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    **NOTE:  Unless noted, all programs are for teens only.

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    Summer Reading Challenge is HERE! 

    June 7 – August 3 • All Pasadena public libraries 

    Our summer reading program to help us “Celebrate 130 years of Reading” begins June 7.  We have a great summer lineup including over a dozen art workshops, more book clubs, a Doctor Who party, and Swordfighting! Register online now!  http://cityofpasadena.net/library/teens/summer_reading/ 



    “Pasadena Teen Book Festival” is a really long title. Help us rename it! We need something that reflects Pasadena and expresses how much we love books and authors. First place wins a $50 Vroman’s Bookstore gift card. Send your entries to Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net. Questions? Call (626) 744-4246.  Deadline:  August 3, 2014. Contest is open to all ages.



    Here’s your chance to see One Direction live in Pasadena! Write an original letter (300 words max) to convince the band or a band member to read your favorite book. To enter, submit your letter electronically under Reviews in your Teen Summer Reading online account. Click here for instructions.  Questions? Call (626) 744-4246. The winner will receive two free tickets to the One Direction: Where We Are Tour concert on September 12, 2014 at the Rose Bowl. Selected entries may be sent to One Direction and/or posted on the Pasadena Public Library’s websites and social media. All letters will be given due credit when posted. Deadline:  August 3, 2014. Contest open to teens entering grades 7-12 only.

    Tickets donated by the Rose Bowl Operating Company 



    Learn how to crochet a grannie square and discover what trendy clothes and accessories you can make!  Led by Janell Mithani. Call (626) 744-6510 to register. For Teens and Adults. 

    Monday, June 16 • 2:30 p.m. • Villa Parke


    T-shirt painting 

    Create your own one-of-a-kind T-shirt. Led by Janell Mithani. Call (626) 744-7268 to register.  

    Thursday, June 19 • 3:30 p.m. • La Pintoresca 


    Steampunk Jewelry 

    Make a SteamPunk style piece of jewelry using brass watch parts, industrial pieces, beads, copper wire and traditional jewelry techniques. Led by Janell Mithani. Call (626) 744-7272 to register. For Teens and Adults. 

    Friday, June 20 • 3:30 p.m. • Santa Catalina 


    Mixed Media Collage 

    Create a mixed media piece of art using paper, transfers, paint, pencils, ink and photographs. Led by Janell Mithani. Call (626) 744-7260 to register.  

    Tuesday, June 24 • 3 p.m. • Allendale 


    Beginning Bead Weaving 

    Learn how to weave with beads and create a beautiful bracelet, ring or pair of earrings. Led by Janell Mithani. Call (626) 744-7266 to register. 

    Wednesday, June 25 • 3:30 p.m. • Lamanda Park


    Liquid Fear Factor
    This year’s Fear Factor challenge: drink AND identify some of the weirdest, grossest soft drinks in the world. Registration and a signed parental waiver are requiredCall (626) 744-4066, option 4 to register.
    MONDAY, July 14 • 3 p.m. • Central Library/West Patio


    Shooting with Camera Phones
    Learn how to take great pictures with your phone and how to use features and apps to enhance them. Pick up tips on basic composition and lighting.  Led by Janell Mithani. Call (626) 744-7270 to register.

    Monday, July 21 • 3:30 p.m. • San Rafael 

    Manga/Anime Drawing Workshop
    Learn to draw and ink your favorite Manga/Anime character! Taught by Janell Mithani. Call (626) 744-7268 to register. 

    Tuesday, July 22 • 3:30 p.m. • La Pintoresca  

    Sword Fighting
    The Swordscholar Program works with medieval researchers and martial artists throughout the world to recreate medieval combat as a serious martial art. Learn German and Italian long sword styles, sword and shield, polearms, dagger, medieval grappling and more!  Call (626) 744-4066, option 4 to register.

    Saturday, July 26 • 2 p.m. • Central Library/West Lawn 


    Monopoly Tournament 

    Stay out of jail and test your skills at the annual Teen Monopoly Tournament, with two 90-minute rounds. Lunch and refreshments will be served. First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded. Official Monopoly rules apply. Registration is required. Call (626) 744-4766 to register. 

    Wednesday, July 30 • 10:30 a.m. • Central Library/West Patio 


    KNOT It! 

    Knotting, or macramé, has seen a revival, with friendship bracelets, the Shamballa and other designer macramé jewelry. Learn how! Led by Barbara Wong. Call (626) 744-7264 to register. 

    Thursday, July 31 • 3 p.m. • Hill Avenue 


    Doctor Who End of Summer Bash
    Calling all Whovians:  It’s a Doctor Who party, with themed activities, crafts, snacks, games and giveaways.  Show up as your favorite Doctor, companion or villain. Call (626) 744-4246 to register. 

    Sunday, August 3 • 2 pm • Central Library/West Patio 



    5-DAY art Workshop!

    Character Design
    Create and develop characters for video games, animation films and illustrations.  Led by Ronald Llanos, Art Center College of Design.  Call (626) 744-4066, option 4 to register.

    Monday – Friday, August 11–15 • 4-6 pm • Central Library/West Patio


    Book Clubs

    Mother/Daughter Book Club

    Girls and Moms, join us to discuss books that inspire compassion, self-esteem, and courage in the face of social pressure, as we explore what it means to be a strong, confident young woman! For girls 11-13 and their mothers or a female adult guest of their choice. Call (626) 744-4066, option 4 to sign up.  Meetings will take place at the Central Library in the Children's Story Room. 

  • Wed. Jun. 25 @ 7-8 pm -- Fairest by Gail Carson Levine

    YA Books Cafe

    Join us for a book discussion, snacks, and games! Adults and Teens welcome.  Need a copy of the book or more info?   Call Jane Gov at (626) 744-4246 or email jgov@cityofpasadena.net
    Meetings will take place at the Central Library in the Story Room (located in the Children's room).

       Shadow and Bone 

    • Thur. May 29 @ 7-8:30 pm -- Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo -- Plus Skype interview with the author!
    • Wednesday, June 11 • 7 p.m. • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
    • Thursday, June 26 • 7 p.m. • A Monster Callsby Patrick Ness
    • Wednesday, July 16 • 7 p.m. • Seraphinaby Rachel Hartman
    • Thursday, July 31 • 7 p.m. • Everlostby Neal Shusterman




    Anime Afternoons

    Join us for some great teen-rated anime!  Central Library/Children's Story Room

    • Saturday, June 7 • 2 p.m.
    • Saturday, July 19 • 2 p.m.
    • Saturday, August 2 • 2 p.m.


    Creative Writing Workshops

    Calling all budding teen writers! Join us for a creative writing workshop. No experience necessary! Selected stories will be published on our library blog and new Teen Zine. For more info, call (626) 744-4246 or email Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net
    Workshops will take place at Central Library in the Children's Story Room. Teens in grades 7-12 only.  To see some of the writing produced in previous writing workshops, visit our Teens blog: http://pasadena-library.net/teens/tag/writing/ 


    • June 14, Saturday, 2 pm  |  Questions about publishing? Meet YA author Amy Tintera and writer Kimberly Cooper as they answer basic questions about their publishing experiences.
    • July 12, Saturday, 2pm

    complete listing of events and programs for audiences of all ages is available on our main Library site.

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