Do any of you remember that SUPER AMAZINGLY POPULAR event the Library hosted with the Museum last November? Well, my friends, prepare yourself for yet another SUPER AMAZINGLY POPULAR event coming your way. On Saturday, February 23rd at 2 pm fans of the book and film that served as the theme for our Alternative Homecoming are invited to another epic event at CLP Main- Teen. We’ll be crafting, snacking, sharing our favorite quotes, competing in trivia, and enjoying the music that is featured so prominently in the book and film. And then at 3 pm, we’ll screen the movie that was filmed and takes place here in Pittsburgh!
The end of the school year…. Ahhhhh…. It’s so close, you can taste it, right? Soon the public pools will open, Extravaganza and Teen Summer Reading will be in full effect, the Pirates will be crushing the competition (well…. hopefully….), and you’ll be homework free for a solid two or three months. When I think back to my school days, I remember those last ones the fondest. The summer held so much anticipation and so much promise! I almost didn’t even mind attending school, because I knew my days there were numbered. The school days were short, the tired teachers showed films instead of- well- teaching, and the only writing we students did was in yearbooks. Turns out many others have found inspiration in those last days of school, so much so that there are entire movies dedicated to those last days of school. Teens of Pittsburgh- you are almost there! Join us at CLP Main- Teen on your last day of school- Wednesday, June 13 at 3 pm- for a screening of a classic of the genre. Until then, you’ll just have to experience the excitement the last days through film. Below are some of the best and they are all available to check out from the library.
Feel inspired to make your own last day of school film? Check out CLP’s QuickFlix 2012 contest and free digital filmmaking workshops!
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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you have probably heard of the ultra popular “Hunger Games” series by Suzanne Collins and upcoming film release. If you haven’t read the books yet, then get thee to the library this very instant and pick up a copy! Everyone and their mother and their mother’s mother seems to be riding the wave of “Hunger Games” super fandom these days. And for good reason too! The books are action packed and full of heart, with characters that are completely fleshed out- including a strong female lead, and the dystopian setting seems eerily too close to full realization. The highly anticipated film version of the first novel in the series will be opening Friday, March 23rd. In anticipation of the film’s release, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Main Library will be hosting “A Night in Panem”, an after-hours event for hard-core fans of all ages on Thursday, March 22. Test your Hunger Games knowledge in trivia, train like a tribute for the battle in the arena, enjoy baked goods and cookie decorating in honor of Peeta, make a bow and arrow like Katniss’ and Gale’s, experience a Reaping with prizes instead of imminent death, and so much more!
A Night in Panem: Movie Anticipation Party
May the Odds be every in your favor
Thursday, March 22
8:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Main
4400 Forbes Ave.
Hunger for more? Check these books out:
edited by Leah Wilson
by Lois H. Gresh
The Hunger Games Tribute Guide by Emily Seife
Jennifer Lawrence: Star of the Hunger Games by Katherine E. Krohn
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Main’s Film & Audio Department has begun their annual “March Madness” competition. But instead of voting on college basketball teams, you vote on the best movie directors of all time! If you’re really into films, you should check it out. And if you’re not, but you’d like to know more, stop by Film & Audio on the second floor of the Main Library in Oakland to find out more.) Here’s how it works:
Director Battle Royale
Who is the best movie director of all time? Help decide by voting in Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s March Movie Madness! We’re using the NCAA basketball tournament as a model, but our four divisions are The Legends, The Heavyweights, The Ambassadors, and The Eclectics.
How to Play
Vote in every round for your favorite picks in each bracket. You can vote online or use an official paper ballot available in the Film & Audio Department at CLP – Main. There are no prizes, just the fun of arguing with your friends.
|Sweet Sixteen||March 9 – 13|
|Elite Eight||March 16 – 20|
|Final Four||March 23 – 27|
|Finals||March 30 – April 3|
Winning Director Announced: April 5
We used a variety of resources, including 501 Movie Directors and a list of “Best Director” Academy Award nominees, to compile a list of possible contenders. Then Library staff then began the painful process of voting to determine the final list of directors. Seeding is based on year of birth. And yes, we know we left out a lot of really great directors and included some that would never have made your list. It’s tradition!
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh offers DVDs representing every director in the competition, so check them out before voting. For trivia, commentary and updates related to the contest, search Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Film & Audio on Facebook.
Hop to it! Vote online!
CLP - Main
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A month ago I promised to to send you a link to the Fabulous Films for Young Adults list that my American Library Association committee compiled. I’m sorry it’s taken me so long but you can access our fabulous suggestions for films about rebellion vs. conformity here.
Being part of this committee is a lot of fun, especially since it involves watching films either with like-minded individuals in an exotic location (Boston this winter) or on your own. Although I liked everything on the list, I had some favorites. There were also films I loved that didn’t get on the list, either because the majority of the members thought they didn’t express the theme or because the interest for teens was questioned.
Here, for various reasons, are some of my faves:
Breaking Away I had often heard this was a little gem and it is. Dave, a poor townie who loves bicycling, believes the greatest bike racers are Italian, so he acts as if he’s from Italy. He convinces the college girl he loves that he really is, even while he and his friends have open warfare with uppity college students. You have to love Dave. He’s so sweet and goofy while a very young Aidan Quinn proves easy on the eyes.
I liked Into the Wild for completely other reasons. Emile Hirsch is riveting as a young man from a true story. He graduates from college, gives away his money and works all over the U.S. to make enough to lose/find himself in the Alaskan wilderness. He wants to be self-reliant and free but discovers something else entirely in this beautiful and remote setting.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers has campy ’50s vibe in spades. Pod people take on the bodies of San Francisco residents and there’s just one man – with the love of one woman - to stop them.
I saw Milk in the theater and despite its length, it’s must viewing if you want to know what once went down (which unfortunately sometimes repeats itself today) before gays had any kind of rights. Sean Penn stars in an Oscar winning performance. Enough said.
Say Anything is another film I’d heard of but never watched. Even with low production values, it’s a complete charmer. I couldn’t catch everything John Crusack says but his sincerity shines as an underachiever who woos and wins the elusive class valedictorian. If you’ve ever seen the famous “play a love song on the boom box scene” imitated, here’s where it originated.
Basketball is everything in Quantum Hoops, even though it’s played at CALTech, where students go to become nuclear physicists and Nobel prize winners. This documentary has a true ending that couldn’t have been imagined better in Hollywood.
As I said , a couple of my faves didn’t make it: Motorcycle Diaries about a road trip a young Che Guevera takes with his friend; and Rabbit-Proof Fence, which is admittedly long, but devastating if you stick with it. I also haven’t seen Donnie Darko, although everyone on the committee tells me it’s wonderful.
If you’d like to nominate any films this year, you can! Go here.
I came up with the theme chosen: Other Times, Other Places and I can’t wait to make some suggestions myself.
Tina – CLP, Beechview
I need your help. Would you like to make sure other teens get to know and love your favorite films? I’m on a committee for the American Library Association to pick films for a list for teens. Who would know more about what teens like than you guys? Our theme is Outside/In: Rebellion vs. Conformity. Please let me know if you have any suggestions. Include your age and why you like the film or think it matches the theme.
And if you have ever seen and want to comment on the following films, I’d appreciate it:
Don’t forget to add anything you like. Thanks loads. Hope I’ll be hearing from you soon.
I just had a lovely conversation with some teen regulars about great movies, growing up, feeling out of place, etc. It made me quite happy to be working where I work, encountering wonderful people and sharing ideas.
They told me about how much they love movies from the 70s and 80s, and were excited about the recommendations my co-worker Connie and I gave them. They suggested I blog about some more movies they might like but may not have heard of, so here I am! Your wish is my command.
Here’s a list of films dealing with teendom that were very important to teenage Corey, and which I hope teenage you will also enjoy. (Be sure to check the links and order your copies from the library today!):
Harold and Maude: “I haven’t lived. I’ve died a few times.” Connie started the conversation by bringing up Harold and Maude. I first saw it in the ninth grade; my friends soon began calling me Harold. Harold and Maude is the story of a morbid, depressed, teenager who often attends funerals (for fun) and fakes his own death. His outlook on life slowly begins to change when he meets Maude, a vivacious 79-year-old woman who teaches Harold how to l-i-v-e live live live!
Amelie: “At least you’ll never be a vegetable — even artichokes have hearts.” The title character (an adorable waitress in Montmarte, Paris) is sort of Harold and Maude rolled into one; she’s a dreamer and an optimist, but she worries her dreams will never come true, that she will die alone, never realizing the love she hopes to find. “Times are hard for dreamers” she is told, and she knows it to be true. However, things change for Amelie when she decides to become a do-gooder, anonymously bringing people the joy she is afraid to reach out and grab for herself. Amelie is whimsical, romantic, sadly sweet and hilarious. It will melt away even the angstiest angst, if only for a little while. Check out the wonderful soundtrack!
Rushmore: “Sic transit gloria. Glory fades. I’m Max Fischer.” The main character of director Wes Anderson’s opus is Max Fisher, an overly ambitious fifteen year old playwright who attends Rushmore Academy on scholarship. Max is placed on academic probation when his grades continue to slip. Soon, things spiral out of control when he and his middle-aged steel magnate friend, Herman Bloom, both fall for Rushmore’s beautiful kindergarten teacher, Ms. Cross. Rushmore is both darkly funny and bittersweet. Check out the AWESOME SOUNDTRACK!
Pretty In Pink: “If somebody doesn’t believe in me, I can’t believe in them.” So, I guess this is a bit of a cliche choice, right? I think it’s the best of the 80s “brat pack” movies, though. The Breakfast Club is great and all, but this one strikes a stronger chord. You’ve got Andie (a bit of a misfit but a total sweetheart), Duckie (a pre-lame Jon Cryer who is awesome as the lovelorn best friend, crushing on his pal), and Blane (the wealthy and popular nice guy) in a love-triangle. Andie likes Blane but she feels like she’s nothing special–he’s cute and popular, so why would he like her? Meanwhile, the duckman suffers. A film about love across class lines. Order the great soundtrack!
The Dead Poet’s Society: “No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.” Haven’t seen this one in years, but it’s a heart-breaker. The story of a class of prep school boys inspired by their new teacher whose call to arms is more than a little similar to Maude’s–”Carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.” A film about what’s expected of us versus what we want–realizing your own dreams and fighting for them–always a good lesson to learn.
CLP – Main, TEEN