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Teen Events

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Unless noted, all programs are for teens only (grades 7-12). If you would like to receive monthly email reminders of our teen events, please email Jane Gov: jgov@cityofpasadena.net

Youth Network

What’s happening in our community? We need your opinions. Just 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 the community. To sign up, email Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net

LINDA VISTA SCIENCE CLUB

Join us as we investigate the world around us using state-of-the-art technology to gather data to track features such as precipitation, cloud formations, and migration patterns of hummingbirds. For teens and adults ages 12+.

  • Saturday, Jan. 5 • 3-5 p.m. • Linda Vista Branch

WINTER WONDERLAND:

Join us for a fun night of holiday-themed movies, crafts and games. Enjoy Polar Express and the Rise of the Guardians while making snow globes, wreaths, ugly sweaters and a gingerbread city! If crafts aren’t your thing, we’ll also have board and video games. For teens only.

  • Thursday, Dec. 27 • 5-8 p.m. • Central Library/Teen Central and Studio on 4th

YOUTH NETWORK:

Teens: we need your opinions. Show up and discuss topics of interest to youth in the community and/or participate in the training. Great for those who are interested in civic engagement and want to gain leadership skills and public speaking experience. For ages 12-18. To sign up, email Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 5 • 4-5:30 p.m. • Central Library/Studio on 4th

Nothing this month. Check back later for more contests and competitions!

Nothing this month. Check back later for more author visits!

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 14+. This meeting is facilitated by a Teen Advisory Board member.

  • Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman: Monday, January 7 • 6 p.m. • Central Library/4th Floor Conference Room

Linda Vista Teen Book Club

Do you love alternate realities, epic battles for planet earth, suspense, and ridiculous comedy? If so, then the Linda Vista Teen Book Club is looking for members of all abilities who are excited to read and talk about all kinds of books! For ages 13+. To learn more, please contact Deborah Takahashi at dtakahashi@cityofpasadena.net.

  • Alone by Scott Sigler: Saturday, December 15 • 3 p.m. • Linda Vista
  • The Monster on the Road Is Me by J.P. Romney: Saturday, January 26 • 3 p.m. • Linda Vista
  • Nothing this month. Check back later for more careers and academics events!

DISCOVERY DAY

Discover what the staff at Allendale has in store for you! Build something, make something and learn something! A fun adventure awaits – don’t miss it! For teens only.

  • Thursday, Jan. 24 • 3 p.m. • Allendale Branch

GET REAL! VIRTUAL READLIY @PPL

Come on in and give Virtual Reality a try! We have Oculus Rift Touch–a Virtual Reality visor and handsets for the full VR experience. Walk on Mars, visit the International Space Station, do some guided meditation, or try any of our many other available VR experiences. We’ve got something for everyone! (Each session will be at least 15 minutes in length, depending on attendance). A signed waiver is required to use the equipment.

  • Monday, Jan. 14 • 6-8 p.m. • Central Library/4th Floor Creativity Room (For ages 13+)

MAKE YOUR OWN WAX SEAL

Make a wax seal stamp for yourself or as a gift. The workshop covers the basics of designing a graphic for a seal and supplies for you to make a couple of stamps. For ages 13+ who have successfully completed the Innovation Lab orientation. To sign up, visit pasadenapubliclibrary.net/steam.

  • Wednesdays, Dec. 12 & Jan. 16 • 5-6 p.m. • Central Library/Innovation Lab

MAKE A HOLIDAY ORNAMENT

Learn how to create a fun ornament using the machines in the Innovation Lab. All materials provided. For ages 13+ who have successfully completed the Innovation Lab orientation. To sign up, visit pasadenapubliclibrary.net/steam.

  • Monday, Dec. 17 • 6-7 p.m. • Central Library/Innovation Lab

MAKE A PUZZLE

Make a personalized puzzle using the machines in the Innovation Lab. All materials provided. For ages 13+ who have successfully completed the Innovation Lab orientation. To sign up, visit pasadenapubliclibrary.net/steam.

  • Monday, Jan. 28 • 6-7 p.m. • Central Library/Innovation Lab

SEW IT BEGINS

Join us for this sewing class for beginners and gain confidence with your sewing machine. Make and take home your own zipper pouch. Bring your own sewing machine if you have one. For ages 13+. To sign up, call (626) 744-7262.

  • Saturday, Jan. 26 • 2-5 p.m. • Hastings Branch

VIDEO GAME CLUB

Intense competition and new rivals take center stage in this exclusive teen club! Join the 8-player madness on the big screen or ask for a 1v1 with the best players in Pasadena! Looking for something a bit friendlier? We have an additional GameCube and Wii setup with a huge selection of the best games! But that’s not all! The Switch is here! Drop by every Monday and try out all the new games as they release! For ages 14+.

  • Mondays (except Dec. 24 & 31, Jan. 21) • 3:30–5:30 p.m. • Hastings Branch

SWITCH HOUR AT SANTA CATALINA

Stop by for an afternoon of gaming with the Nintendo Switch. For ages 12+.

  • Tuesdays, Dec. 4 & Jan. 8 • 4 p.m. • Santa Catalina Branch

TEEN GAME DAYS

Join us for board games and video games on the Nintendo Switch and/or Xbox. Must play well with others. For ages 12-19. To sign up, call (626) 744-4246.

  • Fridays, Dec. 21 & Jan. 4 • 4-5:30 p.m. • Central Library/4th Floor Conference Room

SC TEEN ANIME CLUB

In December, stop by to watch all the classic Pokemon anime while making a special Pokemon ornament to kick off the holiday season! Then in January stop by and watch the latest Anime.

  • Tuesdays, Dec. 11 & Jan. 15 • 4 p.m. • Santa Catalina Branch

TEEN ANIME AFTERNOONS

Enjoy this month’s special edition of the Anime Club, featuring classic anime, Japanese snacks and the newest manga in the library’s collection.

  • Saturdays, Dec. 29 & Jan. 12 • 2-4 p.m. •  Central Library/ Children’s Story Room

WRITERS

Teen Writers Meetup: Join us for an informal session where you can meet other teens, do a few writing exercises, talk about writing, bounce ideas around and share your work. To sign up for reminder, email jgov@cityofpasadena.net.

  • Thursday, Jan. 31 • 6-7 p.m. • Central Library/4th Floor Conference Room

Teen Events Calendar

Tue 19

Innovation Lab Open Hours

February 19 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tue 19

Love Will Tear Us Apart

February 19 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Tue 19

Pasadena Lapidary Society Program Meeting

February 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Wed 20

Beginner’s 3D Printing

February 20 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Thu 21

Innovation Lab Open Hours

February 21 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fri 22

Chess Club

February 22 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Sat 23

Craft Meetup

February 23 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Sat 23

Innovation Lab Orientation

February 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Sat 23

Innovation Lab Open Hours

February 23 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sat 23

LV Teen Book Club

February 23 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Teens’ Blog

  • New Books – February 2019 edition

    The Brilliant Death AMY ROSE CAPETTA · Viking Books for Young Readers Pages: 352 Format: Hardcover For Teodora DiSangro, a mafia don’s daughter, family is fate. All her life, Teodora has hidden the fact that she secretly turns her family’s enemies into music boxes, mirrors, and other decorative objects. After […]

  • Orphan Monster Spy — Teen Review

    review by Jacob Chon, age 16 Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen     All Sarah has ever wanted was a simple life. However, destiny did not decide it to be that way. Thrust into one of the worst governments in human history, and cursed with a Jewish bloodline that marks her for death, Sarah […]

  • The Poet X — Teen Review

    review by Aminda Zou, age 14 The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo     The Poet X is a marvelous novel told in poetry form where Elizabeth Acevedo narrates the story of a silenced young woman, Xiomara Batista. This novel addresses the issues of racism, sexism, and the importance of self-defense and having a voice. […]

  • Odd One Out — Teen Review

    review by John Chon, age 16 Odd One Out by Nic Stone     Odd One Out by Nic Stone is a story about self discovery. This book follows two very close childhood friends, a straight guy and a lesbian girl. Courtney “Coop” and Jupiter “Jupe” are very close, with Jupe’s parents being gay fathers […]

  • Leah on the Offbeat — Teen Review

    review by Jacob Chon, age 16 Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli     High school is an awkward place. Personal interactions are tough, romance is opaque, and Leah Burke is no stranger to these issues. Her progressive ideas and accepting attitude towards others is only matched by the difficulty of doing so. […]