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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

Not-So-Traditional Christmas Movies

It’s almost impossible NOT to be bombarded with Christmas this time of year whether you celebrate the holiday or not. Christmas sales, Christmas shopping, Christmas specials on TV with Christmas-themed commercials, Christmas music– SO MUCH CHRISTMAS MUSIC– not to mention Christmas movies. Sometimes all the snowmen and Santa Clauses and heartwarming soundtracks can get a little stale. Maybe you love the classics and will never get tired of watching Elf twenty times a year. Or maybe you’re ready for something different. Luckily you can indulge in some holiday spirit without going overboard by checking out one of these not-so-traditional movies featuring December 25th.

Ghostbusters 2 (1989)


If there’s something strange…in your neighborhood…who ya gonna call? In Ghostbusters 2, the gang encounters a convulsing toaster, a massive river of psychoactive pink slime running beneath New York City, and a seriously creepy painting possessed by the spirit of an evil dude named Vigo who haunted my nightmares as a child (see above). Perfect for getting in the Christmas spirit.

Gremlins (1984)

Gizmo!When Randall adopts a cute & cuddly pet named Gizmo, the mysterious little mogwai comes with three important rules: 1. Don’t expose him to bright lights, 2. Don’t get him wet, and 3. Don’t feed him after midnight.  The rules get broken almost immediately, and soon little Gizmo begins spawning dozens of slimy, evil creatures bent on violence and destruction just in time for the holidays.

Batman Returns (1992)

Batman ReturnsEven before Jack Skellington came along, Tim Burton mastered the dark Christmas vibes in Batman Returns. Here the Caped Crusader confronts a corrupt millionaire and the repulsive Penguin to save Gotham City in this gloomy Christmastime tale. Oh yeah, and Catwoman comes by to steal the show, too. A+ & ideal December viewing.



There you have it– three Christmas-y movies that serve up something more than your average sentimental sweetness. Time to plan your winter break movie marathon!

Everyone’s Favorite Sob-Inducing Teen Romance Set to Film in Pgh

Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters are two terminally ill teenagers who meet and fall in love.  If you think that sounds like a melodramatic Afterschool Special (teens, do you understand this reference?), I don’t disagree with you.

Despite my initial meh feeling toward it, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green had me sobbing.  Noisily.  Embarrassingly.  I was crying.  I was driving.  It was raining.  The world was a bit blurry.  I admit, I should have pulled over as my tears were a danger to my driving abilities.  However, I continued driving and kept telling myself, I’ll stop crying soon.  It can’t get any sadder.  

feel all

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported The Fault in Our Stars will shoot in Pittsburgh beginning August 26.  I can’t wait to see how the script writers interpret the sadness, the excitement and scariness of first love, and the other jumbled emotions that make up this intense book.


Fans have been debating for months since the bestseller’s publication which actors should portray the book’s main characters.  It seems official decisions have finally been made with Shailene Woodley playing Hazel and Ansel Elgort portraying Augustus!  These casting choices and the script writers’ past successes are getting people hyped.  Shailene and Ansel are also acting in Divergent!

Ansel & Shailene

Ansel & Shailene

Nerdfighters, don’t forget that CLP-Main will host a screening of A Film to Decrease Worldsuck: The Nerdfighters Documentary on Sunday, August 18!  We’ll be in the Carnegie Museum of Art Theatre (lower level) from 5-9 with TFIOS-themed art activities and musical performances by Lauren Fairweather & Matt Maggiacomo and Tonks and the Aurors.

Looking for something to satisfy your TFIOS itch?  Stay-tuned for more TFIOS programming and try this:

Kelly – CLP – Main, Teen

Wallflowers Wanted… Again

Do any of you remember that SUPER AMAZINGLY POPULAR event the Library hosted with the Museum last November?  Well, my friends, prepare yourself for yet another SUPER AMAZINGLY POPULAR event coming your way.  On Saturday, February 23rd at 2 pm fans of the book and film that served as the theme for our Alternative Homecoming are invited to another epic event at CLP Main- Teen.  We’ll be crafting, snacking, sharing our favorite quotes, competing in trivia, and enjoying the music that is featured so prominently in the book and film.  And then at 3 pm, we’ll screen the movie that was filmed and takes place here in Pittsburgh!

Saturday, February 23, 2013
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Looking for more wallflower worthy reads?  Check out these books:
Catcher in the Rye          Debbie Harry      Fat Kid Rules the World     Girl            Into the Wild Nerd Yonder    It's Kind of a Funny Story      Piper's Son          Please Ignore Vera Dietz        Th1rteen R3asons Why

End of Summer- BOO! End of Summer Party- YAY!

When I was a teenager, I couldn’t stand those back-to-school advertising campaigns that seem to kick in while summer is still in full swing.  And how about the stores that start selling fall jackets when it is still 90 degrees outside?  For me personally, the count down to the new school year was such a drag that even a full scale-gratuitous-shopping-binge didn’t prove therapeutic.  So now that the Teen Department at CLP Main is hosting an End of the Summer Celebration on Friday 8/24 from 2 pm to 5 pm, I feel like such a traitor.

But really- we’re on YOUR side.  We’re not trying to pour salt in the wound, we simply want to reward you all for your participation in this year’s Teen Summer Reading program (which, by the way, it’s not too late to sign up for….).  And the truth is, we’ll use any excuse to throw a party here in the Main Teen Department.  So, come- despite yourself- and just try to enjoy the last sliver of summer….

Friday, August 24

2pm to 5pm

CLP Main- Teens

4400 Forbes Ave.

Pittsburgh, PA

All teens in middle or high school welcome.  For more information, contact teensmain @ carnegielibrary.org or 412.622.3121.

The Last Day of School…the Movie!

The end of the school year….  Ahhhhh….  It’s so close, you can taste it, right?  Soon the public pools will open, Extravaganza and Teen Summer Reading will be in full effect, the Pirates will be crushing the competition (well…. hopefully….), and you’ll be homework free for a solid two or three months.  When I think back to my school days, I remember those last ones the fondest.  The summer held so much anticipation and so much promise!  I almost didn’t even mind attending school, because I knew my days there were numbered.  The school days were short, the tired teachers showed films instead of- well- teaching, and the only writing we students did was in yearbooks.  Turns out many others have found inspiration in those last days of school, so much so that there are entire movies dedicated to those last days of school.  Teens of Pittsburgh- you are almost there!  Join us at CLP Main- Teen on your last day of school- Wednesday, June 13 at 3 pm- for a screening of a classic of the genre.  Until then, you’ll just have to experience the excitement the last days through film.  Below are some of the best and they are all available to check out from the library.

Can’t Hardly Wait

Dazed and Confused

I Love You Beth Cooper

Rock ‘N’ Roll High School

Say Anything

Summer School

The Wackness

Feel inspired to make your own last day of school film?  Check out CLP’s QuickFlix 2012 contest and free digital filmmaking workshops!

A Night in Panem: Hunger Games Movie Anticipation Party @ CLP Main

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you have probably heard of the ultra popular “Hunger Games” series by Suzanne Collins and upcoming film release.  If you haven’t read the books yet, then get thee to the library this very instant and pick up a copy!  Everyone and their mother and their mother’s mother seems to be riding the wave of “Hunger Games” super fandom these days.  And for good reason too!  The books are action packed and full of heart, with characters that are completely fleshed out- including a strong female lead, and the dystopian setting seems eerily too close to full realization.  The highly anticipated film version of the first novel in the series will be opening Friday, March 23rd.  In anticipation of the film’s release, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Main Library will be hosting “A Night in Panem”, an after-hours event for hard-core fans of all ages on Thursday, March 22.  Test your Hunger Games knowledge in trivia, train like a tribute for the battle in the arena, enjoy baked goods and cookie decorating in honor of Peeta, make a bow and arrow like Katniss’ and Gale’s, experience a Reaping with prizes instead of imminent death, and so much more!

A Night in Panem: Movie Anticipation Party
May the Odds be every in your favor

Thursday, March 22
8:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Main
4400 Forbes Ave.

Hunger for more?  Check these books out:

The Girl who was on Fire: Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games Trilogy

edited by Leah Wilson

The Hunger Games: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion by Kate Egan

The Hunger Games Companion: The Unauthorized Guide to the Series

by Lois H. Gresh

The Hunger Games Tribute Guide by Emily Seife

Jennifer Lawrence: Star of the Hunger Games by Katherine E. Krohn

Director Battle Royale: Sweet 16

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Main’s Film & Audio Department has begun their annual “March Madness” competition. But instead of voting on college basketball teams, you vote on the best movie directors of all time! If you’re really into films, you should check it out. And if you’re not, but you’d like to know more, stop by Film & Audio on the second floor of the Main Library in Oakland to find out more.) Here’s how it works:

Director Battle Royale

Who is the best movie director of all time? Help decide by voting in Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s March Movie Madness! We’re using the NCAA basketball tournament as a model, but our four divisions are The Legends, The Heavyweights, The Ambassadors, and The Eclectics.

Vote Online

How to Play

Vote in every round for your favorite picks in each bracket. You can vote online or use an official paper ballot available in the Film & Audio Department at CLP – Main. There are no prizes, just the fun of arguing with your friends.

Voting Dates:

Sweet Sixteen March 9 – 13
Elite Eight March 16 – 20
Final Four March 23 – 27
Finals March 30 – April 3

Winning Director Announced: April 5

Our Methods

We used a variety of resources, including 501 Movie Directors and a list of “Best Director” Academy Award nominees, to compile a list of possible contenders. Then Library staff then began the painful process of voting to determine the final list of directors. Seeding is based on year of birth. And yes, we know we left out a lot of really great directors and included some that would never have made your list. It’s tradition!

Fun Stuff

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh offers DVDs representing every director in the competition, so check them out before voting. For trivia, commentary and updates related to the contest, search Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Film & Audio on Facebook.

Hop to it! Vote online!

Corey W.
CLP - Main

Fabulous Films for You

A month ago I promised to to send you a link to the Fabulous Films for Young Adults list that my American Library Association committee compiled.  I’m sorry it’s taken me so long but you can access  our fabulous suggestions for films about rebellion vs. conformity here.

Being part of this committee is a lot of fun, especially since it involves watching films either with like-minded individuals in an exotic location (Boston this winter) or on your own.  Although I liked everything on the list, I had some favorites. There were also films I loved that didn’t get on the list, either because the majority of the members thought they didn’t express the theme or because the interest for teens was questioned.

Here, for various reasons, are some of my faves:

Breaking Away I had often heard this was a little gem and it is.  Dave, a poor townie who loves bicycling, believes the greatest bike racers are Italian, so he acts as if he’s from Italy. He convinces  the college girl he loves that he really is, even while he and his friends have open warfare with uppity college students. You have to love Dave. He’s so sweet and goofy while a very young Aidan Quinn proves easy on the eyes.

I liked Into the Wild for completely other reasons.  Emile Hirsch is  riveting as a young man from a true story.  He  graduates from college, gives away his money and works all over the U.S. to make enough to lose/find himself in the Alaskan wilderness. He wants to be self-reliant and free but discovers something else entirely in this beautiful and remote setting.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers has campy ’50s vibe in spades.  Pod people take on the bodies of San Francisco residents and there’s just one man – with the love of one woman - to stop them.

I saw Milk in the theater and despite its length,  it’s must viewing if you want to know what once went down (which unfortunately sometimes  repeats itself today) before gays had any kind of rights. Sean Penn stars in an Oscar winning performance. Enough said.

Say Anything is another film I’d heard of  but never watched. Even with low production values, it’s a complete charmer. I couldn’t catch everything John Crusack says but his sincerity shines as an underachiever who woos and wins the elusive class valedictorian. If you’ve ever seen the famous “play a love song on the boom box scene” imitated, here’s where it originated.

Basketball is everything in Quantum Hoops, even though it’s played at CALTech, where students go to become nuclear physicists and Nobel prize winners. This documentary has a true ending that couldn’t have been imagined  better  in Hollywood.

As I said , a couple of my faves didn’t make it: Motorcycle Diaries about a road trip a young Che Guevera takes with his friend; and Rabbit-Proof Fence, which is admittedly long, but devastating if you stick with it. I also haven’t seen Donnie Darko, although everyone on the committee tells me it’s wonderful.

If you’d like to nominate any films this year, you can! Go here.

I came up with the theme chosen: Other Times, Other Places and  I can’t wait to make some suggestions myself.

Tina – CLP, Beechview

Calling all Film Lovers

Dear Filmlover,

I need your help. Would you like to make sure other teens get to know and love your favorite films? I’m on a committee  for the American Library Association to pick films for a list for teens. Who would know more about what teens like than you guys? Our theme is Outside/In: Rebellion vs. Conformity. Please let me know if you have any suggestions. Include your age  and why you like the film or think it matches the theme.

And if you have ever seen and want to comment on the following films, I’d appreciate it:

Billy Elliot 


Napoleon Dynamite


Real Women Have Curves

Man on Wire

American Teen


Don’t forget to add anything you like. Thanks loads. Hope I’ll be hearing from you soon.




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