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Wave Goodbye


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



Check it out and follow us for the same great brand of crazy/awesome you’re used to getting here on the blog.  Just think of it…  info on stuff going down at the Library as well as rockin’ book, music, and movie suggestions all alongside cats and Nicolas Cage… yeah, mind blown.



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Jon : Carrick

Photoshopping

Nobody’s perfect, but it seems that our media drenched society would like you to think perfection is obtainable.

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Why are they making J-Law’s arms so toothpick thin when they are so healthy and strong???

The American Medical Association has urged advertisers in teen-oriented magazines to work with health agencies to develop guidelines that set some photoshopping boundaries.

“Photoshopping, especially as it’s related to children and adolescents, gives them an unrealistic expectation of what they might expect to look like as they grow up,” said Jeremy Lazarus, AMA’s president-elect. “So there are adverse health consequences as a result of that.”

When young people measure themselves against body types that can only be attained with the help of photo-editing software, it can lead to a poor body image and dangerous, unhealthy behaviors. Several studies have linked exposure to manipulated pictures to eating disorders and other health problems.

Celebs and artists like Lady Gaga and Beyoncé have raised their voice to the injustice of severe photo editing. Check out this music video from a Hungarian singer named Boogie who demonstrates the power of retouching in her new video, “Parfum.” Boggie chose to reveal the extent to which celebrities are altered to make a statement about modern consumerism and urge women to be themselves.

To some degree, we all grow up wanting to change certain things about ourselves. What if you could appear to be the media’s version of perfect ? Would your altered image become your Facebook profile pic STAT!? BuzzFeed gave four women professional makeovers and had them pose for photos. Then they photoshopped them to look like true “cover models.” Check out their reactions in the video.

They were happier being their unique awesome selves! So let’s embrace the freckles, the curves, the smile lines, the cow licks, the crooked teeth, the one eye that’s a little lower than the other (that’s me!) – everything that makes you, you.

lauren @ CLP – Woods Run

Read:
When the mirror lies : anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders by Tamra OrrThin (DVD)  The body project : an intimate history of American girls by Joan Jacobs Brumberg Looking good : male body image in modern America by Lynne Luciano

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SPARK Movement is a nonprofit organization that aims to fight  the media’s objectification of girls.

Tips for maintaining a healthy body image!

Teens Heath

 

That’s Sew Cool!!

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Do you like sewing?  Crafts?  Animals? Having fun?

If the answer to any of those is yes then you should check out the Felt Friends event at the Woods Run branch of CLP.  It’s this Saturday at 2:00PM.  You can call the library at 412-761-3730 for more information or check out the link here.

 

Teen Review by Abraham R: Only the Ball was White

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This movie talks about three of the most famous African-American baseball players in history- Jackie Robinson, Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson; as well as many other less known players from the Negro Leagues like Cool Papa Bell.

Satchel Paige

The movie talks about how there was a ‘color line’ in baseball that kept black players from playing in the Major Leagues.  Since they were not allowed in the Majors these players had their own leagues called the Negro Leagues, which was only for African American players.  It tells about some of the best players to play in the Negro Leagues like Josh Gibson who was thought to be as good as Babe Ruth and once hit 77 home runs in a year and Satchel Paige who was one of the hardest throwing pitchers in baseball history.

Josh Gibson

This was a really interesting movie and I would recommend it to anyone who likes baseball or history.  It is especially good to watch now because February is African-American history month.

Abraham is a student at Brashear High School in Pittsburgh.

A Teen’s Mini Survival Guide: Healthy You!

Part 1

From a Teen Librarian’s perspective

It Starts with You!

Have you ever wondered why things just have not gone right for you? Well, in my experience, I learned that is starts with you. What do I mean by that? I mean you get what you give! Everything in life is reciprocal (give-and-take); for example, you have a friendship that is in turmoil and you cannot seem to understand one another’s positions; sometime you have to ask yourself “Am I the problem?” or “What toxic things have I contributed to the relationship that could have caused so much chaos?” Another step that you can take is self-evaluation. You can start by asking yourself a couple self-reflecting questions like, what is bothering me and why? What is it that I want from this friendship or person and am I using clear communication to express to my listener? Knowing the answers to these questions may help you figure out where you went wrong and it may also help you understand why your friend reacts and feel the way they do toward you. Lastly, after you have realistically asked and answered your self-reflecting questions share your information with your buddy; tell him/her about the process and why you did it. Encourage your friend to participate and share their answers as well. Here at Carnegie Library we have lots of teen reading material that will help guide you on your journey to fixing your friendship. So come check us out, after all a productive and reciprocal friendship is worth saving!

Help yourself by helping others!

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Volunteer, volunteer, volunteer! Through volunteerism, I learned that helping others with no need or want of compensation really makes you feel great inside. Being a part of something greater than yourself, allows you to lucidly understand that you are fortunate and that you some of your daily problems are mediocre and easily fixable. Secondly volunteering helps connect you with other. For example, one of the best ways to make new friends and strengthen existing relationships is to commit to a shared activity together. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, especially if you are new to an area. Volunteering also strengthens your ties to the community and broadens your support network, exposing you to people with common interests, neighborhood resources, and fun and fulfilling activities. Third, volunteering is good for your mind and body. Volunteering can provide a healthy boost to your self-confidence, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. You are doing good for others and the community, which provides a natural sense of accomplishment. Your role as a volunteer can also give you a sense of pride and identity. And the better you feel about yourself, the more likely you are to have a positive view of your life and future goals. Last but not least, from my experience, volunteering can advance your career without making a long-term commitment. For example, if you’re interested in nursing, you could volunteer at a hospital or a nursing home. Your volunteer work might also expose you to professional organizations or internships that could be of benefit to your career.  As you can see, there are many advantages with volunteer. Did you know that you can volunteer at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh? We love and support our teen volunteers, because you are the reason why our organization thrives! See your branch Teen Librarian for more details; he/she will be happy to assist you!

Want to learn more about volunteer check out: Volunteering: a how-to guide by  Audrey Borus.

Brandi-Knoxville

Sherlock Holmes and Human Skulls

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Are you a fan of BBC’s Sherlock? Interested in the science behind detection? Join the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Beechview on Thursday, February 20 from 5:00 to 7:30 PM for an exploration in real life forensic science with a hands on diagnoses of human skulls! Plus, stick around afterwards for a screening from the third season of Sherlock.  Presented by Barbara Paul, a Mobile Science Lab Education Facilitator from the University of Pittsburgh.

Contact the Beechview Library at 412-563-2900 for more details.

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

Teen Underground Cafe Is Back–and Bigger Than Ever!

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Teen Underground Cafe, an after-hours performance & arts program for teens, is coming–and it wants your participation!

Through Teen Underground Cafe, we hope to turn Libraries all over the city into after hours showcases of teen talent. As one part, we will soon be scheduling eight Teen Underground Cafe Presents… at the Main Library (in Oakland), in which we’ll be looking for teens to fill two slots of 30-40 minutes of material of all kinds–music, poetry, improv, you name it–as well as one teen to feature their visual art of choice in the Main – Teen Department for a month after the event. (Think of it like your own private opening party.)

Performers and artists will be compensated for their time and efforts. If you are a performer or visual artist and would like to be considered, please submit the following information to teenundergroundcafe@carnegielibrary.org:

  • Name
  • Performing or artist alias or name of group
  • Description of performance or art
  • Link to any recordings or documentation
  • E-mail address
  • Phone number

Additionally, the Teen Underground Cafe is going to travel all across the city for a series of after hours Open Mic Nights. The stage will be yours to feature your music, poetry, and more. And with a full PA system and back line of drums, guitars, and amps, you may meet a fellow collaborator–or even get scouted to feature more of your work at Teen Underground Cafe Presents…!

Our Open Mic Nights will be happening the following months at the following locations. Tune into our events page for more info as it comes:

  • Feburary 2014: Knoxville [Saturday, February 22, 2014 ; 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM]
  • March 2014: Hill District [Thursday, March 27, 2014 ; 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM]
  • May 2014: East Liberty
  • June 2014: Brookline
  • July 2014: Carrick
  • August 2014: Hazelwood
  • September 2014: Squirrel Hill
  • November 2014: Homewood
  • January 2015: West End
  • March 2015: Sheraden
  • April 2015: Allegheny
  • May 2015: Woods Run

Hope to see you there!

~Joseph
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Main

XXII Olympic Winter Games

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The 2014 Olympic Winter Games are now open in Sochi, Russia!  The slogan for the games is Hot. Cool. Yours. 

The Sochi Mascots are The Polar Bear, The Hare and The Leopard.  The Mascots even have their own Facebook page.  The public got the chance to vote for their favorite mascots in 2011.  The look of the mascots have changed since that time.

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Some Fun Facts about the Winter Olympic Games

  • For the XXII Olympic Winter Games there are 98 events in 15 winter sports.  Four of the sports will be played indoors:  Curling, Figure Skating, Speed Skating and Ice Hockey .
  • 3,000 athletes will represent 88 countries.
  • The United States has hosted the Olympic Winter Games four times.  Lake Placid  hosted the games in 1932 and 1980, Squaw Valley hosted in 1960, and Salt Lake City had the honor to host in 2002.

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~Marian

Black History Month Spotlights Return to CLP Carrick!


Every Tuesday in February last year, CLP Carrick’s weekly teen program, Teen Thing, focused on a different African American pioneer with a creative activity related to the accomplishments of said pioneer.  We made stop-motion zombie flicks in honor of Duane Jones, flipbook comics for Frank Braxton, 3D glasses for Valerie Thomas, and watched a documentary about the arts scene in Brooklyn in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

It was all pretty awesome.

So… when the topic of continuing the weekly Black History Month events came up this January, Teen Think, Carrick’s Teen Advisory Group, voted unanimously to continue the spotlights with this year’s theme of music.  Throughout February, Teen Thing will be spotlighting innovative and influential African American musicians who have significantly contributed to the sounds of rock, jazz, punk, and hip hop – and it all starts this week!

Tuesday, February 4th
Teen Thing / Black History Month Spotlight: Blues and Early Rock and Roll

The mysterious Robert Johnson

Into artists like Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Jack White, and The Black Keys??? Come find out about the African American blues and rock musicians that influenced them – artists like Willie Dixon, Robert Johnson, Lead Belly, Muddy Waters, and Chuck Berry.

Oh, and make your own harmonica while you’re at it!


Other events include:

Tuesday, February 11th
Teen Thing / Black History Month Spotlight: All That Jazz

Pittsburgh’s Mary Lou Williams


Tuesday, February 18th
Teen Thing / Black History Month Spotlight: Punk 101 – Bad Brains

Washington D.C.’s legendary Bad Brains


Tuesday, February 25th
Teen Thing / Black History Month Spotlight: Hip Hop and Change

Saul Williams


Find out where the music you like comes from at our Black History Month Spotlights!  Teen Thing happens every Tuesday afternoon from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM and is open to anyone in grades 6-12 or age 12-18.



Jon : Carrick

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