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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

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