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Teen Underground Cafe Is Back–and Bigger Than Ever!

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Teen Underground Cafe, an after-hours performance & arts program for teens, is coming–and it wants your participation!

Through Teen Underground Cafe, we hope to turn Libraries all over the city into after hours showcases of teen talent. As one part, we will soon be scheduling eight Teen Underground Cafe Presents… at the Main Library (in Oakland), in which we’ll be looking for teens to fill two slots of 30-40 minutes of material of all kinds–music, poetry, improv, you name it–as well as one teen to feature their visual art of choice in the Main – Teen Department for a month after the event. (Think of it like your own private opening party.)

Performers and artists will be compensated for their time and efforts. If you are a performer or visual artist and would like to be considered, please submit the following information to teenundergroundcafe@carnegielibrary.org:

  • Name
  • Performing or artist alias or name of group
  • Description of performance or art
  • Link to any recordings or documentation
  • E-mail address
  • Phone number

Additionally, the Teen Underground Cafe is going to travel all across the city for a series of after hours Open Mic Nights. The stage will be yours to feature your music, poetry, and more. And with a full PA system and back line of drums, guitars, and amps, you may meet a fellow collaborator–or even get scouted to feature more of your work at Teen Underground Cafe Presents…!

Our Open Mic Nights will be happening the following months at the following locations. Tune into our events page for more info as it comes:

  • Feburary 2014: Knoxville [Saturday, February 22, 2014 ; 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM]
  • March 2014: Hill District [Thursday, March 27, 2014 ; 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM]
  • May 2014: East Liberty
  • June 2014: Brookline
  • July 2014: Carrick
  • August 2014: Hazelwood
  • September 2014: Squirrel Hill
  • November 2014: Homewood
  • January 2015: West End
  • March 2015: Sheraden
  • April 2015: Allegheny
  • May 2015: Woods Run

Hope to see you there!

~Joseph
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Main

Gardening Thyme

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Mt. Washington

Mt. Washington

Squirrel Hill

Squirrel Hill

Main Library

Main Library

Main Library

Main Library

Woods Run

Woods Run

Knoxville

Knoxville

Allentown Pop-up

Allentown Pop-up

Allegheny

Allegheny

West End

West End

West End

West End

East Liberty

East Liberty

South Side

South Side

Lawrenceville

Lawrenceville

Garden Dreams Urban Farm and Nursery

Garden Dreams Urban Farm and Nursery

White House Kitchen Garden

White House Kitchen Garden

Click here for more information about the Gardening Thyme Community Gardens and Programs.  It’s not too late to get involved with your library’s community garden.  Fall planting starts soon.

Sticks and Stones (No Name Calling Week)

January 23 – 27 is No Name Calling Week , a national initiative started to combat bullying in schools and help prevent teen suicide.

Reading the stories of others offers insight, comfort and a much needed escape when faced with bullies, drama, and stress. The Library carries many titles that tell stories of bullying, harassment, survival, and triumph.

Check out the books below to see if one of them speaks to you! And always know there is a Teen Specialist at every CLP location if you need someone to talk to!


Have you ever felt different because of how you look? Age. Weight. Gender. Complexion? The Skin I’m In by Sharon Flake talks about the self-esteem issues black girls face when they are darker skinned. Maleeka is self conscious of her complexion until her whole life is changed when she meets a teacher with a rare skin condition. Check out this book if you want to hear about how Maleeka finds love with a boy named Caleb, overcomes her bully Charlese, and learns to love the skin she’s in!


Darell Mercer moves from Philadelphia to California. There he finds a new life, a new school, and a new bully. After spending months in fear, he is faced with a big decision. He can either keep running from his bully or find some way to fight back. To find out what happens to Darell check out The Bully by Paul Langan.


Thirteen-year-old Vladimir Tod really hates middle school. Bullies harass him, the principal is watching him closely, and the girl he likes prefers his best friend. And Vlad has a big secret: His mother was human, but his father was a vampire. With no idea of the extent of his powers, Vlad struggles daily with his blood cravings and growing fangs while trying to hide his identity. On top of everything he is being stalked by a vampire hunter! Check out The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer and read all five books in the series to find out what happens to Vlad!


Much like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Loser List tells the oddball story of Danny Shine. He is a geek who loves reading comics, trading comics, drawing comics, and buying comics. Find out how he loses a best friend, gets humiliated in front of the whole school… and somehow still manages to save the day!


In 50 Cent’s book Playground he uses his life experiences to tell the story of a 13 year old bully named Butterball. In the story, Butterball finds himself overweight and unhappy in a new school. One day, in an angry haze, he fills two socks with D batteries and heads to a fight at the playground. You will have to read to find out what happens to Butterball and how he finds redemption.

-Michael @ CLP Hazelwood

Teen review: Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel & Acting by Sherri Winston

These reviews were written as part of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Teen Fine Alternative Program. If you have fines and would rather volunteer than give us cash, just ask your local teen librarian for more details!

Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel

  1. Name two characters and give brief personality descriptions:
    Garth – The main character, everything revolves around him. He’s sweet, but gets into trouble.
    Garth’s Mom – The 1st main character and (obviously) Garth’s Mother. She is worried about her son.
  2. Write a sentence or two about what happened in the plot:
    The main situation in this story is that Garth gets trapped in The Underworld and he has to find a way out, while fighting the dark forces who are trying to enslave the people there.
  3. Write two sentences about what it was that you enjoyed about this work:
    I enjoyed reading this book because, for one, it was a comic book and they are always interesting to me.

Acting by Sherri Winston

  1. Name two characters and give brief personality descriptions:
    Eve – the sister who no one appreciates–they think she’s nothing.
    Al – the sister everyone cherishes and thinks is the best.
  2. Write a sentence or two about what happened in the plot:
    Well…Eve feels very unappreciated by her family because they believe she broke the family up and Al makes a mistake by getting pregnant and everything gets turned around.
  3. Write two sentences about what it was that you enjoyed about this work:
    I loved the conflict in this book. I say this because in this book it makes you wanna keep reading it more and more.

review by Germirah – CLP, Homewood

Selena’s Music Review

My World 2.0

Justin Bieber

Review by Selena, Age 12, CLP – Homewood

I think Justin Bieber’s CD belongs in the genre of love songs, because what I heard on his CD were songs about girls and love.  His songs are lively because he puts so much heart into them.  I would recommend this CD to a friend because some of his songs are about how you feel right now and how to get over it.

**The above review was written by Selena as part of the Teen Fine Alternative Program.  If you’re interested in working off fines owed on CLP materials and are between the ages of 12-18, please contact your local CLP location.**

Toya’s Book Review

The Bully by Paul Langan

Review by Toya, Age 16, CLP – Homewood

This books is about Tyray Hobbs, who’s angry, sad, bitter and determined, and Jamee, who’s protective, concerned and open-minded.  In the book it tells about a freshman’s life — how it had changed from when he first started out high school to the time the year ended.  It tells about everything he went through.  One thing I enjoyed was how Tyray had chanced from the beginning of the book to the end.  Another thing I enjoyed about the book is the way it kept me engaged.

**The above review was written by Toya as part of the Teen Fine Alternative Program.  If you’re interested in working off fines owed on CLP materials and are between the ages of 12-18, please contact your local CLP location.**

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