The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is the leadership team of the Pasadena Public Library Teen Services. TAB implements change in our community, promotes library services, and advocates for teen and youth services.

The Teen Advisory Board’s mission is to provide teens in the community with support through educational and entertaining events, opportunities, and resources, while closing the achievement gap and preparing teens for a successful and fulfilling life.

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Current members

Congratulations to Angel Gomez, TAB Adviser, who was recently hired as a Library Staff member!

Brittany Romero, Grade 11, Resources and Services committee
Brittany has been a part of TAB now for more than a year. She loves being involved with her community and helping her friends. She is an active drama kid and has been acting and singing for as long as she can remember. She is currently President of Christian Club and Historian of Drama Council. She hopes to accomplish much in her life.

Christopher Gonzalez, Grade 11, Resources & Services Committee
Chris attends Marshall Fundamental and he likes to be active in school activities. He is on both the Marshall Tennis and Cross-Country teams and presents leadership skills as a captain for both teams. Not only that, but he also likes to play the violin in his school’s chamber orchestra.

Denisse Andersen, Grade 10
Denisse enjoys reading anything she can get her hands on. She has a fascination with Greek mythology and is the biggest Harry Potter fan this world has seen. She plays soccer and is in the track and field team at school. Denisse loves science and hopes to become an astrophysicist.

Faith Malicdem, Grade 11, Blog Assistant
Faith is a new TAB member who enjoys being involved and giving back to her community. Faith devotes her time to playing tennis, performing in her school’s jazz band and endlessly studying.

Genevieve Harvey, Grade 9, Marketing Committee Vice-Chair
Genevieve attends Flintirdge Prep. She is an avid tennis player and have been for about 6 years. She is serious about academics and choose her friends carefully. She enjoys reading, drawing, and playing softball.

Haneen Eltaib, Adviser
Haneen is a copy editor and contributor to the Teen Zine. For the first three years, she has taken the lead in organizing the annual Murder Mystery and has been interviewed for an article in a professional magazine. In her spare time, she plays violin and writes fiction. She dreams of becoming a doctor one day.

Jane Lee, Grade 12
Jane enjoys watching puppy videos, k-dramas, and anime in her spare time. She has been volunteering since her freshman year and enjoys doing so because of the fun events and friends! If you ever see her, you’ll catch her drinking boba or crying over her lovely fictional characters.

Jonathan Garcia, Grade 11
Jonathan recently joined the Teen Advisory Board. He frequently volunteers in and out of his community. In his spare time he enjoys listening to music and being around animals.

Jonathan Haile, Grade 9, Marketing Committee
Going by his surname, Haile is an aspiring artist, photographer, actor and singer. He loves cats, video games, and playing guitar. He also does multiple martial arts, including Capoeira and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Julia See, Adviser
Julia graduated from Blair High School in 2016 with an International Baccalaureate Diploma and is currently attending Johns Hopkins University with a major in Behavioral Biology and a minor in Visual Art. During high school, she volunteered at the Pasadena Public Library, among other places, and is an adviser of the Teen Advisory Board. She aspires to go to medical school and become a physician.

Kara Eng, Adviser
Kara has been a teen volunteer at Pasadena Public Library since 2014. She is a Teen Advisory Board adviser and has written reviews for VOYA magazine. She’s currently attending Stanford University where she plans to study Chemical Engineering.

Kristina Yin, Grade 12, Blog Designer
Kristina is a senior at Flintridge Prep. She’s a 4-year varsity swimmer and water polo player. She loves graphic design and computer science, driving her to become the Commissioner of Video of Graphic Design of Student Senate and the founder of Girls Who Code club. She is also the head of the philanthropic Girl Up Club and a staffer for both yearbook and newspaper club.

Lauren Sugiyama, Grade 10, Volunteer Relations
Lauren currently attends Mayfield Senior School, and loves it so far!  Her hobbies include dancing ballet, playing soccer and the violin,  reading, and running track and cross-country. She loves listening to music and taking photos.

Liliana Edmonds, Grade 11, Resources & Services Committee
Liliana loves reading, learning new things, and is almost always dancing ballet in her spare time. She enjoys volunteering at library, and is excited for her second year on TAB.

Maya Wong, Grade 12, Marketing Committee Chair
Maya goes to Downtown Magnets High School and has been in TAB for about 2 years now. She’s part of her school’s basketball team and enjoys running, dumplings, anime, and music a LOT. She considers herself a Taylor Swift fan at heart, a Rise Against enthusiast, and a back number addict.

McKenna Blackshire, Grade 9, Resources & Services Committee Vice-Chair
McKenna has been volunteering at the library for about a year now. Outside of the library she participates in orchestra, sports and her school’s student leadership.

Sophie Lin, Grade 10, Resources & Services Committee Chair
Sophie is a sophomore at Flintridge Prep. Her favorite pastimes are reading, writing, singing, robotics, and playing with her 2 year old maltipoo, Skippy.

Trisha Valmocena, Grade 12, Volunteer Relations Committee
Trisha attends Pasadena High School. She is the president of Choir Club. She spends most of her time on the bus trying to get to places, headphones always in; or she is most likely doing homework for some class.

TAB’s structure

There are 20 members on the Teen Advisory Board, including several ex-officio positions. Members that started as teens who are now adults are TAB Advisers. Youth Interns, who are youth ages 14-24, are also folded into the Board’s work.


Standing Board Committees

TAB committees: committees develop plans & track progress, but are not responsible for carrying out goals; Committee Chairs will be responsible for reporting back to Ms. Jane & checking in with members

  • Marketing Committee
    • Social media (so far we have Instagram)
    • Tracking marketing plans & promotional power
    • Leverage Teens Blog & Teen Zine
    • Displays & flyer evaluation
  • Resources & Services Committee
    • Improve research guides (webteen & book suggestion lists)
    • Evaluation of programs & events (including budgeting & capacity)
    • Track work plan progress for large TAB sponsored programs
  • Volunteer Relations
    • Volunteer orientations
    • Update training guides
    • Volunteer hours & paperwork
    • Appreciation party
    • Teen Volunteer and TAB guidelines
    • TAB by-laws

How to join the Teen Advisory Board

Looking to be more involved in your community? You might be a good fit for the Teen Advisory Board (TAB). This is perfect for those seeking to gain leadership and work experience. Meetings take place at Central Library. Please apply by submitting a volunteer application.

What does TAB do?

  • Implement change in our community and library
  • Promote library services
  • Advocate for teen and youth services
  • Advise the library staff on any teen-related issues and programs
  • Establish and design new teen-related initiatives and projects
  • Recommend events and programs—and whenever possible, execute ideas
  • Recommend books and movies for the Young Adult Collection

TAB responsibilities (updated 11/2017)

  • Sustain and implement the Teen Mental Health Initiative
  • Facilitate monthly YA Book Club
  • Facilitate monthly Teen Writers Meetup
  • Facilitate quarterly game nights
  • Design & implement annual Murder Mystery
  • Design & implement annual Summer Reading programs
  • Design & implement annual winter series programs
  • Maintain teen library web guide
  • Maintain online teen book recommendations list
  • Contribute to the library Teens Blog and Teen Zine
  • Represent library at city-wide Youth Master Plan

Other tasks TAB helps with:

  • Help at our annual teen book festival Pasadena Loves YA, including suggesting authors and coming up with sample discussion questions.
  • Judge kids writing contests

New TAB accomplishments in 2017:

What’s next in 2018?

  • Redesign Teens Blog
  • Help startup our new STEAM Lab
  • Facilitate monthly STEAM workshops for teens and kids
  • The 4th floor conference room–which is attached to Teen Central is getting a redesign! It’ll become our new video game and film room.
  • Facilitate weekly video game and virtual reality drop-in sessions
  • Work with the Youth Council of Pasadena and the Youth Advocates of Day One on the State of the Youth in Feb. 2018.
  • Work with the Pasadena Youth Project from the Public Health Dept. on hosting a youth corner during Pasadena Mental Health Day on May 19, 2018.
  • Host a robotics competition in the Spring-Summer 2018, and help implement our STEAM-grant culminating event in July.
  • Work with the Youth Leadership Network and Youth Network to facilitate our second levelUP Youth Leadership Conference
  • Include a TAB representative on the Selection Committee for the Young Readers League


  • At least 1 mandatory monthly meeting ~ meetings are currently on the third Monday evening of each month at 6pm, 90 minutes
  • Participation in online discussions, committee work, and pre-meeting assignments
  • Year round commitment
  • Possible additional individual project/responsibility
  • Wants to be a leader or gain skills to become a good leader
  • Cares about our library and the wellness of teens in our community
  • Excellent communication skills and highly dedicated
  • Ability to work well independently and with the rest of TAB
  • TAB Participation Rules listed below

Learn more about TAB:

TAB members are selected and tasks assigned on the discretion of the TAB supervisor. Members invited to the official roster are based on a variety of observations–demonstrated dedication, skills, behavior, and abilities stated above.

TAB Participation Rules

  1. The first three months is a probation period; new TAB members may not miss any meetings.
  2. A TAB applicant must be at least 13 years old and no more than 17 years old.
  3. All TAB members must, during their time on the board, lead at least a portion of a library teen program.
  4. A TAB member may not miss more than three consecutive meetings in a school year, excused or unexcused. Three non-consecutive excused absences per school year may be allowed. A TAB member may not miss more than 50% of the meetings in a school year (also excused or unexcused). If a member has an absence, they must participate in the email threads, or stay engaged in some way.
  5. A TAB member must turn in pre-meeting assignments by the midnight before the meeting.
  6. Each TAB chair will keep track of the work of their committee members via an online database or method to be determined.

Excused absences are circumstances such as family emergencies, family trips, sports games, illness, or transportation issues. Other extenuating circumstances are access issues (no internet/computer at home), unstable housing, or unstable environments. TAB members must contact Ms. Jane in cases of missed meetings or lateness.