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Heads up!  Knowledge coming… in… 3… 2… 1… The CLP Teensburgh blog is going away in favor of Tumblr – starting (like) TOMORROW!



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Teen Media Awards

On Wednesday, August 14, 2013, Library staff and community members gathered to honor the creative works of Pittsburgh teens at the 3rd annual Teen Media Awards! Winners of the Ralph Munn Creative Writing Contest and TheLabs “Labsy” Awards shared their writing and creative arts with a packed theater!

Teen Media Awards 2013 @ Carnegie Museum of Art Theater

Teen Media Awards 2013 @ Carnegie Museum of Art Theater

Keynote speaker Shioban Vivian started off the evening with an inspiring (and comical) talk about following your dreams and always striving to be creative and hard working. See below for winners and photos from this very special night in Pittsburgh!

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Keynote Speaker: Siobhan Vivian

Ralph Munn Creative Writing Contest

Poetry
1st Place: “A or a” by Rose Swanson
2nd Place: “Hospitalia” by Agatha Monasterios – Ramirez

Short Prose
1st Place: “Bishop and Wash” by Lana Meyer
2nd Place: “Veteran Advice” by Kristen Grom

Screen Writing
1st Place: “cHaos before hArmony” by Justen Turner-Thorne
2nd Place: “On the End of Every Fork” by Tyler Hudson

Labsy Awards

Photography
1st Place:Tanzania” by Olivia Muse
Honorable Mentions: “Flagpole” by Morgan Wable-Keene, “Downtown” by Raven

Design
1st Place:Chronology Poster” by Morgan Wable-Keene
Honorable Mentions: “Submission 2” by Sarah Watkins, “Drawing 1” by Lexi Hall

Music/Audio
1st Place:Short Jam” by David Watkins
Honorable Mentions: “Midas Theme” by Morgan Wable-Keene

Maker’s Studio
1st Place:Space Intruder” by Morgan Wable-Keene
Honorable Mentions: “Speaker” by Ceu Gomez Faulk, “Glam-o-Tron” by Joshalyn and Cassidy

Video
1st Place:Hat Chasers” by Simone Traub, Julian Edwards, Ashae Shaw, Umoja Shaw, Trayvon Ramsey, Jayla Ramsey, and Caliyha Hogan
Honorable Mentions: “Midas” by Cody, Morgan, Sarah, Philppa, Pascal, Kayla, and Pei Pei, “Electric Twist” by Kate Philipps, Hannah Philipps, Tessa Twyman, and Mae Twyman

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For more photos from the Teen Media Awards click here or here or here.

The 2014 Teen Media Awards are just around the corner. If you are a budding writer, photographer, filmmaker, designer, creative-extraordinaire in Pittsburgh or Allegheny County, get started on your work today!

Looks for details on the Ralph Munn Creative Writing Contest in spring 2014 and visit The Labs at Main, East Liberty, Southside, and Allegheny to start working on your designs, photography, and more!

Larimer teens discover the music of the future: No Generation Podcast

Just down the street from both CLP – East Liberty and CLP – Homewood is the Kingsley Association, a community center extraordinaire. They have a pool, basketball court, yoga classes, community meetings, and a Youth Advisory Council.

An EEYAC meeting

An EEYAC meeting

 

I recently went to an unveiling of the Council’s new project: a podcast called No Generation Radio.

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Artwork by Blaine Siegel

Teenagers from EEYAC had come together with local artist Blaine Siegel to create the podcast. They interviewed community members of Larimer to find stories from their past and present dealing with music, and then musicians from Larimer and other Pittsburgh neighborhoods imagined what the music of the future in Larimer would be like, based on those stories.

This includes David Bernabo, who said on his blog that his future music piece was created “us[ing] census data and analysis to forecast how Larimer will change in the future. I imagine that gentrification would occur to some extent and the neighborhood will become more racially integrated. From a musical standpoint, I am presenting music that would exist for an educational use. The idea was that music could be encoded in the future to “push” knowledge to the listener.”

All 7 podcasts can be heard on the No Generation tumblr. Check them out!

 

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If you’re interested in creating a podcast, you can do it at the library!  The Labs have the equipment and mentors to help you realize your vision and put it out into the world. Come to one of the Labs locations!

Check out these books to get you started:

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And, don’t forget, the library has many Teen Advisory Councils in its locations – if you want to bring your fun ideas to the library for old and new friends to enjoy, make it happen!

 

-Tessa, CLP – East Liberty

 

Free Music And So Much More!

Did you know you can download FREE music from the Library?

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It’s true! Freegal, which stands for free and legal, is a music download service that is available with your CLP Library Card. You can download up to 3 free songs every week! There is a huge catalog of music plus plenty of new releases.

Available via web and mobile app.

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And if you like Apps… We even have our own CLP App where you can search the catalog, view your account, check for hours/locations, and so much more! Available for iOS and Android!

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You can get it right here! And check out a list of Apps We Love!

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Have you seen the CLP-Teen Instagram or Facebook?

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If you haven’t, then check us out on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumbr, and YouTube!

Even your neighborhood libraries are on Facebook! Check out Woods Run, West End, Hazelwood, and Beechview to start!

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Just for FUN! Websites and Blogs

The CLP Teen webpage has a whole section dedicated to FUN!  Who doesn’t like to have fun?

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A few fun suggestions:

The Beat:  The News Blog of Comics Culture

Everything you need to know about comics.  Some recent headlines:

New director for beloved franchise chosen…and the world will never be the same

MAC and Archie cosmetics line products revealed

Snap Goes Wolverine’s Spine

Board Game Central

On this site you will find the rules for most board games, news about the board game industry, resources such as books about board games and links to the online versions of many games.  Check out this new board game:

Killer Bunnies and The Conquest Of The Magic Carrot

Gossip Teen

For the lastet teen celebrity news and gossip.  Some recent headlines:

Taylor Swift Ditched Harry Styles for WHAT!?!

Why is Jennifer Lawrence Dressed Up Like a Barbie Doll? – PHOTO

Justin Bieber’s New Acoustic Album LEAKED!!!

Huff Post Teen

The Huffington Post has a teen edition, including a page dedicated to fun stuff.  Check out the Top 15 Quotes from Catching Fire.

IPL2 (Internet Public Library) For Teens

IPL2 For Teens is an awesome resource for home work help and research papers, but today we are looking for fun things. IPL2 for teens has fun stuff too.  Learn more about the history of graphic novels.  Find links to thousands of webcomics.

MTV’s Hollywood Crush

Hollywood Crush covers the teen celebrity scene with an emphasis on movie and television news.  Pageturners takes a look at current books, especially those books being adapted for film and television. 

NFL.COM Superbowl XLVII

All you need to know about the big game.  Check out this awesome trivia game: 

2-Minute Trivia Super Bowl Edition.

Seventeen Quizzes, Games and Fun

Seventeen Magazine has always had the best Quizzes!  Check out the Beauty Quizzes, Celebrity Quizzes and Personality Tests. 

TeenNick

The TeenNick website covers the shows and offers other fun stuff too.  TeenNick Blog, TeenNick.com Games and Quizzes are all available on this site.   Try some of the quizzes like What style of dance are you?  I’m a Jazz dancer. 

Teen Reads

Teen Reads is part of the Book Reporter family.  Find tons of book lists and reviews on this site.  Check out their Valentine’s Day feature:  Books to Fall in Love With 2013. 

Enjoy! 

~Marian

CLP–Mt. Washington

When a government can shut off the internet…

At the very end of November, as part of its ongoing bloody and brutal civil war, Syria’s government shut down the internet for the entire country.  According to the Christian Science Monitor, this was an “unprecedented” event.  The move led to more riots against the regime, not less, and the government blamed unidentified “terrorists”.

By Ronald Eikelenboom (Flickr: (no) internet) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Ronald Eikelenboom (Flickr: (no) internet) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Shutting down a nation’s internet service is unprecedented because goes against the history of how the internet was developed.  Although the internet predecessors ARPANET and DARPA were government projects, the theory of the internet, grown in the 60s (a fuller, more specific history can be read here) was based on the idea that it would be a network of “multiple independent networks of rather arbitrary design” with one of its groud rules being that “there would be no global control at the operations level.” (Quotes from The Internet Society, “Brief History of the Internet”)  This was practical – if another country attacked the U.S., it could not take out its networked communications all at once.

And yet, now Syria just did the same thing to itself!

Ideas of how networked technology can be manipulated– and the power it gives people and governments– have been popping up in excellent books for a long time.  Here are some good ones that are recently published.

Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson

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a story of an elite hacker living in an unnamed Middle Eastern state in the throes of political upheaval. He gets involved with the wrong girl, who sends him a very old book to keep safe, and he learns the hard way about worlds beyond this one, jinn, and if he really wants to figure out what he believes in.

Zahra’s Paradise by Amir & Khalil

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Zahra’s Paradise is the fictional story of the search for Mehdi, a young protestor who has disappeared in the Islamic Republic’s gulags. Mehdi has vanished in an extrajudicial twilight zone where habeas corpus is suspended. What stops his memory from being obliterated is not the law. It is the grit and guts of a mother who refuses to surrender her son to fate and the tenacity of a brother—a blogger—who fuses culture and technology to explore and explode absence: the void in which Mehdi has vanished.” – from the book’s website

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

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After being interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, California, seventeen-year-old Marcus, released into what is now a police state, decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.

Brain Jack by Brian Falkner

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Las Vegas is gone—destroyed in a terrorist attack. Black Hawk helicopters patrol the skies over New York City. And immersive online gaming is the most dangerous street drug around. In this dystopic near-future, technology has leapt forward once again, and neuro-headsets have replaced computer keyboards. Just slip on a headset, and it’s the Internet at the speed of thought. For teen hacker Sam Wilson, a headset is a must. But as he becomes familiar with the new technology, he has a terrifying realization. If anything on his computer is vulnerable to a hack, what happens when his mind is linked to the system? – from Google Books synopsis

– Tessa, CLP – East Liberty

Life Stories

Dear Teen Me is the book version of the blog Dear Teen Me which began on December 1, 2010.  Dozens of Young Adult authors are sharing their experiences as teenagers.  Their biggest nightmares.  Their greatest thrills.  And everything in between.

E. Kristin Anderson and Miranda Kenneally are the editors of Dear Teen Me, and they have a message for everyone:

This book is for you.  For the loners, the stoners, the freaks and the geeks, the head cheerleaders and the kids eating lunch in the library, the starting line-up, the benchwarmers, the glee club and the marching band.  This book is for everyone who has ever felt alone or misunderstood, for everyone who dreads prom and also every teen in the homecoming court.  For the wimps, the Goths, and the jocks.  This book is for you.  We hope you love it.

Along with the letters, the book includes questions to answer.

What was your most embarrassing moment?

  • Walking around the main hall of my high school with my dress tucked into the back of my pantyhose after I used the rest room.

Who was your celebrity crush?

  • Jon Bon Jovi.  Still is.

What was your first job?

  • Babysitter.  The first with a paycheck was day camp counselor.

From Youth Communication and Free Spirit Publishing comes the Real Teen Voices series; personal stories about real life issues.

From the introduction of Pressure:

The stories in this book offer a window into many teens’ lives.  You are sure to find within its pages people and experiences you can identify with and relate to.  You might find that you can get more out of the book by applying what the writers have learned to your own life.  The teens who wrote these stories did so because they hope that telling their stories will help readers who are facing similar challenges.  They want you to know you are not alone, and that taking specific steps can help you manage or overcome very difficult situations. 

Find even more Life Stories in the Teen Collection.

~Marian

CLP–Mt. Washington

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