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 […]

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, […]

Pasadena Loves YA 2017

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Our fourth annual teen book festival, Pasadena Loves YA, featured 17 authors, 4 panels, and a book blitz. We owe a gazillion thanks to everyone who helped with the event including all the participating authors who not only donated their time and expertise, but also took care of their own travel arrangements. Thank you to […]

Avengers Summer Party Recap

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by Liliana Edmonds, age 16     The Pasadena Central Library’s summer party is a themed fandom party complete with themed decorations, activities, and party favors. The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) typically decides the party’s theme; this year, we selected the Avengers. Everyone on TAB contributed ideas for easy Avengers-themed party decorations and fun activities. TAB members […]

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 […]

Wonderland Murder Mystery

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It’s a Mad Hatter Tea Party!  But beware:  something sinister lurks in Wonderland.  It’s a land of stories, but who’s telling the real tale? And who murdered the poor, poor Prince of Hearts? All the key characters are suspects. It’s up to you to solve it. Prowl through Wonderland hunting for clues, question the suspects, and […]

Mermaids, Magic, and String Theory: How Authors Create Fantasy Worlds

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Transcript by Hadley Willman, grade 11 Photos by Katie Ferguson The second panel of the Pasadena Loves YA event was called Mermaids, Magic, and String Theory: How Authors Create Fantasy Worlds. Participating panel speakers were Josephine Angelini, author of the Worldwalker trilogy, Tobie Easton, author of the Mer Chronicles, Shannon Messenger, author of the Sky […]

Inaugural National Coming Out Day

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event recap by McKenna Blackshire, grade 8            Pasadena’s first National Coming Out Day Event was like a mini, more personal Pride Parade. The atmosphere was energizing and unique. Each booth offered a different form of support to the LGBTQ+ Community, and each speaker shared a different perspective, which ranged from the Public Health Director to […]

Pasadena Loves YA 2016

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Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s Pasadena Loves YA. This was our third teen festival here at Pasadena Public Library, and it’s quite amazing to see how it has grown.  We hoped you enjoyed meeting 19 amazing YA authors and making friends with other fans. Thank you to each and every one of […]

Welcome to Night Vale Review

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review by Bella Arguello, grade 9 Welcome To Night Vale is a fictional podcast mimicking a small community radio in a fictional town called Night Vale. It mostly revolves around important events such as Eternal Scouts initiations in the parking lot behind the Ralphs, breaking news like Koshek’s new litter of eternally suspended in the […]