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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.

 

WHO KILLED FRANKSY THE SUPER POPE?

By Sheila-Hill District

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You’ve heard of Banksy, right? He’s the anonymous graffiti artist known around the world for his edgy street art. Here is one of his most famous images that you may have seen:

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Banksy started in England, making sarcastic and sometimes political statements on buildings without a tag. People became really interested in what they thought his images might be trying to say. They also wondered who the heck he was and why he wanted to remain nameless. Bansky got pretty famous, famous enough to have a movie made about him while nobody (officially) knew who he was! The movie is called Exit Through the Gift Shop. The Carnegie Library owns 27 copies of it, so if you want to see it, check it out for free. Well—somebody out there has taken a hint from Banksy and has created an image appearing all over the place in Vatican City called—you guessed it—Franksy. Franksy is a super hero version of Pope Francis created by artist Mauro Pallotta. Pope Francis is the 226th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. OrigInally Argentinian, the Pope’s birth name was Jorge Mario Bergoglio. He is one of the most popular Popes ever, even appearing on the cover of rock-n-roll magazine Rolling Stone. Artist Pallotta created the image of Pope Francis as a kind of religious Superman, carrying a suitcase with the word, “Values” on it in Spanish.

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The bad news? Like many of Banksy’s art, the authorities have begun to paint over the images. Pallotta has vowed to create an anti-hero image of Vatican City Mayor Ignazio Marino and post it all over the city in revenge. What do you think about somebody making the Pope into a grafitti superhero? Is it hilarious and cool or disrespectful? What do you think about street art in general? Remember Pittsburgh’s famous “Mook?” Do you think street art is a legitimate art form or defacement of public property? Are there examples of street art in Pittsburgh you like? Post the images!

Here are some links if you want to read more:

Banksy news:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/01/03/banksy-works-defaced-near-site-of-sundance-festival/

Franksy news:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/30/superpope-street-art_n_4697283.html?utm_hp_ref=pope-francis

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/01/pope-francis-gladly-blesses-parrot-belonging-to-male-stripper/

http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/pope-francis-gentle-revolution-inside-rolling-stones-new-issue-20140128

Mook news:

http://old.post-gazette.com/regionstate/20011005graffiti1005p3.asp

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

Why is there a school desk at my library?

photo by flickr user spirobolos

photo by flickr user spirobolos

 

The unassuming all in one school desk/chair. Symbol of classrooms, the regularity of rows, and minutes of class either rushing or trickling by.

Why would you ever expect to see one sitting in the teen space of your public library?

You will see one soon at CLP – East Liberty and possibly in other spaces that provide services for the 18 & under demographic. It’s part of United Way’s Be There campaign. According to United Way president Bob Nelkin, it’s a campaign aimed at teens who miss a lot of school – a way to positively talk about the benefits of going to school instead of negatively punish kids who don’t want to go to school.

corporal punishment is exactly the opposite of motivation to go to school. photo by flickr user theirhistory

corporal punishment is exactly the opposite of motivation to go to school. photo by flickr user theirhistory

What do you think of the campaign? What motivates you to attend classes? What makes you not want to go to school? How could that be fixed or made better? These are some of the questions we’ll be asking at East Liberty as we decorate our desk. Feel free to add your answers in the comments.

great motivation: baby animals at school. photo by flickr user theirhistory

great motivation: baby animals at school. photo by flickr user theirhistory

Here at East Liberty we’ll get to decorate the chair however we want, and then display it in the Teen Section. Not only will it be a fun chance for sanctioned furniture “vandalism”, we will get more space for sitting and doing homework, or writing a note, or working on a personal creative project. Stop by and see it!

 

 

-Tessa, CLP – East Liberty

No time to read for fun? Try these new comics!

School is starting and cutting into crucial Reading for Fun time.

Nicolas Cage Cat is sad without Fun Reading Time via nickcagecats.tumblr.com

Luckily, there are lots of new comics to read – comics can often be quicker to read, and there are some good ones that just arrived in a library near you.

New takes on the Paranormal:

http://vufindplus2.einetwork.net/bookcover.php?id=.b32233450&isn=1561637343&size=large&upc=&oclc=818318336&category=&format=

Zombiellenium V.1: Gretchen by Arthur De Pins

Gretchen is witch and an intern at Zombiellenium – a scary theme park staffed entirely by real supernatural beings under contract for life. She stops a guy from robbing a convenience store while picking up stuff for her co-workers, and he promptly walks out into traffic and gets hit by a car driven by a vampire – who then resurrects him. He becomes the new staff member at Zombiellenium, and his powers are yet to be realized.

http://vufindplus2.einetwork.net/bookcover.php?id=.b32093597&isn=9781401237639&size=large&upc=&oclc=796761419&category=&format=

The New Deadwardians V.1 by Dan Abnett

 

http://vufindplus2.einetwork.net/bookcover.php?id=.b32128186&isn=9781620100844&size=large&upc=&oclc=821701914&category=&format=

Bad Machinery V.1: The Case of the Team Spirit by John Allison

Shauna. Charlotte. Mildred. Three schoolgirl sleuths. Jack. Linton. Sonny. Three schoolboy investigators. Tackleford. One mid-sized city with a history of countless mysteries. Is there enough room at Griswalds Grammar School for two groups of kid detectives?

Adaptations:

http://vufindplus2.einetwork.net/bookcover.php?id=.b32027515&isn=9781423134466&size=large&upc=&oclc=757484342&category=&format=

Blue Bloods by Melissa De la Cruz & Alina Urusov, adapted by Robert Venditti

For this elite group of teenagers, New York is all about parties, fashion…AND BLOOD. Schuyler Van Alen is a loner, and happy that way. But when she turns fifteen, her life dramatically changes. A mosaic of blue veins appears on her arms, and she begins to have memories of another time and place. When a classmate is found dead at a night club, the mystery deepens. Most surprising of all, Jack Force, the hottest boy in school, starts showing a sudden interest in her. Schuyler wants answers, but is she prepared to learn the truth…especially when she discovers her part in it?

http://vufindplus2.einetwork.net/bookcover.php?id=.b31940432&isn=9780316182713&size=large&upc=&oclc=794711915&category=&format=

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl and Cassandra Jean

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

http://vufindplus2.einetwork.net/bookcover.php?id=.b32063118&isn=9781616550547&size=large&upc=&oclc=836886897&category=&format=

Avatar the last Airbender: The Search, Part One by Gene Luen Yang, Gurihiru

Last year brought The Promise Parts 1-3, where the gang tries to unite all the nations, only to meet resistance and unrest – especially from Fire Nation. Now Fire Lord Zuko is rethinking his stance and wants to learn about his mother and his past. And he’s taking his sister with him…

http://vufindplus2.einetwork.net/bookcover.php?id=.b31998598&isn=9781613775790&size=large&upc=&oclc=815381093&category=&format=

Doctor Who V.1: The Hypothetical Gentleman by Andy Diggle, Mark Buckingham, Brandon Seifert, et al.

Three Dr. Who adventures with the eleventh Doctor.

Non-fiction:

http://vufindplus2.einetwork.net/bookcover.php?id=.b32076526&isn=9781554514892&size=large&upc=&oclc=811407112&category=&format=

War Brothers by Sharon McKay and Daniel LaFrance

Based on a true story, it will be hard to put down this recounting of a kidnapped boy forced to go to war in Joseph Kony’s twisted child army.

http://vufindplus2.einetwork.net/bookcover.php?id=.b32132980&isn=1596438657&size=large&upc=&oclc=810122872&category=&format=

Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey and Birute Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani & Maris Wicks

It’s hard enough breaking into primatology if you’re a woman, and it’s also hard to produce groundbreaking scientific work. But these three women did both things, and got to live in the wilderness with the great apes.

http://vufindplus2.einetwork.net/bookcover.php?id=.b32043533&isn=9781595585417&size=large&upc=&oclc=818461909&category=&format=

Race to Incarcerate by Sabrina Jones & Marc Mauer

The United States’ rate of incarceration is the highest in the world. This is the  complex story of four decades of prison expansion and its corrosive effect on society.

Manga:

http://vufindplus2.einetwork.net/bookcover.php?id=.b3206245x&isn=9781770461109&size=large&upc=&oclc=795174353&category=&format=

Kitaro by Shigeru Mizuki

Meet Kitaro. He’s just like any other boy, except for a few small differences: he only has one eye, his hair is an antenna that senses paranormal activity, his geta sandals are jet-powered, and he can blend into his surroundings like a chameleon. Oh, and he’s a three-hundred-and-fifty-year-old yokai (spirit monster).

http://vufindplus2.einetwork.net/bookcover.php?id=.b31982773&isn=9780316245326&size=large&upc=&oclc=834540321&category=&format=

Durarara! Drrr!!: Saika Arc by Ryogo Narita

Ikebukuro, Tokyo-a neighborhood where twisted love prowls!! A series of street slashings in Ikebukuro begins to connect total strangers: A teenage girl with no personality of her own; a beat writer for a third-rate tabloid; a teacher suspected of harassment; an informant based in Shinjuku…and a headless rider straddling a pitch-black motorcycle!! Meanwhile, the slasher continues to terrorize the night, all in search of…”him”!?
http://vufindplus2.einetwork.net/bookcover.php?id=.b32082587&isn=9781935654872&size=large&upc=&oclc=806016050&category=&format=
It is the year Universal Century 0079, in a space colony the Earth Federation is storing and testing a new piloted robot for use in the battle against the Principality of Zeon. The experimental RX-78 Gundam mobile suit is scheduled to be transported to Federation command in Jaburo, deep within the Brazilian jungles. Unfortunatley, before the transporter would arrive, the Federation would come under attack from Zeon. With few resources available against the Zeon’s most mobile mechs, Federation forces strike back using their new weapon, the mobile suit Gundam. Caught in the crossfire is a young teen named Amuro Ray. Not willing to see innocent people die like this, Amuro crawls into the cockpit of the closest machine around him.
http://vufindplus2.einetwork.net/bookcover.php?id=.b32076976&isn=9781421555614&size=large&upc=&oclc=839682709&category=&format=
Veteran hero Wild Tiger has years of experience fighting crime, but his ratings have been slipping. Under orders from his new employer, Wild Tiger finds himself forced to team up with Barnaby Brooks Jr., a rookie with an attitude. Overcoming their differences will be at least as difficult for this mismatched duo as taking down superpowered bad guys.
http://vufindplus2.einetwork.net/bookcover.php?id=.b32132906&isn=9781612623559&size=large&upc=&oclc=847658273&category=&format=
For Shion, an elite student in the technologically sophisticated city No. 6, life is carefully choreographed. School, study, and the occasional visit with his friend and classmate Safu. One fateful day, however, he takes a misstep, sheltering an injured boy his age from a typhoon. Known only as Rat, this boy is a VC – a fugitive living outside the computerized tapestry of city control – and helping him will throw Shion’s life into chaos and start him down a path to discovering the appalling secrets behind the superficial perfection of No. 6.

Adventure!:

http://vufindplus2.einetwork.net/bookcover.php?id=.b3209761x&isn=9781608863242&size=large&upc=&oclc=837660472&category=&format=  http://vufindplus2.einetwork.net/bookcover.php?id=.b32166023&isn=9781608863235&size=large&upc=&oclc=816030891&category=&format=  http://vufindplus2.einetwork.net/bookcover.php?id=.b32166035&isn=9781608863174&size=large&upc=&oclc=813010879&category=&format=

Adventure Time V. 1 – 3 by Ryan North and Shelli Paroline

The Lich, a super scary skeleton dude, has returned to the Land of Ooo, and he’s bent on total destruction. Luckily, Finn and Jake are on the case–but can they succeed against their most destructive foe yet?

http://vufindplus2.einetwork.net/bookcover.php?id=.b32215782&isn=9781603091008&size=large&upc=&oclc=822893078&category=&format=

Crater XV by Kevin Cannon

An intoxicating tale of swashbuckling adventure, abandoned moon bases, bloodthirsty walruses, rogue astronauts, two-faced femme fatales, sailboat chases, Siberian pirates, international Arctic politics, and a gaggle of orphans.

http://vufindplus2.einetwork.net/bookcover.php?id=.b32235380&isn=9781596438132&size=large&upc=&oclc=825733940&category=&format=

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff

Delilah Dirk is an Indiana Jones for the 19th century. She has traveled to Japan, Indonesia, France, and even the New World. Using the skills she’s picked up on the way, Delilah’s adventures continue as she plots to rob a rich and corrupt Sultan in Constantinople.

Realistic fiction:

Will & Whit by Laura Lee Gulledge

Will is dealing with some heavy stuff. She pushes it to the back of her mind and focuses on her favorite things: building artsy lighting devices, and hanging out with her friends. They discover an art carnival being planned in their town and get in on the action. It’s all great until a Hurricane Whitney lives Will in the dark without distractions from her thoughts.

http://vufindplus2.einetwork.net/bookcover.php?id=.b31877369&isn=9780375865909&size=large&upc=&oclc=494980888&category=&format=

Peanut by Ayun Halliday & Paul Hoppe

Sadie has the perfect plan to snag some friends when she transfers to Plainfield High–pretend to have a peanut allergy. But what happens when you have to hand in that student health form your unsuspecting mom was supposed to fill out? And what if your new friends want to come over and your mom serves them snacks? The situation can only get worse before it can get better.

http://vufindplus2.einetwork.net/bookcover.php?id=.b32109192&isn=159643659X&size=large&upc=&oclc=810122869&category=&format=

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen & Faith Erin Hicks

How to steal a high school election, build a battlebot, and run away from home on Thanksgiving.

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 the heck is going on?

Boredom happens.  Luckily, there’s a relatively painless (and FREE!) antidote located right in your neighborhood… the Library! Whenever you feel the symptoms of boredom setting in – e.g. an uncontrollable urge to don purple pants, paint yourself green and have a massive freak-out to smash up the endless nothingness and monotony that’s hijacked life – walk, run, or jet pack to the Library ‘cos there’s probably something cool going on.

Here’s a small taste of the awesomeness going down throughout the city this week (I recommend throwing on some shades now ‘cos this stuff is red hot):

Tuesday, May 28th

CLP Brookline

Teen Lounge: Marshmallow Zombie Attack

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

 
CLP Carrick

Teen Thing:  DIY Puff Paint with Shaving Cream + Chairpocalypse story development

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

 
CLP East Liberty

Movie Nite!

4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

 
CLP Main (Oakland)

CLP Teen Gay Straight Alliance: Bi-monthly Meeting

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

 
Wednesday, May 29th

CLP West End

Teen Lounge: String, Hammer & Nail Art! : Loud and awesome

4:30 PM – 7:00 PM

 
Thursday, May 30th

CLP Beechview

Teen Advisory Council Meeting

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

 
Friday, May 31st

CLP Allegheny

After School Gaming (Xbox 360-Kinect, PS3 and Wii)

2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

 
CLP Main (Oakland)

Bad Movie Fridays!

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

 
The nifty EVENTS slider on the Teen page has got you covered with all the action going on all the time.  You can always stop in and check with your local Teen Librarian to see what’s going down too.  And remember to do your part in the fight against boredom – bring all your friends!

 
Boredom Slayers:

                

Jon : Carrick

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