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Do you have what it takes to be a leader?

Of course you do!  Leadership is hard, but everyone can be a leader.  It takes work, practice, and experience, even for folks who are more comfortable with the role.  Fortunately, there are many different ways to be a leader, and you will find one that works for you.

Are you a natural born leader?  Do you want to become a better leader?  Does leadership make you nervous?  There are all kinds of leadership opportunities available through Teen programs at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.  Whether it’s a Teen Advisory Council/Board or other program, you help decide what happens at the library.  And this time of year, you can help us plan our Halloween parties.  You can even receive volunteer hours for some of these programs, so talk to your Teen Specialist.  Leadership roles, especially formal ones, look really good on school, job, and college applications.  Check out these programs (and books) about leadership, and start leading!

Teen Time: Teen Advisory Council
Monday, September 30, 2013
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

East Liberty
Teen Advisory Council Meeting: More Haunted House Planning!*
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
*registration required

Volunteer Time: Teen Advisory Board
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Halloween for Teens
Thursday, October 3, 2013
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Out of Nowhere


Career Ideas for Teens

A Long Walk to Water

Ender's Game

Happy leading!

Amy, CLP-Lawrenceville

Gardening Thyme

Gardening Thyme Facebook event image

Mt. Washington

Mt. Washington

Squirrel Hill

Squirrel Hill

Main Library

Main Library

Main Library

Main Library

Woods Run

Woods Run



Allentown Pop-up

Allentown Pop-up



West End

West End

West End

West End

East Liberty

East Liberty

South Side

South Side



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.

National Read Across America Day

Dr. Seuss from quickmeme.com

Dr. Seuss from quickmeme.com

Tomorrow is National Read Across America Day!  This date was chosen to coincide with the birthday of Dr. Seuss (pictured in the meme above).   The whole point of this day is to promote reading (derh!).

Seeing as how my coworkers are avid readers (working in a library and such), I figured I would ask them what they plan to be reading on Read Across American Day.  Below are recommended reading by CLP-Lawrenceville staff:

Civil War

I am legend

Scott Pilgrim

The moon and more**Karen’s a cheater because she’s reading an ARC of The moon and more!**


The ultimates 2

I hope to catch you all reading on Saturday, March 2!  Leave us a comment about what you plan to read on National Read Across America Day!


Happy reading!

-Amy, CLP-Lawrenceville

Home Sweet Home at CLP-Lawrenceville

CLP-Lawrenceville is now re-open for business!  After a six-week closure, all staff is back from our temporary homes and we are ready to show off our newly spruced- (and still sprucing-) up branch.  While work is not entirely complete, the changes look promising and fabulous.

Instead of waiting for the dust to settle, we are rushing right back into programming.  What better way to check out this freshened up branch than by joining us for one of our great teen programs scheduled this month?  Stop by for:

Teen Time – Video Games
Saturday, 12/1

Teen Time: Holiday Party with Gingerbread Houses
Saturday, 12/15

Teen Time: Epic Movie Adventure and Pizza Taste Test
Saturday, 12/29
**registration required

Instead of placing a photo of the structurally-sound branch here,
I am placing a photo of an architecturally challenged gingerbread house
I made several years ago.
Join us for the Holiday Party and make your own house!

See you there!

Amy, CLP-Lawrenceville

Counting the Days

Yesterday was February 29, Leap Day, which, as we all know, happens every 4 years. Have you ever wondered why there’s a leap day at all, and why it’s 4 years and not, say, 7?

In 1582, then Pope Gregory issued a new calendar to be used by the Christian Church in Europe. Due to  the differences between the then current Julian calendar, the solar year, and the lunar year, the dates for the Easter holiday had been inconsistent for some time and Pope Gregory wanted to change that.

  Easter was calculated to fall on the first Sunday, following the first full moon, after the vernal equinox (the first day of spring), which had always been around March 21st.  It was known that the length of the solar year – the time between two vernal equinoxes – was actually 365.25 days, not an even 365. However, the more precise length of time between vernal equinoxes is really 11 minutes shorter.

 This discrepancy meant that, after many centuries, the vernal equinox was occurring about 10 days earlier than March 21st. Consequently, the date for Easter (and everything else) kept moving further back in the calendar because the date of the vernal equinox kept moving – slowly, but still moving.

 Pope Gregory’s new calendar added one day to February every 4 years to make up for the approximate ¼ days not accounted for in the Julian calendar. Since 1583 this has fixed the date for the vernal equinox at, or as close as possible to, March 21st, and has given us what we now call the Gregorian Calendar.

 Following February 29 we come to March and that famous line from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar: “Beware the Ides of March!” Well, what is an ‘Ides’ anyway?

 In the Roman calendar the ‘Ides’ of a month referred to the middle, or half way point, of the month. That day was actually the 13th day for most months, but was the 15th day for March, May, July and October.

 The ‘Kalends’ (taken from a Greek word, hence ‘calendar’) was the name for the 1st day of the month. The ‘Nonnes’ was the name of the 8th day before the Ides. It was called Nonnes, ‘the ninth’, because using the Ides as day 1 and counting 8 more days gave you the day.

Other days of the month were referred to by counting back from one of the 3 days, and you counted the named day as ‘day 1’.  For example, March 3rd would be ‘the 6th day before the Nonnes of March’ and so on. It’s kind of strange for us to think about dates in the last two weeks of a month like that – March 20th wasn’t ‘the 6th day after the Ides of March’, but rather ‘the 11th day before the Kalends of April’ – but that’s how it went.

Oh those nutty Romans. Imagine doing this kind of thing in Latin too – ugghh!

 Check out the following titles for more crazy calendar conundrums – if you have ‘the time’ that is!

Leap Day: A Novel

Leap Day by Wendy Mass

Taylor is only 4 years old…but she’s getting her drivers license?  Born on February 29, she is now 4, or 16 if you prefer, and getting her license is only one way she plans to celebrate.

Mapping Time: The Calendar and its History

Mapping Time by E.G. Richards



The Dance of Time by Michael Judge

Calendar by David Duncan

Royalty and Royal Teens

This week is the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain ascending the throne.  Although only 25 at the time, Elizabeth still had a few years on other famous – and infamous – monarchs who had assumed crowns in, or barely out of, their teen years.


King ‘Tut’ became Pharaoh of Egypt on the death of his father Akhenaten in 1333 B.C.  He was 10 years old.  His reign only lasted 10 years as he died at age 20, possibly from malaria. The discovery of his tomb and mummy in 1922 renewed the world’s interest in the history and culture of ancient Egypt.

Augustus Caesar

Gaius Octavius Thurinus – better known as Octavian – was the great-nephew of Julius Caesar.  Caesar’s will named Octavian as his adopted son and heir, and upon Caesar’s assassination in 44 B.C.,  when Octavian was 19 years old, the political power which Caesar had obtained passed to him. After first sharing control of Rome with, then fighting against, Marc Antony, Octavian became Rome’s first emperor in 27 B.C. and was given the title of ‘Augustus’ ( the divine one).


When her father died in 51 B.C., 18 year old Cleopatra and her 10 year old brother Ptolemy became co-rulers – and last Pharaohs –  of Egypt. Unwilling to share power, she took advantage of the Roman civil wars at the time to align herself first with Julius Caesar, then with Augustus’ enemy Marc Antony, in order to legitimize her reign with the help of Roman military power.

King Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine

Arguably the most famous royal couple of the middle ages. Eleanor of Aquitaine (i.e. modern western France) had a very busy year in 1137. She became the feudal lord of a large part of modern France, she married the heir to the French throne, then she became Queen of France when her father-in-law died 10 days later. Oh, and one last thing – Eleanor was 15 years old.

Henry II was the grandson of King Henry I of England. At age 14, he and the Norman nobles supporting him attempted to seize the English throne from the hated King Stephen – and failed.  In 1150, at age 17, Henry was made Duke of Normandy.  Two years later he married Eleanor, whose first marriage to the French King had been annulled. In 1154 Henry finally succeeded in taking the English throne. He became King of England, and the feudal lord of half of France, at age 21.

Queen Victoria of Great Britain

The great-great-grandmother of Queen Elizabeth became queen in 1837 when she was 18. She reigned until her death at age 82 in 1901. She is the longest reigning English Monarch at just under 64 years. Her rule during  most of the 19th century saw Great Britain become the center of a world spanning colonial empire. It’s not called The Victorian Age for nothing.

Do you think you could handle being a teen monarch? Would you rule with a velvet glove, or an iron fist?

-Steve, CLP-Lawrenceville

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

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