“Catching Nightmares” by Maggie Hartigan

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Dream Catcher Story Contest Honorable Mention (Category 2: grades 6-8)   “Catching Nightmares” by Maggie Hartigan Age 12, Grade 6        Yawn. I’m so tired. I can’t wait to go to bed. I’m Avery, by the way. I glance up at my dreamcatcher, which hasn’t been doing a very good […]

Sketches & More – Fall 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 Fall 2020 series.   Watercolor Resin Using a watercolor resin technique, participants created their […]

Sketches & More: Hand Lettering, Watercolors, and Graffiti Art

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Sketches and More is a virtual teen program presented in partnership with Armory Center for the Arts and Day One. The workshops are taught by staff from the Armory. Hand Lettering Hand lettering is a form of drawing decorative letters, usually as a way of interpreting or expressing the letters, […]

Painting With Watercolor Pencils

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This summer, we experimented with watercolor pencils. These programs were taught by Pasadena Library staff and for all ages, so families can enjoy these activities together while staying safe at home. If you would like it yourself or try other activities, check out our YouTube page: youtube.com/pasadenalibrary   Supplies you’ll […]

Free Online Tools for Collaboration

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The following web tools will help you work more efficiently, effectively, and collaboratively with team members. Or if you just want easier access to your projects, all of these tools are web-based, so they can be accessed on any device with internet.     Canva Collaborate on graphics, posters, flyers, […]

YA Books about Consumerism & Media Consumption

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YA Books about Consumerism & Media Consumption by Jane Gov, Youth Services Librarian updated 2/20/2020   Feed by M.T. Anderson Identity crises, consumerism, and star-crossed teenage love in a futuristic society where people connect to the Internet via feeds implanted in their brains. For Titus and his friends, it started […]

YA Books About Advocacy & Activism

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YA Books About Advocacy & Activism by Jane Gov, Youth Services Librarian updated 2/20/2020   Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed New York Times bestselling authors Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed have crafted a resonant, funny, and memorable story about the power of love and resistance. YES […]

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 Surprising School Trip — a story by Leah Bacigalupi

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Young Readers League 2019 “Hidden History” Writing Contest 1st place (Category 2: ages 12-14)   “A Surprising School Trip” by Leah Bacigalupi Age 12   Summary:  Harper discovers a startling detail about her family.   Harper Rakosi was sitting on the bus begrudgingly. She hated field trips, especially this one. […]

to be free — a story by Chloe Daily

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Young Readers League 2019 “Hidden History” Writing Contest 2nd place (Category 2: ages 12-14)   “to be free” by Chloe Daily Age 12   Summary:  A slave wishes to be free.   my name is araminta ross. i’m the master’s slave. my mama is harriet ross. my papa benjamen ross. […]