Unless noted, all programs are for teens only (grades 7-12).
June 13 – August 8
Teens entering grades 7-12 (roughly ages 12–18), join the Teen Summer Reading Challenge! Earn prizes, have fun, get involved and challenge yourself.
How to Play:
Pick up a game board from any Pasadena Public Library.
It’s the first day of our Summer Reading Challenge! Drop in and create musical instruments like a box guitar, drums or a recorder, or challenge others to a dance off on the Wii Just Dance! For all ages!
Saturday, June 13 • 2 - 4 p.m. • Central Library/Studio on 4th
Join us for snacks and board games, including Castle Panic, Forbidden Island, Pandemic, Risk, Ticket to Ride, Apples to Apples, Yahtzee, Taboo and more. Must play well with others. For teens and adults.
Kick off the Read to the Rhythm Teen Summer Reading Club with an epic Just Dance 2015 Party for the Wii U. Get down with your bad self with popular hits like “Diamonds” by Rhianna, “Maps” by Maroon 5, and “Bailando” with Enrique Iglesias. Comfortable clothing and water bottles are highly recommended.
Tuesday, June 16 • 3:30 p.m. • Santa Catalina
Learn German and Italian long sword styles, sword and shield, polearms, daggers and medieval grappling. Swordscholar works with researchers and martial artists throughout the world to recreate medieval combat as a serious martial art.
Experience the fun and excitement of Korean pop music videos in this one-of-a-kind KPop MV dance class. Learn dance routines taught by an instructor from PopRock Academy for students of all levels. To sign up, call (626) 744-4246 or email Jane Gov at email@example.com.
Monday, June 22 • 3 – 5 p.m. • Central Library/Studio on 4th
Join us for a night of Doctor Who-inspired crafts, snacks and videos.
Wednesday, July 8 • 6 p.m. •Central Library/Studio on 4th
Ever thought about juggling cheeseburgers? Umbrellas? Balancing a wheelbarrow? Witness crazy juggling and comedy for teens and adults, presented by Michael Rayner.
Tuesday, July 14 • 3:30 p.m. • La Pintoresca
Boardwalk and Park Place await! Stay out of jail and test your skills at the annual Teen Monopoly Tournament. Two 90-minute rounds will be played, with first, second and third-place prizes awarded. Lunch and refreshments provided. Official Monopoly rules will be followed.
Wednesday, July 22 • 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. • Central Library/Studio on 4th
Wizards, witches, squibs and muggles, join us for an afternoon filled with a magic show, potions class, wand making, trivia, scavenger hunt, costume contest and more! For all ages.
Saturday, August 8 • 3 – 5 p.m. • Central Library/Studio on 4th & Donald Wright Auditorium
Open to teens entering grades 7-12 in fall 2015. Contest deadline: August 8, 2015
Create a parody of an existing song. Extra points if it’s about a book!
Dark Lord Funk, Harry Potter Parody of Uptown Funk: https://youtu.be/zbdvogFyZZM
All About the Books, No Trouble, a library's parody of All About the Bass: https://youtu.be/Pduszh4ADTU
Now that you’ve read a great book, make it come alive with its own soundtrack on Instagram! This weekly contest is open to teens entering grades 7-12.
Here's a sample:
Writing a novel or just experimenting? Get some practice and expert advice from YA authors. We’ll start with writing exercises and then spend a little time one-on-one. Bring your work (10 page double-spaced maximum), ask your questions, and stay for a short panel discussion and a book signing. To sign up, call (626) 744-4246 or email Jane Gov at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us for a book discussion for teens and adults. Need a book? Call (626) 744-4246 or email Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena to request a copy.
Interested in studying medicine? Attend this free
workshop to learn about medical school application processes, GPA,
extracurricular act ivies, as well as the daily life of a medical student. The
speaker is a medical student from USC Keck School of Medicine. For teens and
adults. *Workshop is sponsored by MedtorCares
Never written a software program before? Learning your 5th programing language? Get support at our bring-your-own-laptop event.
Wednesdays • 7 – 8:30 p.m. • Central Library/Sunroom
Make your own no-sew blanket to keep you or a loved one warm and cozy, or donate it to a charity. No sewing skills required.
Learn what makes a great captured moment. Bring your own device (iPad, iPhone, Touch, Samsung S4, etc.) or use one of ours to create some awesome digital photography. Led by photographer Katie Ferguson. To sign up, call (626) 744-7264.
Thursday, July 9 • 3 p.m. • Hill Avenue
Zines are small independent publications, and the world of Zinesters is largely underground. Learn about this wonderful art, then make your own! Presented by comic book artist and illustrator Yumi Sakugawa, who has also taught at Art Center College of Design. To sign up, call (626) 744-4246 or email Jane Gov at email@example.com.
Sunday, July 12 • 2 p.m. • Central Library/Studio on 4th
Learn how to program robots’ movements for an end-of-the-session obstacle course, where you and your robot will showcase what you’ve learned. To sign up, call (626) 744-7262.
Monday, July 13 • 12 p.m. • Hastings
Using basic shapes and simple concepts, former The Simpsons artist Carlos Nieto III will show you how to create and modify your very own anime character. Materials provided. To sign up, call (626) 744-7262.
Tuesday, July 14 • 4 p.m. • Hastings
Create fun steampunk-style jewelry using watch parts, gears, brass and copper charms, led by Katie Ferguson. To sign up, call (626) 744-7266.
Wednesday, July 15 • 3 p.m. • Lamanda Park
Whether you are a beginner or a pro you’ll enjoy knitting with us and learning new patterns. Led by Alethea Allarey. Supplies provided. To sign up, call (626) 744-6510.
Thursday, July 16 • 3 – 5 p.m. • Villa Parke
Spend the afternoon making a super cute kawaii doll while listening to music and having fun. Led by artist Liane Shih.
Paint a T-shirt by making your own stencil. Guides, supplies and some designs provided, but you can bring in your own ideas, too. To sign up, call (626) 744-4246 or email Jane Gov at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, July 20 • 3 p.m. • Central Library/Studio on 4th
Learn how to paint with acrylics. Materials provided. Led by Alethea Allarey. To sign up, call (626) 744-7260.
Thursday, July 23 • 3 p.m. • Allendale
Join us for a five-day adventure as you learn how to create and develop characters, perfect for video grams, animation and film. Must be able to attend all five days. To sign up, call (626) 744-7262.
Monday, August 10 – Friday, August 14 • 2 – 4 p.m. • Hastings
Join us for some great teen-rated anime! Central Library/Children's Story Room
Escape the summer heat with Pitch Perfect (2012; rated PG-13)! Join Beca, a freshman at Barden University, who is persuaded to join the singing group The Bellas as they take on their male rivals in a campus competition. There will be loads of laughs, singing and refreshments!
Tuesday, July 7 • 3:30 p.m. • Santa Catalina
Kelly Corsino, American Idol songwriting finalist, will show you practical, easy-to-master techniques that will have you writing lyrics on the spot!
Tuesday, June 23 • 4 p.m. • Hastings
A 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!
We also offer calendars of events by branch: