The Art of Starving — Teen Review

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review by Jacob Chon, age 15 The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller     The Art of Starving is a novel about a young, gay man coming out of the closet.  Although at first it seems like a novel about obesity, it really is a much wider story that encompasses the social pressures of high school, queer […]

Get published: Where to submit your writing

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Are you a writer looking to get published? Here are some places to submit your writing:   Pasadena Public Library – Teen Zine Open to teens ages 12-18, for Pasadena Public Library patrons only. Submissions are open twice a year; deadlines: June 30 and December 31. Submission site:  https://tinyurl.com/pplzine   Light-Bringer Project – The Tomorrow Prize […]

Winter is here: TAB’s guide to binge-watching

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Looking for something entertaining to binge watch this winter? Here are some top choices from the Teen Advisory Board.   13 Reasons Why (Netflix) When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing […]

Housing and Emergency Services

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Know someone who might need help finding an emergency shelter? Or someone who has suffered abuse, neglect, abandonment, or in need of a residential program? How about someone who’s looking for legal aid or in search of other helpful resources? Here are some resources for youth experiencing homelessness or teens seeking temporary shelter, emergency services, […]

The Careful Undressing of Love — Teen Review

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review by Kira Toal, age 16 The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu     The Devonairre Street girls of Brooklyn are said to be cursed. According to local legend and the ominous admonitions of elderly female Devonairre Street residents, any boy with which a Devonairre girl falls in love is doomed to die. But […]

The thousandth floor

The Thousandth Floor — YA Book Club

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recap by McKenna Blackshire, age 14 The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee Summary: A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future where anything is possible—if you want it enough. WELCOME TO MANHATTAN, 2118. A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. Everyone there wants something…and everyone has […]

9 Cheap and Easy DIY Gifts

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Short on cash or ideas for holiday gifts?  Here are nine low-cost, easy DIY ideas you can try at home.   Fleece scarf and/or hat Materials: fleece Cost of fleece: $12/yard You can purchase fleece from any fabric store and some craft stores, or reuse something you already have–like an old fleece blanket. There are […]

Teens visit NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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A small group of our library teen volunteers had the privilege of visiting and getting a private tour of Pasadena’s JPL campus. If you’re not familiar with who or what JPL is, JPL stands for Jet Propulsion Laboratory. It is a national research facility that carries out robotic space and Earth science missions and manages NASA’s […]

Storyboarding

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A storyboard is a visual story of a film sequence, illustrated panel by panel, like a comic book. During a workshop, teens learned about storyboards and designed their own commercial.  

Tshirt painting

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It’s our annual tshirt painting workshop! Check it out!   Free hand paint it, or make a stencil. Here’s how to make a stencil: (1) method using curtain panels: http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2009/11/i-finally-screen-printed-with-mod-podge.html (2) method using pantyhose:  http://mycalicoskies.blogspot.com/2012/04/52-week-challenge-10-diy-screenprint.html     You might also like