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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

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!

Lawrenceville
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

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

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


Out of Nowhere

Divergent

Career Ideas for Teens

A Long Walk to Water

Ender's Game

Happy leading!

Amy, CLP-Lawrenceville

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

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh System-Wide Video Game Tournament : featuring Rock Band (Wii)

Rock Band (wii)

Rock Band (wii)

Think you and your friends have what it takes to win Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Battle of the Bands?  Prove it!

Starting this Friday, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is hosting its first ever Teen System-Wide Video Game Tournament!  Sign up for one of our Semi-Finals for your chance to compete in the Finals and win great prizes.  The tournament starts this Friday at CLP – Main, Teen, so sign up now!

Form a band of three (guitar, drums and vocals), score the highest point total in Rock Band for the Nintendo Wii and rock your way to the championship round!

Semi-Finals (winners at each location will receive three $10 Target gift cards.)

Friday, July 10 @ 1PM
CLP – Main, Teen ∙ 4400 Forbes Avenue (Oakland), 412-622-3121 (sign-up)

Saturday, July 11 @ 1PM
CLP – Homewood ∙ 7101 Hamilton Avenue, 412-731-3080 (sign-up)

Friday, July 17 @ 1PM
CLP – Sheraden∙ 720 Sherwood Avenue, 412-331-1135 (sign-up)

Saturday, July 18 @ 1PM
CLP – Southside ∙ 2205 East Carson Street, 412-431-0505 (sign-up)

Final Showdown: The band with the highest total score at the end of the championship round willreceive three $50 GameStop gift cards and the title of regional Rock Band Champion!

Friday, July 24 @ 1PM
CLP – Main, Teen ∙ 4400 Forbes Avenue (Oakland)

If you don’t have a full band feel free to sign up!  We’ll try to match you with other gamers on the day of the tournament! 

Remember to come up with a killer band name!

CLP – Main, Teen
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CLP Quick Flix – Contest Deadline Extended!

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Did you totally mean to enter the CLP Quick Flix Teen Video Contest but time got away from you?  Did you film some stuff, but not get around to editing it?  Well, I have good news for you: we extended the deadline!  The new deadline is Friday, August 8th…but if you get it in by the end of the weekend, you’ll probably be okay.

If you already entered and are wondering who won, you’re going to have to wait a little longer: winners will be announced at the CLP Quick Flix Film Screening and Award Ceremony on Saturday, August 30th from 3-5pm at CLP – Main, Teen.

I’m looking forward to seeing your flix!

Karen

Student Loan Debt Sucks

Student loans are a necessary evil for most people with higher education inMountain of Debt their post-graduation plans. Some people will be paying off their student loans for the rest of their lives because the only way to get out of them is if you die or become permanently disabled.

Completing general ed requirements at a community college can help keep costs down. The library has lots of resources on scholarships. Did you know that there is a scholarship for left-handed people? I wish I had known about that one!

You can also check out this free website for help locating money:

http://www.findtuition.com/

Jen, CLP – Sheraden

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