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This week in Pittsburgh: Lozziwurms, singing orphans, and little mermaids

As usual, this week at CLP we have a plethora of things for you to come and do –

watch a movie about terrifying earthworms,

play in a video and card game tournament,

create songs, films, graphic art and more at a Labs location,

sew your own creations,

draw comics

the list goes on and on.

Going to a library program is one thing you can do to complete your TSR activity list – don’t forget to turn yours in so you can go to our End of Summer Reading festivities!



In the wider world of Pittsburgh there are also some things well worth mentioning –

1. The Lozziwurm, “a colorful, twisting, tubular play sculpture designed by Yvan Pestalozzi in 1972” is open for play at the Carnegie Library Museum of Art. It’s part of the upcoming 2013 Carnegie International, and part of their current Playground Project exhibit.

You’re never too old for a playground, so go play on the Lozziwurm and learn about competing schools of thought in playground design and theory (yes, it’s a thing!)

(Taking a photo at a museum is also something on the TSR activity list, hint hint…)

photo by flicker user masivaan

photo by flicker user masivaan

2. Are you an actor, singer, dancer, or all three? Do you want to be?

There are several open auditions going on this week


The Heritage Players in Bethel Park is auditioning for a production of Oliver! – the classic tale of a hungry orphan. Bring a song of your choice.

(Hint: The library has librettos, cds, and sheet music for many, many, musicals. Checking a book out of the library is one activity to do on your TSR Activity List!)


Gemini Theater in Point Breeze is auditioning for a production of The Little Mermaid – they’re asking for a 1-2 minute a capella song and cold reading.

and finally, The Junior Mendelssohn Choir is looking for singers for all voice parts. Click the link for audition requirements and dates.

-Tessa, CLP – East Liberty

Drama: Not Just for Theater Kids

I have a confession to make.
In my first two years of college I fell into a shifty and dangerous crowd.  It happened totally by accident.   Before I even knew what happened I had become…

A Theater Nerd!

If you know me, you know I possess pretty much the opposite personality of the over the top, flamboyant one many people associate with Drama Freaks and Theater Nerds.   I make it a point to avoid drama in all aspects of my life, not surround myself with it.
This all got started when I applied for some random jobs as a part of the work study program at college.  Somehow I landed a job in our university theater department’s scene shop.  We built scenes for tons of plays and musical productions.  And while I was sometimes confused and embarrassed by my co-worker’s propensity to break into song and dance loudly and in public, it was pretty fun.
In Raina Telgemeier’s new graphic novel Drama I was able to relive a little of that dramatic spirit.  Telgemeier tells the story of Callie a theater fanatic and her group of friends and fellow drama geeks.  There’s romance and intrigue and the illustrations are fun and engaging.


If you check out Drama and have an urge to read more theater centered books check out  these titles.



CLP-South Side

Teen review: Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel & Acting by Sherri Winston

These reviews were written as part of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Teen Fine Alternative Program. If you have fines and would rather volunteer than give us cash, just ask your local teen librarian for more details!

Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel

  1. Name two characters and give brief personality descriptions:
    Garth – The main character, everything revolves around him. He’s sweet, but gets into trouble.
    Garth’s Mom – The 1st main character and (obviously) Garth’s Mother. She is worried about her son.
  2. Write a sentence or two about what happened in the plot:
    The main situation in this story is that Garth gets trapped in The Underworld and he has to find a way out, while fighting the dark forces who are trying to enslave the people there.
  3. Write two sentences about what it was that you enjoyed about this work:
    I enjoyed reading this book because, for one, it was a comic book and they are always interesting to me.

Acting by Sherri Winston

  1. Name two characters and give brief personality descriptions:
    Eve – the sister who no one appreciates–they think she’s nothing.
    Al – the sister everyone cherishes and thinks is the best.
  2. Write a sentence or two about what happened in the plot:
    Well…Eve feels very unappreciated by her family because they believe she broke the family up and Al makes a mistake by getting pregnant and everything gets turned around.
  3. Write two sentences about what it was that you enjoyed about this work:
    I loved the conflict in this book. I say this because in this book it makes you wanna keep reading it more and more.

review by Germirah – CLP, Homewood

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