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, […]

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 receive 13 weeks of thorough […]

Youth Mental Health First Aid: Workshop at the Library

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Recap by Alicia Zhang, age 13 On Monday, April 17, 2017, the Central Library hosted a Youth Mental Health First Aid workshop, taught by Dr. Geoff Milam.. It was more of an introduction to mental health first aid—not to be used as a replacement for the eight-hour youth mental health first aid program—but informational and […]

Ceiling in the Floor – Lineage Dance

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recap by Alaina Joby,  Grade 9 The Pasadena Public Library hosted the Lineage Dance Company for a performance on February 11, 2017. The Lineage Dance Company is a contemporary dance company dedicated to raising awareness for several non-profit organizations. The piece they performed this Saturday was titled “Ceiling in the Floor” and was about how […]

Handmade Lettering resources

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Want to transform your handwriting? Try out these resources. The following are recommendations from Alethea Allarey who taught Handmade Lettering at Pasadena Central Library. To view photos of the workshop, see http://pasadena-library.net/teens/2016/handmade-lettering/. Letterers to look up Mary Kate McDevitt – http://marykatemcdevitt.com/ Sean McCabe – http://seanwes.com Risa Rodil – http://risarodil.tumblr.com/ George Anzaldo – http://www.georgeanzaldo.com/ Dangerdust – https://www.behance.net/ddccad […]

Study Abroad Opportunities for teens

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Thinking about studying abroad? Discover the multitude of study abroad opportunities varying in length from two weeks to one year with programs in over 40 countries for students 13-18 years of age. Check out the opportunities available from AFS Intercultural Programs, one of the most reputable study abroad organizations in the world for over 65 years. The […]

Books on Writing Craft and Publishing

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A few books on writing craft and publishing. recommended by authors Nicole Maggi and Charlotte Huang.   Spilling Ink: A Young Writer’s Handbook by Ellen Potter and Anne Mazer   Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott   On Writing by Stephen King   Writing and Selling the YA Novel by K.L. Going   Save the […]

Preparing for Private High School

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Mr. Bodwell, Associate Director of Admissions at Maranatha High School, presented a class he created for junior high students to demystify what the admissions requirements are for most secular or non-Catholic private high schools, and what the ISEE exam is like.  He went over sample questions with the students, such as qualitative/quantitative reasoning and verbal […]

Teen Resume Workshop

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Librarians Jane Gov and AnnMarie Hurtado talked about how to write your resume and write good cover letters. We took a look at the teens’ resumes and were very impressed with the experience these teens have already gotten!  Use that experience to get a job–it’s not hard, just talk about the same keywords you saw […]