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Teen Events

image of numbered date pages from calendarUnless noted, all programs are for teens ages 12-18, and free to attend. To receive monthly news about teen events, services, and special announcements, you can subscribe to the Teen Newsletter on this page by checking the Teen Newsletter box and filling out your name and email address, then clicking subscribe. You’ll receive an email to confirm your subscription. Below are descriptions for our monthly and annual teen programs. Please double check dates and times on our events calendar.


Special Events

ArtNight

ArtNight Pasadena is in March and October. Enjoy a free evening of art, music, and entertainment. To learn more, visit http://artnightpasadena.org/

Summer Reading

Earn cool prizes for reading during the summer! Sign up online at https://pasadena.beanstack.com

Pasadena Loves YA

Our annual teen book festival is in September. Meet 12-16 Young Adult authors as they present a series of panels and book signings. Free tote bags for the first 200 attendees and a "Book Blitz" giveaway will be towards to end of the festival. Book sales provided by Vromans Bookstore. This program is open to all ages. For more info visit pasadenalovesya.com

National Coming Out Day

On October 11, join us for the annual National Coming Out Day celebration at Central Library. All ages welcome. There will be raffles, music, resource tables, food trucks, photo booths, games, and speakers.

Teen Murder Mystery

The Teen Advisory Board plans and hosts a themed after-hours murder mystery dinner party at Pasadena Central Library annually on a Friday in October. This program is for ages 12-18 only. To learn more about our past murder mystery events, check out the Teens Blog.

Young Readers League

Young Readers League is a reading program designed to inspire kids 8-14 to talk, read and interact with books and their community. Presented in partnership by Pasadena Public Library and Vroman’s Bookstore. Sponsored by The Friends of the Pasadena Public Library. Young Readers League takes place in October-November. To learn more, visit the Young Readers League page on the Kids Blog.


Advocacy

Youth Network

Teens: we need your opinions. Show up, discuss topics of interest to youth in the community and/or participate in the training. Great for anyone who wants to gain leadership skills, public speaking, and cares about community improvement. Youth Network meets on the first Wednesday of every month during the school year (September-May) in the Studio on 4th (next to Teen Central) at Central Library. For ages 12-18.


Books and Writing

YA Book Club

Monthly young adult book discussion facilitated by Teen Advisory Board. YA Book Club is usually the first Monday of every month from 6-7pm in Teen Central, Pasadena Central Library. For ages 14+. No signup needed. Email Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net for more info or subscribe to our Teen Newsletter.

Linda Vista Teen Book Club

Monthly teen book discussion at Linda Vista Branch Library, usually on a Saturday afternoon. For ages 13+. Email Deborah Niblick at dniblick@cityofpasadena.net for more info.

Teen Writers Meetup

Monthly meetup for teen writers ages 12-18, facilitated by Teen Advisory Board. An informal session where you can meet with other teens, do a few writing exercises, talk about writing, bounce ideas, and share your work. Teen writers usually meet on the last Thursday of the month from 6-7pm in Teen Central, Pasadena Central Library. For ages 12-18. No signup needed. Email Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net for more info or subscribe to our Teen Newsletter.


Careers and Academics

SAT Mock-Test & ACT Mock-Test

Periodically, we offer free mock SAT and ACT testing at our Central Library, Hastings Branch Library, and La Pintoresca Branch Library. Please check the events calendar, Off the Shelf newsletter, or subscribe to our Teen Newsletter to learn about upcoming opportunities.


Contests and Competitions

Young Readers League Writing Contest

In October, the Young Readers League Writing Contest is open to kids and teens up to age 14. To learn more, visit the Young Readers League page on the Kids Blog.

Teen Writing Contests

In summer, we accept submissions for publication. Selected stories and poems will be printed in our Teen Zine and published in our Teens Blog. To submit, check back periodically on the submission site. The contest is open to Pasadena residents only. https://forms.gle/8386TCakuT45sU356

Teen Art Contests

In summer, we accept submissions for the Teen Zine. Selected artwork will be printed in our Teen Zine and published in our Teens Blog. One art piece will be selected as the cover of an upcoming Teen Zine issue. The contest is open to Pasadena residents only. Please check the Teen webpage, Off the Shelf newsletter or subscribe to our Teen Newsletter to learn about upcoming opportunities.


Films & Games

Teen Anime Club

Stop by Santa Catalina Branch Library to watch the latest anime on a Tuesday afternoon. No signup needed. Call Santa Catalina Branch Library for more info (626) 744-7272.

Teen Game Days

Join other teens for board games and video games on the Nintendo Switch or Xbox. Must play well with others. Facilitated by Teen Advisory Board. Teen Game Days is monthly on a Friday afternoon at Central Library. Please check the events calendar, Off the Shelf newsletter, or subscribe to our Teen Newsletter to learn about upcoming game days.

Switch Hour

Stop by for an afternoon of gaming with the Nintendo Switch. For ages 12+. No signup needed. Call Santa Catalina Branch Library for more info (626) 744-7272.

Video Games Club

Every Monday at Hastings Branch Library. The Ultimate Smash experience is here! With multiple setups of Smash Ultimate, light snacks, and plenty of people to interact with, you’re sure to find the perfect balance of fun and competition! Take on new rivals here weekly and learn advanced tricks from all of our veteran members! Drop by and be part of the experience! For ages 14+.


STEAM

Discover Day

Monthly activities for teens at Allendale Branch Library. Build something, make something, learn something. No signups necessary. For more info, call (626) 744-7260.

Innovation Lab

The Innovation Lab at Central Library contains equipment such as 3D printers, CNC cutters, sewing/embroidery machine, and design software. It is available for patrons ages 13+ who have taken the orientation and signed a User Agreement. For more information, please visit https://www.cityofpasadena.net/library/steam/

Sew It Begins

A monthly sewing class for beginners at our Hastings Branch Library. Gain confidence and learn the basics of sewing. Bring your own machine or use one of the library’s. Registration required. For dates, please see the events calendar or Off the Shelf newsletter. For ages 13+. Call Hastings Branch Library at (626) 744-7262 for more info.


Teen Events Calendar

Teens' Blog

  • Minds in Motion 2019

    Professional Child Development Associates (PCDA) Teen Buddies/Teen Club present their 8th annual art show. Teen artists shared their original handmade sensory art forms, photography, personal stories and a short live performance.   About PCDA: Since 1996, PCDA has worked to improve the lives of children and families affected by autism

  • Teen Advisory Board — November 2019

    Pasadena Public Library – Teen Advisory Board, 11/16/2019   Present: Genevieve, Sophie, Emilie, Taleen, Haile, Cassie, Leon Focus of November meeting: murder mystery evaluation, strategic plan / TAB timeline   Agenda   Welcome (5 min)   Debrief & upcoming (20 min) DIY snow globes – Dec 16 State of the

  • A Surprising School Trip — a story by Leah Bacigalupi

    Young Readers League 2019 “Hidden History” Writing Contest 1st place (Category 2: ages 12-14)   “A Surprising School Trip” by Leah Bacigalupi Age 12   Summary:  Harper discovers a startling detail about her family.   Harper Rakosi was sitting on the bus begrudgingly. She hated field trips, especially this one.

  • to be free — a story by Chloe Daily

    Young Readers League 2019 “Hidden History” Writing Contest 2nd place (Category 2: ages 12-14)   “to be free” by Chloe Daily Age 12   Summary:  A slave wishes to be free.   my name is araminta ross. i’m the master’s slave. my mama is harriet ross. my papa benjamen ross.

  • Family is Everything — a story by Jordan Fleischman

    Young Readers League 2019 “Hidden History” Writing Contest 3rd place (Category 2: ages 12-14)   “Ang pamilya ay lahat (Family is Everything)” by Jordan Fleischman Age 12   Summary:  The narrator explains her own hidden history.   “Kumusta po kayo. Ako si Jordan.” “Como esta. Me llamo Jordan.” This is