Pasadena Loves YA 2018: An Experience

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by Alaina Joby, age 16 The much awaited Pasadena Loves Young Adult Festival attracted a crowd of people this year; with fifteen up and coming authors visiting and people flocking in to hear their panels, it was undoubtedly a successful event. The day was divided into panels, each dedicated to […]

Girls Coding Camp: a Gold Award Project

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Girls Coding Camp: a Gold Award Project by Taleen Berberian Taleen Berberian, a Pasadena Public Library Teen Advisory Board member, proposed and completed a Girls Scout Gold Award Project during the summer of 2018 at three library branches. The following is a summary project.   What is the Girl Scout […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

“The Ghost Story” — story by Christopher Souza

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Young Readers League 2017 Writing Contest 1st place Category 2 (ages 12-14) The Ghost Story by Christopher Souza Age 12 (Grade 6) Blair Middle School   It was a dark and gloomy night and the wind howled like hunting wolves. Out of nowhere, a bolt of lightning hit one of […]

“Horror Houses” — story by Raela Jayasekara

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Young Readers League 2017 Writing Contest 2nd place Category 2 (ages 12-14) Horror Houses by Raela Jayasekara Age 12 (Grade 7) Blair Middle School   “I must have been eleven when I saw a ghost. We had just moved into a new house. I ran up the stairs to the […]

“The Selfie” — story by Penelope Burian

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Young Readers League 2017 Writing Contest 3rd place Category 2 (ages 12-14) The Selfie by Penelope Burian Age 13 (Grade 7) Blair Middle School   ‘‘It was a dark and stormy night, just like how most ghost stories start,” Kate began. “We’re seriously doing this? Ghost stories are super childish!” […]

Teen Line — Event

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recap by Nina Dinan, age 13 On June 7, the Pasadena Central Library hosted a presentation by Teen Line, a life changing organization which allows teens to connect (literally and figuratively) with one another by providing calling, text, and email lines for potential users. Volunteers from grades 9 through 11 […]