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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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Jon : Carrick

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

I Can’t Pay for That (No Can Do): School Productivity Edition

A home computer or laptop can be a helpful thing to have when it comes to your schoolwork, but what happens if it doesn’t come with the software needed to open the files your teacher sends you? Or to create presentations in the format your teacher expects?

Buying popular word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software can cost up to $100 or more. While we offer access to all of these products at all of our Carnegie Library locations, we also understand that the teenage brain starts revving up around 9 or 10 PM, which, coincidentally, is when we’re closed.

So what can you do when you have a presentation due the next morning? Here are a few free options that can keep you productive at home, provided you have access to a laptop or PC.

office-freeKingsoft Office Suite

This free office suite, available to Windows users, offers fully-featured word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software that is very reminiscent of Microsoft Office 2003. Can open and convert documents from popular office suite software, so you shouldn’t have to worry about not being compatible with what your school uses.


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OpenOffice is an open source office software suite that offers word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, database, and math applications, all free and constantly improved upon by a large community of coders. The most recent version, 4.0, makes it even more compatible with the Microsoft products your school likely uses.


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Google Drive is a cloud-based office suite that requires nothing but a log-in–no download of any kind–which allows you to access your documents from anywhere you can access a web browser or the mobile app. All your documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, etc. are kept in online folders, so be careful about using it if you don’t have reliable Internet access.

Hopefully, these options can save you a lot of time and aggravation! And a bit of money as well, which you and your family can use during the upcoming Pittsburgh Gives Day of Giving on October 3rd, upon which any donation of $25 or more will be doubled without any additional cost to you!

~Joseph
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Main

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!

What’s the Big To-Do about Making Lists?

to-do-list-nothingToday, like most days, I woke up thinking, “Oh crud.” This is usually because I realized I forgot to do something the day before or because something snuck up on me (like this blog post).

I’m just thankful that I have the benefit of an adult brain, or it might be a whole lot worse. Neuroscientists have shown that the teen brain, even at the level of neurons, is highly disorganized.

For help, I’ve turned to the good old stalwart of disorganized people everywhere: the to-do list.

But what makes the to-do list such a stalwart in the first place? The famous Italian novelist and semiotician Umberto Eco has one idea:

The list is the origin of culture. It’s part of the history of art and literature. What does culture want? To make infinity comprehensible. It also wants to create order — not always, but often. And how, as a human being, does one face infinity? How does one attempt to grasp the incomprehensible?

It’s true, that when I think about my day, and the many twists and turns it may take, I find great comfort in being able to see things ordered simply and neatly. And waiting to be crossed off (I hate to imagine what that signifies).

Thankfully, when it comes to “to do” lists, there have been lots of digital options that sync across phones and the web, so I never have to worry about accidentally losing my paper list (which happens) or my phone battery dying because I forgot to charge it, leaving me with no idea what I’m supposed to do that day (which also happens).

One of the most popular and well-reviewed has been Wunderlist, a freely downloadable app and site that doesn’t just let you make lists, but also organize each task into groups like, school, home, work, etc.
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But if you want to train your brain to do the work for you, there’s a book for that: Brain Training: The Complete Visual Program, by James Harrison.

This book has all kinds of fun visual puzzles that will stimulate all kinds of areas of the brain and hopefully help get those neurons working in sync!

~Joseph
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Main

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!

Michael B. (Hazelwood)

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