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That’s Sew Cool!!


Do you like sewing?  Crafts?  Animals? Having fun?

If the answer to any of those is yes then you should check out the Felt Friends event at the Woods Run branch of CLP.  It’s this Saturday at 2:00PM.  You can call the library at 412-761-3730 for more information or check out the link here.


Snow Fun

My last post marked the first day of winter, just over a month ago.  So far, the winter weather in Pittsburgh has been VERY COLD and a bit snowy too!  According to the National Weather Service Forecast Office for Pittsburgh, the average high temperature in January 2013 was 39 degrees with an average low of 24 degrees.  This month, the average high is 33 degrees with an average low of 15 degrees.  The lowest temperatures so far this month were -5, -7 and -9 degrees.  In 2013, the lowest temperature was 4 degrees.

The good news is that winter provides lots of opportunities for fun things to do indoors and out!

Snow Fun Outdoors


Snow Fun Indoors

Snowmen Treats--Easy Food

Snowmen Treats–Easy Food

Have fun,

Stay warm,


Yes, Virginia, There is Teen Stuff Going Down at the Library This Week

No school and nothing to do???  The Library’s got you covered!  Here’s a brief glimpse of what’s going on this week:

Monday, December 23

Teen Time @ Lawrenceville / 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Gaming @ Main, Allegheny, and East Liberty!

Open Lab @ Main and Allegheny!

Tuesday, December 24


Wednesday, December 25

Thursday, December 26

Teen Lounge: Pop-Up Flix @ Brookline / 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Teen Time @ Knoxville / 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Teen Creative Writing Workshop @ Beechview / 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

iPad Playground @ Squirrel Hill / 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Friday, December 27

Bad Movie Fridays @ Main / 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Gaming @ Main, Allegheny, and Sheraden!

Saturday, December 28

Teen Manga Club @ Beechview / 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Movies All Day @ Main / 10:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Aquaman and Aqualad gingerbread cookies from Teen Thing @ Carrick

For more teen happenings at a Library near you, be sure to check out the EVENTS slider on the Teen Page!

ALSO!  Don’t forget about the Teen Winter Reading Raffle, which is going on now till January 15th.  You could win stuff just for reading!

Jon : Carrick

More creepy halloween fun is happening @ your library this week

To follow up on Marian’s excellent roundup of spooky activities around the city’s libraries from last week, here’s what’s happening this week.

At Allegheny today we have Halloween Minute to Win It:

Do you have what it takes, or are you too scared? Test yourself during our spooky Halloween rendition of “Minute to Win It.”

Monday, October 28, 2013
4:00 PM
1230 Federal Street Pittsburgh, PA 15212
this could be you today. photo via Escondido Public Library's flickr

this could be you today. photo via Escondido Public Library’s flickr

Tuesday you can attend the ZOMB-FEST  at the Hill District:
Zomb-Fest 2013 kicks off with brain corn hole, snacks and learning the Thriller dance. Then we’ll have a professional make-up artist teach you how to Zombie-fy yourself with real theatrical makeup. Then you can hit the Photo Booth and capture the gruesome moment! Eat yummy, freaky Halloween snacks!
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
October 29, 2013

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

2177 Centre Avenue at Kirkpatrick Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

photo of the author as a zombie

photo of the author as a zombie

or view a scary movie at East Liberty‘s Teen Time!
There will be a selection of movies to choose from – classics and new releases, and some popcorn and apples to snack on.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
130 S. Whitfield Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15206

not the actual selection of movies. photo via nomadic lass on flickr

not the actual selection of movies. photo via nomadic lass on flickr

There’s also face painting at Allegheny on Tuesday:
Join local artist Lauren Toohey as she teaches you the basics of face painting. She will also talk about making a living as an artist. Have your face painted, then put your skills to use at our Halloween Carnival by painting a friend’s face!
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM


1230 Federal Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

And a pre-Halloween party at Brookline:
Halloween is creeping around the corner! Put on a costume and do your part to get in the spooky spirit by partying up with us pre-Halloween.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

708-710 Brookline Blvd.

Pittsburgh, PA 15226

mutant cyborg costume by don pezzano on flickr

mutant cyborg costume by don pezzano on flickr

Then on Wednesday you can get candy at Brookline.. if you win a game:
Happy Halloween! On your way out the door to mega-candy acquisitioning, stop by the library for Teen Lounge. We’ll be distributing candy in the manner of Deal or No Deal. Will you hit it big, or will you end up with a toothbrush?
Thursday, October 31, 2013

3:00 PM – 6:00 PM


708-710 Brookline Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15226

a toothbrush. by dave lanovaz

a toothbrush. by dave lanovaz

And on Thursday, Knoxville is having a Spooky Teen Time:

Thursday, October 31, 2013

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

400 Brownsville Road

Pittsburgh, PA 15210

this could be what it's like at Knoxville's Teen Time. You'll never know if you don't show up! photo by minxlj on flickr

this could be what it’s like at Knoxville’s Teen Time. You’ll never know if you don’t show up! photo by minxlj on flickr

Remember, all of this is IN ADDITION to Carrick’s Haunted Library, Labs events, regular Teen Time activities, Art Clubs, AND MORE. Check the local teen evens near you on our teen event feed!

This Way to Awesomeville

WOW.  So this thing called ‘school’ is back.  Perhaps you’ve heard of it.  Maybe you’re in search of a few kindred souls who, like yourself, are totally perplexed by its sudden reemergence and the equally sudden disappearance of summer vacation.  Maybe you also have an uncontrollable urge to utter something like:  “Gee golly, that sure was a swell time!”  Maybe not.  Either way, the Library’s got you covered this week with mind-boggling amounts of awesomeness that’s sure to lighten the tone of any back-to-school blues you may catch floating about the hallways.

Here’s a brief glimpse of some of the stuff going down this week:

Monday, August 26

Teen Time: Teen Advisory Council @ CLP Lawrenceville / 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Tuesday, August 27

Teen Lounge: “Book” Bags and Secret Boxes @ CLP Brookline / 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Ukulele Mayhem @ CLP Main Teen / 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Teen Thing:  Balloon Bracelets @ CLP Carrick / 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Teen Time: Graffiti Movie Night @ CLP East Liberty / 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Wednesday, August 28

Teen Textile Workshop @ CLP West End / 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Thursday, August 29

Pop-Up Flix: Teen Movie Night @ CLP Brookline / 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Friday, August 30

On Demand Gaming @ CLP Allegheny / 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Saturday, August 31

Recycled T-Shirt Workshop @ CLP pop-up Allentown / 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

For more teen happenings @ a Library near you, be sure to check out the EVENTS slider on the Teen Page!


Jon : Carrick

Personal Time Capsules: Saving Memories

I recently found the diary that I kept in 8th grade.  When I read it, now years later, a few remarkable things happened as I was reading:

  1. I remembered many of the events that I wrote about as if they had just happened–time had vanished!
  2. I still really like some of the same things that I liked at that time.
  3. I don’t like all of the things that I liked as a teenager–some of my tastes and interests have changed.
  4. I still hate some of the same things too!  Like mushrooms!

What would you keep in a personal time capsule or write about in a journal or diary for your future self to discover and remember in 5, 10 or more years from now?  Would you keep it private or share it via social media sites like  Facebook or Tumblr?

  • Your favorite foods
  • The best songs of the year
  • The best book you read this year
  • The best book you ever read
  • The games that you love to play or watch
  • The friends that mean the most to you

In the vein of an actual physical time capsule, you might want to start with a vacation memory jar.  I first discovered this idea while exploring the book Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts For Kids.  Using postcards and other small mementos, you can save your vacation memories in a jar.

Martha Stewart Vacation Memory Jars

Martha Stewart Vacation Memory Jars

To make a personal time capsule, you just need some kind of container that can be sealed.  Even a box will do.  So what should you put into your time capsule?  Anything you want!  I would include ticket stubs from concerts or movies, a letter to my future self, photos of my friends, a list of my favorite songs, and maybe some trinkets from football games, vacation or other events.  Maybe I would include a list of my favorite websites.  It would be interesting to see which ones are still around in 5 or 10 years.

If you are feeling ambitious about learning more about time capsules, the Daddy of all time capsule collectors was Andy Warhol,

I used to hate the color purple.  Now, I love it!  However, green is still my favorite color.



Come up for AIR


This past weekend I was attending a fundraiser at AIR when it hit me, not everyone knows about this amazing place! AIR stands for Artists Image Resource and that is exactly what it is – a resource for artists interested in working in relief, intaglio, lithography, screen printing, digital imaging, photography, bookbinding, paper-making,letterpress and other related arts. The 10,000-square-foot facility is located at 518 Foreland St. on the North Side of Pittsburgh. AIR offers workshops, access to printing equipment, a digital imaging lab, and exhibition and archive spaces. AIR’s mission is to integrate the creation of fine art prints with educational programs that explore the creative process.

While Andy Warhol had the Factory, many local artists rely on AIR to provide the space and the equipment needed to create, especially when they are first starting out. AIR has been supporting artists through projects and exhibitions for over sixteen years. The popularity of poster art, and more specifically gig posters, has launched Pittsburgh artist Mike Budai  into the international art market. Budai’s art has been featured in promotional material for the Three Rivers Arts Festival,  Zany Umbrella Circus and countless national and local bands including The Decemberists, Minus the Bear, The Walkmen, Zombi and Modey Lemon. Check out this video of Mike slam printing!


By Mike Budai

By Mike Budai

AIR creates an environment where artists, students and the public interact. The great news is that AIR works in collaboration with organizations and schools. Recently students from Pittsburgh Arsenal participated in a unique silkscreen project designed to promote community among the many cultures that make up that school. Students from Africa, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, India, Salvador, and the United States took part in this project.  The twenty students printed their designs onto painted backgrounds and onto shirts at AIR.

Students from Pittsburgh Arsenal @ AIR

AIR will soon be back hosting a Youth Open Studio that will run for the summer starting June 26th. It starts at 4 PM and goes till 8 PM every Wednesday. Middle and High School students are welcome to attend to learn how to print using a silkscreen. AIR will  provide ink and paper and screens. The charge for each screen burned is $5.00.

The Mobile Print Squad minus the artists

AIR is also looking to expand their outreach efforts with the new Mobile Print Squad. The Mobile Print Squad consists of six stations that guide you through the process of making a design, printing the image as a transparency, exposing the image onto a screen, processing the screen using a water bath to reveal the image, organizing your inks and printing supplies and then finally printing your image onto paper or fabric. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, July 23rd from 4PM -6PM. The Mobile Print Squad will be visiting the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Woods Run!

Keep up on what happens at AIR by checking out their blog, and while you’re at it, like them on Facebook!

Print! : 25 original projects using hand-printing techniques on fabric and paper / Joy Jolliffe.index.aspxindex-2.aspxLetterpress now : a DIY guide to new & old printing methods / by Jessica C. White.Fabric surface design / Cheryl Rezendes ; photography by John Polak.Posters : a concise history / John Barnicoat.

~lauren @ CLP Woods Run

What the heck is going on?

Boredom happens.  Luckily, there’s a relatively painless (and FREE!) antidote located right in your neighborhood… the Library! Whenever you feel the symptoms of boredom setting in – e.g. an uncontrollable urge to don purple pants, paint yourself green and have a massive freak-out to smash up the endless nothingness and monotony that’s hijacked life – walk, run, or jet pack to the Library ‘cos there’s probably something cool going on.

Here’s a small taste of the awesomeness going down throughout the city this week (I recommend throwing on some shades now ‘cos this stuff is red hot):

Tuesday, May 28th

CLP Brookline

Teen Lounge: Marshmallow Zombie Attack

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

CLP Carrick

Teen Thing:  DIY Puff Paint with Shaving Cream + Chairpocalypse story development

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

CLP East Liberty

Movie Nite!

4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

CLP Main (Oakland)

CLP Teen Gay Straight Alliance: Bi-monthly Meeting

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Wednesday, May 29th

CLP West End

Teen Lounge: String, Hammer & Nail Art! : Loud and awesome

4:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Thursday, May 30th

CLP Beechview

Teen Advisory Council Meeting

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Friday, May 31st

CLP Allegheny

After School Gaming (Xbox 360-Kinect, PS3 and Wii)

2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

CLP Main (Oakland)

Bad Movie Fridays!

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

The nifty EVENTS slider on the Teen page has got you covered with all the action going on all the time.  You can always stop in and check with your local Teen Librarian to see what’s going down too.  And remember to do your part in the fight against boredom – bring all your friends!

Boredom Slayers:


Jon : Carrick

Sew What? – Sweater/T-shirt Hats @ CLP Brookline

So in case you haven’t noticed (?!), it’s been pretty freaking cold outside lately – like for the past three or four months – and what better way to create a little friction than with creativity!  Solve all your shivering winter woes with a new sweater hat this Tuesday, February 26th at CLP Brookline’s Teen Lounge!

Hats Galore!

Come make something new and awesome out of something old and blah!  Everything you’ll need (sweaters, material, pins, etc.) to get your DIY on will be provided – and I heard a rumor that Brookline’s sewing machine comes equipped with a Game Boy!  That’s right, a GAME BOY sewing machine!  Keeping it vintage and classy – how awesome is that???


AND!  If you happen to be allergic to late 80s 8-bit entertainment, or think you might end up sewing your hands together, don’t fret!  You can try your unstitched hand at Xbox and Kaijudo, or sharpen your Magic the Gathering skills for the Brookline Teen Gaming Advisory Council’s upcoming Magic the Gathering tournament showdown!

All this madness blasts off at 3:30 PM this Tuesday and runs until 5:00 PM at CLP Brookline!

do it! Do It! DO IT! :


Jon : Carrick

Celebrating Black History Month: African Americans and Film


February is Black History Month!  To mark the occasion, every Tuesday in February CLP Carrick’s Teen Thing (our weekly teen activity/chill out time) is going to focus on some remarkable contributions made in the areas of film and technology by African Americans.   Each week we’re going to explore a new pioneer, talk about why they’re important, and create with an art project related to that person!

February 5th @ 4:30 PM


Duane Jones as Ben in ‘Night of the Living Dead’

On the first Tuesday of the month we’re going to spotlight Duane Jones.  If you’ve ever seen the 1968 local horror classic Night of the Living Dead, then you probably recognize Mr. Jones as Ben – the film’s hero.  What a lot of people don’t know, however, is that his portrayal of Ben was an important milestone in film history, as it marked the first time that an African-American was cast as the lead star in a horror movie.

In homage to Mr. Jones and his classic role, we’re going to be making mini stop-motion zombie movies on our iPads!  Once again, Ben will try and save the day from hordes of undead flesh eaters!  Will he live to tell the tale this time???


February 12th @ 4:30 PM



Frank Braxton is our subject in the second week of February!  Mr. Braxton is largely regarded as the first African-American animator to be offered a position with a major Hollywood studio, Warner Bros. Cartoons.  He drew for a number of classic animated movies and TV shows.  Some of his most enduring works include:  You’re in Love, Charlie Brown; A Boy Named Charlie Brown; and the Mister Magoo, Bullwinkle, and George of the Jungle TV shows of the 1960s.

Since love will be in the air this week, we’re going to watch some of Mr. Braxton’s work and flex our imaginations with some basic animation/flip book techniques!


February 19th @ 4:30 PM

Valerie Thomas' Illusion Transmitter

Valerie Thomas’ Illusion Transmitter

On February 19th, we’re going to focus on Valerie Thomas and 3D technology.  Ms. Thomas, a scientist and inventor who worked for NASA, is widely known for her Illusion Transmitter, a device she developed and patented in 1980.  The basic idea behind the Illusion Transmitter was to take the flat image from, say, a TV screen and have it projected into your room in 3D – almost like a hologram in a Sci-Fi movie!  Needless to say, the invention provided some serious upgrades for the existing 3D technology of the day, and is still currently used by NASA.

Look for some red and cyan action going down this week!


February  26th @ 4:30 PM


To close out our month-long celebration, we’re going to have a special screening of an awesome documentary focusing on the vibrant cultural scene of Brooklyn in the 1980s and early 1990s, which launched a number of notable directors, musicians, artists, poets, and comedians.  Popcorn, anyone?


All of these events are free and open to anyone in grades 6-12.  Teen Thing is held every Tuesday from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM at CLP Carrick (1811 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh PA 15210).  Hope to see you there!

stuffs and stuffs:


Jon : Carrick


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