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This week in Pittsburgh: Lozziwurms, singing orphans, and little mermaids

As usual, this week at CLP we have a plethora of things for you to come and do –

watch a movie about terrifying earthworms,

play in a video and card game tournament,

create songs, films, graphic art and more at a Labs location,

sew your own creations,

draw comics

the list goes on and on.

Going to a library program is one thing you can do to complete your TSR activity list – don’t forget to turn yours in so you can go to our End of Summer Reading festivities!



In the wider world of Pittsburgh there are also some things well worth mentioning –

1. The Lozziwurm, “a colorful, twisting, tubular play sculpture designed by Yvan Pestalozzi in 1972” is open for play at the Carnegie Library Museum of Art. It’s part of the upcoming 2013 Carnegie International, and part of their current Playground Project exhibit.

You’re never too old for a playground, so go play on the Lozziwurm and learn about competing schools of thought in playground design and theory (yes, it’s a thing!)

(Taking a photo at a museum is also something on the TSR activity list, hint hint…)

photo by flicker user masivaan

photo by flicker user masivaan

2. Are you an actor, singer, dancer, or all three? Do you want to be?

There are several open auditions going on this week


The Heritage Players in Bethel Park is auditioning for a production of Oliver! – the classic tale of a hungry orphan. Bring a song of your choice.

(Hint: The library has librettos, cds, and sheet music for many, many, musicals. Checking a book out of the library is one activity to do on your TSR Activity List!)


Gemini Theater in Point Breeze is auditioning for a production of The Little Mermaid – they’re asking for a 1-2 minute a capella song and cold reading.

and finally, The Junior Mendelssohn Choir is looking for singers for all voice parts. Click the link for audition requirements and dates.

-Tessa, CLP – East Liberty

The Hear Me Project

Have you ever had something super interesting/exciting/massively sad/overwhelming to say?  Have you put it up on your Facebook wall, tweeted it, told your BFF, blogged about it, told your cat, shouted from the rooftops, and yet….still…you aren’t satisfied?

Well.  Have we got a venue for you and your raves, vents, chatters, and stories: The Hear Me project.

It all started at Carnegie Mellon University‘s CREATE (Community Robotics, Education and Technology Empowerment) Lab with an idea: Give Young People a Voice.  Give them an opportunity to say how they feel, what they want, who they are going to be, and then post it for the world to see!  Anonymously, of course.

And where’s a great place to find those young people, who have really fantastic ideas to voice (or just want to rant?  Or maybe just write or draw something you want to share?  You guessed it….The Library!  So, we’ve hired a very special person – named Lisa – to rove from branch library to branch library and hang out at Main-Teen with a high-tech audio recording device, poised and ready to record teens’ stories.  YOUR STORIES.

Hear what Tim thinks about music, Olivia reflecting on her most embarrassing junior high moment, or Angelique talking about getting jumped in the school bathroom, all at tell-port.net.

Not only can venting like this make YOU feel better about yourself, about your place in our world, but it just might make a difference in someone else’s life.

If you want to get involved with the Hear Me project, please tell your local Teen Librarian!

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