Family is Everything — a story by Jordan Fleischman

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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 […]

The Soldier — a story by Samuel Smookler

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Young Readers League 2019 “Hidden History” Writing Contest Honorable Mention (Category 2: ages 12-14)   “The Soldier” by Samuel Smookler Age 12   Summary:  The narrator discover some important history about his grandfather.   It’s 2006 and it’s been two months since my grandpa died from Alzhimer’s. I didn’t cry […]

The Great Molasses Flood — a story by Sierra Ng

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Young Readers League 2019 “Hidden History” Writing Contest Honorable Mention (Category 2: ages 12-14)   “The Great Molasses Flood” by Sierra Ng Age 12   Summary:  Josie learns about the Great Molasses Flood.   Not many people know about the Great Molasses Flood in Boston. Josie didn’t. But when Josie found […]

Hidden History Contest Winners

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We’re pleased to announce the winners of the “Hidden History” Writing and Art Contests. This year, youth ages 8-14 who live or attend school in Pasadena were challenged to put their own spin on a piece of history. All artwork and stories were inspired by characters or moments from past […]

A House Full of History — a story by Raahi Pearce

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Young Readers League 2019 “Hidden History” Writing Contest Honorable Mention (Category 2: ages 12-14)   “A House Full of History” by Raahi Pearce Age 12   Summary:  Geoffrey uncovers some of his house’s stories.   Geoffrey Harrison Johnfield lived in a three story house by himself. The reason he could […]

Revolutionary Love — a story by Emma Rispin

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Young Readers League 2019 “Hidden History” Writing Contest Honorable Mention (Category 2: ages 12-14)   “Revolutionary Love” by Emma Rispin Age 12   Summary:  Amidst a war, a frightful night, and an unknowable future.   I awoke to the frantic sounds of my father’s footsteps. I jumped from my bed […]

New Books — November 2019 edition

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New YA Books All-American Muslim Girl Nadine Jolie Courtney · Farrar, Straus and Giroux Pages: 432 Format: Hardcover Allie Abraham has it all going for her–she’s a straight-A student, with good friends and a close-knit family, and she’s dating cute, popular, and sweet Wells Henderson. One problem: Wells’s father is […]

A Roaring 20s Murder Mystery

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Teens are transported back into the Roaring 20s in this year’s murder mystery. The Roaring 20s was also the theme of our second murder mystery in 2015. The murder mystery is an immersive theatrical scavenger hunt, taking place at Central Library around Halloween. The mystery starts with a dinner party […]

Teen Advisory Board — October 2019

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Pasadena Public Library – Teen Advisory Board, 10/12/19 Present:  Genevieve, Sophie, Taleen, Liam, Angel, and guest Christopher C (MLIS student) Focus of October meeting: murder mystery, bullying prevention month, State of the Youth Assignment: murder mystery assignments Handouts: more murder mystery flyers Materials: murder mystery supplies   Agenda   Welcome […]

New Books — October 2019 edition

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NEW YA BOOKS American Royals Katharine McGee · Random House Books for Young Readers Pages: 448 Format: Hardcover What if America had a royal family? If you can’t get enough of Harry and Meghan or Kate and William, meet American princesses Beatrice and Samantha. Two princesses vying for the ultimate […]