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

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    Contests & Competitions

    One City One Story Art Contest

    Inspired by the 2016 One City, One Story selection, Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.

    Submit a one-frame drawing or illustration depicting a vivid memory from your past, exploring the topic of childhood memories or something about trains!

    Contest Guidelines:
    • Open to children and teens in grades 3–12.
    • Single-frame illustration in pencil, pen, ink or paint depicting the theme of memories, childhood or trains.
    • Size can range anywhere between 8” x 10” and 22” x 28.”

    Entries:
    • Submit to any Pasadena Public Library site by March 10, 2016.
    • Must include artist’s contact information along with illustration.
    • Paper-clip the entry form to your illustration for submission. Entry form will be removed before judging and a number assigned to the design. Entries will be judged based on creativity, technical skill and execution.

    TWO first-place winners will be selected, one in each of the following categories:

    Category 1: Grades 3–8
    First-place winner in category 1 will win free tuition for a class at Art Center for Kids at Art Center College of Design (valued at up to $300). Second- and third-place winners will receive prize baskets.

    Category 2: Grades 9–12
    First-place winner in category 2 will win free tuition for a Saturday High class at Art Center College of Design (valued at up to $400). Second- and third-place winners will receive prize baskets.

    All winning entries will be displayed at Pasadena Central Library, published online and printed in a Pasadena Public Library publication.
    All participants, their families and friends will be invited to a special reception honoring their work on Saturday, March 19, 2016. Original artwork will be returned to the artist.

    Entry forms can be picked up at any Pasadena Public Library starting Feb. 1, 2016 or printed from HERE. 

    Questions? Contact Jane Gov at (626) 744-4246 or jgov@cityofpasadena.net.

    Co-sponsored by Art Center College of Design.

    One City One Story Writing Contest

    “A Vivid Memory” Contest

    Inspired by the 2016 One City, One Story selection, Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.
    Submit a short story about a vivid memory from your past or explore the topic of childhood memories, true or fictionalized.

    Contest Guidelines:
    • Open to children and teens in grades 3–12.
    • Stories must be 200-1000 words, writer’s choice, and must be legibly hand-written or typed. 
    • Stories must be original and the writer’s own work.

    Categories for entries:
    • Grades 3–5
    • Grades 6–8
    • Grades 9–12

    Entry forms can be picked up at any Pasadena Public Library starting Feb. 1, 2016 or printed from HERE.
     

    Entry deadline: March 10, 2016
    Stories may be submitted with a completed and signed entry form to any Pasadena Public Library site, or emailed to Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net.

    Author Visits

    Pasadena Loves YA: A TEEN BOOK FESTIVAL

    Fall 2016. TBA

    Book Clubs

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

    • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. Monday, February 8, 2016 at 6pm, Central Library/Teen Central
    • Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. Monday, March 14, 2016 at 6pm, Central Library/Teen Central
    • Conviction by Kelly Loy Gilbert. Monday, April 11, 2016 at 6pm, Central Library/Teen Central
    • Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman. Monday, May 16, 2016 at 6pm, Central Library/Teen Central
    • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. June DATE TBD at 6pm, Central Library/Teen Central
    • The Leveller by Julia Durango. July DATE TBD at 6pm, Central Library/Teen Central
    • The Eye of Minds by James Dashner. August DATE TBD at 6pm, 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.

    • The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracey Holczer. Wednesday, Jan. 20 • 7 p.m. • Central Library/Children’s Story Room
    • One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia. Wednesday, Feb. 17 • 7 p.m. • Central Library/Children’s Story Room
    • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein. Wednesday, Mar. 16 • 7 p.m. • Central Library/Children’s Story Room
    • Flying the Dragon by Natalie Dias Lorenzi. Wednesday, Apr. 20 • 7 p.m. • Central Library/Children’s Story Room
    • Zero Tolerance by Claudia Mills. Wednesday, May 18 • 7 p.m. • Central Library/Children’s Story Room

    Careers & College Prep

    Scholarships: Where to Find Them

    Students and parents can learn about all of the resources available to find and get scholarships. Workshop is 1 hour. Presented by C2 Education.

    • Tuesday, Jan. 26 • 6:30 pm • Central Library/Children's Story Room | To sign up call (626) 744-4246 or email Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net
    • Thursday, Apr. 14 • 7 pm • Hastings Branch Library | To sign up call (626) 744-7262.

    How to Apply for Financial Aid

    Worried about being able to afford college? We can help! Learn about the different types of financial aid, who gets aid, and how to apply. This workshop will help introduce you to the basics of the financial aid process so you know what to expect when you sit down to fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or Dream Act application. There will also be a Q&A session, so bring questions if you have any! Students and parents/guardians are welcome. Presented by College Access Plan. To sign up call (626) 744-4246 or email Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net

    Saturday, Feb. 6 • 2-4pm • Central Library/Studio on 4th

    Learn About Study Abroad Opportunities

    Come discover the multitude of study abroad opportunities varying in length from two weeks to one year with programs in over 40 countries for students 13-18 years of age. Hear from a returnee about their experience abroad. Presented by AFS Intercultural Programs, one of the most reputable study abroad organizations in the world for over 65 years. To sign up call (626) 744-4246 or email Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net

    Sunday, Feb. 7 • 2pm • Central Library/Studio on 4th

    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. Test is approximately 4 hours.

    Saturday, Feb. 27 at 1 pm • Hastings Branch Library | To sign up call (626) 744-7262.

    Brand New SAT®

    New to the SATs? Get an early start by taking a practice test proctored and scored by C2 Education. Afterward you can pick up your test scores directly from C2 Education. 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. Test is approximately 4 hours. For 10th graders and younger.

    Saturday, March 26 at 1 pm • Hastings Branch Library | To sign up call (626) 744-7262.

    Navigating Majors and Careers

    Students can be overwhelmed with decisions about potential career choices, majors and how to select a college based on their needs. In this session we give students guidance about up and coming careers and the potential major selection for their choices.

    Tuesday, Apr. 19 at 6:30 pm • Pasadena Central Library/Children’s Story Room | To sign up call (626) 744-4246 or email Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net

    Survival 101: Critical Skills to Land That First Job

    These are essential skills! This seminar will include workshops and assistance on resume writing, interview skills, mock interviews, cover letters, job applications, social media and email etiquette. Learn the terminology and what employers are looking for. Leave the seminar feeling educated and prepared to apply and interview for that first job! For young adults age 16-24 only. Bring a draft of your resume, cover letters, or job applications you need help with. Back up your files on a flash drive or email them to yourself. Limited spots. To register, call 626-744-4246 or email Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net

    Sunday, May 15 at 1:30-4:30 pm • Pasadena Central Library/Studio on 4th

    High School Bound

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    Made @ PPL

    Discovery Days

    Discover something new about yourself or the world around you! It could be games, crafts or something you’ve never seen before! A fun adventure awaits –don’t miss it!

    Thursday, Feb. 11 • 3 p.m. • Allendale

    Valentine Jewelry Making

    Use your creativity and design jewelry for Valentine’s Day for yourself or to give to that special someone. For teens and adults. Presented by Janell Mithani. To sign up, call (626) 744-6510.

    Wednesday, Feb. 3 • 3:30 p.m. • Villa Parke

    3Doodle an Anime Character

    Make your own anime creation with 3Doodler Pens. For teens only.

    Tuesday, Feb. 9 • 3:30 p.m. • Santa Catalina

    Handmade Lettering

    Transform your handwriting into artful drawings. Style a phrase or your name, and develop an illustrative concept that matches its mood and tone. Led by Alethea Allarey. To register, call (626) 744-4246 or email Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net

    Saturday, Feb. 20 • 2-3:30 p.m. • Central Library/Studio on 4th

    Kawaii Dollmaking

    Make your very own super cute doll with the help of local artist Liane Shih. For teens and adults. To sign up, call (626) 744-7278.

    Saturday, Feb. 27 • 3 p.m. • Linda Vista

    Invent with Makey Makey

    Ever played Mario on Play-Doh or Piano on Bananas? With MaKey MaKey, turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It's a simple invention kit for beginners and experts doing art, engineering, and everything in between. For ages 13-18. Space limited. To sign up, call 626-744-4246 or email Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net

    Saturday, Mar. 5 • 3-4:30pm • Central Library/Studio on 4th

    Movies, Radio, & Games

    Anime

    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.

    • Saturday, Feb. 13 • 2 p.m.

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

    • Tuesday, Jan. 26 • 3:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday, Feb. 23 • 3:30 p.m.

    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 Feb. 15) • 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. • Hastings

    Super Smash Bros Brawl Throw Down

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

    Tuesday, Feb. 2 • 3:30 p.m. • Santa Catalina

    Board Game Day

    Enjoy playing board games with friends and family.

    Friday, Feb. 19 • 3 – 5 p.m. • Villa Parke

    Welcome to Night Vale Listening Party

    Join us for a Welcome to Night Vale podcast. In the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, the podcast features local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers and cultural events. We’ll be listening to 2-3 episodes per month while we snack. To sign up, call (626) 744-4246 or email Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net. Turn on your radio and hide!

    • Sunday, Feb. 28 • 2 – 4 p.m. • Central Library/Teen Central
    • Sunday, Mar. 20 • 2 – 4 p.m. • Central Library/Teen Central
    • Sunday, Apr. 17 • 2 – 4 p.m. • Central Library/Teen Central
    • Sunday, May 22 • 2 – 4 p.m. • Central Library/Teen Central

    Writing

    One City One Story Writing Contest

    “A Vivid Memory” Contest

    Inspired by the 2016 One City, One Story selection, Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.
    Submit a short story about a vivid memory from your past or explore the topic of childhood memories, true or fictionalized.

    Contest Guidelines:
    • Open to children and teens in grades 3–12.
    • Stories must be 200-1000 words, writer’s choice, and must be legibly hand-written or typed. 
    • Stories must be original and the writer’s own work.

    Categories for entries:
    • Grades 3–5
    • Grades 6–8
    • Grades 9–12

    Entry forms can be picked up at any Pasadena Public Library starting Feb. 1, 2016 or printed  HERE.
     

    Entry deadline: March 10, 2016
    Stories may be submitted with a completed and signed entry form to any Pasadena Public Library site, or emailed to Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net.


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