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    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

    Yoga for Fun

    Want to pose as a warrior? Join us for an after school yoga session to help you relax after a long day at school. Presented by Yoga instructor, Merry Everest. Teens.

    Thursday, October 9 • 3 p.m. • Allendale

    Book Swap

    It’s time to clean out that home library! Bring your leftover books or old favorites and swap them out for something new. All ages and genres welcome... but because it's Teen Read Week, we have some giveaways for teens!

    Sun. Oct. 12, 2-4pm | Central Library/Teen Central

    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

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    Contests & Competitions

    Writing Contest

    Up for a real challenge? Submit a story with 500 words or less featuring the theme “Turn Dreams into Reality.” Selected entries will be printed in our Teen Zine and blog, plus the grand prize entry will win a $50 gift card! Contest open to teens in grades 7-12 only. Email entries to Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net. Deadline to submit: October 18, 2014.

    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

    Where Do You See Yourself in 5 Years?

    Draw a picture showing “Where I See Myself in 5 Years” and upload it to Hastings Branch’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/hastingsbranch between October 12 - 18. All entrants will be eligible for a chance to win book prizes, gift cards and other exciting items.

    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

    Crafting a Good Fright

    This event will include panel discussions on the art of writing horror stories, along with author signings. Co-sponsored by the Horror Writers’ Association.  Adults & teens. 

    YA authors include:  Nancy Holder and Tananarive Due  

    • Sat. Oct 4 @ 2-5 pm • Central Library, Auditorium

    Author Talk

    YA author Eric Laster will discuss his new book, Welfy Q. Deederhoth: Meat Purveyor, World Savior, about a homeless teen who attempted to save an alien race from extinction, armed with mostly deli foods. Q & A and a book signing will follow.

    Tuesday, October 21 • 4 p.m. • La Pintoresca

    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

    Halloween Jewelry Workshop

    A mixed media jewelry workshop with a Halloween theme! Learn wire wrapping, color theory, and jewelry finishing techniques while creating a fun piece of jewelry. All materials provided. Teens only.

    Thursday, October 16 • 3:30 p.m. • La Pintoresca

    Mad Monster Makeup

    Learn DIY special effects makeup, with an emphasis on creepy creatures, ghastly ghouls, and mad monsters from instructor Joy Shulman. Come back on Halloween showcasing your own monster makeup for a chance to win prizes. For tweens & teens, ages 8-18.

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

    Zombies Get the Reading Bug

    Create a Zombie costume with materials provided then participate in Zombie movie developed by library staff and volunteers. For tweens & teens, ages 8-18.

    Thursday, October 23 • 3:30 p.m. • La Pintoresca

    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, 6:30 pm
    • Thursday, Mar. 26, 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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