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

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    Special events

    Celebrating Comics!

    Join us for FREE Comic Book Day, an annual event held the first Saturday in May throughout the United States. Pick up a free comic book, while supplies last, by stopping in any Pasadena Public Library on Saturday, May 7. Comics suitable for all age groups (Children, Teens and adults) will be available at each site. Additionally, there will be special programs held focusing on comics.

    Meet the Experts!

    Comic creators will discuss their work. Their books will be available for sale and signing.

    Saturday, May 7 • 1 p.m. • Central Library/Studio on 4th

    Trivia Contest

    Find out just how much you know about comics! Join in the trivia contest. Prizes will be awarded. For teens and adults.

    Saturday, May 7 • 2 p.m. • Central Library/Studio on 4th

    Tape Glue Staples! PopOok! in Pasadena

    Enjoy a discussion and signing with Hamo Bahnam, the creative force behind PopOok! A semi-annual comic/music zine that showcases great talent from coast to coast and Canada, PopOok! has been publishing since 2011. Each issue includes a music CD of sounds that cover everything from “pop” to noise. A multifaceted publication, PopOok! includes pullouts, mini zines, extra flaps, etc. All covers are hand-printed in multi-colors, utilizing stencils, linoleum blocks, or screenprinting. Tape glue staples! PopOok! avoids a slick professional image for a more classic DIY style that screams human touch!

    Saturday, May 7 • 2 p.m. • Allendale

    Open Mic Night

    Join us for an open mic night! Teens & Tweens will showcase various forms of art including poems, spoken word, rap, stomp performances, and artwork. Everyone is invited! Middle & High Schoolers: Bring your favorite self-written poems to share.

    Wednesday, May 18 • 6:30 p.m. • Central Library/Donald Wright Auditorium

    Contests & Competitions 

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    Author Visits

    Pasadena Loves YA: A TEEN BOOK FESTIVAL

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    September 17, 2016 at Pasadena Central Library

    Look out for updates here:  http://www.pasadenateenbookfestival.com/

     

    Book Clubs

    Teen Spectrum Book Club Open House

    Teens with high functioning Autism and Asperger’s are invited to learn about the Teen Spectrum Book Club where we will read and discuss books in a relaxed social setting. For ages 12+.

    Saturday, May 14 • 11 a.m. • Linda Vista

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

    • Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman. Monday, May 16, 2016 at 6pm, Central Library/Teen Central
    • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Monday, June 13, 2016 at 6pm, Central Library/Teen Central
    • The Leveller by Julia Durango. Monday, July 11, 2016 at 6pm, Central Library/Teen Central
    • The Eye of Minds by James Dashner. Monday, August 1, 2016 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 or email AnnMarie Hurtado at anhurtado@cityofpasadena.net

    • Zero Tolerance by Claudia Mills. Wednesday, May 18 • 7 p.m. • Central Library/Children’s Story Room
    • Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar. Wednesday, June 15 • 7 p.m. • Central Library/Children’s Story Room
    • Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead. Wednesday, July 20 • 7 p.m. • Central Library/Children’s Story Room
    • Countdown by Deborah Wiles. Wednesday, August 17 • 7 p.m. • Central Library/Children’s Story Room

    Careers & College Prep

    Free College Planning Workshop

    Searching for colleges and applying for financial aid can be complicated. Families often end up paying more than they need to for their child’s education. Don’t let that happen to you! Join us for this free workshop and learn the top three strategies that can help families plan for college, find the right college and save money. Presented by National College Planning Solutions. To sign up, call (626) 744-7262.

    Thursday, April 28 • 7 p.m. • Hastings

    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.

    CANCELLED. Email Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net if you would like to be notified when it is rescheduled.

    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. Call (626) 744-4246 or email Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net to sign up.

    Monday, July 18 • 2 p.m. • Central Library

    Practice New SAT

    March 5th was the debut of the redesigned SAT. Come take a practice test and see how it compared to the old SAT. 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. Call (626) 744-4246 or email Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net to sign up.

    Saturday, July 23 • 2 p.m. • Central Library

    High School Bound

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    Made @ PPL

    Design is Everywhere: Invention, Problem Solving, and Product Design

    Have you ever wanted to tweak something—improve your backpack, your cell phone, your water bottle? Attend this free hands-on workshop to learn about Product Design. If you look around, design is everywhere. Famous designers like Charles & Ray Eames (the "Eames chair") and Jonathan Ive (the iPhone and Macbook) have used design to change the way we live. In this workshop, you will explore problem-solving and learn how to be a "design thinker" through hands-on activities used by design consultancies. Taught by professional designer and strategist Jenn Kuca, whose clients include PepsiCo, Starbucks, LG, Bentley, Microsoft, and Keurig. The speaker and staff are from ArtCenter College of Design; scholarships to teen design classes will be discussed. Drawing experience is welcome, but not required. Please call (626) 744-4246 or email Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net to sign up.

    Saturday, April 30 • 2 – 5 p.m. • Central Library/Studio on 4th

    Mother/Daughter Jewelry Making

    Join us for this special workshop for Mother’s Day presented by Janell Mithani. Learn to make beautiful jewelry together. You can create jewelry for yourself or for one another. No experience necessary. All materials provided. To sign up, call (626) 744-6510.

    Wednesday, May 4 • 3:30 p.m. • Villa Parke

    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, May 5• 3 p.m. • Allendale

    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.  2 hours.

    • Saturday, May 21 • 2 p.m.

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

    • Tuesday, May 31 • 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 May 30) • 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, May 3 • 3:30 p.m. • Santa Catalina

    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, May 22 • 2 – 4 p.m. • Central Library/Teen Central
    • Sunday, July 24 • 2 – 4 p.m. • Central Library/Teen Central

    Board Game Day

    Enjoy playing board games with friends and family.

    • Friday, April 29 • 3 – 5 p.m. • Villa Parke
    • Friday, May 27 • 3 – 5 p.m. • Villa Parke

    Writing

    Open Mic Night

    Join us for an open mic night! Teens & Tweens will showcase various forms of art including poems, spoken word, rap, stomp performances, and artwork. Everyone is invited! Middle & High Schoolers: Bring your favorite self-written poems to share.

    Wednesday, May 18 • 6:30 p.m. • Central Library/Donald Wright Auditorium


    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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