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North Side Library Groundbreaking

You’ve been waiting and now there’s news about the NEW North Side Library.  Groundbreaking is Friday, May 9 at 9 a.m. The site is 1210 Federal St. (just north of North). Hope to see you there!

Barb

Mt. Washington and Allegheny Regional Libraries

“I’m Looking for a History Book…”

It’s that time of the year when you, Schenley High School students, are asked to read a book featuring American history. You can read fiction or non-fiction, and you can read about any aspect of American history you choose. There are just two considerations to make when choosing your book:

  1. it has to be 150 pages
  2. ideally, it’s going to be about something you’re interested in!

Sound like a difficult assignment? When hundreds of your classmates are all searching for the same thing, it definitely can be. Thankfully, we offer a few ways to uncover the books that will be fun and informative.

Non-fiction

You can find many books on history through our LibraryThing catalog, where we’ve been inputting new books for the last year and a half (please make sure you click on the link to our suggested style). Through a few searches, you’ll get a good feel for what we have available. Searches such as American history, United States history, and US History will give you a good idea of what’s available, though if you don’t find exactly what you’re looking for, try a search for just plain history, where you might find a book that’s slipped through the cracks (you might also want to take a look at often-overlooked memoirs). If you find a book you like, click on the link that says, “Find this in the catalog!” That will tell you what libraries have it, and whether you should expect to see it on the shelves.

If you’re looking to expand your selection, you can browse around our catalog for all subjects starting with United States — History. This will connect you to the whole gamut of literature the library has to offer (from the most academic to the very basic) and help you focus on a specific time period.

Fiction

Searching our LibraryThing catalog for historical will show you the latest fiction taking place in history (though keep in mind they aren’t limited to America). We also offer a service called Novelist, which is one of the best tools available for you to search out fiction.

Browsing through historical fiction is as easy as checking the box marked “Teens” and searching for “historical fiction.”

Finding Historical Fiction in Novelist

Since that includes historical fiction from all over the world, you might want to try a couple of other searches, including “historical fiction and america” or “historical fiction and united states.” However, to get the full range of what Novelist offers, try searching for historical fiction and a specific event.

Finding (More Specific) Historical Fiction in Novelist

Other libraries may have already done the work for you, including great suggestions from the Plymouth District Library, the Beaverton City Library, and the Madison Public Library.

All that’s left is going back to our catalog and making sure we have the book you’re looking for.

150 Pages?

When you are looking at an item in the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s online catalog, pay careful attention. You’ll be able to see how many pages it is so that you don’t waste time on anything less than 150 pages. For example, the record for Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers, you’ll notice that’s 309 pages full of Vietnam War fiction.

Item Record

When you’re searching Novelist, you can use the “Advanced Search” link to only search for books that will meet your requirements.

Searching by Page Length in Novelist

Good luck, Schenley, and happy searching. Remember, you can always stop by the library and get help from any of our librarians.

~Joseph
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Main – Teen

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Jen’s Meme

Books mentioned in this meme.

Harry Potter    So Yesterday  Nick and Norahs Infinite Playlist  Twilight   The Good Earth        Grapes of Wrath  Great Expectations Johnny Got His Gun  Terrorist  Seedfolks

Which book do you irrationally cringe away from reading, despite seeing only positive reviews? Honestly?
I’ll probably be chastised for admitting this, but the rest of the Harry Potter series.  I read the first three books and then burned out.  While I enjoyed them at the time, it wasn’t enough to continue.  I think my interest wanes too quickly for anything beyond trilogies.

If you could bring three characters to life for a social event (afternoon tea, a night of clubbing, perhaps a world cruise), who would they be and what would the event be?

A day in NYC: First, I would like to spend the day frolicking around with Hunter Braque from So Yesterday; it would be fascinating to hang out with the guy who decides what’s cool.  Then I would listen to some live music with Nick and Norah from Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.  After that, I would conclude my evening clubbing with Edward, the hottest vampire ever, from Twilight. 

(Borrowing shamelessly from the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde): you are told you can’t die until you read the most boring novel on the planet. While this immortality is great for awhile, eventually you realize it’s past time to die. Which book would you expect to get you a nice grave?
It would be a tie between the three G’s (a.k.a. the worst required reading from my high school days):  The Good Earth, The Grapes of Wrath and Great Expectations.

Come on, we’ve all been there. Which book have you pretended, or at least hinted, that you’ve read, when in fact you’ve been nowhere near it?
Once again, the Harry Potter series.  And it’s not that I pretended to read it, I just didn’t volunteer that I didn’t finish it when people talk about it.

As an addition to the last question, has there been a book that you really thought you had read, only to realize when you read a review about it/go to ‘reread’ it that you haven’t? Which book?
Nope.  How about this one though:  Has there ever been a book that you thought you haven’t read, but when you start it, it turns out that you did?”  While this has never happened to me, it often happens to our customers who usually only read from our Bestsellers table, which is always populated with the works of Danielle Steel, James Patterson, Nora Roberts, etc.  Typically, these customers wish that our computers kept track of everything they’ve ever checked out.

You’re interviewing for the post of Official Book Advisor to some VIP (who’s not a big reader). What’s the first book you’d recommend and why? (If you feel like you’d have to know the person, go ahead and personalize the VIP.)
If I were the official book advisor to a not-to-be-named war monger who doesn’t read, I would first recommend Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo because it’s written in a straightforward way that doesn’t require higher level thinking skills and the subject matter packs a powerful punch.  I gave this book to my cousin who was considering enlisting and now he’s in trade school instead – I like to think I played a small role in this decision.

 Jen – CLP, West End

 

Free Comic Book Day 2008 – Saturday May 3rd, 2008

 

 

Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their stores.”

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From manga to horror, superhero comics to those wacky teens from Riverdale, Free Comic Book Day has what you need!  What a great way to get into comics, or — if you’ve fallen off the wagon — what a great time to get back in the habit!  Check out these local comic shops this Saturday to see what it’s all about:

Phantom of the Attic @ 406 South Craig St. in Oakland.  Open 10 AM to 7 PM on Saturday.

The Copacetic Comics Company @ 1505 Asbury Pl. in Sq. Hill.  Open 11 AM to 5 PM on Saturday.

Eide’s Entertainment @ 1121 Penn Avenue, Downtown.  Open 9:30 AM to  6:30 PM on Saturday.

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And remember, comics are always free at the library!  We’ve got thousands of graphic novels, manga and zines to choose from.  Stop by the teen desk and we’ll recommend something great.

- Corey W.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Main – Teen

National TV Turnoff Week

Tommorrow is the last day of national tv turnoff week.

Why turnoff?

According to www.screentime.org:

On average, children in the US will spend more time in front of the television (1,023 hours) than in school this year (900 hours).
Forty percent of Americans frequently or always watch television during dinner.
As US Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher said at the Kick Off of TV-Turnoff Week 2001, “We are raising the most overweight generation of youngsters in American history…This week is about saving lives.”

So, if you’re just finding out about this now it’s not too late to turn off. Why not make next week your own personal tv turnoff week?

Turn off your computer.  Turn off your tv and go outside! It’s beautiful out!

~Amy

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Woods Run

Happy Day of Silence 2008!

When it comes to silence, you might think the library has the market cornered. But for every “Shh!” from a mean librarian there is a middle or high schooler who doesn’t feel like they can express who they are because they don’t want to be harassed about their sexuality or gender.

That’s why GLSEN is now promoting the Day of Silence, an opportunity for teens to work together to create a silence that is impossible to ignore (for more info, visit the Day of Silence webpage). This year’s Day of Silence was today, April 25th.

In honor of the Day of Silence, I’d like to share with you some of the books featuring lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, allied, and altogether awesome characters that I’d read recently.

Touching Snow, by M. Sindy Felin
When Karina’s brutal stepfather almost beats her half-sister to death, Karina needs to make a choice between what’s easy and what’s right.

Tips on Having a Gay (ex) Boyfriend, by Carrie Jones
Belle and Dylan were the perfect couple. But one night, Dylan utters the words Belle never expected to hear: “I’m gay.” Now Belle gives herself seven days to redefine what love means and move on with her life.

Tale of Two Summers, by Brian Sloan
Hal and Chuck are best friends who’ve never been apart–that is, until Chuck gets into a prestigious summer theater camp at a university on the other side of Maryland. How will Hal and Chuck pass the time? By discovering sex, love, and friendship in unexpected places–and blogging about it all.

Parrotfish, by Ellen Wittlinger
This funny and heartwarming book features Grady, a transgender teen who navigates family, friends, and budding romance upon coming out.

Happy Day of Silence!

~Joseph
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Main – Teen

Wizard Rock coming to the South Side

The Whomping Willows and Justin Finch-Fletchley come to the South Side for a free, one-night only concert on Tuesday, May 20 at 6:30 pm.  If you are a long time fan or just curious to see what wizard rock is all about, you’ll want to be there! 

Jeanne, South Side

Book Meme!!

I love meme’s! What’s a meme, you might ask? Well, according to dictionary.com, it’s “a cultural item that is transmitted by repetition in a manner analogous to the biological transmission of genes.”  In blogland, it’s often used to refer to surveys and things that make their way across the internet, being filled out by people all over the world. Below is a meme I found on a teen volunteer’s blog (Katie Cullen Reads – go there for book reviews, too) that I couldn’t resist. Do you feel the same? Then fill it out and post it as a comment!

Karen, Teen Services Coordinator

Books mentioned in this meme:

Dune by Frank Herbert  The Lark and the WrenEmily of New Moon     Suite Scarlett     Kite Runner     Secret Garden              

Which book do you irrationally cringe away from reading, despite seeing only positive reviews? Honestly?
Dune by Frank Herbert. I read a lot of Science Fiction and Fantasy, and ever since I was a little kid people have asked me if I’ve read Dune and, when I say no, told me that I have to read it. I don’t like being told what to do, so I haven’t! And I probably never will.

If you could bring three characters to life for a social event (afternoon tea, a night of clubbing, perhaps a world cruise), who would they be and what would the event be?
That is a tough one! I think that I would love to go camping (preferably somewhere with running water and swimming, but very few people) with Rune from The Lark and the Wren by Mercedes Lackey, Emily from Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery, and Spencer from Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson. (Note: that last one is kind of a stopgap because I can’t think of anyone else right now, and I reserve the right to change my answers were this mythical camping trip to ever actually take place.)

 (Borrowing shamelessly from the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde): you are told you can’t die until you read the most boring novel on the planet. While this immortality is great for awhile, eventually you realize it’s past time to die. Which book would you expect to get you a nice grave?
Almost anything by Jane Austen (please don’t hate me).

Come on, we’ve all been there. Which book have you pretended, or at least hinted, that you’ve read, when in fact you’ve been nowhere near it?
At work, I do a lot of “I haven’t read that but I hear it’s good.” I try really hard not to say I’ve read something that I haven’t, especially if I’m recommending it to someone else! However, it is true that many people think I’ve read The Kite Runner by Khaled Husseini, when in fact that is not the case.

As an addition to the last question, has there been a book that you really thought you had read, only to realize when you read a review about it/go to ‘reread’ it that you haven’t? Which book?
I’m sure there has, although I can’t think of anything right now. What happens far more often (far too often) is that I start a book and, a few chapters in, realize that I’ve read it before.

You’re interviewing for the post of Official Book Advisor to some VIP (who’s not a big reader). What’s the first book you’d recommend and why? (If you feel like you’d have to know the person, go ahead and personalize the VIP.)
The world would be a better place if everyone read The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. And if this VIP doesn’t want to read a book about the healing power of friendship and nature, I don’t want to work for him/her anyway.

A good fairy comes and grants you one wish: you will have perfect reading comprehension in the foreign language of your choice. Which language do you go with? 

I think I’ll go with Russian. It’s such a neat language, and I’ve heard that all those classic Russian novels are much better in the original language.

A mischievous fairy comes and says that you must choose one book that you will reread once a year for the rest of your life (you can read other books as well). Which book would you pick?
Uh…there are several books I reread at least once a year already, so I’ll go with The Secret Garden (seriously, people, it’s the best book ever). If you’re curious, some other books I read and reread are Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (and once I read that one, I usually have to reread the whole series), The Lark and the Wren by Mercedes Lackey and Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein

 

Promise for the Future: Reducing Teen Violence and Enhancing Life Opportunities

On Saturday May 10, 2008, Pittsburgh Peabody High School along with over 40 East End Service Providers will host a community event for students, families and the community residents of the East End.

The organizers want to help residents, students and families:

  • connect with existing East End resources to help them address their most pressing needs for training and employment, mental and physical health, housing, financial literacy, conflict resolution, violence and gang prevention;
  • learn about Pittsburgh Peabody and begin to alter their “unsafe” perception of the school;
  • recognize the need to work together as a community to improve student achievement and decrease violence in the neighbhorhoods of the East End; and
  • gain knowledge of The Pittsburgh Promise and learn how Pittsburgh Public School students can benefit from the program regardless of their family income.

The schedule for this event is as follows:

7:00 to 7:40          Set displays on tables for Provider Fair

8:00 to 9:00          Registration/Breakfast/Provider Fair/Entertainment

9:00 to 9:30          Welcome and Introduction of Special Guests

9:30 to 9:45          Pittsburgh Peabody Principal John Vater

9:45 to 10:30        Bryant Smith, Keynote Speaker

10:30 to 10:45     Local Speaker (TBA)

10:45 to 11:00     Break

11:00 to 12:00     Workshops

12:05 to 1:00        Lunch/Provider Fair

1:00 to 3:00          Closing Program – Youth Talent Showcase

 Gwen, CLP-East Liberty

Shape up for the Summer!

Hey Teens, are you concerned about fitness? Ready to start getting in shape? Come to the Hill District on Monday, May 12th at 5:00 PM for a Pittsburgh 250 & Fit presentation about health and fitness.

Participants will learn about nutrition and unique exercise options, as well as recieve a free pedometer!

Rumor has it there will actually be a rowing machine…

 

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