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Heads up!  Knowledge coming… in… 3… 2… 1… The CLP Teensburgh blog is going away in favor of Tumblr – starting (like) TOMORROW!



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A Teen’s Mini Survival Guide: Healthy You!

Part 1

From a Teen Librarian’s perspective

It Starts with You!

Have you ever wondered why things just have not gone right for you? Well, in my experience, I learned that is starts with you. What do I mean by that? I mean you get what you give! Everything in life is reciprocal (give-and-take); for example, you have a friendship that is in turmoil and you cannot seem to understand one another’s positions; sometime you have to ask yourself “Am I the problem?” or “What toxic things have I contributed to the relationship that could have caused so much chaos?” Another step that you can take is self-evaluation. You can start by asking yourself a couple self-reflecting questions like, what is bothering me and why? What is it that I want from this friendship or person and am I using clear communication to express to my listener? Knowing the answers to these questions may help you figure out where you went wrong and it may also help you understand why your friend reacts and feel the way they do toward you. Lastly, after you have realistically asked and answered your self-reflecting questions share your information with your buddy; tell him/her about the process and why you did it. Encourage your friend to participate and share their answers as well. Here at Carnegie Library we have lots of teen reading material that will help guide you on your journey to fixing your friendship. So come check us out, after all a productive and reciprocal friendship is worth saving!

Help yourself by helping others!

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Volunteer, volunteer, volunteer! Through volunteerism, I learned that helping others with no need or want of compensation really makes you feel great inside. Being a part of something greater than yourself, allows you to lucidly understand that you are fortunate and that you some of your daily problems are mediocre and easily fixable. Secondly volunteering helps connect you with other. For example, one of the best ways to make new friends and strengthen existing relationships is to commit to a shared activity together. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, especially if you are new to an area. Volunteering also strengthens your ties to the community and broadens your support network, exposing you to people with common interests, neighborhood resources, and fun and fulfilling activities. Third, volunteering is good for your mind and body. Volunteering can provide a healthy boost to your self-confidence, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. You are doing good for others and the community, which provides a natural sense of accomplishment. Your role as a volunteer can also give you a sense of pride and identity. And the better you feel about yourself, the more likely you are to have a positive view of your life and future goals. Last but not least, from my experience, volunteering can advance your career without making a long-term commitment. For example, if you’re interested in nursing, you could volunteer at a hospital or a nursing home. Your volunteer work might also expose you to professional organizations or internships that could be of benefit to your career.  As you can see, there are many advantages with volunteer. Did you know that you can volunteer at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh? We love and support our teen volunteers, because you are the reason why our organization thrives! See your branch Teen Librarian for more details; he/she will be happy to assist you!

Want to learn more about volunteer check out: Volunteering: a how-to guide by  Audrey Borus.

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Sherlock Holmes and Human Skulls

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Are you a fan of BBC’s Sherlock? Interested in the science behind detection? Join the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Beechview on Thursday, February 20 from 5:00 to 7:30 PM for an exploration in real life forensic science with a hands on diagnoses of human skulls! Plus, stick around afterwards for a screening from the third season of Sherlock.  Presented by Barbara Paul, a Mobile Science Lab Education Facilitator from the University of Pittsburgh.

Contact the Beechview Library at 412-563-2900 for more details.

Super Bowl 48!!

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Since I am getting sick of winter and the polar vortex, I have decided to write about something that will make me happy-the upcoming Super Bowl.  This year’s matchup is a rarity in that it will be a meeting between the best offense in the league (the Denver Broncos) and the NFL’s best defense (Seattle Seahawks).  This is only the fifth time this has ever happened and so far the defenses have won 3 out of the first 4 times it has happened.

This will also be the first time the game will be played outdoors in a cold weather stadium and the weather could play a factor in the game.  If the conditions are bad it could hurt Peyton Manning and the Broncos offense as he has historically had some of his worst games in bad weather.  Another thing to watch is the Richard Sherman ‘controversy‘.  He caused an uproar after the NFC Championship game when he was mocking the 49ers Michael Crabtree.

If you don’t care about the game on the field, there is also the halftime show featuring Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers and there should be some awesome commercials.  Either way, it will help us forget about the cold!!

Your Guide to 2014

Happy New Year!  I hope that you all have a happy, health and awesome 2014.  There are a lot of great things going on this year and I want to give you some of my highlights for this upcoming year.

The first big event to take place is the Winter Olympics, which will start on February 6th and run through February 23rd in Sochi, Russia.  There will be over 2500 athletes participating in 98 events in 15 sports.  Some of the most popular events are ice hockey, snowboarding and ice skating.  Another big sporting event will be the 2014 FIFA World Cup that will take place from June 12th to July 13th in Brazil.  The United States will have a tough time since their group includes Germany and Portugal, two of the top teams in the world.

There will also be some HUGE movies coming out this year.  One that is getting a lot of buzz is Divergent, which is based on the book by Veronica Roth.  It will be released on March 21st.

Another movie that is getting a ton of attention is The Fault in Our StarsBesides being based on the bestselling book by John Green, the movie was also shot in Pittsburgh so that gives you an extra reason to see it when it comes out on June 6th!

There are also a bunch of great new books being released this year.  The 6th book in the Mortal Instruments Series (City of Heavenly Fire) should be coming out in May and Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor is due for release in April.

Those are just some of the big events taking place in this new year.  I hope you all have a fantastic 2014!!

Teen Winter Reading Raffle

Forget Ned Stark- winter is HERE.  And rabid readers should be rejoicing.  The blustery weather provides the perfect excuse to just burrow down, deep into blankets and snuggle up with a good book.  Winter break provides you with the time off from school to spend the entire day and night reading to your heart’s content.  And all of those “best of” lists that get published at the end of every year provides a zillion new titles to add to what is probably already a very long “to read” list.

If you plan on spending your winter break with a huge stack of awesome books, then you need to know about our Teen Winter Reading Raffle!  How it works:

  • Beginning Sunday, December 15, 2013, visit your CLP Teen Specialist and pick up a reading log.
  • Fill out one reading log for every five hours that you read.
  • Return the reading logs to your CLP Teen Specialist by Wednesday, January 15, 2014.
  • For every 5 hours you read, your name will be automatically entered into a raffle for your chance to win prizes including books and gift cards!  The more you read, the more chances you have to win!

To be eligible, you must be between the ages of 12 and 17 or in 6 through 12 grades.  For more information, contact CLP Main- Teens.

Happy reading!

This is your last chance!!! For a little bit

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The West End branch of the Carnegie Library will be closing for renovations on October 19th.  They will be closed for a few months while air conditioning and an elevator and a bunch of other cool stuff is installed.

But before they close you have one last chance to visit their Teen Lounge!  The last Lounge will be held on Tuesday, October 8th from 5-7pm.  You can play XBox games, create a craft or make your own cake pop!!  What is a cake pop you might ask.  Well, it is a delicious mini cake on  a Popsicle stick.  And you get to create your own with your favorite toppings.

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Cake Pops!!

So if you might be interested in cake, games and fun you can call Ms. Annica at the West End at 412-921-1717.

Ms. Annica!!

Ms. Annica!!

Renaissance Festival Time!!

Fall might be my favorite time of year for many reasons.  Football season is starting (the Broncos are playing the Ravens tonight!!), the nights get colder and way better for sleeping, apples and pumpkins are coming into season AND it is time for the annual Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival!!  if you have never been there it is an awesome place to visit and I recommend it to anyone who has an interest in history, Game of Thrones or even dressing up in cool costumes!

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There are four weekends left in the renaissance festival so enjoy it while you can!

If you are not able to make it to the Renaissance festival or you just want to immerse yourself into the 16th Century, the Library has some great books and movies.  Here are some of my favorites.

Maid of Secrets Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan.  After 17 year old Meg is caught trying to rob the Queen’s advisor, she is forced to work as a member of Queen Elizabeth’s secret Maids of Honor.  The Maids are her all female bodyguard team who protect and spy for the Queen.  meg’s first assignment is to spy on a handsome young Spanish nobleman.  The first book in a series, it is full of intrigue and action.



WickedandtheJustThe Wicked and the Just by Jillian Anderson Coats.  Cecily’s father is moving her from their comfortable English manor to a small town in the wild Welsh countryside.  The story alternates points of view between Cecily and the Welsh servant girl (Gwinny) who has to serve her family.  There are hard feelings on both sides of the English-Welsh struggle.  This book is set a bit earlier than the other ones, but it still gives a good feel for medieval times.

 

DarkFire  Matthew Shardlake series by CJ Sansom.  This series of historical mysteries features Matthew Shardlake, a hunchback lawyer in the time of Henry VIII.  he longs for a nice quiet life, but his sharp mind draws the attention of men like Thomas Cromwell and Thomas Cranmer.  These men force Shardlake to help them in their political dealings.  This series is a great introduction to the time of Henry VIII and Elizabethian England.

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.  

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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.

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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

Teen Review-The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Henry -Since I was born 16 years ago, my biggest claim to fame has been winning the state geography bee in 2009. I run cross country and track for Seton-La Salle High School. I play trombone in the school’s marching band and am a member of the Mock Trial and Academic Games teams. I like to read the Greeks and Romans, and I love opera.

 

 

 

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

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The Glass Castle is a 2005 memoir written by journalist Jeannette Walls.  Before I start my review in earnest, let me caution that this memoir (which was not nearly as boring as I had always assumed memoirs must be) was written for an adult audience, in both senses of the word.  Nevertheless, despite its probably intended audience, I found The Glass Castle singularly well-suited to readers of my own generation.  This memoir is the story of its author’s childhood, teenage years, and early adulthood.  Starting when the author was only three years old living in a trailer park with her parents, older sister, and younger brother, in southern Arizona, burning herself with the fire she was using to cook hot dogs by herself.  The author is taken to the hospital, where she nearly dies from the burns, and she is smuggled out of the hospital by her father (who is opposed to the “antiseptic” atmosphere) before her treatment can be completed.  The first half of the book follows pretty much this same trajectory, but with different backgrounds and other variations, as the family wanders nomadically around the western United States.  The family has an unspoken rule that every family member must pretend that they are on some fantastic adventure (instead of fleeing creditors, the actual reason for their wanderings), and, despite the fact that it is clearly not an adventure in the positive sense of the word, I could not help feeling a sense of adventure reading this first part.

The second part of the book begins when the family moves to Welch, West Virginia, where the father grew up and where his parents still live.  The narrator is about ten years old at this point, and as she and her siblings grow up, the theme of the memoir moves from the adventurous feel of the first part to a sense of being trapped in the poverty of the Appalachian back country and the struggle to escape it.  The author’s older sister, Lori, wants to move to New York City to become an artist, she herself wants to go into journalism, and the two decide to help each other leave West Virginia for Manhattan.  The second part describes their efforts to make a new life for themselves and their siblings in their attempts to get to New York and their experiences once they get there.

I hope very few people can fully relate to the things Ms. Walls goes through.  I, thank Heaven, certainly cannot directly relate to the poverty and abuse described in The Glass Castle.  However, I most certainly can (and suspect that many other of my contemporaries can as well) relate to the desire to be independent, to go away and to prove to the world.  In this sense, it is almost a “coming -of-age” -type book, but it is subtle enough and not too overt to feel pandering or unpleasant.  All in all, a truly enjoyable read.



		

	
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