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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

    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 

    Game Day

    Friday, Jan. 2, 2-4pm | Central Library/Teen Central/Studio on Fourth

    Contests & Competitions

    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
    • *CANCELLED* Fri. Dec 5 @ 4pm • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs 

    College Prep

    *All workshops sponsored by C2 Education

    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 lasts approximately 4 hours.

    • Saturday, December 6, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. @ La Pintoresca Branch Library | 1355 N. Raymond Ave. To sign up call (626) 744-7268.
    • Saturday, April 18 at 1 pm @ Hastings Branch Library | 3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd. To sign up call (626) 744-7262.
    • Saturday, May 16 at 10 am @ La Pintoresca Branch Library | 1355 N. Raymond Ave. For current Juniors. To sign up call (626) 744-7268.

    Majors and Careers Guidance

    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, January 20 at 6:30 pm @ Central Library/Children’s Story Room | 285 E. Walnut Street. No registration necessary.

    GPS to College — Beyond Books

    There’s a lot more to college applications than grades and test scores. Find out what you need to do “beyond the numbers” to get into your dream college. Discover the role internships, community service and extra-curricular activities play in the college application process and how to best take advantage of these opportunities.

    • Thursday, January 29 at 6 pm @ La Pintoresca Branch Library | 1355 N. Raymond Ave. For 13 year-olds and up, and parents of 13 year-olds and up. To sign up call (626) 744-7268.

    Key to College Admissions

    Understand what college admissions officers look at in an application. We will review the importance of coursework rigor and GPA, the roles that the SAT I, ACT, and SAT Subject Tests play in college admissions and what colleges look for in recommendations letters and admissions interviews.

    • Wednesday, February 25 at 6 pm @ La Pintoresca Branch Library | 1355 N. Raymond Ave. For 13 year-olds and up, and parents of 13 year-olds and up. To sign up call (626) 744-7268.

    Scholarships: where to find them

    Students and Parents can learn about all of the resources available

    • Thursday, February 26 at 7 pm @ Hastings Branch Library | 3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd. To sign up call (626) 744-7262.

    ACT or SAT: Which test is better for you?

    SAT and ACT scores are some of the most important factors in college admissions. Determine which test is right for you; discover the challenges of each test; learn vital testing strategies to improve scores and understand how previous C2 students mastered the SAT and ACT.

    • Saturday, March 14 at 1 pm @ Hastings Branch Library | 3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd. To sign up call (626) 744-7262.

    Winning College Essays

    Understand what admissions committees look for in a candidate. We will include tips on selecting topics through self-reflection and brainstorming exercises, structuring thoughts in an interesting and well-organized way and revising your essay to create sophistication and depth.

    • Thursday, March 26 at 6 pm @ La Pintoresca Branch Library | 1355 N. Raymond Ave. For 13 year-olds and up, and parents of 13 year-olds and up. To sign up call (626) 744-7268.

    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. Test is approximately 4 hours.

    • Saturday, March 21 at 10 am @ La Pintoresca Branch Library | 1355 N. Raymond Ave. New to the SATs? Attend this practice test for 13 year-olds and up. To sign up call (626) 744-7268.
    • Saturday, April 4 at 10 am @ La Pintoresca Branch Library | 1355 N. Raymond Ave. For current Juniors. To sign up call (626) 744-7268.
    • Saturday, May 2 at 1 pm @ Hastings Branch Library | 3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd. To sign up call (626) 744-7262.

    Practice AP Exams

    Advanced Placement Mock Exams. Students can choose to take a practice AP Literature exam or practice AP U.S. History exam. Students: please bring pencils and a snack. The tests last approximately 4 hours.

    • Saturday, April 25 at 2 pm @ Central Library/Auditorium | 285 E. Walnut Street. To sign up call 626-744-4246.

    Made @ PPL

    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, Nov 22 • 2 p.m.
    • Saturday, Dec 06 • 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/  

    • No workshops scheduled at this time. Workshops will resume in May 2015. In the meantime, keep an eye out for writing contests.

    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, Jan. 22, 2015. 6:30 pm
    • Thursday, Mar. 26, 2015. 6:30 pm
    • Thursday, Apr. 30, 2015. 6:30 pm

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

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