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 […]

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, […]

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

Minds in Motion 2017 — an art show

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The Pasadena Public Library’s Teen Center is pleased to host PCDA’s Teen Buddies/Teen Club young creatives for their 6th annual art show. Teen creatives share their original handmade sensory art forms, photography, personal stories and a short live performance. Professional Child Development Associates is a non-profit organization whose focus is on child development serving children from […]

Teen Advisory Board — December 2017

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Pasadena Public Library, Teen Advisory Board, 12/18/2017   Present: Brittany, Chris, Denisse, Enrique, Jane L, John, Jonathan G, Jonathan H, Kristina, Lauren, Liliana, Maya, Penelope, Sofia, Sophie, Taleen, Thomas   Pre-meeting assignment: white elephant survey & committee choice   Focus of December meeting: Y.E.S. Grant   Agenda   Debrief & discussion (30 minutes) Winter series […]

10 YA Books About Race

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This month, our book club discussed The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. It was the most highly rated book we have ever selected for YA Book Club–with five star ratings from everyone. The book’s exploration of race and racism is complex, realistic, and hyper-relevant to today’s social climate. With rich, full-bodied, diverse, and relatable […]

A Muggle Murder Mystery

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This year’s annual Halloween event–a dinner party, after-hours lock-in, murder mystery–was exceptional; the theme was Harry Potter. With an almost entirely teen cast, the Teen Advisory Board transported the guests into a Hogwarts mystery. As the Halloween feast was winding down, a mystery was afoot. The culprit could be a wizard, witch, teacher, student, muggle, […]