Out of the Pantry: Soup

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This is the second “Out of the Pantry” teen cooking lesson. You can find the first HERE. These recipes use ingredients that do not use refrigeration so it allows us to easily distribute ingredients to participants. The recipes can also be cooked in a dorm room and great for for […]

Out of the Pantry: Pasta

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Out of the Pantry: Cooking Class for Teens We made a simple vegetarian pasta using pantry ingredients. Watch the video for step-by-step instructions. Intro script from video: My name is Jane Gov, and I am the teen librarian at Pasadena Public Library. The following video was edited from a live […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]