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Reading & Writing This Week at CLP

I’m sure that by now, Teen Summer Reading (TSR) is old news.  However, if you haven’t signed up yet, I do encourage you to stop by your local library, say hi to your librarian, and sign up!  You can earn nifty prizes and free books, as well as an invitation to your branch’s spectacular End of Summer party just for teens.

If you’d like to share what you’re reading with other teens, look no further than Hazelwood’s Teen Lounge and Book Club on Tuesday, July 2 from 2-3pm.  Bring a book you are reading and share what you loved or hated about it over snacks, crafts and games.  Refreshments and free books are provided.

Reading memehttp://memebase.cheezburger.com/tag/reading

Let’s say you’ve been reading all summer long, and you figure that you’ve already read a fair amount of books by different authors, of varying genres and writing styles.  You figure it’s about time you try your hand at writing something of your own.  Look no further than East Liberty’s Creative Writing for Teens on Saturday, July 6 from 3-4pm.

This special creative writing workshop will feature special guest and YA author Siobhan Vivian, author of The List and Burn for Burn.  Not only do you get to meet this fabulous author, but she will also help you improve your writing!  Registration is required, so register here, or by calling 412-363-8232 or emailing barbert@carnegielibrary.org.

one does not simply write a novelhttp://writerswrite.co.za/writing-truths-16810

Happy reading & writing!

-Amy, CLP-Lawrenceville

If You’re Havin’ Lit Problems, I Can Relate to You, Son. I Got 90s Problems, and a Book Is One.

It’s funny to think that just a little more than a decade ago we were still in the 90s, which happens to be my favorite decade (and why wouldn’t it be? just look at how awesome it is). But while the 90s may have been recent, the swelling nature of technological and social change has made many of the challenges kids like me who grew up during that time obsolete.

If you were one of the few kids–like Zack from Saved by the Bell–who could afford the nearly $4,000 it cost to buy one, much less pay for the plan, this is the huge brick you had the pleasure of lugging around.

Enter 90s hunk James Van Der Beek, whose improvised (and very ugly) moment of angsty excess during season 3 of hit teen drama Dawson’s Creek got screencapped and began the 90s problem meme.

Take, for example, the way you learn about and acquire new music. A friend posts a video they just found out about on Facebook and within a minute you’ve downloaded an MP3, right? Not for a 90s kid!

Want more insight into the world of what it was to be an 80s baby and grow up during the 90s? Click here!

So in the spirit of 90s problems, I’ve created a bunch of my own, featuring teens from 90s young adult literature with similar predicaments. If only they were born just a decade later!

Anyway, each one links to the catalog record for the book. Take your best guess before clicking, then read ’em and weep (for their poor 90s souls)!

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Main

Muppet Fever

It’s been out for a few weeks, and I haven’t seen it yet.  But I am still excited about seeing the new Muppet movie.  For all the teens reading this, it might be before your time (and that makes me feel super old), but the Muppets was one of THE shows during my childhood.  My favorite character was Sam the Eagle.  I don’t know why I liked him so much, I just thought he was pretty cool. 

Sam the Eagle
And of course, the two old men (Statler and Waldorf) who sat up in the balcony and made fun of everyone were pretty awesome too.  The Muppets isn’t the only big movie coming out this holiday season.  The new Sherlock Holmes movie with Robert Downey Jr. looks good too.  What movies are you interested in seeing this month? 

Tell us what you want!

We’re asking teens all over the city of Pittsburgh

 what you want from your library.

Please take a few minutes and fill out this survey HERE.

Give us your honest opinion, and we’ll look to your answers when creating future library programs!


~LeeAnn Anna

Time Capsule Books (inspired by Parks and Recreation)

"Sometimes I think she's in the Volturi."

In a recent episode of the hilarious Amy Poehler vehicle Parks and Recreation, which chronicles the bumbling Parks Department of and the odd assortment of townfolk who inhabit the small Indiana town of Pawnee, Amy Poehler’s dream of building a time capsule that can perfectly… encapsulate the town is dashed when a crazed man demands that she include the one book that means more to the world and has done a better job of portraying the sparkling, undying experience of love and the human condition more than anything.

You guessed it. He wanted Twilight.

But what if you were the one who got to choose which book would go in your time capsule? I asked a few of the teens hanging out in the Teen Department, as well as our local librarians to see what they had to say.

13 Reasons Why, by Jay Asher

It’s just really good. This girl kills herself and makes tapes about why. Depressing, but good.

~Lizz, 17

The Thief Lord, by Cornelia Funke

A bunch of kids living in a movie theater. It’s awesome.

~Saul, 13

Uglies, by Scott Westerfeld

It’s a good book, and it’s like a utopia–a lesson to the world.

~Carlisle, 13

Fade, by Robert Cormiere

It’s very thrilling.

~Merce, 14

Looking for Alaska, by John Green

‘Cause I like it.

~Sophia, 13

Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling

It’s very popular and is a new idea.

~Anishaa, 12

I asked some of the staff, too, and here’s what they had to say:

The Book Thief, by Marcus Zusak

Because it has a little bit of everything: history, guilt, morality, growing up, ethics and the power/gift of words. It is also funny and moving at the same time (hard to pull off) and it even has illustrations!

~Suzie Waldo, Manager, CLP-Knoxville

Uglies, by Scott Westerfield

Because it’s explores what could happen, if future scientific endeavors were fueled mainly by current American conventions of beauty.

~LeeAnn Anna, Teen Services Coordinator

Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel

It captures this golden age of graphic novels with fantastic storytelling and a modern coming-of-age story.

~Corey Wittig, Digital Learning Librarian

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

To teach people of the future not to let society progress to that point…

~Julianne Moore, Librarian, CLP-Beechview

Brutally awesome. I think it changed what the public thinks about young adult novels.

~Annica Stivers, Librarian, CLP-Beechview

The Freak Observer, by Blythe Woodson

Because it was the Morris Award Winner the year I served on the committee.

~Karen Brooks-Reese, Manager, CLP-Lawrenceville

Of course, I would choose

Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky


Charlie’s voice was rife with vulnerability, and his nearly breathless observations as he wrote to his anonymous friend were so poignant. Anyone who wants to remember what it’s like to be a thoughtful, feeling human being should read this book again and again.

Those are our “time capsule books.” What would you choose?

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Main

Batman “The Dark Knight Rises” will be filming in Pittsburgh this summer. What do you think?

Pittsburgh will stand in for Gotham City in Christopher Nolan’s third Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises!” What do you think?

Take our poll and tell us!


Take our poll: Do you like Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss?

It was announced today that actress Jennifer Lawrence has been cast as Katniss Everdeen in the super-very-exciting Hunger Games movie!

What do you think of Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone) as Katniss?


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