen Advisory Board, Teen Zine, and Innovation Lab. Spots fill up and become vacant regularly, so if there is not an open spot at the moment you apply, your application will be kept on file and when roles become available, an announcement will be posted in the monthly volunteer opportunities email.
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 two weeks, please contact Jane Gov at (626) 744-4246 or email@example.com. Email is preferable. All volunteer opportunities are by appointment only.
Please note: It may take up to three weeks to receive a reply regarding your application.
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: Librarian. For info: (626) 744-7262
Hill Avenue Branch: Not currently accepting teen volunteers.
Lamanda Park Branch: Not currently accepting teen volunteers.
La Pintoresca Branch: Accepting applicants for LEGO Club, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
General Library & Events Help Volunteer applicants are accepted year-round at Central Library. These volunteers participate on an as-needed basis. Volunteers can choose their own shifts and sign up with the supervising librarian. If the spot is filled, the librarian will let the volunteer know when they sign up, but this rarely happens.
Examples of what these roles look like are below.
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.
SEEKING HOMEWORK HELPERS – If you would like to be a homework helper during the school year, please let me know.
- The commitment is a consistent weekly shift for at least 12 weeks (for the whole semester preferably).
- You must be at least 15 years old.
- And available for a Tue OR Thu shift from 4-6pm.
SEEKING DEPENDABLE WEEKLY VOLUNTEER FOR A VARIETY OF PROJECTS
- To make flannel board pieces for kids’ storytimes, other crafts, or other tasks assigned
- Must have great dexterity—like having good scissors skills
- Generally neat and good craft skills
- Other tasks may be assigned such as data entry
- Flexible hours, but it must be generally during times I’m in the library and commit to one 2-hour shift every week; we can work out a schedule for the month of Oct.
EVENT HELP & SPECIAL PROJECTS
You must sign up for a shift if you’re interested. Please read the descriptions carefully.
Mon. Oct 1st, 6-7pm @ Central. YA Book Club: read Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi 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.
Wed. Oct 3rd, 4-5:30pm @ Central. Youth Network: come give your opinions, join the discussion with other teens about youth issues in Pasadena. In Studio on 4th
Fri. Oct 5th, 4-6pm @ Central. Game Days: play video games or board games; interact with other teens. In Teen Central.
Fri. Oct 7th, 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. Coffee Patio. Check in with Friends of the Library volunteers.
Sat. Oct 8th, 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.
Thu. Oct 11th, 5:30-8:30pm @ Central. National Coming Out Day: help setup, cleanup, kids crafts, monitor areas or give directions. In the Library’s Front Lawn. Check in at the Library table (green tablecloth).
Tue. Oct 16th, 6:30-7:30pm @ Central. College Essays workshop: information session; volunteers will earn hours by attending this short info session about how to write essays for your college application. In Children’s Story Room
Fri. Oct 19th, 4-6pm @ Central. Game Days: play video games or board games; interact with other teens. In Teen Central.
Sat. Oct 20th, 1-6pm (choose a shift between 2-5 hours) @ VICTORY PARK. Fall Festival: run carnival games, hand out prizes to kids. At Victory Park (2575 Paloma St); look for the Library tent.
Thu. Oct 25th, 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.
Fri. Oct 26th, 5-8pm @ Central. Murder Mystery: setup, cleanup; the rest of the time you can participate in the murder mystery. (Reminder for TAB members –you have an earlier call time). In Studio on 4th. Sign up as a volunteer by email, and register online as well: https://pplmystery2018.eventbrite.com/
Thu. Nov 1st, 4-6pm @ Central. Special Project: prep for Young Readers League. Check in with Ms. Jane.
Fri. Nov 2nd, 4-6pm @ Central. Game Days: play video games or board games; interact with other teens. In Teen Central.
Mon. Nov 5th, 4-6pm @ Central. Special Project: prep for Young Readers League. Check in with Ms. Jane.
Mon. Nov 5th, 6-7pm @ Central. YA Book Club: read I’m Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erica L. Sanchez 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.
Wed. Nov 7th, 4-5:30pm @ Central. Youth Network: come give your opinions, join the discussion with other teens about youth issues in Pasadena. In Studio on 4th
Thu. Nov 8th, 6-8pm @ Central. Young Readers League Author Event: setup, cleanup, help with kids activities, crafts, & snacks. In Studio on 4th
Fri. Nov 16th, 4-5:30pm @ Central. Game Days: play video games or board games; interact with other teens. In Teen Central.
Thu. Nov 29th, 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.
Sat. Dec 1st, 9am-1pm @ Central. Minds in Motion Teen Art Show: setup, cleanup art show, and serve refreshments. In Studio on 4th. Check in with Ms. Jane.
Innovation Lab Monitor
Pasadena Public Library is seeking teen and adult volunteers to help monitor equipment, troubleshoot, and assist patrons with software and hardware in our new Innovation Lab at Central Library. Innovation Lab will include 3D printers, computers, sewing machine, and other similar equipment. We will provide training, but knowledge of technology such as 3D printers or computer software is highly preferred.
- 14+ years of age
- Ability to work independently
- Ability to provide positive customer service to a diverse population
- Weekly commitment to at least one 2-4 hour weekly shift for a minimum of twelve weeks
- Familiarity with 3D printers is preferred
Lab Hours : Tuesday and Thursday 4-8pm; Saturday and Monday 1-5pm
For more information, please email Jane Gov: email@example.com
La Pintoresca Branch Library is seeking volunteers to help with kids LEGO® Club.
- Ages 14 -17
- Must have experience with LEGOs®
- Enjoys working with children
- Schedule is flexible during summer to prepare LEGOs®
- Will need to be available one Monday per month
For more information, please call La Pintoresca Branch at (626) 744-7268.
The Teen Zine is a bi-annual publication that features writing, photos, book lists, artwork, interviews, and articles by or about teens at the library. This mini magazine is designed, edited, and assembled by a team of teen volunteers. It is shared with schools, administrators, public officials, youth advocates, and read by people from all over the community—even people on another continent!
Pick up a copy at the library or view it here 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
- I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives — Teen Reviewreview by Nina Dinan, age 15 I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives by Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda, with Liz Welch The story of how a middle school, pen pal assignment became a life-changing correspondence and friendship begins with two students, Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda. She […]
- Teen Advisory Board — October 2018Pasadena Public Library – Teen Advisory Board, 10/15/2018 Present: Armand, Liliana, Genevieve, Carolyn, Taleen, Chris, Liam, Sophie, Faith, Mckenna, Aminda, Lauren, Naomi, Brittany, Haile, Emilie, Jonathan Focus of October meeting: murder mystery run through Assignment: Finish murder mystery scripts and clues SCRIPTS – scripts need to be done, […]
- Just a Normal Tuesday — Teen Reviewreview by Aminda Zou, age 14 Just a Normal Tuesday by Kim Turrisi Summary: It’s just a normal Tuesday…until sixteen-year-old Kai finds a suicide note from her beloved older sister, Jen. Now Kai is the only child in a family reeling with grief. Unable to make sense of her sister’s choice, Kai begins to […]
- The City on the Other Side — Teen Reviewreview by Jacob Chon, age 15 The City on the Other Side by Mairghread Scott The City on the Other Side is a short and interesting novel about a young girl thrust into a war between fairies. Isabel, a daughter of a wealthy family, must learn how to play the part of a […]
- Pasadena Loves YA 2018 – photos and thank yousOur fifth annual teen book festival, Pasadena Loves YA, featured 15 authors, 4 panels, and a book blitz. We owe many thanks to everyone who helped with the event including: Our featured authors — who donated their time and expertise, and took care of their own travel arrangements […]
- Pasadena Loves YA 2018: An Experienceby Alaina Joby, age 16 The much awaited Pasadena Loves Young Adult Festival attracted a crowd of people this year; with fifteen up and coming authors visiting and people flocking in to hear their panels, it was undoubtedly a successful event. The day was divided into panels, each dedicated to […]
- The 13th Continuum — Teen Reviewreview by Kara Eng, age 19 The 13th Continuum by Jennifer Brody The 13th Continuum is a dystopian novel where the apocalypse was predicted. It follows the story of Aero and Myra, members of colonies whose main objective is to recolonize the earth. However, it’s been 1,000 years since any of the colonies […]