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MEGA LOVE POEM MASHUP

A mad dash through all sorts of love, courtesy of 11 fine poets (named at the end of the post!). It’s a scientific fact that love poems can keep you warm in a snowstorm (it’s not a fact.)  Check some out at the library today – they’re great inspiration for writing your own. After all, the Ralph Munn Creative Writing Contest is coming up.

“I didn’t fall in love. I fell through it:

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“I can see what I would miss in leaving—

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1: Sarah Manguso
2: Lorna Dee Cervantes
3: Melanie Almeder
4: Tony Hoagland
5: June Jordan
6: Anna Swir
7: Monica Youn
8: Reginald Shepherd
9: Thomas Hardy
10: Ella Wheeler Wilcox
11: Dean Young
– Tessa, CLP – East Liberty

Yes, Virginia, There is Teen Stuff Going Down at the Library This Week

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No school and nothing to do???  The Library’s got you covered!  Here’s a brief glimpse of what’s going on this week:

Monday, December 23

Teen Time @ Lawrenceville / 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Gaming @ Main, Allegheny, and East Liberty!

Open Lab @ Main and Allegheny!


Tuesday, December 24

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Wednesday, December 25


Thursday, December 26

Teen Lounge: Pop-Up Flix @ Brookline / 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Teen Time @ Knoxville / 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Teen Creative Writing Workshop @ Beechview / 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

iPad Playground @ Squirrel Hill / 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM


Friday, December 27

Bad Movie Fridays @ Main / 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Gaming @ Main, Allegheny, and Sheraden!


Saturday, December 28

Teen Manga Club @ Beechview / 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Movies All Day @ Main / 10:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Aquaman and Aqualad gingerbread cookies from Teen Thing @ Carrick


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

ALSO!  Don’t forget about the Teen Winter Reading Raffle, which is going on now till January 15th.  You could win stuff just for reading!

Jon : Carrick

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
Location:
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

Location:
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
Location:
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

Location:

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

Location:
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

Location:

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:
COME OUT AND ENJOY OUR FUN ACTIVITIES AND MORE! DON’T FORGET TO BRING A FRIEND AND/OR FAMILY MEMBER ALONG!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Location:
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!

No time to read for fun? Try these new comics!

School is starting and cutting into crucial Reading for Fun time.

Nicolas Cage Cat is sad without Fun Reading Time via nickcagecats.tumblr.com

Luckily, there are lots of new comics to read – comics can often be quicker to read, and there are some good ones that just arrived in a library near you.

New takes on the Paranormal:

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Zombiellenium V.1: Gretchen by Arthur De Pins

Gretchen is witch and an intern at Zombiellenium – a scary theme park staffed entirely by real supernatural beings under contract for life. She stops a guy from robbing a convenience store while picking up stuff for her co-workers, and he promptly walks out into traffic and gets hit by a car driven by a vampire – who then resurrects him. He becomes the new staff member at Zombiellenium, and his powers are yet to be realized.

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The New Deadwardians V.1 by Dan Abnett

 

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Bad Machinery V.1: The Case of the Team Spirit by John Allison

Shauna. Charlotte. Mildred. Three schoolgirl sleuths. Jack. Linton. Sonny. Three schoolboy investigators. Tackleford. One mid-sized city with a history of countless mysteries. Is there enough room at Griswalds Grammar School for two groups of kid detectives?

Adaptations:

http://vufindplus2.einetwork.net/bookcover.php?id=.b32027515&isn=9781423134466&size=large&upc=&oclc=757484342&category=&format=

Blue Bloods by Melissa De la Cruz & Alina Urusov, adapted by Robert Venditti

For this elite group of teenagers, New York is all about parties, fashion…AND BLOOD. Schuyler Van Alen is a loner, and happy that way. But when she turns fifteen, her life dramatically changes. A mosaic of blue veins appears on her arms, and she begins to have memories of another time and place. When a classmate is found dead at a night club, the mystery deepens. Most surprising of all, Jack Force, the hottest boy in school, starts showing a sudden interest in her. Schuyler wants answers, but is she prepared to learn the truth…especially when she discovers her part in it?

http://vufindplus2.einetwork.net/bookcover.php?id=.b31940432&isn=9780316182713&size=large&upc=&oclc=794711915&category=&format=

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl and Cassandra Jean

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

http://vufindplus2.einetwork.net/bookcover.php?id=.b32063118&isn=9781616550547&size=large&upc=&oclc=836886897&category=&format=

Avatar the last Airbender: The Search, Part One by Gene Luen Yang, Gurihiru

Last year brought The Promise Parts 1-3, where the gang tries to unite all the nations, only to meet resistance and unrest – especially from Fire Nation. Now Fire Lord Zuko is rethinking his stance and wants to learn about his mother and his past. And he’s taking his sister with him…

http://vufindplus2.einetwork.net/bookcover.php?id=.b31998598&isn=9781613775790&size=large&upc=&oclc=815381093&category=&format=

Doctor Who V.1: The Hypothetical Gentleman by Andy Diggle, Mark Buckingham, Brandon Seifert, et al.

Three Dr. Who adventures with the eleventh Doctor.

Non-fiction:

http://vufindplus2.einetwork.net/bookcover.php?id=.b32076526&isn=9781554514892&size=large&upc=&oclc=811407112&category=&format=

War Brothers by Sharon McKay and Daniel LaFrance

Based on a true story, it will be hard to put down this recounting of a kidnapped boy forced to go to war in Joseph Kony’s twisted child army.

http://vufindplus2.einetwork.net/bookcover.php?id=.b32132980&isn=1596438657&size=large&upc=&oclc=810122872&category=&format=

Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey and Birute Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani & Maris Wicks

It’s hard enough breaking into primatology if you’re a woman, and it’s also hard to produce groundbreaking scientific work. But these three women did both things, and got to live in the wilderness with the great apes.

http://vufindplus2.einetwork.net/bookcover.php?id=.b32043533&isn=9781595585417&size=large&upc=&oclc=818461909&category=&format=

Race to Incarcerate by Sabrina Jones & Marc Mauer

The United States’ rate of incarceration is the highest in the world. This is the  complex story of four decades of prison expansion and its corrosive effect on society.

Manga:

http://vufindplus2.einetwork.net/bookcover.php?id=.b3206245x&isn=9781770461109&size=large&upc=&oclc=795174353&category=&format=

Kitaro by Shigeru Mizuki

Meet Kitaro. He’s just like any other boy, except for a few small differences: he only has one eye, his hair is an antenna that senses paranormal activity, his geta sandals are jet-powered, and he can blend into his surroundings like a chameleon. Oh, and he’s a three-hundred-and-fifty-year-old yokai (spirit monster).

http://vufindplus2.einetwork.net/bookcover.php?id=.b31982773&isn=9780316245326&size=large&upc=&oclc=834540321&category=&format=

Durarara! Drrr!!: Saika Arc by Ryogo Narita

Ikebukuro, Tokyo-a neighborhood where twisted love prowls!! A series of street slashings in Ikebukuro begins to connect total strangers: A teenage girl with no personality of her own; a beat writer for a third-rate tabloid; a teacher suspected of harassment; an informant based in Shinjuku…and a headless rider straddling a pitch-black motorcycle!! Meanwhile, the slasher continues to terrorize the night, all in search of…”him”!?
http://vufindplus2.einetwork.net/bookcover.php?id=.b32082587&isn=9781935654872&size=large&upc=&oclc=806016050&category=&format=
It is the year Universal Century 0079, in a space colony the Earth Federation is storing and testing a new piloted robot for use in the battle against the Principality of Zeon. The experimental RX-78 Gundam mobile suit is scheduled to be transported to Federation command in Jaburo, deep within the Brazilian jungles. Unfortunatley, before the transporter would arrive, the Federation would come under attack from Zeon. With few resources available against the Zeon’s most mobile mechs, Federation forces strike back using their new weapon, the mobile suit Gundam. Caught in the crossfire is a young teen named Amuro Ray. Not willing to see innocent people die like this, Amuro crawls into the cockpit of the closest machine around him.
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Veteran hero Wild Tiger has years of experience fighting crime, but his ratings have been slipping. Under orders from his new employer, Wild Tiger finds himself forced to team up with Barnaby Brooks Jr., a rookie with an attitude. Overcoming their differences will be at least as difficult for this mismatched duo as taking down superpowered bad guys.
http://vufindplus2.einetwork.net/bookcover.php?id=.b32132906&isn=9781612623559&size=large&upc=&oclc=847658273&category=&format=
For Shion, an elite student in the technologically sophisticated city No. 6, life is carefully choreographed. School, study, and the occasional visit with his friend and classmate Safu. One fateful day, however, he takes a misstep, sheltering an injured boy his age from a typhoon. Known only as Rat, this boy is a VC – a fugitive living outside the computerized tapestry of city control – and helping him will throw Shion’s life into chaos and start him down a path to discovering the appalling secrets behind the superficial perfection of No. 6.

Adventure!:

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Adventure Time V. 1 – 3 by Ryan North and Shelli Paroline

The Lich, a super scary skeleton dude, has returned to the Land of Ooo, and he’s bent on total destruction. Luckily, Finn and Jake are on the case–but can they succeed against their most destructive foe yet?

http://vufindplus2.einetwork.net/bookcover.php?id=.b32215782&isn=9781603091008&size=large&upc=&oclc=822893078&category=&format=

Crater XV by Kevin Cannon

An intoxicating tale of swashbuckling adventure, abandoned moon bases, bloodthirsty walruses, rogue astronauts, two-faced femme fatales, sailboat chases, Siberian pirates, international Arctic politics, and a gaggle of orphans.

http://vufindplus2.einetwork.net/bookcover.php?id=.b32235380&isn=9781596438132&size=large&upc=&oclc=825733940&category=&format=

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff

Delilah Dirk is an Indiana Jones for the 19th century. She has traveled to Japan, Indonesia, France, and even the New World. Using the skills she’s picked up on the way, Delilah’s adventures continue as she plots to rob a rich and corrupt Sultan in Constantinople.

Realistic fiction:

Will & Whit by Laura Lee Gulledge

Will is dealing with some heavy stuff. She pushes it to the back of her mind and focuses on her favorite things: building artsy lighting devices, and hanging out with her friends. They discover an art carnival being planned in their town and get in on the action. It’s all great until a Hurricane Whitney lives Will in the dark without distractions from her thoughts.

http://vufindplus2.einetwork.net/bookcover.php?id=.b31877369&isn=9780375865909&size=large&upc=&oclc=494980888&category=&format=

Peanut by Ayun Halliday & Paul Hoppe

Sadie has the perfect plan to snag some friends when she transfers to Plainfield High–pretend to have a peanut allergy. But what happens when you have to hand in that student health form your unsuspecting mom was supposed to fill out? And what if your new friends want to come over and your mom serves them snacks? The situation can only get worse before it can get better.

http://vufindplus2.einetwork.net/bookcover.php?id=.b32109192&isn=159643659X&size=large&upc=&oclc=810122869&category=&format=

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen & Faith Erin Hicks

How to steal a high school election, build a battlebot, and run away from home on Thanksgiving.

This week in Pittsburgh: Lozziwurms, singing orphans, and little mermaids

As usual, this week at CLP we have a plethora of things for you to come and do –

watch a movie about terrifying earthworms,

play in a video and card game tournament,

create songs, films, graphic art and more at a Labs location,

sew your own creations,

draw comics

the list goes on and on.

Going to a library program is one thing you can do to complete your TSR activity list – don’t forget to turn yours in so you can go to our End of Summer Reading festivities!

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In the wider world of Pittsburgh there are also some things well worth mentioning –

1. The Lozziwurm, “a colorful, twisting, tubular play sculpture designed by Yvan Pestalozzi in 1972” is open for play at the Carnegie Library Museum of Art. It’s part of the upcoming 2013 Carnegie International, and part of their current Playground Project exhibit.

You’re never too old for a playground, so go play on the Lozziwurm and learn about competing schools of thought in playground design and theory (yes, it’s a thing!)

(Taking a photo at a museum is also something on the TSR activity list, hint hint…)

photo by flicker user masivaan

photo by flicker user masivaan


2. Are you an actor, singer, dancer, or all three? Do you want to be?

There are several open auditions going on this week

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The Heritage Players in Bethel Park is auditioning for a production of Oliver! – the classic tale of a hungry orphan. Bring a song of your choice.

(Hint: The library has librettos, cds, and sheet music for many, many, musicals. Checking a book out of the library is one activity to do on your TSR Activity List!)

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Gemini Theater in Point Breeze is auditioning for a production of The Little Mermaid – they’re asking for a 1-2 minute a capella song and cold reading.

and finally, The Junior Mendelssohn Choir is looking for singers for all voice parts. Click the link for audition requirements and dates.

-Tessa, CLP – East Liberty

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

Update: The One Good Thing Project

Last October, I wrote about The One Good Thing Project.

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The One Good Thing Project is a participatory art project that helps us find the good that happens each day. Getting involved is easy! Take a booklet. Fill it with good things. Keep it or return it to the collection.

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Desk with return slot!

Since showing the project at CLP Hazelwood, the next step was to bring the project out into the community. Emily Sciulli and I launched the program with middle school students at Pittsburgh Mifflin and St. Rosalia Academy. The results have been stellar! Check out some photos from the schools!

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One Good Thing Project @ Pittsburgh Mifflin

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8th Grade @ Pittsburgh Mifflin!

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8th Grade @ Pittsburgh Mifflin!

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8th Grade @ Pittsburgh Mifflin!

Paying it forward: We got ice cream at Dell's for Mifflin students who returned booklets!

Paying it forward: We got ice cream at Dell’s for Mifflin students who returned booklets!

Special thanks to everyone who has participated so far. Now we want YOU to take part!

We will be featuring the project at CLP Hazelwood this summer. To participate, drop by the library starting in July. Take a booklet. Fill it with good things (photos/words/anything good). Return it to the collection or keep it as a gift.

One Good Thing Project returns to CLP Hazelwood soon!

The One Good Thing Project returns to CLP Hazelwood soon!

Can’t get here, no problem! Grab a notebook and start record one good thing every day.

Happy Summer. Fill it with good things!

Michael (CLP Hazelwood)

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