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 […]

Sketches & More — Spring Series

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Continuing with the monthly series, Sketches and More is a virtual teen program presented in partnership with Armory Center for the Arts. The workshops are taught by staff from the Armory. These are images from the Spring 2021 series.   Mask designs   Freedom Quilts   Tattoo Art   Stamping […]

Pasadena Scavenger Hunt

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So you think you know Pasadena, huh? Let’s put your navigation expertise to the test. Join in on a scavenger hunt. There are nine clues that lead to locations within the City of Pasadena. We hope you have fun getting out and exploring our amazing city! This program was created […]

Dream Catcher Story Contest

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We’re pleased to announce the winners of the Dream Catcher Story Contest. Writers were challenged to tell us a story in 300 words or less that is inspired by dreams or capturing dreams.  Special thanks to our judges:  Natassia Mendez, Jesse Roth, Nick Smith, and Jasmine Sov. Here are the […]

Bookmark Design Contest

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We’re pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Bookmark Design Contest! The contest was a great success. We had numerous entries with very creative designs. Two designs from each category, eight designs in total, were selected by our library staff judges. The winning bookmarks will be printed and distributed […]

Build Your Own Bear

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This season’s teen craft is Build Your Own 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 […]

Hidden History Contest Winners

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We’re pleased to announce the winners of the “Hidden History” Writing and Art Contests. This year, youth ages 8-14 who live or attend school in Pasadena were challenged to put their own spin on a piece of history. All artwork and stories were inspired by characters or moments from past […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fractured Films Contest Winners

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We’re pleased to announce the winners of the Fractured Films Art and Writing Contests. This year, youth ages 8-18 who live or attend school in Pasadena were challenged to put their own spin on a film. All artwork and stories were inspired by characters or scenes from an existing movie […]