Posted on January 28, 2013 by marianj
The CLP Teen webpage has a whole section dedicated to FUN! Who doesn’t like to have fun?
A few fun suggestions:
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
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
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!!!
The Huffington Post has a teen edition, including a page dedicated to fun stuff. Check out the Top 15 Quotes from Catching Fire.
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.
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.
All you need to know about the big game. Check out this awesome trivia game:
2-Minute Trivia Super Bowl Edition.
Seventeen Magazine has always had the best Quizzes! Check out the Beauty Quizzes, Celebrity Quizzes and Personality Tests.
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 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.
Filed under: Blogs, CLP - Mt. Washington, Teen Interest | Tagged: blogs, celebrity gossip, comics, football, games, quizzes | Leave a comment »
Posted on November 29, 2012 by marianj
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?
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.
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Posted on November 29, 2012 by bibliotessaria
Have you ever taken a walk down a Pittsburgh street and wondered what wonderful or terrible things may have happened there in years past? There’s a way to maybe find out.
crazy clown time
Go to Retrographer to see the past overlaid upon the present. There, over 5,000 historic images of Pittsburgh have been tagged to the locations at which they were taken. You can see that in 1935, there was a particularly scary Halloween Party happening in front of the fountain at the Frick Fine Arts building (read: clowns) and that trolley car tracks used to criss-cross Centre Street. You can check out how bustling East Liberty looked in 1928, and a road crew working in Homewood, around 1910, looking towards some very familiar rowhouses on Hamilton Ave. that I drive past almost every day of my life.
Or maybe you’d like to take a walk and read poems about the streets on which you’re wandering? Then get yourself over to Public Record, a project done in 2010-11 by Justin Hopper in connection with Encyclopedia Destructica and Deeplocal.
Hopper uses poetry to expose history. You can download an iPhone app that will show you a map of Pittsburgh and the locations that correspond to the poems, written about what daily life was like in 19th century Pittsburgh. Or you can download the MP3s for free.
I hope these sites will inspire you to go create your own Pittsburgh-centered creative works. Find some history there, at the library, or the Heinz History Center Archives, and make it your own. Submit it to the Ralph Munn Creative Writing Contest. Record it in words, film or music at the Labs. Find the cutest historical boy from Historic Pittsburgh and send the link to My Daguerreotype Boyfriend.
-Tessa, CLP-East Liberty
Filed under: Blogs, Local History, photography, Pittsburgh, Ralph Munn Creative Writing Contest, Teen Interest, The Labs | Tagged: archives, clown, history, homewood, local, maps, oakland, photographs, photography, pittsburgh, poetry, writing | 2 Comments »
Posted on November 7, 2012 by bibliotessaria
One of my favorite tumblrs (apart from the CLP Teens – Main tumblr, ahem) is Of Another Fashion. Its subtitle is: An alternative archive of the not-quite-hidden but too often ignored fashion histories of U.S. women of color. Not only is it cool that a tumblr has a subtitle, it is also very cool that these photographs, stories, and articles are being collected and digitized to reach our eyes and brains. It’s an offshoot of a project of Minh-Ha T. Pham, who also writes at the blog Threadbared, which talks about the politics (among other things) behind the common representations of fashion and beauty.
It’s always exciting to me to see the stories and, if possible, pictures of people who wouldn’t always get a chance to surface in the public after their personal history is over. In some cases these are people who should be mentioned in history books, and in some cases they’re just normal ladies like you and me, living their lives and having their own style. I love those glimpses into other people’s lives. (I also check out how people have decorated their houses if their windows are illuminated at night. I’m nebby.)
For example, here’s one of the amazing librarian photos from Of Another Fashion (used via a Creative Commons License):
“Lucille Baldwin Brown was the first Black public county librarian in Tallahassee, Florida. This photograph is part of the collection at the State Library and Archives of Florida.”
It’s so easy to get lost in digital archives, like Historic Pittsburgh, the NYPL Digital Gallery and so many more. It’s really the best form of time travel I know. All the better that tumblrs like Of Another Fashion are giving us better, fuller ways to see history and the people’s lives that may not have been documented and celebrated so publicly before.
Don’t forget about the library’s collection of books of portrait photography.
– Tessa, CLP- East Liberty
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