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

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    Special events

    Mental Health Resource Center Reception

    Saturday, Sept. 3 • 4 p.m., Central Library/Teen Central

    Join us as we celebrate our Teen Mental Health Initiative!

    Our goals this year are to: 1. Increase awareness and discussions around topics of mental health 2. Provide free specialized services and programs for teens, family and friends 3. Provide training for staff and those working with youth 4. Maintain a well-stocked, vetted, mental health resource center

    Come join in the discussion, collect highly useful information, and bring your questions, or share your resources. Refreshments provided.

    Questions: email Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net

    Contests & Competitions 

    Author Visits

    Pasadena Loves YA: A TEEN BOOK FESTIVAL

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    • Aija Mayrock, The Survival Guide to Bullying
    •  Cecil Castellucci, Stone in the Sky (Tin Star #2)
    • Charlotte Huang, Going Geek
    • Dana Elmendorf, South of Sunshine
    • Elizabeth Briggs, Future Shock
    • Eric Laster, Static
    • Evelyn Skye, The Crown’s Game
    • Frank Beddor, Hatter Madigan and Looking Glass Wars
    • Ingrid Sundberg, All We Left Behind
    • Josephine Angelini, Firewalker (Worldwalker #2)
    • Julie Buxbaum, Tell Me Three Things
    • Kerry Kletter, The First Time She Drowned
    • Marisa Reichardt, Underwater
    • Nicola Yoon, Everything Everything
    • Robin Reul, My Kind of Crazy
    • Robyn Schneider, Extraordinary Means
    • Shannon Messenger, Let the Wind Rise (Sky Fall #3)
    • Tobie Easton, Emerge
    • Thomas Voorhies (Lex Thomas), The Giant (Quarantine #4)

    Look out for updates here:  http://www.pasadenateenbookfestival.com/

    Questions, contact Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net

    Book Clubs

    Teen Spectrum Book Club Open House

    Teens with high functioning Autism and Asperger’s are invited to learn about the Teen Spectrum Book Club where we will read and discuss books in a relaxed social setting. For ages 12+.

    Saturdays, August 27, Sept 10 • 11 a.m. • Linda Vista

    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 jgov@cityofpasadena.net to request a copy or receive a reminder. For ages 13 and up. This meeting is facilitated by a Teen Advisory Board member.

    • Static by Eric Laster, Monday, Sept 12, 2016 at 6pm, Central Library/Teen Central
    • The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye, Monday, Oct 10, 2016, Central Library/Teen Central

    Mother/Daughter Book Club

    Join us as we discuss books that inspire compassion, self-esteem and courage in the face of social pressure and explore what it means to be a strong, confident young woman! For girls 11-14, their mothers or an adult guest of their choice. To sign up, call (626) 744-4066, option 4 or email AnnMarie Hurtado at anhurtado@cityofpasadena.net

    • Countdown by Deborah Wiles. Wednesday, August 17 • 7 p.m. • Central Library/Children’s Story Room

    Careers & College Prep

    College Essays: Stand Out and Get In

    Understand what admissions committees look for in a candidate. We will include tips on selecting a topic through self-reflection and brainstorming exercises, structuring your thoughts in an interesting and well-organized way, and revising your essay to create sophistication and depth. Conducted by C2 Education. To sign up, email Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net or call (626) 744-4246.

    Thursday, Sept 29 • 6:30pm • Central Library

    High School Bound


    Made @ PPL

    Discover Day

    Will you build something? Will there be a game-a-thon? Will it be an exciting, fabulous, creative experience that you have never had before? A fun adventure awaits – don’t miss it!

    Thursday, Sept 29 • 3 p.m. • Allendale

    Character Design Workshop

    Join us on a five-day adventure as you learn how to create and develop characters for videogames, animation and fi lm with Ronald Llanos from Art Center College of Design. Must be able to attend all five days. To sign up, call (626) 744-7262.

    Monday–Friday, Aug. 8-12 • 4-6 p.m. • Hastings

    Movies, Radio, & Games


    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.

    • Saturdays • August 13, Sept 10 • 2-4pm

    at Santa Catalina Branch:  Teens, go crazy over the latest anime! Join us for a special screening.

    • Tuesdays • August 30, Sept 27 • 3:30pm

    Smash Bros Club

    Settle it at the Library! Super Smash Brothers 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 Sept 5) • 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. • Hastings

    Super Smash Bros Tournament

    Stop by for an afternoon of epic battles and a whole lot of fun with the Super Smash Brothers for WiiU. For ages 12 +.

    Tuesdays • Sept 6 • 3:30 p.m. • Santa Catalina

    Undertale Fest

    Undertale fans unite and spend the afternoon playing and creating all things Undertale.

    Tuesday, Sept 20 • 3:30 p.m. • Santa Catalina


    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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