Bookmark Drawing Contest

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We’re pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Bookmark Drawing Contest. Artists were challenged to submit a black and white drawing for a “coloring page” in the size of a bookmark. Thanks to everyone who voted including our staff and community members.  We received some truly beautiful submissions. The […]

Out of the Pantry: Pumpkin Empanadas

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We’re celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month! We’re learning about empanadas and how to make pastry dough from scratch. This dough technique (cutting cold butter into flour) is similar to making pie crusts, biscuits, scones, pasties, turnover dough, and other pastries. This process creates tiny air pockets (the butter) in your dough, […]

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Review by Sam Redfearn , 12 Incredible Doom By Matthew Bogart Allison is struggling with the psychological manipulation of her father, who is a stage magician. Samir lives at his grandmother’s house with his father, who is divorced from his mother. Richard is moving into a new town, leaving his […]

This is Not a Ghost Story — Teen Book Review

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Review by Emily Battaglia , 17 This is Not a Ghost Story By Andrea Portes Mere months before Daffodil Turner begins her new life in college, she finds herself with a rather unusual summer job: house sitting a dusty old mansion for a strange old couple. As the days drag […]

Teen Advisory Board — August 2021

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Pasadena Public Library – Teen Advisory Board, August 21, 2021 at Hastings Branch Library   Present:  Staff:  Jane, Angel Members: Yenyi, Noah, Vivien, Caelie, Gabrielle (Gem), Aminda, Leo   Announcements:  TAB podcast invite – 2-3 TAB members in discussion with another library’s TAB; Noah volunteered. Anyone else? Will also reach […]

Teen Advisory Board — July 2021

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Pasadena Public Library – Teen Advisory Board, July 24, 2021 at Hastings Branch Library   Present:  vivien, maya, leo, genevieve   Well-being grant Economic well-being (financial) Emotional well-being (mental health) Environmental well-being (space) Inner well-being (purpose, self) Intellectual well-being (creative) Physical well-being (health, food) Social well-being (relationships) Vocational well-being (work […]

Teen Advisory Board — June 2021

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Pasadena Public Library – Teen Advisory Board, June 26, 2021 at Hastings Branch Library   Present:  caelie, yenyi, vivien, luke, leo, jasmine   Announcements Distribute shirts, tags In-person events Levelup fair – who can represent us? Talk about TAB, give out prizes Well-being grant   Discuss Moving TAB meetings to […]

Out of the Pantry: Mac and cheese pizza

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In this lesson, participants learn to activate yeast, roll out and bake pizza dough, plus make a very simple mac and cheese with roasted red peppers — all using pantry items.     Mac and Cheese Pizza Yields two 10-inch pizzas   Ingredients:  1/2 box Elbow pasta 8 oz Velveeta […]

The Left-Handed Booksellers of London — Teen Book Review

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Review by Emily Battaglia, 16 The Left-Handed Booksellers of London By Garth Nix Eighteen-year-old Susan’s search for her father divulges a secret world within London and a family of booksellers that fight to regulate it. She is thrust into a confrontation with the mythical creatures of the Old World as the […]

Dragonfly Girl — Teen Book Review

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Review by Cadence Chen, 17 Dragonfly Girl By Marti Leimbach Kira Adams is failing school. While she may be a genius when it comes to math and science, she’s definitely not doing so hot in her other subjects. Combined with the relentless bullying at school and her sick mom with […]