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    Unless noted, all programs are for teens only (grades 7-12).

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    Read to the Rhythm: Teen Summer Reading Challenge

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    June 13 – August 8

    Teens entering grades 7-12 (roughly ages 12–18), join the Teen Summer Reading Challenge! Earn prizes, have fun, get involved and challenge yourself.

    How to Play: TSRC2015_grandprize 

    • Register online at pasadenasr.evanced.info. Click Teen Summer Reading Challenge 2015
    • Log your activities in your online account to qualify for weekly raffle drawings. (You don’t need to go in the game board order.)
    • Earn raffle tickets for each activity you complete.
    • Log your activities in your online account to qualify for weekly raffle drawings.
    • For every five activities you complete this summer you’ll receive a book to take home (maximum of five books per participant).
    • For every five activities you complete you will also be entered into the grand prize drawing (maximum of five entries per participant). One lucky winner will win an electric guitar kit, which includes an electric guitar donated by Capitol Guitars, a strap, and an amplifier.  

    Rules:

    • No double counting!
    • Must read the whole book in order for it to count!
    • You may log your activities to claim your raffle entries at any time from June 13 – August 8. Remember that we hold drawings weekly.
    • Only activities completed between June 13 – August 8 count.

    Pick up a game board from any Pasadena Public Library.


    Read to the Rhythm Kick Off

    It’s the first day of our Summer Reading Challenge! Drop in and create musical instruments like a box guitar, drums or a recorder, or challenge others to a dance off on the Wii Just Dance! For all ages!

    Saturday, June 13 • 2 - 4 p.m. • Central Library/Studio on 4th

    Game Night

    Join us for snacks and board games, including Castle Panic, Forbidden Island, Pandemic, Risk, Ticket to Ride, Apples to Apples, Yahtzee, Taboo and more. Must play well with others. For teens and adults.

    • Monday, June 15 • 6 p.m. • Central Library/Studio on 4th
    • Monday, July 13 • 6 p.m. • Central Library/Studio on 4th
    • Monday, August 10 • 6 p.m. • Central Library/Studio on 4th

    Just Dance Party

    Kick off the Read to the Rhythm Teen Summer Reading Club with an epic Just Dance 2015 Party for the Wii U. Get down with your bad self with popular hits like “Diamonds” by Rhianna, “Maps” by Maroon 5, and “Bailando” with Enrique Iglesias. Comfortable clothing and water bottles are highly recommended.

    Tuesday, June 16 • 3:30 p.m. • Santa Catalina

    Sword Fighting

    Learn German and Italian long sword styles, sword and shield, polearms, daggers and medieval grappling. Swordscholar works with researchers and martial artists throughout the world to recreate medieval combat as a serious martial art.

    • Thursday, June 18 • 3;30 p.m. • La Pintoresca • To sign up, call (626) 744-7268.
    • Saturday, July 25 • 3 p.m. • Central Library/Studio on 4th • To sign up, call (626) 744-4246 or email Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net.

    KPop Dance

    Experience the fun and excitement of Korean pop music videos in this one-of-a-kind KPop MV dance class. Learn dance routines taught by an instructor from PopRock Academy for students of all levels. To sign up, call (626) 744-4246 or email Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net.

    Monday, June 22 • 3 – 5 p.m. • Central Library/Studio on 4th

    Doctor Who Night

    Join us for a night of Doctor Who-inspired crafts, snacks and videos.

    Wednesday, July 8 • 6 p.m. •Central Library/Studio on 4th

    Found Object Juggle Show

    Ever thought about juggling cheeseburgers? Umbrellas? Balancing a wheelbarrow? Witness crazy juggling and comedy for teens and adults, presented by Michael Rayner.

    Tuesday, July 14 • 3:30 p.m. • La Pintoresca

    Monopoly Tournament

    Boardwalk and Park Place await! Stay out of jail and test your skills at the annual Teen Monopoly Tournament. Two 90-minute rounds will be played, with first, second and third-place prizes awarded. Lunch and refreshments provided. Official Monopoly rules will be followed.

    Wednesday, July 22 • 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. • Central Library/Studio on 4th

    Harry Potter End of Summer Bash

    Wizards, witches, squibs and muggles, join us for an afternoon filled with a magic show, potions class, wand making, trivia, scavenger hunt, costume contest and more! For all ages.

    Saturday, August 8 • 3 – 5 p.m. • Central Library/Studio on 4th & Donald Wright Auditorium

    Contests & Competitions

    Song Parody Contest

    Open to teens entering grades 7-12 in fall 2015. Contest deadline: August 8, 2015

    Create a parody of an existing song. Extra points if it’s about a book!

    Here’s how:

    • Title of original song
    • Type out your new lyrics and new title
    • Your song must be at least one stanza and one chorus
    • Send your entry to Jane Gov jgov@cityofpasadena.net with “Song Parody Contest” in the subject line. Include your name, phone number, and grade you’ll be entering this fall.

    First prize

    • $100 gift card Second prize
    • $50 gift card Third prize
    • $25 gift card

    Some examples:

    Dark Lord Funk, Harry Potter Parody of Uptown Funk: https://youtu.be/zbdvogFyZZM 

    All About the Books, No Trouble, a library's parody of All About the Bass: https://youtu.be/Pduszh4ADTU 

    Create Your Own Book Soundtrack with Instagram

    Now that you’ve read a great book, make it come alive with its own soundtrack on Instagram! This weekly contest is open to teens entering grades 7-12.

    Here’s how:

    • Post a pic of your book and list at least five songs in the comments section that reflect what you read. There are $10 iTunes or Starbucks gift cards up for grabs, so be as creative, eclectic and original.
    • Post your soundtrack to Instagram with these tags: #artimitateslife #pasadenalibrary. Be sure to tag the name of your book and the author, since they will love hearing your feedback!
    • If you don’t have Instagram, it’s easy to download through Google Play or the App Store. If you are not yet 13 years old, please ask a parent or guardian to make an Instagram account and post your soundtrack with their permission and profile.
    • If your Instagram profile is set to private, please message us using the “Direct” function so we can take a look at what you created.
    • Winners will be selected weekly, June 13-August 8.

    Here's a sample:

    Soundtrack_instagram 

     Author Visits

    YA Author Visit and Writing Workshop

    Writing a novel or just experimenting? Get some practice and expert advice from YA authors. We’ll start with writing exercises and then spend a little time one-on-one. Bring your work (10 page double-spaced maximum), ask your questions, and stay for a short panel discussion and a book signing. To sign up, call (626) 744-4246 or email Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net.

    • Wednesday, June 24 • 6 p.m. • Central Library/Studio on 4th
      (Workshop leaders: Nicole Maggi, author of The Forgetting and Winter Falls, and Michelle Levy, author of Not After Everything)
    • Saturday, July 11 • 3 p.m. • Central Library/Studio on 4th
      (Workshop leaders: Virginia Boecker, author of The Witch Hunter and Charlotte Huang, author of For the Record)

    Book Clubs

    YA Book Club

    Join us for a book discussion for teens and adults. Need a book? Call (626) 744-4246 or email Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena to request a copy.

    • Wednesday, July 1 • 7 p.m. • Central Library/4th Floor Meeting Room (Bruiser by Neal Shusterman)
    • Wednesday, July 29 • 7 p.m. • Central Library/4th Floor Meeting Room (I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson)

    Careers & College Prep

    Pathways to Medical School

    Interested in studying medicine? Attend this free workshop to learn about medical school application processes, GPA, extracurricular act ivies, as well as the daily life of a medical student. The speaker is a medical student from USC Keck School of Medicine. For teens and adults. *Workshop is sponsored by MedtorCares 

    • August 22 at 3 pm @ Central/Studio on Fourth

    Made @ PPL

    Learn to Code With Us

    Never written a software program before? Learning your 5th programing language? Get support at our bring-your-own-laptop event.

    Wednesdays • 7 – 8:30 p.m. • Central Library/Sunroom

    No-Sew Blankets

    Make your own no-sew blanket to keep you or a loved one warm and cozy, or donate it to a charity. No sewing skills required.

    • Wednesday, June 17 • 5 p.m. • Central Library/Studio on 4th
    • Tuesday, July 7 • 2 p.m. • Allendale
    • Tuesday, August 4 • 3:30 p.m. • Santa Catalina

    Digital Photography

    Learn what makes a great captured moment. Bring your own device (iPad, iPhone, Touch, Samsung S4, etc.) or use one of ours to create some awesome digital photography. Led by photographer Katie Ferguson. To sign up, call (626) 744-7264.

    Thursday, July 9 • 3 p.m. • Hill Avenue

    The Art of the Zine

    Zines are small independent publications, and the world of Zinesters is largely underground. Learn about this wonderful art, then make your own! Presented by comic book artist and illustrator Yumi Sakugawa, who has also taught at Art Center College of Design. To sign up, call (626) 744-4246 or email Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net.

    Sunday, July 12 • 2 p.m. • Central Library/Studio on 4th

    Robotics

    Learn how to program robots’ movements for an end-of-the-session obstacle course, where you and your robot will showcase what you’ve learned. To sign up, call (626) 744-7262.

    Monday, July 13 • 12 p.m. • Hastings

    Anime Your Way

    Using basic shapes and simple concepts, former The Simpsons artist Carlos Nieto III will show you how to create and modify your very own anime character. Materials provided. To sign up, call (626) 744-7262.

    Tuesday, July 14 • 4 p.m. • Hastings

    Steampunk Jewelry

    Create fun steampunk-style jewelry using watch parts, gears, brass and copper charms, led by Katie Ferguson. To sign up, call (626) 744-7266.

    Wednesday, July 15 • 3 p.m. • Lamanda Park

    Beginning Knitting

    Whether you are a beginner or a pro you’ll enjoy knitting with us and learning new patterns. Led by Alethea Allarey. Supplies provided. To sign up, call (626) 744-6510.

    Thursday, July 16 • 3 – 5 p.m. • Villa Parke

    Kawaii Doll Making

    Spend the afternoon making a super cute kawaii doll while listening to music and having fun. Led by artist Liane Shih.

    • Saturday, July 18 • 4 p.m. • Central Library/Studio on 4th • To sign up, call (626) 744-4246.
    • Tuesday, July 21 • 3:30 p.m. • Santa Catalina • To sign up, call (626) 744-7272.

    T-shirt Painting

    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 jgov@cityofpasadena.net.

    Monday, July 20 • 3 p.m. • Central Library/Studio on 4th

    Acrylic Painting

    Learn how to paint with acrylics. Materials provided. Led by Alethea Allarey. To sign up, call (626) 744-7260.

    Thursday, July 23 • 3 p.m. • Allendale

    Character Design Workshop

    Join us for a five-day adventure as you learn how to create and develop characters, perfect for video grams, animation and film. Must be able to attend all five days. To sign up, call (626) 744-7262.

    Monday, August 10 – Friday, August 14 • 2 – 4 p.m. • Hastings

    Movies

    Anime Afternoons

    Join us for some great teen-rated anime!  Central Library/Children's Story Room

    • Saturday, June 20 • 2 p.m.
    • Saturday, July 18 • 2 p.m. ~ plus, stick around for an anime craft afterwards at 4pm!
    • Saturday, August 15 • 2 p.m.

    Film Screening of Pitch Perfect

    Escape the summer heat with Pitch Perfect (2012; rated PG-13)! Join Beca, a freshman at Barden University, who is persuaded to join the singing group The Bellas as they take on their male rivals in a campus competition. There will be loads of laughs, singing and refreshments!

    Tuesday, July 7 • 3:30 p.m. • Santa Catalina

    Writing

    American Idol Songwriting Workshop

    Kelly Corsino, American Idol songwriting finalist, will show you practical, easy-to-master techniques that will have you writing lyrics on the spot!

    Tuesday, June 23 • 4 p.m. • Hastings

    YA Author Visit and Writing Workshop

    Writing a novel or just experimenting? Get some practice and expert advice from YA authors. We’ll start with writing exercises and then spend a little time one-on-one. Bring your work (10 page double-spaced maximum), ask your questions, and stay for a short panel discussion and a book signing. To sign up, call (626) 744-4246 or email Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net.

    • Wednesday, June 24 • 6 p.m. • Central Library/Studio on 4th
      (Workshop leaders: Nicole Maggi, author of The Forgetting and Winter Falls, and Michelle Levy, author of Not After Everything)
    • Saturday, July 11 • 3 p.m. • Central Library/Studio on 4th
      (Workshop leaders: Virginia Boecker, author of The Witch Hunter and Charlotte Huang, author of For the Record)

    complete listing of events and programs for audiences of all ages is available on our main Library site.

    If you are look for Kids events, please see our listing on the Kids page!

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