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  • Events & Programs

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

    Events:

    Author Visits 

    Book Clubs 

    College Prep 

    Contests & Competitions 

    Made @ PPL (arts, crafts, & tinkering)

    Movies 

    Special events 

    Writing 

     


    Special events

    Murder Mystery

    Spend Halloween night with a murder mystery dinner party… after the library closes! Put those Sherlock thinking hats on! Party revelers will explore the spooky corners of the library, hunt for clues, and use deductive skills to determine how, where, and who is the murderer. Costumes welcome. Teens only. Call (626) 744-4246 or email Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net to register.

    Fri. Oct. 31, 5:30-8pm | Central Library (please arrive before 6pm)

    County Fair

    Sat. Nov. 15, 12-4pm | Central Library

    Creative Power: Making a Difference Through Art

    The Pasadena Public Library’s Teen Center is pleased to host young creatives from the arts and design youth leadership exchange between Art Center College of Design and Blair High School. Teen designers will share their original comics, handmade zines, photography, personal stories, and a short film documentary. Come have fun, see cool stuff, and find out about what artists and designers do in the world. Youth mentors will answer any questions you may have about college or careers in the arts and design.

    Sunday, Dec. 7, 2-4pm | Central Library/Teen Central

     Art Center logo 

    Contests & Competitions

    Turning Dreams Into Reality

    Submit your goals, dreams and aspirations into our ballot box all month long. Weekly prizes awarded!

    October 1 – 31 • Allendale Branch Library

    Liquid Fear Factor

    Tweens and Teens are invited to this Drinkable challenge, where you drink AND identify some of the weirdest, grossest soft drinks in the world. You get points for drinking and bonus points for figuring out what you drank. Registration and a signed parental waiver are required. To sign up call (626) 744-7262.

    Thursday, October 30 • 4 p.m. • Hastings

    Gingerbread House Competition

    Compete in the gingerbread house challenge. Materials provided. Prizes awarded. Class size is limited. To register, call (626) 744-4246. Teens only.

    Saturday, December 27 • 2 p.m. • Central Library, Teen Central

     Author Visits

    The Name of This Event is Secret

    13 clues. 130 points. 1 author. And a Secret… Maybe. Spend an afternoon with Pseudonymous Bosch, author of the Secret series and Bad Magic. Don on disguises at the photo booth, munch on Secret snacks, and decipher clues. Some giveaways and book signing to follow. Warning: Do not go to this event if you intend on not having fun. Great for middle grade and up! No sign up necessary. For info, call 626-744-4066, option 4 or email jgov@cityofpasadena.net

    Saturday, Dec 13, 2-4pm • Central

    Pasadena Loves YA

    Formerly Pasadena Teen Book Festival. Meet 20 YA authors. Authors TBA. For info, email jgov@cityofpasadena.net. Co-sponsored by Bridge to Books. Book sales by Vroman's Bookstore. Check out 2014's event: http://pasadena-library.net/teens/2014/teen-book-festival-recap/ 

    Saturday, May 23, 2015 • Central

    Book Clubs

    YA Book Club

    Adults and Teens welcome.  If you need to read it, pick up a book group copy at the Children’s Desk at Central Library.  Recommended for ages 13 and up.  Questions?  Call (626) 744-4246 or email Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net
    Meetings will take place in Teen Central (fourth floor). Meetings usually last about 90 minutes. 

    • Fri. Oct 17 @ 4pm • The Maze Runner by James Dashner -- to celebrate Teen Tech Week
    • Fri. Dec 5 @ 4pm • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

    College Prep

    Practice SAT®

    Get ready for the official SAT® by taking a practice test proctored and scored by C2 Education. Afterward you can pick up your test scores directly from C2 Education. There you will have a one-on-one meeting and receive tips on how to raise your scores and areas of the exam where you need to focus. Please bring pencils, calculator, and a snack.

    • Saturday, September 13, 1:30 – 5:00 p.m. @ Hastings Branch Library | 3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd. Registration required. To sign up call (626) 744-7262.
    • Saturday, November 8, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. @ La Pintoresca Branch Library | 1355 N. Raymond Ave. Registration required. To sign up call (626) 744-7268.

    College Essays: Stand Out and Get In

    Discover what admissions committees look for in a candidate. Pick up tips on topic selection through self-reflection and brainstorming exercises. Learn to structure your thoughts in an interesting and well-organized way. Learn how to revise your essay to create sophistication and depth.

    • Tuesday, September 16, 6:30 p.m. @ Central Library/Children’s Story Room | 285 E. Walnut Street.
      No registration necessary.
    • Saturday, November 15, 2:00 p.m. @ Hastings Branch Library | 3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd. Registration required. To sign up call (626) 744-7262.

    Practice ACT®

    Get ready for the official ACT® by taking a practice test proctored and scored by C2 Education. Pick up your test scores, the following week, directly from C2 Education. There you will have a one-on-one meeting and receive tips on how to raise your scores and what areas of the exam where you may need to concentrate on. Please bring pencils, calculator, and a snack.

    • Saturday, October 11, 1:30 – 5:00 p.m. @ Hastings Branch Library | 3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd. Registration required. To sign up call (626) 744-7262.
    • Saturday, December 6, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. @ La Pintoresca Branch Library | 1355 N. Raymond Ave. Registration required. To sign up call (626) 744-7268.

    Made @ PPL

    Hummus Among Us

    Teens, try out several delicious hummus recipes, then taste the results of your experiments – if you dare!

    Monday, November 17 • 3 p.m. • Allendale

    Geeky Gifts

    Paint a t-shirt by making your own stencil. Guides, supplies, and some “geeky” designs provided, but you can bring in your own ideas, too. Great for gifts!  Class size is limited. To register, call (626) 744-4246. Teens only. 

    Sunday, December 14 • 2 p.m. • Central Library, Teen Central

    DIY Snow Globes

    Make your own snow globe! Select miniatures, slogans, snow, and jars. Personalize it for yourself or as a gift. Class size is limited. To register, call (626) 744-4246. Teens only. 

    Monday, December 22 • 2 p.m. • Central Library, Teen Central

    Movies

    Anime Afternoons

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

    • Saturday, Sept 13 • 2 p.m.
    • Saturday, Oct 11 • 2 p.m.
    • Saturday, Nov 22 • 2 p.m.
    • Saturday, Dec 20 • 2 p.m.

    Writing

    Creative Writing Workshops

    Calling all budding teen writers! Join us for a creative writing workshop. No experience necessary. Selected stories will be published on our library blog and new Teen Zine. For more info, call (626) 744-4246 or email Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net
    Workshops will take place at Central Library in Teen Central, fourth floor. Teens in grades 7-12 only.  To see some of the writing produced in previous writing workshops, visit our Teens blog: http://pasadena-library.net/teens/tag/writing/  

    • Saturday, Sept. 20, 2 pm
    • Friday, Nov. 7, 4pm

    Poetry Nights

    Join us for a night filled with poems, art, and performances!  Teens: Bring your favorite self-written poems to share.  Be sure to check in to perform.  Light refreshments will be served.  Workshops will take place at Central Library in the Studio and Teen Central on the fourth floor.  This program is co-sponsored by PUSD and PUSD LEARNs. 

    For more info, call (626) 744-4246 or email Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net 

    • Thursday, Sept. 25, 6:30 pm
    • Thursday, Nov. 6, 6:30 pm
    • Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. 6:30 pm
    • Thursday, Mar. 26, 2015. 6:30 pm

    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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