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What’s happening in our community? Join other teens to discuss youth issues in Pasadena. To sign up, email Jane Gov at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Wednesday, January 3 • 4-6 p.m. • Central Library/Studio on 4th
Nothing this month. Check back later for more contests 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.
- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz: Wednesday, January 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.
- Swear in America by Katie Kennedy: Saturday, January 27 • 3 p.m. • Linda Vista
Nothing this month. Check back later for more Careers & College Prep programs!
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, December 14 • 3 p.m. • Allendale Branch
- Thursday, January 18 • 3 p.m. • Allendale Branch
DIY Fleece Gifts
Make a fleece scarf and/or hat for yourself or as a gift! No sewing needed. Supplies provided. For ages 12-19 only.
- Monday, December 18 • 4:30 p.m. • Central Library/Studio on 4th
Ugly Sweater Challenge
Ugly sweaters aren’t only available in stores. You can create your own! Have fun working in groups to design the ugliest sweater. Supplies provided. For ages 12-19 only.
- Wednesday, December 27 • 4:30 p.m. • Central Library/Studio on 4th
Book into Film Movie Night
Join us for a screening and discussion of Everything Everything based on the book by Nicola Yoon. Popcorn and pizza provided. For ages 14+
- Wednesday, December 20 • 5-7:30 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, December 11 • 5-7 p.m.
- Monday, January 8 • 5-7 p.m.
at Santa Catalina Branch: Teens, go crazy over the latest anime and Japanese treats! Join us for a special screening.
- Saturday, January 13 • 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 December 25 & January 6) • 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, January 6 • 1 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. Stories and poems produced during these sessions will also be considered for our Teen Zine.
- Thursday, December 28 • 6-7:30 p.m. • Central Library/Teen Central
- Thursday, January 25 • 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.
Dec 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. Dec 4th, 6-7pm @ Central. YA Book Club: read Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor 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. Dec 5th, 6:30-7:30pm @ Central. College Applications for First-Generation Families: This is an educational opportunity. This information session is for first-generation families (teens and parents) to learn the basics of how to apply to college; volunteers will earn hours by attending this session. Please do not attend unless this is of interest to you. This session runs for 3 weeks. In Children’s Story Room.
Fri. Dec 8th, 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. Dec 9th, 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.
Mon. Dec 10th, 5-7pm @ Central. Anime Evening: watch the movie and fill out a short review card afterwards. In Children’s Story Room.
Mon. Dec 18th, 4-6pm @ Central. Fleece Gifts: setup, cleanup, make fleece scarves and hats for yourself or as a gift. In Studio on 4th.
Wed. Dec 20th, 5-7:30pm @ Central. Movie Night: Watching and discussing Everything, Everything. In Children’s Story Room.
Wed. Dec 27th, 4-6pm @ Central. Ugly Sweater Challenge: setup, cleanup, design an ugly sweater with a team. In Studio on 4th.
Thu. Dec 28th, 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.
Fri. Dec 29th, 9:30am-6pm (3-5 hours) @ GREEN STREET (you can walk from the library). Live on Green: help with crafts and 3D printing pens. Indicate what time you can help. We need a couple of people for each time, preferably an opening shift, or closing shift 3-5 hours.
Sat. Dec. 30th, 9:30am-6pm (3-5 hours) @ GREEN STREET (you can walk from the library). Live on Green: help with crafts and 3D printing pens. Indicate what time you can help. We need a couple of people for each time, preferably an opening shift, or closing shift 3-5 hours.
Sun. Dec. 31st, 11:30-4pm @ GREEN STREET (you can walk from the library). Live on Green: help with crafts and 3D printing pens. Indicate what time you can help.
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
- 10 YA Books About RaceThis month, our book club discussed The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. It was the most highly rated book
- Love and First Sight — Teen Reviewreview by Madison Comick, age 14 Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist Let me start off by saying this contains spoilers. You
- Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History — Teen Reviewreview by Nina Dinan, age 13 Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History by Karen Blumenthal While Hillary Clinton is likely best known
- A Muggle Murder MysteryThis year’s annual Halloween event–a dinner party, after-hours lock-in, murder mystery–was exceptional; the theme was Harry Potter. With an almost
- The Best Kind of Magic — Teen Reviewreview by Alicia Zhang, age 13 The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari In the novel The Best Kind of Magic by
- Teen Advisory Board — November 2017Pasadena Public Library, Teen Advisory Board, 11/20/2017 Present: Brittany, Chris, Denisse, Faith, Jane L, John, Jonathan G, Lauren, Luke,
- City of Saints and Thieves — Teen Reviewreview by Alaina Joby, age 14 City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson A good mystery book is always fascinating because