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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

    Games Day

    It’s Winter Break! Join us for board games and snacks. Game selection: Castle Panic, Forbidden Island, Dominion, Risk, Love Letter card game, & more! Must play well with others. For ages 13 and up.

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

    Discover 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? Come and discover what our staff has in store for you!

    • Monday, January 12 • 3 p.m. • Allendale
    • Thursday, January 22 • 3 p.m. • Allendale
    • Monday, January 26 • 3 p.m. • Allendale

    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

    Mother/Daughter Book Club

    For girls ages 10 and up 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, January 21 • 7pm • Central Children's Story Room  |  The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
    • Wednesday, February 18 • 7pm • Central Children's Story Room  |  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
    • 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 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. 

    • 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

    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. *Workshop sponsored by C2 Education 

    • 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. *Workshop sponsored by C2 Education 

    • 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.

    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  

    • Sunday, February 22 at 2-4 pm @ Central/Studio on Fourth

    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. *Workshop sponsored by C2 Education 

    • 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. *Workshop sponsored by C2 Education 

    • 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. *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.

    Made @ PPL

    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/Studio on Fourth

    Gingerbread House Competition

    Compete in the gingerbread house challenge. Materials provided. Prizes awarded. To register, call (626) 744-4246 or email Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net. Teens only.

    Saturday, December 27 • 2 p.m. • Central Library, Teen Central

    LittleBits Electronics Workshop

    littleBits is the easiest and most extensive way to learn and prototype with electronics. This workshop will explore the basic littleBits kits (power, sensors, LED, circuits). For ages 13-18. Space limited. To sign up, call 626-744-4246 or email Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net. Workshop is 90 minutes.

    Saturday, January 10 • 2:30 p.m. • Central Library, Teen Central/Studio on Fourth

    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 

    Draw in 3D

    Ever dream of drawing in 3D? Here’s your chance to explore 3D printing pens. The pens extrude heated plastic filament that cools almost instantly into a solid, stable structure. You can draw up into the air and create anything you can think of.  For ages 13-18. Space limited. To sign up, call 626-744-4246 or email Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net. Workshop is 90 minutes.

    Saturday, February 7 • 3 p.m. OR 4:30 p.m. • Central Library, Teen Central/Studio on Fourth

    Movies

    Anime Afternoons

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

    • Saturday, Jan 03 • 2 p.m.
    • Saturday, Feb 14 • 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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