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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:


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.


The New Deadwardians V.1 by Dan Abnett



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?



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?


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.


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…


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

Three Dr. Who adventures with the eleventh Doctor.



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.


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.


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.



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).


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”!?
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.
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.
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.


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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?


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.


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.


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.


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.

It’s A Bird… It’s A Plane… It’s a Batman/Superman Movie!

“I told you already! It’s not an ‘S’… geeze!”

I’m about to geek-out all over the place.  Consider yourself warned.

So a little shindig known as the San Diego Comic-Con International went down last weekend.  There was cosplay to be had, updates on movies and all kinds of stuff currently in some phase of “happening” and, of course, some BIG announcements.  The biggest of which was (imo) Warner Brothers’ reveal that the follow-up to last month’s Man of Steel would be a Batman/Superman film pitted against The Avengers: The Age of Ultron in 2015!  I almost did a back flip when I read the news.  Almost.

Why is this so amazing?  Story! Story! Story!  Apart from Batman (beyond the grasp of Joel Schumacher) being endlessly cool and Man of Steel successfully creating a non-campy/relatable Superman, the oil and water relationship between the two has made for some intense (and legendary) comic storylines and stellar animated film outings over the years.  To get down to brass tacks, these two can have major issues even when they’re making an effort to get along.

While both characters are dealt tragedy early on in life (as orphans) and struggle through young adulthood to find their place in the world, the individuals they ultimately become are polar opposites.  Superman, being the shining beacon of hope (strengthened by the yellow Sun to boot!), often struggles to understand Batman – a shattered vigilante, consumed by his past and bound to the night, using fear as a weapon for good – and vice versa.  This dark and light schism between the two often leads to a simmering tension underlying ANY partnership they undertake; a tension that’s generally amplified by Superman’s presumed authority and Batman’s inherent lone wolf tendencies.  So, yeah… Relationship Status:  It’s Complicated.

Obviously, WB/DC was scant on the specifics of Bruce and Clark’s get together, but the reveal did mention that Frank Miller’s classic Batman: The Dark Knight Returns would be somewhat influential, though not strictly adapted in the new film.  In the climax of The Dark Knight Returns, Superman and Batman go head to head in an epic finale for the ages.  Plot detail?!  Seeing the influence of DC’s New 52 comics on Man of Steel, I’d also put money on the new Batman/Superman comic title (which just launched last month and follows the first encounter of the two heroes) somehow factoring into the story of the film too.

Ugh!  So begins the waiting game.  Will Bruce and Clark throwdown?  Will they unite to take on a tag team of the Joker and Lex Luthor à la World’s Finest??  Who will be cast as Batman now that Christian Bale is done???  Hollywood, why you so cruel????


Jon : Carrick

Just for FUN! Websites and Blogs

The CLP Teen webpage has a whole section dedicated to FUN!  Who doesn’t like to have fun?

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A few fun suggestions:

The Beat:  The News Blog of Comics Culture

Everything you need to know about comics.  Some recent headlines:

New director for beloved franchise chosen…and the world will never be the same

MAC and Archie cosmetics line products revealed

Snap Goes Wolverine’s Spine

Board Game Central

On this site you will find the rules for most board games, news about the board game industry, resources such as books about board games and links to the online versions of many games.  Check out this new board game:

Killer Bunnies and The Conquest Of The Magic Carrot

Gossip Teen

For the lastet teen celebrity news and gossip.  Some recent headlines:

Taylor Swift Ditched Harry Styles for WHAT!?!

Why is Jennifer Lawrence Dressed Up Like a Barbie Doll? – PHOTO

Justin Bieber’s New Acoustic Album LEAKED!!!

Huff Post Teen

The Huffington Post has a teen edition, including a page dedicated to fun stuff.  Check out the Top 15 Quotes from Catching Fire.

IPL2 (Internet Public Library) For Teens

IPL2 For Teens is an awesome resource for home work help and research papers, but today we are looking for fun things. IPL2 for teens has fun stuff too.  Learn more about the history of graphic novels.  Find links to thousands of webcomics.

MTV’s Hollywood Crush

Hollywood Crush covers the teen celebrity scene with an emphasis on movie and television news.  Pageturners takes a look at current books, especially those books being adapted for film and television. 


All you need to know about the big game.  Check out this awesome trivia game: 

2-Minute Trivia Super Bowl Edition.

Seventeen Quizzes, Games and Fun

Seventeen Magazine has always had the best Quizzes!  Check out the Beauty Quizzes, Celebrity Quizzes and Personality Tests. 


The TeenNick website covers the shows and offers other fun stuff too.  TeenNick Blog, TeenNick.com Games and Quizzes are all available on this site.   Try some of the quizzes like What style of dance are you?  I’m a Jazz dancer. 

Teen Reads

Teen Reads is part of the Book Reporter family.  Find tons of book lists and reviews on this site.  Check out their Valentine’s Day feature:  Books to Fall in Love With 2013. 



CLP–Mt. Washington

Look out! In Coming! …Movies of 2013

I’m forgiving and forgetting and moving on.  Aside from a few exceptions (e.g. Skyfall, The Amazing Spider-Man, Moonrise Kingdom), 2012 was chock-full of massive films that I found more or less disappointing.  But it’s okay, really.  2012 is over!  The Dark Knight Rises happened, and I don’t wanna talk about it anymore.  It’s 2013!  There are new movies to be excited about!  Onwards!

Here are some movies on the horizon that I’m cautiously to moderately excited about:


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Evil Dead (remake) – April 12

I know this is blasphemous, but I’ve never found the original Evil Dead all that scary.  I get the coolness of the whole ‘low budget, director torturing his cast’ thing.  The effects just weren’t there in 1981.  The premise, however – young people possessed and scared to death in the woods – is a classic set-up, and a little help from modern trickery makes the trailers look fairly terrifying.  Involvement from main dudes Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell (the creator and star of the original, respectively) seals the deal.


Iron Man 3 – May 3


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The new Iron Man movie has a lot to do.  First, it has to launch “Phase Two” of Marvel’s movie universe – which is going to take more of an intergalactic route than the largely earth-based movies of “Phase One,” which ended with The Avengers Iron Man 3 also has to make up for Iron Man 2, which was pretty much a mess.  My main gripe with all of Marvel’s movies so far has been that their villains have been weak and not all that intimidating.  I’m hoping that changes with this film, which stars a genuinely great actor, Ben Kingsley, as Tony Stark’s main baddy, the Mandarin.




Star Trek Into Darkness – May 17


© Paramount Pictures

Nearly four years have passed since Star Trek breathed new, mainstream life into the crew of the USS Enterprise.  Now all the familiar characters are back, along with the addition of Benedict Cumberbatch (of BBC’s amazingly awesome Sherlock) as a villain who is as mysterious as he is destructive.




Man of Steel – June 14


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I’m not gonna lie, this is the peak of my 2013 summer movie interest right here.  The trailers have been intriguing.  The casting is impressive.  But can the granddaddy of superheroes be translated for a wide modern audience?  Man of Steel is said to be influenced by the updates made to the character in DC’s New 52 comics, and seems to show a lost Superman who is struggling to find a place in a world that fears his uniqueness.




Pacific Rim – July 12


© Legendary Pictures/Warner Bros. Pictures

Giant robots fighting giant monsters – ah, yeah?



Further on down the line:

Thor: The Dark World – Nov 8

Catching Fire – Nov 22

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – December 13  (Enter the mighty dragon!)


And in the meantime…


Jon : Carrick

Read Horror Manga Now!

Every October, as the wind turns chilly and whistles around the corners of buildings like some creep, I re-read The Enigma of Amigara Fault by Junji Ito. Just to get myself into the Halloween mood — I love things where I can’t stand reading any more, but I can’t stop, either. Amigara never fails to fill me with uncanny dread, even though it’s only 32 pages long and has nary a monster in sight.

The premise is that an earthquake in Japan has opened up a mysterious fault line in a mountain, revealing a series of human-sized holes.  Some people who have seen the images of the holes on television are mysteriously compelled to go look at them in person. And some think that there is a hole in the mountainside that is shaped just like them. Made for them. And they start to think that they should go into the mountain.

I won’t say any more, so as not to ruin it for you, but I will give you some more ideas of horror manga that you can check out from the library.  You’ll find more atmospheric stories featuring inexplicable compulsions that lead to grotesque consequences, as well as different kinds of spirits and demons than in Western culture’s horror stories.  And best (or worst) of all, it’s illustrated.  So the horrific images can be burned into your psyche.

Uzumaki Vol. 1-3 / Junji Ito

Strange things begin to happen in a small Japanese village. Its residents are being consumed in different ways by the form of the spiral – from contorting their own bodies to being strangely infected by giant snails.  Inhabitants try to leave but are unable. (Also available in animated form!)

Scary Book, Vol. 3 / Kazuo Umezu

There’s a horror manga prize named after Umezu (Junji Ito has won it) so you know he must be good!  I have read the excellent Cat-Eyed Boy, which is now sadly gone from the library system (*sniff*), but we still have this volume to check out and enjoy.

Mushishi / Yuki Urushibara

So, I wouldn’t technically call this horror manga, but it does have to do with unseen things that affect humans in weird ways, and I really enjoyed reading it. Ginko is a traveling supernatural doctor. He diagnoses diseases caused by the Mushi – normally invisible creatures that are tapped into the life force and cause strange side effects when they infect humans.

Rohan at the Louvre / Hirohiko Araki

Rohan is a mangaka who falls for a girl who is haunted by the story of a painting made with the blackest ink known on earth. He gets obsessed with the painting in turn and goes to the Louvre to see it for himself. Things get weird from there.


Have a favorite horror manga?  Let me know in the comments – I’m always looking for new ones to read.


– Tessa, CLP – East Liberty

Teen Review: TeenBoat! by Dave Roman and John Green

My name is Jayne. I’m fourteen. I go to CAPA for Visual Arts, but I love to write so much more. Creative writing has been apart of my life for so long now; I feel lost without it. I’m obsessed with everything British, Beatles, Tim Burton movies, and Harry Potter. Oh and cats! I hope you love what I review and I hope you comment and tell me what I could do better. Anyway, thanks for reading!

Teen Boat! by Dave Roman & John Green

I am absolutely in love with Teen Boat! It’s really funny and I think teens will love the weird and quirky behavior of TeenBoat (that’s his actual name!).

So Teen Boat! is about a boy who’s name is the title and can magically transform into a boat. This book is divided up into about five sections and each tale involves TB (Teen Boat!) and his friends. In the first few chapters or stories, TB is in love with this girl who has the same name as the ship that Christopher Columbus sailed. I found this hysterical because of course TB would be the one who falls in love with a girl with the name of a ship! In the next few, we are introduced to Joey, TB’s best friend who is a girl and has a secret. But I’m still guessing as to what it is. There is some Italian involved with one of the stories, when they go to Italy.

Anyway, TB gets involved with Pirates, boat-napping captains, gondolas, and angry jocks. So, if you’re a fan of graphic novels, you’ll love love love this book. And I do know that there is going to be another Teen Boat book in the distant future. So, I can tell you, I’m excited.

I was also surprised that John Green co-wrote this book* because I always took him for a more serious writer (and I didn’t want to read him because of it), but this definitely changed my mind. I hope it changes your mind about him, too.

*Librarian’s note: This is a different John Green, but don’t blame Jayne–I assumed it was THE John Green and told her so. D’oh! Still, “TB” is HILARIOUS.

Event Books: The Biggest Stories in Comics

Marvel's biggest 2012 publishing initiative is the 12-part "Avengers Vs. X-Men" event

If you have even a passing familiarity with superhero comic books, you know that “event books” (i.e. the Hollywood blockbuster story lines often featuring characters “crossing over” from their respective titles) are all the rage. Marvel Comics’ Avengers VS. X-Men event kicks off this week, but it’s just the latest in a series of big-time crossover events to demand the attention of fanboys and casual readers alike.

So why are these stories suddenly everywhere? There was a time when “events” were used to clear up old continuity errors (e.g. the now classic Crisis on Infinite Earths by George Perez and Marv Wolfman which simplified fifty years of muddled DC Comics storytelling) or just to give Summer sales a boost. Now, event books are happening multiple times a year.

Chalk it up to waning comic sales. In February, only two titles sold more than 100,000 copies. The big publishers, Marvel Comics and DC Comics, feel that the best way to sell more issues is to create more excitement. But how is your friendly neighborhood comic fan supposed to keep up with all of these titles? From Realm of Kings to Avengers VS. X-Men, Marvel alone has released twenty “events” in the last three years (DC Comics has had six “events” in that time).

Marvel Publisher Dan Buckley recently explained Marvel’s “event” process to Comic Book Resources:

First, I want to clarify that we do not do “crossover” events. This is [an] important distinction. I was here in the ’90s when “crossover” events were the norm, which is when you make a reader buy four or more different titles in a specific order to get the whole story…We do line-wide editorial events. These events usually involve a core book like “Civil War,” “Secret Invasion,” “Siege,” etc. that could be read on their own for the complete story. Other books in the line will then use that event to develop “tie-in” stories which could be “in line,” a new miniseries or one-shot. Sorry to go off on a tangent but this is a very important distinction because we are not requiring the fans to buy into three or four other ongoing series to get the main story.

The distinction between a “crossover” and a “line-wide editorial event” may be rather murky to your average reader. Luckily, “The Big Two” (Marvel and DC) publish all of their event comics in convenient graphic novel hardcovers and trade paperbacks, and they’re available at the library for your reading pleasure.

Other than the non-stop action and world-changing plot lines, event books are great because they’re a convenient point for casual fans to jump aboard the comics train. Take a look at these recent event books–they’re a great place to begin (or continue) your love affair with comics:

Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985) by Marv Wolfman and George Perez – The event book that started it all! Crisis on Infinite Earths was originally conceived to be a celebration of DC’s 50th anniversary; however, Marv Wolfman and Len Wein saw it as a chance to clean up DC’s rather convoluted continuity that had built up over time. The story introduces readers to two near-omnipotent beings, the good Monitor and the evil Anti-Monitor, who had been created as a result of the same experiment that created the Multiverse. The Monitor made cameo appearances in various DC comic book series for two years preceding the publication of the series. At first, he appears to be a new supervillain, but with the onset of the Crisis, he is revealed to be working on a desperate plan to save the entire Multiverse from destruction at the hands of the Anti-Monitor.

Infinity Gauntlet (1991) by Jim Starlin and George Perez – Thanos mounts the six Infinity Gems, (collected in the The Thanos Quest limited series), on his left glove to form the titular Infinity Gauntlet. Each Gem grants its bearer complete mastery over one aspect of the universe: Time, Space, Mind, Soul, Reality, and Power. Now all-powerful and desperate to win the affections of Death, Thanos decides to offer the entity a gift of love by completing a task she had given him, erasing half the sentient life in the universe (including most of the X-Men, Daredevil, and the Fantastic Four), quite literally with a snap of his fingers.

Age of Apocalypse (1995-1996) by Howard Mackie – My favorite childhood “event,” the Age of Apocalypse storyline imagined a world in which Professor Charles Xavier died before founding his X-Men, leading to a truly apocalyptic world ruled by the ancient mutant Apocalypse. If you like parallel universes and alternate realities, this is the event for you.

Siege (2010) by Brian Michael Bendis – In the aftermath of Marvel’s Dark Reign company-wide storyline, which led to a shift of power in the Marvel Universe toward Norman Osborn, a former supervillain who, through deception and media manipulation, has become the United States’ security czar. The story also depicts the Asgardian trickster deity Loki, manipulating Osborn into leading an all-out assault to overthrow Asgard. The events in “Siege” lead to the subsequent company-wide storyline, Heroic Age.

DC Comics, The New 52 (2011) – The New 52 is a 2011 revamp and relaunch by DC Comics of its entire line of ongoing monthly superhero books, in which all of its existing titles were cancelled, and 52 new series debuted in September 2011 with new #1 issues. Among the series being renumbered are Action Comics and Detective Comics, which had previously retained their original numbering since the 1930s. Touted as a large publishing event following the conclusion of the Flashpoint crossover storyline, DC’s relaunch entails changes to both the publishing format and fictional universe to entice new readers

And if you can’t wait for Avengers VS. X-Men, make sure to head on over to Phantom of the Attic on S. Craig Street tomorrow night at 8PM for their Avengers Vs. X-Men Pre-Release Party!


– Corey, Digital Learning Librarian

Calling All Comic, Graphic Novel, and Manga Readers!!!

The nominations for YALSA’s 2012 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list have been finalized!  All year I’ve been reading all the new graphic novels, superhero stories, and manga I can get my hands on to evaluate and nominate titles, because last year I was selected as a committee member for this list.  But the committee doesn’t just need my opinion.  We also want to hear what you think about the titles that have been nominated to be on the list.

Our final discussions will take place during the ALA Midwinter Conference.  That’s on January 20-24 of next year.  That still gives you time to read some of the books and send me your thoughts. Many of them are available from the library!  But some of them are so new we haven’t even gotten them on the shelves yet.  However, I have copies!

Publishers generously send the committee members review copies of nominated titles, so I have a whole shelf of them here at CLP – East Liberty.  Leave a comment on this post telling me which ones you’re interested in, the library branch you go to, and the librarian that you know there, and I’ll send the books over for you to read. All you have to do is fill out a one page evaluation form telling me your thoughts about whatever you’ve read.  OR you can email me the info at barbert@carnegielibrary.org

The opinions of actual readers are so helpful to us when discussion time comes around.  So please lend me your voice and help us select the books that will end up being Great Graphic Novels for Teens 2012.  Once again, the list of nominations can be found here.  And below you’ll see a sampling of some of the covers of the nominated books.

Thanks! I look forward to hearing from you.

Tessa, CLP – East Liberty

Lovely library book discussion groups

I know, I know, you don’t have any free time–what with all of the homework, extracurricular activities and whatnot, there is absolutely no time for something like a book group, right? After all, you have tons to read for school as it is. Well, I’m not going to dispute that you’re busy. Being a teenager is kind of a full-time job.

But…if you can make time you should check out some of the library’s awesome book discussion groups. Here are just a few (and their locations) :

Out of the Gutter: I help run a group all about graphic novels (“comics” to their friends). It’s for adults and teenagers, and we talk to local comic authors and artists as well as discussing the comics we’re all currently reading. It’s fun and laid back and you should definitely come if you’ve got a pentient for comics of any kind–from indie stuff to zines and superhero comcis. (Every third Monday of the month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Main library in Oakland.)

Bound Together Book Club: In this collaboration between the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, take a fresh look at art through the lens of literature! Each month brings a new book selection related to an exhibition on view. Begin with a 15-minute gallery talk highlighting visual and literary connections. You can get the books at the library or in the museum store. (Every first Thursday of the month, 6:30-7:45 p.m. Meet in the Museum of Art lobby; Free Space is limited; call 412.622.3288 to register.)

3 Poems by… Poetry Discussion Group: The 3 Poems group discusses three poems by a selected poet or about a selected topic. Check it out for lively discussions of your favorite poetry. Discussions are free and open to the public. (Every second Thursday of the month except July, August and December. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Main library, Oakland – Museum Education – Classroom A.)

Black Holes, Beakers, and Books: A Popular Science Book Club: Are you interested in exploring the vast mysteries of the cosmos, understanding human evolutionary history, or talking about the long-term future of the planet earth? These topics and more will be discussed in Black Holes, Beakers, and Books, a popular science book club that reads and discusses popular science books published within the last five years. (Sundays, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Main library, Oakland – Director’s Conference Room, First Foor. See book club page for exact dates.)

PALS Intergenerational Book Club: 29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life by Cami Walker: Come discuss Cami Walker’s 29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life with readers of all ages. Pizza and beverages will be served. (Saturday, March 26, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Beechview.)

Teen Reading Discussion Group: What interesting books or comics have you been reading? Come to the library to talk about whatever it is that you are currently reading; be it books, comics, magazines, or blogs. We will also talk about the possibility of starting a bookclub. Snacks Provided (Wednesday, March 23, 4:00-5:30 p.m., Downtown & Business.)

For all book groups, go HERE.

Corey W.
Main library

Graphic Novels: Writing Your Own

During the last few years, CLPTeensburgh has included a lot of reviews and recommendations for fantastic Graphic Novels.  If you really like to read Graphic Novels, have you ever thought about writing one?

Here is a short list of “How To” books that you can find at your local library:

You Can Do a Graphic Novel

Write Your Own Graphic Novel

Manga School with Selena Lin:  Draw Your Own Manga  

For more information about Graphic Novels and Comics, check out the CLP Teens web page:  teens> fun> comics>. 


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