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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.


Teen Underground Cafe Is Back–and Bigger Than Ever!


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!

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Main

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.

Summer Movie Time

Truth be told, there is no denying summer break is slipping away. Some mean-spirited, ruthless people would even say it’s more than half over!

Ron Weasley isn’t so happy! via http://cmyk-giffed.tumblr.com/

Even though the minutes of summer are ticking away, there are still a million things to enjoy before heading back to school. And if you count the summer solstice as the start of summer – we have really just gotten started!

Elaine on Seinfeld via http://cmyk-giffed.tumblr.com/

Movies, movies, and more movies. Summer is the best time to catch up on movies you may have missed!

If you can manage to find a Citiparks book, check out the hundreds of free (or nearly free things to do)! My personal favorite is Cinema in the Park!

Cinema in the Park - Grandview

Cinema in the Park – Grandview

Each week, FREE new release movies are premiered at many parks throughout the city. Check out the calendar. You can still see a few blockbusters before the summer is out like The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyThe Hunger Games, and Jack the Giant Slayer.

Can’t make it to Cinema in the Park? Check out Teen Movie Night at CLP-Beechview! Or movies in the afternoon on Saturdays at Woods Run and Allegheny!

If you love strange, campy oddball flicks stop at Main Teen to enjoy the delights of Bad Movie Fridays!

C-3PO via cmyk-giffed.tumblr.com

Movie aren’t your thing? No worries! Escape the heat at the library with gaming and more. There is gaming nearly all day, every day @ Main Teen! Top off your week with Teen Gaming & Button Fridays at the West End if you want to make some of these!

K-Stew freaking out! via tumblr.com

Michael, CLP Hazelwood

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

Teen Time: Black History Month Edition

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So, you may have heard that February is Black History Month and the teen specialists have created several events just for teens to help you celebrate the abolitionists, activist & innovators who changed history.

The Northside is the place to be on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 if you want to speak your mind or acquire some quilting skills.

Open Mic Night 4:00PM – 7:00 PM

Electret Condenser Microphone
Source: Google Images

Celebrate the innovation of Dr. James West, an African-American inventor who improved the microphone, by participating in our Open Mic Night to kickoff Black History Month. James West’s research in the early 1960s led to the development of foil-electret transducers for sound recording and voice communication that are used in 90% of all microphones (and cell phones!) built today.  Bring a poem you wrote, read from a favorite book or bust a rhyme! Cookies & hot chocolate will be served.

Location: Woods Run

Quilting & The Underground Railroad 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Look into the historical debate surrounding quilting and its significance in relation to the Underground Railroad. Also, create your own quilt square and combine it with other teens!

Location: Allegheny

If you are free on Thursday, February 7, 2013 head up to Mt. Washington!

African-American Hero Buttons 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Make your own button to celebrate an African-American Hero: Artists, Civil Rights Leaders, Inventors, Military Leaders, Scientists, oh my!
All materials will be provided. For grades 6-12. Refreshments will be provided!

Location: Mt. Washington

Have you always wanted to rock your natural curls but aren’t quite sure where to begin? Maybe you’ve proudly sported your Afro for years, but are still struggling to find the right products. Head over to Woods Run on Saturday, February 9, 2013 for a presentation on natural hair care.

Natural Hair Care Class 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
In this class we will explore healthy hair practices for those interested in natural hair, discuss simple yet effective hair regimens and affordable products and the best way to protect your hair during the cold months. Please bring questions and concerns.

The Teen staff at Main has a whole day planned full of literary awesomeness and crafting!  On Saturday, February 16, 2013 come for book club, then stay for a quilting workshop.

Booked for Lunch: Panther Baby and The Rock and the River: A Book Club for Teens 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Bring some snacks or a lunch and join us for this month’s book discussion.  In celebration of Black History Month we’re choosing two related titles.  You can read one of the books or both, it’s up to you!

index The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon takes place in 1968 Chicago.  Fourteen-year-old Sam Childs is caught in the middle of a family fight.  Sam’s father works with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and believes in a nonviolent approach to seeking civil rights for African-Americans.  Sam’s older brother thinks Dr. King’s movement is taking too long to bring about change and chooses joins the Black Panther Party.

In Panther Baby Jamal Joseph shares his true-life experiences as one of the youngest members of the Black Panther Party.  Joseph joined the Panthers as a high schooler and eventually landed in prison because of his connection to the organization.  Years later, during another stint in prison Joseph earned two degrees and began writing plays.  Joseph eventually became the chair of Columbia University’s film division, a university he once encouraged students to burn to the ground.

Location: Teens – Main

Teen Quilting Workshop 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Blocks, Strips, Strings and Half Squares. Mary Lee Bendolph (2005). Cotton. 84″ x 81″ Courtesy of Matt Arnett. Photo by Pitkin Studio.

From the Underground Railroad to the Gee’s Bend Quilts, quilting is an art form that has deep roots in Black history and culture. Teens are invited to this hands-on quilting workshop to celebrate Black History Month. All materials provided. Participation is limited and registration is required.

Location: Teens – Main

Ready to test your knowledge of Black History while chowing down on pizza? Head to the Hill District on Saturday, February 23, 2013 for trivia and food!

Black History Teen Trivia Challenge 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Teens, test your Black History knowledge-Jeopardy style! Pizza for participants courtesy of Vocelli!

Location: Hill District

There are many more events planned for this month. Please check out the entire list!

The spoken word revolution : slam, hip-hop, & the poetry of a new generation / edited by Mark Eleveld Teens & tweens quilting fun with family & friends by Anita Shackelford & Jennifer PerduePassages to freedom : the Underground Railroad in history and memory / edited by David W. BlightNorth star to freedom : the story of the Underground Railroad by Gena K. GorrellThe Underground Railroad (DVD)Good Hair (DVD)The black woman's guide to beautiful hair: a positive approach to managing any hair and style by Lisa AkbariMary Lee Bendolph, Gee's Bend quilts, and beyond / essays by Joanne Cubbs, Matt Arnett, and Dana Friis-Hansen Gee's Bend : the women and their quilts by John BeardsleyGrowing up Black : teens write about African-American identity  by Youth Communication

lauren @ WoodsRun

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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