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

    Events:

    Author Visits 

    Book Clubs 

    Careers & College Prep 

    Contests & Competitions 

    Made @ PPL (arts, crafts, & tinkering)

    Movies 

    Special events 

     Writing 

     


    Special events

    Pasadena Loves YA -- book festival

    Meet 20 Young Adult authors as they present a series of panels and book signings.  Swag, giveaways, and light refreshments provided. Free tote bags for the first 150 people to arrive. Book sales by Vromans Bookstore. This event is free and co-sponsored by Bridge to Books. No registration needed. Visit www.pasadenateenbookfestival.com for more updates. For more info, contact Jane Gov at 626-744-4246, email jgov@cityofpasadena.net 

    Saturday, May 23, 2015 • Central, Auditorium, Studio on Fourth, Teen Central, Sun Room (event will start in the Auditorium)

    Featured authors:

    • Katie Alender, Famous Last Words  
    • Victoria Aveyard, The Red Queen  
    • Alexis Bass, Love and Other Theories  
    • Julie Berry, The Scandalous Sisters of Prickwillow Place  
    • Livia Blackburne, The Midnight Thief  
    • Virginia Boecker, The Witch Hunter  
    • Jessica Brody, Unchanged  
    • Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower  
    • Brandy Colbert, Pointe  
    • Ava Dellaira, Love Letters to the Dead  
    • Kody Keplinger, The Duff 
    • Liz Maccie, Lessons I Never Learned at Meadowbrook Academy  
    • Morgan Matson, Since You've Been Gone  
    • Mary McCoy, Dead to Me  
    • Lauren Miller, Parallel  
    • Alexandra Monir, Suspicion  
    • Jennifer Niven, All the Bright Things  
    • Romina Russell, Zodiac  
    • Sarah Tomp, My Best Everything  
    • Kiersten White, Illusions of Fate  

    Contests & Competitions

    Tell Your Story WRITING Contest

    Pasadena children and teens grades 3 – 12 are invited to submit their original short story of how they or a family member came to America. The stories can depict a family tale (true or fictionalized) or explore the topic of what it means to be an American. All winning entries will be prominently displayed at Pasadena Central Library and featured in a Pasadena Public Library publication and online. Winners will be announced Tuesday, March 24. Winners and runner ups will have the opportunity to read their stories at 2015 One City, One Story Day, Saturday, March 28, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.  First, second, and third place winners will also receive a gift card. Entry deadline: March 16, 2015 

    Contest Guidelines:

    • Open to children and teens grade 3 – 12.
    • Stories must be 500-2000 words, writer’s choice, and must be legibly hand written or typed.
    • Stories must be original and the students own work.
    • All entries must be accompanied by a completed application form.  Download form:  http://tinyurl.com/ocos15writer  
    • Stories may be submitted to any Pasadena Public Library site or emailed to Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net.

    My Family Story ART Contest

    Pasadena children and teens grades 4 - 12 are invited to submit their original artwork for the One City, One Story Art Contest; a single frame illustration depicting your family story or what it means to be an American. All winning entries will be prominently displayed at Pasadena Central Library and featured in a Pasadena Public Library publication and online. All participants, their families and friends will be invited to a special reception honoring their work at One City, One Story Day, Saturday, March 28, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Original art work will be returned to the artist. Entry deadline: March 16, 2015. 

    Winners will receive free tuition to a class at Art Center College of Design! (up to $400 value).  

    Contest Guidelines:

    • Open to children and teens grades 4 -12.
    • Single frame illustration in pencil, pen, ink, or paint depicting your family story or what it means to be an American.
    • Size can range anywhere between 8” x 10” to 22” x 28.”
    • May be submitted to any Pasadena Public Library site.
    • Entries will be judged based on creativity, technical skill, and execution
    • All entries must be accompanied by a completed application form.  Download form:  http://tinyurl.com/ocos15artist 

    Co-sponsored by Art Center.  Art Center logo 

     Author Visits

    Pasadena Loves YA

    Meet 20 Young Adult authors as they present a series of panels and book signings.  Swag, giveaways, and light refreshments provided. Free tote bags for the first 150 people to arrive. Book sales by Vromans Bookstore. This event is free and co-sponsored by Bridge to Books. No registration needed. Visit www.pasadenateenbookfestival.com for more updates. For more info, contact Jane Gov at 626-744-4246, email jgov@cityofpasadena.net 

    Saturday, May 23, 2015 • Central, Auditorium, Studio on Fourth, Teen Central, Sun Room (event will start in the Auditorium)

    Book Clubs

    Mother/Daughter Book Club

    For girls ages 10-13 and their moms (or an adult guest of their choice). The group discusses books that inspire compassion, self-esteem, and courage in the face of social pressure, exploring with it means to be a strong, confident young woman.

    • Wednesday, March 18 • 7pm • Central Children's Story Room  |  Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
    • Wednesday, April 15 • 7pm • Central Children's Story Room  |  Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
    • Wednesday, May 20 • 7pm • Central Children's Story Room  |  Wildwood by Colin Meloy
    • Wednesday, June 17 • 7pm • Central Children's Story Room  |  The Haunted Bridge by Carolyn Keene

    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 14 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. 

    • YA Book Club will be taking a break until Summer Reading Challenge. Check back later for meeting times!
    • In the meantime, check out the open meetings hosted by our friends, the YA Book Council.  Some meetings are open to the public and are usually held in Pasadena.

    Careers & College Prep

    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. *Workshop sponsored by C2 Education 

    • 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. *Workshop sponsored by C2 Education 

    • 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. *Workshop sponsored by C2 Education 

    • 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 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. *Workshop sponsored by C2 Education 

    • 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.

    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. *Workshop sponsored by C2 Education 

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

    Pathways to Medical School

    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

    • Saturday, May 2 at 4 pm @ Central/Studio on Fourth

    Made @ PPL

    Learn to Code With Us

    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

    Kawai Doll Making

    Celebrate National Craft Month by making your very own super cute doll. Presented by artist Liane Shih.

    Saturday, March 14 • 4p.m. • Linda Vista

    Stop Motion Animation

    Create your own stop animation video. Equipment and supplies provided. To sign up call (626) 744-4246 or email Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net 

    Monday, March 16 • 4 – 6 p.m. • Central Library/Studio on 4th

    Makerspace

    Spend an afternoon at the library tinkering and creating! Explore our collection of LittleBits electronics, 3D printing pens, Legos and Rainbow Looms.  All ages.  Drop in.  No reservation needed.

    Tuesday, March 17 • 4-6pm • Central Library, Teen Central/Studio on Fourth

    Discovery Days

    Will you build something? Will there be a game-a-thon? Will it be an exciting, fabulous, creative experience that you have never had before? Join us and discover what’s in store for you!

    Thursday, March 26 • 3 p.m. • Allendale

    Movies

    Anime Afternoons

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

    • Saturday, Mar 14 • 2 p.m.
    • Saturday, Apr 11 • 2 p.m.
    • Saturday, May 9 • 2 p.m.

    Writing

    Tell Your Story Writing Contest

    Pasadena children and teens grades 3 – 12 are invited to submit their original short story of how they or a family member came to America. The stories can depict a family tale (true or fictionalized) or explore the topic of what it means to be an American. All winning entries will be prominently displayed at Pasadena Central Library and featured in a Pasadena Public Library publication and online. Winners will be announced Tuesday, March 24. Winners and runner ups will have the opportunity to read their stories at 2015 One City, One Story Day, Saturday, March 28, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.  First, second, and third place winners will also receive a gift card. Entry deadline: March 16, 2015 

    Contest Guidelines:

    • Open to children and teens grade 3 – 12.
    • Stories must be 500-2000 words, writer’s choice, and must be legibly hand written or typed.
    • Stories must be original and the students own work.
    • All entries must be accompanied by a completed application form.  Download form:  http://tinyurl.com/ocos15writer  
    • Stories may be submitted to any Pasadena Public Library site or emailed to Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net.

    Writing Through the Senses: Creative Writing for Teens

    Discover your creativity through writing and observing through your senses. Each week, we will embark on an exploration of one of our senses and use it as a jumping off point to inspire our creative writing. Led by local artist Sherry Giang-Chen. To sign up call (626) 744-7262.

    Thursdays, March 26, April 2, 9, 16 & 23 • 4 - 5:15 p.m. • Hastings

    To see some of the writing produced in previous writing workshops, visit our Teens blog: http://pasadena-library.net/teens/tag/writing/  

    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.  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, March 26, 2015. 6:30 pm  |  Teen Central/Studio on Fourth
    • Thursday, May 14, 2015. 6:30 pm  |  Auditorium

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

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