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HAPPY BIRTHDAY HARRY!!!

Joseph Beth Booksellers on the South Side are throwing him a party, complete with live wizard rock, trivia and costume contests, and more!

And, to top it all off, 20% of the purchases you make will come back to The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh!  So, you don’t have to feel guilty buying instead of borrowing from the library!

Tonight, Thursday, 7:00 – 9:00!

-LeeAnn

HPATHBP Movie Trailer Leaked!

Arielle, CLP-Brookline

Good News for Hero and Perry Moore Fans!

According to Newsarama, Stan Lee made a surprise guest appearance at the San Diego Comic-Con’s “LGBT Portrayals in Comics” panel to announce a budding partnership with Perry Moore, the author of Hero. What that partnership actually entails is still up for spectulation (do I smell a movie?).

Hero gained a great following for its epic portrayal of superheroics through the eyes of gay teenager Thom Creed. Thom must navigate both his budding sexuality and superpowers while under the watchful eye of his disapproving, ex-hero father–all while an unseen assailent is murdering the world’s superheroes. While plots and mysteries abounded, Perry Moore managed to keep the book grounded in the characters. It was an altogether exceptional debut.

In the midst of comic-based blockbusters, Hero stands out as a story in which superheroics can be just as much about being oneself as it is about saving the world. And personally, it was nice to finally see a queer superhero save the day (take a look at Moore’s essay “Who Cares about the Death of a Gay Superhero Anyway?” to see what fates have befallen the others).

Joseph
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Main

Reads for a “Dark Knight”

If you’re like me, you’ve already seen Chris Nolan’s masterful The Dark Knight. And if you’re anything like me, you need more Batman. And more Batman. And even more Batman until you’ve stopped sleeping, started talking in a low-pitched, gravelly voice, and committed yourself to being a hero of the shadows.

Well, rest assured, teens, because the library is your place to fill your Batman needs. We have everything from classic collections to the latest trades. If you just saw The Dark Knight, you might be especially interested in the stories that most influenced the movie.

Frank Miller
Batman: Year One

Frank Miller’s classic origin story set the stage for Batman’s psyche and charted the course that Batman would take in years to come. It also introduced District Attorney Harvey Dent, one of Batman’s closest allies in the fight against the mob, albeit one with a dark side (sound familiar?).

Alan Moore
Batman: The Killing Joke

This was one of the most sadistic renditions of the Joker when it was published in 1988. Joker’s fixation on corrupting the sane through tragedy and chaos fed Christopher Nolan’s storyline and Heath Ledger’s performance.

If that’s not enough, check out this list of everything we have to offer that could possibly do with Batman. Before you head off into the night to fight what evil lies behind the heart of the city, check out a Batman book today!

Joseph
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Main

East Liberty family fun event photos

This last Saturday, July 19, staff and volunteers were on hand to help kids and teens make all sorts of crafts. We had almost as many young adults show up as younger kids, which was great. The teens had fun with duct tape by making flowers, ipod/cell phone holders and wallets, made buttons, did origami and decorated picture frames. We had a blast.

Gwen M @ CLP-East Liberty

August in Hazelwood

On Friday, August 8th, at 2:00 pm, we will be making beaded jewelry. Necklaces, bracelets, and anklets. You can also make jangly tassels for purses and backpacks, if you wish. Join us on Thursday, August 14th for some PS2 games. If I know us, it will probably be Dragonball.

I don’t have the most jam-packed teen events schedule this month, but I’m always here recommending books, taking MySpace pics, and answering the questions that plague teen minds. Yesterday’s question: what is the origin of the fairy tale Alice in Wonderland? He wrote it on LSD, didn’t he? Answer: First off, Alice in Wonderland isn’t really a fairy tale by most definitions. Most of the stories we consider fairy tales were written before 1865 (the year of Alice in Wonderland’s publication). It was devised as a great example of the literary nonsense genre and spurred the creation of many subsequent works of fantasy. Second, it would have been difficult for Lewis Carroll to write Alice in Wonderland on LSD since LSD was not invented until 1938. And now you know! Teens, stop in and see me if you have any other research questions. Remember, research isn’t always academic. It can be personal (and fun). Like the other day when we looked up various cryptids (including the truely terrifying Australian Bunyip).

Sara Dora

CLP-Hazelwood

Lights Out! 10.10.08

Have you read The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau? Have you seen the trailer for the movie? It looks awesome.

Arielle, CLP-Brookline

Gingerbread

Gingerbread by Rachel Cohn is a book that has been called “unforgettable”, “NOT just another teen novel”, and was said to be great because ” Likeable Cyd will seem to like one of your buds.”

        What “Gingerbread” is about is a teenage girl that was at fancy boarding school in New England, but got kicked out, and sent back to her house with her mom, step-dad , Sid, and Nancy in San Francisco. They ALL drive her crazy, but lucky for her she had her little doll named Gingerbread that she’s had since she was a little girl.  Soon, Cyd got to out of control with rebelliousness,  and grounding didn’t even make her stop. So, her mom decided to let Cyd go to New York and meet her real father for the whole summer. This was a dream come true for Cyd!!! It isn’t what Cyd expects of them, and she isn’t what they thought of her either!

        It is really, and truly a great book, the brilliant narrative of the story will keep you reading! It was rewarded “Best Book of the Year selection by Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Barnes & Noble and
The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books”. It was also said to be the best book since `76!

-CLP, Woods Run – Brittney, Teen Volunteer

MMMMM…Raisin Brahms

Check out this hilarious PSA from AmericansFortheArts.org.  While it’s true that the idea of 19th-century German composer Johannes Brahms crashing through your kitchen wall during breakfast to promote his Raisin Brahms is quite funny, it’s also true that each year funding for the arts gets cut at schools throughout our country.  Feast your eyes on these facts:

An impressive 89% of Americans believe that the arts are important enough to be taught in schools, and that it fulfills an important role in a well-rounded education.  And they are right; studies show far-reaching benefits of an arts education:
• The arts teach you to be more tolerant and open.
• The arts allow you to express themselves creatively.
• The arts promote individuality, bolster self-confidence, and improve overall academic performance.
• The arts can help troubled youth, providing an alternative to delinquent behavior and truancy while providing an improved attitude towards school.

Unfortunately, the truth is that the average student spends more time at their locker than in arts classes. This PSA campaign was created to increase involvement in championing arts education both in and out of school. Parents and other concerned citizens are encouraged to visit http://www.AmericansForTheArts.org to find out how to take action on the behalf of the arts and arts education. The campaign stresses that some art is not enough and reinforces with the tagline: Art. Ask for More.

- Corey W./Main – TEEN

Pop Princess

By: Rachel Cohn

Pop Princess is a great book about a 15 year old teenager named Wonder. She had a sister that was on her way to being a pop-star, but while she was on the way of making that dream complete she died. Then Wonder ended up getting a record contract. When she took it she got the look, fame, and everything else that she wanted. After her hit single and all the work she was doing, she noticed the pop star life wasn’t “all-that” (like she was expecting). It was surprisingly A LOT of work, and she just wished she could have her old life back.
So, basically this story is like the saying…“the grass always looks greener on the other side”. When you feel that someone else has a better life than you, think what they go through, and what problems they face. You’ll even find that sometimes their life is harder than yours like how  Wonder’s life was better than the pop princess life.
You should defiantly check this book out, it is totally awesome! It is also written by the author of gingerbread, and shrimp (which are also GREAT!!!).

-CLP, Woods Run – Brittney, Teen Volunteer

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