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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

Mon 19

Innovation Lab Orientation

August 19 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tue 20

SC Teen Anime Club

August 20 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue 20

ANIME SC Teen Anime Club

August 20 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue 20

Pasadena Lapidary Society Program Meeting

August 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Fri 23

Chess Club

August 23 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Sat 24

Computer Pals

August 24 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Sat 24

Innovation Lab Orientation

August 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Mon 26

Innovation Lab Orientation

August 26 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tue 27

Hastings Ranch Bridge Club

August 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Tue 27

Pasadena Civil War Round Table

August 27 @ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm

Teens' Blog

  • The Voice in My Head — Teen Review

    Review by Jasmine Sov, 13 The Voice in My Head By Dana L. Davis Dana L. Davis’s The Voice in My Head tells the story of Indigo Phillips, a girl who’s always been known as “Violet’s twin sister”. Violet is everything she’s not: popular, pretty, and sweet-tempered. But when Violet suddenly becomes

  • Brightly Burning — Teen Review

    Review by Jasmine Sov, 13 Brightly Burning Edited by Alexa Donne Alexa Donne’s reimagined future space version of the popular classic Jane Eyre, Brightly Burning, follows the story of Stella Ainsley, a teenage orphan living in poverty and working an engineering job aboard the Stalwart. But when she relocates to the

  • Black Enough: Stories of Being Young and Black in America — Teen Review

    Review by Nina Dinan, 15 Black Enough: Stories of Being Young and Black in America Edited by Ibi Zoboi This collection of short stories examines the many dimensions of African American experiences through the eyes of multiple young protagonists. Different writers give voice to each story, and their plot lines are

  • Always Smile: Carley Allison’s Secrets for Laughing, Loving and Living — Teen Review

    Review by Nina Dinan, 15 Always Smile: Carley Allison’s Secrets for Laughing, Loving and Living by Alice Kuipers In early 2013, Carley Allison, a Canadian figure skater and singer-songwriter, was diagnosed with an extremely rare cancer in her trachea. Instead of being dismayed by the diagnosis, she chose to use her experience

  • Lovely War — Teen Review

    Review by Kira Toal, 17 Lovely War By Julie Berry “Lovely War” by Julie Berry is a historical fiction romance novel set at the height of World War I and (here’s the interesting part:) narrated by Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. It features two main couples: Hazel and James, a talented young