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  • January 2019
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Summer Movie Time

Truth be told, there is no denying summer break is slipping away. Some mean-spirited, ruthless people would even say it’s more than half over!

Ron Weasley isn’t so happy! via http://cmyk-giffed.tumblr.com/

Even though the minutes of summer are ticking away, there are still a million things to enjoy before heading back to school. And if you count the summer solstice as the start of summer – we have really just gotten started!

Elaine on Seinfeld via http://cmyk-giffed.tumblr.com/

Movies, movies, and more movies. Summer is the best time to catch up on movies you may have missed!

If you can manage to find a Citiparks book, check out the hundreds of free (or nearly free things to do)! My personal favorite is Cinema in the Park!

Cinema in the Park - Grandview

Cinema in the Park – Grandview

Each week, FREE new release movies are premiered at many parks throughout the city. Check out the calendar. You can still see a few blockbusters before the summer is out like The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyThe Hunger Games, and Jack the Giant Slayer.

Can’t make it to Cinema in the Park? Check out Teen Movie Night at CLP-Beechview! Or movies in the afternoon on Saturdays at Woods Run and Allegheny!

If you love strange, campy oddball flicks stop at Main Teen to enjoy the delights of Bad Movie Fridays!

C-3PO via cmyk-giffed.tumblr.com

Movie aren’t your thing? No worries! Escape the heat at the library with gaming and more. There is gaming nearly all day, every day @ Main Teen! Top off your week with Teen Gaming & Button Fridays at the West End if you want to make some of these!

K-Stew freaking out! via tumblr.com

Michael, CLP Hazelwood


First, you have to check out the Three Rivers Arts Festival.  The festival is already underway and includes an artist market, free music and dance performances, public art installations, hands-on arts activities and food booths.  Lots of interesting things to see and do and eat.

A few recommendations for teens visiting the Three Rivers Arts Festival:

Cell Phone Disco:  “Cell Phone Disco is the city of Pittsburgh’s first art+science interactive installation: a large-scale light project that artfully visualizes the electromagnetic field of an active mobile phone.  The installation was funded and commissioned by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and The Fine Foundation, and was designed by Netherlands-based artist collective, Informationlab.”

Plastic Castle:  “Festival-goers are invited to help build the “Plastic Castle”, a translucent installation piece made from an assortment of plastic materials that are typically discarded – clear plastic packaging, cup lids, tubing and more. The piece is designed to encourage us to “Start Seeing Plastic”, by exploring the qualities of materials that we usually just toss away. Festival goers can add to the castle walls, then enter the structure, look up at the sky, and peer out through the translucent walls.”

The next big event this summer in Pittsburgh is the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s 11th Annual Summer Reading Extravaganza!  Honestly, this event isn’t just for kids.  For one thing, a special booth is dedicated to teens.  Stop by and visit  your favorite teen librarians from the Main Library and the neighborhood libraries.

Lots more events and activities will be happening all summer long at the Pittsburgh parks.  Check out the Citiparks homepage for a complete list.  The Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park  kick off celebration will be held at Flagstaff Hill, Schenley Park on Saturday June 12th.  Click here for a complete schedule for the Cinema in the Park dates and locations.  The city pools open June 16th!  Skateboarders can enjoy three Citipark skate parks.

More FUN THINGS to come later this summer.  Don’t forget to sign up for Summer Reading and check the CLPTeensburgh blog often (like everyday) for more info about fantastic programs coming this summer at the Main Library and the neighborhood  libraries.  I hope to see you at the Extravaganza on Saturday!



  • Ride the Duquesne or Monongahela Incline.
  • Visit Point State Park and see one of the tallest fountains in the United States.  It is a good spot to sit and read. 
  • Have a screaming good time at Kennywood Park.  You could win free tickets if you participate in summer reading.  The Grand Prize is a limo ride and six tickets to Kennywood.  You have to read at least one item and fill out the online evaluation for your chance to win.  In addition to the grand prize, six teens will win two tickets to Kennywood.  The new roller coaster Sky Rocket is scheduled to open sometime this summer. 
  • Take a walking tour of Downtown’s public art.  Pittsburgh’s Office of Public Art has published Pittsburgh Art in Public Places: Downtown Walking Tour and copies are available at the library. 
  • Go to a free concert in an Allegheny County Park.  All summer long there are free concerts at Boyce Park, Hartwood Acres, North Park and South Park.  For a listing of events, check out the Allegheny County website:  http://www.alleghenycounty.us/spev/summer10.aspx
  • Go Swimming!  There’s a lot of outdoor pools in the city of Pittsburgh.  There is a complete list of pools in the Citiparks 2010 Summer Magazine.  Families can purchase pool tags for the whole summer.  If you want to swim for the day, daily admission tickets are available.  The cost is $3 for children ages 3-15 and $4 for individuals 16 and older.  The Citiparks Summer Magazines are also available in print and you can pick them up at your local library. 
  • Watch a movie in a park.  Pittsburgh Citipark’s “Cinema in the Park” features popular movies.  Here are the Cinema Locations:
  1. Schenley Park  (Sundays and Wednesdays)
  2. East Liberty (Mondays)
  3. Robert E. Williams Memorial Park, Hill District (Tuesdays)
  4. Brookline Memorial Park (Thursdays)
  5. Arsenal Park, Lawrenceville (Fridays)
  6. Riverview Park, Observatory Hill (Saturdays)
  7. Grandview Park, Mt. Washington (Saturdays)
  8. West End/Eliot Overlook (Tuesdays)

For dates and movie titles, check the Citiparks 2010 Summer Magazine

  • Enjoy the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta and Fireworks July 2nd, 3rd and 4th.  The Regatta weekend is packed with events such as the “Anything that Floats” Race, Frisbee Dog Show, “Over the Mountain” Bike Stunt Show, Powerboat Championship and lots of free concerts.  For more information, check out the website:  www.threeriversregatta.net

Mike Steidley

  • Check out the cars at one of the biggest events in the city at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix.  What began as a one day race has evolved into a ten-day vintage car festival that runs from July 11-25.  The race is the main event with car shows and parades adding to the excitement.  For more information, check out the website:  www.pvgp.org
  • Take in a Pirate game.  Even if the team is on a losing streak, it is fun to spend an afternoon or evening at PNC Park.  Enter to win two tickets to Teen Night @ PNC Park!  Any teen who participates in the Teen Summer Reading Program at any Allegheny County Public Library is eligible to win two tickets to the August 19th Pittsburgh Pirates game and the pregame teen party with free food, music and games.  Game time is 7:00 PM and the party will start at 5:30 PM.  75 teens will win!

~Marian  CLP–Mt. Washington

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