Posted on April 3, 2013 by askewb
Most people think of April as the month when the cold, blustery, snowy days of winter lapse into warm, sunny spring. I’m as ready as anyone else for a little vitamin D, but to me April also means something else. April is National Poetry Month!
National Poetry Month is a huge celebration of poems and poets and there’s no better way to kick things off than by writing a little poetry yourself!
The library has lots of resources to help you get started. From books of poetry to books on how to write poetry, check out these titles.
To help you get your creative juices flowing, read these group poems by the Eighth Graders at Pittsburgh Classical Academy.
Remember to check out the writing workshops happening around town at CLP libraries and don’t forget to enter your masterpiece in the Ralph Munn contest!
Brooke-CLP, South Side
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Posted on April 1, 2013 by amywtooley
The Ralph Munn Creative Writing Contest is an annual contest for high school students (grades 9-12) in Allegheny County. Submit a piece of creative writing (short prose, poetry, or screenwriting) by the May 1st deadline for a chance to win a first place prize of $250 and to be considered for publication! Click here to learn more.
If you need inspiration, attend one of the 22 Ralph Munn Creative Writing Workshops offered this month at our branches. If you live near CLP-Lawrenceville, join us on April 8th from 4:30-5:30 for our Creative Writing Workshop. If you need even more inspiration, check out these creative writing titles!
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Posted on January 11, 2013 by askewb
It’s easy to see why Noah St. John has been showing up all over the internet lately. His story, told with beauty, passion, humor and honesty is the story of Family, whatever its shape or size. It’s about staying together or breaking apart, and that resonates…
Reading other people’s stories offers a glimpse into their world. You can see what life was like a hundred years ago and in another country. And you can marvel at how someone so different can have the same fears and hopes as your own.
Check out this great list of memoirs on the CLP Teensburgh Website, tune in to hear amazing storytellers entertain or stop by your library and grab one of these great memoirs off the shelf.
One of the most freeing things anyone can do is tell their story in their own words. Life stories have been around for as long as there have been people to tell them. Telling your story as poetry, memoir or disguised as fiction gives you a reason to focus on the events that changed your life and can be incredibly liberating. You can write your story down in the form of a diary or journal meant just for you, or tell it to the world. If getting your story out there sounds like an exciting opportunity check out Teen Ink for a really cool venue to publish your work. Either way writing down your experience is a great way to reflect and remember.
Brooke~CLP, South Side
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Posted on November 29, 2012 by bibliotessaria
Have you ever taken a walk down a Pittsburgh street and wondered what wonderful or terrible things may have happened there in years past? There’s a way to maybe find out.
crazy clown time
Go to Retrographer to see the past overlaid upon the present. There, over 5,000 historic images of Pittsburgh have been tagged to the locations at which they were taken. You can see that in 1935, there was a particularly scary Halloween Party happening in front of the fountain at the Frick Fine Arts building (read: clowns) and that trolley car tracks used to criss-cross Centre Street. You can check out how bustling East Liberty looked in 1928, and a road crew working in Homewood, around 1910, looking towards some very familiar rowhouses on Hamilton Ave. that I drive past almost every day of my life.
Or maybe you’d like to take a walk and read poems about the streets on which you’re wandering? Then get yourself over to Public Record, a project done in 2010-11 by Justin Hopper in connection with Encyclopedia Destructica and Deeplocal.
Hopper uses poetry to expose history. You can download an iPhone app that will show you a map of Pittsburgh and the locations that correspond to the poems, written about what daily life was like in 19th century Pittsburgh. Or you can download the MP3s for free.
I hope these sites will inspire you to go create your own Pittsburgh-centered creative works. Find some history there, at the library, or the Heinz History Center Archives, and make it your own. Submit it to the Ralph Munn Creative Writing Contest. Record it in words, film or music at the Labs. Find the cutest historical boy from Historic Pittsburgh and send the link to My Daguerreotype Boyfriend.
-Tessa, CLP-East Liberty
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