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More creepy halloween fun is happening @ your library this week

To follow up on Marian’s excellent roundup of spooky activities around the city’s libraries from last week, here’s what’s happening this week.

At Allegheny today we have Halloween Minute to Win It:

Do you have what it takes, or are you too scared? Test yourself during our spooky Halloween rendition of “Minute to Win It.”

Monday, October 28, 2013
4:00 PM
1230 Federal Street Pittsburgh, PA 15212
this could be you today. photo via Escondido Public Library's flickr

this could be you today. photo via Escondido Public Library’s flickr

Tuesday you can attend the ZOMB-FEST  at the Hill District:
Zomb-Fest 2013 kicks off with brain corn hole, snacks and learning the Thriller dance. Then we’ll have a professional make-up artist teach you how to Zombie-fy yourself with real theatrical makeup. Then you can hit the Photo Booth and capture the gruesome moment! Eat yummy, freaky Halloween snacks!
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
October 29, 2013

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

2177 Centre Avenue at Kirkpatrick Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

photo of the author as a zombie

photo of the author as a zombie

or view a scary movie at East Liberty‘s Teen Time!
There will be a selection of movies to choose from – classics and new releases, and some popcorn and apples to snack on.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
130 S. Whitfield Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15206

not the actual selection of movies. photo via nomadic lass on flickr

not the actual selection of movies. photo via nomadic lass on flickr

There’s also face painting at Allegheny on Tuesday:
Join local artist Lauren Toohey as she teaches you the basics of face painting. She will also talk about making a living as an artist. Have your face painted, then put your skills to use at our Halloween Carnival by painting a friend’s face!
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM


1230 Federal Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

And a pre-Halloween party at Brookline:
Halloween is creeping around the corner! Put on a costume and do your part to get in the spooky spirit by partying up with us pre-Halloween.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

708-710 Brookline Blvd.

Pittsburgh, PA 15226

mutant cyborg costume by don pezzano on flickr

mutant cyborg costume by don pezzano on flickr

Then on Wednesday you can get candy at Brookline.. if you win a game:
Happy Halloween! On your way out the door to mega-candy acquisitioning, stop by the library for Teen Lounge. We’ll be distributing candy in the manner of Deal or No Deal. Will you hit it big, or will you end up with a toothbrush?
Thursday, October 31, 2013

3:00 PM – 6:00 PM


708-710 Brookline Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15226

a toothbrush. by dave lanovaz

a toothbrush. by dave lanovaz

And on Thursday, Knoxville is having a Spooky Teen Time:

Thursday, October 31, 2013

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

400 Brownsville Road

Pittsburgh, PA 15210

this could be what it's like at Knoxville's Teen Time. You'll never know if you don't show up! photo by minxlj on flickr

this could be what it’s like at Knoxville’s Teen Time. You’ll never know if you don’t show up! photo by minxlj on flickr

Remember, all of this is IN ADDITION to Carrick’s Haunted Library, Labs events, regular Teen Time activities, Art Clubs, AND MORE. Check the local teen evens near you on our teen event feed!

Mustaches are having a moment

Mustaches are really having a moment.  Mustaches now adorn shirts, pillows, shoes, duct tape, puppies- everywhere I turn there are mustaches.  But you see, mustaches were not always looked upon so favorably.  In 1965, the American Mustache Institute formed to combat discrimination against people sporting ‘staches and other fine expressions of facial hair, becoming ” the world’s leading facial hair advocacy organization.”  According to their website, the American Mustache Institute “continues to battle negative stereotyping that has accompanied the mustache since those glory years of the 1970s – the peak of mustache acceptance – fighting to create a climate of acceptance, understanding, flavor saving, and upper lip warmth for all mustached Americans alike.”

Please do not take offense, but unlike most trends, it actually seems like Pittsburgh has been a real leader in the recent mustache renaissance.  In fact, in 2011 Pittsburgh actually placed third on the list of Most Mustache Friendly Cities in America by the American Mustache Institute.  Further cementing our vanguard in the mustache world, the American Mustache Institute actually relocated to our fine city this past July.  And right now, the American Mustache Institute is soliciting votes to determine the winner of this year’s Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year!  The winner will be announced on Saturday, October 26 at an event they are hosting here in town.

Purely by coincidence, CLP Main- Teen is also hosting a Teen Halloween Mustache Bash for teens in middle and high school on Saturday, October 26 from 2 pm to 4 pm.  Instead of the usual scary/zombie/ghostly themed Halloween fare, we decided to capitalize on our culture’s current mustache obsession and celebrate ALL THE MUSTACHES!  We “mustache” you to join us for mustache themed games, treats, crafts, and a best mustache contest!

In the meantime, be sure to check out this book in preparation:

mustache growers guide

Happy National Coming Out Day!

Happy National Coming Out Day!

Rather, Happy (belated) National Coming Out Day – because NCOD was actually on Friday!

So, Happy National Coming Out Day – Week – Month – Year – Decade – Whatever. Take a moment to celebrate all the glorious gay, bi, trans, queer folks who make this world sparkle.


NCOD logo designed by graphic artist Keith Haring

National Coming Out Day (NCOD) is observed annually on October 11th to celebrate individuals who publicly identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer (LGBTQ). It started on October 11, 1988 to commemorate the anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. The day is often marked by events like public rallies, festivals, and gatherings. For some, attending an NCOD event holds an important place in the gay rights movement as a rite of passage.

Fostering  support and building community is a HUGE part of any coming out or pride celebration. And LGBTQ folks and their straight allies are busy building community right here at the Library. Check it out!

CLP Teen Gay Straight Alliance : Bi-monthly Meeting

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Come join us for a meeting of the CLP Teen Gay Straight Alliance. This group is for all LGBTQ and straight teenagers who want to support each other and make new friends!

Classroom A – Main Library
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

In the mean time, check out some of these titles on LGBTQ history, life, and love!

GLBTQthe letter qqueerboyfriends with girlfriendsi am jbetween mom and joari and dantegrl2grltwo boys kissing geography clubheroshine

The Hectic Glow: Alternative Homecoming 2013

hecticglow-slider-03Yes!  It’s that time of year again.

This year Alternative Homecoming celebrates beats and beasts along with John Green’s international bestselling YA sensation The Fault in Our Stars.

As always, Alternative Homecoming is open for teen expression to breathe free. Whether formal wear, cosplay, or jeans and a t-shirt), dress however is going to get you feeling turnt up! Bring the sweetheart you want, go stag, or rock the party with all your friends!

Tickets are only $5 apiece.

For online tickets, additional info, and a form for song requests, visit http://www.carnegielibrary.org/althomecoming/.

Tickets can also be purchased at the reference desk at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Main – Teen (4400 Forbes Avenue, 15213).  Stop by and see us!

Here’s a sneak preview of some of the things we have planned:

* Neon face painting, in celebration of Carnegie International artist He An
* Ultraviolet dance party, with DJ Joey J of CLP – Main, Teen Department
* Green screen photobooth, courtesy of The Labs @ CLP
* Dramatic wildlife scavenger hunt, with Teen Docents from Carnegie Museum of Natural History
* Flashlight tours through Carnegie Museum of Natural History exhibits
* LED light-up corsages from Assemble
* TeenSpeak! social issues forum, from the City of Pittsburgh’s Mayor’s Youth Council
* Memory book to record the legacy you want to leave in the world, in honor of the themes presented in The Fault in Our Stars.
* Guest passes good for a future visit to the Carnegie International, courtesy of the Carnegie Museum of Art
* Decorate your own Smiley cookie, courtesy of Eat’n Park

And here’s a list of books you can check out to get you prepped for all the fun you’ll have!  😉


Happy reading and we’ll see you on November 2 at 7:30 pm!

-Morgan, Main – Teen

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

This Way to Awesomeville

WOW.  So this thing called ‘school’ is back.  Perhaps you’ve heard of it.  Maybe you’re in search of a few kindred souls who, like yourself, are totally perplexed by its sudden reemergence and the equally sudden disappearance of summer vacation.  Maybe you also have an uncontrollable urge to utter something like:  “Gee golly, that sure was a swell time!”  Maybe not.  Either way, the Library’s got you covered this week with mind-boggling amounts of awesomeness that’s sure to lighten the tone of any back-to-school blues you may catch floating about the hallways.

Here’s a brief glimpse of some of the stuff going down this week:

Monday, August 26

Teen Time: Teen Advisory Council @ CLP Lawrenceville / 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Tuesday, August 27

Teen Lounge: “Book” Bags and Secret Boxes @ CLP Brookline / 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Ukulele Mayhem @ CLP Main Teen / 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Teen Thing:  Balloon Bracelets @ CLP Carrick / 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Teen Time: Graffiti Movie Night @ CLP East Liberty / 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Wednesday, August 28

Teen Textile Workshop @ CLP West End / 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Thursday, August 29

Pop-Up Flix: Teen Movie Night @ CLP Brookline / 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Friday, August 30

On Demand Gaming @ CLP Allegheny / 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Saturday, August 31

Recycled T-Shirt Workshop @ CLP pop-up Allentown / 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

For more teen happenings @ a Library near you, be sure to check out the EVENTS slider on the Teen Page!


Jon : Carrick

Laugh, Sew, and Paint Your Nails: This Week’s Highlights

Teen Lounge: Last Laugh – Comedy Creation & YouTube Share

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

It’s no joke, school starts next week! Come get a last summer laugh in by watching favorite funny YouTube videos and making your own! We’ll have ipads available for viral video creation. Or, make one ahead of time! Talk to Ms. Gigi about using the iPads for Last Laugh video making.

At 4:30 meet some fellow filmmakers at CLP-Carrick when we facetime the creators of Chairpocalypse as they cyber-present the CLP-Brookline premiere!
708-710 Brookline Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15226



Teen Textile Workshop: Notebook Covers

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 | Other Dates
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Middle and high school students are welcome to come create cool stuff every Wednesday from 2-4 PM! We have two sewing machines, crochet hooks and tons of material to work with. Feel free to bring your old or ill-fitting clothes to make into something brand new!

Make a custom cover for your notebook! Once you learn this pattern, you can make covers for all of your books and journals!

Sign up for weekly emails about upcoming projects by emailing Annica at stiversa@carnegielibrary.org.
West End
47 Wabash Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15220

West End

Photo 339

Drop-in DIY: Nail Art!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Come to Art Club the second and fourth Wednesday every month from 3:00-5:00 PM! The second Wednesday is ALWAYS button-making, and the fourth Wednesday is ALWAYS food!

Today: We’ve got tons of nail polish and ideas for you to take your manicure to the next level.

Receive text message alerts for this program by texting @clpteensartclub to 23559. Standard texting rates apply.
Event fee: FREE
Teens – Main
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Teens – Main

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