Build a Bear

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This season’s teen craft is Build A Bear, a super simple program idea proposed by the Teen Advisory Board. It’s a stress-free hour of crafts with friends and peers. Participants stuffed their own plush bear and designed t-shirts. Here’s what we did:   Supplies bear “skins” * bear sized t-shirts […]

Minds in Motion 2019

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Professional Child Development Associates (PCDA) Teen Buddies/Teen Club present their 8th annual art show. Teen artists shared their original handmade sensory art forms, photography, personal stories and a short live performance.   About PCDA: Since 1996, PCDA has worked to improve the lives of children and families affected by autism […]

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 […]

YA Authors James Brandon & Bill Konigsberg in conversation with YouTuber Tiernan Bertrand-Essington

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YA Authors James Brandon and Bill Konigsberg are in conversation with YouTuber Tiernan Bertrand-Essington. Scroll through for photos.     James Brandon is an author, actor, producer, and LGBTQ2+ community activist who co-founded the I AM Love Campaign and currently serves on the Powwow Steering Committee for Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits (BAAITS) […]

Pasadena Loves YA 2019

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Our sixth annual teen book festival, Pasadena Loves YA, featured 19 authors, 4 panels, and a book blitz.  We owe many thanks to everyone who helped with the event including:  Our featured authors — who donated their time and expertise, and took care of their own travel arrangements The panel […]

A Stranger Things Murder Mystery

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Every year at the Pasadena Public Library, a show of sorts is put on display. This year’s Murder Mystery theme is based on the Netflix is Stranger Things. As always, teen volunteers are both cast and crew for the event. Teen Advisory Board members were interviewed about their experience planning […]

Pasadena Loves YA 2018 – photos and thank yous

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Our fifth annual teen book festival, Pasadena Loves YA, featured 15 authors, 4 panels, and a book blitz.   We owe many thanks to everyone who helped with the event including:   Our featured authors — who donated their time and expertise, and took care of their own travel arrangements […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]