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Yes, Virginia, There is Teen Stuff Going Down at the Library This Week

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


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

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!


Keynote Speaker: Siobhan Vivian

Ralph Munn Creative Writing Contest

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

1st Place:Tanzania” by Olivia Muse
Honorable Mentions: “Flagpole” by Morgan Wable-Keene, “Downtown” by Raven

1st Place:Chronology Poster” by Morgan Wable-Keene
Honorable Mentions: “Submission 2” by Sarah Watkins, “Drawing 1” by Lexi Hall

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

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!

Artistic Cures for Mid-winter Boredom

Seriously.  What is with all this new snow? 

Ok, ok, I know we live in Pittsburgh and it’s only February but still…

Well if you’re stuck at home AGAIN, maybe you could use a fun project that doesn’t require you to change out of your jammies and can be done with things you probably already have at home. 

Good news!  I’m here to help…

Go to your book shelf and scan it for the object you are least likely to read ever again.  Maybe you should also ask your family members to make sure they aren’t  going to miss it either.  Then turn up your creativity and turn down your skepticism.  Imagine the possibilities of this raw material in your hands.  Make something new and special from something old and forgotten.

I’m talking about altered books and how you should make one.   Altered books (if you don’t know already) are new artistic creations that emerge from the old, worn out or no longer needed reading material in your life.  All you need to make a work of art like the kind I’m talking about is some imagination an old book, magazine, or school workbook and some basic art supplies.  Check out the pictures below for ideas…

Use the story

Check out this cut out depiction of a classic scene in Alice and Wonderland.

Use the words

Find a story within a story inside the pages of a book like this artist did.

Make a point

Or use the pages of a book to inspire you to take a stand about an issue that you find important.

If you still need some ideas check out some of the many tutorials out there, a few of which I’ve included for you here.




Maybe you’ve altered a book before, that’s ok.  The amazing part of this art project is the possibilities.   Turn an old Baby-Sitters Club into a scrap-book of middle school, transform your old coloring book with 3D designs, or paint and fold a magazine into an awesome sculpture to decorate your room.   What’s stopping you from turning a boring day stuck inside into an opportunity to create something totally new, and unique? 

So grab your art supplies and get creating…

If you create something truly cool post about it in the comments and share your inspiration with others.  Then treat yourself to some really amazing examples of altered book art.



My belated holiday gift to you:

TED Talks.

Technology. Entertainment. Design.

The mission?  To Spread Ideas.

It all started in 1984 and is now an annual conference, bringing together the world’s most innovative creative thinkers, who have 18 minutes to tell you about their idea.  Available for Talks are free at ted.com

Down with some…


No?  How about….

Skiing to the North Pole?


the Happy Planet Index?

C’mon, everybody loves big cats!

Whatever your interest, I’m willing to bet that there’s a TED talk on it.  So, happy watching!

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