Dozens of things to do for you and your whole family.
How quickly things can change! Since the last issue, we've gone from reopening Kidspace and the LA Zoo to the CDC saying masks are no longer necessary for the vaccinated except where local law states otherwise (which California and LA County currently do). It goes to show what a concerted effort and group commitment can achieve. We still have a ways to go, and we still have to take precautions to protect the unvaccinated, especially those who can not be vaccinated. But it's progress nonetheless.

The hope we seek is the hope we make.

Now and then, we find a cluster of events all targeted at teens. This is one of those times. So, if you have a teen in your home or know someone who does, this is the issue for you. Enjoy!

San Francisco's Chinatown: A Minecraft Tour

Teens can join Chinatown Alleyway Tours, a nonprofit youth-run, youth-led tour group, as they lead them through Chinatown's alleyways and history via Minecraft on Saturday, May 29, at 11:00 AM. Registration required.



Japanese Knot Bags

The Sew It Begins series continues on Wednesday, May 26, from 3:00 PM till 5:00 PM, with learning how to make your very own Japanese knot bag. This small, lined bag has a unique knotting closure and is often used to store crafts or a small purse. Open to teens through adults, this online class requires two woven cotton fabrics (1/2 yard each), coordinating sewing machine thread, and access to (and knowledge of) a sewing machine. Registration required.



Teen Mindfulness Workshop

USC PAM Teen Ambassadors will lead your teen through a mindfulness workshop designed to help them manage stress and clear their minds on Wednesday, May 16, from 4:00 PM till 5:00 PM. The teaching artist will lead a guided meditation centered on the artwork in the Pacific Asian Museum's collection and then through a writing activity. Registration is required, and spots are limited

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You can find Minor Feelings, featured in the AAPI Heritage Month event, and other books listed in the orange cat in our custom bookshop. (Psst, our bookshop supports Vroman's.)
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Paint With Us (Teens)

Library teen volunteer Kasey will teach their fellow teens how to create their own ink wash painting inspired by Asian Pacific American Heritage Month on Saturday, May 29, from 4:00 PM till 5:00 PM. Supplies are available on a first-come basis from Central Library if needed. You can check the supply list and register online.



Just Reads: "Minor Feelings" by Cathy Park Hong

Teens and Adults can join this new, monthly book group hosted through Central Library that focuses on fiction and non-fiction stories around social justice themes. In honor of AAPI Heritage Month, the May book selection is Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong. The group meets on Saturday, May 29, from 10:30 AM till 11:30 AM online. Registration is required.


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Launch Our Summer with Magic!

Internationally known magician, Christopher T. Magician, returns to the Altadena Library to kick off their summer programming with his magical wonders on the main library's front lawn on Saturday, June 5, from 11:00 AM till 12:00 PM. Limited socially-distant reserved seating is available with registration. See the site for registration and additional event details.



Our Summer Kit Drive-By Pickup

Families can pick up their Our Summer supply kits for their kids and teens curbside at the Altadena Main Library on Saturday, June 5, from 3:00 PM till 5:00 PM; Monday, June 7, from 10:00 AM till 12:00 PM; or from the Bob Lucas Branch on Saturday, June 12, from 10:00 AM till 12:00 PM.



Jewelry Making For Teens

Your teen (grades 6-12) can learn to make jewelry with the Monrovia Public Library staff on Monday, May 24, from 4:00 PM till 6:00 PM on the library's Discord. Craft kits are available for pickup from the library from May 17-22. Registration required.



Virtual Book Talk

Monrovia Library's librarians invite your kids and teens to learn about some of the new and favorite books on Friday, May 28, on the library's YouTube channel



Soap Making For Teens

Your teen (grades 6-12) can pick up a soap-making kit to experiment at home then share a picture of their creation with the Monrovia Library. Registration for kits is required. Registration closes on June 1 or sooner if all the kits are taken, so act quickly. 



I See You!

Your kids can explore the science of eyesight and learn how illusions play with the mind. They'll even learn how to create illusion art on Monday, May 24, at 4:00 PM. Registration required.



Soaring and Slithering Around and About LA County

Your Tween and Teens can join scientists from the Natural History Museum on Tuesday, May 25, at 4:00 PM to learn all about the birds and reptiles that call LA County home. Registration required.



GrowingGreat: Five Senses

Kids in grades K-5 will learn how we use our fives to learn about and enjoy the foods we eat on Thursday, May 27, at 3:00 PM in English or 4:00 PM in Spanish. Registration required.



Stories For Kids

Multicultural storyteller Michael D. McCarty brings his fantastic personality to bear with folktales from around the world to spark your child's imagination on Thursday, May 27, at 4:00 PM. Registration required.



Build A Boat Challenge

Kids and Tweens can put their (paper) boat-making skills to the test on Friday, May 28, at 4:00 PM. Registration required.



NOTE: Story times are subject to change. Please check the sites. Recorded story times are generally available on library YouTube channels.

Teen Inspiration

Check out Altadena Library's Teen Instagram account for BTWN TiTLES, their biweekly posts of book reviews, creativity experiments, and more.

Pasadena Public Library regular storytimes:

Social Media Storytime: Preschool on Mondays at 10:30 - 10:50 AM on Facebook Live and Thursday at 3:00 - 3:20 PM on Instagram Live


Social Media Storytime: Toddler on Tuesdays at 10:30 - 10:50 AM on Instagram Live


Chinese Mandarin Storytime on Wednesdays at 3:00 PM on Instagram Live


Social Media Storytime: Hora de Cuento en Español on Wednesdays at 4:00 - 4:20 PM on Facebook Live


Social Media Storytime: ASL (American Sign Language) on Friday at 4:00 - 4:20 PM on Instagram Live

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